Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Where has the time gone?

Hello all! I cannot believe that it has been almost a week since I posted! I have been crazy busy this week and it isn't even over yet. I am planning a Halloween party for my daughter and her friends for Friday night and have another craft fair on Saturday.

We decorated our house for Halloween last weekend. I think it came out great! and with the recent rain and wind we have had - makes it even more creepy!!! Take a peek:

Thanks to all who popped by the craft fair in Woodstock last weekend. I did pretty good! There was a great turnout of both crafters and shoppers! I hope everyone went home with something special! I even bought some homemade soap. The scent was "Monkey Farts"! It doesn't smell anything like it's name - just so you know! :)

I was surfing online this morning and came across another craft or two I want to make for my upcoming fairs! Hope I can squeeze in some crafting time soon!

We also ventured out into the woods last weekend and took our annual fall pictures of Ash. We are never satisfied with the school pictures and only have them taken to get the class photo - so this is our school pictures that we share with people! I think this one is "the one" we will be using:
She is such a ham that sometimes it is hard to get a good shot without the "fake" smile!!!

Well, I just wanted to let you know that I am still out there and right now am buried under bats, ghosts and spiderwebs!!! I will post pics after the party!!!!! Thanks for popping in!

Friday, October 22, 2010


I have to giggle each time I write TGIF! My grandfather was something of a unique man. I swear he laid awake at night thinking of "stuff"! TGIF to him meant "toes go in first". He always said he would design shoes with that name! I cannot believe it has been 17 years since he passed away. {sigh} I am sure he would have had a ball with Ash and Grace if he was here today! :)

Well, tomorrow is my first craft fair of the season. I think I am ready. I do not have a ton of stuff but what I have is... well, what I have!! I finished up some small details last night and tonight I need to pack things up. If you are in the Woodstock area tomorrow - I hope you stop by.

I took some random pics last night of my items. Here is a couple I don't think I have shared.

The first is a few composition books. I love to alter these. They are so easy and there are so many things you can do to them. I had this vintage paper and could never figure out what to use it for in a 10 year old's album. I think they look great on these books!!
Next are some gift tags I made. Everyone is always looking for cute tags for those special people. Add it to a teacher's gift (for which I have plenty) and it adds some wow!!!
I am hoping to remember my camera so I can take pics of my booth all set up tomorrow! If I can remember it - I will be sure to post some pictures for you all. :)

Thanks for popping and for all your support!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

a funny to share

I know - I know... I promised to post this weekend. I am sorry. I DID work tho and get some more items ready for my craft fair! I have to share this funny story with you (well, it wasn't funny at the time but you know...)

I am making these adorable stationary boxes for my fairs and I needed to add the papers for them. I wasn't sure how many to add so I brought everything to work one day and started cutting and stamping. I cut 500 pieces and stamped a small image on each one. I sorted them out into piles of 20 so I could keep count and decide later what to put in each box. 500 pieces. I worked thru them fairly quickly (or as quickly as you can with that much paper) and placed them all very carefully back into the 12x12 folder I use to transport paper. Did I mention that there was 500 sheets? Well, I get home and proceed to be a good girl and take my scrapping stuff to the basement - where it belongs - and the folder slips (you know where this is going don't you?) ...... and all 500 (remember I mentioned that there was 500??) fall out of the folder. Down the stairs,under the stairs, over the wall onto my desk, the floor and every other solid surface within dropping range. I am surprised you didn't hear me scream. (insert giggle here)

Well, I did get them all picked up (and they weren't even dirty) and my daughter sorted them back into their respective piles and now are all inserted into their proper boxes and ready for purchase!!! (did I mention there was 500 sheets?)

In hindsight - I guess it is a little funny (but only a little) and I did giggle about it afterwards but.... :)

I will work hard tonight to take some more pictures and share them with you. Remember that you can visit my at the Woodstock Elementary School PTA craft fair this weekend!! I would love to see you!
Thanks for popping in!

Friday, October 15, 2010

and God said" build an ark"

Yes - I am still here!!! I know it has been a week! This has been a crazy week to boot!!! But I have been working a little! This weekend is my big push to get things done as my first fair is next Sat! It will be at the Woodstock Elementary on the 23rd. I will post more info on it this weekend!!!
It is storming hard here in Maine today. They are calling it an official nor'easter. I am soooo glad it isn't snow because we would be buried already!
So - hang in there! I promise to be posting this weekend!!! Thanks for popping in!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010


It's Friday....It's Friday!! Can you see me doing my little happy dance? I am so glad it is finally Friday. I wish I could sleep in tomorrow but - alas - we have another soccer game. Monday - I can sleep in on Monday. No work, no school. Pillow time!

Today I want to share a little project that I will have available at the first couple of fairs. I have only made a couple of these so if you like them - snatch them up!!

This is a simple holiday planner. I took a 2 pocket folder from the school supplies and folded it up to make it into a four pocket planner. I also cut some off of the top to make it shorter. I don't have a specific amount - I just cut!! :)
I decorated the folder with some holiday paper I had and took some coordinating colored card stock to go with it. Inside I used 2 different papers for each section. Behind the pockets - I adhered some coordinating card stock to cover the plain white background. Inside each pocket - I added various planners. I think these have Christmas cards, gift list, and gift ideas. In the last pocket- I took some of the coordinating paper and adhered it onto the end of a large legal envelope to hold receipts, etc.

On the outside - I added ribbon to tie it close and stamped a holiday greeting onto scrap white card stock and matted with my scallop circle punch. I adhered this right onto the ribbon (which I adhered down in a few spaces) and tied the ribbon into a bow! There you go!
I hope you have enjoyed today's post! I have been working in my "studio" (aka the basement) and have gotten a few more things completed. Pictures will come soon! Thanks for popping in!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Something special

Happy Tuesday! Sorry I was missing this weekend. We attended the Fryburg fair for the fireman's muster Sunday and yesterday my hubby and I spent the day together. Congrats to the Canton FD team - they received 2 second place trophies at the muster!

Today I want to share with you something that my sis-in-law made for my Grandmother's 90th birthday and the minute I saw it - I knew I would be stealing the idea! These are plain white cigar boxes that I found at AC Moore and altered them with stamps, flowers and stickles!

I used one of my swirl stamps from Stampin' Up (I cannot remember what set it came from), with black Staz On ink. (does anyone else just love the smell of the black ink?)

In the top right corner - I placed a variety of flowers with brads. I added stickles in coordinating colors around the flowers and on the swirls to add some depth and bling! I wanted a sentiment on the box and after a long time of searching - I decided on "for you".

Inside the boxes - I cut copy paper to fit and stamped on some of the pages and tied them together with coordinating ribbon and added a pen.

I thought these stationary boxes would be great gift ideas! Drop me a note and let me know what you think!!!!

Thanks for popping in!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Another Rainy Night....

Ok- so song lyrics run through my head at random times!!! And it is raining again here in Maine!! Tonight is supposed to be a rough one weather wise but I will believe it when I see/hear it.

Tonight I want to share a quick project that I have been working on for the kiddos who happen by my booth at craft fairs! I found this project leftover in my Girl Scout leaders book. I must have picked it up at some craft store for my troop to make but we never did.
At first it seemed a little difficult to work the threads together and get the feathers and beads to stay in place but after a couple - they are flying together quite fast. This morning I stopped by our local (and completely disorganized) Walmart to get a couple more packages of pens to alter!!!
These really are fairly simple to make. The thread is DMC floss and I used tiny micro beads on wire to wrap around the threaded pens. I tape and glued some pretty white feathers on top and finished it off!! I love the bright, smiley colors!!!! I hope the kids and parents do too!

Thanks for popping in today and as always - let me know what you think! Have a great weekend!