Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Days of 31 Minutes: Day 31 - A Chapter Completed

Today is the last day of my posts all about 31 Days of 31 Minutes! It has been a fun month and I did manage to post every day for a month. I've learned a lot about myself, my time, and what I value over the last month. I may not get to sew every single day and some days (like today) it's hard to get much extra done, but for the most part, I can find a small snippet of time each day to do something that energizes me and helps me to cultivate some of my own interests.

Looking back over the last month, I can tell that right now, I am rediscovering fashion and shopping - in the form of thrifting and Pinterest. I think I'll be linking up to What I Wore Wednesday for the first time this week. I also love to bake, run, sew, and spend time with my family - not necessarily in that order. :)

I actually did like blogging (much) more often than I had been. I know I won't be blogging every day in November and December, but perhaps once or twice a week I'll pop in. I appreciate everyone who read along during this month and I found some great new blogs through this series as well.

Have a great evening and Happy November!!

31 Days of 31 Minutes: Day 30 - A Project Finished

Today I spent a whole lot more than 31 minutes finishing up a custom order of quilted placemats and coasters. It was a good feeling to get it all done...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

31 Days of 31 Minutes: Day 29 - A Beautiful Run

I am so grateful my husband is so supportive of me running (jogging). He and our daughter accompanied me to a lovely nature preserve where they walked and I got a beautiful run in. The colors in the trees were so pretty; the leaves were nice. It also was wonderful to know they were with me and I wasn't all by myself on the run.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 28: Garage Sale

We had such a good time at one last garage sale. It was a sunny and cold morning, but beautiful. A couple of retired teachers had all kinds of books, big books, games, trains, and tons more. We got all kind of goodies including the flat screen Lite Brite pictured above. Our grand total was $19!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 27: An Idea

We are almost at the end of this 31 days journey! I haven't been perfect about posting every day right on time, but I have managed to keep up with a post for each day!

I had an idea today, and I would love to hear if there is any interest. I love handmade items and buying and making handmade items for Christmas. I'd like to host a (free) handmade gift guide here at my blog.

Here's what I'm thinking:
Starting the week of November 6, I will do a handmade gift guide post twice a week where I will feature a certain shop or shops. I will continue this through the first week of December. Depending on the number of shops that are interested, I might need to feature more than one shop each day. No giveaway or coupon code from your shop required, but if you want to do either, that would be great. I am hoping to do one giveaway at the end of the 4 weeks - not sure what yet, but perhaps a gift certificate to our shop.

So, if you are interested, send me an email at cjscraftcorner {at} gmail {dot} com with the subject Handmade Gift Guide. Include the name of you and your shop and a link to it; a brief description of the kinds of things you make; and whether you'd like to do a giveaway and a coupon code if your shop is featured.

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from some great handmade shops soon!

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 26: More Thrifting

Despite a yucky migraine, which thankfully improved throughout the day yesterday, I was so excited to be able to do a bit more thrifting at Goodwill!

I have really enjoyed the series on thrifting here at Biblical Homemaking. Yesterday, she posted about some great clothing finds. I was excited to find some pretty good clothes yesterday as well. I love being able to go to Goodwill and purchase brands of clothing that are normally out of my price range. I don't have photos of all of my finds, but here's what I found:

  • A pair of black pants from The Limited - Drew Fit for $4
  • A pretty red jersey Apt. 9 dress for $5
  • A fabulous pair of red patent Rampage t-strap heels for $4
  • The super adorable Puma sneakers shown above for $4
I can't find prices on these items for sure, but I know the pants retail for $60-$70 and the Puma shoes appear to be in the same price range. I cannot get over the adorable shoes I find at Goodwill that have virtually no wear on them...even the original stickers are on them sometimes!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 25: Birthday and a Freebie

Today was my mother in law's birthday. My 31 minutes today was spent with my daughter making a super simple box spice cake with buttercream frosting. My daughter gets so excited about celebrating birthdays. She is such a little party planner - she wants hats and plates and cute.

Also, here is a little Jars of Clay music freebie for you if you like Christian music. Enjoy!

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 24: Recipes

Today's posts will be short and sweet. :) We are trying to choose food for the birthday party in little over a week.

A couple of ideas we have right now:
Can you tell I like sweet things? I guess we need some more ideas...leave me a comment with your favorite simple party foods!

Monday, October 24, 2011

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 23: Family

It was a beautiful day on Sunday. We got to spend some time outdoors at the arboretum nearby taking some family pictures. I don't normally post pictures of my family on here so I'll just share some of these pretty berries. :) Hope you are enjoying some lovely fall weather where you are.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 22: Finished

Lack of posting yesterday = something finished! Worked all day yesterday, then decided I was going to finish this dress for family pictures today. :) Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Friday, October 21, 2011

31 Days of 31 Minutes - Day 21: Party Planning

Happy Friday! I thought today I'd share a few of the ideas I'm hoping to use for my daughter's 4th birthday party in a couple of weeks. We bought some cute paper products from the Dollar Tree with cupcakes on them, so I was going to do a cupcake theme. Since I am a children's librarian, I got to thinking about books and decided to make the theme If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. Basically, this just lets me look for cat and cupcake ideas. :)

I found some cute cupcake ideas and have been keeping track of them on my Pinterest board. I especially love this build your own cupcake printable freebie and the cute C is for cupcake ideas here. I found some plain white cardstock cats at Pat Catan's for $1 per pack of 4. I think we'll decorate those - not sure how, any suggestions? We could do paint, dot markers, tissue paper collage, crayons...I also think we will make some of the build your own cupcakes using the printables. We may laminate these and make them into placemats.

Other than that, I think we'll have a few simple games like hot potato except with a kitchen utensil of some sort and I bought some large colorful cupcakes to use to play memory. We may also "feed" a cat some cupcakes and I got this Melissa and Doug cupcake set to play with.

The menu will be simple - snacks and cake, plus drinks. I have a few ideas here, but if anyone has any simple snack foods that little kids would like, let me know.

I have a few more things to share, but will sign off for now. Hope you have a great weekend!

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