Monday, June 30, 2014

Headed to Camp!

Camp Scrap that is!! This is one of my all time favorite classes by May Flaum. It is 100% fun and I always learn so much from May and all the other campers. This summer there are 4 main technique sessions and you can choose to do all of them or a few of them. Head on over to May's website to learn more. It is not too late to sign up. I hope I will see you there!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Table Scraps: Part 1

I really don't like to see such a large gap between my blog posts, but I kind of have a good reason. I actually made a list of goals I want to accomplish this year and I've been focusing on one of the top ones: refinishing a piece of furniture. Actually 5 pieces!! A whole dining room set. I found this very sad 70's cane back set for dirt cheap. I am kicking myself because I didn't take a true "before" picture of the ugly wood with coffee stains and all.

I got to work on the 4 chairs thinking that it would not be that hard. (Hahahaha) Here are the chairs after I primed them white and started to paint them black. I don't know exactly what kind of wood they are, but they are solid and heavy! I love the square design on the top of the chair and also the clover design on the bottom edges. This is what made me bring this beast home with me.

 2  coats of primer
2 coats of paint

Here is the whole lot of chairs. You can see the wooden table on the back right corner in the garage and the legs are behind the first white chair.

Things I learned during the painting process:
1. Don't paint outside on a windy day. The plastic kept blowing up into my chair legs, along with leaves and bugs.
2. An excessive amount of paint on the brush will cause drip stains that are hard to sand out.
3. Apparently, if you are using black, you should tell the guy at Lowe's so he can color the primer so that you don't have to use multiple coats of paint.

Part 2 will be all about buying fabric and my battle with gimp/trim.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

 My little peanut discovered the markers in my scraproom and her favorite thing to do is take the caps on and off. Oh, and draw all over my white Ikea chair!! That is going to be a page in itself. What can you do - the girl got my crafty gene!

She also has this other adorable thing she does. Whenever someone goes into a room and closes the door (usually the bathroom) she gets down on the floor and tries to peek under the door! It is hysterical to watch and so super cute.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy 40th Birthday Cards

My favorite set of twins is turning 40 this month! I can't help it with the matching cards. The cards are very similar, but they have their own personalities :)
The mini flowers were one of my Tuesday Morning bargains and I embellished them with stickles.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Five a month... more or less

One of my goals for 2014 was to make sure that I was posting at least 5 projects a month. I felt like that was a reasonable amount without putting too much pressure on myself. Some months have been easier than others. Since tomorrow is National Scrapbooking Day I feel like I should make May a very productive month.

To kick of the month, here is a layout I did comparing my daughter at 6 months vs. 18 months. Both sets of photos were taken on our Florida vacation and they all involve her sleeping! This is the first time I've done a past/present layout. It is awesome to see the differences. The blue star paper is one of my all time favorite pieces of paper. I think it was from DCWV Garden Stack.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What not to buy!

This post is a reminder to myself about the different products that I have collected over the years and haven't used. I've been spending a lot of time organizing and purging my scrap room. It is easy to hoard cute stuff, but at the end of the day if it isn't being used - it needs to go!

Buttons: I've got jars and jars of them, but I never ever use them.  Buttons=dust collectors.

Mini album kits: It pains me that I spent $30-$50 on mini album kits. I have one that hasn't even been touched (purchased 2009). I decided to take the kit apart and use the supplies separately. I DO NOT DO MINI ALBUMS!! There is never enough room for photos. I am a 4x6 girl.

Page kits: Along the same line, I have purchased many page kits because I loved the theme etc., but the truth is, I like to do my own thing and it is harder for me to make stuff within a the limits of a pre-made page kit.

Mists: Luckily I don't have a lot, but the ones I do have are barely used.

Patterned Paper: Must.Stop.Buying. unless it is for a very specific project.

Large stamps: The kind where you have to have a special contraption (still in package) to use them.

Single image punches:  An owl, a rabbit, a snowflake, a circle, a square.... never use. I do use my border punches though.

I am sure this list will continue to be updated. For now, I must remember what not to buy!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Happy Happy Card

Anyone who watches a certain show about a family of country folks and some ducks might recognize this quote. I have a friend who absolutely loves the show DD so this was my attempt at a humorous card.