Friday, July 31, 2009

Before and After Room Makeovers Part 1

This summer, we tackled a big project. Move three teenagers to different rooms in the house, repaint two of those rooms and redecorate, and turn one of the rooms into a craft room for me.

Here is the first installment.

This was my son's bedroom before (I didn't decide to take pictures until I started moving things, so it is in complete disarray):

This is the room we moved him into... before painting and redecorating (ick! It was my step-daughter's room)

This is the finished product (He chose the paint color):

I still have to hang the valances in my daughter's room before I post part 2.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Friday Fill-ins

Play along with Friday Fill-ins! It's fun!

1. It's time for me to get back to blogging more often.

2. Schlitterbahn; it's not a bad place for young, skinny chicks and hot guys with lots of energy. But for the rest of us... No. Really. It was fun.

3. I must be getting old. Dumb and Dumber isn't funny anymore.

4. The unconditional love of my father is the best thing I have ever known.

5. My cat is simply crazy! She's meowing at nothing.

6. The last time I laughed really loudly was yesterday when I was reading Fingerlickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a massage, tomorrow my plans include scrapbooking and a date with my husband, and Sunday, I want to hug and kiss my kids because I haven't seen them in so long!
Stay tuned this weekend for photos of our summer room makeovers!

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Christmas in July Swap

Angie from Antics with Angie organized a great swap! She called it Christmas in July, and it really was! I was partnered with JoAnne from Barely Domestic Mama. Here's what I received:

And here is what I sent my partner:

Thanks for hosting a great swap, Angie! And thanks for all the lovely gifts, JoAnne!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday 13

Here are 13 images from our weekend trip to New Orleans.

This is the bar at the hotel.

A nice place to eat Seafood in the French Quarter.

Harrah's Casino

The first place we stopped in on Bourbon Street

I love shopping near the French Market.

A yummy shrimp po-boy from Daisy Duke's

New Orleans is called the Big Easy for many reasons.

The Mighty Mississippi River

A Paddlewheel boat

This place serves the best roast beef po-boy in New Orleans.

A red chandelier in the registration area of the hotel

I love the balconies!

My favorite watering hole. Love the Rainstorm! (drink)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Heads or Tails

The prompt for this week's Heads or Tails is "pile" which couldn't be more appropriate right now!

I have come to the conclusion that my children are packrats! Oh, they come by it naturally. I'm a saver of yearbooks, programs, photos, memorabilia, one who doesn't like to throw things away, but as I have used the excuse, "I'll use it someday" over the years, and it's proven not to be true, I now have to attempt to downsize and minimize the PILES of stuff I have accumulated! I've always known that I have a difficult time throwing things away, and now I have learned that my children do, too.

What started out as a seemingly mundane task, letting the kids switch bedrooms and painting their rooms while they are gone to their grandmothers, has turned into a monumental ordeal. Where did they get all this stuff? There are PILES of cards, PILES of photos, PILES of pens and pencils, PILES of clothes, and PILES of notebooks. Then we have PILES of stuffed animals, PILES of blankets, PILES of posters, PILES of tickets they've won at Gatti's, and PILES, and PILES, and PILES of an endless amount of useless paraphernalia! How, in 13 short years, did they accumulate so much stuff?

When they return, we are going to have a PILE-reducing contest! Whoever reduces their PILES more, wins. Wins what? Who knows? Maybe something from one of my PILES!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday Scrappin'

Sunday Scrappin' is a weekly meme for all paper crafters. Won't you join us?

I went to Archiver's to scrap with a friend from 5-11 Friday night. I got 9 pages done. I'm so far behind that I needed to use as many photos as I could on really simple pages.

I need to get some of my craft supplies moved and stay on a roll.

Optional Challenge
Last week, Christine asked us to use patriotic colors. I did that last week when I made a card for the Red, White, and Blue swap. This week, here's Amy challenge: Pull something out of your "someday" file and give it a try. Always wanted to try a certain technique? Been thinking about experimenting with a new layout or embellishment? Let's get one of those things crossed off our list this week!
Happy Scrappin'!

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Heads or Tails

Sorry I'm late posting this week! This week's topic for Heads or Tails is "spin."

Do you remember Spin Art?
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I used to love to watch people on their big machines making spin art on paper or t-shirts. Later, along came smaller machines for kids to use at home. I loved it!

And now, you can even play an online spin art game at nick jr.!

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Sunday Scrappin'

Please join us for Sunday Scrappin' where we post our ta-da's, to-do's, and take part in an optional challenge. Sunday Scrappin' is open to scrapbookers both traditional and digital as well as other paper crafters.

I finished the journaling for this layout.

I can post the card I made last week since it has been received. I made this for Mamarazzi's Red, White, & Blue swap.
And I did four digital pages.

Scrap as many pages as I can! I plan to go to Archiver's Friday for their crop night. Should be fun!

Last week's challenge was to create something related to summer. I don't know if my RW&B card counts. This week Christine has asked us to use the colors red, white, and blue in a layout, although it doesn't have to be something patriotic.

Happy scrappin!

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