" 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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Busy...Busy...Busy....

Baby Shower  Invitations
  I am planning a baby shower at our house for our daughter-in-law, Kristin. Her mother, Alice is helping out with the food.
  I had great fun making the invitations. I just purchased the Cinderella- like die from Spellbinders. I really love the crown and star scepter. It comes with a castle, too.
  Since they are having a baby girl the color pink seemed perfect.
   I used a Spellbinders nesting die for white shape the words are written on. Kristin really liked the invitations.

 
   While I was searching for just the right materials for the baby shower invitations I came across some stamps that I had not used at all. I really hate to have stamps that I have not used. So I made a card that you see here using the flourish like stamps. I am pretty happy how it came out. The flower is a prima flower, I believe.

Redone coffee table.
  I am also happy with how our coffee table came out. There used to be a glass insert in the middle, but with little grandchildren out and about, I was worried they would get hurt by accidently breaking the glass. .
  So I asked my DH to make a wooden insert that I would stain. I also painted the base a black color . It was green before.
  I can now not worry about any accidents since the top is strong and childproof. I actually like it better than what it was like before. Goes with my decor.
Quilling in a book
  I have started quilling again, My sisters and I are meeting once a week to work on projects or share materials we have found to be of great importance to our crafts.
  Quilling was something we did a number of years ago and due to Pinterest, we have found we want to start up again. This was my first attempt to quill again. I found this idea in a quilling book I had bought. I really enjoyed making this one. It was simple, which is what I wanted.
  I did some things a little differently , but am happy with the results.

My quilling attempt. 
Stencil project
  One more project to show you. I stenciled my kitchen dining table because there was a bad spot on the top. I wanted to hide it.
  I thought of stenciling cause I used to stencil years ago. It was something that I thought I could do pretty easily.
  I found a stencil pattern that I thought would be pretty easy to go around a circle and butt up together easily. I just love how it came out. I polyurethaned over it to give it a shine and keep the paint from coming off to easily. It is just what I wanted.
    Summer is here and I just love the weather we have been having. A lot of my flowers are in bloom.
Summer blooms
 including this rhododendron. We are mulching and moving plants around which keeps us busy, busy.
  Hope your summer is going well.....

Monday, May 8, 2017

April Showers

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Flower Show
    I love Spring. It just might take the place of my love for Fall. This winter seemed long and cold. I am so looking forward to seeing my garden grow and be beautiful. We had a drought last summer which made some of my plants struggle to look great. We had to water alot. Our water bill was high. This year we have already had plenty of rain and the plants look great. Looking forward to mowing. That is how happy I am to see the green grass.
   

It is a Girl!!!

Guess Old Wives were wrong.
Loved the floating duckies..
We had a gender reveal party for our daughter in law, Kristin, and our son, Nathaniel. It was wicked fun. Kristin had purchased the poppers for when we all would find out the gender of the baby.  ITS A GIRL!!!!
  We are excited to meet baby Isabelle Mae .( Not sure I have spelled her name correctly though.) I was surprised cause I thought it might be a boy.. But am happy no matter cause I get another grandchild to spoil. Can't wait til the end of August.
 
For Phillis

  I made this card for  my sister, Phillis, who lives in Georgia now. I miss her and hope she and her husband may be coming to May this summer. I just bought this Stampin Up die for celebrating occasions.
This was Phillis's birthday. It gives you a feeling of a party. I really like it.




Maine lighthouse



Super cute...





  Here are some pictures from the Maine Flower Show that Chris and I went to with Russ. We had a lovely time seeing all the neat ideas for Spring gardening. I know Chris is working on birdhouses for her yard and making some for her family too.I love them lined up here at the Show.
  The lighthouse is super cute, too.  But a little to big for our yard.
  Well, we are working on planning the baby shower. I am using Pinterest to help me with ideas. Right now I am designing a couple of invitations to see which one works the best.  Will have some more posts before the big day.
    Have a happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March Madness

  It has been a busy month for me... Alot has happened this past month that has been fun and exciting for us. The first of the month we went to Disney with my sister, Chris, and her husband, Tom. We had some good fun. The week went way too fast.
River of Lights

Our walk to Epcot
 We went to all the parks while we were there. The River of Lights was cool, but wish we could see the animals better.
  The Flower and Garden Festival was going on. Love seeing all the plants around Epcot.
Best meal for me
  Joe's Crabshack had the best meal for me. The corn was out of this world. Fresh is always best.

Flower and Garden Festival












Donald is flying...


    We got to walk around the new Disney Springs. It is quite a walk, but I still love the old part of the area better than all the new stores.
   My girlfriend, Elaine, has a birthday in March. I am always getting her card and gift late to her. This year I was early, Kinda proud of that . This is the card I made for her. I cased it off Pinterest.
Happy Birthday, Elaine!
Favors for Chris...
  I used an embossing folder for the background and a Stampin Up stamp for the sentiment. The flowers are a die cut that I have, I think from Spellbinders. Not sure on that one.




  My sisters and I have been working on a surprise retirement party for my sister, Chris. She has retired from being a bank manager at Norway Savings. It is a well deserved retirement. We plan on having lots of fun together now that we are both retired.
  We made the above favors for the party filled with choclates. The flower is the Gerber daisy die from Sizzix that my sister, Rochelle, has. I want to get it wicked. We made the bags too, I think Rochelle has the die cut but I am not sure of that .

A marble cake
 The cake was ordered from Cakes Extrordinaire. It was delicious.
We had fun surprising her and celebrating another phase of her life.

Great money plant

Displaying our favors..










Chris's Retirement Card
  I made her retirement card using the center step fold. I have made this one before but it has been awhile. Here is a link to the template I used: Center Step Card template
    I used Memory Box's butterfly die to embellish and some flowers from Prima I had in my stash.The clock face is from Butterbee Scraps. This is a great company to buy bits and pieces of things. I love it,

Oragami Box


I made this Oragami Box one afternoon after wanted to work on something a little different. It was super fun, but I had to trash the first one as the paper I used was too thick. This box uses a thinner paper to make sure you get good folds. Here is the link to making this box: Oragami Star Box Video







A Sympathy Card
   I made the sympathy card for the family of my first husband's step mother. She past away in February, I believe. She was a nice lady who took care of my father in-law right up until his death a few years ago. I know she will be missed.
  I used a punch I have from MaGill. I really like how it makes a neat detail. The leaves are from a Spellbinder die.
 

Her Grandpa Ken  took this awesome picture of her.....
 Our granddaugher celebrated her birthday in February. She is two years old now. How time flies. We had a grand time at her party with watching her get excited opening her gifts. Grandchildren are such a blessing from God. 
 A Mickey theme, of course...



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Concentrating


 I will end this long post with more pics from our Disney trip. We love going and enjoying the warm weather since Maine has been freezing of late.  Hope it gets warmer soon.....

We love Disney....

At Epcot Acquarium

Flower and Garden Festival

Who doesn't love Winnie....

My favorite aniimal


 




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.