Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Blessings of my Crafty Heart


My little girl has wanted to take Ballet for a few years. After moving back home to Texas, we decided now was the right time. She attended her first Ballet Recital on Saturday June 9th.

She practiced her little heart out and was so beautiful dancing along with all of the other little girls in her class. Her Dad and I are so very proud of her!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Mother of ALL Sewing Machines

I am so in love with my new sewing machine! I chose the Husqavarna Viking Sapphire 835. I 💜love💜 this machine so far.

I recently finished a baby blanket using fleece and minky material. The machine I owned previously made sewing through fleece less than desirable. I wouldn't have even dared the attempt to sew through minky. My Sapphire however goes through fleece like its nothing and the blanket turned out beautiful!

I am still learning all that I am able to do with it but I am having so much fun using it.

I am now working on an apron for my little girl. I can't wait to finish it.

Happy Crafting!
Amber ~Crafty At Heart~

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Gimme Your Pants!!

Strange title, I know! But it does hold a purpose.

All of us decide to get rid of our clothing for one reason or another. My crafting and love for my Mother In-law has led me to a new craft group called Sisters In Christ.

Each week we meet with our group for our craft session. A few weeks ago one of the ladies taught us how to make an apron out of our jeans.

We have moved back home to Texas so any of the jeans I would have used are still packed and in storage.

But of course I was able to get my hands on a pair of my Husbands ACU pants!

We were to use the backside of the pants (back pockets). Sew a hem around the bottom and make a belt with another pretty material. You leave the waist and belt loops so that you have a place to slip your belt through.

I love this idea for a couple of reasons; I can get a lot of use out of a pair of jeans even after I can't wear them anymore. I can stop worrying about the holes in the knees!! And best of all, I can keep the apron simple and make a few different belts to go with all of the Holidays that we celebrate. Or I can decorate the apron as much as I want.

I have cut out my pants and picked a fabric but that is as far as I have gotten with it. I was waiting to purchase my new sewing machine and then realized that when I would be able to finally get my sewing machine, I would need to get started on another, very important project that I have been planning on making for several months.

So, the apron is to be continued!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Drum Roll Please!!

Our contest came to an end last night at mid-night. Thank you Samantha Hang, Cindy Harper and AJackson1213 for participating! We do have our winner and you can check to see if it is you below. If you did not win the contest I have something else for you. 

Use my code: STMMMS29585 and receive a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store- $20 value!!
*My code is ONLY good for My Memories Suite V3


Monday, December 12, 2011

Oh, yes, she said GIVEAWAY!!

Hey there crafty readers! This is the BIG SURPRISE blog I have been talking about on my Twitter, Facebook & Google+ pages.
I was recently introduced to a (new to me) digital scrapbooking software.I have been having so much fun creating everything from Christmas Card ideas, page layouts for Brea's scrapbook and a cute paper that I printed out to embellish a Christmas gift for Braydyn and Brea's Teachers.
I love that I can do so much more than just scrapbook albums. Just look at some of the things I have made with the My Memories Suite software.

Here are just a few of the things I have made using the scrapbook software.

For my Son's 1st grade Teacher
I chose a background paper  for the "lined paper"
added the individual "block letters" and
the "apple". The "Mrs." and "A+" were created
with the "Word Art" that comes with the scrapbook software.
Best of all, it was very easy and quick to create!!!

Originally made ^^^paper^^^ for my Daughter's Kindergarten Teacher and turned it into this:
After printing, I had my daughter
write the sweet descriptions of her
Teacher with the letters in her name.
Then I used Mod Podge to glue it to
the wooden board. Her handwriting
is forever saved with Fabric paint. The
Scissors, Ruler, Pencil, Crayon, "ABC",
"2011"and "123" are painted on with
Apple Barrel paints. 

The background paper, journaling card,
Christmas Ornament, snow flake, ribbons,
holly berries, "love JOY peace" and "Brea,
Santa & Braydyn" were all chosen from the
My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking
You guessed it. This is where it starts getting really exciting! Now that I have shown you a few different things I have made with the My Memories software, I will let you in on the surprise :)

I was given the opportunity to hold a CONTEST/GIVEAWAY for the MY MEMORIES SUITE V3  SOFTWARE!!! And you could be the lucky WINNER!!

All you have to do to enter the contest is:

  1. Become a Follower of my Blog, Crafty At Heart (the blog you are reading!!) 
  2. Visit the My Memories website via the link(s) provide throughout this blog or go to your web browser and type
  3. Check out the site. Browse the digital paper packs or layouts and choose a favorite. Then, come back and leave a comment on this blog telling me which one you chose! Along with your Name and e-mail address (used for contacting you after the winner has been chosen ONLY) 
**1-3 will get you ONE (1) entry into the contest**

If you would like, you can follow My Memories on the sites listed below for !!EXTRA ENTRIES!!

Follow My Memories

Blog = 1 ENTRY
Facebook = 1 ENTRY
Twitter = 1 ENTRY
YouTube = 1 ENTRY


There will only be ONE (1) winner for this contest. I will be using a program that chooses a name from a list at random.

The contest will begin as soon as this blog, "Oh, yes, she said GIVEAWAY!!" is posted (12-14-2011) and I will be accepting entries until MID-NIGHT (12:00AM) on Tue. 12-27-2011. The winner will be announced the following day (Wed. Dec. 28, 2011).

Thank you and Good Luck!!

Happy Crafting :)
Amber~ Crafty At Heart

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Last Thanksgiving as an Active Duty Army Family??

Today is another full day of cleaning and cooking/baking in an attempt to get ready for tomorrow.

This is the first year that we are cooking a Turkey (my Russ will be taking on this task!). We haven't had Thanksgiving by ourselves since we were stationed at Fort Bragg. Which has been three or four years ago.

We didn't do anything special for this holiday last year because we had literally just moved to Colorado, where we are stationed now.

Last year, my Husband was sent home early from deployment. Last year he was going back and forth to doctors for his back.

After 4 deployments, that back of his just wasn't going to cut it anymore.

He is now on Med. Board status and in the final stages of that. We are just patiently waiting for those "you're outa here" orders.

So for this years Thanksgiving, I am thankful to be spending another Turkey Day as an Active Duty Army Wife, my Husband and our amazing kiddos, my Family & Friends, the brave Hero's that are deployed and missing their families, the brave Families that are missing their Hero's. But most of all, I am thankful for those Hero's who made the ultimate sacrifice and the Families that have loved and missed them every day.

May you and your's have a very wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving and many things to be Thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Amber ~Crafty At Heart~

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stepping Away from Crafty...

Hello everyone! I have something exciting to share with you that I hope you will enjoy reading about.

You see, though I have a huge space in my heart for crafting, there is another love that holds just as much of my heart.

I have always, since a very young age, loved making up stories. Even when I didn't know how to write the words, my Mom and I would make up bed time stories of our own.

Since then, if I wasn't thinking up stories and turning them into books of my own, I wrote poetry. And when I wasn't writing at all, I was definitely reading.

I have not written in a few years and I really missed it. My Husband, being my biggest fan, challenged me last night.

He told me that he wanted me to write a Children's Book, to be completed by Friday.

After thinking about for only a few minutes, the wheels were already turning as he spoke, I decided to take him up on his challenge.

I got started on it immediately and finished it this afternoon. The book I wrote is meant to become a series. I have already started on book #2.

I don't have any plans or a set amount for this series but I am really excited.

I don't even know that it will ever become a published book. And if not, that's ok too. I will have them and so will my Children.

It would be extremely awesome if I was able to get them published. What a dream come true that would be!

Well, this is the adventure I am embarking on and I can't wait to see where the road traveled takes me!

Until next time...
Happy crafting and using those imaginations!

Take care,
Amber H. ~Crafty At Heart~