Monday, April 12, 2010
What's been going on at Mocha Child you ask? (I've always wanted to say that for something). Well, I have been working on new stationery. I'm now making fabric journals, combining my stationery and sewing. I don't have any pictures yet, I will begin posting them by the end of this week, keep your fingers crossed. I have also been sewing more wristlets and clutches, and re-purposed some old pants and skirts into summer beach bags and purses for girls.
I am really excited to get back on here more often...stick around, I'm working on some big things!! Be sure to click on the Facebook link above to "Become a Fan" of Mocha Child Greetings.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Thanks a lot Jenn!
Above is the pic of the tag set Jenn used...Check out her blog over at http://www.dailytag.wordpress.com/ to see the other cupcake pics and to check out some of the other shops she has featured. She really know how to find some cute tags! Jenn also has a great shop on Etsy at http://www.shoptagit.etsy.com/.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I can not believe it has rained so much lately! What happened to "It never rains in Southern California"??? I like a lot of rain just as much as the next person, but when you have two 32 gallon trash cans, several 5 gallon buckets, small trash cans and anything else I could use to collect water in, I would say that enough is enough already! The ground is so saturated that it will be a couple of months before I even need to use any of the water. Well, good thing is that we haven't had this much rain in about 10 years, and may not see this much for another 10 years.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Have a safe weekend!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
We all know the details of the worlds’ ups and downs of 2009. I feel it is in all of our best interest to begin discussing more of what has happened that has been positive in 2009. First and foremost, we made it through this year! I felt like I have finally stopped going in circles in my “2009 maze” and am finally able to see another path opening up for me. For those that know, I purchased a home in 2008 so 2009 has been a financial roller coaster for me. No matter how small I thought the repair would be, the end cost was always higher. The kids are still growing and eating like horses and the income although stayed the same seemed to continue to decrease! It does help to know that I am not alone in this and I hope that by discussing it we can find that we are not in a fixed maze. No matter how many times we seem to go in that same circle and never notice another path, it doesn’t mean that it’s not there, maybe we just weren’t ready to see it. I know that I wasn’t. Summer came and the harvest was good and the kids were happy and I was happy and all of a sudden it seemed to stop and a reality hit me that I could never have imagined. We weren’t happy and things weren’t good. We, like so many, were getting by.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The reality is much slower. I will have a good productive day and it will take me a couple of weeks to get it posted. That would be ok if I were participating in shows the way I did last year…but that is not the case, so I have lots of completed items and I haven't taken pictures of about 1/4th of them. They are slowly on their way...
So here are some pics of cards and boxes that I will be posting to my shop soon.
The card is made from red handmade paper. It is from my handmade paper collection. The inside is fully lined with blank ivory paper and the outside has a handstamped tree scenery and "Thank You" sentiment in deep red. The ivory background is also dusted with copper giving it an antique look.
I love this tag set. I keep saying that if they don't sell, I will use them myself! But just in case you were wondering...they were made with green handmade paper. The tree is printed on thick paper and is glued to the 2" circle with foam adhesive for a 3-d effect. The string is a gold rope just as sparkly and perfect for the occasion.
My daughter is such a prissy little girl. She loves her jewelry and fashion and thing like that. When she saw these "trinket" boxes, she just wanted all of them. I managed to get a few from her and decorate them. They are all painted with regular latex house paint (let's just say I couldn't make up my mind on the colors of some of the rooms in my house) and finished up with paper. Some also have glitter and charms and ribbons... They fit perfectly on the dresser, just as decoration, key holder (my son says I shoul keep one of these for myself!), they can also be decorated to fit the design in a room in your house.
This card was inspired by daughter. I purchased a set of soft pastels and thought I could hide them from her. I think she smells out things she is not supposed to have! She took out three colors and started scribbling over the paper that I had previously cut. I showed her how to dust the colors and the focus sheet of this card is the end result. I added the coordinating background, the charm, and the sentiment. All in all I think she did a great job!
Last but not least is one that is still in my W.I.P (work in progress) bin waiting for the actual card and finishing with a sentiment. I came across some really nice rub-ons and thought they would fit perfectly with MC Greetings style. I will post all to my shop soon, but you are more than welcome to make a request for items by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kids have decided to start earning for their education (I think it's a trick really...my son loves video games and my daughter loves shoes, so we'll see..) and they will have sections in my shop to add their drawings, paintings, etc...Look out for those soon!