The Holiday Rush?

Hello Crafty Friends

I know it's been a long time since I last posted. Of course in my house there always seems to be something that I just can't kick.

I'm going to share a little about me and a little about what has been going on. Sorry to all my crafty friends that have been looking and waiting for something new. I have a ton of ideas going on in my head but I also have a ton of other things in there too.

I really do miss posting and as I said before I really WANT to get on a schedule. I think having a schedule of posting might help me get out of my creative funk that I have been in for a long time now. I have been creating just not like I used to.

We have had many things happening around my house. And to be honest I'm not sure what I've shared and what I haven't. I didn't take the time to look at my old post just because I didn't want to see how long it's been. I know it's been since August since someone last commented, but I do believe I posted after that. 

Around here we have had many family passings, close friends pass and just last week we had another one. But at the same time, I'm going to be a grandmother. My son's DAUGHTER, is due on my birthday in May 2015. It was a rough start to this, just because I was not ready to take in this information.

Now that we know they are having a girl and her name is going to be Gwendayln Rene, I am starting to get pretty darn excited. This is my little peanut at 16 weeks playing peek a boo. It took 15 mins to determine for certain it was a girl, but it was well worth it.

Prior to all this exciting news, I did purchase the Cricut Explore and I try to play with it everyday. I really have been enjoying myself and love all the support out there. For years, I was an avid Cricut user and then they started to go down hill. So I had purchased the Silhouette Cameo. I used that for some time and I still have it and also use it, but right now my go to machine is the Explore! Since the new CEO of Cricut has spent so much time working with the public and all the customers old and new, I really believe they are rising from the ashes of what was before. I can't wait to share with you projects and how to's with the Explore. I have been thinking of different things I can try and show that haven't been done already or show them in a different way.

Here is my Cricut now with all the print and cut material from Cricut that I just love.

With everything that has been going on, I have to sneak in to do some crafting. I do have projects that I have been working on as gifts for Christmas this year and it has taken awhile to get some of them done. Namely, my grandmothers gift. I cut all the vinyl and flowers on my Explore. I had to ink, roll, glue and do each flowers by had. That I think was the longest part. I love how it turned out. Hopefully she will like it. 

Now with this complete and under my belt it is time to move on to fabric crafts. I have been working on scarves and blankets for a bit and need to get those finished up. I really need to start working on next years gifts soon as this year is over. I always wait till the very last min.

There were a couple of other fun things I did get a chance to do over the past few months. I was in my first online crop. That was a ton of fun, even though I didn't get everything done but it was forth trying.

Another gift that I will be adding with the fame will be a personalized cutting board with her name on it. I hope she loves them all.

Here are 2 of the projects I had done for some of the challenges.

For the Christmas Lantern, I made it so you can use battery operated tea lights and change out the ornaments for the different seasons. And the You are My Sunshine. Every piece is printed 3 or 4 times to raise it up slightly. 

Well that should be enough for tonight, I can barely keep my eyes open and I still have to make cookies in the morning. I will continue this post within the next couple of days.

Mindy ~ The Determined Scrapper

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