Friday, January 20, 2012

some stuffola...I need feedback pretty pretty please! :)

Happy Friday Friends!

Some random stuff...

ONE: My hubby has a job!! WOOOO It has been 6 months of praying and waiting and next week it is back to employment for him! I know many have prayed and I wanted to thank you all so much!

B: Winter in Ohio makes me really want to move to. Well, somewhere with no winter. But then I started thinking...I would NEVER get crafting done if I werent hunkered down this weekend! I can hear the "white death" (freezing rain) tink tink tinking on the window pane beside me. We are supposed to have quite a bit of ice in the morning. I think that calls for fresh baked muffins and jammie day.

3:  I have been working on some things! and I need your help!

First. I tried my hand at embroidery...which...wasnt perfect but I still like the way my project turned out. I was VERY inspired by my good buddy BEV at Flamingo Toes when she made these ornaments at Christmas time.



Mine is a larger version (about 10") and it is still in the hoop...I honestly dont know what to do with it now? HELP! Should I make it into a pillow? 10" seems small. I am not in love with the idea of leaving it in the hoop and hanging it but I need some creative input! What would you do with this? (please dont say burn it! LOL! Just pretend you like it even if you dont. *wink*)


ALSO

I have mentioned a few times around here that I would really love to open my own pattern shop and I am working on a few stuffie patterns since they are my favorite to make right now. I have one close to completion and I think I would like to open it up to some pattern testers. Would anyone be interested in testing for me? This is a sneak peak of the one I have about ready to go. (this is a VERY rough prototype) but it will be a flannel horse stuffie. I would appreciate your feedback! I would LOVE to get 4 testers!! I am hoping to have this done in the next few weeks for testers to try it! If you are interested please leave a comment below and dont forget to leave your email address!



Thanks so much for listening to my ramblings tonight and for any feedback you might be willing to leave! :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

I heart Faces Submission - Family Fun

This is a very special picture! Some cousins having fun and holding back before opening presents on Christmas Eve. They are usually hard to photograph all together! They were showing great restraint holding back from the packages because they wanted their "pop Pop" to watch from Afghanistan and he hadnt skyped in yet. He was able to skype in soon after and we all spent Christmas Eve together! Miss you Dad!



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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

my picks from 2011!

Hi Again! It has been a while since I had 2 posts in 1 week. I am quite proud of myself. Someday I will be able to post more. Much more! I really want this blog to thrive and for taidye original to push me to be a better crafter! I will get there. I am a slow learner.

I am trying to re-cap what I actually accomplished around here last year and this is my round up! I must say this was hard to choose. I cant imagine how hard this would be if I was like a REAL craft blogger who actually posted daily/weekly crafts! WHEW! Hats off to you all! Here are {some of} my favorite posts of 2011!


First let me say how AMAZED I am with the popularity of my printables! I really enjoy making them and decided to throw them out there on the blog. I NEVER dreamed that I would EVER get so many hits from them! I think my top 2 posts are certainly the NEST printable and the MUSTACHE printable. I am so happy you all like them! Here are the links to correspond to the images above which are in no particular order:


Also remember you can quickly access my tutorials and printables from the top of the page! :)

Thanks to everyone for checking out my blog last year! It was fun to get so many new followers and sweet comments! Special thanks to a few of my bloggy buddies for helpful hints and sweet comments!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

re-cap...Handmade Christmas

Happy 2012 everyone!! I did not mean to take such a longggg bloggy break but hey, things got nuts.

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas and New Year celebration with family, friends and food. We had a really great few weeks. I have been on vacation this week and boy was it ever wonderful!

I wanted to share a few of the handmade items I made for various family members this year! BEWARE! These are alllll crappy cell phone photos. I really must get a better camera phone. Mine is truly terrible but I hope to give you some idea of what I made. I am super proud of myself for making SEVERAL items that I pinned! WOOO! There should be a button you can click under projects that says "TRIED IT"! I love the inspiration love love love my pinterest. Follow me! I'll follow ya back! pinky promise!

So here are some of the things I made...


I made little pants some sock puppies inspired by this pin. FUN project and a bonus DORK picture of me. These where SO FAST and simple! Lauren loves her puppy twins!



I really wish I had a better picture of this quilt inspired by this pin. The fabrics are so nice. My mom was super surprised to receive this!


My kids decorated these fun ornaments and filled them with photos. Then we shipped them to my dad in Afghanistan for his little tree.


PRINCESSES! Obviously inspired by this pin from Lil Blue Boo. Mine are not Disney inspired princesses but Lauren really like them anyhow and I had a lot of fun making them even though I am not that great a painter


ROOTDEER! I saw these all over pinterest. LOTS of sources out there! I made these for a few good buddies at the office:


I made bunches of these teeny nativities. I KNOW I saw this on pinterest and would love to give credit to the appropriate person but I must not have pinned it and my searches are coming up blank! If you are the owner of this idea or know who is please let me know so I can link back. These were fun and easy to make in an assembly line. To make the face of Jesus I used a small sticker from the kids' stash and then peeled it off after the white paint dried:


Tree of Life pendant for MIL inspired by this pin


I also made this platypus stuffie (actually 2 of them. I made one pink also!) I didnt follow the exact instructions but this is a free pattern I have pinned here. My kids are OBSESSED with platypuses? Platypus'? Platypi? (Yeah whatever...) Thanks to Phineas and Ferb


And this was super awesome. I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas which I ADORE! I actually found time to READ a book! Amazing. Me. Dog. PJs. Slippers. Water for Elephants (book and movie on Kindle). Not pictured: Homemade chocolate chip cookies and pizza - cause I was not about to ruin this day with cooking!


We have had an AMAZING break. So much family time that was much needed.

Please continue to keep my family in prayers as my Daddy will still be deployed for quite sometime (especially my little guy who misses his Pop Pop SO MUCH) and also for my hubby to find work SOON! He has been without a job since July.

I am hoping to at least post a 2011 round up of my favorite posts and maybe a printable this week. Miss you guys!!
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