Slowing Down & Baby Crafts

As I get closer and closer to my due date I’m really starting to slow down.

Baking is no longer much fun for me since I’ve started to develop the dreaded…*gasp*…kankles, which means I’m pretty much limited to activities that involve a lot of sitting. I still get out for a few short walks a day and aside from the kankles I’m healthy but when you’re used to a rush, rush, rush lifestyle this is really a game changer.

I’ll try and post more crafting oriented entries but no guarantees; at this point I’ve got major Baby brain and it’s all I think about.

If anyone has any great Baby related crafts I’d love to hear about them. For now here’s a few I’ve come across that I might try out:

Alphabet Art by Mr. Printable

Alphabet Art

Photo Courtesy of Mr. Printable

Poopy Clutch Tutorial by Melissa EsplinScalloped Edged Clutch PDF

Photo Courtesy of Melissa Esplin

Numbered Baby Bodysuits by Martha Stewart

Baby Bodysuits

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Nursery Closet Organizers by Urban Jane

Photo Courtesy of Urban Jane

Yours Truly,

Mel


Renegade Craft Fair – San Francisco, CA

I’ve never been, so I really can’t say what it’ll be like but the Renegade Craft Fair at the Fort Mason Center Pavilion in San Francisco, CA this weekend (Sat., 7/19 & Sun., 7/20 from 11am – 6pm) look pretty sweet.

With over hundreds of craft booth, workshops, food, music and a FREE Photo booth it sounds like a great way to spend a few hours this weekend.

If anyone goes, let me know how it is.

Yours Truly,

Mel



Silhouette T-Shirt Ideas

I’m think that it’s about time for me to dust off my Silhouette (that I got a few years ago) and I’m thinking that t-shirts and iron on transfers are going to be the way to go.

Now if someone asked me to describe myself in one word I’d say “Baker,” so I think it’s only appropriate that my future shirts say something about baking.

Before I do anything I’d love to get your feedback on a few different phrases I’ve been tossing around.

1. A Party Without Cake is Just a Meeting -Julia Child

2. Baking is Love Made Visible (or Edible)

I’m torn between visible and edible. Thoughts?

3. Sprinkles make everything better

4. Baking may be regarded as a science but it’s the chemistry between the ingredients and the cook that gives desserts life -Anna Olsen

5. I eat cake because it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere

I’m not sure how this happened but apparently it’s Friday so Happy Friday Everyone!

 

Yours Truly,

Mel


Valentine’s Day Cards

Let the countdown continue! 2 more days until Valentine’s Day and that’s plenty of time to say, make a card or even a gift. To follow through with my promise I bring you, gift and card ideas.

Not really into DIY gifts? What about surprising them in the morning with a cup of coffee or tea complete with these cute cup wraps from Amy at Eat Drink Chic.

Boy or Girl

How about one of these adorable cards from Brittany of One Charming Party

Or maybe one of these Valentine’s Day Cards from Kristin at Bunny Cakes.

For gifts let’s go simple but creative.

Chocolate chip cookies are always a hit and Micheline at The Miniature Moose shows you how to turn them into hearts. Pure genius!

A Sharpie + a mug makes for a quick, easy and creative way to say, “I Love you,’ and Amber at Living Your Creative even walks you through how to do it.

And of course who doesn’t love kisses? Especially these giant rice krispy treat versions by Jadi of  Homemade Fun.

See it won’t be that hard and they’ll think you spent lots of time on them.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Valentine’s Day Decorations

I always have good intentions for Valentine’s Day. I go crazy on Pinterest thinking that I’ll make tons of cutesy projects and our house will overflow with red & pink hearts and declarations of love. Yeah, not so much.

I managed to find this banner from last year but so far that’s the extent of my Valentine’s Day decorations.

Don’t fret you’ve still got 4 days until V-Day and I’v got a few easy projects to inspire you. Unless you’re anti-Valentine’s Day in which case THESE are probably more your style.

Photo via Thirty Handmade Days

For Everyone else, here are those red, pink and purple “ahhhhh” inspiring projects that I promised.

Heart-Shaped Cone Trees from Christina at IGottaCreate

Heart Garlands

Candles with sprinkles, candy or whatever you have that’s red, white or pink.

Quick and cute Valentine’s Day inspired artwork like these pieces by Ruth from Living Well Spending Less

Or one of these Printables from Aimee of Sprik Space

Ready, set, Commence with the decorating!

Yours Truly,

Mel


The 44th Annual St. Christopher Ladies’ Guild Antique Show

Last night The Husband and I had a hankering for ice cream so we jumped into the car and headed down to my favorite place, the Willow Glen Frozen Yogurt & Creamery. Of course it was delicious and maybe with the temperatures hovering at a chilly 50 degrees or so it wasn’t the brightest idea but I don’t regret it.

Especially since the route home took us by St. Christopher School and of course their giant banner caught my attention.

44th annual St. Christopher Ladies’ Guild Antique Show is Jan. 31 to Feb. 2

What, what? How have I never heard of this?!

I immediately googled it on my phone and by the time we got home I’d already learned everything I needed to know from THIS article from the San Jose Mercury.

-23 Antique Booths

-Shopping

-Baked Goods

-Raffle

-Silent Action

-Food

Yes, Please!

Antique shopping starts on Friday, 1/31 at 11am (10am with pre sale tickets) and goes until 8pm. Saturday, 2/1 has the same hours and Sunday, 2/2 it’s open from 10am – 2pm. That means that there’s ample shopping time.

See you there!

Yours Truly,

Mel


DIY: Ball Marker Pins

Last month my Sister got married to her High School Sweetheart and as her appointed MOH (Matron of Honor) I wanted to make sure she had all her bases covered with something new, something old, something borrowed and something blue. We took care of the first three with my pearl earrings, and a new pearl necklace she received as a gift but for the forth item I had something special in mind.

As some of you know our Grandmother whom we both loved so very much, passed away last January. I know my Sister would have loved for her to have been there on her Wedding Day and this little project of mine made it possible for her to provide that something blue and be there in spirit.

See, my Grandparents loved to golf and for as far back as I can remember I’ve always associated golfing with them. They’d travel together all over the world and they’d always bring their gold clubs with them. When my Grandmother passed away last year and we had to clean out the Estate we found bags and bag of ball markers. Even though I don’t golf I kept a few markers for sentimental reasons thinking that someday they would come in handy and I’d find a use for them.

As a surprise for my Sister on her Big Day I wanted to make one of the markers into a pin so that she could wear it as her something blue.

First I gathered together my supplies: cutters, sand paper, hot glue, markers and pins.

Next I snipped off the pointed part of the marker.

Then I sanded it down but left it a little rough so the glue could adhere to something.

Before you glue, wipe off the area you were sanding (preferably with alcohol) and them place a small dot of glue down.

Finally press the pin back in and let it dry and you’re done.

Simple, quick and easy ball marker pins.

Since I was at it, I even made a few extras for my other siblings and myself.

Yours Truly,

Mel


DIY Felt Statement Necklace

This past weekend The Husband wanted to go to the mall, so we did and after we got home the shopping itch continued to plague me. I was good and suppressed it and instead of going out I opted to go into my craft room and make something.

This is what I came up with and I’m completely smitten. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Before the crafting mania began I jumped onto Pinterest and found inspiration HEREHEREHERE and finally HERE.

It’s been so long since I crafted anything other than plates and cards that I’d forgotten how much fun it was. The down-side is that all I want to do it get  back into my craft room and make some more pieces for the holidays, gifts and maybe even next month’s flea market.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Craft Night

Last week while The Husband was out of town doing some fly fishing with his Dad, I threw a couple of dinner/activity parties and the first was a Craft Night.

Dinner was a scrumptious vegetarian dish with a salad and these crazy pretzel-peanut butter cookie-Reese’s peanut butter cup-brownie bite a.k.a. Ultimate Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Brownie Bars from Hollie Schultz at BabyGizmo.

The craft part was card-making in my newly cleaned-up and renovated craft room but more on that in another post.

We had just a few crafting supplies between myself and Sachiko at Saiwai so we got on craft on and made a handful of cute cards. As the night wore on the cards got more involved and we had lots of fun.

Here’s a few of our creations.

Next time I think I want to try my hand at making my own envelopes and Becky at Oh Really Becky Forever has a great tutorial on how to do that.

Does anyone else out there throw crafting parties or is it just me and my friends? Let me know!

Yours Truly,

Mel