‘Arts, Crafts & Hobbies’ Posts
Did you know that September is National Sewing Month? If you’re like me, you had no idea until you read this blog. I personally was unaware of this monthly celebration until today when I checked out Joann.com to get ideas for possible Halloween costumes. I soon found out that throughout the month of September, Joann.com offers 50% off their Home Decor Fabrics until supplies run out. What a great reason to get fabric now for those fun fall projects you have in mind.
When I think of music, it’s hard to know where to begin. For some people, music is not a big deal, but I wager to say that it’s very important to most people around the world, even if they don’t realize it. Some of my earliest memories involve listening to, dancing to, singing to, or playing music. My mother was very musically talented and taught all my siblings and I how to sing from a very young age. She also taught us all the play the piano, and strongly encouraged (forced) us to each play one other instrument. I chose the very unusual oboe, thanks to a recommendation from my older sister, but that is beside the point. My mom instilled in me a love of music from an very early age that remains with me still.
The countdown has begun and summer vacation is definitely around the corner. While children can’t wait for the last day of school, many parents are concerned with finding enough things to keep their kids busy all summer. There are of course the summer camping trips, family reunions and a few trips to the beach, but what about the rest of the time? What can you do to keep them stimulated and busy?
I absolutely love making personalized gifts for friends and family members. I think making something is so much more enjoyable and meaningful not only for the giver, but also for the recipient. Throughout the years I have made calendars, t-shirts, mouse pads, aprons, photo albums, super hero capes, and others I can’t think of right now. All in all, they have been so much fun to make and well received. However, I do get bored of making the same things over and over again, so I am always on the look out for something new to try.
Ever Since I received a digital camera, I have had a hard time remembering and making time to go to a store to print all my pictures. I usually empty my camera onto my computer, post them on facebook and then forget about them. My poor grandparents and other friends, who are not facebook savvy, never get to see those pictures. There are also viruses and computer errors that occur that could wipe out years of memories. And I don’t have much time to dedicate to scrapbooking with fancy paper and cute cutouts, especially when I might have to duplicate that work for mom and mom-in-law. I need an attractive, safe, easy, affordable way to preserve my photos that will allow me to share with family and friends both digitally and in print.
Christmas is over and you have bags and bags of torn and crumpled Christmas paper. If you’re like me, you hate to throw it away, especially because wrapping paper is getting to be so expensive! At least a quarter of my gift budget for Christmas, birthdays, wedding showers, etc goes to wrapping paper, tissue, bows, and all the trims! Most often I wish I could save that money and use it to buy a nicer gift.
In my search for a way to reuse this paper I came across these ideas:
Ok, so the holidays are over, now what? Did you do your due diligence by taking a bazillion pictures of your friends, family, crazy relatives or kids? I didn’t take as many as I usually do, but I did get a few really great ones. Now comes the question of what to do with them. I send out a group of pics every month to family and friends that live around the country, but I rarely do anything else with them. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find a way to display them in an artistic way that doesn’t break the bank?
I am a mother of a beautiful 5 year old girl and have loved every minute I’ve had with her. The older she gets, the more I realize how much fun it has been to see her grow from stage to stage. One of my favorite things has been to document everything about her life. With the digital age in full swing, I have been able to take thousands of pictures of her and there’s no end in sight. I just don’t want to miss anything! I love capturing the every day moments, but I especially love pictures from holidays and special events.
I was busy doing my buzzguide stuff and downloaded some new promotions for Musician’s Friend. I have been watching this site over the months that I’ve been doing work for couponbuzz.com and am really impressed with their prices. The best thing of all is their clearance section. Right now they are offering up to 91% off on clearance items, including some scratch and dents. And, we’re not just talking like rock band stuff. They sell concert band, marching band, and orchestra/string instruments as well as sheet music, learn how to books, and recording and DJ software and equipment. Anything and everything to do with music, instruments, and accessories, they have it.
I am very big on making my own gifts. I think creating a gift for someone allows you to be imaginative, share a little bit more of yourself and shows that you really care. This past year I made calendars for all the grandparents and great grandparents as Christmas gifts and they loved them. I also made a quilt, super hero cape and homemade paper dolls for my daughter. The best part is that she saw me making all of them but didn’t know they were for her until she opened them Christmas morning. My daughter helped me make a butterfly coloring book for her four year old cousin and I made a cute wall hanging for my nephew that showed him making a “mean” face on a “wanted” outlaw poster for his bedroom. I know some of the gifts were silly, but they were thoughtful and personal. Today I found some other great options for homemade gifts I can use in the future.