Sunday, December 11, 2011

Goals for the Rest of 2011


Okay, so this whole no goals for 2011.... well.... It just isn't working for me!  I like goals.  And it's nice to feel like I accomplish things by going back to the statement of the goals.  And really, I just like making lists.  So I have about three months left this year and these are a few things I want to finish.... (and Brian, shh.  Not a word! :) lol)

1.  Finish Amy's Quilt
It just needs the rest of the binding fabric pieced together and stitched on.  It's the small things. :)

2.  Finish the Craft Room/Office
I need to iron & hem the curtains, then hang them.  Apply the glass blocking stuff to the middle cabinet doors, paint the sign Brian made me and hang it up!  I'd also like to repurpose and hang something to store the mists in a better location :)

3.  Learn to Make Marshmallows
I need to face the reality that this has been on my list of things to try out for I don't know... like three years.  I bought a book and the necessary items.  Just never made them.  Time to cross this one off the list!

4.  Christmas Cards
I've been good about making them, I have not been good about distributing them.  They will go in the mail by December 10th this year.  If you didn't get one last year or the year before, it's because I didn't get them in the mail.  Would it be bad to stuff the envelopes with three years worth of cards this year?! ;)

5.  Finish Reorganizing Paperwork
For someone who's pretty well organized, my paperwork always seems to come last or next to never.  I need to finish cleaning this out and I don't want to continue carrying this bad habit forward any further!

6.  Finish & Hang Artwork in Laundryroom
Since the rest of that to-do list is really Brian's list.... I want to make sure I finish my part this year! :)  I have it all planned out in my head... now just to do it!

Brian also wants me to finish this item, so I'm adding it to my list:

7.  Clean Out Our Loft
It's become my junk room.  Problem is it doesn't have a door.... :)  I need to sell a few items on eBay or Craigslist, purge some stuff and generally clean it up.  It's not a small endeavor, but now that the living room is clean, I know I can finish this! :)

Did you have any 2011 goals?  How are you doing with them?

Friday, December 9, 2011

December To-Do List


Seesh... I better hurry up and post this before the month is half over! LOL :)

1. Watch favorite holiday movies:  Home Alone, Home Alone 2, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Love Actually, Elf
2. Bake cookies.
3. Host a Cookie Exchange Party.
4. Send Christmas cards.
5. Decorate our house.
6. Finish knitting Gabriel's Santa hat.
7. Repair Abby's quilt.
8. Shop for, wrap and (in some cases) ship gifts.
9. Celebrate Abby's first birthday.
10. Spend time with my family.
11. Spend time with my friends.
12. Listen to holiday music.
13. Build a gingerbread house.
14. Make Christmas ornaments with Abby and Creighton.
15. Make some craft with my sister.
16. Celebrate Mom & Dad's 40th wedding anniversary.
17. Christmas Eve with my Mom's family.
18. Make Christmas morning breakfast.
19. Photo shoot with Creighton and Abby.
20. Control my urge to eat a Cranberry Bliss Bar every day at Starbucks (so far, I've only had one!)
21. Make at least 5 cards and 1 scrapbook layout with my new stuff.
22. Make a December Daily album and blog it.
23. Blog six times on this blog (2 down, 4 to go!).
24. Read one book on my Nook. :)
25. Spend quality time with Brian at least 4 times this month (not watching TV!) - one down, three to go!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Plan for Our Loft

So I got a little distracted today by cleaning out in the closet.  Which led to planning the master closet which led me to the other problem child of storage in our house, the loft:

Sigh.  It's a mess.  And Brian wants me to clean it up.  And trust me, so do I.


So I need a game plan.  All we've got in there are three bookshelves, no blinds, nothing on the walls (including color) and a bunch of junk. Purpose of the room?  Storage of books.  Use of the sewing machine.  And the rest is a blank slate.

So.... I figured it out.  Defined it.  A place to sew, read a book and play games.  I think. :)  Here's my sketch:

I prefer the old school method.  10 inches equals one side of the graph paper square. :)

I want this rug in red:

This sofa from Ikea in gray:
Source: ikea.com via Amanda on Pinterest

This desk from Ikea:
Source: ikea.com via Amanda on Pinterest

And this color scheme:


I think once I get these pieces in place, I'll figure out the rest... the photos on the wall, the curtains, the pillows, the accessories.

Based on budget and time, I want to plan on doing this sometime next year.  I'm not sure what color paint to put on the walls.  What do you think?!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Card: Frostwood Lodge Happy Birthday

I think this is my new favorite card.  I think this card has been dethroned!  And, yes, I'm obsessed with the owl punch.  I am definitely getting my moneys worth outta that one!  So I made this card for a coworker - she wanted something that she could give her husband for his birthday.

 



I generally struggle with masculine cards, but I'm thinking this one hits the mark.  What do you think?!

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess set), Bring on the Cake
Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Whisper White (instead of vanilla)
Specialty Paper:  Frostwood Lodge, Regals Designer Series Paper (Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy)
Ink:  Versamark watermark ink, Early Espresso,
Punches:  Owl Builder, Petite Pennant, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle
Other: Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder, sewing machine + thread

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Daily: The Album Cover & Foundation Pages


I can't believe it's almost the end of 2011!!  I've been looking forward to sharing this project -- I started over the weekend using some stuff in my stash and I'm so looking forward to working on this album throughout the month!  I'm going to share a bunch of photos, ready?! :)

Here's the blank chipboard album I started with from my stash:

I used a red misting product to turn my cover red.  I was obsessed with having a red cover after seeing several I liked on Pinterest!  I used the Stampin' Up Four Frames stamps, Cherry Cobbler ink, Whisper White cardstock, Basic Black cardstock and the decorative label punch to make the tag base:

For the spine I added a glossy coated Santa, as inspired by Ali Edwards:


Isn't he a cute Santa?! :)  I also have all my blank date pages printed, trimmed and ready to go:



I made a title page - it's a combination of printing with hand stitching using a paper piercer/needle/thread and then matting on a Cherry Cobbler cardstock base.  Pages are 6x8.5" in size:




On the next page, I have a calendar which I intend to use as a sort of table of contents.  Again, inspired a la Pinterest!!


Of course, I have to bust out and use my favorite Cherry Cobbler baker's twine:

The saying is embossed using Cherry Cobbler emboss powder and the dates were old stamps in the stash inked with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink:

While I finish up the last half of my page dividers, my first page for today is ready for action!

Snowflake is from the exclusive Stampin' Up! Northern Frost Sizzlits die:

And I glittered the number using Heat and Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter:



I can't wait to get to working on this!  I'm so looking forward to the holidays!  I'll be back from time to time as I work on this project to share my progress.  Are you doing a December Daily album?  Share a link and I'll be sure to go check it out! :)

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Four Frames
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink:  Versamark watermark ink, Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink
Punches:  Decorative Label
Other: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Northern Frost Sizzlits Die, Cherry Cobbler Emboss Powder
*Everything else came from my crafty stash!*

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