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Crafty Craziness!

Last fall started what has become a regular occurrence in my life… Crafty CrAzInEsS!!!

I’ve shared pictures of some things I’ve done…. there are a TON that I haven’t shared with you.  Hopefully in the near future there will be a way for you to see all that I am working on!  But not just yet.

Why?  Quite simply because I am too busy in the midst of crafty craziness!  I have participated in FOUR craft shows already this year which means I can cross that off my list!  The celebration ended there however because sales at each of these 4 shows were less than desirable if not nonexistent.    Bummer!!!!

Father's Day gift

There are a number of reasons that the sales weren’t so hot including poorly advertised shows which lead to poorly attended shows; the economy; window shoppers, etc.  None of the Spring shows I’ve done were successful, but the one I did in late fall/early winter was phenomenally successful…leading me to think I will only do Fall and Winter shows.

Live

Just because sales are down, doesn’t mean the craftiness is slowing down.  Not at all, actually!  Lots of requests for special orders have been coming my way… mostly from family and friends who are then spreading the word.  so THANK YOU to those wonderfully supportive people in my life!

Home is where your heart is....

This week I am working on all things Sesame Street for my nephew’s 1st birthday party which is next weekend!  You’ll find me buried among Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Grover… banners, signs and wall decorations using my Sesame Street Friends Cricut Cartridge.

Coming up right after the party festivities I have some frame orders to complete.

And THEN…. I get to work on my first wedding projects for someone other than my family!  I made all the invitations and programs for my sister’s wedding 2 years ago and haven’t done anything else for weddings besides making albums and personalized home decor.  So, I am SUPER excited that a dear friend asked me to make her wedding invitations and guest book for her upcoming wedding!  Sooooo looking forward to working on these for her!!!

So there you have it my friends… crafty craziness is in full swing!

Let me know what you think!  Any ideas for getting my pieces out there?

Would love to hear what you have to say!

Winning

It was a long day…

It was a SLOW day. 

My feet hurt and I’m incredibly exhausted.

There wasn’t a good turn out at the craft show … Quite frankly it was D.E.A.D alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll day.

Here’s my spread… 

The Goods

 

This picture’s not that great and really isn’t flattering to my display, but it was the only angle I could get ALL of it in the shot!  Guess I needn’t have worried about not having enough stuff!  Tons was left and had to be brought back home.  At least, now I don’t have to make as much for the next show I do, which I am hoping will be in June.

Nonetheless,  I will say…

Today was an awesome day.

I had lots of awesomely wonderful moments today that made my day a winner…

I woke up to good luck wishes from my blogging friends and received a couple good luck texts and tweets too. 

My best friend Jaime was a trooper and skipped her morning coffee to come help me set up for the craft show…  The two of us work really well together.  She knows when I’m stressing and just kinda steps back and lets me at it, while providing the calm to my storm.  This girl and I have known each other for most of our lives without even knowing so… Apparently we met when we were 4 years old in a preschool program, which wasn’t discovered until about a year ago when I found a program from graduation and saw her name in it right above mine…neither of us remember this of course.  It wasn’t until highschool that we became close friends, being inseperable for 4 straight years. 

1996, Senior Pictures

 

Ughhh.  Gotta love it… 15 years have gone by soooooo quickly.

 We’ve gone through periods where we’ve lost touch for a while, but somehow, some way, always end up being there for each other.  In recent years, I’ve grown to love this gal as a sister…  we are more than friends, we’re family.  WIN.

Love ’em

I went on a little about her clan in my post about hugs.   Her family is my family… just love ’em to pieces. 

Ahh, Forgive as I’ve digressed.

Back to today….So Jaime helped to keep me sane when I was starting to panic and freak out the closer it got to be to 10AM.  Thankful this girl was there to reign me in… 

Got our better halves???? I dunno…

Unfortunately my camera had a mind of its own today and deleted the only good picture we took… This is what we were left with… Nice, huh?  THANKS for your help Jaim!

 

Soon after my near meltdown, my cousin arrived to keep me company all day.  THANK GOODNESS for that!   Spirits were down a bit because it was so slow and stuff just wasn’t selling.  Marci was the little birdie reminding me that in order to sell stuff, there’d have to be people there and there just simply weren’t any there!  We chatted and sang….Awesome songs were playing on the radio overhead ALL day, which made for some mighty fine entertainment; especially towards the end of the long day while I broke out into dance when we were packing up!  Fun times 🙂  Win. 

THANKS Marci!

Unfortunately my camera also decided to delete the picture I had of Marci, Jaime and I.  😦  Stupid camera! FAIL.

I was blessed with wonderful family and friends, who came out and supported me, just to visit or make purchases.  People I see pretty regularly and some that I haven’t seen in YEARS!  WIN!!!

Three great friends from my Kennywood days came out today…. One of which I haven’t seen in about 8 years and the other closer to 13 or so.  The third I saw at the last craft show I did in December for the first time in aboout 8 years or so as well. I was so very happy to see these ladies;  brought back lots of awesome memories of my younger, more naive and plain old “stupid” days hanging out with Beth and all the shennigans that Krissy, myself and the other fellow members of the FYC partook in during our work day and many after hours outings.  Sarah and I had tons of fun too during my first two summers there… The three stands of us youngin’s were always acting a crazy fool!  So incredibly awesome to catch up a little bit  and am hoping to get to meet up with them in the near future to catch up and reconnect.  Seriously Beth, Krissy and Sarah; we need to meet up soon!!!! These gals were a HUGE part of my life at one time, having spent our ENTIRE summers together while working at the park.  Good times, great memories.  Over the years, friends may come and go; some are there always; some you may never hear from again.  regardless, they were meant to be there for those specific points in your life.  I’m happy to have had so many great friends in my life over the years…  Very lucky.  WIN.

While I didn’t sell nearly as many pieces as I did in December, I did end up in the “green;” making profit above my expenses for the show.  So I’d say that is a win.

I had 4 people place special orders. Win.

I got a couple AWESOME leads for some pretty big craft shows later this year.  Another Win. 

I made TWO purchases as the craft show….

Button Bracelet!!!

A Button Bracelet!!! I just LOVED it!!!! Thought it would make a great addition to my spoon bracelet… 🙂  WIN.

AND

Sweet tooth!!!

Of course I bought some yummy treats too!  Couldn’t resist the Chocolate covered pretzels and a S’more! 

Mmmmmmmmm….   WIN. 

I came home and unloaded the car…. WIN.

Stubbed my toe on the corner of the wall after tripping and hitting my funny bone on the chair.  FAIL.

I might add that this is the second time this week I did the above mentioned… think that qualifies as a DOUBLE FAIL.  😉

Getting ready to relax with a hot bath … WIN.

This girl’s exhausted!!!

 

Indulging and relaxing a bit

Catching up on all my bloggin’ buddies happenings that I’ve missed out on over the last couple days while sipping on some BV Reserve and ginger as a special treat…. WIN.

 

All in all I’d say I’m a pretty lucky gal.  Surrounded by the BEST people; much needed laughs; memorable times.

 Time. To. Relax.

AND SLEEP!!!!!!!

Today was an AWESOME day….

I’d call that winning.

Packed and Ready To Go…

Frames are all priced & boxed up… a potentially daunting task if it weren’t for the help of my dear,  sweet cousin Sue.

All packed up and ready to go in the morning....

Table coverings are ironed…

Car will be loaded in the morning to head out & set up @ 8:00AM with the help of another fabulous cousin,  Marci & best friend Jaime.

Curtain opens at 10 AM. I’m a wee bit nervous and excited!  🙂 

Tomorrows show is the first step to completing my goal of participating in 3 craft shows in one year (on the list).  Plus I am hoping to open an ETSY shop to sell my goodies online in the very near future.  Gonna be a busy year!

So now there’s nothing left to do but go over my list & check it twice…

And, some much-needed relaxation & pampering !

First up a HOT bath with tunes,  followed by routine eyebrow maintenance & concluding with a home mani/pedi.

Haven’t painted my nails in a while since craftiness doesn’t keep friends with manicured nails.

My FAVORITE OPI nail polish 🙂

 

Looking forward to seeing how tomorrow goes & then get my grips on normalcy!  Huh? What’s that????

Tomorrow … I’m baaaaaaaack!

Until then my friends … thanks for sticking with during the last few sub-par posts.

Sneak Peek of Progress

Crawled out of the rubble for a quick minute… my brain, hands and back are thankful for the quick interruption and change in scenery from the diabolical mess that has taken over my living room.

about 400 feet of adhesive

24 watercolor pencils down to nubs

my apartment resembles a crafting war zone

BUT…

44 pieces finished in 3 evenings

is PROGRESS.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of my most favorite, just-finished pieces.  🙂

Family

Decorative Tray

Something special for all those mums out there

 

Hope 🙂

 

And my absolute most favorite so far…

Best ever!!!

with a quote from one of the BEST movies ever and in 

“A Touch of Mae’s” signature colors too I might add!

 

Hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek of progress….

Back at it I go! 

In Case You Were Wondering….

Where I might be… 

I haven’t gone missing…

I’m alive and breathing; safe and sound…

A productive two days in my apartment’s where I can be found.

Crafting Tunes…

Tunes will be playing… hopefully my phone won’t be ringing.

And if you dare come a knockin’ don’t be alarmed at the sight you’ll see.  

 My hair tied in a messy knot; not a stitch of make-up to be seen; comfty craftin’ clothes are all I’ll need.

Colors, colors, everywhere…

Paper will be flying… ink will be up to my elbows… acrylic stamps will be strewn about.

Crafty must-haves

color coordinating; adhesive rolling; paper-cutter sliding…

Some finished products…

Cleaning, organizing, pricing and packing…

Frames, frames and hopefully more frames 🙂

 

Tying up loose ends and crossing fingers for the best…

 

The Craft Show is on SATURDAY…

…. and then I can rest!

I’ll still be reading and commenting, but my ranting and rambling are gonna take a break for a few… You know full well I won’t be able to stay away too long! 

Stay tuned for pictures over the next couple of days. 🙂

Pink or Blue…

 

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My family is over run with boys… and all things blue for that matter. 🙂

I’ve got 4 nephews with #5 on the way in July.

One lone niece.

Love ’em each all the same, BUT…

 

 

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I’m itching to make more pink things!!!

Someday…. maybe 🙂 

 

 

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Untimely Tummy Troubles

No time is a  good time to get a terrible touch of tummy troubles….

BUT, I had high expectations and grand plans for my Friday and Saturday!!! 

Friday at work was to be most productive, finalizing field trips and decorating for spring/easter. 

After work Friday I was to dive right in to all things crafty as time is running out for me to prepare for the craft show on April 9th.

Saturday was to be dedicated to all things crafty as well… As I said. GRAND EXPECTATIONS.

DIDN’T HAPPEN…

Don’t worry, I will spare you all the gory details but the icks and the yucks decided to take over sometime Thursday night. Not fun at all!

Talk about throwing a curve ball in to my plans!  Went into work for a little bit Friday morning just until things were covered then home to the bed I went. 

Relaxing was outta the questions. Productivity was out the window.  Food wasn’t even a thought in my mind.

Bed.

Bed.

Bed.

All day and night Friday and the better part of the day yesterday spent in bed.  I know at some point in my life I’ve said, “I’d do anything to say in bed all day.” 

Ya, not exactly how amazingly wonderful I dreamt it would be.  Maybe under different circumstances, I would have a different opinion.

I hereby retract the aforementioned statement about wanting to be able to spend all day in bed and vow to NEVER utter those words again. 🙂 

THERE, got that out of my system. 

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By last night I was feeling ALMOST  completely human again…

I finally had a bit of an appetite, but didn’t dare eat anything more substantial than a piece of toast and sip on some Gatorade which was a huge step up from the last 2 days.

I will say I am feeling much better today… I feel human again. 

I  managed to be a bit productive in the crafty area… and I ate food!!! Food that didn’t consist of saltines, Gatorade and toast!  Well, sort of.

One of my most favorite, easy, all-time, go-to comfort foods was calling my name today for lunch.  Actually, it was just about the only thing that sounded appetizing to me in the least!

Grilled Cheese • Tomato Soup • Crystal Light Lemonade

It hit the spot for sure; being just want my hungry tummy was looking for!

Not a fancy recipe… didn’t take hours in the kitchen to prepare.

Buttered some bread; slapped on some american cheese…

Opened a can; stirred in some milk.

Ta-Da!!!!

If any one would like the recipe just let me know…  All you have to do is ask! 😉 

To all my blogging friends and In-Person friends/family… You all are better in the kitchen than I. 

Your recipes sound AMAZING!

The pictures of your meals look DELECTABLE!

This girl?  Try as I may, just doesn’t do well in the kitchen.   

Certainly didn’t get the cooking genes in my family… Not sure which one of us did because my mom certainly has the ability!

Which reminds me… I still have to try another new recipe for March since my first one was a flop.  Better get to it!  Thinking of an easy guacamole recipe a friend suggested.  We shall see!

 

How was your weekend?  Anything throw a curveball your way recently?

BTW- I’m super excited…. I finally put up a post before the late, late hours of the night.  🙂