Thursday, December 29, 2011

I'm still here!

Hello Lovelies!
It has been faaaaaar too long since I have posted, but I have been busy with the holidays! I hope you have a fantastical Christmas, and that your New Year is awesome-sauce too!
My Christmas was so amazing! I got so many treasures I can't even list them all! However, I DID get a whole TON of crafting supplies from Jeremy, so after the New Year calms down a little bit, I have every intention of getting back at it!
I just wanted to let everyone know that I have NOT fallen off of the face of the Earth, and I wanted to share a photo that I didn't get over Thanksgiving..........If you remember in the Flannel-y Tradtions post, I wasn't able to photograph the majesty of a big family all in flannels. you go.....Brady're welcome. ;)
From Top to Bottom:
Grandma & Grandpa Bratz, Brad & Chrissy, Conner, Joe & Angie, Kathy & Phil, Jeremy & Me, Luanne & Larry, Sawyer, Gunner, Ian, Larissa & Adam with Baby Danika

Sadly, we are missing Lacy & Tyler, Anthony & Crystal with Neveah...They weren't able to be there for the photo.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happily Homemade

Gosh, it seems like forever ago that I last posted...(I am a very busy, and also important professional adult.)
But really, I have been quiet lately, and it isn't because I love you all any less, it has been because I have been swamped. I have been busy not only with work, but with making some lovely Christmas gifts. As they are Christmas gifts, I cannot upload any photos (yet) because that would ruin the surprise. However, I fully intend on sharing with you once they are opened.
What homemade things have you all been busy with?
I have made the effort to give at least one homemade item for every store bought one, and if it is store bought, I have REALLY tried to go small business. (although sadly, not all of the things on my wishlists could be done that way.)
If you don't hear from me until after the holiday, I hope that yours is blessed with Family, Friends, and Loved Ones!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Just another Wednesday...

Oh what a blah last few days!
This last weekend, I sold my first item! I know it might be small, but I am SO excited! That last project I did with the wreath (click here for original post.) over the weekend and sold it that same day! YAY!! I am obviously hoping to do more of THAT.
Otherwise it has been pretty blah around here as of late. I did get a new item this week though, that I could not make myself. I had to get new glasses, and I haven't decided if I love them or not, but I suppose I am stuck with them either way...

Also, it is my little sister's 20th Birthday today so......
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM! She is one of the most talented, funniest people that I have been privileged to know in my life, and I am so proud of her!

In honor of her Birthday, here is my ALL TIME favorite picture of her.
You're welcome. :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A new space, and a new project...

Hello Lovelies!
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Yet another weekend is about to wrap up, and I hope yours was GREAT! Mine was pretty lazy I guess you could say. Jeremy and I cleaned up the house a little and moved my crafting area into a different room. It is nice to have more of my own space and not be right in the main living area. Looks nice, eh?! We moved it into the "spare" room. I had some "new" shelves that a friend picked up for me, and was able to make better use of my space. I really like it!

I think the kitty does too.
So once I was all "moved-in" I of course had to go right to work! I had a TON of picks left over from our wedding, and just started messing        around with them on a wreath and ended up liking what I saw, so I just kept going with it. It was a little but tedious, but in the end, it was so worth it! Turned out great!
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Then I just painted up some letters, and finished it off.

I am in love with this one because it isn't necessarily "holiday specific". You can absolutely put it up for Christmas, but this one can be left up all year long. What do you think of it?!

I sadly have no space for it, so if you would like to take it home, message me here and it could be yours!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Another guest post! Courtesy of Savannah Drake...

Hello friends! I’m Savannah Drake, 19, currently residing in Centerville, IA! I work at Kids World as a Preschool Aide and run the After School program. My job is way too much fun and only enables my creativity to go beyond what it probably should! I am so very excited about being featured on Andie’s blog as I’ve always been a huge fan of her craftiness. My favorite part about my hobby is that I can literally use ANYTHING that most people would throw away. For example: My mom just recently bought this property with an old house, with tons of what you might consider “junk.” I have raided, gutted, and re-gutted this house and come out with tons of treasures to craft with.  Old photo frames, records, books, license plates, EVERYTHING a crafter like me could possibly dream of. 

Several people ask me where I get my ideas for such random art projects. The truth is, my mind is constantly coming up with ideas that I think are probably absolutely nuts, but when tried they turn out pretty neat! I focus on using a lot of Mod Podge, which is basically watered down glue. I like to make my own because it is kind of pricey. So like the description, you basically just add water to glue and you get a less expensive version of the real deal. As material, I collect as much old newspaper, books, photo negatives, and sheet music as I can--anything that looks vintage. If it doesn’t look vintage, I just make a batch of coffee and vintage-ify any paper by directly applying it to the paper with a paint brush! (Good scent, too! J) 

My new favorite craft is my Book Worm Lamp! This is literally so easy but very time consuming. Had I not been so persistent about getting it done in a day, it would have probably taken me much longer. First things first, you will need:

Old book pages
Hot glue gun
Yarn (string works fine also, just need something to tie a knot with!)
Any buttons or jewels you decide to bling it up with!

First, you will need to have at least 3-4 book pages stacked one on top of the other. Starting from either the top or bottom, you will begin to fold it like an accordion.  

Now, you will take your yarn and tie it tightly around the middle of your accordion book pages. After securing the knot, cut ‘u’ shapes on the end of each side. This cut will create your flowered look making your book page flower the prettiest it could be! 

And now it’s time to open up each end and pull the delicate paper. This can be a difficult task and must be done very carefully. If you rip the paper, it’s fine! With practice you will completely master this and although at first it seems impossible, I promise it becomes very easy. Pull each layer up towards the center creating a fuller look. 

When finished, your two halves will probably not connect, so you will need to apply your hot glue gunning skills! Place a small dot and connect each side together and you will have your almost complete page flower!

Now it gets fun! Dig through your buttons, your jewelry, ANYTHING that could bling up your flower. Hot glue it to the center, and watch as it completely finishes off the look! I have been getting super creative and using peacock feathers, lace, and several various buttons to complete my flowers. Now, apply to whatever you so choose. I adore my lamp but also think it would be fun on photo frames, mirrors, or even on a canvas! The options are endless. 

Hope this tutorial makes sense and that you all get out there and get creative! Stress relief and fun are the only things that can come out of a hobby like this. Remember to enjoy yourself and create something that is one-of-a-kind! Love to all! :)