Monday, December 20, 2010

28 Years!

28 years ago tonight I married my best friend and true love. Happy Anniversary Andy! I love you!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Working on the new Craft Room

So I'm finally in my new craft room. It's still a work in progress, but at least it's mostly done. This first picture is of my old space in the study. Very cramped!
Here's hubby installing my Bygel rails from Ikea for my punches. Our daughter lives in New Jersey and Ikea is only an hour away, so you know where we went when we visited her last month.
This table is Ikea as well. It was given to our daughter by a friend when she graduated college. He was moving into a tiny apartment and didn't have room. So guess who got to store it until she found a place of her own? Since she was given an antique dining room table and didn't need it, we made her a deal she couldn't refuse....We kept the table and chairs and in turn we gave her money towards her new sofa.
I found these Jetmax Cubes at AC Moore on sale. You know me, I can't refuse a good deal.
I re-purposed white shelving from our kid's closets for my storage. It's not like the kids are using them. The table is a garage sale find. The totes under the table store my card stock and I had hubby mount a shelf just above the table for my stamps. It works perfect because I'm able to use the shelf brackets as bookends for my stamps. I unmounted most of my stamps this summer and it was the best thing I could have done. The boxes, also from Ikea, on the white shelf hold various papers, envelopes and cards I've completed.
The closet houses wood mounted stamps, 12 X 12 paper and will hold a bunch of other I said, it's a work in progress.
And this corner? This is the pile of stuff I have yet to sort through and store. Eventually I want to have some comfy seating here and a place for hubby's guitar. I also want to find a black and white print of Audrey Hepburn to hang on this wall as well. So thanks for stopping by and seeing my new space.

Retirement Journals

I haven't been blogging lately because I've been busy. Recently we had 10 people retire from our department at work. I was asked to do their journals. Whenever someone retires, we always have a journal of well wishes that everybody signs. You'll also find pictures of the retirees from days past scattered throughout the journal as well.

What I did was alter composition notebooks. I had never altered books before. Let me tell you, taking on the task of doing 10 of them in only a couple pf weeks was quite a challenge......but it was a labor of love. I tried to personalize each journal by highlighting the retiree's interests.
Themes I used were : cooking, art, theater, fishing, golf, sports, antiques, classic cars, beagles, and bling. One woman has such a sparkling personality and lovers her bling I just had to make her journal sparkle.
I was honored to be able to make keepsakes for my former co-workers and friends. and now they are all sporting that perpetual retiree smile......and that makes me happy.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Sneak Peak and a Couple of Cards

In my last post I said some changes were coming. Well, they've begun. I'm in the process of changing the guest room over to my craft room. Part of it will be for guests, but mostly it will be my craft room. This is a wall decal to give you a hint into the way the room is headed. What sold me on the decals was the bling that went along with it. A girl's gotta have some sparkle.
This first card is part of a set of thank you cards for some friends who are expecting their first baby. They're going with a nautical theme for the nursery, so I thought these would be nice for shower thank yous.
And this is a birthday card for my favorite 7 year old, Braedon. I just thought this little guy was so like him.

More to come as things progress.


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Changes Coming

It's been forever since I've posted. Life has a habit of getting in the way. Well changes are coming and changing my background is just the beginning. This card is my inspiration. It reminds me that no matter how insane things get. God is good and is ALWAYS with me. With God, all things are possible.

So how about some updates on the family. Our oldest moved out to California back in January and is doing well. Our youngest is moving her stuff out of our house next month ans I will get my very own craft room! Woohoo! I don't know if I'll get to post Before then......lots of things going on.....but I will definitely be posting once I get my craft room up and running.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Blessings Galore!

Hi All!

It's been over a month since my last post, but it has been insane. I'm happy to say that my daughter who graduated last month fomr the Culinary Institute of America is now employed! Woohoo! She and her sweetie are working in their field in New Jersey. My eldest son proposed to his sweetie, and she said yes! Yea!!!! another daughter!!! I put in for a transfer at work last month and they approved it. I'll still be in the Design department, but working for ROW/Mapping instead of Bridge Inspection.

And when you think things couldn't get better, they do. I won a gorgeous stamp set from Belinda at Clear Artistic Stamps. It's called Shadows of Memories. Here are some of the cards I made with it. It's hard to see in the photos, but the gold paper is shimmer paper that I got from CAS and the red paper is textured paper that lends itself nicely to the Asian theme. The images are embossed in gold. The sentiment on the last card is from an SU set....can't remember which one though.

I also won a stamp set and some embellishments from a wonderful lady named Wendy. She's a blogging sister of my friend Kim. I hope to show some cards using those goodies in my next post.....which I hope won't be too long from now.

Can you say GOD is Good! I sure can!

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Lot to Celebrate!

Hi All,
My darling hubby and I just got back this evening from a trip downstate. Our daughter received her bachelor's degree from The Culinary Institute of America yesterday in Hyde Park. I actually was able to get one decent photo of her in her cap and gown. Isn't she beautiful?

While we were down there, we ventured out onto the new Walkway across the Hudson, which just opened on October 3rd. It crosses the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland. The walkway is the world's longest pedestrian bridge, over 6,000 feet long. It's 25 ft wide and bumps out to 35 ft at the lookouts.

Now, this was a BIG deal for me. I have height issues. More importantly, I have bridge issues. I love bridges, architechturally speaking, but am not so keen about being on them....Heck, they terrify me! So with the help of my darling hubby, I walked the bridge. Of course I stayed in the middle of the bridge and clung tight to Andy's arm, but I did it. This is me standing in the middle of the bridge freezing my tush off. That's the Mid-Hudson Bridge in the back ground.

Here's Andy. He's not afraid to stand by the rail. In fact, when I got home and looked at the pictures, I could tell which ones I took and which ones Andy took. Mine have rail in the photo,( since I wouldn't leave the center of the bridge), and Andy's all have no rail in them.

Here's the plaque that's on the rail at the center of the bridge,( and yes, Andy took this photo). If you click on the photo it should come up big enough to read.

Here's another photo Andy took. Though you can't see it too well, the building in the photo is of Roth Hall at The Culinary Institute of America.

Well, it's late and I'm tired. Goodnight all.