Saturday, October 30, 2010

Artful Thursday on Saturday (ughhh!!)

Okay, so the trying to post something on Thursday night for Artful Thursday didn't happen. But I will not give up so here is my Artful Thursday project (which was done on Thursday, thank-you very much, just not posted until Saturday.) I saw something similar to this project on another blog and it just spoke to me. It brings together so many things I love, wreaths, vintage "stuff", birds and Christmas. So here it is:

I thought that it turned out really cute. It's not really hard, just takes some time, (especially wrapping the yarn around the straw wreath) and collecting the vintage items and putting it all together.

Closeup of the wreath
So I loved making the wreath, and decided to make another Christmas Bird decoration. This time I used an old bobbin I picked up at the antique mall. (Thanks Rosie for the great deal on them!) I am going to add a little Joyeux Noel banner to it.
The closeup:

Pretty cute huh? So I'm going to be selling these beauties at the Beehive Bazaar. Mark you calendar for the first weekend in December. It is the best craft show in Utah and I love being a vendor there.

These projects have definitely got me in the holiday spirit and I'm looking forward to Christmas decorating. Hope you are having a creative week!

***Come back next week and see Bronwyn's darling sock monkey Halloween costume our costume designer friend Kelsey made.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lucky Tooth Fairy

Ok this note was left for the tooth fairy last night by Dotter #2 (Brooklyn). She is so funny and as you can see loves money! I also love how she left a treat.

I am going to try and post a Artful Thursday a little later this evening, so check back!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Studio 5 and Christmas Shopping

Thanks for all the kind words about my Studio 5 appearance. They producers were great and I actually had a good time. I was pretty happy with the segment (except for the 40 lbs I need to lose!, working on that.) I got some great feedback and some orders as well. If you don't live in Utah or happened to have missed it the link is HERE.

I also copied the notes from the ideas that I presented, with a few pictures.

Create Birthday Crowns

Make your child's birthday special, by giving them a crown to wear for the day. They can wear it year after year, and it becomes a special thing kids look forward to every year. It's a nice tradition to start with your children.

Hold Spontaneous Tea Parties

Everyday objects can serve as inspiration to create a special time with your children. In my instance, I bought some yummy cupcakes at a cupcake shop and they were so pretty, we decided to have a spontaneous tea party. In about 20 minutes I gathered things I had around my house and was able to have a fun tea party with my girls. They loved that it was planned at the last minute, and that I served them. The funny thing is every time I pick up some cupcakes now - they want to have a tea party!

Send Special Lunch Notes

Send special lunch notes (not just ordinary ones!) that are pretty and well thought out. This is a special way to just let your children know you love them and are thinking of them even when they are not with you.

Write in a Shared Journal

As our children grown older, sometimes they have a hard time talking about certain things and asking questions they might think are embarrassing. If you and your children make a journal together, tell them it is a special journal that they can write or ask anything to you. You will then write back to them. This is one good way as children get older to communicate more difficult subject matter until they feel comfortable talking to you. Also it's really fun.

So after the Studio 5 appearance I stopped by one of my favorite stores Anthropol0ige, here are a few things I'm dying to get my hands on.

These displays make me want to do some restyling in my house. I love this look!
Wishing you all many creative days ahead as we head into the holidays!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Crazy October

Hello my friends, I know it has been some time. How do people blog everyday? Is there a pill for that? As always I have good intentions, but time does get away from me on a regular basis, so I need you to settle for the October update. October started with Homecoming Spectacular. Those of you who are my BYU and Utah friends know this is a huge show I work on every year. We do it the week of Homecoming in the Marriott Center. We start the planning stages in the summer but it really comes down to two weeks in October. (Like 70-80 hour weeks, mind you.) So that was the start of the month for me.

Next up: Utah Regional Ballet, their Contemporary Evening of Ballet at the Covey Center. They are a wonderful company that I love working for. Nutcracker will be here before you know it. I would consider making a date with your daughters for that one. Go check them out here.

Then: DRACULA! As I mentioned before, this is the theatre company myself and a few really talented friends founded last year. The Mortal Fools Theatre Project. This is our third production and we open tonight. It is really a great show and at The Castle in Provo. I know! Provo does indeed have a Castle. Go here to see more great pictures and get some information.

Finally: I am getting ready this weekend to do a segment for Studio 5 on Monday. While they have featured some of my work before, I have never actually appeared with them. I'm nervous, but excited. I'm going to be talking about special and creative things you can do to make everyday moments with your children special....ok that is a mouthful. It's been fun to think about and work on it. And that Brooke is really sweet! If you are home Monday at 11am check it out on channel 5. One of the things I'm going to talk about is Spontaneous tea parties that I have with my girls quite often. Here are some cute pictures from one of our more recent ones.

Do you have fun and creative things you do with your children? I would love to hear about them.

Much love I'm sending to all of our family and friends that check out these little tidbits of our life.