Friday, December 31, 2010

Ringing in the New Year

The snow is falling and it has been the perfect day to shut myself in the studio and get some scrapbooking done. It's amazing the kids have not been fighting today, so I managed to get a few pages done. I'm posting some here to share with all of you.

We had a wonderful Christmas and I'm looking forward to ringing in 2011. I have not had the chance to ponder over all my new year resolutions, but I have set a few goals for the new year. Here are just a few of my goals for 2011

1. Get back to running on a daily basis
2. post a project on my blog weekly
3. daily family scripture reading...sometime after September we were really slacking
4. Two or more craft shows
5. Fewer trips to town...this is probably going to be the hardest one

Wishing all of you a Joyous New Year.

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Studio

I can't believe I am about to show you this side of me. This is my studio after 3 months of work and only one cleaning/organizing day. I think these pictures should be sent in to Hoarders anonymous.
Anyways, the reason I am posting these pictures is to motivate me to get through this mess and get things back to functioning. My toes will be so grateful when I am done. The real reason for the sudden urge to clean this mess is, how can anyone feel creative in this mess. I have trailed things all the way to the dinning table and my family is ready for me to put a stop to the crafting madness going on in the house right now.
I really have lost the creative mojo and don't even want to look at this room. I realize after this show I did last month that things are not set up in a productive manner, even my husband commented on this one. We both have some ideas to move things around and build some rolling storage that would better suit me when things are being worked on. I really liked his idea about putting things on casters, so I can wheel them out of the closet when using them and then just wheel things back in there when I am done. Last year I had a much bigger space 16ft X 13ft and I had to downsize to a 9ft X 11ft space. Much of my furniture pieces had to go and I miss my standing island where everything was at my reach.
I am excited to get things ship shaped again, so I can function in my happy space once more.

Really, It would take me a half hour just to get to the sewing machine if I needed it.
Surprisingly the closet really doesn't look that bad. Maybe that is, because everything is laying in the middle of the studio floor and not put away where it needs to be.
Ha Ha Ha, sorry I just had to laugh. This is so bad! Hope ya'all have a great week.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Best Christmas book ever

One of our family traditions is to buy the kids each a new book for Christmas. I love books and think that all kids need to read and get away from the TV. Where did they hide my presents is one of the books I purchased for the entire family to enjoy. I loved this book. The kids and I sat around and read this the other night and laughed like crazy. This was definitely one of those books for all to enjoy. My kids range from 3-13, so it was a joy to find a book that we will all cherish. My 12 yr old and the 6 yr old argued over who was going to get to take it to school first to share with their class. I am totally recommending this read for all ages. Not only was it a funny read, but the illustrations were amazing.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday's knocking at my door

Hello and happy holidays to all of you. I can't believe we are already a week into December and moments away from Christmas and a New Year. This year has been a grand year for me. I am excited about all that I have accomplished this year and all the projects that are in the works for next year. I just wanted to stop in and share some pictures of the signs of Christmas around our house. I hope you enjoy and have a blessed holiday season.

Candles and holders were found at Hobby Lobby on clearance a few years back. Total cost for all was just under $6.
Table center piece is a metal basket purchased at Goodwill for $2.50 and filled with a box of pink glass ornaments from Michael's on clearance for $.25 cents. I added some greenery from our backyard and pine cones I found in our church parking lot. Then sprayed the pine cones with snow texture. Total cost for centerpiece $2.75
The chair backs are also made from the greenery from my backyard and sprayed with the same snow texture. I added one pick of greenery from Hobby Lobby on 50% off sale and a ribbon bow to finish it off. Total cost was $10.50 for all 8 chairs.