Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Evening Ramblings


I love Monday evenings because it means Monday is over with! I'm enjoying a quiet night at home watching the snow coming down. Yes, snow, on the second day of spring (I guess we didn't get quite enough this winter - not). Also looking forward to watching the premiere of DWTS tonight, which is one of my favourite shows.

I didn't get up to much crafting this weekend but do have this card to share with you. I made it for my cousin's birthday, which is on Wednesday. She loves purple.

Also sharing a pic of the carrot loaf I made yesterday. Recipe found here. I brought this into the office today for my co-workers. I hope it helped to ease the pain of a Monday morning.

So now that Monday's over it Friday yet? lol.

Thanks for peeking.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shamrock Brooch Pin

I got up to some rare Monday night crafting last night. I made my friend at work this little felt shamrock brooch to wear on Thursday. She's coordinating some St. Patrick's Day festivities for us. Our boss is Irish and it's always a fun day, complete with a visit from a leprechaun. And like a kid with a theme day at school, I am really looking forward to it.

When you work in an office like me you have to get your kicks where you can. (Although, I must admit that often involves thinking up crafty projects like this).

I cut the hearts out of cheapy loonie store felt with my Cuttlebug. I sewed each one (inspiration found here) and reinforced them with card stock. I used my hot glue gun to attach the hearts together with card stock and also to add a clasping pin at the back.

To give you a better idea of the size

And here it is on my (decoration) dress form. I realize most people would take a picture of themselves wearing it, but I was in my PJ's about 10 minutes after I got home from work. Trust me, this is much better.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you get up to some St. Paddy's fun!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

My Craft Room

I've been working on organizing my craft room for a while now and thought I would share some pictures, which after taking them I realize are NOT good quality. However, it is unlikely this room will EVER be this clean again so here we go.

Come on in...

This is the entrance to my craft room. It's in the flex room at the front of our house, right off of the entrance. It's a great sized room with lots of light with a west facing window. 

This is the NE corner of the room, where my cutting station, Cricut station, and large Ikea Expedit shelving unit are.

This is my "cutting" station, which is a small Expedit unit from Ikea. I put it on casters in case I need to move it around. I usually move my Cricut onto it when using that as it has more clearance at the back. I also use my Cuttlebug here. The green storage squares beneath hold my Cricut and Cuttlebug dies and folders, my nesties, Yourstory folders, etc.

You can see everything is close at hand, including the cartridges on the shelves above. The photo boxes on the bottom shelves hold finished cards, extra adhesive, envelopes, and other odds and ends.

Moving along to the east wall/ SE corner. I used to have this entire shelving unit designated to craft storage and display but my Pyrex collection started to take over. :)

My precious Pyrex collection {sigh}

This corner is pretty congested. I have 12x12 patterned paper in the clear containers and Papertrey card stock under the TV. The two grey drawer carts under the printer hold most of my embellishments, punches, chipboard, spare parts, etc.

Here's a shot of the music stand I use to hold "newer" paper. I bought this to display scrapbook pages but I am yet to make a single page. Some day!

Another shot of that corner as we move along the south wall. The ledges above are also from Ikea and are perfect for displaying cards.

And here's my work area (and my sleepy pooch). We actually have two dogs who are usually my constant companions when I'm in here.

Another shot.

This is looking to the west. Our front porch is on the other side of the window. My sewing station is on the right.

My happy "corner." I recently moved my Copics (in the white and clear stackables on the left), all my stamps and inks to this corner to have everything within reach when I am making cards.

And here's my sewing station. The grey drawer cart beside holds all my felt, threads, needles, fabric, etc. The shelf above holds my Papertrey ribbon and buttons {love}.

Here we are back at the entrance. I have another picture ledge above the doors to display cards.

Finally, what the room looks like when I am in it, with the doors closed while I craft away in my favourite room in the house.

So that's it. Pretty much everything is from Ikea. It's been a work in progress over the last couple of years from when I first moved in there. Prior to, we used it as an office. When our kids are older and have flown the nest I may take over one of their bedrooms up stairs, but for now I really enjoy being in this space on the main floor. As well, those french doors motivate me to keep it (relatively) tidy. I feel so blessed to have this space for myself to create in. I only wish I had more time to spend in it!!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, March 11, 2011

LSC #132

I was just checking out this week's loonie challenge cards and remembered I played last week and forgot to post. Maybe because I don't like my card.

I was inspired by Char's grey background and use of baker's twine and by Dee's felt flower, but the grey on my card is too dreary I think. I'll have to play along again this week and come up with something better this time :).

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Thank You

Hi there,

Another Sunday where I found some time to craft, good times.

I made this thank you card using some October Afternoon pp and PTI felt and sentiment.

And yes, I snuck another piece of Pyrex in my photo. tee hee.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Love Ya!

After months of snow on the ground and a solid week of 20 below weather, I am so ready for spring (as I am sure we all are).

So here's a little "spring" inspired card...

Thanks for popping by!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Sweet Jane

Well, she's not really mine but she sure is sweet. Meet Jane, my step-daughter's dog. When Amanda moved back home a few months ago she brought Jane with her. She is a year and half old and has quickly become a member of our family. My husband and I have pretty much claimed her as our own, actually. We have an 8 year old lab retriever cross and I had forgotten how fun these young ones can be.