Thursday, April 16, 2015

#HoustonNerdsUnite

Guess what's coming??  
No, not Winter (tho it is... kinda)
No, not a slue of Female Thor cosplays... tho I'm sure it will happen.
No, not a new episode of Doctor Who... SRSLY what's the hold up!
But the one... the only... Comicpalooza!

If you live in the Houston area or just in Texas and love all things geeky and nerdy and comics... this is the convention for you!
And get this peeps... I'm teaching my own WORK SHOP this year at Comicpalooza!  Do you know how excited I am!!
Check back for giveaways, hints at special guests (if you follow me on FB or Twitter then you already are in the know on Robin Sparkles!), and tons of updates on the event.
Set your faces to AWESOME!  Comicpalooza is coming and there is nothing you can do about it!  P.S.  You totally need to invest in a Stan Lee Family Photo.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Comicpalooza Workshop

Randomness 487 from Lizzie
I'm thinking of hosting a workshop at Comicpalooza.  But a fun crafty one.  One where we will draw a fun gaming controller, color it, turn it into an awesome and simple card and then talk about digitalizing it so you can print it off whenever you need a one of a kind card.  I love nerdy crafty and paitning and drawing.
Here are a few examples from me and from Zap Pow Designs (remember us?  We are on hiatus right now).  

So... would you take a nerdy card class?  For free mind you... but admission to the show does cost.  I mean, why not?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

3 Easy Steps to Sell More COOKIES!

Oh yes it is!  As a Troop Cookie Mom (Yes I'm crazy enough to take that role on!) I wanted to pass along a few tips to help your Girl Scout sell cookies this season.  And it's pretty easy, effort wise that is. 

First thing on my list... change your profile picture. You can find a ton of square images to use on your local GS site, the GS Facebook page or create your own.  Here is a favorite among my community.
Remember, you are not allowed to post cookie forms online or solicit.  So just by changing your profile picture, it lets others know that they can get cookies from you!  And all you had to do was a few clicks of your mouse.  

Take pictures!  Your daughter/Girl Scout is the face of her cookie business... take a GS related photo, have her hold up the GS sign, pose with her vest and all of her achievements and then turn that photo into a business card or a post card.  I took the photo below and sent it out to everyone that pre ordered cookies as an E Card.  Get creative!
My 7 year old, 2nd year Daisy had the idea to buy signs to put in our yard.  I told her, why not make our own!  We had a blast each night for a week coloring up two signs for our yard.  We went to the Dollar Tree and found some yard ornaments and hot glued our signs to them.  Then we stuck the signs in our yard.  On the signs alone (and for the three weeks they have been out) we have sold over $100 in cookies.
Speaking of signs, make a sign for your door that says when you are available to hand out cookies.  Lily and I created on that says 'The Cookies are In' and on the other side 'The Cookies are Out'.  We hang it on our mailbox and just flip if over when we leave the house.  This way I don't have to worry about the hubby messing up cookie orders and so that Lily can take all orders herself.  Cookies are only available to purchase when she is at home!

Have your Girl Scout get as involved as you can.  With Daisies you are doing most of the world... but by Juniors you shouldn't be doing anything but turning in money into your Cookie Manager and lifting boxes into vans b/c your daughter will be selling them by the case instead of by the package.


Have fun this cookie season, set your goals and go far beyond what you ever thought you could sell!  2015 is gonna be your year!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

World Thinking Day 2015

Girl Scouts, it's such a fun experience and the Daughter and I have been obsessed in it for over a year now and its just simply the best!!!  World Thinking Day was this past weekend and it's a grande celebration of girls, peace, and partnerships with in the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.  It's rad.
Each year, our community has a big shindig.  We all pick a country, and we learn about it while making a booth, food and SWAPS.  Here is our booth we did this year... and might I add... we won FIRST Place in the booth and food contest!  Thank you... thank you.  It couldn't have happened with out the help of spray paint, hot cup boxes from SBUX, and a lot of help from two very adorable 7 year olds.


  

A little insight on our Ireland booth:
We used Blarney Castle as our inspiration
Spray paint and patio paint gave our castle texture
Picture frames with free printables found on Pinterest helped tie in all the elements.
Since it's February, we added tons of St. Paddy's Day elements, even the girls were dressed in Lucky Gear!
Blarney Stones were made out of cake balls and grey candy chocolate.  
SWAPS were crafted out of cotton balls with paint to teach about Ireland's Painted Sheep.
Added elements of orange and green really helped to make our booth pop.  
Banners of Irish flags and shamrocks set our booth over the top with cuteness!

Don't forget to pin this post for your WTD planning for next year!

Great job Lily and Kendall and Troop 137006!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mardi Gras Allons-y!

 
Mardi Gras is here and I wanted to share with you photos from last year.  Our Daisy Troop had a gorgeous Mardi Gras parade while earning their 'Use resources wisely' badge.  We turned show boxes and used materials around the house to make these fabulous floats.  Miss Lily's float of course has her Lalaloopsy Doll, who is basically the Mardi Gras Lala and yes, she was the Queen of Mardi Gras... it even said so on the back of her throne!
We were so proud of our girls and what a great job they did with their floats. 
Now I'm excited to see how they celebrate Mardi Gras this year!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

2014 Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

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Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.
Day of the Dead Bride and Groom
Here is a quick little tute on how to turn Halloween decor into something grand to display year long.  And because my last name is Sanchez and I live in Texas, why not have some Sugar Skull/Day of the Dead inspiration in this hop!
You will need:
Plastic Skulls (these are from the Dollar Tree)
Minwax Polycrylic
Acrylic/Multi Media Paint
 Spray your skulls down with Minwax.  It will give them a nice surface to paint on.  I love this stuff, it's great for mixed media and altering items.
 Paint your skulls a base color.  The most common colors are white and beige.
 Using bright colors, go to town with your painting!  The more color, the better!  Don't forget the black!
Once you are done, spray again with Minwax.  Especially if you live in an area with lots of moisture.  It will just help preserve your skulls.
For the Groom's top hat, cut out a piece of 8.5 x 3 paper, I liked the look of this black glitter paper.  Then cut out two circles.  
Glue the circles wrong sides together. 
Fold the strip of paper into a tube and glue.
Apply the tube on top of the circles and glue.
Add trim, flowers, or other accessories. 
The Bride's vale is pretty simple as well.
Take tulle and glue it to the top of the skull.
Add a few mixed matched flowers around the crown of the head.
 Viola!  There you have your Day of the Dead Bride and Groom!  Perfect for a gift for that young newlywed couple in your life.  Or maybe even a nice gift for yourself!
Want more Day of the Dead inspiration?  Check out these glasses I painted last year.
Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!
Clearsnap
Westcott
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Ellison Educational Equipment 
ICE Resin
Neat and Tangled
Therm O Web 
Walnut Hollow
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Rowland Technologies
Graphic 45
Hydrangea Hippo
Pink and Main
The Buckle Boutique
Tami Mayberry Art & Design - Tami Mayberry 
Jamie Dougherty - Jamie Dougherty Designs
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Raquel Mason
Meagan - The Charming Farmer
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Angela Ploegman
Carolyn Dube - A Colorful Journey
Pink and Main - Mistyana Wright 
The Buckle Boutique - Niki Wilson
It’s Sew Lorine - Lorine Mason   ‎
Therm O Web - Andy Knowlton 
L. Grace Lauer - Uniquely Grace
Clearsnap - Meihsia Liu
Oh Snap Lizzie - Lizzie Sanchez
Graphic 45 - Katie Zoey Ho
Charity Wings
ICE Resin - Tatiana Allen
Polly Carlson - Pieces by Polly
Ellison Educational Equipment - Jan Hobbins
RoseRedd Paper Studio - Rochelle Washington

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

What have I been doing with my life?

I've been so dang crafty and busy I haven't had time to blog.  Sorry about that guys.  But tomorrow I will be back with an awesome craft, giveaway, and blog hop!  I mean, when I haven't blogged in two months, is there any other way to come back?

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's Your Time Women's Conference

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Attention Galveston County bloggers, mommas, and ladies of all ages and walks of life... there is a great conference coming to League City in just a few weeks!  But it's not just any conference, it's one that's here to help you be you.  To find out who you are, and what to do to make your dreams come true.  

Here is a little bit about the It's Your Time Women's Conference:

On Friday, September 19, 2014, the League City Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Houston Methodist St. John Hospital will host the first annual “It’s Your Time! Women’s Conference”. The conference keynote speaker is Lisa Whelchel, best known for her starring role as Blair Warner on NBC’s “The Facts of Life,” is an author of over a dozen books and founder of MomTime Ministries and “Personal Mom Coaching.” Her latest adventure was participating on Season 25 of CBS’s “Survivor: Philippines” where she tied for second place and won the Sprint “Player of the Season” as awarded by fans. Throughout the day, women can choose custom workshops from sixteen different speakers focusing on health and wellness, entrepreneurship, spirituality and education. See the agenda for a complete list of the inspiring speakers and topics.

It's all about you!  This is your time ladies.  Leave the hubbies and the kiddos behind, take off work, grab a friend or five and join in on the fun, food, and shopping.  With workshops all day long and a great keynote speaker (hello, Blair from the Facts of Life SQUEE!) you are sure to find something that will spark interest and get you excited.

Want to purchase your tickets?  Get tickets here, and don't forget to contact the South Shore Harbour Resort to get special pricing on a room for over night stays.  Mention the It's Your Time Women's Conference for a discount.

Want to stay connected with what is happening before, during and after the conference?  Use the hashtag #itsyourtime