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Where Have I Been?

 I don’t know how many of you are on Instagram.  If you are, you can follow me at @amerooniedesigns.  If not, here is a peek at what I’ve been up to lately.  I made these flowers to go with the swag bags I made for a creative retreat I was able to go to.  I’m hoping to post more about it, but right now it’s still marinating in my head.  Long story super short, it was FABULOUS.  I hope everyone at some point has a chance to “Find their Lula”.

After the last Oh Sweet Sadie boutique, I had someone contact me about making her a batch of these Personal Progress Folders.  Of course I said yes, and made a few extra for some upcoming boutiques as well.  And how cute are they with the elastic?  I actually prefer that to the ribbons now.  Easier and totally cute.

 Last year we finished our basement and I’m sllllloooooowwwwwllllllyyyyy gathering some fun accents to decorate down there.  We’re going for a slight vintage/industrial look.  I was so excited when my sister found this cool metal letter for me.  Too bad they stuck the stickiest stickers in the universe on the front.  I still need to attack this with Goo Gone.

 As part of the retreat I attended, we took a photography class.  This one was about personification.  While my pictures are not spectacular by any means, I will say that I am improving greatly.  It adds a lot more time and effort when you have to attempt to fully stage shots, but I have to say it’s definitely worth the investment.  Maybe one day I’ll actually even have a big girl camera. 🙂

 I cleaned my craft room!!!  You can see the floor again!  And actually walk into the closet!  And use the table!!  It was a lot of work.  I’m a very messy crafter and usually don’t take the time to put things back all the way.  Plus, often I get interrupted by one disaster or the other, so that doesn’t help.  Add to that the fact that I have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF! and you have chaos.  I’m happy to say that some order has been restored.  The clean out also sparked the next picture, which is the first installment of the Great Stashbust of 2013.

 This banner was the first project in my new goal to use up much of the stash I have.  I was talking to a friend, who owns a fabric shop, and asked her if she had an incredible stash.  She said that she used to, but she realized that there would always be more cute fabric, and since her sewing time was limited to samples for her store, she had to use current lines to move her inventory.  I realized that I need to do the same thing.  The sheer amount of stuff I have is keeping me from enjoying my space and time.  Plus, using all my cute fabric will force me to create things I can actually enjoy.  I invited a couple of friends over and we all made these fun banners.  I’m hoping to have a tutorial up in the next day or two.  There is very minimal sewing involved and I just LOVE how it turned out.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to.  These days it feels like I’m always running behind and posting a quick picture on Instagram or Facebook is all I have time for. 
I’m hoping to be better though, because you guys have stuck with me for a long time and I really appreciate you being around.  And, I feel like we have a community here, and I love it.  So, I’m not going anywhere, but if you’re missing me in between posts, hop over to see me in the chaos of social media. 🙂


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  • Michelle Katseanes
    October 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Amy…you are awesome, talented, and incredibly fun! Love your post and all you have been up to!

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    October 21, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Love keeping up with all that you're up to 🙂

  • Kristie
    November 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I love the elastic on the personal progress packets. Where would you add it? Any tips? I want to make these for my girls, or at least do a night where they make their own.

  • Holly Marie
    November 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Hey I have been trying to find your some contact info. I have a quick question…wondering if you would be interested in doing a guest post for Poppy Seed Projects.com in exchange for a gift card. If you are interested email me at [email protected]

  • Kristie
    November 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    So I know I already commented on these personal progress holders, but can I give you a big thank you? I finally made one, and it is awesome! We do a beehive swarm, where we give the new beehive everything she will need: Personal progress book, journal, true to the faith, for the strength of youth, and a copy of the YW theme, as well as their torch necklace. This is perfect to contain everything. Because one of the girls is always loosing something. And it gets expensive to replace them. 🙂 Also, if everything is contained, it is easier to have them bring it to church.
    So a big thank you! You are the best!