Friday, January 30, 2009

A tour of the stamp room!

I thought since I have no new projects to share, I'd show you some pictures of my stamp room. It is a small room, about 11'x11'. I love that big window, it lets in lots of natural light.
This used to be our guest room.....not anymore!
The first picture is the view looking into the room from the doorway. I like to stand up while I do my stamping, so I had a counter installed with drawers on both sides. There is lots of stuff in those drawers!

This picture shows my work table. It used to be our old kitchen table and the hutch that matches it. I painted them both white. I do most of my cutting on the table. It's not usually this neat either. Over in the corner, I now have a cube unit to store all my stamp sets. I no longer have the TV in there. I never watched it. I probably should take some new pictures of that at some point.

Here's a better picture of the hutch. On the bottom shelf I used to store all my scrapbooking kits in the canvas bins. They are all gone now......right Peggy? The jars on the shelves hold miscellaneous embellishments, ribbon, buttons, flowers, etc.

This is my french memo board that I made! I couldn't find one commercially in the size or materials I wanted. So I decided to make one myself. It was super easy. I just bought a pre-made frame (24"x36" I believe), took out the glass. Also bought an artists canvas and covered it with polyester batting. Then covered that with this Waverly fabric I've had forever, and stapled it to the canvas back. Then I used black grosgrain ribbon to make the criss crosses. I added a decorative upholstery tack at every meeting point of the ribbon. I popped the fabric covered canvas back in the frame and voila! That's all there is to it. The hardest part was making sure the ribbon was spaced correctly.

Now I have this beautiful display area for my cards. I love it!

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Check out this giveaway!

My dear friend Rachel is a TAC consultant (The Angel Company). She just had her first class and made some fabulous projects. She's giving away a few class kits, so head on over to her blog and check it out!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Passing the Time

Well, I'm still here, passing the time while I wait not-so patiently for my surgery on February 4th. I'm still not able to stamp or create anything. I can only be on my feet for about 5-10 minutes before I'm in horrible pain. I tend to save my time up and about for the things I absolutely have to do. Being a wife and a mom is so hard when you are so limited! I'm trying to get some meals cooked and in the freezer so my husband doesn't starve while I'm recuperating. The problem is, it's almost impossible to make something somewhat healthy and nutritious when I have such a small window to work with. I've done some internet searches and found a few recipes that I will hopefully be preparing tomorrow. Don will be helping me, so I'll probably be supervising more than actually cooking. If any of you reading have any super duper easy main dish recipes to share, please do!
Other things I'm doing include reading LOTS of books. I swear sometimes I feel like my eyes are going to fall right out of my skull. Is it possible to read too much? I am reading almost a book a day at this point.
The excitement of the new Stampin'Up! catalog just hasn't hit me yet. It's not because of lack of great product, it's just not being able to use any of it that is the problem! The new catalog is really great, lots of new stamps and some cool new products. I know my excitement and interest will return once I'm feeling better. I haven't even made my wish list yet......So sadly, I have nothing to show here on my poor little blog. I have several sets that I pre-ordered just sitting in my stamp room all lonely and sad. I know the stamps will still be there when I'm ready to stamp again. I hope I get to use them before the NEXT catalog comes out in August.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

It's been awhile.......

So sorry to have been neglecting my poor little blog here. In my last post, I mentioned that I was having some problems with my back. Well, it turns out to be a BIG problem with my back. I'll be having surgery early next month as a result. I can't really promise any new creative projects to see here in the near future. I'm pretty much spending most of my time flat on my back. And my recovery from the surgery will be very long as well. If by chance I have a good day here or there and can actually create something worth seeing, I'll be sure to post it. Thanks for understanding.
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