Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Photos from my Montana trip.

Today I finally have some spare time to share photo's from my Montana trip.

First let me say that I am beyond proud of my grandson! He is an awesome young man, and he has a brilliant future in front of him. We had some awesome family time, got to surprise him in lots of ways, and spend valuable time with him.

The trip was a long one. I never thought it would be such a tough trip. Traveling with 12 & 13 year old girls was tough for me, after having been away from them all for nearly a year. But the worst was the actual length of the trip. We spent 20 hours in the minivan. Of course we took lots of breaks at rest areas and stopped to eat, but it is hard to sleep in a car with 5 people, no matter what.

I couldn't label my pics so now, days later, some of them could be from Montana and some might be Idaho.

This first photo is of mountains in Idaho.

Here is what a great deal of Montana looks like.

The weather was not the best, but these clouds were seen while traveling and didn't hinder our celebration. 

This was a snap I grabbed on our way out of Montana.

This is the very first Sunrise I saw in Montana as we were getting close to my Grandson. 

This is my Grandson Kody after graduation. 

After graduation, we all went back to the room to freshen up and relax while Kody finished up at the school. 

Later that afternoon we all went to a big family BBQ at his Uncle's house and had good eats and tons of laughs and good times. Of course there had to be silly stuff and Kody was the first to 'wear' a cupcake. 

He wasn't the only one who wore cupcakes and frosting either, and I was thrilled that I managed to avoid getting icky :)

It was an awesome trip, and so well worth it to see my Grandson at his Graduation!!

He also got to see his Grandpa and I managed to get pics of the three of them together (my son, grandson, and ex) which is rare to get. 

I am now at my daughter's in Washington state for a few days. I plan on going to thrift stores and see what I can pick up to take home to make over. That means, I need to get up and moving now!
One of my Granddaughter's will be home in about 4 hours from school and I get a couple hours to spend with her one on one before her sister gets home. Maybe the three of us will do some shopping this afternoon. I know with a Walmart very close by, it is on my list of places to go too.

I know my next trip will require a better camera instead of my cell phone! I apologize for the quality of my pics but I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to be there and enjoy this valuable time with my family. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pre Graduation

My Grandson is Graduating high school tomorrow. He lives about 1200 miles away from my son, his dad, and I live another 400 miles away from my son. I drove from Eastern OR to WA and we left yesterday about 8am to head to my Grandson's state of Montana.

Having three driver's meant we were able to drive through the night. It was a loooong drive, a looong night. Difficult to sleep in the minivan with 5 people in it.

My son had told my grandson that we were going to be a day late. We called his mom when we got close this morning so she could send him to the store. We snuck in while he was gone, then surprised him in a few ways. First by being there on time, and then by also having his younger sister with us.

After visiting awhile, we headed to the hotel to check in and clean up. When we were taking our bags out of the van, we noticed a guy walking towards us, and it was my son's dad! None of knew that he was coming. So Grandpa Steve, my son Preston and my granddaughter Jazzy and myself went back over to Kody's and we surprised him again!
Kody discover's Grandpa

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Made it to Washington State

It is GREEN here! And wet! 

It was  7 hour drive, alone, with no one to talk to and no one to get on my nerves. I took my time, stopping a total of 5 times along the way. One stop was at a rest area near Hood River (OR) where I grabbed my tablet and snapped two pics. 

The rest of my stops were so uneventful that I didn't even take any pictures. Just quick stops to stretch and grab a lung full of fresh air and back on the road. 

Once I hit the vacinity of Portland, OR there was a few spinkles. Once I got North of Portland it was a totally different ball game! There were times it was raining so hard that I could barely see beyond the spray from that tractor trailers. At one point I hydroplaned, and that made me think twocie about what lane I traveled in form that point forward. 

Funny how you can forget so many things! 

I am spending the night at my son's hosue

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Link Up Tuesday's Blog Hop

 I want to thank Britiany for giving me the opportunity to Co Host this wonderful Bog Hop! This is another first for me, so please play nice and follow the rules, jump in and have Fun!! I can't wait to see who links up with all of your wonderful projects!!

Welcome to the first week of Link Up Tuesday's Blog Hop! Be sure to come back and join us every Tuesday to link up your Blog, Bloglovin', Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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This is a great way to find other blogs to follow and find exposure for yours. 


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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Washi Tape Keep Sake Boxes

Today I want to share with you, these adorable little Washi Tape Keep Sake Boxes!

As you know, I finally get to see my Grand Children next week and I could not be more excited. All of the kids know me to be not very creative so I am hoping they like what I have made for them. It will make the paint and Mod Podge I wore all worth while to see them picking out a little box.

I also added Washi Tape trim to a plaque I made for my daughter. 

Anyways, I am getting closer to my departure date and so excited for this adventure, and very excited to see all my kids and Grands! 

Comments always make me happy! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Celebrating Mom's Birthday Early

A few days ago my mom and dad came over, which is nothing unusual. But my mom, bless her heart, had brought my "Birthday present early since you aren't going to be here then". Well, yes, I am taking a trip next week, but....I am coming home on June 2nd.

My birthday is at the end of June, and mom's Birthday is May 23rd. She brought my gift over on about May 14th or 15th. So her birthday had not even come yet, and she was trying to celebrate my birthday. A clear sign that her memory is slipping, and one of the saddest things I have experienced to date.

So tonight when they came to visit, I had HER birthday present ready, and made sure she got it.

Washi Tape Love Affair!

Yes, that's right! I am officially having a Washi Tape Love Affair!

It came! It came!

It was just Monday when I found out that I won the Washi Tape Giveaway at DownTown Tape. I could not imagine having 50 rolls!

Today I went and got my hair cut again, to get tapers, feathers and balance to my mop, followed by going over to vacuum for my folks. When I got home, I checked the mail. My mind could not have been farther from Washi Tape as I opened that mailbox!

But there it was...barely fitting and snuggled in waiting for me to discover it. Of course, I opened it as soon as I got it in the house, spread it all over the table, examined every roll, and was instantly in craft mode.

I had picked up the wooden spoon set last week at the Dollar Store so tried wrapping them with a little Washi Tape first. I applied a little Mod Podge over it and will tie them together with a ribbon. I also bought the basket at the dollar store so for now it is perfect to keep all the winnings together. The timing of the arrival of the Washi Tape package couldn't have been better as I have gifts to work on for the rest of my family before I leave in 6 days on my trip to see them all! 

Now that I see how the tape looks on the spoons I think I should have painted the handles first, and I may try that in a day or two to see if they look better that way. 

Off to play..err, I mean get my craft on!

Comments always make me smile!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

More little easy!

I would like to share my little signs with you. 

I am waiting for Mod Podge to dry so snapped a photo real quick. As usual, my staging leaves a LOT to be desired due to house reno that is ongoing. 

Last night I shared my Welcome sign Here and this morning I have been working on more. 

This is easy and fun to experiment with. There is no 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sign making with Dollar Store stickers.

So about the same time (yesterday) that I read the post about making a sign for the door letting kids know if it's time to play or not, I had dreamt up this idea to make signs as gifts for family when I go on my trip next week. (I apologize for not knowing the link for the Play sign)

Tonight I finally put it into motion. First I had my board cut down to the right size. My brother accomodated me in doing this, after I marked it out. No pics of that part.

Then I painted one side. After the paint dried, I placed these stickers I found at the dollar store. After placing the stickers, I applied Mod Podge and once that was dry,  I wrapped the edges of the board with Maxi Cord that I had on hand and my glue gun.

In the first picture, you can clearly see, due the flash on my cell camera, that it was a sticker there. From a distance though, it is not quite so obvious, as in the lower picture. 

This is the one I made for our front porch. Under the word Welcome, it says "May all who enter as guests, leave as friends". 

I wanted to do this one first so I could see how it turned out before I moved forward with one for other family members. 

I stapled more Maxi Cord on to the back to hang it with. All was well....

Until I tuned it over and found my staples were to long!

Not real sure just how I will fix that quite yet. For this sign I might just cover it up with colorful tape. Either Washi Tape or decorative Duck Tape.

I will get shorter staples before I go any further with my Grandson's sign. At least I know and can act before I ruin the one for the Graduating young man! 

Come back tomorrow to see how the next few signs turn out!

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Washi Tape and I ..and another First!

Washi Tape and I are destined to become great pals!

As you all should know due to a previous post, my first Washi Tape project was just last week. Someone commented that it can be dangerously fun. I am about to experience that first hand, and I am so very excited! just did a Giveaway of 50 rolls and today it was announced that I was one of two winners! This was another first for me in the sense that it is the first Rafflecopter I have ever won.

I can't even imagine 50 rolls! Other than looking at this photo! But in my possession?!

So needless to say, I have projects on the Horizon with the first being making a dispenser for it. Or a way to contain and not lose them! I think probably that would be best. A cute little box to hold them all in, so they don't roll away to lives of their own because...well, I am good at losing things! My first two rolls were misplaced lost for days!

Aside from making a box to hold them, my first project will be making something for my fabulous Mother's birthday which is May 23rd!

So thank you DownTownTape! My love affair with Washi Tape is being fed and there are fun projects ahead!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Wrap up of my sale!

My Hutch,
transformed into a beachy feel with fabric in the top 3 doors, was a big hit yesterday. I could have sold at least two of them. The people who bought it were the nicest people ever! The lady debated and they discussed where they would use it, how it would

Saturday, May 11, 2013

SOLD OUT! Doing a Happy Dance!

I feel like I am walking on cloud 9 today! My sale technically started at 9am, but folks were flocking dad's house before 8, and my beautiful curvy desk that I never touched to restore or paint was sold before 8. I doubled my money on it.

This was my day for a well advertised yard sale to see if any of my furniture makeovers would go well here. Not only did it go well, but I sold out!  At least all of my big pieces sold! I had some shutters, the twin head and foot boards that gave me fits awhile back, a picture frame and my telephone table left. I forgot completely to take the miscellaneous stuff out of my car to sell it!

I also made a few connections for future deals. I met a lady and her husband who were thrilled with my little black stenciled table and she was talking about maybe sharing a booth at the Miner's Jubilee this summer. Another gentleman came to buy my milk painted desk, only to discover that it had just sold. He asked me if he found a desk he liked, was I willing to paint it. Of course I said yes, and I quoted him a fair price.

I made a profit on every piece I sold (of course) and only one person talked me down on any prices. One fellow told me my prices were too low! The couple who bought my hutch are thrilled and I volunteered to paint the inside of it, with their choice of colors. They want the same color inside, and I have two weeks to wrap that up. If I finish earlier I can call their friend here in town and she will see to it that it is moved. She is the lucky lady who walked away with Grandma's Mirror, and she is going to use it in her garden! The hutch will be going to Idaho and will be filled with pool towels and accessories.

So now that I have seen what the market is like for my area, I know what direction to go with this and will be pursuing this farther. I have lots of things I would like to do, lots of ideas for more crafty and fun projects to work on.

Best of all, this has made a believer out of my folks. They have been quite skeptical but the fact that I walked away after two hours with $250 in my pocket, dad made $125 by selling a generator and mom made $15 (but I gave her $30) we are all happy.

The next best feature of selling out so early is that the Antique Shop here in town is open so I am going shopping!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Removing chalkboard paint...

I have decided that I want to redo the chalkboard paint on Grandma's old mirror. When I painted it on, I used a sponge roller and it truly came out rough. I tried to sand it down a bit but that didn't work out well, at all.

So today, I am going to try to take it off, and then use the chalkboard spray paint. I am praying this works out better than it did rolling it on. I want the smooth surface that one would get on the chalkboards at any school!

Grandma's Mirror

Then, I am going to work on staging, pricing, and finish up any little things left, so that hopefully my sale is enticing enough to get people to buy things!  I don't like being inactive, but really can't justify doing anything more until I sell a few items. Once a few things sell, I am going full steam ahead with more projects! I am so ready to create more beautiful pieces!  I am also planning on focusing more on other crafts in the near future so be on the look out!

I had so much fun with my first, simple but fun little Washi Tape Project,

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

First Washi Tape project

Over a week ago, I received my first order of Washi Tape. I only ordered two rolls to start me off.

They sat at home for a few days then sat in my car for a few more. Then last week I took my car in to get the oil changed and I took my Washi tape out as I cleaned my car before going to the garage. Well, long story short, I couldn't find it for the past few days! I was so stressed and about to give up hope of ever finding it again. ut then I asked myself...what else was in the car that you removed?

Ah HA! There was

Monday, May 6, 2013

Dear Deer~

It is finally the time of year for the deer to come down into town. They will be here till September at least. I just love watching them as they wonder around, grazing. Today was the first time they came by our house for the year, that I have seen. Of course I just had to grab my camera to get a few pics.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Clean Blog=Happy Blogger! Plus kitchen reno update.

I am a happy Blogger tonight.

Did you notice that things look different?

I wish I had rearranged sooner, it looks so nice! All of my links to Pinterest and Facebook are on the left now, and links to parties and such are on the right, with my favorite blogs listed under my posts. My only wish is that I was savvy enough to know how to make my ads for AdSense not ALL be related to vacuum cleaners...but eventually that too shall be worked out. 

So is my blog a bit easier to navigate? 

I also want to share a sneak peek of our kitchen has been a slow go and long overdue to be wrapped up. The counter tops Finally arrived a few days ago and our dad has been chomping at the bit to get them installed. My dear brother really doesn't want dad to be here when he puts them in, so this created a major stall. Tonight the first of the counter tops went in. 

Above you see the corner where the counter tops are connected with some sort of black glue. My brother, Rod, is still waiting for it to cure so he can clean that up, and he will put a cover over the outlet, of course. The back splash is actually some of out linoleum that was left over and he decided not to waste it, but use it as back splash. We shall see how it cleans up!

Below you see how it looks up close and 'in person'. That is how we see it every day. Probably one of the best pictures I have managed to take to date! 

Personally, I am pleased with the outcome. It means we have real counter tops that will be easier to maintain, as opposed to the old counter tops that were mismatched and uneven while we waited for the new stuff! 

As soon as the sink side of counter top is in, I will write up a post with beautiful pictures of the completed project. That might just take another month at the rate Rod works trying to avoid dad's help! 

What do you think? Would you use linoleum for back splash?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

What attracts you to guest post for others?

I am curious, what attracts you or what compensation you receive to guest post for someone. This is an area that, as a relatively new blogger, I know little about. Is the blog you guest post on, one of high volume? One that you are friends with the owner, one that best represents what you enjoy?

The reason I am asking is that

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Today's Makeover...a Stencil Epic Fail x's 2!

I decided to rewrite this post because it was U.G.L.Y!

Yes, it was already published but I went into the editor and wiped all the ugliness away.
 I was using milk paint to stencil. Bad idea! What a sloppy