Monday, February 28, 2011

Accidents Happen

Getting creative with children can be difficult in many ways but the biggest reason is that it can get messy. No matter how careful you are there is still going to be accidents and you need to be ready for them. 

We had one of those accidents the other day. Some crayons didn't get put away and my toddler got a hold of one and when he gets that urge to be creative it ends up being displayed on the walls, furniture and anywhere else his little toddler hands can reach.

He quietly snuck away from viewing eyes and went stealthily at his business to incorporate his own personality onto his sister's lampshade.

WD-40 10032 Lubricant, Aerosol Can with Smart Straw, 12 Fluid OunceThankfully for mothers and Google search I was able to find a cure for the lampshades ailment.  A little bit of WD-40 and elbow grease got the lampshade back to it's original condition. I also found that it works extremely well on that art work he posted on the hallway wall! I now keep a can on hand at all times in the laundry room, under the sink and in the hallway closest! 

Hope this helped you out!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kitchen Creativeness

I must admit that I am not one of those women who find it easy or pleasurable to be in the kitchen. Almost everything I cook comes out looking kinda funky. I baked cookies yesterday and burnt a whole batch. I think I forgot to put the timer on (or I just didn't hear it going off over the children's fighting playing). The point is, I am just not a natural born Betty Crocker. That does NOT mean that I don't want to be. I want to be a good cook so that I can feed my family good and sort of healthy food. So to get myself going in the right direction I started looking through my cookbooks. I found one that I had picked out at my grandmother's estate sale about a year ago (I was forced to take one because, I guess, my grandmother had an obsession with cookbooks), it was called Make-A-Mix Cookery by Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward and Madeline Westover. I decided that I like this idea of making my own mixes instead of buying ones from the store that are chalked full of stuff just to give it a longer shelf life. (Why would I eat something that must be tested on lab rats to prove it's safe to eat?) But as I was reading through it, (and found out it was published in the 70's) I found that they recommended hydrogenated oils and I am pretty sure that that is frowned upon now-a-days. So I decided to get an updated version just to be on the safe side.


OXO Good Grips 10-Piece POP Container Set

I am currently waiting for my book to arrive but I am so excited to start making my own mixes that I bought a few containers to place the mixes in! I can't wait to get started with my mixes. I will let you know how it's going and if I am finally enjoying the kitchen in a few months. Stay tuned to see if my kitchen creativeness will be a success or a major fail.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Buy Handmade

You don’t necessarily have to be crafty to get creative. There are many online stores that sell handmade items that you can bring into your home.  I have made the pledge to buy handmade for myself and my love ones and I make the request that others do the same for me. You can join too! Just click the I took the handmade pledge link below!

Took The Handmade Pledge!

Here are a few of my favorite shops on Etsy:

Look forward to my own shop on Etsy! It should be up and running within a few months and I will post it on this page when it’s ready!

Remember: Just because someone else made it doesn’t mean that you can't make it your own.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Being Creative is Best When Organized

Creativity can be found in almost every aspect of your life as long as you make it a part of your everyday. For instance, we are a homeschooling family and creativity comes in many forms in our home. 

Our constant messiness is proof that we are constantly creative. This is our kitchen table/school desk/art table. It's always got something on it that is non-food related.

I do feel that it is important to stay organized for reasons such as:
  1. It keeps things looking nice and neat.
  2. It's easy to find things fast.
  3. It teaches the kids to be organized.
  4. It keeps my toddler from easily accessing markers to become creative on the walls of our rented apartment.

We have  a rolling plastic organizer with drawers a lot like this:
I call it the "Creativity Station" and it holds all kinds of supplies, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, white printer paper, construction paper, card stock, old magazines, old news papers, coloring books, scissors, erasers, glitter, glue, glitter glue, and anything else we can think of to stuff in there for our craftiness. I suggest to anyone who is homeschooling, has an in-home daycare, or just loves to craft with their children to get one of these and stock it with readily available items for your children to go crazy, explore and get creative!

Remember:  “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Why Blog?

I have been getting the question "Why blog?" a lot lately and I need to settle this once and for all (mostly just to remind myself of why I am doing it). My main goal with blogging, even though there are extra perks, is to educate people, who, like myself,  think that they cannot possibly be crafty or creative in any manor whatsoever but have the will and desire to be and think more of themselves than just plain and boring. I hope you understand what I am trying to say. I am not always able to take the words in my head and form them into understandable jargon. My husband calls me the walking Mad-Lib because I am always trying to figure out which word to place in the right spot when I am speaking. I am sure many of my close friends have noticed this behavior in the way I talk. I just chalk it all up to style! You know, like that's just my style, man!  

New Beginnings

Ok, so this is my first ever blog. If you haven't already noticed, I have no idea what I am doing. I have wanted to blog for a long time about all kinds of things but never seem to have the time. I guess I felt as if I had to blog everyday but now that I have seen how many people out there do it I am confident that I don't have to post everyday! I hope that you find my blog interesting and inspiring to do neat crafts either by yourself or with friends or with your kids! It's not just about crafts but about other things as well. Look forward to sharing my ideas with you!