I got a haircut, well I got them all cut!

Yes, we've all been in this covid lockdown together.  Our whole country and most of the world has been in this together.  I haven't done too bad at being locked down.  I'm sort of a homebody anymore as it is.  It gave me time to work on getting my business mojo a little more consistent and learn some new tools.  Heck, I even tried some HTML programming for a hot minute and realized that wasn't the route I wanted to take for that particular project.  It might still show up in my future, ya never know.  For now, I'm sticking with the tools I have and use them the best I can for what I'm trying to achieve.

Sometimes I feel like that when I'm creating too.  I get a project in my head that I want to try, and have to get tools and learn how they work in order to make it how my vision sees it.  So many times it is just easier to do it with what I have on hand and it turns out just as wonderful as the vision!  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.  Trust me, every person that you think is really good at something had a lot of do-overs to get where they are.  Now let's talk hair, cutting hair is not something that is really do-over worthy.  My hair is probably the worst part about being on lockdown.  But being on lockdown made it ok to have bad hair!  It grew of course which isnt the problem.  It's the curls that came out and the waviness!  The humidity in the air makes it get all wonky!  It was mostly the front that puffed up and was just untameable!  So, I did what I could with the tools on hand and made it look presentable most of the time.  I knew I wasn't going to be able to do any sort of trimming, heck I wouldn't even know where to start.  My hair is always really short, but still has some shape to it.  I just knew that wasn't an area I wanted to play around in.  I know it would grow back, but it didnt bother me THAT much.  So when the 15th came around and I finally got to get in, guess what I did!  If you guessed that I didn't get it cut, you'd be right!  While I did get it all cut, it was a trim.  I don't know what I was thinking!  I was hoping the fact that I've tried to grow it out for years and never make it would be easier with a 4 month headstart I guess.  I'm sure I'll make an appointment to cut it off before my already scheduled appointment gets here.  

Now in my stamping world, do-overs are pretty much a common occurrance.  I have a lot of practice pieces to get to my final piece, but that's ok.  I like to try something new and see how it comes together when I'm working with scissors and paper, just not scissors and my hair!  I'll be posting quite a few projects in the next few days.  I am torn on all the redundant posts but I think I need to keep posting here for you guys.  I've been creating some project instructions outside of TAMS and just haven't come in here to post them.  As my followers grow (I hope you are sharing my blog with others), I'll want to have a go to place for you to find what you are looking for.  I'm keeping GreenThumbStampers in the foreground so you can find my blog, facebook and YouTube channel easier.  I'm really proud of how far I have come....just going to leave the scissors for paper only!!

Fun days in the craft room

Hi all!  I wanted to touch base and check in with everyone.  I hope you are all doing ok since we are still on lockdown.  I see it easing up more in the days ahead.  Michigan has stay at home orders now until June 12th and that has a lot of people really climbing the walls.  I am really trying to throw myself into my stamping business and see what I can do with it.  I'm having a lot of fun down here in my craft room.  Having a tough time remembering all of the areas to update, like this blog.  Maybe one day when I get followers I can learn more of how to maximize the platforms so it isn't redundant work.  For now, it is what it is and I just keep on stampin' along.

I have managed to do quite a bit of stamping and trying to put that out on social media.  I've done a few video tutorials and make up the instructions that I have on google docs.  I posted the Good Morning Magnolia card right before this post and the link to those instructions is on that post.  I have to try again to maximize the platforms and see what works best.  This site does really good instructions, but I don't know how to keep them "private".  I have been doing my paper pumpkin instructions and saving them just for the VIP facebook group.  Sort of an exclusive for being part of my group.  I will post the photos here though, I forgot to do that for the April kit that we just did.  We have been doing a Zoom call the last couple of months and it works out pretty well.  As long as we learn to not all talk at once.

   These are the cards we did for the April kit.  I have to get started on designing for the May kit but I have a lot of other things to do before that, like Father's Day cards.  The place I sell them is asking for some graduation and Father's Day so I have been doing that over this holiday weekend.  Speaking of that....I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend and warm weather!  Take care, stay safe and don't overheat!  My dinner timer is going off so I'd better go tend to that......until next time, may all your creations bloom.

Jill

How are you doing?

Hey all!  Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing during our quarantine?  Are you finding enough to keep you busy?  I suppose with household chores and projects that a little crafting relief is probably there too.  At least I hope it is.

I have been working really hard on my Stampin' UP! business.  Doing my best to get some videos out there.  I hope you were able to watch the One Sheet Wonder segments I did.  I posted the link to the directions finally.  I messed around with making the group private and changed back to public and that really messed with the group.  I finally just went ahead and put the directions out there and posted the link.  Here it is One Sheet Wonder   Have fun making your own One Sheet Wonder, my template makes eleven cards!  I have a couple other card videos out on my facebook page too, check them out..

These cards are the ones I just finished for my Paper Pumpkin group.  I have one more to cut and then I'll get them mailed to the girls.  We will do a zoom call and create them together.  This should be so much fun!!  It's been pretty lonely down here in my creative space without anyone coming over.  That also means it's a huge mess since I don't have to keep it cleaned up!!  I can go from one project to another without even thinking about it!  Then when I raise my head and look around **GULP**, oh what have I done!!!  That's ok, right!?  I have time to clean it up before anyone sees it.  I'll keep the wall at my back for videos and I'm good.  Ha Ha!!  Ok everyone....I won't keep rambling.  Being on lockdown will have me talking non stop one day!

"Boredom is a wonderful push to creativity"  - Tony Dokoupil

Love and Hugs,

Jill

The week of the One Sheet Wonder!

Hello everyone.  I'm glad you are here!    Life has been so crazy lately that we are all out n about on the internet, since we can't really get out anywhere else!  I am glad you stopped on by my blog page!!

How have you been keeping busy?  Probably doing some cupboard cleaning and odd projects, if you are not still working.  My grateful thanks to those of you that are still working to keep us safe and supplied with our essentials!  I saw our local grocery store has not only stopped all item returns, they have stopped bottle returns!  Here in MI we have a $.10 deposit on all carbonated beverages.  That could add up to be a lot of cans/bottles waiting to be returned by the end of the month, considering our alcohol sales have not plumeted!!  Now would be a good time for that fundraiser group to put together a plan of attack on how to cash in on all those returns that will be waiting!!!  Reid's class of 2012 did a couple of big can drives and got a lot of money!!  They posted flyers at houses telling them when they'd be back and they could set them out if they wanted.  They set up groups to canvas those neighborhoods and then go back to pick them up....cha ching!!  Now who needs $$??  The seniors of 2021, church groups, shelters??  It's a thought people!!  Could be worth $100s!!

I've been keeping busy the last week with my One Sheet Wonder design.  I decided to create a template, design 11 cards, then Facebook live the whole thing over several nights!  I'm on my final night tonight.  The last four cards!!  It has been very time consuming for me, but a lot of fun!  I created a Facebook group you can join to get the template and instructions.  Currently it is a public page but I am going to make it private next week then add the files.  The people that are group members will then have access to them whenever they are ready to make their own.  A couple of people are following along while I make the cards on the live video!  You can also use just an 81/2 x 11 piece of patterned paper and cut it to make the cards as well.  It's been a great project and I hope people find it fun and entertaining.  (here is a link to the GreenThumb Stampers- One Sheet Wonder FB group)