Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Blog

I decided to start a new blog for my attempt at being creative daily.  You can check out my posts at thecreativelifeproject.blogspot.com

Hopefully, I will be able to meet my goal of at least 1 creative project completed per day.

Julie and Julia

I just watched this movie last night and was so impressed with the blogging idea and how it gave Julie something to write about.  I absolutely love to journal and to blog.  I do love my hand written journaling, but really like the online world of blogging.  Sometimes though, I don't always have something to write about.  This is the reason that I have absolutely loved Wishcasting Wednesday.  It gave me ideas on what to write about.

Now that I have watched Julie and Julia, I am thinking about writing on this blog daily.  I am thinking that I can write about my creative life.  I have a book of 365 creative ideas.  I am thinking about doing something creative every day and writing about it.  I am considering using this book for ideas when there is a creative block.  I want to make sure that I do something creative every day.  This means, scrapbooking, make jewelry, sewing, knitting, card making, and even cooking something new (not some recipe or a variation there of),  or even creating some new home health product with herbs or aromatherapy.  I will still write on my thiscrazylife-amy.blogspot.com but will use this one daily.

I actually am questioning if I should start a new blog for this reason.  If I start a new blog, I will make sure that I  write on this blog so that there is a direction to read what is happening.

Wish me luck on my daily creative adventure!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Pork chops and new Christmas craft

We had pork chops for dinner.  I needed to find a new way of cooking them.  I was tired of having pork chops under the broiler or on the grill.  I found a recipe from Rachel Ray on Foodtv.com and decided to tweak it somewhat given the ingredients that I had on hand.  I made a sauce with Zinfandel wine, chicken stock, onions, craisins, and goat cheese.  I wasn't sure how it would come out, but I loved it.  I never tweak recipes.  I pretty much follow them word for word with maybe a small decrease/increase in the amounts of non major ingredients or maybe swapping an ingredient that I don't have, but not anything major.  I was so proud of myself with this recipe.  I will make sure that I write down what I used and the approximate amounts.

I also found a great new project.  On http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/2009/12/homemade-christmas-gifts-redwork-hand.html I found my newest craft project.  I traced all 3 kids' hands and will be embroidering the outline of their hand along with their name and the date.  It seems like a simple project that shouldn't take too much time, yet something that will mean so much when they are older.  This may even be a gift for someone or maybe a couple of people, but definitely a project for me to keep.

The other project is making cookies for Christmas gifts for the neighbors.  I think I am going to make the 12 days of cookies for these gifts.  I am really looking forward to baking.  I love cooking/baking and am definitely enjoying making food for my family.

I am loving being a SAHM.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wishcasting Wednesday

Today at @ http://jamieridlerstudios.ca/wishcasting-wednesday-december-2, Jamie asks "What is your wish for the winter season?"

I wish for snow!  You may think I'm crazy, but here in MA, it can get pretty cold and miserable through the winter.  For me a winter without snow is just grey and cold and miserable.  As much as I hate driving in it, shoveling it, and plain old getting around in it, I love watching the snow fall.  I love being out in the new fallen snow, and now that I have kids, I want them to love playing in the snow.  For me, snow makes the winter bearable.  Winter can be long and tough to deal with, but at least if there is snow, I am a much happier person.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Crafts

My latest creative endeavor is that of making Christmas stockings for the 3 kids.  I am currently embroidering on the embroidery machine with their name and maybe even their 1st Christmas year.  Eva Rose is going to have a Christmas Tree with presents underneath and I'm not sure what the boys will have.

I am also trying to think if I can make things for gifts.  First of all I have so many supplies that it will be good to use up some, it will be good not to have to spend money, and it will be nice to have things that are handmade.  I just now need to think what to give everyone and figure out if I have the time to complete things.  I have 4 necklaces that I will be giving to some family that I hope will have special meaning behind it.  I am also thinking that there are some other jewelry projects that I can make that will also have special meaning behind them.

I also want to start the tradition of making things for the kids each year.  They'll get other things also (store bought), but I think it's nice to have something special that mom and dad have made with their own hands. I plan to make a doll for my daughter and a blanket for my older son, and i need to figure out what to make for my youngest son.

Also for decorating for Christmas, I was thinking if I could make some ornaments that are not breakable for the lower half of the tree that would be awesome.  Then the tree could be fully decorated and safe with 3 babies on the move.

On to working on the stockings!