January 31, 2012

Dear 30

I’ll be turning the big 3 0 in a few days and yesterday I wrote a letter to my upcoming 30 and this is what it said:

  Dear 30, 

Can you stay away a little bit longer? I know you’re just around the corner you little devil, but I’m not ready for you yet. There are so many things I wanted to accomplish before you reached me and only a few goals have been checked off my list. I will never forget my 20’s though; I did have a great time enjoying them. I graduated from college with my Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and Marketing, bought a house, and got married. You have some competition 30; however, I know you’ll bring me great surprises too, especially as I start my new career in Phlebotomy. At least I don’t look my age; I look younger! Thank goodness! I couldn’t deal with that too. I’m happy that I’m in a point in my life where I know what I want out of it. We will be heading in the right direction 30. 

Thirty, please treat me kindly these next 10 years. Try to give me lots of moments filled with laughter and happiness, always in good company. Keep me strong for the moments in life I have no control over and I promise I’ll have soft felt words when I say farewell to you too. I’ll see you bright and early on Groundhog’s day, for now I’ll just cling to what I have left of my 20’s until I have to say good-bye. Don’t forgot what I said, okay.

                                                Love 29 year old, Lizette 

I’m going to mail this letter to myself and plan to open it on my 40th birthday.

January 24, 2012

D.I.Y. The Adventures of You Album

After a vacation, trip to the museum or amusement park we are left with tickets, receipts, and maps that we usually end up throwing away. I have discovered a fun way to use all these things to make a mini photo adventure album. No more expensive souvenirs! This album will be your ultimate keepsake.
Supplies: Glue gun, ribbon, Mod Podge, map, clear sheet, mini album (99 cent store), pin, sponge brush, pencil, scissors, ruler, felt, needle and thread, and craft glue (not pictured).
1. Wrap the map around your album the way you’ll like it to look. 2. Flip them over together and trace your album onto the back of the map. Measure half an inch all around above the lines you made to trace your album. Connect the half an inch markings. You should have two rectangular shaped boxes on the back of your map.
3. Cut the map on the biggest rectangle outline. Place map back underneath album and fold vertical sides of the map onto the album.
4. Grad the bottom corner of the right side of the map and fold it over the edge of the album; this will create a crease. Cut folded corner as shown by red dots. Repeat step again for the top corner of the right side of the map. Glue the right side flap onto your album with craft glue.
5. Fold horizontal sides of the map onto the album and fold the right top and right bottom corners into the horizontal sides of the map.
6. Using Mod Podge glue map onto the album in sections and rub out bubbles. Fold the left top and left bottom corners onto the horizontal sides of the map (like in step 5) then repeat step 4 to finish left side flap. 
7. Make two vertical lines following the spine creases of the album onto the map. Cut vertical lines, cut the first half of the square, fold and glue remaining piece onto album.
8. Fold all remaining corners and glue top and horizontal flaps. 
9. Glue pin onto front of album with glue gun.
10. Fold clear sheet in half and use two long pieces of remaining map scrap paper to glue clear sheet onto the inside of the album. Now, you have a pocket to insert your ticket, receipts, and other goodies you collected from your adventure. 
11. Tuck ribbon into album to see how long you would like it. Then cut ribbon in half. Cut a square piece of felt, cut it in half, and sew each ribbon onto each piece of felt. Use hot glue gun to glue ribbon to the inside of each cover of the album.
12. Tie your album. Now, you have a book just like Tintin with your own adventures!

January 18, 2012

I interrupt this blog for important news

Have you read; did you hear? The government can censor the content on any websites we use like google, blogger, wordpress, flickr, twitter, pinterest, instagram, basically YOU, if congress passes SOPA, an online piracy act. I was made aware of this on Strumpet’s Crumpets blog this morning. This is something that we affect everyone. Please read about it, set your own opinion, and take action! Let Congress know how you feel. Don't let Congress censor the web.  Learn more about it here and here.

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Thanks Becky for making us aware!

January 15, 2012

Completed Project: Multiplying Hearts Cross Stitch

This "Multiplying Hearts" cross stitch design was my first introduction to cross stitching. I finished it last year and finally had an opportunity to frame it. The kit came with a bright pink plastic frame, which I discarded because it looked cheap. I purchased a wooden hoop frame and painted it black and sealed it. On the back I embroidered “My 1st x-stitch,” my initials, and 11 for 2011. 

I’m trying my best to finish projects I started last year. I’ve been making myself daily lists and gradually getting stuff done. I know I have a rug made out of old t-shirt in my closest that needs to be finished. Hopefully, I’ll be able to tackle it this month too.

January 14, 2012

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My anniversary blog gift winner is Jen, from the blog, “Skinned Knees.” Congratulations Jen! I will be emailing you soon to get your address. I have been reading your blog to get to know you better and to influence me on what I would like to make for you. 

Thank you to the four beautiful ladies who entered and your loyal following and comments throughout my one-year of blogging!

January 7, 2012

Happy Anniversary to My Blog

One of my last year’s New Years’ resolution was to start a blog and I did! A year today I posted my first post titled, “Valentine Craft Swap”, which I will be doing again this year. Click the craft swap button below for information and if you would like to participate. It’s a great way to meet other bloggers and make new friends. 

However, in honor of this special day I will be making something for one Creativity Lizette follower, either a new follower of my blog or any one of my 21 current loyal followers. You have until Friday, January 13th to enter and I will pick a lucky winner at random on Saturday, January 14th. Just leave me a comment with your name and email address to enter. This is my small way of saying thank you to those people who follow my blog. Thank you!

Fun Creativity Lizette blog facts: 
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113 posts 
Not to shabby for a year of blogging.

January 6, 2012

Book Review: "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins

I heard so many good things about “the Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, from my employees at work that I had to read it to see if it was true. I borrowed the book from one of my employees and read it in a few days. I couldn’t put it down. They were right the book is good!

I just finished reading it today and I’m ready to dive into second book, “Catching Fire.” “The Hunger Games” is well written and an easy read. In what use to be North America sits the nation of Panem, where every year the government known as the Capitol forces one girl and one boy, ages 12-18, from the Capitol's 12 districts to fight to the death in the Hunger Games as their survival is broadcasted on live TV. The Hunger Games is a scary reminded that the Capitol controls people’s lives. I fell in love with the main characters, Katniss and Peeta, and some of the other tributes (contestants) in the arena.

As you read the book you’ll start thinking if you have the skills, if any, to survive in the arena and if you could survive at all. Who will you be rooting for in the Hunger Games?

If you have already read “The Hunger Games” and liked it, I highly recommend “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver. In “Delirium” the government uses another method to control people’s lives. You’ll see lots of similarities between both books.

I’m happy to say that this is the first book I have read outside of my book club, for this year. I’m gradually, accomplishing my New Year resolutions!

January 2, 2012

Resolutions for 2012

If the predictions are true, I’m going to make my last year in this world worth it. I want to learn how to do more things, love more, be nicer, etc. Plus, if nothing happens I have nothing to lose. I would of just made 2012 a great, wonderful, unforgettable year!

1. Make a blanket (king size)
2. Teach Belle new tricks
3. Re-deign my blog
4. Cook more (learn how to cook)
5. Phone family or write letters instead (not really a phone person)
6. Read more books (outside book club)
7. Find a job that makes me happy then… (accomplish goal #8)
8. Get pregnant
9. Printmaking, graphic design, paint more
10. Run not to lose weight but because you love it
11. Be nicer to customers at work even when they’re being mean (kill them with kindness)
12. Get a tattoo that means something
13. Play with different types of photography
14. Talk to God more
15. Start a diary
17. Drive the freeway
18. Clean out closest
19. Plant a garden
20. Make a wreath
21. Go to a concert
22. Run another race
24. Scrapbook
25. Learn how to crochet
26. Upcycled Crafts

Let the goal accomplishing begin!
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