Monday, October 31, 2011

To Change? or Not to Change?


That is the question…

Etsy has recently made some changes and they now allow you one shot at changing your shop name.  I’d been wishing that this was an option, and now it is!

But do I want to change? What would I change it to?

I love all the cute shop names like CaitCreate, SeasonsofWool and SweetVerbenaShop.

Mine is boring. Salter Creations = ugh!


So I am asking for your ideas…

What would you name my shop? 


Help Me!!!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Is it just me?


So lately I’ve been struggling…

I love pinterest, but I hate it at the same time!

With Christmas, my wedding, several craft shows and markets to get ready for, as well as photo shoots booked, I have a billion and 3 things to do! And yet I find myself  spending HOURS pinning away. There are so many things to see, projects to try and yummy foods to plan! Its DISTRACTING!!

I’ve got a mile long list of projects I need to complete in order to get Christmas presents in the mail on time. Then there are a bunch of projects I need to start and complete in order to have enough stuff for the craft shows and markets ( I have a problem where I think I never have enough made ). Add in some editing, family time, photo shoots, laundry, dishes, dusting, a couple projects I want for me, and there are seriously not enough hours in the day.

Plus I think I have crafting ADD! I can’t seem to work on one project for longer than a couple hours. Then I get distracted by the other things I’m in the middle of, or I find myself once again on pinterest adding more projects to my To Do list.

Its enough to drive me insane!!

Oh and did I mention that I am seriously considering making my own wedding dress???


I know I’m nuts!


Here are some of my top Pinterest Projects…



Oh and I really want to make a Christmas quilt! I have the fabric and everything :) Now if I only had the time…………………………………………………….

Friday, October 28, 2011

Spiders! Oh My!!


As a family friendly alternative to Halloween, my church hosts a fall festival even each year. The kids (and even some parents) get to dress up, play games, eat a ton of sugar and take home a ton of candy. They were looking for volunteers to help make cupcakes for the kids, and I of course offered to make a couple dozen :)

Originally I was just planning on making boring old cupcakes, and slapping on some boring old icing, but then I cam across this on pinterest!


Super adorable spider web cookies from Bakerella! I loved the look of these… not too scary and totally kid friendly :)

I made a few changes. The most obvious one being I used cupcakes and they used cookies. The other difference is they used Trix cereal for the spider bodies and I used M&M’s. Hurray! More chocolate!!

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Mine aren’t quite as pretty, but they sure were delicious! Just ask Mule. He ate a couple before I could explain that they were for the kids :s Good thing I had extras lol.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rosy Rosettes


I’m in love with hand rolled, fabric rosettes! There are a million different things you can do with them :)

I’ve made headbands, pins, and used them to embellish a whole bunch of other things, but when I saw these…




I was inspired.

My friend Meig had that last picture pinned to one of her boards on Pinterest so I whipped up one to send her as part of our swap exchange. I was Hooked!

But I wanted to put my own spin on it. After looking around pinterest and etsy, I discovered that rosette pendants have been done, but I didn’t find any mini rosettes with my “spin”…

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Each rosette is around an inch in diameter and has a charm or 2 with it.

And of course I tried my hand at some rosette rings I while I had the glue gun out.

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I have added a couple to my etsy shop and I’ll have a bunch more made up for the Christmas markets/craft shows I’ve got coming up.

So what do you think? I can’t wait to wear another one in the morning!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Swappy Love :)


I got my package from Meig yesterday ! :D She sent me some awesome stuff !

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A wonderful piece of mixed media art featuring a gorgeous pic she took and part of one of my favorite quotes.

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A snuggly mug cozy, delicious coffee (LOVE the pumpkin spice!), and a super cute crocheted rose pin.

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The glass on the art didn’t fair to well in the mail, but I happened to have a frame on hand :) The lighting totally sucks (the living room is the worst place pictures! No natural light at all!), but at least you can see its new home.


Thanks so much Meig! Its been great getting to know you and I am so happy to call you “friend” :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Oh man…Its Wednesday!


Mule has been sick for the past 3 days. Sickest he’s been in years apparently. Is it just me or are men impossibly grumpy and toddler like when they are sick? Oh and all he wants to eat is Kraft dinner and chocolate chip cookies.


So I need to laugh and take my mind off the fact that I haven’t gotten anything more productive than showering done today.

Bring on Pinterest! hehehe








I Love the baby burrito! I actually spewed Dr. Pepper :)

OK I feel better now… off to be productive while the crank pot naps! (How do you mom’s do it?????)

Monday, October 17, 2011

I Love …





Shocked? Well you shouldn’t be :) It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I’ve had family and friends fight against Breast cancer. Some have won, some have lost. All were incredible fighters and I stand in awe of their Strength. I lost my Nana to cancer in 2001. It started out as breast cancer. She beat the pants off it! and went into remission. Only to have it come back. She is one if the strongest most incredible woman I’ve ever known and I still miss her. She taught me most of what I know about sewing, crocheting, and being crafty and she left behind an incredible legacy.

Friends of mine back home have an amazing company called High Rise Studio. They are incredibly talented film makers and recently they released a commercial called “I Love Boobies” This hit really close to home for me. I know most of the people in it and I know some of their stories personally.

Be inspired by this! If you’re going through a cancer “situation” now my thoughts and prayers are with you. Be strong and remember the legacy you leave behind.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Quilts are…


Like being wrapped up in the perfect hug :)

At least that’s how I feel. They are labor intensive, time consuming pieces of art that reflect the makers heart. Of Course that’s just my opinion :) I’m in the midst of another baby quilt and planning of a block swap with a friend (if you’re interested let me know. We’re still trying to figure out how to make it work well) and I took a pinterest break for some inspiration.


These are just a few of the ones that I love. And will be inspiration for my next major quilting project – the master bedroom :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I have a secret :)


OK well its not really a secret :) But saying it’s a secret seems to make it so much  more fun!

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for a fall/Halloween swap hosted by Pink Stiches. But since I’m not much of a fan of Halloween, I’m going more with the fall theme.

I got an AWESOME swap partner named Meig :)


I hijacked this pic from her Facebook page :)

We hit it off right from the start and have become fast friends. Nothing like finding people that share your passions to connect with… even if we 2,000ish miles apart.

Meig blogs at global odyssey and at crafty girl squared, and I have to say, she is quite the talented chick!


Now Meig… if you’re reading this stop now! Go no further :)






If you’re not Meig, I’ve got a sneak peak of a few of the goodies I’m sending her way :)


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Can’t wait to get this in the mail!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Its never to early for…





At least I don’t think its too early. Especially with planning a wedding for the first of January! I’ve got to be on my organizational A game.

So I’ve started pinning :) Oh how I love pinning :D


These are just a few of the ideas that I’ve come across that I want to add to my projects list. Man! That list is starting to get LONG :) But that’s how I like it.

If you love pinning, and want to pin along with me, feel free to follow me or request an invite (just leave me a comment).

Monday, October 10, 2011

Upcycled Bathroom Caddy


I’ve desperately been needing a place to store my jewelry. Its been living in a plastic baggy since I got to Texas. So I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for the perfect item to upcycle while out thrifting. I finally found the perfect thing! It was a sweet little bathroom caddy that practically jumped into my basket at the thrift store. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it :)

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The (almost) before picture. I was measuring my poultry wire. Wasn’t until I’d attached it with some silver wire I had on hand that I realized I didn’t have a before pic :s

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I cut some felt pieces to fit the basket on the top and hot glued them together, making this a no sew project :) Then I took it out into the garage and spray painted the heck out of it. We had a “soft sesame” color in the garage from some of Mules previous projects and it works perfectly.

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(Sorry for the bad lighting. It was really late and the flourecent over head lights are brutal for lighting :s)

I put the felt “basket” back in and added my rings and smaller earrings, hung the larger earrings on the poultry wire and necklaces over the “arms”

It turned out to be exactly what I wanted and needed. I’m in Love! :D