So in my house in Virginia I had an area in my kitchen that we painted with chalk board paint, and framed so I could write notes, the menu, anything really. Well since the move I don't have that, and it's not my house so I can't and/or don't want to paint anything in this house. Which means I don't have anywhere to write notes, or the menu, or anything really, so I decided to make one. So what do you get when you have an abundance of contact paper because you had to line the shelves in the pantry because you don't know what the last tenants put in there, even after you cleaned it, and a 16x20 poster frame you had got from Walmart or somewhere? You make your own dry erase board of course. Not hard at all and quite a bit cheaper than a dry erase board from the store, at least around here anyway... we looked at one that was the same size 16x20 and they wanted 20$ for it... my frame was on clearance for like $2.50, I think they are normally 5$ though, and like I said I have a lot of contact paper and I got that roll from the $store.....
Like I said, not hard at all, you cut a length of contact paper long enough to cover the cardboard that comes in the frame, wrap it like a book cover, then put the frame back together, and there ya have it!!! A DIY Dry Erase Board!!
We are all so saddened by the loss of Miss Lily
Chilvers, the owner and artist of The Octopode Factory. Alison Heikkila
and Suzi McKenzie wanted to host a Blog Hop where we can share some of
Lily's images, as well as share our love for her. We have gotten
permission to have this hop for Lily by her mom Mandy. Please join us in
honoring our friend and fellow artist.
Today we are remembering Lily Chilvers a truly beautiful artist and soul taken from us too soon.
To honour Lily we are sharing projects we have made in her memory using the wonderful, whimsical and wacky art she shared with us all.
Here are a couple of things I made for 31 Days last year, I will hopefully be able to find the file with my most current projects soon and post those as well!!!
That's the theme of this weeks WWATC challenge!!! Our sponsor this week is All Dressed Up. Please head over to wwatc to find out last weeks winner and to see some inspiration from the other DT members. Here is what I made using a very lovely image from ADU and some cute summer(y) papers from a Simon Says Stamp card kit!!!
Well the house is on the market and we have had lots and lots of looky loos but no offers yet, but I am not worried, it will sell when the time is right!! Good news is, Hunter made it through school and I made it through the last 9 months without killing a teenage boy!! Just sayin... he's quite moody that one... anyway, lets recap the last nine months of my life shall we...
Steven (that's the husband) left September of 2014 to start his new job in Idaho Falls... Hunter (that's the teenage boy who still lives) and I stayed in Virgina to get the house ready for the market and to finish the school year out. Jewel (that's the daughter who is now married) decided that she wanted to get married to Bentrick ( that's the son-in-love). Which meant I planned a wedding all by myself (well jewel helped with ideas but the actual pulling off of the ideas was mostly me) but it was fun and it kept my mind off of Steven being gone. He got to come home for Christmas and the wedding which was awesome cause that was two weeks we had with him. I purged the house of all the things we didn't need anymore, that was 15 kragen (which is what we call our Nissan murano) fulls of stuff off to goodwill and when I say full I mean I was the only one who could fit in the car in the drivers seat... all other seats were folded down and the kragen was full!!! After all of that there was organizing the whole house to get it ready for showings. Then the painting and staging and keeping it spotless and leaving for showings... ummm selling a house is not the easiest of things to do... just sayin...
Jewel and Bentrick
Cupcakes I made for the wedding
Bride and Groom with Brides family
Then came the ending of the school year and the decision to move from Virginia to Idaho... which now means the house in Virginia is empty and still on the market and I have a rental house here but the company that Steven works for is helping with that so it's all good!! So that was moving companies and packers and driving across country which was good because we got to stop in Louisiana and celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary with them!!! and see family. We got our household goods on Monday the 15th of June and now the hardest part of moving starts...unpacking. It's time like these I wish I had a genie on hand or that I was Molly Weasley and could just wave my wand and everything would be where it needs to be and that would be it!!! but alas I am a mere muggle and don't have that ability!!
Night sky in Texas
Devareaux in Colorado!
Somewhere in Wyoming
Somewhere in Idaho
So now I am typing this and uploading pictures from the trip so that I can procrastinate and not unpack boxes but my procrastinating time is drawing to a close, I would like to finish the kitchen today so that we can have a lovely home cooked meal because I am tired of take out!!!
Fish Bench in Idaho Falls
New Town, New Hair, Same Old Me
Oh yes there was arting time in there sometimes because I needed to keep up with my wonderful WWATC peoples but alas no blogging, because silly me thought that uploading them to our facebook group and the WWATC blog meant that I blogged about them on this blog... yeah told you I was silly, and I may have forgotten to mention that somewhere in that 9 months of everything that was going on in my life I may have lost my mind, not sure where yet, but I am pretty sure it is gone!!!
some of my Wicked Wednesday ATC (WWATC) projects!
a Little Art Journaling
and to top it all off I started participating with Listers Gotta List!
So now off to do more unpacking because the sooner I finish the kitchen and living room and office the sooner I can get into the art studio and get that set up so I can start arting again!!!
So the other day I was going through my sisters pictures on facebook because I knew she had one of my dad from long ago, and I had something in my mind for it... Anyway, I saw this picture of my mom and had to get it because I just had to...
Today is 20 years since she left this earth, I don't say left us because she will forever be in our hearts... which is where this page came from.
Still getting the house ready for the market! Lot's closer but still stuff to do!! Went through the garage this past weekend and took 7 car loads of stuff to goodwill..... My husband might just realize that he shouldn't have left his garage for me to do!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Anyway been crafting here and there... have some stuff to show soon, on scheduled days.
Just checking in and letting everyone know I am still alive and haven't been buried under all of the stuff we have... How the hell did we get so much stuff.. seriously we just moved into this house 2 years ago...and before that we were in a rental for a year after retiring from the navy so I know I purged then.... I also purged a lot of stuff while we were in the rental..... ugh... anyway it's not just me either... so that's a good thing...I think...
Ok gonna go for now, gotta get ready to skype with my man in a few!!!
Just Some Lines challenge is still going on and this month it is an anything goes as long as you use a JSL image!!! So come and join us!!!! This week I used this sweet little couple called Sweethearts on my card. Along with some things from the January SSS card kit!!
I would like to thank Latisha for letting me be a part of her wonderful hop this year and look forward to future years. I also want to thank each and everyone of you for your wonderful comments!!! They are greatly appreciated!!!
OH MY GODDESS!!! It's been crazy!! The wedding is over and the newlyweds are off on their honeymoon. The wedding/house guests are gone and my wonderful husband is back in Idaho Falls working... So it's just me and the boy at home again and there is so much to do!!
Packing up things to put in storage to get the house show ready for the market... hope it sells quickly!!! I have list upon list, room by room of what needs done, what needs packed, what needs donated... It really sucks because I need to make the house less personal... which means no pictures of the family, no little things that define my family cause according to some people not everyone wants skull candle holders out all the time, or a bitch witch given to me by a dear friend, or a steampunk jack-o-witch, or a Buddha on the bookshelf, and speaking of bookshelves just generic books and decorations... why the hell can't a bookshelf hold books? So I digress, I am here to show you my project for the newest WWATC challenge going on this week.
and here is my project using this cute little kitty!!!
Just Some Lines has a new challenge starting today!!! It is an anything goes as long as you use a Just some Lines image. Here is my DT inspiration using the sweet Fairy from the Sweet Fairy with decals set. I also used some elements and a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp January card kit!
Hello my lovelies, as you can see I am participating in this years Season's Givings blog hop. There are a lot of stops on the hop and EVERY stop on the hop is having a give away!!!! So start hopping!!!
This hop is a way for bloggers everywhere to let our followers know how much we greatly appreciate you all!!! Even though I have been slacking on posts since the end of 31 Days, I do appreciate everyone of you!!! Hopefully now that the wedding is over I will be able to post more and play more!!!
My giveaway will last until January 8th and I will post the winner on January 9th!
This is what I am giving away to one lucky person!!!