Sunday, May 23, 2010

New peg person!

I call this one Dottie bug :-)  She turned out being a little oriental looking which I think is perfect with the colors!

I want to make a series of these peg people with the garden theme and call them the "Garden Gals" or something like that. I am trying to decide if I should try and sale them on my Esty site. They could be pendants or fun little people for kids to play with. Or they could be cake toppers for birthdays, baptisms, weddings etc. Do think people would be interested? I could do other themes and special requests too.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Crafting again!

I spent the day yesterday organizing my little craft room.  I can't stand crafting in a mess so it has been a long time since I have sat down to do a project. 
This morning after the older kids went to school I could not wait to go downstairs to start creating in my clean organized craft room! what to do!  What to do!  I have had so many ideas sitting on the back burner it was hard to decide.  I finally decided that I was in the mood to paint so I pulled out my box of blank wood peg people that I had ordered in December with the thought of making a nativity set with them. This is what I came up with today though.  I like to call her Daisy May :-)
I orginally got the idea of peg people from the blog "This little Project" .  I ordered my peg people from Caseys wood products.  You can get different sizes to make a personalized family or you can make cake toppers, pendants etc.  I can't wait to paint another one! But now the kids are home from school so  I need to say goodbye to  Michelle the crafter for now and become Michelle the mom.  :-)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May bugaboo book pick

I am always late posting my monthly bugaboo bookclub  picks!  The months just fly by way too fast! 
This month I chose one of my very most favorite books in the world!  "Jane Eyre" By Charlotte Bronte. This book has it all! Suspense, mystery, romance, etc. 
My mom convinced me to read it when I was about 15 years old.  I remember I thought it would be boring and difficult to read, but on the contrary I could not put it down!  Since that day I have had  a great love of Classic literature :-)  I don't know what is in the water in England, but it seems like the most creative talented writers come from there!
If you are intimidated by classic books and think they are too difficult to read then Jane Eyre is a good one to start with.  The writing style  of Charlotte Bronte is easier to read and understand than some of the other classic Authors.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

need a good cry?

If you don't follow Stephanie Nielsons blog you need to start.  She is such an inspiration!  go to her blog Nie Nie dialouges and check out the neat new short film about her.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mothers day gift ideas!

Mothers Day is coming up soon!
It has been a difficult holiday for me ever since my mom passed away from cancer 3 years ago at the age of 72.
 My mom loved flowers and so for Mothers day it was always a no brainer as to what we would get her (besides a card).
I have such fond memories of her proudly wearing her Mothers Day corsage to church that my Dad would buy her every year  ( A Mothers Day practice that is sadly becoming extinct).  She would put other flowers she got  in a vase and have it be our  table center piece as long as they were alive.
It was so hard for me that first Mothers Day without her. Going to the store and seeing all the Mothers Day cards and flowers and  knowing that for the first time in my life I could not get my mom a Mothers day gift :-(
But it was nice to remember that I have sisters, sister in laws a Mother in law and friends who are mothers that I can celebrate.
Do you ever have a difficult time coming up with a new gift ideas each year for mothers day?
 I want to do a better job at getting mothers day gifts for my sisters.  Every year for the last 3 years I have wanted to get them special Mothers Day gifts to help fill the void that I know they are feeling too, but I have failed miserably so far.  Mothers day always sneaks up on me and I am always too late!  This year sadly might be the same,  but hopefully not!
Here are some fun ideas I found.

This is my favorite!  Beaducation has the neatest ideas and here is one  that I thought would make a perfect gift for my sisters. If I did it I would  have just a single photo of my mom (like a black and white younger one of her). Then I would stamp the words " My Mom Forever" or something like that.
The Idea room also has a cute mothers day necklace idea.

I also thought a stitchery would be  a nice thing that you could hang up year round.  I like this one in the pic above from Twin Stitchers Except I would add the word Angel before the word mother. 

How about a cute apron!  They are so popular right now and every mother can  use one. 
 This one pictured about is a Flirty apron you can get a coupon code here.
You can make one if you are feeling ambitious.  Here is one I made for my Sister in law last year. There are tons of cute patterns out there to choose from.
If you have a Tai pan trading near you they are having a great sale on cute aprons with cute fabrics for something like $12.95 each.

Potted plants!  these are a good old stand by that never gets too old.
I  hate the idea of cut flowers.  I aways feel sad when they die!  So I like to give potted flowers as gifts. they can eventually be planted into the ground. 
 I like to get one every year for my mother in law and it is fun to go to her house and see the flowers in her flower garden from Mothers days past :-)

If any of you have some great Mothers day ideas also. post a comment about it.  I would love to hear your thoughts.