Wednesday, December 29, 2010

who am I? (the longest and last post of 2010)

that's a big question isn't it. and the truth is...

i actually don't know.

it's coming on new years and everyone starts talking about resolutions. making changes. improving themselves thru fitness, diet, religion etc... i was thinking about my resolutions and realized i can't start to change myself yet, because i barely know who i am.

my whole teen/adult life has been one where I've wrestled with my personality, and learned eventually to pull in the reins and control that spit-fire temper and my quick-to-wound tongue.

there are moments in the past that have started to mold me. and there are sure to be moments in the future that will continue to help melt my heart & shape me into the person God designed me to be. but for now this much I know:

this boy had me at hello.
no joke.
i saw him thru the window of my math class the first day of school.
i was done for.
i could eat mexican food everyday of the week.
meg ryan movies are by far my favorite. i could do a whole post using quotes from just her movies.
i can not handle crowds. Period. i hate them. i get hot and feel like i can't breathe.
i desperately want to go to France. i will go some day and quote "French Kiss" the whole time.
i can't live with out Starbucks.
i am a choleric/melancholic personality and their descriptions of each should just have a picture of me next to them. it's scary how right on those tests are.
when i see a pretty bolt of fabric i can't help but touch it! amy butler's new line here is YUMMY.
i am obsessed with crafting and creativity.
i love to be in control. guess that's why i was called a bossy-gilles all the time.
i am learning to be a titus 2 woman. this lady rocks my world every tuesday. you should listen.
she speaks truth.
i am so not girly at all. i hate tears & emotions.
BUT, you show me a movie with the loss of a spouse or child, or a child is sick or has no family. I can't stop the tears.
i have a love/hate relationship with shoes.
i have a hate/hate relationship with my body.
i beyond envy the style my friends have. check out this lady and you'll understand why.
her style is so great it makes me sick.
i would own every bedding set from pottery barn if i could.
my mother's life verse for me is:
Eph 4:32 "be kind to one another tender-hearted, forgiving one another just as God in Christ has forgiven you."
i have it posted on my stove, i need to read it and remind myself daily. my mom just knew.

this boy changed me.
he is still changing me.
he showed me that i hadn't fully dealt with my anger.
he showed me that i need rest. like, it gets bad when i don't sleep. b.a.d.
i hate to ask for help. he helped me realize that i need to ask for help.
he showed me i really didn't have it as together as i thought. and, that it was okay that i didn't.
he showed me a love that is unexplainable.
he showed me that i CAN change, even when i thought i couldn't.
he helped me realize that messes are okay and no one is judging me but me.
i've often stated how strong of a woman i am and he is helping me realize i want to be a woman of strength.
there is a difference. and a great one at that.

there is a lot more to me. but i'll save it for later. i want to be more real and intend on it. i want to use this blog as a place for creativity, love, pictures, fun, and honesty.

we don't have to hide who we are. i don't want to hide who i am. i am tired of doing that. i've done that long enough.

this is me. a mess. but a good mess i think.

thanks for reading. and as always i appreciate all the comment love!

hope you all have a good and safe new years.

Monday, December 27, 2010

the day after

I love Christmas. Let me repeat that, I LOVE Christmas. I love the decorations, the gifts, the chaos. I love the events that surround Christmas. Picking out the tree, driving around to look at lights, the annual parties with friends. All of it.

For Christmas my big boy got a kawasaki 4-wheel drive car. My husband picked it out. Which you probably could have guessed.

He was so excited to see it. Which, my son's excitement levels are typically thru the roof normally, but on Christmas they were record breaking.

I've always loved one day more than Christmas though. I am a huge fan of December 26th, the day after. When I was a kid, that was the day when we didn't get out of our pj's and my sister & I turned our living room into Barbie land! I think with all the craziness of driving to and from, what felt like, a million parties on Christmas day, the day after became about home and fun. And I love home and fun.

I intend on carrying on that tradition. This is my living room yesterday and this morning:
That's not even all his toys.

And another one:
Like the three legged table ontop of the table.

I love having a messy house and hate having a messy house all at the same time. Messes mean someone was just playing here. I love that my boy gets to get all his toys out and have a great time. We'll clean them up soon and re-organize them, till tomorrow when we do it all over again.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Gift Bag Tutorial

I had to wrap a few Christmas presents the other day for an early Christmas party. I went to my wrapping box to find all my bag were the wrong size one way or another, and plus,I just wasn't feeling the shinny "commercially" look to the ones I had. So, I decide to make my own!!

I looked around my craft room and found bits and pieces of former projects and put together these SUPER cute (or at least in my opinion SUPER cute) bags.

Then I thought.... A lot of my friends, like us, are on a budget and these are so cheap to make, they look adorable & they have a personal touch... maybe I should do a tutorial.

So... here it is. My very first tutorial. I hope you all like it!

Supplies Needed:
  1. a brown paper bag (any size will do). I got mine awhile ago at Sam's club for $8 I got 500 (that's a lot of gift bags!)
  2. Coordinating scraps of Christmas paper
  3. Scraps of fabric
  4. twine (optional. I'll explain in a min.)
  5. hole punch, & paper cutter
  6. Some sort of paper glue. I use Zip Dry Paper Glue (Be careful w/ this stuff it smells so strong! Keep the cap on if you don't want a major headache.)
Step One:
Take your paper scraps & lay them flush against your bag. Line up on side w/ the bag, and then mark on your paper where the bag ends.

Step Two:
Use your paper cutter to cut the paper where your two lines are.

Step Three:
Rip your paper. Yep. I said to rip it. It's one of my favorite scrapbooking techniques. Just tear ever so gently along the TOP edge of your paper. Both pieces.

**Note: You could use some ink, or chalk to further decorate your pages. That would be super cute, but I didn't do it.**

Step Four: Gluing.
Glue your bottom piece first. I glued mine about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way up the bag. Then glue your next piece over it. Make sure you line it up with the bottom so it isn't too short & shows the bag, or too long and won't stand upright. You could also at this point embellish the bag with jewels, brads, etc...

Step Five: Open it up and fill it! The paper glue is fast drying so you should be able to do this after a few moments. At this point fold the top over and hole punch two holes.

Step Six: Cut your fabric into strips. You only need one strip per bag approx 18" long & 1/2" to 1" wide. The thinner the strip the better it will go thru the holes.

Step Seven:
Feed your strips front to back through the holes, then cross them and feed them back through the opposite holes so it looks like this. Having the middle strip of fabric allows you to tie on an ornament or cookie cutter like I did and not have it be on the bow. So, tie your item to it (if you want) with the twine, I used a quilters knot so they wouldn't fall off. Make sure to trim the twine moderately close to the knot and then maneuver it behind the fabric (so you don't see the knot).

Step Eight: Tie a bow. I used a square knot on the ones that had ornaments & the ones that were plain I tied a bow.
Step Nine: Enjoy your adorable, hand made bags!!

Well, That's it. Thanks for joining me! I hope you like the idea & you had fun. I love comments so let me know what you thought!! I read each one & exclaim to the hubster, "I GOT A COMMENT!" (yep, that loud too.) Have a great week & Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

You are my "I Love You"

I am your parent; you are my child.

I am your quiet place; you are my wild.

I am your calm face; you are my giggle.

I am your wait; you are my wiggle.

I am your carriage ride; you are my king.

I am your push; you are my swing.

I am your audience; you are my clown.

I am your London Bridge; you are my falling down.

I am your carrot sticks; you are my licorice.

I am your dandelion; you are my first wish.

I am your water wings; you are my deep.

I am your open arms; you are my running leap.

I am your way home; you are my new path.

I am your dry towel; you are my wet bath.

I am your dinner; you are my chocolate cake.

I am your bedtime; you are my wide awake.

I am your finish line; you are my race.

I am your praying hands; you are my saying grace.

I am your favorite book; you are my new lines.

I am your night light; you are my starshine.

I am your lullaby; you are my peekaboo.

I am your good night kiss; you are my I love you.

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