Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Long time, no see!

Hello there blogging friends!

I know, I know, it's been awhile.  I just wanted to apologize for my 2 month long absence from this blog.   I really didn't think anyone would notice... but then I received a super sweet comment from a reader asking about my whereabouts...  and I figured I owed y'all an explanation.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a picture for you:
(This is what my garage wall currently looks like)



Yup.  It's cardboard central over here.

No, we're not building the great wall of cardboard.  And nope, we're not moving.  But yes, this does have to do with my absence.

I haven't been posting regularly because I've been writing a craft book.  *Gasp*  I know.  It's really strange sharing this because I'm not quite done, but I figured it was time.

I've collaborated on several awesome craft and STEAM books over the years.  This past year I  dreamt about authoring my own book.  But I wasn't sure how to go about it.

Two months ago a book publishing company contacted me to write a cardboard and duct tape craft book for them.

What?  Could this be?  I LOVE cardboard and this was such a wonderful surprise.  So I jumped headfirst into the opportunity.

I'm so excited to share the final project with you!  And I think you're going to really love all the neat projects inside.  But, I also gotta be honest and say that writing a book is both exhilarating and exhausting.  There are just two more weeks before the final deadline and with watching the kids, attending end-of-the-year activities, and staying on top of other commitments...  well gosh...I'm just pooped out.

So, dear reader, I'm sorry that I haven't shared any crafts in awhile.   But, I shall return once the last page of the manuscript is done.  Thank you for joining with me and supporting me on this crafty adventure.

I hope you are all doing well and having a great end of the year!

- Leslie

Monday, January 27, 2014

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts: Candy, Coffee, and Tea

When hubby and I first started dating, we were grad students and super strapped for cash.  For our first Valentine's day, I gave hubby Hershey Kisses with little slips of paper stuck to their bottoms.  Each slip of paper contained a special memory that we had shared together or was simply blank (symbolizing memories that we were still going to make.)

Right now we're about to celebrate our ninth Valentine's day together... and for some reason I got thinking about that first gift.  It was easy to make and didn't cost very much.  But, it was really special for both of us.  Feeling inspired by that first Valentine's gift nine years ago, here are three really easy, affordable, and sweet DIY gifts to make for your loved ones.


To see the details for each one, keep reading!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Quick way to jazz up old pens

As a kid I remember loving the way new pens and notebooks looked at the start of the school year.  I also remember that by January, things just didn't look as good anymore.  Today's post shows one quick and easy way to update boring school supplies.

Tada!  Check out these clear pens that I jazzed up with colorful magazine pages.   

Let's Jazz Up Old Pens!

(This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you for your support!)





 Materials:

Directions:


1.  Take your pens apart so that the tube of ink is out of the clear plastic barrel.

2.  Cut out a scrap piece of paper that, when curled up, will fill the clear barrel.  Once you know what size paper to use, use this as a template to cut out from colorful magazine pages.


3.  Curl up your colorful paper and slide it into the barrel.  Then, put your pen back together. Now you've got yourself a set of "new" and colorful pens.  (And it didn't cost you one dime! *High five!*)

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi everyone! I'm so sorry that posting has been a bit sporadic this week.  I've been feeling a bit down, so I just haven't had the heart to make cute stuff.  But not to worry though!  We're going to hang out with family this week, so hopefully things will perk up.

In the meantime, happy thanksgiving!  I know that I have a lot to be thankful for.... and one of those things is definitely you.  If you're reading this post right now, thank you.  Thank you for visiting and supporting this little corner of the internet.  You make blogging even more fun. :)   

On a side note, my friend Lisa from About Proximity posted some cute photos of kids showing things that they were thankful for.  (You can see her posts here and here.)  I asked Chuck to draw something that he was thankful for, and he drew this photo:



I then asked him what he drew and was surprised by his answer.  Instead of saying "Cars," or "Lightening McQueen" (which are the topics of most of our conversations nowadays), he said, "Mommy, me, daddy."  What?  Our kid was thankful for us?  That really warmed my heart.

And lastly, here's a short poem that I wrote last year.  Rereading it now, the same sentiments apply.

Happy Thanksgiving!  I'll see you on Monday (hopefully a couple of pounds heavier, yum!)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Using crafts to encourage others: A look at a Crafting Ezine

It shouldn't come as a shock to you... but I love crafting.

Oy.  How I love crafting.

I love making stuff and I love the idea that my stuff can bring a small smile to other peoples' faces. 

And that's why I'm super thankful that talented bloggers Amy (AmySullivan1) and Lisa (AboutProximity) included my galaxy umbrella in the first issue of their new ezine, Impact.  This is a quarterly magazine that will focus on different ways that we can positively influence others' lives.

Their first issue shares some great ideas for encouraging others through crafts.  You can check it out below!

(Ooh.. those cute winter gloves and foot scrub recipes are calling my name.  Happy crafting and have a great weekend.)

Note:  If you're having problems viewing the embedded magazine, you can also click here too.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A 2012 review

So much happened in the past twelve months.
Here are some of the nicest things, toughest things, and favorite projects of 2012.

January
 
Nicest thing:  Introducing Baby Chuck to my sister
Toughest things:  Taking Baby Chuck to get tested for allergies, Saying goodbye to grandparents


February
 
Nicest thing:  Finding this lovely yellow second hand couch
Toughest thing:  Struggling with Baby Chuck's eczema and getting him retested for allergies


March

Nicest thing:  Baby Chuck getting his first two teeth
Toughest thing:  Adjusting to our new dietary restrictions
Favorite DIY:  Trying out a DIY chocolate face mask


April
 
Nicest things:  Baby Chuck and I ride a bicycle,  Enjoying our new (old) couch
Favorite craft:  Making a salt dough necklace

May

Nicest thing:  Tulip Time
Toughest thing:  Mysterious fussiness
Favorite DIY: Hubby transforms our table into a chalkboard table


June

Nicest things:   Seeing family visit, Holding our first garage sale at Beth's
Toughest things:  Having to say goodbye to friends (x2)


July

Nicest thing:  Drawing a small Tulip Time book
Toughest things:  Putting Charlie down, Trying to recover from a disastrous move


August

Nicest things:  Having Katie and Kim visit, Meeing up with old friends, Celebrating our anniversary
Favorite craft:  Making multicolor crayons

September

Nicest things:  Celebrating Baby Chuck's 1st birthday party, Seeing guests enjoy my craftsVisiting the NY Renaissance fair and Bronx Zoo
Favorite craft: Felt Lapel pins


October

Nice things:  Celebrating HalloweenVisiting the Queens Farm Museum
Toughest things:  Parenting strugglesHurricane Sandy
Favorite craft:  Faux Stained glass


November

Nice things:  Making new friendsSeeing old friends, Illustrating my Poem
Toughest thing:  Baby Chuck begins transitioning to one nap
Favorite craft:  Cardboard trophy head

December


Nicest thing:  Christmas, Hanging out with old friends
Toughest thing: Sharing that I quit my PhD programSandy Hook Elementary

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