Friday, February 29, 2008

family night

We just returned from having a lovely dinner and seeing the show "Cirque Dreams." What a great family night! Some of the acts were unbelievable! There was a balancing act that made me EXTREMELY nervous! What a blast we all had! It was so enjoyable to spend that time together.

I was able to list the latest Cherry Blossom Card today. This one is elegant in charcoal grey and shades of pink. Unfortunately I didn't have time to work on anything else... Friday's are my deep cleaning days. "Fun" stuff like scrub the bathrooms, floors, etc. (sigh... someone has to do it!) :) I hope to have some time this weekend to work on something... if not, there's always Monday! :)

I have decided to discontinue my "daily dollar delight" section. I have so many projects on my list I want to concentrate on, so I don't want to worry each day about what I'll list here. It was a fun February promotion! :) ... who knows, maybe it will return as a "special" sometimes! :)

Thursday, February 28, 2008


My sewing labels layout was finalized today! Bonnie of SugarPlumBaby has been an absolute delight to work with... I hope to get the labels sometime next week! Yeah!!!

Today my newest cherry blossom sold! :) I should have another one ready to list tomorrow... I was hoping to have it ready today, but I had a hair appointment, Cami orthodontist, and lots of just running around. The day disappeared on me.

Leila comes home tomorrow. We are going to see "Cirque Dreams" tomorrow night as a family. We're all looking very forward to the outing. Cami is counting down the days/hours until Outdoor Education. It begins Monday. She'll be at a camp for the week with her school. She is beside herself with excitement! :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

new cherry blossom card

Today I was able to complete a new pop up flower card. I am thrilled with the paper combination I used on this one. It is gorgeous (if I do say so myself!)... Everytime I finish making one of these cards I feel like the time it takes to make one is well worth it. It's one of those things that is special and unique, something to be treasured.

I have volleyball league tonight... I'm looking forward to a good, competitive game! :) As one of my volleyball friends, Julie, would say, "GET SOME!"

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I made another trip to buy supplies today... It was sure fun to wander the aisles and choose out a few neat fabrics. I am excited about sewing up some different things. I also ordered some sewing labels. I wasn't very happy with the one I tried making. The quality of printing on the fabric sheets just wasn't what I wanted it to be. Plus, I don't want to worry that it would fade or wash out. I spent some time putting together the logo so that I can email it out tomorrow.

Cami had ballet class this afternoon... it's so much fun to have her show me what she learned everyday after class. She's so energized and absolutely loves putting on a little performance for me. It's one of my favorite moments. She's growing so quickly. She's becoming a young woman right before my eyes. Ballet is teaching her poise, discipline, grace.... I'm very proud of her and her determination to be a great dancer (and great at whatever else she puts into her mind she wants to do!).

Leila called this evening. She was very excited to tell me that she "officially" has a boyfriend. She's looking forward to him coming to meet "the family" sometime soon. I am happy that she has found someone she enjoys spending time with, I can't wait to meet him. She deserves the best and I trust that she would choose someone who would treat her in the way she deserves.

I think about my girls and my husband and I guess that what you really want is for everyone to be happy, healthy, and satisfied with their life and their choices. I am fortunate and blessed to have grown up in a terrific family and I pray that I give the same to ours. I can't imagine life without the feelings and experiences you have within your family. I am truly grateful.

Monday, February 25, 2008

chocolate and a banner

The custom order chocolate bookmark is done and listed! It really turned out so cute and yummy looking! I think I'll have to make a similar one to list again... Chocolate just looks so good and happy, I don't think you can have too many! :)

Today I also designed a custom etsy shop banner and avatar for PaperRock ScissorsInk. I really had fun putting it together. I'm thinking about getting a couple of designs ready and listing them as well... We'll see... I'll add it to the list of projects! :)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

s a t i s f i e d

I'm tired.... in that very good way, where you worked hard, played well, got a good workout type of tired. Nice competitive volleyball this morning. I LOVE it when it's like that. :) Four hours of playing flew by... a very satisfying morning.

I put together the ingredients for chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker when I got home. It sure did make the house smell all super yummy and comfy all afternoon! It ended up being a very delicious and satisfying dinner. ;)

While the soup was busy cooking I finished working on the chocolate candy bookmark that is a custom order. I'm ready to take photos tomorrow morning and list it. I also made a tag set using the leftover scraps from the Cherry Blossom Card. The papers are just sooo beautiful, I didn't want any to go to waste! They turned out so beautiful and elegant looking. I can imagine them being used in all kinds of wonderful places: scrapbooks, art journals, frames, cards, AND as exquisite gift tags! I was able to list the Cherry Blossom Tags. I am very satisfied with how they turned out.

All in all a very satisfying day... :)

Friday, February 22, 2008

good things

Today has been faaabuuulooouuus!!!

"Good Thing #1" - My day started with a quick check of email... I found that I had the famous "etsy transaction" email! The California Roll and Chocolate Truffle No. 1 sold... Yeah! Two of my favorite items, it makes me happy to think someone else liked them too! :)

"Good Thing #2" - Shortly after checking my email my husband called... We're going to South Beach, Miami for a few days in April, compliments of his company!!! :) He's receiving recognition for last year's performance... Yeah! It's hard to imagine he and I going somewhere for a few days by OURSELVES (in other words - kidless!)...

"Good Thing #3" - Called Leila to line her up for little sister babysitting job (while we're in Miami, oh yeah...) and to see what's going on. After the "that's not fair... kids should be able to go too..." comments, she agreed to spend the days required with her sis. What's the good thing? She has the same spring break as Cami... that means she'll be able to join us this year when we visit family in Utah! Yeah!

"Good Thing #4" - Posted the new dimensional flower card that I made yesterday. It is so elegant and unique. I am so pleased with how it turned out! (...and now it's SOLD already! I think this could qualify as #5...!) :)

It's been a VERY good day...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

another day

I think I could stay in my little art studio/office all day! Today I listed a collage tag along with a couple of wood pieces that I had woodburned some images on. They are really unique and I think they would make great embellishments for something special.

I have volleyball tonight! Yeah! I really need some exercise, as I have been glued to my desk the last couple of days... :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

good morning sunshine

I could hardly wait to get out of bed this morning! I wanted to get Cami off to school so I could hurry home and sit in my newly organized office. It sure felt wonderful! I was able to list a set of three embossed tags that I made a l-o-n-g time ago. I found them in one of my folders when I was cleaning. :) I listed them today as my daily dollar delight. They are very elegant and I'm very glad that an etsy shopper took advantage of that special!

I created a new card today... I am VERY happy with how it turned out. It will be a new addition to my "2 in 1 cards". This particular set will be the "floral collection." It has an added element to the recycle and reuse idea. I created a 3D flower that is folded up and tied with a ribbon on the front of the card. The flower "blooms" when you untie the ribbon keeping it shut. The reuse part of this flower is that I have attached it to the card with velcro... this way the recipient has the choice to reuse the flower as a beautiful gift tag or embellishment (just glue it on!) OR choose to send the entire card to someone new by removing their "note" and writing their own sentiments on the elegant paper underneath! (Then the new recipient can use the flower if they choose!) I just LOVE how this has turned out! I hope that this new line of cards will catch on for me... it's a card that keeps on giving! :)

Tonight I will work on a custom order for a chocolate bookmark, then dream about tomorrow's projects...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

aaahhhh organization

I'm finally finished! I have put everything in it's place... that means tomorrow I get to create again! Yeah! It was definitely a bigger job than I thought it would be, but boy, am I glad I took the time to do it. Now I remember all the supplies I have AND I know where they are!

I can hardly wait to go to "work" tomorrow...

Monday, February 18, 2008

clean and organize

I have spent a good part of the weekend organizing my office... It's amazing how it can get out of control! Norm & Cami have been threatening to do a "Clean Sweep", and I just couldn't let that happen! I have too much (probably the problem!) "good stuff". I really do have a satellite store of Michael's or JoAnn's here (slightly embarassing, as it always seems like I still "need" something from there - that's gotta stop!)... I think I'll see if I can get an official licensing as a "neighborhood store!" :)

I should be finished tomorrow morning, I'll take some pictures of my new, neat, AND organized little studio office. THEN... I can create again! ...aaaaahhhh :)

Friday, February 15, 2008

looking and buying

I went shopping today! Not any kind of shopping, CRAFT shopping... that's the best kind! I noticed that JoAnn's was having a sale on items I "needed," plus every so often I love just wandering the aisle's looking for new products and inspiration. I found lots of good things to add to my collection (or warehouse as my husband calls it...:) ), so now I need to clean and organize a bit (a lot!). I have to be ready to make lots of new and different things next week.

I've got a "to do" list of projects... I'm looking forward to working on them. Now I'll keep cleaning and organizing AND enjoy the nice 3 day weekend with my family. :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

l o v e

Isn't it nice to have a day where you are reminded to tell those around you how special they are to you? I want to make sure that I remember to share those feelings every day, not just on a special occasion... I feel so blessed to be part of such a loving, thoughtful family. Cami made a lovely card for us today and Leila called to say she received roses and chocolates from someone at school. It's nice to feel special to someone and to know you are in their thoughts.

I was so excited yesterday about listing my California Roll... I was looking at some of the photos and realized they would make great greeting cards. So today I put a set of two together and listed them as my daily dollar delight for the day! I am really pleased with how they turned out.

Today I had planned on starting on another project as well, but I ran out of energy. We have had really strong winds today (plays havoc with my allergies) and I think that combined with not sleeping well last night made me not productive this afternoon. It's OK... I'll have a little time tomorrow to start something new.... :)

I have this 5 x 5 canvas that's been staring at me the past few days.... it's begging for some color...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

it's here

Drum roll, please...... Here it is! The first of my sushi collection! I started off with a California Roll. (It only seemed right...) I am sooooo happy with how it turned out! I can hardly wait to start the next one. :) I finished listing it a little while ago, and I'm mixed... I want it to sell quickly, yet I don't want to part with it! I guess this just means that I really need to start on the next one... like NOW! I plan on making spicy tuna rolls, avocado rolls, cucumber rolls, etc., as well as "sushi". Like my chocolate collection, I'll make tags, cards, magnets, bookmarks, and whatever else I can dream up!

Do you know what? I am VERY happy when I create something! :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

almost done

I am almost finished with my new pincushion creation!

Today I had tons of fun working on it... I have spent lots of time trying to get it just right and now I have just a little bit more to do so that it will be ready... I can't wait to unveil it tomorrow! :)

Monday, February 11, 2008

new arrangement

I had a very nice surprise when I got home from my volleyball tournament yesterday.... Norm and Cami had rearranged our living room furniture! It was so nice! I really like how they moved things around. Here's a view of how they angled the couch and chairs. I just love it! What a thoughtful thing to come home to!

I haven't had a chance to create anything today... it's been a busy, fun day celebrating my friend's birthday. We spent a leisurely lunch together and then it was time to pick up Cami, take her to ballet, finish homework, etc., etc.!

I can't believe Valentine's Day is just a few days away! I have "stuff" to do! :)

Friday, February 8, 2008


OK... so my little tirade yesterday didn't really make me feel better. However, today my "daily dollar delight" was purchased... YEAH! That did make me feel better! I know it's silly... I guess I just really wanted to see my idea in work. :) So... thanks for making my day!

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. It's a volleyball weekend for me. I get to play in a 2 day coed tournament! I always have so much fun playing PLUS I love the mental and physical exhaustion you get when you play hard for 2 days straight... It's cleansing (not just the stinky, sweaty part) in some way. It seems like most of the time I play in a 2 day tournament it's "away", meaning I'm away from my family for a few days as well. Since this is a "local" tourney I get to be home with my family at night, yeah! My family is so supportive of all the time I take to play volleyball... I'm really lucky! :)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

take a chill pill

Wassss uppppp????? OK now, don't get depressed.... I just don't understand, no one bought the cute daily dollar delight yesterday and so far no one has purchased the one listed for the day... Someone tell me... is my work that unappealing? My goodness.... The items I listed had LOTS of work in them, way worth more than a measly dollar! All right, all right.... I'll just take it a day at a time... I just thought it was such a good idea... ok, Holly, RELAX!

(don't get scared... I don't always talk to myself like this)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

daily dollar delight

I love it when I receive an order in the mail (it's almost as fun as sending one out!)... Today I received this darling magnet board I ordered from one of my favorite etsy sellers. She even sent me cute "extra" magnets of my initials. I took a photo of my chocolate magnets on the board. So super cute!

Today I started a new daily promotion on my etsy shop. I will list one item Monday through Friday in my "daily dollar delight" section. You never know what you'll find... a sample of a new item? a card? magnets? felt yummies? adorable tags? I'm very excited about this, I feel like it will push me to keep being creative as well as help me get some traffic to my little shop.

The item I listed in the new section today is the first in my new series of cards, called 2 in 1 cards. These cards are "beautiful enough to reuse!" Today's sample offering is a pink felt flower that I sewed some details on and then attached to a textured, blue & green striped card. I love it! Someone better snap it up in the daily dollar delight section today! :) I'm looking forward to adding more 2 in 1 cards to my shop. I even created a section for them today in anticipation.

I feel rejuvenated... it's funny what a dollar can do! :)

Monday, February 4, 2008

a pity party

I don't know what my deal is today... I'm feeling a little down, it's a good thing my sister came to my pity party and turned things around. It's the best to be able to just complain away and have someone just listen. No major problem just can't seem to motivate myself (although I did manage to post my new "heart-felt" tag). Probably has something to do with the pounding headache I have. I should take some advil...

A warning... don't accept any invitations to my party...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

a quiet afternoon

Today is the superbowl! Norm and Cami went to watch at a friend's house.... that means I have the house to myself.... a quiet afternoon. (ahhhh)

So I took pictures of the tag I created yesterday and wrote up a description... I'll post it tomorrow! I am really pleased with this little tag... or bookmark... or scrapbook embellisment... It's unusual and makes me think of a mosaic made with felt. I can't wait to make more. My brain is spinning with possibilities! :)

I have also been preparing an order to ship out tomorrow. That's about all set to go... I love having to go to the post office to send out an order. Each order feels like I'm sending one of my "babies" out to a new home.

Between volleyball games this morning I embroidered a few more chocolate items... I really want to get a "set" up tomorrow, as Valentine shopping should definitely be underway. After that is done I want to get back to completing the project I've been working on for the past few days, (before I got sidetracked by all those shiny, felt pieces!).

It's been so nice to spend a superbowl Sunday messing around in my office...

Saturday, February 2, 2008

dusting off the machine

I haven't used my sewing machine in a couple months (and then it was to fix something, so that doesn't really count!) so today I dusted it off to start playing with some of the felt pieces I cut out a few days ago... They are really coming along! I can't wait to make these little colorful bits into "something"... I love sitting down with supplies at hand and just letting go... creating. I start thinking that I will be making one thing and then I discover a whole new way to make it even better. It's just the best! :) I'm looking forward to finishing a couple of these projects up in the next day or two and listing them.

It's amazing to me how my mood can totally change if I just spend a little time working on an art project... I was a little grumpy this morning (although I was trying not to be), until I got in my office and started messing around with my stuff for a little while... I started feeling sooo much better. I think it's because I put aside any worries for a little while. It's a little vacation.

Well... now that my machine is all warmed up and excited to be running (it had been feeling left out), I have a few future projects lined up to make. I am looking forward to the adventure...
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