Saturday, September 20, 2014

DIY - Toddler Sewing Cards

Hi My Beauties,

Following with the toddler antics theme, this week I will be discussing one way to keep your wees busy. 

When I was little I used to have a set of sewing cards.  They had cute animals on them and were about 5" x 7".  They were kind of like a perforated connect the dots, using yarn with tape on the end (like a shoelace) to "sew" the image.  My mom showed me how to use them and from then on I was hooked to sewing!

Recently, one day when I was trying to work in my craft room, and my daughter was being especially needy, so I decided to try to make a set for my her.  I didn't have all of the materials to make them like the ones that I used to have, so I just used some pretty 4" x 6" card stock and a stamp.

Note:  On the burgundy card I tried using a mini heart punch but realized 6 punches in that it wasn't going to work because it wouldn't reach!  Lesson learned.

First I picked my paper using the 4" x 6" Mariposa matstack.  I happened to have some ornate butterfly and dragonfly stamps to embellish it with.

Next, I used a tri-color stamp pad to stamp the butterfly.

I put the stamp face up and put the ink where I wanted it on the stamp.  I used a fading technique that I think came out pretty cool. 

I got my punch tool and foam mat.

I used a ruler to measure equal intervals between punches - approximately 1/4" between holes.

After this I took some wire cutters and an old embroidery needle.  I cut the tip off and filed it a bit so she won't poke her eye out when she tries to use it.  It could still be dangerous in little hands so be sure to emphasize to your littles that they need to be very careful!

The last step is to tie the thread onto the "first hole" of the card - or whatever you designate as the first hole.  I should have used embroidery thread, but you get the idea.

Needless to say, this kept her busy for a couple of hours while I worked.  Mission accomplished!

Rest assured that if I ever make an "actual" set of these I will post it for you all.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lovelace Women's Hospital Girls' Night Out 2014

Hi Girly Girls,

I am on pins and needles!  I am pleased to say that I'm taking another big step (at least it is for me) in my jewelry business by participating in the Lovelace Women's Hospital Girls' Night Out for 2014.  My friend Mia and I have attended religiously for 3 years now and we have ALWAYS had a blast!  The food and drinks are excellent, plus the place is full of awesome booths with ways to improve your health, spas, beauty treatments, purses, cositas for your casas, and more!  In addition to all of this there is always a fashion show.  What's not to love?
This year Mia and I will be in attendance at the Beloved Bijou Adornments and Accessories booth.  Can't wait!

WHEN:  Thursday, September 25 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE:  Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, 800 Rio Grance Blvd. NW
COST:  Free admission!
PLUS the first 50 guests will receive a free pink boa!

This year's event is designed to highlight breast cancer education and support.

Tell all of your lady friends to join you.  I will be doing a giveaway at my booth - no purchase necessary.

Hope to see you there!
Myria <3

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Taking the Next Step - Advertising

Hi Cutie Pies,

You may have read that I was a working mom to a toddler, with an arts & crafts businesses on the side.  Recently the company that I was working for went out of business, so I've been out of work since 8/1/14.  It looks like I'm going to be transferred to another division that is still in operation, which is awesome!  Don't get me wrong...I feel so lucky to be chosen for this job opening.  But I am a bit sad as well.  I have sooo been enjoying being at home with my daughter and working on my jewelry.  It has been wonderful.  She and I have been crafting together <3  In fact she is sitting next to me as we speak, coloring in her coloring book.

So, I've decided to take a bit of a leap and purchase some advertising.  What?  Yes!  I did it.
You can see my ads on: and

The ads were affordable for me but an added bonus was that I was introduced to Passionfruit Ads.
I decided to take ANOTHER leap and set up advertising on my blog.
Now you too can purchase advertising space from me.

I am working really hard to gain exposure for myself and for you too, so as an added bonus special introductory offer, anyone that purchases ANY ad slot will be featured in an article on my blog.  This will also be shared to my Facebook fan page and Twitter.

Check out my packages HERE