Sunday, May 24, 2015

More progress...

This new room has taken so much longer than I anticipated. I have purged a lot, yet I'm having trouble finding room for the volume of stuff I have.  It is frustrating because life keeps throwing me curve balls, and I thought I would have a gorgeous space, but in reality I haven't even decorated the walls yet.  The first road block is that I got sick and I have spent a lot of time at the hospital recently then if that wasn't bad enough, my favorite floating shelves have been discontinued. It's just one road block after another. Anyhow, although I am far from complete, I thought I would stop to share some small elements I have purchased, or hung in an effort to get this place complete. 

Small Better Homes & Gardens basket purchased at Walmart- $7.95
Large Better Homes & Gardens basket purchased at Walmart- $9.95- fits my IKEA Expedit perfect.

A print given to me by my pal Janel.  I think it is perfect for this room.  

Just some of my Villain Collectables on display.  As  you can tell, I am not done organizing all of the cubes but I plan on getting this done this weekend. 

That is is for today my friends, I  hope you all have a fabulous weekend and I will talk to you soon!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

So long Paper Pumpkin...

I have been subscribed to Stampin Up’s Paper Pumpkin subscription service for just about a year.  I honestly love getting this cute little red box every month, but what I don’t love is how month after month they stack up…untouched.  I will admit that a few of them I devoured almost immediately.  These always seem to be the ones that are either holiday themed, or some kind of treat bag.  The Halloween and Valentine’s Day kits were just perfect for creating treat bags for my coworkers, which I love.  The November kit made the most adorable pie treat holders, which I had on full display on my Thanksgiving table.  Other than those, these adorable red boxes just sit untouched.  For $21.95 a month, I wasn’t worried about it, until I started to do the math.  These boxes just sitting in my closet unused are worth $263.  Can you believe it?  $263!  

Here are just a few of the boxes that are untouched

NO MORE!  Aside from cleaning and purging, I am also on a debt diet.  I realize that I love shopping for craft supplies and I love a good deal, however I don’t have the time to actually use all the stuff I buy.  If I don’t use what I buy, then why am I buying it?  Isn’t this the mentality of a hoarder?  Am I a craft hoarder?  NO MORE!  I am going to challenge myself to use the stuff I have and I am going to really limit my craft spending. In one trip to Hobby Lobby I can easily spend $50 on nothing, and I don’t want to do that anymore.  I am putting myself on a strict budget.   

So starting immediately, I am sitting around with no plans this cold Friday night and I decided to  take out some of these boxes and start to play around.  The projects are cute, but tonight I just had a few craft fails.  What do you think?
I made one of the projects tonight- a little juvenile, but kind of cute.

Made straight from the box, I think I need to ink the card and add something else in order to make it more handmade. 

I tried ink instead of thread- NOPE!

The thread looked too bulky and then broke.

Tonight I am just  a little bit discouraged, but I have had good luck on my past kits. Here are some pictures from some of my non-craft fails.

The Thanksgiving kit was my favorite.

No pictures of my completed project, but they came out just like the picture minus the difference in candy. 

Well that is all for tonight.  I am going to sit here and watch bad TV.  I  hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  

Watching my favorite John Waters Movie "Serial Mom" and crafting the night away. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

26 years later

What did you do last weekend? I didn't do much, just go to the New Kids on the Block concert!
That's right, my 11 year old self was back and in action Saturday night at The Forum.

Woo Hoo!

Since my BFF is my husband, you know we went arm and arm, even if he was wearing an NWA shirt. Although he had no desire to see them, we really had a great time. Nelly and TLC opened up and wow! It was a great show.

T-Boz still looks amazing!

Apparently Chilli doesn't age.

I forgot that Nelly was this cute!

The show was just wonderful, the only downside to the night- there was a rat running around the ladies room. Yeah, a rat. I think I'll just hold it and go later. Anyway, here are some pictures of our night out!
Can I really be this age and still a fan?

Concert selfie- we were dying laughing and had to stop to snap a memory.  I am a scrapbooker after all. 
doing their thing
Only 4 New Kids, Jon was hurt.

For me, the whole thing was amazing! And I figured out that I'm still a Jordan Knight fan! Wow, who knew!
Yeah, I am definitely still a fan.

yep, still a fan!

That is all for me today, I will talk to you later!

National Scrapbook Day Crop

As you know, me and my crafty gal pal Leticia have hosted a couple of crops in the last few months. We are lucky enough to live near the Prima Marketing Inc. headquarters, which is where are crops are located. For NSD we had a blast. 12 hours of crop time, contests, prizes, food...the works! Here are some pictures from the event.

Photo Booth Fun!
Ready to take on the day!
NSD cake

Shes a dancing queen...
After 12 hours, Margie and Tamara lost their minds.
working, working, working
So many new faces, I am so happy to meet everyone!
A little chocolate cake never hurt...
a little ice cream never hurt...
and we know a little Juan Pollo lunch never hurt!
It was a blast! So much so, that I was sore for 2 days after. We have more crops planned for this summer, so if you are interested, let me know and we will notify you as soon as reservations open up. 

That's all for now, TTYL! 
Group photo!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

One Small Victory

Although my room isn't 100% put together, I'm going to celebrate small victories along the way. Sunday was the only day I had a chance to work on my new room so I didn't get to accomplish much. Here is a picture of what I did successfully finish:
My all in one area stamping space

I got this embellishment center for Christmas, and I was so happy to finally get it up. Thank you to my husband who put it together, painted it, and hung it, I'm not handy like he is. Anyhow, I paired it with a small expedit cube to create a stamping station. I organized and have all my stamping supplies in one space. The notebook binders have all my small $1 spot stamps and other small clear stamps stored in trading card pages and the plastic shoe boxes have all my assorted wood block stamps. I also have other clear stamps in those two containers at the bottom and another black tote with all my blocks and stamps with irregular packaging.
One of my binders which house smaller clear stamps
Clear Stamps in trading card sleeves in a 3 ring binder
These bins were Target clearance finds a few years back
black bins are best at corralling all my small Unity Stamps and other clear stamps.

I'm so excited and happy that this area of my room has come together. I still have a lot to do, but I must also let you know that I have donated 4 tote bags of crafty goodness. Purging and cleaning has made me feel like a new gal. Here is some more close ups of my happy space! 
Finally my OA Sprinklers can come out of the plastic storage bins they have been hidden away in.
perfect space to store my Stampin Up stamps.  I don't have many, and I want to keep it that way. 

Well that's it for now, but stay tuned. I will give more updates as I work on whipping this area into shape. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Slowly Making Progress

OMG! Moving has turned out to be a way bigger job than anticipated. Holy guacamole, I think I may be a hoarder. So I have been working for hours and this is where I am:
As I move, all my mountain seems to multiply
Slowly moving things over is creating a huge mess.
I spy a whole lot of stuff to donate.

I have a huge pile to giveaway to some of my crafty pals, and some for the elementary school I'm at, and some for the Goodwill. My goal is to get it all off the floor, out of the other room, and into some sort of organized mess. Then I will go back and declutter more before decorating the walls. Here is a peak across the hall to the new kids' room: 
I can't wait to see how this room turns out.

I'm going to redecorate and get new bedding and set this room up soon. My niece (5 years old) wants a superhero room. We will see what we end up with. I need to get the TV set up and again- purge, donate, and cleanse! 

Ok, that is all for today, I need a break!  

I don't drink alcohol- but I am a Diet Coke-aholic!

I don't drink alcohol, but a fountain Diet Coke makes it all better!

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!