That time when I stopped posting for a month…

I’ll be honest…it wasn’t intentional, but it WAS fantastic.

Am I done for good?

I don’t know, but I suspect I am.

In the mean time, I’ll be busy doing this:

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and supervising this:

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and fighting my guts out for this:

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I’d say to email me if you need me, but I don’t think I’ve checked that in a month either. Embarrassed smile

Thank you for reading over the years.

Thank you for your supportive comments and emails.

Thank you for making me laugh.

Thank you for making me cry.

Thank you for letting me be a part of this community.

XOXOXO

Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive

Hello, friends!

The nice folks at Silhouette sent me some of their new double-sided adhesive to try out.  And I played with it.  And then people got sick (and by people I mean basically every single person that lives here has taken 1-2 sick days in the last 2 weeks).  So, I’m finally at the computer and telling you about it.  And the good news is that you still have through tomorrow to take advantage of the current Silhouette promotion.  (Like, maybe if your Valentine forgets to get you something and you decided to get yourself something instead…not that I’ve ever done that…Winking smile)

Here are the details up front:

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use code “CRAP” and GO HERE to take advantage of any of the promotions, between now and February 14th.

OK, so the adhesive!

Remember like 3 years ago when I used the Silhouette sketch pens to make some art for above my bed?  Well, we got some new bedding and the blue paper looks ridiculous.  I decided to update the contents of the frames using the double sided adhesive and some flocking powder.

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However, that is the only one you’ll see a picture of because I had a few problems.

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The short explanation is this:  the double-sided adhesive works fantastic on less intricate designs.  Something like the teeny tiny inside cuts on a doily?  Not so much.  I did finally discover that weeding (removing the negative space pieces) whilst everything was still on the mat helped, but I’m still not up for 5 more frames worth of doilies…yet.

I went for some more basic cuts and the results were fantastic.

Some sparkly aqua glasses on a bucket for Macy to store her glasses in:

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And a basketball embellished jar for Keller to store his change in:

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Yesterday

Yesterday, this guy

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turned 7.

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Tonight, he and a couple of friends are going to see the Harlem Globetrotters.

Happy birthday, Campbell Don.  I sure do love your face.

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway + Promos!

Hello, friends!

It’s time for another Silhouette promotion.

Here are the details up front:

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use code “CRAP” and GO HERE to take advantage of any of the promotions, between now and February 14th.

The nice folks at Silhouette sent me the double-sided adhesive starter kit to try out.  It arrived yesterday, so look forward to a project and my thoughts on that in the next few days.

Now for the reason you’re all really here:

The nice folks at SIlhouette are giving one lucky Crap I’ve Made reader his/her very own Silhouette Portrait (plus the software, blade, mat, cables, download card, etc.) and the double-sided adhesive starter kit!

Score!

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment on this post.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

Follow Silhouette on Pinterest. Come back and leave a comment ON THIS POST saying that you did.

Follow the Silhouette blog.  Come back and leave a comment ON THIS POST (on the blog, not on Facebook or in response to your email subscription) saying that you did.

***3 possible entries per person***

Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and over only and closes Thursday, February 7th at noon MST.  Winner will be chosen at random using a WordPress Plugin (And The Winner Is…) and notified by email.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Valentine’s Planter?

This month’s Lowe’s Creative Blogger team challenge was “Will you be my Valentine?”.

I was browsing the aisles and came across this delightful pot.

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(Is it still a pot when there are 3 vessels?)

It would be darling with herbs or small flowers in it, if it’s warm enough for those to be available in your neck of the woods.  Here, however?

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The only thing that’s growing are the piles of snow on the sides of my driveway.

So, buy one (or 5) of these darling pots (they’re around $10), and grab some dry erase markers.

Start writing love notes…or drawing…or doodling…anything that will make your valentine’s day.  And, if you screw up?  Wipe it off!  (Note:  A couple of my markers didn’t erase as well as others.  They all came off with a Clorox wipe, though.)

Fill it with treats and gift away!

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And how about a few ideas of what the recipient (or you) can do once the treats are gone (or if you bought 5 of them because you clearly have a problem just for kicks?

Holding cutlery at a party:

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Office supply holder:

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What about having the whole class write messages for the teacher on it?  You could try that Sharpie/baking it trick that’s floating around on Pinterest or buy some actual paint pens if you wanted it to be permanent.

The purpose for which it was intended?

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I’d love to hear some other usage suggestions, if you’ve got any.  You know…since I couldn’t just buy one. Open-mouthed smile

Also, Lowe’s is truly one of my favorite stores to hit up when we are forced get to make Valentine boxes for the kids.  Remember this one from a couple years back?

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Every part of that came from Lowe’s:  moving boxes cut and taped back together in proper sizes, white contact paper, toilet seat, flusher, bolts to hold the boxes together…ALL of it.

That same year Keller took this,

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which is a bucket from the paint department that he decorated with some stickers his grandma had given him for Christmas.

Don’t forget to click on over for your FREE Subscription to Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine:

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Or, check out the Lowe’s Creative Idea’s app (also free)!  I have it on my iPhone and it’s delightful!

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*I was given a Lowe’s gift card for the supplies for my project.  All opinions and statements are my own.

Ten

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Today, this guy turns 10.

He saved me.

2003 was not a great year (OK, it sucked), but his tiny dimpled face gave me something to look forward to every single day.

We headed out of town for the weekend so best friends could celebrate their birthdays together.

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And so other best friends could dress up like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and creep people out?

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Happy birthday, Keller.

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Better Late Than Never?

So, I didn’t blog our Christmas neighbor gifts this year.  I shared them on Facebook and Instagram, but you can’t pin from those.  So, when a reader (hi Wendy!) kindly asked if I could put up something pinnable so she’d remember this idea next year, I was happy to do so.

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I bought straws from IKEA.  You could use cute paper stripey ones or those crazy twisty straws or whatever, really.

I separated the packs by color (because I liked how it looked better that way) and bagged them in self sealing cellophane bags.  I got mine locally at Paper Plus but I’m sure they’re available all over.

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And then I applied labels I designed in Silhouette Studio.  You can for sure do this in PhotoShop or use PicMonkey or any scrapbooking program, but Silhouette Studio is what I know, so it’s what I went with.  I printed the labels onto sheets of sticker paper and then cut them out and stuck them right on the bags.

Super easy, right?

So, if your neighbors enjoy a good Christmas pun, keep this in mind for next year.  Open-mouthed smile

 

And, just FYI, printable sticker paper and everything but machines, gift cards, and download cards is 40% off over at Silhouette through the end of today (1/17).  Use code “CRAP” to stock up.  40% off is the best deal you’ll see all year!

New Year’s Resolutions Chalkboard + $75 to Lowe’s

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This month’s Lowe’s Creative Blogger team challenge was “New Year’s sparkle”.  If you know me, you know I’m not especially sparkly.  Winking smile

So, what’s a girl to do?

I asked for suggestions on Facebook, and I was still stumped.

I went to Lowe’s and walked around for inspiration and came across these

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and then the wheels started spinning.

Supplies:

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Frame (mine was 16 X 20 and purchased on super clearance…you don’t need the glass so thrifted or on clearance because the glass is broken is perfect)
1/8” MDF cut to size of frame
Valspar metallic spray paint
Valspar glitter spray pain
Valspar chalkboard paint

I gave the frame 2 coats of the metallic paint.  It is COLD here, so I painted it in the garage and then brought it inside to dry between coats.  It might still be drying if I hadn’t.

Then, I sprayed the front with 2 coats of the glitter paint.

Glitter is hard to photograph, but here’s the best picture I got of how it looks in real life.

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I painted the MDF with 2 thin coats of chalkboard paint, one in each direction.  And then after it dried I put it in the frame.

We each came up with a resolution (OK, we made up that last on on BC’s behalf because he was at work and not answering his phone) and wrote it on the chalkboard.

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We’ll keep this displayed all month long to help us remember our resolutions, which will hopefully make us more successful.  Winking smile

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To get your new year started off right, Lowe’s is giving one lucky Crap I’ve Made reader a $75 Lowe’s gift card.

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment on this post telling me what one of your New Year’s resolutions is.

Extra entry:

Leave a comment telling me what you’d spend your gift card on.

***TWO POSSIBLE ENTRIES PER PERSON***

Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and over only and closes Thursday, January 3rd at noon MST.  Winner will be chosen at random using a WordPress Plugin (And The Winner Is…) and notified by email.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

And while you’re waiting to see if you won, head on over for your FREE Subscription to Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine:

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Or, check out the Lowe’s Creative Idea’s app (also free)!  I have it on my iPhone and it’s delightful!

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*I was given a Lowe’s gift card for the supplies for my project.  All opinions and statements are my own.

Season’s Greetings

It’s still the season, even though I missed the day, right?

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I hope your holidays are fabulous.  We’re enjoying them thoroughly.

We’ve met new cousins,

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cried tears of happiness over presents,

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lost our 2 front teeth,

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and felt like punching the guy with the harmonica.

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(Whose idea was that anyway???)

I’ve truly never felt more grateful for what I have.  I’ve been reduced to tears many times this week over just how darn blessed I am.

I hope you’ve felt that joy, too.

Happy Holidays!

 

And, if Santa didn’t bring you quite what you wanted and what you wanted was a Silhouette, they’ve got a couple of promos going on now that you might be interested in.  Details here on my Facebook page.

A Day of Remembrance for Sandy Hook

Everyone grieves differently.  Everyone copes differently.  Everyone moves forward differently.

No one’s right.  No one’s wrong.

We’re just different.

My sister used to (? maybe still does?) go sit at our dad’s grave and talk to him and leave him notes.  That doesn’t work for me.  I remember him in the way the back of Keller’s head looks and when I sometimes call my kids “pup”.  Or when I get the giggles about how loudly and joyfully he sang “Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains” every year at my grandma’s family Christmas party.

Not right and wrong…different.

If you read/follow a lot of blogs, you have probably seen that many are observing a day of silence today, and many more tomorrow.  I love what these women are doing.  I love to see the blogging community come together for good.

So why was I hesitating?

Silence isn’t right for me.

I don’t consider myself a writer.  I don’t know how to move people with my words the way other bloggers can.  I’m a mom who studied math and economics in college.  I sew stuff and make crafts.  Who do I think I am?  Why does anyone care what I have to say?  Maybe they don’t?  Maybe just one person does?  And, if that’s the case I believe it’s still worth doing.

From my personal Facebook page this weekend:

Oh Facebook…do you really want to know what’s on my mind?

I’ve spent the better part of 2 days holding back tears and feeling like I want to throw up. You see, I have a child the same age as the children killed in CT. He probably would have been in their class.

I also have a child who fits many of the things people are saying about the killer. "Weird. Socially awkward. Extraordinarily bright. Asperger’s. Subject to outbursts. Didn’t speak much. Didn’t like talking to people. Odd. Nervous and fidgety. Deeply uncomfortable in social situations."

It’s the same child.

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I’m sick about what happened to children just like him.

I’m sick about what a grown child "just like him" did. Terrified, really.

So, Facebook, THAT is what’s on my mind.

I sat in church this week and cried when we sang the 3rd and 4th verses of “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

So now what?

I recalled the words of Gordon B. Hinckley in the April 1999 General Conference for my church.  I think they’re applicable whether you’re religious or not.

Let us return to our homes with resolution in our hearts to do a little better than we have done in the past. We can all be a little kinder, a little more generous, a little more thoughtful of one another. We can be a little more tolerant and friendly…It is our obligation to reach out in helpfulness, not only to our own but to all others as well.

Let’s be a little kinder.

Let’s be a little more generous.

Let’s be a little more thoughtful.

Let’s reach out in helpfulness.

Let’s do a little better.

Peace on earth, good will to men.


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