Monday, February 20, 2017

Just ask Alice Bracelet for THE CUTTING CAFE

Oh rolled beads...who knew you'd be addictive and just the thing my brain needed to jump start creativity last night? They were really quick to cut out and I rolled them using a quilling tool. I covered them in a quick coat of clear nail polish and added an eye pin. The cutting file is sold over at THE CUTTING CAFE and includes nine paper beads. I just cut one kind which turned out to be the perfect creative fix I needed!

The trick is to pick a paper with a little pattern that can show through. Mine had roses that just peek out. I was going for something that worked well with a tea party as I was thinking of Alice and the Mad Hatter. The bracelet was a gift from Yvonne so I knew I had to keep it scrappy if I was going to make any additions to it.

Wore it all day and it made me smile every time I spotted it! Give it a whirl (quilling pun intended) and I'm sure you'll come up with something that pleases you!

Happy Tuesday!

Tissues & Valentines for Memorandum Monday

I am the biggest baby when I am sick. How anyone puts up with me, especially THE MAN who shouldered the work this weekend with the shuttling of the kid who hadn't left us for Italy to the phone support for the one who had & was worried she would get in trouble for going to the Disco. He even went to the store and grabbed more tissues and some meds. We have been living on take out, which would make the oldest mad to know.

I think I'd be better at a cold if I could only take cold medicine without getting loopy. In fact, I recall an entire conversation where I was telling THE MAN that the dog hadn't filled out his paperwork to work in the basement. Since the dog usually eats paper work and we don't have a basement, I am not sure exactly where I was coming from.

So in the midst of all the sneezing, it was nice to get some hand made Valentines from an Aunt Peaches Swap. Still waiting for the third to emerge from the post, so it was super cool that I also got a lovely card from Sian who hosts us here at Memorandum Monday from her blog at From High in the Sky. I can also assure you that the dog will play no part in eating these pretties! I have big plans for enjoying them for a bit and then possibly adding them to a page!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

At the Rink Layout from Sister Cities & Martina's Visit

A nice wet weekend must have inspired this page with its ink drips and splotches. I am actually making headway on the backlog of pages I want to do from the last six months of activities. I'll be done just in time to get a whole new set of photos from Italy! It was really hard even to get a photo this weekend dodging the raindrops.

Look at this bunch! That is King Brad there in the middle (see the crown?). He had a bunch of activities at his house and was quite popular with the Italian girls who cried when they left him. Loved this photo of them all on skates...

Check out the snowflakes and blue flowers. Thought they worked well to make this page pretty. As does the stenciled x's and o's which look pretty blue. The red splashes work well too! Really digging this color scheme!

Well, onward and upward! Only a couple of more pages to get done!

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy 19th Anniversary and a BINGO Love Wall Hanging

Well, today is my 19th Anniversary. Go us! Insert happy dance here. Well seriously we all know what happens when you are this far along in marriage and have teenagers. We spent the weekend running them. When we weren't running, we were grocherying and laundrying. Then we had a bunch of kids over. Don't want it any other way, although I expect at some point THE MAN and I will sneak in something fun with just us. Maybe it will involve a cocktail! (hint hint)

In celebration, I fancied up this BINGO card with a bunch of yummy stuff. Used a pretty little doily as a base and some gold paint. Added gold thread, some fancy trim, and then a bunch of flowers!

The star of this piece are some little letters I had hanging out from a previous project that are sold over at THE CUTTING CAFE and are from th Everyday Words Cards & Shakers set. I laminated three of them together to make a nice thick "LOVE" that I then embossed. So pretty with a little glitter along the edge!

Happy Valentine's Day to you! Hope you have something fun planned, even if it's a hot cup of tea and jammies after a long day! Hugs!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bingo for Memorandum Monday

I once worked for a man who was really religious. Like so religious, our letters that came with the news of a bonus thanked God for his bounty, yet forgot to thank the people who also worked really hard. It was OK though for a long while because for the most part, his beliefs didn't really change the day to day. At some point though, I heard mumblings of people thinking other people got promoted due to their church attendance and then the owner told me during lunch that a true marriage was of a man to a woman. Good golly miss molly, this is not appropriate lunch time discussion.

So, faced with the idea of working for another Christian organization I cringed and then turned to Google. Thankfully the place I work is:

a global nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. We have a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds

This is a good thing because occasionally I tell my boss I believe in Pachamama, the mother earth goddess of Peru. It's also a good thing as I'd hate to see us turn someone away who needs a hand up based on their beliefs. With that in mind, I found myself uttering this simple prayer this past weekend:

Dear God:

I know you are real busy with the Donald Trump fiasco so I will be brief. Pretty please let me do a shit ton of good for Habitat kicking ass, yet don't lose sight of Pratt Inc. or have lots of debt. 


Pretty sure she heard what I was asking. The lots of debt thing is because well, hello not for profit, it's not like our paychecks are monstrous. The rewards though are and that is what I'm sticking with. 

These musings were written for Memorandum Monday which is a brain child of Sian over at From High in the Sky. The photo is of a few little goodies that came home with me from the ReStore. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Throw Back Thursday Kingsbury Cemetery Layout with Martina and Lexi

A couple of weeks before our Italian student Martina was due to arrive, we went to a meeting where they offered helpful suggestions as to things to do with our kids. One was take them to a pumpkin patch or do something Halloweenie with them because they don't have that sort of thing in Italy. Fast forward to weekends full of things were limited to indoor activities. They did manage to sneak in a trip to Kingsbury Cemetery, which is in an old shopping center. Later when asking Martina if she had liked the haunted house, the answer was NO! So, had to scrap the event!

I had a few little tid bits sent my way from Australia & Lizzy who thought I might find them useful. Of course, adding the actual ticket was key! I am so lucky I have a kid who indulges me with those things. The little black tag my sister in law sent me so it's a page of bits and bobs from various peeps.

After the Haunted House, I picked the girls up. Others went to Brad's house and hung out. So, I used both photos. I am pretty sure it was during a school night so I brought them both home.

Anyhow, here you have it! Just a simple page and I got to bring out the Halloween papers out in February!

Happy Thursday!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Just Windows and Doors for Memorandum Monday

Yesterday at work I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off. It's my fault as we had people working at three different houses. In fact, yesterday evening after dinner, a slice of pie, and a movie, I did my usual and fell asleep on the couch which led me of course to wake up when it's still dark outside. This isn't a bad thing, sometimes my soul needs some quiet and my fingers need to write.

So being awake at butt crack dawn early, I have already used gold paint, my Silly, spray adhesive, my hot glue gun, and started a second cup of coffee. AND, this is why my keyboard is sometimes sticky and has gold paint on it. I am however extremely motivated and ready to tell you about our latest project which is called fondly by the volunteers as either the Red House or Dan's house. Sometime back in the summer at Habitat we got a phone call letting us know someone wanted to sell us this burnt out house on Pritchard. We get a lot of phone calls asking to donate land, sell us a house that is on it's last legs, or even give us a vehicle. We're down with that.

The project hit our radar screen at just the right time. We had just begun work on rehabbing a house we had built six years prior and our volunteers were all a little depressed. Although we hope for a happy ending with each house we build, sometimes life gets in the way. So, when we visited, this house with it's pink rose growing outside, it made us happy even though it was completely gutted, had a huge hole in the back from a fire and was built in the 1920's. The Habitat girls might be a little sentimental themselves....

The Red House has a nice story. The owner's brother wanted to volunteer and knew every inch of the house. Dan had grown up in the house and his sister wanted her good friend (who had applied for home ownership) to live there. To say this little red house is sentimental project is an understatement, which has turned out to be both a blessing and slightly a curse.

For the most part, we're sticking with the layout. We're leaving the cedar shakes and even going to order a door that looks similar down to the mail slot. This is a sleepy neighborhood and everyone is being patient with our dust and mess. It's also a happy house as we are slowly rebirthing it from the fire that gutted it two years ago. Some changes we're making are for the best. We opened up a wall between the kitchen and dining room, we're adding a french door and took down the massive chimney to enlarge the world's smallest power room. We are currently disagreeing over the placement of the cellar door and whether we should add a window in the kitchen as we took one out so we'd have room for the stove. It's really all just semantics really. Just windows and doors.

Soon our new homeowner will hear the sound of mail landing on her floor and the sound of little feet running up and down the steps. She won't be asked a trillion questions like what kind of lighting she wants in the living room. She also won't be working each Saturday on various sweat equity jobs. All in all, it will be over soon and we'll be on to the next one. We'll have a new address, but the homeowner won't.

Writing about mail & life for Memorandum Monday & Sian over at From High in the Sky.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Love Centerpieces for THE CUTTING CAFE

Oh my, these little tea light holders were so pretty when I spotted them at the ReStore and I had to have them...although I didn't have a plan for them at the time. Good thing Regina over at THE CUTTING CAFE asked us to use her Everyday Words Cards & Shakers and I could make some pretty little centerpieces!

I actually hot glued the LOVE word on tooth picks so I could use it as a back drop to all those pretty flowers and that battery operated tea light. Love those gold wings too! So pretty!

Just a little washi on my tea light and some gold paint! Look how pretty those LOVE words are! I can't wait to share these! I have some ladies at work that will love them! (see what I did there?)

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wrenching & Waxing Up on the Hill Layout

Goodness, it's like Luke's week for layouts and cards and whatnot....To be honest, I'm getting caught up finally! WOW, the last couple of months a year are so busy! This is a recent photo I snapped though and I wanted to scrap it because it's so fresh!

Had the best time a couple of weekends ago when I went to pick Luke up from Harris Hill where he's part of the Junior Glider's Program. He really does want to fly, even if it's sans engine! He was up helping wax the gliders and prep them for spring. Thankfully he lets me snap a photo now and again.

I used a little decal Luke was sent on this page from the Soaring Society of America. I thought it was cool with the little gliders. Put some copper gears and peachy colored flowers too, because they made me happy.

Hope you're happy on this fabulous Thursday!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bowl Today tomorrow Fly? Layout for Another Freaking Scrappy

Eeeek! I love that title! Good thing we were asked to use the word "Today" on our page over at Another Freaking Scrappy or I would have come up with something boring! Fun times on this layout of Luke raising money bowling for CAP. Remember me talking about that earlier this week?

There, a close up! Love that gray plane I cut out for this page! So cool. That background paper makes me happy too!

A close up of the journaling. I snuck in a little ripped piece of green paper there down on the bottom and some gold paint. Loving the simple yet grungy nature of this one!

Hope you get a chance to hang with us at Another Freaking Scrappy!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hope-Strength-Faith-Courage Breast Cancer Butterfly Tin

I put lots of good vibes, happy thoughts, and a whole lotta fight into making this pretty washi tape tin. My Mom asked for it for a friend and I got right on it. I had a simple silver tin that I had really wanted to upcycle.

I had just gotten some new fabric washi that I wanted to show case and this was a perfect place to use them. Got to try them all! You can see it a lot easier on the back side...

I added a real knob and lots of pretty flowers on top of a modge podged doily. Lots of room in this tin for treats. I used a really cool image from Regina's store THE CUTTING CAFE that was a graphic used to cover the bottom of a Hershey Kiss. I love being able to use something in a slighly different way. It made a nice centerpiece for that butterfly!

Such a pretty top! All flowered up! Sending this off to Mom soon with extra hugs and prayers for her friend!

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, January 30, 2017

A Flying Thank You for Memorandum Monday

A couple of weekends back I spent a big part of the day in Bath, which is around a half hour away from here. Luke was at a bowling fundraiser for Civil Air Patrol. He isn't really good at bowling, so they are lucky that most of his sponsors gave him a flat rate. I made a few little cards for him to send out as thank you notes.

It was then I learned he had no idea where the address label went or the stamp...or even the return address label, which then prompted a quick lesson. Got me thinking of when I learned how to address an envelope. It was probably around third grade. When quizzed, both kids told me that since they don't have to mail things all that often, they didn't really know but yes, they learned it in third grade.

Guess it was good training as I had him fill out the envelope for his Civil Air Encampment skills. On a side note, the fund raiser was for Aerospace Education and I can't wait to hear what exciting things he's learned. I'll stick with teaching him the where the stamp goes.

Happy Monday! I'm here talking about letters and mail for Memorandum Monday with my friends over at Sian's From High in the Sky blog. If you sponsored Luke, you have my thanks and a little card is flying your way!