Monday, April 26, 2010

Where IS my Wonder Women suit????

Having girls means having Barbies, and Justine was the Barbie QUEEN! We had the dolls, the houses, the cars, the stores and every single accessory you could imagine. Every holiday or Birthday was Barbie overload! She'd spend hours and hours playing with Barbie. Changing her clothes a million times, fantasy dates with Ken, swimming in the pool, potty training Kelly. Fun times! But once she got older and outgrew her love of all things Barbie, we spent an afternoon cleaning out all of the dolls and their various extras to pass down to her younger sister, Chloe. We ended up packing five huge boxes to take home to her Mom's house, and Barbie was out of ours for a while ... That is until this past Fall. Chloe had now outgrown Barbie and now it was Emma Jayne's turn, so Justine came for the weekend with boxes FULL of Barbie stuff! Of course Emma is in heaven with all of these dolls and Juss is having a great time helping Emma experience the magic of Barbie. My job is to make sure they get picked up so Marley doesn't chew off their hands (her favorite chew toy!). So last week Emma came up to my office with the "Wonder Women" Barbie, wanting me to take off Barbie's Wonder Women suit so she could go "Swimming" in my mixing bowl. The week passed and papers quickly buried the Wonder Women suit where it sat until I cleaned my desk on Saturday. I thought about tracking down Wonder Women and reuniting her with her magic suit, but then I decided to add it to my collection of motivational things on my bulletin board....

Let's hope it motivates me. I mean really, how often do we need a "Wonder Women" suit just to get through the day? Right now I'm wondering when I will have the motivation to tackle the Leaning Tower of dishes in my sink, the MOUNTAIN of laundry to be washed, and the mess that I now call my closet? Not to mention take the dog for a walk and take a shower. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love my job. Love being able to stay home with Emma. Love having the opportunities I have. But really, can't I just have a maid? Or a magic suit that I can put on when I actually need to clean up this house? Or go to the grocery store? Is that too much to ask? Probably ... So I'll stick with my motivational Wonder Women suit... Hey, I think it's working! Maybe I'll go down and do the dishes. Then I'll hit the laundry. Oh, and I could organize my closet! Wait ...On second thought, I think I'll go and color the sidewalk with Emma. Doesn't that sound like a better time?


*Here I am as Wonder Women Circa 1979

And speaking of Women WOMEN, Kim and Kris of www.thediydish.com fit this title perfectly! Here is their brand new video featuring THE CREATIVE CONNECTION:



LOVE IT!

Visit their blog by clicking this link



and don't forget to enter the HUGE contest
that they're running to celebrate TCC ... There are some FABULOUS prizes!
Wish I could enter ....:)
Have a great week!

Friday, April 9, 2010

~Saturday Morning Inspiration~


Good Morning everyone!

I have to apologize for my blog hiatus last week. It was such a busy weekend with Easter ... I just didn't find the time! We did have a wonderful weekend with our family though and I hope you did as well. It's these times together that remind me of how I am truly blessed I am. My little nephew Briggs is finally starting to recover from his 18 month battle with a brain tumor (Medulloblastoma) and it's such a miracle to see him now. He was such a cutie at our annual Easter egg hunt. He can't quite walk yet, so he just scoots around on his rear end. He has such a determination .... And Emma and the boys were so sweet. They helped him get eggs that he couldn't. Emma and Briggs be heading to preschool together this fall (SNIFF! My baby!), so I know she'll be looking out for him. It's so inspiring seeing his progress, but also witnessing my children caring for their cousin. What a gift to be blessed with compassion. We also colored Easter eggs and held our annual Easter Brunch, complete with another egg hunt .... Too much candy, but a wonderful weekend indeed!

So this week I had a "perspective" day. You know one of those days where you are so irritated at something that, in the grand scheme of things, doesn't really matter. Somebody said something rude, mean, untrue and uncalled for on the internet! It's not Cancer or hunger or poverty. Just irritation. Somebody said something rude, mean, untrue and uncalled for on the internet! I stomped around for a while, posted an annoyed Facebook status, then stewed. What was posted wasn't about me, but it was directed at people that I care about, so it really bothered me! Just then I remembered that I needed to download my Easter pictures. As soon as they started to show up on my computer screen, I realized how grateful I am. Looking at the pictures of my smiling kids, my beautiful family. Duh! Who cares what somebody says on the internet. Even if it is mean, untrue and uncalled for. I'm going to take my late Dad's advice and let it roll off my back. There will always be people who are unkind. I just need to be the best person I can be. That's all that really matters. Oh and of course, moments like these with Briggs and my boys Mason and Colter ...

Isn't that cute?

Now for some "Crafty" inspiration!


~DIY DISH~



You've got to visit this site!
The DIY DISH gals are two ENORMOUSLY talented sisters who host the greatest web show! And guess what? They are just as sweet as they are crafty!
They're always having great features ... Including an upcoming
contest that has a prize package you won't want to miss!
Alas, I can't enter, but will be crossing my fingers for my friends:)
Vist them by clicking on the image above.

~FOUNDLING~


While trolling around on Etsy, I found this amazing artist.

How beautiful is this necklace?


And this ring?



Her Etsy site address is




LOVE IT! I hope we can feature her on WWC.....


~THE FABRIC BAR~



This week on WHERE WOMEN CREATE, our FABULOUS Friday artist is
Amy Seeger of The Fabric Bar!
You've got to go check it out ... She's offering one lucky commenter a $40.00 credit to her shop ... And what a shop it is. She's even got really cute DIY kits ... All you need to supply is the sewing machine and thread!


She's also offering a special 10% discount until the end of April ....
Just enter WWCSPRING at checkout.
I've got my order ready!
Please visit her shop at www.thefabricbar.com
THANKS AMY!


In other news....

It was a GREAT mail week!
We featured the lovely Susan Duane on WWC last Friday and she couldn't be more sweet. Remember the necklace from her shop (Paperhill) that I wanted so bad?

I bought it! I couldn't resist! It came on Monday (SO FAST!), and it is absolutely gorgeous!
Thanks so much Susan ... You're great!
Check out her shop Paperhill for more fabulous-ness!

Next, my order from Nostalgia Organics came this afternoon. Let me just say .... WOW!
It was all wrapped up and smelled SOOOO good! I can't wait to use it!
Here's what I bought:

Goose Bumps & Happy Days Soap
She also included a sample of one of her aromatherapy balms ... It smells HEAVENLY! I'm going to be putting in another order for sure! Check out Nostalgia Organics for a great gift or just to treat yourself! Everyone needs a little treat now and then:).
Thanks so much to Elea of Nostalgia Organics. I can't wait to use my soap!

Have a fantastic weekend my friends and remember ...

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

I'm so thankful that you're all NICE:)



Thursday, April 8, 2010

~FAVECRAFTS RADIO~


Favecrafts

This Sunday Jo and Nancy are being featured on FAVECRAFTS RADIO, a weekly radio show hosted by THE CREATIVE CONNECTION sponsor and event panelist, Tiffany Windsor. The interview will air on BlogTalkRadio Sunday, April 11th from 7:00-8:00 PM ET (6pm Central, 5pm Mountain and 4pm Pacific).

Please visit FAVECRAFTS RADIO for more information.

You don't want to miss it!