Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Some mid-week Inspiration

Hi! I hope you are having a good week!
Here are some great ideas from this week party.
Cookies from Wee Share
 
Cork key chain from A Law Student's Journey
 
DIY Picture Holders from Tutus and Tea Parties
 
There is still time to link up for this week here.


 
 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Inspire Me Monday- August 29th


Welcome! I am really looking forward to this week. This is my first week as a stay at home mom (or work at home mom!). I have a week of fun planned for my kids and hoping to get organized around the house. I also hope to do a little crafting once I get my orders completed (been struggling to catch up but now that I am home full time I'll be able to get those orders out the door). 

These projects definitely inspired me last week. 


Love this idea from Smith Craft Adventures

Adorable felt owls from minimoz.

Delicious Taco Spaghetti from Joyful Homemaking.
 



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Homemade Play Dough

Homemade Play Dough
In my quest to be more domestic I recently decided to make homemade play dough. I figure that's what stay-at-home moms do, right? Make homemade play dough for their kids.

It was a bit of a disaster. And messy. 

I found a great website called Playdough Recipe. They have many recipes and I tried two of them.

The first was the No Cook Playdough Recipe.



Ingredients:

1 cup of flour

1 cup of boiling water

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

a half cup of salt

1 tablespoon of oil

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together.

You'd think I would be better able to follow directions! You'd think I'd know where my own measuring cups are in my own kitchen! I couldn't find the 1 cup but I did have the 1/2 cup. I figured that was okay I could just put in two 1/2 cups, right? Simple math. Well, I got a bit distracted and forgot one of the 1/2 cups.

It turned out like this.

You probably can't tell but that is goo you are looking at, not dough. It was really sticky! Once I realized what I had done and that my goo needed more flour, I kept adding more flour to it until it resembled dough. It was a mess!

This guy loved it! Sticky goo to play with, Mom? Thanks!

Because it was so sticky we couldn't cut out shapes. Which was a bit dissapointing to my daughter.

With one play dough recipe finished I was out of cream of tartar but I wasn't sastified and neither was Annabelle. I decided to try the No Tarter Play dough recipe.

Ingredients:
1 cup of water

1 cup of salt

a half of cup flour

any color of food coloring

Directions:
Cook over low heat. When it doughs up remove from heat and cool.



Does that look like low heat?!!!!


I don't know what happened here. Obviously I didn't read the "low heat" part in the directions and apparently when you heat up a flour mixture too quickly it burns. The smell wasn't great either!



It ended up less sticky and more doughy. Big mess though! I'm still finding dough in places dough shouldn't be.

In conclusion, I think I'll buy the Play dough instead!!!





Monday, August 22, 2011

Inspire Me Monday!


Welcome back for another great week. This is my last week of working as a full time librarian and I'm a bundle of different emotions. I'm all nervous and excited and sad and happy at once. 
I hope you all are having a great week and crafting, sewing and cooking like crazy! I can' wait to see what you've been up to.  


 Loving this seashell art from SouthernScraps Happenings


Great idea and recipe for homemade play dough made with Kool-Aid from Family Embellishments.


Great back to school idea from The 36th Avenue.
 
Have a great day! Thanks for linking!




Saturday, August 20, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

Well, Hi there! I've been happily planning my exit from my full time job and sadly neglecting my blog. I've been spending my days cleaning out six years of files and planning how my children and I will spend our days once I am no longer working full time.

That being said, I noticed today that I have little links to recent giveaways and they've been there so long that I think it's time to choose the winners.

And the winner of the Maria Allen Giveaway is...
Miss S said...



I follow u as Miss

liked Maria Allen FB page: Blossom Dbd

I liked the pearl and bird pendant from her collection.

The winner of the Pure Sprite Botanicals giveaway is...
Terri said...

LIKE Pure Spirit Botanicals on Facebook.

The winner of the Cottage Caries giveaway is...
Terri said...

LIKE Pure Spirit Botanicals on Facebook.

Thanks so much for entering!













 



Monday, August 15, 2011

Inspire Me Monday



Hello! Welcome to Inspire Me Monday at Singing Three Little Birds! Here are last weeks favorites!

My husband and I just returned from a wine trip in Erie, PA. It was our 10th Anniversary getaway! We had a great time. Here are two projects I'll have to remember after the two cases of wine we brought back are gone. 
A Creative Princess made this wine cork art with a beachy touch! Love it!


Turning a House into a Home made a wine cork trivet! Great!

Never too soon to get ready for Halloween. These onesies from Oxford Impressions are adorable!


Thanks for linking! Have a great day!


Monday, August 8, 2011

Inspire Me Monday



Great stuff last week! Check them out!

Stunning from My Girlish Whims


Great tutorial from Life is Beautiful!

Have a great day!





Saturday, August 6, 2011

Changes

Hi there readers!

Sorry I haven't been posting much. I've been busy with Etsy orders and fun family stuff. Honestly, I haven't been much in the mood to post and haven't had any time to do much crafting besides the stuff for my shop.

I am having HUGE anxiety about a major life change.  For the past six years I have worked full time as a Children's Librarian. I love what I do (some days are better than others) but when my children came along it has gotten tougher to work. I've gotten incredibly burned out doing what I do and having to deal with family stuff at the same time has just gotten too much. My schedule isn't the most flexible. I can't really work at home so when my kids get sick I have to call off and that means cancelling storytimes, meetings and visits to schools. And my kids get sick a lot!!

Back in March I made the decision that I would leave my job. I didn't officially quit until June and gave notice that I would be leaving at the end of August. Well, the end of August is almost here.
As I keep telling people I can't be a good librarian and a good mother at the same time so I'm opting to be a GREAT mother instead. (Of course, Annabelle told me the other day that I was the "baddest Mommy" so I guess I have a lot of work to do!)

Most of you know me as an Etsy seller and a craft blogger but that is a small part of who I am. I love children's books but I am no longer enjoying reading to other people's kids. When I get home and I'm too busy cooking dinner, picking up toys and taking care of everything else at home to sit down and read to my kids it's time to say good-bye to that part of my life, atleast for a little while. I know my kids and I will spend half our time at the library and I hope to volunteer at a library close to home. To read more about my life as a librarian and saying good-bye you can read this post I wrote on my work blog.

Back when I started Belle Rose Designs I did it with the hope that I may one day be able to stay home with my children and support my family with the crafts I made. I didn't ever think it would actually ever be possible. I'm excited for this change but also getting nervous at the same time. It's not just me who is going through this change but our whole family. My kids won't be attending daycare anymore and they will need to say good-bye to the friends and wonderful teachers there. My husband will be working more to support us and I know that will be hard on him but I think in the end it will be what is best for all of us.

Anyway, you might see some changes around this blog. I'm going to continue doing Inspire Me Monday because I enjoy seeing all your crafts and featuring you all. I won't have as much time to promote giveaways so I've made the change to open giveaways to sponsors only at this time. You can read more about being a sponsor here.

I will most likely be posting more about children's books and book reviews because I will miss being around them all day everyday and miss sharing them with my library customers. Therefore, I will be sharing them with you.:)

I will also be teaching my kids at home so you'll see posts about what my kids and I are doing. Lots more kid's crafts!

I hope to have more time for my own crafting and sewing so I hope you'll see more of those too!

Thanks for reading and I hope you don't mind me sharing my journey from full-time working mom to stay-at-home mommy with you.  

~Julie

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Guest Post from Abby at I-Create

Please Welcome Abby from I---Create today with a great tutorial!
i---create



I am so excited to be here today and share one of my all-time favorite crafts with all of you. Thank you so much for having me!



These clothespin flower magnets are very cute and fairly quick to make! They are great for hanging up artwork on the fridge or (dare I say it) lockers at school.  From start to finish to make 3 will take about a hour.
Here's the tutorial!




Step 1: Paint the tops of the clothespins. I had to do 3 coats of white before they were opaque.



Step 2: While the clothespins are drying, cut out 9 circles of fabric.  They should be about 1 inch wide. (the cap I am using is from a large tide bottle)





Step 3: Fold the circle into quarters




Step 4: Put a dab of hot glue onto the clothespin and press the petal down. If it pops up like it did in the picture, just place a little hot glue on top of the petal and press it down.



Step 5: Repeat the petal process until there are 4 petal on the clothes pin.  Next, add a second layer of petals and place them as shown in the picture.





 Step 6: Make the center petal as shown in the picture and place it in the middle. Make sure you have a large portion of hot glue in the center before you place this petal. Aren't these flowers getting cute!?






Step 7: Add a magnet if you like.  My magnet is from a large roll of magnetic tape. You can buy it at a craft store for under $5. Magnet dots would also work.


I hope you enjoy making these and thanks again to Singing Three Little Birds for having me!




P.S. Here are some more of the magnets I made.  Some would say I have an obsession! :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Inspire Me Mondays! Better Late than never!



Hi there! Summer colds are the worst aren't they? First my little guy started with the worst runny nose I've seen in awhile, then I started with a sore throat and now my Annabelle is actually napping she feels so rotten. So the past week or so I have managed to have very little blogging energy in me. Sorry. There were a bunch of links last week but I haven't gotten a chance to look through them. I'll be doing feature post soon but first I'm going to rest while I have the chance!
Have a great day!


 
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