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Semi-Homemade Easter

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Remember Sandra Lee of Semi Homemade fame? She would doctor-up cake mixes or store bought food to create something that tasted homemade, but without the amount of work homemade food can sometimes take. Today, I wanted to talk to you about "Semi Homemade Crafting". I think sometimes people don't attempt to craft because they feel overwhelmed by the time, energy, and supplies one needs to craft. Take an Easter gift. Let's say you want to give the children in your life something homemade for their Easter baskets. That's great! But then time starts speeding-up and you start to feel overwhelmed and the next thing you know, it's Holy Saturday and you are desperately cruising the local drug store for last minute Easter gifts. Grabbing toddler-slobbered stuffed rabbits and weeks old jelly beans. That scenario isn't going to make anyone happy on Easter morning.

What if, instead, you cut yourself a break? Instead of planning to weave your own basket, sew a life-sized, stuffed rabbit, and make your own marshmallows for Peeps(TM),you just picked ONE of those activities? I'm guessing you might feel little less overwhelmed and might get things ready sooner rather than later. I'm also SURE you will feel a lot less guilty on Easter morning. This Easter, my ONE homemade contribution is a small bunch of felt, stuffed carrots, perfect for all the (store bought) stuffed bunnies that will be hopping into our house. (They get hungry you know.) A little project like this makes me feel like I put a personal, loving touch to the holiday without losing my sanity. And, since the carrots are handsewn, they are the perfect thing to work on while I'm vegging out in front of the television in the evenings.

How are you making your Easter semi homemade?

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Right Brainers in Business 2015 Video Summit

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I am currently in the midst of taking the Right Brainers in Business Video Summit. I signed-up on a whim and I'm so glad I did! People who know me best usually tell me that I have the ability to switch between my right (creative) and left (business) sides of my brain, but sometimes thatContinue Reading

Organizing Paperwork in Your Home

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I think one of the biggest struggles in our home is to harness the constant flood of paperwork that comes into our house. Between mail and schoolwork, it feels like a constant battle. Especially for a neat freak like me! I hate clutter. And I especially don't like piles of paper on my counters andContinue Reading

Creating a Meal Planning Process

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I have some exciting news! I'm offering a new ecourse. One of my goals for 2015 is to write lifestyle ebooks and ecourses that will help creative and busy women (like you!) get a bit more organized. Now you probably hear "organized" and think Martha Stewart. Which is scary because who has time to beContinue Reading

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

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This weekend, I took Jessica Swift's Pattern Camp. It's an intense, two day, online course that teaches you how to make patterns using Photoshop & Illustrator. I have to admit, I have only completed about 3/4 of the first day. The weekend is hard as my family is home, but more than that, I wasContinue Reading

What I’m reading

I haven't shared my reading list awhile. Each month, I try to read one book of fiction, one non-fiction, and one children's classic. Here's what I read in January: This is the story of a strong-willed woman who wants to travel the world with her husband, a captain of merchant ship, but when she getsContinue Reading

Family Adventures: Getty Museum

Tips for Families Going to The Getty Museum

My family is dedicated to going on at least one family adventure each month. Although it can sometimes feel hard to get out of the house on the weekends, we find that we're always much more refreshed if we push ourselves to get out and explore. These are field notes about our adventures. On ourContinue Reading

Creative Business: Crowding-Out Social Media

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January is almost over. How are your resolutions going? I have to admit, mine have been a bit of struggle. One of my main resolutions was to stop wasting time on social media. While I think social media has its place in a marketing plan, I also think it’s all too easy to get distractedContinue Reading

After the Show: Recovering from Big, Life Events

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   Have you ever felt a huge let-down after a big event? I just returned from the annual Craft & Hobby trade show and am feeling exhausted and a little blue. I realized that I feel like this every year. In fact, a few years ago, I went into a relatively deep depression after theContinue Reading

Most Popular Blog Posts in 2014

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It's that time of year again! Everyone is counting down the "Most or Best or Whatever" of 2014. And I'm joining in. Here are my five most visited blog posts in 2014. 5. Baked Donuts-This post has been a favorite for years! And my Pintest Board of donut recipes is always a favorite too.  4.Continue Reading