Just for Fun -Clouds & Baby Smiles

Posted by on Jun 28, 2010 in Crafts | 0 comments

Today was a lovely day, mainly because of Judah, but the weather was so nice here in Ypsilanti. One of those days where the clouds just are picturesque.

Judah was being a really happy baby.

He loves his reindeer to chew on.
and to be without a diaper. – But Seventh Generation Diapers are the ONLY diapers to buy! Fragrance & latex free! They’re amazing.

Have a Lovely Day! – its easy, don’t try too hard <3


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Henna Octopus

Posted by on Jun 27, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I set up my henna booth at the Crossroads Music Festival here in Ypsilanti on Friday. Its a weekly music festival that is free to the public. Vendors can come and set up for $10 and do as they please. Its so wonderful to get to see what Ypsi really is all about – music, diversity, art & conversation. I got to meet so many nice people and Nathan, Judah and I plan to be there every Friday until the beginning of Fall.

Here is an octopus I did on my upper leg for fun and to get my hand muscles back into working order. It took about 45 minutes, 60 minutes including the 15 minute break I took. The design was inspired from an online photo.

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Here is the photo of the stain it made after the paste was removed. There reason why its not as dark as my henna usually comes out is because of the place on my body where I did the design.

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This photo is three days later after the henna was first applied. You can see it has gotten even darker. Henna designs get to their darkest stain 48 hours after the paste is removed.

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Just a tip : to keep your henna design longer, apply a waxy balm to protect the area daily and before you get it wet. I prefer Mama Bee Belly Balm ( that I had left over from my baby being born )


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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Idea

Posted by on Jun 20, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last night (the night before Father’s Day), I wanted to do a little something extra for Nathan since it was his first Father’s Day. I had already gotten him a few other small things he wanted like a white replacement jewel for his Fender Hot Rod Deluxe to be like the White Lightening.

So I got out some supplies and made a simply mounted photo
* 2 designs of complimentary scrapbook paper
* clear tape/mounting squares
* scissors
* recycled picture frame
* favorite photo

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and viola! Very simple, lovely gift your Father of choice can have at his desk at work, in his office or in his home.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all Dads, Moms, Grandpas, Uncles, Big Brothers, Sisters – anyone who has been a teacher or inspiration to a child!!


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New Henna Design

Posted by on Jun 16, 2010 in Crafts, Henna | 0 comments

Here are two new henna designs I have done lately.


flower henna design

flower henna design

on Shalisa’s leg

henna on shalisa's calf

<3 *Kelly*

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Teacups and Wildflowers

Posted by on Jun 16, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am totally blessed and happy with my life. Of course there are ups and downs, but there are too many wonderful things to let anything keep me sad.

Life lately has just shown me how truly grateful I need to be for the big things like my supportive husband, perfectly healthy happy baby boy, my humble house, my working legs & arms and the smaller things like the flowers I planted outside, chocolate milk, carpet and stickers.

There are few better ways to enjoy your life than to inspire others to a appreciate theirs, too.

Here are some recent pictures of the garden and life around here lately.

red poppy

This is a red poppy. I love that its such an intense color, but its less than paper-thin and fragile.


a sprig of blueberries that are coming in nicely


The strawberry plant that is roommates with the raspberry bush.

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Wildflowers from the garden. Also, this is a great holder for flower. I made it with a regular teacup. The teacup I got for Mother’s Day. (this would make such a cute gift!)


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New Watering Can and Flowers

Posted by on Jun 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today, Shalisa and I went flower picking in my garden this afternoon. It was the perfect day to use the new watering can. This is what we came away with.

watering can with flowers


poppy close up

Enjoy your day!


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Wonderful Family

Posted by on Jun 6, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today I woke up to find these three Katie Brown “cozy mugs”, as I call them. Nathan surprised me with them and this great ceramic square plate to house them. I wanted one for Mother’s Day, but when we got home, the mug we thought we got wasn’t in our bags :( .

But today he got me two others, along with mine, so I can have two friends over for tea! Wanna join me? ? :)

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Judah and Nathan

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They are the best thing I could imagine. <3 Nathan and Judah Goodman, love, drums, dad, son

*Kelly* – happy & blessed mommy

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Printable Cupcake Wrappers & Template

Posted by on Jun 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was thinking about cake decorating & cupcake decorating recently. I have a huge respect for cake decorators (professional or hobbyists). I want to decorate cakes for a hobby one day when I have more time. Until then, a quick and easy way to decorate cupcakes (essentially tiny cakes) is to use cupcake wrappers.

There are a few cupcake templates online. With these templates, you can use the template to cut out cupcake wrappers from decorative card stock or scrapbook paper or print them directly onto white card stock and use my designs.

The size is for the standard cupcake size.

Supplies :

*Cupcakes in their paper cups they were baked in
*Card stock and/or scrapbook paper
*tape or hot glue

Step 1: Print the wrappers onto card stock

Step 2: Cut out the wrappers along the outside lines.

Step 3: Attach the two ends, slightly overlapped, with tape or hot glue.
( I prefer tape just because glue around food makes me nervous)

easy peasy!


Cupcake Wrapper Flower Template

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Cupcake Wrapper Swirls Template

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Cupcake Wrapper Hearts Template

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Paper Flower Bookmark

Posted by on Jun 4, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’ve gotten a few questions on how I made the flower top for the Journal Jar. I put together this quick tutorial for the flower and made a bookmark out of it. I also created a pattern for the petals & flower so you can download and print it! You can expand on this, making it as large as you want or as small as you need.

Template for Flower

finished bookmark

Step 1: Gather Supplies

*card stock for the petals & leaves
*E6000 glue
*popsicle stick
*the petal pattern

bookmark supplies

Step 2: Cut out all the pieces from the pattern

Step 3: Start assembling. Curl and bend the pieces to make them look more realistic (or not, and make a 2D flower). Glue the tail pieces to the stick.

glueing and placing the cardstock

Step 4: Make the 4 large petals look similar to this, then as you place the middle petals, off set them to make it add the the realism.

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Step 5: Curl the center piece and glue it together with a dap of glue. Then add it to the center with glue.

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Step 6: Add the leaves. Crinkle them and put the glue on the tail piece and slide it under the flower onto the popsicle stick.

finished flower tutorial bookmark

Step 7: Enjoy your new bookmark!

finished bookmark in book from tutorial


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Cassette Photoshopping

Posted by on May 23, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It only costs $0.28 to send a postcard! I didn’t know that. In celebration of finding out that information, I decided to design a few. These are PDFs that you can print out on cardstock (that fits the specification of the postcard definition, and an index card thickness is thick enough)

Tonight I did an artsy photoshop rendering of a cassette tape on a postcard-sized canvas.
You can use it for a postcard, even a fun birthday card . Just fill out the TO & FROM on the peachy-colored parts!

Specs for a postcard:
▪ Rectangular
▪ At least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick
▪ No more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick

▪ What is high? What is long? Length is the side parallel to the address. Height is the side that is perpendicular to the length.

Click here to download the printable PDF!


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Late Night Cookie Cravings

Posted by on May 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last night I made organic Dr. Oetker cookies and since they came out so well and we had Calder’s milk, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures..



now go make some, too :-)

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Ten Minute Trellis

Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am growing lots of pea plants, and I saw the little tendrils reaching and grabbing any twig they could find. I realized these little seedlings need something to climb on, and since they are too small from a big trellis, I decided to make tiny trellises. It only took me 30 minutes to make three different trellises, take the pictures & I squeezed in some Judah play time in there, too, so these don’t take long to make.

The ten minute trellis tutorial:

Step 1: gather supplies. You can use a variety of materials to lash the trellis together. I tried three different methods: clear tape, ribbon & glue, and electrical tape.

The first one I tried was the clear tape. The concept is the same, regardless of the materials.
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Step 2: I put two of the skewers together so they made a small X at the top. I put the pointy ends down, so they go in the dirt better.
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Step 3: Here’s the idea of lashing them together. Basically an “over, under & around” method.
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Step 4: This one was made with only 3 skewers, the two on the sides & the other split into 3
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Here is the variation with the ribbon, using E6000 & spare ribbon.

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You should lash them together like step 2 & step 3 show.

You start the ribbon at the end by glueing it.

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let the glue dry. Then wrap the ribbon around the skewers, glueing as you go.

and presto!

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Here are the two other, really simple ones.

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And a picture of the Phlox, for fun!
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Little Baseball boy

Posted by on May 16, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Simple is sometimes better. ..

Yesterday was the Relay for Life in Southgate, MI. My sister works for the American Cancer Society and I always go out to her events that she plans. This year there was a trick-or-treat lap for kids to walk around and get candy. I found out about it two days ago, so I didn’t have much time to plan.

Judah hasn’t had a Halloween yet, because he’s only 3 1/2 months old, so he didn’t have a costume. His great-aunt had bought us a little baseball outfit for him, so we went with that. I was going to make him a plush baseball to carry, but Nathan suggested a little ping pong ball. It was perfectly to his scale. So I just washed off the ball, drew lines of a baseball on it with a paint marker, and there he had a little baseball!

here it is:

and here Judah is holding the baseball, with me and the whole outfit outside our house:

He got so many compliments yesterday, I’m so glad he could bring joy.

I’m writing this to say that even some of the simplest crafts make something so much better. ;D ;D


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Ernie Harwell Patches

Posted by on May 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This week I did these commissioned patches for the American Cancer Society. They are in honor of Ernie Harwell, a man I didn’t know much about until this week, even though he was a very popular gentleman here in Michigan. “He was known for his long career calling play-by-play of Major League Baseball games. For 55 years, 42 of them with the Detroit Tigers, Harwell called the action on radio and/or television. In January 2009, the American Sportscasters Association ranked Harwell 16th on its list of Top 50 Sportscasters of All Time.” He recently passed away due to bile duct cancer at 92 years old.

To raise money for the American Cancer Society, I was asked to design & do these iron-ons.



“I think I owe thanks to the people who have listened to me over the years, who tuned in on the radio. They have given me a warmth and loyalty that I’ve never been able to repay. The way they have reached out to me has certainly been the highlight of my life.”- E. Harwell


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Simple Brooch & Medallion

Posted by on May 8, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I have lots of small bits around the craft space, and to utilize some that are under the category of “I’m going to need that some day..”, I made a simple brooch & medallion.

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For the brooch

Step 1: gather supplies – pin backing, needle-nose pliers, scissors, E6000 glue, markers, miscellaneous bits of old jewelry, broken parts & mismatched earrings.

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Step 2: DECONSTRUCT ! (needle-nose pliers used here)

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Step 3: ReCONSTRUCT! (here’s where your imagination & glue come in)

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For the medallion

All the steps are the same, but I used fabric that I drew a simple design on for the back of the medallion. That way light can shine through it .

Draw a picture
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Embellish & add backing

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Facebook Page !

Posted by on May 8, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Panties And Patches

Promote Your Page Too

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Inspiration Jar

Posted by on May 7, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Since becoming a mom, and this year being my first Mother’s Day to celebrate, its become a different holiday to me. I realized that certainly takes a lot to be a parent, and I havn’t even been at it for 4 months yet. I also realized that it been the best experience. I have always been grateful for my parents, but I am especially grateful in a new way.

So this year I wanted to give my mom something I really thought was special. I saw the tutorial from Dana’s Amazing blog, MADE. I read her blog daily. Its an inspirational jumping-off point for journal writing. You pull out a prompt, and write about whatever comes to your mind.

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*I found the jar for $1.00 at the Salvation Army

*I made the flower on top with scraps of card stock and E6000, which is the best glue!

*The scraps inside are a mix of suggestions from the tutorial and ideas I had.

*The notebook was $2.00

Total project cost varies : about $3 – $10 (if you don’t have any of the supplies)

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I’m excited to see what she comes up with.

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Our 2010 Garden!

Posted by on May 6, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is such an exciting time of the year for us! Gardening Season!

Here is the layout this year, more to come with updates as they get more and more pretty.

planter box with mosses & other lovelies

strawberry planter with wildflowers growing

blueberry bush, its first year

a raised bed of many, many wildflowers

raspberry bush, 3 years strong !

the small bush with white flowers that still remains nameless

the hoop house contents, so far


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Published !

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My drawing “Day9″ that I did on my 9th day of bedrest was PUBLISHED!!

If you can, get your hands on this year’s copy of Cellar Roots 39th Edition . My drawing is full color, full page . I was so excited to hear that it was selected. Last night, we went to the celebration dinner they had for those who were selected and Judah was the star of the show with everyone talking to him, even the hosts were making Judah apart of their speeches.



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Eye of the Tiger- Eyelet Tutorial

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I put off doing some crafts because I was scared of doing eyelets ! WELL NO MORE!! I have finally did it and I have been successfully doing eyelets since 2008 ;-) and now YOU can do the same :

*enter some very amped music*
ITS THE! EYE OF THE TIGER, it’s the cream of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watchin’ us all in the eye of the tiger

Eyelet Tutorial

Materials :
Eyelet Kit
Fabric to be eyelet-ed


Step 1 : get an eyelet kit from the craft store (aka: mother ship) Make sure to get NOT the refill kit with just the eyelets. You want the one with the hammer accessories.


Step 2: Mark where you want your eyelet to go. Preferably inset enough from the seams that you wont risk ripping or tearing when pressure is added to the eyelet.


Step 3: fold the fabric area in half, then half again, to make that pointy triangle right where your mark is


Step 4: VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT cut too big of a hole. Just Baaaaarely snip it. (remember, you can always subtract fabric) make a teeny tiny hole (trust me, it comes out bigger when you unfold it, plus you don’t want the hole to be too big so the eyelet can actually attach to the fabric)


Step 5: unfold. seeee? that’s a pretty big hole for a teeny tiny sniplet =)


There are two parts to the eyelet: let’s call them male & female ;-) (the male is the protruding one)


Step 6: Place the eyelet


Step 7: This is the order to assemble the eyelet sandwich -if you will- from TOP to BOTTOM
Hammer on top of the “hammer accessory”
the female eyelet on top of the fabric on top of the male eyelet
the that all sits on the holder on top of the table

Step 8: Hold the “hammer accessory” on the now-made eyelet sandwich and HAMMER HAMMER HAMMER (watch out for the fingers!)




Fear those eyelets no more!


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Judah’s Nursery

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Helloo I’m so excited to show you Judah’s nursery I recently finished decorating (for now) hehe =D

He is 12 weeks old now.

Judah ( a little slumped over because it was right before his nap ) enjoying his bachelor pad. I painted the mural that’s behind him, the painting of the beluga whale on the right and made the curtains, too

I made this banner by cutting out shapes out of cardstock then sewing them together. I used a fairly long stitch and loosened the tension. I fed one through, stitched it, kept the machine stitching for a few moments, then fed the next one through. Super easy & FUN

This is his name made out of the same cardstock . I stitched the two color layers over top of each other instead of gluing them for a more fun effect.

Some of his toys and books. We asked people to give him books with a special message written inside in leu of cards because cards get thrown away and are almost as expensive as kids books anyways.

His wooden colored rings set & his piggy bank grandma gave him


JUDAH!! ;D ;D ;D ;D

comments welcome!


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Jingle Balls

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hello ;D

Judah is 3 months old and growing faster than I could have ever imagined. We have lots of outgrown clothes so I made him a big stuffed jingling ball to play with out of some recycled clothes he’s grown out of.

enjoy :D

comments & crit welcome


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Pumpkin Post (out of Season)

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I made these lanterns for a great, very low budget Halloween decoration. I love Halloween, so I made these for the parties I am throwing this year.

I included this tutorial I made, so everyone can enjoy these :)

First the materials you will need are large paper lanterns like these:

Wide, satin, wire ribbon:


Green floral wire

Paints, Markers, paint brushes

So first, I made pumpkins and skulls

For the pumpkins, I painted the lanterns orange with two coats of thinned acrylic paint

While they dried, I drew on the faces for the skulls. I wanted to make them pirate skulls. I took blue card stock construction paper and measured a few inches on either side of the skulls for their hats.

I drew out two hat designs, one for each pirate

I painted the card stock black for the pirate hats because I didn’t have black paper. Then I painted a Jolly Roger on one, with googly eyes

I fitted the hat on the skull and attached them to the side with wire, using the wire supports inside the lantern to attach the wire to.

The orange ones were dried, so I drew and painted faces on them

Then I took about 5″ of the green ribbon and twisted it around to look like a stem for the pumpkins

I wrapped one end of the twisted ribbon around the lantern support on the top

Next, I cut 4-5 leaves for each pumpkin. I cut out a basic leaf shape

I cut about 4″ of wire. I stuck one end at the bottom of the leaf then twisted it around. I added 3-4 more leaves to the wire, wrapping them as I went

I wrapped the wire w/the leaves around the same place the stem was.

This is the final product!! Enjoy! Comments & crit welcome


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Hoop House

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hello :)

This is my first spring in my new house and we have done some serious construction. We are almost done *tons of pictures to come on that*

but here is my hoop house and raised bed that I made for my garden. I will cover the bottom of the raised bed’s floor with ** moist newspaper to prevent weeds and I will close off the ends of the house with the same netting. I made it so one side stays put permently and the other side draws up like a Roman Shade.

enjoy! comments and crit welcome

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hi Everyone

My fiance and I are remodeling our foreclosure house and we finally got all drywall done and painted.. AND central HEAT =) **in these michigan winters, heat is sometimes important**

anyways, here is the mural I did in my craft room.. enjoy <3

Comment and Crit welcome


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