Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ruffled Headbands... New to My Shop

I'm super excited to announce that I have added Ruffled Headbands to my Etsy shop!!

Each one is made with a double ruffle and attached to a matching headband. I've also added a couple of buttons and a resin flower to give each headband a little something special.

Want to shop? Click here!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

This weeks Writing Prompt from Mama Kat... that I chose is...

4.) If you could change career paths now and be anything you wanted to be…what would you be and why?

Let me start off by telling you a little bit about my aspirations as a younger me.

I wanted... so badly... to be a cheerleader! To be a star at football games! To yell and jump and wave pom poms around!


I was too shy and intimidated to try out. A fear of failure... perhaps. A fear of being judged. Not quite sure.


I joined band.

Plus, I didn't have to take P.E. if I was in band. How in the world was a girl that didn't even want to participate in P.E. going to make it as a cheerleader?

I wanted a little more out of band. I was tired of walking around playing the clarinet at football games. Plus, I didn't do so well at remembering the music.

I wanted to shine!

So, I joined the flag corp. It was awesome! We had these hideous shirt/skirt combinations that didn't even match the band or school colors and I always got my flag caught in the skirt. The best time of my life!

I had big plans for college! I was going to be a teacher. Until I realized there was no way that I could get up in front of that many kids. Thoughts of spit balls and airplanes being thrown at my back or whoopie cushions strategically placed in my desk chair bounced around in my head.


I changed my career aspirations. I wanted to be a Physical Therapist.

To make a long story short... after going to college for a semester and a half... I dropped out.

Now, to answer the question.

I would want to be a Physical Therapist. I would enjoy helping people recover from surgery, etc. Then again, I don't like seeing people in pain. So, that may not work out. But, the money would be great!


I would want to be a Realtor. I really like looking at homes. It's crazy, but if I could spend all day eye googling over homes that are for sale, I'd be super happy. Plus, the money would be great!


I would want to be a Detective. I love mysteries! I love solving puzzles! Plus, the money would be great!


I would want to be a Psychiatrist. I would love to sit on my butt all day and listen to people talk about their problems. If you're a psychiatrist, I don't mean you in particular sit on your butt all day. But, I would! It would be kind of like having my own private reality show. Plus, I'm a great listener! And the money would be great!

Would you want to change your career if you could?

Mama’s Losin’ It

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

This Blogging Stuff is Tough

I'm a "fly by the seat of my pants" type blogger. I don't plan out my blog posts. I do have several "ideas" listed in my blog binder and on my phone. It's putting them in writing that I have a hard time with.

This brings me to this weeks... Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop...

5.) Share your writing process. How long does it take an idea in your head to get published on your blog?

Well, that depends.

Once an idea pops in my head, I usually jot it down somewhere so I don't "forget". When the opportunity arises for me to create a post (which could be days, weeks or months down the road), it depends on...

If it's a Project. (And it's a rare occurrence around here that I actually have time to sit down and work on a project.) By the time I make the item, take pictures, upload the pictures to my computer, edit them and have a chance to write the post... it could be a day... or two... or three.

If the kids are hovering behind me... It never fails! They tend to need something when I just sat down at the computer or I'm smack dab in the middle of creating a fabulous post. Can you open this? Can I have this? What are you doing, Mama? Mama, it's raining again. That could take at least an hour to publish a post.

If the phone is ringing (which seems constant around here) that could cause me to take a couple of hours on a post or just throw in the towel and try again the next day. It really depends on who is calling.

If it's time to watch my favorite shows. You see, I'm easily distracted. And once I start watching one show... it turns into at least five. I can't help myself!

This particular post, for example, took me right at an hour. Why? Well...

As soon as I sat down and started writing, I had to open a drink for my daughter, answer two of her questions, talk to my Mom on the phone (love ya Mom), go outside with the hubster to get the kitten out of the car (they crawl in the motor) for him so that he could go to the store for us, wait for him to fill up the bird bath and help him roll the hose back up (love ya babe)...

Then, I could come back and finish up this post. (I love my family and wouldn't have it any other way!)

How long does it take you to publish an idea on your blog?

Join the Writer's Workshop at Mama's Losin' It...

Mama’s Losin’ It

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

If I Could Tell My Teenage Self...

There are so many things that I would tell my teenage self, but most of them... I should probably keep to myself. *wink*

I grew up in a small town. I just knew that after I graduated I would be out of here. Only coming back to visit family. Living a fabulous life in a new place with beautiful scenery.

A new start!


I'm still here.

That's okay, though. If I would have left, I would have never met my wonderful husband and had my fabulous kids! (Love ya babe! Muah!)

Okay, I'm rambling and going a bit off track here.

Drumroll please!

If I could tell my teenage self the things that I have learned along the way (and she would listen and stop being so stubborn!), I would say:

Now don't be makin' fun!! :)
* Pay more attention in class! Stop writing notes to your friends! There is nothing that you have to write (right now) that is that important!

* Pay more attention in art! You will need it later on in life for your craftiness. You'll grow to love it!

* You will have the perfect opportunity to go to college. Quit being lazy! Go! Don't mess it up!

* Spend more time with your friends and make new ones! The "best friends" you have now... will go on their merry way.

* Yes! Your parents are strict, but you will appreciate it once you're raising your kiddos. It comes in very handy.

* Open up to your Dad more! He will actually listen to you and he's not that mean. You will have a better relationship with him!

* Put away the Justin boots and Rocky Mountain jeans! You are not... and never will be a "cowgirl". It's just not your thang!

* Appreciate your skinny-ness while you're young. When you get older, you'll have a fight on your hands.

* Leave the boys alone! They're not worth the drama and stress! Concentrate on school!

* Keep the truck your dad (and yourself) worked so hard to rebuild! You do not want that piece of crap Firebird and you will regret ever getting rid of it.

* Love yourself! You are beautiful! Quit worrying about what everyone else thinks of you!

* Take P.E! Band is totally not worth taking just so you can get out of exercising!

* That money that you're saving... INVEST IT and pay off those credit cards!!!

* What is up with that hair for graduation?!?!

What would you tell your teenage self?

Mama’s Losin’ It

Friday, August 10, 2012

3 DIY Projects to Do With Your Child

Arts and crafts projects are a great way for parents to spend time with their children while teaching them important concepts at the same time. While kids are naturally drawn to creative pursuits, it is important for parents to make sure to tailor projects to a child’s interests and abilities in order to prevent boredom and frustration.

The following three do-it-yourself projects are all wonderful ways to introduce children to hands-on activities while also remaining flexible enough that any child can create a successful product.

1. Woodworking 

Children love banging objects together, and woodworking provides kids with a great outlet to take out their aggression with a hammer and some nails. This activity is also wonderful as the type of project can be selected by the child based upon their interests. For example, a child who loves nature might choose to build a birdhouse.

On the other hand, another child might choose to build a dollhouse. This activity can also lead to other arts and crafts projects such as painting the finished project. Because this type of project can require the use of sharp objects, parents should be careful to provide supervision of young children throughout the entire project.

2. Making Dolls 

Another great project that can teach children several different skills is making dolls. In this project a child learns important skills such as sewing, measuring and designing. Dolls can be made from virtually anything. However, do-it-yourself kits are available to make doll making easier on people who are new to the hobby.

Even after the doll is made, children will enjoy selecting clothing from places such as the Doll Clothes Superstore. Then, they can use their doll for dramatic play activities or can begin to build it a dollhouse.

3. Pottery 

Working with clay is a wonderful project that involves a multi-sensory experience for children. Parents and children can work together to get their hands dirty on this project. Young children may start with a simple ball of clay and make a dish or a bowl.

Older children may be ready to begin working on a pottery wheel. Like woodworking, this project also can be extended to include other creative pursuits such as painting and glazing.

When parents and children work together on arts and crafts projects, children are able to learn valuable skills about measuring, sewing and geometry. These projects also give parents an opportunity to spend time with their children that can lead to more bonding and conversations.

The most important thing to remember when working together on a project is that it is the process of creation that is most important as both parents and children can enjoy the finished product.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Shark Tales and Martha Stewart... Reading About the Rich and Famous

In between working from home...kinda, keeping semi-up with things around the house, doctor visits, paperwork, making lists ('cause I'm oh so good at that), watching Big Brother (I'm so addicted) and getting caught up on our Supernatural episodes...

I'm trying to make time for myself. By reading!

I'm not so into romance novels or what I call "books that will give me more smarticles".

Lately, it's informational type books, religion and Martha. Oh wait! Her book is considered informational, right?!


I just had to get Shark Tales. I have mentioned it before and was so excited that I couldn't put it down. I read it in about... 5 hours. Sheesh!

Shark Tales - Barbara Corcoran

It was quite interesting to read how she made billions. Wow! She is a super strong lady!

When I purchased the book, I thought it would have more information and tips on how I/we could use her knowledge to make billions too! No such luck...

It was primarily about her life. I still enjoyed reading it.

Now, I'm reading Just Desserts - Martha Stewart . Martha is a very bad girl!

Martha Stewart - Just Desserts

I had "heard through the grapevine" that she had temper issues, but wow! This book definitely gives you the low down.

Apparently, she is very flirtatious and has a vivid imagination. Not to mention... pretty self absorbed.

Which makes me kind of sad because for the longest... way, way, way deep down... I kinda wanted to be like Martha. Ya know... perfect.

After reading this book... that's sooo not who I am.

I do have to admit the thing I like about her most is her ambition!!!

I need me some of that!

Have you read either of these books? If so, what's your opinion?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Loving My New Modern Floral Pillows

Monday afternoon, we went to Wally-World in search for new clothing for my son to wear to football camp. While we were there, I wanted to pick up some fabric for a project. I came across some beautiful modern floral fabric and just had to have it! Only $3! What a steal!

Turns out... the colors matched perfectly to the colors in our living room. So, I decided to make a couple of pillows for the couch.

Modern Floral Pillows with Fabric Flowers

I didn't measure my fabric. I just went by the amount of fabric I had and guesstimated the size. They turned out to be approximately 14 1/2 x 10.

After stitching up the sides (leaving an opening for turning and stuffing), I made a few fabric flowers with the leftover fabric and some blue flowers out of scraps that I had on hand. You can find several tutorials by searching for "fabric flowers". I'm still trying to master these!

Fabric Flowers

Once they were complete, I just glued them in place using my handy dandy glue gun!

I love how they turned out!

The fabric is by Kentshire Home Collection.
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