Friday, November 13, 2015

Help Me Sell It and Get Home for Christmas - Thanks

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Life Updated

Well yes, I have been out of commission for a while and here is why!  In July hubby and I decided that we needed to sell our house in Florida.  We would have done it a long time ago, but with the market the way it was, it wasn't really possible before now.

The house was rented and the contract was ending so we decided that we would let our property manager do the selling. Big oups! I asked that he do an open house and told him my son might show up. The two had never met. The property manager, had no real sign out on the property except for a cheap open house sign, and he never took my son's information, told him the price or asked him any other pertinent information.  He did not give him a flyer or do anything else.  

I had been assured that the house was market ready, but one has to wonder what market! When my son sent me the pictures he took at the open house, I immediately yanked the listing, knowing that I would have to go down and get some serious work done. Things got worse when I walked into the house and putting all those other details aside, let me just say that it took 6 weeks and a few thousand dollars to get this house back to the shape it was in prior to our leaving it in 2009. 

The kitchen had to be remodelled. Everything but the floors and walls is new: the cabinets, countertop, appliances (fridge, converction 5 burner stove, dishwasher, microwave), the sink, trash disposal, compactor, and even the faucet. The floors were fixed and cleaned if they were tile or changed to laminate if they were carpeted and everything was painted inside and out. It's almost like buying a new house, except this one has already done all it's settling!

The house is now listed for sale and you can see the listing here

So if you haven't heard from me, please, please forgive me. My life pretty much from morning till night has been spent getting the house ready to put on the market and noow it's all about selling it. I hope that soon life will get back to normal!

Meanwhile, get crafty people, Christmas is right around the corner!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mega Update - Part 1

Oh yes, it has been a while!  So I'll keep it to showing you pictures of anything I've made over the last few months! There is so much to show, that I'm going to break it down into at least two posts!

Ist Project of the Year!

My friend Marie Laurence told me that there is a belief out that if you create something on the first day of the year you have a good year. Who doesn't want a good year? Since I still had my Christmas stuff out, this was an easy project to make quickly on January 1st!

My Most Time Consuming Project Ever

You will see  more of this project created using the Time to Flourish collection from Graphic 45 in a separate post. It's been going on since late December and I'm hoping to finally finish it off this week or more likely early next week,  by mailing off the final kit to my dear friend Marielba.

Ist Layout Class of the Year

I created 3 two page layouts for this class. Apparently I only took pictures of one of the three sets!

Happy Valentines Day - Cards for 3 of my Nieces/nephew

I have a wide range of nieces and nephews and even some great nephews and nieces now. These cards seemed to be perfect for my the 6 to 10 year olds. What I love is that they actually fit in a standard card envelope.

Frozen Themed Box Card

When my friend Marielba's daughter Lianne turned 15 it was a big deal as they are from Puerto Rico. This box card was based of the Frozen theme she picked for her  Quineanera festivities.

Tiny Gift Box

I had something my hubby made that we wanted to give to my dear friend Erica. I made this box to put the gift in. It's probably 4"x4"x1.5". It was fun to work on!

Not Just Scrapbooks FB Group March Challenge

On my Facebook Creative Group, we usually have a challenge. This is the card I made for our March challenge. If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to contact me!

May Card Class

These are the cards we made in my May card class. We made two easel cards, two using the Heartfelt Creations using the Everyday Hero collection and one using the BoBunny Garden Journal collection.

Altered Box and Mini - Graphic 45 Secret Garden Collection

I took a wood box from Hobby Lobby and alered it using the G45 Secret Garden collection and a graphic of swallows I bought onE tsy from a shop called graphicals. The legs on the box are also from G45. The lace bow is from an antique shop in Waynesville, OH.  It was beige and I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers to color it. You can see more by watching my YouTube video. 

Well that's it for part 1. Stay tuned for part 2!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Poor Neglected Blog!

I know that it has been a while since I've posted, but I will try to do better!  I'm still not sure how all those people who blog and FB and Instagram etc every day manage to have a life, but I'll try to find some sort of balance that includes my blog.

So what's been happening?  Well lots and not much. I had several classes in October, November and December that were fun, but took up a bunch of time!

Here are some of of the projects I created over the last few weeks of 2014:

Altered Projects

O Christmas Tree!

Christmas Tree from a wood tree 
by SaCrafters and the G45
Twas the Night Before Christmas 
paper collection.

I collected the miniatures over the
last few years at various locations.

When I make boxes or other altered items
I nearly always include a mini album.
This project was no exception. This 
was one small mini that fit in the bottom of
the tree. 

As you can see below, the mini opens up 
to multiple pages, including some that
you can put tiny pictures on!

 Santa's Sleigh

This is again a wood base from 
SaCrafters that I used the G45
Twas the Night Before Christmas
paper collection to decorate. 

The white ball trim is from
Melissa Francis and the gold
trim was purchsed at Handcock 


This is a 2 page, 12"x12"Halloween Scene 
combining some Carta Bella paper with 
some Paper House 3-D stickers and some
Scan N Cut elements! As usual the class 
consisted of  a total of 6 pages.

I was into scenes, so here is my lead
Christmas page for our XMas layout 
class. I used the green rectangle spaces at 
the top to put a couple of family portrait 
style pictures. We made 6 pages plus a 
special project.

Mini Album

My mother-in-law lost her wedding album 
 during Hurricane Katrina. I was able to scan 
the pictures, but restoring the very damaged 
pictures took a long time. I was finally able 
to give her back a smaller version of her book, 
complete with pictures and part of the guest 
book, just recently. This is just the front cover.


For some reason, I seem to have forgotten to 
take a picture of the Christmas/Holiday cards, 
except for this one. It's 100% made from die cuts! 

This is a pop up card I designed for 
one of my friends to use as an 
invitation to a frozen style party.


This I made for a tag swap with 
a lady in Australia. We had to use 
certain colors and items!

The Start of 2015!