Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

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The hardest year I have yet to experience.

February 24, 2013

Hello readers.

I have been without my father for 5 months today. He was the rock of our family. I know we will make it and survive without him, and that we are better because he was our father, husband, uncle, friend. I gave the eulogy at my father’s funeral. I am not going to share it because it is personal to those who knew him, but I often think about all the lessons he taught me whether it was how to fix a toilet, how to do my taxes, or how to treat other people. His lessons, talents, and love are all around me in my everyday actions. I know those of you who have lost a father, or close friend or family member, probably understand these feelings and thoughts.

The past year has been one of the hardest I have yet to experience. I was honored to help take care of my dad during his fight with cancer and miss him everyday. Some days are much harder than others. I talk to him a lot. I think of my dad as my angel who takes care of me from up above. I imagine him with my sister’s dog who passed away last year and with his parents and others we love who have passed away.

The past year has been one of the hardest some those around me have yet to experience. Within the past year, at least 5 co-workers have been somehow touched or affected by cancer or something terminal. Within the past year, at least 4 former co-workers have lost a parent. I am not sure how many more were affected by something similar, but I’m sure more, but life is real and sometimes I think reflecting on those feelings, experiences, and emotions are what bring us together as a community.

The past year has been one of the hardest for those I don’t even know have yet to experience. I know this blog is very happy and upbeat, but life is real and sometimes I think reflecting on those feelings, experiences, and emotions are what bring us together as a community.

Thanks to everyone who checks in, distracts, or carries on with life. You are inspiring, helpful, and my rock.

Happy memories,
Amanda

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Craft Inspiration Board

February 2, 2012

Hey followers!

Some lovely ladies I work with are hoping to start selling some crafts at local shows and they asked me to join!  This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but now that the opportunity has shown itself, I can’t figure out what I want to mass produce and sell.  I decided to create a little inspiration board from my favorite pinterest pins and I couldn’t even fit all the fun things I want to make (or mass produce) onto a single board.  (Which means watch for another posting later with more inspiring pins!)

Here are my ideas so far:

1. Apron – anthropologie.com (top left), 2. Bib from recycled t-shirts – UCreate (middle top), 3. Red apron from Burda (top right), 4. Tie Necklace – MaybeMatilda (middle), 5. T shirt Scarves – I Still Love You (bottom right), 6. Canvas with wooden letters painted white – NotOnTheHighStreet.com (bottom left)

I know these are sort of all over the board, but some require more time, some require more supplies, effort, etc.  I would really love to add some ideas involving felt in here, or the flowers from my wedding (which I’ll blog about ASAP).

If you were going to sell a craft at a show, what would it be?  I’d love to hear what you would do!

Happy Crafting,

Amanda

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Craft Room: Inspiration

July 25, 2011

I have recently moved into a home and am able to create a small craft space in conjunction with a small bedroom.  I have very little space to work with because it is a small room and must function as a guest room as well (a daybed).

I decided to put together an inspiration board and as much as I’d love to cut images out of magazines and glue them to a board and draw and touch and manipulate, it’s just not realistic.  I have decided to create a blog post with all my inspiration and I’ll show you my finished product whenever that is.

Before I show you my inspiration, let me tell you a little more about my room.

I have a 4.5 foot wide closet that I just installed Rubbermaid shelving in (by the way, I love it!! I put it in every closet).  I put curtains on the opening instead of the bifold doors to save some space and allow some storage at the end of the day bed.  I have a desk next to the closet and it fills the space all the way to the corner.  On the next wall I have one of those fantastic 8 cube bookshelves from IKEA.  There’s a door and then the other walls are covered by a night stand and the daybed.  So I clearly have minimal space to work with, so let’s see what inspires me.

Inspiration for Bookshelf:

 This is just like my bookshelf, and I even have some of those baskets.

This could work if I want to organize other stuff. I like that it’s not all the same.

Small Storage / Organization

Oh. Em. Gee.  Isn’t this fantastic?  Why didn’t I think of it myself?

I think the website I saw this on said it was an old cake stand.. but it could be anything! Love it for a small space!

I’m not sure I’m in love with this.  I’d have to hang a shelf and make space for it… but it could inspire me.

Inspiration Boards
 I love how big this one is, but do I have space for it?

I like the rick rack with clothes pins.  🙂

Broader Inspiration for my room:

This room is cute with the dowel to hold ribbons or other projects or buckets.  I wish I had space for the ironing board like she does!  how great would it be to not have to pick up my iron all the time?

I really think there is a good chance I will end up with at least a small portion with the board like garage storage.  It’s probably good for my tools or adding to storage.  What do you think?

What inspires you?  What are your ideas?  What would you do if you had your dream room? (Even if it’s not a craft room!)

I hope you found some inspiration here… I may post again with more inspiration before I actually complete my room, but we never know!

Happy Stitching, Crafting, and Baking!
-Amanda

ps. A lot of these images came from: http://thenestuk.blogspot.com/2009/09/craft-room-inspiration.html and some came from HGTV “Rate my Room”  🙂