Friday, June 17, 2011

Paper flowers…mostly


I.Have.Been.So.Busy! Lately it’s been one thing after another. Every day has been a good, even great, day but they are long and busy. I keep thinking I have to get this or that done before I can craft.

  • Clean the shed-check!
  • Power wash the decks-check!  (But now birds have pooped all over them before I could get them sealed…)
  • Plant bushes-check!
  • Get caught up on laundry-check! (Who am I kidding, in two days it’ll be all over the place again.)
  • Clean upstairs-check!
  • Get Abby signed up for camp-check!
  • Clean office-nope
  • Clean front entry-nope
  • Get rid of pile of bikes-nope
  • Go to the dump with yard debris-nope (For some reason hubby is reluctant to let me go to the dump…)
  • Get rest of finish off couch and chair-nope (Darn weather!)

But, I now have people counting on my crafts…so I have to make them a higher priority. It will take a while before I find the balance. Why are people counting on my crafts? Well, because I am now on the Spirit of Christmas Bazaar committee for my church. Also because I’ve recently been nominated/elected/coerced (smile) to be a part of the craftiness that is happening at my local library. Both of these places are very important to me and near and dear to my heart. Church is church, and has always been important whether here or other places I’ve lived. But now, as an adult, I feel the need to “give back” and the Bazaar is the perfect place for me. The ladies I have the privilege of working with are so talented! They are also kind and funny and it has been a real joy to get to know them! The library was the first place I “got to know someone” when I moved to this town over a decade ago. They are a private library (not publically funded) and now are looking for other ways to generate some revenue. They are opening a used bookstore and will have a crafty section dedicated to crafts with old books.


This was made with old books and a pattern by mmmcrafts. I wanted to see how easily it would go together. We will be getting together as a group to make things for the library store and there will probably be all levels of skills. This was pretty easy. Now I have to email her and ask permission to make some for the store. (Cause that is what you have to do…don’t forget to ask permission if it isn’t your original pattern)


Here are some flowers I made using book pages. Now I just have to figure out what to do with them…they are a bit labor-intensive for a card (all that cutting with scissors) but I suppose I’ll get faster as time goes on…


Here is the start of some bracelets I’m needlefelting for the church. It’s just a start. I still have to figure out how to clasp them…and it would be nice if the clasp was “adjustable” because not all wrists are the same size…

I go to bed at night and my brain will not stop whirling…it is almost annoying. It is time for some personal growth and time to push myself creatively. Well, I’ve jumped in with both feet now…I can’t wait to see what happens!!!


Julie said...

With three kids, a household to keep going, a book club, 2 craft charities...girl you have your hands full. But you can count on me, and I'll help you as much as i can when you need me. Just tell me and I'll be there.
Thanks for helping me work through this latest phase.
Chat tomorrow. Take care!!

Ann Martin said...

You have some great projects in the works!