Saturday, April 25, 2015

On my way...

to a beautiful new craft room.  Let me just back up a bit.  Last weekend my husband and I were talking about what a big week we had coming up.  Just thinking about everything before me left me feeling overwhelmed. I thought I would clear my head and go out to do a little light shopping.  Well, I came home and what do I find?  He decided that he would start on my new craft room and started clearing out the room and taping off the walls.  AGH!  I cannot have a home construction project on top of a huge week.  I like organized chaos, but that is not how he operates.  He wanted to do something nice for me, and how can I refuse his genuine gesture of love? So here are some before pictures.  This is the kids' room with all of their stuff. When they stay over, which is often...this is their space.   Aside from bedding and toys, I never really decorated this room or repainted when we bought the house.   

 As you can see, the color is a neutral beige color.  It is nice paint and the walls are in great condition (The house was only built in 2007).  So I picked my paint color and he went to work.  I chose Sherwin Williams Rainwashed and the rest is history.

Here are some of the after pictures:

My current craft room is right across the hallway so I will have to move in and purge at the same time. What do you think?  I think the color is so soothing.  I wanted a color that would be neutral, not too bold, and something that would look nice as a backdrop with my black office furniture.  I am going to touch up the baseboards later today, and then move in on Sunday.  I will post pictures as soon as I am moved in.  So here goes step 1 of reclaiming my space.  I am on my way to achieving a beautiful new space, and I am happy and thankful my Sam started whether I was ready or not.  Ok my friends, I will see you all soon!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Evolution of a woman…

One of the reasons I love blogging is for the obvious which is to share my crafts, but I have realized that I also blog because I love the support blogging brings.   Currently in my life I am at a crossroad and I am on the cusp of new things.  Although I am wildly excited, I also have a lot of fear and a lot of resentment.  I am excited because I know exactly what I want to do…finally.  I am fearful because I am jumping out of my comfort zone.  I am resentful because it has taken me this long to find my direction. 

As some may know, I have decided to go back to school to get my Master’s degree in Education.  As I prepare myself to get back into the classroom, I find myself with a laundry list of tasks that I need to accomplish.  This weekend I finished up a mandatory child development workshop, and I have to admit that it is exactly what I needed.  The instructor was so uplifting and positive.  He asked us to share with the class a song that we would pick if we had to assign ourselves a theme song.  This just got me wheels spinning and now I have to share.  We women are constantly evolving and I thought this would be fun to do.  I have attached a couple of videos that show my evolution.  Although I say that I am resentful for wasted time, and I am.  I do have to realize that things happen the way they do, and they happen at the time they need to happen.   Because I am so excited for my new career path, I feel that I will give my all and my future students will benefit from a dedicated teacher. 

So with that said, here is my evolution of where I was to where I am now.  
  Anytime I hear this song it reminds me of being young and dumb.  
 People don't know the struggles from which we come.  Nor do they know the darkness that we have endured.  This song just collects all those feelings and reminds me that I am a fighter and I am a winner.  Once I got old enough to live my life for myself I built the life I wanted and I fill it with the types of people I choose.  I am not my parents, I am not my past, I am in charge.
  These seem so sad, but I promise you that the road to success is usually pretty bumpy.  
 As an adult learner, it is so hard to split your time equally.  You feel so selfish and you are so tired, but you just keep going because you cannot fail.  I've taken time, money, and resources away from my family.  There is no way I can just walk away now empty handed.
You may think it is a little cheesy, but I love the message of this song.  Like I said, I am in transition and its tough.  
I just have to add this song because it reminds me of my wonderful husband.  My #1 supporter, my partner in crime, my BFF.  Whatever obstacle I encounter I know he is right beside me.  I am a very lucky woman.
 Finally my last song is Roar...because I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A new year brings a whole new world of opportunity!  I am so excited to co-host two crop events
at Prima Marketing Inc in Chino, Ca. Details are still presenting themselves on a daily basis, but here is what we have planned so far!

Crop with Crafty Amiga & Bean Dip 76
Saturday, March 14th, 2015
9 am - 9 pm

$30 per person which includes your cropping space, 12 hours of crop time and access to shopping in the Prima warehouse.  A light lunch will be provided along with refreshments and snacks. We will also have raffle prizes and goodie bags for everyone.  
If you can't make it on March 14th, then you must attend our second event:

National Scrapbook Day Shop & Crop
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
9 am - 9 pm

$40 per person which includes your cropping space, 12 hours of crop time and access to shopping the Prima Warehouse! A nice hot lunch will be provided along with refreshments and snacks. We will have contests throughout the day with some awesome raffle prizes! Everyone attending will receive an extra special goody bag! Custom T-shirts, which are optional, for the event will be available for order prior to the crop for an additional fee!

If you'd like to secure your spot, please visit
to reserve your spot and pay via PayPal.  It is going to be a great time for all, so sign up as soon as possible.  Remember space is limited.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Claim My Space

Claim My Space?  What exactly does that mean?  Well, as the new year approaches, one of the biggest changes I want to do is to claim my space.  We bought our house almost six years ago and at that time we put our life’s savings into the deposit.  We didn’t have money to upgrade or splurge on new appliances; we were just so happy and thankful to buy the house.  Over the years I have decorated and we have bought new furniture pieces, but I have realized that we haven’t really stepped it up.  My house is very neutral and clean which is what I like, however it doesn’t have a lot of pizazz.  I want to challenge myself to actually paint the walls and upgrade and update some of the rooms and bathrooms.   

The two rooms I really want to focus on are the guest bedroom and my craft room.  The guest room is filled with the kids’ belongings, but I want to update and decorate that space without a cartoon character comforter. The second room I want to update is my craft space.  Holy Guacamole can this room use the help.  I do have a lot of over sized furniture from IKEA along with patterned cubes that dictate the color scheme.  I would really like to change it up.  Normally I like things tucked away and not on display (i.e. coffee mugs, hair dryers, toasters, etc.) however I am toying with the idea of installing a peg board on one of my craft wall.  I saw this picture online and it has inspired me to change up a bit. 

CHANGE IS A GOOD THING! I believe this in all aspects of life, so why can’t I incorporate this mantra into my home decor? 

So this is my challenge to myself.  Here are a few pics of my virtual idea board.  I am collecting ideas and will put the best ones into use.  

 My challenge to you is to visualize what would your dream space would look like?  Do you like a lot of colors or patterns? Do you like bright and whimsical or do you like muted and neutral? Do you set up stations for specific activities such as a stamping or die cut station?  Do you de-clutter or do you hoard?  I would say at current my room is a mixed bag that includes everything. 

Just a little food for thought as we progress into 2015. Well until next time my friends, everyone please have a safe and happy holiday!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Little Office Fun

One of my favorite things about working in an office is secret Santa, you've been Boo'd, and other little occasions where you mysteriously gift your coworkers. This year I decided to silently and anonymously put this on our receptionist's desk. It is funny to hear her keep asking who is responsible. I know she loves it and it made her feel special that she was thought of.

For this project I bought a mason jar, covered  the top with Christmas washi tape and filled it with M&M's. The tag is a printable I found online, that I attached with some raffia. Top it all off with some ribbon and its complete. What do you think? 

Just a little something to keep the atmosphere light and fun.

That's my project share for today, I hope you all like it. Until next time, have a happy holiday season! 

Jazz Up Store Provided Wrap

For this project I will show you how to jazz up the free wrap given by some stores. Because I am frugal and don't like to spend money if I don't have to, I will use bags, boxes, and ribbon if provided. At Bath and Body Works, they provide free bags, tags, and ribbon and I will use it. For today's project I am making a teacher gift for my niece's kindergarten teacher. I used the bag and ribbon provided, but I also attached a handmade tag I made using Stampin Up stamps and tag topper punch. I also added a jingle bell for a little extra Christmas joy. Here it is!

And that is it. Just a few small handmade touches really adds to the packaging and gives it a more loving vibe. I think this is thoughtful, considering the fact that the receiver of the gift is a warm and loving woman who inspires small children all day.  So that is all my friends, see ya next time. 

Alternative Christmas Packaging

Today I am scrap lifting a brilliant idea from my friend Leticia "Crafty Amiga". For today's project I am making a teacher gift for my nephews teacher. This year he has a male teacher so the standby Bath and Body works gift won't work. For this gift I put together a great gift for a coffee drinker.

I used a disposable food container and jazzed it up a bit. I adhered some patterned scrapbook paper to the top of the container using Mod Podge and then added some curling ribbon to the inside for padding ( I didn't have any shred). With that just little bit of prep, my package is now ready. To finish it off, I added 4 K-cups of coffee, some sugar packets, closed the lid, tied more curling ribbon around the container and attached a tag. And voile!  Project complete.

There you have a festive, yet not too girly gift perfect for a teacher, co worker, or anyone else you want to thank this holiday season. I hope you have enjoyed my alternative gift packaging. Once again, thank you Leticia for such a great idea. I'm so happy with my take on your brilliant idea. 
Until next time my friends, have a great day!