Thursday, July 28, 2011

I think I am a little bit nutzzo...

about 6:35pm Thursday

I may be a little boinkers after midnight because at about 12:16pm last night (Wed) I came up with an idea. Not a simple idea or just a little task or anything doable in an hour. No. but a rather larger task...really I should not be allowed to THINK after midnight. I get these ideas...and this one really means work for myself. In the next two weeks. Hmmm. Nutzzo... yes.

Our youngest is now newly-married and moved to Pennsylvania--and we hope blissfully happy. This is how she left her room in the post-wedding -pre-moving turmoil of that last month at home. Simply put, it is chaos. LOL

Now for my great idea...
I call it the 1, 2, 3 Challenge for myself

Can I take this:
(Click on any photo to enlarge it.)

ONE room

and make this room work for TWO purposes over the course of TWO weeks

buying only THREE things --yes I said buying ONLY 3 things --total!!??!!

My goal is to create a new shabby chic guest room and office space using furniture and knick knacks (and so on) from my own home and pretty much reinvent this room? (And yes, she really did have a pair of shoes in each and every one of those shoe cubbies!)

Can I do it? I think I can, I think I can.
Why the two week deadline? I am having guests visit in August and I would love for this room to be DONE by then. And I do work very, very well on a deadline.

What am I sitting around here for? I have stuff to DO!
1. 2. 3. go!


UPDATE: 9:33pm Thursday
One of my inspirations last night when I was blog-hopping was this wonderful blog.

I guess you would call it Shabby Chic but it is even better than that. I love all the items and textiles and old curiosities and furnishings. She does such a lovely job of it that I was inspired.

This is what I got done tonight in a few hours. I cleared the room. Whew!

Then I changed out the deep purple balloon valances and the silk flowers-on-sheers for this lacey set that I had in the linen closet. I didn't realize it but one of them was chopped off at the hem. So I just hid that one behind the tower of stacked cubbies. (I will share that after I fill it up with fabrics and supplies and antiques) I then topped the curtains with two cream valances. I had bought the valances with my daughter's apartment in mind (a month ago at the SAVERS secondhand store) but once we got them out to Pennsylvania, we didn't like them for her place. So I brought them back to MN. Yeah!

I decided to move the bed and make it up since it was a big eyesore unmade. I had to decide on one of six bedspread/coverlet choices. See below.

Immediately, the red one (far right) had to go as I was not into that color for this room. I am not repainting the room, so I want to keep to the pale yellow, lavender and teal greens. (Similar colors to what you see here on my blog art)

The down comforter duvet was way to bland (front left-creamy tan) and way too warm for summer anyway. Into the closet it went for winter. Chocolate brown (middle left) didn't really pull anything from the existing room wall colors. So that left the white chenille vintage spread (lower right) or the two blues (top). I chose the white chenille just cause it is homey and it reminds me of my grandmother's farmhouse beds in the 1960's.

The chenille bedspread also made a great backdrop for the accent pillows. I have about 13 accent pillows all around the house. With three beds and 4 sofas, it is easy to find lots of pillows at my house. My daughter also left two bolder ones behind. Everybody auditioned for a bedtop spot--but I had to toss out the lime green pillow and a deep purple pillow. They were just too bold for the look I wanted. For now I selected these below. I might tweek that more later.

And look what I found UNDER the bed when I moved it? The green afghan. I thought she took that to PA with her. Well, I can certainly use that piece here. We are making progress! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CHRISTMAS IN JULY - Biscotti, birthday lists, scrappy family cookbooks, easel calenders, and Martha's totebags!

Just made 16 of these for a care package --and they are super delish.​tastic-double-chocolate-pecan-​biscotti-141395
also made 16 of these vanilla chai biscotti​e/chai-spice-biscotti-10000001​156062/
Biscottis are terrific for mailing! I know it is too soon for Christmas unless you freeze them, but keep it in mind around November! :) Very yummy with hot tea or coffee or cocoa!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY Make a cookbook scrapbook in multiples for family gifts!​2_make-cookbook-scrapbook.html
How to Make a Cookbook Scrapbook

CHRISTMAS IN JULY Or even simpler, this style easel calender with your scrapbooking supplies and a mini cal from the dollar store!
Gott Heart Art: 2010 Easel Calendar --was posted NOV 29, 2009 if you can't find the permalink from this url above.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY easel chipboard calender -Make your own from chipboard and tissue tape at the bends? Reversible for the 6 board pieces?!​ry/?m=image&id=498394&type=oth​er&c=222&page=1&vote=0
If you can't see it that way then go to the scrapjazz gallery and look for calendars in the PROJECT catagory and you will see many with easel style.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY- birthday lists! Great tips from Nicole​7/​ture_the_moment/2009/01/birthd​ay-organi.htmlLinkPrintable Birthday and Date Organizer

CHRISTMAS IN JULY Iron On Tote Bags from Martha​64378/tote-bags-with-iron-on-s​ilhouettes?backto=true&backtou​rl=%2Fphotogallery%2Fgifts-for​-her#slide_1
Tote Bags with Iron-On Silhouettes - Martha Stewart Crafts

Monday, July 25, 2011

CHRISTMAS IN JULY -Rag Pillow! Square fabric scraps and mixed threads and a simple straight stitch!​ject_Ideas/Homespun_Patchwork_​Fabric_Pillow.html

Thursday, July 21, 2011


What a nice simple gift for someone. A bottle of local wine and a nice paper folded caddy to go with it. Make it with your stash! Use your Crop a dile --I know you have those huge grommets around your house!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CHRISTMAS IN JULY Envelope books

I just love this idea--mainly because it is a project I have ALL the supplies for in my home right this minute. I have about 100 large white 6x9 envelopes from a garage sale sitting in my studio. I also have lots of chipboard and a guillotine cutter that can trim those down to any size. This project uses just a couple of different sheets of paper so I can use up my oddball papers--and this little album can serve a function. I plan to tuck a greeting card in each pocket and label the four pockets:
Get Well
Congrats/Thank You (People probably send more thank yous than congrats?)
Thinking of You
and thus making it a card organizer if they want it to be. Maybe I will make it a 6 pocket if the folded spine can accommodate that many pages.

I plan to make about 20 of these adorable envelope albums by assembly line method. Cost??-negligible! Just my time and I really figure I can do all 20 in one day if I start organized.

Use that stash!

I just love projects that are a Win, Win situation and I am excited about this one. Since I make greeting cards all year long, I already have a stash of about 200 cards ready to fill them up too!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011