" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "

Monday, January 26, 2015

Baby Shower Fun.....

 Russ and I are so excited about becoming new grandparents. Our son, Nathaniel, and his wife, Kristin are due in February. Her mother and I planned this baby shower for her at our house. Alice lives in New York, so it was a little tricky But I think we pulled it off with flying colors.
The weather was perfect.
  We would email each other with progress on the planning and check out ideas for the games. I worked on the shower each day so that I would not have to feel rushed when the big day came .
  I made these favors from Stampin Up's Curvy Keepsakes die cut. The idea came from Pinterest. I have a whole board devoted to this die cut. You would be surprised with what people have created using this box.
Love these favors.
   I filled the boxes with candy and set them out in a basket with a sign that says, "Please take one as a thank-you."
A little blurry.... gotta stop shaking....
  We had a few activities to do like; decorating baby bibs, guessing her due date, guessing her baby bump size using ribbon, and writing down wishes for the baby.
  The food was great. Alice and I shared the task for feeding people. I ordered sandwiches and made mini italians,  Alice did the salads , shrimp roll, and deviled eggs.
Looks yummy, right?
Great food. 
  I love taking pictures of food to remember what we had for the day and maybe to help with future planning of parties.
  The cake was made by Shaw's. They were the only grocery store that would make two layers. We had to come home and set the top layer onto the bottom layer. Well, I say we, but Russ really did it all. I would have dropped it on the floor. I had a huge spatula like tool that worked perfectly. The baby's bedroom is on the Miss Monkey theme , so the cake reflects that in its' decorations.
That is a monkey on the front of the cake.

  Kristin got some lovely gifts for the baby. We had a great time watching her open them and commenting on how things  have changed since we had kids. Did you know that pacifiers are made for each phase of a baby's growth? New to me....
Kristin and her mom, Alice
  We had the wall taken down in the living room just in time for this wonderful event. There was plenty of room for all. The natural light coming into the room made it easy to take good pictures of the day.
  This is the card I made for Kristin.
My card 

Mom's card to Kristin that I made.
I found the idea on Pinterest. I love the Stampin Up set called " Wild About You". It had this cute giraffe in it. The yellow and the pink go well together, don't you think?
  My mom needed a card for her gift so I made this one from an idea on Pinterest. I used a Stampin Up set that has lots of little stamps , but I don't have the name. I also used some of the Wild About You stamps.
 I love Spellbinders banner labels. Sometimes I color in the "flaggy" part and sometimes I don't . I didn't here.
  You can add all sorts of embellishments when you are not sending the card through the mail. So I added ribbon and buttons to this one.
  Here are some  more pics of a fun day. Can't wait of the happy  day to be here. Hopefully, it will be after we get back from our trip.
Pink punch.. It is a girl...

Ribbon to measure

What will Evelyn look like?
Thank you note addresses...

   Well, we are off to Disney World to enjoy a much needed vacation.
Mom is not going, but having family to keep her company. We will be staying at Boardwalk this time. I will have some pictures to mark the trip.
Hope the upcoming storm this week is not as bad as they think it will be. I  can not remember shoveling 30 inches of snow.  Praying for alot less. Happy shoveling!!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

So Blessed!

Love them so much.....
  I know Christmas is over but we just had our Christmas with the kids since they traveled to New York for the holidays to be with Kristin's family. They came back sick and did not want to give the "bug" to us. Love them for that.. So we had to wait to get together. It was a lovely time with them.
  They are expecting their first child, Evelyn, in February. So hard not to buy all baby clothes. There are some wicked cute outfits for baby girls out there.

Wicked cute baby clothes for Evelyn.
  So today I am putting away Christmas and concentrating on the baby shower coming up in a few weeks.
  I am going to make these baby favors that I saw on Pinterest. So much fun to make. I forgot to put the lacy fringe around the head. I will do that on the next one. It is so easy to do. The mouth is a little heart with a punched out circle. I bought Stampin Up's curvy keepsake die cut. You can do so much with that die. I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to what other people have done with it.
So cute.

Happy Birthday!
  I gave Russ a snowcab for his birthday. He got a chance to use it yesterday after a snowstorm left 4 inches for us to remove from the driveway. He said it kept him warm and he could wear his glasses so he could see better when doing the blowing. I am happy he likes his present.
  The snow was quite pretty and the temperature was not too cold, but I hear that is going to change soon.

Mickey Shrine

 Russ finished the shelf to hold the receiver and DVD player. But I really like my Mickey collection on this wonderful shelving tower. I think I even have room for a few more.
Another notepad holder
  I love making these notepad holders by Graphic 45. So easy to do and such a practical gift.
  I used Graphic 45's Couture collection to make this one.
The back

  The collection includes so many great pictures of fabulous women. There are great quotes and sayings, too.
  I see they are releasing a new set of collections. Hope I can find them to buy for my next project.
Our living room

  Our living room is done now. The wall is down that separated our space. We love how much more room we have to move around in. We bought new furniture to go with the new design.
More space...
  We can see right through to the kitchen. Love that. And the light is so much better without a wall to cut off the space and light.
  We are starting off the New Year with so much to be thankful for and feel so blessed. Hope you are having a good beginning, too.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Have Been So Patient!!!

   I have been waiting a little over two week for our living room to be done. I am so happy with the results so far. It has been hard not to have our Christmas tree up. We usually put if up the day after Thanksgiving, but the construction made it impossible to do.
    We had a wall taken down in the living room and a steel beam put up to open up the space. It really makes the living room so much larger. I love it.
Under construction
  There was a lot of dust due to the floor being replaced and sanded and polyurethaned  and the ceiling being mudded and sanded. Ian Smith's crew tried to hold back the mess by hanging plastic sheets and using a fan to blow some of it out the window. Thankfully it only took about a week for this step in the process.
  Yesterday they finished the painting of the ceiling, two coats, and the painting of the walls and molding. They were done. What a great team! I would recommend Ian Smith Carpentry out of Cumberland, Maine. We are very happy with the results.
Waiting for more furniture.

  Our tree is up and the lights are on. Russ is working on finishing the built-ins that go around the fireplace, so we can get the TV up and running.
  It is such an open space. We love it. Still dusting though and figuring out where to put everything.
Olaf, from "Frozen".
  I will share pics of the built-ins when he has everything done.
  This is a Christmas card I made for my niece's little girl in New Jersey. She really like the movie "Frozen". So when I saw this punch art on Pinterest, I couldn't help but make this for her.
  I used my Spellbinders oval die cuts and some of my circle punches to make him come alive. I cut out his arms free hand. I think he is rather cute. Hope she liked it.
Coming to our home

  These are the two pieces of furniture which will come on Friday. We bought them at The Furniture Superstore in South  Portland. I think they will go nicely with our couch. I am hoping the couch does not look bad sitting beside new furniture.

So pretty 
  Wishing everyone a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas preparations !!

Love this decoration at Andrea's Home
 We had a lovely Thanksgiving at my sister, Andrea's home, in Kennebunk.  We had plenty of good food. Always great to be with family during the holidays.
  I made green bean casserole and orange kissed brownies. I was
so stuffed from the meal that I
could not eat much dessert.
  Andrea did a beautiful job decorating her home for the holidays.
  The family surprised us with a birthday cake to celebrate my twin sister's and my birthday. I was surprised since I try real hard not to think about birthdays anymore. It was really nice of them. I love my new bracelet.
A nice celebration to be thankful for this year.....

Lovely table setting

  I made a birthday card for my Uncle Myron. It is his 80th birthday. We showered him with cards to mark this milestone.  I used Stampin Up's bird punch . The flame is the wing of the bird. I really love how it came out.
Happy Birthday, Myron!

I have been working on my Christmas cards wondering why I don't make them in July to save all the stress of getting them done in time. I really like making them, though.
My Christmas cards this year.
  I bought Stampin
Up's Festival of
Trees and used one of the designs to make this card. I loved how I could change the background to whatever paper looked like snow.
I made 35 which surprisingly did not take that long. I bought my envelopes since I was feeling lazy and did not want to make 35 of them.
  Spend yesterday helping my sister, Chris and her husband, move boxes to their new home. Thankfully, it was not raining. I am so happy for them since they have been looking for the perfect house for over a year now. I believe they have found it. They bought us lunch at Sylvestor's in Topsham.  I was so grateful for the

The U Haul truck that carried the boxes to their new home.
my son, Nathaniel,  and Chris's son-in-law, Rob, for using their young and strong arms and legs to get all the boxes in and out of the truck.
  I still have some shopping to do, so that will be a big part of my plans for the coming week. Hope you are all have a Merry Christmas so far..

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Getting Ready for Holidays!!

   Fall is my favorite time of year just because of the weather and all the beautiful colors. I am not a fan of raking leaves, but I consider it good exercise.
Lotta pumpkin pies here....

  We had only 8 kids come to our door for Halloween. I was hoping for a few more, but I had plenty of trick or treat bags.
  I found this idea on Pinterest and thought it was so cute. I changed it a little because I liked the eyes attached to the back of the bags. I used the template the site provided for the cat face and just put orange paper inside the bag to make the face "glow".
Spooky, huh?

Very spooky.... ???
Hobby Lobby in Bangor , Maine

 I got these black bags at Big Al's in Wiscassett last year so I thought this would be a great way to use them.
 I am so excited to hear from a number of people that Hobby Lobby is coming to Auburn, Maine. This is much closer than the one in Bangor. I don't think it is going to open until after Christmas, though. However, I could be wrong.
  I am working with my sister, Rochelle, on a photo album for our friend, Sally. Sally wanted an album of our sister, Terri, who was her best friend.  Terri passed away in 2009.
  It has been hard at times, but working on this album has brought Terri closer to me again.
I would change the paper background, I think.
I could use this idea!

  I plan on starting my Christmas cards soon. I haven't chosen a design yet. Here are a few ideas that I would love to try and case.

Like this one cause it is simple..
  Anyway, I am going to be wicked busy with Christmas and all. I will try and post the Christmas card I make and some pics of the finished photo album.
 Have fun eating turkey!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's a Girl!!!

   I have not been blogging because I was cleaning house getting ready for the Gender Reveal Party at our
home. I was also putting up decorations and die cutting onesies for a banner. I had so much fun. We were so
Great Cake....

excited to learn whether Nathaniel and Kristin were having a He or a She. They did not even know. The radiologist just wrote the gender down and put it in an envelope for them to give to the baker.
  All eyes were on that cake when they were cutting it. Pink was the icing on the inside layers. So it is Baby Evelyn. I can now go looking at little baby girl clothes. HOLD me back... everything is so cute. ...

A Sizzix die cut for the labeling  food.
Hard to find blue flowers this time of year. 

Loved using my onesie die cut .

    I have not been neglecting my paper crafting . Since my craft room is really clean, due to the party. I have been busy making an album that my sister, Rochelle, taught us at a paper crafting party with Chris, Cathy, Mary Jo, and Lara. We had a ball. We plan on getting together to show how we finished the project. I am going to use mine for pictures of Evie, our  new granddaughter to be.. Can't wait
Love Graphic 45 paper.
  I used the Mother Goose collection by Graphic 45. I fussy cut
the picture 'cause it was a 12 x 12 sheet. Too big of the cover of this portfolio. I decided that crystal effects would be perfect on the moon face.
Inside album
  The inside is so  cute.It is a tri -fold mini album. Plenty of room for pictures. The middle is a waterfall of pictures. So easy to  make. I made a pocket on the left, and tri- folds on the right for more pictures or for journaling.  I haven't decided what I am going to do on the back. I am checking out ideas on Pinterest.

For Kate
For Elaine
 I had to make two thank-you cards for people who have been kind to me this past week.
 Kate, a friend of Kristin's, gave me some paper crafting items that she was not using anymore. I really appreciate her thoughtfulness. I can always use free stuff.
   Elaine, my girl friend, gave receiving blankets for our new granddaughter, and some coupons for Carters in Freeport. Wasn't that thoughtful?
  I used my brick wall embossing folder for Kate's card. I stamped the vine and leaves before embossing. I added prima flowers and the sentiment after.
 For Elaine's card I used a stamp that I really love but rarely use. The butterfly and lettering with the word "inspire" is all  on one stamp. I added the extra wing to place on top of the stamped one. I also added the purple flower. I like how it came out. I hope Elaine does, too.
Our fall mantel

 I will end this post with a picture of our fall mantel. I decorated it with indian corn and fake leaves around the swan. I love using the gourds, too.
  Hope you are having a Happy Autumn!