Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sympathy Card for Friend

I sent this card to one of my SLaH sisters who's 15 year old daughter died in a tragic car accident a little over a week ago. She is very sad right now and I wanted her to know I was thinking of her. I used the Hodgepodge Hardware from SU! I just purchased this hardware set and was just waiting for the opportunity to use it :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Weekend Projects - Long Post

Starting with Friday night...I went to my friend Terri's, who is a SU! Demonstrator. We made this cute stationary box pictured below that opens up and has compartments for stationary items.
Each box contains 3 cardlike compartments, 1 sleeve for stamps, a pen holder and a small notepad made with notebook paper. Below are the 3 cardlike items. Each compartment holds 3-4 of each item with envelopes if applicable. The first being a regular card, the second being a tag and the third a little note card.
On to Saturday...A Stone Patio - and yes, I layed all these stones by hand, one by one. This is an 8x8 patio outside the sliding glass door of our master bedroom. My Dad gave me these stones for FREE. He found them buried on the property of his new house he bought about 3 years ago. They need to be cleaned and bleached and cemented together, but you get the picture. Hard Work!!! The sliding glass door will eventually be a french door and the patio will have a cover and some furniture. I can't wait for the finished product.
and finally Sunday...Tiled Closet - I layed tile (no, not the real thing - peel and stick) in the 2 guest bedroom closets about a year ago and have been wanting to do the same to the master closet. Finally, I did! I have very small walk in closets, literally walk in and back out. You will see in the picture what I mean. I ripped out the old carpet, padding and tack strips to find old tile underneath that also had to be removed. The carpet didn't go all the way to the back of the closet. It stopped and the remainder was concrete slab (this is why I hated it). Now, I love it!
and then Organization...I dislike clutter and chaos. The chaos I can fix; the clutter is more difficult. My house is just not big enough for the clutter my husband and I have accumulated over the past couple of years. Since I had to remove clothes and shoes from the closet, I purged clothes that I haven't worn in years and of course ones that don't fit anymore :(. I also was able to part with several pairs of shoes that were broken or scuffed or dingy. Why in the world was I keeping them?
This last picture is my new brad and eyelet organizer complete with labels (yes, I am a dork!). I did alot of organization this weekend. I began with my crafting/stamping area; then onto the cabinet under my kitchen sink; then onto the utility room cabinets.

My weekend didn't stop with all these projects; We recycle so I had to crush and bag our aluminum cans that have piled up over the past 3 months and also had my regular household chores to complete...laundry, dishes, dinner, watering plants and flower beds, hauling trash, mowing and weed-eating. Whew! I'm ready for a break.

Friday, August 8, 2008

KWernerDesign Color Inspiration #18

This is my card for this week's color inspiration challenge. I did not submit it for the challenge because her deadline was last night and I couldn't get it uploaded from home. Hope you like it!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Thank You, Emily!

Emily made this adorable bikini card for me. Jennifer, Jennie and I all competed in a challenge Emily had on her blog. Jennifer was selected as the winner, but since there were so few guesses she decided to make all of us one. This bikini card brought a smile to my face when I opened it yesterday. Thank you, Emily!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I dislike litter very much. I live on a high traffic busy two lane highway in the country where litter is tossed aside daily. When the wind blows, of course it then blows into my yard. I usually spend at least part of my time on weekends picking up trash in my yard that does not belong to me. The picture in this post is hay twine. It was lost by a farmer hauling hay several weeks ago and it layed on the side of the highway stretching over 1 mile...might have been more, but I know it was at least 1 mile. He chose not to pick up his twine, probably due to laziness and the fact that the strand was sooo long. How do I know this? My husband and I decided we were tired of it stretching across our driveway and we decided to "reel it in." It may not look like much in the picture but believe me, it literally kept going and going and going. We weren't sure it would ever end, but after about 30 minutes of reeling, it did finally end. I am very proud of my husband for taking the initiative to do this. I know none of my neighbors ever would. So there you have it - one of my pet peeves and post for today!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Misc. Monday Post

Weekend - My husband and I spent the weekend at his Mom's helping her with miscellaneous projects around her house getting it ready to sell. We left at 4am Saturday morning and spent a total of 12 fun filled (sarcastic, of course) hours driving in the truck arriving back home around 11pm last night. We didn't really get as much accomplished as I thought we could. I'm a go getter, my husband and his family; not so much! Fun, Fun, Fun!

Family - I found out my step-brother's wife is pregnant with their first child. I am very happy for them, although a little disappointed at the same time since we are not pregnant yet. My Mom and Stepdad are super excited to be grandparents, which is great! It will be nice to have a baby in the family.

Friends - One of my SLaH friends lost her teenage daughter this weekend to an alcohol related car accident. T was out of the country when it happened and should be back by now. My heart hurts for her during this tragic time. This daughter was the light of her life and she put her first before anything else. Any death is tragic and hard to deal with but T is facing alot of grief right now from other parents out there because alcohol was involved making it more difficult for her to deal with.

That's it for the random post. Have a great week everybody :)

Friday, August 1, 2008

B-Day gifts for my boss' daughter

My boss' daughter is having a birthday today. I normally don't give gifts to his girls because we keep our personal lives seperate seeing as how we spend 8 hours a day together at work. His daughter has invited me to join them for lunch in honor of her special day, so I wanted to give her a little something. I'm loving the new alpabet set I ordered from SU! It is coming in soooo handy :)