Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I got less than 2 hours of sleep last night, But it is totally worth it. My son is going to have the most amazing costume EVER. I've spent about 10 hours making his costume... and I'm not done yet.
He is going to be the talk of the neighborhood... for the 60 minutes he spends trick-or-treating.
Then the costume will go into storage. Where it might get pulled out again in a couple years on a whim, or for his little brother to wear. Or it might get dented and damaged as it is moved from closet to closet, and finally ends up in the garage, and eventually gets thrown in the trash.
Knowing all that, I'm still going to say: Totally WORTH IT.
Have a safe and moderately-spooky Halloween!
Monday, October 28, 2013
I've talked about the value of handmade before. People claim to love handmade. And some genuinely do. The challenge with giving handmade gifts is that if the recipient doesn't like it... well... too bad. For everyone.
Too bad for the giver, because they spent hours or days on a project that will get shoved in a drawer, the back of a closet, or immediately go to Goodwill.
And too bad for the recipient, because they have to figure out how to feign appreciation for the unfortunate gift they were given, and then they have to find drawer space, closet space, or time to take the item to Goodwill. If they are an especially good friend, they now have the burden of remembering to take out the gifted item to display it whenever the giver comes to visit.
With all this complicatedness, (that's totally a word - but if it isn't, I want credit in Websters 2014) maybe we should just buy eachother gift cards! And, of course, give them in hand-made gift card holders.
If you're going to risk giving handmade this year, I'm helping you out with some fun and snarky gift tags for your handmade presents. Download the Snarky Printable Gift Tag for Handmade Gifts here. They print 4 to a sheet. Cut them out, punch a hole, and share the handmade love!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Alternately titled: CraftSnark Weighs in on MarthaStewart or Kicking Puppies is Always a Bad Idea
I'm no expert... but I am a lot of things. Including a mom. And as a mom, I screw up all the time. I try really, really hard. But sometimes, with everything that is going on, I drop the ball. I say something I didn't mean, or in a way I didn't mean. And sometimes, I'm just plain mean. Ask my kids - they'll tell you. I'm not perfect. But man, I love my kids. No matter what.
Martha Stewart was a craft blogger before craft blogging existed. Her early work in crafting and home decor helped make this industry a "thing" (a "good thing" even!). She helped pave the way for the rest of us. So, she's kinda a mom to craft bloggers. And she screwed up. But we can love her anyway, right?
I know... you were thinking that when the CraftSnark weighed in on this whole Craftastrophy, that I would rip Ms. Stewart a new one. But I believe in Karma. And this is one puppy I'm not going to kick.
Monday, October 14, 2013
What is clean, really? Right after the housecleaning service comes is clean, right? I'm too cheap to hire a housecleaner... paying $50 a week would seriously cut into my crafting budget. And the crafting budget is not to be toyed with. I figure, as long as there is enough room for me to set up my glue gun, then it is clean enough... right?
Monday, October 7, 2013
This one isn't exactly craft-related, but this is my blog, so I get to be un-crafty when I want, don't you think? All kinds of events over the last weeks have had me thinking about friends, the meaning of friends, how you pick your friends, and more.
I'm very lucky to have some awesome friends. They know who they are. I love them to pieces. They are beautiful inside and out. And I would absolutely tell them if those jeans make their butt look big. Because they would do the same for me.
Monday, September 30, 2013
You've been there: It is 2am and you're still working on a project. This sucker has taken up way more time than you thought possible. You know what time the alarm is set for, and that time is drawing nearer. You're so close to being finished... but your eyelids are getting heavier and the silence of your sleeping family is pulling you into dreamland. So you do the unthinkable. You slap those last pieces together and turn in for the night. Because let's face it, sometimes it is better to be done than to be perfect. Because the difference between done and perfect ... well that's about 3 hours of sleep.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
People have gotten into the habit of asking me how I do it all. For those of you who don't know me, let me tell you what "it all" is... I have a husband and two young boys ages 5 and 18 months. I run 2 other fairly successful blogs. I have a couple more blogs in development. I work for an agency to run blogger campaigns. I freelance write for one of the top 10 sites in the US. I craft. I sew. I sew a lot... this year I have been cranking out quilts at an average of 2 a month. I'm totally serious. A couple were wall hangings, but most were not.
I teach classes at a local quilt shop. I'm on the board for a local mom & child organization. I have joined the PTA. I travel out of state almost every month. Sometimes more than once. Often with the kids in tow. There is probably more, but you get the picture.
How do I make it all happen? Here is the scoop:
I don't homeschool. Yes, there are a lot of amazing bloggers out there who homeschool their kids. I bow down to their greatness. There is no way that I could manage pulling together a curriculum for my Kindergartener, and teach him the basics he'll need for the rest of his life. I enlist professionals for that.
I don't sleep a lot. 8 hours is a luxury that I rarely get. 4-6 is my usual night, and at least one of those hours is usually in my chair where I pass out while at the keyboard. Which makes for some really funny posts. Did you know that I can sleep-type. I can, and when I read it later, it is hysterical.
I'm behind. If all is good in CraftSnark Land, I put up a post every Monday. This post is going up Tuesday night. 36 hours behind is not too shabby in my book... especially since I'm about 10 days behind on a couple other projects...
My dishes, laundry, and other miscellaneous housework are never caught up. Even when my Mother in Law comes over. I spend two days cleaning, and there is still one room that everything gets shoved into and the door gets closed. And locked. You know - just in case.
My kids watch TV. Not a ton, but more than I would like. Lucky for me they like the more educational stuff, so my mommy-guilt is fairly low on this point.
I don't cook every night. Unless you count microwaving chicken nuggets, and putting them on a plate with apple slices and yogurt. Because if that counts, I'm a total gourmet. The wait-list to get a table at Chez-CraftSnark is about as long as it takes for me to clear off all the mail, assorted crafting supplies, and whatever was left on the table after breakfast.
So now you know my secret formula. How do I do it all? I don't.