Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday

I just have to say thank you for the honest feedback and suggestions on the last post.  I appreciate it more than you know.  I'm thankful for this awesome blogging community :)

I'm also thankful for:
     ~ the comfort of an afternoon cup of tea
     ~ morning sunshine spilling through the kitchen window
     ~ saying no and not feeling guilty
     ~ not giving in to temptation (going out for ice cream)
     ~ Shylee loves having glasses
     ~ Erin wants to do the gardening
     ~ cherry blossoms
     ~ helpers in the kitchen
     ~ Purple Heart for picking up donations at the door
     ~ family dinners around the table
     ~ second grade concerts

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Little Pink Box

Quite some time ago, when my Etsy shop was still open, a blog friend suggested that I sell inspiration kits to make the sachets I made and sold.  The idea was intriguing, and although I didn't do anything with it at the time, it was always in the back of my mind.  Now that I'm thinking of selling again, the inspiration kits seem more and more like a good idea.

I had an idea to spruce up a small paper-mache box that I could fill with the makings for a lavender sachet.  I first painted the box in a pale pink (because you know I love pink!) and then decoupaged a sweet vintage graphic on the lid.

I thought the picture was too lonely and needed company so I added a pretty flower lace to two sides.  Since I had the lace jar out, I found a scalloped white trim to add to the sides of the lid.  It still needed something though.

That's when I added the buttons, and that's when I was happy with it!

Well, I was sort of happy with it.  There are a few things I would do different next time.  
1. I would tear the edges of the paper so it's not so straight and perfect looking.
2. I would probably put lace or fabric under the picture.  It just needs a little extra something.
3. The trim around the lid would look better if it went around the top edge instead of being centered.
4. The inside of the box is also painted but I might decoupage something inside the box just for the surprise element when it's opened.
What do you think of those ideas?

And now I have questions for you.
1. The paper-mache boxes are not perfectly shaped or smooth.  They bubbled up in some places after painting.  They are less than perfect.  Do you think this is something a customer would be upset about after seeing it in person? 
2. Is this too much time, effort, and materials to put into a 99 cent box? 
3. Am I just over thinking?

I would truly appreciate any ideas, suggestions, comments and critiques you might have.  

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Never let a day pass without looking for the good, feeling the good within you, praising, appreciating, blessing, and feeling grateful.
Make it your life commitment, and you will stand in utter awe of what happens in your life.
~ Rhonda Byrne

There is always something to be thankful for.  This week I'm thankful for:
     ~ my alarm clock because I'm back to getting up early again!
     ~ other people's stories - so much to learn from others
     ~ I'm able to learn new things
     ~ watching the buds on the cherry tree get a little bit bigger and open a little more each day
     ~ sidewalk art

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Shylee turned eight this week.  It's crazy how fast the last eight years have gone by.  But what a joy it is to watch her grow up.  She is smart and funny, dramatic, girly, creative, full of never ending energy, and she never stops talking.  I am so very thankful to be her Grandma! :)

I'm also thankful for:
     ~ being able to do things I couldn't do two years ago
     ~ Erin got a job
     ~ cold rainy mornings that turn into warm sunny afternoons
     ~ April
     ~ Shylee's latest artwork on the fridge
     ~ happy mail
What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lacy Inspiration

In case you didn't know, I simply love vintage and antique lace.  It's so delicate, so feminine, so beautiful, and so inspiring!  I found this lace at an antique mall for next to nothing.  I couldn't pass it up not only for the price but because I have nothing like it.  I have lots of project ideas but I'm a little bit afraid of using it.  What if I ruin it and then it's gone!?  I have to get past this fear because my muse is whispering in my ear.  If I ignore her, she might leave again!

This beautiful lace came from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Strange Notions.  Kathy, the shop owner, also included some vintage hankies, buttons, and a book of sweet embroidery transfers.  Talk about happy mail!

I'm really hoping to start on a project this week.  It's time. :)