Thursday, June 20, 2013

A New Epiphany!

I was in Hobby Lobby yesterday and had an epiphany.   It is probably about time that I had it.  I was looking at some new magazines and noticed the magazine about hobby spaces.  I realized that my crafting space does not have to stay perfectly clean.  I bet you are saying, "WOW, you are  just realizing that?"  I spend a lot of time organizing, like a lot of crafters do.  The most important thing about your crafting space is that it works for you.  I craft alone when I am at home.  I find myself organizing a lot, so I can easily find things.  The secret to this is label label label.  If it is labeled, then it is easier to find. 

Now that I have had this epiphany, I can get busy crafting.  I do know that I HAVE to clear my desktop after each project, because I am a messy crafter.  I will be putting my scrapbooking on the back burner for a little bit, to allow for some sewing time.  The nice thing is since  my scrapbooking has taken over my craft room, I now sew in the guest room.  OK, what used to be the guest room.  It no longer has a bed in it.  I will be cleaning it out this weekend, because my husband tends to just throw stuff in it when he doesn't know where it belongs.  I hope to get a couple of expedits from IKEA next month to go in there...yeah.

Well enough about my epiphany.  Have a great day.  Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


My new thing is birdhouses.  I am loving Laura Denison's birdhouses.  I am also doing some experimenting of my own and making some 3-d projects.  More info coming soon.  Here are some of  my works in progress.

This is the first completed birdhouse.  The sides of the roof lift up to reveal the mini album inside.
This is the mini that goes inside.  The mini is complete.  For some reason, I could not get all the pictures to rotate correctly.  I will try again another day.
I love the idea of using the plastic sheeting from the bling to create a pocket. 
Trying to use my edge punches more.  Cute tags and the mini birdcage is a prima embellishment.

Fussy cut the leaf from the paper and used a simple tag with the We R Memory Keepers corner punch.

Had some spare paper and fussy cut it and made some extra tags.  I like how the tag opper came out.

Loved the mini bags from Hobby Lobby.  Paper Studio has definitely stepped up their game.

Embossed these tags with Tim Holtz embossing folder.

Can you believe that I actually stamped.  Yeah for me.  It is a Tim Holtz stamp.

Anothe of those mini envelopes with some fussy cuttings. Small tag on front and another tag in envelope.

Simple page, fussy cut flower to hold tag.

Love the simplicity of the punch on the page.

A little fancier page.  Love the zipper look.  Tag is embossed.

This is a peek at the gazebo birdhouse.  Hopefully, I can get back to my room to get it finished.  The mini is almost done, but I have a lot of decorating to do to the gazebo itself.
This is the third one.  I like the simplicity of it.  The whole top comes off to reveal a mini, I think.  It is meant to have individual tags/pages, but I think I am going to put a regular mini in it.

Whirlwind Trip

I took a long weekend to go see my Grandmother.  It was her church's Friends and Family Day.  I took the time to go also, because my brother and his new wife were going to be in attendance.  It was a great weekend.  Tiring, but great.  My friend from church Rebecca went with me.  I am so appreciative of her riding with me, because my kids had basketball games, they did not want to miss.

This is my 96 year old Grandmother.  Yes, she has a cane, but she does not use it.  She takes it so my aunt doesn't fuss.  She swings the cane. LOL.  She still cooks all her own meals and does her own laundry.  She is an amazing woman.  She had more than 200 grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and great, great great grandchildren.   There are at least 5 generations of us walking around because of this amazing woman.   
This is my brother, Oscar.  It has been several years since we have been able to get together.  I am so happy that we both made the trip to Mesic, NC this past weekend.  He is older and I do like to rub it in.  He is only 11 months older, but every little bit helps.  LOL

This is my new sister-in-law, Lorraine.  Love her.  My brother and she dated over 30 years ago, and found each other again and are now married.  Young love.  Love the newlyweds.

This is my NC family.  My sister, her husband, my brother and his wife, my nieces and great nieces.  It was really nice seeing them all.   I must confess, normally when I go to NC, I spend all my time with my grandmother and don't take time to see my other kinfolk.  I must do better.  I really enjoyed them all.  Wish I had more time to spend with them.
For some reason, I really love this picture.  Maybe because Tiere is in it.  That is my great nephew on the end.  He has been really good at keeping in touch with me.   Thanks Nephew.  Love you.