Monday, February 28, 2011

A simple Sunday

Yesterday was spent pretty relaxed...

A few games of Scrabble, a few plates of Veggies and Hummus...a big ol' chunk of cheese and some yummy crackers.....

And Rockin' out with my Lily listening to Pandora...Playing with my NEW iPhone...hubby surprised me yesterday when I got home from work!!!


Have a few pictures to share with you from my Paris Inspiration Boxes for Heather's swap.

See you tomorrow.....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

An empty nest

I have entered the first stage of an "empty nest"....

Yesterday I spent the entire day in my craft room/studio. It was really nice, but also a tad bit lonely....I was enjoying the silence when I noticed Lily's little bird next to me at my work table. I realized at that moment that not only was I working nicely in silence, but I was also by myself...this made me sad....

It dawned on me that in 6 short months my baby will be headed off to full day of Kindergarten. I will enter the stage in life that a few short years ago I thought would never happen....all my kids will be in school, all day long! What???

I was lonely...

Today Lily decided that she wanted to stay for a "long" day at preschool, so instead of 2 hours of school she went for 5 1/2....most weeks I can barely get her to go all three days! It was a taste of the future. She will be gone for 7 1/2 hours a day next year!

I have friends who are just starting their families and here mine is growing up so fast! Bree will be 15 in 3 months, and Lily will start Kindergarten in 6...Really, where has the time gone????

When I picked her up from school today I squeezed on her like she was a piece of fruit...she has always fit my hip or my tummy like a perfect puzzle piece when I hold her. I don't know if I will be able to handle the day that she is too big for me to hold! I always say that Lily completed our circle of "love"..she was my final piece. She is perfect to me, and I cherish the moments I have with her like no other.

It is no secret that I have had the baby blues lately, I don't want to have any more, I just don't want my babies to be so grown up....

These cute little birdies left my nest today, and I am not looking forward to any of the "real" birdies to leave for good.....
These are my "birds" for Jennifer's swap...I made a nest out of shredded sheet music, book pages, and sewing patterns then painted, and distressed some little wooden birds. I added some vintage lace as wings and a few flower petals as a crown. I hope my fellow swap partners like them...they were a labor of love!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Playing Catch-up

Wow...I have been going full steam ahead and time has been flying by! I feel like I am missing something, but I am getting so much done!

I have been working on several projects the past few weeks and then we had a bit of the "sickies" over here. That was a tad scary and took up a lot of energy!

I last posted about my winner for my giveaway and didn't have a chance to post about my SUPER-Sweet, talented swap partner for my Valentines Swap! I did a small swap with a few Bella sisters, Stephanie was my partner and BOY did she spoil me for Valentines day!! I have been very blessed to have met Stephanie, and even more blessed that we have been able to get to know each other more since Silver Bella. She is someone I know I will be able to be keep "growing" with....I love the growth of friendships...you just keep learning and loving more about each other! 

It was so awesome to receive such a fun box of goodies!!! I really needed!! Here is a little peak of what she sent me...I didn't take enough pictures...but you can see just from this one that there were SO many little treasures!! Not only did she fill our standard match box size box with goodies, but she included the most adorable little dessert plate, FUN NEW JEWELRY, vintage wallpaper and vintage post cards...the cutest little porcelain birdie..in PINK...my favorite color, and she included beautiful little pieces of vintage jewelry! MAN was I a LUCKY girl!!!!


This is a view from my seat right now...I am working on 3 projects right this second. One for a friend who lost everything in a fire, one for a magazine submission and one for Heather's swap! Fun, Fun!!! I moved some of the goods over a bit so you can't see too much....you will just have to wait a little bit longer... but I am pretty excited to show you so it won't be long!
Can't wait to get started on my next swap project.....a Tussie Mussie!!!
Jennifer has been having a Swap every month...so much fun!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Winner, Winner....OHOW Winner

This fun Collection of Goodies has gone to.....
Drum Roll Please.....

Ellen from
 
YEAH for Ellen!!!!
I sure hope she enjoys it....this has been so much fun!
There are so many more blogs that I want to check out...I could spend hours reading blogs...oh, wait...I do... ;)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentines Day Re-do

There is going to be a "do-over" for Valentines day  in my house....

This Weekend...Be there or Be SQUARE!!

And this is what you will have to face if your not "there"....

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

One Heart One World 2011


Hello! I am Heather....thanks for stopping by!

This is my first time participating in this unbelievable blog event hosted by Lisa, and I am very excited!

What is One World One Heart????
One World One Heart is a worldwide event for bloggers only. It gives all those who blog a chance to meet and mingle and form connections with those they may not have otherwise met from all over the world. In the past 4 years this event has grown to over 1,000 participants with lasting friendships (and even one love connection) formed along the way.  Think of it as a GIGANTIC open house allowing you to travel without ever leaving your home....going from blog to blog(in various countries) seeing the wonder each one has created and meeting all the fabulous people behind those blogs. As a bonus each blogger participant will offer up a "door prize or prizes"....just for dropping by, saying hello and seeing their world.

This is my story...and I am sticking to it...

When I was little I dreamt of living a life like June Cleaver, making cupcakes and packing lunches and having a "Ward" come home every day and kiss me on the cheek. I am a hopeless romantic and want all things in life to have that soft romantic glow around them...but I am a realist...and life isn't always romantic. Cupcakes burn....and "Ward" is sometimes grouchy.
Now, I find myself living a CRAZY~ Beautiful life as the mother to four beautiful children...I didn't like being an only child very much, married to a great big husband who I drive crazy with all my BIG ideas...my craft addictions and my glitter. He is very patient!!

I create whenever possible, so I don't go insane, and bake cupcakes once a week...and have found myself to be a little vintage and a little whimsical...a little Martha Stewart but with more of a Jenny Holiday (Heid) style!  If I could live my life "out loud" - right now - I would rock some pink hair in a completely vintage day dress, wearing a pair of heels and some pearls...with a cute little cupcake tattoo on my arm.....

I love to Create in all mediums...sewing, paper crafts, mixed media art, knitting, crochet...cooking, baking, party planning. I am just a crafter with ADD!

...I LOVE to talk to people and get to know them....which is another reason why I LOVE blogging. I love getting to know people and their families, their creative interests...the list goes on!
This is NOT Mommy Blog, NOT just a craft blog...and NOT just a life journal.
It is all of the above...

I write my blog for many different reasons...

1. To remember these days that are flying by so fast
2. To keep my ADD in check
3. To share my creative endeavors
4. For my children to know more of me...the me that they don't see. Not the mom, but the actual person inside the mom.
5. For me to know more about me....
6. I am a major craft addict...a craft addict with ADD
7. I wanted to be a writer when I was a little girl..

And for a little added fun with this blog event...Door Prizes!
Do you like how I added that to the middle of this post...wanted to see if you were still with me??
I will be drawing a lucky winner on February 17th!!
Here is what I will be sending....I was feeling a little Vintage and June Cleaver'esque when I put together my giveaway...

For the Modern Day vintage Girl...

What is in that lovely little pile??
A retro inspired pair of rubber gloves - with a flowery ruffle
A vintage corsage, that I updated with some beautiful dyed Pink silk seam binding
2 dozen pearly buttons - in case you want to update a little cardigan for the Spring with a bit of vintage flair..
A glam nail file..
My favorite course glitter in Pink and Green - my favorite spring colors!
And a pack of fab vintage revisited tissues...Domestically Disabled..because we would really rather be crafting than doing domestic duties, right??
And just because....a cute little ballerina cupcake topper for your personal cupcake!

It is very easy to be eligible...
Have an established blog and leave me a comment on this post.
Please include your email address or blog address so that I can easily find you!

I will get in touch with the winner on February 17!
In case your still wanting to know more about me and my little blog?? ...a few of my favorite things...all of  which will be covered on this blog at any particular time and in no particular order!

I really LOVE textiles...paper, fabric, ribbons, trims....
Old photos, sheet music, and other ephemera.
Stamping...
Glitter
Baking Cupcakes
Sewing
Crochet/Knitting
Recycled creations...Jewelry making..
Party Planning
Decorating
Red Wine
Diet Coke
vintage jewelry boxes
vintage broaches

HATS...I love hats!

If your here and reading this, you now know more about me than most people who see me every day in real life...I don't even think most know I have a blog...I hope you like it here at My Daily Dose of Crazy....maybe you'll come visit me some time...maybe you'll find a new idea, or just have a good chuckle??

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Jumpin' in....PMOT

I have always loved Jenny Holiday and her adorable work...I have been a lurker of hers for some time...and decided to join in on her "PMOT" challenge. What does PMOT stand for????
Putting myself out There....

You know...like in pictures - of yourself - on your blog,
Facebook, etc. and other things....say "submitting" some of your projects to certain publications???
That is my big one for 2011...challenging myself to actually "Put myself" out there! This was a private goal for me this year and after I read Jenny's post, it seemed like it was meant to be..
SO....it is time to PMOT!!
I find myself reverting back to removing myself from pictures lately. I know it is because I have gained back *significant* weight over the past year and I am pretty bummed about it...but, enough is enough. I have already started making changes with that situation...and now I have decided that I am going to PMOT...no matter what!

So here I am in all my tired glory...still in one of my 3 layers of shirts from work...nice BLEMISH on my face (when do we stop getting those????) and my crazy hair....funny story there!

Hope it doesn't offend anyone...but I don't know why it would?? It didn't offend me!

Yesterday a lady asked me if my hair was "naturally curly", I replied yes...but that normally I just straighten it. At which point she replied...."You must have some black  in you!" ...I just started laughing and said, she must be right because my favorite uncle had a blazing red Afro when I was a little girl!   It was really funny...I love people!!

Check out the BEAUTIFUL Jenny Holiday and her campaign to PMOT

New Hat and W.I.P.

I have been on a bit of a knit/crochet kick lately...probably because I am avoiding cleaning up the mess below!!

This is what happens when a glitter obsessed 5 year old is left alone in your craft room while your at work....her father had some 'esplaining' to do....

Here is a new hat that I made...this is take 2...the first one became Bree's...her head is a tad bigger than mine and the hat came out much bigger than I anticipated.




I am helping out a friend today and watching her two little ones. A quick fix for the baby blues I have been having since Lily turned 5. I am only 3 hours into it the day with them and I am already cured! Wink, wink...

I am also in the process of writing my blog post for the One World One Heart blog event....hope to get that posted by Thursday.

Hey! Check out my friend Karla's blog giveaway...she is the cutest thing you'll ever meet!! Love her and what she can do with an old sweater...or two!