Sunday, March 27, 2011

Birthday Flowers and Decisions.

The house is filled with birthday flowers already.
The spring is full of birthdays at our house. The girls and I are all about a month apart. The flowers sure do help shake off the winter blahs.
Here are some cheery shots of birthday flowers to help shake off your winter blahs too.

I know I shouldn't but I do SO love me some sparkle!

These flowers are from two separate bouquets.
One from my Mom and the other from Auntie J and the A man clear across the country. Thanks soooooo much guys. They are beautiful, and I love you all bunches.

We have most of the cupboards sanded TSP'd (oh and I'm having a terrible reaction to the cleaner) and primed. We have picked up the new door pulls and drawer handles, and here are the paint colours we picked...... finally! We're pretty stoked about starting to add colour.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wii are Distracting!

I've been busy working on the kitchen redecorating, and my kits, and I have suddenly somehow found myself crocheting an afghan for Mr. Jimmy's computer room.

Here are some so far pieces so I can show off the cool Grandma ish 1970's colour scheme. I wanted to add yellow too but it suddenly got way tacky.

This has also been VERY distracting and taking up a good hour of my day after work.

This is a screen shot of Maggs doing Rhythm Karate.
Uncle Wade, Me, Maggs, Mr. Jimmy, and Grandma.
are all there. Very cool!

Wii Fit!
My awesome Bro got us the Wii for Christmas a couple years ago and we have always enjoyed it. But Mom just got Wii Fit and we really are addicted to it. Getting outside in this snowy wintery cold spring has been just unpleasant, so I think the Wii Fit thing will get us in pretty good shape for the summer dress season.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Red Lipstick!

We are working away on the kitchen redecorating today. We went to town to pick up the necessary supplies. You know.... sandpaper and sanding sponges, TSP to clean greasiness and stains, paintbrushes and primer and masking tape. We also picked up a ladder tall enough that we can reach the ceiling easily. Ended up being a depressingly expensive trip to the hardware shop.
So to cheer myself up........

I purchased an excessively red lipstick. I think I might just like it. I've never worn red before.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kitchen Retrovations..... or.... The Oh Dear God Phase of Interior Decorating.

I have now officially entered the "Oh Dear God!" phase of our kitchen redecorating.
Hold me...... I'm afraid!

I'm past the point of no return. I can't simply screw the cupboard doors back on and ignore the peeling "almost wood" surfaces. I have to commence sanding and cleaning and priming and painting. I think we've decided on a very pale avacadoish green for the base cupboards and a creamy white for the doors, but things could change.

Made a perty flower to wear in my hair. It's not symmetrical or even in any way, but neither am I so we're pretty good together.
I do believe I'm feeling stress...... I'm gonna go and have a tea!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Things That Make You Say Hmmmmmmmmmmm....

So, today I discovered something a little disheartening. I went to the post office with one of my new craft kits all tucked inside a bubble wrap envelope.
I'm pretty excited about the prospect of being able to send out these kits. I've been waiting forever to get this idea up and actually running. The sense of accomplishment in completing the first kit and getting them all packed up to send to secret crafters was enormous.

What a HUGE let down when I discovered that it will cost $10.00 to ship a large envelope regular post across Canada.
This is simply not going to work. It's too expensive!
I need options..... any ideas?

My extremely short and very pink finger nails. I feel sooooo naked!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Paint Swatches and Ideas On Napkins.

This morning Mr. Jimmy and I made a trip downtown. We had breakfast at Stonetown Diner. It was delicious as usual. I had Eggs Bennie and Mr. Jimmy had a Bagelie thing. Then we decided it would be a good idea to brainstorm. We came up with this......

It will be a lamp. We saw a mushroom lamp online made from glass and driftwood. It was beautiful. We want to try to make something simpler out of polymer clay and led lights from The Source. We're going to talk our buddy Bill into helping us figure it out. We'll keep you posted and share anything we come up with.

We also went to Canadian Tire and picked up some paint swatches. We've been putting off painting the kitchen for far too long. We have cut up the little colour pieces and have taped them all over the kitchen cupboards to see what we think of them over the course of the next couple weeks.

I should also deal with some of this today. I have many many boxes and cartons filled with half finished ideas and projects. This is one of many jewelry idea stashes. I really should figure out what I'm going to do with all this. Maybe it will inspire some new project. We'll see.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monkeying Around.

I really should be working.
There is a whole bunch of new things happening.
Mostly things I've been planning for the last decade. Or things I started and then had to stop because of life's little hick ups.
For the last week and a half I've been going full blast trying to get my new / old ideas pushed through into a real, actual, exists-in-this-world thing. I'm almost there.

I've opened my ETSY shop!!!
I'll link to it as soon as I have some product in there.

I've completed my very first Make It With Me craft kit!
I'm trying to deal with all the craft kit problems I've come across through the years.
They are going to be shipped to the secret test crafters this week and hopefully before the month there will be some fabulous craft kits in my ETSY store!!!

Here is a sneak peek of the prototype pack.

I took off my nails because I crushed my pinkie nail. So until it grows out a bit I guess I'll just be short nailing it. So hard to type without nails.
These monkey nails are pilfered from
The Daily Nail
Whenever I'm feeling a little blue I like to look through her designs and maybe even reproduce one on my fingertips.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Nail Things

I ordered all this last week and it came today while I was at work.

I got the practice fingers for things other than practicing on, and most of the rest of the supplies are just plain old regular supplies...... cuticle oil, clear polish for Maggs, new files and brushes to replace the old worn out ones, and clear gel and clear powder and liquid. I did pick out some free gifts of purple and blue crushed sea shells.
Now I just need the time to play.