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Feature Friday: CherishedHeartShoppe

4 Nov

Feature Friday Presents….

CherishedHeartShoppe

I am a wife of two years, musician, piano instructor, and artist. My designs come from necessity – I can never find what I’m looking for when I’m looking for it. I heard of etsy from a friend, and decided to post some of my creations so others can find what they’re looking for when they’re looking for it.

Definition of Love . Framed Art . HandStamped . Card Art . Alcohol Art .        Thank you Card . Hand Stamped . Black and White . Floral .

Definition of Love . Frame…          Thank you Card . Hand Stam…

CherishedHea…                               CherishedHea…

$15.00 USD                                     $3.75 USD

 OOAK Bead Cuff Bracelet . Lilac Purple Bead Bracelet       Handmade Birthday Card

OOAK Bead Cuff Bracelet . …        Handmade Birthday Card

CherishedHea…                               CherishedHea…

$20.00 USD                                     $4.75 USD

Note Card, Restful Garden - Alcohol Ink, 3x5, A1        Dangle Heart Earrings . Matching bracelet available

Note Card, Restful Garden …        Dangle Heart Earrings . Ma…

CherishedHea…                               CherishedHea…

$4.75 USD                                        $15.00 USD

Heart Bracelet, Pink, Purple, Aqua Beads (matching earrings available)        Baby Boy . Congrats Baby Card . Baby Shower Invite . Baby Shower Invitations . Baby Announcement

Heart Bracelet, Pink, Purp…         Baby Boy . Congrats Baby C…

CherishedHea…                               CherishedHea…

$18.00 USD                                     $4.75 USD

What got you interested in crafting?

I was homeschooled all the way through from first grade and had a lot of free time on my hands. My mom is creative, so she definitely encouraged me to try different mediums. I even took art lessons until sixth or seventh grade, and climbed all the way up to oil painting. I’ve focused on jewelry and cards, though, since middle school. I love wearing jewelry, and it was cheaper to make my own AND it fit me perfectly. (You see, my wrist is only 5” around. What most people buy as a bracelet, I can use as an anklet.) And I love to send encouraging notes to friends and loved ones.

What has been your favorite project to make and why?

I never have a favorite until it is finished. Oftentimes, I don’t like what I’ve anticipated, and really love what I thought wouldn’t work out.

What’s the secret behind your etsy name?

My husband Cherishes me. I love that word. And I love hearts; my  engagement ring is a heart. I wanted Cherished Heart Designs, but that didn’t fit into my shop name on etsy. The “s” on Designs made it too long. Cherished Heart Design? I don’t think so. I didn’t like “shop” – the spelling looks unromantic. My husband came up with the fancy spelling. And it fit! So, I have Cherished Heart Shoppe.

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?

I think I would keep it the same name. It would be very warm and calming. The interior would be designed in a romantic vintage style. Oh, and there would be homemade snacks.

What is the most challenging thing you have made?

My Beaded Cuff Bracelets were the hardest to make. Wrapping the wires around tiny beads, trying to tie the wires in a knot at the beginning and end of the bracelet had my fingertips nearly bleeding.

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?

I would love to be a stay-at-home wife within a year, creating and selling my designs from home. I have a deep longing to make all of my husband’s and my food from scratch (like even milling my own flour) so we’re eating all the available nutrients rather than preservatives and “enrichments” (chemical nutrients).

What inspires you to be crafty?

1) Necessity – not having enough in the budget for the many baby gifts, birthday gifts, and Christmas presents, and

2) Finding just the right materials, like beads or a certain color ribbon or a cute stamp. If it screams “use me!” then it inspires me.

What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

For better or for worse – I am a perfectionist. That’s bad for me, because I’ll drive myself nuts trying to make something “perfect.” That’s wonderful for my customer, because their item won’t be “imperfect.”

If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

A few more sales! Actually, I would also love input from guests that stop by, like if they would rather have card sets than individual cards, how they like my jewelry designs, what were they hoping to find at my shoppe, etc.

What fictitious character are you most like?

I am just like Anne of Green Gables – in every way. My two favorite quotes:
1) If you’re going to call me Anne, just be sure you spell it with an ‘e.’ What difference does it make how it is spelled? It makes a lot of difference! Print out A-N-N and it looks absolutely dreadful, but Anne with an ‘e’ is quite distinguished.”
2) “If you only knew the things I wanted to say and don’t…you’d at least give me some credit.”

If you haven’t checked out her store already go here: CherishedHeartShoppe

If you have some extra time – be sure to leave us a comment here letting Emily know what you love from her shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Crafts: What are you doing!!?

18 Oct

What the heck have I been doing? This..

 

My first but not my last Taggie 😀

Custom order loop scarf – looks to big on me because it is 😉 Made it for a normal height person 😛 Don’t make fun of me!!

Frames Frames Frames Frames

Painting a ton of frames for the craft show

That is a pile of 22 burp cloths

So far I’ve finished three for an order 😛

24 more burp cloths, 4 taggies, 10 more frames to go….

So if you think I’m slacking and I’m falling behind – I am .. but I’m not!! I’ve been working super hard lately making sure that I’ll have everything ready for the craft fair. I also finished a tan twisted loop scarf but I’m not selling that one. Made it for my mom 😀 I’ll try to remember to take a picture of that one for you because it’s by far my favorite after the teal one!!

I’ve got two more stripes to go on the purple scarf shown above and then I’ll be sending that out. So excited because it’s the first crocheted item that I’ll have sold on etsy and I have a feeling it won’t be near my last. The yarn I use is wayyyy to soft and silky to pass by. It’s hard to sell something like these on etsy because people want to put it on and feel it but I can guarantee once you put it around your neck – you won’t want to take it off. I had to pull the teal one off my mom and promise her three in order to get it back 😛

Cup cozies are the other thing I forgot to take a picture of.. need to remember that so you can see! I’ve them all finished except sewing the button on! Since I had work off today and I was in a cleaning mood, I decided to go through all the paperwork I had been putting off, cleaning the kitchen and other easy chores. Tonight I got 10 burp cloths ready to be sewn tomorrow so I can just zoom through those. I have a lot of fun new fabric and new items to post but I’ve decided not to post them until after the craft show in case I sell out!

I am however making myself post at least three items a day of supply items that I’m not longer using. My team on etsy is doing a Destash Bash before the Christmas season hits. We are getting rid of all the old craft supplies we aren’t using that are taking up space in our areas. The last thing you want to do is be stressed out with orders and rummage through piles of stuff you don’t even want just to find what you need! Plus someone else’s trash is always another crafters’ treasure. We have been having a blast doing this and I’m so excited to send out all my goodies 😀

So what are you doing??

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I can still manage to keep you updated on things I’m doing to get prepared for this craft show. Hopefully I can come back with some good tips, lists, and info to help anyone else who is attempting to do what I am doing!

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: Let’s Get Real!

28 Sep

So after a seriously huge response on my way too serious life post – I’ve decided to keep up with it. So Daily Life is going to take a new spin on things – instead of it just being about my day I’m going to start posting things that are on my heart at the time! It’s true that sometimes I just like to read what others are thinking and how they are dealing with life so why not tell everyone else what I’m doing and thinking?

Every day is an adventure in this house – with E hitting the terrible twos – B working extra long hours and weekends – and me attempting to start a business – there’s always bound to be something going wrong! Yesterday I busted my butt making a home-cooked meal for my family and I was so proud of me because it actually tasted good!! E decided that the cheesy potatoes would make a wonderful face mask and leave in hair conditioner 😛 There’s not much you can do about it but laugh because it’s too exhausting to get upset! So after cooking and cleaning I threw E in the bath tub and thought about how upset I get with her sometimes.

If yesterday would have been anything like today I would have contemplated crying. Today I had a zillion errands to run and way too much on my mind to deal with any mishaps – and even though she wasn’t the best little girl that she normally is and things didn’t quite go as planned – she didn’t put potatoes all over her face and hair – thank goodness!! Which brings me to my next subject.

I want to be the mom that laughs at her potato face everyday. I want her to see that it’s okay to make a mess sometimes and that I love her just the same! Does it mean that I am a bad mother when I’ve got too much to do to deal with and the craziness she brings a long? I sure hope not.. but I guess I can always strive to be better. How do you face overwhelming days? I know I do things a lot differently now that I have E.

When I was upset about something before E – I would hide in my room, turn on music, sometimes cry, and refuse to do anything else for the rest of the day. It’s not that easy when you have someone who needs you almost 24-7! Today I’m sitting on the couch, listening to pandora, not crying – but heck am I exhausted .. and not even the tired exhausted, just wide awake exhausted!

It’s days like these I try to step back and say life happens and get over it but deep down I still beat myself up about it wondering if I could have done anything differently that might have helped. This is something I really want to fix. Why am I wasting my time worrying about something I can’t fix? So today I’m calling out to all those who are beating themselves up over things they can’t fix! I am the queen of it and quite honestly it’s wearing me thin.

I know there’s no sense in wishing I could go back and change things but let’s get real here, it happened, it’s over, and even if you could rewind – could you fix it? Chances are slim! So why do we take it out on ourselves and stress about it all day? Boy do I wish I had an answer for that!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

 

 

E’s face after I cleaned off most of the potato disaster 😛 She wouldn’t stop giggling – she was a riot.

Daily Life: A Day In My Life

26 Sep

It seems like these days my life is revolving around lists, tasks, chores, and some seriously high goals! If you had told me three years ago this is where I would be today – I probably would have laughed but secretly hoped it was true! Other days I wonder what the heck am I thinking? HAHA!

I spend a majority of my life trying to find that balance between successfulness and freedom. Although I am a huge list maker, there are just those days when I look at my list and say – to heck with you! – and spend a day just doing whatever it is I please! These next few weeks is where I put my freedom aside and really become a servant to that ridiculous list because time isn’t something I really have much of these days.

Yesterday I cut, measured, and pinned ten burp cloths with the goal of today being that I finish those ten burp cloths. It’s times like these where I smack myself in the forehead! Not only is that outrageous but it didn’t happen today. I finished cutting, measuring, ironing, pinning the finishing touches to the burp cloths and got one sewn. I probably could have gotten four more done but between all the errands and spending time with my family it just didn’t happen! So I’m dropping my quota down to 10 a week (the previous goal being 20) and hoping that I end up with enough for the craft fair.

I do have to say though – that while running a million errands this weekend it is amazing that I even got ten burp cloths ready to be sewn! I’m trying to look at it as now that I’ve completely stocked up all my materials, I shouldn’t have to go out for anything until after the craft fair or if I get a custom order.

I bought enough burp cloth material and batting to make a little over 50, I have enough decorative fabric to make 300 so I am definitely going to be using some of that extra fabric on other projects, there are about 40 frames left, and I have enough yarn to keep me busy until this time next year 😉 Although I can tell you now I’ll be buying more yarn before that because only having three colors of the same yarn is going to drive me crazy!!

So here I am sitting on the computer with Pandora keeping me in a good mood and crocheting in my lap at 12:15 am completely overwhelmed in a good way and looking back at how I got here and where I want to be in a few years. I will say it wasn’t easy and there are days where I still struggle with balancing my time – I mean really.. who stays up until 1 am just to keep crafting? 😉 Me. But I am so proud of my dedication and finally feeling like I’m in control of my life.

It seems like lately I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about mothers who are really having a hard time balancing work, family, free time, and sometimes life in general. It wasn’t too long ago I was in that same hole and I’ll admit that I dug it myself. I let people walk all over me, take me for granted, and made my family miserable because I was miserable. One mother in particular I am feeling a huge overwhelming pain for. She wants nothing but to be home with her children. She’s that mom where the second you meet her you know she was destined to be that amazing mom everyone loved. You never see her stumble and she never shows that she’s unhappy – but inside she is beaten up and just completely torn apart.

Everything inside of me wants to just fix it for her but I know deep down – no matter what I do – it’s not going to help. It’s been taking a toll on me these past few days and even between all the errands and work I can’t seem to shake the thought of how miserable and lonely she’s feeling inside. It wasn’t too long ago I was in her shoes, and it wasn’t too long ago I finally stood up for myself and let go of everything that was holding me back. It’s a scary leap..

So even though I’m super proud of everything I’ve accomplished, happy with the time I got with my family this weekend, and excited about achieving these goals – I’m wondering what everyone else is doing?  How many people out there are in that limbo of being miserable but feeling like they can’t do anything about it? Why do we let ourselves feel like this on a daily basis without doing a single thing to change it? When are you going to take the leap?

Sorry for the super serious post but I can’t seem to get this off my mind tonight. Maybe I’ll sleep better now that I’ve written it all out 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: BNR Queens

7 Sep

It’s amazing how just a few other people doing the same thing as you can really change you entire perspective on life. It only took a few hours for me to fall in love with the women I have met through BNRing. Each one of us do completely different handmade crafts and yet we all have so much in common! Our goals are so similar it’s scary 😉

This week I’ve been working with some old BNR friends and some new ones and I can’t even explain how amazing it has been. Check out some of the amazing things they make below or come join us and chat in our BNR. You don’t have to buy anything or sell anything – we’d just love to have you stop by and say hi! http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTE0MjQ0NTh8NjgzMzcxMjU2/open-bnr-daydreaming-gifts-part-3-round?page=25#comments

Orla Kiely Fabric Car Cushion / Pillow       Burp Cloths - Set of 3 Bright Fall Colors

Orla Kiely Fabric Car Cush…        Burp Cloths – Set of 3 Bri…

creativemumm…                            SweetSummerB…

$25.00 USD                                     $14.50 USD

Chiffon Ruffle Bum Bloomers - Great PHOTO PROP - Other Colors Available SALE       Reversible Car Seat Strap Covers/ Padded Strap Protectors

$8.75 USD                                       $7.50 USD

 Roly Poly Glasses 60's Retro Vintage Light Blue Gold Barware Set of Three (3)        HIPPIE - wrapped fabric Bracelet --- turquoise, pink, brown --- 20.5 inches, 52 cm

Roly Poly Glasses 60’s…                  HIPPIE – wrapped fabric Br…

$14.55 USD                                       $9.75 USD

pillowsoph…                                       nickelart

Free Shipping Promo Code, Baby Shoes - Shwimmy Kids Floral on Periwinkle - Mary Jane         Reindeer T-Shirt

Free Shipping Promo Code, …        Reindeer T-Shirt

ShwimmyKids                                   LilyStitches

$20.00 USD                                      $16.00 USD

Crocheted Hat with Detachable Bow      Autumn Harvest Earrings Earthy Terra Cotta, Green and Cream Yellow Square Czech Picasso

Crocheted Hat with Detacha…     Autumn Harvest Earrings Ea…

Strollerblan…                                  taradawn

 $10.00 USD                                  $20.00 USD
Crochet Halloween  fall  Thanksgiving  Tissue box covers  Free shipping      Red Long Sleeve Shirt with Green Polka Dot Tie 12 mos

$10.00 USD                                   $12.00 USD

DDsDarlings                                   bumblebelle

Solar energy- Czech glass beads and silver plated wire earrings       Avon Collectible Plate 1982

Solar energy- Czech glass …         Avon Collectible Plate 198…

amorfia                                            IsabelsVinta…

$20.00 USD                                    $15.00 USD

Snap-A-Pod        Hawaiian Plumeria Bookmark

Snap-A-Pod                                     Hawaiian Plumeria Bookmark

lilcleo                                                 natashaaloha

$4.75 USD                                        $10.99 USD

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,
J

Crafts: Craftaholic in Action!

1 Sep

Today I busted my butt. I was determined to get a list of things done and I accomplished .. almost everything!

I filled orders

I primed frames for my next order and a few new listings

I worked on my storage – these are before pictures

My dad and I are going to do a little more building/cleaning/organizing before it’s finished but at least now all those boxes and baskets are now narrowed down to three, and the walkway path through the storage is much nicer!!!

I also plan on going thrift store/home depot/yard sale hopping & shopping this weekend to find better/cheaper ways for storage. I plan on combining a lot of awesome things I’ve seen on pinterest and other blogs and making it a huge DIY project with the help of my dad 😛

Hopefully my little craft corner will be able to meet the needs of my craftiness instead of overflowing into the rest of the house!

I’ll update with awesome finds and pictures as they come!! Oh and I also picked up a few new things for frames.. I’m addicted I know.

So that was my day – with a little of the usual daily chores, eating, cleaning, and playing with Emma ❤ Right now – I’m sitting back and relaxing since I’ll be working again tomorrow. Hopefully it’s another easy day 😀

If you missed on the giveaway last week and you’re feeling kind of bummed about it there’s a giveaway that one of my etsy friends is in. I’ve purchased from her and my daughter and I absolutely love her stuff. The website is ambersloveonwings.blogspot.com and good luck!!

Thanks for stopping by

Love Always,

J

Crafts WIP Wednesday!

31 Aug

Work in Progress Wednesday!!

This week I’ve been working on my first attempt to do a cowl scarf. The pattern I have calls for a much bigger hook than I own and much thicker yarn. I bought the thick yarn – then found out I didn’t have the right hook so I’ll have to go shopping again 😉 I couldn’t wait to get started on something so I went ahead and did a my own version of a cowl in a much smaller yarn and hook size than it called for. I haven’t quite finished it but it’s almost there!! Check it out:

I absolutely love how it’s turning out and can’t wait to get started on the thicker version. Here’s the picture of the on I plan on doing adventually:

Definitely a lot bigger and thicker!!

It’s weird but I’m actually excited for this winter! I don’t know if it’s because I have so many things I want to make and it’ll be nice not feeling guilty about staying inside like now when the weather’s so nice, or if it’s because I’m ready for hot soup and hot chocolate!!! For once I am excited for this winter!

Tonight I attempted making a different version of cheesy potatoes – It could have been better – but I am so proud of myself for trying! It actually felt good feeling like I was making something amazing from scratch. I’ll have to try again soon now that I know what I want to change to make it better 😀

Tomorrow is my day off and I have a few orders to fill but after that I plan on fixing up my storage. I’ve got a little organizing to do before I can really get my inventory up and stocked. I’m running out of places to keep things and it’s been a little chaotic!! I plan on showing pictures of the before’s and after’s and maybe even the in between’s so if you are interested in how to make things work in small places check back soon!

Oh and if you haven’t already stopped by DDsDarling’s is doing a giveaway that you can’t miss out on! It ends tonight at midnight! Check it out here!

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week!

Love Always,

J

Crafts: Baby Burpin’ Love ;)

13 Aug

I know I said I wasn’t buying any new fabric and just making inventory of the ones I already purchased.. but I couldn’t resist 😀 So today I did two that I’ve done previously – Pretty In Pink and Polka Dotted Pink

Here are the two new ones I’ve done:

Stencil Me Pink & Green ** Now available on my Etsy Page!

Baby Blue, Tan, and Brown ** Now available on my Etsy Page

I’ll be posting these on etsy in the next few days and add their links here once they are posted. Still trying to think of names for them so if you have any suggestions/ideas let me know!!

I’ve got two more burp cloths on my list to do today, then an e-reader, a change bag, and monogramming bibs.. Let’s see if I can get it all done 😉 I’m not going to lie – I did “waste” sometime this morning pre-cutting fabric strips so when I go to make more they are already cut to size. I say “waste” because I don’t really feel like it’s a waste of time. It’s fun to see how many I can make out of one yard and see how much scraps I have left to make other things with 😀 But then again I get less done.. it’s a tough price to pay 😉

E should be waking up any minute and who knows when the hubby will get home. I’m trying to think of easy dinners so I can keep up the work momentum.

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: My schedule failed..

1 Aug

I’m starting to realize what my issue is with my schedule and how I get so sidetracked.. and I am almost afraid to say it but I’ve got to let it out!

I can’t say no. It’s always been a “problem” of mine that I usually like to say it’s a blessing in disguise. There are so many things that have happened in my life that have gotten me where I am today because I didn’t say no when everyone else probably would have. But then there are times in my life where I feel like smacking my forehead and saying you flipping idiot!! Just say NO!

I spend so much time get myself organized and making a schedule. Getting everything prepared and chores completed so that I don’t have to think about anything else but what I want to get done that day. Then someone else offers to do something and everything I’ve worked so hard on just gets thrown out the window all because I can’t say no.

Normally it’s not a problem for me. I love last-minute planning and living life day by day and having a blast, but in this case – let’s just be honest here – I need time for myself.

So here’s what I’ve come up with. Because there are so many things going on this month that are just completely out of my control – I’m creating September STAY AWAY! That’s right – you heard it.. I refuse to do anything with anyone else – for anything else – unless it involves what I need to get done on my list. Why? Because I have exactly three months today (which includes a completely BOOKED august) to get all my crafts and things done for my first craft show.

I’m being Selfish in September. Sorry everyone!! But for once – this month – I’m saying no! 😉

On another note! I’ll be getting a crap ton of crafts done so stay tuned for massive amounts of updates in September 😀

Love Always,

J

Crafts: Tagging It Up

28 Jul

What I thought would be a quick – maybe an hour project.. became an entire day event! I knew I needed a new black ink cartridge – I’ve needed one for months now! So this morning I ran out to the store and bought some along with printable fabric paper and a crochet needle. I had already taught myself a new crocheting trick, planned on making a quick swatch and doing some designing with the crochet needle, then taking a break and printing tags, then making a new burp cloth! That was the plan..

Once I got home and started up the printer (which hasn’t been used in MONTHS) I then realized I needed three cartridges – not one! Back to the store I went thinking that this trip is costing me more than I planned on spending and making me a little frustrated. I got home played around with printing ideas – decided to make it simple and tested a page. Loved it! Printed it on fabric paper and sewed it into a new burp cloth which is still needed to be finished!!

I haven’t made a swatch or played with my crochet needle but I’m hoping I’ll have time for that during nap time tomorrow but I’m slowly starting to realize why it’s taking me so long to get things done that I normally had no problem doing in one day. With B working so late and me being the only one here to entertain, feed, and get E ready for bed – it takes up all that extra time I had to get last minute things done. So now when she’s going for bed I’m wasting a lot of time cleaning up, getting ready for tomorrow, and running around with my head loose wondering how it’s already 9:00 and I am just now sitting down and trying to plan what I wanted to get done. Unfortunately it’s not enough time.. I’m going to have to think of a new dinner time routine. Back to the drawing board!

But before I do all that – here’s the finished picture of the tag!

Not the best quality picture but it will do for now. I’m just glad that’s something I can cross of my list .. after I finish sewing the rest of the burp cloth that is 😉

Time to go back to running around with my head loose!

Love Always,

J

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