Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
(I added flowers to the milk can yesterday.)
(Second picture) This long table is what Scarlett and I used to work on in the old craft room. I had the short end and half of the long end. She sat to my left as we worked (played) side by side. It now sits to the left just as you walk in the door of the new craft house. We'll move the computer there just as soon as the cable company comes and moves the line tomorrow. Today I made a skirt to hang under the desk that covers the front edges. (To hide more crafting goodies.)I've got to make one more for the end near the door. I'm using tension rods that hang between the 2x4 legs to hold the skirts. I had the same system in the old craft room, but now I have a new color of fabric. I'll show pictures when it's all done. :-)
Third picture is of a metal cabinet my mother gave me about 10 years ago. She used it for maybe 25-30 years in the insurance business she owned. It was an ugly dark green and I painted it up way back then. It has a ton of scratches on it and we broke something on it when we moved it into the new craft house. I don't think it did too much damage though. (My mother wasn't too wild about me painting it since it was an antique.) It is a constant source of joy every time I look at it or get a stamp out of it. It holds two layers of stamps in each of the drawers. Today I cleaned out one drawer to hold extra ink pads. I'm going to have to move some more stamps to make room for newer stamps. I wanted the cabinet close to me so I could have easy access to the stamps. (Scarlett did too!) My Stampin'UP! stamp pads are on the top right of the cabinet with my Sizzix Die Cutter and dies on the left and center. (Not that you care what I have on the top.) ;-)
Scarlett's bulletin board looks black in the picture, but it's black with pink dots. I hung mine up today on the other side. It's black with little red cherries on it. (Mary Englebreit fabric.) I love her fun and whimsical designs so much!Last but not least... fourth picture... is just as you walk in the door. I'm so loving my work table that's in the center of the room. Oh my goodness.. to be able to cut fabric without bending over a little counter top is just wonderful! I've glued a tape measure on one long side and it's just perfect. (Only gave $30 for the table and $30 for each desk at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.) I thought that was a good price and I wanted to buy used items as much as possible. I love to re-purpose as much as I can. Scarlett and I painted the top of the work table white to give it a clean look.
Yesterday and today I managed to install (myself) a television on the wall, mini-blinds on each window, made skirts for the work table (I hung curtain rods just underneath the top of the table running from leg to leg to hold skirts) and the long L-shaped computer table. Made skirts for my desk and Scarlett's. Her fabric matches her bulletin board. (My fabric is another Mary Englebreit print.) I've emptied all boxes and put away nearly everything. I'll show pictures when I'm done with everything. I've got to make the curtains next and I wanted something wonky... but am too tired to be creative about it.
Oh... talk about being spoiled. Good friends of ours gave me an old small (three cubic feet) Kenmore refrigerator to use in the craft house. It's so cute! It's a brown tone that goes along with the dark wooden desks. It has a little freezer and 3 shelves. Just a little cleaning with bleach and it's humming away. It even has a little produce drawer. (I guess that's what it is... I don't really know. It's just a drawer.) Good friends are the best collectibles... don't you agree?
Scarlett managed to get a lot of card making done Friday and Saturday. She is having a great time working at her own desk. She just loves it so much! We're making new memories to cherish for a lifetime! Oh... and I put up the shelves up next to me and and next to Scarlett, and I put up my bulletin board today also. (But I think I said that already.) When I say I'm tired.... whew.... I'm tired! My body is crying out in pain. My typing is probably all scrambled up. I hope I make a little bit of sense though. (Okay... phew... now I'm back after my computer froze up. It's in need of a trip to the computer doctor for a tune-up.)
Okay... now that I've said way more than you probably wanted to know... I just want to say thank you for hanging in there with me on this wonderful journey of my dream come true. I still have to pinch myself to believe that it's true. I'll share more pictures as soon as I get finished with my sewing. (New rubber stamps have been calling my name for a week now. They're just sitting there waiting on me to get finished with the sewing projects.)
Thanks so much for visiting and reading this far. I hope you've enjoyed the journey with me.
Please come back and stay a spell!
Have a great week!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Scarlett and I did a ton of heavy lifting and moving today. I haven't even moved all my junk and I'm thinking I've got way too much stuff. Geeze! The now retired craft room still has a TON of stuff that I'll just have to filter through. Maybe I should have purged more than I have already.
My sweet hubby bought me a television tonight to put in the craft house. It won't be hooked up until tomorrow. That's going to be so cool.
Thanks so much for sharing this fun and happy journey with me! I know I'm a super lucky gal!
Have a great night and thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
You get a real "Snippet" today. Hum... not too much showing in the picture today except something wonderful! What do you think all those other things are in the pic? Well for one thing the floor is just beautiful. The baseboards are not in yet, but that will be done tomorrow.
I called the builder to see if it was okay to start moving in some things. Oh my gosh... I am soooo tired and my back is killing me. With the help of my grandson and his girlfriend we moved most of the heavy things in there. I must say I am the proud owner of a pallet dolly. Whoo-hoo! Nope... it's not a doll sitting on a pallet. It's the coolest thingie for moving heavy items. Kinda like a carpeted frame on wheels. It'll save your back for sure. It was only $24.98 at Lowe's. I tried to find one to rent, but no one I called rents them out. geeze....
Then Scarlett and I moved everything to where we wanted it to be. I nearly cried it was so wonderful! There we were like usual.... just me and Scarlett in our craft room. She was so precious telling me how wonderful and special the room and her desk was to her. She said she was so happy she couldn't believe it. I just know we are in for some great times!
I can't wait to have everyone visit my completed craft house. I have a ton of sewing, curtains, table skirts, to do but that will come later. OH.. I just can't wait for you to see it.
Thanks so much for visiting and let me know what you think so far. Have you had fun following my journey or are you bored to tears? I promise I'll get some cards up as soon as the move is done. Whoo-hoo!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The worker bees will sand the sheet rock tomorrow and I hope they'll get to paint the inside, but I don't know.
Scarlett and I made large paper templates to match the size of our desks. We put them on the floor and she wanted to take a chair out there to see how much room she'd have. I think she's pretty excited about having her own desk to craft at.
I took her swimming again today. She would live in the water if she could. I stumped my toe on the cement edge of the pool as I was getting out and didn't realize how bad it hurt until I put on some shoes. geeze... then when I got home.....
I dropped a heavy drinking glass on the kitchen counter today and it just exploded all over the place. Some went into my hair and all over the kitchen. So I had the pleasure of getting that mess up and cleaning the heck out of the counters and floor to be sure there was no glass left.
I managed to find some on the window sill after all was said and done. I just don't want anyone to get cut.
Just a Snippet in a day of my life....
Hope you enjoy my journey!
Thanks for visiting.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I took my granddaughter swimming again today. She loves it and told me she had fun today. It was no different than any other day she just said she had fun.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
The flower image was an unmounted stamp that I bought at a stamp convention many years ago. It was on a table marked "pound of rubber" and that's exactly how you paid for it... by the pound. No wonder my back was hurting before I left the convention... I couldn't hold all the stamps I had purchased. Much less... you had to buy the blocks of wood to mount them on. I still have a few of those wood blocks left to this day. I was so excited I bought the stamps, then the blocks then walked the show. Was I ever hurting (but sooo happy) by the time I left for the day.
I colored everything with my new Copic markers that I'm still learning how to use. They're pretty cool I must say! The designer scrapbook paper, the sentiment and the scalloped oval punch are Stampin'UP! I used a green die-cut I made on my Cricut Expressions to layer the flower on. So easy... just set it to the size you want and let it go. I attached the die cut, flower and sentiment with pop-dots. The beautiful green ribbon was a gift with one of my orders from www.ellenhutson.com. Ellen has wonderful customer service and has been helpful and responsive when I've had questions.
Okay... that's it for a Monday. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions.
Take care and thanks for visiting!
Now below is the inside of the card. I kept it super simple and I'll probably go back and rub the teal ink pad around all edges of the card interior, but so far it's simple.
The sentiment on the front of the card and the one on the inside are all on one stamp. I just colored the top portion I wanted for the front, cleaned the stamp and colored the bottom portion to use inside. You get a lot more use from a stamp if you can use it more ways than one. The sentiment is from Dee Gruenig ATC Stamps Set 2 available from http://www.sundayint.com/.
I haven't written up all the instructions for this card yet, so if you have any questions about what I used, please send me an e-mail.
Thanks so much for visiting!
The workers bees will have a good week with no rain (I hope) to get a lot more work done. The metal roofing will be ordered, the siding will go up, and the windows installed. It's really happening and I still can't believe it. What a dream come true.
I sure hope you enjoy the journey with me.
Thanks so much for visiting and have a great week!
(Next up.. some cards I made yesterday)
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Now.... today is Day 6 and Saturday, and the builder and one worker-bee started bright and early, (7 a.m.) putting up the wood panels on the outer walls. Woo-hoo! They are trying to get work done while it's not too hot outside. It was mid-60's this morning. Perfect day!
(Pix will follow after worker-bees leave.)
Scarlett and I worked for four hours in my craft room going through old stuff to see what can be thrown away. It was a very painful experience I must say. I had a VERY hard time parting with some of the things that I've hoarded for a few years now. No tools or things like that. Just containers I was saving for future projects, or maybe a ton of old labels and rolls of paper. Some of these items were from where I used to work.
I worked 26 years for a large volume printing company that would throw away tons of paper after a print job was over. Back then the company printed a lot of clothing, furniture and all types of tags that you see hanging on products in the store. We always had some cool paper left over from the jobs. If I was lucky, the paper-mover (a sweet man) would save it for me. Then I'd get it cut to 8.5x11 or 7x10 and share it with other stampers in the office. Us girls had a stash to die for. We were very fortunate that our bosses didn't care that we recycled the paper for our own use.
Then I was extra lucky in that the sales reps for the paper companies would give me their expired "sample" boxes of paper. Oh me... these had the coolest colors and textures that you'd ever want. So I would share that with all my stamping buddies. We were a spoiled lot of girls. Needless to say, I still have a LOT of this paper. Most of it is acid free and kept out light as much as possible. I did part with some of the old label material I had. I've even donated tons of it to the school my granddaughter goes to, daycare centers and friends that want to start stamping.
So sorry to digress.... geeze... just thought I'd give you some "background story" reading material. Probably not too interesting huh?
Also yesterday, Scarlett and I covered two cork boards with fabric to use in the new craft house. They each turned out beautiful. We hung our latest cards on them. I'll show pix of those later. I didn't even feel good yesterday and the last few days, just super tired. I forged ahead with my high-energy granddaughter and got a lot done.
Stay tuned for craft house pix later today. WOO-HOO! (I just have to do that!)
have a great weekend and again... Thanks for visiting!
JOY BIRTHDAY CARD details
STAMPS: Dee Gruenig’s ATC Stamps Set 2 (SI)
PAPER: Die cut ATC envelope (SI), Whisper White card stock (Stampin’UP!) purple and orange card stock (my stash)
INK: Dee Gruenig Signature Series Marvy markers and Marvy Blending Blox, assorted colors (SI)
ACCESSORIES: Pink Offray ribbon, Cricut Expression die cutting machine, pop-dots, glue runner, Exact-O knife, scissors, ruler, corner rounder, paper piercing tool, ruby colored glitter glue, mini-brads (Stampin’UP!), yellow mini-flower brads (my stash)
1. Using Sunrise Blending Blox, rub stamp pad directly onto die-cut envelope to create a striped pattern
2. Using Marvy markers and ruler, draw lines on envelope to create a plaid pattern in shades of pinks, purple and dark blue, assemble envelope
3. Cut ATC card to 3.5x2.5, round each corner, stamp kimono, flowers, sentiment, gridline and symbol images, color in the details on kimono, punch holes in top two corners of ATC
4. Cut 8” length of narrow pink ribbon, punch holes 1” from ends using paper piercing tool, attach ribbon into the top two holes on ATC with mini-flower brads, set aside for now
5. Stamp JOY on small piece of white cardstock, (to fit front of envelope), use purple marker to color edge of cardstock, attach green mini brads to top and bottom corners on right side, cut scallop border on Cricut Expression using pale orange cardstock, , trim off two scallops so it will fit white cardstock piece, use paper piercer to punch holes around the scalloped edge for stitched effect, layer the scallop border piece onto left edge of white cardstock piece
6. Cut purple scalloped round shape, attach to lower right edge of envelope
7. Stamp fan image and fold accordion style to create fan, put glitter glue on dots of fan handle, attach to purple die cut with pop-dots
8. Stamp grid image at an angle on folded card front, stamp flower border around four edges of card front
9. Attach the finished envelope, at an angle to front of card with pop-dots , insert the finished ATC into the envelope exposing the yellow flower brads
10. Stamp sentiment inside of card, stamp dragonfly image randomly from bottom to top inside of card, create stamped border to frame sentiment
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday was day four and we are still impressed at the speed at which the guys are working. It's one man and two of his nephews. I call them worker bees.
Scarlett, my granddaughter, took her drawn floor plan (on graph paper) to the building and marked off little lines where everything should go. She wanted to see if her drawing was accurate. She was so excited to show me there was room for everything. How funny!
It rained later in the evening, but I don't think it hurt anything. I can't wait to see what happens today. Everyday when I get home, Scarlett and I run out there to check things out. Whoo-hoo! It's still hard for me to believe it's happening. I continue to live a blessed life.
Have a great day and thanks for taking the time to visit.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
STAMPS: Dee Gruenig’s Junior Jungle ATC Set (SI)
PAPER: Whisper White card stock (Stampin’UP!), natural kraft cardstock (my stash)
INK: Dee Gruenig Signature Series Marvy markers (SI)
ACCESSORIES: Post-it note, black ink pen, white marker, StarLightz glitter gel pens (Wal-Mart), pop-dots, cloud template (my stash), hole punch, white glue, glue runner, cosmetic sponge
1. Cut white cardstock to 3-1/4” x 2-1/4”, Cut natural kraft cardstock 3-1/2” x 2-1/2”
2. Color light blue marker onto a plastic surface (I use my acrylic blocks), use dampened cosmetic sponge to pick up the color, add marker to sponge if necessary to get darker sky color
3. Use cloud template to sponge a sky, move template around to achieve desired look
4. Use torn Post-it note to make sand line for shoreline, and use Post-it note to cover sky, use blue marker to make the ocean
5. Color then stamp palm tree onto left side of image, Stamp fern on left side and leaves on right side
6. Stamp each image on scrap paper, cut out each one and attach using pop-dots, use white glue on the flower, mosquito and fern, curl the alligator tail and palm leaves out with your fingernail for added dimension
7. Punch a round yellow colored circle, cut in half, attach with pop dot in center of blue skyline at waters edge
8. Use white marker to make white marks in water and at waters edge
9. Use glitter gel pens to add yellow lines on round edge of sun and in water beneath the sun
10. Attach the completed image to natural kraft stock, write message with black ink pen
STAMPS: Dee Gruenig’s Junior Jungle ATC (SI), Tiny Dot Letters alphabet stamps (Hero Arts)
PAPER: Whisper White card stock (Stampin’UP!), natural kraft cardstock (my stash)
INK: Dee Gruenig Signature Series Marvy markers (SI), Distress Ink Pads-Ranger (SI)
ACCESSORIES: Pop-dots, sponge, glue runner, scalloped oval punch Stampin’UP!
1. Cut white cardstock to 3-1/4” x 2-1/4”, Cut natural kraft cardstock 3-1/2” x 2-1/2”
2. Use sponge and two shades of Distress Ink to create background
3. Stamp fern image around sides and top of white cardstock
4. Color and stamp animal and flower images onto scrap cardstock, add extra color onto leopard, after stamped, for shading (Shading on little cat was done on the stamp)
5. Attach all images with pop-dots
6. Use marker to make dots for the ground under the animal’s feet
7. Punch oval shape and stamp desired sentiment, attach with pop-dots
8. Attach completed design onto natural kraft stock
Jungle Birthday Card
STAMPS: Dee Gruenig’s Junior Jungle ATC, ATC Stamps Set 2 (SI)
PAPER: Whisper White card stock (Stampin’UP!), Dark blue, light green and black cardstock (from my stash)
INK: Dee Gruenig Signature Series Marvy markers, assorted colors (SI), Marvy Blending Blox (SI), White Brilliance pigment ink pad in Moonlight White
ACCESSORIES: Stampin’ Pastels, Stampin’ UP!, small pom-poms, small green brads, paper cutter, Exacto knife, soft paint brush, glue stick, white eraser, 1/6” hole-punch, pop-dots
1. Cut black card panel to size 4-1/4” x 2-3/4”
2. Stamp palm tree, small and large monkey and elephant in white pigment ink, let dry for a few minutes
3. Color with pom-poms and chalk in desired colors, adding highlights with light and dark chalk colors
4. Brush excess chalk away with soft paint brush, then use white eraser to clean up the edges of colored images
5. Use green chalk to color the ground to anchor the animals
6. Layer the black panel onto light green, then onto dark blue cardstock
7. Use Blending Blox Shades of Caribbean to rub color around all four edges of card
8. Attach the layered panel onto white top folded card base
9. Cut small piece of light green cardstock, Stamp Happy Birthday using Shades of Caribbean, also ink edges of stamped piece
10. Punch 1/6” holes on each end of stamped piece, put green brad in each hole, attach to card bottom with pop-dots
That's it for now. Again, I just want to say thank-you for stopping by and taking the time to read about me and my projects.
Wow… I know I’ve been away too long. I’m getting back on the blogging train and hope to write about a dream come true.
I feel so blessed and fortunate to get to have a craft house built in our backyard. It’s something I’ve dreamed of for many, many years. I really never thought we’d be building a little house (more like a room) so I’m just on cloud nine right now. I do thank God everyday for the many blessings that are in my life.
So… check out the pix and you’ll see my backyard before the digging started. Yep… we have a pretty small back yard with a steep hill at the back of it. Hey, I’ll take it where I can get it! Just after three days we’ve got the foundation and sub-floor (if that’s what it’s called). We’ve had so much rain for the past month, I don’t want another drought, but I do hope the guys can have more dry days so they can work.
I’ll do my best to keep a record of how things are coming along including the move-in. Phew… that will be a job. I’ve got a room that’s busting at the seams with stuff, so I’ve got to do some major cleaning out and see if I can part with anything.
I jumped the gun and bought two desks, a work table, and a wide file cabinet from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at wonderful prices, but I bought them three weeks ago. Geeze… they’re under my carport just waiting for their new home. One desk is for my granddaughter and one for me. She and I painted the top of the work table white.
My granddaughter has been busy drawing floor plans where she thinks everything should go. She’s a hoot and having a great time watching the progress. She’s in the photos and loves posing for the camera.
I hope you’ll enjoy going along on the journey of a dream-come-true in my life. If you’ve got any ideas about organization please send them my way. I’m just so confused about what I want… shelves or cabinets or carts… oh my! I really don’t know what I should do.
If you’ve read this far you’re just the best… and I truly appreciate it.
Now stay tuned for some pix of my recent stamping adventures!