Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Final Photos of Craftroom

I took some last (maybe) photos of the craftroom. It is so nice to have everything right there when I am ready to make something. I can't believe that I have filled as many boxes of things to out as I have unpacked and put away. There is still stuff in the garage, but I am actually thinking I have almost everything I NEED as opposed to want. It has given me a sense of freedom!

I get to spend a few nights in Chicago this week. My daughter asked me to babysit on Friday night. I can't wait to spend time with her and her little ones. They are growing so fast!

Another decision that I have made to get back into serious photography. As a hobby, of course, but still important to me. I even used to enter my photos in the local fair. That might be fun to do once again.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wonderful Week!

This past week was our annual week-long visit from our two oldest granddaughters. What a wonderful week it was. We did most of the things we had planned and some we didn't. Went to tea at a lovely little tea shop, shopping (of course), a Big Cat Rescue center, a trip to the Midcontinent Railway Museum for a ride on the train, more shopping, lunch at Sonic, made several neat crafts and they baked cookies with their great-grandma (very memorable experience for all concerned). What do two little girls with $10 each buy at Toys R Us? Well, that was a hard decision until we reached the stuffed animal section. Older granddaughter decided on an adorable Husky dog and younger on a bright blue snake. A big, bright, blue snake! The visit ended with a second cousin who lives down the road from us spending the night. Do you know how silly three little girls can get when they get together? Very, very silly. I am going to miss those two so much!

DH even went with us on our cat and train adventure on Thursday. The girls were so pleased by that. They especially loved the big cats. Unfortunately, we were there during nap time for the cats. Only a couple of them were moving at all. There was a baby white tiger that was sooooo cute! All of us wished we could play with it and it obviously wanted us to. It was the last cat we saw and it yowled really loudly when we left to go to the car. Poor baby!

The craft room is still coming along. DS and DH moved more boxes of stuff for me to go through. I am working on sorting my stamp set right now and how I am going to store them. I am using baskets right now that I hope will fit into one of the white cabinets. The holiday sets will probably be stored in a less accessible location, like on a top shelf. I love having all my inks, markers, pencils, etc. right out where I can see them. I have two file drawers with my SU paper sorted alphabetically. My goal is to fill all the folders if possible so I can work with any color whenever I want. Some people have said that they think SU is too expensive. Well, I disagree! I have found SU products to be of the highest quality and I love their papers and inks.

Last Sunday we went to Herm's sister Lucy's father-in-law's funeral. We will all miss Frank Dunn. He was such a nice man and wrote the most wonderful Christmas newsletters. I looked forward to our exchanges each winter. I didn't get to see much of Frank and Cathy over the years, but I felt as if I know them anyway, They raised a wonderful family and we are proud to have their oldest son, Michael, as a part of our family. God speed, Frank!

I am dying to see the new Harry Potter movie. No one wants to go with me, though. I just may go on my own. Harry Potter movies are so much better on the big screen! I especially love watching Quidditch on the big screen. Anyone want to go along?


Thursday, July 16, 2009

I Finally Made a Card!

I am so excited! The card posted here is the best I have ever done without copying someone else. All products are Stampin' Up except the ribbon which is from Michael's. Let me know what you think, okay? The new craft room has had a wonderful effect on me! I am also posting a photo of the fabrics to be used in the craft room for various items; a sewing machine cover, a sewing machine apron, a cushion cover and pillow cover for the chair. Can't wait to sew!!

Tomorrow my two older granddaughters come for their weekly summer visit. I am looking forward to this so much. There are things to do, places to go and people to see. And it is all more fun when the girls are here. The list of possiblities are endless; the zoo, shopping, an amusement park, Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Chuckee Cheese, going out for tea at a shop, making cookies, etc. We even have craft to do when they get bored. And food, OMG, I spent a fortune at the grocery store today. But I really wanted to have food on hand that they enjoy.

Well, I had better go. I need to be well rested when the darlings arrive. I love them SO much!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Where Am I?

I'm still here, just busier than I was when I started this blog.

I had a couple of invasive tests in the last week and I am sick of them. Don't think they'll find anything, but they couldn't complete the first one so I had to have a different one only 7 days later. I will stop with saying both involved nasty preps and awful procedures. Glad that is over with.

Update on the craftroom! It is nearly finished. Well, all the work is done and I am slowly moving back the things I am going to keep. I made my first project tonight in the revamped room; a card of thanks to my loving DH for all the work he has done to get the room done. It is amazing to have a place for everything and only have the things you will use. I was actually able to leave the room in the same condition as when I went in there. I like it!!!!!!!!

We had a terrific July 4th with our entire family, minus only our DSIL who had to work. The day was perfect, the food was tasty although basic, cookout fare. We had hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, pasta salad, chips, etc. At the end of the day my youngest DS set off the fireworks that he and DD each had brought. Pretty impressive for a private celebration!

At the beginning of the post are a couple of photos from the 5th and of the craft room makeover.