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Life Update

Hi everyone.  Things have been quiet here.  I do apologize.

Want the mini version?  Read only what’s in color.

PTA School has been crazy insane this quarter.  With all the snow days we had, this has felt like the shortest quarter and we still had the same amount of material we had to learn!  Finals week just ended and so far I know I have passed 1 of my 2 classes.  Awesome, because that was a killer class, Musculoskeletal 1.  We learned about all the joints of the body (for the 3rd time) and then all the different exercises that would be used for those areas. It was so hard!  And we have it again next quarter where we learn all the pathologies (diseases and injuries) and how to apply those exercises!  AHH!  Another class, Kinesiology 2, have not heard back yet if I passed.

In other news, my boyfriend of 5 years and I have ended our relationship.  It was a tough decision, but I do believe it is the right one.  Eventually, we just stopped being compatible.  I am excited for the next chapter of my life.  The past few months I had really started missing being creative, painting, DIYing, sewing, etc.  Partly because I felt like anytime I had free time, I should really be studying.  But also because of the extra stress of school and the responsibilities of everything else.  It had become too much and I just wasn’t happy anymore.

For the past week (at least), I have been feeling good and ready to get my craft on.  I’ve already made 2 new pieces of jewelry and photographed them to share (yay).  I have a refashion project that I have been planning for months and took some of the steps to finish yesterday.  Of course, I did it all backwards so its actually going to be much harder then it essentially needed to be.  Naturally.

Other awesome news, where I went to college, the University of Dayton of Dayton, OH made the Sweet 16 for the first time in 30 years!!  THEN they beat that team and now they are in the Elite 8 (this one shows pictures of the student neighborhood celebrating after the Sweet 16 win)I am so ecstatic I can barely contain myself!  Their next game is Saturday night, I cannot wait to watch it!  I had planned to stay home and relax and craft, but now I’ll be out at a bar with some peeps enjoying the game!

My lovely niece and nephew are so full of energy!  They are 10 months old!  J is walking, he can officially stand up not holding on to anything, and walk on his own at least a few feet before crawling again!  Its crazy, his sister C is walking as well, she walks circles around the couches and everything.  Reminds me of how I used to crawl around the sides of a swimming pool when I was a kid (I can’t swim).  They are incredibly adorable and so much fun.  Extremely active, I am constantly crawling after them.  My knees will be all bruised up this summer from crawling on the kitchen floor!  But so much fun 🙂  Their birthday is early May, so we are already started the plans for their party!  I will show some photos of their decorations and the setup afterwards.

I think tonight I will work on my blog.  Set up some posts.  Finally update my buttons to make my new banner.  (PS.  Do you like?)  Just kinda clean up some things!

…Actually I won’t get too far.  I got up at 4:20am this morning, and tomorrow I have to get up at 4am!  So I’ll be heading up to bed in about an hour, I like to read and pin things before I go to sleep.  I work at 6am on the weekends (usually), so my Friday nights are fairly lame.

Thanks for catching up with me, everyone who made it all the way through!

 

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March is National Craft Month PLUS lot of giveaways!!

Thats right!  March is the month when its normal to do a million craft projects instead of those other things you “should be doing”.  Just trying to celebrate the month!

Its already a week or so into the month, and I spent the first week having fun with some fabric paints (which I will share after I get the photos..I totally forgot to take my own!) in between studying and school.  It was a hectic first week.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you guys about all the giveaways going on this month and which ones I entered today:

Mod Podge Giveaway at the Plaid Palette
Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit at FaveCrafts.com part of a daily giveaway!
– the daily giveaways page: March 2014 Giveaways
Grand Prize Giveaway at FaveCrafts.com – you can enter daily!
Enter to win a FREE class from Craftsy.com – you must be a member to enter
ENDS MARCH 9th at 11:59 PM PST!!!  – Knitting/Yarn/Pattern/Supplies Giveaway with 10 winners by KnittingDaily.com

Read more about the fun contests and events going on this month in this Examiner.com article by Annette Graf.

Mother/Daughter Etsy Shop Raises Money for Mother’s Surgery

Today I’d like to share with you a Mother/Daughter team shop on Etsy, FromScrapstoCrafts.  Daughter, Kristin is selling their handmade goods to help raise money for her Mother’s hand surgeries.  You can check out her blog and read the full story here.

EDIT: I apologize, I first heard of Kristin and her shop through Pillows-A-La-Mode who wrote about their shop here.

Her Mother, Linda, has been creating her own paintings on glassware for years now to support her Father who suffered from a stroke over 10 years ago.  In the last year she has suffered intense pain in her hands to where she could no longer paint and support her family.  The doctor confirmed she has severe nerve damage in both hands.  In order to regain her hand strength and use, she must undergo $8,000 in surgeries and after-care or she will lose complete use of her hands.

Don’t forget to check out her Facebook page with other Fundraiser items here.  Lots of the glassware is pictured there!

The great thing about this Etsy shop is that the items are made by them both!  All scrapbooking items are made by Kristin: handmade cards and gift tags, her Mother made these: wine glasses and glassware, solar lights, candles and candle holders.  Here are a few of my favorites in her shop!

Birthday Card, 5x7" for sale on Etsy $4

Birthday Card, 5×7″ for sale on Etsy $4

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Snowmen Gift Tag Set (6) with custom box for sale on Etsy $6

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3″ Penguin Pillar Candle for sale on Etsy $7

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Strawberry & Flowers Cake Stand Server for sale on Etsy $30
(this might be my favorite, I love strawberries painted on glass!!!)

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Smiling Snowman Wine Glass Candle Holder for sale on Etsy $8

I hope you will all check out her shop and favorite her items or share them with your networks!  Or if you feel the need, I guess I can deal if someone else wants to buy her Strawberry painted glassware!!!

Please show your support in any way you can, to see such artistic talent be taken away is very sad.  She paints beautifully and I hope she can pick up a brush again soon!

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TLC Craft Wars

You in??  Tonight at 10pm EST on TLC Craft Wars premieres!!!  I’m so excited, I love Cupcake Wars, this is the same type of premise, but for us crafty DIYers!

Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks! gives us a sneak peek preview here.

I can’t wait to see their crafty creations!!

Too excited to wait for the show to have some fun?  Check these out!

Enter to Win by uploading your photo to Crafts Gone Wrong and people vote, Unsightly or Not that Bad!

This one has the highest Unsightly votes with 109!
Unsightly Wedding Centerpiece

Personally I think this one is worse, with 86 Unsightly votes!
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Check out Videos
Behind the scenes with Tori Spelling.
More about host Tori Spelling and her craft line and craft blog.
Tweet along with the show with hashtag #CraftWars  : #CraftWars

Get inspired with the Crafty/DIY Pinterest pins!

GIVEAWAYS

Here’s just a few giveaways that popped up into my Reader and Twitter feeds today.  Be sure to sign up asap, some are ending soon!  Most of these are set up with Rafflecopter making them super easy to sign up for!

Imperfect J’s Cupcake Soaps Giveaway: Jamie from Imperfect J’s Cupcake Soaps has decided to run her giveaway early! She will be giving away a box full of yummy goodies to one lucky reader!! The giveaway will run for 2weeks and it is US only.

Spanx is a good Bra Giveaway: Look like a Hollywood Starlet in the Bra-llywood Hills! Side-Slimming Bra. This profile-narrowing, bust-lifting bra is engineered to comfortably give your golden globes a glamorous embrace! Plus, its low-cut cups make it a flaunt-worthy fit for plunging necklines. ( $68; Offered in Black and Natural 32-36 A-B; 32-38 C-DDD)

Spanx bras are available at SPANX.com

Quick Take: 
Comfortable-perfect fit.
Supportive-lifts me up
The Verdict: Always make me look better! Even from the side.
One Lucky winner will win Spanx Code worth $68. 00 to select from Bra-llelujah! Lace Contour, Bra-llywood Hills and the Bra-liminate Minimizer.
 
Summer Ear Candy Giveaway: To enter with the most entries, follow everything!
Check out  . . . Ms. Zena the creative artist of Z`Best!

Z`Best take pride in providing the finest Aromatherapy bath & body accessories such as Shea Body Butters, Hand & Body Souffles (lotion), Anaad Beauty Bars (soap), Body Oils & Foot Soaks created with the perfect fusion of essential ingredients to moisturize & exfoliate dull, dry and rough skin. Your skin is left feeling refreshingly soft & silky.

Also, she enjoy designing 1 of kind earrings for all women especially women who love natural earth tone earrings inspired by Africa.

Feeling lucky? Enter to win a  stunning pair of summer earrings and a bonus gift from Z`Best.
 
 
Silhouette Cameo Giveaway   – YOU WANT THIS!  If you love to craft, this giveaway is for you!

Spotted Canary School

I’ve just “joined the flock” at Spotted Canary School!  Its a website full of crafting resources, online classes, craft galleries, and what I hear is an awesome crafting community!  I just today signed up for an online self-paced course, Embellish Your Life, so I can learn some of the basics of using crystals to embellish fabrics, clothes, bags, etc!  I’m excited, I have a few crystals already and a pair of capris that I would love to add some bling to!  I’ll take photos for you all as I go along, and please do check out the site and join the flock with me!Image