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Jul 22, 2015 - Crafting    No Comments

Crafting for a Cause!

Number of bag, boxes and containers full of flair for craft fair on Saturday: two dozen.

Number of items still wishing to make: hundreds! (but realistically 10)

Number of trips to Hobby Lobby: 4 (this week alone!)

I’m busy preparing for my craft fair, The Little Ears Expo, this Saturday!

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I love creating things. I get so excited to assemble, craft, and create jewelry and hair flair! It gives me an outlet unlike anything else. I love coming home putting on a movie and working with my hands. I love seeing my creations bedecking the necks, wrists, ears, and locks of my friends.

Crafting helps me share one of my life philosophies: celebrate every day. I believe in celebrating small victories and little goals. One of the most important skills I learned in six years of occupational therapy schooling was how to break down items into their smallest component parts. I once wrote a ten page paper on the skills necessary to change the batteries in a remote. Fine motor skills, pincer grasp, visual perceptual skills, and the cognitive ability to realize the dead batteries are the culprit in the first place. When we don’t breakdown tasks into their component parts, we have more difficulty seeing progress, which causes us not to celebrate enough.

Creating flair lets me have a tiny celebration every day.

I wear royal blue scrubs everyday. And while this allows me to mindlessly get dressed in the dark without fear of mismatched clothing, it doesn’t create much opportunity for individuality or excitement. So I started making Flair. Everyday I get to celebrate in two small ways: I get to choose a flower for my hair and dress-code approved earrings (which often match my funky socks).

Life is pretty amazing. Creating Flair is one way I celebrate.

How do you celebrate the everyday?

Nov 12, 2014 - Crafting    No Comments

Crafting for a Cause!

Would you like to get delightful, handmade gifts AND help free modern day slaves? Sounds too good to be true, right? Read on. It is very true!

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Forget Black Friday. Waking up at three in the morning just to wait in line and fight over the last widget in the store. Doesn’t sound like a deal to me!

Besides, it’s not even where to find the best stuff this year. I’ll let you in on a little secret – the best stuff for all the loved ones on your Christmas list can be found at the ICS Bizarre Bazaar this Saturday from 10-4! Over 70 vendors will be displaying their wares and you might just complete all your holiday shopping in one trip! Visit www.icsbazaar.com for more details!

ICS Bazaar craft fair

 

 

There will be a wonderful selection, with trinkets and goodies for all ages – Children are welcome. Shop handmade this holiday season. Feel free to bring friends – the more the merrier!

We know with the hustle and bustle of the holidays that each day is packed full of fun things to do. That’s why we’ve taken the initiative and combined two of our favorite things: crafting and worship. The biggest difference between this bazaar and every other sale you’ll attend this year is that we’re crafting for a cause.

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A portion of the proceeds from Kelly’s table will be donated to help end human trafficking. Human trafficking is modern day slavery – it is an epidemic. I was made aware of the severity and prevalence of human trafficking today at the Passion Conference two years ago. In fact, there are 27 million slaves in the world today. More than at any time in history. I already love crafting and decided to offer it up as an act of worship. I figured – whatever your thing is – do it for the Glory of God. If you babysit or cook or build chairs or clean teeth or balance ledgers or write insurance policies – do it for the Lord. We hope that this not only provides an opportunity to check off many gifts from your list, but that it also encourages others to think creatively in fund raising, and to worship in all of life.

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Now doesn’t that sound way better than fighting over Black Friday deals? :)

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23

Visit www.icsbazaar.com for more details!

May 8, 2014 - Crafting    No Comments

Gifts of Grace

Number of bag, boxes and containers full of flair for craft fair on Saturday: two dozen.

Number of items still wishing to make: hundreds! (but realistically 10)

Number of trips to Hobby Lobby: 4 (this week alone!)

I’m busy preparing for my craft fair, Gifts of Grace, this Saturday!

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I love creating things. I get so excited to assemble, craft, and create jewelry and hair flair! It gives me an outlet unlike anything else. I love coming home putting on a movie and working with my hands. I love seeing my creations bedecking the necks, wrists, ears, and locks of my friends.

Crafting helps me share one of my life philosophies: celebrate every day. I believe in celebrating small victories and little goals. One of the most important skills I learned in six years of occupational therapy schooling was how to break down items into their smallest component parts. I once wrote a ten page paper on the skills necessary to change the batteries in a remote. Fine motor skills, pincer grasp, visual perceptual skills, and the cognitive ability to realize the dead batteries are the culprit in the first place. When we don’t breakdown tasks into their component parts, we have more difficulty seeing progress, which causes us not to celebrate enough.

Creating flair lets me have a tiny celebration every day.

I wear royal blue scrubs everyday. And while this allows me to mindlessly get dressed in the dark without fear of mismatching, it doesn’t create much opportunity for individuality or excitement. So I started making Flair. Everyday I get to celebrate in two small ways: I get to choose a flower for my hair and dress-code approved earrings (which often match my funky socks).

Life is pretty amazing. Creating Flair is one way I celebrate.

How do you celebrate the everyday?

 

Jun 23, 2013 - Crafting, My Story    No Comments

Pillows and Home

This is not just any pillow.

Florida Pillow

It represents my family.

First, it pictorally represents Florida. Where we have lived nearly all our lives. Our hearts reside here, in our favorite, sunny, warm, oddly-shaped state. Gator colors show our school pride where three alums, (and maybe a fourth!) proudly sang “We are the boys.” The heart is for you, Mom and Dad, to remind you of when and where you met, fell in love, committed to one another and began a family. This pillow is bright and striking and different. It can be a subtle match to our plaque– currently safely hidden in the laundry room– which reads, “Remember, as far as anyone knows, we’re a nice normal family.” It is soft and huggable and draws people into a warm and protecting environment. It is stuffed to seams with batting showing how much love we squeeze into our household and our relationships. It is handmade; each stitch a treasure and an act of love. Each cut and thread a careful and intentional act. This is how we seek to live – forever stitching our lives together in love, creating a priceless thing called home.

Happy Anniversary to two wonderful parents who have taught me how to live and love just like this pillow! Thank you for creating a safe, creative, loving, zany home for me!

 

If you’d like one of these mini-marvels of love in your home as well, visit HERE!

Feb 14, 2013 - Crafting, Humor    2 Comments

How MacGyver Saved Valentine’s Day

I Love MacGyver. In many ways he’s my inspiration in life.

MacGyver

This year he saved Valentine’s Day.

Not just because he’s dreamy, with an endless supply of girlfriends, and a waterfall of mullet-y locks. His inspirational ingenuity got me out of a tough bind.

I love being creative and making do with whatever I have in front of me. For the past several years, I’ve made it a commitment not to mope on Valentine’s Day. It’s too easy to get sucked into thinking about what I want and don’t have. Instead I’ve purposed to make someone elses day. I’ve offered to babysit for friends so that they could have a nice dinner out. I’ve sent cards to all my rad single friends. Here’s the story of a well-intentioned, sweet Valentine’s gift gone awry and saved by my mad MacGyvering skills!

A little background:

This is my friend, Tracy. She’s rad!

Jingle Jungle 5K

We go way back and have had many adventures together. One of which was running in my first ever 5K. While picking up our packets before race day, we saw these super cute sequined running skirts. Since we already had some homemade bling for the race (it is Disney after all!) we liked the skirts and wanted to see if they’d add to our running ensembles. Only they were $65! No deal.

So I figured I could make one. I’m crafty! I can figure stuff out. How hard can sewing be? I went on a (seemingly daily!) trip to the craft store and picked out these beauties for about $15.

Fabric uncut

I measured, remeasured, and did the math to make my own pattern. I then sat down staring at this terrifying beast. (Play theme to 2001 A Space Odyssey here)

sowing machine

I had a crash course in sewing machine parts, sequencing, and pitfalls and got to work. The only problem was that the fabric that I’d chosen was so porous the stitches wouldn’t hold. And the sequins just sort of gummed in the machine. I did half a dozen test strips which all ended up like this:

messed upA whole lotta nothing.

So I scrapped the sewing machine and pulled out another idea: Safety pins! I liked this because it would still make a clean hem and hide the frayed edges of the fabric. But upon second thought it was a running danger. I’d like to run faster, but not because I had a pin repeatedly poking me in the bum. Plus it actually added a significant amount of weight to the fabric. So I scrapped that idea as well.

safety pins

Next up, my tried and true, MacGyver-worthy, ever-present friend: DUCT TAPE! Tracy introduced me to the joys of MacGyver so I figured this would be a fitting tribute to her. I went to work attaching the panels in sequence.

two panels, duct tape

Then I made the a waist hem and threaded and elastic band through.

waist band

This seemed to be working! The tape was holding at least a against a decent tug and added almost no weight to the skirt. A big plus for me especially while running!

Here’s how it turned out:

skirt completed Oooooh! Shiny!

I liked it so much, I made a second with left over fabric for me!

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I am very happy with the result. I did this, after all, not to make a perfect skirt, but to show love to my friend, Tracy. Valentine’s Day is often filled with chick flicks, tissues, and bon-bons. I wanted to remind my friend that she’s loved, appreciated, and rad. I giggled my way through the whole process, picturing Tracy’s face when she received this crazy skirt and a link to this post in a package with no other explanation. I am happy to share with her (and the world) just how MacGyver saved Valentine’s Day!

Finished Skirt

Pretty spiffy, no?

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