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Scrapbook paper for non-scrappers

Hello, my name is Ali, and I’m addicted to scrapbook paper.

And not for the purpose it was intended.

I love the paper, I even love the little scrapbooking supplies, but I don’t love scrapbooking. Nope. Never could get into it.

So I have to get creative to find reasons to indulge my paper passion. Because, folks, I LOVE me some scrapbook paper.

Remember the elephant art?

scrapbook paper canvas art

That was such a fun “getting ready for baby” project. AND I got to buy like 12 new pieces of paper.

I wish I could decorate Amelia’s whole room in scrapbook paper. Here’s my latest addition to her paper collection

It wasn’t finished in this picture, but you get the idea. Lil Miss Amelia woke up before I could finish it. Now it’s finished, but still waiting to be hung in her room. Crafty projects are s-l-o-w around here these days. But I’m thankful for the little time that I do get to indulge in them.

Speaking of thankful, here’s my “The Best of My Days” for the last few days.

  • Jan 12 – Dinner and JoAnn’s with Sarah. So nice to get out of the house and laugh
  • Jan 13 – Forgot to write anything down. Can not remember one thing about that day. Oops.
  • Jan 14 – Early bedtime for Amelia, hot bath with a book for me.

So, how are your days?

One crazy night

I love a good trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. In fact, I love JoAnn and all her fabrics and crafts so much that it’s one of the first places I go whenever Dave can babysit Amelia for the evening. I grab my friend Sarah and we are at “Jo’s House” as soon as the husbands take over kid duty. Heck, we even brought my 2 month old and Sarah’s 19 month old to Aunt Jo’s House once. Desperate crafting times call for desperate measures.

But this story I’m about to tell you happened one dark Christmasy evening while the babes were safe asleep at home. And a good thing, too, because it was crazy out there.

This trip to Jo’s was so intense that we had to get a cart. Usually we wonder the store, picking up things here and there, setting them back down because we shouldn’t buy them, picking up more things, then making the other one hold it all while one of us uses the bathroom {cough, Sarah}.

Now we are pretty used to closing down JoAnn’s. They “close” at 9pm, but they start warning you that they are closing at 8:15. “Attention, Guests. The time is now 8:15. We will be closing in 45 minutes. Please bring all final purchases to the front.” Do they really think it’s going to take 45 minutes for us to check out? Please. So we kept shopping. Although Sarah did jump a little when the loud speaker came on every 5 minutes.

Finally, around 8:50, we took our cart and headed to the checkout line. Which happens to be one of those snaking maze-like lines where you enter at one point, snake around for a bit, then wait at the spot that says “Please wait here for next available cashier.”  I’m sure you’ve noticed, but usually there is no passing once you get into the roped off line. Usually. As Sarah and I entered the maze, we could feel someone trying to get around us. Really? We looked at each other and walked a little faster. So did the man behind us. And yes, it was a man shopping at JoAnn Fabrics. Good for him. Except for the part where he kept rudely trying to pass us. Eventually I turned around and said to him, “It’s ok, sir, you can just go on ahead of us.” Which he did, without even bothering to thank us. We laughed it off. It’s hard to faze us on our girl’s night out to Jo’s house.

“Attention, Guests. The time is now 8:50. We will be closing in 10 minutes. Please bring all final purchases to the front.”

As we stood at the designated “Please wait here for the next available cashier” spot, a lady tried to go around us. Oh no. I wasn’t having it this time, so I stepped to the side, blocked her path, and turned to look at her.

“What? Are you like in line?” she asked me in disbelief.

“Yeah….we’re waiting for the next available cashier….” I tried to be polite and pointed to the sign.

“What? Are we like in a queue?” With even more disbelief in her voice.

I wanted to ask her if she thought she was like, in England (who says queue in Tennessee?), but I just nodded. And turned back around.

Sarah and I finally both made it to a register, paid, and were about to leave. I remembered that I needed to give Sarah a few things from my purse (Sonic wacky pack sunglasses for her son, for one) so we stepped out of the way of the exit door, and I started dumping things from my purse into hers.

Attention, Guests. The time is now 8:55. We will be closing in 5 minutes. Please bring all final purchases to the front.”

While we stood chatting for another minute, a JoAnn’s employee came up to us.

“If you two are leaving you can just go out that door.” She pointed to the entrance door, which was at least 30 feet away. Even though we were standing right next to the open exit door, which other people were using.

Sarah and I looked at each other, tried not to laugh hysterically, and went out the entrance door.

I don’t know what you were on that night, Miss JoAnn, but your store sure was crazy.



How to: Messy fabric flowers

I’ve obviously decided that our baby needs some accessories. Flowers, to be precise.  Sorry for the lack of diverse blogging material, but the only other thing going on around here is waiting. And trust me, that’s not even half as interesting as it sounds.

When my friend Sarah (who shares my love of hot glue) told me about these flowers she’s making, I had to make some for myself. I’m not about to be left out of any project that involves scrap fabric and hot glue. These babies are so easy to make that she literally texted me a picture and a “how to.” One of my new favorite text messages. Here’s her tutorial:

Just taking strips of fabric, hand stitching the bottom and pulling the thread tight to make a ruffle.  Then just make it into a circle, stitch it closed, and start on the next smaller ruffle. Oh yeah, hot glue the layers together.

Ah, we speak the same language. I knew exactly what she meant.

I made these two using scraps from my braided rug project and buttons from the bottom of my sewing bag. I wish I had a few more colors other than hot pink, teal, and yellow, but that is what JoAnn’s is for. Next time I’m at my mom’s house I am raiding her scrap bins! It’s a little ridiculous to buy scraps, but what can you do? A girl’s gotta make flowers…..

Hint of Fall

Here at HuYoung Heaven we are Very Big Fans of Fall. Last night we attempted to have our first fall bonfire of the year, but it got rained out. Bummer. Do-over next week. So what do you do on a rainy afternoon when you no longer have to worry about last minute preparations for a bonfire?

Make a fall wreath.

I’ve been feeling very crafty lately (at least for me) and stumbled upon this awesome wreath while cruising around blogland. It was a great excuse to buy a glue gun….for only $2.50! Who knew they were that cheap? I should have had one years ago. I bought a $1 wreath from the dollar store, found an old, shaggy copy of David Copperfield on the bookshelf, and went to work. Dave even joined in the fun. I had him tear out the pages because I couldn’t bear to do it myself. Turns out he’s pretty handy with a glue gun too.

I think it turned out quite nicely for $1/1 hour craft.

Are you decorating for Fall yet?

Harry the Heffalump

Meet Harry.

Harry has been my constant companion these last three days. Now that he’s finished he’s resting in the cradle and gearing up to be lil HuYoung’s first stuffed animal – made with love.

This free pattern is from Susan B. Anderson, and although it’s time consuming, I think the end result was worth it. I love how the color scheme turned out, and I especially love Harry’s giant head! Don’t expect me to be making any more of these any time soon though. I need a break from counting stitches! It’s hard to watch Glee while counting Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together…..

If this isn’t the cutest thing…

….I don’t know what is.

Just look at that pout!

Ah, there’s a little smile.

Yeah girl, you know you love that doll.

Aren’t these aprons great? This is a new Etsy item that my mom is making. Matching aprons and chef hats for little girls and their dolls.

My mom never made me anything like this. Ok, that’s a lie. She probably did, I just don’t have pictures of it. She made a lot of my clothes actually. She tried to teach me how to make doll clothes….but we don’t need to go there. No need to ruin everyone’s Wednesday.

Sorry I never learned to sew, Mom! I did learn how to knit and crochet though! And look what a great team we make now.

Glad I could get that off my chest. It’s been troubling me for years.