Jan 31, 2011

A Bunch of High School Boys with Pink Paper and Zig Zag Scissors

Both my boys have been involved in the Service League of Boys . . . SLOBs for short.  The idea for this community service group was created and developed by 3 moms in our town.  How lucky we have been to be a part of this!

It's a parent / high school son organization.  And sometimes I raise my hand and volunteer when maybe I should have asked my boys first.

Case in point - someone was needed to organize the Valentine's Day card and flower delivery to our local nursing home. A lot of the SLOBs activities are heavy, moving, digging, playing types of activities.  The group is made up of hundreds of High School Boys after all.

But I raised my hand to organize these big burly guys to make Valentine's. I had all the supplies, so can you blame me?

When ds found out what I volunteered US to lead, the conversation went something like this:

"NEVER sign me up for something without asking me first!"

"But I thought I did!"

"No, you didn't!  You just told me 'This is what we're doing!' "

"OK - I'll ask you first.  But we gotta see this one through.  Is it really that bad?"

"I'm going to be the ONLY one making valentine's.  Just don't do that again."

Now break to the general meeting - in a cafeteria filled with testosterone.  We had the meeting complete with a wonderful speaker who explained to the boys how he became involved in philanthropy throughout his own life.

And then ds told the SLOBs that we will be making valentine's after the meeting for our nursing home.

Sometimes . . . you get surprised.  The way you think something may turn out, turns out differently, or even exactly opposite of what you expected.

The meeting ended and the mob of SLOBs enveloped our little craft table filled with pink and red paper, deco scissors, heart stickers, red roses, and markers.

I heard things like this:

"Do these hearts stick all by themselves?"

"Do you have a paper punch for this rose?"

"Is it OK to cut the paper up into a heart?"

"Can I save some of this stuff for my mom?"

We had to open up another table . . .

and the sweetest sight when it was all over . . .

Jan 26, 2011

A New Digi Kit, an Unwilling Subject, and a Sampler

Jen Martakis has a gor.geous digital kit out!  A Little Cuckoo is full of scrumptious color, patterns, script, and sweet little birdies!

I went real simple here - I wanted my photo to shine.  And as soon as my print comes back, I'll do a hybrid of this layout, too.

The stitching is Jen's also - recolored from the kit Celebrate Spring.

If a dog could roll her eyes, I think it would look a bit like this . . . 

This girl was just sick and tired of me and my camera.  Not a look in my direction, not a smile, or a wag, or anything!

I had so much fun making a "sampler" from my scrapbook supplies.  Here's a peek:

See the whole thing here on the Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration Blog.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!

Jan 22, 2011

Views . . .

Sharing some views while I try to get moving today and make the best use of each minute ;)

the view from our front door . . .

the view from the chair where I scrap . . .

the view from the window where I scrap . . .

and a view of the desk where i scrap . . .

working on something oh so incredibly fun . . .

if I make the best use of my minutes . . . perhaps I can have fun today with this glorious collection of stuff.

CHA time is a most wonderful time isn't it?

I do think that this year there is some of the most unique, beautiful product coming out:

I saw these clear ledger overlays from Maya Road:

excuse me, but do you know how long I searched for tart tins at the flea market last summer?  a long time. now i don't have to search anymore!

and these from JBS:

i found some of these at a flea market . . . they were called "antique" . . . but they were made of plastic! Sorry Mr. Flea Market Man - those plastic spools don't cut it.  Now I don't have to search for wooden spools anymore!

and these from JBS might just keep me up late many nights - I have plans for these Hodge Podge kits already . . .

ah yes, CHA.  Sing it with me . . . "it's the most wonderful time of the year . . . "

thanks for visiting!

Jan 17, 2011


I've been doing a bit of web surfin' these past days and have seen some great stuff online . . .

1.  You can WIN this GREAT paper:

by clicking on this link: Core'dinations Contest

The Jenni Bowlin set is amazing - those colors are my "go to" colors . . .  gotta have this . . .

2.  A new Jenni Bowlin Challenge is up right here!  Go for it!

3.  This site is GREAT!  She's going through cleaning 21 areas of your house in 21 days.  Oh be still my heart! I'm going to try this - but because of the "lovely life challenge" i've been given - I'm going to do it in 21 WEEKS not days.  Hey who cares, right?!

4.  Have you heard of Pin Boards?  They're in beta testing - oh I wish I was in on that!

I love beta testing anything computer related.  Most of my beta testing has been in the medical field though. Interesting, but definitely not as pretty!  Pin Boards is a collection of online virtual bulletin boards where users post their images that inspire them in some way.  Check it out - you can request an invite to join when they're up and running, too.

5.  And just an fyi - my great "sketching tile" idea was a flop.  Way too big.  Way too heavy.  If you have a large area, it may work!

6.  And I read the other day that Wilna creates her projects with a glue gun!  I always thought she was an incredible artist, but really now . . .

If you can create this . . .

by Wilna
Using an adhesive that looks like this . . .

you gotta be good!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jan 10, 2011

Making Grandma's Snowflakes

After posting my Grandma's Snowflakes on the JBS Inspiration blog, I got a couple of questions about how I made these.  It's very easy and is a great winter activity.  After all, snowflakes aren't just for Christmas!

Here goes!

1. Supplies:  A strand of costume jewelry, wire cutters, needle nose pliers, a snowflake wire form (made or bought), tape, and a non-slip surface.

My handyman (aka dh) made my wire forms for me by soldering 3 lengths of floral wire together in the middle.  Ready made forms are easily accessible now though in most craft stores and online.  A scrap piece of velveteen works well to keep the beads from rolling all over the place.

A lot of the fun in this project is picking out the jewelry to use.  If you haven't inherited any costume jewelry, look for strands at flea markets and tag sales.  Prices are usually very cheap if you go to the right places.  The best jewelry to use for this project would have different sizes or shapes of beads in multiples of at least six.  Having some tiny beads helps also as you will see.

2.  Using scissors or your wire cutters, cut the strand apart. You can separate the beads by size and shape if you want.

3.  Start threading your wire form with small beads first, threading each arm to make sure they are small enough to meet at the middle of the snowflake.  If you used larger beads at this point, they would not be able to meet at the middle, and you will be left with exposed wire in the center.

4. You now start threading each arm separately, alternating color, size, and shape as desired.

5. When you like the way one arm looks, place a piece of tape at the end of the wire to keep the beads from sliding off.

6.  Continue on with each arm, making each arm the same because snowflakes are symmetrical after all!

7. When each arm is done and taped off,  push the beads together snug on one arm, and cut the wire about 1/4 inch from its last bead.

8.  With your needle nose pliers, turn the wire end into a loop.  Turn and end the loop snugly against the last bead on the arm.  The beads will now be held  into place and you shouldn't see any exposed wire on that snowflake arm.

9. Do the same for the other 5 snowflake arms.

10. You now have "Grandma's Snowflake", ready to be hung, and help you celebrate winter!

You can find these directions as a PDF here.

thanks for stopping by!

Jan 7, 2011

There's No Day Like a Snow Day!

And once again, those pretty little flakes are tumbling down . . .

and this little sweetie loves the snow . . . 

And even though I'm sick with this cold that probably half the east coast has, it's a GREAT day for scrapping.

I'm pulling out my January Jenni Bowlin Mercantile kit to make some more sweet things.  These were made a while ago . . . 

a layout of ds#1 and a sweet note he wrote about our house . . . 

I've never played with the Pink Paislee Artisan elements before. So much fun!

And more photos from the past of ds#2 having fun in a snow storm . . . 

and here's a sneak of a new project from the kit I'm working on . . . 

Don't we have a GREAT hobby?!