16 July 2013

I love instagram!

Hello there!  I had high hopes for this week.  I wanted to post here, print out some pictures for scrapbooking, tidy the house and spend lots of time with my kids.  But, for various reasons, none of that is happening.  But I shant complain!

I have a ton to share.  We've gone on some road trips and such.  Hmm...maybe not a ton, but lots.  :D  But given my exhaustion from doing a bunch of nothing, that will have to wait 'til later.

I just thought I'd quickly tell you that I've joined instagram.  I didn't get the hubbub at first (I'm always late to the party), but I just love it!  You can see my feed HERE.  Nothing special, just me sharing stuff.  I would love to share beautiful photos like the people I follow, but I just don't see a whole lot of beauty around me.  I'm slowly (a.k.a. lazily) trying to change that. :)

I'll also share a funky project I completed.  I think I mentioned that I got a new car.   Sadly, as comfy and gadget-laden as my minivan was, I'm just not (100% not) a minivan kind of person.  It was an impulse buy, highly (completely) driven by jj.  I have a thing about cars.  I want mine to reflect my personality. Well my new car (truck?) does that.  It's a relatively rugged ORV, and he needed that extra erica touch.  So I made him a bunting! 

I made it out of a tarp.  I hadn't realized it was jj's only tarp, but how perfect is it?  Anyway, he's so me, and I absolutely love him.  He's going to take us to fun places, like...

...sand dunes.  Or not.  I swear we almost got stuck.  Maybe with different tires... 

Anyhoo, I'd better get back to my nothing.  Hopefully I'll get to those pics soon...

24 May 2013

One happy momma...

"use me erica, use me!" said the pile of loveliness.

Hello there!  It's a lovely day today.  The morning was dreary but now it's sunny and cool.  I prefer this sort of day.  The dreary morning makes me appreciate the sun.  And it keeps it a bit cooler...not to say that it's been particularly warm yet.  Unfortunately we have some butterflies we need to release, but this week has been in the 50's (yet last week it was in the 70-80's) and it's too chilly for them.

isn't he funky looking?  It was hard to get a good pic through the mesh.

Mother's day is well past, but I must show you the lovely surprise jj brought home for me!  An iPad!

I was so happy!  And a pink case even! Needless to say I bought Mollie Makes straight away.  I love the real thing, but at less than half the price...well, you can't beat that!  I may buy the real thing once in a while if I really want the little gift.

I also got the Home issue.  I'd passed it up at the store because of the price, but digitally I could justify it.

wow, this pic is really out of focus...

One thing I just had to buy the real thing for was Flow's second paper issue.  It has a bunting!  I adore buntings.  Love, love, love....LOVE!


It looks rather lovely on my relatively-unadorned wall, don't you think?

I wanted to show you these sequins I bought.  Aren't they pretty?  I have no idea what I'll use them for though.  I bought them from Studio Calico, so they were intended for card making or scrapbooking, but I feel like I should make something that showcases them.  Hmm...

Well, I hope we all have a lovely weekend.  Monday is a holiday for the US, so that's something to look forward to.  Suddenly I have a craving for grilled food...  :D

22 April 2013

Some new goodies

A little bunting I made for our bedroom door with vintage sheets and alpha stickers
Yes, I did talk about saving money in my last post, but I posted that after I bought this stuff... 0:D  Let's talk about this saving money business.  My intention is to save my spending money...the money set aside each month for my pure enjoyment, i.e. crafting goodies.  But there are ways I should be saving for the whole family.  Namely, my friend Starbucks...

I love me a good, naughty beverage.  I was never one of those people who couldn't function without their coffee in the morning.  I totally didn't understand that.  But you know what I've noticed?  I have a significantly more productive afternoon if I have my delicious hazelnut macchiato, or vanilla latte.  Mmm...  And I eat less too.  But here's the kicker, I have a perfectly good, functioning espresso machine!  I own the syrups!  I own the beans!  Why am I not making my own?  That's way cheaper than getting Starbucks.

jj suggested that maybe I'm a little addicted to the actual procurement of the drink, the drive, the saying hello to an actual person (being a stay at home affords me little interaction, you know).  But is that worth $4?  No.

So anyway, on to the goodies.  I got Denyse Schmidt's Chicopee line.  It's funny, I'm not even 100% in love with her lines.  I like her lighter, brighter collections, but none truly sing to me.  And yet I seem to have quite the extensive collection all the same.  Not sure what's up with that...

These are my favorites from the line.  Unfortunately the orange on the first two is only present in these two fabrics, and the rest of the oranges are darker.  That lime print is interesting.  And the blue almost has a pixelated (is that a word?) feel to it.

I suppose one could argue that I have too much fabric...where am I going to put this?

I also got Color Me Retro.  I *love* this red.  It's bright and happy.  The blue is pretty nice too.

I'm rather excited to look through my new books!  I'm anxious to see what Selina Lake's new book is like.  I don't want to get my hopes up, because I don't think anything can live up to her Homespun Style.

 I hope you have a lovely week!   :)

17 April 2013

I have a goal!

 Hello there!  I haven't blogged in forever, I know.  But today I felt the need.  I'm on a mission.  I *must* stop spending money!  must, must, must!  I don't need more things.  And we're talking about craft things, of course.  Do I want more?  Oh yes, I certainly do.  Am I in love with 3/4 of the new things that come out?  Indeed.  And why, I ask, must they release new things so often?  And why must I have such a broad range of likes?  Ugh...this is going to be quite the task, indeed.  I give it a week before I start going crazy!  :D

I haven't been keeping up on my blogs lately.  Maybe I've been too busy browsing the online shops.  Blog reading is difficult too.  Don't you find that you can see something in an online shop and feel blah about it, but then you see what someone's actually done with it suddenly you *need* it?  I do...all the time.

I would love it if you would share, in the comments, tips and tricks you've used to try not to spend money.  Maybe you have a fun story, or are trying to do the same thing.

I haven't been up to a ton.  I've mostly been scrapbooking because my paper-fun table is in my craft room, but my sewing table is not.  At least that's my excuse.  I started doing this thing called Project Life this year.  It's quite nice.

Here's a page I just recently finished...

Nothing special, but I just loved that trip and so the photos make me super-happy.

The pic at the top of the post is something I made with my silhouette machine.  I saw something similar, a print, on etsy and just loved it.  I just stuck strips of some of my vintage sheets behind the cutouts.  The one on etsy had a cute girl on, and was therefore much cuter than mine, but I'm thinking I might cut out a flower from a vintage sheet and put it in the white space.  

We had a special visitor to the bird feeder recently.  He's a pileated woodpecker.  He's huge...and loud.  Love him.

Hopefully I'll be writing more often now that I won't be shopping.  But I've said that before, haven't I?  :D