Up to Date

Hello!  How are you?  Today is my first day at my new job.  It’s only a part time job, but I’m so happy to be back in the workforce!  :)  I have been crafting a lot the last couple of days but my photographer is being super lazy (uh, that would be me…)  So instead of sharing a new creation that I made, I thought I would share a new creation that I bought. Or more correctly, my hubby bought me!  Hah!

I desperately needed (aka wanted) a new purse.  While surfing around on Etsy a few weeks ago I came across this lovely.  It was love at first site I tell ya!  It’s a custom made item and I’ve been so (not) patiently waiting for it’s arrival to my home.  Tick tock… Still waiting, but soon I hope!!  :)

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Living in a Cave

A few months ago the hubby and I moved our shared office/craft space from our converted garage into the living room.  The converted space has tons of room and lots of windows.  The living room is much smaller and only has windows on one of the walls, so it feel dark and cave-like to me.  I don’t like dark and cave-like!  After thinking on how to fix this, I decided a redecoration of our living room was in order.

We currently have a red corduroy Ikea couch with a teal area rug and a painting with both colors that was done by my FIL.  In the other room it was fine.  In this much smaller room, it is not.  All three of these things are being replaced (yay!)  I’m switching the cover on the couch with this one.

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Next up is the teal rug.  I think we’ll end up relocating it to our bedroom.  I found a sweet rug online at Urban Outfitters after a quick search online for yellow rugs.  I’m really drawn to yellow right now and I think it will look killer with the new couch cover.

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I think I may end up throwing some gray into the mix by getting some throw pillows for the couch.   There are some cute ones making the rounds on Pinterest, so I may be in for a DIY pillow project soon!

So there we go, my attempt at turning my cave-like living room into something more habitable.  The couch cover will take a month to get made so it will still be a few weeks living in this “cave” but I see the light at the end and it makes me SO HAPPY!   :)

2011: A Review in Words and Pictures

The end of 2011 has come quickly for me and my family.  I took an impromptu road trip to Seattle and back that took me away from home for a week and a half.  When I came back it was Christmas with extended family and then last night we celebrated Christmas at home.  Tonight we will feast on BBQ shredded pork sandwiches and homemade mac n’ cheese and then at midnight we’ll have sparkling cider, fancy cheeses and crackers to ring in the new year.

The beginning of 2011 I honestly don’t remember much of, so it must not have been very eventful!  The summer saw me take a long, much needed break from crafting and I also lost my job.  I’ve spent the fall coming up with ideas and making decisions on what direction I want my life to take.  I’m really looking forward to 2012.  I hope it holds something new and different for me, because I enjoy change and am ready for a big one!

I thought I would share a few favorites that I made from 2011.  The first is a scrapbook layout of one of my kitty girls, Parker.  This page uses Pebbles’ Happy Go Lucky collection.

This is a simple Valentine’s card using Bo Bunny’s Crush collection.

Next is a card I had published in a Paper Crafts Magazine publication from earlier in the year.  It features stamps from Clear & Simple Stamps.

Next up is a card that uses Mint Motif stamps for the cloud background and some button balloons.  I was inspired by Papertrey Ink’s Button Bits stamp set, but wanted to do a version of my own.

And last is this snazzy number!  The combination of the faint polka dots, orange flowers and pink doily really make this one a winner for me!

I want to share with you one last picture from this year.  It’s a picture of me and Katie Renz from CHA-W 2010.  I spent many months on a design team with Katie and will be forever grateful I was able to meet her in person.  I am fairly shy and when meeting new people I’m not very talkative.  I felt very comfortable talking with Katie and didn’t feel like my typical “shy” self and really enjoyed our short time together.

Santa for Hire

Hello!  I am currently on my way home to San Diego from Seattle.  I’m driving and it was an impromptu trip, so I didn’t pack anything crafty to play with on the way.  I should be home Wednesday evening if all goes well!  I thought I would stop in and post a picture I took on my cell phone of Santa that my mom and I saw on the ferry to Seattle.  I love that you can see the Santa’s profile in his car.  My mom and I were really laughing at this!

Black Friday and a New Cookbook!

This is the first year I have braved the store crowds for Black Friday. It was crowded, busy and we had to wait in lines. But everyone we came in contact with was polite, helpful and said “excuse me” while trying to maneuver through the aisles. Overall it was a positive experience and we had a lot of fun. I would definitely do it again!  We were able to get some of our Christmas shopping done, and on the cheap!

In addition to going out, we did a little online shopping at Amazon.com.  I’ve been saving up the gift cards I’ve earned at Swagbucks to help pay for a few odds and ends we picked up over the holiday weekend.  One thing I got is this new crockpot cookbook and it’s awesome!  The recipes include ZERO canned soups and lots fresh herbs, fruits and veggies.  Tonight I’m making the Baked Potato Soup.  Yum!!!

It’s Been A Long Time Coming

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks since my sayonara post!  Overall life his been good over these last few weeks.

Over Memorial Day weekend I went to Palm Springs for a fun crafty event, Art-Full Horizons.  I signed up for it a couple months before I decided to take a break from crafting and didn’t want to lose out on the money I spent, so I went anyway and I’m so glad I did.  I had so much fun!!  I was lucky to take classes from some recognizable names in the biz.  I learned some fun techniques that I will definitely do again.  I also somehow managed not to take a single picture while I was there!  That is SO me!

My favorite class was one taught by Stephanie Ackerman.  It was sort of an intro to Mixed Media which is something I’ve always been intimidated by.  Not anymore!!

Here are three tags I made in Stephanie’s class.  I think what I liked about her class the most is that we learned the technique and we were able to apply it on our projects, rather than having a “kit” project where everyone’s looked exactly the same, just the like the example.  Nobody’s projects looked the same in this class!

Tonight the husband and I are going to my cousin’s high school graduation so I’m not sure that I’ll have time to play tonight, but expect to see stuff from me soon.  I’m itching to play again!  :)

Party Under the Big Top

I have a wordy post today – not something I usually do, but there is lots going on right now!

First off, I bought a new-to-me car on Tuesday!  It’s a 2008 Hyundai Accent and it’s black and clean and I love it!  My hubby got my old car (2002 Mitsubishi Lancer) since his died. Here is a really bad picture of me and my new car right before leaving the dealership.

Next up… Yesterday I got in a HUGE box of May Arts ribbon that I added to my Etsy shop last night.  (I apologize if I spammed you on Facebook!)  You can find all the new additions HERE.  I’m still selling Divine Twine, both the full spools and by-the-yard increments as well as some hand-dyed wrinkle ribbon.  Lots of papercrafting goodies!!

Last week I got a Flip video camera from Amazon.  I haven’t played with it yet but it looks really easy!  My plan is to do a video this weekend – so stay tuned for that!  I also have a school project that I need to design this weekend, so I should be keeping busy.

And last but not least I’ve got a card for you.  This is one that I made for a recent pub call that didn’t get picked up.

Stamps: Clear and Simple Stamps (Circus Fun)
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft, white)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Paper (For the Record collection)
Ink: Stampin Up (real red)
Accessories: My Minds Eye (button)
Tools: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Other: staples