Motivational Monday

Hola,

I am just about to graduate college (this Saturday) so I took the weekend off to spend time with the main one and relax. But, today is Monday! The beginning of the week! So we have to start it off right with a Motivational Monday! Let’s get this week headed in the right direction!

First, I wanna share a picture with you all.


Above, is a crocheted infinity scarf in the process using my own pattern using a bobble stitch. 

My mother taught me how to crochet when I was young. I have always been interested in crafts. My mother could not sew, but she could crochet and embroider like no one else. She passed both of these trades on to me. Both of which I enjoy very much. 

My mom basically raised me and my older sister herself, even before my parents divorced my dad worked strange hours and went out with friends. Leaving all three of us to spend time together. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I always have been and always will be closer to my mom. 

While, I was out and about I saw this box of fun!



This is a kit from the company Seedling. (Not endorsed) that has things inside of it such as: cards, balloon boat, drawing book, dominos, etc.. All things you could do with someone. The pack is geared towards more little ones. However, anyone could use this! I think it could be a fun date night box or a rainy day box. 

To tie my mother and this pack together. When I was in college I became really sick. Most of it had to do with anxiety and mental illness. My mother being the Wonder Woman she is, made me a box. A calm box if you would. It contained: coloring books she made, crayons, a toy, a small craft kit, a stress reliever, a stuffed animal, and some snacks. I’m sure there was more but these things stand out. I had one box at school and one at home for when I came home on weekends. This box really helped and made me feel better and loved. 

Making these boxes are easy. You can go to the nearest dollar store and gather supplies. That is where my mother got the toy, stuffed animal, and craft kit. There is someone in your life who could use one it may even be yourself. Winter is coming where I am and in many places. I imagine the elderly would love to have a busy box of sorts. It could even be a wonderful Christmas present. 

There are an extraordinary amount of people out there who struggle with anxiety and other issues. We have to remember that just because your brain doesn’t work like theirs doesn’t make what they are going through any less real and terrifying. Your body is going against itself it seems.

If you know someone who could benefit from a box such as the pack above make them one. Also, if you haven’t talked to your mom or whoever is your mother figure in a while, call her, shoot her a text. 

We have to take care of one another or else nothing is going to get better, it’s really not. 

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Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

This is a recipe for a sugar hand scrub. This is my mothers personal favorite. She always raves about how soft it leaves her hands and how great it smells. You may alter the recipe to your liking.

Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

Project rating: Beginner

What you will need:

– Small container (I used a baby food sized plastic glad container. because they were on sale)

– Dawn Olay hand renewal (the pink pomegranate splash)

– Sugar

– A spoon to mix with (I used a regular teaspoon from the kitchen)

Instructions

1. Lay everything out.

2. Fill your container half way full of sugar.

3. Add in your Dawn hand renewal.

4. Mix

5. Keep adding parts of sugar and Soap to achieve the thickness you want. Id go for a paste like consistency.

6. Decorate and give or use.

here is the finished product!

how to recipe pomegranate sugar scrub ingredients easy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the decoration on top

sugar pomegranate hand scrub easy decoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the lather it makes!

pomegranate sugar scrub lather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was by far the easiest scrub I have ever made! It works great as well! I have given these away as gifts with much success.  These would be wonderful bridesmaid gifts!

If you are not crafty or do not have the time to make these, you may always buy them in my store. 

If you alter the recipe or want to share you thoughts please let me know in the comments! Thanks for visiting!

FLASHBACK!!! Kids activity book! No sew!!

felt kids activity book

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revisit post! If you remember I have posted some pictures before, but now I am going to give you a quick overall tutorial so you can make this adorable activity book for your cutie pie! Okay!
I have to share this little project that I started on that is virtually no-sew!!! Yes, I said an easy NO-SEW project! There are so many endless possibilities for this project! The size I made is perfect for on the go moms to slip down in their purse to entertain their child on a car ride or in a waiting room, or anywhere. Its mess free because the velcro on the back the kids can stick it down and go, and moms can rest assured no pieces will be left behind! So take a peek below at the kids felt activity book and let your mind wander and imagine all sorts of possibilities for your kids book!

Please note that mine is not completed for the fact that I ran out of velcro pieces….

Project rated: beginner
Time needed: 2 hours tops
Here is what you will need for this activity book:
– around 3 or 4 pages of felt depending upon the size of your book. (mine was small enough to easily fit in a handbag. However you could easily make the book as big as the whole piece of felt if you wish.)
– hot glue sticks
– hot glue gun
– felty scraps
– Velcro dots or cut up Velcro strips.
– embellishments
– a little artistic skill or stencils 🙂

Here is how you do it:
– take your pieces (mine already were rectangles so I just cut them to the desires size across) measure them, marking lightly with pencil.
– cut along the mark across. Using a ruler if necessary to keep nice straight lines.
– repeat for all as many pages as you desire.
– NOTE: your strips should look like long rectangles kept sideways or horizontal.
– measure and find the center or your strips.
– use the center to put a line of hot glue.
– Place your next page over top of it.
– repeat for all pages.
– now that you have your pages it is time to plan what will be on them.
– once you have your ideas break out the felty scraps and artistic ability! (or stencils.)
– make your pieces. Hot glue down the pieces that are not interactive. And hot glue down Velcro dots to the back of the interactive pieces. (some pages have places to put the dots: the doll, tic-tac-toe, etc. otherwise I have found that the sticky side of the Velcro sticks well to the felt.)
– finish the inside of the book and embellish the cover as you see fit!

The possibilities with this project. So have fun with it and be creative. Your child will live the interactive aspect. Keeping them occupied during a long drive, waiting room, meeting, or a new favorite toy. As a kid I loved toys like this and had fun making it.

Here is the index: ocean, flower outdoors, clothes for doll, doll, more clothes, design your own pizza, tic-tac-toe.

No Sew Kids felt activity book easyThis is the front or cover of the activity booklet. Notice mine is still blank, I am debating adding ribbon and button loop closure. Along with my God Sister’s name.

Under Water Felt activity book for kidsHere is the underwater scene which comes directly after the cover page. Blue underwater background. And it has two velcro fishies your child can interact with. Glup Glup.

Floral Felt activity book for kids

Since my activity book was for a little girl I included a flower garden page. Including 2 flower pieces and 2 butterflies. If you had a little boy you could easily accommodate.

Dress up no sew kids activity book

Here we have the dress up doll, the velcro dots are where she can add clothes to her. Which I have some examples of the clothes I have made below. I did the face with a sharpie. 🙂

Clothes that she can put on the doll above to dress her up.  I also have hair dos on the other page.

I did not show that much but this will at least hopefully get your crafty wheels turning!

Remember to be creative and make it specific to your child.  All this combined and you will have a long-lasting toy they wont want to put down. 

Comment if you have any questions or to share the love 🙂

Thanks for reading and keep it crafty out there!!!

If you dont jiggle something’s wrong with you

My mom’s famous line, “Honey, if you do not jiggle there is something wrong with you!”  And boy is she right.  With Americas strive to become a size smaller.  We have forgotten what a real women looks like.  A real women has hips, a butt, boobs, a belly, and cellulite.  Not that we like having cellulite!  But it is part of life.  We need to be proud of our bodies, not treating them like they are disposable.  I love food, wear a size 14 and I am proud of it!  I think I look good. So why do we strive for model bodies?  Is it because being a size zero is what society has made acceptable, if you are larger, you are viewed as a taboo.  Which is crazy!  Never deprive yourself of what you want, we only have one life to live.  Dont live it always restricting yourself.  Life is too short for that.  So if you are sexy and you know it! Put down those nasty rice chips!  Grab a piece of chocolate and play with your kids!  Kiss your husband or boyfriend.  And enjoy every small moment that make life so amazing. 

I understand that it is important to live healthy, but do not let your weight or jean size run your life.

Now love your body, it is the only one you have.

Kids Felt Activity Book! NO-SEW!!

Okay! So I have postponed the pot holder caddy tute!  Reason being, I have to share this little project that I started on that is virtually no-sew!!!  Yes, I said an easy NO-SEW project!  I will not be posting a tute for this project, because there are so many endless possibilities for this project!  The size I made is perfect for on the go moms to slip down in their purse to entertain their child on a car ride or in a waiting room, or anywhere.  Its mess free because the velcro on the back the kids can stick it down and go, and moms can rest assured no pieces will be left behind!  So take a peek below at the kids felt activity book and let your mind wander and imagine all sorts of possibilities for your kids book!  If interested in buying a activity book instead please email me at maeflyoriginals@gmail.com

 Please note that mine is not completed for the fact that I ran out of velcro pieces….

Here is the index: ocean, flower outdoors, clothes for doll, doll, more clothes, design your own pizza, tic-tac-toe.

Unfinished Cover

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

First page ocean

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Page Two Flowers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Page Three Doll Clothes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Page Four Dress-up Doll

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Okay that is all of that.  I have more pages but those are the completed ones.  So I hope you take this idea and run with it!  There are so many other possibilities that you can make for pages, you can make them specific to your child.  🙂
 
In MaeFlyOriginals news:
I have made a floral candle holder.  Perfect for weddings! This item is posted in my online store www.maeflyoriginals.artfire.com  
 
You tell me what color roses or flower you want (one from your bouquet or scheme would be ideal).  And pick your color of ribbon around the base (does not have to be the same color as the flower).  Then let me know if you would like to have a candle already included in your candle holder (if so what color).  Finally, Let me know how many you would like to have.  Ask about wholesale discounts.
 

Rose Pink Candle Holder

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here is another item I have for sale in my store.  It is a wire wrapped rose quartz necklace. Check it out at my studio  www.maeflyoriginals.artfire.com or at the link below.
 
 Rose quartz wire wrapped necklace on a black cord romance 
 
Now I will end this wonderful post with wonderful pictures of my pets.  I have a new addition!  My stepmom got me a baby bunny at a auction!!  He is the cutest thing ever!!! And his name is Nova. 🙂  Also here is my dog Spec, who is supposed to be a hunting dog… but cannot hunt, fore he has sinus trouble. lol
 

Nova

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spec