Jun 15, 2014

Father's Day - My Dad's Hands!

I wasn't going to do it. 

I wasn't going to think about him today.

I just figured if I did my best to smile and laugh and think about positive things that today wouldn't hurt so much. I thought if I just didn't think about him,  I could make it through it.  

I lied to myself.

I stumbled on a photo of my dad this morning and realized I can't ignore it.  He may not be with me in flesh and body but he is in my heart and his love and influence is still blessing me everyday.  So, as a tribute to him, here are the words I shared at his funeral just 10 months ago.

Jun 14, 2014

Decorative Paper Mache Trinket Boxes

Soooo, I was planning to get this post up a few days ago, you know, in case your kids needed a Father's craft but I let life happen instead.

We are gearing up to send my Miss M to Ecuador and it is seriously consuming my mind.  She will turn 17 while she is there.  17!  She's currently working two jobs.  She is really independent and smart, has a college and a wedding board, both filled with ideas, on Pinterest, and she can't wait to be older.  Yet just two days ago I bought her a pillow pet, per her request.  My point in all this, I'm just trying to enjoy these days.  Smiling at her growth and excitement at life but yet, at the same time, trying to hang on to my little girl.  Needless to say, that's where my mind and heart have been this week.  Plus, as you know, Father's day, especially this year is a little tough for me so I'm trying to not focus on it.

With all that said, I still have a craft for you though.  And, really, it can be used for any occasion not just Father's day.

Jun 11, 2014

Life Is About...

Remember the blue guy in the middle?  Well, it seems he needed friends so I made him some.  Besides being his bot friends, they had other purposes too.

One of my daughters has been struggling a little bit.  She is trying to figure out what is special about her. She's caught in that trap that so many of us get into where we compare ourselves to others and then we start to feel crappy or worthless.

I totally get it.  

Jun 6, 2014

Little Bird, Little Bird Tutorial

Earlier this week I mentioned a tutorial might be in order for  my little bird.  Well, who wants to make a little clay bird?  If you do, here's the tutorial, enjoy!  

Jun 1, 2014

Hello! My name is...

A little bird sent me an email the other night.  He let me know that my blog was one of his ways of knowing what was going on in my life.  Since I hadn't blogged in over a month, well, he was just checking in. So, for him, and for you if you were wondering the same thing.  I'm ok.  I feel like I have to start over in many respects though.


Hello!  My name is Amy!  I'm the mind behind Then She Made... and I am returning after a much needed break.   What have I been up to while I was away, you ask.  Well, here's a few of the things...

1- Hanging on with all my might while my kids finished up their school year.  Seems May is a crazy month of projects and parties.  It's over now though, school's out and I'm pretty happy about that!  (So are my girls)

2- I've been creating a little.  If you are a regular reader you know I kinda have a thing for robots.  I like to doodle them.  I have sketch books and scraps of paper lying around with little robots on them.  Plus, you know I like to work with clay so I decided to turn my doodles into into sculptures.  Wanna see?  Here you go...


The blue bot is my favorite.  He keeps me company at work and stares at me while I do my job.  I like the green guy too, especially his flowers, but the blue bot is my fav.  I created him first and I think because of that, he holds a special place in my heart.

I also made the little bird at the top of the page - I'm thinking some tutorials are in order.  Yes?

3- I've been changing up the blog. Did you notice?  I toyed with a whole complete re-do but didn't like it much so I just changed the colors and updated a few other things.  Got rid of the orange.  I like orange though so in the future it might come back.

4- I've been doing a little bit more photography.  My camera died for a bit, which was hard to deal with but it's back and so am I.  It's been good to be behind the lens again.  Tonight Miss M and I went out at sunset for a quick little mini Senior photo session.  Yes, my Miss M is headed into her senior year - eeek!

5- And, speaking of photography, I've made a little home over at Instagram.  If you'd like to follow me over there you can find me at thenshemade.  Seems I'm on Instagram more than any other social media platform these days.
6- And, last but not least, I've just been working on trying to find my happiness again.  It's been a crazy year and I feel like these last few months I've just been trying to find my place and where I fit best.  There's been happiness and sadness, family issues, health concerns, and well, just life - it happens.  I've learned that most of the time you can't control the things that happen to you so the best thing to do is just to work on becoming your best self. 

Life is about creating yourself and remembering that you are your own best work of art!  I'm working hard on trying to remember that because it really does affect your over-all happiness.

Anyway, I'm back - thanks for sticking with me!