New website, New name :-)

Happy Thursday everyone!

This is my first post at my new website! Yay for me!  For anyone who has been following my Bug a boo corner blog, I have changed my name to “Little Sister’s Crafts”.  Because I am the youngest of 6 kids (and crafty) I figured the name was a good fit :-)  Really I can’t take credit for it though because it was my brothers brilliant name idea, and he has been trying to convince me to make this change for over a year now, but it is always intimidating for me to move into unfamiliar territory, but I finally had the guts to make the plunge! Thanks Russ for all your help :-) I also wanted to make the change so I could link up this Little Sister’s Crafts website, My  Etsy store and facebook page all together so people could more easily find me :-)

To update everyone on what I have been up to lately,  I have been really busy the last few weeks cutting out lots of these unfinished Nativity puzzles for several bulk orders.(mostly for Super Saturdays)

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I also just got my first order for 2012 to make a finished puzzle like the one below.

This one is going all the way to Taiwan! I love knowing my handiwork is going all over the world :-)

I have been so busy with my Nativity puzzles that I have not had time to work on my Halloween and fall crafts. I am hoping I will have more time next week I have some fun ideas I want to do 😉

 

Double Yokes!

My baby chicks I got last spring are are little ladies now and have been laying eggs for a couple of weeks :-)  My son gathered up the eggs the other morning and this is what he brought in a huge egg!

  
The one on the right is a regular sized egg. 
And this is why the egg was so huge!
Double Yoke :-) My son claimed this egg since he gathered it.
interestingly we have had two other double yoke eggs this week.  I think that my new hens are just still getting the hang of this whole laying thing and unfortunately I don’t think this fun phase of double yoke eggs will last long :-(

Calgon take me away!

It has been a long time since I have posted on this blog.  Do people still even blog these days?
 Back in 2009 when I first started blogging it was so fun!  I liked to find and follow other blogs with cute and clever ideas to share.  Then I have noticed over time blogging become more like a business for some people!  They would have guest posts with other bloggers and then of course you can’t forget the giveaway contests to draw more people to their blogs.  I would say I am pretty computer savvy, but I can’t seem to keep up with all the new changes that happen every few months in the blogging world.  Every time I think I have things down pretty good I find new things other people are doing like adding face book, tweet and Pin buttons to their blogs. etc
And now that Pinterest is so big I don’t even follow my favorite blogs anymore.  I can find everything I am looking for on Pinterest and it links me to the blog or website that those pins come from.
Today I was catching up on some other blogs that I have followed in the past and I am amazed at the energy these women must have!  Some how they have time to be a mother, Do regular cute crafts, remodel their homes, go on awesome vacations, Have amazing organizational skills, Spotless houses, Make special gifts for their kids teachers, keep up with every Holiday, sew boutique style clothes for their kids, keep their home cute and trendy with  DIY tricks and tips, prepare new exciting and delicious meals and desserts, Get noticed by craft stores and magazines and be invited to share their wonderful crafting knowledge at special craft conferences and be featured in their magazines.  My personal favorite sign that you must have made it big in the crafting world here in Utah is when you get invited to be on Studio 5 or Good Things Utah :-) It made me tired just reading about it all!
My life This summer consisted of being a Frazzled Mom who can’t seem to keep up with all my kids are involved in, A house that always seems to be a mess, A garden that does not seem to want to produce anything except Zucchini, A Million craft ideas that are in my head, but seem to remain in my head because I can’t seem to find the time to sit down and make them, No awesome vacations because we don’t have the money or time to go on any, I did read a couple of good books, “How Green was my Valley” and “EdenBrooke”
Going to Girls camp and keep up with my Young Women’s calling, Every room in my house needs reorganized and redecorated, Trying to get my kids ready for the new school year, Swimming lessons and football practices, 3 different kids birthday and parties to go with them mingled with Family visiting from out of town (which was the biggest highlight of my Summer :)  And to top it all off instead of getting healthy and fit this summer I became less healthy and gained a few unsightly pounds :-/  So I guess I feel a little under whelmed with myself and my accomplishments this Summer :-)  One thing I am excited about lately is I have started getting big bulk orders for my unfinished Nativity puzzles and That will force me to clean the garage and get back into the wood cutting mode :-)
Well sorry to go off and ramble on so long.  My next post will be more useful and exciting I promise!

Michelle

LDS Etsy team prize give away!

I am so excited let you all  know about a Esty give away that I am involved in!  I and several other Etsy store owners are donating items from our shops for a 16 prize give away :-)  There will be one winner and 16 prizes! Whoot! Whoot!  Check out all the details at http://babygiveaways.blogspot.com/2012/05/lds-etsy-team-giveaway-1-winner-16.html
 I am giving away a Wood burned, water colored, Decorative set of Russian Dolls.  Check out the rest of the great prizes!

Good Luck!

Silhouettes

I’m so excited about this gift that I’m giving to my in-laws this year. My oh-so-talented brother, Russ, whipped these out for me over the Thanksgiving holiday while he and his cute wife and ADORABLE new baby girl were visiting us. I’ve wanted sillouettes of my kids for so long and I’m thrilled to have them and to give them. You can see more of what he does here. Be sure to click on the link for Portraits and Sketches. He constantly amazes me!!

A rainbow puzzle!

I spent a big part of my day yesterday cutting out new wood crafts for an upcoming craft fair I am doing this coming week.  I have never done a craft fair before and I am kind of nervous if people will be interested in my stuff.  I am mainly saleing my my Nativity puzzles and then adding some other things on top of that. 
I saw this stacking rainbow puzzle here.  And decided I wanted to try something like it.
so this is what I came up with :-)

first I found some rainbow clip art and then transferred it onto wood and cut it out with the scroll saw.
Next I painted the wood pieces.  My new favorite paint medium is water color paint!  I like how you can get a nice vibrant color yet you can still see the wood grain. 
Ta Da!  The grand finish!  I am not sure if I have the color order right, but my daughter assured me this was the color order since i was too lazy to get up and google it at the time. 
 
I think I will do it on thicker wood next time so it would be more durable for little kids to play with. 
I made 3 other type of puzzles too.  I will show them later this week as I make them :-)

We’ve Been Booed!!

I don’t know about all of you, but I love the energy that comes with Halloween. The decorating, the parties, the fall weather, ALL of it!! One of the traditions we enjoy every year BOOing people. So far this year we’ve been twice, which is so exciting to find a yummy treat on your doorstep and know that someone has been thinking about you and yours. Tonight we are going to go around and BOO a few people ourselves. (Hehehe) Last year I had a hard time finding just the right BOO sign and poem, so I made my own. Feel free to print off and use as many as you like. Go on, get BOOing!!