I thought I would share a few before & after photos. Thank you to my contributing photographers Larry W. Stone Photography, JLH Photography, Robert Thomas Photography, and my friend Pearl Conroy.
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Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas. Maybe you are still enjoying your holiday! I have actually been able to use some of my holiday break (meaning not having to tote my children back and forth to school) to do some creative projects.
I am all about making and preserving memories for my family and others. It is one of my favorite things! Handmade things are by far the best. So I am sharing one of the small project I was able to do for Christmas this year.
My creative ideas are usually inspired by something I see. This is why I LOVE Pintrest! Pintrest is like a candy store for creative people like me. You can pick and choose what you like, add it to your "treat bag" and create your own combination. There are so many ideas there! I love doing this because I will find two or even three ideas that I will combine and put my own creative spin on.
I began a tradition years ago when I met my husband by giving him a Christmas ornament with the year on it. When our kids came along I continued this tradition with them as well. Now I'm sure you know most Christmas ornaments are not cheep. Early in the season I found my three ornaments, for my husband my son and daughter. I really wasn't happy with them and I am pretty frugal. I always ask myself how can I make something like this cheaper (when possible). And this isn't just to save money but it makes it more meaningful and special. So I came up with my own project inspired by the the above photo found on Pinterest. And in the end I took the store bought ornaments back to the store.
So my end result was a bit bigger than a ornament or an over sized ornament at least! But non the less a great momento for 2013 and cost way less than a store bought ornament!
I hope you found something to inspire your creativity this Christmas season!
Its about time that you see a little bit of CREATIVE Mama. She has been in hibernation! I'm brining her out along with leftover goodies tucked away from M.K.MacGregor Designs of Christmas past. AND LOOK WHAT I FOUND!
Two years ago just before I decided to pack up M.K.MacGregor Designs I had made a ton of gift tags and embellishments. These are some of my leftovers!
Christmas was always my busiest time (and sometimes a bit stressful) but also my most fun time of year. I had always put my heart and soul into the gifts I made for my clients!
Also while digging I found a couple of items (of the few I have left) to give to my kiddos teachers and some special friends.
The first shows a gift that was one of my most favorite creations. A hand stamped coffee mug that reads, "coffee and friends make a perfect blend". My mugs always took some time to perfect therefore becoming a labor of love. I can't wait to give my last two to some special friends this year. The second photo shows some large jar candles decorated and embellished to make great teacher gifts.
Ok, so these are not new creations! But for those of you who are just getting to know me you are getting to see a little bit of Creative and Designer Mama. I will have to say, although I truly miss my business I am enjoying less stressful and more relaxed Christmas seasons! But stay tuned because I am usually inspired to do at least one creative Christmas project/gift for my family! This years projects is in the works.
Christmas Blessings to You,
I can believe its been almost three weeks since Competition Day. What an amazing experience! I have been desperately trying to sort my thoughts the last three weeks in order to share with you. So many thoughts and feelings have been flooding my mind. Not to mention all that I was unable to write about during my training. There was so much happening during that time that there was just no time to write. So again my hope is to rewind a bit, break it all down and share what I experienced.
Of course it doesn't stop with "Competition Day". This was a life changing experience for sure! It has been quite an adjustment since then getting back to a normal life. Well, first of all what is normal life? I've been trying to figure that all out. It looks much different now than before competition. God revealed so much about my relationship with Him, answered prayers, and revealed things about myself that I never knew or thought possible.
I am ready for the next chapter. Because this journey is just beginning. Competing was just the first step. I am so excited to see what God has planned for me next. Also my prayer is that I will continue to be an inspiration to you and others to discover the person God desires YOU to be! So I hope you will continue to join me as I add more pieces to my puzzle called life.
Again I am so thankful for so many who have been a support to me through this journey. I am truly blessed!
Professional photos were taken at the NGA Mt. Rodgers Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique, and Bikini Championships in Woodbridge, Va. by Robert Thomas Photography.
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Mt. Rodgers bodybuilding event.
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