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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Welcome to Hobby-land…

Wow, I feel like I’m living in hobby-land!! Everywhere I turn I’m reminded of all of the things I love to do!! Sadly, they are mostly unfinished projects!

First comes scrapbooking. I have a room FULL of supplies that are longing to be dusted off and used!! I haven’t done any scrapping since my girls weekend at OC Scrapbook Expo back in February!! I remember there was a time I would scrap almost every day! I’ve gotten a bug to scrap again but finding time and energy is a different story!! There is a big scrap event going on locally this weekend that I would LOVE to attend, but it’s just not in the budget. I am really excited to have gotten a ticket to the Grand Garden Tea, being hosted friday night as a kick off to the weekend long event!!! I hope this gets me back in the scrap groove, I have a LOT to catch up on!!

The Girls, Expo weekend…
(photo by cell phone)

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Next is photography, which kind of goes along with the scrapbooking… have to have good pictures to go with those fun pages!! About a year ago I was super lucky to find a great deal on a Nikon DSLR camera!! Other than just using the ‘auto’ setting, I really didn’t know much (ok, anything) about the cameras functions!! I recently found a beginners DSLR photography class, for free, that I took with a friend! It was only a few hours long but I really learned a LOT in that short time!! I’m really excited about taking better pictures to capture those special moments that will one day hopefully end up in an album!! After getting more into photography I decided I needed a camera scrap cover not only to look cute but to be cozy and save my neck from the heavy camera and rough strap, which leads me into my next hobby here in hobby-land…

Some recent pictures…


Sewing!!! Let me back up just a bit. This started out by shopping online for one of those cute, cozy camera strap covers. After browsing for a bit I stopped and said to my crafty lil self, “you could SO make one of those!” After a google search, a trip to JoAnn’s, and dusting off my sewing machine, Voila! I have a cute, cozy camera strap cover!! My wonderful, business minded, hubby decided it would be a good idea to sell these puppies since they were ‘so easy’!! He sold one to a co-worker and that’s as far as that venture has gone! However it’s still living on my kitchen table waiting to make more!!

My Cute, Cozy Cover…


A newer hobby I was introduced to this last year, as a true business venture, ceramics. This came about after having Rylan. We had gotten Brooksie’s hand and footprint done in ceramics when she was a baby and I just had to get a matching one for her baby brother! While I was pregnant I started searching… Google hunting I go… no such luck… the closet place is about 90 miles away. If we are going that far we are going to travel the extra 40 or so miles back to the same person who did them before! Telling her my story of searching and searching with no luck locally, she tells us she offers training. Really didn’t think much of it at the time, having an 8 week old baby to care for and all a ‘job’ just wasn’t on that priority list. But, that business minded man I mentioned above kept that info in his data bank brain. Later while we were discussing what I could do to make a little extra money and continue to be a stay at home mom that wonderful husband retrieves that handy info!! After giving it a lot of thought I decided it was right up my crafty alley, and so 5 By 5 Ceramics is born!! Ceramic supplies quickly overtook the scrapbook storage and scrap tables became ceramic tables. But, I am really enjoying working with the clay!!

Just a sample…


My most recent hobby I picked up a few months ago is cake decorating!! I decided to take a Wilton decorating class through JoAnn’s and I had a blast!! I went through a phase making cakes like crazy, but I’ve slowed down, mostly because I want to eat what I decorate and it’s not really figure-friendly!! That wonderful hubby of mine and some great friends pitched in and surprised me with a stand mixer for my birthday!! I totally LOVE it!! I’d love to take some of the more advanced classes, some day!! For now I’ll just practice what I’ve learned so far!!

A cake I made for our church bake sale…
(photo by cell phone)


I really love all of these hobbies, I just wish there was a little more quiet time in the day to enjoy them!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of Hobby-land!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Little Family Fun….

For months Brooksie has been begging to wear on of the little sticky mustaches Jared got for Christmas!! We decided to turn it into a little family fun, well fun for most of us, Rylan wasn’t diggin the whole experience!! In honor of “Mustache May” here is the Goldman Family…