" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "
Gandhi

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Organizing and Reorganizing!

    Wow! I have been busy this last week since my cold has been way better. Can not say the same for my husband. He has been battling a bad cough for over two weeks now. He saw the doctor, who checked his lungs and chest, and pronounced him pneumonia free. I thought for sure he might have it. So I am glad to say we are on the road to recovery!
  I have been in a mood to clean out and downsize some of the stuff I have had in my craftroom for a while now. My husband and I moved our Pottery Barn desk downstairs into our office. It was really not being used to its fullest and I needed a desk in the office to do bills.
   Russ made me a wonderful desk/table top . Love it. It is bigger than the desk top I had. I put the two crate like cubbies underneath which gave me alot of storage.
  The black chair is more comfortable to work on fusing things and cutting with my dies. It fits perfectly under the table top, too.
The corner workstation down from the fusing station.

Russ built this table top..
Now that I am taking picture of my craftroom, I realize how much work my DH has done for me. He actually made the corner desk next to this new table top area. He made it with a shelf that works great with my Stampin Up ink pads. I have a shelf under the desk for more storage. Who doesn't need that?
  
Cozy Corner


    This is a corner to the right of the new table top. Russ gave me the idea to take the wheels off of the storage drawers I had. That way I could stack them on top of the shelves I have for scrap paper. I plan on separating out the scraps to colors and patterns. That would be a few days of sorting for me.
 
My craft table
    I needed another place to show my thin lit dies. I like having them so I can see them. So as I looked around the room I noticed that the two sides to my craft table would be perfect for the magnetic sheets. I attached the sheets down each side. This gave me the space to put my dies up. I also have two other sides to do the same storage on. Love it..
Loving the room ...

   My nestabilities dies are hung on pegboard. Again I can see just what I have and which one I want to use.
  I put my cinch machine on the side here, It gives me more room for cutting and scoring paper.
  You will see that I purchased an IKEA cart that fits nicely under the table top. I store prima flowers, embossing folders, and things like that. I can wheel this cart out when I need to get to something.
 
Another corner



   My husband made this shelf that goes over the windows. I use it to display some of my past paper crafting projects or some paper projects my sisters have done. It really inspires me in my work.
  Anyway I am really enjoying the time in my craft room. I spend more time here in the winter than any other times. I have a small CD player that I use while working. It is a relaxing place.
  I am getting some projects done. I have finished a pocket letter for my granddaughter, Evy. She turns two in February. She loves Mickey Mouse so the the pocket letter has a Mickey Mouse theme.
Mickey Mouse pocket letter



   I used my fuse tool to make the pockets. I had alot of fun making this "card" for her.
Kristin's card














   Her mother has a birthday in February, too. I made this card for her using the thumping method. I discovered the method on Pinterest. I cased the card from there.
  The stamps are from Stampin Up called Happy Harmony.  This woman has a blog that showed how she made the love look to these flowers. You stamp the image and then use your color coordinated marker and "thump" or tap the tip of the marker on the image. It gives it a more textured look. Love it
  I made another birthday card for a former neighbor , Shirley. When I lived with my parents in North Yarmouth ,  she and her husband, were good friends with my parents
  I made a shaker card. I have a mason jar stamp that is from Inkadinkadoo. I just cut out the center using an Exacto knife. I had stamped the jar twice: one for the back and one for the front.
Shirley's card.
   My sister told me about the foam strips that Stampin Up sells. They are perfect for shaker cards. You can just use your finger and turn the strip around the corner. This helps keep your pieces inside the jar. You need acrylic paper to help see inside the jar.
  I thought Shirley would love to see some flowers with the weather being so cold and snowy. .
  Well, I am finished with birthday projects so I am back working on my Disney trip albums. I am making one for me and one for my son and daughter -in-law. I used the cinch machine in making the flip albums. I think I showed a picture of them in a former blog. Still working on getting them done.
  Hope you have a great February!
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

January...Brrr....

  It is January and it has been cold. We did have a thaw for a few days which was really lovely except the cold came in right behind it..Brrrrr..
Bead board is lovely.
  We have been hard at work doing our winter projects around the house. Russ finished the island last week. I love the bead board he added to the inside panels. I painted  the island and love how it came out.
  He is on to the next project which is a display bookcase for my Mickey collection. I will be staining it today. I will post pictures when I have finished putting all my Mickeys on it.
The front
                                                      I have finished the project I showed you last post. It looked a little weird at first because it was a template for a purse I had purchased a while ago. I just got around to making a Valentine purse for Evy, our granddaughter. I think she will like it. It was pretty easy because I had the template.

 
Outside of template

Inside
         
 I added Valentine paper to the outside of the pink cardstock I used.
  I just looked at my model which I had purchased ages ago. I tore it apart and figured out where to score and where to cut. Love the results.
A magnet closure


  I made a mistake with punching the hole for the handle. I did it too low. So I used the flowers to hide the boo boo. I also put bows on the inside flap to hide the holes. I think it looks great though.


Side view









Evy will love the flowers.
 
Me
   We took time out of working at the house to go to
Freeport to L.L.Bean. Russ had gotten a gift certificate from
our Christmas party and wanted to see what he could get there. Thanks Rochelle and Mark for the lovely Yankee Swap gift.
  We did have fun looking around. I couldn't pass up a picture of the L.L. Bean boot even a little snow covered.
  He found a neat umbrella that he can hook onto his pants for our trip to Disney this spring. You never know when a rain shower might pop up. We are ready
  He also found a USB plug for two phones for the car. We don't have to take turns now. It was a good day.


Love this....



I would like to thank our daughter,Kristin, in Colorado.( Yes, we have a daughter-in-law named Kristin, too.)  She bought me two Cricut cartridges for Christmas thinking I had the machine. I don't so I returned them to Amazon and picked out these three gems instead. I have not used them yet but am itching to start. Thanks Kristin. It was wicked cool to browse the dies and find something and not have to pay a cent. Love that feeling. 
Keep warm. I am staying inside today keeping warm and cozy by the fire. I hope you have a warm and cozy week, too.










Saturday, January 7, 2017

Here Comes January!

  I love this time of year because we are usually waiting for the cold weather or a snowstorm to pass before going outside. Therefore, I am in my craft room working on  projects.  I have plenty started but not done.  Here is an example of one: I made a flip album using my cinch machine.
   I love how you can put your album on your desk and show whatever picture you want showing for the moment. You can also have a calendar attached to it, too.
It stands up ...
A magnetic belly band....
I added a belly band to keep it closed if you just want it stacked with other albums. It is magnetic to help keep it closed.
  I haven't added any pictures yet 'cause I made another one for my daughter-in -law, Kristin, and my son, Nathaniel. So I am working on two albums at once. That should keep me busy and out of trouble.
  The cinch machine has worked beautifully with these  projects. I learned, the hard way, that the pages of the album must match the cover or there is a  problem with the turning of the pages. I have been in contact with the company. They did not know of this problem so I let them know what I had discovered. They were very nice and tried to be helpful.  Oh well, lesson learned.
Beautifully done....
My girl friend, Elaine, has been working on a flip album, too. We work together about once a week to inspire each other in our craft. She has a great artistic "eye" for color and design. We work well together.
  I can't wait to see it completely done. I will post pictures of some of out pages for you to see .. We are using Pinterest for ideas from my board called "Scrapbooking".

FREE!!!!!
  Just a short  mention of the shiny new roasting pan I got free from the Shaw's in Freeport. They had a stamp collecting program where you collect so many stamps and you get stuff free. I picked this pan and I love it. I really don't want to use it 'cause it is so shiny. I will have to think long and hard about what my first roasting recipe will be using this pan.


New area in front of craft desk...

My Ikea cart....
  I have been using this winter time to move things around in my craft room. I felt that there was too much on top of my craft table, so I moved two cubes in front of my desk and put a Pottery Barn shelf on top of them. I really like it. I can see all the way to the other side of the room now.
  My new Ikea cart is just perfect for Prima flowers, Julie Nutting stamps,just to name a few items. It is on wheels which means I can move it out like it is in the picture, or push it underneath the table out of the way. It is a great addition to my organization of materials.


Helping husband.
 
 I have been working with my husband on adding bead board to our island. I love bead board . We have it as a back splash. He finished the installation and I have been painting the whole thing  mushroom. I have not finished as I have to do a second coat tomorrow. I will post picture of this project when I am done.  Hopefully , tomorrow.
  My New Year's Resolution this year is to post more on my blog. I have been lazy lately and an feeling like I can do better. I am also committing to eating healthier: more fruits and vegetables. My husband and I are working as a team so that we can feel better and lose a little more weight. Taking it a day at a time..
  I will leave you with a peak at  the project that
What is it????
I have almost finished. The picture shows the work
in progress. Wonder what you think it could be???
Hummmm....

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Wonderful Season

Evy with her friend...
   We just came back from a Disney trip with our son's family. We had such a good time. Our granddaughter, Evy, had never flown before so we were wondering how she would do.
   She was a "trooper". Slept through most of the airplane ride. When we got to Orlando, she was thrilled to see her friend, Mickey, on the wall. Love this picture of her at the airport with Mickey.
Walking around the airport
  Kristin had bought this tether to use around Disney. It was great and Evy loved wearing it. There is a little bear on the back which was too cute. She knew when she put it on she would be going for a walk. She loves to walk.
Fish watching

Magic Kingdom
    I didn't know how much she loved fish. We were at the Nemo attraction which has these huge fish tanks with turtles, dolphins, and many other sea animals. She just loved it.
   Disney World was decorated for the Christmas season. It was lovely to
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see all the beautiful trees and wreaths around. 
   We were at Beach Club where they have a chocolate carousel.  I could have jumped the plants and taken a little bit of the yummy looking tail of the horse.   
   It was a fabulous trip. One that we will always remember. We had planned for this trip for quite awhile and it was everything we had hoped it would be. Can't wait for when we all go again.
Meeting Goofy
Our Christmas card this year.




   


 I was so proud and relieved that I got our Christmas cards done before the Disney trip. I had purchased this Memory Box die called "Glowing Candles".  I had seen this die used on a number of card on Pinterest. I loved those cards and decided to do my own take on them.
   I came up with this design. I used Spellbinders nestabilities die for the oval shape design. The word, "Noel" is from  a Spellbinders collection of holiday words. I also used stickles for adding bling with the candles and berries. Copic markers were used to color the leaves and candles. I really like how it came out.

   My girlfriend, Elaine, and I finished making this  box to house the wedding  album we have been working on for her son and daughter -in-law a few months now.
    The box works great for keeping everything in one place. I had a ball building the box.  It is made from black chipboard. I just used cardstock to hinge the sides together.
 
   Elaine had some wonderful paper that pulled the whole project together. She really has "an eye" for what works. The title  is on a Spellbinders die that has an art deco design to it. 
   The ring is from a Tim Holtz collection . I love how you use it to pull open the box. 
   This holiday season has been wonderful for us. I will end this post with a picture
Loving the music
of Evy watching The Lion King Festival performance at Animal Kingdom. She loves monkeys so we knew she would love this show. 




   Merry Christmas Everyone!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Where Does the Time Go!

Kangamangus Highway

     October has shown us some beautiful trees turning their fall colors. I love this time of  year. We went to New Hampshire and loved the beauty of the Kangamanus Highway. Breathtakiing.
  Our walks around town have been just as awesome. The crips weather makes walking a good exercise for us.

Our Yarmouth walk




 I made this birthday card for my niece's son, Everett, He turned 2 in October.  The penguin  is made from my Stampin Up owl punch. Just cut off the ears and use them as the fins for the penguin.
  I had already purchased the sentiment die from Spellbinders. The balloons are a punch also from Stampin Up. I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.   

Happy Birthday,Everett!


  I have been cooking more with the cooler temperatures. I made this Taco Pie from Pillsbury crescent roll tube. It only takes one tube. I love that is so easy and it came out so good.
  Cook the  hamburg ahead and just add salsa from a jar. I used shredded cheese on top. Cook on 375 for 14 minutes and then add the chopped lettuce and tomato.  Yum...It is good the next day too.
Just add a dollop of sour cream....perfect!









      I finished making my Halloween cards, but forgot to take a picture of them. I will have to get a picture and put them on my blog next time. Bummer.
  I have finished  my Halloween bags for our Trick of Treaters just in time. I saw this idea of Pinterest, of course. I sat and watched TV as I used a black marker to draw the faces of these ghastly looking ghosts. It was fun and kinda relaxing,
Casper is cuter that these guys. 

I stamped the sentiment in the corner. It is a stamp from Craftsmart. I don't buy the candy until just before Halloween night 'cause I am a chocolate fiend. I bought the bags at Michaels in Biddeford. I am not filling the bags full of candy, but will fold the bags part way from the top and tape them shut. I think trick of treaters will get a kick out of them..

Welcome, Rosalie...




    We traveled to New Jersey last weekend for my DH to enjoy going to a football game with my brother, brother- in-law and a few friends. He had a great time. I enjoyed shopping with my sister-in-law, Charlotte and her daughter, Jill. We had a ball ! Cheesecake Factory has the most awesome food.
  We also got to meet and spend time with Amelia and her new baby sister, Rosalie. What good little kids Jill is raising. Love this picture of Jill and Rosalie.

Nap time.
  We also got to watch the Sunday football game at the Wallace  home with their huge 65 inch TV/ It was awesome. Our granddaughter, Evy , really wasn't into the game. Kristin had her in her lap for just a few minutes and she was out like a light.
  I love this picture of the two of them.


   I am working on getting our flower/vegetable gardens ready for winter. We finally got the rain we needed to help with the drought we had this summer. Amen!

    I will leave you with some more pictures of our glorious fall season her in Yarmouth, Maine.
Falling leaves
Looking up...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

August Goes Too Quickly

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   August is a month filled with birthdays in my family so I am busy making cards. This card was made for my sister, Andrea.  I love the Julie Nutting design of doll stamps. This is one of her designs. It reminds me of when I use to play with those paper dolls as a kid.
   The "Joie De Vivre" sentiment is from Graphic 45. I used Tim Holtz's die cut easel stand to make this tag stand. You can put your feelings on the back even with the easel stand there.
The back

Ikea utility cart
    I am so proud that I was able to put this whole cart together without any help from Russ. Well, he did have to tighten one wheel for me. But I did everything else. I went to Massachusetts this past weekend and my sister, Adrianne, took me to the Ikea in her neighborhood.
    I loved it. So much to see and so little time. This is where I bought this cart for only 30.00. A very durable cart with wheels that move around on the rug easily.
Love their display of clocks.
   I am going to use it to store  my flower collection. I also plan to put my Julie Nutting stamps and Sizzix pop up die cut plates.
   I will share a picture next time of how I organized some of my stuff and where I plan to put it in my craftroom. I think I could use another one and place them side by side. We will see...


Beautiful paper...
I am working with  my girlfriend, Elaine, on a wedding album for her son and daughter-in-law. She has chosen a beautiful paper collection. The picture at the right is just two pages she has done so far. It will be gorgeous. Thank goodness we do not have a deadline, so we can take our time and really put our creative minds together.
   I will post pictures when it is done. I might even show you with a video.
 
Sunflowers I grew...
   These are the sunflowers I grew this summer from seeds. They are quite gorgeous now.  I am pretty proud. However, these were suppose to be the 18 inch ones and they were not. Someone put the wrong seeds in the packet.
    Oh well, they are still pretty, but way too tall. Almost like cutting down a tree to get to the flowers.
   I love the fall with the weather being my kind of weather. Warm days with light breezes and cool nights are just right.
   I am working on so many projects that I hope to have more to share in  my next post.
   Happy Fall!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

August is Birthday Month!

Happy Day, Rochelle!
  I have been working mostly on birthday cards for my siblings. I have 6 of them and three of them have birthday in August. My other sister had hers at the end of July. So you see it is a busy time.
  For my sister, Rochelle, I mad this tag card. I used Julie Nutting's paper doll. I attached a butterfly for her wings that I had lying around. I really love how she looks with the pom pom lace around her skirt.
  The sentiment is so perfect. My sister, Chris, asked if I had a stamp for the letters or used the computer. What a compliment since I just used my own handwriting. She was surprised it looked so good, since my handwriting stinks. And I taught handwriting to third graders for 32 years!  My teaching must have rubbed off on me.
  The card stands up. I used a Tim Holtz die cut that makes into a stand. I also used some of Tim Holtz stencils to make the background design. I really love how it came out.

Back view

Top vies

Side view



  I have been working on making this golf cart card for my brother-in-law, Tom. He is an avid golfer.
  I bought the directions for this cart from Lori Heiling. You can find her directions at  Stamping Addict  Her directions are great but the template she gives you is missing some dotted lines to help you know where to fold. I figured it out, but be aware. The directions only cost around 4.00. Well worth it,
  The cart is suppose to hold a gift card on top, but I just made it the place for the sentiment.
  I made the first card in a green cardstock, but did not like it as well. So I made this one that seems to fit with what most golf carts look like in real life.
  I have a Stampin Up stamp set that is called "On the Green". This is where I fuzzy cut out the golf bags and used my Copic markers to color. I also stamped the golf balls and tees from this collection.
Two Lights State Park
  On the whole I really like how it came out. Now you can not flatten this out for mailing, so it has to be an "in person" delivery.
   After all that hard work, Russ took me to Two Lights State Park which was beautiful. The weather has been so humid but I was actually chilly near the water.
  We had lobster rolls from the Lobster Shack which were delightful, if you like lobster which I do.                                                                    



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 They put a gob on mayonaise on the top which you can mix in with the lobster to make the salad. I scraped off quite a bit because I do not need that much mayo. I like that I could mix it myself. It was quite yummy.  

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  We have been having a grand time with our granddaughter, Evy. She is growing up so fast. Her parents bought her this sandbox which is adorable. She loves to move the sand around. I love watching her do it. She is talking so much more now. It is so cute when she tries out a new word and doesn't quite get every sound. I love hearing her try..
  Hoping she says "Grammy" soon. I would take "Gammy" even.


Silver Bullet
  Well, we bought a new car. It is kinda sad 'cause we traded in our Honda van for a Honda CRV. The van has been great for taking family members with us on fun trips. But we wanted to save money on gas and go to the SUV. I love the color, but hard to find with all the other sliver cars in the parking lot.
  It doesn't use a key to start. You push a button. What would my grandparents say about that. I am going to  have to get use to it too.
  My friend, Elaine, has started a new wedding album.  She has started working on the cover and it is coming out great. Here is a peek at what she is doing.
Great color choices
   I love working with a creative person. It should be wicked fun seeing this album come together. Stay tune for more pics as we move ahead.