Tuesday, July 17, 2007

My scrapspace

This is totally embarrassing, and I prolly shouldn't be posting these, at least not with it in the state of chaos that it is in, but here is my scrapspace. The schematic is what my back wall somewhat looks like now and I'm using it cause I could not get a good pic w/out moving the dining room table. Items "e" are 2 magnetic boards I have not hung yet and "f" is a shelf, that I have yet to purchase. I do have all these cubes though and the desk. It's a tall, almost island like kitchen set I got at W-mart for cheap b-4 we got married. I've been scrapping standing up a lot lately, so I like the height. This is prolly from my days of making samples at Archive's while standing @ the cash wrap. Just seems right now, and I'm not up and down off of the bar stool every time I need a stamp or ink pad or whatever. In the 3-drawer, or "a" I have favorite alpha stamps and rubons in drawer one, large punches and circle cutter in drawer 2, and smaller punches in drawer 3. "b" & "c" are self explanatory. In "d", the 4 drawer, adhesives (yes they have their own drawer, I do have a lot), paint, and ribbon spools all have their own drawer. One is open and I change my mind all the time what to put in it. Right now, I think their might be my eyelet setter in it, but I'm not sure. "h" is also in a state of limbo. I have photos on one shelf, and a cropper hopper embellishment box on the other, but I'm not sure if they will stay that way. "i", the 2 drawer, has Quickutz and my Sidekick in one drawer, and the bottom is kinda undecided right now too. I think my least favorite is the 2 drawer and I wish I had gone w/ another 3 drawer instead. They have shallower drawers, so they just seem easier to fill w/out piling stuff on top of each other. I think I may take the extra drawer from the 2 drawer and move my chipboard there, which will free up more space in the dresser for more stamps (hehehe). I've been taking my sweet time organizing which is proving to be both a good and bad. The good is that I'm thinking through my purchases and only buying what I really need (except for that darn 2 drawer). The bad is that I keep reorganizing things I've already organized. I'm hoping posting these embarrassing photos will motivate me to get it done.
The paper cubes are full of, well paper, but they are all sorted in the Cropper Hopper vertical paper system. I do love it. I'm using a combo of the paper holder, paper pouch and the paper file. Most of it is divided by manufacturer, but some is by color family. All the cardstock is separate and I have those in the paper holders and all my Basic Grey is by line in paper files and that fills another paper holder (and then some). I do love my Basic Grey! I got this black wire shelf at Kmart a few years ago. I keep my mags and idea books (along w/ a bunch of other junk-currently) on top. In the middle are 6 archival boxes that I have labeled and store assorted things like cards, giant chipboard, photos, alterables... and a holder for my 8.5x11 cardstock. The drawers under that were white, and I sprayed them black to match everything else. It was way cheaper than buying new ones. They are kindof in a holding pattern right now and are sorta a catch all for things that need to be organized. They hopefully will serve a greater purpose someday.
What the inside of one of the archival boxes look like. I've sorted tags into some archival photo envelopes.
The black storage drawers are one of my fav. things. Those are from Office Depot and hold stamping supplies like wheels and embossing powders. I've also sorted my loose stamps by category so everything is much easier to find. Love it. The smaller black drawers (that were also white) hold items that don't get used often, but I don't' want to get rid of. I wish i had room for another one of the 6-drawer units, but the shelf is not wide enough.
The white chest of drawers was mine as a child. (yes, it's part yellow and has no drawer pulls.) I keep pages that need a home in top drawer, chipboard in next, foam stamps in next and my Stampin' Up! sets in last 2. I have 12 jars ($1.50 each at Old Time Pottery) w/ ribbon on top and a metal box that I currently have all of my acrylic stamps in.
Lastly, this was another one of those purchases that I'm not thrilled I made, but I've grown to like it anyway. Yes from the hardware dept. I put things like my mini chalk inks and flowers and metal rimmed tags in it.
Hopefully it will all be more orderly soon and I can post some neat and tidy pics. This is a sign that I've been playing more than I've been working.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I prolly shouldn't have....

but I did. I went in to Sarah Lynn's today just to "look" and they had just gotten in their new fall colors. I just couldn't resist. I shot this outside in the sun and the colors are pretty close to real life. It's exactly what I've been looking for, something that I can use for a purse and still carry my camera in and/or a small knitting project.
Monday I got another treat. I made a purchase a few weeks ago on everyone's fav. online auction site and it finally came. All the way from Hong Kong. 6 new pairs of Addi Turbo's. And I got them for a song - less than half price even w/ the shipping. It's my first foreign online purchase, but I'm sure it won't be my last. I almost cry when I think of how much I would have spent on these if I had purchased them at a yarn shop or US website. Here's a few pics. I love all the postage on it. I don't think I'll be throwing that envelope away for a while at least.
It's gotten me in the mood to knit again, and scrapbooking has temporarily fallen by the wayside. Actually, the projects got me in the mood to purchase the needles.... lol. I've got 3 WIP's going right now, which is more than I would like. The first is this sweater that I am making for a certain little someone who shall remain nameless right now incase her mother is peeking here. I have several little someone's who I could be making it for, so even if I post it, mommy will still be guessing if it is for her little someone. This is what it looks like after a 1/2 day of work. It's going pretty quickly.
Then there is the Nantucket Jacket and the Boobholder (which I have started about 5 times now). I'm in love w/ the Nantucket Jacket- it's actually what started me wanting to learn how to knit. So far, I've only finished that back of it. I was waiting for my new needles so I can do both the left and right fronts at the same time and then do the same w/ the sleeves. The color is a warm, mushroom taupe. Should be able to wear it w/ anything, if I ever get it done.
I wanted to make the Boobholder (aka Mini sweater) to have something to throw on over a tank top this summer if I needed to run somewhere and did not care to show of my big, meaty arms. I've started 3 times cause the directions are pretty generic and I'm sure would work on someone who is smaller than myself. I ended up casting on 64 stitches and I'm hoping that this gives me the room I need in it. I placed my markers as so : 8-10-26-10-8 w/ the numbers being the # of stitches in between the markers and the - is the marker. I'm using Lion cottonease for all 3 projects, which is buttery soft and right in my budget. It just my be my fav. yarn right now.
Lastly are some pics of the boys just for fun. Whew... that sure is a lot of pics in this post.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Super-duper excited!

I'm so excited to be a newly appointed member of For Keeps Sake's design team. Here is my bio page for the store. Just some misc. stuff about what's going on in my life right now. Next week is my first design team meeting, where I'll be recieving my first assignment. I can't wait!

I hope to get back on tomorrow and post some pics from Q's b-day party and the 4th of July party. Until then, these are some of the pages I've completed lately. I'm deep in knitting mode right now, but I have some assembled pages waiting for journaling and embies so when my wrists get tired and need a brake, I can switch right into scrapbooking mode. Of course, I should be doing the dishes or something.