Not much crafting going on … but a lot of making memories

Christmas with Taylor

It’s finally Friday, y’all!  I missed last Friday, but for good reason.

We had such a wonderful time over the Thanksgiving holiday visiting my husband’s family.  They just happen to live in the same city my daughter goes to college in, making it that much more enjoyable.

This is the first time we’ve gone away from home for Thanksgiving in several years,  so I didn’t plan well.  I came home already behind on holiday decorating, which I normally do the weekend after Thanksgiving.  One of the items on my Cooking, Crafting and Chaos “bucket list” is to have a holiday planner or binder for next year.  I’ve already made note to include checklist items such as preparing ahead of time for Christmas decorating should we travel for Thanksgiving again.    We also came home to an empty kitchen, so I think I should plan ahead for some meals on our  return as well.

It’s all good though, because it was well worth it.   I don’t have much in the way of new craft projects to share here, but  I was able to help my daughter decorate her first apartment for Christmas and do a little “crafting” for her bedroom.  She and I had so much fun with my mother-in-law working on these projects.  Isn’t that what it’s all about anyway?  Crafting memories?

All is not lost!  I actually have a small craft to share with you after all.  I just got word from my daughter (after she reminded me she will be 20 in exactly one month!  Ugh!!  Where has the time gone?) that she received her finals week goody box, so I can share a card I included.  I thought it turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself, and was a fun way to tell her to just “hang in there.”

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You’ll probably see me share a lot of handmade cards. I love sending cards and I love making them.  I can usually make them from my stash of paper scraps, and they give immediate gratification when I need to get in a little quick crafting.

My “girl cave” is currently full of projects I’m working on.  I hope to finish them all soon and have photos to share.   My projects include a mini-album of our Thanksgiving weekend, a new holiday banner for our mantle and a “December Daily” album that contains a scrapbook page for every day in December.  You are my witnesses.  It’s written here, so I am committed!!

Projects are moving along slower than I’d like, but I am doing them.

Until next time…

Tool Talk:   I stayed true to my promise to myself on all the items I made to include in my daughter’s box of goodies.  I bought no new supplies.  I made the card using my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file purchased for a previous project.  I just used a basic kraft card base and envelope I already had in my stash, and paper from an older stack by K&Company.  The smaller accents were made from scraps.


I am a hoarder!

Hi y’all. It’s Finally Friday!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Shelly. I am a hoarder.

I admit it. I am a hoarder of craft supplies. I love trips to craft stores and scrapbook shops. I shop online. And, I am always on the lookout for a good bargain. Very rarely do I buy anything that is not on sale or that I do not have a coupon for. This is great; however, I have managed to amass quite a selection of supplies — mostly paper crafting.

There is a downside. Problem A — finding time to use all the supplies I purchase and collect. I am making a concerted effort to make time for projects and will share some of those as I go. Problem B — finding room to store all these supplies in an organized manner that makes using my “stash” easy and convenient. Quite often, problem A feeds into problem B creating a never-ending cycle.

When I have a project I need or want to do, I often just go buy more supplies as it’s easier than rummaging around in my girl cave looking for what I need. Thus, I have a spare “bedroom” (that no longer has a bed) overstuffed with an endless supply of paper, ribbon, crafting tools, embellishments and sadly, lots of unfinished projects.

As I am beginning my Cooking, Crafting and Chaos journey, one of my challenges for myself is to craft with what I have — not only do projects, but be very diligent in using the products I have, only buying something when absolutely necessary.

As I typed the last part of  the previous sentence I chuckled a little. I know, and those who know me know there will be trips to the craft store. There will be new styles and newfound bargains, and there will be that new product every now and then that “I just have to have.” I must be realistic.  I will make new purchases but I plan to keep myself in check and continue to use up my hoard.

My first project in this journey came out of necessity.  When I took the Halloween décor off my front door a couple of weeks ago, I had nothing to replace it with.  I had a tired wreath that looked absolutely awful.  I’m not sure what I put on my door last year, but I’m sure it wasn’t this.  I decided to make a wreath, and thought this might be the perfect time to repurpose the old one by joining it with some supplies I already had.

I did have a wooden door hanging and one roll of mesh ribbon that I purchased this season for half off at Hobby Lobby.  I used the hanging and a portion of the ribbon on my wreath.  In all, I think I spent about $6 creating this.

With glue gun in hand,  this is what I started with:


I pulled the decorations off the old wreath.  I re-used the grapevine wreath and a couple of the floral picks.  I added some burlap ribbon I already had to the mix.

The bottom portion of the hanging looked a little blank, so I used some vinyl left over from another project to create a stencil using my Silhouette Cameo.  I also used Martha Stewart orange craft paint and some felt fall leaves left over from a Halloween costume.


My door looks much better.  I know this was a simple project.  I am sure you’ve seen much better wreaths.  I have.  But,  I took the first step in a challenge I made to myself — to use what I had and to share my progress here.

Toolbox Talk: I cut the stencil using my Silhouette Cameo.  The Silhouette is one of my very, very favorite craft room tools.  The possibilities are endless with this electronic cutting tool.  I’ve helped my children make school projects.  I’ve scrapbooked.  I’ve created original art.  I’ve created stencils to use in etched glass projects.  I’ve used it to make patterns when adding rhinestones to clothing.  You will hear me talk about this machine quite often and I hope to eventually do some tutorials using it.

Look for some more favorite things and craft  projects on Fridays in the weeks to come.

Until next time….