Monday, November 20, 2017

Sifting through the Unfinished Projects



Those of you who know me, know I am a straight up hoarder.  Not the dead animals hiding under newspapers and garbage hoarder, but a former I need everything and bought it shopper/stockpiler/hoarder.  While I am not going to lie, I have stored items in our shower downstairs that is out of commission, and I do find my cat hiding in my piles of clothes in my laundry room.  I like to think I am more of a collector, instead of a hoarder.  I have gotten much better over the past year yet, I do have a hard time getting rid of things.

I am the process of relocating my crafting area once again.  I had a BEAUTIFUL space when there were only 3 of us.   Now that we are 5 and space is tight, I have been displaced several times.  Currently I am in the dining room, but that is not work out with the little ones.  My area has become a disaster area.  It has become the source of several emotions.  Anger, because I have allowed my space to become crap.  Sadness, because I can barely move in it let alone create anything.  Frustration, because I do not even know where to begin to have a clear and uncluttered area.  And hopeful, because I know that I will get it together soon.  I just have to.  We finally decided that I am moving back upstairs, but this time into the smallest bedroom.  So I need to de-clutter and organize in order to get crafting, so that I can put to use all of the STUFF that I have.

I issued a challenge to myself to complete 12 projects before Christmas.  I am sure I have well over 25 unfinished projects that need to completed, but I am starting with the ones that have been sitting the longest, and are the most practical.

My Craft Area-  I need to complete the transition of spaces in order to be complete any other project.  My five year old son has been extremely helpful in helping me move some of my smaller items upstairs.  I have a bunch left to move and organize.  It will be a real challenge to get this done before Thanksgiving.  But I am going to try.  I like every mama out there has a crazy week coming up.  So let's see if I can get this done!  Stay tuned for photos of my completed area. 


In the mean time, check out my video below of my craft room 7 YEARS ago, when I thought I would be a faithful YouTuber.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

12 Projects BEFORE Christmas Challenge

I am not sure if you are like me, but when I see something on YouTube or someone's blog I think..."Hey, I could make that!"   Then I proceed to buy the supplies (sometimes I already have some of the supplies).   The crazy thing is that 75% of the time, I never make the project.  It just sits and sits and sits and well you get the point.  This past year has been a real eye opener for me.  I realized that the money I was spending on things wasn't making me happy.  Instead I was starting to be depressed by all this stuff.  I would sit down every month in my "craft area" and feel defeated.  When I would create my budget for the month and I would be perplexed by the balances on my credit cards. I was/am anxious by the state of disarray my house was/is in and I am saddened the amount of projects that I had just lying around unfinished or never started.  What happened?  I love creating and making things.  I used to take pride in my craft area and now I can barely move.

Sometimes I would lie to myself and say, "Maybe I need to go to IKEA and get some storage solutions and that would fix the problem."  Yet as much as I love IKEA and their furniture has helped keep my house from looking like an episode of Hoarders, I can no longer justify my foolishness by spending MORE money.  So on and off for the past year, I have gone on NO SPEND binges.  If you have never heard of a NO SPEND, it is where you challenge yourself not to spend any money.  The parameters can be as strict as you would like them to be.  If this sounds interesting,  Google it, you will find some pretty awesome ladies out there who can explain NO SPEND concept better than I can.  While there were only small stretches were I was successful, the NO SPEND mindset did limit my spending.  And put in to perspective several things.

1. I have fooled myself into thinking that I need to buy things to make myself happy or my life easier.
2. I have too much stuff and this STUFF that has caused a lot of conflict in my life.
3. I can survive without shopping...this is a tough one.


So the other day while talking to one of my longtime friends, I joked about doing a 12 Days of Christmas Challenge.  Ha!  Even I know that I am not disciplined enough to create or finish up a project everyday for 12 days.  But I do know that I have way more than 12 projects that are just waiting to be started or completed.  It will be a struggle to find the time to complete 12 projects, but I think I owe it to myself to at least try.  I know a lot of my time is happily spent with my family, but I should have at least one- two hours a week that I could spare for myself.

So I am issuing this challenge to myself in hopes that I will complete it. Also in hopes of inspiring someone else to complete one thing or 12 things this holiday season that has been put off.   Good luck!  And let me know in the comments what projects you would like to complete this season.  Stay tuned for an update on my progress.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

What is Blah's World?

What is Blah's World?

Blah's World is a place that I set up to be able to post whatever was going on in my world.  I originally thought I would be able to keep up with both my blogs and post things weekly, if not daily. I really want this blog to be a place where I can document my everyday life.  But my everyday life got in the way.  Since I have become a stay at home mom, there have been a lot of changes in my life that I did not always know how to cope.  In the past the stress has caused me to start loosing my hair, breaking out in hives, and severe anxiety attacks.   I really need to a place where I can sit back and let it all out.  So often I hold it all in, I have so many blessings that I feel guilty that I cannot handle the things that life hands out to me.  I need a place that is mine where I can share what is going on with me. Plus I want a place where I can look back and see how blessed and gifted my family is.

So then, who is Blah?

I am a 40 year old mom to three of the most handsome little men in the world.  I use to teach 7th grade, but now I am home with my boys.  God must have known that my little guys needed me at home, because he made the decision for me to stay home so easy.  After I had my third son we (my whole family...my husband and I with the full support of our parents, my grandmother, my aunts, and our siblings) knew it was best for me to stay home.  My mom and dad help out so much.  My mom even hired me as her administrative assistant, which allows me to work from home.  A lot of people do not have the support system I have, so I know what a blessing it is to be able to stay home.

If this blog is mainly for you, why should I follow you? Or why do you promote your blog on social network?

I would love to have you come along with me on this journey, but that is up to you.  It is my hope that we can inspire each other to be the best that we can be at that moment.  I cannot guarantee that I won't go on hiatus again or that I will post anything useful to you or that I will respond to every comment and question, but I know there is strength in numbers.  So you can follow me or just check back in every so often to see what is going on in Blah's World.

Occasionally, I will post things to Pintrest to share with my fellow addicts...I mean Pinners since that is where I go to search out ideas and inspiration.  I am not a Facebook person even though I do have a Facebook account. I am sure I will post my "Why I Dislike Facebook" rant at some point.  However, I use my account for coupons and other Facebook exclusive offers. I love a bargain and need my cartwheel.

*****Please know that I have my comments moderated.  I have 3 busy boys and busy schedule, so I am not always able to answer or respond to comments.   Sorry!!  I hope you understand.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Baby Shower Center Pieces

This is my most viewed post from my other blog!










A lady I work with asked if I would make the centerpieces for a baby shower she is hosting for a friend. Since I haven't posted in a very long time, I thought I would put the pictures up. The turned out AMAZING!! The flowers are actually pens.


Recipe:

Fake Flowers Roses-Hobby Lobby

Floral Tape- Walmart

Pens- Office Max or Sam's Club

Glass Rocks- Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby

Vases- JoAnn's

Pink Ribbon with Wire-Walmart

Baby Shower Signs- Wild Card Cricut Cartridge

Stickles-Michael's

Red Sticky Strip- Michael's


Once you have found your flowers, hopefully you got them on sale or used a coupon, cut the flowers off the bunch using wire cutters. Make sure you have at least 3 inches of stem, so that you can attach the flowers to the pens with ease. Cut off any extra baby's breath or small flowers, so that you may use it for added decoration (the small white flower are just placed in the vase to help fill out space).


Use the floral tape and wind it around the pen attaching the flowers to the top. Make as many as you would like. I made 12 per vase, so that each person at the table(8) could take one pen and the person who won the centerpiece could have 5 pens in their vase for their desk at work or home.


Add the decorative rocks at the bottom of each vase.


Add ribbon using red sticky strip.


Add decorative sign.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

My First Official Crop...Well at Least My First Crop not at Archivers

The Achievers in my area closed a few years ago.  My BFF and I would love to go there, but with 3 kids each now it impossible for us to find the time to plan a crop.  Fortunately, my oldest son's school had their annual scrapbooking crop.  I did not go last year (sad face).  But this year we did everything to allow for me to be able to attend.  Here was my set up and a few things that I worked on.


 Next year, I will be more prepared.  I will not bring everything I own.  Hee!  Hee!


I saw these adorable turkeys on Pinterest (of course). If you would like to see the posts that inspired me...Click here or  Here.  I adapted them to suit my needs. They were easy to make once I figured out what I wanted to do, but they take a lot more time than I had budgeted for the crop.  So I only made enough for my family coming on Thursday.  I did not have time to make any for my son's class.   We will see how the week goes, but it is not looking good.  


 
Then I saw a baby card On this site that I wanted to make as an embellishment for a scrapbook page.  I love how it turned out.  I post the finished page soon.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Here We Go Again...

I am ready to re-start my blog.  A ton has changed since 2009.  I would like to start my blog again, but I do not want to limit it to just the Cricut  and paper crafting, so I am going to combine my other blog with this one.  This post and the next few posts will be the transferred posts from my other blog.

Hello Fellow Pinners and Crafters!  My first Pinterest Project is complete!  I created the ever so popular Teacher Toolbox.  Here is the  Pin  that inspired my creation. If you do a search on Pinterest for "Teacher Toolbox"  you will find several for Pinspiration.  

 I bought my box at Home Depot; it was around $17.  Since I have a little baby and I am all about the shortcuts, I decided not to repaint it like many people chose to do.  Plus I actually like grey. 

So here is a look at the front.





 I added some cheap vinyl decals that I bought at JoAnns last year on clearance.   I was going to use my Cricut, but I am trying to use the stuff I buy and hoard.




I created custom labels using Microsoft Word.  There are so many creative crafters out there that have labels  on their blogs as freebies and on Teachers pay Teachers but none of them matched what I wanted.


If I was to make another one...which I am not...but if I did I would try to match up the colors with decals.


Saturday, July 31, 2010

CHA 2010 Robyn, Karlee, and Emma

Wow! You would think I met the President of the United States as excited as I was to meet Robyn (The Pink Stamper), Karlee (Karlee Krafts) , and Emma (My Creative Time). It is so weird, but I feel like I've known them forever like the were old friends. All three were so down to Earth, and so excited to see everyone.



Robyn was at the Custom Crops Booth promoting her new video Cricut Volume 3 and her lovely line of stamps. Karlee was there too. There was this young girl who made Robyn a very cute card, Robyn was so touched. I thought she was going to cry...she spent some time talking to the girl and her family. She also gave the girl one of her stamp sets. I was extremely impressed by how genuine Robyn was, and how she took the time out to make that young girl's day.


The Custom Crops Booth has some WONDERFUL products at a great price. Plus they had a raffle for some of Robyn's products, Cricut Cartridges, and some new products being released soon. I didn't win anything, but it was fun just to hang out at the booth. I finally got my George Basic Shapes Cartridge, the Crafter's Companion adhesive and remover for the mats, and My Pink Stamper's Fruits & Veggie Puns Stamps. I also made this cute card.



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Emma was at the Peachy Keen Stamps Booth promoting her new Gypsy Magic Video, and showcasing her amazing work as a Peachy Keen Stamp Designer. I have to say the pictures on her blog and videos do not do her work justice. Her work in person is breathtaking. The little details she adds to make it special...you just cannot see it in a picture. Emma was so sweet giving everyone hugs, and taking pictures. I was overwhelmed that I go to meet Emma too! It is so nice to meet the people who inspire you. Thank you!


I went a little overboard at the Peachy Keen Stamps Booth. I got the penguin and the kitty Cottage Cuts, along with some of their stamp sets that Emma uses on her projects. I cannot wait to use the stamp set for the Zooballoo cartridge. Peachy Keen Stamps had some of there stamps on clearance too...so I hit the clearance bin a little hard too. You only live once.

I am going back today. I still have more to post from yesterday, and hope to have more today! Thanks for visiting me!