Comparing to Others and Changes

Monday, March 23, 2015

I've been blogging for 5 years now. I can't believe I started back in March 2010, it's crazy.

I have loved to blog about the projects I have done over the years but I have struggled to actually write posts and keep up with a schedule, which is something I really wanted to do.

There are several reasons why I think this has happened. First being that it is so easy to compare your own blog to others that are more successful. Secondly, having a 7 year old and now a 1 year old, it's so hard to get time to take photos, write a post etc for the blog. Thirdly, partly because of the other reasons, I find it hard to focus on the blog and post. I tinker away at the blog design now and again but writing blog posts seems to hit a brick wall!

I have quite a few different topics that I have blogged about but have found it hard when it comes to writing a blog post on a card that I have made and then writing a post on a project I have done, not sure why. Maybe it's because some people will be interested in the card and some the project and I feel they are too different a topic.

So to try and help me with blogging more I have decided to make another blog called Pretty Sweet Lovely where I can write about the cards that I have made and then keep this blog for the other topics that flow a bit more together, like organisation, projects, home decor, parenting and posts on life.

I really hope that this will help in releasing the fog that seems to have gathered over the blog for me!

So if you are interested in the cards that I made then please go and have a look at Pretty Sweet Lovely and I hope that you will keep visiting here at My May Sunshine too.

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Felt Name Garland

Monday, March 02, 2015

For our youngest nephew, for Christmas, I decided to make a felt garland of his name. I decided to do this as I didn't want to buy any toys or clothes as he already had enough and would get more for Christmas from others anyway. 

For the embellishments, I used the Sizzix stars dies and cut out lots of small stars and some slightly larger ones. On the larger ones, I sewed on smiley faces.

I also decided to create some little trains using the Clearly Besotted Full Steam Ahead die set. I cut out 2 for each train ans the hand sewed them together.

I then hand sewed all the embellishments onto the letters and hand sewed the front and back together. I could (and should have) machine sewed them but didn't want to keep changing the threads every time, which would have been easier really.

I filled the letters with some hollow fibre filling which I bought a big bag from Dunelm. 

I decided to use some ribbon to hang the garland up rather than using string as I thought it would be stronger and just attached the felt letters to the ribbon. 

I think it turned out quite well for a first attempt and love the smiley faces and the trains.

Having your child's name in their bedroom wall is quite popular at the moment but I think it's great to help them learn their name.

What do you think? Is it something that is lovely to have on their wall or to much decor? Let me know.

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Mission Toy Organisation

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Recently I have been on a mission to try and get our house more organised. I have been moving furniture around the house to try and make things work better but it has been tricky.

We live a 2 bedroom house so the girls share a bedroom. It's not a small bedroom but not a large one so organisation as key. Well you would think but with Christmas and 2 birthdays, there is a lot of stuff in the house. 

Yes a lot of it is mine, but I can keep that in check to a point but when it comes to toys, it seems to take over the house.

So I have decided to document my progress! 

I wasn't sure whether I wanted to show the complete mess that is my home but hey ho lets go for it. I'm keeping it real!

This is the girls room. Hollie has a bunk bed which I took the bottom slats out and originally had Amelia's cot bed under but wasn't working with Hollie throwing things into the cot that Amelia could get hold of so I moved it the other side of the room. 

Bunk beds are a nightmare to get to the top bunk and so it looks like this! No sheet and clean bedding ready to go on but the bed needs emptying before I can change it!

The is a lot of stuff including a play kitchen which needs re homing.

This is on the landing and has some of my craft stuff as well as more of Hollie's toys.

This is the other side of the dining room which is a playroom and craft space and where I wanted to keep most of the toys but that never happened.

These are Amelia's toys, well some of them. She has more in a large wooden box. Some of these are Hollies too like the truck and the barbie car but Amelia likes them so they end up in here.

So I really need to go through the mass amount of toys and stuff and really sort out some organisation for it. 

I have no idea how long it will take me but I hope to have a clearer house at the end of it. It does give me a lot of anxiety so I thought that writing a blog post about, yes it can be embarrassing but would push me to sort it. 

Wish me luck! I have a feeling I may need it and if you see a pic on instagram of a large skip, you know it got the better of me! I'm definitely craving some organisation!

If you have any tips or tricks  for toy storage, I would love to hear them.

Handmade photo album

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I love to give family and friends photos of the girls and for Christmas I decided to make some handmade photo albums to put some photos in and give as presents. 

To make the photo album I used a 9 1/4 x 5" piece of card and a 6 1/4 x 5" card.

On the large piece, I scored it at 1" and 2" on the 9 1/4" side. Fold over the card at the 2" mark to make the album spine. Adhere the front piece to the back piece on the first inch of the card.

To store the photos in the album, I added some clear card envelopes to the inside of the album. I just stacked them on top of each other until you have the amount you want and fit in the album and then adhered them into the album back piece.

Next I punched 2 holes to secure the clear envelopes into the album and then added some ribbon. 

On the front of the albums, I used some patterned papers from My Mind's Eye.  I added a label from Spellbinders Nestabilities Label eight and stamped the word photos on to it. I punched out some flowers and butterflies using some Martha Stewart punches.

To jazz up the butterflies and flowers, I added some pearl gems.

These photo albums were quite easy to make and I think they make a cute little gift if you want to give a selection of photos but don't want to use a whole big album.

What do you think? Do you think they make good gifts? Would you be happy to receive one? Let me know. 

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Gift wrap box

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

For a few of the people that I needed to buy presents for, for Christmas, I decided to make them a gift wrap box for them.

I started off with a white box from Ikea and simply added a label to the front of the box with the words gift wrap stamped on it. I decided to keep the outside of the box simple so that it could fit in with any decor.

This is what I added to the box. 

I started by adding a few stationery pieces like scissors, tape, binder clips, a notebook, pen and post it notes. I added some twine, some labels that could be used on presents, envelopes etc and some pretty washi tape. 

I put in some tissue paper in a few colours and also put in some paper bags that I just added some patterned paper to, to jazz them up a bit. 

A long with these items, I decided to make some cards and some gift tags too. I made some female that had bows and butterflies on and then some masculine cards with banners on. I made some gift tags with a punched heart or flower and added some bakers twine to them.

I wanted to add more but didn't get the time and I thought that they could add things to the box they already have or get in the future and then can keep it altogether. 

I think that a gift wrap box is a great gift and the people I gave it to loved it. 

Would you consider making a gift wrap box? Would you like to receive one as a gift? I Would love to know. 

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