Jun 19, 2014

First post in a while!

So I am actually doing another blog post and it hasn't been a year.  I thought I would be off for at least a year!  First I want to share a few projects that we have been working on these past several months (it has been VERY busy!)

First up a Twin extra long to Twin extra long beds with a large headboard/table top.  One bed has a twin size trundle, the other has 3 very deep full extension drawers.




Next up is a gorgeous table that Aaron made.  He turned the base (yep it is huge!).  I missed the chainsaw carving to get it mostly round to be put on the lathe.  This is a 6 foot round white finished table.

Sep 14, 2013

DIY desk drawer organizer

Ok, so I admit that I love Pinterest! So, of course, when I want to organize my new desk drawer in a crafty/cheap way, it is the first place I go for ideas.  Sadly many of the ideas were not feasible from items I had around the house and I did NOT want to buy anything.  So I set out to make up my own organizers.  I would love to say that they are fantastic and super cute and so on, but really...they are just practical.  I grabbed what I had on hand that would work.

My supplies:
Boxes (in this case mac and cheese boxes out of our recycling bin)
Glue (glue sticks, because I couldn't find the white glue
Tape (because glue sticks don't always hold forever)
Scissors (to cut the boxes)
and of course...the messy desk drawer!


 Notice the glue sticks, tape dispensers, and scissors in this messy desk drawer...the only thing not in here that I needed was my boxes!

So this is really quite simple!  Take your boxes:

Cut one long side (front or back) off and then glue the tabs back into place (I also taped them just to reinforce the stick glue).  Viola! A nice desk drawer organizer!  Now all you need to do is empty out the drawer so that is space to put your new organizers!  Really I just moved most of my stuff to the boxes then shoved the rest of out the way so I could arrange them.


I used the cut off front/backs of the boxes as little dividers until we get more empty boxes to use.
Overall, much better and easier to find things (like the stamps that kept getting lots under all the pens!)


There you have it simple and cheap (I didn't spend anything extra on this!). 
Now to work on the desk top! 


Disclaimer: All posts and opinions are my own. They may not be the same as yours, but being individuals I can't please everybody. However this is my blog :P

Jul 8, 2013

My birthday (and sale!)

 I know it is a little late in the day to be posting, but it was a spur of the moment type thing.  BUT it is my 28th birthday today (I know probably one of the few females that openly admits my age and my weight if you ask, I really don't care) and while I really enjoyed my steak and potato dinner on Saturday with my in-laws, and I am sure I will enjoy my breakfast buffet dinner at my parent's house this evening, I wanted to share a little something with my readers!  So, I posted on facebook as well but here it is for my readers...

SALE TODAY ONLY : Well for my blog readers you can have until 10pm eastern time tomorrow 7/9/13 since you all don't get the email update of a new post until late in the day or the next morning, but you MUST comment on the blog AND tell me when you order that it is from the blog or I will not give the discount.

I am 28 yrs old today.  So I am offering my handmade all natural hard maple nursing necklace/teethers for $2.80 off!

So for the US readers that would make them $12.20 shipped, and for any Canadian readers it would be $17.20. 

Below are some that I have made.  I can and will make custom designs and run them by you before cutting to make sure you like it :)  (the whale was a custom order).  My contact information is in the "Contact Me" tab at the top of the page.





Disclaimer: All posts and opinions are my own. They may not be the same as yours, but being individuals I can't please everybody. However this is my blog :P

Jun 23, 2013

Work Stuff- Some new and custom items

A custom order (there were several of each size) for the Siena Restaurant in Rhode Island

32oz Cherry Stein, stainless steel liner

Knife block with bamboo skewers 
(we made a few of these a little while ago, but sold them pretty quickly, 
and need to make more) 

Noodle cutting rolling pin.  Made to your specifications (depth and width of noodles) 
This one is hard maple and sold for $60

Bent laminated spatula turners!  
We have a short one (like these) and a long handles one (below) and love them both!
I use the short one for in the house and Aaron uses the long one on our wood burning grill


Disclaimer: All posts and opinions are my own. They may not be the same as yours, but being individuals I can't please everybody. However this is my blog :P

Jun 13, 2013

Work stuff-Newsletter

So right now the new thing we are (as in I am) working on right now is thinking about setting up a newsletter that will be emailed to subscribers once a month. 

I plan on including new items we have recently made, "where you can find us" craft show and market schedule, new business happenings, and possibly coupon codes every once in a while :)

I really have no idea where to start or really how to make this happen, but I have been doing some research and hope to get one out in the next month or so, but definitely before our big show time of the fall!

So, if anyone out there has any hints, tips, etc to get me started I will be more than happy to listen :)

I will try and keep up with the newsletters better than I do on this blog, since I am pretty sure I can come up with a short something to share once a month and I know I will have new/updated show schedule to add.



Disclaimer: All posts and opinions are my own. They may not be the same as yours, but being individuals I can't please everybody. However this is my blog :P

May 30, 2013

You're not a terrible parent!

I found this article shared on facebook and thought it was good enough to share on my blog!  I have 2 children (4 and 2) and I know I feel overwhelmed and at my wits end many days (or many times a day).  Especially now with Miles being able to go potty on his own, but not wanting to and Audrey wanting everything perfect (at least what perfect is in her mind, which she can't always convey in a way we can understand).  So without further ado here is a great article originally posted by The Actual Pastor here.

To parents of small children: Let me be the one who says it out loud

March 12, 2013

I am in a season of my life right now where I feel bone tired almost all of the time. Ragged, how-am-I-going-to-make-it-to-the-end-of-the-day, eyes burning exhausted.
I have three boys ages 5 and under. I’m not complaining about that. Well, maybe I am a little bit. But I know that there are people who would give anything for a house full of laughter & chaos. I was that person for years and years; the pain of infertility is stabbing and throbbing and constant. I remember allowing hope to rise and then seeing it crash all around me, month after month, for seven years. I am working on another post about infertility that will come at a later date.

But right now, in my actual life, I have three boys ages five and under. There are many moments where they are utterly delightful, like last week when Isaac told my sister-in-law that “My daddy has hair all over.” Or when Elijah put a green washcloth over his chin and cheeks, and proudly declared, “Daddy! I have a beard just like you!” Or when Ben sneaks downstairs in the morning before the other boys do, smiles at me, and says, “Daddy and Ben time.”

But there are also many moments when I have no idea how I’m going to make it until their bedtime. The constant demands, the needs, and the fighting are fingernails across the chalkboard every single day.  
One of my children is for sure going to be the next Steve Jobs. I now have immense empathy for his parents. He has a precise vision of what he wants — exactly that way and no other way. Sometimes it’s the way his plate needs to be centered exactly to his chair, or how his socks go on, or exactly how the picture of the pink dolphin needs to look – with brave eyes, not sad eyes, daddy! He is a laser beam, and he is not satisfied until it’s exactly right.


I have to confess that sometimes the sound of his screaming drives me to hide in the pantry. And I will neither confirm nor deny that while in there, I compulsively eat chips and/or dark chocolate. 
There are people who say this to me:
“You should enjoy every moment now! They grow up so fast!”
I usually smile and give some sort of guffaw, but inside, I secretly want to hold them under water. Just for a minute or so. Just until they panic a little.

If you have friends with small children — especially if your children are now teenagers or if they’re grown – please vow to me right now that you will never say this to them. Not because it’s not true, but because it really, really doesn’t help.

We know it’s true that they grow up too fast. But feeling like I have to enjoy every moment doesn’t feel like a gift, it feels like one more thing that is impossible to do, and right now, that list is way too long. Not every moment is enjoyable as a parent; it wasn’t for you, and it isn’t for me. You just have obviously forgotten. I can forgive you for that. But if you tell me to enjoy every moment one more time, I will need to break up with you.

If you are a parent of small children, you know that there are moments of spectacular delight, and you can’t believe you get to be around these little people. But let me be the one who says the following things out loud:

You are not a terrible parent if you can’t figure out a way for your children to eat as healthy as your friend’s children do.
She’s obviously using a bizarre and probably illegal form of hypnotism.

You are not a terrible parent if you yell at your kids sometimes. You have little dictators living in your house. If someone else talked to you like that, they’d be put in prison.

You are not a terrible parent if you can’t figure out how to calmly give them appropriate consequences in real time for every single act of terrorism that they so creatively devise.

You are not a terrible parent if you’d rather be at work.

You are not a terrible parent if you just can’t wait for them to go to bed.

You are not a terrible parent if the sound of their voices sometimes makes you want to drink and never stop.

You’re not a terrible parent.

You’re an actual parent with limits. You cannot do it all. We all need to admit that one of the casualties specific to our information saturated culture is that we have sky-scraper standards for parenting, where we feel like we’re failing horribly if we feed our children chicken nuggets and we let them watch TV in the morning.

One of the reasons we are so exhausted is that we are oversaturated with information about the kind of parents we should be.

So maybe it’s time to stop reading the blogs that tell you how to raise the next President who knows how to read when she’s three and who cooks, not only eats, her vegetables. Maybe it’s time to embrace being the kind of parent who says sorry when you yell. Who models what it’s like to take time for yourself. Who asks God to help you to be a better version of the person that you actually are, not for more strength to be an ideal parent.

So the next time you see your friends with small children with that foggy and desperate look in their eyes, order them a pizza and send it to their house that night. Volunteer to take their kids for a few hours so they can be alone in their own house and have sex when they’re not so tired, for heaven’s sake. Put your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eyes, and tell them that they’re doing a good job. Just don’t freak out if they start weeping uncontrollably. Most of the time, we feel like we’re botching the whole deal and our kids will turn into horrible criminals who hate us and will never want to be around us when they’re older.

You’re bone tired. I’m not sure when it’s going to get better. Today might be a good day or it might be the day that you lost it in a way that surprised even yourself.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

You’re not alone. 

Disclaimer: I did not write the blog above, I copied it from another blog to pass on a great message!

Apr 29, 2013

Tackling the craft room!

Since moving in with my in-laws things have been a bit crowded.  Well, not that we have so much stuff, mostly that the kids get into everything and they have lots of stuff.  Sadly, the mess you are about to see is not totally their fault.  They aren't supposed to play in this room, but they do when I am working in there.  Most of this is my fault, this is my crafting space and where I package cutting boards and our other kitchenware orders, since it is one of the few places that has a decent empty floor space that I can take over a few hours at a time, and it is also my workout space!

Now on to the tour of the disaster room! This is looking into the room from the door.  On the back wall are the sewing machines and a BIG monkey that needed his arm fixed. On the right is the design and cutting table.
 
 Here we have the design/cutting table and some fabric storage and lots of stuff on the floor.  Aaron made the rocking chair!  Super comfy, the bag is a goodwill/donation bag of stuff.

Now on to it cleaned up a bit, not perfect, but I don't have time to make every room perfect and I am sure this one will be a mess again.  I am hoping to keep up with it, but with two kids that like to get into everything...yeah right!

Same view from the doorway.  Big monkey has been fixed and put back in the kids room.  After we buy the house, I think I will work on putting shelving up so I can empty out my totes (it has my thread and elastic and other crafting stuff).
 
 This corner did pretty good!  That bag is now gone too, I dropped it off later that day :) 

Disclaimer: All posts and opinions are my own. They may not be the same as yours, but being individuals I can't please everybody. However this is my blog :P