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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Well, let's just say, this blogging thing isn't as easy to keep up with as I thought it would be. With so many oars in the water, I keep finding my kayak spinning in circles when it comes time to blog. 

Read anything good lately? Well I have. I was introduced to this independent sci-fi writer's works by a friend. The writer is Will Webb and his books are One Way Ticket and Life on Mars. I really enjoyed them. And not only are they good, they are also currently free to read. However, I do have a warning to give...the second book is not complete...so you'll have to be patient like I am and wait for the chapters as they are released. So far, it's been worth the wait! Go check them out at www.wattpad.com/story/5320051-one-way-ticket 















So lets see, what's new? 
Well I've had a few mini retreats, all with new great projects. 

 I've decided to sell some of the items I make in a retail space - Shops on Main in Pembroke, GA. Never heard of it? Well its a quaint little town not far from Savannah, GA. The shop is great and has a great variety of vendors and products. I've had to keep myself out of the place, or I'll end up spending everything I make and then some. If you are looking for gifts for baby, family, friends, teachers or even yourself, they've got you covered.






My oldest nephew got married and the wedding was absolutely beautiful. The venue was lovely as were the flowers. (Wonder who that talented floral designer was?) A dear friend of mine owns the venue and also happens to own the retail space I was talking about, "Shops on Main". 



And lastly we went through the whole prom process. This year my youngest is a junior. Next year is bound to be bigger and better. I think they all had a great time. It's so crazy to see all of the young men and women grown up and dressed up. Where does the time fly? 

 

I had the pleasure to visit a fellow business owner and very special friend - Mandy with SparkleBerry Ink. I spent the afternoon with her and friends, let me tell you..she has got some great new patterns in both adhesive and HTV coming down the pipe. The summer is just going to be filled with color and pop! So make sure you keep an eye out and visit her site often. You won't be disappointed. Here are a couple of pictures from her studio. 



Currently, since it has started warming up again, thank you Mother Nature, I'm walking again. And I've so needed the outdoors and fresh air.   

Well...in closing, I am in the process of getting some venues set for some upcoming Silhouette retreat/instructional events. I'm looking into working with a very sweet friend and supporter on a few "secret" projects. I'll give you a little hint...I'm soon going to be seen and heard more than normal! Which is so not me...well at least the seeing. The hearing, well anyone who knows me, knows that's a given! LOL! Though she may be little, she is loud. Check back soon for updates and maybe a few surprises. 

And as always Happy Crafting!
Julie

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hi. And thanks for stopping by. I know it's been a while. I'm really trying to get better at this but it's hard to keep up with everything I have going on in my life right now. As you may know, or if you don't, I'm now a licensed Terri Johnson Creates Silhouette instructor. Yay Me!!!  Well, now I'm putting it to use and I have started hosting crafting retreats, one on one instruction and now working on setting up painting parties. All the while I am still working my full time job.

And with everything else going on in everyday life, my sweet MIL is turning 80 and we are having a birthday party in a few weeks, we're having a bridal shower for my oldest nephew and future niece and I'm on the go every weekend with something Silhouette related until the first weekend of April when my nephew is getting married. I have to slow down long enough because I'm doing all the flowers for his wedding/reception. Not only that...my youngest son is going to prom on the same day and of course he needs a corsage and boutineer as well...so wouldn't you know it..I'll be running around like a freight train on a collision course.

I know...when do I sleep? Never! LOL! With all of this going on..I've been invited to put all the great and pretties that I create in a store to sell with several other talented crafters/artists. This store is opening up in about a month or so. Can we say CRAZY!!! But it's what you do when you are trying to get your name out there and try to start your own business. Ah the things we do for self preservation.

Well here are a few of the goodies I've made recently. Holler at me if you would like me to create for you as well.
 


 





Before I close, I wanted to share my upcoming event. I'm hosting a weekend of Silhouette instruction, crafting and fun in Byron, Georgia (right outside of Macon), March 24th and 25th, 2017! I'm offering a two part retreat, with a Pre-Day session on Friday from 12pm to 4pm for those who are beginners or just feeling a little rusty with their Silhouette skills. This session will give an opportunity for you to become comfortable with the Silhouette Cameo, before moving on  to more intermediate projects during the 2nd part/Crafting Retreat which begins Friday from 7pm - 11pm and Saturday from 9am - 6pm. If you are interested and would like more information, please email me at juliehcrafting@gmail.com or PM me on face book at the Sew Craft N Spired face book page. Spaces are limited so don't delay! 

Thanks again for stopping by and Happy Crafting!     
Julie

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Busy Busy Busy



Hi! Happy Fall Y'all!

Well as I post, we have a hurricane a coming. Now do I know whether it will truly hit, of course not. However we've all battened down just in case. He's a massive one too and named Matthew to boot. My DH's name. Wonder if that's any insight to what's in store. Heehee...just kidding Hon. Well for those in his wake..stay safe and hunker down!

Now to my next bit of news...I did it! I am now a Licensed Terri Johnson Creates Instructor!


 It was a great weekend and I had so much fun with all of the wonderful ladies I met and have met in the past. I learned so much I didn't know and brushed up on things I did. I can't wait to get started sharing all the things that my sweet Silhouette can do.


By the way....Got me a new machine too! A brand sparkling new Cameo 3. Now don't get me wrong...I love my old and faithful Sil. She's been a work horse. So she isn't going anywhere. But her new sister...I definitely am fond of her, with her new bells and whistles. Of course I had to bling her up...however I'm not finished yet.


And...with that said, here's a look at all the new things I've been making. I have an upcoming vendor event that I'm participating in and am trying to get enough items made so that my booth doesn't look barren. I'm okay with it looking that way at the end of the day...but not at the beginning. Give me some feed back and let me know what you think.






 I had to bling my new jeep!                                        Any idea who this is?      

Hope you are Sew Craft N Spired! Happy Crafting ;)

Julie








Sunday, September 4, 2016

April Zoomed By...Now Here Comes May!

Hi!

Guess what I just found.....how bout my May post...that didn't get posted.  No wonder everyone thought I was no longer blogging....Hmmmmm....I've got to get better at this blogging thing....

So sorry it's late and definitely out of date, but enjoy it all the same...

April is about gone and May is quickly approaching. I've been busy with life, like normal. But in between I've stolen a few precious moments to do some crafting. Mostly crafting for others, because then of course I can necessitate it. But it still counts as crafting, no matter how you look at it. Not only has life just been it's busy self, but we also have added to our happy family. No, I'm not expecting nor did we adopt a baby. Well not really....we have a new puppy! "She" is part Aussie Sheppard and Catahoula.....and can we say ADORABLE! And definitely a baby, which means lots of accidents and everything else that goes along with babies! (I'm definitely getting too old for this...) Bailee is a full time mess maker and is growing by leaps and bounds. She will probably be around 50 pounds when she is all grown up. (Update: at 5 months old - August 2016 - she is already 43 pounds, sew I think 50 pounds is way off from what she really will be) A big leap for us from our 8 pound Chihauhua, Bogey. Here's a picture of the new baby. Right now she is 6 weeks old. Matt has nick named her "Angel" and "Sunshine". Which means, when she's acting like both...she's sleeping.
Bailee with her blue eyes

I will post an updated picture soon! Until then, happy crafting!
Julie


Beginning the next journey

Sew....I've begun the next journey within my crafting adventure. I've been sew busy working my full time job that I realized my crafting adventure had gone astray. Sew....in order to make myself do what I love, I had to make myself accountable. First...I have taken a leap with faith and signed up for Terri Johnson's first Silhouette Instructor certification/licensing class. It will give me the opportunity to teach/put on Silhoutte user/crafting Retreats. I'm excited and can't wait as it is less than 3 weeks away. Also, I cannot tell a lie. 10 minutes from my hotel is an Ikea Outlet Store. I plan on doing a little shopping as well. Hey...can you blame me? If you haven't been to Ikea, you haven't lived. They have lots of great products and many of them can be used for crafting inspiration. You know me...I'm an immediate gratification girl! I love to take a ready made product and add my flare to it, to finish it off!

Also, with the help of my eldest, I've developed an Instagram and Facebook page to go along with my blog. I'm planning to use them to promote my finished projects and give me a unique selling platform without the store front feel. To round out all my accountability, I've signed up to attend a vendor event. One of our neighboring counties is having their annual lower schools fall festival and was asked if I would like to participate and have a booth. Well, I said yes...I know...what was I thinking???  Well, since obligating myself, it has helped to light a fire under my britches to start crafting to make sure I have products of all price ranges for sale. Plus I'm going to do a few custom personalized pieces and have order forms available for anyone who might want to order. I'm thinking of mostly having Fall and Christmas items as this event is at the end of October and right before Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'm also thinking I might throw in some football items as well, since we all know college football has started! Go Dawgs!!!

I'm hoping this event will give me an idea of what items are trending and which ones I should stay away from. Wish me luck.

Well until next time, happy crafting and tailgating!
Julie

P.S.  Enjoy a few pics of my most recent projects.