Friday, June 1, 2018

Bags, Tags, Boxes and More...

Hey there crafty friends!  I’m back today with a couple of quick projects to share with you. First up are the tags I made for our tag swap. 

Goody bags are one of the many amenities our cruise participants enjoy. Check out these adorable bags we stuffed with all kinds of goodies donated by our sponsors. 

Shelley came up with this super cute shadow box as our first class on this year’s cruise. Isn’t it cute?  It’s super easy to make, too, and our crafters loved it. 

Last, but not least, I wanted to show you our onboard crop room. 

We’ve been using it for a couple of days, so it’s a bit messy right now, but I forgot to take one when we first set up. Everyone is asleep right now, but we’ll be back in the morning with a fresh new set of classes. I hope you’ll come back for a peak at those!  Until then, I hope you’ll go do something crafty!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cruisin’ the Caribbean

Hi there Crafty Neighbors! I’m writing to you from the beautiful Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas! We are out here somewhere between Grand Cayman and Jamaica, and we’re having a great time. I had hoped to have some blog posts for you before we left for this cruise, but I didn’t quite make it. Fortunately, I bought the Wi-Fi package and that has enabled me to share with you some of the things we’ve been working on here. I’m hoping to follow today’s post with a whole series of them over the next few days while I’m on board. I want to share with you some of the things that are happening onboard and showcase some of the projects we are working on and have given as gifts to the Crafter’s in our group. I hope you’ll enjoy seeing those project, and I will post instructions for some of the projects after I get back. So watch for my posts and here’s the first project I have to share with you -- a pillow gift we gave out on Monday evening. 

Shelley Cox from Sassafrass Arts and Crafts created these cute chapstick holders. I made the charms from black shrinky-dink that I bought online at I cut them using the Forever Young cartridge on my Cricut. 

Note: you will need to use the multi-cut feature to cut all the way through. I cut these about twice as big as I wanted them to be when they shrink. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

I Had a Vision...

You know that feeling you get when you finally finish that project you've been working on for months?  You know the one…it’s been sitting there on your work table, and you’ll glance at it occasionally, and you might even work on it a bit from time to time, but you can never seem to find the time to just sit down and finish it.  And then, when you finally do, it’s like this huge weight has lifted off your shoulders and you have this amazing sense of accomplishment.  It doesn’t matter if the project is work or play, that feeling is the same no matter what.  And that’s exactly how I feel right now!

Some time in January, I decided that I needed to create a vision board to set my focus and intention for the coming year.  It was my hope that looking at this vision board every day would help me grow my business, be more organized, lose some weight, spend more time with family, save more money, and add a bit more adventure and travel to my life.  I wanted to share the idea with my other crafty friends, so I formed a class and we worked diligently all afternoon cutting out words and images from magazines and really thinking about what areas of our lives we wanted to improve.  But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and apparently, Vision Boards, aren’t either. I’ve been working on it steadily since then, but somehow, I could never find the time to finish my vision board.

Until today.

Thursdays are the day I host my regular Mother’s Day Out crop (most of us are retired grandmothers, but we’ve kept the moniker just the same).  I set out to make a serious dent in my vision board project because I feel like I’m missing out on the good vibes all those positive messages would be sending me, and I was afraid I wasn’t going to get to work on it at all because a bunch of work popped up at the last minute, and I spent more than half the day working on that instead of breaking out the scissors and paste.  But eventually I finished up my work and got to start back on my project and then, about 6 o’clock, I suddenly realized I was nearly done!  I just had a few empty spots to fill and a handful of cut out words and images I needed to add to my poster.  Before I knew it, the vision board was done and I had to share with my daughter, Christen, and a few select friends.

Of course, I couldn’t leave it at that.  I like to share my projects, and I especially like to share projects that I’m particularly happy with.  So that’s why I thought I’d share it to my blog today.  So here it is, at long last, my Vision Board.

I do offer this project as a class, complete with poster board, glue, and lots of magazines, so if you’re in the Dallas, Texas area and you want to make one, give me a shout!  I’ll set up a class!  Until then, keep crafting!