Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spice Up the Spice Rack

Ran across this spice rack at the ReStore. My little collection of paints & mists keep growing and I was looking for more room. I also haven't spent any time with a sander recently and I'm looking forward to a very small woodworking project this next weekend. 

I grabbed a couple of pieces of molding from the stash to play with. I am looking for something that I can add a little detail with. Also, it's pretty flimsy so some extra wood might help stabilize it. 

Also rummaged around for some different knobs. Not sure if these are keepers, but they are definitely an option. NOT keeping those little round wood things...yuck! Might also add some wood flowers...stay tuned! 

I'm back Saturday with a new post for THE CUTTING CAFE! Currently my project is drying...and might involve some glitter!!!

See you then!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Aloha Stadium Layout from the Hawaii Trip

Visiting this open air market at the Aloha Stadium was so much fun! I don't recall spending a lot of money, but we saw a lot of cool things. One of my favorite of course were the air plants & bonsai trees. THE MAN enjoyed the Chinese kids and the dragon who was collecting money. That's the middle photo.

I used a lot of banners and a white background to get the colors in the photos to pop. I've been carefully using up the ticket stubs & plane tickets I've been saving, so I was happy to include a few more on this page.

I've been using a lot of photo collages for the trip pages. This one is no different. There weren't a lot of good photos so I did a lot of cropping to just illustrate a few of the things we saw. Three photos in a strip worked really well.

Tomorrow I'm back with a vintage spice rack that I'm planning on sanding and spray painting. I ran out of weekend so it will have to wait until the next!

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Shabby Little Box

Spring isn't coming gracefully here in NY. It's fighting tooth and nail. In fact, I'm really surprised that it wasn't snowing when I took this photo. It's certainly cold enough. I had to content myself with making this pretty little shabby box. It was inspired by the houndstooth paper I dug out and that I happened to have a box handy that needed a makeover.

The washi cloth tape worked really well on the edges of the box and then I dry brushed white & gold paint on for an extra shabby look.

It's pretty adorable, if I do say so myself. It will make a nice gift box at some point but for now it's making me happy because we don't have any spring flowers here yet!

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Two Page Spread: This is Our Story of the Koko Crater Botanical Garden

I must admit that I built most of this page while watching A Series of Unfortunate Events & talking on the phone. See, I kinda didn't leave myself too much time to get creative this weekend. Wasn't any body's fault, but I also wasn't feeling very creative. Plus, the desk was clean. Time to do something easy...

I pulled out a scrapbook kit complete with layout instructions for the Close to My Heart Chelsea Workshop. There were cutting instructions as well, but that seemed a little...well too taxing. Found a cool two pager which would work with my photos. It seemed a bit plain for me, but I figured I could remedy that with some well placed splatters and some flowers.

I started with both pages side by side and laid it out in a similar fashion, minus the measuring. Then had to switch up some paper to make it more colorful. THEN, because cutting small squares and photos seemed kinda hard for a Sunday, I made a photo mosaic & printed the photos out
in big pieces.

These layouts are pretty flat, but this is a really good thing trying to keep the bulk down in the albums!

Just a couple of paper flowers and some foliage cut out with the Big Shot completed the page. Pretty simple, but a nice way to get a lot of photos on a page, which is necessary with a trip.

Well, I'm off. It's Tuesday and that's always a busy day!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Little Pretties

In an attempt to clean my desk, I decided to make some cards to use up some scraps. In about ten minutes, I had thrown together these two cards and was looking around for something else little to make. Kinda like when you have a little snack but you're still hungry and you need another little snack.

I then grabbed this little kraft box and glued on some paper. A big flower, a little stamp and some glitter glue and my daughter had a gift box for her friend. Started looking around for another little project since I wasn't quite ready to tackle something big....ah yes...

I am thinking this little Eiffel tower was a Christmas decoration at one point. I added some additional glitter in pink (why not more??) and then some dyed seam binding & that poppy! Love the black leaves against the pink & gold glitter.

Turns out all these little craft projects were appetizers! I went on to create a two page spread after that! Stop back in tomorrow and I'll be sharing it with you!

Friday, April 6, 2018

@ The Bay Layout for THE CUTTING CAFE

Happy Saturday Morning! Just popping in to show you the latest layout I've made from our trip to Hawaii! Regina over at THE CUTTING CAFE wanted us to create a little note book from one of her shaped files. I ran with a rainbow!

Here's the very pretty outside! I used it for my title for my page. We snorkeled at Hanauma Bay State Park and it was a very special experience. I loved every minute of swimming among the beautiful rainbow fishes! I thought using a rainbow would work the best to remind me of this day.

The other thing I can use is this hidden journaling spot! See the graph paper I used? I thought that was fun! I'll use this area to write up how I felt snorkeling (a little scared, I won't lie) and how cool it was.

This rainbow shaped card is fun! Download it here yourself! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Sparkly Bits Bracelet

I'm really excited about a new bracelet I just made! It didn't take me much time and the big dichroic glass pieces are upcycled from earrings that I found at the ReStore. It really was just a bunch of pretty little gems on jump rings and an silver bracelet I found at Michaels.

It's really pretty in the sun and layers up nice with some other sparkly bracelets. Makes my inner crow happy!

It's so pretty! I've been wearing it this week and have been really enjoying it!

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Remember Pearl Harbor Double Page Layout

Oh my, it was such an emotional day when we went to Pearl Harbor while visiting Hawaii. We got a passport ticket so got to also see the Battleship Missouri and the Bowfin Sub. It also included a trip to the Pacific Aviation Museum. The actual Pearl Harbor Monument was too sad for me to take photos of.

THE MAN got a photo of the turret of the USS Arizona and the swirling oil that slowly seeps from the ship below water. That photo is directly above my title which is a cutout photo of a pin that I blew up for a title. The oil is a very minor amount that seeps from the ship but creates rainbows across the water. Our day started very early as we were the first tour.

I enjoyed the Battleship Missouri quite a bit more. It was very interesting to see how one could live on a ship. The Missouri was just retired in 1992 but was the site of the surrender of Japan, which is what that big round metal piece says on the bottom right.

One of my favorite things to do on trip pages is to use memorabilia. I also like to take cool photos to use as titles. That gray & blue ship image on the bottom is from a garbage can. ;-)

Those poppy flowers really make me happy as does that plane washi tape. The double pager went together pretty easy by using those big photo collages.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Little Eastering

Just hopping by to wish you a Happy Easter! I made this little crystal egg into a small keepsake container with a candle stick bottom. Check out the pieces I started with here. Just a little spray paint on the glass candlestick bottom and some hot glued blooms and it's all pretty!

See? The top comes off! Perhaps you can stash your Cadbury egg inside if you are keeping one safe from the kiddos!

Hope your Holiday is epic!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Breathe Layout

I really loved this temple we visited in Hawaii. So much so I added a second page with photos. It was such a quiet place with the rain falling interspersed with the gong that rang for luck every now and again.

The first layout was on my blog earlier this week. I even shot video of the koi fish and the black swan so you'll have to go check it out.

Really enjoyed working with this pretty paper. That orange strip of paper even looks like locus flowers!!!

I added a little paper flower and some matching thread. I've got all these little spools from a sewing kit and slowly but surely I'm using up all the thread! Makes matching pretty easy though!

Well, Happy Weekend! We're off tomorrow enjoying a long weekend! I've got a hot date to cook some lamb, which I've never done before!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Today Together Double Page Layout

I lucked out the other day and went to a scrapbooking party where we assembled some easy peasy & very pretty layouts. This helps when you are trying to scrapbook a ton of vacation photos. Take a look at this two page spread!

It's pretty CAS for me, but then I added some bling and spritz which helped! I then made a quick little collage so I could lay out three photos in a row on each side. This first page was to document a cool hike up Diamond Head.

This mirror image page had a few less flowers. We went to a Buddhist Temple called BYODO  (take a peek at their video, it has drone!!) and it happened to be raining. It was still really cool. It was at Valley of the Temples, which pretty much meant it was a huge cemetery!

My favorite part were all the koi fish who were being watched by a kitty. I took a video to show Lexi. We do love KOI!

Anyhow I've rambled on enough! Happy Tuesday!

Monday, March 26, 2018

A Painful Pineapple

I got heavily questions when I arrived home with this green monstrosity. I heard a large sigh of relief from at least three other family members when they learned I was just rewring for a friend after a quick coat of spray paint. 

The first plan of attack when fixing a painful pineapple is to assemble your spray paint & a rewire kit. Most second hand lamps are in desperate need of rewiring. It's so much safer to just start with a new plug & socket. I snipped off the plug & took the whole thing apart. I'm in the process of waiting for spray paint to dry and then I'll probably work on reassembly & rewire. 

Of course nobody questioned me when I came home with some fun little pieces of dichroic glass and a clear Easter egg. They knew I'd have something crazy planned. At the moment the candle stick base is drying from a coat of white spray paint. 

I'm prepping for Easter! Easter break that is! I'll be off for Good Friday and I've got a hot date with making a pretty bracelet!