Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #53

We are on the road...forgive me for ignoring my blog.  I'll be back soon.  
I promise!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Adventure Begins...

I am sitting in a hotel in Cedar City, Utah.  The movers arrived yesterday morning, packed-up all our worldly possessions, and left mid-afternoon.  We returned our cable equipment, cleaned up the house, and hit the road.  

We were exhausted, but wanted to get a "jump" on our long journey.

Bob, our driver, along with Craig and Clem.

They were amazing.  Everything was pack with such care, we were truly impressed.  When Clem saw how hot I was (AC off due to all the doors being open), he set-up 2 fans so they would blow directly at me!  Remember, triple-digit heat...and, as you know, I AM the Queen of the Hot Flash!!!

We could feel the air cool as we headed into Utah...AHHHHHHH!!!!  THe best part was the beautiful rainbow.  I tried to get a quick pic:

Now, we are headed toward Denver...stay tuned for the next installment!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #52

Triple digit heat in the desert...I won't miss this one bit!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Whoooo's Having a Birthday???

Nope, it's not me - it's my daughter!  She loves owls and I found an adorable owl cake at Better Homes and Gardens.  I decided I HAD to make it for her, but there were a few glitches...

As you may remember, we are in "full packing mode" around here and after I bought everything I needed, I remembered that the mixer was packed!  Did I let that stop me?  No way, you CAN mix a cake by hand and that's exactly what I did!
Isn't he a hoot?  Yes, pun intended!

I made a few changes from the original instructions.  The area where the almond slices are was supposed to be yellow frosting and, you guessed it, the food coloring is packed!  I also used Rolos for the eyes.  The instructions suggested malted milk balls, but I thought he needed a little glitz!  Instead of making frosting from scratch, I used canned - packing, you know!

Here's a pic of the Birthday Girl and her cake:
I think she liked it!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pretty It Up! Upcycled Planner

Welcome back everyone!  Here's a quick project I finished right before my Craft Room was packed.  
I always get these sample planners in the mail.  They list your organization's name and all the possibilities you could have printed on the inside flaps.  I liked the planner, but not the cover or inside flaps.  So, what's a girl to do?  Cover it!
I started with this:

I covered it with cardstock - both inside and outside.
For some reason, this photo flipped itself. Technology is wonderful, isn't it?!

Then, I stamped a chicken wire background stamp all over it to give it some texture.  Papers from Graphics 45 were added and the planner was transformed!
Sorry about the flash - I was having camera issues and really needed to be packing!

I added the 3 bronze studs in the lower-right corner and a ribbon along the left seam -which actuall serves a purpose:
No more searching for the correct page!

And that's it.  A simple transformation and I didn't have to toss a perfectly good planner because I couldn't use any of the information contained on the cover or inside flaps!

So, the next time you get one of those samples in the mail - Pretty It Up!

Ann - who's going back to her packing now!





Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #50

This one reminds me of my Dad.  
His version was...the wheel slowly turns...
Something to think about!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mirror, Mirror...

Welcome Back, Everyone!  The packing is in full-swing now that school is out (see here for the moving info) and I am retired.  Retired...hasn't really hit me yet.  I think it will when August comes around and I'm NOT getting ready for a new school year!  Stay tuned for that post!

I wanted to share this beautiful mirror make-over with all of you before it gets packed in its box!  I found this beauty at an Estate Sale for $20.  I really didn't like the finish, but knew I could easily change that!
I fell in love with the details on it, though!

This was the easiest transformation ever...add one can of spray paint...and get this:
Here's another angle:
All ready to be boxed-up for the big move!

Amazing what a can of spray paint can do, isn't it?  I'm sure this wil be one of many transformations once we are moved.  

Be sure to stop by again soon.  I still have a thing or two saved for this transition time..aka, moving across the country!  
Have a fabulous week!






Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #48


Today is the last day of school for students.
Tomorrow is my last day!

Monday, June 2, 2014

War Brides - Book Review

Amazingly, with all the "hustle-bustle" of getting ready to move, I've still carved out some time for reading and I absolutely LOVED this book!

As WWII begins five young women become fast friends.  Their lives intertwine and their stories unfold. The sacrifices they made reminded me of stories that my own mother told me about WWII.  The struggles and pain of war are perfectly depicted in this novel. 

Put this book on your Summer Reading List.  You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Goodby Tension...

...Hello Pension!
It's official, after 28 years, I'm retiring.  If you've been following my posts I've been hinting at "things to come".  Well, I had to get all the details in order and submit the paperwork.  Now that's done and I can share the news!

BUT, there's a Part 2...

We are moving back east!  If you've read my posts carefully, I've mentioned a few of my DIY projects needing to live in a vintage house.  That dream is coming true.  Take a peek:

I can't wait to get there!  School is out in a couple of weeks and then it's time to pack.  We've been busy cleaning, sorting, and tossing.  My garage sale was a success - boy, did those teachers get some deals!

This should explain those "being busy" comments and the need to take time off from the Design Team.  Please stay tuned.  I will be keeping you up-to-date on all of the details. I'd love to have you follow our journey across the country!

Thanks for stopping by...
Ann - who is very excited!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Ugly Bathroom

This is what the bathroom looked like when we moved in:
Please note the lovely brown paint color and the worn oak cabinets.  I also want to bring the shower doors to your attention.  I don't know about you,  but I HATE them!!  It seems no matter what you do, it is impossible to keep them clean - so, they had to go!  We took them out, removed the screws for the tracks, and carefully removed the adhesive.  
While we continued to work, I put up this lovely white shower curtain!  ;)

The rest of the story goes like this:  The walls were painted a pale blue, the cabinets were stained and I added porcelain knobs.  Add lace curtains and a pretty shower curtain and the room was transformed - for a very affordable price!  I spent under $100.

The final result:

I'm  pretty pleased with the results!  Sorry, I can not find a close-up of the cabinets.  I know I took one...I'll update when I find it.

Linking to  Make It Pretty at The Dedicated House.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

What's Going On?

I'm sure that's what you must be thinking - two Saturdays and no new cards??

Well, I've decided to take a little time off from the My Time To Craft Design Team.  Shell has told me that I'm welcome back whenever I'm ready, which makes me very happy!  They are the most wonderful group of ladies, and I miss them already.  

The next question you are probably asking is...Why?  Honestly, I can't give out the details, but, I have some things to take care of right now.  Stop back in a week, or so, and I'll share.  ;)  I know I'm being very mysterious, but you'll understand when I share the news.

As far as new posts are concerned, I have some projects to share - a little more DIY, but they were fun!  Please stay tuned.  I hope you'll continue to stop by - and leave me a comment, maybe???


We'll chat soon!
Ann


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #44


Let's hear it for "interesting" and "meaningful"!

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

April Showers

You know the saying... April Showers Bring May Flowers...but, this challenge focuses on Umbrellas!  

I used my Cricut to make the umbrella and backed it with floral paper from my stash.  The background is embossed with a little sanding.  A stamped sentiment and some twine finshed the look.  
My Time To Craft has more inspiration for you.  Be sure to check it out.  
We look forward to seeing what you create!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #42


My favorite Disney movie!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Up, Up, and Away!

Spring is here!  I hope the weather is warming up in your part of the world - warmer here, we're even flirting with the 90s!!

This week at My Time To Craft, we challenge you to create something that is up in the air:  airplanes, helicopters, birds, butterflies, but they must be the main focus!

I chose the butterfly and gave a 3-D effect.  The embossed background is a new folder from Close To My Heart.  I just love the Quatrefoil!

Are you ready to get started?  Head over to My Time To Craft for some more inspiration and then create something of your own.  We can't wait to see it!    

Friday, April 18, 2014

Vixen Lacquers

Happy Friday, Readers!  Today I have a real treat for you - especially if you are a gal who loves manicures!  My daughter has just started her own line of Indie Polishes - Vixen Lacquers.  

These lacquers are "5 free".  That means no camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate(DBP), or formaldehyde resins.  You know, all that "bad stuff".  She uses cosmetic grade pigments and has glitter!  You know how we crafters love glitter...;)


"Fabulous"

This one's called "Reckless".

Don't you just love those colors?  This polish reminds me of gel polish, but without all the hassles of needing a UV light to dry it.  It is also very easy to remove.  Just what I like, nothing complicated!  You can read a full review of her product here at Begin Nails.
I hope you'll visit her website:  Vixen Lacquers and use the free shipping code for this weekend:  OPENINGWKND.  I know you'll want to use that!

It's the weekend - time to shop for some new nail lacquer!  Enjoy!



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

By the Sea...

Since Spring is finally here, Summer can't be far behind!  This week at My Time To Craft we'd like you to create something that is related to the sea.  I decided to picture myself by the sea:
I think the only thing missing is a nice iced drink!

I am on Spring Break and planning on a relaxing week...how about you?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Wildlife

As I thought about this challenge and began looking through my "stuff" in my craft room, I came to the realization that I don't have much for wildlfe.  Considering the amount of "stuff" I actually have, this was shocking!  So, I put on my thinking cap and got creative:
Last time I checked, frogs live in the wild, right? This card was created with a retired stamp set embellished with some Kraft border, Baker's Twine, and some metal studs Welcome to the pond!

I hope you'll head over to My Time To Craft to see the wonderful creations from the rest of the Design Team.  Even more, I hope you'll create something of your own to share with us!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Beary Nice!

This week just flew by - I can't believe it's time for another challenge at My Time To Craft!  Beary Nice is the theme, you have to have a bear on your creation.  I got out my Cricut again and created this:
I'm pretty sure I know someone who is having a baby girl!

Now, how about you?  Are you ready to share your bear?  We'd love to see it at My Time To Craft.  Be sure to stop by to see what the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you!

I hope you have some fun planned for this weekend - I'm hoping for some quality time in my craft room!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mother's Day

This week's challenge at My Time To Craft is Mother's Day.  I decided to step away from making a card this time.  

I got out my Cricut Artiste cartridge and made this little purse to hold a gift card.  After stamping it tone-on tone with a background stamp, I embellished it with a few flowers and some Baker's Twine.  The tag was attached with a little more Baker's Twine - and it was done!

Be sure to stop by the My Time To Craft blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created. We hope you'll be inspired to create something of your own!