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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Tool

I have a tool fetish...crafting and office supply.  I have an ARC punch which I like, but sometimes I want a connected spine binder rather than disk binding.  I saw a pic in one of the Thirty-One Facebook Groups that I belong to where a lady had laminated and had paid Staples to spiral bind the new Summer Catalog.  I thought that was a good idea, but I also wanted to see if there was an affordable spiral binding option I could use at home.  And there was at Office Max, which is much closer and more prevalent than in my area than Staples.  So, I got a new tool...the Pro Click P50 binding system.

After I cut apart my catalog, I laminated each page.  I use an expensive Scotch Laminator that I bought at Wal-Mart a couple of years ago.  It works great, and I highly recommend it.  You can also purchase it at Target, and I have read that you can get a large pack of laminating sheets at Sam's.  I must remember to look next time I'm in there.  Anyway, I then slid each page in the P50, pushed the lever up and all the binding holes were punched.  It was that easy!

Next, I loaded the pages on the 1/2 inch spine, also purchased at Office Depot.

The spine just snaps closed.


I then laminated and spiral bound a school handbook.

I enjoyed how neat and organized it felt to laminate and bind documents so much that I think I will do it to some of my craft tool manuals and documents.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Must Organize my Projects!

I have a problem.  I think about a lot of projects all at once and plan and even buy supplies sometimes, then I don't do the projects.  Do you have that problem...ever?  Swirling in my head right now are a list of things I want to get done, like:

Make my first wallet-friendly cornice board for the kitchen.
Then, if the guinea pig cornice board works out, make 3 in the playroom and 5 in the craftroom...making a video of my process to share with y'all.  (Yes, I say y'all all the time...I'm from's a southern thing)
Make panels for one random upstairs window to match playroom cornices.
Finish my craftroom labels
Video my daughter's b-day doorscape...seriously overdue.
Make a start-to-finish door video.
Finally get my foyer chandelier...but oh wait...we get to pay even MORE taxes (Happy Tax Day to those of you that pay taxes I'm not bitter about paying taxes :-) not at all....typed with a ton of sarcasm).
Find 2 more doors to make my photo booth.
Plant more flowers. Plant more flowers!!!!
Help my husband put the gazebo together and hang the lights in it.  I dream of my own Bedouin tent next to the pool...minus the harem of course.

And theses are just some of the things in my mind.

So, I need to pull it together, get organized...and start with the kitchen cornice board.  Here's what it looked like when we bought the house:

I wasn't feeling the awning type valance, so it got ripped down months ago.  Oh, yea and the vinyl saying came down to only for us to discover that previous owners had actually painted AROUND the vinyl stickers!  Seriously, who does that?  Anyway, this happy little window is going to get a shot of color when I tie in the fabric from my living room into the kitchen.  Do you remember it?  In case you don't, here's a swatch:

So, I guess I need to fill those nail holes above the sink (finally) and get cracking!  Stay tuned!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

#TBT Easter

Happy Thursday Everyone!

We are in the home stretch of middle school softball season...limping along with several injured players.  My daughter's team plays one more game today, and then we will go into the District Tournament tomorrow in the #1 position...WOO HOO!  This is our family's first experience with softball, and I LOVE it!  It's so exciting!  My 3rd grader is the one that got everyone interested.  She is in our school's rec league but has already informed my husband that she wants to play competitive softball.  Oh boy, here we go.  Can our family handle another sport?  IDK  My oldest is a goalie in a competitive soccer club as well as goalie for her school and a member of the school softball team.  My youngest just finished up her cheer year by winning Nationals in Dallas last month.  She has decided to take some time off to focus on softball and then take tumbling after that to keep up her skills.  Her goal (right now) is to make the middle school cheer squad in a few years.  Competitive cheer has burned her out a bit...intense is an understatement.  These two little busy bees keep me hopping.  Sometimes I just want to craft, but instead I have to drive all around north Houston playing "Mom Taxi".  I suspect so many of you out there are in the same boat and are totally nodding your head.

SOOOOO....hence the need for a #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) Easter Doorscape post.  I am so behind on everything decorating.  But, for any new followers out there, you may not have seen this original post. Check out how I did Easter a couple of years ago when we lived in Oklahoma.  For the original blog post, click HERE!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Craft Room Labels

have been thinking about how I want to label my many Dröna bins from Ikea. Thinking, thinking, thinking....  Then I found these unfinished wooden pieces from Michael's. Love!  I proceeded to paint them pink. 

I then happened upon these chalkboard labels by Recollections also at Michael's that matched the shapes of the wooden pieces perfectly. I stuck them right onto the wooden piece. Yes, I could have cut them out using my cutting machine and vinyl, but I just wanted one step to be quick. You ever get in a mood like that?

I then punched a hole in the bottom using my Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite. 

The next step was to embellish. I did so using Art•i•Cake charms (mine were from Michael's) and Mod Podge Molds. 

Here I took a ring, opened it up, threaded the charm on the ring, threaded the ring through the label and then closed the ring. 

Next I made crown Mod Podge molds using Mod Podge melts and then painted them gold using acrylic paint. 

Here is a quick review of my first experience with Mod Podge Melts and Molds:

Then, I inked around the wooden piece with black ink, drew some embellishments with a white Sharpie paint pen and then hot glued the Crown to the wooden piece. 

Lastly, I typed out a label on my label maker and adhered it to the wooden piece. This can be removed at a later date if need be. 

And I hot glued the wooden label to my Dröna bin. A lot of the charms will be different, which I think adds interest. Is this labor intensive?  Yep.  But, in the end, I will be happy with it. 

Here is a quick Flipagram of the entire process:

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Springtime in Texas

Hi Everyone!

Spring has definitely sprung in Texas.  I thought I would take a minute to post some pics me and my daughter took recently as well as a little Flipagram (a new app my Tween told me about).  If you don't know, the Bluebonnet is our state flower, and it is a yearly MUST for Texans to go driving the country roads to get the perfect family bluebonnet pics.  God is the ultimate artist!  Have a great weekend.

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