my sister for her vacation, visited with my daughter and her family - lots of time with my grandchildren and got a chance to spend some time with my son as well. While I was away my DH has been working hard creating my new craft room from scratch!! There's a only a few things left to be done so I took some time this morning to restructure my Gracious Living storage carts so they would all be the same height. While I was at it I nipped the stops a bit on the bottom of the large drawers so they can be easily removed which allows access to the whole drawer!! Been meaning to do that for a long time. We moved the whole bank of carts to under the window this afternoon and zipped them together with cable ties to make the whole thing very sturdy. We hope to get the large shelving unit in there tomorrow morning which will leave the dresser and the file cabinet for the afternoon!!
The left hand side of my room will be used for storage but that does mean that I have to start sorting and culling before anything gets brought into my new space!!
I am blessed!! I am hoping to be creating in there by the weekend!!
UPDATED - October 8, 2012
I have been crafting in my craft room - refurbishing cards for donating! You can see them here and here! It is soooo nice!!! I took this photo this morning after clearning up my desk from the last few days. You can see my bookcase on the left which needs to be filled, my bank of plastic carts, my wooden shelving and my file cabinet lined up against the outside walls. My desk and the dresser are in the middle of the room and create a island. I love having everything so handy!! I am finding it so much easier to just put tools and supplies back in their homes!!
Needless to say the other side of the room is still suffering from clutter so I will have to update that later.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
We had a wonderful vacation this summer in PEI. We stayed at a wonderful Bed and Breakfast in Edmundston, NB on our way down called the Au NIDaigle run by Norma Daigle. Large, bright, very well appointed rooms with private baths, lots of common areas, great grounds, great food and a very friendly and helpful hostess. Check out her website!!
In Prince Edward Island we rented a wonderful little cottage only a short drive to a GREAT beach and situated on a lot next to the owner's house at St. Peters Lake, near Lakeside, PEI. Ferne MacEwen is the owner of this little gem and she is wonderful to deal with. The two bedroom cottage has vintage decor and is neat and clean and very quiet. She rents by the week from June to October but we would recommend going in August when the ocean is at its warmest. We checked out LOTS of beaches on the island and the best are facing the St. Lawrence on the Atlantic side - beautiful sand in long stretches that will take you hours to explore punctuated with red rocks and cliffs which are distinctive to PEI. Check out this link for Ferne's contact info or check out the 2012 PEI Visitors Guide on Page 181 for more information. In the future, you can check the current edition under The Points East Coastal Drive, Cottages, Lakeside for her listing. Most beaches in PEI have some beach glass - beautiful little nuggets of glass that have been worn by the motion of the sea and sand - but we found the beach at Souris to be the most prolific. Be sure to go at when the tide is going out (low tide) which leaves the shore and sand bars exposed for exploring!!
Needless to say, I would highly recommend a vacation in PEI to everyone!! It is a special part of Canada!!
Here and here are the other cards I created with these. I went in a different direction this time and backed them with restructructed paper which I created a while back. I really like the look of the random colours behind the acetates so I kept the colour scheme monochromatic. For a textured accent I pulled out my border punch (SU) and created some lacy strips using kraft cardstock and added some stitching with black thread. I love it!! So many possibilities for combining this punch with thread - my head is full of ideas!! I layered the stitched strips to a black strip that was trimmed with decorative scissors, attached that to the acetate with double sided tape and then attached the acetate to the decorative paper using double sided tape behind the strips. I used mini brads to attach the whole element to the card front!! I can see using the little mini brads with the lacy strips as well for creating decorative elements for cards.
I really love the watercolour look of the background!! Save the paper towels or wipes you use to clean up to use as backgrounds for future projects!!