Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Treasure Store Tuesday Starts October 19

I've been wanting to have a linky party, but once a week seems like too much of a commitment. I've been posting my treasure (thrift) store finds from time to time so I thought I'd make a monthly party out of it.

I'll remind everyone later, but in the mean time take pictures and notes of all your really cool finds before you head on over later to tell us all about it.

I can't wait!

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Chicken Announces The First Winner at Embellish

Antonio is very pleased to have held our first give away at Embellish.I am gifting a Provo Craft Silent Setter. The winner LUCKED OUT! Actually there wasn't a great deal of competition, but those are my favorite kind of contests.

So we rolled the digital dice and ...
Congratulations to Emily over at Creative Disaster! The Silent Setter is excited to be headed to a new home. It has enjoyed it's time here, but can't wait for Craft Tour. Enjoy!

Thanks to those of you who came by to support my first time down the give away chute. I learned quite a bit and that's what it's all about...oh, wait that's the hokey poky.



Friday, September 24, 2010

Five Question Friday 9/24/2010

It's Friday and you know what that means - time for Five Question Friday! Today's episode is brought to you by the lovely and talented Mama M at My Little Life. Audience, feel free to play along!
1. If you could speak with a different accent, what would it be (i.e Australian, Scottish)?
I like the idea of a Scottish accent. One of my friends has a lingering Scottish accent and she sounds so cool.  I have a Texas accent which comes through even when I speak Spanish. Texan was my first language, you know.

2. Can you fall asleep anywhere? (i.e floor, couch, deck)
Nope. I'm very high maintenance in this area. I must have my bed, or if not my bed, my sheets and my pillow. I can sleep on my couch, but not restfully.
3. Do you use public restrooms? If so, do you sit on the toilet?
I really try not to, but I've gotten better over the years. When I do use a public restroom I must talk myself down from the 'oogieness' I'm feeling. Absolutely no deep breathing exercises though. Ick.

4. If you were stuck in an elevator for 24 hours, what celebrity would you most want to be stuck with?
Assuming I was heavily Xanexed from being trapped anywhere, let alone a small box suspended from a tin rope, I would have to say I'd enjoy spending that time with Jon Stewart. Doggone it that man cracks me up!

5. Where did you & your significant other go on your 1st date?
To dinner and a movie. Jack in the Box and a second run showing. Hey, we were poor college kids! Good times.  

Ah, how the time flew. As always it's been a blast. And when I say "always", what I mean is all two times I've played Five Question Friday. I can't wait to dive into the deep dark recesses of other people's answers.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thrift Store Thursday or The Heads Are Not For Sale

I thought I'd share some of the things I've been finding at thrift stores lately. The projects? They are coming, but for now we'll look at the raw materials.
 Look at these darlings! All of them for $.99. I plan to put a little seasonal clip art in there for the holiday centerpiece. I started decorating my mantle back in March and now I spend my time purging big things from my decorations box and looking for cute, small trimmings. I can stack the picture frames like I have here or maybe all three on top of one another? It'll be fun to figure out.
 The next really-cool-deal is "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" audiobook.  This was a once in a lifetime deal, folks. Listed at $5.45 and then half off of that price for a grand total of $2.73. My kids love to listen to audiobooks while playing with their Lego's so this is a treat for all of us!
Our house has a very Mexican flair. Not only because we are, in fact, Mexican, but because we like the bright colors and hacienda style. I love this wall hanging and it's found a home on our porch. It makes me happy and it feels so homey.
I'm still trying to get organized so I was thrilled to find the IKEA-scarfy-holder thing. Belts, scarves and other accessories will be hang tidily. Oh, the bliss! It was $.99 and it was 50% off that, so a sweet fifty-cent piece.

Oh, and you're probably wondering about the last part of the title. One day when Tracy and I were out thrifting at Salvation Army and saw this sign posted:
It still cracks me up to this day. Mostly that creeps-me-out kind of giggle. Good thing I wasn't in the market for heads that day.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My First Blog Button

I'm very excited to have made my first blog button. I know I have a ton left to learn and do, but doggone it, I made one! Like everything, it's a evolution. I've been afraid to try. To sit down, read tutorials and learn so that I can ultimately teach. 

Because that, my friends, is what I love to do. To see the light bulb going on in someone's head when they GET it is the best feeling in the world. I have the heart of a teacher, but don't want the paperwork of one.  

Okay, now the story behind the image.

Embellish Craft Blog

One day I was lamenting to my husband about how I should probably return to a full time job now that the kids are getting older. True to his awesome self he asks me if that's what I want to do.  No, not really, I tell him, but it seems to be the acceptable thing to do. And whenever I see friends or family the question of when I'm going back to work is usually not too far behind how I'm doing. So, yeah, I feel a little pressure. After all, once you take time off from your budding career to bring up some human beings, your first inclination should be to return to the rat race you are so woefully out of shape to compete in, right?

I spent some time researching what I could do, wanted to do, there is a need for and I discovered something interesting. I want to do it all. 

I used to write press releases, copy for websites and news for publications. All wonderful tasks. Still straight news reporting can get a little dry and I enjoy having a conversation with the reader rather than give a lecture.  The other consideration is that news can be a bit family-unfriendly depending on the day.

I have spent some time in an elementary school classroom. The kids are fantastic. Really the perspective they give to the world is amazing. I laugh all day when I'm with the students. However I don't like the testing, the assessments, the grading, the discipline (or lack thereof), the politics and frankly, some of the parents. As much as I love to teach, I wasn't going to be a Teacher. I am, however, going to continue to give to my kid's teachers as much as I possibly can because I admire and respect what they do for the community in general and my babies in particular. Teachers do what I cannot. Love, love, love teachers!!

I've worked in accounting and have done the books for several small business. I've enjoyed flexing my number muscles, but all work and no play makes Lainey a dull girl. This blog has been a result of wanting to add some creativity to my life, but I haven't been sure how to parlay that into an income, no matter how small.

The Mister listened attentively and asked if I made a decision about which direction I was considering? No. He told me that it was okay, that I was just a butterfly and couldn't be tethered. Exactly. 

The Mister *so* gets me.

The rest of the story is pretty much what you'd expect. I like purple, my nickname is Lainey and who doesn't love a bit of floral adornment in their lives? But the butterfly? That's all me, baby. 


Friday, September 17, 2010

Five Question Friday 9/17/2010

I'm excited to be a part of my first Five Question Friday.  I'm even more excited to see what other people have to say. 

Let's get started...

1. What is the first nightmare you remember?
I don't remember what happened in the dreams, but I know it had something to do with the flying monkey's from The Wizard of Oz. The details are vague, but I distinctly remember being picked up from my shoulders by something's claws. 

2. Even if you're not a sports fan, what's your favorite sport to play/watch?
Longhorn football, hands down. Live and in person or on the big screen makes me no nevermind. Hook 'em! 

3. If you could pull off one piece of trendy fashion, what would you want it to be (jeggings, hats, thigh high boots, etc.)?
Gosh, you mean I might not be able to pull it off?! 

Well, if I could get away with it then I'd go whole hog and get me a Lady Gaga outfit. I get a the huz from the idea of raw meat couture, but how about that that Kermit the Frog ensemble? I would so rock that outfit. 
Hmm, maybe I should just stick to the whole silly bands craze.

4. Did you make good grades in school?
I did when I was in elementary school and in through junior high, but in high school, I must admit, I graduated in half of the class that made the top half possible. It wasn't that I wasn't capable, I simply didn't like the process. I was stubborn and thought I'd show the teacher by not doing my best, or worse not turning in *their* stupid assignments. 

Hello, dumb ass?! The only person I was hurting was myself. 
When I got a little older (read more mature) in college I did great. Made the Dean's List and graduated with an impressive GPA.  Ah, education is wasted on the young. How I wish I could re-do all those book reports. 


5. What magazines do you subscribe to?
Right now the only one is "Threads" magazine. My mom gets "Southern Living" and "People" then passes them on to me. After I read them those magazines are used in our neighborhood swap. I get all kinds of other reads from my neighbor. It's a way to spread the periodical love.   
Wow! That was a blast! This should happen every week...wait...it does. Scoot on over to My Little Life and play too. 


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Good Luck Card by Antonio

Today's card craft is brought to you by Antonio, the family chicken. Okay he didn't actually *make* the card, that whole no-opposable-thumbs thing gives him away, but he certainly is the inspiration.

Hey there, Antonio!

The Man came home the other day and needed a quick card for a co-worker who was transferring to another location. Everyone makes fun of us, okay him, for having a chicken. I thoughts I'd play off that for the card.

Yep, I'm quite the comedienne.

I started out with black cardstock, cut in half lengthwise, then folded in half to 5.5x4.25.

Then I stamped the wood plank background on white cardstock (from the scrap pile, thankyouverymuch) and trimmed the edges. I used Tim Holtz ink, Old Paper, and inked the stamp. I concentrated on the edges since the the center of the image will be covered with another layer.

Next I created the bulk of the design on my computer. I printed the "Good Cluck to You" and the chicken out to cardstock. I chalked the clip art of the chicken with black and brown chalk to resemble our chicken. You'll have to use what you think will match your chicken. To save you some time feel free to download my version and make your own set of cards.

I trimmed around the rope using a "bubble cut" (that's how I tell the Kinder kids to cut when they don't have to hard, straight lines), but you tear it to give the image a more rustic look. Go crazy. Add eyelets. I used the Provo Craft Silent Setter. 

Then I threaded ribbon from the front through the back of the card and back through the front of the eyelet. Adhere the ribbon to the back of the front of the card.
Add a piece of white cardstock no larger than 5x4 to the writing part of the card because it's hard to write on a black background. 

Here's the thing though, I don't need a silent setter anymore. I loved this when my kids still had nap times and that was the only time I could scrapbook in peace. Now though they're getting closer to adolescence and frankly I enjoy using a hammer. It's therapeutic. So I'm giving this one away. Here are the rules:
  • Follow this blog.
  • Post a comment telling me how you found Embellish. It's my first giveaway, so if you let everyone know how you got here I think we all win.
  • Giveaway runs through Sunday, September 26 at 9:00 p.m. CST and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 27 right here. I will do my best to contact the winner though their profile information. 
  • Sorry, I'll only ship to the US for this giveaway, but feel free to post anyway.
I'll use random.org to pick the winning comment and then post who'll be crafting silently with their new eyelet setter. Big fun! Big, BIG fun!

Posted at the following parties:
Mad in Crafts


Friday, September 10, 2010

A Surprise on My Doorstep

Look what landed on my doorstep this morning! I can't wait to open this bad girl up and start marking up clothes.

I've wanted a dress form for so long. I made one of those duct tape ones, but it never quite did what I wanted it to do. And by the time you invest in all the materials and the put in the time, might as well get a manufactured form. Right?

Any tips from those of you that already have one of these gems?


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Clearance Wall Art Makeover

I found this star wall hanging on clearance at Micheal's It had a few scrapes, but nothing that a little paint couldn't cure. I wasn't that thrilled with the color, not that red isn't a great color, fabulous really, but it's way overdone in my house. I need to add something else to the mix.
This is a job for the front porch!
I gathered up my supplies, and headed out front. For this project I am finishing off a can of Valspar primer. I plan to use Kilz primer from now on, but I got this other can on clearance so I decided to try it. I suppose the fact that it was on clearance should have told me something. It's not bad, Kilz has just set the bar for primers. [Side note: If you look right in the middle of the image above you can see where I left in a layer of text. I thought I lost it. Dork, much?]

Here is the "before" shot of star.  I love the swirls and the shape!

I used two lawn bags to protect the brick tiles out front. We're actually hoping to make some improvements to this area since we've got a bit of a drainage issue, so I'm not all that concerned about keeping things pristine. Still you don't want to look like your front entrance is gangsta art studio so I try. I use lawn bags and then I can fill them with the refuse that's supposed to go into them. Two uses for the price of one.

I'm just very conscientious that way.

I primed the back of the star first. Since the piece is pretty transparent, the shape not the material, I knew I'd have to do both front and back. I don't on all my makeovers.  Shhh. Keep that one under your hat. Still I did the back first so if I had mistakes or drips they'd be less visible and I could give the front, read the part seen, a longer time to dry and set.

Turn that bad boy over after about 10 minutes of drying time. It should be dry to the touch. Not tacky.

Then you bring out the paint of your choice. I use spray paint. I know, I know...environment, but this works for me. If you'd like to even out my carbon emissions, you should use low VOC brush on paint. I promise I do my part in other areas.

Paint the back first and let it dry.

Turn it over and paint the front. This one I let sit for about an hour. That was because it was time for me to make the afternoon school pick-up run, but you can use your measurement of time.

Make sure you get all the little cracks and crevices if you have a intricate design. And really those are the most fun.

When it's completely dry, hang it on your wall and admire your work. You deserve it!

Remember though, no job is done until you clean up after yourself. That's what I tell my kids and my husband. We're working on it.