Saturday, December 31, 2011

welcome 2012!

best wishes to you and yours! i'm starting the year off right with a blog entry (one of my "committed" goals)

have you found your word yet?
well here are some great ones....

Friday, December 30, 2011

my word for 2012

as 2011 comes to a close it's time to start fresh. think about resolutions, changes, opportunities. i started a tradition for myself in 2008 of choosing a word that will be the inspiration for my year. i initially got the idea here.

i have asked my family to join in with me and think of a word of their own. then they must journal it, art-it-up, integrate it, LIVE it!
as i have been mulling it over and seeing what comes to mind, so many words sounded pretty good. but late last night, right before i was going to go to bed my word came to me like a bolt of lightning. it clicked.

my word for 2012 is:

committed to health.
committed to being a better blogger.
committed to the gospel.
committed to motherhood.
committed to my happy marriage.
committed to integrity.
committed to being in the moment.
committed to joy.
committed to being true to myself.

i am committed!

what is your word for 2012?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

sister aprons and a few other lovelies

'tis the season for projects in great abundance. here is a small sample (i can't post them all as some of the recipients are readers!) of some of the commissioned projects that have been keeping me busy...

these custom aprons are for sisters who adore purple...

i have been doing a few variations of mothers necklaces with the birthstones of their children...
(this one is mine. the hanging crystal represents ryan)

in between projects i will do a pair or two of earrings...for good measure!

our local IKEA has a large photograph of the union station in denver. $50.00 is a little out of our budget right now, so i took my own version, enlarged it and put it in a frame i already had.
incidentally, the inside of this station is just as breathtaking!!

Friday, December 02, 2011

steadfastly busy doing my thing

6 months absence makes for a daunting blog update undertaking! why i keep doing this to myself i will never know. the easy thing to do would be to simply keep up with the blog. i guess easy isn't my thing.

so let me separate this update into two catagories (as anything pertaining to family would be on my other blog).


i may or may not have mentioned that i am currently serving as the first counselor in the young womens presidency (go here to learn more about that).
this calling is one of my favorites. by far. i absolutely LOVE serving the youth! i am inspired, uplifted, and extremely blessed by them.
for the past year and a half i have been diligently working on my personal progress to earn my young women recognition award. this process is similar to a young man earning his eagle scout. it's very involved and rewarding.
a few weeks ago i received my medallion!!!
now on to the honor bee...

i have been pouring myself into daily scripture study and loving every minute of it. i have drawn closer to my Savior and Heavenly Father. i am so thankful for the scriptures.

every tuesday i attend an institute class. we are studying the pearl of great price. amazing. every week i leave that class feeling spiritually nourished and spiritually on fire. sometimes i can't wait to go home and re-read/study some of the things we have discussed in class. this has been a huge blessing for me.


i can't post everything i have been busily crafting/sewing/photographing/jewelry-ing, as some of it is for people who are giving them for presents. but i will post a small sample of the things i have completed.

with the onset of colder weather i have pulled out my crochet hooks and put them to good use! i actually finished this chunky cowl-neck scarf tonight. LOVE!

this very long scarf is super soft and wraps around my neck about a hundred times, making it even cozier. the red makes me happy too. so festive.

i made my halloween costume this year. i was a fancy witch. fancy because i made this very fancy witch hat complete with rhinestones, feathers, and netting. oh!...and the best part of my costume...i wore a whispy boa all night!!!! dreamy!

last year for christmas i made a few special people charm bracelets similar to this one (each one is different and personalized). since then, i have made a few more based on requests from friends of those special people.

nest necklaces. each pearl represents a child. i made this one for a friend who made the most amazing cake for our halloween party. i love working in trade!

these last two are ones i made just for me. i wanted to have something to wear that represented me and my sweetheart hubby. hence the "s" and the "k" and the heart.

i'm really loving the whole clip-on charm thing. i will be making different baubles to attach. maybe some will be holiday-inspired? not sure yet. having fun with this design.

i solemnly swear to not let 6 stinkin' months pass without so much as a peep!! it's so much more fun to share what i'm doing.