You Were Born Trailing Clouds of Glory

25 02 2018

I’ve LOVED unicorns since I was little. Not the cartoonish ones around today, but the regal, majestic ones.

So when I had the chance to do a shower gift bag for a precious baby girl, I thought unicorns and I’m so glad I did. I’m kind of excited with how things turned out.

Some of that excitement comes from trying new things and realizing those ideas worked ๐Ÿ™‚ Like modifying bag designs, digitizing hand lettering, and playing with glitter HTV ๐Ÿ˜€

Also, babies. Those little bundles are pretty exciting. I love holding and snuggling them. There’s something miraculous about a new born. Something heavenly. So I also included some William Wordsworth words (the trails of glory).

This post is kind of picture intensive, but there were quite a few things.

Ready? Let’s go ๐Ÿ™‚

I like giving mommy gifts. Those usually consist of thank you cards. But recently, I’ve been going nuts with vinyl, so I included that insanity in the gift as well. But I had to figure out how to package it all. So here’s what the gift looked like packed up.

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I made the bag, using a design from SVG Cuts that I altered to fit my needs – that was the first thing that excited me. It worked ๐Ÿ™‚ Obviously, the bag and mom’s card coordinated. But I wanted the unicorn on the bag to be a little more dramatic than the one on the card. To do this, I used my prisma color pencils to define and enhance some of the shading.

Here’s the next exciting thing. The words on the card front are from William Wordsworth, but the lettering is mine. See?

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I scanned it into the computer and into my Silhouette Design software where I could clean it up. I’ve been practicing my hand lettering for 5-6 months now. I haven’t perfected it, but it’s fun to play with. After I cleaned the lettering up, I used it in my Craft Artist 2 software where I created the card above.

This is the inside of the card. I rarely decorate the inside, but this one just seemed so fitting. This was mom’s card. It was a 5 x 7.

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I duplicated these cards and made a dozen 4.25 x 5.5 size cards for the new mom to use as thank you cards. I transferred the card design into my silhouette workspace and really made my print & cut feature work. But those cards needed a box…so I made one. Or two. Each box held 6 cards and their envelopes comfortably.

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The saying is one I found in a book but had no author’s name attached to it.

So now, I have two sayings. I also happen to have two 0-3 month onsies just waiting to be vinyled. So, using the hand lettered saying, and the one I found for the front of the card box (I used vinyl on that, as well) I played with some red glitter heat transfer vinyl…it’s amazing. It looks like someone skinned Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and made HTV out of it it was so sparkly.

Here’s how the onsies turned out.

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Now I had onsies just kind of floating around in the bag. It was not cute and this bag was all about cute. So, I found baby themed boxes in the design store that held the onsies perfectly.

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Here’s what it looked like all laid out.

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Links to the projects:

Carousel Horse Bag (mine looks like a unicorn bag), Card Box, Onsie Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Signs That Adoption is Close

9 02 2018

During the last 21 months or so, the baby has been visiting his bio mom twice a week.

In the beginning, there’s always a parent aid involved. When parents make enough progress toward reunification, the parent aid role diminishes until parents finally get unsupervised visits which lead to over nights and even whole weekends with their child.

Our parent aid was involved until the very last visit. This woman, who was a stranger in the beginning, now feels kind of like family. She’s a woman who has been part of my son’s life since the beginning. A woman who made a tough, scary situation for me so much easier. A woman who likes hummingbirds.

So when I decided I wanted to make her a thank you gift for our last visit, I knew I wanted it to have hummingbirds ๐Ÿ™‚

Because I still want to vinyl all the things, I knew vinyl would be part of it.

Here’s what I came up with.

I liked the tile, but it’s big and bulky. Also, I wanted to color. So I took the image I put together for the tile and made it work for a card, too. My Silhouette cut out the vinyl for the tile then I tried really hard not to cuss (I was successful) while I tried to get the transfer tape to work for me. It finally did- mostly.

For the card, I printed the images and card design. I then had my Silhouette cut all the pieces out. I love dimension and knew I wanted it in this card. I used my markers and pencils to color bird and flowers then affixed the images on to the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo





WHY MY CHILD WITH REACTIVE ATTACHMENT DISORDER ACTS DIFFERENTLY WITH YOU THAN WITH ME

27 09 2017

 

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As a heads up to friends and family who may see my sonย  differently than I do, this is one of the things his doctors are looking into. He may not have it, but he may have RAD like tendencies. Regardless of any future diagnosis, I see a lot of him in this article.

I know there are times that good meaning people think I’m too hard on him. Or that I’m not patient enough. Or that I’m doing it wrong. Or that he just needs a good swift kick in the pants.

 

Thank you for caring, but please understand, his brain processes things differently than the NINE other children I’ve parented. Techniques that worked on NINE OUT OF TEN of my kids DO NOT work for him. We’re forced to think outside the box and try to find things that will work, but won’t do more damage.

The mom too exhausted to make it out of the house? Me.

The mom crying in the shower because I don’t know how to help my son? Also me.

The mom who feels like there are very few (sometimes NO) judgement free zones and just wants to give up and stay in bed? Me again.

The mom who doesn’t know how to quit and will keep trying, keep being judged unfairly, keep pushing for answers and help, keep fighting for her son – ALWAYS ME.





A Non-Craft Related Post

24 07 2017

If you’ve been following the blog for a little while, you know our youngest child is a foster son. He’s biologically related to some kiddos we adopted a few years back.

Interesting things are happening in our state under a new governor. The most significant being the Foster Care Bill of Rights he signed into law last month.

The way the process was explained to us a few years ago, the only time the judge can ask the questions – Is this what’s best for the child – is when they were deciding to remove a child from care. The judge said the rest of the laws are written for the adults – the parents.

The very first line on this new Foster Care Bill of Rights states that the best interest of the child should be the top priority for Children’s Division.

54 days ago, all three state representatives involved in my foster son’s case recommended that the case goal be changed to adoption (with us). We’re still waiting to hear what the judge’s ruling is. But we hope that the new Foster Care Bill of Rights gives those workers stronger ground to stand on when they’re arguing for the children. We’re hoping that they can finally use the words – this is in the best interest of the child.





Praying for Good Things to Come

27 04 2017

As you may know, we do not have a traditionally built family. Our family was put together biologically and through adoption.

As you may also know, last May we received a call telling us that the children we’d adopted a couple years back had a brand new baby brother. In 9 hours, we jumped through hoops and rearranged our lives so that we could go to the hospital and meet this sweet baby boy. He’s almost 1 now and we’ve never regretted the decision to drop everything and bring him home. In fact, our lives have been so richly and miraculously blessed because he’s a part of it.

Next week we have a court hearing that will discuss permanency for this little one.

We’re asking for prayers on our family’s behalf, that on May 4th, the judge will make the right call, the one that will keep this precious boy where he is safe and ALL of his needs are being met. The one that allows him to stay with his biological siblings and the only family he’s ever known.

If you could join us,ย  and add your voices to ours, we would be eternally grateful.