Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Melody of Autism

Almost exactly four years ago, I had decided to become a stay at home mom. I was living in the Bronx, with all my friends "over the bridge" and felt really isolated. I quickly knew I had to find some new friends fast. I found a local SAHM group and met Michele, who remains one of my closest friends to this day. Michele and I eventually went on to start our own SAHM group and that is where I met Faith.

Faith is probably one of the most remarkable women I have ever met. She is beautiful, articulate, funny and ambitious. She has decided to homeschool her children and is also raising a son with autism. She does everything with such grace and patience and I really admire her strength of spirit.

Recently, Faith shared with me that she was planning to hold a fundraising event called "The Melody of Autism" which was to celebrate the music and joy
inspired by autism. I knew I
wanted to help. I provided a
Creative Corner Designs gift
certificate as a gate prize and
created a guestbook for the
event. The event was amazing...
inspiring...moving. I found
myself fighting back tears with
each new speaker and each new
performance. The talent that
filled the room was phenomenal
and beyond that, the message
of optimism and faith was one
that I will never forget. It was
a day where everyone stopped
and recognized all the beauty and
blessings that autism has brought
into our lives.

To find out more about Faith and her journey with her family and the Son-Rise program, visit her blogs:

Here are a few video clips from the event. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Inspired: 2,5,7,10 Boxes & More

Another Easter inspired creation... handmade
"2,5,7,10 Boxes". I couldn't get over how easy
these were to make. Basically, you take one
sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock and score it at
2", 5", 7" & 10" and cut it and you easily assemble it into an adorable box. They are the perfect size for party favors!

I designed these for a customer for
Easter. They are filled with chocolate Easter Egg
candy. As a special treat, I created scalloped
circles with a handstamped Easter design to cover York Peppermint Patties. I thought this would make it a bit more festive.

As a thank you gift for her business, I added just
a few details to a see-through pail.... white rub-ons from Stampin' Up, some ribbon and patterned scrapbooking paper. I purchased this
pail at A.C. Moore.

My Latest Craft Bits Article: Stamped Candy Bar Wrappers

Just wanted to spread the word about my latest tutorial artcile for Craft Bits...

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Altered Paint Cans

Well, I did it! I just finished my first order for altered paint cans. I had so much fun with this project and I am really pleased with the end result.
My customer requested that I design a creative Easter gift for each of the children in her family. I knew the paint cans would be a great alternative to a typical Easter basket. Each of them is unique and filled with candy and goodies.
My one saving grace during the hours in my scrapbooking studio was my Cricut! I am now even more of a Cricut addict. It made this project so much simpler and cost effective. Special shout out to my amazing hubby for buying it for me for my birthday! :0)

My favorite paint can is Hailey's. I am such a sucker for that shade of blue and I love the contrast with the black and pink.
Brianna's paint can was initially a struggle for me, but I think adding the stars (courtesy of my buddy the helped creative a very spirited cheerleading can.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter Creations

I have been feeling a little extra creative lately. I am enjoying trying new projects and altering items. I just finished an order for a dozen altered paint cans...they came out amazing. Photos to follow. In between, I also came up with a simple Easter gift idea for T's teachers.

I have been saving my glass sauce jars with the idea of making something with them eventually (shhh, don't tell my mom that I am still using jarred sauce! I know, my Italian ancestors are shuttering as I type). I decided the jars were the perfect item to re-purpose. I filled them with Cadberry Eggs and Peeps and decorated each of the jars with ribbon, hand stamped images
and a large bright flower embellishment.

I loved the vibrant, bold colors and how cheery they turned out. They were a hit with T's teachers. Enjoy! Wishing you all a Happy Easter and Passover season.