Monday, October 17, 2011

Be with the friends who are here!

I saw an interesting photo from ordinary moments by brené brown on  my Pinterest feed. It has since been removed. It got me thinking and spurred me to make a "pretty" sign for our next get together. I figured I would share it here :) Feel free to download and print for your next party!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My Memories Giveaway

I love scrapbooking! I enjoy the idea of putting my memories on a lasting medium for myself to revisit later. It's great as a lasting record of what our lives are like now for our kids or those in later generations. I do paper, digital, and hybrid scrapbooking. Digital is usually the quickest way for me to get photos and memories on a page. I have used different programs for scrapbooking digitally (even powerpoint!).

So when I got the chance to try my memories, I was excited to see what kinds of new things I could do with My Memories Suite V2. It is VERY user friendly software, but still allows for customization. You can use their kits or any that you already have or buy, build pages, templates, and even add video and audio!

Here's a quick little page I made of a sunset in our neighborhood. It's easy to replicate this page and make little tweaks (change photo size, orientation, etc.) to make pages in a book that coordinate!

I'm excited to offer a chance for you to win digital scrapbooking software from My Memories! AND I have discounts for every one of my readers! Just use the following coupon code for a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite V2 software and a $10 coupon for the store - a $20 value! Use the code: STMMMS52162

**Please leave one comment for each entry as follows:**

*1st entry: Go to the my memories website and leave a comment here about a digital kit, template, or quick page that you like. Did you find the free kits section? Yeah, download some of those too! :)

For additional entries:
*Mark my Etsy store, Pretty Or Practical as a favorite and leave comment here with your Etsy name.
Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Please add a comment here with your Twitter username.
*Post about this giveaway on your blog or Facebook page (please post your link or user name in comment).

Entries end at midnight Eastern time on October 17th. Winner will be selected by random number generator on October 18th.

This post is sponsored by My Memories.

Rebecca :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Happy Creating

I have been doing some creating lately...  I made a pillow from fabric I had been hoarding that matches my daughter's bedroom.

And I have been working on a brown bag swap from Snickerdoodle Dreams. I'm late on this one and it feels terrible, so it is tough to inspire myself. I've already made up my mind I'm sending extra goodies because of my tardiness.I sent one package and am finishing up a few smaller works to include in a second package. I will post photos after I have sent the second package, so as not to spoil the surprise :) I am fairly certain the first package has arrived, so here is a photo of the supplies she sent:

And the first item I made with those supplies and of course a few knit cloths to match (plus a few goodies thrown in for fun!)
I need to do another post detailing the supplies I sent to her and the AMAZING works that I received. I mean gorgeous!! She doesn't have a blog :( but her work is inspiring!

One of those items is a nifty cell phone charger/holder that I found on Pinterest. I modified it (of course, I can not follow a pattern to save my life!). Here is the other blogger's version. The blog is all in German, and yes I know I can use Google translator, but I just love looking at the photos!

And here is my version (which is super easy and fast, BTW):
I haven't been blogging a lot lately, nor really creating a lot because of extreme exhaustion. I was recently diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I don't want this blog to become a medical diary or a whine fest, so I have restrained myself from posting about it. Did your mother teach you "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all"? So suffice to say, that I am under the care of a doctor and working on getting myself back! I hope to be doing more creating (and posting) soon. In the meantime, if I am unable to work on something, I seem to be able to browse Pinterest (follow me on Pinterest here) and see a lot of inspiring things! Email me from my Google profile (above) if you would like a Pinterest invite (it's quicker than requesting to be added).
Happy Creating!!

Rebecca :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

One Pretty Thing and Pinterest

One of my favorite creative sites is One Pretty Thing. Rachel has so many ideas and tutorials (her subtitle says "DIY Craft Tutorials for a handmade life"). I love that they are all compiled in one location and they are searchable(YES!). If you haven't been there, you should check it out! She featured my door knocker revamp on her last revamp roundup. Hurray!!!

I love to look at photos of ideas and find myself inspired to create after browsing the creations of others. Sometimes I make something similar, but most often, I just find my own creative ideas spring forth! For that reason, I LOVE Pinterest! I discovered Pinterest through a blog I follow called How Does She which has a ton of ideas in many categories. You have to request an invite on Pinterest (kind of like Ravelry). Once you do, you will be amazed at all the wondrous inspiration found there. If you do Pinterest, please follow me!

And here is a completely gratuitous photo of a Challah Cover I made for a friend.  I don't like to do posts without photos, I'm such a visual person :) It's a simple applique on a pre-made napkin from Pier 1 with a zig zag stitch around the Hebrew letters (they say "Shabbat Sholom").

P.S. I'm working on a Brown Bag SWAP from Snickerdoodle Dreams! I can't show it yet... but I'm having fun with some bright colored fabrics :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Door Knocker Revamp Tutorial

When we moved to our current house, there was a personalized door knocker with the previous owner's name on it. So we measured and went to look for a door knocker to replace it. We looked high and at Lowe's. We looked at Home Depot and at every place online. We simply could not find a door knocker the right size and color (silver or steel or brushed nickel). We weren't picky, they just couldn't be found! So I decided to try a little experiment, at least until we find something that fits!

First I used my best and trusty friend, my Dremel, to make the previous owner's name disappear. I used the bit found above... the light tan colored stone bit. Don't ask me what that bit is called... maybe a grinder of some sort? My husband didn't like the look, but I told him the brushed metal finish is all over the Denver International Airport! It didn't work :( Oh well, now what?

So I decided that maybe it wouldn't look so bad if we added a painted monogram.
Here is how I did it!

I measured the area where I was going to put the monogram and printed out the letter "A" in a bunch of  different sizes and fonts. I chose one, and then cut it out with the exacto and mat. I cut all the pieces out and left them in place.

Then I sprayed the back of the paper (with all the pieces) with spray adhesive. Then I stuck the paper on the door knocker. I carefully removed the portion that was going to become the letter (the black part), leaving the white spaces in the letter.

This is my palette and brushes, and yes, I used the expensive Q-Tips! :) Actually, I used them to put down a "primer coat", which was just a test. Then I sprayed the monogram with the spray paint.

Once the paint was dry, I removed the paper. I noticed a few places where the paint bled a bit, so I used my trusty Q-Tips and a little nail polish remover to clean it up! After it was dry, I sprayed the oval part of the door knocker with the clear acrylic top coat. I don't know how it will last, but I'm hoping it will work for a while. It's not perfect, but at least it will give me a chance to find something!

I linked up at Thrifty Home's 83rd Penny Pinching Party!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


A friend of mine is having a giveaway for an incredible piece of pottery! Check it out at I'm already imagining what I could do with this *dream*

Blogging, Creating, and Posting

Well, I have not posted in a LONG while. But here's the deal: I have been creating. I have made so many things. But now that I am not doing OPAM this year, I don't have to blog about it. And I haven't. But I want to. But I haven't. So you see how this goes!

Right now, my daughter and I are making tons of bracelets for this project with Craft Hope! I will share a photo when we get ready to mail our package!

In the meantime, just know I have made a bunch of knitted dishcloths! I made several sets of baby booties for expecting moms. I have mended 3000 pairs of jeans, or it may be 3 pair that feel like 3000! And I started crocheting these by modifying a pattern I found on Ravelry:

They are wonderfully soft face scrubbies made with cotton or cotton/bamboo yarn. My daughter loves them! I have bought some fabric recently and need to get sewing! I am hoping to post more often :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

One Word

I have posted in the past about Ali Edwards and her "one word" challenge. I first heard about the concept through her. I am now seeing this everywhere!
Instead of a New Year's Resolution, I choose one word to be my focus for the year. And the one word for 2011 is:

I am already working on projects in which I "simplify" in my kitchen. For example, I organized my "container" mess... and it's neat and tidy with bowls and matching lids. Imagine that! I never knew :) I am also doing a lot of decluttering and have 3 large boxes to go to the thrift store. And we have a new routine for groceries :) We have a freezer, so I hope to work on make ahead meals :) So far, I just have extra everyday food stored there.
I am going to "simplify" as much as possible this year. I don't have super lofty goals, but every month I will choose an area and spend a few days (or weeks if necessary) in "simplify"  mode. 


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