Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How does the Poop Emoji and Christmas go together?


This blog starts off like a bad joke: How does the poop emoji and Christmas go together?  The punch line: they were my Christmas gifts this year!
Each year, a couple of my girlfriends and I make handmade gifts for each other.  This was my gift for them this year!!!  Who doesn't think the poop emoji is fun and use it often when texting!!!???  Come on, not just me, right??!!!
I found a pattern on Etsy to cross stitch these for the girls.  

Keeping the cross stitch simple I chose a white Aida fabric with sparkles...cause sometimes poop needs some sparkle!  



My idea was to use the inexpensive frames from Ikea that stand by themselves.  My thought was the girls could put these in their bathrooms/powder rooms.  

I cross stitched and cross stitched, and when I went to put the fabric in the frame, I didn't like the fit.  I did one, ended up moving some lettering on the piece, but decided to go bigger on the frames.


I picked these frames up from Ikea too.  Sorry for the bad photo: and I was trying out the frames so I still needed to iron the pieces.  I liked this frame best because it was all fancy.  My husband said it was to fancy for a poop emoji: I told him that's what makes it so funny! I often think he doesn't get me.......


These were some of the ones I finished.  I have one more to get done: my boys want one in their bathroom.  

I had a lot of fun cross stitching these.  I got some weird looks when I cross stitched in public.  LOL
I am already planning next year's gifts!!!
Michelle




Monday, January 11, 2016

Washi Tape and Using Stamps on Wrapping Paper

Many of  us crafters have stashes of washi tape.  We collect it, hoard it, organize it, but are sometimes stuck on how the heck do we use it?
I have been using it to wrap gifts for three years now.  I love the little extra it gives to a gift rather than using just normal tape.  Sure you can see it, THAT's the point!  I coordinate my washi to the wrapping paper.  I come up with weird combinations.  My favorite is to use washi with plain kraft wrapping paper and stamp images on the paper.  Then I let my washi go wild!!!  I pick out the craziest washi I can find and tape it UP!!!!!



I use think washi or thick washi.



My next trick that I do: I use name stamps for my kids gifts.  Often name tags get knocked off in our house, then I am left with the question: Who is this gift supposed to be for??!!!  I fixed that problem by using my name stamps for the boys.  I'm not sure where I found these stamps: I THINK I got them at crafting shows, and just happen upon all of my boys names over the years: even JESSE with just an E, because Jessie....is a girl.  JESSE is the boy version! I was thrilled to find it spelled right for him! As a rule on Christmas, I don't use boxes, no boxes for clothes or weird items, I wrap them the best I can.  Kids could care less about the shape.  It is a pain after the kids open to collect all the boxes and break them down and store them.  I gave all that up.  NO BOXES unless it is already in a box!  I will use gift bags, but no boxes!  I fold a shirt or hoodie really well and tight, and wrap it up. I've never had an issue.  Clean up from all the kids is a lot easier now and I don't feel like we are wasting boxes.



My favorite wrapping paper this year for Christmas was the Brother and Sister Design Studio brand from Hobby Lobby.  It was a nice weight, heavy, cut nicely and didn't rip!  I stocked up for next year!


I even got to use my Merry Christmas washi tape this year.  


This was my wrapping tools as I wrapped Christmas presents this year.







Hope you liked these ideas for your wrapping projects.  Birthdays are a great way to use that crazy print washi that you wonder why did you buy it!!! So get that washi out and use it!!!!
 Do you like to wrap gifts?  How wrapping savvy are you?  Everything perfect with bows?  Or do you wrap like a 5 year old?  (which I can TOTALLY respect!!! :) )
Leave me a comment and let me know.
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy!!!



Introducing our new puppy!!!  With the holidays and my son's  basketball season, I have had such little time to post here lately, so this post is a little late.  We got Otis, yes, we named him Otis, in October.  He is a tri colored Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  This was the photo I got from the breeder, we used the same breeder , Susan, that we got Levi from since he is such a wonderful dog!  I can truly appreciate how hard it is to capture a wiggling puppy on film!!!  This was our first look at Otis.  We fell in love!  I love the tri colors.  And Otis is beautiful!


After a trip from Charleston, SC to Charlotte, NC, Otis was able to come to his forever home.  We were able to work it out that Susan happen to be going up north on a trip, passing through Charlotte, so she was able to meet us for us to get Otis.  He got to our house and we fed him and got him water and let him meet everyone, two and four legged.




Sorry for the fuzzy picture, he was Otis meeting his big brother Levi for the first time.  Levi is pretty relaxed around animals, the cat doesn't bother him, she can actually be an amusing playmate at times.  Levi LOVED our golden retriever, Leia.  He loved to play with her in the fence for hours, wrestling and chasing each other.  Leia was never aggressive or rough even though Levi was less than half her size.  Unfortunately, Leia passed away, and Levi was missing her.  We hoped he would find a pal in his new brother Otis.  


Levi is crated at night, for his safety since we tried having him sleep with us.  He gets so comfy, he fell out of the bed twice to the hardwood floor.  He was screaming, I was screaming, my husband was confused, co-sleeping just doesn't work.  So at night, Levi is kenneled.  It is the only time the door is shut on his "bed".  He often walks in there and will lie down with the door open.  It's his safe place.  We knew with a puppy, he would have to be kenneled at night for potty training, and wanted him to be close to Levi for comfort.  We put the crates side by side.  It has worked from day one, perfectly.  They sleep side by side, often Levi will stick his nose through his cage to comfort Otis especially  on those first new nights.  They eat together, Otis in his cage (since Levi seems to enjoy puppy food) and Levi on the outside with his bowl right beside the cage.  This has kept any fights from occurring.  Each dog has their own food, in their own space. 

A cavalier's nose will end up all black as they grow.  It is so cute to see Otis's little pink spots left on his nose.  (those spots are getting smaller and smaller now)

Sometimes Otis's bed is used for puppy time out.  When Otis has gotten so wound up and being a little naughty, he gets puppy time out for a bit. Often he is just tired and needs a nap.  He didn't used to nap outside his bed, to many things happening.  A puppy time out gave him a chance to get that puppy nap.  Of course, it isn't always as effect way of separating Otis and Levi when Levi goes in his bed to lay down beside him.  LOL

Levi has always gone to the office with us, Otis goes every day as well.  We have a kennel for him in the office to keep him safe if we need it.  We also have a back gate at the office so neither dog can run outside without being on a leash!!! We use the kennel less and less during the day now.  He is normally on free range in the office area playing and snuggling with Levi.  They often nap together.  


Otis has taught Levi how to play.  Before we got Otis, we had a ton of dog toys that never got played with.  Levi would grab one or two, here and there, but never that often.  Otis immediately finds the toys.  At the office we have a small basket, at the house, we have a BIG (and growing larger) basket of toys.  Otis plays with the every day!  Toys ALL over my floors!!!! 


Otis has found the Yoda bed, Levi's favorite place at the office.  Levi shares, but I strongly suspect he isn't all that happy about it!








I'm pretty sure Otis is a lap dog.  Levi is on the big side of breed standard, he doesn't normally side ON our laps, beside us is his spot of choice.  Otis will walk over you, sit on you, lay on you. On your lap, your butt, your shoulder, your legs, as long as he can touch you!!! His favorite place to chew on his toy is on Clint's legs with the lazy boy stretched out.  He is safe from Levi stealing his toy and of course, laying on someone.  
Otis has been a real joy. He has made Levi more playful.  He definitely keeps you on your toes.  But always joyful and full of energy!  More puppy updates to come!  
Michelle









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