Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Have Been So Patient!!!

   I have been waiting a little over two week for our living room to be done. I am so happy with the results so far. It has been hard not to have our Christmas tree up. We usually put if up the day after Thanksgiving, but the construction made it impossible to do.
    We had a wall taken down in the living room and a steel beam put up to open up the space. It really makes the living room so much larger. I love it.
Under construction
  There was a lot of dust due to the floor being replaced and sanded and polyurethaned  and the ceiling being mudded and sanded. Ian Smith's crew tried to hold back the mess by hanging plastic sheets and using a fan to blow some of it out the window. Thankfully it only took about a week for this step in the process.
  Yesterday they finished the painting of the ceiling, two coats, and the painting of the walls and molding. They were done. What a great team! I would recommend Ian Smith Carpentry out of Cumberland, Maine. We are very happy with the results.
Waiting for more furniture.

  Our tree is up and the lights are on. Russ is working on finishing the built-ins that go around the fireplace, so we can get the TV up and running.
  It is such an open space. We love it. Still dusting though and figuring out where to put everything.
Olaf, from "Frozen".
  I will share pics of the built-ins when he has everything done.
  This is a Christmas card I made for my niece's little girl in New Jersey. She really like the movie "Frozen". So when I saw this punch art on Pinterest, I couldn't help but make this for her.
  I used my Spellbinders oval die cuts and some of my circle punches to make him come alive. I cut out his arms free hand. I think he is rather cute. Hope she liked it.
Coming to our home

  These are the two pieces of furniture which will come on Friday. We bought them at The Furniture Superstore in South  Portland. I think they will go nicely with our couch. I am hoping the couch does not look bad sitting beside new furniture.

So pretty 
  Wishing everyone a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas preparations !!

Love this decoration at Andrea's Home
 We had a lovely Thanksgiving at my sister, Andrea's home, in Kennebunk.  We had plenty of good food. Always great to be with family during the holidays.
  I made green bean casserole and orange kissed brownies. I was
so stuffed from the meal that I
could not eat much dessert.
  Andrea did a beautiful job decorating her home for the holidays.
  The family surprised us with a birthday cake to celebrate my twin sister's and my birthday. I was surprised since I try real hard not to think about birthdays anymore. It was really nice of them. I love my new bracelet.
A nice celebration to be thankful for this year.....

Lovely table setting

  I made a birthday card for my Uncle Myron. It is his 80th birthday. We showered him with cards to mark this milestone.  I used Stampin Up's bird punch . The flame is the wing of the bird. I really love how it came out.
Happy Birthday, Myron!

I have been working on my Christmas cards wondering why I don't make them in July to save all the stress of getting them done in time. I really like making them, though.
My Christmas cards this year.
  I bought Stampin
Up's Festival of
Trees and used one of the designs to make this card. I loved how I could change the background to whatever paper looked like snow.
I made 35 which surprisingly did not take that long. I bought my envelopes since I was feeling lazy and did not want to make 35 of them.
  Spend yesterday helping my sister, Chris and her husband, move boxes to their new home. Thankfully, it was not raining. I am so happy for them since they have been looking for the perfect house for over a year now. I believe they have found it. They bought us lunch at Sylvestor's in Topsham.  I was so grateful for the

The U Haul truck that carried the boxes to their new home.
my son, Nathaniel,  and Chris's son-in-law, Rob, for using their young and strong arms and legs to get all the boxes in and out of the truck.
  I still have some shopping to do, so that will be a big part of my plans for the coming week. Hope you are all have a Merry Christmas so far..

Getting Ready!!

    I have been getting ready for an upcoming craft fair at USM on April 22nd. My sisters and I are excited about doing a spring fair. We di...