Saturday, 30 June 2012

Brave or stupid, you be the judge

UPDATED to add photo at bottom of post, I missed the before shot for the dresser zone.

Ok so I am going to show you pics of the disaster that is my office/sewing/craft room. It is not always like this, but I have lately just been pulling stuff out and now putting anything back.

Trying to sew, art & work in this area is not easy when there is this much mess.

I want to make my craft table area bigger by putting a pc of MDF board on top of the table, but to do that, I have to move and then organize everything off the table top - this is what started the room deep clean & overhaul.

I hope to have it finished this weekend, it is a long weekend here for Canada Day tomorrow, so I'll keep my fingers crossed thast I can get it done.

That way in 2 wks, when my contract is finshed, I can easily art in here :)

The view from the door (that's a dog bone on floor)
 Desk area, dog bed & sewing table, partially finished quilt on design wall
 Craft area
 Between craft area & desk area (laptop is on basket 
because fan stand broke & it tends to overheat) 
I need to get swivel stand so I can spin laptop around and view
 it while crafting, anyone know of one of those?
 Lil table next to desk, more supplies that need to find homes
 Desk area mess, paper recycling under desk that never 
seems to make it to recycling bin
 Sewing table, school uniform pants that need hemming
 (yes I know school is out, so I'm slow, sue me :P) 
(bought those book boxes @Winners & haven't decided 
where to put them, they are beautiful-will post separately about them)
 Growing piles, if it doesn't topple, it is fine :)
 Craft area-lil drawers still empty
 Desk & craft area overlap (peanut butter jar holds gesso)
Mason jars used to hold up shelves
Dresser area clutter

And that is my mess, and I should have been cleaning instead of posting this, but I like procrastinating, I really do :)

I hope to have after pictures up very SOON! (relative term)

Monday, 25 June 2012

Book Review: Waiting for Sunrise by Eva Marie Everson

Publisher's Blurb:
Sometimes finding your future means making peace with your past
Patsy Milstrap wishes she could leave her past behind. Though she tries to put on a brave front for the sake of her family, the wounds still ache, and the scars on her soul are still deeply felt. At her concerned husband's gentle insistence, they take a vacation from South Carolina on Cedar Key, an idyllic island on Florida's Gulf Coast. A week in paradise will do them good, he says.
When a familiar--and most unexpected--face greets her at a seaside restaurant, Patsy knows she can no longer run from the past. But what will opening old wounds mean? And what will the future hold?
With a large helping of Southern charm, Waiting for Sunrise is a touching story of family, young love, and the need for forgiveness. Eva Marie Everson expertly draws out the bittersweet moments of life, weaving them into a tale that will envelop your soul.

My Review:   I enjoyed this book, it was a nice easy read but thoroughly interesting with many plot twists. I would recomment this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book Review: Love in Disguise by Carol Cox

Publisher's Blurb:
Can she solve the crime before they uncover her true identity?
Jobless and down to her last dime, Ellie Moore hears about a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and believes it's the perfect chance to put her acting skills and costumes to use. Reluctantly, the agency agrees to give her one assignment, one chance to prove herself. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie travels to Arizona to begin her investigation. When the need arises, she also transforms into the dazzling Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.
Mine owner Steven Pierce is going to lose his business if he can't figure out who's stealing his silver shipments. In his wildest dreams, he never expected to receive help from a gray-haired widow... or to fall in love with her beautiful niece.
Then the thieves come after Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn't safe no matter which character she plays! Should she give up and reveal her true identity? What will Steven do when he realizes the woman he's falling in love with doesn't really exist?
Set in 1880s Arizona, Love in Disguise blends romance, humor, and mystery for a can't-put-down read.

My Review: Another great read. It had enough mystery & intrigue to keep me reading. I loved the duel characters Ellie played. A fun summer read. I would recommend it to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book Review: Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Publisher's Blurb:
Four brothers. Four straws. One bride.
No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a long-standing debt compels her to take the risk.
Years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer comes across a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can't bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt prompt him to attempt to rescue her once again.
Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she vows to stand by his side. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her as merely a short-straw bride?

My Review:  I really liked this lighthearted read. It flowed nicely and had great humour. The charaters are fun & likable. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group". 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Next Mini Album Project

I have recently been introduced online to the scrapbook artist Kathy Orta. She is known online as PaperPhenomenon.

She creates amazing patterns for all sorts of things. I am working on her All Occassions Mini Album.

You can see her blog here,

This is the Youtube video of what I am making, but using different papers then she did.

So far I only have these 2 pages complete.

Front of pg 1

Back og pg 1

Front of pg 2

Inside of pg 2

Back of pg 2

There are 6 more pages plus the cover I have to make, then I have to make all the tags and photo matts, then add photos & embellishments.
This may end up being a gift, depends on how well it turns out.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Mini Album for a Friend

I made this mini scrapbook album for a friend who recently had surgery.

It is the 1st chipboard mini I've made, it wasn't too difficult. The photos inside are of her dogs, Lia & Luigi.

The photos show the front of the page and then the back, before the pages where put together.

Unfortunetly, I forogt to take a picture when it was comnpletely finished :(

But she loved it :)