Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Autograph Books

My family and I are feeling pretty lucky cause we are headed to Disneyland soon. Goodbye snow, ice, cold, and rain and hello sunshine, palm trees and Mickey Mouse! I made some autograph books for the kids to take and have the characters sign. I decided to digitally scrapbook them, that way if they get beat up on the trip I can just print out a new cover and replace the beat up one. They were super quick books to make... I just cut some 5x7 chipboard pieces for the covers, cut white cardstock into 5x7 pieces, scrapbooked, printed the covers to size, and stuck em to the chipboard, then used my handy dandy bind-it-all to put them together.

When we get back I'll probably add some ribbons etc to the binding and maybe a few keepsakes to the cover and inside pages. These little albums are so quick and easy to put together you could make em for all kinds of things. How bout some cute Valentine gifts for Grandma and Grandpa?! Just fill the book with black cardstock and put a cute black and white photo on each page. Hmmmm... I think I'd better get working on those! Have a great day everyone!

Friday, January 14, 2011

I feel pretty...oh so pretty

Ok, well I don't exactly feel pretty, but my camera sure does! I had to share this because I'm just so darn excited about it and I thought some of you might want one too! I take my camera with me all kinds of places but I get soooo tired of packing my camera bag and a purse whenever we go somewhere. I don't have a ton of camera equipment but I have a Canon digital SLR with a couple of lenses so I cant just stash it somewhere easily. So my WONDERFUL hubby got me this great camera bag/purse combo as an early birthday present. It came this week and boy I am so stinkin excited about it!!! It has padded movable dividers inside meant to hold my camera, lenses, charger etc and places for a wallet, sunglasses, lip gloss, etc. and the huge bonus is it's cute and looks like a purse! WHOO HOO!
It's really comfortable and has a couple of strap options... very nice for a bag full of heavy stuff.
Great adjustable insides.
A serious upgrade don't cha think? (Old camera bag on the left)
Thanks sweetie!
Ok so here are a few links for some cute camera bags:

Jo Totes

Epiphany Bags

I have a few more but cant find em! I'll check the laptop and share later. Have great day!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Just wishing and hoping and planing and dreaming...

Our little farmhouse is really coming along! I can't believe it! We are so excited... and I'm having so much fun picking everything out!

I LOVE this cabinet... I'm hoping to find something similar to make into a sink vanity for the kids bathroom.

I found these lights and was instantly smitten. They are made to look like vintage mercury glass... a favorite of mine. I'm hoping to get these pendants for my craft room. You know... that cabinet would be pretty great for the craft room too...hmmm... so many decisions!

I picked out tile for the bathrooms today and I don't know about you, but for me all tile starts to look the same after a while. (unless it's WAY outta my budget) Needless to say, I wasn't to excited about my trip to the tile shop. Boy oh boy was I in for a wonderful surprise after meeting the lovely and talented Cindy at Loren's Flooring in Missoula. I now have wonderful tile floors for our bathrooms in budget and I'm so excited. I wish I had a picture.... the tiles look like stone and are very light in color not quite cream or white but kind of a combo that will be laid in a brick pattern with these awesome teeny tiny clear cracked glass accent tiles.
These are the accent tiles... they will be like 1" square and give our floors a touch of glittery sparkle. Yeah! Maddie and I are cheering! Anyway just having fun with this process and feeling very blessed to be doing it!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Back in the Swing of things!?!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! We had a marvelous time here. Yesterday morning came way to fast as usual though. Back to school, back to work, back to ballet, piano, and all the other after school activities, back to busy! It was so nice to have a relaxing break though... I just love hanging out with my family!

I thought I'd share a fun project I made for the gals in my family. These are necklaces made from dominoes and some vintage images. They were pretty easy and fun to make. I used some Tim Holtz alcohol ink to stain the dominoes, drilled a hole for the chain, printed and cut an antique image to size, inked, glued, and covered it all with diamond glaze. After it was good and dry I added a "hook" for lack of a better word and chain.

Please excuse the terrible picture! They were not so high contrast in real life!

Have a great day!