Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

So I am pretty sure that I have been living at the hospital lately and no in the literal way but it really is starting to feel that way. lol. I finally got to break free from all the hospitals on Monday and was able to see Jim, Shannon and the girls before they headed back to Toledo yesterday. It may sound sad but we pretty much just hung out at walmart and the Subway attached to it. lol. It was a pretty amazing lunch though! For those who can see the resemblance... yes this is the Puppet family. lol. So naturally the visit consisted of talking of puppets and resulted in a bumper sticker for my car. lol. It is actually really cute and has both Eli and his Wife Sophie on it. I haven't had a chance to get it on my car yet with the heat wave but as soon as I get the chance I plan on putting it on my trunk to support the Herdsman Puppets. With this said....It is leading me to my next exciting bit of news and these 2 boxes in my room. 
These 2 boxes have great meaning as of right now. The brown box on the Right is a box that I plan on filling with crafts for the Herdsman Puppet group to sell at the Autumn fest this September. I have been wanting to find a way to help them out and this is one of the ways I am able to do it. The red smile box is the JenniBean Designs box which holds a binder where I have all my ideas and layouts for the crafts I am putting together as well as the items that I am putting on the JenniBean Designs Store. Yes that is right I have finally opened the online shop that I keep talking about. Today I have finally opened my very own Etsy shop and I also have a more formal page in the works but that is going to take a little more time. Either way, I have also decided 25% of each current craft sold in the store between now and the end of Sept will go to Herdsmen Puppets. Every little bit will count.
And now for the first item in the boxes......
Meet Lydia the Lady Bug. She is 3 1/2 inches tall and 6 inches long. She is the perfect little addition to a car seat or a home with small children. The first original Ladybug was created as a gift for my 4month of niece and since then, more have been created for some of the ladies at the home I work at. Lydia has been a great addition to many of the rooms to add a smile to those passing by. I currently only have 2 left in the store and 2 have been added to the Puppet Box but more will be made shortly in the future. This is such a big deal for me because this store is a huge step for me and she is a great way to start. I'm hoping that Lydia will bring me great luck.
Other than all I really don't have much to say. I am going to be really cracking down on the "using what I have in my house before buying new" with craft items and trying to get some of my debt paid down at the same time. I am making very good progress with the debt but not so well with the not buying new craft stuff. lol. I think that right now I will be starting with yarn on getting rid of what I have. lol. But first I have to make a special project for my friend Kim. I also have to crack down and sew a dress before Saturday and make cupcakes before Sunday.... sounds like I need to be sleeping doesn't it.
Ok I'm off to bed now. Goodnight and Keep Smiling!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Im still Alive....

I just wanted to stop in and let everyone know that yes I am still hanging on and although life has given me a few lemons....I am still making a slow pitcher of lemonade. Actually lately has been a lot of sleep at nights so where I thought I would be crafting; I realized that God had other plans for my body. Tonight however I am wide awake and decided to watch a few movies (The First Kid and Listen To Your Heart) and work on this little guy. I am currently making 4 more small friends just like him but they are work in progresses. I guess they are just one more step in getting more into my shop. 
Speaking of shop....I have been putting a lot of thought into how I want to go about doing things. I know that I want to help a few people out with my crafts but I am realizing that I need to be realistic about this all and get things into my store around my every day life and not really make THIS my everyday life otherwise I am going to get worn out way more than I already am. So with that I have opened both a JenniBean Website which will remain under construction for right now as well as an Etsy shop. That way people can custom order items in the colors that they would like on my website and then those items that I just generally make in my spare time can go in the store. I have also been trying to get some items to Shannon with Herdsman Puppets so they can use some items to raise money for their ministry but that is also a slow moving process with how tired I have been feeling lately. I did however get some hair items and pins out to her this week. I am hoping to have both sites posted here within the week but I am working on it as my body is allowing and with possibly breaking my foot tonight, I am guessing that only tomorrow can tell as to where I will be by the end of this week. Thankfully Zach is very supportive and has been helping me in these endeavors. Well more like moral support while he crafts with more manly items like leather and metal. lol. Whatever makes him happy. lol. Either way he is a huge help with adding to ideas that I have and adjusting what I come up with to maybe make things a little easier. This year has definitely been interesting with different peoples' output on things. 
Anyways...I think that is where I am standing with everything at this moment. So I am thinking that since it is now 4:11 am my time... I should probably try and get some sleep. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. 
Keep Smiling! 

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Well I have already semi messed up the 100 days of pj crafting because this week has taken a harder toll on me than I planned. I really haven't been feeling up to anything but I did manage to finish these the other day, so I am posting them now. I have been crocheting with the red black and small ball of white yarn that I have here and this is what was created....

I tried my best to capture it on my phone but like I said. My phone camera is so touchy. I will try and get some better pictures later but what was created was a hand sized lady bug stuffed animal and adult ladybug slippers. I am in the process of making some more lady bug creatures and a few other items but with being really under the weather it is taking me a little longer than planned.
With that I am off to lay down for a bit but I would like to take this time to wish everyone a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend!  Praying for safe travels to all!
Keep Smiling.