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2019 Review!

You.

All.

Rock.

My.

World.


Thanks to your support and generosity, we were able to donate over $800 to the Mother’s Milk Bank at Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation!! That money goes directly to fragile babies who need lifesaving, nourishing breastmilk. Human milk is so critical during the first few days of life. Here are some stories that will make you bawl!

Seriously, you’re my heroes!! Now let’s get even more to them in 2020.


Y’all bought over 150 oceans and rainbows:


You inspired me to design more clothing:

And you ate up the frog/plumeria tropical leggings!! 😍😍😍


You requested (and I made) 3 new felt wall designs:

Noah’s Ark & The Human Body & Polar Play


What’s that you say, Photoshop?! I totally don’t Photoshop my daughter into multiple pictures.*

Help me out? I’d love to share your photos of your kiddos enjoying their felt wall in exchange for some awesome stuff! Send me a DM at @feltwalltoys.

*Yeah. I do.


And … Coasters!!

I am currently offering three designs with shoutouts to Puerto Ricans, gamers and (randomly, but not that randomly, because my brother is one) dentists! I am taking custom requests.


Thank you for your kind reviews.

Thank you for your orders.

Thank you for supporting my family, and tiny babies in NICUs across the country.

I love you.

Em

Em is *clutzy* & shuts her thumb in a car door. The healing progression is incredible.

Sometimes my projects are more clutzy than crafty. Okay, let’s be honest, there doesn’t even need to be a project involved for the clutz to show.

I was holding the car door funny while I shut it. OWWWW. Black thumbnail, and TONS of pain. The progression of the wound is very interesting to me, especially the last 2 days when a big chunk just fell off and an almost normal nail was behind it. Our bodies are freaking incredible.

After 10 hours, I kind of wanted to cut my thumb off. So. Much. Pain. I did a bunch of research on what a US instacare does/charges for this. Then consulted a bunch of friends with similar experiences. Then went to a facebook wood-working group who told me to drill a hole in it. (WHAT THE ACTUAL!?) But pain. And $200 to save. So I twisted a drill bit into my nail, and I’m so glad I did.

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Here’s to more crafts, more smashed thumbs, and more healing.

#strongisstrong

Hi Crafty friends! I have a super strong friend, Whitney. She’s strong in many ways – physically, mentally, emotionally. And she’s got a strong baby girl. And they’re part of a strong family. She’s giving us some amazing thoughts today!


What is “Strong is strong” and why does it matter to me?

“Strong is strong” is pushing back against the “strong is beautiful” message. “Strong is beautiful” is something that has bothered me for awhile now.

I think that “strong is beautiful” was started with good intentions. But, it is messages like these that trap us in the mindset that our bodies, our strength, and most importantly our “self” is there for someone else. It tells us that we can be strong as long as it is still beautiful. That, really, beauty is really what we should be focusing on. That above all else, we should always try to stay beautiful.

In our culture, a woman’s value is based nearly 100% on her looks. It doesn’t matter what else she has achieved her looks will always be talked about (and often will be the first thing talked about).

For me, this all really hit home when I got pregnant in July 2018. I have always been an active person and knew that I wanted an active, unmedicated labor. Since I have trained for many half and full marathons, I thought I would train for labor like I trained for my races (that didn’t work out, but THAT is another story 🙂 ).

When I Googled things like, “exercises for a strong pregnancy” and “how to build strength during pregnancy” none of the results were actually about health. The results were all about “how to have a belly only pregnancy,” “how to avoid weight gain in your thighs during pregnancy,” and similar results.

I hated it! I was flat out angry. Pregnancy is a time, more than ever, when a woman should be focusing on health and caring for her body. Not worrying about weight! Especially since the weight gained during pregnancy is CRITICAL to recovering from labor and delivery and for breastfeeding (fun fact: your body stores fat in your hips and thighs during pregnancy because that is where it pulls from to make breastmilk).

This is all a long way of saying, “I’m over it.” Women are more than the sum of their parts. Women are more than their looks. Women, and all people, have intrinsic, unalienable value.

Strong isn’t beautiful. Beauty is overrated bullsh*t. Strength is so much more than that. Strength is real. Strength is lasting. Strength is earned. Strength is hardwork. It takes grit. It takes work. It helps you get through times when you just want to give up. It isn’t something that someone else can give you. Strength doesn’t fit into a box. And your strength, what it means to you, truly cannot be defined by someone else’s standard.

Strength comes in all forms — physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. So, let’s celebrate strength for itself, for who it makes us and how we’ve built it.

In April, my daughter was born. I think a lot about the world I grew up in and about the world I want to fight for her to have. I want her to know that she doesn’t have to be anything other than who she is or worry about if her looks will define her as a person.

I want her to know that she can be strong and that … strong is strong.


We turned Whitney’s idea into this awesome shirt. Celebrate strong with us.

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Farmhouse Style Wedding Guestbook Sign

Step 1:

Buy cheap lumber from Lowes/Home Depot:

4″ Strips of wood
Qty: 2 strips, cut to 31.5″ each. 6 strips total for the background.

2″ x8′ Strips of wood
Qty: 2 strips, 2 cut to 31.5″, the next 2 cut to the height of your sign (line them up, then make a pencil mark).

Step 2:

Paint the 1x2s white, and the 1x4s brown. I use cheap apple barrel paint.

Step 3:

Glue and nail the top and bottom frame edges to the panels.

Step 4:

Glue and nail the sides on, use a clamp if you can to hold all the panels as close together as possible.

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Step 5:

Design your layout in illustrator/silhouette/cricut software.

Step 6:

Cut your layout out of vinyl, then put transfer tape over the vinyl.

Step 7:

Apply vinyl to wood, remove transfer tape. It takes a little finessing to keep the vinyl down, especially if your wood has lots of character.

Step 8:

Dab paint onto your wood sign through vinyl stencil, then remove vinyl. I do it while it’s still wet so the paint doesn’t crack.

Step 9:

Coat the sign with polyurethane. This is my biggest expense, and makes the sign look amazing. Don’t go cheap on this product. Buy the real thing. From my link, or from the hardware store. I don’t care, just get the real stuff.

A Shirt for the Man who has Everything. Made from drawings by his kids.

Me (in my most annoying big sister voice):

Draw an iconic Hawaii thing in Sharpie and send me a pic! I’m making a gift for Dad (who lives in Hawaii, and is a minimalist, and has everything he could ever need).

My siblings and nieces (with very little grumbling):

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Me after many hours in Illustrator:

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Spoonflower:

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Except, of course, I got much more than a fat quarter. 🙂

Me after USPS shows up:

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The gift after a lot of hours of sewing (but not too much unpicking!):

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Wedding Things

Over the past decade (when did I start evaluating my life by decade!?), I’ve made a few wedding things. I’m finally showing them off here for you to all “ooh-and-ahh” over. Please. I mean, I don’t want to sound desperate, but I love the encouragement. 😉


Annie’s:

Wedding Invitation:

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Sparkly paper WIN!!!

To mail these, we put a clear circle sticker around the non-sewed side, then a stamp and an address label on the back. One of my favs!

 

Shower Invitation:

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Wedding Day Decor:

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And then came the baby in the baby carriage. 💖

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Whitney’s:

Invitation:

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Wedding Day Stuff:

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The cake topper was so fun to make! She brought the idea, then we put string and white duct tape together. So simple and beautiful.

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Shower Glasses & Hair Ties:

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Karin’s:

Photobooth Sign:

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Erin’s:

Wedding Day Gift:

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And hey, guess what! I sell this last board in my Etsy shop!

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Arts Integration Lesson Plans for K-4

Hey guys! I’m getting a Master’s in Education! And it’s one of the most fun things I’ve done. For real. I love learning. One of my classes is “Arts Integration” so duh. It is inspiring, enjoyable, memorable. All the things I hope to bring as a teacher one day. One of my assignments for the class: create some lesson plans that teach core subjects while integrating art.

The 4 lesson plans are:

  • Felt Dinosaurs: Visual Art + Fractions & Geometry
  • Puppet Friends: Drama + Characters & Storytelling/Getting Along
  • Mountain Mirrors: Dance + Landforms
  • Thunderstorms: Music + Weather (adapted from my sister Mitzi!)

They’ll be going up on TPT soon, but for now, you can download them for FREE!

Be of Good Cheer, Be not Afraid // Come Follow Me Printable

My sister makes come follow me lesson plans. I begged her to let me make a printable for one of them, and this is the one! It’s in my etsy store, check it out!

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Eric Carle meets Rosa Parks meets Photoshop, a Story of how Art Heals me.

This comes from a place deep in my heart, much like my love art did. Someone recently called me racist, and it hit me way hard! Like, couldn’t sleep, hard. I’ll spare you the details, because the whole thing was so unreal. Moral of the story: ignore the haters; look at intent; be nice. I turned the hurt into art. A very therapeutic thing for me.

I’ve had Eric Carle on my mind a lot lately, between reading his books with my girls, and seeing his work in my pinterest feed! When reflecting on my recent hateful experience and who inspires me to rise above hate and assumptions, Rosa came to mind. Thus, Eric meets Rosa meets Photoshop. I already feel better.

It is composited in photoshop from newspaper clippings, photos, her signature, police reports, etc. Here’s where everything comes from:

I love the irony in the police officer’s hair being the highlight on the bus, and on Rosa’s lips. And the seating chart in so many places. This was such a fun, healing project!

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