Just spent the last hour and a half writing the script for one of the baking classes I will be teaching through Sartell-St Stephen Community Education this winter. So excited to share my love of baking with my little corner of the world.
First off, thank you all so much! What a wonderful bunch of readers I have! I am blessed to have your likes and support and well wishes as I start my new adventure with my Simple Little Shoppe. It has been a long time coming and I am so excited to see where the Lord takes it.
For the next seven days (until November 20th), all proceeds from all sales (not just for the Charity Bag Pattern instant download) made in my shop will go to our church’s fundraiser for Speed the Light. I have a few more items to post tomorrow, so check back to see what’s new for your homemade, gift-giving, crafty delight!
Other than that, I have my proposals in to the district for some community education classes that I am hoping to teach. Once I get the final approval, I will post more information about them so you can be ready to sign up when the winter catalog comes out.
Here are some shots of the studio. It’s a bit chaotic, but that is how I roll.
I just love these shelf units David and Gavin made with recycled pallet wood. The pallets for these had sat out under our wood pile for a couple of years, so the wood has this wonderful color. If I get any new pallets for projects I will have to find a process to give me the same look…or leave them under the wood pile for a couple of years! What do you think of the family portrait montage? I love it, but am still trying to figure out who one of those guys is. Oh and soon I will post about my fabric storage in the picture on the right. Ingenious little tip I found on Pinterest…can’t wait to share.
Today I ran errands and am playing with mitten pattern ideas. My kiddos are sorely lacking utility mittens, you know the kind that it won’t be a huge deal if they get lost or worn through in a day from trying to dig in the snow and ice. I hoep to have a pair per kid put together by the weekend. Oh and I have some knitting and such too, but there is only so much time in a day and so much room in a post.
I should scoot, but thank you, thank you, thank you for all the support!
When my friends at Grace Hill Media asked me to share this with you, I just couldn’t say no! Who wouldn’t be excited about Paramount’s version of the story of Noah starring Russell Crowe, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson! Here is the trailer, if you haven’t had a chance to see it. Oh, and keep watching, I should have more to follow soon
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-control. II TIMOTHY 1:7, TLB
I have been conquering fears this year, especially in the last few days getting that Etsy shop up and going…almost there! Anyhow, this verse has been such a motivation for me. The part I didn’t really catch on to, until this morning, was the “self-control” part.
I realized that the way I see myself, as a person without a filter or self-control, isn’t entirely accurate. I can have that elusive ability to hold my tongue because the Lord has ALREADY given it to me. I just didn’t realize it or integrate it into my daily life. Maybe it’s because I think I can’t be silly or have fun if I am using self-control. That certainly would make self-control seem less appealing.
So I guess that 2013, being my year without fear, will end with starting on a journey of self-control.
I have been working this week on my Etsy shop. I had created one back in March of 2008, at which time I listed an item and hope it would sell, which it didn’t and I walked away feeling a failure. It has sat neglected all these years. I can’t really say what the root cause for this was, but I know that anxiety was certainly a contributing factor…that and a growing family, to which we have added two children since that date.
I think I am growing up a little, though, and realizing that if at first you don’t succeed, try try again. So that’s what I am doing. Trying again, and if for some reason something doesn’t work this time, I am going to adjust course and tackle it from a slightly different angle until I get this thing going. Everyday I have new ideas and everyday I have set them aside, sometimes because I was needed, but mostly because I was afraid of failure. I think the only way I could fail at this point is to stop trying. I mean really, what is the worst that is going to happen?
So my Etsy shop will hopefully be opening before the weekend is done, and I thought I would tease you with the shop’s header…
well, what do you think? Yep…made it myself. Maybe someday I will get someone to design me something different, but I like it and I think it looks fairly professional. It gets the job done. I will post more with a direct link to the shop, once I have some listings in place.
Anyhow, just wanted to share this little victory with you all. Oh, and once the pattern is tested and edited, and retested if necessary, I will be posting it in the shop also, they have this amazing feature where you can set it up for immediate download, isn’t that fabulous? I know I probably sound like I have been hiding under a rock that I didn’t know you could do that RIGHT IN ETSY, but it is just so cool!
In a month or two the new community ed catalog will come out and yours truly will be teaching a few of the classes! So excited for this new adventure! Now is the time for me to prepare for a winter of fun!
I love this book! It is simple enough for my seven year olds to follow without help. Sean’s book will help your creators to think outside the “block”! I just can’t say anything bad about the book. In fact, I would love to review his other idea books…just sayin’!
You should know, however, that no where did I find a kit that had all 35 pieces in it, not even on Mr. Kenney’s website. If you choose to try to select individual bricks to create your own kit, you should know that I spent hours putting one together for myself. I was not able to find all the bricks on Mr. Kenney’s website, which could simply be due to the fact that I don’t understand the naming conventions. I was able to put a kit together on the official lego website, however I had to choose a monochromatic black/grey theme as not all bricks were available in all colors. I am a little OCD that way, and not only me, some of my kids are too.
I did this a couple of weeks ago and am still waiting for my shipment. It was under $10 and should have all the pieces, just what a frustrating process.
Cool Creations in 35 Pieces Premier LEGO® Brick Building Artist Sean Kenney
Inspires Readers to Produce Great Formations With Little Blocks
Building with LEGO® pieces can inspire children and adults alike to construct wonderfully imaginative and grand creations – towering castles, massive aircrafts, and intricate cities. But LEGO models don’t have to be complicated to be fun and exciting. In Cool Creations in 35 Pieces, best-selling author andartist Sean Kenney taps deep into his imagination with an exercise that will challenge readers of all ages. He creates dozens of figures—from menacing robots with names like Blurg and Scraps, to transforming trucks, to creatures that live in the rainforest—out of LEGOs, but uses no more than 35 pieces in each construct.
Cool Creations in 35 Pieces is Sean’s sixth book that showcases his LEGO art work. His intricate-yet-simple designs will inspire millions of LEGO fans to unleash their own imaginations. He provides starting points, and also includes a step-by-step instruction guide on how he created his pieces.
Falling in love with LEGOs as a boy, Sean left a lucrative Wall Street career to pursue his dream as an artist. He now owns nearly 2 million LEGO bricks and has erected works that weigh as much as 400 pounds. For Cool Creations in 35 Pieces, however, he wanted to show what’s possible with only a few blocks. Just imagine the worlds you can create in only 35 pieces!
About the Author
Sean Kenney is an artist who creates sculptures and models out of LEGO bricks at his studio in New York City. A LEGO-certified professional, Kenney has toured the world with his creations and produced six inspirational and instructive children’s books, including Cool Castles, Cool Robots, among others. To find out more information about his books and artwork, visit seankenney.com.
I am checking into some freelance work and have been loving what I see out on Elance. Did you know that they have a "university" to help you get started...whether looking for work or looking to hire? How cool is that? I kind of feel like I have been hiding under a rock :)