Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'm sad.... heartbroken..

I can't even type right... I'm heartbroken.. I'm crying.. I'ts hard..

My brother-in-laws wife, Valerie, just lost her baby today. She was 7 1/2 months pregnant. She was due beginning of June. She was having a boy. All I know is the baby died due to an infection. I am on my way to the hospital. Please keep The Medrano Family in your prayers. They have a 2 1/2 year old daughter. I have been trying to call them, no answer. This is a difficult time for all of us. Lets pray that God will comfort them and give them peace.

This must be so difficult for my in-laws. 2 years ago, my other brother-in-laws wife lost her baby 15 days after being born. Alex was his name. He didn't even get to come home. Now this happens! Its really hard.
Thank you for your prayers!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I'm back..

Whew.. those were the longest 3 days ever! Food poisoning, awful! I was 3 days in bed! Thanks to all of you who prayed for me, and that left me sweet comments to get better! I really appreciate it! I'm back to my old self! My mom and brother were so sweet, they came on Thursday to take care of me. What would you do without family? I love them so much. My mom was worried, she brought me medicine, chicken soup ( it was delicious) and Gatorade's. They stayed with me mostly all day Thursday. My brother was so sweet, he got a wet towel to put on my forehead for the fever. He was sitting right next to me. Later on, my sister came to visit. I love my family!

So today, we took our 1 year anniversary pictures in Scottsdale, AZ. It was really fun! Lydene, our photographer was great! We will get to see our pictures in about a week. I cant wait to see them! Lydene was really fun and had great ideas! Thanks Lydene!

Lydene's Blog

So I decided to go with a puffy hair look for the pictures. To my luck, it was so windy my hair was super puffy! I like the look though! I kept telling Lydene, I feel like a model with a big fan blowing my hair! ha.. I had two different outfits. One formal and the other more casual. Pictures coming soon!

Saturday was the first night I went out after being in bed for so long. We went to Dave & Buster's with our family. Oh.. we had the greatest time! My cousin Sara and her boyfriend came from Tucson to visit and they had a great time also. I was just like a kid in a candy store! I was playing , looking around just having the greatest time ever. There I am in the middle!

Here are some of the custom orders I sent out a while ago. I never posted pictures. I think they came out really cute!

This is a project I tried today. I bought 3 paper mache eggs and I decoupaged them using paper from an old novel. I am still not done with them. I want to add some embellishment. I will post pictures soon!

I finally made the laundry detergent! :) It took me so long to make because I couldn't find Washing Soda. I bought it yesterday at Frys. Pink laundry detergent! Isn't this cool? I used a pink bar soap. Wish me luck with this detergent!

Thats all for tonight. Thanks again for your prayers!
Take Care!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Food Poisoning

Im still not ok, but feeling better. Please please pray for me! We ate out Wendesday, about an hour later I got sick. I mean sick. Ive been in bed for the last 2 days. I have not ate in 2 days. Its horrible! I got a little energy to come and type, but I cant no more. Please pray that tomorrow will be a different day! Thanks!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The winner is....

Thanks to random.org
#6 is the lucky winner of a custom hair bow holder!

The winner is:

Stacey @ Blissfulness


Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!
More giveaways coming soon!

Spring Napkin Holders

Before I tell you about the contest, I want to share with you these pictures and a short story. I invited my mom, sister, brother and niece to eat breakfast this morning. We had a great time. Here is my niece. Isn't she beautiful!? She is 6 months old. I love her. I bought her the headband yesterday. She loves playing with her shoes. Toys? she doesn't need toys. She prefers to play with her shoes than any toys.

This is my youngest brother Daniel. He is 11 years old. He decided to stay with me today. He loves spending the night here! He got his craftiness from me! He loves painting, drawing, and doing any type of craft. While I was doing my project, he decided he wanted to join in. He was painting here.

Daniel is diabetic. In February 2008, we got the scare of our lives. My parents went on a church retreat and Daniel stayed with us. Friday afternoon he was doing fine. Then on Friday evening, we started noticing he wasn't behaving how he normally behaves. He was not doing good. He was not eating, he didnt want to play, he was constantly going to the bathroom without drinking liquids, he lost 18 pounds in a week, he was not laughing and he was just not being how he normally is. He is a very happy boy, and his behavior scared us. Saturday went by, still not doing good. Sunday, I gave him medicine and it seemed he was doing better. My parents picked him up Sunday night, still not good. I told my dad he needed to go to the doctor. He had no energy and was constantly going to the bathroom. Monday morning, he gets sent back from school. He was in bed with a high fever. My mom took him to urgent care. The doctor immediately did test and it came back with 457. His sugar was high! We had to take him to the emergency room. We took him just in time. The doctor was telling us, that if his sugar level would have been over 500, he could have died or been on a diabetic comma. He was in the hospital for a little over a week. It was scary.

He is doing so good! I am amazed at how wonderful he is doing. There is a whole group of people praying for him to get cured. God is amazing! God does amazing things!

He has been doing so good now, he is at the point where he needs almost no insulin! His body is producing insulin. Even his doctor is amazed at the little insulin he now needs. I love my brother so much, and its very hard seeing at his young age what he goes through every day. We had to be very strong and have faith.
At the beginning it was really hard for us. Now, we have all learned to live with it. Daniel counts his carbs, injects himself and knows how to take care of himself. He is such a good kid. I love him!

He has been telling me he wants to make something to sell and donate half to "Find a diabetes cure foundation" and the other half to help his parents pay for his medicine. How adorable is that! He is a great kid. His medicine is expensive and he knows my parents are having a hard time paying. Especially now that they lowered my dads pay. Its been tough!
Im sorry, I was going to make it a short story and made it too long. Just wanted to share his story. I just love him so much!

Okay.. moving on.. wiping tears..

Katie @ Katies Nesting Spot send me a message about a great spring contest from Mod Podge. Thanks Katie! I am very interested and started Mod Podge'in like crazy! Those of you who are Mod Podge lovers, you should sign up!

Read about contest rules here.
If you sign up, please let me know! I would love to see what you create!

I Mod Podge like crazy! I love it! Ive done, decoupage letters, wooden blocks, coasters, collages, frames and more! Today, I came up with something different. I came up with beautiful spring napkin holders!

It all started when we took a trip to Home Depot. While my husband was looking for some tools, I decided to take a little trip down PVC aisle. Why the PVC aisle? I don't know! I just did. :)
Its funny! This is how it went down at Home Depot:

Martha: Uuuuuhhh... what is this?

I read the info sheet on the price sheet.

Martha: I know I could use this for something else! Only .20 cents! Thats pretty good!
What could I use this for, what could I use this for!! mmmmm...mmmmm...mmmmm..

While I am talking to myself, (in a low voice & people might think Im crazy hahaha..) you will see me with that one piece turning it upside down, holding it in the air, walking back and forth thinking, and even sometimes sitting down. This is my creative thinking process! ha..

Martha: Ohhhhhhh.. I know!!! I could use this as a napkin holder! ( I might say this just a little louder) I get really excited!

I start thinking immediately how I could do it, what papers, what colors, embellishment etc..

Of course, when my husband finds me, I tell him my idea. He always thinks they are great!

So here is a little tutorial of how to create these beautiful spring napkin holders. I will be sending this idea for the Spring Mod Podge Contest. What do you think? Cute?

Materials Needed:

Mod Podge
Embellishmetn (ribbon, flowers, beads)
Scrapbook Paper
Glue Gun
PVC pipes

1. Measure the PVC pipes.
2. Cut the same length in paper to decoupage each PVC pipe.

3. Using your Mod Podge, lightly cover a PVC pipe. Glue one end of paper and start decoupaging.
In the middle of my projects, I used my hands to finish gluing the paper. Careful, it will get messy! :)

4. Using your glue gun, glue some ribbon around each pipe. Be creative! I went with green and pink.
I added a beautiful pink flower with a green bead in the middle.

This is how they turned out! Wouldn't these look great in your table this spring!?
I dare you to try it! It is super simple, inexpensive and so cute! Please share pictures if you try this!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Fun jewelry organizer

I love love jewelry! I wont go one day without wearing a piece of jewelry. If its a pair of earrings, a necklace or bracelets! I was cleaning my bathroom earlier today and I didn't like how my towel holder looked. Why you ask? Because, as you can see, I am using it as a jewelry holder. Towel holders are not jewelry holders! They work great as a jewelry holder but I don't like how it looks. I decided to make my own jewelry holder, a fun wild diva jewelry holder.

I have never owned a piece of zebra print clothing, bag, shoes, rugs, pillows or photographs! None at all! It has never caught my attention. Things changed yesterday when I went to the scrapbook store. As I walked in, first thing I see, a zebra print paper. I don't know why, but I walked straight to the rack and grabbed one sheet. I didnt know what I was going to create but I knew it would turn out great!

Today in the morning, I created this beautiful Wild Diva jewelry organizer. Its cute! I love it! Its also a picture frame. So what I am going to do, is create another jewelry organizer to match this one, plus a matching bigger earring holder. The one I have is just too small. Enjoy!

Have a great day!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cirlces.. oh circles...

While I was looking through Pier1.com, I found this beautiful hand painted wall decor. I immediately fell in love with it. I love the shapes, patterns and colors. This would look great in my living room!

I really liked how the shape of the decoration looked. Circles oh circles! They look lovely! Knowing that my craft room still needs wall decor, a light bulb went on!
I said to myself, I need to figure out a way to have a similar decoration for my room for less than $15. I thought, and I thought. And thought some more! Then all of a sudden it came to me! Embroidery hoops are round and Hobby Lobby sells fabric! So I drove to Hobby Lobby, saw that the fabric was on sale and purchased a few embroidery hoops. The final project is great! I love it! My room is looking better every day! Here is a quick tutorial of how to do these beautiful decorations.

Materials Needed:

Different sizes of embroidery hoops
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
Different patterns of fabric
Glue gun

1. Paint the outside hoop. Let dry. Pick a color that will contrast the wall color.
I painted my hoops white, and they look great against the brown wall.

2. Cut a piece of fabric a little larger than the hoops. Join both hoops together. Tighten the hoop screw. ( I dont know how you call it )

3. Cut around the fabric leaving around 1/4 in.

4. Here I have all my hoops ready to be completed.

5. The piece of fabric you left will be glued to the inside hoop. The easiest way is to use a glue gun.

Here is the final project! Don't you just love these! In this picture, the walls look a little lighter. The white hoop makes a huge difference. Its nice that while I am blogging I am also looking at my beautiful art that inspires me. Its a simple project, inexpensive and beautiful! I dare you to try it! :) Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The winner is....

Drumroll please.......

The winner is

Amy @ Tj, Amy and Ava Pugmire

CONGRATULATIONS! Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! Many more to come so check back soon!

Dont forget to sign up for my hair bow holder giveaway!

Hair Bow Holder Giveaway

Square Scalloped Punch

It had been a while I wanted these giant square scalloped punches. I finally got them and I love them! Have you used these before? If you have them, please share how you've used them. I would love to see!

I made these cute cupcake toppers using my punches. I listed them on my etsy shop, So Lovely Creations and I had my first cupcake toppers sale yesterday. Andrea is organizing a bridal shower for this weekend and she ordered these toppers. Bridal shower colors are brown and pink, so these were perfect. Are these cute or what? They are hand stamped and I could do them any colors! Sale going on now, 15 toppers for $7.

I googled square scalloped punch and tons of ideas came up using these punches. I really like this idea. These are Monogram Favor Boxes.
They could also be used as an envelope sealer.

This is a card that was made using these square punches. Isn't this a cute card?


Please share your ideas!

Simple Project

I have been busy with custom orders, good thing! :) There are a couple of things I want to share with you today. First of all, thank you so much for your great comments. I have been receiving emails and comments every day! It makes me very happy!

Also, I won a blog makeover from Shabby Pumpkin! Its all great news today. I entered a giveaway she was having for Shabby Pumpkin's Grand Opening and I won! So girls, come back soon and check out the new So Lovely Creations blog!

Please check out Mandy @ Shabby Pumpkin! She also creates digital cards and photography! Her designs are awesome!

She designed Mandi's blog @ Miss (es) Canadian Pie
I love Mandi's blog! You cant go wrong with pink and brown!

Quick and easy project I want to share with you today. I've been trying to use some of the things I have at home to create beautiful pieces. A while back, I found these unfinished wooden candle holders at Michaels for .50 each. The round wooden plaque I bought it at Walmart for $1.12. It was originally going to be a bow holder, but never used it.

This is a really easy project and it turns out really cute! I used my glue gun ( i love you glue gun!) to glue the wooden plaque on top of the candle holder. I then spray painted the piece white. Let it dry and ta-da! You are done! Now, wasn't this easy? It doesn't get easier than this girls. I made this to hold a bigger candle I had, but I played around using different objects.

I think I might use this to bring life to my fruit bowl! This looks like one expensive decoration, but its not! I bought the bowl at the Dollar Store and it looks like a glass bowl but its plastic. I know, incredible! This total project was only $2.50. What a deal! Just lovely!

I tried as a plant holder.

I tried it as a candle holder. But at last, I decided I liked it best with the fruit bowl holder. I dare you to try this project! So easy, inexpensive and cute! Have a great day!