Friday, March 1, 2019

I used to be that Mom.

"I used to be that Mom."

That thought popped into my mind when my daughter brought home this super cute softball bow that another mom at the school had so generously made for the entire team. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing her work. :-)

In reality I still am that mom, just not lately.  My husband was unexpectedly laid off last February.  It rocked our world.  I tried my best not to complain because I know people going through much worse.  There IS much worse.  But just allow me one moment to say that it still really sucked.  Only close family and friends caught glimpses of me on my bad days especially since I have a tendency to withdraw when I'm stressed.  But in God's divine timing and faithfulness and through the constant prayers of family, friends, teachers, classmates and colleagues my husband is now working for a company that he really likes...something I haven't heard in a long time. I'm so incredibly thankful.  If I were a tattoo-getting sort of person, I would get one that just said "2018" so I wouldn't forget.  I still may get a piece of engraved jewelry so that I never forget the year...for God's provision, for our ability to weather the storm, for it teaching us things we didn't think we could do or didn't realized we needed to know.

So what else did that bow make me think of?  It made me realize how much I appreciated that crafty mom.  She did something that, in the past, would have been something I would have done. But to put it in my teenager's words, I just haven't felt like being extra lately.  And I love extra.  It also made me think of Mommy Wars.  Oh how I HATE Mommy Wars--the working moms vs the SAHM (stay at home moms), the Pinterest moms vs the moms that roll their eyes at all that "fluff".  Can we just stop? Let's just stop it all. (And yes, I've been guilty of this too.) Instead let's simply embrace the gifts God has given each of us and celebrate and appreciate the gifts God has given others.  Some are crafty and love to spread happiness through the things they create. Just let them.  It brings them joy to give joy. Some have the ability and desire to pay for supplies or food.  So appreciated! Some are happy to be worker bees.  Yay for help! Some have full plates.  Yep, I get it.

So the next time you see a mom get all Pinteresty, try not to be annoyed or jealous, just give her a "thank you so much". Because, even if you didn't, there's a mom somewhere that needed that mom to be that person.

Now, as for 2019...I hope it's an amazingly crafty year for me!  I want to be extra again.


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Valentine Mantel Tutorial

I cannot believe it's February, can you???  January FLEW by!  But, I have to say that Valentine decorations are so cheerful...a little pop of color to combat the gloomy weather outside.

I came up with a simple, but impactful Valentine mantel tutorial.  It really IS easy to do, I promise!

  • A Christmas garland to fit the size of your mantel.  I am using a 9 foot garland.  Honestly, the thicker the garland, the better.
  • 21 inch wide deco mesh rolls in pink and red, cut into 15 inch long stripes
  • LOTS of ribbon. I think I used four different patterns.
  • Floral Wire
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral Picks of your choice
  • Heart Ornaments from Hobby Lobby
  • 6 inch floral picks
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Glue Gun
Here's the instructional video:

Here's my finished Valentine mantel:

Hope you give this a try! Send me pics of your Valentine mantel!

Let's decorate together!
Angela Davis

Monday, January 14, 2019

A Labor of Love--Centerpiece Kits and Tutorial Launched

Happy Monday Crafters!

For months now I have been developing, fine tuning and making centerpieces.  These centerpieces are approximately 17 inches wide by 15 inches high, some bigger depending on the floral picks.  Many people have reached out to me wanting to know how to make them. Well, I'm finally excited to announce that I have put together my first CENTERPIECE KIT for the month of January.  Of course, it is Valentine's themed!  Can you believe it's time to start thinking about Valentine's Day???  Here is a picture of the kit:

I have sourced all the supplies and have designed the exclusive "Angela Decorates" center pick.  There are two different floral picks to choose from--Valentine Kisses (as shown above) or Cupid's Arrow Company (below):

Here's a little informational video about the Kit:

Interested in purchasing the KIT, click HERE.

Don't want the kit, but would be interested in the PDF supply list and Video Tutorial download, click HERE.

Let's decorate together!
Angela Davis

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Craft Tools & Supplies I want to try in 2019

Yesterday I talked about my favorite craft tools.  So today I thought I would explore some supplies and tools I don't have but would like to try out.

Olfa Circle Cutter: Cutting shapes out of fabric.  It's my nemesis.  Yes, I've seen all the videos about how you can do it with your cutting machine, but I don't want to have to add stabilizer.  That's just another step.  Yes, I've bought the Accucquilt dies that do work, but it's time consuming and limited to preset sizes.  But recently I came across this tool, the Olfa Fabric Circle Cutter, and I was instantly intrigued.  After youtubing the official how-to video, I have decided this will have to be purchased.  It doesn't require stabilizer and looks pretty easy.  The one down side I see so far is that it only cuts up to just shy of 9 inch circles.  Do you have this cutter?  If so, give me your thoughts.

Glitter adhesive vinyl: Why does it seem that glitter adhesive vinyl is harder to find?  I mean anything with glitter should be readily accessible in my world!!  I recently read about StyleTech Glitter vinyl, so I think I will give that a shot.  Have you tried it?  Do you recommend another brand of glitter adhesive vinyl? If so, leave me a comment.

Omnigrip Ruler Grip: Now you may remember in my previous post that the Omnigrip Ruler is one of my absolute must have tools in the craft room.  But I don't have the ruler grip, and I think it looks like a simple, smart invention.  It's just a suction cup handle that sticks onto your ruler so that you have better control of it while cutting. Cool right?

Paasche Airbrush: My dad got this for me for Christmas, now I just need to figure out how to use it!  I'm kind of excited about the possibilities for painting with this tool!
Those are a few items on the affordable wish list.  I have my "if I win the lottery" craft tool wish list, but I'll save that for another day. ; )

Thanks for stopping by!
Angela Davis

Friday, January 4, 2019

Angela's Must Have Craft Tools for 2019

Happy New Year Crafters!

As I was cleaning my craft room today, I was thinking about the tools that are most important to the kind of crafting I do.  So I thought I would share with you my "Must Have Craft Tools for 2019":

A Cutting Machine:  My personal favorite is the Silhouette Cameo because the software is really, really good.

Self-Healing Cutting Mat:  I use the Olfa 24x36 mat  and even bought my 13 year-old daughter one for Christmas.

Rotary Cutter:  I use the Fiskars Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter.  It's an absolute must for cutting fabric, deco mesh and ribbon!

Cutting Ruler: I use an Omnigrip Acrylic Ruler in conjunction with my self-healing mat and rotary cutter.  It really is a great tool for cutting fabric and vinyl!

Permanent Adhesive Vinyl: My preferred choice is Oracal 651.  I try to purchase in 10 yard rolls.  I find it is more economical.  My go-to vendor is Sign Warehouse.

Heat Transfer Vinyl:  Glitter and smooth.  I typically use Siser Easy Weed vinyl.  I purchase this in various places.  I do have a local vinyl store that I frequent, but I have recently ordered from Vinyl Spectrum and was very pleased. I am also pleased to see that Michael's has started selling Siser heat transfer vinyl as well!

Pliers/Wire Cutters:  I bought these Southwire Pliers over a year ago, and they are AMAZING.  They snip all kinds of wire with incredible ease!  If I ever lose these, they will promptly be replaced!

Deco Mesh Holder:  I have two different versions of this tool, The Susie's Original Single Mesh Roller Holder and the Ultimate Mesh Roller.  They take a couple of weeks to receive as they are made by the Etsy Seller, SusiesWreathShop, but they are definitely worth the wait.  I use them for holding ribbon as well as deco mesh.

Steelpix Professional Stemming Machine: Now this stemming machine is a serious investment.  It's definitely not cheap. I was able to use my Hobby Lobby Coupon for this purchase; however, that doesn't always seem to be the case.  I have to say that this machine is really helpful in any kind of wreath, centerpiece or other floral design.

Bow Maker: I have used several over the years, but my favorite is the Pro Bow The Hand.  It's simply genius. I have the large as well as the deluxe.

I encourage you to check out these amazing craft tools.  Let me know what you think.  What's on your "must have" list?  I'm always interested in new craft tools!

Thanks for visiting!
Angela Davis