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My Favorite Ta-Dones

My tendency to look at the bad stuff and what my life may be lacking can have me never seeing the good stuff and what I’ve accomplished. So I thought I’d present a pictorial list of some accomplishments that I am truly proud of.

A remembered resume of really rockin’ deeds.

A round-up of ridiculously cool projects I nailed.

And a chance for you to see what you’ve missed or remember what you liked.

Fiona's room recap on Shalavee.com

painted dresser in Fiona's room from Shalavee.com

Silouettes of myself and my husband, the parents in Fiona's room on Shalavee.com

Clothespin picture display chandy on Shalavee.com

I am extremely proud of my redesign of Fiona’s room. There was a week’s worth of projects that I completed and posted. See the final reveal post here and there are links to the room project posts on the bottom. Fiona's second birthday party decorations on Shalavee.com

I endeavored to have it all done by the time we had her second birthday party and I succeeded. I was also pleased with the way her silhouette poster came out and that is now in her room as well. The tissue poms made me happy and allowed me to spend my money on flowers to arrange. See that post here.

First decorated rocking chair for Talbot Humane society on Shalavee.com

In 2014, I was asked to decorate a rocking chair for an auction to benefit the Talbot Humane Society. More pictures of this are here. And then there was this year’s version.The chair for the Talbot Humane Society 2015 on Shalavee.com

This was actually a child’s rocking chair. I wanted to be within the same vein of minimal collage on raw wood with white accents. It was whimsical and just what I was aiming for. See that post here.

Chandelier decorations for the Summer solstice service on Shalavee.com

Finished Floor cloth for summer solstice service on Shalavee.com

I was sooo pleased with how my first attempt at a painted floor cloth went. I had no idea what the heck I was doing but I bought paints and surfed Pinterest and then got to work. It’s still hanging in the hallway of the church four months later. Probably should take it down soon.

Suzani Table Top Design from Shalavee.com

Party design is one of my favorite creative loves. And I had the pleasure of designing party table tops for a dear friend this past Summer. I was inspired by her fabric to make these happy Suzani circles and scattered wild flower filled vases everywhere. See that post here.

Suzani and Wildflower decorations on Shalavee.com

Suzani and Wildflower decorations on Shalavee.com

And lastly, I was super excited to join a collage challenge a couple of weeks back to practice my “skills” and just randomly make stuff from an inspiration word. The Butterfly Effect, collage by Shalagh on Shalavee.com

I am comfortable with this medium and having a prompt made it easy to make without thinking. This one above is called the Butterfly Effect and was made in maybe a half and hour with 7 different pieces of paper, mostly old maps from a fifty year old “C” encyclopedia. See the post on the Creativity Challenge here.Day 2 of One Creative Week on Shalavee.com

I don’t think I celebrate my accomplishments as well as I should and I’m truly trying to remedy this. I hope you’ve enjoyed the little visual tour of some of the projects I’ve been most proud of recently. Christmas is coming and that ends up being one of the most creative times for me and there’s be more pretty projects to remember and create. Stay tuned.

Wanna see the whole month of posts? Start here. To see yesterday’s post, go here.

If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

One Creative Week

Ah, so timid. I have longingly looked at this mechanical bull called creativity. Wishing to ride it with all my childlike wanting. Jump on with crazy abandon, see and feel the rush. And my over thinking parent says, “oh you’ll hurt yourself”. And so I try to look away, turn my music up loud, get distracted, assuage my frustration with wine or communications. But it’s still there waiting for me to climb on. So I did.The Butterfly Effect collage by Shalagh Hogan on Shalavee.comDay One of One Creative week

This week I have joined the creatively empowering and lovely talented duo, Danielle and Andrea of Crafting Connections, for a one week collage challenge called One Creative Week. And boy howdy, my brain is so very happy. Funny how the joining of a group and accountability thing always gets me going. Great for exercise (number one motivator says all the exercise gurus) and great for building community on Instagram. Day 2 of One Creative Week, Big ,paper collage by Shalagh Hogan on Shalavee.comDay Two of One Creative Week

In this case, great for me and my esteem. Because the only true authentic me is the one who’s making stuff. Bad stuff, good stuff, doesn’t matter. I am full when I make. I can not live without it. And I adore collage. I am so grateful to have caught wind of this because people, this is breakthrough territory.Third collage from one creative week on Shalavee.com

See the last part of the week’s collages and the wrap-up here.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

The Easter Egg Debacle

I know you think I am a nice person. And I am most of the time. But a patient person? Having a toddler has shown me all of my imperfect impatient downfalls. These became glaringly apparent when we went to dye Easter eggs this past Saturday morning. How quickly I had forgotten the Christmas cookie baking lesson. Dying Easter eggs on Shalavee.com

I thought I would be able to figure something out on the fly. Give her a way to dye the eggs. But boom, she’s trying to lay the egg down on the flat table, grabbing the cups of dye, and there’s just no way to baby proof this event. As I was already twitching from the rest of the morning, the moment she took the egg and crushed it in her fist, I knew we were done.blowing bubbles on Shalavee.com

I bloody well love dying Easter eggs. It’s totally a thing for me. Mandatory seasonal crafting along with carving pumpkins. But there are certain things that need to be done without two year-olds and this was one of them. I didn’t mention the brain exploding amount of patience it took the other day to hold the bubbles for like 45 minutes straight while she attempted to blow them, did I. I’ve just gotten rid of the eye twitch and pray it won’t return.

Yes, some women are born to have and raise children with infinite patience and no other expectations. Pas moi. I could do without this toddler phase except for the utter heart stabbing cuteness of her saying “Wogger” for water. And the shrieking contagious giggles she gets when her Dad zerberts her on her tummy.eggs and bowls on Shalavee.com

So I am now completely aware that again, I’m not a toddler crafter. I need to leave this stuff to the pros. I’ve learned my lesson. And I’d like to apologize to Fiona, and I just might some day, but not today. I am however secretly praying she doesn’t take this event personally and have it thrown back in my face at age thirteen.

The posts are no longer truncated and all words will appear in your mailbox. However, if you want to see all my lovely full color pictures, you’ll still need to click over to the blog to view those.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks a bazillion for your visit.

Tissue Tassels

I can say that one of the biggest perks to having a party is the decorating. My long-standing affinity for paper decoration is due to its versatility and low-cost. There was that one time my friend and I decorated the most store windows in Denton’s downtown. White paper, shelf paper, cardboard, and tissue paper were our supplies totaling under one hundred dollars. It was the labor that was the killer. Well, I have tissue paper still left over from that project. And when I thought about how I wanted to decorate Fiona’s birthday party, hot pink was definitely a color I was using. And seeing as my friend and I have sworn never to do tissue Poms again, tissue tassels seemed to need trying. Because … Easy.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

One sheet of tissue paper will make a pretty fat tassel.

In fact they turned out more like cheerleading pom poms than tassels.

And I didn’t mind that at all.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

Fold the tissue paper in thirds long ways.

The height of your tissue after this step will be however tall your tassel will be.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

Cut the fold along the bottom to open it up for the fringing part at the end.

And yes, that’s me using my really nice fabric scissors. Because they’re sharp.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

Fold the paper over on itself.

You’ll be repeating yourself like short-term memory gal in a moment.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

Cut along that newly created fold leaving the tissue attached at the top by a little.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

Rinse and Repeat.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

And again until you really can’t fold over any more.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

Now cut your fringe.

By folding it a bunch of times, this cutting part will take like ten snips.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

When you’re done fringing, simply roll the top edge up and secure with some tape.

And voilà, paper pom-pom, I mean tassel.

tissue paper tassels from Shalavee.com

You could actually cut the piece of tissue in half at the end and have two tassels if you wanted to save effort. The impact would be the same. I just adore their playful spirit and their texture. Plus, the cats loved them. It was the most entertaining watching the little cat standing on her back paws on the back of the club chair trying to balance and play with the tassel in the doorway. Happy tassel making and please feel free to ask me anything paper decorating oriented.

If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

The Picture “Chandelier” : Fiona’s Room

For me, one of the most exciting parts of redecorating a room is seeing how the little decorations projects turn out. Any excuse to create a one of a kind piece of decorative art. In Fiona’s room, the number one project I couldn’t let go of was an embroidery hoop picture chandelier. I was “pinspired” at some point by this little beauty.photo display chandelier from Natalme on Shalavee.comI’d gathered up some embroidery hoops at the thrift store. I stared at them for a while. Then I finally found my stash of clothespins, although not tiny ones like the inspiration piece, and I figured I’d wing the stringing it together part. When gluing the clothes pins on, it was a little tricky trying to balance all the weight of the clothespins and keep each level even.Chandelier in progress in the craft room on Shalavee.com

I also loved the excuse to go through my photos and see how some of them look in black and white.

Brother bear on Shalavee.com

Caitlin, Eamon, and Fiona 2104on Shalavee.com

 And this is what I came up with. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Picture display chandelier on Shalavee.com

Fiona immediately recognized the people in the pictures.

And that’s sorta the point.

Plus easy, inexpensive, and really charming.

Picture display chandelier on Shalavee.com

Next up are the last couple projects and

  the Total Room Reveal. 

Because you’ve been patient and it’ll be Friday and enough is enough.

If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.


 

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