29 August 2012

lazy days...

a little hexagon project in progress

Hello there!  Can you guess what I'm going to say?  I can't believe summer vacation is almost over!  It went by so quickly!  It's like I don't pay attention to the day or month until suddenly there's only a week left.  As in years before, I had so many plans and so few were carried out.  And if you ask me what I've been up to, well I can't really think of much!  ugh...

Well, we did go to an airshow.  It was great fun.  I think it's the happiest I've seen jj in a while.  He's just too stressed at work, and home, and everywhere...
this is my favorite plane.  I like the big, fat ones.  :D

I am however looking forward to autumn...not to winter...not to saying goodbye to the sun...not to rain.  I miss a nice autumn back east (I live on the west coast of the US now), but any autumn will do.  I love Halloween (the decorating mostly) and pumpkins, hayrides and corn mazes.  But let's not wish away the tiny bit of summer we have left...

I know I said I'd show you my craft room, but I haven't gotten around to taking any serious pictures yet.  I've been trying to organize and whatnot.  My paper craft supplies are quite a mess.  And of course I've decided and re-decided how to sort my fabric.  :)

When I was first putting together the room I was surprised by how small my fabric stash was...I had thought it was much bigger.  I thought maybe I didn't need another cabinet, I could put both paper and fabric in one...

Oh how wrong I was...yikes!
this is the fabric (yum!)
There's even fabric behind the fabric!  I really need to start making stuff...

Here's my paper cabinet...in progress.  I'm trying to organize it.  There's much more space now.  (It looks like a lot more than it really is.)  0:D
look at the mess already!  I put a curtain over my door because my curtains weren't up on the window yet.  that's fixed...
 You want to know my favorites?  The vintage fabrics and sheets!

Some of my favorite-favorites are from Junette @ patternlike
I've been trying to spiffy up the house a little bit.  It's really been lacking for...years.  I've been in a rut for...years.  :D  I finally got around to putting up my vintage, crocheted pot holder collection.  I think it looks nice.  It would look even better with some new paint...and some new curtains.  On the right, you can just barely see the fork and spoon hangings I painted bright orange.  I'm very happy with my two new IKEA lamps as well.  (psst...I LOVE IKEA!!!) :D
you've got to love the hawaiian bread package in the corner...nice.
I also made a wreath for the front door some time ago.  I can't say I love it...it leaves quite a bit to be desired, but it's welcoming all the same.  (And I'm too lazy to fix it up.  I originally planned to put a bunting that said welcome on it...)   :D
this poor door needs some paint too

Well that's enough show and tell for now.  I thought about breaking this up into multiple posts, hmm...I could make them and then not publish until later...  If I don't do it now I just plain won't get around to it, you know?

Hopefully we can chat again soon!  Until then...

13 July 2012

A peek

Hello there!  I'm back!  :)  And with news...well, sort of news.  My room is (practically) finished!  Just the window moulding is left.  Ahh, it's the best room in the house, by far.  And I shall have a reveal of sorts very soon.  I haven't actually used it yet though.  For one thing, we've been vacationing and visiting, and another, it's going to be hard to leave my dining room-crafting ways.  It's rather cozy in here.  I'm right where the action is and all.  But I do hope to bring some action into my room.  Give the kids fun things to work on and whatnot.  Here's a peak!

I love my door!

I love my knob!

So for now I'll show you some pictures of what we've been up to.  :)

We went camping about a month ago.  It was COLD.  In the mid 40's (that's 5C for my int'l friends.  Is that right?  My calculator says so, but that sounds so cold...)
the river was loud.  my girl asked if they turned it off at night.  :D

 The campfire was my friend, to say the least.  And I believe* I broke my little toe 2 weeks before, so it was a little unhappy, but luckily it didn't hurt once we started walking for extended bits of time.  I guess it warmed up my foot.  Yay. (*I never went to the doctor, but when I smacked it against the concrete I heard a snap, and it's still swollen looking after almost 2 months.  Yes, I know, I should go to the doctor.)
love this place.  so beautiful.
such beautiful weeds
And then my parents came for a visit, and we took a drive east...
there's little I like better than mountains.  they call to me, "erica, come visit us..."

Well, I hope to post again soon with some craft room eye candy.  I hope you'll love it as much as I do.  :)

10 May 2012

A creative mess...

Well hello there!  :)  I'm very happy to say it's Thursday!  Thursday is my second favorite day of the week.  It's filled with the anticipation of Friday, the first best day.  I imagine some people prefer Saturday, but I enjoy looking forward to it instead.  :)

Today my girl's class had a mother's day tea party.  It was fun.  I, unfortunately, had to join the class in a 'chicken dance.'  I'm not big on doing such things...  I made lemon-poppyseed cupcakes and lemon bars for the occasion.  Unfortunately, I have some extras...fewer now than this morning.  0;D

I don't have any finished projects to share with you today.  I hate to use such terms, but I imagine I might be considered as having ADD.  I can't stand to focus on (aka finish) one thing at a time.  So right now I still have that bunting to finish, I've started on another pillow project, I bought a crochet pattern (one of SO many I desire to do) and I'm putting fabrics in hoops.  Oh, and I started on my Single Girl a while back (it's going to take me forever).

Here is the beginnings of my new pillow project. 
note the classic foot-in-photo shot.  lovely socks... :D
I ran out of buttons to cover!  Don't you absolutely hate it when you want to do something and you don't have what you need?  Agh!!!  On the left you can see some of my yummy beads (I made a few pairs of earrings the other day) and my hoops in progress,

I love the threads too...

I hesitate to show you my ugly blue carpet, but you know, it is what it is, and there are too many other things to do before we replace it (she says with disappointment). :)

I can't wait to show you the super-cute crochet pattern I bought, but for whatever reason I can't seem to bring myself to sit and work on it...strange.

These are some leftover bits of fabric from my button making.  I like the shape...

And lastly, a funny little story.  My girl takes a card making class after school.  The other day she said she made our cat a card.  Well she actually 'gave' it to her.  The cat was on jj's truck. It was so cute...

Hope you have a great weekend!  :)

30 April 2012

Hello Hello!

Well hello there!  It's been quite a while, hasn't it?  It feels so good to blog again.  I've meant to so many times, but I just didn't do it.  It takes me a long time...or at least it feels like it.  I can only assume that's what deters me.  I've noticed lately that I do a lot of things too slowly. 

Anyhoo, I have a story.  Back in November of last year my sewing machine broke.  When I turned it on it made this horrible noise...the screen didn't come up and the needle didn't move.  Well I was busy with the holiday preparations so I put it off.  For whatever reason the holidays bog me down mentally, and I pretty much shut off except for doing the baking and decorating essentials.  :)

Well February came along and I was finally out of my holiday funk (told you I was slow...) and I wanted to sew.  So I brought my machine in for service.  A week went by and I got a message saying essentially my motherboard was fried and it would cost $350 to replace.  I gave consent and expected it back the next week.  But no, it wasn't ready.  The guy said the part was due in the next day and I should have it back next week (they only pick up the machines on Wednesdays).  Long story short, there was very poor communication and I had to put jj on the case.  :)  Apparently they had to order the part directly from Germany, and the first one they received was faulty.  And then another part broke while they were fixing the one.  So after 7 or 8 weeks I finally got my machine back!  :/  What a mess!  But I'm so happy to have it back, though it acts a little differently now.  :(  After all that, I paid a little more than half of what it would cost to get a new machine.  But the guy told me that my machine was one of the better ones and that they don't make them quite as well anymore, so I feel better.  :)

I've been slightly productive.  I started a bunting using vintage sheets.  I love buntings and I love vintage sheets!

I made a wreath with vintage sheet strips.  I'm not 100% happy with it.  My wreath form is too skinny.  I don't have a pic.  Maybe I'll do that later...

When the whole embroidery hoops as wall decor thing started I just didn't get it.  But the more I saw them the more I thought...what a great way to display some of my favorite fabrics.  I could have covered canvases with them too, I suppose.  Anyhoo, I'm finding it difficult to decide just which ones to use.

And let me tell you, living out of bins is annoying!  But my craft room is so close to being finished.  SO close!  We're getting the moulding up now!  Woo!  I can't wait to decorate it and show pictures.
Note the cabinet and shelf trying to share the same space?  Yet another reason I can't wait for my bins to get out of the living room!  They take up all the space.

I hope this is the start of more blogging.  It didn't take all that long to do this time...

Enjoy your day!