December 20, 2016

It's Getting Cold Outside

It's almost Christmas, and it's getting cold outside. With the weather change my family has searched their closets for their winter hats. I have a few, but I have alot of hair to try and fit in a hat.
What I have found was a messy bun / ponytail hat. 
I have put up my hair and have the warmth of a hat this winter. I will be making more and posting them online. If you are interested in getting one please let me know. Here are the two styles I have made so far. I will also be working on some thick headbands... stay warm and Merry Christmas!!!!




May 27, 2016

Ooops!!!

      I was working on this blog/site and during the process I clicked a few wrong buttons. The end result is that I am having to start over on the template, buttons and well everything, except the posts.

So, thank you for visiting and please ignore the mess. Hopefully I can get everything up and running quickly. Thank you - Flavia

April 30, 2016

Christmas Traditions



 Christmas Traditions are a part of many families. And there were certain traditions that I enjoyed,  remembered and wanted to continue with my kids. I think Christmas traditions help make holiday memories. The consistency of traditions make the holiday familiar and new, with the new projects. I haven't kept up with all the traditions I wanted to continue from childhood but I am trying. And, of course, we created a few new ones... here are some of ours... what are yours?

    Growing Up
  • New pajamas
  • Pancakes Christmas morning
  • Open one present Christmas Eve (parent picks)
  • New homemade stockings 
  • Making and decorating cookies
  • Open stockings first thing in the morning (even before we are fully awake)

  Added
  • Making ornaments for extended family members, as gifts
  • New Christmas craft project
  • We make a 'Happy Birthday, Jesus!' cake
  • Going to a drive thru lights show (we like to go the one at the Texas Motor Speedway)
  • The present shopping for Christmas - we pick and surprise* 
Last year craft/ ornament with Perler Beads

Craft made at a Michaels Kid Club event, this year.

We are planning this years ornament crafts, as well as some sewing craft to make as a special present for the Grandparents. For the ornaments we have silver plastic ornament balls, glitter and paint. And for the sewing the projects we have Christmas fabric, felt and a sewing machine dedicated for the kids use (purchased at a thrift store for $15, the missing parts for $5 on Amazon).

Lets get Creating!!!!! (I'll post pics when done)



Last year Nana (my mom) crocheted our stocking for us. 
Here they are with some other stockings from past years (one from when I was a teenager).




 * The last one I put on the added list was a byproduct of a decision we made before our oldest was born. We wanted to keep our focus, for Christmas, on Jesus' birthday and the gifts He has given us. And then for their Birthday we focus on them and they get to decide where we go (like Chuck e'Cheese or Boomers), where we eat, and decisions like that. For their Birthday they give us a list, we get them a few things and then with their birthday money, from family, they get to go shopping. For Christmas knowing what they like, but not with a list we go shopping. Since its always been that way, we have avoided the "I want _______, for Christmas" discussion for every commercial. And Christmas morning every present is a surprise and usually something they like but would not have thought of to get for themselves.


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March 21, 2016

My First Crochet Class on Skillshare

  A few months ago I published my first crochet class "The 4 Core Crochet Stitches: A Beginners Crochet Class".
  When I first started the process all I had was the title and some general goals for the class. What I didn't really think about at the time was that for every class, I was going to have to write a new pattern, set up a space for taping the lessons, as well as the introductions, and I needed to be able to find a time in the week where I can have a quiet, uninterrupted couple of hours to record. I also did a lot of research on how to edit videos, add music and I still have much to learn. 



  But through this first class I learned a very important lesson, and that was that it is doable. I can have an idea, create a project and publish a class. I can teach crochet through the internet. And I can do it while still having time to homeschool my children and keep the house in decent shape. (The house is never perfectly clean or put together, but I'm okay with that now. ) I want to be a great mother and teacher, a supportive and encouraging wife who gets sleep at night, and still has time to try new things. This is an opportunity to stretch my creative wings and perhaps earn some extra income. I am an artist and I enjoy creating and with these classes I hope I encourage and help someone else find a new, fun way to create. I don't think that I will restrict myself to only creating crochet classes but that is were I am starting and I hope to have a second one done soon. 
If you have the opportunity to take my class please let me know what you think of it. You can review it on Skillshare or make a comment here on this post.
 If you sign up for Skillshare through my links here, you can get 3 months of membership for $.99 .  

November 4, 2014

Two boys, two different crafting styles

Welcome, to Uniquely Me!  
As a mom of two bouncing baby (well, not so baby) boys, 
who I home-school so doing arts and crafts with them is important to me.




 And with all of the things that I could add to their curriculum I wanted to make sure that they had an opportunity to learn music and art. So far with music they are beginning with piano and as we move forward they will have the opportunity to learn a new instrument.
This has been a more straight forward and they have already decided what their next instrument
 (a guitar for Connor, and a drum for Preston).




Science and Craft cupboard
Crafts station

 When it comes to creating there are so many different things to try. I started by building up our arts and crafts supply. I set up an area in our kitchen where we could work and get to things easily. We work on cutting with scissors, gluing things together, drawing, painting and on...



But beyond that, I wanted to find something that they would want to do in their free time; a creative outlet. We tried a few things crochet, looms, sewing and plastic canvas with yarn. A few years ago we tried crochet and it didn't take. But I recently started crocheting again and my boys wanted to try again. It took a little while for my oldest to get into it but now Connor enjoys crocheting. He has made a few practice squares he made while learning new stitches, a hat, a dog sweater, and a few granny squares. 


 My youngest says "that's not for me", so we moved on to the loom and he liked it for a while, and on occasion. The plastic one you find at most craft stores broke, so i made a new one out of wood and screws. He has now moved onto sewing yarn on plastic canvas, I purchased a kit.


 

We will see what is next. They both enjoy sewing and will be doing more of that soon. Having arts and crafts as a part of our home life is fun and an important thing to learn.

Let's go Create!!!

Are You a Creative?

Define: "Creative"?


Recently I was told that I am a 'Creative'... I looked online to see what that may mean and found that there are a few definitions out there in the world.

From what i read I made up my own definitions and ideas on what a "Creative" is and in doing so proved to myself that I am a Creative.



First and foremost a Creative must create. He/She feels like a day where nothing was created was a wasted day. You might start ten different projects in one day, and years later find that you only finished half of them, but the possibility, of what those unfinished projects can become, is its own inspiration. For me personally, I like to work on more than one project at a time so that I can switch from one thing to another when I get bored or tired of what I am doing.

Being a Creative can express itself many ways : music, fine art, crafting, writing, inventing and so on...

Anyone can be a Creative, but I think its easier for many to go with the flow of life and distracted by ease of routine.


The Misunderstood Creative



Being a Creative can be tiring... Your natural instinct is to go against the flow, to see things differently and to wonder if you can do it better your way. Which can lead to more work and less sleep.

I generally rearrange one or more rooms in my house annually, and I am currently looking at paint colors to repaint my living room (we'll see if that happens, painting rooms is not list of favorite things to do, but i like that way it changes the look and feel of a room after its done), and I have 5 current craft projects going, and others in the planning stages... I don't like it when someone tries to limit me, and I don't feel compelled to do anything you 'think' I should be doing.

Jeff Goins said some great thing about Creative's:
A creative creates art. Not to make a buck, but to make a difference. She writes to write, not to be noticed or to sell books. She sings to sing, for the pure joy of making music. And she paints to paint. (And so on…) 
A creative colors outside the lines. On purpose. In so doing, she shows the world a whole new picture they never would have otherwise seen. 
A creative breaks the rules. And as a result, he sets a new standard to follow.

Encouraging Kids to be a Creative


I think we need to pay attention to our children, who are all naturally creative, and help them develop into their own kind of Creative. Give them opportunities to express themselves and show off their creativity. I recently started adding art to our homeschool regime. We work on developing skills that will allow them to express themselves with purpose but always shows off their uniqueness.

In one project I enlarged a paint by number picture that was a wolf (our last name is Wolfe), and we each picked new colors for the numbers and then painted the picture. and each wolf is unique to the person creating it.

Intentional Creative


The final thing I would like to note is that being a Creative does not mean you are without intention.

We still develop skills and, when we want to, we color inside the lines, but when we color outside the lines... we do it "on purpose".



So I leave you with this question: 

Are YOU a creative? 

Leave a comment below




*Jeff Goins is the blog writer of  http://goinswriter.com.

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