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.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Look At Us Making Things! AKA Outdoor Projects

Don't look too closely at the backyard, but I'm super excited about the small improvements we're doing back there. So, our backyard is jacked up! Which is the least offensive way to describe it LOL. We are slowing getting into the groove of changing that. We added these inexpensive pavers to one corner to build a small patio on the side. This area gets lots of shade in the afternoon/evening & is perfect for this table set. We cleared and leveled the area (about 10' x 10'), added some sand and literally just placed down the pavers. I know, I know, we probably should have done this or that, but it is what it inexpensive upgrade. We weren't set out to create a huge project that never gets done.

DH, who is not very handy at all, viewed some YouTube videos after I told him "WE COULD DO IT" when he wanted to buy a fire pit. He did it! I am so proud that he decided to go for it. Except for the initial digging of the circle (only about 5-6" deep) the rest took less than an hour to put together. We're going to add pea rock around the pit about 12" to 15" deep and then place large pavers to create a seating area for it. We have other easy ideas too but like I told DH, we'll do one area at a time so we won't get overwhelmed and then give up.
We've outgrown the need for grass. Well, maybe not so much outgrown, but realized that we suck at keeping grass alive! We are going to put some grass, but only in one area on the side. I'm actually keeping some new plants alive and I really, really, want some planter boxes for a small garden.

Once the new fence is up, we'll have a better idea of what we want to do.
I for one hate hiring people to do simple projects. Believe me, I know experts are needed for specialized projects, but stacking some bricks on top of each other...WE CAN DO THAT! I'm so happy we did.  You know when I say "we", I really mean him since all I did was stand there and look pretty. With the change in the weather, I can't wait to use this thing soon!

Friday, October 6, 2017

TGIF; Thankful Friday #12

This week I'm thankful for my little baby Graceland Lou "Gracie". She's our border collie mix dog and she is so super sweet and very nutty! She brings so much excitement, love and silliness to our home. I don't know how we lived without a dog for so many years. With all our kiddos growing up and leaving the nest, Kenny & I will still have little Gracie.

I know one day she'll be gone, but her priceless memories will stay with us forever. Now it's your turn...what are you grateful for this week? Let me know in the comments. Big or small, we all have something to be thankful for!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WOYWW #435

Happy Wednesday, Happy WOYWW and Happy Birthday to my DIL Krystal!

What is WOYWW, you ask? It's a weekly challenge to post a photo of your work desk and link it to Julia's blog at Stamping Ground. It's so much fun checking out what people are working on or just comparing our messy areas. I've seen/read many tips & ideas for my own room & projects. Click on'll love it!

Here's my desk:

We picked a design we like and now I created the final product. The one on the left is the colors that we're using. My future DIL loves all things Eiffel Tower so that's the theme of their Engagement Party and Wedding. We'll be stamping these "assembly line" style to get done quickly. I cut the Eiffel Towers with my Cricut using the French Manor cartridge.

Don't forget to click on over to check out the other deskers and have a great week!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Challenge #311

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!

Challenge #311-Pumpkins
Make a project about anything to do with pumpkins

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And the prize is-

A $10 gift code for a B.Y.O.B. (Build Your Own Bundle)
To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

I don't know why but I had a hard time with this challenge. I decided to do a scrapbook layout since I know we'll have some pumpkin patch photos soon. I used the pumpkin from the Create-a-Critter 2 cartridge and the sentiment from the Simply Charmed cartridge. This is a very simple layout with two photo mats.
 And close ups:

Be sure to join the challenge at the FCCB site for your chance to win a prize!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

CWS October Challenge: Shoes

This month's challenge on the Creative With Stamps website is: 


One lucky person will win 4 images from Bugaboo Stamps
Create a card with this month's challenge subject and link it to the CWS challenge site.

Here's mine:

I used shoe stamps that I purchased from the $1 section at Michael's years ago. I forgot I had them until I had to search for shoe stamps. I randomly stamped the shoes to create a background and colored them in with watercolor pencils. The blue background is watercolor paint. I also added some sparkle using a Wink Of Stella pen.

Click on over to CWS and see what the other Design Team Members created and then link your SHOE card.