Saturday, February 27, 2010

Art and Motherhood CAN Co-exist

Oh yes they can! :)

I guess I am living proof of that after all these years. ;D

But another younger generation is saying the same thing and I say bravo to Shona Cole for that!
The Artistic Mother
available at

It is a wonderful thing to be able to create your own version of art and to care for your children--at the same time! You don't have to give up one for the other or wait for the children to be grown to get creative. Do it now. Don't be so hard on yourself --or your kids. Create with them and for them and enjoy the process.

It can be done. I have been crafting all my half-century of vibrant life. I have gone from mud pies and hop vine baskets with my sister on the farm to the writer, teacher and artist of today. I have been crafting with my two children at my side for almost 25 of those 50 years. I ran a very successful in home craft cooperative and sale with 6 other moms of small children for over ten years. We crafted with what we all brought. It was a very "green" way of doing things as we had almost NO budget.

We crafted, sewed, drew, glued and wove at one large dining table with-- get this--a grand total of 16 children either helping us or playing in a room nearby! Of course we had interruptions and snack-y messes and so many chuckles along the way. Creating for us was not always efficient or trendy. But we were very innovative and creative. We were not perfect and we didn't wait for the timing to be perfect either. We got busy because being creative was part of us. Combine motherhood and art in your life. It can be done --and done in a wonderful art-full way.

Read more about how you can do it at

Start now. Don't wait--create.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Getting Creative! Happy Birthday to Me!

It was a fun birthday party and here are some highlights above. :) Some of us scrapbooked, some quilted, some beaded, and some just came to say hello. We had cake and trifle and a great meal and it was a blast. Plus I got some adorable pages done too!

A giant Thank You to all who participated --and to all who wished me well-- as I turn 50 years young! :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Get in the Picture

It's a milestone for me (Rockester) today as I celebrate my half-century mark birthday today with a 15 hour crop at our local store. I have made decorated water bottles with stash, I have made darn cute treat bags from coordinating stash as well. I need to stop and get the cake. The rest of the day will be fun and easy....but I need to remember to take my camera!

Don't forget to get YOURSELF in the picture at least once a month...hand the camera off and have someone else snap a few for you.
Too often we are so busy with making sure the day is great for others that we forget to GET IN THE PICTURE! :) Today I am going to take my own advice!


Saturday, February 06, 2010

Valentines for My Mom

Happy 71st birthday to my mother.
Today is her birthday. Since I am thinking of her, I decided to make her a little token that will also serve her well this coming week. I made her 4 Valentine cards in a gift box so she can send them to her 4 children! (Me included!) I hope I do get one back again. LOL I am including seals for the back flaps and postage stamps to make it extra east on her to mail out these cards regardless of WHO she sends them to. :)

I used STASH of course! You all know me by now. I am on a 2010 mission to use even more of my stash for gifts this year. Everything seen here was already in my studio and much of it on my desk! I used up an OLD OLD valentine/love Frame Ups set that some of you will recognize from years ago. It was in my hearts and Valentines folder of accents so there is no better time than the present--for a present!

Here are the cards (above) This is just a reminder to pull out those embellishments that are just too cutesy for layouts and perhaps make them into NEW ideas!

I also decided to enclose them in a gift box and I had just the right box in the house for a completely different event. These Target Market Square brand fruity snack boxes are the perfect size to cover and dress up as gift card boxes. This one measures 5.25 inches tall x 7.25 wide x 1.75 inches deep. I pulled out just one sheet of 12x12 paper to cover it. I knew it wouldn't be as finished as gift wrap but it would be prettier than the snack box! :)

I used a paper trimmer to cut my paper 5.25x12 twice. I then glued them end to end for a 5.25x24 inch piece to wrap around my box like a belt. (seen below)

Add adhesive to the paper or to the box and simply start winding. Crease the paper each time you meet a corner until you are done wrapping

Now use your extra piece of left over paper to cover the Market Pantry labeling on the top of the box. Your remaining pattern paper strip should measure 1.75x12 inches. Perfect width! I didn't cover the bottom of the box as mine was white. Add glue, adhere, and trim excess.

I tied a piece of pretty ribbon around the center and cut off the excess tails. I then made my own matching pink and red flower by layering recycled pink, red, and white silk flowers. I inked it pink and black here and there to make it match even better! Feel free to alter flowers with ink! It's fun and they always match the project!

Attach the flower with glue dots and presto, you have a 4 card-enclosure gift box! Remember, it's all from just one piece of 12x12 paper!

Happy Birthday to my Mom! :) xoxoxo