Wreath – Deco Mesh – Halloween

IMG_4100This is a shout out to my BFF Phyllis! Yeah, I know it has been a long time since I posted anything.  No excuses, just too lazy to “get ‘er” done.  I’ve done some stuff that I will try to post.  

I’m trying to get into Zentangles and art journals.  I get started but I loose interest.  While I’m doing it I enjoy it but once I put it down I don’t think about picking it up again.  Then I get on Pinterest and my creativity starts up again.

This is my first attempt at a Deco Mesh wreath.  I like it ok, but now that I have messed with the “stuff” I will do my next one different.  I followed a tutorial where they cut the mesh instead of making poufs and the mesh unravels.

 

 

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I got the large spider web/spider and the bird at M’s during their clearance.  I bought the chalkboard label at M’s sometime ago.  It was a package of 8 in their $1.50 spot.

We are having a wreath exchange at work this Friday and had a limit of $25.00.  The deco mesh cost me nothing (Daughter #1 had it left over from her Halloween wreath).  I bought the wire frame with a 40% coupon.  So when I add what I spent up it about $7.

 

 

 

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For those of you who are following the progress of my Mother, she is doing very well.  She turned 86 on 9/19/2014 and although she can’t take complete care of herself, she can do a lot more than we ever that she would be able to do after her stroke.  She is a fighter!  She has regained some of her ability to crochet and is in the process of making her first afghan in 2 years.

We face memory challenges every day, she has not forgotten me (or my BBF) and we are able to get her out for church and a little shopping.

 

Now let me see if I can’t at least post more often than once every six months!

 

Measure – Wash – Store

IMG_0236I have never been able to find a system that I like (until now), on how to store my measuring cups and spoons.  

I have seen several versions of this around the internet; however, they are usually done inside a cabinet door.

Putting these items inside a cabinet door causes them to rattle when you open and close the door.

I built the wood strips out of fir strips, painted them, added a nail with a head for a hanger (easy on easy off) and strong magnets on the back to hold them in place on the side of the refrigerator.

 

 

IMG_0241Fired up the Silhouette and made labels in vinyl.

This keeps these items organized and readily available when you are baking.  Easy clean up then store.

As you can see the side of my refrigerator holds the dispensers for my foil, plastic and wax paper and the measuring cups and spoons.

No rattles, just easily accessible and ready for use.

 

 

My measuring cups are black and they don’t show up against my black refrigerator.

The dispensers for the foil, wax and plastic wrap are from Ikea.  The down side to these are they only hold the small rolls, but since there is just two of us at home that size works perfect for us.

 

 

Sewing Box

IMG_0161.JPG (2)I have sewed for a number of years and have always struggled with the conventional sewing box or basket or whatever you want to call it.

During Christmas my #1 Daughter found a Snapware Container for $1.  I know great deal, and I told her I would take one because I can always find something to put in them.

I had an “aha” moment and decided I would use it as my sewing box and it works perfectly.

 

Because there are several containers that snap together you can separate out your pins from your bobbins.  I used each container for a specific item.  The larger container on the bottom holds my various scissors.  The top container holds the items I am always using and then I have a container for my crochet hooks.

Sometimes you have to think and work outside the box.  I don’t have to dig through an entire box/basket or container to find what I am looking for and an added bonus is the plastic is clear so I can see which container holds what I am needing and go directly to it.

Sweeeeeeeet!  Now I need to get back to finishing my shower curtain.

Mending Candles

IMG_0154.JPG (2)I took my Mom out to Hobby Lobby and we got this flameless candle.  Excellent for a skilled nursing center, since there is no flame.

They run on 2 double A batteries.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0155.JPG (2)Unfortunately, I dropped the shopping bag and it broke when I got her back to her room.

These things are not cheap.  I paid full price because I used my 40% off coupon on a lamp for Mom’s room.

Yeah, I could have gone back a second time but I didn’t want to use the time or spend the gas.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0158.JPG (2)I carefully pieced the candle back together adding a little glue to hold the pieces in place until I could get my Hot Gun to start melting the pieces back together.

I pointed the Hot Gun to the inside of the candle and it melted the inside a little at a time.  I would then rotate the candle around until it covered the cracked areas inside.

Once that was done I slowly heated  the outside of the candle.  I would warm the wax then use my fingers to mold the warm candle wax together.  Not perfect but I won’t have to buy another one.  I placed it in the refrigerator until all the was hardens back up.

Yes, you can still see the cracks if you look hard, but it works very well when the flameless light is on.

It will serve the purpose and it saved me from wasting $13.99…..sweet!

To Infinity & Beyond!

IMG_0151There is nothing like relaxing while my husband is watching golf on any given Sunday.  Today is still chilly and I have no desire to get out.

I had picked up a skein of yarn to make an Infinity Scarf for my “Secret Valentine”.  These are great to throw on with your coat, because they are not bulky and they are small enough you can fold them and put them in the pocket of your coat.

The picture does not do the color justice, there is a little sparkle in the thread.

 

 

You chain 126 and then you chain one to turn then single crochet back across the 126 chain.

Chain 4 and then do a triple crochet into each stitch.

Chain 1 and single crochet back across the triple crochets.

 

You do this pattern until you have 5 rolls of triple crochets.

Be sure and end with single crochets across the length of the triple crochets.

Then you sew the ends together and you are done.

 

It takes a little over skein to complete but it is a nice way to spend a relaxing Sunday.

 

Acetate – Another Use – Genius!

IMG_0137.JPG (2)I would love to be the type of person that could look at a stamp, word or embellishment and know exactly the best place to put it on a project.

However, I have to move things around before I commit.  Somethings that is an easy task, however, with stamping once you stamp it you are done.

My BFF and I are trying different techniques and making tags that we will send to each other.  It is a great way to share your love of crafts with someone that does not live that close that they can run over and have fun for a day.

 

IMG_0141.JPG (2)We have these little books that we are designating to hold our creations.  As I was trying to “deck” mine out, I ran across a stamp I thought might work.

However, I didn’t want to commit to stamping it until I saw what that would look like.  That is hard to do when the stamp is a wood stamp.

Light Bulb went off and I stamped it on a piece of acetate.

 

 

IMG_0142.JPG (2)Sweeeeeet, I can move it around the project and decide where I want to put the stamp.  

How about here?

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0143.JPG (2)How about here?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmmm, I can’t make up my mind, so I’ll think about it a little while.  The great thing is I haven’t stamped it yet so I have the ability to see if I find a better stamp or something else that fits the space.  Just like a woman, loving the ability to change our minds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizing – Simple Thing

IMG_0170I’ve seen this idea around the blog world and it is not difficult, but does a nice job.

To keep my extension cords in control I just slip them into TP rolls.

You could get fancy and cover the TP roll but since they are in a box, I didn’t see the need.

 

 

 

IMG_0166Unfortunately my January has started off with an on slot of all the “junk” that has been going around.  

So to brighten up my world I love adding some flowers.  This one is my favorite it is a fancy Sunflower.

 

 

 

 

Here is wishing you and yours a great rest of the month and a loving February.

Kitchen Lighting – Update

As promised, here is additional information on our Kitchen lighting update.  Our house was built in 1986 and at that time the hot thing was florescent lighting.  Pro – lots of light and it didn’t add heat to your kitchen; Con- the ballasts were always going out instead of  4 lamps you had 2 most of the time.

Here we are in 2014 and florescent lighting is not so cool for the kitchen any longer.  We finally decided to put in indirect lighting.

IMG_3969Our house is an open concept you see the den, the breakfast nook and formal dining room from the kitchen.  It also has a lower ceiling in the kitchen, another design concept back in the “80’s.

When we pulled down the grid that covered the florescent light, to our surprise the box was completely finished out….score.

With the help of a friend we installed 7 indirect lights.

 

 

IMG_3974Two on each side of the box  for a total of 4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3972Three down the center of the box.

 

Now I will tell you I don’t know how to do the electrical (that is why along with other skills) I paid a friend to help install the lights.

 

 

 

IMG_0110The upgrade to the lighting finished off the kitchen.  I had to patch the two holes that held the florescent lighting and paint the “popcorn” ceiling (another style of the “80’s).  However, I love the finish product.  

The pendant lighting is actually designed to screw into the indirect lighting.  That way if you want to change it out no biggie, just unscrew it like a light bulb and reinsert the recess lighting cover. 

The total cost to have the indirect lighting installed and purchase the pendant lighting was around $500.  To get a better look just double click on the picture.

 

The new lighting gives tons of light and does not heat up the kitchen.  I also replaced the light fixture above the sink  with a low profile light from Ikea.  As soon as I figure how to get it off my camera and onto my computer I’ll show you what that looks like.  For some reason my SD card will not upload……..time to call my personal tech guy (Travis my son-in-law).

I’ll show you how I painted the “popcorn” ceiling without pulling the stuff off the ceiling.  I have done that technique twice now and will probably use it when I repaint the ceilings in the rest of my house.  Let’s face it I’m not going to scrape it off, it doesn’t bother me that much!

Starting 2014

IMG_0228Well, I just had a very important birthday and I’ve got some decisions to make; however, with the way the last year went I might just hold tight for a little while and see how things are going to pan out.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0215Let’s catch up.  Mom is doing really well, so that is becoming a route.  She lives in a skilled nursing home and I go by 5 nights a week.  In a years time she has gone from having a medium bleed stroke and gall bladder surgery to being able to walk using a walker and she has some of the “fire” in her personality back.

 

 

 

 

 

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My #1 Daughter and I started training for a 5K and then moved on to a 10K; however, I’m not competing I’m just doing the running on a treadmill to get in better shape and relieve some stress.  Who would have thought at my age I could run for 45 minutes………who knew?

 

 

 

 

IMG_3624I am so itching to get time lined out so I can start posting and creating things.  Oh don’t get me wrong I’ve done a lot to take my mind off of the responsibility that engulfs you when you are the care giver of an aging parent.  I just need to start posting so we can have some fun together.

I have to give the glory back to the one who walked with our family through this trying time and know that as we face the future He will be there also.

 

 

 

Stay tuned and let me see if I can get some posting worked into my schedule and get to going again.  Let me know if there is something special you are wanting to see or would like to see “us” (that is because my Daughters are crafters too) try our hand at and learn some new things.

 

 

Please Bear With Me

IMG_0110I realize it has been months since I have posted anything.  My intent is to get back to posting, the issue for me is finding time between working, taking care of my family and then taking care of my Mother.  Somewhere in there I need to exercise and sleep.

Unfortunately, she had emergency Gall Bladder surgery then complications from the surgery.

So, here we are 7 months out and we are still dealing with various issues, but we are on the road to recovery.  God totally directed us and helped us with being able to sell the house she lived in and clearing things out.  There has been so many miracles and blessings along this difficult road.  He is faithful in the midst of the storms.

Along the way I have done a few projects so I could have a creative outlet and have taken some pictures.

One of my projects has been to finish the lighting in my kitchen.   After several years of trying to figure out what we wanted and what would fit the renovation (without costing a fortune) it all came together finally.

I’ve got some before and after pictures and some insights into the project.  I hope to be sharing them soon.

Thank you so much for “Bearing with Me”.  I’m anxious to get back to blogging.