Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Some recent thrift store finds!

So last week was our annual visit from out of town cousins. We spend time catching up and doing one of our favorite activities...thrifting! I prepared for the big day by hitting up my thrift store on Monday, gotta be in practice you know. I found some cute cloth napkins and a basket to store them in that is the perfect size. Also included in my score from the day are: a vintage recipe box, a new mirror (I think I'll paint the frame), a vintage knitting tote (which matches my couch and fits in great with my bedroom curtains too), and a desk top cube for scrapping tools.

Then on Tuesday (with the cousins) I found this little shelf/nightstand. It is sturdy and I see paint in it's future.

Check out the price! But, wait, it gets better! It was customer appreciation day so it was 25% off! $3 can't beat it!

And I had a plan for it, it is going to house my Big Shot. I am working on only buying things I have an immediate purpose for.

But that whole "buying with an immediate purpose" thing is a work in progress, because I bought this. I like how it looks, I am not sure what I will store in it yet. I think it will go into the studio, I am dreaming in vintage/shabby chic style for that room. So, what should I store in it??

Not pictured from the day, some clothes, little spice jars for scrapping embelishments (brand new 4 pack from IKEA), and a doll high chair for the girls.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Butterfly Bookmark!

To stick with the summer theme going on at Paper Maniac this week I decided to make a bookmark for all those great summer reads. I used a jumbo paper clip (from the office supply section at Walmart) and a chipboard butterfly I had on hand. I glued some Basic Grey Origins DP to it and then trimmed it to size. I inked the edge with distress ink and added some Kaisercraft pearls to the body of the butterfly.

Here it is in use. Great book by the way if you want a quick summer read.

Have a fun weekend!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Makin' Progress Monday ~ hedge removal

Another day of landscaping occurred over the weekend. This time we attacked the front overgrown hedge that lined the angled right side of our driveway. A few of the smaller bushes were salvaged but the rest were such a mess that we will just start fresh. I don't have a good before shot of the project, but here is the space with everything taken out. The worst ones were the thorny bushes, they may have been some sort of rose, but they were tough to get out.

And, as an added bonus we discovered our driveway is about 2 feet wider along the north edge and 6-18 inches wider along the front angled side. The previous owners kept piling mulch into the overgrown bushes. I sketched a chalk line where the mulch and weeds had spread out to so you can see how much room was gained.

Knowing we wouldn't till up a garden this year I had actually thought that the hedge space would make a good spot for a garden. I honestly didn't think we'd get to the project until much later in the year rendering the idea useless. Well since we got to the project this weekend we decided to go ahead and move in the tomatoes that were very, very unhappy in the sandy soil in front of the house. I am thinking I may go get some clearance veggie plants and some miracle grow this morning to expand our garden a small bit. I need to finish leveling the area and removing some more of the mulch. I will add some pavers on the lawn side of the garden to separate it from the lawn. And, since this is just a veggie garden and will be dug out in the fall it keeps the area clear for snow removal (which was hubby's requirement). Here are the holes the tomatoes were dug out of, I planted them in the space in front of the house just to get them in the ground before we went on vacation last week.

Here they are in their new home along the north edge of the driveway.

In addition to the hedge project this weekend, two other fun things occurred. First, the air conditioner is now hooked up! It was replaced when the furnace was in the fall, but the wiring was dangerous so it needed a redo. Secondly, the (ugly) wrought iron railing that was in front of the house was removed. I love how it opens up the step, and it will look really nice once we get to landscaping the rest of the front.

Here are all my pots of flowers, they are doing well and quite happy there.

The big planter is over by the garage, and some of those plants started flowering this week too.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Whew, I made it.

I'm back from a mini vacation we just took. It was nice to get away, too bad it rained most of the trip. Today I have a more masculine card to showcase. I used Itsy Bitsy Giggles stamped on the cardstock base in Cocoa Brown. I then took some DP from Cosmo Cricket's Boyfriend line, cut a window and distressed the edges with my paper distresser tool. It did help to spritz the paper a bit with my mini mister to get it to roll nicer. Then I added brads and had at them with the Tim Holtz texture hammer.

Wishing all the dads a HAPPY FATHER's DAY!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Happy Graduation!

Here is a card I made to congratulate the class of 2010. I used some Cosmo Cricket for the background paper and to punch the stars from. I added some bling to the star centers and some silver string in the middle. Wishing the class of 2010 huge successes as they reach for the stars and dream big dreams.

Friday, June 4, 2010

thankful {for teachers} flair

I made this teacher thank you card in some non traditional teacher colors and it is also important to note that no apples were harmed in the making of this teacher card. I used one of the great Unity Store KOTM's. The paper is by Sassafras lass and I added some bling and trim from my stash to finish it off. Check out all the great Friends with Flair creations from the list on the Unity blog.

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