Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Last Layout for Cape Cod: Greetings from the Canal Bike Trail

Alas, camping season is officially over. I mean I just scrapped the last page so it must be over! Leaves are falling here in NY and I officially broke out the coat today. Fun times. I also used up a piece of paper that is ancient from my stash and I love the vintage pile of picture look I created!

We all really enjoyed this bike trail that ran along the Cape Cod Canal. Luke and I biked a portion of it while we were waiting for the dinner train to cross. See the railroad bridge went up & down to accommodate either the canal boat traffic or the train that had to cross. It was super cool and in fact we went down just to see the dinner train one night.

I upcycled a bike reflector I found there for my title. I have been waiting to use it and in fact planned on it when I found it! Happy Times! The purple stamp is real too. I found a couple of those recently and saved them for a page too!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 16, 2017

12 "Tags" of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie: Jar Three

Oh goodness! The third Funkie Junkie tag is upon us! It's a riot of red with splashes of white....wonder where I got inspiration for my jar!

Love those candy stripes on Linda's tag, so pretty! They reminded me of candy, which is why I added a little candy cane to my jar on top of a little wooden ornament.

I spray painted my jar red to match the theme of Linda's and then added a splash of green with some vintage holly. Of course the poinsetta is vintage too. I've been hoarding it for a while!

I do hope you get to check out the sponsor of these tags, Linda's store The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Lots and lots of yummy things! Some of my favorites are the flowers she carries.

Happy Monday! Only nine more tags to go!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like....

Fall with a side of Christmas!

Mass production of silver streaky vases ensued last weekend. Must make some progress on the centerpieces for Civil Air Patrol. This year they are having their party at a musuem so I have uped my game! I'm still rolling with red, white, blue, and probably sparkly. Yes, sparkly is a color.

Wish me luck as I'm trolling our ReStore waiting for something cool to add to those star boughs...I brought home some white pointsettas but they are probably too big...Mom's on the hook to make some really cool bows for me, so I'll have to plan on those too...

It's nice to have the spray painting done before the cold weather though!

Happy Tuesday which is officially Civil Air Patrol Day in this house!

Monday, October 9, 2017

12 "Tags" of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie: Jar Two

Goodness gracious, so far I'm keeping up! Usually I start these a lot later & I like a little pressure with my crafting...so I'll see how I do! This one was made possible by that really pretty decorative base that someone thrust in my hands at work and demanded I take home. I'm not kidding. They loaded the scrap pile at work into the dumpster and selected a few items for me. I was going to keep these jars all at the same level so they got progressively bigger, but then that seemed boring...especially when that gold jar worked so well with that base...

My inspiration for Jar 2 came from Linda's tag over at the Funkie Junkie. I was really excited to work with cream, gold, and some stars.

I added some purple to mine, mainly because my Victorian Santa was well, purple. I like it though, makes me happy. Those vintage holly leaves and the snowflakes came from the ReStore as well. At some point soon, they start bringing down all the Christmas boxes they have been hoarding all year so I'm anxious to see what they have! It's kinda a tradition of mine!

Another tradition of mine is to hop over to the Funkie Junkie after this contest is over and STOCK UP for the year. I do see Linda is running a Columbus Day weekend sale though at the moment...hmmmm......

Happy Monday to you!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nuts About You Card for THE CUTTING CAFE

THE MAN has an upcoming birthday so I wanted to make him a funny card. By funny, I mostly meant funny to me.

At the current moment THE MAN and the dog aren't on the same page as the dog believes he should spend every possible minute chasing the chipmunks and squirrels who are frantically getting ready for winter. They don't wish to be menaced and must take precious time to say rude things to the dog when they aren't dropping nuts on his head. THE MAN thinks the dog should chill and come when he's called, not ten minutes later with his nose all dirty and attempting to look innocent.

I think THE MAN appreciated the humor of my acorn card although he did grimace a bit and reminded me that red squirrels are the worst. It was supposed to be a treat cup card, but I thought it would make a cool shaker so ran with that idea. Shimmer hearts, how can you go wrong!?

Regina has a full range of awesome treat cups to celebrate fall & Halloween, or in this case...a fall birthday! The Halloween & Fall Treat Cup Cards at the Cutting Cafe really are very versatile! Well, I'm off to do some yard work and play mediator between the dog and the chipmunks....and then time to make a birthday pie!

Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

12 "Tags" of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie: Jar One

Maybe some year I'll actually make tags, but as you can see, I opted to go with little glass jars. I have quite the collection of them. In fact, I have been hoarding this green one for quite a while. I think I got it at an after Christmas sale at Michaels, but certainly not last year...so it's nice they are out and ready to get prettied up!

Linda's tag inspired me of course to use a deer, but here's where her tag and my jar differ. My deer is Rudolf and doing a happy tag dance 'cause I'm super excited that the 12 Tags has started! I did also use pine trees. Lucky me I have quite the stash of Jolees to use up so I'll be making good use of them.

Really like that vintage holly. Found that at the ReStore. Matches nicely with Rudolph's nose!

Well, I'm off! First "tag" done and dusted and for once I'm actually starting them when I should!

A huge thanks to Linda who hosts us for this challenge & runs the most amazing store called the Funkie Junkie that you really must check out! It's a must visit for crafters!

Come back and hang with me tomorrow, I have another CAPE COD page. Only one more to go and I'm officially caught up from the summer!

Day 4 in the Cape: Love Life

Completed this page a couple of weeks ago and just didn't get around to blogging about it. It's easy to make pages when you use a photo collage like this one and have the backgrounds premade. I made a bunch of matching backgrounds while camping so when I got a chance, it was pretty easy to get a page put together. This also means I'll actually scrap the whole trip. ;-)

On Day 4 we ended up in Wood's Hole, MA which is also the home of NOAA. We visited a free aquarium, checked out the cool ships in the bay, and then went home to have seafood pizza. It was a neat little town and one of my favorites from the trip.

I'm enjoying playing with some new flowers I got that match the paper. They are inspiring me to finish the few pages I have left from the trip!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cape Cod Day 5 Dream Big Layout for Another Freaking Scrappy

Our challenge this time 'round over at Another Freaking Scrappy is to use words of Thanks on a layout. Words like - Thank You, Gratitude, Grateful, Thanks as a title or in your journaling all apply!

I used the opportunity to talk about something I almost lost out on. We had our trip to the CAPE planned for ages until a kid needed to change the week around for school. I then got the opportunity to go to some training which due to moving the week around, conflicted. We tried really hard to change the camping trip, but couldn't. So, I had to make a choice. One of my main rules is that Pratt Inc. is always first and everyone was very excited to head off for a week to explore, so I couldn't let them down. At the very top, my journaling talks about that choice. 

I was also thankful this layout turned out pretty flat! I produce about two very full scrapbooks a year and I'm always happy to conserve space!

Stop back tomorrow, I'm posting my first Funkie Junkie "tag"! 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Besting the Bugs & Rocking the House

Each house has a story to tell. Right now the one I'm working on in the 'Post tells a story of neglect. As far as I know, it's only 18 or so years old and it was build by Habitat back in the day. We think that a couple of holes in the aluminum flashing along the very bottom by the slab compiled with a ongoing leak in the bathroom attracted the termites & gave them a way in. As the bug guy said, this was one yummy house and took photos. (If the bug guy takes photos, it's 'cause it's a doozie in case you are wondering.)

I happen to have the bug guy on speed dial. See, when we first got the house and after hauling out three dumpsters of trash and belongings, he then came in and treated for bedbugs and fleas. He promised that when we went back in with volunteers if I saw something crawling, even if that something was a half dead spider, he'd be over in a flash.

Right now this house we're working on has missing siding on a large part of the back and in fact is down to studs in many places as we chase termite damage around the three bedrooms. It's upsetting and frustrating that something that once was so lovingly built is damaged so. I'm imagining that it's a similar feeling a lot of people in the States are dealing with after the hurricanes and they have plaster board to rip out and ruined insulation.

Regardless we solder on. The new potential homeowner popped over for her first visit just the other day. I had prepared her and said that even though it looks like a hot mess, please have vision and faith that this will be an awesome house. I promised that at the end she will have a comfortable place full of light in those huge windows we're going to replace. I showed her the open kitchen layout we came up with and told her to pick colors for the cabinets and paint.

Some of the scars that house gave me aren't easy for me to forget. We had to evict the previous owner who begged for more time around Thanksgiving last year and then right before Christmas without any evidence of progress, we had to proceed. See, at Habitat you get a hand up, not a hand out. You still have to pay for your affordable mortgage and like the rest of the world, if you don't pay you don't get to stay. I'd have felt very badly, but it was four years since her divorce & ample time to get things straightened out. Still, we like to put people in houses, not take them away.

Needless to say I feel a little down when I walk though the house. It's still a bit smelly & not very lovable. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the bathroom yesterday and found a pretty painted rock. See one of my good friends brought her kids down to "rock the house" for the volunteers. I had forgotten a little person would notice that the tarp on the back of the house had a little gap in it and a little arm snuck one in. I had been leaving the rocks for others to find, but in the way of rocks, this one was for me to find...

Made my day and gave me hope! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we build another home for a family!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

CAPE COD 1st Day Layout

I'm really enjoying these little photo collages and making a nice wrap up page each day from our recent vacation. I'm actually almost done, which is a great feeling! We're entering the down hill slide into the holidays and it's time to get my 12 Tag on over at the Funkie Junkie! Before you know it, we will have snow here in NY!

Most of the pages I'm making have long strips for writing down journaling. This one has a huge popped title so I know it's the start of our Cape Cod trip. Can you see that I mounted a photo saying CAPE COD on a piece of corrugated cardboard?

I saw a cool magnet in a gift shop and wanted to use it as a title on a page so I just took a photo of it! The magnet itself was way too big...so this worked well!

I'll be back soon with enother page!

Monday, September 25, 2017

There's No Place Like Home

Having spent a chunk of last week away at a conference, I totally enjoyed a quiet Sunday at the house. To quote Dorothy, there is really no place like home, even if that means catching up on laundry and making an epic dinner as you are so tired of eating out.

Let's talk about home for a minute. I spent nearly two days in classes & networking learning about best practises, ways to improve the home for the homeowner, and mortgages. What we didn't touch on was what we are really providing. That came to me via a text message from our latest homeowner. I asked her how things were going and she said that she was nearly unpacked in the house and was getting ready to tackle the garage next.

See, we rehabbed a house from 1927 for her that had recently gone through a fire. Normally homeowners don't get a garage with a Habitat House or a fenced in yard.  I was pretty sure some time in January when we were running off generators and portable heaters that this house was going to kill me. Later, it was the cedar shakes in the heat of the summer. I can honestly say this house was NOT quick by a long shot, however we finally wrapped it up.

During the long wait as we rehabbed everything, we had a couple of days working on the overgrown backyard that was full of pretty rose bushes. I was heartbroken we had to cut out so much. Interestingly enough, the other day I was in her backyard and the roses are growing back. Kinda like her house.

Anyhow, back to her text message. I asked our new homeowner if her Mom and Dad liked her house. She said they really did and that her Dad was going to built a special removable ramp to get her Mom into the house. She also was put in charge of hosting Thanksgiving Dinner. This is the kind of thing that I totally needed to hear. Made all that work worthwhile. We created a space for family and that's pretty freaking cool.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Poconos Layout for THE CUTTING CAFE using the Vintage Boot File

Really loved this Vintage Boot I created for THE CUTTING CAFE. In fact, I knew I had the perfect page for it when I spotted it. It was really quite simple to assemble, once I cut out the pieces. It's meant to be a card, but here it's a really pretty embellishment.

I cut out all the pieces to the file as I wanted the boot to have dimension. I pop dotted the pieces and added the last piece that I inked up and stamped with a pretty lace image. The little lace buttons were in my stash and I added lots of flowers by the boot to accent it.

This page was really all about using up some scraps and talking about the last camping trip of the season. Both kids had commitments, so we went by ourselves and discovered how quiet it was and how much room we had minus two kids and a dog. It was very relaxing, except for keeping track of the kids!

Happy Thursday!