Smiley from millan.netOh my gosh I just don’t know where my time is going.  I’ve been busy, busy, busy!  Mallory is home for Spring Break and we’ve had some family time . . . dinner with Kate for her birthday (the whole famdamily was there) . . . errands to run, appointments to keep, meetings, you name it  . . . we’ve had it!

Plus  . . .  I had also this bit of great news!  I tried out for the Graphic 45 Design Team and I’m one of the 25 Finalist . . . you can see the entire list here on the G45 Blog.  I was happy dancin’ Smiley from millan.net last Friday when I read the post . . . thank god you didn’t see that . . . me Smiley from millan.net.  Needless to say, I’ve been busy every since!  For the design team call, I submitted work I have previously posted on my blog, and now I’m working on three new projects to submit.

Which brings me to the point of this post . . . . It’s Wednesday!  What’s on your work desk?  Mine is messy and full of paper scraps with some extra stuff thrown in.

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I want those of you who see my clean desk each week and comment on it being so clean . . . it’s not always like that . . . especially when I’ve been working on a project for several days.

It’s even spread to the floor.  Yes, that is a drill!`

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There’s more behind me but honestly, you don’t want to see that!  There is, however, my ever present coffee cup.

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The project I’m working on.

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Still not completed.  Today!  It will be completed sometime this afternoon.

If you’ve never clicked through on the line to WOYWW, you should.  There’s a big list of everyone who plays along and it’s so much fun to see glimpses of what’s on other desks.  All the fun takes place here on the Stamping Ground, blog home of  Julia Dunnit!  Check it out . . . you won’t be sorry.

That’s all I have for now!  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way today!

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Good morning!  I hope you had a great day yesterday and that your adventures were plenty.  Mine?  Oh I washed rugs, cleaned the mudroom, and got a few boxes of Christmas decorations out of the closet.   Of course, I can’t walk in the studio right now because of the “few” boxes, but . . .  I don’t care, they’ll be put back in a day or two.  I was looking for some garland I KNEW I had and it took me emptying the closet to find it.  Since it was such a pretty day, I decided to add some greenery to the outside lights by the garage.  I think we might have only one more day of this weather until the bad stuff sets in, so I needed to take advantage of it.  We are having unseasonably warm weather right now (20 degrees above normal) but I just heard on the weather that the high this coming Friday is 39.  Here comes the winter stuff!  Oh but wait, then I think I saw 60ish a few days after that!  Go figure!

My uncle gets the most interesting magazines and catalogs, and the other day while at mom’s I had to borrow one, Country Sampler.   I love this magazine . . . so many neat ideas!  One thing in particular caught my fancy  . . . . this fabulous little set of blocks.

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Now I have for years saved toys and stuff from when my girls were small.  I knew one day that some of it would come in handy craft wise.  Other stuff I’m holding onto in hopes of passing it on to grandchildren, but that’s another post for another day at another time (when I actually get some).  In my craft closet I’ve been keeping an old clay flower pot filled with the left over building blocks that didn’t have a better home . . . until now.

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I picked out all the blocks of the same size, painted them black and then added some of the Christmas paper from the Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper Stash.  There is a page or two in this paper pack that is sized perfectly for smaller items.  I picked the page with all the vintage boxes and advertising.

I then picked out the word Christmas from Tim’s Seasonal GrungeBoard that I still have on hand, and inked it in Peeled Paint Distress Ink following with a heavy coat of Peeled Paint Distress Stickles.  Once I placed the letter on the block with the paper, it actually looked it was getting lost so I decided to add another piece behind the letter.  I cut some strips of GrungeBoard and inked them in Fired Brick and attached it to the front of the block.  Then I was able to add my letters.

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For the word Happy, I decided on Maya Road Jonathan Mini Alphabet, which was inked in Fired Brick Distress Ink and then covered in matching Distress Stickles.  I also painted some toothpicks with the Fired Brick Distress Reinkers . . .  they are the supports for the alphabet and attached to the back with Ranger Matte Accents.

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Tiny holes were drilled in the top of the blocks, a few drops of Matte Accents was added to the hole and the toothpicks were glued in.  Of course, the stars are from Maya Road and the trees are some I picked up at Hobby Lobby the other day in the Holiday craft section.

Because I wanted the blocks to be all together and not separate little pieces that needed to be moved, I cut a strip from some scrap lumber in the garage and painted it black.  Now needless to say, I can’t just paint something without some sanding . . . SO, the edges were sanded down and then highlighted with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I have to say that I’m really happy with how this little piece turned out and it’s gonna look great paired with some vintage Santas.

Isn’t it great what you can do with little things you keep, knowing that one day they’ll have a purpose?

Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, make the most of the adventures that come your way!

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Smiley from millan.netGood morning!  I know it’s been quite some time when I’ve come here to actually post and write what is going on.  Well maybe not quite some time to you . . . but for me to actually get into the post and write . . .  it’s been quite some time!

First, the pink cast is gone and I’m wearing a wristlet type of brace.  I go back to the doctor on the 11th and I guess we’ll see what happens then.  Smiley from millan.netSecond, the bronchitis is breaking up and I’m feeling a lot better in that regard.  Have I cut down on my smoking?  You bet I have.  Have I quit entirely?  Not yet . . . but it is an inevitable reality for me.  I’ll know more about that on October 15th when I see yet another doctor.  I do have to tell ya though . . . my favorite time of all during the day is when I get up and I have that first cup of coffee and cigarette.  I don’t care where I am . . . in my recliner, watching the sunrise from the hot tub or sitting on the curb in a parking lot of a non-smoking hotel . . . it is my most favorite part of my day!

So much for my medical updates . . . I can think of so many more fascinating things to tell.

During the last month or so while sitting around letting my flabby ass get even flabbier Smiley from millan.net, I’ve been keeping a notebook of ideas.  Mostly they are pictures I’ve found of items that inspire me, just like the boots in my new banner.  Have you noticed it?  LOVE those boots and would have them on my feet if I didn’t think they would break the bank.   But seriously now, take a close look at those boots.  Then, take a look at this scrap 1×6

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and this Grungepaper, Grungeboard and Maya Road alphabet

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Do you see what I do?

All I can say is this!  I finally walked into the studio last night with the intent of working  . . .  it felt foreign to me.  I’ve been somewhat unmotivated and decided that if I didn’t make myself start a project, I probably never would again.  A friend of mine said recently that she could shuck the entire stampy, crafty thing.  I was taken aback and was surprised . . . I understand it now.  All that is a post for another day however.   Let me just say . . . the wood is now painted black and there has been some die cutting going on.  It’s a work in progress!

So, thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!  Me?  Mr. Stodgy told me last night to go buy myself an iPad . . . maybe I’ll Smiley from millan.net today!

Oh one more thing.  Do you want to follow along with me?  Do you need Grungepaper, Grungeboard or chipboard alphabets?  The sale at eclectic Paperie is still going on until October 3.  All you have to do is use coupon code OWHCARDS and you will receive 10% off your entire order (min $10 order).

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