Thursday, October 23, 2008

I've Been Tagged

I've not kept up with my blog I noticed it's been about once a week. Here I thought once both kids were in school I'd be able to blog all day long or work on projects so I could post them to my blog. YEAH RIGHT! lol I think I'm living in a dream world. I try to post at least once a week though. I was reading through my comments on a recent post and see that Angi over at Making Mayhem tagged me. So here are the rules and 6 random things about me:

1. Post the rules on your blog.
2.Write six random things about yourself.
3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.

6 random things about me

1) I am seriously having homesickness this last week. I just want to take a visit back to the states soooooooo bad. I miss all the scrapbook stores, and Target, and eating out. I miss the Target dollar spots, and dollar trees. You can find so much cool stuff to alter from those two places.

2) I wish I could be Martha Stewart ok not her literally but I want to be so talented like her. I love to pamper my friends and family with crafts, and baked goods!

3) I love quilts! Although you may already know that if you read my blog often. I'm still trying to find someone here in Germany to teach me.

4) I love to find great deals at thrift shops. I miss the thrift shops in the states.

5) I am a procrastinator! HUGE but you wouldn't know that if you knew me. I find it so much better to work under pressure. It's a adrenaline rush that I do enjoy even if I'm complaining about why I procrastinate. Is that weird or what?

6) I am a SHOPPER! I'm always doing online window shopping and when I find a good deal I will buy it.

I'm tagging:







Bella Birthday Wishes

This Cuppacakeabella stamp from Stamping Bella is my favorite! I had to put it to use because I've had this stamp for a few weeks now and just did not ink it up yet. I used stickles on the dots on her dress and on some of the lines in the cupcake liner. I paper pieced the liner from the same paper I used in the strip on the card. Love this card!

Cupcake help

I found this cute sentiment from the Arts & Crafts center on base and had to come home and make a card with it! The sentiment is by Inkadinkadoo. My friend Amy and I have been swapping cards monthly and this month's theme she chose cupcakes! So Ms. Amy if you're checking my blog this is one of the three cards I'll be sending to you. Hope you like it girly! I used the cupcake image from Crazy For Cupcakes by Stampin' Up!

Friday, October 17, 2008

I Want to Win This Quilt!

This post in completly non stamping related. I have two other loves besides stamping. I know shocker! I love reading quilt blogs and I love all the home decor blogs out there as well. But I simply LOVE quilts. Only problem is I don't know how to make them. I rely on my Aunt from Minnesota to make me one every once in a while. I love the detail that goes into quilting. I need to learn how to quilt soon! Elizabeth at the Pigtails & Snails blog made this super cute quilt and she's giving it away! I hope to win that quilt! It's adorable!! You can enter as well just by clicking on her blog name and entering your post. Good luck!

Happy 5th Birthday Manuel!

Last Friday Oct 10th was my son's 5th birthday. My husband and I went to have lunch with him at school and we passed out cupcakes to his classmates. I can't believe he's 5 already. It seems like just yesterday we had him. It sounds cliche I know but seriously where does the time go? He's such a momma's boy too. When he was smaller and I carried him everywhere he always twirled my hair around his fingers. To this day that's his favorite thing to do is to sit in my lap or when reading books at bedtime he loves to twirl my hair. I'm sure as he gets older that will stop and will make me sad. I just don't want them to grow up so fast! Happy Birthday baby!

My New (old) craft table

I used to use a writing desk as my craft table but it just wasn't big enough. I had been searching and searching the website for a old farmers kitchen table. I wanted something that I could sand and repaint to give it my own flair. Well this lady was selling a old kitchen table and it was exactly what i was looking for. It came with 4 ugly chairs and the table for $50! What a deal it was!! Those I will have to recover but I'm not sure how to do that so I'll have to find someone who might know to help me.

Here is what it looked like when I bought it and I had started to strip the paint.

Here is what it looks like after. I painted it black to go with my decor in the room. I really love the way it turned out and I think I've found a new hobby that I'd enjoy doing.

I'm always on the look out for a piece of furniture that I can make my own. It's kind of hard here in Germany though because on the economy the thrift stores aren't so cheap once the Euro is coverted into dollars.

Thanks for taking a peek at my room!

My Craft space

I've been wanting to share for a while now pics of my little crafting space but it was never clean enough to take a pic and also I had the hardest time figuring out how to put text under each picture. Meli from The Glitter Goddess blog helped me figure out how to do that so here I am ready to post about my room. My choice of room color's is black and white. I will not be painting my walls because we are only stationed here for 3 years and I just don't feel up to painting it back when we are done. If I wanted to I'd probably paint it a sage green color to set off the black and white.

I purchased the letters from Hobby Lobby before leaving the states. I covered them using some black and white paper I bought online. It sits above the entrance to my living room.

This little corner of my room is part of my storage. I bought the black bars at Ikea to hold my punches. The 4 drawer chest I bought at Hobby Lobby each one holds different things. The 3 hanging cloth shelf on the wall I purchased at Ikea as well and it holds my nestabilities, cuttlebug items, my mini sewing machine and too much stuff to list!

Here is my Longaberger shelf which holds some of my embellishments. I don't have much storage space in the room so a lot of my other embellishments including all my stamps are in the hallway only a few feet away from my craft room. The hallway has built in shelves.

This is the wonderful window that was built by the German owners years and years ago. I love it because of the light it lets into the room.

Here is my double door windows that lets in a TON of light. I love these doors. They both open so when it's beautiful outside I am able to open them wide open and let in all the fresh air.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner invite

Just a quick post tonight. It's 11pm here and I told myself I'd be in bed by midnight. I need to get some sleep I have a bunch of errands to do tomorrow that will probably take up my entire day unfortunately. These are my Thanksgiving Dinner invites to 5 of our friends we're having over for Thanksgiving dinner this year. I'll come back tomorrow to add in details.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Alexis Name Frame

A few months ago I went to a babyshower and as part of my gift I made the baby a name frame for her bedroom. All the women who were there (mainly non crafters) went bonkers over the name frame. At the baby shower I had several women come up to me and ask if I would make them and sell them. Let me tell you it has really taken off! I'm not sure if it's because we are in Germany and these are not so popular here but I've been getting orders left and right. I'm down to three frames though. YIKES! I'm waiting on a box of frames to come from a friend. She hunts down all the Wal-Mart stores and buys the frames that I need. I'm probably going to have to look at various stores around here to see if I can find something similar. However it won't be as cheap so I'll have to raise my prices. The dollar is bad here in Europe. The last few days the dollar has gone up. But at one point it was $1.71 for every Euro. Now it's at $1.39 for 1 Euro that is today's rate. It's fluctuates daily. So I just wanted to share a picture of the name frame I did as my first order for Alexis. Her mother absolutely LOVED it. The picture doesn't do it justice. The colors are more bold in real life.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Precious Friend Boxy-bag

boxyJust a quick post today because I have a project I want to complete before the kids get home in a couple hours. Have you seen the adorable instructions that Jodylynn over at Confessions of a Ribbon Addict has posted for this boxy bag? It is super easy to make. I hope you give it a shot!! I haven't put anything in my box yet. My friend that I'm going to give it to is in love with these candies from a local German store so I need to go get some and package it up and give it to her. Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Bella Buttons & Bows challenge

Stampingbella,While blog hopping yesterday I came across Leanne's Mile High Stamp & Scrap blog. She posted a challenge for us to play in using a Bella image, bows, and at least 5 buttons. Of course I had to participate. This card took me 24 hours to finish because I kept coming back to it. I kept changing things around. I finally ended up making a 5.25 X 5.25 card because the Partygirlabella image was so large. I used 5 buttons, the large Pepe Jeans button has another flower button on top. I thread ribbon through both and tied a knot. I used the heart from A to Z Accents from Stampin' Up! I stamped it in Versamark ink and used it as a background on the So Saffron cardstock.

supplies: Partygirlabella, A to Z Accents stamp sets, Bordering Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery & Regal Rose cardstock, buttons, Stampin' Write markers in Bordering Blue, So Saffron, and Certaily Celery, ribbon, corner punch

Sunday, October 05, 2008


SFYTT""I completely forgot about card making day yesterday! What a shocker! Actually we were busy all day anyway so I wouldn't have had time to make anything. I spent my Sunday blog hopping and couldn't believe all the challenges for card making day and decided to partcipate in a few. I check on Suzy's blog often Inky Rubber. I LOVE the cards she makes using Jen Del Muro's Sketch For You To Try (SFYTT). I've always checked Jen's blog out but never participated. Here is my first card using her sketch challenge for card making day. I used a double sided piece of cardstock by Making Memories Noteworthy collection called Audrey Pink Floral. I HEART this cardstock and unfortunately I only bought 1 piece while at the craft center on base. I went back yesterday and there was NONE left. Of course because it's soooooo pretty! I love the flowers on one side and the polka dots on the other. I wanted to distress the card so I sponged all pieces with Stampin' Up! ink pad in Creamy Caramel. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Bloomin' with Garden Riley

GardenI should totally be meal planning for the next two weeks & finishing up my resume right now but I'm so tired of planning meals that I had to find something to distract me. What a better way to get sidetracked than to post something on my blog? I haven't done a Mojo Monday challenge in a while so I did Julee's sketch this week. Isn't Garden Riley sooooo cute? I participated in a Riley image swap recently and got this image in the swap. I'm definitely going to have to start buying some more Riley's. I love the way this card turned out and my coloring isn' so bad either. I really can't get the coloring down but I think I did pretty good this time. I used some paper I bought recently by Making Memories it's called Garden Party the green plaid paper is called Garden Party Stripe, and the flower paper is called Garden Party Flowers.

supplies: Pretty In Pink, Chocoalte Chip & Whisper White cardstock, Making Memories Garden Party scrapbok paper, Staz-On black ink, Taylor Tots, Garden Riley stamp, ticket corner punch, pop dots