Friday, April 21, 2017

Plans for May

I just wanted to take some time to tell you what you can expect to find on the blog next month.

All this talk of colors has made me want to revamp the blog with more color. Luckily I was a blog designer for years, so I can easily do this. So don't be surprised if you come back one day and things look a little different.

I also plan on launching my ETSY shop next month. I will be selling everything crafty of course. Girls dressed, table runners, mini quilts, wooden signs, and whatever else I can get done. I am so excited about opening an ETSY shop!

Next month is ALS awareness month so I will be posting about that. I am writing the story of what we went through with my dad. It's hard, but I want to tell it.

I'm thinking I'm going to do some tutorials on how to start and design your own blog. As well as how to start and design for ETSY/Twitter. These tutorials take more time to type up and do, but you will be seeing them in the near future.

Lately I have had an obsession with paper flowers. I have pinned so many on Pinterest (of course) but think I am going to make some and post a tutorial so y'all can make some too.

(I typed this up earlier this week and then found this table runner on Pinterest!)

Look at this table runner! I am scratching out the paper flowers for this!

I mean the colors and the design. I can already picture this on my dinning room table!

So this is what I will be making and doing a tutorial for in May. 

I will also post the pin and tutorial I work off of because I don't want to take the credit for something that wasn't my original idea. There is a video tutorial with this pin and it's GREAT!

I might still try to make the paper flowers, but they can just moved down on the project list...

I mean, come on! You can't blame me for that. Just look at this table runner (I think I might be a bit obsessed...)

And I also want to decorate my mantle for the Summer. I am thinking a lemonade theme, but I am not sure yet. Whatever I do, I will post on here and maybe do some tutorials for.

I love love LOVE Summer so I am happy it is here and it's almost time to spend our days at the swimming pool!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Let's talk about

Can we take a moment and just talk about colors?

One of my absolute favorite things about crafting is all the fun, bright, and glittery colors you can play around with.

I also think that might be my downfall too. I will walk into a hobby store and just fall in love with anything bright and full of color.

It actually makes it hard for me to make a decision on my next project because I want to do everything!

Between the bright yarn for crocheting or the fabric that has a million different colors in it.

It makes it so hard to decide and my craft room so full because I end up buying it all knowing one day I will use it.

The one reason I actually started crocheting was because of colors. I went on Pinterest and searched for crochet blankets and was amazed at how beautiful they were.

They didn't look like what I had pictured in my mind.

I am adding my color board from Pinterest here below. Who knows? Maybe it will start to get you to crochet too.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Flag tutorial

One of my absolute favorite crafts on Pinterest has always been the ribbon flag. It was one of the first crafts I pinned and I knew that I would eventually make one.

There are so many ways you could make one of these flags. I love things that are bright and beaded so I had a lot of fun with this.

And the best part about it is that it was SO EASY to make! It probably took me longer finding the perfect ribbon, then to actually make it.

First your supplies.

- Ribbon. The amount you need really depends on how big you want your flag to be. I bought seventeen (!!) spools of red, white, and blue ribbon and I had a lot left over when I was done. Probably enough to make a whole other flag. I love the white pearls type of ribbon. More like a string of pearls I guess. I found this at Hobby Lobby for $2!

- Scissors

- Fabric for the stars. This could also be done in so many ways. My stars ended up being white and red which isn't exactly how the flag is but it's fine.

- Glue gun/hot glue

The first thing I did was figure out how long and big I wanted my flag to be.

Once I knew how big I wanted it to be I started cutting my ribbon. It doesn't all have to be the same length and actually looks better if it's not.

Once that was done, I got my fabric and laid it out to see what size I wanted my stars to be. I was using my cutting board as about the size I wanted my finished flag to be. Once I knew the size I just cut it with my scissors.

Now that I had everything cut to the size I needed I laid everything out to get a rough idea of what my finished product would look like. (My fabric is on the wrong side in this picture but this was just to get a visual. When I glued it I moved the stars to the other side.)

Let me tell you I was so excited when I was done laying everything out. I couldn't stop looking at it! 

The next step you can do probably a bunch of different ways, but I used a block of wood.

First my husband had to cut it the width of what my flag was going to be.

After that was done, I hot glued the ribbons to my wood. For some of the ribbon I had to hot glue ribbon on top of ribbon so it overlapped.

Once I got all the ribbon on it looked like this. I held it up just to make sure I didn't have any gaps or too much color in one area. I did in a couple spots and just added more ribbon. 

For the last step I added the stars. Because of the way that I wanted this to hang my stars went on the right corner. (I called my brother who is in the Army to double check because it looked off to me). 

I literally just hot glued my fabric on top of my ribbon. It was so easy.

Once I was done, I was so happy with it and glad that I made it. Even after having to buy so much ribbon!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Anxiety, depression....and me

My dad died six months ago from ALS.

And ever since I have been battling depression. Well, if I am honest, it has probably been a lot longer. I was just too busy taking care of him to notice.

It's a horrible disease that parlayed him, left him unable to talk, feed himself, and eventually he got FTL dementia which sometimes comes along with ALS.

I am going to write his story. And I guess it is also kind of my story too.

Depression is a weird thing.

I didn't even realize I was dealing with it until I realized I hadn't pulled out my sewing machine for about two months.

And I really hadn't done any other crafts either.

Plus, I stopped running, walking my dogs, and having the motivation to do much of anything.

And then it was like a light bulb moment.

I realize that some of it might be grieving, but that it might be depression too.

I have dealt with anxiety for about twenty years, but never depressed.

When I was eighteen, I started having panic attacks and anxiety. Thankfully though it wasn't something I dealt with on a daily basis. It happened just once in a while but I still hated dealing with it.

Panic attacks are horrible. They are exhausting. And they leave you worried about having another one.

I think (for me) the reason why it never got worse is because I didn't let it stop me.

If I had a panic attack or anxiety while driving I would go home. But then I would get out the very next day and take the same route.

I had one while at the mall and instead of staying away from there I went back the next day.

For me it was like conquering a fear. Fearing that it would happen again and still doing it.

Sometimes it took a couple times. But eventually I would be able to drive that same route and not even remember the panic attack that took place weeks ago.

But depression is different. 

It's literally like a weight pulling you down. And down. And down.

Like something is weighing on your body that make you feel like you can't get up.

It is hard to explain (for me anyways) exactly what I am feeling.

Mostly it is just a lack of motivation.

I want to blog. I want to run around the neighborhood. I want to go to the Y. I want to sew, paint, and crochet.

But when it actually comes down to it it seems like such a chore.

A chore to pull out my sewing machine. I chore to put my shoes on and go run around the block. 

Thankfully, when it comes to my son or husband, I am fine with doing things. I don't mind cooking dinner, taking Ryan swimming, or whatever the case may be.

And I think that that might be because I would hate for this to affect them.

And I also think that they help pull me out of it some days.

Yes, my dad died. And it sucked.

But I still have so much to live for.

And I know that.

And over the last couple weeks I have found that the more I do the better I feel.

I might not want to go to the Y, sew, or run around the block.

But once I do it, I am happy. I feel like it has been a good day. A successful day that I can be proud of.

The last week has been one of my best weeks yet.

I made a bank for traveling, a ribbon flag, a table runner, went to the Y, and ran around the block.

I am focusing on this blog again and am planning on posting two-three times a week. I also will be posting pictures and tutorials for the travel bank and ribbon flag.

 I feel like I need to fight this the same way I did with anxiety. I need to face it head on. Take it day by day and do the things that might seem like chores because sooner or later they won't seem like chores anymore.

I don't know why my dad got sick and I am not even really sure I care to know. All I know is that he did get sick and that it was the hardest two years of my life.

Nothing up until that point had put my trust in God to the test. Of course I would have bad days, but that is something that just comes along with life.

But I never had anything that made me say, 'Okay, do you really believe in him?' And that answer was yes.

That my faith was strong enough to get me through this. Well, as long as I put all of my trust in God.

People would tell me to take it a day at a time. There were some days that I literally had to take it morning and afternoon. Hour by hour. Minute by minute.

And that is what I am doing now.

I will not let depression win this fight. Sickness took my dad, but depression will not take me.

Some days I might have to crawl out of bed. Some days I might have to force myself to look at the good in the world.

But everyday I will fight.

For my son, husband, dad, God, and for me. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Oh, how Pinteresting....

I spend more time on Pinterest than I care to admit.

I can't tell you how many nights I've spent scrolling through crafts on Pinterest instead of going to bed and then waking up feeling like a zombie the next morning.

I am sure my husband wished it was something I never found because so many of my sentences start off with "There's this thing on Pinterest" followed by me either spending money at Hobby Lobby or wanting him to do something.

Pinterest comes in so handy though when he has had the hiccups for hours and I found the secret to curing them. And it really worked!

So anyways...

I am sure I don't have to tell you how awesome Pinterest is for most everything.

Especially crafting.

So I am going to list some of my favorite Pinterest crafts that I will be eventually (hopefully sooner than later) and will be posting tutorials about.

This is my absolute favorite craft on Pinterest and I have been wanting to do it for months. I am currently saving up ribbon and want to get this done as soon as I can!

I have been obsessed with paper flowers lately. And since I have a Silhouette this is something that can be easily done. I mean look at these! And just image the colors and things you can do with them!

The last thing (for this week anyways) is this so cute Christmas Tree hanging. This was one of the first sewing projects that I saw that made me want to buy a sewing machine. This year I will have something similar to this hanging above my mantle.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hello there...

Do you ever feel like you need ten more hours in the day?

Or maybe ten more clones of you just so you can get everything done?

I am sure all moms feel this way at one point or another.

I have felt this way so much over the last few months. I have all this stuff to do and I just can't find the time to fit it all in one day.

Between being a mom, a wife, taking care of three dogs, making sure the house is clean, working out, and wanting to craft I feel like I am pulled in a million different directions.

Add on top of that, wanting to start my own ETSY business and get into craft shows.

But today is the start. I've been wanting to start a craft blog for a while now and today I am starting it.

Sorry for the not finished design but I gave myself a deadline of March 1st to get this blog up and running. And that would be today.

And I honestly feel like if I don't just launch the blog I never will. It will just be another thing added to my list of things I will eventually do.

(I will be working on the design and links over this week and next.)

So if you don't know me my name is Lindsay.

I living outside of Houston which I love. I practically live in tank tops and flip flops. And I hate the cold weather so Houston is the perfect place to be.

I am the mom of a ten year old who has high functioning autism. And the wife to a traveling husband in the oilfield.

We have three dogs (two labs and a great dane).

And my mom lives with us. She moved in with my dad a little over a year ago.

Eventually I will share the story but my dad passed away September 30, 2016 from ALS. He was diagnosed in 2014 and also developed FTL dementia.

And due to that I have been dealing with some depression.

Depression works in weird ways. The first two months after my dad died I didn't even realize I was experiencing some depression. I just thought it was natural grief that would eventually pass.

But after two months of not sewing, making wreaths, painting, or doing any crafts I realized it was probably some grief. And some depression.

And there were other things too but I will go into that another time and day.

Today I just want to say hello and introduce the blog.

I will posting crafting tutorials, crafting tips, colors that I love crafting with.

I will post about painting, sewing, crocheting, using the Silhouette machine (what a Silhouette machine is), and whatever else I can get my hands on.

I will also be posting about fitness and my workout journey, recipes, and of course cute pictures of my dogs!

Like the title says - This blog will be mostly about crafting ... with some life in between.