Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Costumes

Time flies - Halloween 2002

Just got home from Bible Study Fellowship.  I am thankful for God's grace.  If you are looking for a great way to study God's word and to grow, find out if there is a BSF class near you.  I don't think there is a better thing you can do for your family.  This week one of the questions was "What do you think you do that displeases God?"  Wow, that is not one we like to think about, but when we do and we confess it, He will make changes in our lives that can transform us and affect our children and our relationships.

Tonight is Halloween and I don't have any little ones anymore, though my daughter still wants to dress up and walk around the neighborhood with her friends.  I want to share that I worked at one of the schools this week.  Most of the little kindergartners showed up in full costume and many little boys were super heroes.  One little boy had forgotten and was on the verge of tears so I let him go to the office and call home.  He was so excited and proud when his grandmother brought his costume and he, too, was a super hero.  It made me think of the time my son wanted to be a Pokemon character.  I never felt that it was worth it to invest a lot of money in Halloween costumes so I tried to make his costume.  Well you can see the result above.  But you know that sweet child of mine never complained about how ridiculous that costume was.  I know he was embarrassed but he wore it anyway.  Somehow he knew that that costume would not be the deciding factor in whether he could become a super hero.  I'm not sure how but I think he knew it was more heroic to just wear the costume his mom had made for him and to have fun with his friends without complaining.

Monday, October 29, 2012

I have decided I will be forever haunted by little boys in uniforms.  I loved all the years I spent at the ballpark watching my boys.  They are grown now and their ballpark days are behind them.  But, so many memories remain there.  Every time I see a little boy or even a medium sized boy in a uniform I smile, and on the inside a part of me cries for my long lost little boys and those days at the baseball diamond or the football field or the....... I so want to grab those parents and tell them to relax just a bit and enjoy the day, not to be so intense about their child's performance or the baseball hat that is lost or whose son is the best catcher, to just cherish the moment when life is fun and those little boys have big dreams.  In the end thats what really matters.  Really.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Here We Go, Open Etsy Shop

I am not quite an empty nester, but getting close.  I have been making scrap books for years and designing pages for this store or that for awhile, but honestly I was getting tired of scrapping as I have no more wide eyed little ones making those adorable faces and I have done so many sports pages and so many "girl" pages.  So, I needed something new.  I was drawn to the art journaling and to the mixed media canvases.  I loved them but wasn't sure I could do it.  I gave it a try and actually liked what I was doing.  Problem was that unlike scrapbooks, you only have so many places for a canvas.  I started selling them at a local store and had very good luck.  So, I thought about it and an Etsy shop seemed like a good idea.  I figured I could sell prints and cards and other things from my originals that I was selling locally.  My suggestion if you are thinking about a shop is first get on Etsy and play around.  Hit the sellers tab and read through the FAQs.  Run a search for the item you would be selling and see if the market is saturated or if you are unique, and take note of the pricing on similar items.   I did not pay anyone to come up with my banner, avatar etc.  But even that is available for a low cost on Etsy.  Next pick a name for your shop and make your banner (top of the page for your shop).  You also have to be a registered user on Etsy.   Think it over.  This is something you can try with pretty much no investment, other than your inventory.   I wont talk about it here but you will have to invest time in your shop.  I call it "working it".  I am actually having fun. Some days I feel really in control and feel like I am rolling along.  Other days I wonder what I should be doing that I do not have a clue about.  But I am glad I opened my shop and I have a couple new ideas rolling around.  So, get ready, set....go.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Random Thoughts from Broken Computer

Random thoughts and a broken computer:
So my computer got hit by lightening and pretty much died.  I am sure you can all relate to that time when your computer gets to a point where you are lying awake at night thinking about how much pleasure you would get if you could open a second story window and chunk it as far as you could throw it.  That is where I was and then it just died completely.  So I am in a mess.  I had a lot of files saved, but not all.  My Etsy shop has been completely ignored and I have not posted anything yet about how I actually came to have an Etsy shop.  I am sure I will get there.  I had also intended to kind of post about things I was learning as I go along - kind of a blind leading the blind thing.  I have a lot going on.  I was hoping to add some new things to the shop - like paper art and mixed media elements for others to add to their projects.  I have been making some of the above and am loving them.  The ones in the picture include pieces of a vintage quilt that I got at the coolest antique place in Texas.  That is an entire story in itself.  I will have to find pictures because words cannot describe it.  Sadly, my friend that I visited there sold her lake house, so I may never go again.  But anyway, I got a cool old quilt that was thread bare in spots so using it for other things.

Lots going on which I will post pics later.  I had a piece on the Tattered Angels blog that I had done for their CHA booth this summer.  I sent a piece that I loved to New York to help raise money for an organization called Love 146.  Check out their web-site.    And I am working on two things right now for a blog hop between Authentique Paper (which I have fallen in love with) and Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels and 7 Gypsies.  I will post pics later.  I have to get this new computer figured out and get new photo software as I have gone from PC to MAC.  

In closing I want to posted a few pictures from another artist (above) as I have absolutely fallen in love with her work.  I think her pages are stunning.  She also does a lot of art journaling.  She uses the name Mumkaa on Flickr and pinterest.  Go check out her stuff.  I just think it is amazing.  

Have a great day.  One day soon I will talk about my shop.

Monday, October 1, 2012