Saturday, April 20, 2013

Chalkboard Obsession & Creative Party Saturday!

Wow...I guess I was pretty busy this week with projects and posts.  I guess that is what snow will do to you...trap you in the house.

It's been a crazy month for snow here in Minnesota and this week was the worst!  It's been snowing since last Thursday...which a freak snowstorm in April isn't unheard of but a whole week of snow (over 12 inches) and it has been so cold.

 I keep shouting..."WHERE IS SPRING???"  

Each week I create a new chalkboard for my family.  My huge chalkboard is located in our dining room, so everyone sees it all the time and it has become a big deal to the kids to see it each week and contemplate over what it means.  Especially our 7 year old daughter, who isn't quite sure most of the time.  I try to find something that fits with what is going on with our family or can inspire the kids to greatness.

{ This weeks chalkboard is for my daughter, Megan, who just started
 her first job and will be starting Marching Band next week. }



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Now... it is your turn...What have you been up to lately?  
Show me anything creative, I love to be inspired!

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On a Card Binge....

I've been so busy making cards lately that I thought I should share a few with you.  I've used the scraps from other projects.

As many of you know, I challenge myself to Card Challenges.  I use the coordinating prints and embellishments I already have out from my other projects and try to use as many of the scraps up and make as many cards as I can in a very short amount of time.

Here are some of those cards!





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Friday, April 19, 2013

Papermache Letters

I've had these letters sitting around for a while and finally decided to dig them out and get them done.  They are the initials of my Hubby, Scott and I.

It was a pretty quick project and just needed some coordinating paper, embellishments, dark brown ink and glue.  I think they turned out pretty cute and look great on our clock wall.

  {Our clock wall is a collection of clocks we have found on our weekend trips and vacations.}

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring! Where are you???













It has been snowing for the past four days here in Minneapolis, Minnesota and we are ready for spring to show up!  Even the robins are confused as to what is going on and have been sent into a panic and robbing our front crab apple tree of the dried up berries!  I felt so bad for them today as the wind was blowing so strong and snow falling quickly.  I had to grab my camera and take a few pictures of them bearing the cold spring.


We also had a few Cedar Waxwings fighting for their share the other day.


Chalkboard Obsession & Linky Party

Wow....It's been a very busy week!  I didn't even realize that I hadn't posted since last Saturday.

We celebrated my son's 14th Birthday this week!  Happy Birthday to him!  We had a great evening with a wonderful steak dinner made by my awesome Hubby!  Tristin got his bmx bike he wanted and Megan made a yummy cake!









This morning is the first time I had a bit of time to breath but now I am sitting at Caribou Coffee, waiting to interview a few people for a cleaning position.  So I had a few minutes to get my writing done.

This weeks chalkboard  inspired by Dreams!  To follow your dreams says {I believe in myself!}


Here are a couple previous chalkboards...



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Now... it is your turn...What have you been up to lately?  
Show me anything creative, I love to be inspired!

My rules are simple... Please start following me!
1. Share as many of your projects below as you would like...
2. visit other blogs that shared their projects...
3. comment if you would like.
4.  Grab a button...

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Decorated Powdered Drink Containers


With four kids, we go through the powdered drinks (crystal light) quickly in out house, leaving lots of little plastic containers around. I started wondering what I could use them for and if I could make them look cute.  I found they can be cut down too if they are too tall.

{Here are some uses for them}
Hair accessories, tooth brush holder, makeup brush holder, travel jewlery container, bead holder, needle point floss holder (cut cardboard to slide into container and wrap floss around it.  Great for kids that make friendship bracelets) May Day baskets, party favor containers, gift boxes, tea, candy, markers and Crayons, craft supplies, cotton balls/qtips, marbles, action figures, Barbie accessories, Nerf gun bullets, planters for little plants....you name it!

 {What do you need?}
Plastic powdered drink containers
Coordinating papers
Glue
Embellishments
Ribbon (If making into baskets with handles)

Tip: Cut the wrapper off and use as template to cut paper to go around container.

Have fun and decorate!





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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Chalkboard & Creative Party Saturday!

I'm so excited about this week's chalkboard because I was inspired by a friends post on facebook yesterday.  This week's chalkboard theme is a little different...it has to do with paying it forward and a challenge to everyone.

 Pay it forward challenge... 
I challenge everyone who reads this post to pay it forward to someone today. What is pay it forward?  It is the act of paying a kind deed forward when someone does something kind for you. It may be helping someone with loading groceries or paying for the person behind you in the drive thru, giving a kind compliment, being super nice to the person who checks you out at the store.  Do as many easy kind deeds as you can today...it will put you in a great mood and pass the good mood on to someone else too. 

 Then... Share your pay it forward with me in the comment area...it can be something you did today, in the past or something someone did for you.
 Giveaway!!! 
I will select one lucky person who shares a pay it forward for s special little gift. Also...share your projects and pay it forward by visiting someone else's link...After all, it is the Ultimate Blog Party this week!

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Now... it is your turn...What have you been up to lately?  
Show me anything creative, I love to be inspired!

{Share the Love} Linky Party


My rules are simple... Please start following me!
1. Share as many of your projects below as you would like...
2. visit other blogs that shared their projects...
3. comment if you would like.
4.  Grab a button...

lf you would like to be a co-host and grow your audience please email me: jennobyrne@gmail.com


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Friday, April 5, 2013

Ultimate Blog Party 2013!


Ultimate Blog Party 2013


This week I'm participating in the 2013 Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Min for Mom!  This is a great opportunity to meet new bloggers and link up your blogs to promote and encourage one another!  If you are interested in linking your blog too, just click on the pic and it will take you to the site to link up.



Welcome to Through My Creative Mind Blog!

I'm so glad you decided to stop by!  I started this blog to inspire me and keep my creative juices flowing.  I didn't expect to meet such great people and I look forward to meeting more creative, wonderful, friendly bloggers!

 Who am I? 

Hi...I'm Jen a born and raised Minnesotan. I have two wonderful kids...a 16 daughter and 14 year old son and two new step kids...an 11 year old son and spunky 7 year old daughter. I am also a new wife to my awesome partner in crime with life and DIY projects, Scott. I own a residential cleaning company and love my job and life and am surrounded by awesome people! An artist at heart, my creativity is always glowing and gets me in trouble sometimes with too many ideas.




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Thank you for coming by and I hope to see you again soon!  If you aren't already linked up, click the pic above so you can link up to the Ultimate Blog Party 2013!!  Meeting new writers, contests, giveaways...it's the ULTIMATE PARTY!!

Here is a little about what my blog is about!
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 I'm kind of a jack of all trades so you never know what I will be posting about next...come follow me and find out what is next!











 As you can see...I love to do lots of things!

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