Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sweating Glitter!

Recently I've been feeling very crafty! Not sure where this bought of creativity came from, but it's been a long time since I've put time and energy into making things.  Years ago (years and years, to be exact), I used to craft all the time - painting, stitching, sewing, whatever - but times change.  Well, I guess they change back, too!

A few days ago I posted about the Bridal Shopping Survival Bags, which I loved...and they were a hit with the ladies when we went shopping.  That might have been what got me started.  It just feels so good to create something.  So I just kept going!

My friend Kelly makes these great embroidered t-shirts for all the kids.  Well since they grow like weeds, they don't stay in the stuff very long, it's tough to hand-me-down clothes with names on them...and they are just so darn cute...I'm sure you can appreciate my need to hold onto it for a little longer.  After a quick Pinterest search, a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for a zipper - behold, a crayon (or whatever!) pouch.

The Mayor loved it!  My sewing skills are a little rusty, but it turned out cute...and I have another zipper and another t-shirt to get some more practice on.

Drawers | Before
I went from playing with glitter glue to sewing...and then this past weekend I moved on to larger pursuits - and chalkboard paint! I took a dresser that was in our spare room and gave it a kid-fun-face-lift and moved it into The Mayor's room.  I have to say that my first endeavor with chalkboard paint may have consequences; with 3/4 of a can left, there is not a surface in my house that is safe.

Of course I totally forgot to take a before picture of the dresser, but I remembered to get a shot of the Drawers after we got them to the garage.

Drawers | During
I was surprised how easy the paint was to work with.  I already have a few creative projects up my sleeve to do with some of the leftover paint.  Stay tuned for more sharing of my craftiness.

I am really happy with how the dresser came out.  The Mayor added his touch by picking out the hardware, and Hubby was my drill master...so we all had a hand in it, which really makes me smile!  Oh, and in three days when he can get busy with the chalk, he'll surely be smiling, too.

I hope this bought of craftiness lasts because I have quite a few other projects that I would like to take on.

What kind of crafty projects do you have planned?
The Finished Project

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happiness in the Air!

Most people looked outside last Saturday and saw major snow, not me, I got to see happiness!

Last Saturday was a special day, and a blizzard rolling through Colorado was not going to stop that. Out in the snow we ventured to shop for bridal attire for one of my girls. Oh, and I got to try on a few fabulous dresses myself.

Well, since I just love weddings, I had to have a little fun along the way. Plus, I've been feeling a bit "crafty" this week, so I put that to work making "Dress Shopping Survival Bags."

These goodie bags were complete with tissues, gum, mints, candy and, well, a bit of fodder for the shopping. Each bag contained a little sign to rate the dresses...all positive, of course...with thumbs up, and two thumbs up! Oh, and of course we had to have champagne.

It turned out to be a successful day! With two amazing contenders for the Bride, one beautiful contender for the Mother-of-the-Bride, and a narrowing of styles for us Maids, we couldn't have asked for more.

After, I got to stay home and enjoy a snowy night curled up with The Mayor while he watched a movie. Like I said...Happiness!