01 February 2008

creative therapy

I've had to keep my hands busy the past few days in order to prevent my mind from blowing. You know the feeling. The frenzy started with an idea for my niece's birthday, then led to Valentine's Day, and ended with some fun organizational ideas for my new house.

For my niece, a shabby vintage-looking drawing book. I received one similar to it from Zoe at
Fresh Preserves for one of my boys:

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For Valentine's Day, a pint-sized purse filled with band-aids (see
Family Fun) and treats that are sure to temper the tears:

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We're building what's called a family planning center in the new house. I'm so excited to use it, but even more excited to accessorize it. And for such I made these file folders. I could make them all day long. I loved experimenting with various pattern on patterns. Ah, the many uses for scrapbook paper not related at all to scrapbooking. Love it! I've seen similar items sell for $$$ at places like
See Jane Work, but it's ridiculous how cheaply you can make these for yourself. Too bad I am not a lawyer or something... I need an excuse to make about 100 more! Instead I'll probably think of other things to cover.

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Oh yeah, here's a picture of my not-so-baby-anymore, er, baby. ;)

17 comments:

Kerstin and Scott said...

I don't know how you have to time to come up with so many cute ideas. I can't believe how big she has gotten either! It happens way too fast. Asia is already huge!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

You are more than welcome to make some of those folders for me =)

I love the shabby chic book with it's pencil holder on back. Very cute.

Misty said...

ADORABLE baby! And I marvel at your talent. All I can say is WOW!

utmommy said...

Such cute ideas!

I'm trying to figure out what to do for Valentines.

txmommy said...

cute projects, cuter baby!!

Morning Glory said...

Those are really cute projects, Lei.

And oh, that baby!! She's has grown so much. What a happy face!

Nicole said...

You are so creative. A family planning center sounds neat, tell us more...

Anne Bradshaw said...

These are gorgeous. Glad I returned to your blog today. It's always inspiring.

Michelle said...

I'm in love with those folders Lei, you're so smart! I have some scrapbooking things I have no idea what to do with and this is perfect!

Your little girl is adorable too!

Cmommy said...

I'd love to have a set of your creative file folders!
You know, there's $/opportunity in these photos :-) I'm inspired.

Cocoa said...

Love the drawing book with pencils included! You are sooo creative, thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

Jen said...

I LOVE the drawing book. Any artist would be happy to get that gift!

Lei said...

Nicole - a family planning center is the small version of what they call a life center, basically a room with wall to wall counters and cabinets, some desk space, a work island. They are so cool. Our fmaily planning center is an add-on to the kitchen and will have 2 built in desks with cabinets above... perfect for homework and computer time!

Lara said...

I'm curious to know more about your family planning center...do tell!

Okay, just scrolled down to the bottom and read your post...very cool! I want one of those, too! I wish I could figure out a way to do it where I am instead.

Love your projects...the art bag is brilliant!

Zoe said...

Lei! I love how that notebook cover turned out! It is so cute, and sooo girly! You are very talented. :)

Meta said...

what a cute baby!!!

love the shabby drawing book.

you are full of ideas. sure wish you lived closer to me! or me to you. :)

Dee Light said...

You have really been crafty!! Cute stuff!!