Monday, June 30, 2008
On Saturday I dragged my mom out garage saling (and then Sunday I went to the flea market) and picked up quite a few good things including a shelf, some glass containers, a beautiful mini chandelier for my craft room, books/toys for jude, some sewing patterns, an umbrella stroller, some stamping markers, home decor magazines, an IKEA mosquito netting for above the bed that was brand new, various picture frames, etc. There was more but the list is getting kinda long lol. My new favorite thing to do is hunt around in people's used junk for treasure. It's just so satisfying to get a good find and not spend very much money.
I am leaving for Alberta in 9 days (wow that snuck up on me) so I am probably not going to be around too much for the next couple of weeks. I have to get my wedding invites completed and pack and all of that good stuff that comes with going away. I am getting *so* excited to see my friends and family, especially my Grandfather and Courtney. I picked up a little something "PEI" for Courtney's little guy Xander. I'm a bit nervous about flying with Jude, but in general he is a good baby, so I hope he does well. I just would hate to be that person with the screaming baby that everyone is giving nasty looks, lol.
Anyyyyways.... I should go clean up a bit in my house. We made a serious dent in it yesterday but unfortunately there is still much to be done. Grr. OH btw - I am finally getting ready to open an etsy store! I'm working on a bunch of pre-made scrapbook LO's, handmade baby stuff, and handmade home decor. Knowing me it will probably take me a while to get everything ready, but at least I'm workin' on it! I hope to open full-swing after the wedding is all done with so watch for that :)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
OK.. so I don't normally get very excited over cricut catridges (to be honest I find most to be cheesy looking) but I WANT this one. It comes with pretty much a billion options and it is cute cute cute. Click the picture to see more details.. and check out the cute little birds and the fancy corners. I can't wait to own this one!! I hope they keep coming out with better catridges like they have been lately. I picked up indie art from Walmart recently and can't wait to use it.
Jude giggled today, for the first time! I just about died of happyness. It's such a complte joy every time he does something new.. and speaking of new, he is finally sleeping through the night. 6-7 hours at a time! I am so proud of my little man :) He is such a ladykiller. I can't get anything done when running errands because every second woman I walk by needs to stop and fuss over him. I think he's getting a bit of an ego ;) hehe.
My neighbors had another litter of kittens today... and I was so incredibly saddened to find that out. Normally, I would be overjoyed about new kittens but these neighbors already have 2 litters of young kittens that seem underfed and they are constantly roaming around the parking lot. When we leave doors open they run into our home and/or our car like they want to escape to somewhere better. The fluffy gray one saw me through my window and came up and started mewling at me, and it pretty much broke my heart. I think I am going to call animal control tomorrow anonyously. I really hate to have to resort to that but I truly believe these kittens need to be removed from these people (they will take them to the humane society). Luckily, our friend Jenna took one home after our party on Saturday but there are so many more that need people to love and care for them. I wish I could take them all in myself.
On a happier note, Scrapscene posted my letters tutorial! I love that website, I read it almost daily and am trying to read all of the archives as well (I'm on page 51 so far). Check it out and bookmark it if you haven't already. The best part is, the owner is a Canadian! Scrapping Cents also used my tutorial on their blog!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I went to breakfast and then to the flea market today with Sharlene and managed to find a few awesome things. Check out the cabinet shelf I got for $7
I'm going to re-paint it, but isn't it awesome?! It's going to be a perfect embellishment center. I also got a couple spools of vintage lace/ribbon.
I only paid $2 a roll for these and they each have 20 yards on them. Not exactly sure what I'm going to do with the excess but I just thought they were too pretty to pass up. I also got a glass jar, a little ceramic unicorn, a couple baby toys for Jude, and the new issue of Domino Magazine. I'm definitely going back to that Flea market again next Sunday! oh! and yesterday we were driving by a garage sale and I spotted a long shelf I just had to have so I begged Matt to stop and I got the shelf for $8 and found a brand new unopened SNL Dvd Trivial Pursuit game for $5! This weekend was the weekend of awesome bargains :D
Saturday, June 21, 2008
(o) Buffalo Chicken Dip
(o) Tomato Avocado Mango Salsa
(o) Goat Cheese Torta
(o) Mini Stuffed Potato Boats
(o) Various Chips /Party Snacks
Most of his friends have never been to our house and none of them have ever tasted my cooking so I want to impress them. Unfortunately, impressing people is a lot of work lol.
Jude got his first innoculations last Friday. My poor little man cried *real* tears. I think I was more upset than he was though. It's scary the needles they use - they're as big as the ones that adults get. He also slept though the night last night.... 11pm to 5:30am. I am so proud of him. He's 13lb 4oz now and 24 inches long. I an't take him out anywhere without all of the ladies flocking to him. He's going to be a little heartbreaker I can just tell.
I haven't had any time to do any crafting but I did get some decorating done in my craft room, yay! I also managed to take a trip to the LSS and get some goodies which I can't wait to use.
Anyways.. until next week (just kidding, at least I hope not). I shall update soon with photos of my craft room, the newly decorated nursery, and my party food :D
Monday, June 16, 2008
I can't stop listening to this song. It's not the typical kind of music I like but the lyrics/video are really funny and catchy. I like the version without akon better but I couldn't find that one on youtube.
We're having a housewarming party this weekend and I'm getting pretty excited. We used to have fairly regular parties in Calgary. I love having people over for fun times and I make pretty good party food. Judy is letting us borrow her karaoke machine for it too, yay!
I've been pretty busy with wedding prep lately, it's getting exciting now! Just over 3 months away..
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Something I use a lot of is letter stickers for titles, especially American Crafts thickers. I was looking at some of my half empty sheets today and noticing that when a sticker is peeled off, there is still a little outline of the letter on the backing sheet. I thought about cutting that out and using it on my page, but unless I always want to use white lettering that's kinda boring. So, I came up with an idea!
To do this, you will need:
(o) The backing sheet from your letter stickers
(o) Small scissors (I use cutter bee) or a craft knife, whichever works best for you for cutting detailed areas
(o) Loose glitter or flock. I have even used loose eyeshadow or crushed up powdered eyeshadow to do this. (I was/am a makeup artist so I have alot of eyeshadow sitting around that I need to use up). The loose glitter shown in my photo and used on the letters is from the dollar store and cost me $1 for 5 colors!
(o) Glue. A glue pen will work, or for an even cheaper alternative use white elmer's glue and a small paintbrush.
(o) A nail file or sandpaper.
(o) I forgot to put this in the photo, but an embossing tool or ballpoint pen with no ink left in it.
First, cut your letter out of the sheet. Next, take your pen/embossing tool and go over the outline of the letter while applying pressure. The outline is usually very faint so I find this just helps to make your outline a little bit more visible when applying the glue. Don't use a pen with ink in it or your outline will smudge once you apply the glue.
Second, gently file/sand the letter. The backing paper is smooth so the stickers can be easily peeled off and the glue doesn't like to stick to it.
Fill in your letter with glue, and then apply the loose glitter or flock. Shake off the excess. I usually blow on them a little to get the rest of the glitter that shaking doesn't remove.
Trim the white from around your letter. If your outlines were a bit shaky or you went out of the lines with the glue a little, you can fix that during this step.
Tada, your result:
If you wanted a thicker chipboard look, you could glue your letter to a piece of cardboard and then cit it out. Try a cereal box or kleenex box!
So - yay! You save that sticker backing from going into a landfill, add an extra handmade touch to your pages, and have beautiful titles in custom colors. Try printing off your titles on plain white paper using fancy fonts that you downloaded for free online and using this same trick for an even cheaper alternative to stickers!
Also - here is a layout I did today/last night. I'm going to be framing this one and giving it to my mom as a late mother's day present (on Father's day - kindof ironic lol)
And some gratuitous cuteness for the heck of it..
Friday, June 13, 2008
I'm going to hang a set of brown curtains on either side of my shower. I have a curtain with blue/brown swirls already so this will look really cool! There are already hooks on the shower to pull them aside with.
Planning on picking up some shiny aqua material and making faux curtains on the door of my craft cabinet. I am so into pink/aqua lately!
I want to build a little window box for underneath the window in our upstairs bathroom, and paint it blue. There used to be a towel bar there but it broke and we can't find a bar that fits in the fixtures so I'll build the box just big enough to fit between them, and then store rolled up towels and stuff in it.
Currently working on a hanging bird mobile for the scraproom and a 'create' banner.
Covering my formula can in PP so it looks pretty on the counter.
Using a bunch of tin cans and got gluing them together after covering in paper to create a pen storage space (so that they can lie flat).
Adding fabric underneath my coffee table to hide the baskets on the shelf under it. Almost like a bedskirt for a coffee table lol! I want to do this w/ my computer desk and the table in the scraproom too.
I have a bunch of art to hang on the walls, esp in the living room. I have a painting above the TV that says my name on it.. and I want to add more around the tv in a big random group, so the TV is like a picture itself. The plan is to do a rainbow color scheme and start with red on the left and end with violet on the right.
I need more time in the day!! And money for that matter. I'm hoping to go to garage sales some day soon and pick up things for my home that I can alter.
Anyways... onto the big blog challenge for the day.. blog about yourself. Hmm.. where to start?? I don't really like talking about myself all that much, I find it hard to come up with interesting things to say lol! So, I'm going to just post a few random facts about me.
1. I spent my entire life in Alberta and now I live on Prince Edward Island.
2. I have a 2 month old son.
3. I am getting married on september 27th.
4. My favorite color is pink.
5. I'm scared of the dark.
6. I like dancing and indie music.
7. I'm pretty funny, especially once you know me better.
8. I have kinda big feet.
9. I'm a perfectionist, a worrier, and get anxious a lot. I'm hard on myself.
10. I probably nag Matt too much.
11. I appreciate a really good piece of grass.
12. I LOVE hockey, but other sports bore me to death.
13. I love bargain shopping. Well, shopping in general honestly. I don't care what I am buying but I love to browse!
14. I drive a burnt orange Honda Element named Cloud Rider.
15. I am very proud and greatful to be a Canadian.
16. I get jealous easily.
17. I am very shy and nervous when I meet new people for the first time.
18. I kick ass at karaoke.
19. I am a makeup artist, and have worked for almost every major line and done things like theatre posters, billboards, restaurant menus, fashion shows, local tv, etc.
20. I love guys wearing glasses.
So enough about me. I want to know - how is everyone dealing with the gas prices? It's well over $5 a gallon where I am and has been for a while. I live on an island so everything has to be driven here from the mainland and I notice the prices of everything going up. A 4L thing of milk is $7! I'm beginning to majorly stress about money. I am on maternity leave and not making a lot, and unfortunately wages here are nowhere near as good as what they were in Calgary. Matt is making less than half of what he made in Alberta. I hate being broke.. we seem to end up fighting a lot and I hate eating so much pasta all the time lol. Driving less is unfortunately not an option, and we have a vehicle that is fairly good on gas. I think the world is going to end or something soon, lol. Well not really, but this is not good and I don't see it getting better any time soon.
Inside the mini album
I made this silly Unicorn plaque last week.... I can't wait to put it up on the wall. It's very sparkly!
Some of the polymer clay stuff I was working on. Matt made the little version of me :P unfortunately, I accidently forgot these in the oven and uh.. kinda burned em.
I organized my bookshelf by color.
I used some PP I wasn't going to use in a LO on the door to my scraproom! I'm going to do the closet door, too. It's K+Co.
One of the shelves in our upstairs bathroom.
Jude's lil wee feet.
Jude's newly acquired skill: smiling.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The wedding we went to over the weekend was probably the most depressing party I have ever attended. They originally cancelled the wedding, then put it back on a few weeks later. They lost their church, so it was supposed to be in a park and then was moved into their reception venue. I won't get into too much detail but Matt, his sister, her best friend and myself all ended up drinking wine in plastic cups in the parking lot.
I finally hung the shelves in my crafting room today! Things are gradually coming together. It's hard to get things done with a wee baby and terrible gas prices prohibiting the purchase of anything non-essential at the moment. Gas is $1.35 a litre here (over $5 a gallon for all you Americans). I put $12 in my tank the other day before driving to my mom's house and when I got back the gas light was on again! arg.
So anyways, Tuesday's challenge is to review something. I haven't really seen any new movies lately other than Sex and the City, but I did rent this one a few weeks ago. It came out in 2005 - I found it in the indie comedy section of my movie store and quite enjoyed it.
I've liked Evan Rachel Wood ever since seeing Thirteen, and even moreso after Across the Universe. Here is the plotline from wikipedia:
Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) is a high school student at Roxbury, a Beverly Hills school for the wealthy. She and her best friend Brittany (Elisabeth Harnois) take Randa (Adi Schnall), a new student from the Middle East, under their wing. When Kimberly decides to accuse her drama teacher (Ron Livingston) of sexual harassment, she draws everyone - including her friends, family and the media (a reporter played by Jane Krakowski) - into her manipulative plot.
This movie is smart, sassy, and funny whilst being very dark. The storyline is not something you typically would see, and although the main character is a pretty bad person I couldn't help but be interested in her. Oh, and I <3 Ron Livingston. So - rent this one! It's old so it's in the cheapo section lol.
I'm going to finish up this post w/ some gratuitous cuteness.
This little man was 8 weeks old yesterday! Time is flying..
Friday, June 6, 2008
Today's challenge is to talk about vacation. I'm not really going on a vacation this summer, however, I am in a completely new province that has BEACHES so I think just being here at home is going to feel like a vacation! We visited here last summer, but only for two weeks and in late August. I'm excited to experience my first whole summer on Price Edward Island. I spent my entire life up until this point in Alberta, which is completely landlocked and quite mountainous, so being surrounded by the ocean is a big change for me. It still blows me mind all the time, just ask Matt. I'm constantly saying "I can't believe I live on an island" or "Whoa, look, the ocean". Lol :)
Here are a couple of beachy photos from when we visited last year:
Anyways - like I said in the beginning of this post I spent a lot of the day looking at home decor websites. I feel a new obsession starting to slowly creep in.... I am already coming up with all these ideas to decorate our place. For example, Matt's father gave us a coffee table that has a shelf underneath which is currently filled with baskets full of junk and they don't look very nice. I am planning on sewing a few pleated pannels and then attaching them under the top of the table with a glue gun to create almost like a little curtain that hides all our junk!! yay! It should be relatively cheap (all I have to buy is about 1 meter of fabric) and easy to do.
Somewhere in between the home decoratinmg research, I made a cute unicorn plaque today, but I forgot my camera at the MIL's house so no photo yet. I also organized our bookshelf by color, so we have a rainbowy bookshelf. Matt thinks I am utterly ridiculous for the two aforementioned things, and I probably am, but come on a rainbow bookshelf is pretty damn cool.
Speaking of my mother in law.. she bought a karaoke machine! Yesterday was Jessica's birthday so she surprised the family with the machine and gave Jessica a bunch of cd's for it and an extra microphone. A very good time was had, and I'm sure there will be more to come. I have no idea why I didn't think to purchase a karaoke machine before because I had the best time I have had in a looong time. Oh, btw, I own at karaoke and will kick your butt :P
Tomorrow is wedding invitation day, finally. After months of getting pushed back and pushed back, we are finally assembling them. For some reason I'm not looking forward to it! Wish me luck.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
So, I got this bag of real crumbled bacon bits at Costco when we were there last. I love love these and they normally are quite expensive for a small jar so I use them very sparingly. Now I have a giant bag that was very reasonably priced and all of my expensive bacon inhibitions have gone out the window. Every time I'm in the kitchen, especially when microwaving something (like Matt's bagel bites that I'm eating right now - hee!!) because the pantry is right next to the microwave, I end up eating a couple scoops of these. They're just so damn delicious. I fear what these extra bacon calories are going to do to my waist, yet I can't stop!! I need to go to rehab for bacon bit eaters :(
I spent a considerable amount of time last night browsing flickr. This is my new favorite website!! I can't believe I didn't know about it before. I thought flickr was just a photo hosting website, and I had no idea the wealth of amazing things I could look at on there. I got 3 hours of sleep last night due to browsing photos until 5:30am, oops.
And finally, for the big blog challenge, two links to people I love:
And a birthday shoutout to my lovely sister-in-law-to-be Jessica whose card I am off to make now :)
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
One of the shelves I got for $0.99 at Value Village and painted white. It sits above a desk and above my Cricut machine.. I thought the cartridges looked nice on it.
Another $0.99 shelf, also painted white. I organized my buttons by color last night in little making memories jars that I got for 50% off at Michaels.
My new baby, the paper spinner. I found this at a LSS that is scaling back their scrapbook section.. It has two of these sections on each side (I only took a photo of the bottom one - the rack is actually quite tall), and little hooks where I can hang embellies and sticker packages. It only cost me $25!
New ribbon storage. I'm re-spooling all my ribbons into old fashioned clothes pegs that I found at the dollar atore and putting them in Candy jars. I have one jar filled about about 29290482348 ribbon rolls left to re-spool lol.
And finally, some polymer clay stuff I was working on last night.
Unfortunately, too much time spent in the crafting room lately has meant that the rest of my house has become terribly neglected. I have a bunch of crusty dishes waiting for me in addition to bathroom cleaning, vacuuming, laundry, and mopping. *sigh*
Here is my photo of something refreshing for today's challenge.... pink lemoande cocktails!! I really wish I was on a patio somewhere drinking one of those. Apparently, it's supposed to get up to 22 degrees today!
More to come later :) Sneak peaks of my craft room and possibly some projects I've been working on.
PS!! Check out this little turorial I found on making polymer clay buttons...
Monday, June 2, 2008
I've never painted so much on a layout before. I also tried something new.. I bought a glue pen the other day and used it to doodle and then covered it in glitter. The '2008' and miscellaneous doodles are done using orange glitter. The strawberry sticker is by Martha Stewart Crafts. When I saw those stickers in the store I thought "WTF, a green strawberry, I'm never going to use that!" and it was the first one I used LOL!
I'm participating in a blogging challenge over on SB.com and today's challenge is to blog about something "hot" and what it means to you. I am assuming this refers to products or trends... but the first thing that popped into my head when I thought "hot" was how NOT HOT it has been here! I want to go to the freaking beach already, it's June!! Why do I live on an island with awesome beaches if it is just going to be cold and rainy?? I have cute little swimming trunks for Jude and matching little lime green baby gap sandals... but alas, they sit in a drawer, unused and sad :(
Something else not very hot right now is the state of my lone pair of jeans. The hems are all rippy from me stepping on them.. and I actually just got them tangled up in the wheel of the computer chair and fell on my ass trying to free myself. Jean shopping is apparently something I should no longer be putting off! Next time I'm going to break and arm or something, sheesh.
I'm going to end this blog by saying that you should read Matt's latest blog about his new/old job. I'm cracking up.