Wednesday, June 30, 2010
IT WAS WONDERFUL! They tossed the football, paddled all around the mini island in the lagoon, paddled on their boogie boards, ate lunch, swam and expended all their energy!
We saw wedding photographers, summer school children, tourists, & honeymooners.
Tossing the football...
Sawyer (took over an hour) -caught a little fish...
Clean table = clear mind I suppose.
I needed some baby cards so I used one of my older favorite sets called Brides and Babies.
The decorative paper is SU paper. I love the green, yellow combo.
I taped the decorative paper to white card stock and added white satin ribbon and a small green button for some added "Oomf." That is a word -right?
I stamped the image with Black Staz On and then punched it out with my round Marvy punch. I used my aqua painters again, and colored it in using the Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue and So Saffron ink pads. I also sponged around the circles with the Saffron ink.
The words were stamped in Certainly Celery ink and then punched out with another SU punch. I adhered the words and circle using my favorite pop dots from SU as well.
Sweet card makes me think of sweet babies!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
while I was out in the garage
and took alot of pictures of my old coffee table,
Wow, even using the macro setting!
I knew it would take tons of energy and time to deep clean it, and I was overwhelmed and unmotivated to get in and just do it. It was Gross with a capital "G".
See - proof!...
Just don't stare too long. (Our room will be tiled next.) Ignore gross carpet too, please.
I didn't want to wake up on Father's Day looking at it, and I knew my patient hubby wasn't too happy digging through laundry baskets to find his work clothes.Finally on Saturday, bright and early, I decided to claim back my bedroom, and make it into a peaceful relaxed space, and as Nike says "just do it".
I began by taking off my bedding and washing it in my Tide with Downy softener.
(No, I'm not paid to endorse this company , I just LOVE the smell!) I removed my curtain panels so they could be washed as well. Behind the curtains -Oh. boy! They were so dirty and disgusting, that I had to tackle them next. I know -YUCK!
I got out a bucket of Lemon Lysol water and scrubbed them down. It took 3 1/2 hours to clean my windows!! 3 1/2 hours people! But the breeze coming through afterwards-was divine!
I dusted the walls, yep, the dressers, and end tables. I even cleaned my ceiling fan!
I vacuumed, remade the bed, and rehung the curtains.
At 3pm, I was finally finished! Talk about satisfaction!
It smelled wonderful! Yum-Downy dryer lavender/vanilla sheets are the best!!
I didn't feel exhausted -I felt motivated!
I went onto to our bathroom... (warning- feel free to cover your eyes!)
I knew the windows and screens needed deep cleaning in there as well. So again I got new lemon Lysol water and took 1 1/2hrs to clean the windows and screens.
I scrubbed all the other surfaces, washed the bath mat, then added fresh scented towels, a new bar of soap, and a full bottle of shampoo. ( Goodbye 3/4 empty one!)
I was so happy! There's something about clean spaces that destresses me, and clears my mind and motivates me to want to craft and stamp!
Check it out!!
However, I couldn't go and make anything because I'd been throwing things into the garage over the last couple of weeks. There was a mountain of unwanted , future Craigslist items and there wasn't any room to craft. Can find the level? the sewing machine? the crooked picture?
How about the containers of Lego's? The pumpkin? the folding tables?
Monday morning -I went out at 9am and decided to play my own version of "Clean House Hawaii Edition". I set my timer for 30 minutes and took everything out onto the driveway -EVERYTHING!
I swept the cement floor, then vacuumed, and mopped it-because as you know, I love that Lemon Lysol smell!
Next, I sorted all my stuff into trash, sell, and/or donate piles. I kept asking myself "Do I need this?", "Have I used this recently?", and "Has it served it's purpose?".
I kept a mental picture in the back of my mind of what I wanted my space to look like.
By Tuesday afternoon-one and half days later...my craft space was finished!
I can see! I can stamp!
I can walk without tripping on something!
I'm all ready for stamp class!
It was tons of work and took extra effort-but having the chaos gone , totally de-stresses me.
I have the motivation and energy now to craft.
How 'bout you? Is there a mountain of laundry? Piles of paper? Rooms full of toys? that are weighing you down?
Go ahead and tackle it! Get rid of that stress and donate, sell or trash all those unworn, broken or unused items. Feel the stress roll off your back, then sit back enjoy your hard work-and of course, feel free to Craft!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Tonight when I went by the laundry sink I saw this very large visitor.
See the drain cover? Yeah -it's as big as that!
I'm hoping this guy is eating lots of mosquito's for me...(He ran away to quick for me to kill him.) I'll have to be very careful in there now! Or it's God's way of letting me not do anymore laundry tonight!
Score card 0 for 2.
(thought it might dry faster if I put it on a craft table...Nope.
We lurched forward into small tree-munching the left side of the front bumper-oops!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Alright, drum roll please....It's time to show the boy's bedroom "redo"....But first! Here is another before shot...two beds, rattan floor mat to cover the cement floor, and a very full, messy closet...didn't even get a picture of it..
Now for the "redo" ...
First, I had to pull everything into my room, Lily's room and the hallway. Believe me it was messy, crowded and stressful! So much stuff was unused and unwanted ...I had to have a yard sale!
Mr. B. went to work on tiling the floor, while I organized and deleted things...
Even the closet got painted!
While the grout was drying inside, the baseboards were being stripped, re-stained, & resealed outside.
Levi was assigned the task of cleaning his windows and screens... look how clear they are now! (Where's Sawyer?)
Letters on the wall... courtesy of Sawyer's painting skills...
Close up of the dresser, old truck, and a John Potter painting...
I bought a new 5 X 7 shag rug for the tile floor -perfect for playing on! or for little toes in the morning...
(This painting is hanging on the wall to the left of Levi's desk)
I hung up my husband's checkerboard he had made in high school, and painted out the red stars, that were previously hanging in the room, with royal blue paint.
and to keep them out of reach of his younger "destructo -man",brother.
Here is the closet...I know- the doors still have to be added this weekend, but the majority of the miscellaneous clutter that was inside, is gone! I had to take a picture! If you'd seen it before in person, you'd be saying "Wow!"