Sunday, February 27, 2011

"Craftivism" Day

I follow a blog call CraftHope.  This organization was started by Jade Sims out of Austin Texas.  CraftHope inspires others to use crafting as a way to spread hope and love to others in a way that only a handmade gift can. 

 I love to sew and craft!  There...I said it.  When I was younger, I was embarrassed by this part of me.  I thought if I wasn't some famous fashion designer, my love for sewing was kind of dorky!  I have long outgrown that embarrasment, thank goodness.  I also love to share this passion with others, so I started having "craft days" at my house every couple of months.  I found the crafthope website and my craft days soon turned into "craftivism days".  So when we gather together as friends to craft and hangout, we add in the component of helping others.   This month we made baby deliver kits for Haiti.  It is amazing to me that only a few items can make the difference between a safe and unsafe delivery for someone without access to medical care. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bailey Button

Today is my 3rd daughter, 4th childs birthday.  Her name is Bailey.  When she was little we called her Bailey Button and she always thought her belly button was called a Bailey Button (so cute).  She is one of the sweetest people I know.  She looks the most like I did at her age and she and I love a lot of the same things.  We share our love of vintage, sewing, design and crafting.  I love you so much Bailey.  Happy Birthday!  Love Mom



Chocolate Milk with Papa!







 Became a snow bunny early on!






Can't help it.  Dad loves the snow!


Fun with Friends!





Fun Travels!

New York City


 Probably the most used gift ever!

 I love that you aren't afraid to be goofy!

Antiquing!

 Hawaii!


 Beautiful!



Friday, February 11, 2011

Chalkboard wall DIY


I have seen so many chalkboard walls, dressers and random items, that I just had to have one.  I thought  it might take some convincing Tom to let me paint a wall black, but he actually was totally okay with it.  So I didn't waste any time.  I found the perfect wall to paint in my kitchen. 





I ran to the paint store and within a few hours, I had the first coat on.  The directions suggested 3 coats of paint.  



And then wait 3 days before writing on it.


The third day happened to be my birthday and I came downstairs to this. 
I absolutley love this wall. 


When friends come over, they love to write notes or draw fun pictures.  Kids love to write on the wall.  My family writes things they love, funny things, notes, reminders to me.  Some messages are random, some are sweet, some are goofy.  No matter what is written on the wall, I love it.  It is a snapshot of our life as a family.  I highly recommend putting a chalkboard wall somewhere in your house. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Knitting bag

I decided I needed a bag to carry my knitting supplies in.  So I decided to take a stab at making an Amy Butler bag since I LOVE Amy Butler fabric.  

This fabric is from the Daisy Chain Collection.  







It is only a coincidence that my yarn matches my bag.  


Now I can get started on my next project of knitting felted  hot pads.  We'll see how that goes.  I am definitely more of a sewer than a knitter.  Even though my husband loves to call me a "knitter" like its a bad word.  :)

 I need to go pack for a vacation in the snow!  I know, most of the country is covered in snow, but here in Cali we are having 80 degree weather in February!  I love living here.

Catch you all later.

Carol







Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I'm in the organizing mood!

I got crazy last weekend and didn't feel like the weekend could end until my pantry was clean.  I wish i took a "before" picture.  But here are some pics of the "after".





I got a little carried away with the label maker.  Tom thinks I'm crazy!


Now that it is so pretty and organized, I can see the walls.  So the big question is...
Paint or Wallpaper?