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Kanzashi in Progress

D for Daphne

D for Daphne

So Sister Diane has inspired me in all things kanzashi…I swear I’ve been seeing them in my sleep. My good friend Erin Debri makes covered buttons with monograms and I thought they would look great in the center of some kanzashi blooms. I had a baby shower coming up for my cousin who is having a baby girl and they’re naming her Daphne…I’ll show you the finished project later this weekend, but here’s the beginning. I think I’m going to add a little fringe to the “D.” My mind’s eye sees the flowers on some sort of “stem” woven into the back of a basket…which will hold the rest of the gift. Much as I love paper, I don’t like using gift wrap…throwing paper away makes me sad ūüė¶ Anyway, I’d better get back to my kanzashi dreams…I’ve got an early morning ahead of me. Do you think she’ll like the flowers?

Goodnight, HB

P.S. Get Diane’s book Kanzashi in Bloom…it’s awesome!


October 2, 2009 at 3:05 am 4 comments

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‚Ķbut 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

Mary Higgins Clark: Just Take My Heart

MHC: Just Take My Heart

MHC: Just Take My Heart

Just FYI before you start reading this, I am completely biased. I LOVE Mary Higgins Clark! I have read all of her books and I read them as soon as they are available at the library. Sorry, I’m too frugal to buy books! Anyway, usually I devour MHC’s books in a day or so. Since this was the first one I’d gotten my hands on after the birth of my son, I wasn’t sure how long it was going to take me. Let me tell you that this one was no exception! It was awesome and I snuck it into every spare minute I had, and some that probably shouldn’t have been spared! Aah, laundry can wait, right! Anyway, I finished it in two days!

Most of the time, I am COMPLETELY clueless as to who the murderer will be, nearly to the end. This time, I had a few of the plot twists figured out ahead of time. I still loved it. There is one thing that occurred to me in this book that hadn’t previously: the characters have NO money problems – even the main crook Jimmy Easton seems to float by without any real money problems in between heists…how do these people do it? Aren’t there TONS of people in this world who can’t just go get a mani-pedi whenever they want? Besides that I loved the book!

The basic plot is that Natalie Raines, a prominent actress, is killed while separated from her husband. Natalie has a traumatic past, with her college roomate having been killed while jogging in the park. Natalie is nearly sure it was her married boyfriend, who she never met, but did see a picture of. For Natalie’s murder, the police are convinced it’s the husband in some jealous rage! There’s not enough evidence to convict, so the murder goes unsolved. Until two years later when a career criminal, Jimmy Easton, shows up with a story about being hired by said husband to kill his wife. Now, some people may have believed the story for a little while. Perhaps I just don’t have a lot of faith in criminals, but I NEVER did. Even when good ole Gregg (the husband) was a little unsure of where he was during the murder, I didn’t waiver. I just didn’t see it. If he really wanted to get back together, why kill her? That aspect always made me go back to the roommate’s killer. There’s a few twists and I just won’t spoil it…but it’s a good one!

For those of you who haven’t read it, get out to your local library and check it out. It will make you realize that even in a fictional world of multiple murderers, life can end well! And, in this time in the world, I think we all need a little reminder of that!

For more information about the book, look here.

July 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment