Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Create Along With Us October 2018

Good morning, cafe friends!

It's time for the Create Along With Us challenge at Papertrey Ink. This month, I was inspired by that new Shape Shifter die. Yes, I already own the Mix and Mat Plaid die which is very similar, but you know I'm loving that square shape, too!

Heather's card here was just lovely!

So I pulled out this die at my crafting retreat weekend, and everyone ooohed and aaahed, and then went to their ipads and ordered. I think I sold eight Mix and Mat Plaid dies this weekend. You're welcome, PTI! LOL!

Here's one of the cards I made:

{Today's Brew: Mix and Mat Plaid die, Birch background stamp, Year of Psalms, Twig Leaf dies, card stock, all supplies PTI}

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Stair Step Cards

Hello, cafe friends! I am back from a fantastic paper crafting weekend retreat! We had such a good time together. I love those women!

While I was there, I made a few stair step cards using the Birdie Brown stamp set Harvest Mouse from My Favorite Things.

{Today's Brew: Harvest Mouse stamps and dies (MFT), Lawn Fawn papers, PTI card stock, Prisma markers}

{Today's Brew: Harvest Mouse stamps and dies, Lawn Fawn papers, PTI card stock, Prisma markers}

And just to let you know, My Favorite Things is having a sale on all the Birdie Brown stamps and dies (excluding the newest release). Fifteen percent off! You might want to check them out today!

Thanks for visiting the cafe! Blessings on your Monday!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

New England Anniversary

Last week, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary with a trip to New England. It was beautiful! We spent some time in Maine exploring the coastal towns, then went to New Hampshire to see the amazing views in White Mountain National Forest.

I had to stop in Freeport to check out my favorite store!

Next, we headed to Boston to see the sights, walking along the Freedom Trail.

My husband did all the planning for this trip, and it was purely a coincidence that the Red Sox were in the World Series playoffs. Uh huh. But as long as we were there, we had to catch a game at Fenway Park!

It was great to get away together. We had some really special memories, and this anniversary will not soon be forgotten!

I love this man! God has blessed us beyond measure.

Today I am heading to the fall stamping retreat weekend with my mom and friends. When I come back, I hope to have plenty of paper crafty creations to share with you.

Blessings on your weekend, cafe friends!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tea, Coffee, and other Good Things

Hello, cafe friends!

So here's a funny story. I was making this card today, just starting to assemble it, when I decided to take a step back for a minute to sip my coffee. Somehow, the coffee went down the wrong pipe, and I coughed coffee all over my work space! I thought I'd ruined the card, but luckily I just had to replace the sentiment panel.

Word of caution: Don't drink and craft!

And the irony here is that I was using a paper called Green Tea from Papertrey Ink! Maybe tea would've been a better choice this morning!

I made this card for one of my pastors at our new church. October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and last week we celebrated big anniversaries for our two pastors. I missed the celebration (more about that later), but I still want to send a card!

{Today's Brew: Phrases and Praises stamp set (PTI), PTI inks and card stock, PTI Green Tea paper, Songbirds die leaves (PTI), Lawn Fawn scallop frame die, MFT stitched banner die}

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Thanks

I cannot believe I missed National Coffee Day this weekend!

But I did not miss the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

There were some great coffee-inspired creations! The design team did a fabulous job.

I made this card to say "Thanks!" You ladies really did an inspiring job!

I started with an embossing folder from SU (Herringbone, I think). I found a bunch of embossing folders in a drawer in my craft room and asked myself "Why am I not using these more?" So now I've pulled them all out of the drawer and in the hopes I will use them more often.

I added a little Wink of Stella to the veins of these Lawn Fawn leaves. A little sparkle, like the wet leaves on my sidewalk.

{Today's Brew: Love You A Latte stamps and dies (Lawn Fawn), Thanks die (LF), Stitched Leaves dies (LF), LF Sweater Weather papers, PTI card stock, SU herringbone embossing folder, MFT oval cross stitched die}

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

New Skylights!

Project Let There Be Light is complete! I have a lot of photos today, so grab your cup of coffee and relax!

Here is the family room on a sunny day. And still, I had to turn overhead lights on to brighten the space.

The crew began by taping off the kitchen with plastic sheeting. And that was a good thing, too, because cutting through roofing and insulation and drywall can leave a fine coating of dust and dirt over everything!

Yes! Light!

While the house was still tarped, I had the idea to clean off the popcorn ceiling. It was dusty and full of cobwebs, and looked like it could use some help. The popcorn ceiling is not nearly as bad as some I've seen. I covered my head with a babushka, grabbed a broom and put a pillow case over it, then used the pillow case covered end to brush off the dirt. It worked! It made a mess, but the ceiling looks much better and it's not very noticeable anymore.

The carpenter trimmed out the skylight box where it meets the ceiling with some thin wood, and it looks really nice. We still have to paint the interior of the shaft with some white ceiling paint, but for now it's looking so much better!

Light! Glorious light!

It even brings light into the kitchen area!

And the dining area now benefits from the light, too!

The back wall and hall leading to the laundry room!

Even the stairwell leading to the basement gets light!

I cannot believe what a difference the skylights and solar tubes have made in our every day living spaces!

Tom, the owner of Leakpro Roofing, and I talked about the benefits of light. As Tom said, it just helps your soul. Indeed it does!

I think I will curl up like a cat in a ray of sunshine, with a warm coffee and a good book.

Blessings, cafe friends!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Autumn Garden, One Year Later

Good morning!

I was hoping to show you photos of the new skylights today, but unfortunately the job is taking a little longer than anticipated. No worries! It should be wrapped up later today.

In the meantime, I thought I'd take you on a little Autumn Garden Tour!

My husband was in the yard, doing some pruning last weekend, when he made the observation:

"I can't believe how much better the yard and gardens look now. Too bad you don't have Before and After photos to show the difference."

I replied "Hon, it's me. OF COURSE I have Before and After photos!" ;)

One year ago, our front yard looked like this:

Overgrown barberry bushes, a few bedraggled boxwood, and a leaning tower of evergreen tree out front. And weeds. Did I mention the weeds? They were thick and about three or four feet tall when we moved in.

As a matter of fact, everything was so overgrown that you could barely make it to the front door without getting scratched in the process. My husband had to use hedge trimmers down the path, just to be able to move our furniture inside.

Last fall, we removed the overgrown bushes and leaning tower of tree. We planted new trees and bushes and plants. And one year later, everything is filling in nicely!

I had an idea to plant a butterfly garden in the front. Honestly, it got a little overgrown quickly. The zinnias grew taller than our Star Magnolia tree, the milkweed took over, and some things grew better than others. The butterflies loved it, and so did all the neighbors. But I think I will take a different approach next year.

The plantings at the foundation really too off. I think it gets just the right combination of morning to early afternoon sun with late afternoon shade. Our little dogwood tree grew at least a foot! I wish the boxwood at the back were a bit taller. I think we need some taller plantings at the back next year.

I didn't think this poor clematis was going to make it, but it did! And the craziest thing is that it started to bloom this month!

It was as if we went through a second spring in September! These urns used to have potted pansies. The pansies reseeded themselves below, and now the ground is covered in pansy blossoms. How fun! I tell you, Michigan has rich fertile soil. I love it!

I happened to stumble upon a great deal at Costco. They were selling four packs of mums for 13.99. They have really grown, too! I bought two of these four packs, and now I have colorful mums everywhere!

A happy welcome! I just need to get some pumpkins, and then I will be ready for fall!

Blessings on your Friday, cafe friends!