Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cheers Jar for THE CUTTING CAFE & Cutting File Give Away

As with most of my projects, before starting, I audition a little collection of recycling in my office to see what I might want to work with. This peach jar volunteered! Doesn't she have pretty curves! I'm sending her off to my North Country friend Shirley, so the foam sticker that said Cheers just made me smile! It's like my happy mail is talking! And, it gets better! Today we are using one of our favorite sets at THE CUTTING CAFE and giving that set away to one of our readers....all you have to do is leave a comment to win the set!!!

I cut a few flowers out for my project and assembled them. I never get tired of using this file from THE CUTTING CAFE called the paper flower template because you pretty much can make flowers to match your project exactly. In this case, I cut them out of the same paper that I used to make that little scallop over the top.

I added a few fun things to go with my flowers. Check out that little gem & the purple thread. Those green berries make me happy too! Now, I've got a big ole pile of flowers I can make up to put IN the jar or I can add a treat....Lexi says I should add chocolate....what do you think??

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Live Laugh Love Decoration

This really cool wooden box was hanging around the office and came out to play when I got a can of spray paint out over the weekend. Might as well make good use of the sun & some good drying! Then later, I brought it into my office and got it all fancied up!

Can you tell I used clear vellum letters which let that pretty paper show through under it. Really pleased with how that worked out. Even better was spelling out LOVE in big letters with that little tiny Live & Laugh above it. Kinda sneaky!

The top has a little gold hanger so this piece can be hung. I'm intending to pass it along to a friend for her wedding anniversary! Hope she loves it!

Back tomorrow with my project for THE CUTTING CAFE! Had so much fun making another present!

Happy Tuesday!

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!