Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Obsessive Crafter has officially moved

Hey Everyone,

I have officially moved the blog over to check out all the great posts from this blog and stay up to date on all the new ones as well!

Thanks for your patience during this transition!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween all!  As you may have read I will be migrating this blog to wordpress within the next few days.  The functionality should make it much easier for you all to follow the blog and allow me to add some awesome new features on the backend!

Before I leave blogger I wanted to share with you a Halloween tradition at my brother-in-law's office.  Each year they come up with the most creative pumpkins and then set up a website to see who can get the most votes.  Since you all have been so great in supporting me in the past I hope you will all check out the site and vote for his pumpkin - every vote counts and I promise they won't spam you!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

A change is coming...

As many of you know this blog has far exceeded my expectations and with that comes many frustrations with the blogger features or lack there of.  To bring you a better reading experience I will be migrating to wordpress by November 1, 2013.  I am very excited about this change and have been working on customizing the site to make it not only look better but function better.

I am extremely thankful for all your support over the last year and hope that you continue to read via wordpress.

Party Post: Camp David

For many of my returning readers you know that I often help friends & family out with their parties in various capacities.  My good friends the Dluhy's had me help design their son's amazing 2nd birthday with the theme of Camp David.

For this party I helped with various components.  Let's start with the signage...

These were originally created for David's 1st birthday.  To make them I took two pieces of foam core, covered them in a faux wood paper (the large kind found to make bulletin board backdrops) then covered those in protective clear shelf liner (aka contact paper)  I took color coordinated duct tape and attached them to one another.

For the lettering I used a variety of colors that fit in with the theme, used the Life's a beach cricut cartridge and then just stuck them on with some double sided tape.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Project Life: Isabel's baby book Months 1 - 6 in layouts

Things have been so busy here - from all the news about the new baby to working on a dear friends son's birthday party to the migration of this site over to wordpress (more on that later)... it's been hard to post regularly.  Thanks so much to those who keep coming back, yesterday we hit another great page view milestone of 30k in about 14 months!  I couldn't be more excited how people are getting excited about Project Life or Bento Boxes or Erin Condren planners all because of what they read here!
Without further ado here is the latest installment of Isabel's baby book.

Not much of anything different going on here, using the clementine core kit with the occasional supplemental cards here and there.  I am really enjoy using Design A for the main layout of each of the spreads.  I like the consistency it gives to the album and for the most part gives me the ability to include all my photos from the month.

This layout includes one of my favorite pics (3x4 to the far left)  That night Isabel barely slept so much that I was up through most of the night and ended up watching the coverage of the royal wedding live.  Since it was such a momentous occasion in pop history, I felt like it would be fun to include it.  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bento Boxes: Out with the old and in with the new!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the start of school marks a new year for me!  So I have been busy cleaning out all of Isabel's old bentos and started fresh with the Ziploc divided containers and they are working great so far.  Here is an update on her lunches and some handy new tricks I have been trying...

Don't the new lunch boxes photograph so much better?  So much more light and fresh looking than the old ones I used before.  They are also great because there aren't as many little containers to clean!  

Trick #1 - Freezing Yogurt: I have been buying the YoKids Yogurt tubes.  I freeze them and then stick them in her lunch box so even with ice packs they stay cold and help keep the other food cold as well.

Friday, September 13, 2013

DIY Project: Binky or Paci Straps

If you have a young child who uses a pacifier are you constantly picking them up and cleaning them off? Losing them whenever you go out?  I am sure you have seen the straps they have at various retailers but maybe like me, you are shocked at the price for a piece of nylon and a metal clip right?

My daughter used the Soothies brand, they have only two small holes to attach a strap.  I was often disappointed when I would find a cute strap and but it attached to the pacifier in a way that was too big for her “binky.” After some serious searching I broke down and bought one because we were travelling so much it just made sense…instead of having to worry about gross airplane/airport floor germs.