Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Keepin' It Real

It's heartwarming to know that other mom's are as imperfect as I am.  We all tend to hide it as best we can, but let's face it, none of us are She-Ra...we just pretend to be.  I follow several other "mom" blogs that have recently helped me to remember I am human.  Mom's just like me that love to craft and in photos everything looks to perfection.  But behind the scenes is utter chaos just as in my own home.  I'M NOT ALONE!!
Now, I'm OCD to an extent but that does not include being all neat and tidy all the time.  That's not to say that tripping over the same toy three days in a row won't make me a little testy, it's just not my biggest priority.  I like to say that a clean home is not a lived in home and trust me when I say we LIVE in ours!  And for you mom's that can do it all and keep your home all neat and tidy, you go girl!  But are you living on caffeine??  I want to know how you do it and manage to stay sane, especially if you are the mom of 2 or more.
So with all that being said, a fellow crafty mom blogger Crunchy Catholic Momma posted this:
 Take a picture of one of your rooms (the way it really looks when no one is watching).  Blog about it or post a picture on your Flickr, then link to this post at the bottom linky link.  Lets stop pretending our lives are picture perfect, reality is more fun anyway and we can all share in the fact that we are not super heros we are women with real lives who make awesome stuff but forget to scratch off a few things on the To Do list. 
So with that being said, here's my "Keepin it Real" for this week.
This is just one little corner of my office.  Notice the multiple Halloween containers, my shoes I just took off, the mixer that I have desperatley been wanting that still hasn't been used b/c I can't find room on the kitchen counters!  Oh and if you look closely in the corner, you will see the broken drawer leaned up against the art stand.  Don't you love my pop tart box holding my sewing patterns?  If it's a box that can be used in any way, I keep it.
So there you go, just one tiny space in my house that actually looks better than it did a week ago.  My office has slowly become the catch all room.  No where to put it?  Just put it in mom's office.  Alright, I've braved my keepin' it real...anybody else dare to share?

Monday, November 14, 2011

That Thing Called Life....It Happens

So I had this fantastic plan to do "100 Craft/Gift Ideas for Christmas" in the 100 days leading up to the big day.  That thing called life happened.

Husband got sick, cheer/football started, craft fair, county fair, I got sick, ect, ect.  Like a lot of things we do, we start with such good intentions but then things happen and guess what?  We're human.

So instead I am going to show you some of the things I've been working on and when I can, I'll show you tutorials.  Any patterns that I purchase I won't be able to give you the how to, but I can tell you where you'll find it.  I'm all about home/hand made everything.  You don't have to be a pro, just a little creativity and if you don't have that don't worry.  There's plenty of inspiration out there to get you started.

Now, I'll leave you with this (before I have to go referee the kiddo's).  For homecoming week at my daughter's school they gave the kids a theme for each day.  The first one was to wear a shirt or hat showing your favorite team.  Of course we had nothing on hand for our daughter so off to buy fabric I went.  Check out our little Tennessee Vol girl :)

This is made from a pattern I got on one of my all time fave sites and the pattern is The Pink Dress by Lily Bird Studio.  LOVE this dress pattern. It puts a new twist on the Pillow Case Dress. Now the first time I made it, I worked on it all Sunday afternoon.  But it was a new pattern and my 3 and 6 yr olds were going at it non stop. 
I can tell you one thing about it that I did different.  When I unfolded my fabric, I realized that with the way the fabric was laid out, I didn't have enough for the length of the dress.  So what I lacked for it, I just added to the bottom band.  The same can be done with lots of patterns, even one that doesn't call for a bottom contrast band.

Ok, that's it for today but I promise to keep these more!