The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team is taking a little break to spend the Holidays with our families. Each day, a new project, by a design team member will be posted on the blog. My project, my Christmas Jammies were posted on day 2. So head on over there for a new project each day, and some Christmas inspiration.
I haven't posted in a while, but I have had a great time with my family celebrating the holidays. I love spending time with my family, espically since we live 2 hours away and don't get to see them as often as we once did.
While I was doing some shopping, I came across this pair of pajama pants on the clearance rack. I thought they were really cute and since they had the small stripe of silver in them, that they would make a great iron-on project. I couldn't decide what to put on it, but after thinking about it for a while, I settled on my name. I have an unusual name, thanks to the creativity of my parents and grandparents. I'm told that my name was Amanda LeAnn up until the day I was born, and my dad said that I didn't look like an Amanda to him, so they began searching and thinking of a new name. I believe that it was my grandma Betty who came up with "JoNeita." It is a combination of both of my grandmother's names - Betty Jo and Boneita. That is why I spell it with a capital "N." Most people don't know, but my first name is Evelyn, which is also my mother's name, and was my great-grandmothers name as well. So, I am proud to say that I am named after my mother, both my grandmothers, and my great-grandmother, then my maiden name was Spicer, from my dad. When I got married, I didn't drop my maiden name, like most people do, I wanted to keep it. So, I just tacked Kelly on the end, and made Spicer kind of like a second middle name.
So, since there were two Evelyn's already, as I was growing up, I was always called JoNeita. My great-grandmother didn't pass away until I was in my 20's, she was just a few weeks from her 95th birthday, I hope I live that long. So, I had a different kind of name. One that most people can't spell, can't pronounce (It's Jo....Neita, with a J not a G), and that most people I meet are afraid of. I'll answer to almost any variation of the name, as I know it's hard. A lot of people call me Jo, which is fine too, and a lot easier to remember. Actually, many of the kids in our family have giving me a couple of great nicknames, because they can't say JoNeita. My cousin Alexis called me "Geita" until she was in middle school, and sometimes still does.
Anyway, the reason for all this, is that because I have a creative name, I never had personalized clothes and could never find anything with my name on it. It was cool when I was in middle school to have a notebook or keychain with your name on it, but of course, it was impossible to find one with my name on it. I could find things with the name Evelyn on it, but no one knew me by that name. At my high school graduation, a guy who I had been in school with since kindergarten, asked me "Your name is Evelyn?" I guess when they only hear it once a year, the first day of school, it is easy to forget.
So, I decided to put my name on this pair of pajama pants, and I love how it turned out. I used the Disney Mickey Font Cartridge and silver iron-on glitter vinyl. I cut the letters out, placed them, and ironed them on. It was super easy, and I love them.
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My name is JoNeita Kelly and I have been crafting for at least the last 20 years. I live in Cedar Park, Texas with my son, Dallas. I love to craft and to continue to improve my photography and editing skills whenever I have free time. What I love most is telling our story using pictures, it is the most important gift I can leave my family.
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