Enjoy the festive look for today! I thought it would be fun for a change.
Do you have all trick and treat candy to hand out??? I found it interesting that the halloween isles at the store where cleared out today and all the merchandise moved to another location and on SALE! But what really made it interesting was the shelves were being completely stocked with Christmas items! Bring on the season! LOL!!
I love to buy off season - whether it's clothes for the kids, after christmas sales, whatever! I love a good bargain and tucking it away until it's season rolls around again and then it's all new! and I find it really love it because I got it for such a great bargain.
I held true to my statement of no sugary sweets on tuesday after waaaaay too much over the weekend. yeah! I did it! I almost gave in but I feel so much better - plus I know today holds alot of sugar!!!! *sigh*
There's a trend going around here in my area and I wonder if it's the same in your area as well. It seems door to door trick or treating is on the way out and "safe" trick or treating is the on the rise. We've TRUNK or treated for the past 5 years at our local church and the kids get enough candy there that we only hit a few neighbors to see their kids and have a quick visit. But this year one of the local high schools is having trick or treating inside the school, a new local shopping area is also having store to store trick or treating and one of the large malls always has store to store trick or treating as well. All well lit areas, safe environments and some of them even warm. All their flyers talk about "safe" trick or treating and it seems to becoming more popular. At least in my area. What about yours? Do you still trick or treat door to door or do you attend these new type events or TRUNK or treat? I'd love to know!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Enjoy the festive look for today! I thought it would be fun for a change.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Ugh! So many sweets and we haven't even hit Halloween yet *sigh* We've had a weekend full of birthday cakes for a niece and nephew, followed up by something sweet I cooked up on Sunday afternoon, ate the leftovers of that Monday and then attended a halloween party last night! I'm done! No sugary goodness for me today and then on Halloween I KNOW I will sneak a little here and there. *wink* But then I will probably be regretting it again like I am right now.
do you limit how much they get each day? Do you throw some of it out? Do you just let them have at it and when it's gone it's gone??? HELP!!!! I'd love to hear your advice!
LOL!!! So I just got a call from my older sister and she said, "Come on blog slacker. Your last post was Thursday. " *snicker* Although I've never cared to be called names (wink) I guess this one wasn't so bad since I guess she takes an interest in my blog and wants to see something new! LOL!!!
I hadn't posted anything new because I wanted to make sure everyone - who would take an interest in it - would see my DIY fridge magnets tutorial. Seems like once I post something new blog readers don't always scroll far enough past the "newest" post to see what is under it in the event that I post 2 that day or one quickly right after the other. SO - that is my reasoning for being a "blog slacker"
And since she called me out on it and wants to see something new, how about I turn the blog on her! I recently did an informal photoshoot of her and her fiance. She just wanted a few quick photos taken so she can send one to the local newspaper, etc. The fall colors were gorgeous and the day was perfect! The location we went too was BUSY with about 4 different high school seniors getting their pictures done after a week of rainy bad weather. Seems like everyone had the same idea that day! Here's a little collage I created for her! (now let's just hope I don't really get in trouble for this! *wink*)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
~ a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
Are you in violation of a decorating NO - NO???? *gasp* the thought!!! I couldn't help but laugh and get a kick out of a post I saw on Ribbon Rock Star's blog. Apparently HGTV did a show on the 25 biggest decorating blunders - what a hoot! We don't do cable so I missed it but they have posted them online with pictures and all! It's a must see! Hurry on over and check it out them come back and spill your blunders! Come on, I am sure we are all guilty of at least one. And just to be fair I will go first.
*deep breath* Ok, I'm ready............. My name is Megan and I have commited some decorating blunders. (the crowd falls silent) But this is a non-judging and safe environment right???? ha ha - ok back on track here!
Sadly - we have a toilet rug - BUT only in 1 of the three bathrooms - so it's not all that bad right????
I definately have an undressed foyer which I am trying to rectify but haven't found the right pieces of furniture yet - the search continues.....
and the fake flowers - *sigh* - I really try to NOT have alot. I definately prefer dried, fresh and natural stuff but old habits and convience are hard to break. I did see the Oprah episode with Nate where he said - NO FAKE FLOWERS - anywhere - ever! I felt a twinge of guilt and embarrassment but then I got over it! ha! Hey, we all do what we can do and afford right??? ;)
(Be sure to upload your photos from trying this project into the Brassy Apple Projects Flickr group!)
I love taking fabric and using it on other fun crafting projects besides just sewing or what you would typically expect. I have several projects I have done over the last couple of months and thought I would share them with you! So if you - or your kids - are itching for a little DIY project, here's a great one for the whole family!
Fridge magnets and pushpins
step 1: gathering the supplies - you will need largecrafting "bubbles" with one side that is flat. You can use any size you like. Magnets - make sure your magnets are large enough to support the size of your bubbles. If they are too small the finished magnet will slowly slide down your refrigerator when you try to use it to actually hold any papers. Small pushpins with a flat head if possible. Craft glue - I prefer E600 - it's great for many projects, is clear and dries fast too. And then of course your fabrics or patterned scrapbooking type papers if you don't have fabrics on hand. Scissors, and something to trace with - I like using a fabric marker. Fusible interfacing or fusible fleece - optional.
Step 2: Layout your fabrics and place your bubbles
over top moving it around until you find a pattern that you like. Cut around the pattern in a small square and continue with as many fabrics and patterns for the magnets that you want to make. Optional step: Fuse interfacing or fleece to the back of your precut squares on the wrong side of the fabric. This will give the back of your magnets a finished look and keep the fabric from fraying when you cut it and use your magnets.
Step 3: Trace around your bubble and cut out your circle. Repeat with all your cut squares.
Step 4: Using a toothpick, squeeze out some glue and use the toothpick to apply it to the right side of your fabric. Place a nice medium sized glop in the center of the circle. Take your bubble and place it on top of the glue and press firmly and evenly down. The glue will race for the outside edges - be sure to push out any or as many glue bubbles as you can. Set aside to dry and repeat until finished.
Step 6: Once dry they can dot your fridge, metal file cabinet, etc. Another great idea is to place them in a small container like an altoids tin, wrap it up with some ribbon and you have a great personalized gift to give away! Enjoy!
To make push pins for your bulletin board simple
use the smaller size craft bubbles and follow steps 1 - 4 as outlined above. Then, instead of gluing a magnet to the back glue a flat headed push pin. Set pin side up to dry.
If you give this project a try be sure to let me know, send pictures or blog about it too and post the link so we can all check out your handwork!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
and round two the whole family - this day was NOT nearly as chilly as the first ;)
I hope you are enjoying your October! Now that we have the pumpkins we better to get to carving them before Halloween night!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
You can find this auction HERE
I've listed a bunch of other auctions too as I started to clear out and make room for my 2008 designs!
Many have NO RESERVE, low starting prices, are last chance designs - like my LAST Owl handbag , or modeled items. Plus another chance at my Hannah Montana Jeans!
Here's are few more cutie shots from the team of Brenandcompany!
for most challenge pictures look here
Saturday, October 20, 2007
If you want to know when I list my new designs or have a sale/giveaway the BEST way is to join my mailing list! **** I will be giving the members of my mailing list a special discount on all my new items next weeks as well! ****So if you want to be "in the know" ;) and also cash in on some EXTRA savings just type in your email address in the "newsletter" box and click go! Several items will have Buy it now prices on Ebay and will go fast! Also, my DIY kits have been selling out the day they get listed too! Don't miss out on those either!
and just to entice you I added alittle sneak peek photo of one of the new designs coming! tee hee hee
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Another good one is the The Evolution of Beauty. And Dove's newest one is called Onslaught which is such a good reminder for us as women too just how much STUFF we AND our kids are bombarded with each day.
A friend recently gave me a neat "list" of things to remember. It's called Raising Confident Girls:
1. Love her for who she is.
2. Let her know she's worth your time
3. Help her stand firm in knowing her value.
4. Make sure she knows she belongs
5. Give her choices.
7. Never compare her to others
8. Be impressed by her
9. Stengthen her heart, don't thicken her skin
10. Make it safe to make mistakes
11. Let her achievements be her own
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Need a quick gift? have someone on your list hard to buy for? Want to give your husband alittle help with an idea for YOU???? How about a Gift Certificate from CreativeOutletDesigns.com!
Perfect for Birthdays, Mother's day, Christmas, for girlfriends, your sister, etc. and YOU! They come in several amounts and can be emailed for a quick delivery or I will Mail a special certificate and card to whoever you want for whatever occasion! You can even include a special personalized message! Whose on YOUR list this year?
Switching gears now, just wanted to give a shout of THANKS to a few blogs that have featured some of my designs recently. Kiddlins featured my Hannah Montana Jeans on their site - thank you! A new blog - Apron a day - started by my Canadian girlfriend - spotted my reversible owl apron, and the Adagio Bleu blog has the sweetest things to say about my Holiday Apron! Stop by and check out all these fun blogs and tell them I sent ya! (wink)
Monday, October 15, 2007
What a wonderful box full of goodies and surprises! I've been trying for months to snag one from The Sampler. If you haven't heard of this yet it's worth checking out from the buyers perspective and the independent designer/company too! ;)
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Who Doesn't love the "Practically Perfect in Everyway" Nanny with her fair complexion, beautiful voice and magical touch or spin on the everyday task or chores? I had the chance yesterday to have a bit of her "magic" on a one day road trip I went on with my Mom and youngest Sister.
The Mary Poppins Bag is a fun way to help your kids when you travel. It helps make the trip magical and fun with surprises all along the way! We rode in my Sisters car and this was an idea she had just learned about and was eager to try. I am anxious to put my own Magical Bag together and give it a whirl with my kids too!
Her Mary Poppins Bag was complied for my neice age 2 and my little guy age 3. But before you start to collect your fun items for your bag you need to create your "travel time line".
1. Your Travel Time line will hang between the windows of your back seat and be a visual ROAD MAP from your beginning point to your final destination. Find a piece of string, yarn, ribbon, etc. She used Bias Tape and it
worked great!!!! Measure the width of your car - giving yourself a some extra slack room on each side and cut. Round up some clothespins, papers, markers, tape or glue. Pick out cities, monuments, large landmarks, etc along the route of your trip - evenly spaced away from each other if you can. Cut small pieces of paper or cardstock out and write these places on them. Tape or glue the paper to the clothespin. The amount of places you pick along the way depends on the length of your trip and the age of your children. Smaller children may need more while older ones may be able to wait longer inbetween. When you are ready to go you will roll down the windows a bit and slip in your string/ribbon on each side, pulling it tight so it will be straight and out of the way off passengers.
2. The fun begins! Prepping your Mary Poppins Bag!!!! You will need to find a large "carpet" bag. Not really, but a good large bag is Key. It would be nice if this bag was specifically reserved for this purpose as well. This bag needs to be filled with fun snacks, toys, games, books and other items that your kids will get to discover along their trip! As you reach each clothespin destination something else gets brought out of the Mary Poppins bag! The more excited you are about it the more your kids will be too! Make sure you are the one pulling the items out of the bag. We don't want to ruin the surprise of the next item for the kids. **PLUS, you also take down that clothespin and your children can "SEE" how far you have already gone on your travel timeline.**
She stocked her bag with a few key items. The first one was she took 2 pillowcases and a plastic serving tray and hot glued the tray to the pillowcase. When we hit our first destination the trays emerged from the bag and she stuff a pillow into the pillow case. Now the kids had a lap tray for other fun activities through the rest of the trip. We also gave them from fruit snacks on their trays as this time and engaged them in a color sorting game and counting too. They loved it! The next clothespin destination they received a coloring page and some crayons. The trays worked great for this because the raised edge kept the crayons from rolling off the end and getting lost in the car.
Here's a few more ideas for your Mary Poppins Bag:
Snacks - crackers, cheese sticks, etc
treats - sweet ones like candy, suckers, etc
coloring book - with tear away pages b/c they don't really need the whole book to themselves
book on tape/CD
file folder games
small toys like dolls, cars, action figures
dry erase board - you can easily create a dry erase surface with some contact paper and cardstock
some sing-a-long CD's - get the family involved in singing, actions to the words, etc
handheld electronic game
binoculars - my kids love playing with these
travel bingo game
the possibilites are endless! Tailor your bag to the age and preference of your Children! You can add to the excitement of your snacks too by placing them in a
brown paper sack and not allowing your child to look into the bag - just reach in and pick out one item. We did this with our "sucker treats" bag. What you get is what you get! Then we challenged them to see who could suck on it the longest and make it last. Little things for little ones can be sooo exciting and fun! And they will surprise you with their creativity of the items you give them. Plain ole' suckers became a fun game of "CHEERS" between the two of them which produced lots of giggles, smiles and good memories.
Friday, October 12, 2007
A trip to San Francisco for a Gap photo shoot
A babyGap or GapKids wardrobe
A KODAK Gallery prize package
A children’s book collection courtesy of O, The Oprah Magazine
The chance to see their photo in Gap store windows across the country
How cool is that!!!! So upload a photo and enter today!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Right now you can win a Heavenly Hostess Apron and a child's Fashionista Set from Iced Couture just by leaving a comment in the appropriate section on their site! How fun and a perfect time too!!!
On the flip side - it's also a great way for some extra added exposure as a designer or owner of a company too!!! Contact them today if you are interested in finding out more about how snag a feature!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
And last but not least! Do you have a Hannah Montana fan in your household? Someone who aspires to be "ROCKSTAR" and loves to sing? I've got the jeans for you!!!! Since debuting my High School Musical jeans, I've had a few requests for "hannah montana please" and here they ARE!!!! She'll definately feel like superstar material in these! There's LOADS of details and lots to look at! Be sure to check these out too! Snatch her up a pair for the concert or for a christmas or birthday gift too!
You can see all my current by clicking here as well.
Now onto week 2! I'm constantly trying to keep my little guys belly full! He has been that way since birth - Just loves to eat. Yesterday we shared a little dessert after lunch of milk and cookies. He had fun being in a "photoshoot" with Mom as he calls it. I captured several fun candid shots as we dunked our cookies and watched them float in the milk too! *snicker*
for more food themed photos this month, visit SPC
Monday, October 8, 2007
After a few customer requests for more DIY fabric kits because they love my eye for putting combinations together and/or don't have access to a fabric shop nearby at all, I thought this might be a good solution and way of saying thanks for your repeat business. I've just listed some Halloween kits too! Just in time to snatch them up for a party, costume or a gift.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
In case you missed this yesterday on Yahoo it is HILARIOUS and worth taking the time to watch! A comedian has taken everything a Mom says in a 24 hour period, put it in a song and condensed it down to just over 2 minutes! Enjoy!