Coloring Book Bag and Crayon Roll

For my nephew’s 4th birthday I made him a coloring book tote bag and a crayon roll. These are great things to take with you anywhere and keep a child entertained!
Inside view of the bag (with pocket to hold crayon roll).
 Crayon Roll

My Crafting To Do List…

I have already been busy searching for fabrics for next year’s Christmas gifts (hey, I am going to be a mom of 4 children ages 6 and under come March and Christmas comes VERY quickly!) I figure if I make things little by little I can be stress free come November (here’s to wishful thinking! LOL).

So far on my list of things I need / want to make:
coloring book tote bag – for my nephew’s bday in January (crayon roll is already made)
Valentine chair bags for all 4 boys
burp rags for my SIL
a book sling for Zachary and Ethan’s room (made from the 2 valances I don’t need)
baskets (again, out of a valance that goes with the boys new bedding)
nursing cover for myself :)

Next Christmas gifts:
Lego sacks for 9 boys and 4 girls (their’s will be Barbie sacks)
BBQ aprons for my BILs
aprons for my sister, mom,  MIL and SILs (and Bryan too)

Better get busy!

Mama’s Got a Brand New…

SEWING MACHINE!!!

For a couple of years now, I have wanted a sewing machine for Christmas but other crafting gifts has preempted it – my Cricut, my Gypsy.  Since our family is about to grow to 6, we are in need of a large vehicle so I figured Christmas wasn’t going to be a big deal this year.  Boy was I wrong!

My hubby surprised me with a fabulous sewing machine!  The 26th of December that puppy was out of the box and I was reading the instruction manual.  After quickly figuring out how to thread the bobbins and the machine, I was off.  I had some fabric scraps on hand and I set about finding patterns I could download.

I soon got to sneak away to JoAnn’s for some fabric and I found some amazing things!  I found fabric to make the boys tote bags for their Awana books, fabric on clearance for purses and for next year’s Christmas gifts (Lego sacks) and the like!

I have had the machine a little over a week and have already made the following:
3 purse type bags for “my” girls (my BFF’s daughters)
2 tote bags for the boys’ Awana materials
2 Buttercup bags
a crayon roll
a nursing cover

Craft Room Makeover

For Mother’s Day, Bryan gave me a very thoughtful present. On top of my standard gift of scrapbooking supplies, Bryan also decided to turn his office into my craft room. He put a sign on his office door and told me that after he cleaned all his things out, I would have a craft room. Part of his motivation for this was the fact that when I would scrapbook or craft, I typically haul all my supplies from the office to the dining room table. When I would leave things out the boys would get into my supplies and would even routine my crafts sometimes.

So here is the problem with what my sweet husband did…. I could NOT work in that office! It was so disorganized and dysfunctional that my OCD brain couldn’t focus! Recently I have felt the need to purge and reorganize the ENTIRE house. This started with the craft room (I am hoping to get busy making crafts for Christmas). With just a bit of money and a lot of organizing and purging, I would be able to have a space I could work in.
Here is what the office looked like about 2 weeks ago:

It was sort of a dumping ground for all sorts of things: Bryan’s work stuff, old college textbooks, my teaching junk, kid art supplies, scrapbooking supplies – you get the picture!
Bryan’s old desk that he cleared out completely for me. So loving – but this is NOT a desk that is conducive to crafting since there really isn’t much actual desk space. So instead, it became where I dumped all the stuff I needed to file, work on, etc. Walking in the room and seeing this made me nuts!
My workspace. A table where I could spread out and really scrapbook since I like to have lots of space to work. This became where Bryan would set up and work when he needed to keep the boys from bothering him.

Here is what the office / craft room was transformed into:
I cleared off the desk for Bryan so he could still have a workspace in the office (at least for now, this time next year this area will have a desk for homeschooling).
My new Closetmaid cabinets and shelves! This makes my heart skip a beat! So many places to put things and so many ways to organize my supplies.
These shelves are for paper storage and scrapbooks in progress. Each of the boys has a clear 12×12 box where I keep the pages I am working on.
A rolling cart for scrapbooking supplies to stay organized in. Each drawer houses different supplies: embellishments, adhesives, cutting system parts, scraps, etc.
The finally product (for now). I would still like to paint to make the room a bit more serene, but that will have to wait!
Lots of shelves for scrapbooks, paper, accordion files, pictures ready to be scrapbooked, and supplies for gifts.
The boys even have a space that has been reorganized for all their craft supplies. The drawers are now complete with labels too!

World Card Making Day! UPDATED

As a mom of three, I have learned I have to get things done well in advance. So I used World Card Making Day to get ahead. I made 5 cards for our pastors for Pastor Appreciation Day the following Sunday. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of those. The boys and I also made Thanksgiving cards for Chris’s teachers and a few others. Out came the box of paints, foam brushes, cardstock, and of course, the little hands! The end result… well, honestly they aren’t completely finished, but I just need to add a few embellishments (ribbons, brads, rub-on transfers, etc.).

I started by cutting some dark brown cardstock to make a 6×6 inch card. Then over that the tan cardstock would be placed with the handprint turkeys. Next, I used CB’s hand (the biggest one) and did two layers of “feathers” using his handprints. Notice I only used the fingers and not the thumb for the feathers.

After two layers with the larger handprints, I did two layers of CJ’s hand (smaller handprint).
Here is a picture of the completed feathers.
I then used CB’s hand again, this time the entire hand including the thumb to make the body of the turkey.
Stay tuned for more pictures of the finished product!