Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Alive...and look! I made something!

It's been a rough week.  Rough, rough, rough.  I haven't responded well to it, and in turn it hasn't been doing me any favors.  I had some very cranky little people around my house tonight so for my sanity and theirs, I put them to bed a little early and I holed up in my little studio and made something.  My sewing machine hasn't gotten much use in the last 6 months.  Poor old girl.  But I gave her a little something to do tonight.  I have this bookmark list of all these crafty and DIY projects that I've seen in random places.  It's probably got 100 things in it.  I marked one off the list.  And now I want to make about 100 of them because I think it's super cute. 

It's a business card or gift card or even photo holder if you want.  I'm going to be using it for my cards for photography, but whatever use is handy, go for it. 

So here's what I started with:

This tutorial  over at Blue Cricket Designs.

I tweaked it a little bit to make it my own. 

I used:

2 pieces of fabric at 5 1/2" x 4 1/2"
2 pieces of fabric at 2 1/2" x 4 1/2'
1 piece of fusible interfacing at 5 1/2" x 4 1/2"
and 2 pieces of fabric at 3" x 1 1/2"
Plus 2 small pieces of velcro

Here's just a simple picture of what I used.

And here is how it turned out.  I am pretty excited to get my cards printed out so I can stuff some in here and put this baby in my purse.  But step one is complete. 

This is the inside:

I followed the tutorial almost exactly, but instead of doing the button and hairband closure, I made a velcro closure by sewing the 1 1/2 " pieces together right sides facing and then turned it inside out, attached the velcro and then stuck it inside the little sandwich of the 2 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch pieces with the velcro facing down and then sewed around the edges and turned it and sewed around it again to close the opening.  I can do a step by step if anyone wants to see, so just let me know. 
All folded up:

Loving the polka dots.  Loving the gray. Happy to be crafting.  Happy to have some me time.  And really, it's about time for some happy!

Hope you are having a good week!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Strength: A true test

There are times in every life when things are less than perfect  completely falling apart.  Times when it seems like all that can go wrong, will go wrong and it seems like the clouds will never lift.  We are in that phase, my friends.  And it's a dark, dark, place to be.  I feel as if I've suddenly had this huge weight dropped on my shoulders and each day it gets heavier and heavier.  My tendency is to internalize the hard stuff.  Absorb it into myself and protect those around me from having to take on any of my personal burdens.  Meaning I push people away.  This, however, is not possible with where I am currently finding myself.  I need all the help I can get.  And prayers.  My problems are not enormous in the grand scheme of things.  They are not terminal or in any way related to my health, except for the toll that stress takes, of course.  It instead involves the dearest things in the world to me.  My children.  They are healthy and happy, so no worries there and I won't go into details.  I just want to say that I have the primal urge to protect them.  Shelter them for as long as I possibly can.  And it makes me crazy when someone messes with that.  I'm being tested.  For what reason, I'm not sure.  I only know that somehow this is meant to make me stronger.  It would be nice to have some real answers, though. 

With that being said, I would just appreciate all of the positive thoughts and prayers to be sent my way. 

Before the craziness began on Sunday, I was able to get this project completed for a currently unspecified location in our home...

 Those flowers are made out of crepe paper.  I am in love with the look of it.  Now I want to cover everything in crepe paper flowers.  but this thing took THREE rolls!  Still super cheap, but VERY time consuming and I burned the begeezus out of my fingers with the hot glue gun.  Hot mess.  But isn't it so lovely?

and I spend some time at this place...photographing a wedding for a beautiful couple.  This is one of my happy places...my husband and I were married on this beach as well.  It was a gorgeous morning and something just soothes my soul when I stand beside the ocean.  Very cleansing for me.  Wish I could do it every day!

I will have more pictures soon to show from the wedding that I photographed...hoping to get some peeks up tomorrow!

Thanks for listening to me ramble.