Saturday, February 6, 2016

Grateful Blessings

The past few weeks have brought many sorrows for numerous neighbors and friends. 2016 doesn't seem to be starting off with the great expectations that they, or we, had anticipated. A young couple lost their first baby when born prematurely, another is fighting back from a stroke, another young premature baby is fighting for her life tonight. I bring this all up for the fact that I am truly blessed and grateful to have our family. Things have been frustrating me with not being able to unpack my crafting supplies and really get to crafting like I had imagined. Makayla is not cooperative in that and I have just about hit my last straw with her. Tonight I have stopped and reflected. She is a miracle baby. We fought through all the risks and a nasty emergency delivery to have her. She is the miracle that we never imagined could happen. She has required a lot more of my energy and time, as most toddlers do, but I have found myself having a hard time adjusting. After having over 8 years to do what I wanted with my day, it is a struggle to devote all my time again to a toddler. Add in 2 teenagers, one looking and taking college classes, another getting ready to enter high school and that leaves me reeling most days. Tonight I am trying to take time, relax, and truly be grateful for the stresses, challenges, and frustrations in my life because there are those that are fighting for life right now. My heart breaks for all of the struggles going on right now. With both babies, that could have been us but it wasn't. For that I am truly grateful. My prayers and thoughts go out to all the families that are struggling. I hope that peace will find them and that the fighting spirit is within those that need it. I encourage all of you to reflect and be grateful for what you have.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Crafting, Life, and Sickness

This week has been a very crazy one. I had plans to get some good ole fashioned crafting done, but as you can guess, it didn't happen. My husband had a knee scope, our oldest came down sick, and the youngest has more energy than jumping beans. Our middle child also finished up with his last junior high basketball season. On top of all of that, I have been fighting with my computer to keep it charged for the past month. Finally it totally quit, so it was in the shop for a few days getting fixed. Things are finally back on track but I am not sure I have the energy left to create this weekend. I am going to do some surfing and hopefully get inspired to finish out this weekend.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Project that makes my heart warm and fuzzy

I have had visions for our kitchen vent hood from the first time I saw it in the model home until now. Today I finally took some time to create the saying that I finally decided on. I could have bought it from a store or purchased the cut file, but instead, I used fonts that I already had and created my own word art to cut. I am really in love with the final product. It makes me heart truly warm and fuzzy to be putting some of my own touches on our home. There is so much more that I want to do but I have to wait until the final wall work is done. For now, I am happy to be able to put little touches here and there to help us feel TRULY at home. It feels SO good to finally have a home that we are happy in.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Bible Journaling

I am excited to be actually doing bible journaling this year. It was something that I wanted to do last year but never got to it. I am not one to jump on religious/faith trends but the creative side in me screams out for me to do this. It combines creativity with devotions and growing closer to God at the same time so it's a win win! There is tons of inspiration on pinterest and facebook to help get you started, but really it's about what works for you. It is a personal journal between you and God. This is the bible that I ordered after doing a lot of research. I hope that some of you will join me and we care share, inspire, and grow together in Christ this new year!!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Beautiful Girl

Yesterday I had the chance to go out and try my new camera. I can't say that I am 100% happy with the results but most of that is due to the lighting. It wasn't great but we had a lot of fun. I think she is beautiful, but hey, I might be a bit biased...LOL! It feels great to be shooting again and can't wait to keep playing. Here's a peek of a couple favorites from the day.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Hello 2016!!!

The air is crisp and clear to start off this new year here in the Wolff abode. 2015 brought a lot of changes for our family and along with that my crafting suffered a bit. Those changes brought the end to my time with Close to My Heart as a consultant. There is a bit of sadness with that but it was really for the best for me. We are moved and pretty much settled into our new home. I have my desk and some of my crafty supplies moved in to use. Plans are in the works for adding a crafting/office/guest cottage in sometime during the year where I will finally be able to full set up my crafting supplies and really get to work!! Until then, my little corner in the new home will have to work :) I encourage all of you to check in and like in my facebook page Scrappinsweetie's Escape to help keep up with my creations, tips, and ideas for you. Santa brought me a new SLR camera so I am getting back into photography FOR MYSELF again. I can't wait to take better pictures and even my oldest daughter's senior pictures, OH MY! I am also returning to digital scrapbooking for most of my scrapbook pages. I will still be creating paper mini albums and such with paper, but the bulk of my pages will be digital. Here is to a Happy New Year to you and yours from our little home here. (My perfect idea was to have a wonderful picture of my 3 kiddos sitting outside our new home but that didn't work so here is one from inside)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall is in the Air

Fall is in the air and as you know that is my favorite time to craft. This year however, there is not much crafting going on. Fact is, I am taking a break right now from packing up my scrap/craft area. We will be moving shortly and who knows when I will get back to creating. We are so very excited about this move so it's a  bittersweet time. Stay tuned for new postings and updates!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Family Sign

This is what I created with one of the signs I made the other day. I am still not 100% happy with it and may take it apart and re-do it once I get more black vinyl in. I am however in love with the saying and verse as well at the fonts I chose. Word art is not my strong suit so I was surprised at how well I did on putting this together. I have the perfect spot picked to hang in it. Not to shabby for a $5.00 project!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wood Signs

This project is one that I have wanted to tackle for a long time and just haven't. There is no reason other than I just haven't. Yesterday I took the plunge and stopped at our local hardware store and picked up a couple of salvage boards for $2.00 a piece. You can't go wrong with that price!! I grabbed some gel stain, rubber gloves, an old sock, and some paint. I stained the wood first and let that dry. Secondly I used a dry foam brush and brushed on the Great Gray paint I wanted, leaving it rather roughly dry painted. After that sanded it down and sealed it with a clear coat. I am happy with the results and can't wait to add vinyl to it!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Challenge Time!!

Today I am looking for organizational ideas and inspiration. I would love to hear what your favorite organizational tip is. Comment below and I will draw out a name from everyone who comments and they will get a special little something from me!!! Can't wait to hear your ideas and tips!