Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mommy mail

If you are my mother... don't read this.

Sorry all for the disclaimer there, I sent this card out a bit late and don't want to run it for my mother. I love using craft paper and stamps to make something beautiful so of course I jumped at the chance to make one for one of my favorite people.
 I think that every mother deserves a little something special on mother’s day. I mean, who doesn't love their mom (if you don't answer that question -.-). This mother’s day I live to far away from my mother to celebrate with her so I decided this is the least I could do. Happy mother’s day to you all!
This tutorial is real simple. All it takes is some craft paper of your choice (I used what I had) scissors, glue, stamp ink, stamps that go with your theme (I went for a travel theme because my mother loves to travel), and a few stickers that go with your style and theme.
 First things first, I started with these pieces that I cut out of my scrapbook paper.

I forget to take a photo of the one that looks like fabric in the background but all I did was cut out a rectangle and cut zigzags down the side. You can use craft scissors for this if you have them to make lot of different designs but I don't own any so I winged it with what I had. :p
Then I just glued them onto my card and added a bit of bling with a sticker, some postage related stamps, and sticky lace (which I LOVE!)
This stuff is amazing! Its actual lace that has this sticky stuff on the back of it which makes its ridiculously handy for making things like scrapbooking or cards (which I do a lot) so it’s a great alternative to buying just lace and then having to hassle with glue getting everywhere. Can I have an amen for that!?So ya, I know this is a short post with poor photos (should have made a video -.-) but my Internet is acting funny and I'm having a hoot of a time editing photos (used to use Picnic and now cant D: ) so there you have it. I hope you all learn that a little can go a long way and that every mom deserves a little love once and a while; and especially tomorrow! Happy mother’s day to all you moms out there and thank you for sticking it out, not aborting your child, not killing them though their teens, and helping your child though all the tough times. We (the children) don't say it enough but we love you.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Keeping it Together

If you haven't noticed (not sure how you could not unless you are new... in which case, WELCOME!) I have been doing a bit heck-of-a-lot of editing around the blog. I know some things are a little different so I wanted to address some things.
1. I changed the layout of the side bar a little to be more user friendly by deleting a few ads and spacing things out better so they are easier to read and all on one line.
2. I updated the background. Why? Honestly, I was getting sick of stripes and wanted something more personal.
3. I changed the header. This was just for fun and to give the whole place a face-lift. I put two of my favorite photos on the hanging 'photos'. I think it is a good description of how the Blanton house is; with clothes on the line, photos everywhere, LOTS of cupcakes, and crafting XD. So it’s a good idea for people get my personality and what goes on here in a short view. I am still working on trying to get the description to work with the header but it’s getting there. I might just leave it out altogether. Haven't made up my mind yet.
4. I added some randomness to the side bar. Because who doesn't like some bling?!
Well, that's it.
If you are new I hope you take the time to brows around, check the site out, I would love to hear from you so if you like, leave a comment. If you are not new, thanks for sticking though this crazy adventure of life with me and all my insane times and hope you enjoy the much needed updates.

If you have any suggestions, ideas, questions, or just want to comment or chat about something I would love to hear from you in the comments link. You all have an AWESOME weekend (anyone else seeing the Avenges movie... EPIC! yes, I just used that word ).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Even on a Rainy Day

Ok, so here's the deal. I have been kind ‘a hormonal the last few days and frankly hasn’t wanted to make a post. Sorry for being blunt but that's the way I roll. This will be the eight month the Hubby and I have been trying for a child and this is the eight time we have come away with nothing more than a stupid red flag proving to me that everything is working fine expert for where it matter most! I'm posting about this NOT for a pity party, just to vent and let you all know what’s going on. But this is not what I am posting about; because I'm sure you all could care less about my monthly cycle and constant complaining.
No, I am here to talk about brighter, happier moments, moments I strive to remember and hold on to in moments like these. In a way, editing and posting these photos make me happier and help me put aside my selfish desire for a child and instead think about making a better child/ parent relationship with the family I already have.

This past weekend all of my family (minus one) came up to celebrate my mother birthday!
It was so nice to be able to hang out with them all for the weekend, even if our initial planes to go to the Shenandoah Park got vetoed by a ton of rain.

We decided to stay dry in the house, make a toasty fire, and craft all day!
It was so much fun !
This is my heaping table full of everything that was in my craft/ guest room minus my fabric! And why yes, those are two different colored chairs. They are in mid project... sort of. As in, I have been putting off finishing them while My Sweet helps me finish another project; but don't fret, they WILL get done. I have planes to make custom seat cushions for them too with some white in it (to tie together the soon to be all white table and future kitchen when we get a house). So I know this post is sort of all over the place but that's kind of how my life feels right about now. But you know what, looking at these photos and remembering that weekend seems to help it all make some sort of strange since. Would I go as far as say I wouldn't change a thing, not in a lifetime but I would say that I see the purpose in it all and I can only pray that there is purpose to the hard time we are having now, even if I can't see that now.
Thank you mommy for letting me celebrate with you your amazing birthday and for staying up late and have girl talks, and for making sweet cards, and for being a good mom and a good friend. Thank you Sissy for making me laughs, hanging out, and helping me to live in the moment. Thank you daddy for good advice, keeping your cool, and making awesome fires! I love you all and can't wait see you again... even if it’s a rainy day! :) <3

p.s. the cupcakes are vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting. They were requested by my mother.