My Frame of Mind

These are my thoughts, however I may quote those who are smarter and wiser than I am.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Isn't it a "drag"…..

to make multiple trips from your car to drag all of your schtuff into a Crop or Craft Day?

Here's the answer!






Limited supplies, so drag yourself over to my website and order yours PDQ!
Don't forget that it's National Scrapbook Month, check out the special and you can also get the Stamp of the Month for only $5 too!

And a final call for these darling stamp issues…gone girl, soon!

And…AND…won't your new darling Chevron Album look great in your new shoulder tote?






Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Oh, gimme a break!

After the worst year ever, I was ready for a long break and vacation…2 full weeks!
The plan was to start here…and it did. 2 great days of Disney with my team prior to Convention.




 Then on day 3, a little trip out by the hotel pool (there may have been a Cabana Boy involved) landed me in 2 ERs after seeing Dr Mickey Mouse at Disney's Medical Clinic. Hello Cigna? I delayed surgery. Come ON! NOT the kind of break I was counting on! Surgery? In Anaheim? Ain't happening' people!

Fix me up, Doc…I have a Convention to attend!
 Yes, I'll be taken care of...


And then I had my girl and her little dog and friends to see!

Surgery had to wait until I got home…
Stay tuned

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Yes, I'm Back! and a Tutorial!

I know.
It's been a year. A really hard, hard year. I'll be spending the first half of 2015 explaining and showing all about 2014. Sorry. That's all I can say about that. If you follow me on FB you understand.
If not, you will understand in about March.

OK, so here we go: This tutorial is for a slip cover for CTMHs newest Score Board. It's sleek and very sturdy, however I travel with mine, so I wanted something to give it a bit of protection.
You can see and order it from my website. Click here

I've found my love for "craft" sewing again! Sew glad! Notice how I said "craft" sewing. I am by no means a pro. I can fudge with the best. I don't worry about the grain, or in most cases pre-washing. Don't hate or sue me. 

Here's where I scour the internet (or Pinterest) for the basics, then have to fudge for what I wanted.
Basic idea. Click here. Lots of differences, we don't need a slip pocket nor a piece of elastic.

All seams are "about" 1/2"
Supplies: 
2 fabric pieces cut 10 3/4" by 15 1/2"
2 flannel pieces cut 10 3/4" x 15 1/2"
Contrasting fabric 1 piece cut 7" x 12" (shown first) sew on long end. Turn and press. Set aside.




On the short sides, sew each fabric piece to it's flannel piece, press seam allowance towards flannel.
there's this strange dark spot on my pictures…hmmm hello? new cameras shouldn't do that.

 On the front on one fabric piece center the sash to overlap evenly. Baste. (you could skip the basting if you are a better sewer than me with multiple pin layers). Do not trim yet.

grrr..there's that dark spot again! what the heck?



Lay the two pieces right sides together.
Here's one important step. Match those top seams. (never mind the bandaid, I have accidents often)
oh good it's gone!



Leave about a 2" opening to turn inside out. I do this on the flannel piece.
seriously, there it is again!
Opening 


Turn inside out. I usually stick my fingers in the opening and aim for the farthest fabric corners first.
omg! what IS THAT dark spot?!

Then push the fleece back into the main fabric. 

Now before you press and close up your opening, I slide the tool in just to make sure. Not sure why! I've made 22 now and they all turn out fine. But go ahead and humor me. Plus it's good practice.


Ok NOW, turn back so the inside is on the outside and clip your corners, and trim the sash ends.

Now, stick your fingers back in the corners, pull right sides out again. 
Work the fleece into the corners at the bottom. Press. Sew your opening.



Now get your button maker out and use a piece of the main fabric and make a 2" button. 
What? You don't own a button maker? Quick! Hop on over to I Like Big Buttons to get yours!
I add a bit of our Liquid Glass around the inside edge and center just for kicks.
 ok, this dark spot makes me think I need my eye exam a bit early this year...

 I don't worry about stitching the actual sash to the main cover, just secure your button well in the center.

Viola!



Here's some others I've made for some very special Scrapbook Diva friends!

Whew! This Blog post felt good. and that stupid dark spot is gone…



It's good to be back.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Good Bye are the Saddest Words


For those of you who follow my blog, you can tell something has been remiss.. 
Ergo me.
My mother weakend in the Fall, bounced back, then became a lot more fragile.
Thanksgiving came and the day didn't go well. She was "off". 
We had given her care-givers the Holidays off; Christmas Eve afternoon and Christmas Day.
She and I had a quiet Eve and Christmas Day watching Christmas chick flicks, wearing our new holiday socks, but that night and subsequently through the morning, she was trying to tell me something. 
She was still "off" a bit.
But alas, what she was trying to tell me was she knew this was it for her.
By 9:30 that morning she was gone.
She lived "loudly' so when I say she was "off" this was something I didn't catch. 
Listen to your Mother.

From our Celebration of Life today:

Mom never wanted a subdued event, she always wanted a Party or Celebration, so by gosh, we made it happen for her and are glad that you are all here to share.

Through this journey, my mantra has been #cry.laugh.remember.repeat.
And we have done all of the above. I hope you’ll do the same and feel free to share some of your memories a bit later.

When I meet new friends, they never believed me when I would tell them that I grew up with I Love Lucy as a mother. I mean, sure she worked Full Time, read books, gardened, cooked large family meals, baked cookies, our birthday cakes, made crafts, sewed costumes, decorated for holidays with flair, and loved to entertain.. 
but REALLY? Whose mother is Rudolph?   Twice in their lifetime? almost 35 years later!
Whose mother does skits with neighbors themed to “This is Your Life”, reinacting everything from the stork arriving to their wedding night? 

That era, that red-headed icon must have ignited a spark of inspiration and gave permission if you will, for the shenanigans that filled her life with joy, laughter and fun...and dragged anyone else willing and able to follow right along with her including I daresay the family.

She loved to laugh and to have the last punch line.
I’m sure most of you have heard a poem titled The Dash. 
I’d like to read just a small excerpt of that poem..
The Dash
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

She was not a “famous” named-icon, never walked on a Hollywood red carpet but she was the “Star” of her own life and she did it her way. 

Helen could have starred in AND deserved  a 4 part Mini-Series, however we tried to pick some of the few favorites of the millions of memories she has left us that represent her dash.
(still trying to upload the video...it seems to be a tad too long for loading)





Our venue and display table of momentos...








Tuesday, October 1, 2013

More Spooky Pinterest Ideas and....

As most of you know, I love, lOVE Pinterest!
If it were my FT job, I'd be rich! ha!
Whenever possible, I will use CTMH products and this time, I pretty much nailed it with that in mind.
I also love our exclusive Cricut Cartridges Art Philosophy, Artiste and the newest Artbooking. And along with Cricut vinyl I can create til I drop!!!!
Here's the latest and tell me what you think...
The top set is my version for a full Halloween variety...
The bottom was gleaned from http://www.ohmy-creative.com/holiday-crafts/halloween/halloween-skull-candle-holders/attachment/img_3034-2/

I love how they turned out and the very best part is the cylinders, candlesticks were all $1 or less and the ribbon was on sale at HL! Woot Woot!

Lately I've been doing some For Hire jobs for co-workers and with our Artist cartridge made these:


(the round bag was from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, Tall Ball feature with the shopping bag)


If you're not into Halloween...check out the Sunflower projects made with the pointy flower from Art Philosophy


Home Decor quick and easy using supplies on hand...gotta love that!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy (S01E01): Getting Started with Cricut Artbooking

My MAC is back and I am BACK on line!
I can't believe how dependent we become to our products of technology! While I lost everything on the hard-drive, THANKFULLY I always had my photos from my camera saved on CD's...it's just not the same though. I had saved a lot of inspiration ideas and saved them.
So little by little, I'll be uploading them to iCloud so I can organize them again.
Meanwhile, back at CTMH...enjoy some of the awesomeness of our latest and greatest Cricut Cartridge set called Artbooking!




Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rediscover Happy Summer 2013

Don't forget to Rediscover your Happy for FREE downloads before Aug.31st!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's HERE! IT'S HERE!!!

Announcing the 2013 Autumn Winter Idea Book!
(pssst...where is it you say?)


The month's stamp of the month is such a SWEET deal too....FREE!!!
(with $50. purchase)

and this? THIS you will not want to be without!

As you can see (or NOT! ar ar ar) I am having posting issues, however the best place to view it all until you get it in your hot little hands is you-know-where !

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's new? na-uh...not yet! The big reveal will be in ONE more day, but meanwhile..!



I LOVE making customized gifts!



Using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, I've been rolling flowers for days!
It may be my favorite cartridge...for a few more hours!

Stay Tuned!
(or if you can read this, you may get a sneaky peak now on my website)