Sweet Sunday

Aaahhhh….I do love the weekend, don’t you? It’s so peaceful and quiet right now. The weekend gives you a chance to relax and unwind and best of all…..sleep in! And, no homework! Well, not yet anyway. ;0! Nope, so far, we have just been enjoying the small break and the beautiful weather. Nik has been in a crafty mood all week, so the first thing we did this weekend was head to our local craft store and stocked up on some supplies. We also took some long walks to scavenge a few things from nature. Armed with all our new resources, we got down to some serious business yesterday. She reminds me so much of myself when I was her age. I love that she’s been bitten with the crafting bug. Here’s a few pictures of what we’ve been up to.

Every fall, Nik and I go searching for acorns. Last year, we waited too long and had the most difficult time finding any at all. So this year, we were pretty happy when we came across a new source where there were acorns by the bucket-full. Nik and I both filled our buckets to the tip-top within about 10 minutes. What bounty! Then we came home and got started on this little project.

We got three rows of acorns glued on before it got a little tedious for her. Then she wanted to start work on something else.

She told me that she’s been wanting to make these Styrofoam ball snowmen since the 3rd grade. First I’ve heard of it actually, but she was quite serious. Nik plans on making a whole snowfamily. This is the beginnings of the mommy. Looks just like me, doesn’t it? Except my nose is a little bigger.

It’s so much fun to just be able to play a bit. I’ve done a bit of playing in my scraproom, too, on some projects that I am excited to be able to share soon. In other scrappy news, I’ve had some really sweet things happen to me this weekend. For the first time ever, I have received not one, but two RAK packages in the mail. Check out this HUGE stash of goodies sent to me by my scrappy friends, Shanna and Ashley!

The generosity of the scrapping community honestly blows my mind that people will not only give so much, but also take the time and expense to box it all up and ship it out. You girls completely made my weekend. THANK YOU so much!

I also received an email from Stacey Michaud asking if I would like to be a guest designer for her monthly journaling column in the ScrapStreet ezine for December. I am so honored and excited, and yes, nervous to do this. If you all haven’t checked out this free online publication yet, you sure need to. You will be amazed by it!

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekends!


It’s Finally Done!

To those of you following the saga of our latest little craft project here at the Pettit house, I can actually say that it’s finished, it’s over, it’s finally done!  I was beginning to have some serious doubts about that….

It took so much longer than I was expecting.  And,  we had a big set-back on Thursday that kind of soured me to the whole experience.  Mom could see that my patience with the project was pretty well shot, but she’s one determined lady who pushed me to see that it got all the way done.  You all can probably appreciate the horror of our “crafting accident” story.  After spending hours picking beads off an old belt, and even more hours gluing them to some sticks, you can imagine our reaction when one of the sticks fell from it’s drying “rack” we rigged up in the garage…..  It was like a slow-motion scene in a scary movie where you just cannot move……we heard a noise, we looked up, we saw it start to slip, we saw it come crashing down, we saw it bounce against the garage floor, and bounce again, and again….beads flying off in all directions, tips to branches snapping off and hurling themselves into space…   sigh.

Then the worst part ever is that Mom insisted we pick up every single bead in that garage and put it back in the bowl…. and glue it back on.  Must have been at least 200 tiny seed beads.  At least.  I absolutely drew the line at trying to re-glue the broken off branches.  Didn’t care at that point if I ever saw those darn branches again in my life.  But, we persevered and the branches are now set up in the house like we had hoped.  Here are a few more photos.

Once we got the sticks propped into a hurricane jar and held in place with some rocks, we were finally able to bring out the ornaments I found at Pottery Barn that inspired the whole project in the first place.

Love, love, love these little black spiders hanging from their chain webs.  Can you believe we did all this work just so we could hang these spiders on some black sticks like they did at Pottery Barn??  We must be crazy people!  (Do not say a word, Uncle Paul)!

Here is our Halloween project in it’s final home.

I’m pretty relieved that it’s over.  I’m still glad we tackled this, as it gave Nik lots of joy to work on it with us.  And we certainly will have lots of memories from it all.  I’m getting to the point where I can almost laugh about the garage incident.  But I still might suggest to all of you out there that you just buy the sticks at Pottery Barn and be done with it.

In other news, I’m really looking forward to this afternoon.  Today, our little kit club, the Paper-Playground, is holding our second annual ScrapPink Crop for the Cure.   Why ScrapPink?
Every 12 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer. We are helping to raise money for breast cancer awareness by scrapbooking! Every penny of a $10 donation will support the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s mission to find a cure for breast cancer through research, education, screening and treatment.
For further information on this worthy cause, go to www.scrappink.com. What better way to spend a beautiful Saturday?  If any of you are in the Raleigh, NC area and would like to join us, we would love to have you. Visit our website for more information and directions.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Pottery Barn Project-Part Two

This project is taking much longer than I EVER thought possible.  I was so sure it would be done by today and that I would have all these great photos to share, but it’s not.  This is a lot more work than I was expecting.  Glammie and I were both getting a bit frustrated yesterday afternoon.  We even went so far as to ask why on earth we didn’t just buy the originals at Pottery Barn and be done with it.  That would have been a lot easier and certainly less time consuming.  And, I wouldn’t have had to scrub paint off of my garage floor yesterday.  But it’s too late now.  We are committed and will see this project through to the end, even if it kills us.  I just hope I end up liking it!

Yesterday afternoon was mostly spent in picking thousands of beads off an old belt of mine.  We needed beads for this project, and I just didn’t have any others.  Glammie got this brain storm of recycling these old beads, and since they were the perfect color, we went for it.  Little did we know how long it would take to get them off.  Little tip for all you do-it-yourself-ers……go buy beads.  Seriously.  Here is Nik working on the last of the beads.

Then it was out to the garage to start some gluing.

We still have more gluing to do.  It’s rather a slow process, as just as many beads fall off as stick on.  Who would have guessed at how difficult this would end up being?

This is a bit of what the sticks look like now.  Unfortunately, the bead work doesn’t show up real well in the photographs.

We’ll see how much more we get done this afternoon.  Are you guys starting to get a feel for what we’re up to?

I also have a card to share this morning.

I was inspired to make this card after visiting my scrappy friend, Shanna’s, wonderful blog.  Shanna has graciously uploaded a bunch of really fun templates that she has created, and is even offering a contest prize for using them.  How cool is that?  I fell in love with her “scrolly frame” and couldn’t wait to use it. The templates are so easy to download, and one of the best things about them is that you can easily change the size to fit your needs.  I used the template as is, and also re-sized it several times so that I can layer the frames as well.  LOVE that!

The papers on this card are from the beautiful Webster’s Pages collections.  I combined papers of the new line, Reflections of Nature, with pieces from the Raspberry Truffle and Feather Your Nest collections.  I also used my brand new stamps from October Afternoon for the greeting and for the sweet, little bird.  Thank you, Kathie, for those beautiful stamps!  And thank you, Shanna, for those awesome templates!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Pottery Barn Project-Part One

Well, I wish I could show you all the fabulous finished project I hinted at in yesterday’s post.  We did start the project, but it took more time than I thought it would, and we didn’t get very far.  I have to admit that it doesn’t look like much at this point in time.  But, I’m still hopeful that it will turn out fabulous and will look even better than the super expensive Pottery Barn version Glammie and I saw yesterday shopping.  I’m thinking it will be even better, because my little cutie is making most of it for me.  Here is where we are at this point.

The first thing we had to do was go on a little foraging trip in the woods for supplies.  Glammie and I were able to do that on the way home from the mall on a little back country road.  Then we needed to get everything cleaned up a bit.

Here is Nik washing up a bucket of rocks.  While they were drying, we did some pruning on a few tree branches.

then it was time to break out the spray paint.

That’s about as far as we got yesterday.  This is what it all looks like this morning.

Doesn’t look like much, does it?  Basically what we have is a bunch of rocks and some black sticks.  Hhmmmm.  What do you all think?? Any ideas of what we’re trying to make?  Think we have any hope of having it turn into anything good?

At least so far, all I’ll be out is $2 in spray paint.  And Nik is having fun…

We’re hoping to finish up the project this afternoon.  Maybe I’ll have some finished photos I can share tomorrow.  Keep your fingers crossed for us.

Have a great day!

Random Chaos #33

Good Monday morning everyone!  Hope you all had a nice weekend.  We took it pretty easy, and didn’t stray too far from home.  The weather was beautiful.  I’m starting to really notice a shift in the air and can feel fall coming.  It’s getting cooler and have you noticed how much earlier it’s getting dark at night?  It is SO dark at 6 am when Peter has to wake up for school, too.  And, he needed pants this morning instead of his usual shorts.  Yes, I think fall is definitely in the air.  Well, that was the excuse Nik and I used yesterday when we decided to bring a few more Halloween decorations up out of the basement.

My mom kept saying we are two weeks too early.  Guess she’s not as fond of the Halloween stuff as we are. At least we didn’t bring up EVERYTHING.  There’s still a lot of stuff yet to pull out of storage.  We just took out a small sampling…

Had to bring out this guy.  He’s one of our oldest and most favorite decorations.

This is Big Jack.  That was the name on him in the window of the paint-it-yourself ceramic place where we saw him.  Nik was 3 years old.  We were up at the grocery store that day when out of the corner of my eye we spied Big Jack in the window a few doors down.  And who could resist?  In we went.  Nik painted all of the orange, and I painted the green leaves on the lid.  Every year when we take him out, we re-tell the story of how he was created.  I think Nik likes this decoration more than any other we have.  She’s already asked if she can have him when she grows up. LOVE that.

Here’s another one of our oldies but goodies.

Nik and I made this together in an art class I signed her up for when she was 2.  It is made out of a brown paper grocery bag and some construction paper.  As I recall, she needed lots of help on the face cut-outs, but she did manage to do most of the painting herself.  Every year, a little more paint flakes off, but I love this guy to pieces anyway.

And here’s one last little scene we started on yesterday.  Still needs some work, but it’s a cute start.

And now for some scrappy news, it is time to share this week’s challenge over at the Random Chaos blog.  I really enjoyed this one.  This week, the challenge is to use two photos, ribbon, and at least two pieces of chipboard.  You all should hop over and see what the other designers did.  There are some really great, diverse pages there.  Here is what I did.

My two photos are of Nik the morning of her school’s field day last May. She is wearing her class’ fourth grade T-shirt, so I wanted to get a shot of both the front and back of her.  I love how happy she was that day.  Field day is by far one of the best days of the school year.  Great memories.

For the ribbon part of the challenge, I included two different pieces on my page.  I used some velvet scalloped trim from Creative Cafe as a border across the whole page, and a smaller piece of Fancy Pants lace trim directly below the photos.  To meet the chipboard requirement, I decided to use chipboard letters from Scenic Route for my title.  Very easy way to get some chipboard in, huh?  The paper on here is a combo of Cosmo Cricket, K&Co. and Scenic Route.  Also threw in a few small journaling pages from Making Memories, a bling heart from Me & My Big Ideas, and an overlay from Hambly.  A few gems from MAMBI add the finishing touch.

Hope you all feel inspired to give this fun challenge a try!  And if you are looking for even more inspiration, check out this new blog that Janelle Richmond has started.  Mini Mania is the name, and it’s all about mini albums and other coolio projects!  Does this girl never sleep???  My hats off to you, Janelle!  You are one amazing lady!

And by the way……..Janelle is looking for a few guest designers.  Be sure to check out the new blog for further info.

Have a great day everyone!