Sunday, March 27, 2011

My (New) Scraproom!

As promised, albeit a little later than I intended, here are the photos of my new scraproom. Well, not really new, but newly redone. I'll take you on a photo tour around the room. The wall as you come into the room (still need to replace those 2 pink storage bins on my bookshelf with black ones): Photobucket Two photos of my desk space at the large window (notice the cute cute black and white shower curtain I bought to cover the closet): Photobucket Photobucket The west wall of the room . . the old desk I painted black to match the black theme and my favorite redo . . . my oh so cute bench seat (see below for the makeover photos of this cutie as well as the desk): Photobucket Photobucket To recreate my space, I purchased some more white cube storage pieces, repainted and added some great black pieces I got on sale at Joanne Fabrics. I repainted some furniture pieces and voila! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new space. Here's a shot of the before . . . Photobucket Photobucket it was so cluttery and messy I couldn't stand it (this looks especially messy because I was painting in the opposite corner of the room, so all of the things I had on the wall were cluttering up my craft desk even more). I decided to 'hide' as much stuff as I could (in my new white cubes and reorganized closet) so that my room always looks neat, clean and crisp. I completely reorganized my closet and it's much more user friendly now as well. Photobucket I purchased this old entertainment center at a thrift store a few years ago, painted it red and had it in my boys' room for toy storage. Recently, I moved it to my scraproom and painted it blue, as seen here. Photobucket When I was recreating my scrap space, I asked my sweet husband to cut the sides off for me, I painted it black, bought some high density foam and recovered it to match the curtain covering the closet . . end result: Photobucket Here's a BEFORE photo of the desk: Photobucket My first attempt at painting the room . . . Photobucket I used a piece of Sweet Leaf cardstock to have them match the paint because I love that color . . but it didn't work so well on the wall . . . kinda actually made me feel queasy when I sat in the room . . . lol!! But it all came together for me . . . I LOVE IT ALL! I have had so much fun using my new space over the last month or two. I'm eyeballing a couple of more storage cubes to replace some of the cluttery junk under my desk space and then it will be complete! Ahhhhh . . .I love the color as well . . it is a Better Homes & Garden color called Sanctuary . . how appropriate is that!! Tell me about your scrapspace . . . I love to see other crafter's ideas and how they organize their spaces. Thanks for stopping by . . .

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fast Food Folk Song (at the Taco Bell Drive-Thru)

I frequent a fellow CTMH'ers blog (check out Tresa Black's blog "Fabulously Artsy" HERE) . . . she always posts these great video clips from YouTube. I just had to share this one because it cracked me up . . . and after the week I've had at work I need all the laughin' (and wine) I can get! Enjoy . . .
Have yourself a FUN weekend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ribbon Carousel Giveaway!


Want a chance to win this very cool Ribbon Carousel? Check it out and enter to win on

Katie Skiff's blog HERE.

Fellow CTMH Consultant Corinna McGregor sells these extremely handy

space efficient storage tools.

You can check Corinna's other goodies at her online store HERE.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Daddy's new toy . . .

My husband drove down to Oregon last weekend . . he's been researching boats for several months and finally gave in and bought this one! He's like a kid at Christmas!! It's a great boat . . . a 2007 North River. He got home Friday evening from Oregon and we ran outside to check it out . . . this is a photo in front of our house . . .


and Saturday morning we got up and took the boat out to Lake Sutherland for a maiden voyage . . .

The boys had a blast . . . I can't wait to see them when the weather is actually sunny and warm. It was raining lightly on us at the lake, but that didn't stop them from totally enjoying themselves on the new boat . . .


Here's a photo of me and the boys giving Daddy a "thumbs up" on our new toy! :-)


And . . a photo of the inside of the boat. It comfortably seats 6 people . . the 2 front seats have shock absorbers in them, which will be nice out on the ocean when salmon fishing this summer! There is a little room up under the bow that will serve as storage for the downriggers when we're not using them, but will also be a great place to throw a foam pad and a sleeping bag so the boys can crash if they need to while we're out crabbing, shrimping and fishing!


Now I really can't wait for summer!

Scrappin' my newly developed pictures from 2009!

I've really been slacking on getting pictures printed . . but I finally went and had about 250 pictures developed so I've got some new (older!) photos to work with!

I recently painted and reorganized my scrap room (I'll post photos of my newly remodeled room tomorrow!) so I'm having a ball working in there now. . . it's such a great space!

Anyway . . . here are two layouts I did in the last week . . . the first one is my youngest son (photos were taken in July 2009) . . . I love their dress up photos . . . isn't he so stinkin' cute?!!! :


Close up of page one:

Close up of page two:
The second layout is of my oldest son reading to his little brother . . . again, these photos were taken in 2009 so now my youngest son can actually read himself! Better late than never getting them scrapped, huh!?!?! :-)


If you get a chance to stop back by tomorrow you can check out my craft space. I'm so excited because I actually set up my sewing machine on a table so I can start stitching on my cards and layouts!!! And I love the new paint color in my craft room . . so come back (better yet, sign up to receive emails of my posts)!

Thanks for stopping by . . .

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

PTI - Make it Monday Challenge

This is the first Make It Monday Challenge I've participated in, but I loved Heather's idea of using fun foam (which I have a stack of in my kids' craft drawer) to stamp with! Very clever (and inexpensive)!

My photo taking abilities do not do the card justice, but I used my Mat Stack 2 die and made a stamp (with fun foam!), and stamped it on my page. Then I punched out a circle, used dimensional tape to pop it up, rimmed the edge with Stickles and adhered a die cut butterfly . . . added a little coordinating ribbon and voila! Such fun!!

Here is my take on the challenge:


Thanks for stopping by!