I want my blog friends to know that I may be absent from my blogging a bit here and there. Last Friday my girls were in a roll over car accident on the way to school. Jordan called me shortly after the girls left home for school and very calmly told me that they were okay but had went off into the ditch. Upon my arrival to the scene of the accident I saw this and Josey was covered in blood....
My heart just sank but I knew that I had been blessed this day. A mother of the girls' classmate came upon the scene and took care of my girls until I arrived. She had them standing and waiting to see me so that I would know my girls were alive. The girls hit some black ice, fish tailed and rolled their Trailblazer at least twice into a steep ditch and landed on a fence in a field. Please take this as a reminder that seat belts save lives and that many accidents happen close to home. Please buckle up.
As I was driving my girls to the emergency room, my dad called and said that my mom was sick and something was wrong. He had called the ambulance to take her to the emergency room also. So we spent all day Friday with my mom and my girls in the ER. The girls had every x-ray and scan done to make sure there were no broken bones or internal bleeding. They ended up with severe whiplash from the seat belts, a concussion, black eye, stitches on her hand and a ripped fingernail for Josey. Lots of bruises, bumps and very sore bodies for both girls. My mom was treated for dehydration from some medicine she was recently prescribed.
The girls and my mom were released Friday afternoon. They will all be fine but my girls are dealing with some expected emotional issues. It's been a rough few days but I feel we had an angel watching over my family on this horrible day. We are so thankful that my girls and my mom are okay. Time will heal the physical wounds and hopefully with lots of hugs and love and chats the emotional parts will heal too.
The girls are back at school with the loving care of our wonderful school counselor/family friend. It's good for them to be back with friends and continue their normal activities. Spring Break is coming up and it's a short week this week. We're looking forward to the time off and just relaxing around the house.
I have some projects to share that I've already had completed so I'll pop up on the blog when I can. Otherwise it will be hit and miss as I take this time to be with my family.
March 5, 2014
As I make my way around my craft room, I'm slowly but surely making progress on getting organized. While working on my sewing station a quote came to mind that a college professor shared to me while I was studying Interior Design. I was sitting in her office one day as she was my advisor also. She said, "A place for everything and everything in it's place." She was referring to this in the design sense when laying out floor plans, office cubicles, furniture, etc. However at that exact moment she opened her desk drawer and pulled out a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke. I kind of chuckled and thought to myself, "Not exactly the place where most store their Diet Coke but whatever works for ya." That moment always stuck with me and the Diet Coke scene added to my belief that our spaces are about whatever works for our specific needs.
So my approach for starting a major reorganization in my craft space goes something like this....I just started digging in with specific areas. First I realized that indeed each group of like items needs a place. While working on my sewing station I could have sworn that I had about 10 spools of thread. But when I collected all the spools of thread from drawers and little nooks and crannies, I came up with over 100 spools of thread. Who knew?! So this is when I realized that one of the first big steps to organization is collecting all like items in a pile.
So I have one more area in my craft room nice and organized. My goal is to make my way around my entire craft room and get everything in it's place. Then I'm going to step back and evaluate the big picture. I'd really love to get rid of some white storage units and replace them with a vintage, wood storage system of shelves and cubbies and lockers. I'm not sure just what yet but I'm hoping that Summer 2014 is my lucky year for junkin'. Also, my dream find is a giant, vintage artist easel. I know one's out there waiting for me in all it's painty goodness. I'll keep you in the know. Have a great day everyone!
March 4, 2014
Today I'm jumping right into using my March Going Green Pinterest Inspiration Board as inspiration for some cards. You can view the Going Green board here. For inspiration I created a collage using the Pic Collage app on my iPhone. I then printed my collage onto a sheet of 8.5 x 11 glossy photo paper. I also created a smaller collage of some of my cards that I've created that I like to use for card sketches. I was inspired by the cell phone cover with the typewriter sitting in the grass. I took a photo of my typewriter, changed the color to green and printed a mini Instagram sheet. These will be available in my online shop soon.
For my cards, once I have an idea of what I want to create I select papers and embellishments to create somewhat of a mini kit to use. I like to have this little messy pile of goodies all fanned out. The creativity just starts to flow once I see color and patterns and unique embellishments. For my mini typewriter Instagrams, I trimmed four of them down to little squares. The patterned papers are from the March Gossamer Blue 6 x 6 paper pad in the Bits & Pieces Kit. On the right side of the photo below you'll see that I stitched with green thread down the side of some Basics Journaling Cards. I absolutely must have these in my stash to use for card fronts. Love them to pieces.
In my inspiration collage there's a photo of a butterfly on ledger paper (you can see all the photos better on my Going Green Inspiration Board). I dug out one of my old ledger books and tore out a sheet to cut up for a bottom layer of my cards.
Here are my finished cards. I love the office supply feel that the typewriter Instagrams, lined journaling cards and ledger paper lends to these cards. The color definitely says green too.
Here's a nice shot of all the layers the cards have. I just love stitching and stapling pieces of paper together.
I found plenty of embellishments and twine from the March Gossamer Blue kits this month. Those little daisy brads...oh, I could use full packs of them. If you're liking the gold and silver twines, I do carry some in my shop. Silver is here. Gold is here.
The little typewriter Instagrams. I keep adding these to my stash/shop because they just come in so handy for cards and little packaging items. For the sentiments, I used the "just my type" stamp from a previous Life Pages stamp set from Gossamer Blue. For the other sentiment I typed those out with my vintage typewriter. You can also get a glimpse of my favorite product from this month's Gossamer Blue kits. It's the wood tape from the March Life Pages Themed Add-On. You can stitch on it, trim it with scissors or a trimmer, die cut it....you really will love this. And this kit is one of the few remaining over at the Gossamer Blue store. You'll also really love the My Mind's Eye wood dots in this kit too. Oh and then there's gold shimmer paper, a Brilliance ink pad and the most beautiful journaling cards. Just a fun, fun kit.
I wanted to share a fun tip for you to try the next time you work with 6 x6 paper pads. Lots of times the 6 x 6 sheet will have a border at the top with a perforated line for tearing the sheets out. When I tore out my sheets, the whole page ripped out. So I just rolled with it and used the torn edge + the cream border with the hole as the bottom of my patterned paper layer. And I love it so much. It just adds texture and a little something unexpected to the card design.
Thank you so much for stopping by today & I hope you enjoyed my cards. I really am getting so much inspiration from my Pinterest boards. I'd love for you to link up your creations in the comments section if you are inspired to create something from my Going Green board. I'll be back with more projects all month long and be sure to check the shop soon for some new green items + fun kits, etc. As always, thank you for leaving a nice comment. They do mean so much to me. :)
March 3, 2014
It's time for my next monthly Pinterest inspiration board and for March it's all about Going Green. You can find the new board here + all of my previous monthly boards for 2014 are available too. Green is my favorite color and right about now when we have sub-zero temperatures and snow on the ground, it seems I dream of green. It was certainly easy to browse through my other Pinterest boards to find inspiration with the color green. I hope you'll give my Going Green Pinterest board a look and hopefully find some fun inspiration for the month.
Here's a few sample photos from my Going Green Pinterest board. These lovely crayons, paint chips and a scruffy paint brush all make me want to dive into my art supplies.
Some day. Ahhh, I will own an old green pickup truck.
Jadeite colored vintage dishes and vases. Be still my heart. Maybe my Going Green board will prompt a color change with some of your home decor.
Quotes and lettering. White ink on a green background would go so well in my home.
Vintage illustrations of botanicals, birds and butterflies. Maybe I'll give watercoloring a stamped butterfly a try this month on some cards.
So many beautiful shades of green. There are so many fun pairings of greens with other colors in my Going Green Pinterest board photos. The inspiration really gets to flowing when I visit this board.
Thanks for joining me today and I hope that you're inspired to Go Green. I'll be back this month with lots of green creations and some new green shop items. Stay tuned...
February 26, 2014
Welcome back to Workspace Wednesday. It's a day that I share something from my work room with you. I recently purged and organized all of my 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 journaling cards for Project Life so I thought I'd share my storage system.
This little area in my work room is where all the Project Life stuff happens. Today I'm going to focus on the left area.
This area is directly behind my work table where I stand. These units all sit on top of an old table that I got at an old school auction made by the local Grangers.
The organization that works best for me is having all of my supplies out in the open so that I can see them, rifle and dig through them and remember what I have. For my Project Life cards, I store them standing upright in a vintage, wooden utensil drawer. I use Large Manila Parcel Tags for dividers which have the manufacturer typed on the upper corner. I keep my journaling cards sorted by manufacturer since the styles of the cards remain somewhat similar for each. My rule for my Project Life cards is that I can only keep what fits in this unit. If I find that the cards get too snug, it's time to sort through the cards and purge.
The brands of cards that I use most are: Gossamer Blue (from kits and the blank journaling cards available at the Gossamer Blue store), Evalicious, Banana Fish Studio, Elle's Studio, Ali Words for Technique Tuesday, Studio Calico and some of my own handmade cards.
February 25, 2014
It's almost time for the March release at Gossamer Blue. This month is filled with colorful and fresh new product..just what I'm needing about this time of year when it's gloomy outside and I'm longing for Spring. I shared some of my favorite products from each kit over in the GB forums earlier and today I'm sharing some peeks at some of my finished projects I created with the kits.
Starting with Project Life/Life Pages, loved using lots of bits and pieces to create a main, dated insert for my Week 7. Small manila tag is from my shop. The little circle stamp highlighting the dates is a letter "o" from a small, wood Hero Arts alphabet set.
I used stamps from the kits to stamp right onto my photo. One of my favorite products for Project Life is little sticky notes. There's a fun set in the kits this month.
Another example of stamping directly onto the photo. Lots of foodie stamps this month.
Lots of fun journaling and filler cards this month. Here I added two small square photos and some fun embellishments + more stamping.
Here's a 3 x 4 journaling card with lots of stickers added along with my typewriter journaling. I made a tab from two stickers placed back to back and then stapled for a smaller insert.my shop soon. I layered my set of cards with ledger paper from my stash, fun patterned papers in greens, a fun new wood product and small embellishments. Cards with office themed products are always a favorite for me.
Pink Flower Mini Instagram and lots of bits and pieces from the kits.
Hope you'll join us on March 1st over at Gossamer Blue. The kits will be for sale and all of the Design Team projects will be in the galleries. Also, there's a new blog post on the Gossamer Blue blog daily so be sure to stop by for more inspiring Design Team projects.
February 21, 2014
Today I'm sharing my 2014 cover page and Week 1 of my Project Life album. I used Gossamer Blue kits for inserts. When starting a new album, I like to have a cover page that introduces a new year. I decided to go with a rainbow theme to start off with a colorful year. Here you can see a 6 x 12 insert over the scalloped 12 x 12 page.
Kraft tag to one insert and stitched on a rainbow arrow sticker. I like to note that I am creating this album and the start date.
I was a little worried that I had too much color going on but once I completed the spread, I loved it. It's just a colorful layout kicking off the new year with a little fun.
Here's the left page.
Large Manila Tags with photos.
Medium Manila Tag to the 4 x 6 insert and trimmed.
Grid Paper Label.
Grid Paper Labels for typed journaling. The fun October Afternoon stickers added a whimsical title to the blank banner.
Thanks for stopping by today!