" 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, 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.










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....