Friday, November 9, 2012

Fun Friday with Make Like a Tree and LEAF

We have spent the last couple of weeks jumping in piles of leaves, karate chopping and kicking the leaf pile and trying to ride a razor through the pile(very interesting watching Mommy try). So before you bag up your leaves...gather a few for some great leaf fun activities this weekend!

Leaf drawing and doodling with metallic sharpie markers from The Artful simple yet so much FUN!

Pretty high on my cute meter are these cute fox leaves!!! I found this on Pinterest from a foreign blog that I could not understand so I don't have a link for you with instructions...sorry!

 I am personally IN LOVE with this leaf lantern from 5 Orange Potatoes!


Here is a different take on the traditional leaf rubbings...use tinfoil from homeschoolmama3

And here is an activitity for the month of December to lead you up to Christmas day...just wanted to let you all begin on it now. Wrap 25 different Christmas/holiday/winter themed books and let your children pick one to open each night to read for bedtime. I am super excited about toddler son LOVES TO READ! I rounded up 10 books that would fit the theme that we already had in our collection and I found 5 the other day at our local Goodwill...just 10 more to go!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Salutations Sunday with Crafty Frog Designs

Please shout out your salutations for Vivian and her Etsy shop Crafty Frog Designs for my Salutations Sunday!!!

A shop filled with a wide array of small bags/clutches to hold all of your gadgets! Plus a few other fabulous creations...receive 10% off with coupon code: FROGGY

Now let's discover Vivian's creative story!

Lace Clutch
What is the first creative memory you have?

My first creative memory is actually what started my business. I was bored and wanted a new bag! So I looked through my old clothes, began ripping them apart and hand stitching it all together. I did not know how to sew, and wanted to learn. So i made a very small bag and braided the handles.

What or whom began your creative journey on Etsy?

I was sewing a lot after my first hand stitched bag. I was buying fabric like crazy. Sewing bags, that didn’t look so good! But I got better, and taught myself. I eventually bought my first little sewing machine. I was making so many items, i started giving them away. When my husband gave me an idea, Why not sell them? That was a brilliant idea! I didn’t know where to start so I just searched the internet, and found Etsy!

How did you come up with your shop name?

My daddy always has called me Vivian Cara De Rana which means Froggy Face in Spanish. Ha- Ha! I have loved frogs ever since. I began collecting all types of frogs. Also my mom has always been crafty with us. We always made cute crafty items. And now I am always crafting with my daughter. So that is when Crafty Frog Designs came to be!

Describe what creations you have in your shop

I have a variety of unique handmade handbags and accessories. I am a mother and I am always looking for items that make my life a little easier. So some of my items are made for a mom but yet they are so stylish! I make purses, walletS, iPhone wallets, clutches, zipper pouches, diaper clutches, and so so much more!
iPad Case

What inspires you?

Being a mom inspires me. I love making items that makes my life easier. For example the bifold wallet, it can hold so much and it has a wristlet so you can just take it out of your purse and have everything you need.

What do you listen to or watch while creating?

I usually just keep the TV on for my daughter and listen to the TV shows she is watching. When I’m sewing at night I listen to my music. It keeps me moving, and motivated. However being a stay at home mom can be overwhelming, so when the kids are asleep I sometimes just listen to the sewing machine. Just nice and quiet! Ha-Ha!

ID Zipper Pouch/ID Holder Lanyard
Please share a favorite recipe


sugar 1/2 cup
shortening 1/2 cup
butter 1/2 cup
egg yolk 1
vanilla 1 tsp
almond extract 1 1/2 tsp
flour 2 1/4 cups

Mix everything together and make little circles and put them on foil. Bake at 350 for 15-20 min. These are so yummy!

Where else can we find you?

My shop: