Friday, November 17, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #18

TGIF! Another Friday has rolled up and I'm so happy. This weekend we have another party to attend and I plan on doing a lot of dancing!

This week I'm thankful for rain. We had a few rainy days - not too heavy, but enough to water the plants & lawn AND to clean some of the bird poop on my car.
Who am I kidding? There's no housework being done!

Now it's your turn...what are you thankful for this week?  Please share in the comments.
This week hubby and I caught up on our shows and then I spend lots of time in the Command Center. I have an upcoming holiday boutique on December 2nd. What was I thinking? It is right around the corner and I don't have any Christmas items done. This year I'm going to try advertising on FB and Instagram to (hopefully) generate more sales. Carly & I decided we didn't want to do too many boutiques and give social media a try. I'll post photos of items here as well.  

Have a great weekend!!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WOYWW #441

Happy WOYWW! Click on over to the Stamping Ground to read more about this weekly linkage and check out other desks from all over.

Here's my desk this morning:
I'm back to working on DS3's wedding album. I'm almost done! I can't wait to give it to them.

Have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Stuck?! Not Me!

I'm almost done with DS3's wedding album. There are so many photos! And I love it. To make the album easier to assemble, I've been using a lot of sketches.

I used the November sketch from Stuck?! sketches:
Here's my layout:
I can't believe no one took a photo of my son when he was "dancing" while removing the garter belt. But I did get a photo of my other son who caught it.  The photo of the single ladies is awesome.

Now it's your turn...click on over to Stuck Sketches and join the link. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fall in Love Engagement Party Highlights

The party finally came and went and it was a huge success. I was so busy with the party that I didn't take many photos. I can't believe I didn't take one photo in front of the photo backdrop! Even my son and future DIL didn't. Crazy! But it was a lot of fun!




Lights made it so pretty!

Good Friends


My daughter
Sorry they are so blurry. It was dark when the party started and they just didn't turn out well. I didn't even think to take some before the party. DUH!

Friday, November 10, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #17

This week I'm thankful for the end of  day light savings time. We got to "fall back" an hour on Sunday and every day this week feels like I got an extra hour of sleep! Now I know my internal clock will be back to normal by the weekend, but for now, I'm thankful for the extra one hour in the morning.
Now it's your turn.  What are you thankful for this week?  Leave a comment and share!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Superheroes Everywhere! BBTB2 Challenge

It is both a blessing and a curse to be creative. LOL I thought I was done with all the projects for the engagement party this Saturday but DS1 asked me last night if I could put vinyl decals on mugs for his groomsmen & her bridesmaids.

Of course I said yes. They brought over eight beer mugs & eight wine goblets. He wants different superheroes on the mugs so I downloaded some images into Cricut Design Space - have I told you how awesome Design Space is? At first I was completely against it - I'm on the computer all day, I don't need to be on it at night, etc., etc. It didn't take long for me to realize how amazing it is!

I am entering this project on Bitten By The Bug II challenge site. Not only will you be inspired by the DT projects and other crafters' submissions, they have great challenges to participate in to get your creative juices flowing. Click on over there to check it out!

Here's one complete mug:
I used Cricut Design Space and their shapes feature to create Captain AmUIKEYINPUTDOWNARROWerica's shield. I made it easy on myself and only used black vinyl instead of multiple colors.
More photos:




Click BBTB2 to get to the site.

UPDATE:  I WAS PICKED AS PROJECT OF THE WEEK ON THE BBTB2 SITE! Check it out HERE.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Paper Mache Fun

WOYWW? My work area has expanded to my kitchen table & our guest room. This is the last project for the engagement party this Saturday. Since the theme is "Fall in Love", I needed some fall items. I bought a package of leaves from the dollar store and white washed them with paint. I went out to buy foam pumpkins, but they were super expensive even when 60% off.  So...if you can't find an affordable option for what you need, you make it yourself! The answer...Paper Mache!

I grabbed a bag of shredded paper from my work shredder and stuffed some plastic grocery bags until I got the size pumpkin that I wanted. Once I did that, I wrapped string around them until it looked pumpkin shaped. I used some masking tape to help with that as well.

Then I mixed flour & water to create my paste. Talk about "Back to Elementary School"! Cut strips of newspaper and had at it! Ooey Gooey fun!

Here are three of them. The smaller one is actually a Styrofoam pumpkin that I purchased from The Dollar Tree. I bought six of these. I made four larger ones - two tall and two round pumpkins.
Normally I would add at least two layers of the paper strips, but I was in a little of a time crunch! So after the first layer dried, I painted them white and then decorated.

Here are some of them:
and some close ups:

Others have been completely covered in glitter, decopauged in French script paper or painted in teal w/silver highlights.

I'm so happy how they turned out!

Click on over to the Stamping Ground blog to join the WOYWW linkage or check out other desks.  It's a lot of fun!