it keeps going...and going...and going

wow. i've felt so disconnected for the last two weeks. work was just weaseling way too much into all areas of my life...and that has not made me a happy camper. the whole work thing just left me tired and wanting to get back to my projects even more. but i can happily say i finally was able to get back to noah's wall hanging project last weekend and made even more progress with it. (if you're feeling like, "wow, ashley, this project is taking forever." it is. it's way more intricate than i ever thought, but me being me, i want to take my time and not rush.)

just to share the progress from last weekend...here's the wall hanging update (see the past progress here and here). oh, and i should also mention that i got to finally play with my newest cricut cartridge - songbird.

i have just a couple of more lines of "grassy grass grass" to go.

one of the things i wanted to share with this project is a little oops i had. so, in the midst of trying to place a single letter (with glue on the back), it slipped and dropped in a place i didn't want it. leaving a shiny spot on my grass green paint, and leaving me to decide one of two paths:

1. try and strategically place letters/images over the spot, or...

2. try and paint over it to cover up the shine

well, i had to go with option #2. and i'm not afraid to share my oops with you (or at least trying to cover up my oops...which fell right in the middle of the word "muddy")

i got the spot covered and will still be happier if i can cover up this spot even more as i keep going with the poem...keep your fingers crossed for me!

hopefully, the next update will be the finished wall hanging...on noah's wall.


p.s. i also needed to give big kudos to my husband...who finally finished my very own, custom craft table! let's just say that i'm so, so happy to have a space where i can work and cut paper and paint and get all of my toys out. so for anyone who comes to visit, this newest addition is living in our spare bedroom. :)


card love

one of my great crafting loves is making cards. and i give all of the props for my interest in cards to one of my best friends, patti. she is the card connoisseur. the card queen. my card guru. so, i've pretty much tried and tried to be as creative as her when it comes to cards.

last weekend, i was totally shocked again. i was invited to a "stamp camp" with a stampin' up demonstrator (who happens to be a co-worker of my husband's)...she was nice enough to invite me along, so i took the opportunity to spend a saturday with some new peeps. i had never been to a stamp camp before, but i figured i would learn how to make some new designs...what i didn't expect was to be able to make six different cards and get to take them with me. and the creativity floored me.

so in the spirit of sharing, i wanted to showcase some of the work we did last weekend. all of the designs were pre-set by the demonstrator, and she put together pre-cut packets for all of us to use when constructing cards. the coolest was learning new techniques with new tools. (of course what that also means is there are more tools and gadgets i feel like i must have in order to make my crafting life complete.)

the card collection

the birthday greetings card. i kinda went rogue and decided to do a horizontal format

this was my favorite one to make. love the sparkle!

we made everything from a father's day card to birthday cards to a just because card...so, mom, your birthday card is done. my dad's day cards are done too, which is awesome (one less thing on the to-do list!)

and needless to say, i'm placing a gadget order with my stampin' up demonstrator friend. and it's opened up my eyes to seeing cards i make in a whole new way, which is what i most appreciate.

cards are one of my fave things to make for people. yes, they take more time than just going to the store and buying one, but like i've said, i love that they can be a little keepsake too.

here's to an upcoming creative weekend!



girly stuff

it's no surprise. i'm surrounded by males. but what that means is that in my house, i'm given any and all leeway to go pink and girly with anything that i want...i have a pink netbook. my other laptop has this magenta lacoste case (that i scored at tjmaxx!). anything i get that's craft-related is girly and pink and bright. and not one of my boys says a thing about it. (i love my boys for letting me be me.)

so, as i've been working through ideas for home decor projects that could possibily evolve one day into something that i offer to more than just family and friends (an etsy store is on my wish list), i couldn't help but think girly. (and for any readers out there that might be thinking this tendency towards girly home decor means something like adding a girl to our family, it doesn't. let me be crystal clear about that.) :) so, the girly stuff is just for fun.

i've taken a notice that when it comes to home decor for kiddos' rooms, there's a lot out there, but i always like to have something of a personal touch for decor and have something that no one else might have. that's where this idea came from...one saturday while wondering through michaels, i spotted these really bright, silk gerbera daisies that have a clip on the back. i ended up just standing there in the aisle, looking at these and wondering what i could do with them, when it hit me. canvas + flower = really cute and different 3-d decoration for a kiddo room. so, the idea was born.

i've done just two so far, more out of a test than anything. i can see these as standalone or as a set. or even in a set of four with different colors of flowers and canvas.

i started with two simple blank canvas, in a 8"x10" size.

i found a value pack at michael's for $19.99...for $10 with my 50% off coupon!

each was coated in two coats of acrylic paint...in lemon yellow and bubblegum pink.

once dry, it was a must to measure. i knew i wanted these centered in a horizontal format. using my trusty x-acto knife, i made a 3/8" slit in the canvas, to allow for the clip to fit through.

voila! very simple, bright, happy and cheery. and very girly, which makes me happy.

here's to girliness and cheery decorations,


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