valance

IKEA Calls It Tablecloth, I Call It Valance

February has been a very long month at our home, which is really weird since it’s actually the shortest of the calendar year; but when you’re struggling with the revolving crud that’s been plaguing Winter it makes the weeks really drag. So now that the month is almost over, I’m finally feeling like doing something productive with my days. In fact, yesterday I was so energetic that I hung two cordless shades in the dining room and converted a tablecloth into a valance. . . and all that before noon! These projects were simple, but were a long time coming. Why… Continue reading »

Mojo Monday

Cool Colors and Texture for Sketch Challenge Card

I’m spending a lazy, gray Presidents’ Day at home with my son, the Wii and my craft room (not necessarily in that order). We had plans for the zoo, but the drizzle and cool breezes changed our minds on that outing. So instead of enjoying the unusually warm February weather outdoors, I decided to get a jump on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge (yup, and it’s only Monday). This week’s sketch is a fun, multi-layered design that easily translates into a card with some great texture and colors. The Sweetest Thing 6×6 paper pack from My Mind’s Eye was the inspiration for this… Continue reading »

kid craft

Love Hands Kid Craft With Free Printable

I whipped up a cute little template for the young kids at church last week and thought the craft turned out so cute that I wanted to share the free printable here at Small Talk Mama. I thought the little ones did such a good job with this kid craft that I asked my son to create one for me, and he kindly humored me one morning before school. I just never know if he will or he won’t from one minute to the next these days. He is so on the verge of being a “big boy,” but I… Continue reading »

monster trucks

“Monster Trucks” is Family Friendly Flick

What do you do during your last few hours of what will surely be the last of a string of sick days? Why, see a movie, of course! My son and I have been housebound this week, but he was feeling well enough to hit the movie theatre for a good old-fashioned kid flick, so I rolled the dice with the PG-rated “Monster Trucks” movie. My son really wanted to see this one and I thought the trailers seemed cute and pretty benign for a six-year-old boy and his mom. We try to stick to G-rated movies as much as… Continue reading »

exciting news

Morning Revelations of My Son

I was in the shower when my little guy woke up this morning with exciting news. As I poked my head around the shower curtain to listen, this is what he had to say. “Mama I want to tell you two things. One, I had a big boogie sticking out of my nose and I picked it out of there. And two, I was coughing and then I burped at the same time. It felt quite good.” Ahhh, such is life with a little boy. . . I wouldn’t trade it.  

sketch challenge

Ragamuffin Card – Mojo Sketch Challenge

I am so glad I have a clean craft room! My little guy has been sick and homebound the last couple of days, so we’ve spent several hours downstairs playing and crafting the days away. Yesterday afternoon while my son was playing the Wii, I found some time to flip the sketch and create a cute little card for this week’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge. The printed papers, including the Raggedy Ann and Andy print, were all part of the Iron Orchard Ragamuffin 6×6 pad by Creative Imaginations. I created the “hello you” tag with an old stamp I had… Continue reading »

Rest In Peace From the Hollow

Note: This post was written in Blue Jay Hollow (pronounced “holler”) where many of you may remember there is no WiFi. I wrote the following thoughts early Saturday morning, but posted upon my return to life as usual. I promptly find myself in The Hollow this weekend, unfortunately not for pleasure. One of my dear uncles unexpectedly passed away this week and we are all gathering for his funeral today; but while I realize this trip is not for fun, whenever I’m with my extended family I can’t help but enjoy the hours. Just yesterday one of my aunts and… Continue reading »

New Home Card

Stretching the Sketch With New Home Card

I decided to stretch the Mojo Monday sketch this week and took a bit of creative license with this New Home card. I started with my own watercolor creation on the card base and added other elements from here and there. Painting on paper usually causes a somewhat wavy effect, so I lined the inside of the card to give some stability to the overall piece. I also added several elements like the button, twine ribbon and mounting tape for extra texture and interest. With a bit of ink around the edges, this creation was complete. . . now someone I… Continue reading »

 

 


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