Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My Girl

Gypsy our Great Dane pup who just turned a year old is growing by leaps and bounds. She still gets the hiccups alot so we know she is still growing! I snapped this photo as she was standing on our pool deck looking over to our neighbors yard. My sister stood up by her to see what she was barking at. She really didn't seem this big to us as we see her everyday - but just comparing her to my sister is amazing. You can see her birthday "party" a few posts back. She is truly our gentle giant.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Some folks call this a studio...

but in reality its just my laundry room. I don't have a separate room for stamping and scrapping. I could easily convert one of my bedrooms but I prefer to stamp in my family room at the table and still enjoy the television and my hubby's company. And since we have a great dane puppy I can't leave anything out on the table as she can easily peer over it and help herself. Nothing is safe in this house- but I always have a clean table to start out. I started stamping about 8 years ago and never thought I'd have time for scrapping too. But the bug hit me hard. I slowly started making room in the laundry room to store my stuff. You know all that "stuff" you can't live without. And sometimes hoard and never use...
I picked up this great bookshelf unit at a local gift store that was downsizing. It was a wedding display and the saying on top was already on it. Perfect for my 12x12 books. I use these to store my unmounted and clear stamps by category. The baskets are painted with the matching wall paint and hold my most used stuff. The bottom shelf has wire baskets that hold all my punches and I just slide them right out and grab what I need.

This is by far my favorite piece. I found this gem at an antique show with my best junk shopping buddy, Toni. I debated on it the entire day and finally went back to buy it just before leaving. Good thing I had the truck with us to pick up furniture for her. She is such a BAD influence.

Each drawer had a different drawer pull on it. And the labels read dates from 1915-1916. It was in someone's garage for years and had that much grime on it too. I love its distressed look and made new tags with a crackle technique to match is character.

This is the "Bling" drawer. I used a label maker and clear labels to add my descriptions.

Since I am a visual stamper/scrapper I like things out where I can see and find them. I am the extreme organized nutcase. Here is how I store my ribbons. These are pants hangers and have five slots. I have two, sorted by color of course!
This is my stamp pad storage. The Adirondack pads have tiny labels on them that have a smudge and the color name on them. Told ya I was an organized junky. The white racks are wood boxes - garage sale finds painted. The others are old cheese boxes and hold that size stamp perfectly.
Colored pencils, markers, brushes etc all in little tin buckets inside my grandmothers old kitchen cabinet which has a glass door for easy access.
I also like to see my wood mount stamps. I find that if I have them in a drawer I don't use them as much. Hubs put up shelving all around the top of the room (think wallpaper border) and I display my stamps on it. These in the photo are mounted right over our stationary tub right next to the washer. (You can see the washer hook up) They are mostly saying stamps I tend to go to for everything. On top of the Making Memories shelf is a glimpse of a Wizard of Oz lunchbox. Its my favorite movie and I love all things Oz. I have lots of Oz memorabilia mixed in.
And last but not least - I want to show you my before and during photos before the laundry room remodel. The second photo shows the new paint color (my favorite color) but was taken before the new flooring and wood plank ceiling was put in. We did the ceiling together - I used a nail gun for the first time...and I didn't kill him in the process.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Gypsy's 1st Birthday card & handmade at that!

Gypsy is one spoiled Great Dane! She received a handmade birthday card from my very dear friend Mary Ann who knows just how much this big girl means to us. Mary Ann's nickname is Ssssssssnake - (at least thats what I call her) and she is a very talented stamper. She spends hours coming up with card designs and as you can see her results are AWESOME.

Not only does she make fabulous cards but she also dyes her own ribbons!

Thanks Sssssnake - you're the best!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Awesome Fan Mail

I received a lovely surprise from my dear friend Meghann who is a fabulous designer, cardmaker, scrapbooker and all around great person. Knowing she loves all things vintage and since she just moved from England to New Orleans, I wanted to send her a little "studio" house warming gift. I knew she would love the Jenni Bowlin vintage buttons so I sent her a little goodie bag to welcome her into this new venture in life. She was tickled and sent me this awesome card.
She has a fantastic blog to if you'd like to follow her as I do.
Have a great weekend - look for more posts next week!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Summer Garden

This time of year my gardens usually are looking pretty worn out with all the heat and humidity. We have had record highs and today's heat index is 104. But this summer my gardens are still looking good. Must be the sprinkler system my hubby put in for me. Yep, you read right...he put a homemade sprinkler system in a few years ago on a long weekend to surprise me for my birthday. He managed to trench a line that covers 3 large gardens all controlled from the faucet at the patio. I can simply attach hoses from the intermittent faucets he added to water the other gardens. It is probably the best present I have received in my entire life!

The birds and butterflies love it too. When the sprinkler is on they love to fly through the mist it creates. They enjoy a cool shower during this heat too!