Archive for August, 2009

Updates…and a few projects

My new nephew with his mommy

My new nephew with his mommy

So, I’ve been pretty busy.  I didn’t mean to stay away so long, but a new nephew, a training and a sweet baby boy can do that to you…and that doesn’t even cover the projects I’ve been working on.  I have about a million things on my mind lately.  Here’s a few of them:

  • Our La Leche League group is having a fundraiser/walk/family fun event and I’m one of the main planners.  I’ve never had an event like this or even helped with one, so this is unchartered, but very exciting territory.  Check out our website or e-mail me for more information.  We’re still looking for vendors and we would love for you to walk too!  It’s at Hawk Island Park in Lansing, Michigan.  If you have never been there, it is definitely a must see!  That park is REALLY COOL!
  • My new nephew Mason was born on 7/23.  He was in MI with his mama and his older sister Ava for a few days.  He is GORGEOUS!  I really wish I had known they were coming so I could’ve taken more time off work.  Boo for real jobs!
  • I had a training from the Michigan Breastfeeding Network called the Business Case for Breastfeeding.  It was designed to train us to approach businesses and encourage them to start lactation support programs for their employees.  I’ll do a separate post about why this is a GREAT idea for the business!
  • I’ve been working on an idea for a debit card wallet.  I’m trying to scale down what I carry in my purse and this is an integral part of it.  I’ve seen some out there, but none of them are quite what I’m looking for.  So, I am coming up with my own.  But, it still needs a bit of tweaking.
  • I’m thinking of getting an iPhone.  The old 3G one since they’re pretty cheap now.  What do you think?  Do you have one?  Do you love it?
  • My etsy shop name.  I haven’t gotten many ideas from readers, but I came up with this one on my own: Holden out for Handmade.  Holden is my son’s name.  You’d say the name, like “holdin.”  I had the idea that my categories could be Holden Parties (for invitations), Holden up your image (clothes and accessories) and Holden up the home (home decor items).  Corny?  My little tagline would be “A Craftee Gyrl’s quest for embellishments to a beautiful life.”
  • I’ve been dreaming up a car seat accessory…don’t want to give away more than that.  Check back for more after the weekend!
  • I’m going to try some t-shirt refashions.  They’re out there everywhere and they look like so much fun!  Plus, I’m always scared to try clothes, but I think I can totally do this.  Look for fun tutorials here, here, and here.
  • A friend and I tried making a cake shaped like a purse.  We always do a test cake first to see what we can do initially.  It really helps because then you get a lot of ideas as to what you can improve.  Very stimulating for your creativity!  It turned out pretty well, but I have LOTS of ideas on where we can improve!
  • We went to a place called Tree House in Chelsea, Michigan.  Very Cool Place!  Check it out here.
  • I just read Jane Green’s Dune Road.  Not her best, but pretty good!

Honestly, I could go on all day…but I won’t bore you (or give you reason to suggest some sort of institution)!  Hope you’re having a great Friday and that you enjoy your weekend!  I should have some more to show you on Monday, if not before!

Purse Cake

Purse Cake


August 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm 1 comment

New Item on Etsy – Fabric Necklace

My newest item

My newest item

I promised myself I would do whatever I could to post at least one new item to Etsy at least every other day. So far, so good. Tonight I whipped up a fabric necklace and with a little help from the hubs, it was finished quite nicely. I took some pictures of it with my FAVORITE vase (from one of my besties, Kathryn) and got it up in the store. Tell me what you think. Do you like the necklace and hate the pictures/description/price? Would you wear a necklace like this? I think I’m going to whip up another one so I can wear it to work tomorrow…FUN! You gotta love jewelry that you can make in under an hour that is still fit to be worn!


August 14, 2009 at 3:43 am Leave a comment

Seuss Shower

Shower Invitation

Shower Invitation

Need a theme for a baby shower?  Have a Bedtime Story Baby Shower…

I got the idea from The Hostess With the Mostess…If you don’t subscribe to their blog, you should!  It’s SO fun!

Anyway, a friend and I made a cake shaped like a bed, with pillows and teddy graham animals and even a kit kat headboard!  It turned out really well and we aren’t any kind of professional cake decorators!  All in all, the shower was a blast and I hope the mommy has fond memories of it like I do.  Now, if you want to have a Seuss-esque baby shower of your own, head on over to my etsy shop so I can get started on your invitations!

August 12, 2009 at 3:16 am Leave a comment

Orders…and something new to come!

My first orders for Etsy

My first orders for Etsy

Well, I’ve got my first etsy orders ready and will drop them off at the post office in the morning. Phew! I hope they love them! I also took quite a few trips to Volunteers of America as they had the best deals on used jeans. It was still hit or miss as to pricing and sizing of the pockets. Luckily though, I remembered that my very best friend’s dad is the manager at the St. Vincent de Paul store a very short way from my house (well, 40 minutes). Anyway, I called him and I will now be the very lucky recipient of the rear pockets of all of their too-dirty-or-holey-to-sell jeans for a VERY reasonable price! So, my dears – the lesson is once you find a product that someone is looking for, keep tossing over ideas in your mind until you have the process and the supplies fine-tuned and efficient. My techy-engineer-project manager-efficiency-king husband should be very proud of me for mentioning that in my post 🙂

Anyway, I know I’ve been promising a little something new…so in an effort not to disappoint, I’d better get offline and into my studio…Hope to be back soon with a finished product! Wish me luck 🙂

August 9, 2009 at 12:20 am Leave a comment

Filling Orders

Will be posting some other creative projects I’ve been working on soon…but today I’m working on a couple of the custom orders I’ve received for the cowboy invitations…this is SO fun! Check back soon for some new items I’ve been working on 🙂

August 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment