Sunday, November 27, 2011

Project Life: Week 47

Another dinner "experiment", Carrie loves trying new recipes!

I often forget that I practically in Amish country, horse and buggies at Walmart still amuse me!

Spent the day with mom at her preschool, helping them make butter and put on a Thanksgiving feast

Prepping the Monkey cake for Thanksgiving breakfast

Thanksgiving dinner. . .too many pictures to choose from

Game night, we were all just relaxing

Carrie's "winning" ticket for the jewelry raffle at BJs, all we won was a spot at their dumb presentation :(
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Project Life: Week 46

Chinese for dinner

The best part of raking leaves. . .jumping in them (no I have not outgrown it)

Making some fall/thanksgiving ornaments for my "scrapbook" tree

the completed tree

Making my December Daily album

Picking out our free Thanksgiving turkey

Little Women musical with friends

the most comfortable socks free from Bath and Body Works. . . I had an over $70 bill that came to $20 after sales and coupons, love that place!
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

December Daily Album

It's that time of year again. . . time to get my December Daily base pages assembled. I am planning on journaling the 25 days of December and I'll still be doing my Project Life pages for the entire month. At first I wasn't sure if I'd being doing one on top of Project Life, but decided to scale it back a bit, making the overall size of my journal 6" x 6". My Project Life pages will consist of more day to day happenings in December while my December Daily will focus on the holiday festivities. The idea here is to keep my album simple and stress free. I want to enjoy my holiday. I'm hoping to get lots of the stories down this year by using the smaller insert pages.
Here are a few of my album pages, it's appears as though it's going to be quite a chunky little album.

And that's it. 25 days just waiting to be filled with our holiday happenings. Thanks for stopping by!!
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Project Life: Week 45

Hanging the pictures on the wall. . .finally

Mom prepping for her Thanksgiving turkey craft for the kids at school

Election day

Full moon (well 1 day shy of full), a very difficult shot to take!

Self portrait day

Vetern's day- should have seen me fighting with the wind to put the flag out!! Too bad no one was around to photograph that. LOL!

No better way to start a day of shopping with the girls than Starbucks!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wall art project

So this was the picture I saw on the internet that got my creative juices flowing!

I began to gather great family pictures and searched for frames. Most I got at yard sales or thrift shops. I even got a few at Kohls (remember my great $0.21 purchase!) We painted a few and altered some others. I even ordered a canvas just to mix it up some.

I sized the wall space that I had available and randomly placed pictures in my mind! I was so excited!!

But the wall looked terrible. It had not been touched since we moved in 15 years ago. (and you know how hallways can get, everyone touches the wall. . . ) So we began the repainting process. Caulkinig all the cracks and old nail holes.

And then we were ready to paint!! Mind you this whole process was worked in around my dad's work schedule. . .I had NO idea what I was doing!! And I had never really painted a wall before!

It wasn't as hard as I thought, although I wasn't to crazy about the paint he had. It seemed kinda watery to me, but what do I know!

Those walls looked fantastic when we were done! They were so clean and bright!! Ready for some pictures!!

So I began laying out all the pictures/frames I had gathered on the living room floor to get a sense of what was going to go where, couldn't be putting in any extra holes in my nice new wall now could I? I was constantly measuring going back and forth between the wall and the floor to make sure I had everything figured out. But it wasn't entirely working!

Then I had an idea. . . I cut out each frame from old newspapers and adheres them to the wall with some sticky tack. Perfect! I had to rearrange several things but I had a workable plan!

So we began to hang the frames. Dad, of course, had every size nail and hanger that I needed and helped me to figure out how to use some of them. I am creative not technical :) Thank God for dads that are though, right?

I tried using a level to make them all perfectly straight and equally distanced, but then figured why bother that might take away from some of the whimsy of the whole look so ended up just using a ruler and a pencil (the way it was suggested to me to do it from the start, thanks dad!)

I have one more larger college frame to hang in the upper right hand corner and one smaller one underneath once I get in my next photo order, but overall even if I left it alone. . .I love it!! (crooked picture and all, although I am supposed to be getting some help to fix the hanger on it!)

What do you think? I know you all have been waiting for the finished project since you've been following along by my project life pictures of each step! Not quite as elaborate as the picture I started with, but isn't it just adorable? I know this picture isn't the greatest either. . .it's really a tricky spot to photograph, but I'll play with the camera and the angles and maybe get a better shot to show once I've added the last few frames. Anyway I hope you've enjoyed my wall art as much as I've enjoyed creating it. . .just wish I had more space :)
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Project Life: Week 44

catching up on my scrapbooking (just completed through June!)

My sister's team at work for Halloween

A new workout routine, I'm gonna miss this extra time when I find another job!

making a mess in the name of art :) Love it!

Everyday chores that I am able to help with more often now

Game night with good friends

Flashlight corn much fun but absolutely FREEZING!!!!
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