It has been a while since I have been creative...or have had the time to be creative. Wednesday is my mother-in-law's Birthday, so I decided to make her a card. I love creating cards out of "nothing"...the more I altered and added to it the more I loved it. I know she will love it too.
My husband and I are now retired....we are sooooo busy and loving life!! Today we went to yard sales. I have been looking for a piece of furniture to redo into a wine rack, and we came across this dresser today. We will strip and sand it down, remove some if not all the small drawers on top and make it into wine bottle racks, and put new knobs on it. Can't wait to get started on this....it will be a great addition to our dining room to use as a buffet/wine table. I will post the final results at a later date.
Yesterday I spent time shopping at antique shops and flea markets. I was looking for things that I could use in my scrapbooks, vintage postcards, old books, lace dollies and stuff like that. When I got home I decided to use some of the great finds I found and make a card. This card I will give to my husband's parents for their anniversary. They will celebrate their 57th in May. I like how it turned out, though I am debating whether to change the flower. Now to work on a scrapbook for them, I plan on including pictures through-out their years together, and of course it will have a vintage distressed look to it. I will share that with you when I finish it.
I know Christmas is passed, and in our memories....it has been after all what? 2 and a half months? Well I needed to share this Christmas journal with you. In the beginning of December I did well keeping up with it, but in the hectic days just before Christmas, I didn't have time to work on it, parties, retirement, cooking, shopping, one thing led to another, and before you knew it, Christmas is over, the last of the decorations are put away, and the last thing I want to even think about is Christmas. Well today, I came across my journal rummaging through my craft room and as I was blowing dust off the book, I decided I really need to finish this. So that is what I did today. Yes, Karen does finish projects....every once in a while.
Spring is almost here, well for those of us that live in the south, though today does not feel warm, we did have a couple of days this week that were in the high 50"s. The past few days I have been busy working on some mini scrapbooks to send to my sister, who by the way is my best friend, for as long as I can remember. Though we live almost a thousand miles apart, and have so for the past 30 years, we have kept this closeness through out this time. In this time of technology, emails, facebook, cell phones, and whatnot, we have kept to writing traditional letters, and have exchanged thousands through out the years. She is a part of my mornings as I sit and have my coffee, I will write to her. Though we are a thousand miles a part, we have always been a part of each others lives. As those of you who follow my blog know, I am totally into making my mini scrapbooks. It is hard to describe these mini scrapbooks to my sister when I write to her, and pictures don't do them justice, so I decided to make here 3 of my mini books. I came across this beautiful paper the other day, ( I am addicted to paper) it is put out by K & Company, and it is the Tim Coffey designer paper pad. The paper is a combination of double sided spring theme, with black-eyed susans, pussy willows, dogwood blossoms, butterflies, dragonflies, and lilacs. Absolutely perfect for my sister, who loves to garden, and can't wait for spring to arrive. She is an artist and a writer. I made her a garden journal, that has several pages to illustrate on, pages with pockets to store those special dried flowers, and several pages to jot down garden notes. There are several pages also to add photos of her gardens as they transform through spring, to summer, to fall. I know she will love it, and I look forward to seeing the finished journal, as I imagine her, in a couple of months, (she lives in Maine) sitting outside, sipping on her cup of morning coffee, and sketching to her hearts content, and jotting down her garden thoughts.
So I have slacked off creating my mini scrapbooks since Christmas. But I am now back and have been working on a few mini's. The weather has been cold and rainy, so I don't have anything else better to do with my time. I need to add some more items to my etsy shop, which you can visit here . I have now sold a total of 14 items since I opened my shop last fall. I surely won't get rich off of this shop, but it is fun and keeps me busy. I hope to do some craft shows in the near future.
Spent a few hours with my daughter Danielle today. She is expecting a baby boy, Jarmon, which is due the 16th. We worked for more than two hours today unpacking and sorting thru all the baby stuff. Here are the pictures of the lil' man's room................I love the little forest animals, and the decals on the wall. Of course I titled this as Baby Jarmon's nurseries, plural, as I set up a crib at our house. He will have his own little place here at Grammy and Pop-pop's house. Yes I know it is blue...........Danielle doesn't like the traditional blues, but this is at our house, so it doesn't matter.
I am a retired Air Traffic Controller. I started my career with 8 years in the Air Force, then 21 years as a civilian controller working on a MCAS training young marines. I retired in 2009 and I love it!! I have been married for over 28 years to a fabulous, caring, husband, I have two beautiful daughters, a wonderful son in law, and an adorable grandson. Life is Good!