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Well, I’ve been absent from the blogging world for awhile, and while my son has kept me busy, I did find some time to do a little jewelry creating! I keep seeing such great artists out there making it happen, and it’s giving me the itch to create. One of these days I will conquer my fears (and procrastination) and open up an Etsy shop (and complete that promise I made to my sister). Here are some pictures of a couple of jewelry gifts I made for this Chrsitmas!



Necklace Clasp

















Remember how I said I had a new project idea? Well, I finished it! This was something that had been rolling around in my head for awhile, but I finally decided to do it for VDay this year.

I initially bought a circle punch to create a bunch of tiny round notes, but when I found this cute Valentine paper, I decided to go with that.

Cute Valentine Paper

My plan was to write 365 things that I love about Matt on them, like I love you because you are trustworthy. “Love” notes, if you will.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t actually think of 365 things I love about Matt (I know, I know), so I improvised.   I also wrote things like, Rachael will pack your lunch today. and Needing a little help? Ask Rachael one thing and she’ll take care of it today. and *Let’s put the baby to bed early tonight, if you know what I mean… I also added a few Bible verses (from God) and some Daddy love notes (from Caleb).  I bought a pretty jar and put them all in there.

This was actually a great exercise for me. It really helped me think of small specific things that I am thankful for or love about Matt. Even when I got stuck for awhile, I went back later and was able to think of more. It was even good to work on it when I was upset with Matt for a few days. (Though not easy.) It helped me to stop throwing myself a pity party and get over my selfishness.

I think Matt liked it.  We’ll see if he ends up reading one each day.  I am sure he’ll like it more when he finds the *less boring* ones.  (No cheating honey!)  🙂

If this is something you want to try, I recommend typing it all out on a document first. I did this (password protected, of course) and it was easy to write in parts-I could highlight what I had already written and come back later.

I have a great idea of what to do with my leftover paper squares.  If I ever follow through with it, I’ll let you know!

One of these days I am going to go through all my crafting and art supplies and make myself finish all the projects I once had in mind or started long ago.  However, today is not that day.  Alas.  I am starting a new project.  If I finish it, I will post about it on here.   My hopes are high, because I have a deadline!  Here is a sneak peek:

Pretty paper

I’ve been able to delve back into some of the crafting that I love to do.   After Caleb was born I went to a local bead show and got a few new beads.  Here are two things that I’ve made with them!

White coral carved beads + bead from Italy

Red Coral Bracelet

Wrapped 2x

I have to say that even though having a baby is a lot of work, I am finding myself with lots more time on my hands.  So what have I been up to?  CRAFTING!!!

Several crafts have caught my attention; using freezer paper to stencil on fabric is one of them.  Luckily, this project doesn’t take much time, and I can do a little and come back to it later, which is key when caring for a newborn!

I’ve made this onesie for Caleb, a t-shirt for Matt, and decorated a pillow (photo coming soon).  I had initially intended to sew on the design, but I ended up painting it because it was much quicker and easier.

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, I found an easy-to-follow tutorial here.