Monday, October 23, 2017

Challenge Accepted!

Future DIL: The 7' 3D Eiffel Tower for the photo backdrop is too expensive so we're not going to have it for the party.

Me: What?! But it was going to be so cool!

Future DIL: That's ok (with a disappointed tone)

Me: I'm going to make one!  Yes, it can't be that hard. It's basically a triangle.

DS3: Yeah mom! You can do it!

Me:  Yes I can.  Challenge accepted.

That was the conversation about a month ago.  Now I'm more like, "what the heck was I thinking?"



I started with two large boxes. I duct taped pieces together, measured & cut the shape and then hated it. That's so not me. I'm more of a "yeah, that looks about right" kind of person. Then I took a step back, started sketching on the cardboard freehand, cut some more & decided it really does look like the Eiffel Tower!

Now for the details... First I painted all sides in white paint; then outlined the edges in black and then just went for it as far as the tower details. I mean, it is supposed to look like the Eiffel Tower, not BE the Eiffel Tower. I then cut & attached additional pieces to both complete the look of the tower and also add extra reinforcement.
My coworker saved some awesome corner pieces the were in a box supporting computers. They are super heavy & sturdy. I added these to the bottoms & the (I'm calling it) spine. This will help the tower stand on its own. Swoon!
By the way, this beauty is 8' tall! It's too tall for my house, so the final assembly will take place the night before the party. I didn't take a photo, but I also used glitter spray all over it. When the sparkling Christmas lights are attached, it's going to be so awesome!

Materials:  Cardboard, paint, duct tape, E6000 glue, box cutter, pencil or marker, glitter spray, Christmas lights

Friday, October 20, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #14

Well heck, hubby hurt his back at work again this week. I know he's in so much pain and it's awful to see him like this, but I gotta tell ya, I love that he's home during the day. I know, I know, that sounds so selfish, but it's true. I get to see him in the morning and during my lunch. He's helping me with small things around the house because he's supposed to keep moving so not to stiffen up. He's also been spending time with our daughter in the morning which he doesn't get to normally either. Our daughter is 24 so it's not like she's a baby, but it's funny to see them marathon watching Cheers.  Cheers?  Really?  I don't know who decided they were going to watch it. So funny!


I mean, when I say small things, I really do mean small things like getting the mail, taking the meat out of the freezer when I forget (which is all the time), folding the laundry, and stuff like that.
So this week, I'm thankful for a hard working man.




Now it's your turn. What are you thankful for this week? Comment below to let me know.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WOYWW #437 and Wedding Album Sneak Peeks

Happy WOYWW! Another Wednesday is here and I'm showing off the Command Center. Boy, there are things everywhere as I'm working on tons of projects for the upcoming Fall in Love (Tomber Amoureux) engagement party for DS1 and future DIL. Between those projects, I'm also trying to complete the wedding album for DS3 & DIL from July. Yes! I'm crazy and loving it!


I know it sounds nuts, but I think I do best when my plate is full. There's no time for procrastinating which is my second favorite thing to do.
Here's my actual work area:
And here's a shot of my crowded room:


If you follow my blog, you know DS3 was married in Las Vegas in July. I posted photos of their engagement party and wedding HERE and HERE. The best part of working on the album is that I get to re-live the wedding. It was so much fun! I have a box full of papers, embellishments & photos for this album but when it came down to putting the pages together, I was overwhelmed. So I grabbed this divider thingy and separated the embellishments and it helped so much! So did the premade layouts I did before printing the photos.
Because there are so many photos (I printed over 200), I am adding a lot of flip-flaps. What are flip-flaps, you ask? They are exactly that. There are many different sizes, but basically you add a flap on the outside protector over the same size photo on the page. (Look at the photos below or check out YouTube.) They add interactive fun to your layouts and really do allow you to add so many more photos without committing to full page layouts. Although I've heard of flip-flaps, this is the first time I've used them. I bought mine from CTMH* and I LOVE them! They come in multiple sizes and I bought one pack of each size.


I'll do an album flip thru once it's complete but for now, here's a few sneak peeks of some of the pages:




*If you don't have a Close To My Heart consultant, I'm sure mine will appreciate any business. Her name is Kristina Baldwin. To order products, go to the CTMH website and shop away.


To learn more about WOYWW, click on over to the Stamping Ground website and read all about it. I love this community of linkers. Everyone is so positive and inspirational. Not all of the deskers are paper crafters. Many sew, embroider, knit/crochet, etc. Click on the links to see work desks/areas from people around the world. Be Inspired - Leave Comments or Just Be Nosey, but definitely click on over!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Perfect Fall Day

I have to say this past Saturday was the perfect fall day in the Durham household. The guys were watching college football and the ladies were painting pumpkins. LeAnna was taking a break (waiting for the paint to dry) and didn't want to take a photo.
DIL and DS
 Mine is the striped one. The pink paint is glow in the dark

This is LeAnna's princess pumpkin.


Harry Potter!
We were going to add vinyl letters to Carly's pumpkin, but the paint just peeled off. So she's leaving it plain. I do have some vinyl letters that say "Witch Better Have My Candy". She is going to transfer the letters to a glass frame & place it next to the pumpkin. Carly is really into displays.
I finally got a photo of LeAnna. We added rhinestones on top of all the glitter!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

CWS Mid Month Inspiration

Shoes! Yes, I get excited about shoes. Click on over to the Creative With Stamps challenge site to join in the October challenge and a chance to win a prize. This month's challenge subject is SHOES.  Click here to see my earlier card and here's my mid-month inspiration. I matted this simple stamped card front onto black cardstock. I don't know if you can tell, but I scored three lines above and below the stamp images.



Now it's your turn...join the challenge at CWS!

Friday, October 13, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #13 on Friday the 13th!

Happy Friday the 13th! No, I'm not superstitious, but everyone notices when it's Friday the 13th - don't they?
Well, here's to another Friday and upcoming weekend. I am thankful this week for all the new females in our life. I'm a mother of three boys and one daughter. As you can imagine, my life has been dominated with a male presence and that is ok.


During the week, DS1 and DS2 work out of the area so they get home late and DS3 works at night. This Monday was hubby's birthday so as always, I make a special dinner, we sing "Happy Birthday" & then cake and ice cream. This year, we had DIL, granddaughter, future DIL and her little sister plus of course me and our daughter. A house full of girls!  LOL


So thank you Lord for blessing me with a house full of boys AND girls!


Now it's your turn...write in the comments what you are thankful for this week.  Big or small, we are grateful for them all! Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WOYWW #436

Wait...What?!  It's already Wednesday?  Boy this week is flying by.  Happy WOYWW everyone.  Please click on over to Stamping Ground to read all about WOYWW and visit other desks from around the world.


My desk is busy! I have so many projects for the upcoming engagement party and I am in crafting heaven! I love the Parisian theme - we're going with Autumn in Paris - Fall in Love. I convinced the new DIL to incorporate an autumn theme with her Parisian theme. Of course more projects for me but hey, I'm loving it!
My Cricut's been chirping. We finished the invitations & mailed them. I have cut out Eiffel Towers, fleur designs and the word "Paris" that will eventually be part of the cupcake picks. This weekend I'm hoping to start on the larger Eiffel Towers for the centerpieces. I'm hoping to make them at least 15" in height. Keep checking...I'll be adding photos as the projects are being done.