Friday, April 24, 2015

I NEED My Craftroom!

Well, the craftroom is still a work in progress. I moved a few more things around and added a LOT more STUFF. Yikes! Where did it all come from? I still have boxes that haven't been opened yet. I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever get through it all.

I started to feel a little desperate and needed to do something crafty, so I cleared off a small space on my desk and searched some boxes for a Close to my Heart kit that I could play with. I wanted a kit because it's the only way I'll have everything I need to get a project done.

The kits come with all the paper and embellishments you need, including a stamp set. Now where are my scissors? Luckily I already had my ink pads and ATG gun unpacked.


So far my ink pads and Copic markers are the only things that have stayed in their original spot.


The kit that I found in my box of "stuff" is for Thanksgiving cards. Hmmmm, it's only April and there are a lot of occasions for cards before Thanksgiving, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. And I gotta do some crafting before I go crazy!


I was able to get all 15 cards in the kit completed in just two evenings. Now I'm wondering if I can use some of these for housewarming party thank you notes. If we ever get around to having that party anyway.

So ladies and gentlemen, the next time you feel the need to craft, but you're short on time, supplies, energy, space or just imagination, grab a kit and enjoy how easy it can be.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Craft Room Update #1

The room is coming together. As you can see I have a lot of stuff that has been moved.

It's filling up fast.

Okay, it's getting hard to move around in here. I had to tell the movers not to bring anything else in the room. That means I still have a lot of stuff in the garage to bring up and sort out.

I got the paper holders in the closet and my desk settled in the middle of the room. This will be the basic layout, but there's still more to bring into the room so the Ikea cubbies on the window wall are going to change.

I haven't been able to do any crafting yet, but the girls sure had fun trying out the new room. I love having the desk in the middle of the room so that we can sit on both sides.

Kylee approves of the seating arrangements.

Khloë was drawing Rapunzel's mom.

Those happy faces are the reason I have a craft room (and way too many pictures to scrapbook!).

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My New Craft Room

How can I be crafty without a craft room? This is a crafting blog after all, so I thought I would update everyone on the progress I've made on the new room.

This first picture is one of the other rooms, but I wanted to give you an idea of what my craft room first looked like with carpet.

One of the contingencies of buying the house was that the seller would continue the wood flooring into my room. I love the way it looks. You can see in this picture I've started to map out where everything will go. I have high hopes for a flat screen tv on the wall. Lol.

The first pieces arrive. From this angle you can see that my craft room looks into the family room. I wanted a room that is close to the family so I could still feel like a part of everything.

On one side of the closet I'll stack my cubes from Michael's. On the other side of the closet I'll have my three paper holders.

More planning. It's really hard to know how a space will feel just by tape on the floor. These cubes won't stay here, but they give me a sense of how much room I will have to walk around my desk and cabinets when they arrive.

I still have a long way to go before I'm done, but I'm hoping it will all be worth it. It's amazing how much stuff I've accumulated over the years. I think it's time for a major purge or maybe I need to have a big crafting party and provide all the supplies.

Check back next week for part two of My New Craft Room.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Kitchen Appliance Disaster and Coffee Bar

I'm still working on the new house and getting everything organized. It's turning out to be a much bigger job than I ever thought.

The one thing we cannot live without is a functioning kitchen, so that was the first room we put together. Luckily my husbands mom offered to pack, unpack and set up all the basics for us. With everything else going on this was very much appreciated and saved us a lot of time for other things.

Before I go into the story of the Kitchen Appliance Disaster I wanted to share a few pictures of the kitchen.

This first picture I got off the internet. This would be my kitchen if it was white. I'm not a big fan.
 
 
This is a picture of my kitchen after being remodeled by the seller. I'm so glad he went with the dark cabinets, lighter counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Exactly what I wanted.
 
Just a little closer.

A couple of pictures of the other side of the kitchen:
White version.

Remodeled with dark cabinets.

A little closer up. I love the lighter granite and the pattern on the travertine backsplash.

Are you ready to hear about the Appliance Disaster?  As you can see in the pictures, we needed to get a refrigerator. We also needed to get a new dishwasher because the one in the house was old and showing signs of rust. No problem. I love to shop and happily went to the local Home Depot after doing my research on line for models and prices. Picked out what I wanted and scheduled a delivery. Simple enough......
But the first set showed up with dings and damage to both appliances. I sent them back and ordered new ones. The second set showed up to the house in perfect condition. The dishwasher was brought up to the kitchen first and then it was time for the refrigerator. There are 8 stairs outside and then another 8 stairs inside because our kitchen and main living space is upstairs. Two delivery guys with the refrigerator were on their way up the second set of stairs when all of a sudden I heard a lot of noise and panic in their voices. All three of them almost went over the railing and crashing down to the bottom floor. I almost had a heart attack when I saw what was happening. Thank goodness the railing is strong because that and the wall behind them were the only things that stopped total disaster. The bottom of the refrigerator caught on the wall as it started going over and put a big hole in it. The drawers came out and hit the railing which caused damage to both the railing and the refrigerator.


So now my beautiful new house needs repairs and the refrigerator had to be returned again. Luckily they were able to bring a new refrigerator for the 3rd time just a few days later and THREE guys to install it. I am happy to say everything worked out finally and we have our new complete kitchen. I guess the 3rd time was the charm.


One of the next things on the list of many things to do is to set up a little coffee bar area where my new Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee maker is sitting. Stay tuned and I'll post pictures as soon as I get it done.


Sorry this was such a long post. I'll try to restrain myself in the future. Lol.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Big Move and the Garage

It's Moving Day! It's Moving Day!

Well, let me back up a little bit. We decided to have our garage floor done and paint the inside before moving anything. We knew if we didn't do it while it was empty it would never get done so we put off the moving guys for almost a week. Below you'll get to see pictures of our garage make-over.

Before the Epoxy Coat Flooring and Painting:

After Epoxy Coat:

After Epoxy Coat and Paint:

I love the way it turned out. Now if my Dear Husband spills oil or anything on the floor it will just wipe up. We accidentally tested it with paint. We had drop cloths down, but after we were done we noticed there was an area with paint on it. Wiped right up. Yay!

Here's a close-up of the floor:

The movers showed up to unload everything about five days later.

Next on the list of things to do:
Besides unpacking and figuring out where to put everything, we need to set up an area for the dogs. We need to get a new fence on one side before the dogs can run freely in the backyard.
I will post some of the house projects "Before" and "After" as we get things done. I'm afraid this might take longer than I initially thought though. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The House that Almost Wasn't

Where have I been, you ask? Why haven't I updated my blog since January, you ask? Well, there is a very good reason (this time).

We have been wanting to move for a long time, but suddenly it was getting serious. The economy and housing market are picking up. There are more houses to choose from, interest rates are still extremely low and prices are starting to rise. We needed to either find one soon or make a decision to stay in our current house.

Every day I was checking the new listings and every weekend I was going to open houses. One weekend in January my sister and niece came to visit for my birthday. They joined me in the house hunt as we looked at open houses and new model houses. When we ran out of those I told her about a house that looked really nice on the internet, but it was too far to commute everyday. We decided to go take a look anyway just for the fun of it. And that, my friends, is where the craziness started.

The neighborhood and the drive to get there was beautiful. It is called Rolling Hills Neighborhood for a reason. When we drove up to the house (because I instantly loved it) I just kept saying, "It's too far. I don't want to like it. It's too far." My sister looked through a window and immediately said, "Get Christie (my other sister/realtor) over here right now so you can make an offer." We hadn't even been inside yet, but it was already that nice. It was getting dark out and my poor sister/realtor was seriously sick with the flu, but she came to show us the house anyway. I couldn't help it. I fell in love. It had been completely remodeled with everything I would have wanted and more. There was even a peacock that came to welcome us to the neighborhood! I was ready to submit an offer on the spot.


We went back home, told hubby all about it and insisted he go see this beautiful house first thing in the morning. I emailed the lender and had him start the loan process. We made our offer. A couple days later we had an agreement and everything was rolling. We had a house inspection, roof inspection, pest inspection and chimney inspection. I got everything to the lender and we were hoping to close escrow on February 13th so that we would have our new house for Valentine's Day.

And then everything seemed to come to a screeching halt. The lender wasn't getting back to me in a timely manner and when he did he kept needing more things. Items he had at the beginning of the process he needed updated because it was taking so long. He also needed new things. Things he should have asked for at the very beginning. Crazy things like a copy of our driver's license or a letter saying why we wanted to buy a house. It seemed like every two days he needed two more items. Our simple 30 day escrow turned into a very stressful 52 day escrow. I didn't think it was ever going to happen. The seller had every right to put the house back on the market and we could lose it because of how incredibly slow and incompetent our lender was.

Just when I thought I couldn't take anymore the loan was finally completed and we were signing papers for our new house.

What a relief it was to finally be done with that part of it. Stay tuned for "The Big Move" and other happenings along the way.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Day 21-24, December Daily

I'm finished all the way up to Christmas Eve. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I will continue until December 31st though. I like having the whole month in one album.

December 21 and 22:

Day 21: I had stayed the night at my son and daughter in law's on the 20th so on the 21st I woke up to Khloë telling me I had to go see what her elves had done. (I might add that she was eating a marshmallow as she was tugging at me to come see). We walked into the hall bathroom and saw the elves taking a marshmallow bath in the sink. Too funny.

Day 22 I realized there was no way I could do another thing in my scraproom until I cleared some space. How does it get this bad? Also saw this cute smoosh faced puppy at the bank. She was like a tiny different colored Scooter. Lol.

December 23 and 24:

Day 23 I didn't do much of anything except get ready for Christmas. That included filling up the car for our drive on Christmas morning. Gas prices are sooooo low right now. Loving it.

Day 24. Christmas Eve was finally here. I loved watching the girls open presents. Khloë was the funniest. She would open something, exclaim how much she loved it and then toss it aside to open another. Kylee just had fun opening anything she could get her hands on.

On Christmas Eve we had our own little Christmas together before the arrival of husbands side of the family. Then we got to do it all again. I added flip pages to this page so that you could see more pictures underneath.

Next will be Christmas Day! I don't know how I'll decide on the pictures to use. I might need a lot of flip pages. Hopefully I can get them finished in the next couple of days, but not tonight. Tonight we all go out to dinner for my birthday. See you soon.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Day 15, 16, 17 and 18 - December Daily

Making progress.


Day 15 I went to pick up my "driving" glasses after work.  They were finally done and I was able to try them out for the first time. Let me just say that it didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. But for the record, the dent on the side in the white part was not from me. Somebody hit my parked car in the garage at work. Of course there are three floors of offices and nobody came forward to tell they did it. Grrr.
The damage I did is barely noticeable. It's in the chrome and rubber part of the bumper at the bottom. Still doesn't make me happy, but I'd rather have that than the big dent on the side.

Day 16 I rewarded myself for all the work and shopping I've been doing for Christmas with a yummy Cinnabon. (and one for morning).Heehee.


Day 17 I finally found some cutting boards for the Christmas presents I wanted to make. They didn't have any at the store everyone was talking about so I had to find them somewhere else. I really like the way they turned out. I got the idea from the Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space Facebook page. Betty Biswell shared the file that she created and let us use it for our personal use.  She did a great job and made it so easy to use.

Day 18 was Khloë's birthday. Her class had a little party for her and then we all went out to dinner at her favorite place. Can you believe it's been four years already?!

Well I'm over half way done. More pages to come soon.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Days 12, 13 and 14 December Daily

Hello everyone. I wasn't able to post my progress yesterday because of technical difficulties. Ugh! My laptop is borderline out of space and won't let me do some of the things I need to do. Luckily my iPad works perfectly.
I'm making good progress on my December Daily album.  I have three more days ready to share. I have a couple others done but haven't taken pictures of them yet.  Hopefully I'll get that done today.
Day 12:



On the 12th the rain continued.

After getting home from work and shopping I started working on Christopher's room. We're taking everything out, painting,getting the carpet cleaned and then putting everything back that makes the cut.


The 13th and 14th:

The 13th was Khloë 's 4th birthday party. Princesses Ana and Elsa even came to visit.

 The next day was just a lazy day at home. Cake for breakfast and then wrapping presents.

Be back soon.
Blessed are the children of scrapbookers, for they shall inherit the scrapbooks.