Monday, November 10, 2008
BTW, the table is only in the family room because the floors were recently refinished. (Lots of fun and smell :D ). We haven't moved it yet.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
My daughter occasionally wants a night light when she goes to bed. I took our Princess word art and put it on an acrylic block. The block had a hole drilled into the bottom through which I fed a strand of battery operated lights (about 20 lights), and viola! A perfect night light for her room.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
(First I have a bathroom remodel, then I spend my summer away from home, and now I have to keep my house spotless--not an easy task with my kids). I'm running a bit short on pictures with all of this, but I do have a cute nightlight I created using our PRINCESS word art that I'll try and post soon.
Hopefully it won't be too much longer before we relocate, and my sweet husband has agreed I need a space I can call my own for crafts AND computer stuff. (I knew there was a reason I married him). We're looking as some places that have the potential for that, yet are modest in size and price (read full unfinished basement instead of partial with a crawl).
We also agree I need a laundry room instead of a laundry closet. (Our boys generate a massive amount of laundry).
Sunday, September 21, 2008
It great cuts down on the confusion--except when they fight over who put the extra pair of underwear in their hamper!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here are a few photos of pantry containers Jodee (Walls of Wisdom co-owner) did.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Hope you had a great summer too!
And since it's back to school time, here's a fun wall Jodee did for her son's room. (She used two layers of vinyl for the effect).
Oh, and in case you were wondering, here's how the bathroom turned out.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Well, the house is nearing completion for getting it on the market. We had to basically do a master bathroom remodel since our grout went bad and it rotted the wallboard behind it. We had to rip it down to the studs and start over. We were told we can't put the house on the market with a major problem like that, so we had to take care of it first. So much fun!
Thankfully we're almost done with that. So a word of warning. If you have a tile shower, you should know the grout needs to be resealed every so many years--frequency depends upon how often the shower is used. It's pretty inexpensive to do, and it will save you the headache that we had.
Oh, and if you are blessed with a 1980's pink tub like we were, you can have it resurfaced/reglazed for under $500--even if it is jetted. In our case this was the cheaper option than having a new tub put in.
Monday, March 31, 2008
The big news is my family is going to be moving again! We're heading from the Midwest to the East Coast. We're pretty excited about this, but it means a lot of work. I'm not sure how much I'll be able to post on my blog as we get our house ready for the market. There is a lot of work to be done. Maybe I'll post snippets about preparing for yet another move. (We moved quite a bit in our early days of marriage).
Wish me luck!
Lisa--I need you to email me your address so I can send your chocolate vinyl saying you won.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thank you everyone for celebrating with me! (And thanks to Mandiannie for telling me how to do a screen capture!)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
So, given that I've had a problem with posting and we've lost our rhythm of the giveaway, I'll do the drawing on Saturday night. (10:00 CST). This should give you plenty of time to post and share the news. Just leave a comment and good luck for the last time!
I had no idea how dependent upon the Internet I am.
More bad timing--my oldest just started shrieking that the dishwasher was leaking. Apparently I've never explained the difference between dishwasher liquid detergent and dishwashing liquid soap. Hmmmm.
Friday, March 7, 2008
I meant to get this posted last night, but my DH roped me into replacing a few of our old lights like the lovely brass ones you see with the new ones. It took us several hours. :sigh:
I'll be back soon to post the last giveaway!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
For the second giveaway this this week, I'm going to be giving away the vinyl for this quote. It's the perfect size for an 8x24" board. I'm not including the board, but you can find ones cut and routed at local craft stores.
Good luck! I'll draw for the winner Thursday night.
The last prize will be another unmounted vinyl, but this one was designed by Meridith Anne of Lizzie Anne Designs!
Mary, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your information, and I'll be happy to send you your new candle holder!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Other great news is Jodee has decided she will also begin a blog (and I'll be posting the link as soon as she creates it).
Next, we had a great business meeting, and I'm really excited about some of the things we'll be offering in the coming months. (Like an exclusive line of vinyl designed by Meridith Anne of Lizzie Anne Designs among other great things!)
Lastly, we're coming up on our 3-year anniversary as a company.
So, in celebration of all this, I'm going to be offering some BLOG CANDY! Since it is our 3-year anniversary, I will be giving away 3 different items this week. The first item I'm giving away is this dove/peace candle holder. The first drawing will be on Monday evening, March 3.
You know the drill--leave a comment & I'll use a random number generator to determine the winner.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I will though--just not until I get back home since I couldn't find my battery charger before I left.
Since we're sitting here stamping together I asked Meridith if she wanted to say anything as a guest blogger--
Hi there! I'm having a blast stamping with Tiffiny! She has made THE CUTEST card using our Out of this World set. I can't wait for you to see it! I'm going to take a picture of it for her so she can post it here on her blog. I have to say that Tiffiny ROCKS and she's one of my very favorite people. :) She is very dear to me! If you want to see a picture of us, be sure and check out my blog tomorrow.
Awww, thanks Meridith. You rock too.
Later! I'm going to go play with Meridith's stamp collection!
Monday, February 11, 2008
In case you're having a hard time seeing what is in this picture, there is a bunny near the bottom of the photo, and a few birds on the bird feeder. We originally put the bird feeder up for my cub scout son. (He wanted to earn the World Conservation Patch). The bird feeder has been a hit. It's been a hit with the birds, the squirrels, the rabbits, the chipmunks...
It was pretty amazing just looking out my window for 20 minutes or so and just watching the animals come and go. Pretty cool huh?
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So get out and make your voice heard. Every vote counts!
Monday, February 4, 2008
Well, I guess I know where some of the time went to... Like many cub scout packs, we had our Pinewood Derby. My son wanted to recreate Bumblebee (the Transformer), and he enlisted my help to create the graphics. Soooo, after a long time of staring at his model of the autobot, I came up with these graphics. My son put them on. (With a tiny help from me). He did a nice job, didn't he?
And speaking of cars (and roads), a friend of my sister recently asked me to make a sign for her. She has a real Route 66 sign she's put on her wall, and she wanted this fun vinyl saying to go along with it. (so it reads, "Get Your Kicks on Route 66"). It's a fun idea & I'm hoping she sends pictures of the final project.
And finally while I was preparing the Route 66 sign, I came across a fun dingbat alphabet that is all about cars and the road. I made these fun names to try it out. I was in a hurry when I taped the names, so I forgot to put the colors in the stoplight (L), but that will be easy enough to fix. I can't wait to make some more of these names for my boys' room.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
She's reminded me that I didn't celebrate my own milestone of 1,000 hits, so I think I will have to come up with some blog candy next week. What do you think? Do you want another tile? Be sure to let me know in your comments.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Well winter has definitely hit, and we need our coats. We need our coats, boots, scarves, gloves, hats, earmuffs...
So where do you put all of that stuff? (Especially if you have more than one child?) My friend came up with a pretty good solution for her family. She put up coat hooks in her hall closet (low enough for the kids to reach), and they are now labeled so each child has a place to hang his/her things. Genius!
I'm going to be doing the same thing with our laundry hampers. This ought to eliminate any confusion over which laundry hamper belongs to which child. I'll post pictures when I have them.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
One of my friends had me make up this glass block for a gift for her child's teacher. It's a fun twist on the Believe blocks that were so popular over Christmas.
Now that the holidays are over, we're working on developing some new ideas with our vinyl. Jodee has come up with some fun ideas for all of those Twilight fans. Nothing that would fringe on copyrighted material, but fun phrases in a shiny vinyl that pay homage to the books. We're also working on a catalog and some vinyl phrase sets you can seasonally place on your front door. We're excited about the possibilities.
So, do you have any suggestions for things you'd like to see us develop? Post a comment and let me know!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Tonight I've checked three different email accounts, video-conferenced with several members of my family, downloaded digital photos of the pinewood derby and updated my blogs. Yesterday I visited a bulletin board I'm a member of, and I played a video game with my daughter which is light years better in graphics than the "Olympic Decathlon" I used to play with my dad. Isn't the digital age amazing?
And in a lot of ways it allows us to reach out and make better connections. I live pretty far from some of my family members, but with video conferencing I can visit with them on a regular basis. How cool is that?
I have to say I'm grateful for the ways technology has improved my life.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I had fun making her. I colored her hair dark brown to play off the ribbon as well as a tribute to my daughter (who has taken to calling herself "Princess June" after the Little Einsteins character). Both have darker hair. :D
I've been posting a lot of paper crafting projects lately, so I think that I will post some vinyl projects next. Stay tuned...
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
So in honor of my two nephews, I thought I'd post a baby boy card.
Actually, I used this for my little boy’s birth announcement. I have to admit, I stole this fabulous idea from C. Tepa Farias. We swapped cards at a SU! convention, and I just knew I had to have this card. Her version was in pink, and used a different background stamp and ribbons, but it was just too cute not to "lift".
And speaking of babies, I'm really happy to report that my friend with the broken kneecap is doing so much better. It was tricky getting around with a newborn and a cast, thankfully that came off a little over a week after the baby was born. She then wore a brace for a while, but that is off now too. She's able to bend her knee & drive again and has regained most of the motion in her leg. She hasn't been able to do any running yet, but I'm sure that is coming. (The baby is only six-weeks-old after all).
Babies are so sweet aren't they? (Especially when they are napping :D ).
The other day I mentioned the sweet new stamps I got from my friend, Meridith Anne of Lizzie Anne Designs? She gave me the brand-new pirate, pirate saying, and ballerina from their winter release. (Before they were available for purchase). I can't tell you how excited I was/am. I had planned on having a card posted with my cute new stamps already, but life has interfered with my plans. I'm hoping to finish the ballerina card tonight and post it tomorrow.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Things sort of fell apart from there.
But I'm at it again and now you can see more of the floor in my office. The thing that buries me is the sheer amount of papers. I have all my crafting projects and their ensuing mess, the forest of paperwork that comes home from school, the home improvement/decorating swatches, pictures, sale advertisements that get thrown into a box, the scouting stuff, the catalogs and magazines I want to look at, and I have to go through all my old Stampin' Up! papers to sort out what needs to be kept (for tax purposes), and what is useful for this point in my life. The things I've been able to keep organized are family finances and my Walls of Wisdom papers and information.
I'm feeling positive though. I've been making good strides, and I'm more than halfway there. The kids and I have a new system for incoming papers, and we've been decluttering and finding lots of things to give away or to sell.
In this whole process, I've uncovered more old cards I had made. I thought I'd post a picture of one of the first Spectrum pad cards I ever made. This was almost 10 years ago, and before we started using decorative wire. (We were using decorative edge scissors still though--funny how things go around).
I had wanted my balloons to pop off the card, so I used some dimensionals and some thread I had knotted together and then taped behind the balloons to make it appear as if they had strings. I used my trimmer to cut out a window for the "Happy Birthday" to appear through. I sponged the edges to help the dimensions appear a bit better.
Isn't it funny how some things (like decorative edges) go around in cycles? Do you have a favorite trend that has come back? Do you have resolutions you'd like to share? I'd like to hear from you.
One of my other resolutions is to do a little more scrapbooking. I just checked out the new sneak peek designs at Lizzie Anne Designs, and I'm in love with the new princess set. I think it was made for my daughter. I'm definitely going to be getting this new set!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
My friend Mica send me this darling gift in the mail. She rolled the white lunch sack, and made her cards with Stampin' Up! stamps and materials. I particularly love her card. It's simple, but very cute. The two-sided paper and stitched ribbon add a fun flair.
(Alas, this year I sent Mica and the other 200* people on my Christmas card list store-bought cards--though in my heart I stamped them one). As I mentioned in my last post, it was a particularly busy Christmas for us this year. And to top it all off, one of my children had us singing "All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth". My sweet pea has been miserable as two bottom teeth made their way through the gums. Add to that an ear infection and pretty much all my sweetie wants to do is be held.
I don't know if you've ever tried stamping with a young one in your arms, but it's pretty impossible. :D
Anyway, inside Mica's cute wrapping job was this recipe card holder. I had cut the vinyl letter for her and her church group as well as a few extra for gifts she was making. I guess I was one of the lucky recipients of the gifts!
Thanks Mica! I love it. I've already got my favorite Williams-Sonoma recipe for Butternut Squash soup on the metal board and ready to go for dinner tomorrow. I'm so excited to use this. Mica knows I love to cook (when I have the time), and I have needed a good recipe card holder for a long time.
And speaking of gifts, let me just say there are definite advantages to being such good friends with the owners of the best new stamp company out there, Lizzie Anne Designs. Meridith (Anne) sent me the cutest new stamps for Christmas, AND THEY'RE NOT EVEN AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE YET!! (Okay, so if you wait a few more days you can get them too, and BELIEVE ME you want to get these stamps).
Not sure what I'm talking about? Well throughout this week LAD is revealing several new stamp sets they adding to their already fantastic collection on January 7th. Today they revealed four new sets. I can't tell you what the stamps that I received are yet (I promised them I wouldn't spoil their surprise), but I can STRONGLY encourage you to check out their sneak peeks throughout the week.
So what was your favorite Christmas gift this year? Was it handmade? I'd like to hear from you if you are willing to share.
*The actual count is 199 Christmas cards--really it is. When you have as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from numerous moves as we do it adds up quickly. :D