All Craft and Shoulder Totes in the Shoppe are 15% OFF for FOUR days only! If you purchase a matching Craft & Shoulder Tote set you will receive an additional 5% or 20% OFF your TOTAL purchase (additional 5% refunded after checkout)!I LOVE the first days of Back to School!!
I have to admit I just love the first days of back to school! I still remember the smell of unused school supplies, newly polished saddle shoes and seeing my friends after a long summer break. This school year saw us sending our son to college and our daughter to her last year of Elementary School. Two big milestones in our family. There have been crazy twists and turns lately, I'm not gonna lie, but we are all still hanging on for the roller coaster ride!
Dylan will be playing soccer for University of Redlands (2nd Row 3rd from Left) as a goalkeeper. He most likely won't be seeing much time in the net this year, but he made the traveling team already so he is backup to their senior which is great news for a Freshman.
Gotta love the I'm so tough look! (Top Row 3rd from Right)
Miss Kate couldn't be more excited about going back to school. This girl loves school. She is growing by the minute and taking every challenge in stride. I know dealing with her scoliosis brace is still hard for her both emotionally and physically but she is beyond a trooper about it. Check out those tennis shoes too! She is a size 9 (same as me) at 11 years old. I think she's going to be TALL!
She will always love her Dad and I'm embracing the days that we can still hold her hand walking into school. I know that soon we will get the drop me off at the corner please speech.
You have to love a classroom just waiting for 22 kids. No projects hanging from the ceilings, no backpacks all over the floor. All that learning just bursting to happen!
I suppose it's no secret that I love to collect dolls. As a child, I played with dolls a lot. They were often replacement siblings since I was an only child. I loved the pretty ones ~ pretty dresses, pretty hair, pretty eyes. I tend to roam more towards the old and used these days but there is always a sparkle in their eyes. When I signed up to take an online soldered house class taught by Jane Blanco (you will see if you check out her Blog that she and I could be doll loving soul sisters) and Kecia Deveney, I knew my house would end up being a fabulous dollhouse with images of dollies, their homes and lovely flowers. Did I mention I love flowers too?
As is typical with me when creating my own art, this project was a work in progress way beyond the houses of other students. I've said it before that I am definitely the turtle. There were pictures to be found (I printed all the pictures off that heavenly site Pinterest), collaging to be done, bling to be collected and some mad soldering skills to hone.
I love how this cutie peeks out from the millenary and lace. . .
These old german dollhouses are priceless. Can you imagine?
I do hope that my daughter embraces my dollie world someday. I am pleased with how it turned out and don't even notice my soldering blunders anymore. It makes me smile and isn't that what art is all about?
We are getting ready for a scorcher here in Southern California this weekend! Our plans to go to Disneyland for a belated birthday celebration for Miss Kate with her girlfriends have been put on hold and replaced with a movie, bowling and dinner. Thankfully our sweet girl was flexible cause this mama don't do well in blistering heat! However, I am in love with some HOT craft and shoulder totes that are finally back in the shop so I thought I would share some pics of the latest lovelies. Click on the links below each picture to purchase. . .
This last weekend, I attended a wonderful class at Jenny Doh's Studio taught by the fabulously talented Holly Abston. Holly led us through a lovely day of creating beautiful lace ships inspired by her mad love for pirate ships.
Our Sweet Class Armada
We spent the day twisting wire, stichting lace, painting and laughing. Holly is a natural teacher and was able to keep us all on track while sharing funny stories and anecdotes. Oddly enough, I pretty much finished my ship by the end of class (and added a few goodies when I got home). As we created, I had other shapes and configurations swimming in my mind (sorry for the pun) ~ aren't those the best classes though? I love learning a technique that I can make my own in the future.
Towards the end of the class, as the clock seemed to be ticking faster, some of the conversation turned to comments from gals that weren't finished and still had some more playing to do. This is typically me ~ going into panic mode to keep up. I am a SLOW crafter and almost never finish a class by the end. The same topic came up the next day at a crafting get together when I was taking forever working on a project.
My Final Pretty
It did get me thinking though about crafting styles and how mine is probably similar to my personality. I tend to be a process oriented rather than get to the finish line gal. I've heard some say that those of us who lean this way, are "overthinking" our art. For me though, I want to enjoy every moment of it. Savoring each cut piece of paper and each lovely trim. True, I may not get everything finished but that's fine by me as long as I love the ride. . .
The last few weeks have been a flurry of activities for Dylan and his classmates. Proms, senior lunches, and award ceremonies, all celebrating their high school graduation and excitment about moving onto this new phase of their lives. There have been so many proud moments and many, many tears during this emotional time. I've watched Dylan and his friends hold on through this journey knowing that life will change in so many wonderful ways but with a bittersweet tinge as well.
It's hard to believe that this sweet little boy is now a young man. It feels a bit like aging ~ at 18 you can't imagine what it feels like to be 30, and at 30 you can't imagine what it feels like to be 50. When you hold your baby in your arms for the first time, you know he will grow up but it is hard to imagine. Moms remind you to savor every second but it just feels incomprehensible in the moment.
So many amazing moments that make up a wonderful lifetime with a boy that has brought so much joy to our lives. Laughter, silliness, and constant entertainment as we've watched him grow with pride and full hearts. He will always be. . .
An amazing brother who cherishes his little sister despite their age difference, her nagging and obsession with his long forgotten Lego collection. . .
a dedicated and hard working athlete who since the age of five has clocked more hours on the soccer fields that I can even begin to count. .
and most importantly, an incredible son who makes me never regret being lucky enough to become a stay at home Mom when he was 18 months old and dedicate all my time to my most important job ~ raising him to become this young man that I am wildly proud of. . .
Watch out University of Redlands Bulldogs cause here he comes! Of course, you will find us on the sidelines cheering him on ~ we will always be his biggest fans!