Friday, December 28, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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Monday, December 3, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The book is meant to be left in coffee shops or your hairdresser's or anywhere people might look through it while waiting. Check it out.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Well, it's not the most exciting idea in the world, but it works for me. I got an over-the-door hanging shoe holder for the closet door in my crafting space. It has 24 sturdy, clear plastic pockets that I use to organize all of my clutter, such as envelopes, glues, scissors, postcards, staplers, rulers, tools, and even some shoes. Since I don't have a lot of drawer space I find it very helpful. Here's a picture:http://flickr.com/photos/eyepopart/1507589589/
Some ideas:- You know those plastic bags with zippers that bedding and curtains come in? They are great for storing large items like blankets, clothing, scarves, shawls, etc., so they don't get all jumbled up in a tote. They are clear, so it is easy to find an item when someone purchases it.
And since you would be reusing them, they are better for the environment than buying something else.
- If you are looking for a bead organizer and can't find what you want, try going to a hardware store and looking at their organizers for screws, nails, etc.
- Computer keyboard boxes that open from the top are great for storing jewelry in little boxes because they are thin and long, so all the small jewelry boxes are easily accessible.
I put all of my paints and various markmaking tools in small plastic baskets (I bought them at Target). They sit inside a cabinet until needed. My brushes are kept in a container originally meant for kitchen utensils.My other big thing is to get rid of any supplies I don't use regularly. If I don't want to throw them, I put them in containers and store away from my work area until needed.
I keep my beads in an apothecary cabinet I restored and refinished. The drawers are nice and small and it looks better than most regular organizational drawer units.
Stay tuned for more tips! I'll be working on some of these myself!!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
1. List 6 facts about yourself.
2. Post the rules of the game before you list those facts.
3. Visit 6 other blogs and tag them. Post their names at the bottom of your post and then go back to their blog and let them know.
1. After all these years, spaghetti is still my favorite food.
2. I grew up in Queens, NY but I don't have an accent.
3. One of my cats will come when called.
4. My 12 year old daughter is bigger than I am.
5. I used to be a dancer.
6. My ideal house would be on a beach.
Here are the folks I tagged. Go visit their awesome blogs!
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
In other, more disturbing, news, I've planted my first vegetable garden ever and it has been ransacked by raccoons! I know I'm the only adult out there who's never done this. I'll blame it on growing up in a city. It's actually fear of failure. Anyone who's ever put in a garden knows how much time it takes. I've watered and weeded and mulched and was really hoping for the best. My serrano pepper plants have no peppers. My very large pumpkin vine is growing no pumpkins. My corn stalks- they were looking good! Then yesterday I paid my garden a little visit, only to discover that our nocturnal friends have been enjoying corn on the cob. They actually peeled back the husks, ate the corn and then put the husk back! This may not be news to anyone but me but I was pretty bummed. Next year, chicken wire....
Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Anyway, I'll post a link to the store when I know it's actually for real.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
I'll add more as I find them. These resouces come from Joni Parthemer, the Education Director of Bringing Baby Home. BBH is a research-based psycho-educational intervention program. The workshop teaches couples how to strengthen thier friendship, increase intimacy and regulate conflict. Bringing Baby Home specifically focuses on the post partum period for mom, how depression effects young children, and what steps can be taken to help mom.
More information is available at http://www.bbhonline.org
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I can not emphasize enough how important it is for family and friends of new moms to be looking for signs of a post partum mood disorder during the first year. When I've had a chance to wrap my brain around this a bit more I will be publishing information on post partum and where to get help. Look for it in the next few days.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I love the children. No matter how hard the rest of my life may be that day I can forget it all for two hours when I chat with two year olds! I love talking with the parents. No one should have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to children. Happy, confident parents make for happy, confident children. That's what I try to offer each year. That's what I'm gearing up for now.
All of that said, and in spite of my own children, I'm looking forward to the start of school again. Some sort of regular schedule. Some time to myself to think and create and, and, and...... If you're a parent I don't need to finish that sentence!
So, I plan on enjoying these last few weeks and mentally preparing myself for all that comes with September. And, figuring out what I want to do with this blog!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
My next challenge will be "holiday" time. Didn't grow up with Christmas and I can't see myself going that route. Maybe the Solstice......
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
My typical day used to involve going to work, taking the kids to and from school, cleaning, cooking, helping with homework, and maybe even talking with my husband. How have I fit my craft into this?? Well, number one, it's summer. No homework or shuttling kids. Number two, which is much more important because it required some deep thought on my part, I decided that it was ok to spend some time on myself! When I make a piece of jewelry that I really like I feel great! When I develop my photography and decide that it's frame worthy I feel proud!
I'm fitting it in because I've let other things go. And I'm happier. And messier. And my mom's not coming for a visit so who cares?
Monday, August 6, 2007
LOTS of water!! With ICE!!
tape and scissors- I forgot mine and had to borrow
several display options- I ditched some of mine when I saw they weren't working.
receipt book and pen- exciting when you get to use those!
friends!!! you will have to take potty breaks. you will want food. you will get bor
Sunday, August 5, 2007