Saturday, June 3, 2017

My New Normal

It's such a lovely experience to watch a flower go through the process of blooming and its such a shame the bloom does not last for a longer period of time.  I guess the fact the bloom is finite makes us really appreciate the beauty for the small time we have it.  I have the great fortune of watching my peony bloom and the perfume it omits is so soft and soothing.  As much as I admire its beauty I am also reminded of its fragility and how it is a symbolic representation of our own lives.

The past two weeks have been incredibly difficult, which is a bit of an understatement.  Not feeling well, I took my mother to the Emergency Room and our worst fears came to fruition - she was diagnosed with an MI - fancy terms for a heart attack.  Following the heart attack my mother required a quadruple bypass and the surgery was scheduled at a hospital 45 minutes north of my home.  Fast forward to today and all is relatively well.  Mom is home, but is in need of constant care which has been difficult considering I commute three hours to and from work each day.  Despite the exhaustion, I am so lucky my mother has the opportunity to recover and resume normal activities.  My saving grace is that that summer vacation is quickly approaching and I can defer all rest until then.

Crafting has taken a back seat to my life at the moment and I am looking forward to returning to the hobby I love so dearly.

Happy crafting,  

Monday, April 10, 2017

I purchased the Instax SP-2!

I am super excited because I finally gave in and treated myself to the purchase of the gold Instax SP-2.  I have been eying it for quite a while, but was discouraged when the price jumped up $50 to $199.  Since then, the price has come down to $169 on I thought, what the heck!  I am so thrilled with it.  I though I would demonstrate a comparison with the Epson PictureMate I usually use.

The picture on the left was printed using the Epson PictureMate PM225 and the photo on the right was printed using the Instax SP-2.  As you can see, there definitely is a difference in the quality.  The PictureMate photo printed with vibrant colors and there was also greater detail.  The Instax photo is a bit lighter and somewhat washed out which is typical of Polaroid-type photos.  Despite the difference, I am still quite impressed with its quality and it is perfect for its intended use - scrapbooking.  I am really satisfied with my purchase and love that it also has the capability to print with Real Time information. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blizzard and new Heidi Swapp products

Who doesn't love a snow day?  I certainly do, however, snow days aren't so lovely when the snow blower decides that it doesn't want to turn on.  Thank goodness for neighbors who are willing to help out. 

On a trip to Michaels I noticed some new products in the Project Life section.  Heidi Swapp had a section called Storyline.  I immediately gravitated towards the Navy and White binder with gold lettering.  The binder was wrapped and I was unable to examine the contents contained within my curiosity was peaked.  The packaging on the exterior did not give much of a description and without even seeing what the binder came with I knew I had to have it.  I was confused when I searched the internet and could not find any videos about the Storyline products...nothing on Youtube and nothing on Instagram.   I was excited to see Heidi Swapp's description of the Storyline products out today and I am looking forward to telling my story.  Stay tuned this week for a description and review of the product.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Where the heck did my craft mojo go?

First, a completely new human being has entered into my life and while I would like to say she came from my loins, she didn't, she came from the loins of my younger brother.  My niece came into this world one year ago and this planet has become better since her arrival.  My mom's first human grandchild, I do not think I have ever seen her this happy.

Despite such an amazing event, you would think I would have cranked out the layouts, but I really have not had the energy to craft anything.  Over the summer I was Project Life obsessed and made a dent completing my Project Life pages, but as usual, work becomes all encompassing and completely consumes me and whatever time I have left over within the day,  My puggy also suffered a back injury in September which was one of my most devastating experiences.  She has made significant improvements and every day is one step closer to normalcy.   It has been really difficult to engage in paper crafting. What has not suffered as much is my  textile crafting.  I am working on a rug hooking project which I completely adore (picture to follow in my next blog post).

So, I hope to resume this crafting journey and expect my creative mojo will return from the extended vacation it seems to have enjoyed,

Until then,,,happy scrappin'.

Crafty Ivy