For some time now, I have been seeking a scanner that will scan 12x12 layouts. And given the prices on many of them, I decided to hold off. Then I came across this one. It will scan 11.7 x 17, or what they call tabloid size.
...at your local Target: the infamous trestle desk. This desk is frequently a topic of conversation on 2Peas and among our scrapbooking friends. I have this desk in my own craft room and love it. It's very functional and there's plenty of workspace. I must say that if I had more space in my craft room, I'd also purchase one of those project tables from PB.
Today, my best friend and I went shopping and one of our stops included a visit to Super Target. This is when she decided to take the leap and purchased this desk. So now her journey begins with the redecoration of her craft room. Oh what a fun process this will be for her. And I'm always there to help (spend money, of course).
I'm working hard in my craft room this weekend. Doing a little bit here, and a little bit there.
I purchased these decorative pins, trying to add a little pizzazz to my valances.
The pins were a little too much gold for me, so I just brushed a little black acrylic paint to make them look a little dull. And I wanted them to coordinate with the curtain rods. I may take some sandpaper to roughen them up a bit as well.
To me, it's the little details that bring a room together. And my craft room is beginning to come together now. Such a great feeling. :)
I love my Tote-ally Cool tool tote. It is so functional and is ready to tag along with me to classes or crops as well as working from home. And recently, our good friend Angie suggested using a lazy susan with the tote to make everything accessible with a quick spin. Brilliant idea!
I purchased a plastic lazy susan from Target to use at crops and a wooden one from Lowes to use at home. What a great set-up.
When it comes to mini-albums, Tammy rules. I had such a fun time last night in her class. And it was even more fun having my friends Carol, Angie and Deb there as well. We don't get to see each other often, so it was a pleasant surprise to see them and spend quality time together.
Now I must complete the album with details like how much is a gallon of gas today, what are our favorite movies (I hope DaVinci Code, we'll see when it comes out in May), places to eat, and so forth. I'll begin keeping a list of these things and finalize the album at the end of the year, with my hubby's help.
So far, 2006 has been productive, sometimes challenging, and filled with fun-times with family and friends, and lots of creative energy flowing, which has been influenced by many. I'm looking forward to more good things in 2006.
One thing I am thankful for are blogs. In the last year I have come to know some very nice, creative ladies because of blogs. And that is how I've come to know Teresa and Paper Bella. I purchased one of her kits and had the most amazing time last night putting it together.
This kit is truly fun to put together and I learned quite a few new techniques. It really got my creative energy flowing. In fact, I stayed up way past my bedtime last night but it well worth it.
I can't wait to see what Teresa has in store for Paper Bella's next kit!
Gosh, I've had the opportunity to spend 3 nights in a row in my craft room. That's a first. I wish I could say I was scrapbooking, but instead I'm still trying to put my room together.
Last night I completed wrapping the 2nd file box with fabric, but I'm not thrilled with it. I was getting low on fabric, so I had to improvise. All I can say is thank goodness for MM book-binding tape. I didn't even take a pic of it...I'm too embarrassed over the shottie job.
I also changed over some of the door knobs on my closet doors. I do not like the brass ones, so I switched to brushed silver. I ordered them from Overstock.com and only received the left-handed knobs, so my closet doors look a little odd right now. I hope the right-handed knobs will arrive any day now.
And over the course of the last 3 nights, I took a quick trip to Lowes and purchased a rack to hang on the back of my closet door to house all of my acrylic paints, prima flowers and such. I like that it is all within my eyesight. Digging for bottles in drawers was not functioning for me.
Progress is slow, but moving in the right direction. And maybe one day very soon I can begin using this room for what it is intended. :)
...for my embellishments/stickers/rub-ons. I purchased these file boxes at Target some time ago, and as I was cleaning up a bit in my craft room last night, I decided to slap-on some remaining fabric from my valances onto these babies.
I've completed one of the two file boxes. I may not be able to sew, but I sure can go to town with some fabric and mono-glue!
With thanks to Amy and her blog, I am now the proud owner of this armoire. Hubby and I spent the entire day yesterday putting this piece of furniture together and getting my room in order. I'm still in the process of organizing and decorating and really do hope to be finished in the next week or so.
And there is nothing more frustrating than not having the right piece or adequate hardware when putting furniture together. I am missing one piece of the bottom drawer of the armoire. Thankfully, the manufacturer is sending it to me.
Then, I was browsing Marirosa's blog this morning and noticed she added a photo gallery of "wants". She has great taste (by the way, the trestle table is now available at Target stores...at least the Chantilly store has it). Think I'm going to do some goal-setting and list-making very soon. ;)
....make me sooooo happy. And oh how I love to receive packages!!
Just wanted to share how quickly I received my order from Memory Villa. I ordered my HS goodies 2 days ago, and here they are! They just arrived and I could hardly contain myself as I ripped open the box.
A small box of Whitman's chocolates, along with some HS Ghosts were included with my order....how nice! According to their website, they indicate that what products you see on their site (unless noted otherwise) are in stock. Wow! There is nothing more disappointing than receiving a note advising your item(s) is on backorder.
I hope I get time this weekend to play with the masks. So much to do....
Another accomplishment that was long overdue. I've had this doorbell for a while now. And the good wife that I am (hubby - don't laugh), I tried to be patient about this. Especially since he has done many other things around the house.
So, as he was leaving for work this morning, he surprised me with this. Happy me. I then pulled out my cell phone and took a pic. You should have seen the look on my hubby's face. He thinks I'm nuts.
Oh my gosh, I thought this day would never come. I finished our twin nieces high school graduation albums. They have almost completed their first year at college and will finally receive their albums next month, on their birthday.
These albums were fun to do, and really do not take long to complete. I just have too many projects competing for my attention.
I have to rave about another Heidi product....the flowers! Carol gave me the idea to put them on the cover and I added a button and some ribbon.
And I got the chance to use my new foam stamps. Love'em. They have an acrylic backing so it is easy to see the placement of each letter.
Obsessions can be fun and a welcome distraction, as long as you do not get too carried away. ;)
Since last weekend when we were working with Heidi Swapp's masks in class, I have been all over the internet trying to find these things and found some here. Just ordered the whole load and can't wait to play with them.
There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. Mother Teresa
I couldn't agree more with Mother Teresa. So today, I'd like to celebrate the love and appreciation I have for my family and friends. I'm so glad I am a part of their lives as they are a part of mine. :)
I had such a blast in Ali's class yesterday and wanted to share the end result.
What a nice feeling to complete an entire album and learn new techniques, such as the Heidi Swapp mask we used on the cover of the album. So, so neat. Actually, the album is not entirely complete as I still have journaling to do. I am thrilled with this album and have laid it out on my coffee table for viewing.
I'm still coming down from my "cropping high" this weekend and can't tell you how great it feels to have been inspired. :)
Yes, 2007. I just ordered my present for Valentine's Day next year. You see, there has been so much talk on 2Peas and by various folks in the scrapbooking industry who rave about this trimmer (I know, do I need another trimmer?!).
I figured by the time I receive it, given their waiting list, it will be Valentine's Day 2007.
Ashlie and Marirosa organized a cropping event that was sooooo incredibly fun. To meet and be surrounded by so many ladies that are enthusiastic about scrapbooking and the opportunity to gain inspiration from Ali was truly exciting and memorable.
In Ali's class, we created a book of memorable moments in 2005, using a 7Gypsies chipboard album, Karen Russell's Narratives line and all sorts of patterned paper. We also had a chance to use Heidi Swapp's masks for the cover. I am pretty excited about this product. It was the first time I had used it. I'm searching for more shapes and am anxious to do more with them.
I'm so glad I was able to reconnect with many friends and meet new ones. And I finally got the opportunity to meet Heidi and her friend,Leah. Two extremely nice ladies whose paths I hope to cross with again. And I met Korie who is super nice and very kind. It is with thanks to Marirosa and Ashlie that I've met so many people who are fun, inspiring and extremely nice.
Even with all of the snow, our spirits were good and we made the most of the time we had together. Ali was so laid-back about the snow and did not fret whether her flight home would be canceled. She was cool, calm and collected. I could have used her demeanor when I spilled coffee and soda all over the front floor of my vehicle!
The extra "awake" hours this weekend are well worth the price I now pay for the lack of sleep. I am now ready to hit the hay and catch up on some z's. Goodnight, my friends.
Hot Cocoa (I love drinking it when it snows...fond memories of childhood, I guess)
Put shovel and ice scraper in vehicle
Can I say that I'm siked about this weekend and sooooo looking forward to re-connecting with my friends. It will be nice to be couped-up together for the weekend, sharing creative vibes....I couldn't have asked for more.
SNOW?!?! Predicting accumulating snow in DC is always a challenge for meteorologists. They've reached the point where they do not like to commit to how much or how little we may get. We've had quite a mild winter thus far and now they are predicting snow on Saturday into Sunday, possibly mixed with rain.
As far as I'm concerned, it can snow a foot. I will be content hanging out with my friends, cropping away.
Bring on the snow, Mother Nature. I'm ready for it.
I love discovering new ways to organize and accessorize your home. And my latest inspiration came from a decorating magazine, but I am ashamed to say that I do not recall which one.
The magazine suggested displaying your perfume bottles on a cake stand. Gee, what a neat idea. So I went searching for a small and feminine cake stand and found it here for quite a steal (I purchased the 6" stand).
Now my Jo Malone and Burberry perfume bottles sit proudly on what I'd like to call my "perfume pedestal".
Supplies....too long to list. What I am NOT taking is cardstock. Gonna buy it at the crop.
Sustenance....trying to be healthy, so went to Wegman's last night and purchased pita chips and lite popcorn. And since Chick-fil-a is around the corner, I must indulge in their waffle fries and a large Diet Coke. If I want to really be bad, I will guzzle a Dr. Pepper or two (right, Tammy??). So much for healthy...
...to go to CKU Masters-Boston in August. Or, we at least hope we can get signed-up when registration opens on May 31. This will be my first experience with CKU and my first visit to Boston. The anticipation has already begun and I look forward to learning new things, meeting new people, and enjoying this opportunity.
Perhaps we'll even do a bit of shopping and take-in a little Boston culture.
There's plenty to look forward to this year, and this trip is one of them!
At the moment, I am unable to work in my craft room. The furniture is covered in plastic and the walls are almost reading for painting. We've had quite a time dealing with nail pops, as my hubby has been doing a bit of plastering and sanding.
So tonight, I laid out some of my craft supplies on the kitchen counter and decorated this tissue box that I purchased from Sticker Planet many moons ago. I wanted to give it a shabby look and incorporated some of the colors of my craft room as well as the fabric from my valances. It was a very theraputic project and I enjoyed it tremendously.
And, while I was emptying some of the cabinets in my craft room, I decided to begin packing for the crop next weekend. I CANNOT WAIT! I have graduation albums for our twin nieces that I must complete. I have also selected 5 - 7x5 photos for Ali's class. What a relief!
My evening has been productive, and now I'm ready to unwind with an ice cold glass of Diet Coke and a decorating magazine, dreaming about what project to take-on next. ;)
I thought if I read this book in advance of having the camera, I can begin using it right away. I'd like to think I can be a patient person, but when it comes to new things, I must play with it right away. Sort of like buying a new handbag and rushing home to transfer the contents of your old bag into the new one.
Goodness gracious....I discovered something today that is quite the eye candy in home accessories. This line is very nice, somewhat Tuscan and I love it!
With thanks to all the blog links on Marirosa's blog, I discovered Carol's blog, who posted a pic of this message board. The moment I popped onto her blog, that board caught my eye. Carol and I exchanged email notes, and she was kind enough to tell me where she purchased it and provided the name of the manufacturer.
This board is on my wish list. It sure would look nice on my desk in the kitchen.... ;)
Where have I been? I've heard of tarts and tart burners, just never focused on them or have seen how they work. A very special friend recently gave me this adorable tart burner in a wine and cheese motif, along with a few tarts, and I have been burning them every day since then! And I've already burned all the tarts I received with this gift. :)
It is such a pleasant experience to come home and light the burner and smell such pleasant scents throughout our home. What a way to unwind and transition from work-mode to relax-mode with a little ambiance.
Now, for the last few days, I've spent a lot of time on the Yankee Candle website, trying to select various tarts and decided a visit to their store is a must.
I love to discover new things, and this one has been a pleasant, nose-opening experience!
Ali Edwards. She's very artistic and seems so down-to-earth. The inspiration I get from reading her book, blog, and on 2Peas is utterly amazing.
My latest inspiration is this layout. And as you can tell from all the comments, many are inspired by her. Heidi did a wonderful job with this layout too! It involves compiling holiday cards and photos you received over the holidays and simply punching squares and creating a layout with the squares. I thought it was such a wonderful idea and have kept it in the back of my mind for some time now.
So, as I was beginning to clear out my craft room for the painting project, I came across my holiday cards and started punching. I was already feeling a sense of accomplishment as I was punching away.
And this is the point I am at. A pile of squares. To me, this is progress, although the project is still incomplete. This is when I say to myself (and I've said this to my hubby and friends too), my job interferes with my hobby! And I remind myself to be realistic and patient. It will get done. Just not as quickly as I would like.
My current blog banner features a bottle of 2005 Octagon Virginia Historic Red by Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia. They reproduced the floor plan of the Governor James Barbour mansion, designed by Thomas Jefferson.
I am passionate about all things design & interior-related and am always fine-tuning our home. Magazines, design books, blogs and social media are a means to which I attempt to fulfill my desire for creating and nesting.
In no way do I intend to misrepresent anyone and/or businesses that deserve recognition featured on my personal blog.
May you enjoy this journey along with me as I discover what makes my world-go-round.