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Mental Health Care Package

My dear friend is having a rough time at the moment, but I’m 300 miles away, so I can’t go give her a physical hug. This package is the best option I had to make her day just a little brighter, to let her know I care.

First, I wanted to make a stuffed something that she can hug. I’m a meme geek, so I wanted to make a foxtato. If you don’t know what a foxtato is, check out the original post. I wandered around Pinterest looking for stuffed animal ideas, so I found this fox pillow and this stuffed fox, both with instructions. Then super easy pillow case instructions. I’m not a great sewer, but have the knowledge and sewing machine to try and make something, even if it sucks. This is how it turned out:

Foxtato Collage

With little sewing skill, I used Heat N Bond Permanent to iron on the details. I did sew on the eye buttons, the floppy ears, and the pillow case itself. (If you like the printed fabric, here’s my source. If you like the pillowcase fabric, World Market/Cost Plus napkins baby.)I used my Cricut Explore to cut out freezer paper, so I could cut the pieces, as I hate free-hand cutting and I found good options for the tail and face in the Access Subscription images. I can share the Cricut project, in case anyone is interested in making their own pillow foxtato.

I bought a few different items, mainly local since she likes that kind of thing, for her, her family, and her daughter. Nice chocolate bars tend to be appreciated by chocolate fiends, so I also got her some hot chocolate and a tin. I included a tag based on the below drawing from InkPug on Etsy (though I just found the image on Facebook, always find the source kids), but I did a supplier of hot chocolate as she’s not much into tea.Not better, but tea

I would have done something with Robot Hugs’ Nest, but I had just given her a print of this beautiful comic for her birthday.

Nest

I bought her daughter a book, A Dragon’s Guid to the Care and Feeding of Humans, that is slightly above her reading level, so the whole family will read it together. Sneaky, eh? I included a crafter bookmark via the, wait for it, Cricut. I used their Folk Art set, embroidery floss from Michaels, a quote from Erin Hunter’s Moonrise (which I have yet to read, though really want to after finding this quote), and paper from Stampin’ Up (Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss) to make a squirrel bookmark.

Squirrel Bookmark Collage

I also made a mug of which I did not take a picture. It’s a geek mug for her hot chocolate with #10’s profile, a silhouette of Dobby, BB8, and a NDGT quote from his Death By Black Hole: “Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us.” I, of course, used my Cricut for cutting the vinyl stencils and then used an oil-based sharpie and baked it according to these great instructions.

The main point of this package is that while I can’t fix anything, I can let her know she is cared for. Check in on your friends now and again to make sure they are OK. Try to better understand Facebook/Twitter posts. Look for the real struggle and pain. I feel powerless, but I have been amazed what a card or care package can do.

I just sent it off yesterday, so she should get it tomorrow. I’ve been working on it for a long time (mainly via procrastination), so I hope it helps.

 

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Baby’s 1st Birthday Party

The party finally happened! I was prepping for months and it was lovely. C and the guests had a good time. No food ran out and there was little extra (except soda, dear lord, so much!). Everything looked as good as it could and C loved looking at the pictures of herself around the house … a lot. Are all babies this level of narcissist?

So, here are the pictures …

Animals in party hats (yes, animals with a capital A).

CP - Party Animals

The decorations, including the animals in hats and my normal Christmas stuff. One of the main decorations was photographs of my daughter through the last year: First Holidays, How She Grows, Many a First, Funny Baby, and Glamor Shots. I haven’t been able to take them down. She loves them and so do her father and I 🙂 For the wreath, my inspirations et al are here. The arrangement used inspirations from near everywhere and I actually did not use a base model. Very odd for me

 PC - Decorations

More decorations and the party! My two main “Pinterest-y” things: a hot chocolate bar and “mushrooms” made of half a cherry tomato and a bit of mozzarella. Both were huge hits. Yay Pinterest! The banner was inspired by a class I taught at Michaels back in October. It was a free class and I helped a woman adjust it to her needs, so it was even easier to adjust to mine.

CP - The Party

While not really crafty, how can I not the first cupcake pictures? I guess it was a little crafty, since I found the chocolate buttercream frosting recipe on Pinterest. She loves chocolate, hence licking of the tray (she hadn’t done that before).

CP - Cupcake

It was a lovely party, I’m happy it went well, and I do not want to do that for at least another year.

Here is a list of supplies and where I bought/found them:

Animals in Party Hats: Beanie Boos/Babies from Michaels and Diddams; ornament/pinecone/rough animals from Cost Plus-World Market; felt and pompoms for the hats from Michaels. Photo titles: stickers from Michaels, paper from Stampin’ Up. Large 1 arrangement supplies from Michaels (old vase covered in ribbon, Christmas stems, wood 1 painted in Martha Stewart Acrylic True Gold, floral foam). Banner: paper from Stampin’ Up, stickers and jute from Michaels. Felt crown: felt and pearls from Michaels, headband from my collection of unused headbands.

Birds in hats from Target. Pictures ordered from Shutterfly. Hot chocolate bar: all from Cost Plus-World Market.

1st Birthday Party: A Preview

My daughter turned one this week. Bigger deal for me than her, but we all know that about first birthdays. I’ve been planning and prepping for her party for months and the big day is tomorrow! I am not one to go professional or Martha Stewart, but I’ve enjoyed the crafting and arranging process. All the decorations are up, other than the banner, and just the food needs to be bought/prepared/arranged on table.

Here is a preview of the party decor with a theme of Woodland Animals:

Party Preview

Animals in party hats! Woohoo!

More to come.

Crafts of Christmas Past

October 1st through January 2nd is my favorite time of year. Why? Decorating holidays! And I also love fall.

As a follow up to Oldies, but Goldies, I present my crafting from previous Christmases. Well, only 2012 and 2013, as that’s the time I re-started crafting in ernest and 2014 I was a little busy with a new baby.

Here is a bit of the fun I had back in the day … (Really? Back in the day? It was, like, 2-3 years ago.)

2012 - Christmas Card Collage

Since cards are my main gig, here are a few samples. If you couldn’t tell from the cards, I LOVE birds. One even has a hat, as is my preference for animals. 2012 was the year I realized that multiple designs for Christmas cards is a bad idea, as you can’t assembly line them to get done in a reasonable amount of time. And, post wedding in 2013, I had a much longer Christmas card list. I can’t seem to find a picture of the one card I made for 2013, but, if I find it, I will post it.

2013 - Wreath

This is probably the worst picture I have of my crafts. Bad lighting and a white, slightly annoying wall behind. So I added snowflakes (or something) in PicMonkey to make it a tiny bit better. The wreath (from 2012) was in my last post. It took a lot longer to wrap than expected, but the flowers and embellishments were easy when I busted out (bought?) my glue gun. Here are the original posts I used: wreath wrapping, felt flowers, and beads on roses. The bird and torn apart picks are mine and mine alone (or from Michaels).

2012-2013 - Tree Collage I also love Christmas trees. Ancient tradition (“barbarian” German and Roman) and so so pretty! In 2012, I made the Pinterest classic ribbon and beads tree, created about 15-20, and gave them out as gifts. Again, longer than expected. That seems to have been the crafting theme of 2012. I made another Pinterest classic in 2013: the half circle paper tree. This one was much much easier. The paper tree didn’t have instructions, that I can find anymore, just this image from an Etsy posting that is no longer available. This was my inspiration for the ribbon tree, though I do like mine better (*patting myself on the back*), but still need to pay reverence to my inspiration.

*Side Note* I love books. Almost everything about them. I also love re-purposing things. The book pages I use in my crafts were going to be pulped, so I think it’s a better idea to use them rather than just throw them away.

2013 - Mini Album Collage

I’m rather proud of this little folio/mini album. It was hard to make (at my 2013 skill level), but so much fun to see my mom look through it. I used multiple how-tos to get this to work: 1, 2, and more than I remembered to pin.

2013 - Decopage Frame + Paper Roses

I made this for a good friend (top, officiant at my wedding, friend since junior high) and her family. I don’t think she wants her face all over the internet, so lovely flares for them. The frame was basic wood and glass from Michaels. It originally had 3 frames, but I broke the glass in one … whoops … so down to two! I painted (black and shimmer something) the frames, decoupaged the paper onto them, and created paper roses. (This links include instructions and my inspiration.)

2014 - Christmas

And this tiny wonder is the reason I don’t have any crafts for 2014. I think it is a good excuse.

I will have a post on my 2015 crafts near the end of the season! Happy holidays (as there are many at the moment) to all!

Oldies, But Goldies: A Blast from My Crafting Past

Here are some of the highlights of my creations in the far past … *cough – no older than 4 years – cough*

Cut Out Collage

From the top left, I made a card using Japanese themed paper for my friend’s bridal shower, the next was a good job card for my friend’s daughter (who loves dinosaurs), the house from Up for a new home card, a onsie baby card, a simple sympathy card (these are always hard, but I found a quote stamp that works very well for a cover without being cheesy), a bowtie card for a friend’s dapper son, a robot card for a nephew obsessed with his uncle’s work, Yoda for the same nephew the next year, and a penguin holding Sesame Street character balloons to my brother’s son (my favorite).

I made these cards using punches. From a simple corner rounder to messing about with the SU Owl Punch to major fussy cutting. I love working with punches and have far too many of them. I also used my embossing machine (Big Shot) with die cuts and embossing folders, sooooooooooo I have way too many options. It makes deciding what to make/use incredibly difficult (a good difficulty to have and I cannot, in good conscience, complain).

ATC Birds Collage

These are from my foray into Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). I very much want to get back to them, but having a baby limits my freeform crafting. I loved trying out different techniques on these 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 cards. You will notice very soon, if you follow my blog, that I love birds. I’m a little obsessed. These are two of my favorite cards and my favorite bird stamp.

Michaels Classes Collage

These cards are from my self-designed (instructor’s choice) classes at Michaels. Only one person ever came, so I didn’t really get to show off the different techniques, but I did have a lot of fun creating the examples for the classes.

Sleeping Cat Birthday

I love putting hats on animals. I have no idea why, but I just do. This party hat from SU fit perfectly on the adorable sleeping kitty from Picture Show on Etsy. An incredibly simple card, but one of my favorites. It took me forever to get the scoring right! (You will also notice that I also have a slight obsession with not just birds, but cats as well.)

Yarn Christmas Wreath

This is one of my non-paper crafts that I both enjoyed and felt turned out well. A Christmas wreath of yarn, felt, and torn apart pics the Michaels. I hang it up every year now. (See obsession with birds.)

That is a look into my crafting past. I have enjoyed crafting since I was a little kid and can’t wait to pass on the passion (hopefully) to my daughter. Along with my husband’s passion for robots.

A Baseball Playing Dinosaur Baby Shower

My friend (S.) is pregnant and fairly new to the country. They don’t really throw showers in Germany, so another German friend of hers (A.) and I worked out one for her with both traditional and non-traditional elements. As a side note, I have never thrown a baby shower and have been to very few.

Traditional: food (and lots of it), decorations, a game, wishes for the baby and parents

Non-Traditional: Baseball and Dinosaurs theme, only one game, no baby or blue/pink decorations, both men and women in attendance

A. took on the food. I love decorating for holidays and parties, so I took this part and all crafting bits on myself. Below is the scrapbook set-up with a request for wishes and ideas on how to present them. Project Life cards (I once had the idea to scrapbook and then I rediscovered Shutterfly for photo books) for writing those wishes, stickers, pens, etc. The strings you see are holding balloons to the the dinosaur jars full of jelly beans. A. did an amazing job on the food and you can see one of my hanging, non-crafted decorations.

People writing things for the baby and parents.

Dinosaur with Jelly Beans Give Away

Food!

I didn’t take pictures of the game, but it was a card deck with all the letters of the alphabet and some cards that said boy or girl. S. would pick a letter and a gender from the deck and the guests would have 1 minutes to write as many names as they could think of with those limitations.

I had a lot of fun decorating, but even more fun creating the gifts (some of which were also decorations). A. gave me Onsies that were leftovers from the last baby shower she threw. She said that the people at that party weren’t much interested in decorating them, so asked if I would like to. But of course! I had a few pre-made stencils, though only used one, and made the other two from online images and sticker paper. Do NOT use sticker paper on cloth for stencils. It took me longer to get the sticker off than to create and paint. At least they turned out nice. S. loves owls and Doctor Who, so those two were easy to figure out, and why not a squirrel, eh?

A. gave me onsies and I had fun. (Side note: don't use sticker paper for a stencil. So hard to get those last bits off!)

I made these for selfish purposes. I’ve been wanting to try this technique since I first saw it on Pinterest and now I had an excuse! Front side has the words used commonly in German and the back side has the English (American, Mommy and Daddy).

Mama and Papa Mugs

The actual present and card are below. The is the absolute best wrapping job I’ve ever done, so I had to take a picture. I didn’t mean for the colors to match; that just happened.

Seriously the best wrapping I have ever done on a present. Ever.

I made similar blocks before my daughter was born, but with a shimmery white background, rounded corner numbers, no baseball paper, and in English rather than German.

Age Blocks

I learned this one at my Bridal Shower: the hosts give the shower-e (?) a set of Thank You Cards, so they don’t have to buy them or much think about anything but writing. These were fun and easy to make.

Thank You Cards

So, I got my supplies from all over the place, including Amazon, Michaels, Etsy shops, Stampin’ Up, and probably somewhere else. Leave a comment if you would like to know where a specific product came from or how something was made.

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