Saturday, January 28, 2012

New Craft Space

Two trips to Ikea, one large delivery, three days of assembly (read sore feet and backs) and organization (although I can guarantee I'll fiddle with the organization forever)   It's finally finished!!!  I just love it, and don't think I can thank DH enough for all his help, not to mention his patience while I made up my mind what and where I wanted things. So here is the big reveal.......

This is the space empty...

This is where everything went to....

The delivery...

This is where my old desk was with the bicycle picture on the wall (see previous post for reference). I will be painting my sewing table white to match the rest of the furniture. It holds my scanner and Silhouette machine right now. You can also see part of DH's surprise for me there in the middle  

Here is the empty space (from above pic) filled. And that lovely new desk can raise and lower on both ends and has a light box built in too! DH also surprised me with those colourful puzzle mats, to use as another place to pin up "stuff" which I call art LOL.

The view looking out from the above pic.

And the last pic is of the whole space or as much as I could fit in the frame.

Oooh goodness, it looks like my little grandson left some stickers up for me, hehe I didn't see them 'til now.

I truly look forward to many happy hours of crafting here, and I am always happy to have friends join me, the more the merrier and if anyone wants to know more about the furniture or what I keep where let me know and I'll be happy to share with you.


Monday, January 16, 2012

A Card and a mess

First the Card....

Well it's been a few days since my last post, but you will forgive me when I tell you why.  My darling husband said to me "What would you need (I heard "want") to get your "stuff" (I may have taken offence to that word hehehe) organized, and tidied up?? Now understand that my craft space is in our finished basement, where we do most of our entertaining, and it seems when I start a project it grows and grows and grows until it seems I have something on every flat surface in the whole Rec room. DH says give me a flat surface and I'll cover it!! He is right, but then I always set things to right.........eventually. So to make a short story long, I have been carting up all my "stuff" (can you tell that still bugs me!) into some lovely IKEA containers, and the large units should arrive sometime before Saturday. I am so excited, it's just like waiting for the UPS girl to deliver my orders. In amongst all this upheaval I had to make DD her birthday card, and I have also been working on an ATC swap, but that is on hold 'til the weekend. So here are some pics, and don't forget to stop back to see the final reveal.

And now the mess!!

The file cabinet on the right is where I keep my 8 1/2 x 11 card stock, along with our business and personal files. I have also taken over 2 1/2 shelves in the bookcase, which I will be returning to the Rec room. There is also a nice big (well huge actually) bulletin board to be put up. Soon we will be able to use the exercise station, which is that large circular monstrosity, actually I like it because it has doors to keep it neat.

This is the built in bookcase, which holds my 12" papers on the right, and the bottom 2 shelves in the middle  have taken over too.  My hope is to clear it all off and paint it white like I wanted to when it was built 12 years ago, no hurry!!! 

This is my main work area, there are bright halogen lights overhead. To the back left are all my supplies, ink, embellies, more punches etc. This area will be one of the three big changes.

Well enough for today, I will return with more soon.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Dog and a Swap

Well, it's five days into the new year, all the excitement has settled and it seems really quiet around here!  Of course I do have my fabulous Finn to keep me hoping.  This morning he helped himself to the bananas (left over from Christmas Stockings) I had ripening on the kitchen counter for some banana bread.  He only got half of one before I caught him, let's just say he hates being ignored (I was on the phone)!!!  For those of you who haven't been introduced to Finn here he is. 

Who could get angry at that face??  So now instead of banana bread I'll make some Egg Nog Bread I found a recipe for.  I'll let you know how it turns out. 

 So on to the crafty part of this post.  A while back, actually some time in November I was in a swap and this was my swap. The swap was a Canadian (so like those for the postage) swap and the challenge was to use something new from the Holiday Mini (the Spice Cake DSP) and something from the new IB&C (Faith in Nature stamp set).  Love that Spice Cake paper. There is a little bling on this card, but not so much that you could still classify this as a masculine card.
Hope this inspires you!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Blog!!

I decided that I wanted a change of name for my blog (I was never really happy with the original) and in the process DH taught me many new things, and opened up a whole new world of "googleness". I know that's not a real word but I like it!

So for all of you faithful (and patient) followers, Welcome back, and welcome to any new friends who happen by. Keep coming back to see more changes, I'm on a roll.