Saturday, October 24, 2009

Playing with my pie

My "Pumpkin Pie" kit arrived earlier this week and the last day or 2 I have been playing with, so, very yummy! I picked up a couple of bottles of the MayaMist offered in the CC store so as soon as my box arrived I began spraying the mists on different surfaces (ie paper, textured paper, cardboard, chipboard) to get a feel for it. I really think I like these. So far I have a card and a layout done with the kit.

Here's a little peek at my layout:

Do you see a subtle pattern on the cardstock? Just a little something I created with one of the mists. The journaling spot is actually a white based Journaling Sprout from Jillibean Soup that I added from my stash. I inked the sprout to make it blend in with the neutrals of this kit.

We also managed to get a soccer game in today during the drizzle...

Here come's the offensive line bringing the ball up the field. They ended up winning 7-2.

Hoping to get another layout done tonight. Tomorrow we have a home game right after church and then I'm hoping to get a little more scrapping time in. I've got ideas brewing.

Happy weekend!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Coming Together

Well it's been a very rainy wet weekend here in southern New Jersey. The Soccer League canceled league play this weekend due to the poor field conditions. We had a free weekend...yay! Bad news...we will be now playing makeup games the 1st weekend of December (brrr!).

We went out shopping yesterday. Fritz was in desperate need of new jeans, so we went to Old Navy and then we also made a trip to Target & Borders...then Dan offered to take us all out to lunch.

In the afternoon we decided to put the drawer pulls on the cabinets and install the countertop in the new scraproom. A little sidenote about this week...said countertop was hanging out the back of Dan's SUV when he dropped his keys. He bent down to pick up the keys and yes you guessed it...caught the side of his forehead on the edge of the counter. He called me at work and off we went to the ER. Luckily, no stitches were needed. They just cleaned and taped it up.

Now last week when we began to position the cabinets my inital plan to wrap the counter around both walls was thrown out the door. This would have just taken up too much space in this little room. So I then decided to just run it from the window down to the corner. After installing the countertop this is what it looks like right now.

I've begun filling up some of the drawers with tools and supplies. I know it will take me quite sometime to get it completely organized to my liking. I have to get Dan to hang the dark brown floating shelves on the wall above the counter. Probably the jars of ribbon and Creative Cafe embellishments seen here sitting on the counter will go up on the shelves. (He also has to still install the baseboard too, then his work will be finished)

I bought these at Target yesterday:

Thought they might be fun for organizing stuff. Pat has these little tin baskets/pails at her shop...

They come in a variety of colors (I'm taking my fabric swatch up with me on my next visit to find something that matches my decor). This might be a fun accent on the counter top holding some of the things I use all the time.

Well I don't think I will share anymore pictures until I get the room all finished. Got a chair on order, some pictures to hang, etc. So stay tuned. It's finally coming together.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A quick weekend recap

We left Friday and came home on Monday. Most of the weekend was spent in South Central Pennsylvania at the Dillsburg Soccer Tournament. 250 teams over 18 different field sites...that's a lot of soccer action. Saturday and Sunday was spent either playing or waiting to play a game.

He's now playing the striker position, so this is a shot of putting the ball into play the beginning of the 2nd half of one of the games. On Saturday he did shoulder in a ball scoring a goal...of course I didn't get a shot of that.

Then I snapped this picture of the team laying together along the sideline watching another game. There were 24 teams in the U12 division and our guys ended up 8th. I don't think they cared where they placed...they just enjoyed the fact that they all got to stay in a hotel for the weekend together.

We were done our games by 1pm on Sunday and decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall day and the fact that we were within a 1/2 hours drive of Gettysburg.

After watching a film in the visitors center we headed out on a car tour of the actual battlefield. I took A LOT of pictures. It really is unbelieveable how little these rolling hills have changed since those 3 days in July 1863. This is a picture of a row of cannons located at the beginning of Seminary Ridge (the Confederate Side) if I remember correctly one of the regiments from Virginia was stationed here. We drove down along the top of Seminary Ridge, around thru Round Top and Little Round Top and then across Cemetary Ridge. From every angle the views were amazing and you could almost picture the battle going on before you. A very moving afternoon indeed.

More stories from the remodeling/scraproom front, but I will save them for another post...with maybe a picture or two. However, tomorrow is the 1st game of the NLCS I maybe preoccupied :wink: Go Phillies!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pumpkin Pie or Lemon Meringue?

No not the pies (but they are both good)...I'm talking about the November kits over at Coordinates Collections. (Love these names!) Here's a look at the kits...

The delicious "Pumpkin Pie" preview...featuring stuff from BoBunny, Little Yellow Bicycle, Maya Road and SEI to name a few.

and then this is the equally delicious "Lemon Meringue" featuring Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Maya Road and Prima I believe. It was a tough choice for me this month, but I'm going with Pumpkin Pie (it was my baby from the "1st ingredient" back in July/August) So now I'm waiting for my box and hoping to get some fun fall pictures of the Pennsylvania countryside when we are at our soccer tournament this weekend.

I was off today (actually took a little vacation time...will not be going back to work until next Tuesday...Yippee!) and Dan & I headed to Lowes while the kids were in school. Guess what I got? Yep...we picked up the cabinets, countertop, and a new ceiling fan for my room. I purchased unfinished cabinets because I decided I wanted to paint the base cabinets a taupe color(to match a stripe in my valance & it will be a nice contrast to the dark floor) I spread a tarp on the back deck this afternoon and managed to get 2 coats of paint on the cabinets.
The color of the cabinets is called "Lyndhurst Stone".

So this is what our back deck looks like right now. I may have to do a bit of lite sanding on the drawer fronts tomorrow morning, then a quick 3rd coat of paint. Hopefully by late tomorrow we may begin the installation process. (fingers crossed) My other plan for tomorrow morning is to finally head up to the Scrapbook Cafe to see all the changes & to drop off my projects.

Oh yeah and the Phillies won this afternoon...Yippee!!!!
It was a good day.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Yay...I have a floor!

Finally it's finished...I now have a wood floor in my soon-to-be new scrap room!
As promised here's a look into the empty room...

This view is looking in from the doorway. The paint color is kinda somewhere in between an avocado and sage. The flooring is a dark espresso color. From the window into the corner then down the other wall appox. 3-4ft we are installing a counter height work surface with some base cabinets below for storage. Above on the "window" wall I've purchased a few floating shelves for display and to hold some jars of embellishments. The shelves are in the same dark color as the floor. I am so hoping to be moved into this room in the next month...with both kids playing soccer on the weekends there is very little extra time on my hands.

That's all for now.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's the 1st already!

This month has just flown by...I've had so much going on that September passed right by without me even realizing. These last couple days have been busy creating with my kit that arrived late and attending Back To School nights. Last night I finally got a chance to sit and catch my breath!
On a side note....speaking of last night...the Phillies clinched the NL East for the 3rd year in a row. Now let's see if we can repeat last years October.

Iknow don't check here on the 1st of the month to listen to me ramble away (or do you?) This month I had the awesome "Enchanted" kit from Coordinates Collections to work with.
Here is the first layout I did..

This is the one that has Kaiser pearls added to some of the "berries" on that chipboard element that was included with my kit.

This layout uses pieces from the kit and some addons available in the store (Indian Summer Element Stickers & Pink Paislee Expressions-Whimsy) To make that journaling leaf sticker have some dimension and to appear as it just fell from a tree I placed some pieces of foam tape underneath a few places and then bent the leaf. This gives it a natural shape.

So that's all I have for now. The floor in the scraproom is appox. 3 rows short of being finished (the flu struck this week) I am starting to wonder if I am ever going to get it all together...soon I hope!

Talk later.