Monday, November 28, 2011

Important Change - NEW Blog

Hello all. As of today, I will be blogging at my new blog - Isaboo Designs. This blog will have all the same posts, but it has a new name and new URL.

If you are currently a follower and want to continue following me, head over to the new blog and become a follower. 
I will be officially deleting this blog in 2 weeks, so this URL will no longer exist after that time. 

Thanks to everyone who has followed me thus far, and I hope to see you at my new blog!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Happy Holiday

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their families and loved ones.

It was a different Thanksgiving for us, with just our two little ones. I think next year we definitely plan on traveling.

Despite making a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey, it still seemed like a ton of food for 2 adults and 2 toddlers.

But it sure was good!
This year was a first for us, we got a real tree! I always had real trees growing up, but me and the hubs have always done fake trees.
 We still have some more decorating to do as we realized that almost all our ornaments are still at our old house, I can't wait to post the finished product, this was really fun for us :)

So if you look to the right -----> you will notice that there is officially an Isaboo Designs button that you can grab for your own blog :)

Make sure you pop on over to the shop and see what's new


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Felt Christmas Tree Fun

Some of my other crafty friends found this on Pinterest and were working on it at our last Craft Night at church. 

Yes, my church is so awesome that we have craft night ;)
Here is the link to the instructions

Now this is the first and only bit of Christmas decor up in our house. I REFUSE to put any up until the day after Thanksgiving. I love my fall decor!

I added a few touches to my tree like the sequin "garland" and I really love how it turned out :)

 Don't you just love the banana on the floor...he figured out early on that he couldn't eat the banana and re-arrange ornaments at the same time.
 Gratuitous photos of my children...
 We have entered the "I must be a princess/ballerina at all times" stage...Lord help us. She is only TWO and has already figured out which outfits twirl the best...Yesterday, I got her to wear capris by putting her pink ballet skirt over actually was kinda cute!

 I actually took the tree down last night because Lenny kept taking it down and wearing it like a cape and putting the star on his head and saying he was the "king". So today we will have the "Don't take down the tree" talk and hopefully this adorable thing will stay up for longer than 2 minutes :)

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Grateful to do Laundry?

I have to say that I overwhelmingly happy that all of my orders are out from my various Very Jane sales.

I am so grateful for the opportunity...but wow...the most stressful couple months EVER. I have learned a lot though and I have learned what I can and cannot do.

It's been so crazy that so many things have fallen in the cracks, like laundry...which is really easy to wash...but harder to fold and put away apparently.
I am a stay at home mom but miss my kids...seriously. I've had my sewing machine set up in our living/dining area so I can feel like we are hanging out...

I got a kindle for an early Christmas present from my hubby but haven't had time to curl up with it much.

I haven't had time for my own projects for my family.

So yes. I am grateful for being able to wash, fold and put away laundry. Sit and watch a show with my kids and the time to BLOG (oh yeah...I have one of those).

The whole work at home thing is really appealing, but I definitely know the level at which I CANNOT do it. 

I know I sound a little whiny, but isn't the reality so much more daunting than the fantasy. A super successful Etsy store sounds awesome in theory, but the reality is that have to actually make all that stuff...

So I think I am going to be happy with a moderately successful store.

I don't have to be on all the cool blogs or even be a cool blog.

I am totally happy being able to clean my kitchen, make some pretty things for others and myself, and be a super great mom and wife.

And bless your little heart if you made it to the end of my whine fest!

NEW in the Shop!

I am really excited to be finished with my Very Jane orders and moving on (a bit late I might add) to adding new things to Isaboo Designs :)

These are sneak peaks so pardon my pics, I am just stoked to have done something other than a mini wallet or Burlap Banner ;)
Okay, I am really excited about my first piece of clothing for Isaboo Designs!!!!

This is the Little Miss Sassafrass Skirt. Aptly named after my own sassy lady, Bela. 

You can find it on Etsy HERE.

There will also be a coordinating bow-tie for the little man in your life available this week. It will be done in the houndstooth fabric and it is ADORBS!

I have also added a more simple version of my mini wallet. It is a basic change purse with a fun ruffle.
These are $5 and are a great price for Christmas gifts.

Find the change purse HERE.

There will be some more items added throughout the week so make sure that you favorite my shop to see what's new :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pinecone Bird Feeder

Yeah, I know...not quite so creative, but right now just the small things I can do with my kids are meaning the most.

Feeling the momma guilt big time since I've been busy with my shop and this means not quite so much crafty fun with the kids.
So I chose this simple activity because it meant a quick walk to the nearby park to grab pinecones. This was probably their favorite part...aside from eat the peanut butter straight from the jar.

 My kids tend to lose interest in crafts easily, but since this one involved food, they loved it. Lenny was so proud to show Daddy the pinecones hanging on the garage.  

So for practically no money, we had an hour of fun and we get to feed hungry birds, can't beat that! It's easy to forget that sometimes the simplest things are the best during this time of year. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Yay for Fall!

Ok, so I live in Florida so we don't really have fall. We have two plant colors here. Really green and really brown.

Anyways, we just have to settle for pumpkin spice candles and lots or orange and green inside. 

Despite being insanely busy with orders, I have actually gotten a bit of decorating done.

 I was really stoked to get my photo wall done. You can find the "blessed" banner in my shop. If you have no idea how to use my banners as decor, this is a great idea. I was hoping my wall would seem more random, but in perfect Erin OCD followed a pattern...haha!
This is in my dining room and I actually picked this up for $12 at Walmart. I really wanted a subway art "thingy", but I have a hard time coughing up $75 for that kinda stuff...

Now for some Instagram fun since I can't find my camera charger ;)
 Do you Scentsy? OMG if you don't you must cause I'm in love with mine! I won't burn down my house, the wax won't burn the kids and the smells are amazing! Pumpkin Roll makes me wants loads of pumpkin bread ;) Buy stuff HERE.
 I not only sell quite a bit on Very Jane, but I am a great customer and at $4 for a large vinyl wall decal this was a great deal. It is in my workroom/office and reminds me to not freak out at the nearly 300 items I have to make over the next 3 weeks :)
 Me and the kids made this little arrangement. They picked out the picks (ceramic flowers and scarecrow from Hobby Lobby 75% off fall clearance, yeah!). It's our new table arrangement.
 Yep, that's a stuffed turkey on my entry table. My son just had to have him and he is pretty darn cute. There were glasses on the little pumpkin...where did they go?
This is over the entry table and I normally don't buy tons of premade decor, but I don't have tons of time this year and this was really adorable and on 75% off clearance at Joann. 

So it's finally starting to look like the holidays a bit around here :)
I made a decision to choose 3 fall projects. One to do with the kids and 2 for me. Yes, I have to have limits. So off to Pinterest to finds some ideas :) Maybe will have some tomorrow!

Hope everyone is having a great time getting in the thankful spirit!