Saturday, September 29, 2007


Here is where I will be on Sunday!
I plan to attend our local ScrapPink Scrapathon to benefit Breast Cancer research.....My mom battled this illness in 2004 and with early detection and surgery at Mayo Clinic, she came though with flying colors and no remissions so far.

I hope you will also join the crops locally or donate money to the research effort. So many women need this research and a cure is so close. Click here to help the effort...

And while you are at it, scrap a page about a woman in your life who has influenced you!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

SUPER STASH October Dorm Door Decor/Calendar for Halloween

Look what I made! Click on the photo for a closer look at all the parts.

Here is what inspired me today from seeing it on EBAY from QuillySilly

And from that concept, I decided to make a Halloween door calendar so I gathered up some orange and black papers from the stash, orange accents, ribons, brads, some sturdy cardstock background and so on seen below. Looks like a mess so far! LOL

Then I printed out a October calendar with my greeting card workshop program. Any premade calendar page for the month will do. I personalized this one with their names since dorm rules say all door decor is supposed to also identify the occupants.

Then I started building the background (below) to make it sturdier. I made 2 layers of pattern paper onto my orange cardstock to insure it was very stiff and would hold the weight of the other decor and utility items I intended to attach. (envelopes, pens, notepaper)

Trimming out my calendar pieces seen here:

I then decided on placement of each item. I needed to leave room for two pockets made by cutting sealed envelopes along one side and decorating the pocket as seen below. I placed fun spooky stickers on the calendar to accent certain dates.

Inside one pocket will be blank papers for notes and the other pocket is for the "Status" card. The roomies can place the appropriate card in the upper pocket to if they are In, Out, or Back in 15 minutes.

After gluing everything in place I added ribon at the top with brads to hang it on the door.

Below is the final product and it took me less than an hour!

This October door decor is spooky and FUN! I will be sending it off to one of my favorite college students this week! This idea can be adapted to any month and any theme including birthdays!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Scraps of a Different Sort. :)

I love how this project is turning out this week.

Drumroll please.....

And now for a little creation of mine made from scraps of a different sort! Not paper this time! Quilting is one of my other fun pastimes and this quilt is in progress for my daughter for her dorm. She picked the color scheme a few years ago and I only got as far as hand appliqueing the two floral panels back then... But 3 days ago, I got back on it so that she can have it ALL done and use it at school... WOW What a difference 3 days makes!

2 years ago: I can't remember the name of this hand done applique pattern but I found it online about 2 years ago. It was a little time intense so I only hand appliqued a few blocks this way--two are done completely--one purple and one yellow.

Three days ago: just squares

Yesterday: adding 4 heart panels ...and lots and lots of rows of squares! This pattern is paper pieced using a online pattern I found called Candy Box Heart

found here

and I enlarged it to 8 inches and printed out on 8.5x11 paper to sew direct to paper for exactness and then remove the paper backing. I love how these hearts turn out. I have made them several times before for baby quilts.

Quilt top today ready to sandwich with backing and batting and start machine quilting!! YEAH!!
It is sideways here but you get the idea! :) Ignore clean laundry to be folded at top of photo....cause you know obviously I have been ignoring it too!! LOL

I will post a photo when I get it all quilted and give it to DD --hopefully this weekend!


Thursday, September 06, 2007

And away they go...

above: dear son

above: dear daughter

Comments on my empty nest...

Ahhh yes, and away they go.... It is September again and if you have kids, you know what that means. They are off to school and books and all kinds of adventures with their friends. Change is in the air. On alternating pre-fall days the air is sometimes over-warm and sometimes crisp, leaves are changing slightly. This year all these famliar things bring a wistfulness for me. You see my kiddos are both off to college now. My youngest just left this week for a very large universtiy close by and my oldest is off to his cozy little campus way up in the UP (the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

Can we say Empty Nest? :)
And what do I think about that? I get asked this at least 4 or 5 times a day now. How do I feel now that my kids are gone? Hmmmm, good question! Like the weather in MN right now, I can't quite make up my mind. I miss them immensley from the social aspect. I love to tease them, talk to them, gripe at them, compare notes with them on life. I miss telling the time by what my daughter is doing and where she is going. I miss her mess-in-every room evidence that she is an active teen with a busy social schedule and a wonderful boyfriend. I miss my son's wry comments. And his winking ever-present statement "I love you Mom."

But other than that, how do I feel? Yes tears do sneek up on me now and then. But really that happened much more to me a few weeks ago than it is right now. Maybe it was the dreading of the empty nest that made it worse then. And after all, this seasonal parting is not really new to me for my senior-in-college son who will be home again at Thanksgiving. Am I missing them yet? Well, I have to admit the plus side of things in the evaluation. I am not spending as much on gasoline as I was running around. And I am getting the house cleaned and it is staying clean for once in about 20 years. (Odd feeling but nice!) Plus my daughter is only an hour away. We have already chatted a few times and text messaged a few more. (I am learning 'hella new skillz' as she would jokingly say!!) ;)

And really maybe that is the whole point here. While they are off learning the "hella new skillz" that they need for their futures and careers, I am learning to face new challenges too (like text messaging and cooking for two!) It isn't that they are gone geographically that is my real issue. If there is a wistful feeling now, it is more about me than about them. It is time for me to turn my attention away from child rearing and toward some of my other goals. I have such a to do list and so many hobbies and so many wonderful friends and good causes I believe in. Now it it time to turn to those other joys in my life. Like sweet hubby, and hobbies, and so on. Sometimes my motivation will be like our pre-fall weather: hot one day and then cool the next. But either way I will keep moving.

Moving? Oh yeah. Right now I am off to make a donation to the flood relief here in Minnesota. A collection is being taken locally of toiletries and cleaning supplies. That is something I can do. My kids are not the only ones in this world who need help. And then I am off to scrapbook today. We have a wedding to get ready for. (My son next summer) So invitations have to be made, thank you notes created, envelopes stamped. Hubby is reffing tonight so I even hope to get some time in on a dorm bed quilt for the dear daughter. I have been making this quilt and setting it aside now for 2 years. Time to get it DONE! Cause you know, mom, it would be great if it could match the other dorm stuff. :)

It's nice to be needed, even if they have flown the nest. :) My "to do" list and my "want to try this" list will definitely keep me busy for a long while.. So the answer to the empty nest question is Sure, I miss them. But it's all good in the long run. (wiping tear away with a smile). Life. It's what we spent over 22 years preparing them for, right?