Thursday, April 30, 2009

Theorhetical Thursday!

Today is a work day for me so I need to get to it.
Here's the question. Think about it. Leave me a comment if youre brave.
What would you do TODAY if you knew you wouldn't fail??

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Bag that kicked my BUTT!!







All together, I broke 4 machine needles, ripped 3 seams, smelled my motor burning constantly and stabbed myself with pins...ummm...too many to count. Pouted. Growled. Slammed my head on the table. Let's just say, I'm never lining a bag with fleece EVER AGAIN!!!!! It came out really nicely though!




And here are some bags that didnt kick my butt...



This one is big enough for diapers and wipes. Lunch. Wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses.
Fully Lined too!! Strap fits nicely over the crook of my arm.

My intention was to make cubes. But I like the way they came out. I like making them too. It was a little confusing at first, but I got it. Actually quite enjoyable!

After all that, my iron decided to take a crap on me. So I'll be going to Target today to get a new one (and Diapers). I would go to Wally World, but I feel the going to Target is a much more pleasant experience. I dont need anymore garbage today.

Monday, April 27, 2009

My time with Russian Nesting Dolls






When I was in Ga, we went to Hobby Lobby looking for an unfinished doll-house for Layla's Birthday. We couldn't find what we wanted, so I got something else. Looking back I was upset about the doll house, now I know God must have saved me from years of work just put the thing up so she wouldn't break it. Useless I see now.

What I got was a set of Russian Nesting Dolls. Maybe they aren't Russian since they arent painted, maybe they are mine! I'm working on them a little bit today. The day after I got them, Layla was playing with Bryan's Dads 100 year old set of nesting houses. She normally wouldnt get to play with them but she was hooked. I'm glad I got them. Nothing to break. Hopefully they come out well.



After 3 coats of white paint, two coats over the design 2 coats of glitter and 3 coats for Mod Podge, I see I will not be finishing them today. Bryan said something about me selling them. The only way I would feel that I was getting my times worth would be to sell them for $100. I dont know anyone who would buy them for that.


I decided to up the ante a little. In my family we have five generations of first born daughters. Think about that for a sec. My Great-Grandma (Gee-Gee) is a first born daughter. Her first born was my Grandma (Noni). Noni's first born was my Mom. I am my mom's first born and Layla is my first born. IN every generation, the first born child was a girl and direct lineage with Layla. There are five nesting dolls in the set. So I am making one to represent each of the five generations. Here's the first one, my Gee-Gee.




Silver Glittery hair and all. Can't follow??? Just consider that my daughter's Great-Great Grandmother is still alive. That's a miracle in of itself!




In other news, I made a slew of vintage-style button earrings. I caught Layla dumping out the button jar. Just like me and my sister used to do at Noni's when we were little. Ignore the state of my studio/office. We just finished rearranging to find that my sister and her son will be staying with us for a while. Time to re-re-arrange....hehe.



Time for chicken and dumplins!!! Have a great day!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Butterflies in my head...




I've got alot of things bouncing around in there. Plans, ideas, goals.

First of all, my Easter trip was terrible. I wish I had stayed home. We had a picnic with all of my family on Easter. It was hot and the kids were cranky and we really didnt get to spend much time together. We didnt even do an egg hunt! On top of that, my step-dad smashed Layla's $40 custom birthday cake with a gallon jug of sweet tea! OH the disfunction! I love my family, but you never know how "on the outside" you get when you dont live at home anymore.



Which leads me to my next point, I'm seriously considering not moving to GA when Bryan leaves. What's the point?? My mom works all the time. She wouldn't even stop to join us foro Layla's birthday party. Calen needs to work so all I would be doing there is watching the baby while she works. Same thing I do here, in a round about way. Only difference is that I dont have to waste money to move here. I can stay where I'm settled. I love my apartment, its very in tune with my chi and has a great sitting position. If they want to visit, they will have to take time out to come here. I can't waste a year waiting on them to stop working! UH!

Sorry about that venting, girls! I hate when my plans go up in smoke.





On to ideas! The fun part! I've been working on some zippered pouches to list. I got some really great fabric on sale so I guess thats what inspired me. My sister wants me to make her a bags to hide her money in. (Great, hiding money from her dumb-dumb fiance) Anyways, I dont like him very much so I'm thinking I will make her a pouch with a secret pocket. Problem is, I'm having trouble figuring out how to add a pocket that will be completely invisable to a man (boy). If you have any ideas, I'd love the help.


When I was little and we would visit my Noni, she would pull out a huge jar of buttons and we would seperate them by color and size. Now I collect buttons here and there and have decided to put them to use. I'm going to try to make fabric covered button earrings with my new fabric.

tricky.....

Goals, I'm working on listing one new item on Etsy everyday till the end of the month. Using only supplies I have. I'm running out of fun money, and Bryan is complaning we never go out. He wants to ride go-carts and got to movies and out to dinner. Get as much in before is has to leave in August for Afghanistan again. SO, the more I make, the more I sell, hopefully. I'm trying. No more money spending until I get something sold!










Well then, Layla needs to get out of bed and get on the potty....sigh... she's growing up too fast! On to pulls ups and princess underwear and soon, a big girl bed... someone pray for me!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Oh the suspense!!!


I cannot rip myself away from this dang computer today! Goodness!!


Things I AM doing:

1. waiting for the reveal of the winners of the ACETeam Scavanger hunt

2. Researching to see if I should sell my jewelry supplies... I'm bored with it.

3. Counting flowers on the wall... actually not but I feel like it.


Things I SHOULD BE doing:

1. Cleaning.

2. packing for the trip.

3. doing something with this awesome fabric I picked up. Uhh... I'm a sucker for fabric.

4. taking out the garbage

5. anything besides what I am currently doing.



I am such a procrastinator! Dont be decieved. I made this pendant days ago. If only I could take my sewing machine with me. Maybe Id be more likely to start something now.
In other news, Layla's sick....again!
The patch didnt work. Just made me itch real bad.
I made another sale on etsy!
2 days until I leave for GA! woot!
Get down with your bad self and visit my esty while youre at it.
whitehopedesigns.etsy.com

Monday, April 6, 2009

The lazy monster creeps...


Oh... I'm really bored. Bryan has been gone for over a week now. All I have to keep busy is 2 toddlers and a messy house. I have tons of crafty ideas rolling around in my head, but none under the needle. I need to finish laundry and get packed for Thursday, but my brain is stagnant. At least my the bronchitis is gone. Poor Layla. I know she has to be just as tired of being inside as I am.



I've been working here and there on her birthday present (pictured above). I finished a couple dolls, but nothing I want her to keep forever. I will put the others on etsy and hopefully someone will love them.
Looking forward to the warmth and humidity of Tampa. A pool would be nice too, maybe a tan.