Last fall I found a cute basket at a shop in Nisswa. It is turning out to be a basket for all seasons. Unfortunately, I can't find a picture of the flowers I put in it for fall - it hung outside our door this fall.
When the snow came, I moved it inside. Here's how it looked for Christmas and the winter.
After this long, cold winter I am so ready for spring. So today I redecorated the basket. If it can't be spring outside, at least I can have spring decorations inside.
The rest of my spring and Easter decorations are in the garage.It's supposed to be warmer tomorrow - maybe I can bring the boxes in and do some more decorating.
Holy Scrap is the name of a scrapbooking retreat that I went to last weekend. It was at a Bible Camp, and it was organized by some of the teachers in my school district. This was my second year at Holy Scrap, and I had a great time. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough pictures printed to be able to scrapbook. Fortunately, I did have lots of card supplies and ideas, so I spent the weekend making cards.
When we first got to the camp, we checked in at the room where we would spend the weekend being creative. We were all greeted by the sight of gorgeous paper flowers. Each one was on a wooden kabob skewer, and was stuck into an insulated cup. Each flower had a name on it, and that showed us where our place would be for the weekend. Here's my flower (back at my house).
We had several Make-And-Take projects to do over the weekend. Here is one - this card is so easy to make!
Just cut 4-5 strips of coordinating paper - make them 1 1/2 inches by 4 inches. Then cut them diagonally, corner to corner. Cut a piece of white paper 5 inches by 3.75 inches. Either score or mark the paper one inch from the bottom edge. Then score or mark down the middle, from the top to the first scoring mark. Use the middle mark to place the first triangle, with the point at the 1 inch score mark, in the middle. Glue (or use tape runner) the triangles one by one across the card. Trim off the excess around the sides. Cut coordinating rectangle 5.25 inches by 4 inches. Glue white card with triangles to the colored rectangle. Fold cardstock for card (8.5 inches by 4.25 inches) in half. Glue colored rectangle piece to the top of the card. Adhere a strip of Stampin' Up's sticky tape over the scoring mark one inch from the bottom and stick ribbon to the tape. If you want to, you can stamp a message below the ribbon.
Here's the second Make-And-Take card. We used a Stampin' Up punch to make the flags, tied thin twine around the cardstock and draped flags over the twine. We did use some glue dots to keep the flags on the twine. So simple!
Here are some of the cards I made -
One other component of the weekend was the scrapbook challenge. Actually, there were several challenges over the course of the weekend. I missed the first one, which was to make a black and white layout.
The second challenge was to use a pair of decorative scissors in our project or layout. Here's the card I made for that challenge. Sorry for the quality of the picture - the card is actually white.
The last challenge was to look through scrapbooking/card making magazines to find inspiration and make a project/layout based on the inspiration piece. I saw a trifold card idea, and made this card-
It was a great weekend. My hope is that next year my daughter will be able to go with me to the Holy Scrap weekend.
I am loving my Silhouette Portrait - a very special present from my wonderful kids last Christmas.
My latest Silhouette project was this cutting board.
I got the idea from Pinterest (isn't Pinterest just the best?). When I saw the personalized cutting board from Kelly's blog I knew that I wanted to try to make one for myself. My husband had a wood burning tool - he and my son-in-law had used it when making some Christmas presents. I already had the cutting board, so I used the Silhouette to make a stencil. I traced the stencil onto the cutting board with a pencil, and began burning the initials into the board. I have a bit to learn about using the wood burning tool, but I'm pretty happy with my monogrammed cutting board.
We are so excited - because today we bought ourselves a camper!
We have been talking about camping for about a year now. Several friends have invited us to go with them, and we even have a reservation to go to a campground in Duluth this June. So we started looking for a camper on Craigslist and eBay. As soon as we saw some pictures of vintage travel trailers, we knew that we wanted one... that it would fit us. About two weeks ago I found this one on Craigslist. It was close to home so we didn't need to travel far to see it. And we fell in love with it. Our "new" camper is a 1959 Mallard. It is 15 feet long - just perfect for the two of us - and Percy, of course. So today we went and picked it up. It fits perfectly in the space next to the garage.
Our little beauty is in pretty good shape. There are a few things to be fixed, but if we wanted to, we could go camping in her this weekend. With windchill tonight forecast to be at least -30 I think we'll wait a while.
But we're as happy as can be to look out the window and see her parked in our driveway.
Here are a few pictures of the inside... I will be looking for fabric to make curtains and slipcovers for the banquette. We are going to put a full size mattress in back, and I'll be looking for a cute bedspread. Craig has to do a little work on a couple of the regulators for the front windows, and the inside of the door needs some work. But can you see the possibilities? I have been doing research on Pinterest, and have seen so many cute trailers... I can't wait to put our personal touch on this one.
The bonus is that this little trailer can serve as overflow sleeping when we have all the kids and grandkids ( or any other company) here for a weekend.
Just call if you want to make a reservation to stay in our little trailer!
I love Valentine's Day. I know that it's a commercial holiday - created so that card companies, florists, candy stores, etc. can sell more stuff. But, in the end, it's a celebration about love - and God is love.... and He commands us to love others. So Valentine's Day is a perfect day to share His love.
I finally found some time and motivation to get back into making cards. It was so much fun, that I can't wait to make more.
Here are some cards I've created this year for Valentine's Day.
Here is the inside of the card.... the rest of the cards just say "Happy Valentine's Day" on the inside
All the supplies other than the stamps are from Stampin' Up.
I haven't been happy with the space in my craft room, and so I've been carrying all my supplies upstairs to work on projects. But then the dining room is a mess. So this weekend, after bringing all my stuff back from the Scrap N Craft weekend, I decided it was time to rearrange my craft room a bit.
I moved the work table to a different wall in the room, and it opened up the space. Cleaning up and organizing supplies helped a lot too. I am very happy with the result - and hope to be crafting in there soon... as soon as it warms up a little. Since the room is on the lower level, it is colder all year round. But when the temperature outside is below zero, it's even chillier. I could run a space heater, but I think I'll just wait for a warmer day.
Here are some pictures of my craft room... (by the way, my craft room also doubles as a guest room.)
There's still work to be done. We need to put wood on the ceiling, and we need to finish the closet and put in shelves for all my supplies. The windows need to be trimmed out too. But I like the space, and think that it will work well. Crafts, here I come!