Sunday, November 7, 2010

They are finally up

My amazing husband Bill helped me get my mirrors up the other day when he got home from work!

The first thing we did was find the center of the wall and figure out the spacing, height and marked them on the wall with a pencil. Bill took out his trusty level to make sure that we were all straight and the tape measure to keep the spacing all the same. I probably would have just eye balled it, but I appropriate all the work he put into it! Then we used industrial strength Velcro to adhere the mirrors to the wall. Bill placed the four strips on the wall making sure that they would fit in the corners of the mirror. For a little extra security he screwed the back strip to the wall, then we but the other half on it and pressed the mirror to the wall.

It was really simple. The best part was that I told him we will need to pay attention to the pattern and not mix it up. Two seconds later I put a mirror on the wall not paying attention... and yes I didn't pay close attention! So I have two mirrors going one direction and two going the other way but the best part is that with the Velcro is that you can take it down and flip it the right way. So far they are different and I really like it that way! Here is the finished look...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Spray paint Crazy

During the summer I decided I need a little change in my office. I had these great tins that I use to organize my bills, one for in coming and one for out going mail. In the past where I had them you never saw them but in my office now they are there for all to see and the color just wasn't doing it for me anymore.



A quick trip over to Lowes for spray paint and a little time and they fit perfectly now. After I painted them and let them dry, I took a piece of sandpaper to them so that they still had the antique feel that I love! I think I really like the pink on the most, best part is that if needed I can change it in a heartbeat. Got to love fixing up the things you have to work for you now.

I also did some bird houses and the frame of a mirror that needed to be changed to fit my color scheme in my bathroom. Once I take some pictures I will share them.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

you are my favorite after all! So I have been sitting on some mirrors I bought at Target for almost a year! Yep, sad right? As soon as I saw the HOME BEVELED MIRROR TILES I knew what I wanted to do to them. They come in a 6 pack for $19.99, I think I paid more but who can remember. My plan was to etch the mirrors after all I had the etching creme and never used it and a wall that needs a little something something. The hardest thing for me was finding the right design. I looked for hours and hours on the web trying to find an SVG file to download and use. But the one that I found and loved was on a message board that you needed to contact someone to get the file. I decided that was not going to work out. Then I went to Cricut.com and looked to see what cartridges they had. I found the Cindy Loo cartridge that had some doilies and other designs that would come in handy for other projects so that is what I got.

To do the project I used left over vinyl in whatever color I had that was 12x 12. Then I used the "fit to page" on my Circut expression, using a 12x12 mat. It calculated it out to be 11 inches, after picking my doily. I then used transfer tape to place it on the mirror, peeled the tape and started.



I put the creme on the mirror using a squeegee to move the creme over the entire mirror. Following the directions I let it sit for 15 minutes.



When time was up I washed the creme off in the sink and peeled the vinyl. And this is what I ended up with...



I only etched 4 out of 6 mirrors because my wall isn't big enough for all 6. I am sure they will be etched at some point and put somewhere else. I still need to figure out a way to adhere them to the wall, not sure what to do because I don't want to mess up the walls. My hubby and I are going to Home Depot or Lowes to figure out what we can use. If I don't find anything I am going to make my own frames to put them in. Once they are up I will take another picture and share it with you.

Thanks for coming by. Hope you are having a fun filled Halloween weekend.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Metal Game board

I just loved getting around to making my family a metal game board. I have made about 4 or 5 now and have given them as a gift. My kids really didn't like that I did that but that's life. Last month a friend of mine was asking if I would be interested in getting together with other women to make Christmas gifts for family and friends, of course I jumped on the chance to be crafty since it has been so long. All together there are about 8 of us that have been working on the boards. Once a week we get together at someones house and work on the next step. The first week was coming up with an idea, I told them about my game board and that was that it was in the works. We ordered metal panels from an online store called FROM COVER 2 COVER, vinyl from another online store VINYL OUTLET, and few of the ladies went to Micheals with coupons in hand for magnets, foam brushes and Modge Podge. Then second week was cutting our vinyl into 4 - 1.5"x9" strips for the tic tac toe side of the game board (this is used on a 12x12 metal panel) or 4- 1"x5.5" strips for an 8x8 metal panel. Then for the checker board side the 12x12 panel needs 32- 1.5"x1.5" squares, the 8x8 panel needs 32- 1"x1" squares. Then our homework was to peel and stick the vinyl down on the panel. The third week was stamping along the edge of the tic tac toe side using rubber stamps and stazon ink in any color. Once the ink was dry we then put a coat of modge podge over the entire panel doing one side at a time and allowing to dry. *TIP* use a piece of wax paper under your panel so that you don't make a huge mess of you table! The fourth week was working on the picture magnets. Some of us paint the edge of the magnets and allowed them to dry while cutting our photos. Then picking a photo to use, make sure that it is not a close up of the person and then print the picture 12 times per person, on plain printer paper in a wallet size. Using the magnet trace the edge of the magnet to get the right shape. If the paper hangs over the edge of the maget a bit you can use a small piece of sand paper on the edge once the picture is glued down and dry! Once they were cut out we used the modge podge to glue the picture down to the magnet and allowed to dry. After they are all dry you add another coat over the top of the picture and allow to dry. I used glossy accent on the top of my magnets instead, either way is just fine. I haven't got any pictures of the other ladies boards because I keep forgetting my camera but here are pictures of mine. I used an 8x8 panel that I had in my stock and everyone else used 12x12 panel that they ordered.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Has it been that long?

Trying to find time to blog is starting to get very tough between kids, chores, and homework. Its been about 6 weeks since my oldest started 4th grade at a new school and this is the second week for my younger two who are in pre-school. Once we figure out the forever changing schedules I am sure that I will catch up on cleaning my office, maybe finding scrapping time (which hasn't happened in almost a year), and finding time to blog. But for now I can do a little crash course on what we have been up to.

The summer flew by this year which was a little bit of a bummer for me since this is my favorite season. But we managed to fit in 6 trips to Lake Havasu City, my favorite place in the world! It is so relaxing and the kids love to be on the boat and swimming all day long. We even made it out there with our friends, the Adams family for 4th of July. Here are a few pictures that I just love from over the many trips out there.

Makayla and Madalyn

Kyle, after taking a ride behind the boat in a tube. Pure satisfaction!

The Adams Family, below


4th of July fireworks from the boat After the fireworks we celebrated Scott Adams birthday on the boat with cookies and brownies! YUMMY!


My daughter Madalyn and I made it out to Hollywood with friends to see a new game show, Pictuerka, which will be on HUB in October sometime. The only picture I got was before going in of all the girls. We should have had them take one of the moms, there was 4 of us and all those girls!

I braved a trip with my three kids (no hubby since he was at work), some friends and their kids to El Captian Theater in Hollywood to see Toy Story 3. I had never been to that theater before so it was neat to finally see it. After the movie we all got to go on the back lot and play in the Toy Story Zone. The kids had a great time running around there, but the best part was the Ferris wheel with Makayla and Kyle. I wish that Madalyn had given it a try and conquered her fear but no such luck. I got a photo on my cell phone but it really wasn't that great. Here is a picture of the 4 of us at the end of the day.


August 9th kicked off the 2010-2011 school year for Madalyn. She is totally loving her new school, which is wonderful because I was wondering if I was making the right decision. All summer long she wasn't very happy with me taking out of her old school but she really needed a bigger challenge. The new school really is doing it for sure! She has even joined band and is going to learn the flute. Not to mention she will learn how to play the piano with a computer program, Spanish and Art History. Got to love the choice schools out there that are offering other things for kids. All I know is that I don't have to pull out what she did at school for the day. Instead she comes home excited and willing to share. So here is to her 4th grade year being amazing!


Makayla and Kyle started pre-school last week. For Makayla it is her second year and last before starting kindergarten and for Kyle its his first year. Should be interesting next year to have them at different schools since they love being together. So being it was Kyle's first year and he is always with me I was worried that crying was going to be a problem but lucky it went perfect. Not sure if it was the bribery that worked or that he was just ready. I think maybe a little of both. See he is really into monster trucks and I found one in my closet that was suppose to be his for Christmas, opps! So it was my bribery! He stayed without crying he got the truck and ice cream. First thing he said when I picked them up was "Me didn't cry, me get my monster truck now?" Yep, bribery works every time. Later that night we got ice cream with daddy, papa, and of course the monster truck! Here are a few photos.


So to end the summer... My hubby and I celebrated 10 years of marriage on September 3rd! I can't believe it has been that long. Like everyone else we have had our ups and downs and have come out stronger and happier. We can't wait for the next 10 years to see where life takes us. Anyway. We go every year to Lake Havasu for an adult only trip!!! Yep we talked the grandparents into splitting up the three day weekend so that we can go with no kids. We asked our friends Mike and Taryn to join us and they also got a sitter for their daughter. It was just what the four of us needed a break that was relaxing and rejuvenating. I got a new camera from my hubby, a Canon T1i, so I took a lot of pictures! The only on of me is terrible and jumping of the rocks. Which Taryn and I did, just like the kids were doing, the guys stayed in the boat and said they had no desire to do that! Us girls rock!!

I am on the left and Taryn on the right getting ready to jump!


Doesn't this picture I took of my hubby's feet say it all? Relaxing with no kids!!!

My guy, enjoying talking with friends, a beer and bbq. I just love him!


View from my Uncle's Lake house, overlooking Havasu Springs Resort. Isn't it beautiful? It is my favorite place to be in the evenings, sitting on the balcony enjoying the view while my hubby bbqs.

So here we are now, school, work for Bill, running kids around for me, and trying to find time in crazy schedules for some down time.

I hope that you had a wonderful summer. I know I did and I am already wishing it was summer again!

Jenn

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cards Cards and more Cards

I haven't really been scrapbooking at all lately. I get my office all picked up and think I can finally do something and then my kids come in and that's the end of that. Hard to work in a room with three kids digging through all my stuff and climbing on me. But its all worth the smiles I get from them and the hugs. So instead I have just thrown together a few cards that I needed for Mother's Day, Birthdays and for Madalyn's Teacher. The only cards that I did that really was a production line was some Thank you cards for the kids birthday gifts. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.



The card below was a lot of fun to make. I scraplifted it from Paper Crafts Go to Sketches Magazine., Vol. #1., page # 76. They took an envelope and sealed it, then cut the end off, covered it with paper and cut out a half circle on top. Then you can add money like I did or a gift card. There were other great ideas in there too. In fact the "mom" card above was also from a sketch.



This card is also from the sketches, but I changed it up a bit. I also used scrap pieces of papers, leftover letters and some sequence ribbon that I won from Jennifer Priest's blog, you can even buy them at her Etsy shop.



Here is another one from a sketch. Once again I used the sequence ribbon and the leftover scraps I had.


Here are the Thank you cards, also from a sketch. Guess I really got my dollars worth out of that Magazine! Picked fun papers I had that were leftovers from another project, used my cricut to cut everything I needed first, assembled it, wrote a thank you and then let the kids write their names, although Kyle needed a lot of help. It can out perfect though and they loved helping.




Have a good Sunday evening.
Jenn

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pay it Forward

Hi everyone.

I quick note. My friend Jennifer is in need of your help! It is a scrapping thing that is going to help out others. So please click on this link, http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com/2010/05/scrap-it-forward-call-to-action.html, and see if you could help her out.

Thanks Jenn

Sunday, April 25, 2010

ALEXCIS

Hi everyone.

Some how I seem to be doing a lot of name projects lately, weird how that is working out but I love it. The other day I found a little bit of time to redo my nieces name. I wish i had a photo of the original name but I forgot to take one. So let me tell you about what the used to look like... they were white, with butterfly stickers, gems, and ribbon. They were originally done to match her baby bedding, but now that she is almost 5 and she has new bedding that is for a big girl we needed to do something different with them. Her new bedding is bright colors with polka dots, flowers and plain. Alexcis has an obsession with polka dots so that is what I decided to do. After disassembling the originally design, my mom and I painted them a light pink. It took about two coats of paint, my mom did one coat and a few days later I did the second coat. From that point it took me about 3 weeks to find time to do the polka dots, which took no time at all. I used three different color that were in her bedding, a foam circle paint brush, and a circle stamp. When that was dry I cut the ribbon to the desired length and my Hubby Bill and I used a stable gun to attach the ribbon. Alexcis was very excited to have them all finished and today when they take their 7 hour drive back home they can take the letters with them. I am sure that the first thing Alexcis will want to do is hang them up! Well here are the photos of the project before the dots and after hanging in my daughters room.



Happy crafting everyone. Hope that you enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Jenn

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Acrylic Name Banner

Hi again!

Birthdays are a great way to get me motivated to make some thing fun. There is nothing better for me then to give something that is handmade and personalized. Gets me to step away from everyday life, let go of stress and make something really cute. My friend's daughter Kayla just turned 6 last week. Kayla is so cute, the only girl in her family, and the baby of the family. So I really wanted to make something pretty that she could have in her room that just screamed "girlie room." With that said, I decided to make a banner with her name on it. But not just any banner, a banner made of ACRYLIC! I Love to use acrylic for everything ever since I used it for the first time 2 1/2 years ago. THANKS JESSICA, you made me an acrylic junkie! Here is what I did....



I took 5 pieces of 6x6 acrylic panels, then on the blue protective covering with a sharpie I made a triangle. Once that was finished I used my fiskars rotary cutter and cut the acyrlic. It does take a little work... first cut ob the line applying some pressure. Then flip over the acrylic piece line it up and cut again. Eventually you will hear a cracking sound, that is when you know you made it through the acrylic. I might take a few swipes of the blade to accomplish this. Once I had all the pieces cut I used black acrylic paint and painted the edges of the triangles and let them dry. Then the paint was dry I stamped all the pieces using the cotton white staz-on ink and on of the Kits2remember rubber stamps. While the ink was drying I used chipboard, my cricut expression and the DonJaun cartridge to cut the name. After cutting the chipboard I then painted the edges of the letters. Next I cut pattern paper the same size as the chipboard and adhered them to the chipboard. To attach them to the acrylic I used glue dots. Then I decorated the different panels with the flowers, ribbon and brads in the middle of the larger flowers. When that was finished I used my crop-a-dile to punch holes for the ribbon and feed it through. Took me about 3 hours to complete it, but keep in mind that most of the time was the drying of the ink and paint. Here are the photos...



Wish I could have seen her open it, but my kids were cranky and so we missed it.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. We will be having a busy one. Makayla turns 4 on Saturday and Kyle is going to be 3 in 13 more days so we are going to have one big party! Time to go get ready for the fun. Bye