April 30, 2010
Ahhhhh, Friday is finally here. This week has been pretty busy, and the weekend ahead is packed! Wednesday morning, I had two fillings replaced and a new cavity filled, then spent most of the afternoon with my playdoh-like face on a heating pad trying to recoup. Ida Straightshooter made another appearance Wednesday night. (For clarification, see the post I Petted An Armadillo) Tonight and tomorrow night provide another opportunity to tickle people’s funny bones while I do a little improv comedy at the After Hours Improv Theater.
And guess what else…. I picked up that tea pot cross stitch that I wrote about last week in my post Works in Progress, when I discussed projects that were started only to be set aside and never completed. It looks like getting that confession out there and reading your similar experiences helped reignite my interest!
Oh, and I would be remiss if I failed to mention the Handmade Bash that is going on tomorrow at 1409 S. Lamar in Dallas, TX. It’s sponsored by the Etsy Dallas team, and my friend and previous Featured Fridays store owner Rachel, from 3BearsStudio, is going to have a table set up. She’s dipping her big toe into the craft show scene for the first time, so if you’re in town, come by and show her some love!
Store Name: Jamfiescreations1
Tag Line: Always made with love
First Name: Mary
Physical Location: Moses Lake, Washington
Inventory: “Paper Crafts and More”
Jamfiescreations1, what can I say? I discovered (and immediately hearted!) her store back at the beginning of February, and have been drooling over her goodies for quite some time. It doesn’t hurt that I’m already a nut for stationary anyway. Finally, last week, I made my first purchase: two Mother’s Day cards.
I love, love, love them! When I took them out of the bubble mailer, they were exactly what I expected. They are made from high-quality, sturdy card stock, and the embellishments are carefully attached. Her designs and color choices always keep me coming back to see what new items she has in her shop.
One of the things that I particularly like about Jamfiescreations1, that sets her apart from some other Etsy sellers, is that you also get an envelope that is designed to match your card, not just some plain old everyday envelope. So, I know my mom and mother-in-law are going to know there is something special in store for them as soon as they open their mailboxes.
Jamfiescreations1 not only sells cards, but also things like personalized store tags, signs, and decorative mailing and packing supplies. Be sure to check out Mary’s store. I’ll bet you’ll heart it as fast as I did!
Now, for your viewing pleasure, here are a few of my current favorites:
April 28, 2010
Beautifully blooming flowers are one of my favorite things about spring. I love the colors and smells. I love seeing the Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes covering the fields just as much as I love an artfully crafted bouquet.
This morning, my sweet, sweet husband woke me up with a rose he had picked from our back yard. It smelled absolutely wonderful, and he had picked it with a short stem so that it had no thorns. As I wearily attempted to lift my body from my oh-so-comfortable bed so that I could find a good vase for it, I felt a little tickle on my arm. I looked down, screamed, and swiped my other hand across my arm, trying to fend off the spider that had stowed away on my rose. This was a jumping spider (with pincers!), however, and he leaped into my blankets where I was able to trap him just long enough for Adam to come to the rescue and properly dispose of him. What can I say, he’s my spider hero.
These little springtime beauties inspired me to put together my current treasury. Here is a peek at the alternates, one of whom has already been traded in!
April 26, 2010
Any time I go to a garage sale or thrift store, I always keep my eyes open for vintage sewing patterns. I love them! They can be difficult to come by. Sometimes I will find one that I absolutely love, but it won’t be in my size. Those older patterns tend to only come in one size, not a range of sizes like today’s patterns.
Other times, I’ll sift through 40 or 50 patterns, and not like a single one. Early 1980’s prom dress pattern anyone?… Anyone?… No, I didn’t think so.
But, other times, I do get lucky and come across a pattern in my size (or close enough) that I just have to have. After a quick inspection to make sure all of the pattern pieces and instructions are there, I pay my 25 cents and gleefully shove the pattern into my bag. One of the things I love about buying vintage patterns is the price!
Another thing that’s really great is that most of the patterns have been used before, therefore the pattern itself has already been cut out. That’s one less step for me! And, of course, my favorite thing about vintage patterns is that I can make one-of-a-kind projects. There is no way I’m going to run into someone at the supermarket who’s wearing the same thing I am.
Here are few of the patterns I’ve acquired over this past year:
I actually made the dress at the end of last summer. It has not been worn much, however. My dear hubby is a little thrown off my the bow around the waist. It ties in the front, and not in the back… kinda makes you wonder if I’m expecting. I’ll see if I can find a pic of my completed dress.
Are these capes not the most awesome things ever!? I have to admit, I have always wanted a cape, but you don’t just run out to the mall and buy a new one. I’m in love with the white cape in the pattern on the left. And the long cape in the pattern on the right is pretty simple and classy looking. Ahhhh, I dream of them. I just have to make sure that I get one made before it starts turning cold this year.
This weekend, I ran out to JoAnn’s and bought everything I needed to get started on one of these patterns. Which one?? You’ll just have to wait and see!
April 23, 2010
The other day I was organizing all of my craft supplies in a rolling cabinet that had recently become the former home of my husband’s original Nintendo Games. I was glad to get the storage space, and even went so far as to unpack supply remnants that were still in boxes from when we moved here to Texas, almost two years ago. As I dug through the stiff paint brushes, pots of paint – now mostly dried up, and scraps of fabric and embroidery thread, I discovered a project that I remember working on in college. It was a white linen wrap skirt I had made and begun embroidering and beading a border around the bottom.
For the life of me, I can’t remember why I stopped that project, and after studying the intricate pattern of the embroidery, I can’t remember which colors of thread and beads were supposed to go where. I also can’t remember why I chose to use red, green, and gold as my colors… the thought of the finished product now makes me cringe a little and question those choices.
This discovery got me thinking about other projects that were started but never finished. Remember those eggs I wrote about in my post, “The Doldrums of Inspiration”? Then there is the crocheted blanket/shawl that has been in the bottom drawer of my dresser for, oh, about seven years now. I was also steadily working on a cute little needlepoint featuring a teapot and a sentiment about friendship that I started about a year and a half ago. It’s about 3/4 of the way finished, but for some reason I haven’t picked it back up.
I am at a loss to discover a cause for this apparent disinterest. I know I wouldn’t have even started these projects if I had known from the beginning that I wouldn’t finish them.
What about you? Do you have any projects that you have started and then stopped just short of completion? Even better, have you ever finally completed a project long since forgotten? Leave me a comment and let me hear your stories!
April 21, 2010
As I was doing my crafty blog perusing this week, I came across this post over at Holy Craft. She has managed to turn a men’s button-down shirt into the cutest girl’s dress. What an awesome way to repurpose! This post has been hanging out in the back of my mind for the past few days, so I think it’s something I’m definitely going to have to try.
Now, with all of the rain we had this past weekend, and I do mean ALL of the rain, I was inspired to create a rainy day treasury. I’d love for you to check it out, click and comment!
And, as always, just for you, here is a little peek at my alternates. 🙂
April 19, 2010
I was excited to land an audition last week for a SAG feature film. I got the audition information in an email from my agent, along with the sides. (For those of you who don’t know, “sides” are the scenes that you read in the audition.) I opened up the .pdf file to find that it contained one scene and two blank pages. I read through the scene a few times, and then printed it out, feeling very good about the audition. As the pages printed out, I discovered that the two pages that were blank on my computer screen were actually another scene that didn’t display properly for some reason. As I read over this second scene, my heart sank.
This second scene required my character to be very upset and cry hysterically as she talked about her boyfriend who had just died.
I can’t cry.
Okay, yes, I can cry if I’m sad or upset about something in real life, but bringing up tears on the spot during an acting scene…that’s just not a skill I have yet developed.
And it doesn’t help that my dear hubby can cry at the drop of a hat. I can command him to cry, and within thirty seconds the water works are in full force!
Needless to say, I felt like a complete idiot trying to get through that second scene at the audition. I tried to play it my own way when I read through it the first time, but the director asked me to go back and read it a second time with the hysteria and crying. Yuck, yuck, yuck!Maybe it’s just one of those things. I can’t roll my Rs either. I can’t squat and sit back on my heels without falling over.
Or maybe I’m a bit of a fraud – it certainly feels that way sometimes.
Whoopi Goldburg once said, “An actress can only play a woman. I’m an actor, I can play anything.”
For now, I guess I’m just an actress.
April 16, 2010
After careful consideration, I’ve decided to change up the format of my blog just a little. Up until last week, I have successfully written a new post every day. However, I think it is time to pull back a little on the amount of my posts – focus even more on quality as opposed to quantity.
Being not only a blog writer, but also being a blog reader, I know that it may not necessarily be easy to keep up with reading all the blogs that you follow on a daily basis as well.
So, beginning next week, instead of writing a new post every day, I will be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Featured Fridays will still be in the mix, but will become bi-weekly posts. With that said, if I have a post that just needs to get out there on a Tuesday or Thursday, I’ll definitely go ahead and post on an “off day.”
I’d love to hear any thoughts you may have on my changes. Love it/Hate it? Let me know! 🙂
April 14, 2010
Today finds me putting together another coffee cup sleeve. This one is to replace the one I made in the post How To – Coffee Cup Sleeve. If you remember, that one, which was given to a dear friend, became so attached to the first cup it tightly hugged, that it refused to let go and accompanied the cup on the rest of it’s journey to the Garbage Kingdom.
My decision to make a reusable coffee cup sleeve stemmed from a desire to take another small step toward lessening the amount of garbage I throw away. Now I have yet another motivation to decrease the size of my footprint.
Starbucks is giving away free coffee tomorrow!
That’s right. If you bring in your reusable travel mug tomorrow, April 15, they will fill it up with coffee for FREE! Check it out here at “The Big Picture”. Woo hoo! I love coffee.
I haven’t yet made the leap to having a reusable coffee cup ready and with me at all times, although I have been encouraged to do so by my super sweet 7-eleven lady on several occasions. I don’t keep one in the car, and don’t think to grab one out of the cabinet when I head out the door. Then there is the matter of remembering to take it out of the car and wash it for it’s next use… Kind of like how I have a stockpile of reusable grocery bags that I never seem to remember to bring until I’m in the checkout line.
I need to stop making excuses, I know. At least the sleeve is small enough that it stays in my purse, so it’s with me wherever I go. If you’re not up to the task of keeping a reusable coffee cup with you, I encourage you to try out the sleeve. It still makes one less thing you throw away…unless you’re my dear friend. 🙂
What are some small changes you have made to help reduce your waste?
April 13, 2010
It’s great to be back! I took a week off to enjoy spending some time with my sisters, Julee and Stephanie. They came out here to Texas to visit with us for the very first time, so we had a lot of stuff to try to cram into a little time. Today’s post is going to be more of a photoblog of our adventures before getting back to other things tomorrow. Enjoy!
April 6, 2010
Today is the day my sisters come for a visit. The guest room is cleaned and ready, the dogs have been bathed, the lawn has been mowed…mostly…and they arrive at lunch time. Yay! Since they are coming half-way across the country to hang out with us, I will be giving them my undivided attention this week, so this is my last post until next Monday. I hope you all have a wonderful week and weekend. 🙂
Don’t forget about the sale going on through Sunday in my shop (see yesterday’s post for details)!