I am having so much fun being a part of the monthly swap out at Create a Connection! And yesterday I received a beautiful decorated box from Anita, my box swap partner. And inside, there was another little treasure, a delicate blue angora yarn box. I'm still working on my box for Arlee, and I'm really hoping that while we are on vacation next week I will find just the perfect box to embellish for her.
I'm thinking of doing a soft ivory fabric, and then do stippling with gold thread. Maybe a few roses . . . . . it's all in my head, now to see if I can actually pull it off! I'll let you know, and if it works, I'll do a tutorial here on how to embellish boxes with fabric, crazy patch quilting, beading, buttons, ribbons . . . . if we can dream it up, we can figure out how to do it!
And speaking of treasures inside of embellished boxes (we were, weren't we?) I'm trying to come up with a truly precious little something to put into Arlee's box . . . . any ideas? I know she likes things that are unique, eclectic, maybe even rather eccentric, so that's right in my department! I'll be looking as we travel . . . . maybe a pretty silk scarf, or a brooch (did I spell that right???), or a funky pair of antique earrings. So many beautiful things to find at flea markets, thrift shops, and tiny antique shops along the way. I'll let you know what I find, but SHHHHH! don't tell Arlee!
We are leaving for vacation Sunday morning, very early, to travel to Illinois for a wedding and then on to Michigan to visit Grandma and Grandpa. So I'm scrambling to get a ton of stuff finished before we leave. I'm trying to convince myself to relax, enjoy the time off, and be adventurous . . . . but I so love to stay at home, work on my designing and sewing, gardening, and journaling / scrapbooking, that I'm just anxious about being away from all of my "stuff" for almost two weeks. Just take a few deep breaths, remind myself that this will be a wonderful time for exploring, taking great pictures, time with my sweet hubby and girls (HOW many hours in a van with those two sweet little monkeys????) and time away from the phone, computer, TV, and all the other distractions that scream at me every minute of every day.
Thought I would share a couple of my recent creations that are currently listed on eBay. I am also working on an eBook pattern for the journal /scrapbook covers, and will be doing some tutorials here on my blog for some of these fun craft projects. Soon as I return from vacation and recover! This little set is "Tropical Midnight" and I made it for the BD Designers launch. This set can be made with either the ruffled capris or the appliqued capris . . . . both just simple, sweet summer fun!
And here is the Euro set that is next in my Euro Treasures Collection of eBook patterns. This one will be available by the middle of June and you will be able to purchase it in my Etsy shop or at YouCanMakeThis.com
This one is "Fairy Wings" and is so easy to make! The little aprons on the sides with the ruffled pockets make this a perfect set for summer fun! Gathering posies or other little treasures on a picnic in the park or a walk on the beach, "Fairy Wings" provides the inspiration for any summer adventure!
2. That is because we each raised four biological children before we married each other, and now we have two beautiful adopted daughters from China.
3. I am the director for a small community radio theater group, the United Center Players, and we do 1940s radio theater programs twice a year.
4. I was married at 18 the first time, had three little ones under 5 by the time I was 24.
5. I returned to college when my fourth child was in pre-school, and liked it so much that I completed two undergraduate degrees and then went to grad school.
6. I taught philosophy and ethics at our local community college for 7 years before we adopted our daughters.
7. I have been a quilter for a long, long time . . . . started sewing my own clothing when I was in Jr. High school.
SECOND, I have to choose another SEVEN bloggers to tag and list their names in your blog. If you have already been picked, just let me know and I will change my list!
THIRD: Leave your seven tagged bloggers comments to notfiy them of their tagging and to direct them to your blog for tag instructions.
So there you have it! I've done my part, now it's off to the rest of my day, but just wanted to get this off this morning, because this is a GREAT way to make new friends!
Blessings and Hugs!
The photo challenge for this week is "A Moment" in a woman's life. Although there are many, and this has me thinking about another project that I want to work on (!), this moment this morning is so typical of my life for so many years, that I thought it would be fun to share it with you. I may add a few more over the next few days. This one is part of an ongoing collection I am creating entitled "Her Hands." Hope it makes you think! Blessings, Nina
"Hurry Up! It's time to get up . . . . it's time to get yo ur teeth brushed . . . . . it's time to get dressed . . . . it's time to brush your hair . . . . ." And so my morning goes, trying diligently to have these two little waterbugs dressed, fed, and something that resembles clean . . . .and actually be ON TIME for school! "Now get your teeth brushed while I go downstairs and comb my hair, and then we'll all be ready to go." I say with such optimism. Did I really think they would actually brush their teeth so I could have three minutes of peace to brush my own teeth, comb my hair and put on just the tiniest bit of lipstick before heading out to face the day????
So, with all that optimism, I go downstairs and as I begin to brush my teeth in the bathroom just below my girls, I hear . . . . tappity, tap, tap, tappity, tap, tap, tap, tappity, tap, tap. . . . . above my head. Coming from the upstairs bathroom where those precious girls are SUPPOSED to be brushing their teeth, apparently Gracie was practicing her tap dancing! This went on for a few minutes (at least I knew where they were while I frantically tried to finish my little morning routine) until finally they tumbled down the stairs.
"Let's go, Mom!" they say amidst the giggles and silly faces, falling all over each other. What can I say? To enjoy life so much that even brushing your teeth becomes a celebration and reason to dance . . . . the joys of childhood!
Since I've started blogging, I've encountered so many incredibly talented people out here in cyberspace. Pleased to meet ya! But some days I just wonder if there is something wrong with me . . . . I'm so conflicted ;o) Is it possible to be creative in your sleep? And is it possible to have all of these incredible ideas, and have so much creative energy that it wakes me up at 2:30 a.m. . . . . and yet still have such an overwhelming need for ORDER!!!! I just can't create in the midst of chaos, and with two darling daughters, ages 4 and 6, life is just generally chaos all the time.
Oh, well, enough of that for now . . . . I have laundry to fold before I can work on my scrapbook cover, write my next eBook pattern, and finish the custom order I need to ship out this week. And, I must vacuum the carpet and scrub the bathrooms before I plan that crazy patch wall hanging that I have to finish ASAP. So, I'm off to my own variety of craziness, where my eyes start to cross and I hyperventilate when there is a lot of loud music, crying babies, arguing children, and TVs and radios blaring. And for a few minutes this morning, it really is quiet and rather peaceful around here.
The only sound I hear at the minute is the washing machine (that's a good thing for someone as anal as I am about cleanliness!), the gentle sound of classical music in the background, and the clicking of my keyboard strokes. But the girls will be home from school shortly, so I guess I better enjoy it while I can! Here's my fun picture for the Photo Hunters challenge this week: Childhood. On the way to school this morning, as we were walking along in the sunshine, I snapped a few candids of my girls. This is my favorite!
If you happen to be looking for me over at Waiting*For*Grace, here's the link!
An amazing community of women can be found at www.5minutesformom.com I discovered this group blog and immediately recognized many kindred spirits. Moms who are daily seeking to discover and understand the importance of their career of nurturing and teaching our children the important values and truths of life. So, whether you are a young mom, an experienced mom, or an "older" mom (like me!), skip on over to 5 Minutes for Mom and make some new friends!
This past week we have been praying for Heather, who had a brain tumor removed on Thursday. And we continue to pray for her during her recovery time; for her husband and children, and the rest of her family, for grace, peace, strength, and courage during this difficult time. Take a peek at Heather's blog to see how she is doing, and if you have a minute, say a little prayer for this sweet girl who has gone through so much in the past few years. http://www.especiallyheather.com/
And if you are in the market for some very special toys for your very special little ones . . . . check out these sites! Janice and Susan, the creators of 5 Minutes for Mom, also offer some amazing transportation toys! Having a little one with Cerebral Palsy, I certainly can appreciate the Caboose Trailer Bike. We just bought Annie her first tricycle, and it is definitely a struggle for her little legs. I guess we need to get one of those Caboose Trailer Bikes! Bet there's something here that is just perfect for YOUR little ones! http://www.caboosetrailerbike.com
Here are the other sites that have some great stuff, too!
The "Euro Treasures Collection" is now available through YouCanMakeThis.com. This fun collection includes complete instructions and lots of pictures to guide you through the entire process of garment construction. There are also pattern printouts for sizes 2T - 5T, and you can always email me with any questions you might have.
Included in this pattern eBook is a reversible ruffled crop top with optional pockets and 3-D flower embellishment appliques, ruffled capris with a flower applique and curved hemlines, and an optional little apron that ties in the front.
There is also a pattern available for these cute little flapper pants, which can be purchased directly from me at AngelBabiesBoutique@msn.com. Email me with any questions about my patterns. There will be another pattern available soon, another in the "Euro Treasures Collection" line from mamas*little*treasures. Check out www.youcanmakethis.com for my other patterns.