Saturday, January 14, 2017

It's All Words and Imagination D & D Party Layout

It's that fabulous time of year here where when you leave for work it's still nearly dark and when you come home it's dark, making taking a photo of a layout nearly impossible! The upside to all of that is a cozy fire, permission to scrapbook as much as you want and massive tea consumption, so I'm only complaining just a little.

It's not my Saturday to run Build Club, so here I am blogging a bit to show you a newly completed layout. My kids being cool cats didn't really want presents this year but they wanted us to host a Dungeons and Dragon Party on December 26th. Seemed like a good plan to me.

Lexi is one of the Dungeon Masters so she had a fair bit of planning to do with Will. They also required a certain set up in the living room, so I had to borrow some tables from work.

Another requirement was plastic table cloths, you know the kind with the stars on them. Since I had no idea what that might be, I bought some sparkly sticker stars which are some of the same ones that landed on this layout.

It also happens to be the season where you only have the dregs of your Christmas scrappin' paper left so I augmented a bit with those glittery letters, so not only did I use up paper scraps but also all my extra homeless letters, so I was quite pleased. Oh and what is Lexi holding in her hand? They also had a White Elephant gift exchange so I'll be making layout on that at some point soon. She happened to get number six. One of the Pratt kids kinda went overachiever on his present so it deserves a layout!

Happy Saturday to you! Hope you are adding some glitter to something somewhere! Hugs!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nancy Drew Shelves

A fresh coat of paint, some new molding, and a new vintage top, I have a new shelf! A bit of a clean out and some rearranging, I love all my boxes and cases shown off. I thought maybe I was going to add a decorative wooden flower to that top, but I like it plain better I think.

Take a peek and let me know. Do love those little spindles at the top! My favorite!

And why you ask is it a Nancy Drew shelf?

Well, because it's actually a door to a closet. A hidden door that I didn't even know existed until after we closed on the house. Every good craft room needs a secret stash spot, no?

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cornwell Tool Box

The other day, one of our volunteers came in to work waving a new set of trowels. She was pleased as punch that she'd have her own tools when we put down our next tile floor. I was proud of her too. Just because you are a girl doesn't mean you can't own your own tools. And by owning your own tools, I don't mean that crap they make FOR girls that is pink and chintzy. (Might be talking a little about that Big Shot on that bottom shelf that is also on it's last legs, seriously ugh)

Having blown through four or five hot glue guns, give me one that costs more and that will be around when I need it. Same goes for can openers. I'm looking at you Oxo. Awarding winning, my foot. But seriously, you ever notice we don't get the same consideration when it comes to tools that guys do? So anyhow, skip the pink tools, throw away the notion that you can't shop at any of the big hardware stores and start your collection.

Recently over the holidays, THE MAN decided to take apart the tool box that was passed down to him by his grandfather and whip it into shape. By whip it into shape, let's keep in mind that this previously red Cornwell box rattled around in the back of a pick up for over a decade because real men carry tools in their truck. I did always love Nate's Grandpa, even though he had the mistaken impression that girls couldn't drive tractors. Ole Cornwell here got a new coat of paint. This is the good stuff too. It's the black paint you use on tractors so meant to take a beating. Good thing, 'cause I now have a new tool box in my office.

How did he paint the drawers, you wondered?

It was some what strange wandering into the garage and seeing them all hanging by strings.

Tomorrow I'm blogging about my newly completed Nancy Drew shelves. What fun! Maybe by the end of this week I'll have a page to share!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Take Some Time to Rest He Said for Memorandum Monday

I woke up stiff the other morning. It didn't really start to hurt until I was crawling around the floor cleaning trim off so the people who were painting behind me could paint it at Build Club on Saturday. Thankfully it was nearly the end of the day and I came home & took a hot shower. Yup, wrenched the back a bit.

The fact we were painting a lady's bedroom who is wheel chair bound from ALS did not escape me. I had quite a lot of compassion laying in bed binge watching The Magician all day Sunday. She doesn't even have a bedroom set up yet downstairs as she has been waiting on a variety of agencies to rework her house. We're the last one in and we're painting. Love the purple for her bedroom.

Anyhow, to cheer myself up I opened this awesome present from Yvonne. It came sometime during the holidays and I wanted to wait until my birthday to open it. Sometimes having a birthday neatly sandwiched in between Christmas and New Years means you are a smidge forgotten. Anyone knows a gift from Yvonne is one that you will like, so I was thinking it would be nice to wait.

Low and behold I had a ton of things to open so then I opted to save it for when I was feeling down. Tweaked back counted as being down. Such lovely good yummy things. I got caught playing with my trinkets and was told to scoot back to bed immediately by THE MAN. He had witnessed a time up north when I had to crawl around the house due to back pain so knows it's better to just use a firm voice.

He said with flashing eye balls....take some time to rest. So, I did. Maybe I did watch too many back to back shows of The Magician...I am not sure his eye balls really flashed...

Sharing this with you for Memorandum Monday which is a brain child of Sian over at From High in the Sky.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Inspired by Iceland Collaboration Piece

Made this piece about a month ago. I wanted to hang with some art peeps who were working on an Iceland inspired piece and I was feeling the burn of too much Christmas stuff to get done so ran with something really simple. The Stardust container came from the ReStore as did the vintage polar bear. I really liked the container but the cork top was looking a little rough.

I hand dyed a couple of small Christmas trees (also adding glitter snow) and then went to town with my hot glue gun and some fake snow. Really like the simplicity of the piece as I've been enjoying it on my window for over a month now and it still makes me smile.

Love these pieces side by side with an added penguin that also came home with me. I wasn't sure if I needed him for my piece or not! Turns out, he is happy hanging out far away from the bear!

Check out the rest of these artists! I always like to see the wide variety of items created and such talent!

PLEASE CLICK to view works for the Inspired by Iceland Challenge...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Everyday Greeting GCAS Pocket Letter for The Cutting Cafe

Goodness, haven't made a pocket letter in like forever. Good thing Regina wanted us to use her Everyday Greeting File. Her extra requirement was to make the card Clean and Simple or CAS. I opted to add one extra word. Mine are GCAS, which stands for Grungy Clean and Simple.

Ohhhh, you haven't ever heard of that before? Well of course you haven't since I just made it up. I was feeling sad about not adding splatters, some inking on the side and distressing my paper. So I opted to run with a clean and simple grunge.....And I can honestly assure you? This is like 10% of what I would normally add to one of my creations. ;-)

Pulled out my teeny tiny stamps and very bitty flowers and BAM, something pretty simple! Oh and yes had to also add staples. Staples make me happy too!

Love these little cards! I can't wait to add some goodies and send this pocket letter off to a friend!

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Nancy Drew Shelf Redo

There is this terrible shelf in my office made out of chipboard. It's a long story as to why I have to keep it, but there is no reason it should have to suffer looking so it is in all it's glory un-dusted and un-straighted.

I had this evil plan to merge that very vintage antique wood piece, that wooden rose, some cool new molding, and this very ugly shelf into something worthy of my office. So far, so good. I've unscrewed all that icky round molding, (one is missing in this photo so you can see what I removed), cut, sanded, and screwed in the vintage wood piece, cut, sanded, and air nailed the new molding, and sanded the whole piece so it's ready for paint.

I'm really most excited about the top. Check out this close up! I'm particularly happy about those spindles we rescued as the top antique piece had to be cut down to fit. 

The good news is that we're ready to paint this! I can't wait! We'll be using the air sprayer which I'm not very good at yet, so I'm looking forward to perfecting the technique. And why do you ask are there hinges on the side? Very good question and one that will be answered when it's reinstalled. ;-)

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sun, Spray Painting & Volunteer Trailering for Memorandum Monday

What a fabulous holiday. Between Christmas, my birthday, and then New Years, I've really quite enjoyed the long break. We've had some warmer weather too so it's been quite nice working in the garage with the wood stove and painting some things. I feel that the sun on my face has renewed my soul and I'm ready to kick ass in 2017, can of spray paint in hand.

I spray painted these chairs for work on my birthday. All I wanted to do was spray paint and sand. Of course they were an icky rusty blue so fit the bill for sanding. I left the nicer ones for them to sell at the store. I went with this turquoise color as it sorta matches a color we have in our brand. Plus, I wanted them to look all kinds of funky for our Hospitality Trailer. See, we have this trailer someone bought for us to tow to events. It's pretty epic and got all outfitted recently with cool stuff.

Check out the gray and white floor that Tom, one of our volunteers installed! He has lights installed around the top that change color and this really epic table built out of a vintage door. He let us borrow his antique flag to get our trailer into the right spirit for Sparkle, it's maiden voyage to Market Street. On the side behind Tom, we have two tables stashed for events and now these chairs will help complete the set!

I'm back tomorrow with another post on more sanding & prepping for painting.

Waving hello to Sian From Hight in the Sky who hosts us for Memorandum Monday. Hopefully she feels equally refreshed after a long break!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Gray Day Layout for Another Freaking Scrappy

First let me wish you a Happy New Year! Bring on 2017 and all the paper & glitter we can handle! ;-)

I must admit that I owe this page to my friend Noelle who said after seeing this photo that I needed to make a huge canvas as this was the perfect photo. She is right of course. Photo creds go to THE MAN who was manning (see what I did there) the iphone that was hooked to the camera. Of course, the camera was at the perfect height on the ladder....and the fact that the phone wasn't talking to the camera for a half hour and it was snowing quite heavily did not discourage him from persisting. (We are not even discussing what fresh snow does to the dog who wiggles and snow plows with his nose)

I think it might have been 2014 when I threw the massive fit about family photos and cards and nobody caring, so lest I get the holiday crazies, everyone complies grudgingly with a photo.

I of course started with a gray woodgrain background as our current challenge over at Another Freaking Scrappy is to scrap with gray. Since it's such a nice neutral color, I figured it would really show case my photo.

For your amusement, I show you my layout against a black plastic background which is laying on a bed of snow and my slippers. It was before snow removal and so sunny and pretty out, I thought it would work well for taking a well lighted photo! I also froze, but I love you peeps like that and you are worth it.

One last close up. Those gray and red snow flakes I've had for YEARS and finally found a page that I wanted to use them on! And those little black liquor stickers I ripped off the Christmas port bottle...Love them on this page!

Well, Happiest of Sundays to you! I'm off to spend some time working on my Nancy Drew Shelves.....more on those later!

Friday, December 30, 2016

In Retrospect: One Little Quote of 2016 & Tim Tag Assemblage

Happy Happy! I'm off today. Have a hot date with a sander & perhaps some paint. It's my birthday and I'm turning 32 again or perhaps it was 42. I'll let you know how sore I am after sanding and then we can decide...

I thought my birthday was a good day to wrap up all these Tim Tags and what I did with them.

I feel like I've run a long race in 2016. At times this year I was jogging, other times flat out running with sweat dripping off my nose and honest to goodness boob sweat. It's been quite a year. The industry I worked in tanked a bit and I found myself reinventing in the early part of 2016. The very fact that I was relieved and happy I guess says something for the fact it was dying and I was slowly dying too. If my soul was a color, it would have been that of a dried up leaf and just as brittle.

Sat for a couple of months, jumped into the first job offer and then figured out quickly it was another place that my soul could die. I have nothing against earning a living but I think that large parts of it are overrated. Honestly, if you have been following along in the American dream, you are defined by your job instead of a lot more important things like not being a dick, raising kids that aren't dicks, and contributing to the overall well being of here. Or in your case, there.

Thankfully a job that caught my eye lined up with the fact that they needed someone like me badly to do the job. It's kinda more than a job since it's not exactly super high paying (hello, not for profit), you have to believe in the mission (see paragraph above about contributing to here), and you pretty much have to work pretty hard. The other day I came home itching due to insulation in my bra.

Earlier this month we kicked someone out of their house (and her two kids and a dog) for not paying the mortgage. You'd say we were dicks, but four years is a very long time to let someone live in your house for free. The motto around work is a hand up, not a hand out. The week before we held a home dedication for a new family who is moving from a shitty apartment (we have slum lords here just like you have them there) to a new home that is awesome.

I know every inch of that home. Well, not maybe every inch. I avoided the attic & the blown in insulation like the plague. See again earlier paragraph about coming home itching. That house is solid though. Which brings me around to my one little quote.

See I thought the one little word idea was cool, but in years past, by March I had long forgotten what I was striving for. Following along with the Tim Tags of 2016, I reminded myself at least twice a month (once making the tag and then the subsequent blog post) of what I was aiming for.

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.-Isaac Newton
I wanted to remind myself that I was building off what others had done, to stay grounded, and that it was a team effort. It fit. I feel like I'm in a team. 

On the glittering, spray painting & blogging side of things, that is also certainly the case. It's now pretty cool (and also geeky) to be a pinteresting freak who would rather glitter than say bar hop. Or in my case, drink wine & glitter in pjs and slippers. Inspiration is just one pin or post away and could be from as close as the next town over or from across the world.

I like seeing my tags all together like this. Can't say I'll try it again, unless I make a collection of something else to display. I've got quite a few things for the walls here at Pratt Inc. as I'm from a long line of artist types. This particular upcycled frame was one I really loved though. Eighteen coats of antique gold paint later (and some plaster to fill in the gaps), a small piece of wood to build it up deep enough to display tags, and a sheet of velvet backing cut to size was also a fair bit of effort and I was nervous about spraying each tag with adhesive and then sticking them on. It worked though! Once I've got Christmas packed up, I'll show you where I'm stashing it!

So, onward and upward 2017.

A wave and a nod to the giants who have built what we have so far. A good foundation is always key.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Throw Back Thursday Gratitude Layout

Eeek! How do we let Thanksgiving fly by in such a whirl? I actually had this page made and just needed to add the photo and flowers...FOR WEEKS! So it's truly a throw back, but honestly it's kinda nice to take a break from the Christmas stuff!

My favorite part of this page is upcycling that clear ring that came from a scarf that I bought. It's super pretty and I kept it outta the garbage! It's neat looking with those velvet flowers.

Just a quick look at the photo! THE MAN took it for us right before we dove in to all that food! Happy Happy!

Enjoy your Thursday!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Snitch and Dragons at Pratt Inc. for Memorandum Monday

There was some talk of a Dungeon's and Dragon Christmas party a couple of weeks back by the kids. Was it going to be at Pratt Inc. or at Megan's house, nobody knew. Then, the kids did a little advanced math and figured out that if they played their cards right, they could have two parties. Since this is ALLLLLL they wanted for Christmas, I threw myself into planning a bash. The other important item needed besides food was a white elephant present.

Lexi, a bit more of an advanced planner than Luke had me scouring the ReStore for containers. She had a theme and a plan. The boy wanted to weld. One doesn't just weld, it's kinda like sewing. Unless you want to end up with quite a mess, you must hang with someone who can weld. Thankfully THE MAN who is quite talented at everything (with the exception of filling Christmas stockings) was able to spend some time with Luke in the garage. It's hard sharing your space. I get invaded myself quite often and get quite testy when I can't find my scissors or the tape runner.

This plane took them hours and hours and hours.

Megan, Luke's friend who is usually sporting a Harry Potter scarf made a snitch. I was trying to figure out to how to hide it and keep all the fun stuff, but the dude that got it was keeping a very close eye on his present.

Kayla made a cool collage. All I can say? These kids rock, they really really do!

I didn't even have to set up tables or start the fire! They got those ready right off! I guess they thought it was quite awesome and party planning for the next one has started!

Happiest of Tuesdays to you and thanks for letting me share my Memorandum! Miss Sian hosts us all and I think it's most excellent!