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Vine, yet another social media platform

vine-appYou may have heard mention of Vine this past week, it’s a brand new app (free in the Apple App store) created by Twitter which currently only runs on iPhones (I’m guessing this will change very soon).

Here’s the scoop:
You record a 6 seconds (or less) video, and share it on Vine with whomever decides to follow your feed and the entire rest of the world through hashtags because all videos recorded on Vine are public. You can edit your videos, as you make them, simply by holding your fingertip to the phone screen and then removing it to stop recording. Each video plays in a continuous loop. Beware library, church and in-meeting phone checkers: sound is also recorded, so keep your phone volume turned down or leave it on vibrate, or else…

vine appNaturally curious, looking for a new way to fill all my free time or just eager to jump on the bandwagon, I signed right up- heedless of the porn video warnings I’d read about everywhere, and so far, I haven’t come across anything inappropriate. It seems Twitter is working double time to take care of this issue.

Somewhat entertaining and occasionally straight up annoying, you are likely to constantly be changing your list of followees until a learning curve is reached among participants. Without creative guidelines vaguely resembling any kind of  preconceived plan whatsoever Vine can syphon your precious time watching someone’s messy kids endlessly jumping on the bed, an empty sidewalk or a extreme novice just watching TV with their dog- I’ve seen this too many times already.

I must admit, with careful selection of characters followed, there is much to be admired in the stop action and food prep categories, to name a few. So, take a peek for yourself- if you’ve got an extra minute after you’ve checked your email, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feed and before you get yelled at or texted, “Mom, stop staring at your phone!” by one of your children, remember them?


mod podge, pinterest and instagram your way to successful gifts

I contributed to an article for a local paper, about simplifying the holiday season with home made gifts, the article is pack with ideas for getting crafty and using your thinking cap to gift it up this year. I’d like to expand those ideas with a personalized flair- and I don’t mean a monogrammed sweater.

While making gifts can be stressful and time consuming for some, it can also be a stress reliever for the budget-minded gift giver. Here are a few personalized, simple ideas on how to create a memorable handmade gifts, no sewing (needles) involved this time!
A few examples from around our house…

This little love note (above) has been around awhile (Q is now 16). It’s about the size of a business card. I don’t recall how it came to be but she always has it hanging somewhere in her room. It’s a trimmed picture then added illustration with pens and markers– a daily affirmation everyone can appreciate. Why not laminate a tiny love note to be kept in a wallet or backpack– a frequent reminder of a loved one’s awesomeness.

This is a piece of salvaged wrapping paper from last Christmas, I believe M (our 12 year old) saved it and framed it herself. Simply a trimmed up picture and some kind words, it’s been on her night stand all year long.

A friend of mine made this box a few years ago- a plain wooden box (can be purchased at any local craft store), craft paint, collaged vintage-looking picture clippings, modge podge and a bit of rick rack– all coming together to create a keeper. Add some personalized pictures and words for the perfect gift.
**There enough silly/inspiring/random/funny quotes flying around Pinterest, pictures of friends on Instagram and Facebook to cover a box like this over and over again.

Another friend of mine gave this me after a trip we had taken to New York. Isn’t remembering a trip the next best thing?

One of my favorite, most useful gifts ever is this personalized yardstick, given to our family by my sister. So simple but hands down the best.

Many of the words on the back of the yard stick go back to childhood memories, living in New Hampshire and Rhode Island when we would rush to open the front door first thing in the morning- yardstick in hand- to measure the overnight snowfall. Based on the results… we would either begrudgingly put on our school clothes OR hurriedly climb back under the covers with the radio on and pray that school would be cancelled. It often was cancelled and we would collectively cheer with delight. My mom would dread the cheer and the upcoming day of chaos- the tremendous soggy, snowy mess that ensues when 6 kids are home from school for the day and at least 12 inches of fresh snow lay waiting to be played in. Of course I found this all out later, first hand, when I became a mother.

Great lines from the yardstick:
“Ahh, just a dusting”
“What, that’s it?”
“Just enough for sledding.”
“What? You call this a blizzard?”
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”
“The snow cat’s broke!” (a line from Snowball Express)
“My back’s going to be so jacked up tonight…”
“Winter Wonderland!”
“Lock in the hubs”
“School has got to be closed.”
“Where are the chains?”
“Now, THIS is winter!”
“Time for a snow fort”
“It’s the Motherlode!”
“Shovel off the roof!”

One of my goals this year is to put my creative cap on and see if I can come up with something a clever as the ideas shown here. Working on it… but I can’t give anything away!

10 easy holiday crafts (using fabric scraps)

Enhance family time over the holidays by incorporating a project into the schedule. These projects are budget-friendly, all ages- so gather everyone up and get your creative on!
If you do any sort of sewing or crafting you most likely have a container- either a shoe box and maybe a storage unit- full of various-sized fabric scraps just waiting to be utilized.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking, and then cutting. All these projects are made using stacked circles, but don’t stop there- start cutting out various shapes and see what you can come up with.

For quick connecting of layers I sewed the stacks all together with loop-the-loops sewn on the sewing machine, this shows off all the colors and designs and can be made into so many things:
Garlands, leave the circles all sewn and strung together to create a colorful accent. Make multiple garlands to hang on the Christmas tree or in a window, over a doorway or around a wreath.

Framed circles– under glass, no sewing necessary. Variations: create a scene of some sort (self portrait, favorite place etc.) with other shapes. Pillow sham– circles can be machine-stitched or hand-stitched to the sham. Christmas tree ornaments– be sure to make them attractive on both sides and sew in a piece of ribbon for hanging. For a rounder shape, add stuffing between layers of circles.

The brighter the better, choose fabric colors and designs that pop!

Make stacked circles into flowers, complete with stalks and leaves.

Dress up a plain skirt, purse or bag, or neckline of a t-shirt with stacked circles. Use various stitches on the sewing machine (or hand-stitch into place) and let the edges fray when washed.

Use buttons to add details (or embroidery stitches) and make the circles look like flowers, faces etc.

Small quilt– for the more serious project-minded individuals. And excellent handmade gift idea. For more examples and quilt shapes look here.

Any other helpful ideas or tips to add? Please share with a comment!