October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I got the biggest giggle out of the Google home page this morning!  If you check it out just be sure that your speakers are not unexpectedly turned way up when you click on the doors or you will scare the bajeebers out of yourself and your six year old - ask me how I know this, LOL!!!



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October 30, 2012

Moonlit Hurricane

Hey there!  I hope all of my east coast peeps made it ok through the storm yesterday.  All I can say is WOW.  We were somehow spared a power outage and only lost our phone/tv/internet services until tonight.  Even my yard escaped damage, no flooding and only small branches to clean up.  Lucky and thankful!

The storm was still winding down today so I just did some yard clean-up and didn't venture down the street yet, but tonight I'm catching up on the news reports of the statewide damage and Oh.My.Gosh.  What incredible destruction Sandy has left in her path.  My thoughts are with everyone here in CT and those in other areas who are dealing with the aftermath of this historic storm.  Hugs to you all.

In the middle of the storm last night I stepped outside.  I can only describe the sound of the wind as a steady and non-stop roar.  But I think it was from the winds above tree level because at ground level it wasn't pushing me around, and the tree branches were swaying but not as wildly as earlier.  (I never would have stepped outside if they were!)

I could actually feel the energy of the storm in the air.  As I stood there in my driveway admiring the moon peeking through the clouds speeding overhead, I couldn't help but just be in awe of the power and strength of nature.  Knowing what devastation this same storm was causing hundreds of miles away at this same moment just made me feel so small.  It's one of those moments that just sticks with you - the smell, the feel, the sight, the sound.  It captures every sense in an almost haunting way.

And of course I grabbed my camera...




Another Halloween Banner

I needed a quick banner for a friend and decided to use some Silhouette designs by A Little Hut (trees, bats, web, fence, spider)

(the colors in my pic are a bit off - there's really a bright yellow, orange and lime green, a dark olive and a dark dusty purple...)

I think these pieces would also look great using vellum and hanging over my window!  If you love them too, grab 'em quick from the Sil store while they are still on sale!


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October 29, 2012

Halloween Tea Light

Can you say C-A-UUUTE?!!  I love this Halloween Jack-O-Lantern design by Jennifer Wambach!

Each side has a different adorable pumpkin face - and each one just makes me giggle, lol!

Before I cut this out I modified the design a bit by adding a bottom so that I could just move the tea light around easier.  So cute, so easy.

I think I might make more of these before this hurricane knocks out my power - maybe they can keep me giggling so I can keep my sense of humor through the storm...



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October 28, 2012

Here we go again...

It's been just over one year since the lights went out at my house for a week from Hurricane Irene, and now we have Hurricane Sandy knocking on our door tonight.  Meteorologists are all in a tizzy trying to make their predictions because they have never seen a storm quite like this - part hurricane, part nor'easter and traveling a crazy path.  In addition to extreme wind damage statewide over the next two days, they are forecasting coastal flooding like Connecticut has not seen in 70 years, if ever.  Scary.

I hope this historic storm that has surprised the weather folks so much this week has a few tricks up her sleeve and just inexplicably wings out to sea instead of making landfall.

But if not, please stay safe my East Coast peeps.  I'll be thinking of you!

Hugs,

October 23, 2012

Saved By A Ghost! (a painting tip)

How's that for an attention grabber? LOL!!

You know how I am still painting my daughter's room?  Yeah, I know you peeps are tired of hearing about that, but trust me - not nearly as tired as I am of trying to finish it, lol!   Anyway, I made the final push to get the last wall finished this morning and I ran into t-r-o-u-b-l-e.  I had tons of little goobie paint globs every time I rolled.  Yuck!  I guess the paint inside the can had dried a bit from the last time I painted, and then when I shook it up and stirred they all got mixed in.

I love my Sherwin Williams paint, and I love these nifty replacement paint can lids that I always use.  They let me pour with no mess and then close up the can so the paint doesn't dry out while I'm working.  But the last batch of paint I bought came in plastic cans that my pour lids didn't fit.  *pout*  My can of paint ended up drying out a bit last time and so now I am struggling with goobies.

I spent so much time wiping them off the wall that when the first coat was finished I was ready to quit.  Most of this wall is behind a set of tall bookshelves so who would know if it wasn't quite finished, eh?

... but then I had a brainstorm!

Last weekend I picked up some cheesecloth to make more of the ghosts that I made  here and I thought maybe I could use it to strain the remaining 1/2 gallon of paint and clean out those globbies.   The only containers I could come up with were several small canning jars that were intended for a really cool craft project I was planning that just didn't quite work out the way I imagined, and this is what I did:

I used two layers of the cloth and tucked it into each jar a little to make a hollow to hold the paint, then twisted on just the outside ring of the lid to hold the cloth in place, and then poured slowly.  OHMYGOSH it worked perfectly!!  Now I can pour out a jar of glob free paint to finish the next coat - plus all my extra paint is in tidy little jars to store for future touch ups.  I'll just add a label with the color name and 'recipe' from the original can in case I ever need more.

So that's my goobie paint glob busting tip!  Plus a couple bonus ideas ;)

My first coat must be dry by now so I'm off to finish the job, again....



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October 21, 2012

Simple Joys

There are days when the innocence of my six year old just stops me in my tracks and I have to take a minute to soak it in.  Today was one of those days.  While sweeping the leaves off my porch this morning she found something more fun to amuse herself.  I couldn't help but stand there and smile at all the little giggles she made while tossing these leaves around in the breeze.





The little things in life can really make a heart smile.

Wishing simple joys for all my peeps!

October 14, 2012

Halloween Banner

Another fun Halloween project done!  This time it is for my older daughter to hang up in her room at school.  A couple weeks ago I found a clearance K&Co mat stack and snagged it thinking I would someday find a use for it - I didn't realize how perfect it was going to be for this project.  There were 18 sheets of the cutest Halloween patterned cardstock, and I needed 17 - see, perfect!  Some pop-dots, a few rosettes and tiny Creative Memories silhouette punches completed this Megan Hardy banner design that I found in the Silhouette Online Store.  I LOVE the flourishy mat that she included - not just for Halloween at all. 

(click on picture for more detail)




I'm going to have to see if I can get another deal on those K&Co mat stacks.  My little one is already asking for a banner for her room and she wants the exact same patterns.  I'm not surprised that she wants something that her big sister has, I'm just surprised she doesn't want me to make it pink and purple, lol!


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October 11, 2012

Spooky Shadow Box

When I saw Lori Whitlock's shadow box designs show up in the Silhouette Online Store a while ago, I snagged every single one.  But I hadn't tried making any of them until this week.  I decided to make one with a Halloween theme for my six year old and I asked her help me pick out which designs she wanted me to use.  Turns out that I need a shadow box with 100 cubbies to fit everything she wanted, but we finally managed to narrow it down and this is what we came up with:


These boxes have soooo much potential.  I can see making one for every holiday - using pop-dots and 3D elements... the possibilities are endless!  They do take a little time to assemble, but the pieces are designed so well and are very easy to work with so it's worth every minute.  I just love them!!

Here are the designs we used: 

"3D Shadow Box (1 of 3)" - Lori Whitlock
"3D Shadow Box (2 of 3)" - Lori Whitlock
"3D Shadow Box (3 of 3)" - Lori Whitlock
"Witch Hat" - Lori Whitlock
"Owl on Branch" - Loni Stevens
"Flourish Haunted House" - Lori Whitlock
"3 Halloween Bat Set" - Lori Whitlock
"5 clouds" - Lori Whitlock
"Magic Cauldron" - Megan Hardy
"4-Piece Witch Boot" - Lori Whitlock
"Pumpkins on Fence Silhouette" - Sarah Bailey
"Halloween Spider" - Lori Whitlock
"Spooky Halloween Set" - Lori Whitlock
"Happy Halloween Phrase" - Kristen Magee
"Happy Halloween" - Samantha Walker

(did you notice how much 'Lori' is in that list?  My little princess sure has good taste!)



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October 10, 2012

BOO!

Looks who is haunting my fireplace today!



My daughters and I had fun making these this weekend.  Hubby didn't want to help, he just watched as we worked on them and kept asking "why are we making these??"  LOL!  After they were done he finally saw why - cause they are just too stinkin cute, that's why!

There are several ways to make these and we combined a couple methods for ours.  For the frame we took tall drinking glasses, tucked wire pipe cleaners across the open tops and extended them out to the sides to create the frame for the "arms", then placed a small balloon on top of the glasses.  Next we cut pieces of cheese cloth, soaked them in liquid starch, squeezed out the excess and draped the cloth over the balloons, tucking here and there until we liked the shape.  My older daughter and her boyfriend went for the flowy "movement" and left some of the bottom swept to the side, I chose to keep mine a bit more upright, and my youngest decided that hers was going to hang in her room so we put it on a tall jar to keep the bottom of the cloth from touching the counter as it dried.

After a few hours they were dry and we added cardstock eyes to all of them, but my little one insisted that hers needed a smile too - "because it is a happy ghost", lol!  She sure has her own ideas when it comes to crafting!




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October 5, 2012

Shh! It's a Surprise!

Well, at least it was supposed to be a surprise, lol! But it all worked out great and my peep had a really nice party to celebrate her "twenty-second 29th birthday".  I was one of the lucky ones to be asked by her mom to help out with some of the crafty items when she was planning it all, and I got to make the invitations.  Yay!  but Ohhh the pressure!  It had to be pretty, it had to be special, and most of all it had to be manageable enough to duplicate a couple dozen times.

So I played with some designs from the Silhouette Online Store and modified them a bit to fit 5x7 and this is what I came up with:




The lacy card base is by Loni Stevens  (oh how I adore all of her cut out edged card bases!!).  I used the offset tool to create the white backing layer which I turned into a print and cut design so I could print out the invite details on the inside.  I've started playing a bit more with the print and cut feature of my Cameo and it is amazing how easy and fun it is.  If you have NOT tried it yet (I won't name names Miss Diana)  you HAVE to try it.  It's a whole new ball game girl.  Just DO IT!! LOL!!

The balloon banner is by Jamie Koay.  I merged it with the text (SNF Applause) - I love this font!  Just whimsical enough to be fun but still very easy to cut at a small size.  I used some shimmery Creative Memories papers, added a little stitching and some Pearl Pen touches and it was done.  

Special card, special peep, special memories.


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