Tuesday, April 28, 2009

organizing the toys

I had to quick take a picture of the area before the girls got up from nap (before it was a mess again). I packed up a HUGE bag full of toys to put in storage for the time being. We'll see if the girls even miss the toys (I doubt it). Now we have 6 bins on the bookcase each with one item in it. The bottom shelf holds some self contained toys. The basket holds some bigger toys. Not pictured are the exersaucer (still handy to contain Button), the toy vacuum and the toy stroller. Board puzzles and books are on the other bookcase.

I took pictures of the contents of each bin and had them printed up as wallet size prints and will put the picture in the label holder on the front of the bin. We picked the pictures up at Costco this morning.

A peek into the baskets shows the contents. Green baskets...train, Mr. Potato Head, Cars (character cars from the movie...thank you Auntie A for providing Bug with the majority of them). White baskets...dolls, dress up, baby toys. Bottom shelf...dinosaurs, boxed puzzles, tool box, toy kennel, mailbox.

Here is the top of the bookcase that still needs help. I need to go through those baskets and purge, get rid of the stuff on the top, and go through the books.

Monday, April 27, 2009

blog candy...drool

I was browsing some stamping blogs and came across some awesome blog candy. I wanna win! It would totally get me back in my studio and give me some real motivation to continue in the purging/organizing process over there. I should actually be cleaning that end of the house now since the girls are napping, but alas I am searching for more blog candy. Jeanette has some here. I found Kim posting some candy here. And if you like all things pink and girly see this candy. Debbie's birthday blog candy can be seen over here. Janet's birthday blog candy contains Stampin' Up! items. There is another Janet with candy here.

That's enough procrastinating for me for one afternoon. Off to finish looking at all the great blogs I just found and go clean up my space.

Friday, April 24, 2009

studio in progress

Here is my table. I have it in the middle of the room. There is a dresser behind it that I store sewing and knitting items in, along with a few bigger often used paper crafting tools. My big paper cutter, big shot and sewing machine sit on top of the dresser. The lamp is sitting on a 4 bottle wine rack that has big cups in it that hold pens and markers. The file boxes have since been moved to the "office side" of the room.

This is the view I have when I sit at my desk. The shelving is from the home store. The large bins on the top are from Walmart. Next are photo boxes that contain paper scraps, adhesives, swaps, envelopes, etc. The next shelf holds Stampin' Up! stamps. Current sets are on the right; retired on the left. The bottom shelf has prismacolor colored pencils (which I got the set of 120 for $20 off of Craigslist brand new but have yet to use), drawers with non SU stamps, big shot supplies, paper scraps are in the other 3 drawer unit. The printer has been moved to the "office side" of the room, in it's place is my tray of frequently used items. The books and binders are still there. The bottom drawers hold the rest of my paper crafting supplies. DH made the shelves and we bought the drawers at IKEA.

Here is my ribbon and punch storage.

I have ink pads in a cassette tape holder I got at the thrift store. My ATG sits on top (I am thinking it needs a makeover) and I have chipboard alphabets in frappicino bottles that I painted the lids of.

I have to get things cleaned up again in there. Hubby is going to make me a nice worktable that will go under the shelves on the wall. And after that he'll make me a HUGE crafting armoire. I can't wait!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Excited about.........................................TOAST!!!

You are probably wondering who in their right mind gets excited about toast?!?!?! Well the correct answer to that question is "someone who hasn't had it in 4 months". Since starting the SCD I've haven't had bread or toast, and have been eating things like burgers bunless, chopped up like a salad. I found a super easy recipe for making bread in the microwave of all places. It is almond flour based. What's worse than being excited about toast? Having your hubby make fun of you for taking a picture of the toast to blog about.

In other news, I am excited for the warm weather we've been having! It feels like spring for real now. I got the leaves cleaned out of the flower bed in the front of the house and want to get some gladiolus bulbs in the ground. Today I have my dental cleaning (yuck) and this weekend hopefully I'll be able to catch up with some cousins from out of town.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

crafting out of my ears

Well the past week I've done alot in the craft department. I made these backpack tags as a trade for some ready made craft kits for Bug (put together by a WAHM from a message board I am a part of). So far we've completed one of the three projects we recieved. She LOVED the paper bag puppet she made and wanted to do the other two crafts right then, but mean mommy is making her wait until we need something to fill an "I'm bored" moment. I was going to take her picture with the puppet, but alas the two year old won and I have no picture. Maybe I'll get puppet to co-operate while said two year old is napping. Stay tuned! If you are interested in tags, just shoot me an e-mail.

Here are the eggs we dyed for Easter. Bug basically got to watch, but she had a good time and loved seeing what mommy wrote on each egg.

Here are the completed Easter Baskets waiting for the girls. The biggest hit was the pinwheels.

And then there are the Easter Dresses. Grandma came over Saturday so I could finish these up. I caught the cold bug that was being passed through our house so I was lacking energy to work on them during the evening. Nothing like last minute, but they did in fact get done.

Here is Bug's

And this is the back

Here is Button's
I made hers short for her so she could still crawl and then made bloomers from the sleeves.

And the backside

Both dresses together.
Look how good the colors matched, not too shabby for Salvation Army shirts.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

It's Friday but Sunday's a comin' (a day late)

Well I felt crummy last night so I didn't get to post this. I just love this reminder.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

We have baskets!!!!

They are air drying now. I love how they turned out. I'm not sure what will go in them this year, perhaps it's time to decide that with Easter coming on Sunday. It shouldn't be too hard to keep things simple as they are 1 and 2 so they are quite easy to please. I'll probably get some things they will need for summer like beach towels and go pick up a nice Easter book that tells of the Resurrection. Bug is really into reading books so it'll be a great way to keep the focus of the day in the right place.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Stay tuned for Easter Basket pictures! They took their baths this morning!

Monday, April 6, 2009

the practice dress

I found a cute tutorial over at Craftster to make a girls dress from a mans button down shirt. I bought 5 shirts at $3 a piece. I have 2 that have similar colors that I'll use for Easter dresses if all goes well. Here is the first one I completed! It fits Bug well! I have both shirts cut apart and Bug's dress body cut. Next I'll need to press the edges and sew. They are pretty quick to make, although they seem to take longer for me since I only get to do a step at a time before getting interrupted.
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