CGM Podcast Episode #76: That Good Ol' Disney Magic

Listen to the episode here

Show Notes 

Life Update:

  • Summer has begun! School year finish, dance recital
  • Our Disney 2015 Land and Sea vacation 

 We set sail on the 5 day/4 night Disney Dream.

 Cast off deck party with Disney characters

In the amazing Kids Club

Coffee Break!

 Beautiful sunset from our cabin balcony
    • No one told me about the PINS!!!!

F.O.s and WIPs:
Book Review:
 Armada by Ernest Cline

Thanks for listening!



What I've Been Up To

It's been rather quiet around here, and while I could blame it on general life-craziness I'm more apt to say it's due to my desire to simplify things and that includes doing more on Instagram or Twitter than blog posts. However, I still want to share more pictures and information about what I'm working on and what's making me happy these days. 

I am planning to record a podcast episode this week, and have already queued up several blog posts about sewing, gardening, knitting, and mixed media projects. I have also started video recording some content! However, my tech-challenged self is still figuring out how to edit in iMovie, so those will take a little longer to get up and running. Stay posted though, I am really excited about being able to share stuff via YouTube, via a dedicated CGM channel.

Maddy had her dance recital a few weeks ago, and other than getting to wear makeup and be on stage, her favorite part was getting flowers. She has had such a good experience with dance, and is eager to continue in the Fall. 

I have been bitten by the ATC (artist trading card) bug, and making these little 2.5" x 3.5" works of art every few days. I started out by cutting up a large sheet of mixed media paper then adding acrylic paint for a background. In my job as a book buyer I receive covers of mass market paperbacks, mostly romance novels, that I usually end of throwing in the recycling bin after making a decision on them. It finally occurred to me that I could use the images in my ATCs as a focal point. Here are a few of my first attempts:

I have also been working in my art journal and while I've moved on to watercolor lately, I have also been doing some collage with magazine pages:

I also had the opportunity to test Jennie Pickett's (Clover and Violet patterns) new planner supply case pattern which I will do a review post on soon. I haven't spoken very much about my love for paper planners, but I have used one for years and years. I tried to go the no-paper route, using my Blackberry or iPhone for keeping appointments and to-do lists but it just drove me crazy not to write things down. 

I have a very bad short term memory (it flies out of my head almost as quickly as I hear it) and over the years I have found that the process of writing something down, then seeing it several times, helps me to remember things easily.

Over the last 3-6 months I've noticed an explosion of planners being used, as well as crafters using them as a creative outlet by decorating the pages. I don't like my pages to be too busy, but I am enjoying having a little fun with some of the excess of supplies in my studio. Here's an example of this week's layout in my planner, mainly using scrapbooking rub-ons.

I don't allow myself to spend more than 10-15 minutes on creative planning, because otherwise it will become more about the "artsiness" of it vs. the actual organization and planning. But I am enjoying looking through others' layouts on the #plannerlove and #plannergirl feeds in Instagram.

So that's a little of what I've been up to lately. I'll chat more in the podcast, so stop on by!



What We're Reading This Month

Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen

Rising Strong by Brene Brown
(on sale 8/25/15, I am reading an advance copy)

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
(on sale 9/22/15, I am reading an advance copy)

Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis

Sam (age 8):
by Rachel Renee Russell

Maddy (age 4):
Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

What are you reading this month?



Outlander Applique: Block 3

I know I have been MIA around here, because like a lot of bloggers Instagram "stole" my blog. (You can find me over there as craftygardenmom). Now that I am through the craziest months for my f/t job, I can redirect my energy here and finish up some projects I left hanging on the vine back in April.

First up is the third block in my Outlander quilt. It is inspired by this cover scene from the Starz series.

Here is the applique block I made:

Outlander Block 3

I left the top part of the block empty because I think I am going to embroider a quote from the book in that space once all of the blocks are together.

Here is the link to the (freehand) applique drawing of this to 
use as a pattern: Outlander Block 3


Please note: I have received quite a few emails asking if these blocks can be used in projects. The answer is YES! please do. I would, of course, appreciate it if you give me credit for the design and link back to my blog when you share your projects with others. These are not for commercial use at all - even I can't sell them as Outlander is copyrighted by the author. For fun/personal use only. Thank you.
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