Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Restyle me!

Well, Christmas is over.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.  Ours was magical... spent with family, and friends and was full of wonderful memories.  The gifts are all opened, my lists are all crossed off, so this is my relaxing nesting week and then school begins next Wednesday!  Unfortunately that means this space will quiet down once more as I am taking 15 credits next quarter and there is a baby girl on the way in a few weeks!  Yikes, what have I gotten myself into?

Even though I won't have too much time for crafting/sewing and the like in the next 13 weeks I wanted to be a part of this.  Project Restyle lasts for an entire year, so I figured I should have a chance to finish a couple little projects here and there.

I guess this would also fit nicely into my New Year's resolution of trying to use what craft and sewing supplies I already have on hand and completing projects without purchasing new items.  I think that's a good resolution, don't you?  Definitely will clear up some of my "creative clutter."
What are your New Year's resolutions for 2011?


Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I made these for a friend last year.  One for mommy-to-be and one for daddy-to-be.  Well, this year baby joined the group and she needed a stocking.  I couldn't find the font I used for the names, so I tried to copy it as best I could.  It came out a little wonky, I think.  Or maybe I was just rushed because I finished this right in the middle of finals (yikes!). 

I think the colors were so cute and I bought a little more of the fabric so I could make one for my baby girl.  Not the unborn one, but the one who just turned two.  I am working on that this week, they will be done my Christmas, I just keep telling myself that, you have to think positive you know.  :o)  

What last minute projects are you working on this week?


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A countdown to Christmas...

And it only took my a year to complete!  No really, I started working on an advent calendar last year, in November of 2009.  After rummaging through some craft supplies, while setting up my craft/sewing room in late October, guess what I found?  An unfinished advent calendar!  So I set to work, 30 minutes here, 20 minutes there.  It was slow moving as children and school was my main priority.  But by staying up late a few nights before December 1st I was able to finish it!

I was inspired by this and another advent that I found last year.  But I can't find a link to the other one, I'm sorry!  I want to give credit where credit is due, so just know it wasn't totally my idea.  :o)

Each felt pocket is hand stitched and closed with a vintage button.  Each pocket contains a candy cane, a verse, and a fun activity to do for the day.
The tree is made of granny squares with white trim and the bows are leftover felt from the pockets.  Looks almost Dr. Suess-ish to me.

I am so relieved that this is finally finished.  Good grief!

Monday, December 20, 2010


Wow, I was going to post this on Saturday morning but sheesh, its been a rough couple days.  Friday night we had a big windstorm and were without power for nearly 12 hours!  This morning I woke up to a toilet that was acting really weird and then the bath tub started filling with murky water (gross!) and it ended up our septic system that was backing up.  Yuck.  Thank goodness nothing overflowed into the house, oh that would have been terrible.  Anywho, now that its quiet, clean, and I have electricity I would like to post the winners of my SMS yarn giveaway.  

Winner #1
Stacy said...
What a great collection of yarn!
Winner #2
Lee said...
What a lovely giveaway! thank you - I am a blog reader, right now anyway! have a wonderful holiday.
Winner #3
Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...
Wow, love all the vintage yarn!! Thank you for the generous giveaway!!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I'm following you now too :)Carrie 
Congrats to all three of you.  I've contacted everyone by email and will be shipping out the yarn tomorrow.
As always the giveaway was so much fun and I have found plenty of new blogs, which means new inspiration.  For those of you that participated, I hope you enjoyed yourselves as well.
Stay tuned this next week as I'll be sharing some cute projects that I've completed just in time for the holidays.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Giveaway Day!

**A BIG FAT !!THANK YOU! to all 141 of you who entered my giveaway, comments are now closed and I will be picking three winners randomly and contacting you via email, to all those who didn't win, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment on my blog!!**

Hi!  Welcome to by name is Crissy and I love to create things.  It has been rather quiet here the past few months, however, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a giveaway.  Sew, Mama, Sew! is hosting the fabulous giveaway day that we all know and love so very much.  I can't wait to head over to the lists and enter into as many giveaways as I can.  With all the chances there are, you are almost guaranteed to win something!

Now that you are here, I am sure you'd love to know what you can win...right?  Well, I am offering THREE prizes, that's right...THREE.  All 3 winners will be chosen randomly and the first will be able to pick out their two color preferences, the second will be able to choose their two preferences, and the third winner will get whatever is left over (don't worry, it is still a great prize, no matter what!)

So without further ado here are my goodies.  If you are a knitter, crocheter, or just like yarn, I hope you think these bundles of joy are pretty cool...I know I do. I recently came across a HUGE collection of vintage yarn.  All in great condition, most worsted weight, acrylic and most seems to be from the 80's.  I am guessing the age based on the prices left on some of the packaging and the fact that I recognize a few of the skeins from my grandmas yarn basket when I was young!  There was so much yarn that I couldn't possibly keep it all, so I am sharing it with you... 

Here is the "red and orange batch"

and the "greens and a few blue"

don't forget about the "pinks"

and of course, the "whites, yellows and creams"

here's the "Christmas bonus" batch!

All you have to do is comment on this post with a link to your blog/shop, if you have one...I am in need of some fresh inspiration and would love to see what you are all up to!  Don't worry if you don't have a blog/shop you can still be entered to win, just leave me a happy comment!

I will ship to the United States and Canada, only.  The giveaway will close on December 17th at 5pm PST, the winners will be chosen randomly after the giveaway closes and I will ship prizes out on Monday, December 20th.

Any questions, please email me at crissybell17(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

so bad!

I've been terrible with sorry.  But school is over for the quarter, and I have about four weeks off!  Yay!  Today is my first official day to be "crafty" and it is being spent editing photos, which is so long over due it is not even funny.  Once that is complete, I can post a few little peaks at the things I've been making for the holiday season.  It's not much, but is better than nothing.  Oh and don't forget to check back here on December 13th...I am participating in the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day!  Exciting!!  I love these giveaways and I have quite a bit to offer this time around, should be fun!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

what I am looking forward too.

December 8th.  Nope, its not a due date, no special holiday visitors are arriving either.  Its the day of my last final for fall quarter.  That means that after 6pm, on Wednesday December 8th.  I will be free to crochet.  Free to paint.  Free to sew.  Free to take pictures and actually edit them.  Free to bake (and eat).  Free to CREATE!  I don't think anyone quite understands how much this means to me.  I have been dying to be crafty and just can't fit it in with all the papers, reading and statistics that I've been working on since September.  It will feel so liberating to have some freedom, especially with the holiday season upon us.  I can't wait!

What are you looking forward to?


Monday, November 8, 2010

knitted loveliness

Browsing through Anthro today and I happened upon these beautiful things.  Wish I could remember how to knit...

Set Free Cardigan

Shrewd Stitches Stole

Now, how clever is that!?  A little different but way better than the "real" alternative.

Estelle Elephant

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I'm back...?

I've just stepped into a dark room, the lights slowly come on and I see bits and pieces of the things that I've created over the past few years, all over the room.  This place looks familiar, but I haven't been here in SO long.  Rushes of happiness come back and my fingers itch to create something, photograph it, and share it with whomever is interested...

Where am I?

I've returned to my blog, of course!  My little spot of happiness and creativity is still here, its been rather lonely, dark and quiet here.  Meanwhile, life has been busy, adventurous, full of downs and full of ups, full of studying, full of family, full of memories, full of new life, and full of change!  No matter how busy I am, there is NO way that I could let a Holiday season pass me by without creating something.  Lately I've had this urge to create something, ANYTHING.  I've been so overloaded with Psychology (I've returned to school!), the life of a very important first grader and a busy busy 23 month old that I haven't had time to do much of anything else!  

There is also other news...In about 11 weeks we will be welcoming another munchkin to the nest.  Sometime in early January, after the busy-ness and crazy-ness of the holidays have passed and winter quarter is just getting started.  That's right, another one.  Another baby.  Am I crazy?  Perhaps.  Or maybe I just like being busy.  Either way we are so excited and can't wait for the little #3 to arrive!

Now then, since that is off my chest.  I would like to say I am officially BACK!  I won't be posting everyday.  Once a week if I am lucky.  But I will be posting again.  A little here and a little there.  I hope to see some familiar faces around here, as well as new ones!


Friday, June 4, 2010

taking a break.

We are finally setteling in after our move, but life seems to have a plan of its own and we have a few more things to deal with around here.  Mostly my health hasn't been the greatest, nothing too serious though!  And this soon shall pass, but until then, I am going to take a break from blogland.  Thank you to all of my new and old followers.  I will be back once I am able... and I am excited for that time, but for now this place will be quiet.  Thank you again and I hope to once again share my craftiness with you!


Sunday, May 30, 2010

getting to know you!

I borrowed this from Laurie Anne over at Rebel Blossom.  I thought it would be fun to do a little "get to know you" since I have some new followers lately!  If you want to play along, leave me a link to your blog with the answers.

1. Is there something you've always wanted to try but just can't muster up the courage to actually do yet?
I have the courage to do this but I haven't had the chance yet...I really want to go scuba diving, not snorkeling - I've done that plenty, but deep sea scuba diving!

2. If you had $100 handed to you in cash what would you spend it on?
It would go directly to my fun for a 18-200mm lense for my camera.

3. What was your favorite piece of playground equipment as a child?
I loved swinging, as high as I could go, then jumping out of the swings from way to high.  Felt like flying!

4. Do you prefer a sweet or hearty breakfast?
Hearty.  I like Kashi Shredded Wheat, its filling, a tad sweet and healthy.  Too much sweet in the morning makes me a little ill.

5. Are you a Neat Freak or a Messy Bessy?
I can be both, I lean more towards Neat Freak.  Messes give me a headache, HOWEVER my creative area is always messy when in use.  :o)
Now its your turn!


Thursday, May 27, 2010

something old

I took pictures of an antique camera about a month ago.  Yes, that's how far behind I am on editing all my pictures!  Anyway, I think its lovely and I wish I owned one.  I really know nothing about old cameras, but its fun to imagine who owned this when it was new and what kind of pictures it took...

Any of you out there an expert in the antique camera field?  I know I can just ask google, but its more fun to hear about it from one of you!


Monday, May 24, 2010

how does your garden grow?

So far, its grows quite nicely thank you, although mostly in pots.

This is the first year in a while that we are not
a) living in a highrise in waikiki where I can grow nothing other than bamboo.
b) living in north carolina where I would be eaten alive by giant misquitoes if I dared to step outside.

Because of the two reasons above, I decided to try a hand at gardening this year. 

Meet the marigolds:

They are about a week old, I love these, they remind me of helping my mom plant this when I was a little girl.  They are fool proof, pretty and its super easy to harvest the seeds.  We will revisit these guys in a few weeks and you'll be astonished by how much they have sprouted!

May I introduce, the Early Girls:

So far they have done well being transferred to bigger pots, they seem much happier than when I found them at the nursery.  Squishy isn't too thrilled with the prospect of us having to eat the tomatoes though...he's not a fan of the veggie fruit.

Next, meet the strawberries. 

I've got three different types in there, and wouldn't you know I don't know which is which!  Oh well, they are just starts that I "borrowed" from my mother-in-laws plants.  Squishy is very excited for these...there's nothing better than fresh strawberries on a nice summer day...yum!

And last, but not least, here are the sunflowers: 

I still have no clue where to transplant these little guys once they are ready to be moved.  I'll have to think of something clever though...since they are supposedly going to reach 5-6 feet.  Yikes! does your garden grow?


Friday, May 21, 2010

who's the winner?

I am sure you are all dying to know!  But first things first, I want to thank each and every one of you for playing along and entering my giveaway...209 comments!  That's more than I ever dreamed of.  93 followers...that's nearly 40 new followers?!?  WOW!  Thank you so much for visiting my blog, you all have no idea how much that means to me.   :o)

Ok, now the reason you're all here for...let's ask Mr. who will win the green giveaway.

Who is #102?

Congrats Sarah!  You won my green goodies!
I'll be in touch with you soon! 
A BIG thank you, to all who participated!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

oh, happy day!

If you are looking for the SMS giveaway, click here!

I have a few things to chat about...but nothing crafty to post about - yet.  That will be coming soon.

My craft room is almost done.  It is a converted garage, converted back in picture this: wood paneling on all the walls, not pretty wood either, old-dark-dirty-cedar-wood paneling.  UGLY.  Yuck.

We gave it two coats of primer and two coats of paint and it looks AMAZING!  The carpets are clean and we are going to hang blinds (you should have seen the curtains, they were hideous - so gross). 

This room is no longer a dark, scary cave, home to spiders and who knows what else.  Its it now the new home to my sewing machine, serger and of course my stash!  I will post pics as soon as its all set up.  I am still kicking myself for not taking "before" pictures.  The difference is incredible.  It's amazing what a little paint can do!

In other news, yesterday was my 2nd wedding anniversary!  I can't believe its been two years since my toes were buried in the white sand at Lanikai Beach on an early Sunday morning, while we said our vows with the Pacific Ocean as our witness.  It was magical!
Happy Anniversary my dear NP, I love you more than you'll ever know!

(sorry for the mushy post - I hope you can forgive me!)



Monday, May 17, 2010

I promised!

**comments are now closed.  I am completely overwhelmed by the number of entries!!**

I promised I'd have a giveaway.  And I don't break promises, I delay them at times, or forget.  But I don't purposely break them.  :o)

It's giveaway day over at Sew, Mama, Sew, if you haven't already - go check it out!  It is so much fun sifting through all the blogs, to see what goodies are available to win!  I participated back in December and although I only won a small item, I found so many great blogs that I am still reading now. 

What can I win, you ask?  Why, a lovely collection of green goodies.  If you read my blog, you know I love am obsessed with the color green.  Because of this fact, I put together a pretty little gathering of all things green.

Included are three fat quarters of green prints, two spools of green ribbon, some super cool, La Mode buttons, made from recycled cotton (very "green" if you ask me), mint green thread and a lovely little green tin.

how cute is that?!  seriously.

Now, here is how you can win...

Leave me a comment, on this post, telling me about your dream vacation spot - I can't wait to hear all about them!  Followers get an extra entry, but please leave me a separate comment telling me you are a follower.  If you want to blog about my giveaway, I'll give you an extra entry as well, please leave a separate comment with the link back to your blog. 

Sounds easy enough to me! 

The giveaway is open until Thursday, May 20th, 9pm PST.  After that time, I will being assisted by to choose a lucky winner.  The green goodies will be shipped out on Monday, May 24th.  Unfortunately I cannot ship internationally.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!


Friday, May 14, 2010

its here!

I've been wishing for and wanting this comforter set, badly, for quite some time now.  I finally found it in stock at Target and brought it home.  Its beautiful and goes so nicely with the minty green wall in my bedroom. 
I loves it. :o)  

I promise to take "real" pictures soon of our new home, I've just been so consumed by moving that my camera has been neglected...along with everything else.  But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and we are slowly emerging from this haze.  Exciting things are on the horizon!

What are you looking forward to in the coming months?


Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Look at this collection of pyrex...found on flickr. Wow, its beautiful, makes me want to go thrifting immediately! Did you know its been a month since I've stepped foot inside a thrift store?

Moving has completely throw everything out of whack. My sewing is still all packed up, my scrapbooking is in an unorganized mess and my desire to do anything crafty has been smothered by things I need to do (like: unpack the many boxes that litter my floors, finish painting the trim, mow the lawn, attempt to plant a small flower garden...)

I feel as though I may never have the chance to be crafty again. And that makes me sad. I know this is just a phase and I'll be back to my usual endeavors again. But until then, I'll look at the 700+ blog posts in my google reader and cry because I know there is no way I will ever have enough time to read through all those posts, let alone catch up on my blog!


Sunday, May 9, 2010

special day!

I know I said I'd have a giveaway ready for today, but I lied.  I'm sorry (hangs head in shame)  It is coming soon though...once I can walk through my new house without seeing boxes that need to be put away.

However I do have a very special wish for all you mama's out there.  Today is YOUR special day, enjoy it!  Enjoy your family, take it easy and relish in the fact that you are such an important part of everyone's life! 

I woke up today with breakfast being served, the dishes all done and a large bouqet of daisies waiting for me.  Little Big even got her bath without my help.  Not only all that... but the sun is out, the sky is blue and its going to be WARM today.  I love it.  Sundays are a beautiful day, nothing to do but enjoy my family and drool over pretty orchids.  :o) 

I hope your day is as wonderful as mine has been so far!

Happy Mother's Day!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

its been a year?

I am sneaking some internet from my parents.  I will be officially "hooked" up tomorrow and I can't wait.  This poor blog has been neglected terribly and I am sorry! 

Its been a year since I started this how time flies.  In honor of my 1 year "blogiversary" I think a giveaway is in order.  The announcement will be made this Sunday...A fun collection of goodies will be offered, so stay tuned for that!

I love my new bedroom...I'll post pics when its finally finished.  Its so small, but so comfy and it has a beautiful mint green wall which makes me swoon everytime I see it.  :o)

So here I leave you with some pretty pictures of pretty bedrooms that make me want to take a nice long nap...enjoy!




Tuesday, April 27, 2010

a minor obsession.

I have a confession to make.  I am obsessed with all things mint green.  I even painted a wall in my new bedroom mint green.  It looks so good I want to eat it...uhm, that sounds weird but it's true!

these are cute!

I want this savoy

flower rings are so pretty!

he is deadly, but so adorable!

HEAVEN in a glass  :o)

I hope you enjoyed drooling over my minty obsession as much as I did.

Forgive me if the blogging is a little sparse this week, we are painting, painting, painting and then moving, moving, moving...I am busy and won't have much internet access.

Welcome to all my new followers!  Make yourself at home and please stay awhile, I love new friends.  :o)