Sunday, July 6, 2014

Moving Forward

Its been a while since I posted here on my blog.  Works been crazy and the weekend never is long enough.  With the recent passing of my sister I took to heart some of her last words to me "make more time to do the things that make you happy".

I have always put work first, my entire career.  Sometimes out of financial responsibilities, but mostly because its my work ethic.  It's instilled down deep and its gonna be hard to change.

If we all knew when we were going to die, we would all live our lives differently I am sure...   Maybe I am becoming more philosophical as my "50th" birthday approaches at the end of the week.   I have been traveling more.  But some of my life is not quite where I would wish it to be.  I am not sure it will ever be.  I have very few people I can truly count on and for that I only have myself to blame.  So I move forward and hope maybe I can changes it piece by piece.  

So in moving forward I have been sewing more.  Preparing for my first grandson.  And today I worked on some  DIY mercury glass.   I saw a couple of tutorials with different methods recently. One here  and a second one here.  I used a combination of both.

I started with two different mason jars and one milk jar.  With the tops taped off.


 And a can of krylon looking glass mirror paint.  I bought mine at Walmart.  Its a 6 oz can and runs around 9 dollars.
I sprayed a thin coat of the paint inside the jars.  The wide mouth mason jars are the easiest to do. The milk bottle more difficult.  You around the jars to coat the inside then i turned them upside down.  Wear gloves as the paint gets all over your fingers.   You need about five thin coats letting each coat dry for 2 minutes.

 What I found however is the milk bottle had a lot of drip marks inside as it was difficult to stay into and the pain would pool so I ended up spraying the outside instead.  The second tutorial I did recommended to stay the vinegar/water mixture on then spray the paint right away.  Once it started to bead up, dab with paper towel.  I started to do this, but its kinda subtle and I wanted a more wiped off look so the third coat I just sprayed the paint without the vinegar.
 When you are done with the five thin coats the inside of the jars look like this on the inside.  The runs that happen on the first two coats are really hard to see now.
Then comes the vinegar find.  Take a spray bottle and put equal amount water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.  Spray inside the mason hard and then wipe with a paper towel.  Dabbing the vinegar makes subtle removal of the mirror paint, wiping takes out bigger areas below, which is what I was going for.
 Keep repeating till you get the look you want.  If you remove too much, just spray another coat of mirror paint inside.

 I love the look of all the jars.  The mild jar with the paint outside required both dabbing and rubbing. The undercoat of vinegar spots really came through once you rubbed a little.
 To finish off the jars I rubbed with a sponge brush some gold paint on the inside. It really increases the mercury look when looking at the jars from the outside.
 Now you can turn them into candle holders or a little vase.  The flower frogs I found at Michaels.
 Or a cute little gift container that you can put a candle in.  The lid I found at Beverly's  I am not sure I will keep this one long, Rachel has her eye on it.  But I think it would be so cute to store thread in.

It was a lot of fun trying to come up with some little "chic" ideas for  a table and I plan on playing with it some more.

Happy Sunday....

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Project Life | Baby Book Gift

As probably all my friends know I am in the baby gift making mood.  Of course in preparation for my first grand baby in the fall.  I always love making baby things.  I have been sewing up a storm of burp clothes.

New babies are in the air and I decided to put a baby book together for a gift for my son's best friend.  It was kind of bitter sweet making me feel a little older than I would like.  Garrett has been best friends with Anthony since the sixth grade.  It's gonna be fun to see their son's grow up together.  I believe project life is a great format to use as a base for daily life documenting.  I use it every week and wish I would of had this available when my kids were born and babies.  I would have been able to document so much more than I did.  Its such a time saver.  So I made a base book for the first year of Anthony and halo's son's first year.  They can just pop out a card and jot important things down for each month and slip in a few pictures. There done!  Plus I put in a small envelope in the back to put a few precious things like the babies birth arm bands, etc.    I left some open slots and the slots are perfect as they are for 4 x 6 photo of 3 x 4 so easy to fit with no special sizing.  I hope they like it.
So here is a little peak.  I used DCWV  baby boy paper stack, my silhouette cutter and a few project life baby boy mini kit.  Loved the colors.

The card on the top left is from the project life baby boy mini kit. I cut the giraffe on my silhouette and the baby feet paper is from the DCWV stack and I printed  the hello sweet baby from an Ali Edwards Digital kit

When I cut some items out, I love to use dual sided paper so on the other side it can show. Loved the pattern of the red and mint green.  There is a 5 x 7  pocket protector in-between these two pages to slip a bigger pick or item here.  The bottle card I cute out on my silhouette as well as the sweet baby label.

Month 3 has a card I printed from Ali Edwards Digital kit- Baby and Title Journal Blocks
I added the month on each page somewhere either with printing it on a card or chipboard letters or stickers

Month four I utilized various project life cards I have received in my monthly kits leaving two slots open for pictures

I loved the little clouds on the card.

On the back I added a daily routine card and a little star banner

The fifth month I used a chipboard letter on a banner sticker and card
for two different kits.  On the back I cut out a star frame and added 
the word love to a project life card.

Month six was just a couple of punched cards along with a card from an old kit with 
the word smile on it.  I am sure by six months there will be lots of smiles.

7 months has a cut out label and a punched orange card that I sewed a border of stars.

8 months title is a frame I made in silhouette studio and another card made with the dcwv stack.

The backside has some more cut outs and a cute card made with the DCWV stack.
On the right is a Polaroid frame with letter stickers and a heart cut out frame.

11 months is a card I made in photoshop and on the top another project life card with an adorable sticker cut out from the DCWV stack.

12 months is a card made with Ali Edwards Hello today kits and some letter stickers and story handrawn journals digital kit.  
Below is the last page with cards punched from the DCWV stack and a small envelope for mementos.


I love the simplicity of the kit and hopefully the ease of use.  It leaves a lot of room for customization and personalization of the mama to make the book her own.   It doesn't take up a lot of room and with just a pen and photos you book could be done but it also leaves a lot of room to add items and make it  yours.  

Now off to sewing some more burp cloths....

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Laughter


In my crazy busy life I have found  myself in a rut...  The rut is working from 5 am to 7 pm five days per week.  It is consuming my life....  I am starting to realize its not the way to live and have started to try to bring some LAUGHTER into my day.  I have been doing this by watching the Jimmy Fallon clips on YouTube.  The "out loud" laughter that pops out is so stress relieving.  I sometimes laugh so loud that Richard laughs at how I am laughing.  He thinks its sooooo funny to hear me. There are times that I am in the bedroom and he can hear me laughing all the way in the living room. It feels like all my worries just laugh right out of me.  Its very cathartic. 





The above clip is one of my favorites recently.  So get a little laughter in your life.  Believe me it makes a HUGE impact.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NEW GLASSES

I have worn glasses since I was five years old.  From early on, I hated them, hated "four eyes" and hated that I could not see well without them.  I spent my teenage years squinting and only putting them on to drive because I thought they made me ugly.  In the early 90's I had RK and had 7 years of no glasses and I felt so free, but with aging came changes in my eyesight and now I have to war glasses again.  But my vision is such that my right eye is much worse than my left so its challenging at time.

I hate only having one pair of glasses because I get tired of them and I want them to match what I am wearing.  But my prescription is such that my glasses are sooooo expensive so I cannot buy too many pair.  Worse I hate having to go pick them up as I work so many hours that it makes it hard to get there during m-f 9 am to 5 pm.  I did try costco etc but the quality is not the same and I have difficulty seeing out of them.

One day I was reading Ali Edwards blog and she had a post about a new way to buy glasses from David Kind.  It looked simple and it was all for the price of $275.00 per pair.  Which is more than half price for my prescription.

You sign up online with them, upload a picture of yourself and add preferences.

A stylist works on your account and ships you six frames to try on.
you right comments on each one, what you like and don't like. Then you send back your choice (if any) and your prescription along with a picture of the frame of choice for measurements. They provide the shipping label and all shipping is free.  I took the entire box to work and tried them on and got every ones input. Which is great as your friends will tell you the truth vs the sales gal at your optical boutique.  

In about 10 days your new glasses arrive in the mail


All done in the comfort of your own home.
So easy peasy.  Simple and I love my new glasses and can't wait to get another pair.
Knowing exactly how much it costs makes it easy to budget.

So the stress of new glasses is one stress I no longer have to worry about.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy

Things that made me happy this weekend.

 Fruit for Breakfast.  I love Saturday am where I can have my coffee and the breakfast Richie makes for me in piece while I browse the Internet and catch my breath from the week.
I have gotten my sewing machine out and played with fabric this weekend, sewing some gifts with supervision from the kitty's (not close supervision obviously.
I forgot how much fun it is to cut fabric out and sew it into something.  LOVE.

Working on a bridal shower honeymoon gift.  Pulling out my embossing gun, spray ink and silhouette.

I also bought Sara Evans new album.
It is mostly love songs but I liked most of the album, but really bought it for Richie, he Looooovessss her.

I also had a wonderful breakfast with My first born and his wife which started my day off Just right.  I can't believe I didn't get a photo :(

Anyhow, while my work life still is sooooo crazy and long during the week, I do feel recharged after my busy happy weekend.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Yep I am still working on my travel photos

I am almost finished but here are a few pics from a hike to "The Toadstools"

Loving the HDR effect in black and white and color to these landscapes.

We then made it to Zion National Park