" 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. "

Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's a Girl!!!

   I have not been blogging because I was cleaning house getting ready for the Gender Reveal Party at our
home. I was also putting up decorations and die cutting onesies for a banner. I had so much fun. We were so
Great Cake....

excited to learn whether Nathaniel and Kristin were having a He or a She. They did not even know. The radiologist just wrote the gender down and put it in an envelope for them to give to the baker.
  All eyes were on that cake when they were cutting it. Pink was the icing on the inside layers. So it is Baby Evelyn. I can now go looking at little baby girl clothes. HOLD me back... everything is so cute. ...

A Sizzix die cut for the labeling  food.
Hard to find blue flowers this time of year. 

Loved using my onesie die cut .

    I have not been neglecting my paper crafting . Since my craft room is really clean, due to the party. I have been busy making an album that my sister, Rochelle, taught us at a paper crafting party with Chris, Cathy, Mary Jo, and Lara. We had a ball. We plan on getting together to show how we finished the project. I am going to use mine for pictures of Evie, our  new granddaughter to be.. Can't wait
Love Graphic 45 paper.
  I used the Mother Goose collection by Graphic 45. I fussy cut
the picture 'cause it was a 12 x 12 sheet. Too big of the cover of this portfolio. I decided that crystal effects would be perfect on the moon face.
Inside album
  The inside is so  cute.It is a tri -fold mini album. Plenty of room for pictures. The middle is a waterfall of pictures. So easy to  make. I made a pocket on the left, and tri- folds on the right for more pictures or for journaling.  I haven't decided what I am going to do on the back. I am checking out ideas on Pinterest.

For Kate
For Elaine
 I had to make two thank-you cards for people who have been kind to me this past week.
 Kate, a friend of Kristin's, gave me some paper crafting items that she was not using anymore. I really appreciate her thoughtfulness. I can always use free stuff.
   Elaine, my girl friend, gave receiving blankets for our new granddaughter, and some coupons for Carters in Freeport. Wasn't that thoughtful?
  I used my brick wall embossing folder for Kate's card. I stamped the vine and leaves before embossing. I added prima flowers and the sentiment after.
 For Elaine's card I used a stamp that I really love but rarely use. The butterfly and lettering with the word "inspire" is all  on one stamp. I added the extra wing to place on top of the stamped one. I also added the purple flower. I like how it came out. I hope Elaine does, too.
Our fall mantel

 I will end this post with a picture of our fall mantel. I decorated it with indian corn and fake leaves around the swan. I love using the gourds, too.
  Hope you are having a Happy Autumn!   

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Love Fall!

  The weather has been gorgeous. I have been working outside around the house mostly. I am on a crusade to get rid of crabgrass in our lawns. It is an up hill battle, but I intend to be the winner in the end. Anyway, my hands are real sore after pulling and raking up the debris. I will take a picture this Spring when I feel like I am in the homestretch.
   Our son's birthday is in September. I found a card I cased from Pinterest that I thought was wicked cute. Nathaniel likes the beach so this worked perfectly.
Perfect for Nathaniel!
 We went to Texas Roadhouse for a lovely celebration. I mentioned to the waitress that it was his birthday... little did I know that they would make him get on a saddle and everyone shouts: Yeee... Hawwww... Kristin his wife was laughing like mad in the corner booth. He was good natured and said he would get me back. I was innocent I tell you.
   The next weekend my husband took my sisters and I to Hobby Lobby in Bangor. It is an hour and 45 minute ride. It went fast because we talked about our latest finds for papercrafting. Rochelle had come across a new die cutter called : Revolution Advanced put out by We R Memory Keepers. It sounds interesting. It has no sandwich method because the bar is moved with a dial to go up and down to "press" the dies. The price is not bad either. I am going to check out reviews to see if it might be something I would buy. I will let you know.
  Anyway, Hobby Lobby was so fun. We spent two hours there.
Gotta get me some knobs.

Wonderful way to organize.
 I just love the variety of items they have in this store. I especially like the home decor section.

   The papercrafting section was great, too. They had Tim Holtz , Sizzix,  Martha Stewart and many more companies that I like. I bought a few small things from this section, but I had my eyes on the Thanksgiving couple that I wanted for our table this November. It was on sale, too.
Ready for Thanksgiving

  Well, October is the end of the fair season here in Maine. We went to the Fryeburg Fair this past week. It is the oldest and biggest fair in Maine, I believe. We went with my sister, Rochelle and her husband, Mark. They had never been before. It was the perfect day weather wise.
  We had a great time. The animals are the highlight for me. I couldn't believe how HUGE those draft horses are compared to other animals. I don't like to watch them pull heavy blocks, though.
Handsome horse

Liked having picture taken.

They were having fun.

Old McDonald's Farm
   I am now getting ready for a gender reveal party at our home next weekend. We are so excited to be grandparents for the first time. I have gotten wonderful ideas from Pinterest. I made a poster for people to try and guess the baby's birthday. I have the baby feet stamp so it worked out great. 
What a keepsake....
  I used Stampin Up's "Baby Firsts" stamp set to make a border on the bottom. I don't know the name of the set that the bear came in. I purchased this set online and the name of the container is wrong. I plan on mounting the poster and framing it, too. People will stamp the date with the baby feet and then write their names under the stamp. If baby feet are already on their chosen date, they just add their names under it. I made this calendar free hand with careful measuring. Love this idea.. thank-you Pinterest!
   As you can see the kids have already chosen the name of the baby depending on a girl or boy. I love both of the names. So happy for them. Praying for a lovely warm day in October, so that we can use the deck for lunch seating, too. 
  I am using my onesie die cut from Dynamics to make white onesies for people to guess the weight of the baby. I think I will make a banner of them for the front of the fireplace mantel, too. I will use pink and blue for paper, though. I will post more pictures when I am finished decorating the house. 
I made this!!!!
  I wanted to post this picture of a bundt cake I made
this summer. I love how it came out so pretty. I love
drizzling the white frosting over it. Just the right 
amount to make it tasty. It looks good on my green
cake stand, too. As you can see, I was ready to try
a piece.

 Fall if going too fast. Just like this past summer. We have had alot of fun, though. Not sure how winter is going to be. I heard it is going to be a bad one. We will see. I will just remember all the fun times  at the Fryeburg Fair.