Thursday, October 14, 2010
Final verdict, had a great time in Mexico, Family Room and Kitchen are coming amazing, and I purchased a new Sony Vaio, and did lose many of my pictures.
I am back now, and after much thought, realized that this project in the back of the house is also the result of an empty nest. So, even though it's not the amazing scrap room I have designed, I do love it and will take you through it. Finally, after 29 years, we almost have a home designed for adults!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
As we were tearing down the wallpaper last week, they replayed part of this episode on Oprah's farewell to Nate. You could see the steam coming out of DH's ears! LOL
I think it's going to look great when it's done, it just takes us a long time to get it all together.
Need to pick out the paint tomorrow, and tonight the guy is coming to measure for blinds!
I know my primary goal this year was to get out of this scrap corner and into a real room. I'm still working on that. Don't want to overwhelm the man doing most of the work! Meanwhile, I'm going to keep watching Nate's new show for more ideas!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
First and foremost, DD#2 came home to visit! It was so wonderful spending the weekend with both my girls! We did some venue shopping, just the 4 of us, and guess what? We have a wedding date and place! Exactly 13 months from today! Gives us time to work on that little detail while taking care of day to day stuff.
Second, she finished cleaning out her room! That in itself is totally exciting. I asked DH when we were going to start, and he said after we get home from Florida, IN APRIL! I don't think so!
We have been totally involved with redoing the back of the house. The back of our house is one "great room" Kitchen, work area and table area, and family room, all in one space. For about 5 years now I have been looking to replace my kitchen set. Could not find something that matched with what I had going on back there, and I wanted something totally different than what I had. So glad I waited! We found this place that puts together just what you want, base, table top, chairs, wood, fabric, whatever! Next I found a basic couch and loveseat, a change from the ginormous pit we have had the last 20 years so that there was room for all the friends that always hung out here! Then DH and I started ripping down the 20 year old wallpaper! Came off easy enough, left the glue, which we also took off. Found out we have to prime with oil based paint. That will be next. Meanwhile we just finished polyurethaning all the windows and doors back there to give them new life.
I did pick my color paint, didn't buy it yet, and have a friend coming to show us window and door treatments on thursday!
Most of my time has been taken up with this remodel project, but I'm happy it's getting done. Little does DH know, but I plan on ripping out the wallpaper in the little downstairs bathroom real soon! I already found a paint for that room, and some new accessories. Not much else has to be done there, then the whole downstairs is new and almost finished (we will need crown moulding done in the back, and still looking for a couch for the living room, but it's not a necessity.)
Anyway, this is what has been keeping me busy. Moved the snake to the basement, but we still have him, and the cats are still making me crazy.
This is what life is all about isn't it?
Friday, August 20, 2010
Ok, I'm complaining a lot and doing nothing. This waiting for the room to be cleaned out is killing me! I've picked my colors, my floor, my furniture. Designed the layout, thought about a desk, a chair, etc! I know, all this I've kept to myself, figured why share it if it doesn't seem to be happening.
I think the first thing I'm going to do is take an ad out on Craigs List and get rid of the snake. Yep, I said snake. He's 15 years old and lives in a 55 gallon fish tank, on the furniture in this empty room. He used to be in my room, till the cats went crazy, before that he was in #1's room, since he was hers, but she ran out of room in there. I need him out of #2's room so I can have people come look at her furniture.
Anyone want a cute 15year old Florida King Snake?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I'm so ready to move on! Girl cat snuck past the screens somehow and once again stole a flower off my desk. My husband wants to know why I can't clean up, why do I leave everything out. He does not understand that once I take the layout apart, I'm never going to remember what I was thinking with it. I think I may actually order myself some of those boxes with the magnets. You know, the ones that keep your layouts together when you are not finished with them?
I'm really not happy scrapping here any longer, I guess I could clean it up a little better, that might help, but her room has been sitting empty for a year now. She has been home twice to visit. By next month she will have her wedding date picked, does that mean I can pack up her room?
Will doing this make me a bad mother?
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I had bought these very pretty flowers at the Expo, took just one of them out to use on this layout, the color was absolutely PERFECT!
This is what the flower looked like....
and this is what I found left of it on my desk, my desk that had stuff ALL OVER IT and had screens up blocking the entrance to it!
Anyone want a cat, or two??
Thursday, August 12, 2010
When I sit at my desk now, I'm actually reaching at a weird angle, because I can't fit with all the stuff on the floor!
I have upgraded my printer, something I wasn't going to do till I had room, but mine went and I couldn't see not getting the larger one now, except it doesn't fit!
Just this last week, I found DD#1's "boy" cat sitting inside the screens! (yes, we call him boy, both have real names, just this is what stuck).
and Skylar, well, no better way to say it than he's just too fat! At just under 30lbs he's not jumping on anything!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I'm thinking maybe I should let it charge completely before I try anything else, or really get totally frustrated with it. I should learn my lesson from my IPod which is sitting in my desk drawer with only 100 songs on it, for the last 4 years since I can't ever remember how to add songs to the darn thing! Or, for that matter, now that my computer was fixed and the Tech deleted everything from it, how to get ITunes back on my computer!
I need a kid in the house! It's times like these that I really miss the girls being here, not that they would help me, but there was always a boyfriend around that could answer any questions I had.
Well, #1 will be home tomorrow night and hopefully she can help me out with this new toy, might as well get her to get my IPod working also!
have a good night all...
Monday, August 9, 2010
I'm decorating my scraproom in my head?
It's been a busy weekend for me, along with normal life, I tried to spend as much time as I could on ACOT's Online Summer Crop. For those that have never done it, it's so much fun! Games, challenges, loads of nice people and great ideas.
I was only able to get 5 challenges done, not bad out of 10. Did not have time to play any games, nor do any of the fastscraps.
Challenge #1 was to scraplift Creative Team member's layout...
This was the layout I scraplifted from FairyMouseMom's gallery....
and I came up with this based on her layout...
Challenge #2 was to get your inspiration from the following ad....
this was the layout I came up with....
Challenge #3 was to use the 6, 7 and 8, meaning 6 of something, 7 of something and 8 of something. I used 6 flowers, 7 lines of journaling and 8 pictures...
Challenge #4 was to take any piece of ugly paper...
and use it in a different capacity. I used my cuddlebug to make flowers and buttons. I cut out a journaling circle, and used a punch for little butterflies.
Challenge # 5 was easy, just scrap an old picture. Since I am still working on pictures as far back as 2004, this was not a problem for me!
and finally, what was probably my favorite challenge, #9, scraplift an old layout of your own!
I picked one I did a few years back of the girls on christmas day...
and did this with it....
Hope your weekend was just as productive!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
When the girls outgrew their playroom in the attic, DH asked if I wanted to move up there. I thought about it briefly, but decided it was too far away from the hub of the family, and since the girls were now young adults, I did not want them thinking back and remembering that their mom was always locked away in the attic scrapping! I loved being close to them and all that was happening, so I decided to stay outside their rooms.
We got rid of everything that was in my corner to begin with and started fresh and new. Thank goodness for Michaels and their storage sales! Everything purchased at 40% and some things even with that special 50% coupon!
Here is a picture of the finished product:
Although the space looks big, it's the same 6ft wide by 5ft deep space I always had right at the top of our stairs.
The first wall on my left has 8 units (stacked two together) in various stages of 4 drawers, 3 drawers, and paper holders (under the desk)
On top of that DH cut plywood to be my "desk" all around in a U-shape. He put one shelf about 8 inches up, and on that I stacked plastic drawers which I labeled for easy identification.
My main work area has two Iris carts under it with tools and files in it, and two Making Memories Embellishment centers on the wall.
When I turn my chair to the right, I have two more drawer units another Making Memories Embellishment Center, and my printer.
To finish everything off, DH put shelves along the top, which hold more paper, scrapbooks finished and unfinished, boxes holding finished layouts not yet put in a book, and idea books and magazines.
I truly love my area, everything labeled and right at my fingertips!
coming next: Why I have to move!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Anyway, I moved upstairs to the little alcove outside the girls bedrooms. The desk was already there, I added one of those nut and bolt holders with the tiny drawers to the wall, it held the few little things I owned at the time. I had researched online and found that people were buying the metal cube sets at Target or Walmart and assembling them differently to make a paper holder, so I did that.
I then purchased a canned goods rack, the kind you put on the back of the pantry door, put that on the wall, and underneath that I had a drop down shelf. This gave me a place to actually do my scrapping since the desk had the desktop comuter, printer, and the racks with the paper on it, left me very little scrapping room. I was able to drop down the shelf when I was done, and that gave me in and out access to the area.
I also purchased baby wipes in clear plastic containers, used the wipes for work and used the containers as holders for all kinds of things.
I now had an official place to scrap!
coming next.... My Happy Place!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The drawers in my dining room hutch, usually used for holding things like candles and hardly used entertaining items, now held scrapping supplies stuffed in till they couldn't open!
Of course I had the requisite Iris Rolling Cart. Something I tried to keep in the basement. I would carry upstairs just the drawer up that I needed, but eventually it became a permanent fixture in my dining room.
and on a big folding table I kept opened in the basement. Luckily the basement is not a finished basement, it's used for storage, so this mess didn't really bother anyone.
coming next....the scraproom.....finally!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
When I was very little I actually had one of those big old fashioned scrapbooks, with pictures of all my heart throbs in it! I still have this book and do intend to someday place it in an All About Me album that I started years ago, and only did 2 pages in!
I continued on taking tons of pictures, letting them accumulate for a year or two, and then putting them in albums, then September 11 happened.
I will not go deep into it, it was a hard time for everyone, at that point DH was Captain of L101 and he was home, but his men answered the call, and never came back. DH was never home after that, so I started saving articles, messages from phone calls, and emails that I thought he would want to see. Then came the funerals and memorials, at the first one, DH asked me to please take pictures. I was embarassed, but did it while hiding. One of the widows noticed me, and after that I was asked to take pictures at all the funerals or memorials we had.
I now had tons and tons of stuff I didn't know what to do with, so a friend suggested I do what she was doing and place it in an album. I had material embroidered "7 in heaven" and wrapped a looseleaf book, bought page protectors from Staples, and started assembling. With scissors and glue!
Not one of the best examples of scrapping, but when it was done it brought many a man (and woman) to tears. I will never redo this book for sentimental reasons, but it was the first. My friend that told me to scrap it showed me hers, she used fancy scissors and stickers! HUH?!?!? What was this thing she did? I was so intriqued I decided I was going to do a new scrapbook, of something else, and try all this stuff!
I decided the girls needed a special 21st birthday present. DD#1 was 20 and DD#2 was 18, I would scrap their lives from birth to 21! One of the largest undertaking I ever did in my life. I first had to put the last 3 years in photo albums, then scan and organize all these pictures.
It took me two years to do each girls books, but it was the start! Another friend introduced me to AC Moore, and my first LSS and it was off I went. I have learned so much since then, so much in fact that I promised #1 I would redo just a few of the very first pages in her book, they really are terrible, lol.
Now I scrap everything. My yearly photo albums are yearly scrapbooks, and every vaction or special occasion gets its own book. I am constantly learning new techniques and some pages are way better than others, but I'm still loving it, and still loving that first book I ever did.
coming next..... hopefully..... some scrapbook pictures
Friday, July 16, 2010
I became interested in photography at a really young age. My maternal grandfather was an amateur photographer and dabbled in all aspects of it. It was him who showed us 8mm movies on the pull down screen at every holiday, and I moaned when it was old films of old people, how I wish I had those films now! It was also him who handed over his darkroom equipment when I was 15 and taking photography classes in school. I set up in my parents home and became enchanted with the 4 x 4 negatives my grandfather gave me of my mom when she was younger.
I took photography in high school, and again in college, although I became a secretary because my dad told me it was a job I could fall back on if anything every happened to my husband. I guess he pretty much figured out I was going to marry the kid I was dating, and although he was headed for Wall Street, he did take that NYC Fire Department exam, so it was good advice at the time!
Years later, when it was time to go back to work, I found a job taking pictures of kids in school. (yeah, the ones that you usually hated the way your kids looked, hey! it wasn't our fault, we had 20 minutes to take 30 kids) I was so excited that I was able to call my grandfather and tell him I had gotten a job as a photographer. A year later he died of a massive heart attack. I retired from that job about 2 years ago, the same time DH retired from the Fire Department (yes, he did switch jobs!)
I still had the same Minolta SR100 that my parents bought me in high school. It was banged up, beat up, and even dropped in Lake George when I was 16, but I held fast to the fact that I was NEVER going digital. HAHAHAHAHA First, the Minolta pretty much was giving me fits (although DD#2, getting her Masters in Photography still uses it from time to time) So I went out and bought a nice 35mm Nikon with all kinds of lenses. Of couse, being new, it was all electronic and didn't really last all that long. It was about then that I realized if I had a digital I could take a kabillion pictures and delete the ones I didn't like, or take all those artsy pictures I was always afraid to take because I had to pay for them to get developed. So I headed to Best Buy and bought my first digital camera, a Nikon, small point and shoot, slow as anything, but I was hooked! I now use a Nikon D50, and all my original lenses fit on this camera, plus I've bought a few more. Unfortunately for me, DD#2 has the D500 or something like that, and I really want it, but can't justify the need!
I also carry a small Canon in my bag, I mean really, I'm a scrapper, you never know when I'll need to document something!
The Start of Scrapping