Sunday, April 8, 2012

So long, Farewell

So you may have noticed that I haven't been posting.  I decided something back in January but I was giving myself a few months to make sure it wasn't just a whim.

Lately I've been getting a lot of people commenting that they wish they had as much free time as I do.  Gotta say, it totally bugs me.  I don't really look at my time as free - just scheduled out differently.

We all have 24 hours a day.  We all decide how we will spend it.

I love crafting and I have decided to devote a lot of time to it.  I'll even say that sometimes I devote too much time to it.  I give up sleep, social stuff, more sleep, cleaning, and time for reading.

I try really hard to keep a simple life so I can feel more "in control." When I can only give a half-hearted effort, I feel bad.

That's how I've always felt about my blog.  I like to share my projects, but I just don't do it very often.  It's always a guilty weight on the back of my mind.

So to feel a little more successful in my life, I've been cutting out a few non-essential things.  For me, it's my blog.

So thanks for reading.  So long.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Flip-up farm book

Sometimes I feel bad for my daughter when it comes to our household books.  Big brother had all the fun flipping and tugging and pulling all those interactive things you find in books.  He also had some fun chewing and tearing and, in extreme cases, shredding into tiny bits, those interactive things you find in books.

This was one of his favorite board books.

"Who says oink?"

"A PIG!!!" 

He loved that.  

He also ripped off the flaps of some of the pages and the background of another.  I always try to watch to make sure he treats books well - but my success rate wasn't great back when he first got into books. 

This is another of the books I really like that isn't in great shape. The binding is really loose.  I picked it up from the thrift store because I liked the pictures.

For my daughter's first birthday a few months ago, I decided to combine the books to make something that was still fun for her, but wasn't so easily destroyed.

Here is my Flip-up Farm Book. 

It has the same lift the flap feature, and though not quite as illustrated, is a little better in baby hands.

I took pictures to show how I made this book, but I've been unable to find the measurements I used.

Is it wrong to assume that if you are the type of person that is going make one of these, you probably know how to just figure it out without my help?

I always assume that.

Let me know if I'm wrong.  I'll make a tutorial.

Friday, January 6, 2012

My Etsy Shop has Stuff in it!

I listed a few things for sale in my Etsy shop!  After having it for two years, I thought I'd try to use it.

I have some "I'm Super" t-shirts.

And a few Fish Bowl Matching Games

If I work hard over the next few weeks, there might even be more.