Monday, June 18, 2018

A Little Spring Clean Up: Me on a Monday

Ah yes, spring maintenance where you do work because something looks icky....and then when you are done it looks exactly like it should...but then it seems like you didn't do any work at all!

THE MAN and I have been up to our eye balls on DIY projects around the house. The winter was pretty rough on the exterior and I had a weekend paint project ahead of me on our little covered front porch that had been on the list of things to do for a while. Since it was super sunny and great paint drying weather this weekend, I tackled that. It was much worse after I cleaned it all off. Was very thankful all the wood dried quickly so I could get it repainted.

I was inspired as I found a new light to replace the really terrible fixture that is there now. I considered trying my hand at wiring, but THE MAN suggested that I let him help when he has time. Evidently the wiring in this house is a little tricky....I did however give the eagle a good wash before I put him back up. I am pretty sure that is circa 1970, but it was metal and kinda cool....

THE MAN was working on the carport this past weekend which needed some boards replaced and a good pressure wash cleaning so the underside can be painted. It's a lot of work, but rehabbing it easier than building it all new. More on that to follow!

I did have a little early morning play that resulted in some beads emerging from the stash so I could make this luna moth decoration for Lexi's orchid. For some reason we've had a batch of luna moths get eaten out in front of the garage leaving behind these lovely wings. She gathered them up and suggested that I create with them.

It turned out really pretty once I added a crystal. I had a little pile of those in the office that I'm still playing around with. Turns out it was also good spray paint weather, so I got a couple of things all painted up!

Back tomorrow with one of those projects!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fussy Cut Geode Layout

Had a little play this past Sunday morning with some purple paper and my printer. I printed out the large geodes and then fussy cut them out as the plate they were on didn't really match. Then I printed out the photo of Luke and Lexi playing with the tile saw. Megan was watching from the side and she didn't quite fit into the then I printed her out separately and bigger so she could stand on her geodes!

I really like the ripped purple paper! My other favorite thing are those note book scalloped pieces that my friend Shirley happy mailed to me! So much fun!

She also mailed me that zipper flower that I had to immediately put to good use! Which is part of the reason I used gray paper in the first place!

I had forgotten I wanted to scrap book this until I came across the two photos on my phone! Anyone else do that? Use your phone as a temporary photo storage place until inspiration strikes?

Happy Tuesday! I'm back soon with some cool cards the kids made for an end of the year present!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Fun Finds at the ReStore & Dumpster Diving

Don't ask me what I'm going to do with a little orange plate with a folded over side. In fact, we've tried to figure out what it was for at work the other day and finally I decided it's role was to hold a cool air plant and just look pretty. That box is cool too. It used to hold a troll bead. I love Klimt & saw this painting The Kiss in real life in Vienna, Austria so it has a bit of a special meaning too!

The little flowers are painted and have a little dimension to them so it's extra pretty. This air plant traveled back with me from Hawaii. So much fun! Makes me wonder where that plate came from....

The pewter candle stick base also came from the ReStore, although the rusty top came from the metal dumpster out back. You can't tell, but once I get it sanded & painted, you'll see that there is a cool raised flower pattern. Can't wait to get some spray paint going with this!

I am hoping that the handful of crystals I also found might dangle from the bottom in a very shabby way. Not like I need a little stand like this, but I can envision perhaps a plant hanging out on top or something else pretty!

Just a little glitter on top of a busy week! Happy Monday!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Two Fish and a Mermaid: Card for THE CUTTING CAFE

I am loving this fish card from THE CUTTING CAFE. I used the Fish Shaped Card template as a background behind my mermaid. See, I had this awesome glittery paper that had been hanging out on my craft table for the longest time. I decided to get it all cut up and made into a very special card.

Here's another view of my mermaid that is hanging out with the present that accompanies this card. It's a melamine fish platter! What fun! Very summery! Love the fact that Regina over at THE CUTTING CAFE pretty much has a card that can match any present!

The edges of my fish and the card are all glittered up. I'm pretty fond of tattered, so everything gets a little gold and some spritz. The mermaid is all popped up for extra layering.

One of my favorite parts of this card is the upcycled fish eyeball! It was an earring before! It's sparkly! Anyhow, swim on over to THE CUTTING CAFE to check out the rest of the fishes!

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hearing Voices in my Head

For some reason now that I've hit 44 I am up at butt crack dawn early, whether I'm working or not. This is both good and bad. The bad part is that I'm a hot mess at 9 pm on the couch and fighting to stay awake. The very good part is that nobody is up and I'm alone with some thoughts and if I'm lucky, even some paper quite early.

The part nobody tells you about having teens is that they have the attention span of gnats. When they want to ask you a question, they dart into your air space, yap a little bit and if you aren't giving them your attention, they huff off to pout. Since you don't know if they want you to explain how possibly our government lost 1,500 immigrant kids or are complaining about the peanut butter you bought, once has to listen to everything. They only emerge from their rooms on special occasions, but it really doesn't matter if you are on the step stool with your neck cranked sideways and painting a ceiling.

The one thing both of mine agree on is that it's way cool Mom can hear voices in her head. After I spent five days in Hawaii in early spring for my 20th anniversary, THE MAN declared that either I was choosing to ignore him or I had hearing loss. Thankfully it was something I could easily change. Doc said that my hearing loss wasn't from listening to Def Leppard and Pour Some Sugar on Me real loud on the bus with my Walkman when I was 17 but was hereditary. Sorry Mom. We're blaming the genes here.

To be honest, I didn't take it well the first five minutes. In fact, when I walked out to the parking lot I had a big moment of panic and thought, well that's that. I'm broken. As I drove over to the office, I remembered I work with a lot of bunch of guys who have hearing aids. One of our families that we are building a Habitat house for also both wear hearing aids and we work with them using an interpreter to make sure we're all communicating. Comparatively? I needed to quit the pity party and get over it.

Then I discovered I could crank the tunes on my phone and nobody else could hear them. So freaking cool. It's not like I normally have the good stuff. I mean, my mouse even has a cord and is one someone gave up for a fancy cordless gaming one. It's not all roses though. Luke did not enjoy me singing & using the paint roller as a mic the other day. He said he could hear the music coming out of my ears and made me turn it down. So. Rude. He's just lucky he missed me playing air guitar with the paint brush.

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Very Flat Layout: the Log

I had a little play early Saturday am with this big photo from Hawaii and Kualoa Ranch. The photo of THE MAN and I were taken with the backdrop of their iconic hills and from the Gyrosphere platform from Jurassic World. This was a stop on our 4-wheeling tour. You can just see a little of the roof peeking into our photo.

We only saw one dinosaur on the whole tour. Don't let them fool you, it's nothing like the movies.  ;-)
Our tour guide had this cool little puppet....he was a trip to be honest. Made the tour extra fun.

We saw all kinds of movie sets. The "log scene" was also on our tour. Remember the first Jurassic Park movie? Yeah, I kinda did, so I googled it. That is the log we are hiding in front of...and the plastic dino is trying to eat us....tour guide dude didn't get it quite right. We should have been behind the log and at a different angle...

Due to using so many photos AND a stub from our rental car, I couldn't fit any bulk on my page like flowers. This is totally OK since my scrapbook will thank me! I've got one more page from our trip to finish was a visit to Skull Island movie set....I wonder if I should dig out some Halloween paper....

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Today Layout from Camping at Sampson State Park & Three Brothers

Don't mind my crooked photo of my layout. I accidentally dumped my adult beverage on the background and it's going to take a bit before it's flat...good thing I had a large photo collage to use so you can't tell! Didn't want to waste all that pretty paper! Made the background when I was camping so it would be ready for these photos!

For a simple weekend, the photos are so pretty! Love the photo of Luke and Megan...and Lexi was looking pretty chill with her galaxy sweatshirt & bandanna! Totally loved visiting Three Brothers too! It was three wineries and a brew pub so all kinds of fun things to see & do. Totally planning another trip up there next year!

Really love those flowers I used up in the corner! Simple yet when I added them, the whole layout made me really happy!

And on that note, have a great Hump Day! I'm off to House. We're moving out of one and starting a new one!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Just a Rollin'

With a little help of some Twisted Tea and an extra dose of patience, I managed to get half of the kitchen ceiling cut in and rolled. There are a trillion things to cut around on the ceiling due to all the can lights and I'm certainly not a painting speed demon...I was pretty pleased with the color. The previous painter did not leave any extra paint so I had to get some mixed up. I'm pretty sure originally the kitchen was a purple blue color, including the ceiling. The pale yellow needed a second coat to cover up that blue, especially around the lights. It's actually brightened up the ceiling quite a lot, so that's pretty awesome.

I had company as Lexi decided to paint a bird house on the island. She's about half done too. It takes a lot of effort to get a good looking galaxy. The bird house is a donation for a library garage sale, so we really want it to be pretty so they get a lot of money for it!

It's pretty much summer here now. It was super hot over the long weekend and the flowers are out in full force. This is one of my favorite views. Turns out a brick house looks good with a lot of purple & red plants! Love those hanging baskets. Spotted a hummer out and about here today and it made me happy.

The little cedar knee garden is pretty cute too. Love those candelabra primrose and those hosta! So pretty!

What a nice long weekend! I'll be back tomorrow with the layout I made & perhaps even later in the week with Lexi's galaxy bird house!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Happy Long Weekend

Been off on a bit of a blogging break. I'm not quite right if I don't get a chance to play with some hot glue or paper & then write about it, so I'm really looking forward to the long weekend. Got lots to do. Some of which is a bit of gardening. Got a new to me planter to fill that I just got painted up with some black spray paint and I see the garden with the yellow magnolia is also trying to grow grass as well as tiger lilies. Got that page I want to scrap from last weekend's camping trip....

I'm told by THE MAN that Saturday is the best day for him to get some work done since Sunday and Monday are supposed to be rainy. This is good because even though I've been up to my ears in houses at work, there is work to do on my own. It won't hurt my feelings to be inside if it's a bit rainy.

The other day one of our new homeowners was complaining about working all the time and never getting a chance to get anything done around the house. I hear ya Sister, I really do. I'll have a paint brush in my hand for part of the weekend and it won't be on something crafty! That kitchen ceiling won't paint itself!

The good news on that end is that I have finally taught myself how to paint a good trim line. Last year when I was working in the front entry way I tried and tried, but never got a good line up around the ceiling. Turns out a really good brush goes a long way in the right direction to a good line. When I was half my age, I used to think by the time I hit 40 I would know quite a lot. Turns out that I really don't, but I'm OK with that. I can now say though that I can paint a good trim line though.

A couple of weeks back, our office Nazi Susan asked where I got the background for what I do at work. She's really quite a nice lady, but is very firm on our slovenly ways.  I laughed at the question as I really couldn't pin point a previous job that really laid the groundwork for Habitat. It's more a collection of things and then some of it is working on my own place. She listened to me to belly laughing for a few minutes on the thought I actually appeared to know what I was doing. Then she said, do you know who left those boxes on the table? We really should get those picked up.

Speaking of houses, we have two new houses in our summer line up at work. One is nearly 100 years old and the other is just a baby. The 100 year old house will have some foundation work and an addition, while the brand new one just got set earlier this week. I had no idea I was capable of organizing a set crew, crane, hauling guy, the state police, and camera guy. I didn't actually sleep the night before so it made the interviews interesting. By the time they were asking me questions both pieces of the house were set and my brain was jello!

Well, I'm off. At the moment I have a hot date to play with hot glue and some green wire nuts and yes it's crafting related!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Beautiful Recycled Bird House from the ReStore

So, a while back the Corning ReStore had a large group that wanted to work in the store for Martin Luther King Day. We had the bright idea of combining bird house construction with a little store rearranging since the group was pretty big. The bird houses are made out of OSB which generally speaking should be painted to make it last longer. A volunteer made us a TON of kits and the group put them together. A few of them got painted...none of them quite look like this one though....

I gave one to my parents who have glammed it up as a raffle item. Even the back is pretty! And I love the license plate top!

Love the spray painted leaves! Such a simple yet very cool idea! Hope they make a ton of money for their cause!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Quick & Easy Thank You Cards with the Top Note Die

Recently I've been attending the PTSD meetings at my kid's school. Really, it's the PTA or maybe its the PTO, which stands for Parent Teacher something or other, but mainly it's a bunch of woman and the principal who sit around and chat for a bit. It's generally speaking not my cup of tea, since there isn't tea served there or even wine. But Megan's Mom is going and drives right by, so I have been going. Plus it turns out STEM Moms are all kinds of normal. Probably because their kids are flying the helicopter or even made the helicopter....

They needed thank you cards and a lot of them. I offered to check the ReStore but I only found some packages of baby invites.

So I made some. I'm about half way there, but these were super easy! I had a pile of these pretty bits & strips...and they needed to be used up! So, these are kinda like left over cards!!!!!

First I grabbed all the useless strips of paper out of the kit and cut some 4 by 6 pieces up too to use as the backgrounds. Then I used adhesive and stuck them to a piece of paper.

Then, I ran the whole thing through the die cut machine. I used a die that is probably the first one I ever bought called the Top Note die from Stampin Up. How easy is that?

After about three cards I figured out that I could cut out a shape and then stamp, so the sentiment was also inside. Wow. I felt clever! Some of these cards even had some misted backgrounds from another project I was working on. So pretty!

They are traveling to the Mom who needed them by Kid Post. I can't wait to hear what she thinks!

Happy Monday! I'll be back tomorrow with a project that MY Mom made!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cyber Patriot Layout for Civil Air Patrol

I've been holding onto this photo for a month or two. I always struggle with pages that are for accomplishments vs. actual memories of mine. It's harder for me, but I always want to document what my kids are up to. This is a photo of the end of last year's Cyber Patriot when their group won second place in NY! Cyber Patriot is hosted by the Air Force and these kids learn important STEM skills.  It's also a subgroup in Civil Air Patrol, so just when you think your kid can't get any busier....

The circles were inspired by that B-Sides sticker the kids got from a trip to Rochester which was a hacker conference. So, I used a circle cutter to expose some patterned paper under the blue. I wanted some special patriotic flowers so made some out of star paper. I haven't made those in ages!

Luke's the tall one on the left side. I always love how sharp they look in their blues! Well, wish them luck this next year! They are starting up practice again!

Happy Saturday! I've got a hot date with a paint brush in my kitchen since it's raining here today!