More snow on the way and a nasty flu bug kicked my butt

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Hello friends
Just gearing up for the impending snow we’re to get tonight and tomorrow.
The kids had been taking turns being sick for several weeks and finally this week had been able to go back to school. While I awoke last Sunday morning with the sore throat which turned out badly by yesterday I went to the walk in clinic with a combination of what the kids had all except pink eye. I have a nasty respiratory infections and ear infections. The antibiotics and cough syrup are helping and I feel a bit better today. I was able to create Brian a valentine’s day card but that’s about all there was time for in the crafting corner. I hope you are all well and I have been thinking of you. Take care my friends.

Much love to you all,
Shelly

Not much crafting going on but my space is lookin good :)

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Hello Friends :)
Been quite busy lately with sick kiddos. I’m not complaining because this all that’s happened this winter and not continual like some past winters. Some have strep throat, while others have the vomiting and diarrhea, while some have pink eye with ear infections and yet the other one has had asthma issues. We have had several home every day this week so far so I am thankful that we have a three-day weekend coming up and we can recuperate and hopefully have everyone back to school next week. My Dad was in the hospital because he was on too much blood pressure medicine and it was dropping his pressure very low making him dizzy and almost blacking out. The Doctors got him all changed around with the right meds and amounts and he is feeling so much better. He has an appointment with the spine specialist in Champaign-Urbana on the 25th to see what can be done for his ruptured and herniated disks.
On a different note the weather here is crazy we had snow last week then temps in the 60’s wish it would make up its mind lol :) I did get to do a page about a week ago for one of my journals and really like how it all turned out. My sweet hubby has been going through all is ephemera and has given me a fair amount of goodies which I need to put in the proper places and not laying on my desk. I am hoping to get my Valentine’s cards done in the next couple days so I can give them out, silly me I didn’t factor in my clan catching the crud. Maybe I’ll get some done tonight I can always put on a movie for the kids That’s a thought I’ll have to get back with you and let you know :)
Hope you are all well and getting some fun crafting time.
Big hugs and much love to you all,
Shelly

Mission: scrap paper organization

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Hello friends :)
After being inspired by Leslie’s scrap paper organization and watching her use them in several posts I decided that I should try to round-up all my scraps. Now this turned out to be a bigger project than I had originally thought but well worth the time spent getting it all together. I had scraps of cardstock stashed all over in this messy area. I found all sizes and shapes from small bits that I threw away to full sheets which I filed away where it was supposed to be in the first place. Levi ended up with a full shoe box of scraps for his artwork. It’s so refreshing to see how those little pieces of paper made him so happy. Give him some scissors and a few glue sticks and he is happy for hours. Now I feel so much happier myself because things are tidied up and in order. While I was on the organizing roll I cleaned out the filing cabinet and organized my ephemera collection. While my little space is still very cramped and filled with way more crafty goodies than I need….did I just say that out loud ??? nix that last statement… I DO need all that stuff… Just in case Brian would ever pop over here and read my blog :) My area is small but I have plans to take over Will’s room this summer when he moves, I’m not rushing him out of here just saying I get first dibs on the empty room. There is still room for improvement in the filing of my scraps but this works for me. So with all this blabbering on I did get some photos and have tried several times to upload on YouTube but I’m not successful. I tell you it’s like learning all over again when I post because there is such a long time between my postings. so without further ado here is my tidied up scrap cardstock and space.

MY big mess

MY big mess

Who can feel creative here?

Who can feel creative here?

No room to even sit

No room to even sit

two totes full of various sized scraps

two totes full of various sized scraps

A bit of a mess

A bit of a mess

What was I thinking

What was I thinking

getting this show on the road

getting this show on the road

here's some of the mess

here’s some of the mess

Dump this out too

Dump this out too

I found a pumpkin in this mess

I found a pumpkin in this mess

It's finally empty and look at my scrap box !! Bring me some glue sticks !!!

It’s finally empty and look at my scrap box !! Bring me some glue sticks !!!

getting the sorting started

getting the sorting started

sorting out my mess

sorting out my mess

Ready made bases

Ready made bases

Card bases all ready to go

Card bases all ready to go

Getting a bit of help from PJ

Getting a bit of help from PJ

patterned scraps

patterned scraps

big scraps

big scraps

banner strips

banner strips

This looks better

This looks better

PJ  aproved

PJ aproved

looks much tidier

looks much tidier

ready and waiting to use

ready and waiting to use

some small scraps

some small scraps

a tidy desktop

a tidy desktop

Looking good

Looking good

a clear space to craft  :) a clear space to craft :)[/caption

So here it is not perfect but it is going to work for me. Things have changed a bit the last few months with the addition of my hanging butterfly lamp and some things on the wall. I know it is a bit over the top with all the decorations but I find it very peaceful and I know my Mom would be proud that I made a fun space just for me like she wanted. I hope you are all doing well and having some fun crafty time for yourselves. If you have any questions about what I’ve done or suggestions on how to do something better just let me know. I value all opinions you share.
Take care my friends.
Love and Hugs,
Shelly

Hey it’s ME !!! I’m back finally

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Hello friends  :)

It’s been a long time since I posted last and wow things have changed here on wordpress my dashboard looks completely different so bear with me as I get reacquainted to my blog.

We are on our 2nd day with the kiddos home from school due to the artic cold. They are all sad since we just started back on Monday the 5th and they only got to go 2 days. We may be out tomorrow too with continued below zero temps through Saturday. This is how it happened last January so maybe it’s the new weather pattern.

So I have taken a lead from Leslie’s Blog and started to sort through all my paper scraps and have made a small dint in the mound. I knew I had quite a bit but am really surprising myself with how much there really is. I have it stashed away in so many places. With that being said I am taking photos and am trying to capture this project to share with you.

I will sign off for now Will needs a ride to work

Love and hugs to you all,

Shelly

School is in session

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Hello everyone !!

School is in session and everyone but Levi started  today including Melissa, Levi starts on Wednesday so I have a bit of free time just having him today. We have had a pretty busy summer so I haven’t posted here in quite awhile but hope to post regularly now that I will have a few hours in the afternoons while Levi is at pre school . I got a new tripod and cant wait to try it out. I have been very lazy on checking my email and have gone weeks without even looking at it so I’ve been getting caught up on it today while Levi is doing some puzzles and playing with his lego blocks. It is super quiet around here :)  Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world wide web.

Love and hugs,

 Shelly

 

Oh heck what a day !!

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Hi friends,
Its been a busy day around here. WE had a lot of wind and rain last night so it made for a restless night. Sleeping next to a rattling window is a bit of a problem then there is the skylight over the garden tub which I though was so cool and romantic 19 years ago when first moved in but it and the 2 exhaust fans sure make sleeping rough when its super windy. Another major event for us today Ariel got her nose broken at school in P.E. playing kickball. School called we picked her up then to the Doctor who sent us over for x-rays. Got the call at lunch time She definitely has a deviated septum so we see the ear nose throat specialist Monday morning He is the same doctor who took care of Jeremes broken nose in 1998 so we know he is a good doctor. Seems never to be dull around here I think what ever will I do when my house empty of smallish people?? Hopefully hide out I my super-duper fabulous craft room :) Well a girl can always dream can’t she lol. I am going to be working on a Mother’s Day tribute for my Mom to set with her urn at my Dads. Levi made a card for Melissa since Sierra made something at school. I am hoping to get this project posted also since I can see the photos in my last post finally. I wish each Mother and Mother to be and very Blessed Mother’s Day I know I’m early but I wanted to make sure that I did.

Much love and many hugs,
shelly

My mixed media canvas Graphic 45’s Couture collection

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_203 Ok Friends I am going to try this a different way to see if it posts. Here is my first ever mixed media canvas using graphic 45’s Couture collection. This is a very beautiful collection and I love it. I really didn’t have this in mind when I started the canvas I just picked some colors of paint that I liked and had at it. I then stamped some script. I used my drywall shackling with a stencil to add texture. I tore some scraps of paper and glued them down randomly with mod podge. I then added my tiles of images I cut out and glued them down . I added a strip of lace ribbon and glued a Coco Chanel saying strip and a row of bling. I used some red spray on some rosettes to match the red in the tiles and put 2 rhinestone flourishes to the roses to look like leaves. On one tile I added a row of black bling. I used some rub and buff on some of the stenciled leaves.Then mod podged over the whole thing I think this can be very addictive I could use all my hoarded paper that I can’t seem to part with them I may run out of wall space in my crafty corner….wait a minute I already have…. I guess I can stock up on wall art for my future craft room :) Let me know what you think and if you haven’t thought of giving this a try, please consider it. Creating this was very rewarding.
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Love and hugs,

Shelly

Shelly