Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dear Mom

I've been thinking about my mom a lot lately. Maybe it was the "Happy Mother's Day" signs that have been staring me in the face at every store we have been to for the last month. Maybe it's the fact spring is sprung and every spring (for Mother's Day) I would help mom fill her front flower beds with flowers. Mom passed away about a year and a half ago, and we were very close. As life continues on without her, I find myself thinking about her a lot!

Even with as much as I had been thinking about her, it surprised me when I started creating pieces for a canvas that reminded me of her. After creating a background with gelatos, I grabbed a stencil and masked off part of it to create what I wanted to be a "stained glass" or "mosaic" vase. I realized after I created it, the vase reminded me of my mom's urn. The flowers I wanted to fill it with were daisies, mom's favorite flowers. I wanted butterflies on it-Mom loved them!  It was then I realized how much I just wanted to talk to her and I guess creating the canvas was my way to do so.

So I turned my canvas into a letter to her.

Dear Mom,
Sometimes it seems like it was only yesterday you left, other times it seemed like it has been a million years since I lasted talked to you, seen you smile. I miss you so much. I see something you would like and I want to pick up the phone and call you, but I know I can't. I know you are so very happy where you are at! You are with the Savior of the world, with Jesus. Knowing that fills me with the hope that I will see you again and that is how I can face life! 
Love, Betsy

Supplies used: 8 x 10 canvas, Faber-Castell-Gelatos and Bead Gel Medium, Heidi Swapp-Colorshine, Ruby Rock-it-Butterflies, chipboard letters, Sharpie markers, Krylon-18k Gold Leaf Marker, Prima Marketing-flowers, mosaic stencil.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hallway Makeover with Stencil1

Have you ever noticed when you start redoing one room of your house you can't stop there? One room starts looking good and so it makes the rest of the house look bad??? So one room leads to two and so on...

When my dad agreed to redo the kitchen it led to working on the dining room, due to structural issues, then after I got the dining room all fixed up, it made the hallway look pretty shabby. So I did a quick coat of white paint to at least freshen it up. 

My hallway has always been my photo gallery. A hallway of memories so to speak. I never really had any rhyme or reason to it. Since I was redoing other rooms, I decided it was time for a change. I wanted to still have my hallway of memories, but wanted a more cohesive feel to it. Inspiration struck  at the Craft and Hobby Trade show when I saw a cool mum stencil from Stencil1. 

My idea was to use the 3 mum repeat stencil down the hallway and then paint my hodge-podge of frames all the same color to tie everything together.  So I tucked the idea into the back of my brain for a "when I have time" project, but then Stencil1 emailed! Their repeat pattern stencils won PRODUCT OF THE YEAR and was I interested in using one of them for a project? I shared my hallway idea and they loved it as much as I did. 

So Stencil1 set me up to do my "hallway makeover."

For my project I needed: Fresh wall space, paint, roller and tray, Stencil1 stencil (I used 3 mums repeat,) and painters tape. 

Since my halls were already bare and freshly painted I didn't need to apply a base coat. I wanted to have the mums tumbling all over the wall in more of a casual look BUT I am a little OCD when it comes to casual things. Some people can just casually pull something together, for me it takes a bit of planning to be casual!  Therefore to help with the placement I photo copied the stencil several times. I then used painters tape to place the images where I wanted them to "casually" go. This allowed me to play with the placement and positioning of the stencils and see the overall effect without having to commit quite yet with paint. 

After I was satisfied with the positioning, I was ready to get painting. Stencil 1 sent me their roller tray kit , to use with my project. The brush for the roller is a good quality sponge, that holds the paint well.

I used a few pieces of painters tape to hold the stencil into place and then I rolled my paint over the stencil. They say you only need a couple of pieces. I wasn't that brave (remember that thing I have about being a little OCD...) So I used a bit more than recommended to avoid what I call a "Betsy Mishap" of the stencil falling off mid paint. 

I found the sponge roller held ALOT of paint, and so it made sense to roll off some of it before covering the stencil. This helped prevent bleed through with the stencil. I also found you needed a lighter touch, if you were heavy handed with the amount of pressure you applied to the roller, you ended up with pools of paint that also could cause bleed through of your image. One failed attempt, and both these lessons learned I was ready to go to town.

I would take down my photo copy image and then replace it with the stencil and paint away. 
I moved from left to right top to bottom and when I got to the little storage cubby decided to paint that as well (the little roller was perfect for the small spaces around the handles and along the edges!)

I loved the effect of the mums tumbling down the hall way. 

All that was left was to paint the frames and hang them on the wall and decorate! 

I loved the finished product and can't wait to try stenciling elsewhere!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Scrapbook Expo 2015-Milwaukee, WI

Shoebox 1K is on the road! Come visit us this weekend at the Scrapbook Expo in Milwaukee, WI. We will be running the baggage check booth and holding basket raffles. We have over $2000 in prizes donated by our generous sponsors! There are prizes from Craftwell, Creative Options, Fiskars, Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine, Peddler's Den, Forget-Me-Not Memories, JoAnn's Creations and MORE!!! Tickets are only $1 each if you by 10 you get 2 free and if you buy $25 in tickets you get a FREE gift valued at $20!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Best Blogger Craft 2015-free ebook

The votes were tallied and the best blogger crafts were selected for 2015 and you can find all of them in the Fave Crafts "Best Blogger Crafts 2015" free ebook. 

In the book you will find all types of crafts from crocheting and knitting to paper and wood crafts-including the pie safe project from yours truly! Tons of inspiration and did I mention it's absolutely FREE?? Be sure to download your copy by clicking on the image! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Doodled Handkerchief Doll-April Mystery Box Challenge

Challenge Accepted!

My friends over at I Love to Create asked if I was up to the April Mystery Box challenge and you bet  accepted no questions asked! I love playing with their products and couldn't wait to see what I had to create with! 

Photo courtesy of Margie Higuchi

This fabulous assortment of products came in my mail box and I couldn't wait to play with it! (In fact so much I didn't snap a quick "before" photo! Thanks Margie for coming to my rescue!) I was excited to play with the Tulip Fabric Markers and inside our package was a plain cotton handkerchief. 

When I was younger, I remembered having a hankie (or a cloth napkin if we were at a restaurant,) turned into a doll to keep my sister and I amused when there was a long wait. The dolls were put together with very little effort, and kept us amused for quite some time, first with the "creating process" and then using our imaginations to play with our babies.  I thought it would be fun to recreate a doodled version of my childhood memory.

 To add some color and fun to the plain white of the cotton cloth, I started with some doodling around the hem of the hankie, before I tied her into doll shape. 

After doodling, I created her head by stuffing it with a few inches of cotton batting and tying it off with ribbon. I knotted the top hem around her "neck" to create her arms/shoulders, then drew on a simple face. 

I love how she turned out and how little time it took. From beginning doodle to finishing touch she took less than 20 minutes! I can't wait to make more! This sweet baby is going to find it's way into a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child and I'm sure she will be joined by more than a few sisters and brothers as well!

Thanks I Love to Create! I had so much fun recreating a childhood memory!!!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Winner Winner!-Red Heart Yarn Contest

Thanks to everyone that helped celebrate Red Heart Yarn's "Women's Choice Award! It was interesting to learn how all of you choose products to use! Out of all comments I could only pick one and turned to "" to choose my winner!

and that comment fell to:

Blogger Kelly Sas said...Recommendations from valued friends certainly will influence my purchasing decisions. I also like searching on the internet for reviews of something I am considering purchasing, especially major purchases. I am a follower of your blog now. :)
Congrats Kelly,  I will be contacting you on how to claim your prize! A huge thank you to Red Heart Yarn  for sponsoring our contest! 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Red Heart Yarn-Contest!

Do you remember the first "yarn craft" you made? I do! I was 4 years old and just read the book Charlotte's Web. I wanted to be like Charlotte and so I decided to make my own "web" in my bedroom. I found a skein of yarn (it was orange)  and started tying it to every imaginable surface. The idea was to make my "web" all over my bedroom and then be able to crawl on it. I worked hard on it, so imagine my disappointment when my mom came in and wasn't as pleased with me as I thought she would be. (Apparently it took almost 2 hours to cut down my "web".)
Image from "String Fling"

As I have grown, naturally  my yarn crafting abilities have grown too.  From the humble beginnings of web making, I progressed to "god's eyes," and finger weaving, to knitting. My skill level knitting wise is basic, but that doesn't stop me from appreciating the gorgeous creations of my mother-in-law and friends. I love seeing what they create and then learning about the creative process and what supplies they used. I then use those recommendations to guide my purchasing decisions.

Apparently I'm not alone what influences my purchasing decisions. In a 2012 Fleishmen Hillard Survey.  Women value the opinion of others very highly when it comes to making a purchasing decision, and half of all women consider it their role to help others make smart decisions when it comes to purchasing product.

 The "Women's Choice Award" has a goal of helping women make better purchasing decisions. This product seal is awarded to companies and products, that are most recommended in a poll of thousands of women across the united states. For 2015 that seal was awarded to Red Heart Yarn. It's important to know this isn't just the brand used by women, it signifies that women are are willing to recommend it to others. As Delia Passi  CEO and Founder of the Women's Choice Awards states:
“When a woman is willing to recommend a brand or service to others, it means that business has earned her loyalty. Those are the businesses we wish to recognize for their efforts and commitment to the No. 1consumer – women." 

To celebrate their achievement. Red Heart Yarn is sponsoring a giveaway right here! One lucky reader will win a $50 prize packages sent directly to them by Red Heart! The prize includes:

Approximate Retail Value $50 
3 Red Heart Sizzle
2 Red Heart Medley
2 Red Heart Boutique Swanky
2 Red Heart Boutique Sashay Boho
1 Red Heart Boutique Treasure
1 Red Heart Tote Bag
What do you have to do to win???
Leave ONE comment telling me how about what influences your purchasing decision.  How important are "friends' recommendations" to you when buying a product?  Do you solely listen to friends? Do you research and also get recommendations? What influences your purchasing decisions?

Comment by Midnight March 26th, 2015 CST. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible commenters. As a special 'thank-you' to my followers I'm awarding all followers that comment an extra entry. (Indicate in your comment if you follow my blog.) This contest is open GLOBALLY...yes you red that correctly. Red Heart has generously agreed to ship the prize anywhere in the world.

A HUGE thank you to Red Heart for generosity in sponsoring this contest!