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Steph and I just returned from our very first blogging conference. The conference is called Haven in Atlanta, GA. It's a three day conference for DIY bloggers offering blogging business classes, hand-on workshop to try new tools, techniques, and products, opportunity to connect with other bloggers, and time to interact with 20+ brands in attendance.
There are so many resources for sparking creativity and imagination: blogs, videos, old craft books & magazines. A trip to the library or used book store is in order for finding vintage ideas that can be made 'new' using current tools and materials. I’ve come across books, pamphlets, and magazines in my own thrifting that offer a wealth of ideas.
This journal idea was found in the 1998 book, At Home for Christmas*.
When the grands/nephews ask Mother Daughter Projects to make them something, well, this grandma and aunt can't say no!
Tyler, the older of the two, asked us to make a submarine for his stuffed animal friend and of course, Andrew, wanted one too. The submarine had to be "like Mickey's" from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He directed us to the cartoon episode where we could find a picture of it so we could do our "research!"
We came up with a similar enough looking submarine, that floated, and pleased both of the boys. Take a look at how we made the subs from mostly recycled materials.
For a play date at Camp Oma, a tent is a must. I designed one that is super portable, easy to store, and sets up in a hallway. It’s adjustable to fit most any hallway.
Like many around the country, we have a Kohl’s store that is closing. Merchandise has been discounted and as stuff is sold and fixtures emptied, the fixtures themselves are being sold. On a recent trip to the closing Kohl’s we scouted the fixtures to see if there was anything we could use in our homes or in relation to Mother Daughter Projects.
Watch out our segment on Home & Family below!
We just got back from our trip to California where we shared a DIY project on the TV show Home & Family. Vicki kept a journal of our time in Los Angeles as a way to document and share our experience.
May 1, Travel: We have arrived! A PA from the show picked us up curbside and dropped us at the hotel, but not before handing us a per diem envelope of cash for meals. That was a surprise! Steph peppered him with show questions the entire ride.
May 2, Studio Tour/Prep: Up early to greet the day! We were still on Florida time. Since our driver wasn’t picking us up until 10am we ventured out to see what was outside our hotel. Universal Studios is about 1/2 mile away nestled into the Hollywood Hills. The weather was perfect—cool with no humidity--like that one day of spring and fall weather we have in Florida. We checked out the LA chain of grocery stores, Ralph’s.
So, there was that time we entered a contest and ended up as a finalist for a national TV show!
Upon hearing about the Home and Family DIY Star contest, I decided to enter. As a longtime viewer of the original “The Home Show” by Woody Frazier Productions to the current edition of Home & Family, I really wanted to give the contest a go. To enter, contestants had to create a one minute video showcasing their DIY talents. Steph was on board with the idea and served as my one-woman production crew and editor. She made me look good. We would have entered together, but the contest was for DIY “Star” not “Stars” so she sat this one out.
We were invited to join in a thrift store challenge over at Creator's Studio by Rust-Oleum. We were challenged to make a $10 thrift store item new and beautiful again using Rust-Oleum projects.
We loved the challenge and couldn't wait to get started!
In 2013, I moved back to Tallahassee to be closer to my family and especially my two young nephews (and now niece). I had been living for 7 years in apartments in Orlando. I knew I wanted to buy a house when I moved back.
One of my best friends’ mom is a realtor so I knew I wanted to work with her. I called her and she walked me through the whole buying process. She was so kind and honest with me. She worked very hard to help me find the perfect home.
Here is a 5 minute version of my 365 videos :)
A year ago I bought a new iPhone and challenged myself to make one short video each day. It didn’t matter what it was about, it just had to be shot on my iPhone 6 and edited all in one day. As the year progressed, I allowed myself to miss some days but I continued to keep up with the challenge.
I have loved video production ever since I took a TV Production class in high school. My parents saw the passion and potential I had and invested in equipment for me. Since that time I have done freelance production, worked for numerous organizations, and earned a BA in TV Production in college. It has always been a big part of my life. In the last couple years I found myself not getting the joy I once did. Production started to just be a job and brought stress and pressure.
My hope for this challenge was to get back to my roots. Years ago, I started by recording and documenting the world around me. I wanted to allow myself to make a fun video (that I would not have to show anyone) and didn’t have to be a big production.
Recently we had the opportunity to give a gift to a friend leaving the USA for a year to live as a missionary in Nicaragua. We wanted it to be something she could use right away & wouldn’t have to store. A trip to Whole Foods provided everything we needed. We found a variety of useful items & healthy snacks she could use on the plane & once she landed. Next was finding the right gift bag that was useful even after the contents were gone. We decided to transform a t-shirt that was meaningful to her & make it into a bag.
There are lots of t-shirt bag tutorials out there; most are no-sew which we think are a lot more trouble & time consuming than sewing. In our version the bottom is sewn on a machine & given a little more shape with a bit of tailoring.
With two grandsons 5 & 2, I’m pretty culturally literate about Lighting & friends, Ryder & his four-footed buddies, and Jake & his little band of pirates. Last year for Halloween, grandson Tyler, wanted me to dress as Izzy as he was dressing as Jake. As my hair is short & gray, I needed a wig. I designed one with yarn sewn into a bandana. The idea could be adapted to other costume needs.