Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Granddaughter's are so fun!!

Howdy!!  What a wonderful day today!  I am trying to take some time off work inbetween jobs to get some things done around the house and to also spend some time with family.  Today I had promised one of my granddaughters that we would go out and do something fun and special, just the two of us.  Having 6 grandkids, and the ages they are now I try to do one on one time with them too and that is exactly what today way.

I had my physical therapy this morning and then after I finished that, it was off to go pick up Bailey.  She is the next to the oldest of our grandkids.

First stop, we of course needed some energy to get ready for our fun afternoon.  It was a beautiful day here in the PNW and got up into the upper 70's so it was perfect.  We went to lunch at this cute little hole in the wall and had the best sandwiches I've had in quite some time.  Once we finished there, off to all the cute quaint old shops there in town.

Bailey was enjoying all the porcelain dolls and antique carriages.

She had to pose with one of the old bikes we found outside one of the shops.

She was so intrigued at all the old books and was so careful when looking through them.  We found some from way back :)

One of the stores had this light and we thought it was so cool :)

Hmmmm this darn new blogger.....out of order on this one and couldn't delete it and readd so anywho..... this is one of the ceramic pieces we bought and actually painted today after we got done in town.  This is my little piggy lol.

These were cute old tables we found in one of the stores.

Back to the ceramic pieces lol....this was Bailey's piece she painted and then I outlined the black for her and sealed it.  She loves to do crafts with Nana as it is a great stress reliever she says.  Ahhhh a girl after my own heart :)  She did a great job and was very proud of her!!

So we ended up finishing our day with some wonderful frozen strawberry lemonaid and called it a day.  Love taking the time and making memories with the family.  What is on the agenda for tomorrow, well it's the oldest granddaughter's 13th birthday so it will be some bonding time for us too :)

Have a wonderful rest of the week and happy crafting!!

xo ~ Laura

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happiness is......

Happy Sunday!!  I hope that all of you have had a great weekend so far and enjoying yourself.  I know I have been relaxing and having a great one so far. 

Yesterday I was able to go out and meet two girlfriends, mind you neither of them had met each other before and we had so much fun chatting away, it was like we've all known each other for years.  We laughed, they got to know each other a little more and before we knew it, almost 4 hours had passed that we were sitting in the sports bar and munching on food lol.  And mind you, there was no alcohol drank either lol.  So that is when you know you're having fun.  It was great being inside as we had quite the nasty storm come through.  By the end of our visit though it had cleared off and was sunny out.  The strangest weather huh????

So here is a few things I worked on.  I left you with a teaser last time lol.

My glass vase....

Is now a great holder of my makeup brushes.  So quick and simple but works great!!  Wow, I need to go wash them, this just reminded me lol.

My bag of rocks.....

My inspirational rocks....I put my vinyl on them and ta-da :)

I'm still working on my frame so you'll have to just wait a little longer on that one.  I am just relaxing and doing things little by little.  I will see what this week holds for me on the job force so keep positive thoughts coming.  I still, even if I do get this new one, want to take a week or two off and just relax so wish me luck.

Have a great rest of the weekend and remember.....

Happy Crafting!!

xo ~ Laura

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekend Living

Happy Saturday!!!  I hope that all of you are having a wonderful weekend so far and enjoying each and every minute.  Today here in the PNW we've got overcast and it is much cooler so think it is time to do some inside crafting.  My overall goal is to relax and have some fun this weekend to clear my mind out so that I can have fresh beginnings come Monday :)  I'll also be meeting a few girlfriends today so watch out world hahaha.

So what are a few things I'm doing?  Well I won't give you the answers but I will show you some hints :)

First off, these are all quick and simple crafts but something I've been wanting to do.  You see with having some issues with my muscles not relaxing the way they should lately, I have to do shorter bouts of crafting until I get them to cooperate again lol.

Hmmmm will it be an arrangement?

Many options for these huh???  Do I have your mind wondering now?

So until later when I reveal what I've done, I will leave you with lots of hugs and wish all of you a wonderful day. 

Happy Crafting!!

xo ~ Laura

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Always be yourself....

Howdy!!!  Wow, here it is only Wednesday and I really want this week to be overwith.  A lot has happened work wise these past few weeks and have you ever been somewhere that you really felt you shouldn't be?  Well even though I was at this job for only a little over 3 months, from about 2 weeks in I felt something wasn't right.  I know all companies run differently but there are certain things that my Mom and Dad taught me and that was to be honest, treat people how you want to be treated and always be true to yourself.  Don't change who you are.  So what do you think happened?????

Friday is my last day at work as I was told my position was eliminated, which I found out later that day was a lie so I am very thankful that I will be totally done as of Friday.  It is time for me to be out of that negative atmosphere and find something meant for me so I'm excited to find my next journey :)  Thank goodness that I haven't had to be in the office and have been able to finish things up from home.

Yesterday I met a girlfriend of mine and the weather was beautiful so we sat outside and drank our coffee in front of a gas fireplace at one of the strip malls and just talked about things, yes she did work there also until last Friday (see a pattern developing???)  It was good for both of us to just put things on the table and leave them there and we both are glad we are done with that :)  Negativity is so not worth it.

I had made this wood frame a week or so ago and wasn't sure if I was going to put a picture on it or what. but after this week, I decided to put some vinyl on it with my integrity motto and I absolutely love it!  Here was the "during stage"....

Well after this week, I decided to put some vinyl on it with my integrity motto and I absolutely love it!

Don't ever be someone that you're not.  Always treat others with respect and how you want to be treated and stay true to who you are.  Life is too short to please have to be you :)

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and remember.....

Happy Crafting!!

xo ~ Laura

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day......

Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful men who have taken the time to be caring, guiding and a role model to shape us into who we are today.  Even though I lost Dad 1 1/2 years ago (wow has the time flown by), I think of him daily and all the wonderful things he taught me, things that I've been able to pass onto my children. 

We had a wonderful day today.  Even though Larry isn't the kids biological Dad, he's been in their lives for 16 years and so he's had quite the influence in their lives.  His special day started out with a wonderful breakfast.  Then Carissa, Brandon and "piglet" (that is the babies nickname as we don't know the gender yet) came by and shortly after that Josh, Krissy, Braeden and Sydney came by to wish Papa a Happy Father's Day.  It is so fun having family around.  I laughed as the kids bought this shirt for their Dad and he wore it proudly :)  I am very proud of my son.  He's grown into a wonderful young man, a wonderful husband and an amazing Dad who lovs his kids with all his heart. 

After the kids left, the sun was shining and I'd been being lazy this weekend sitting on my hinney so I decided to get up, get out my sander and get my blocks and wood prepped to start doing decorating so I went outside and sanded away :)  Got 2 boxes done and it felt good lol.  Then of course it got me going to want to start decorating and since the sun was shining and I want Summer to come and now, yes I am impatient lol I created these :)

So that is how our Sunday went.  How about you?  Did you have a wonderful day??  I'm sure you did!!  Have a wonderful week and remember........

Happy Crafting!!

xoxo Laura

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Enjoying the week??

Howdy!!  I hope that all of you are having a wonderful week so far and either relaxing, spending time with friends and family, crafting or just making memories.  The weather around the PNW has been a pretty sunny these past few days which has given me lots of energy to work on things :)   Around here, you take advantage of the nice weather when you get it lol.

Went and got my errands done and I scored a few things so thought I'd show you.  I absolutely love this box!!  It is a little harder to tell in the picture but it has the tin on the front with the start.  Absolutely loving it and it was on sale.....and discounted another 50% so yay!!  I couldn't have purchased all the material for what I paid for this trust me so I am a happy girl.  It is pretty big actually and at first I thought hmmmm I can put my magazines in there but it's a little too bit I think so I'll have to figure something awesome out for it.  Any ideas??  It measures  about 12" high x 18" long.

Then found this cute plate and I loved the raised starts on it.  Not sure if I will put vinyl on it or a many choices lol.

Here is one of my projects I did from my wood the other day.  I love how it turned out but think I may put some vinyl on it also with a saying.  I wanted the staggered look for the edges to give it the look like it was kind of flowing in the air.  But hey, it was fun and I am enjoying myself.
Stay tuned for more projects.  See I told you that I'm back and having fun doing what I love to do!! 

Have a great rest of the week and happy crafting!

xo ~ Laura

Friday, June 8, 2012

Loving my life.......

Happy Friday!!  Wow what a busy week and it sure is feeling great to be back into what I enjoy most and that is my relaxing and doing my crafts!!  I have SOOOO many ideas going through my head right now and the question is, can I get to all of them lol.  Guess I better write up a "To Do" list so I don't forget. 

So one of the things I'd like to do is this.  I found it on pinterest and it looks so simple so think I will attempt it :)  Isn't that the cutest thing!!

OK so back to what I've been up too lol.  With all my wood cut so far, I decided to make up these cute frames.  I also found the idea on that place lol!!  This is the idea I found......

This is where I'm actually at with mine so stay tuned for the final product :)  Not sure if I will stain them, paint them or what yet but I'll see what happens lol.  Sorry for the blurry picture, I think my lens is dirty :(  I will clean that and make sure the final product pic is clear I promise.

Well that's it for tonight as I want to get back to getting a few more things done so have a fabulous evening and remember....

Happy Crafting!!

xo ~ Laura

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It is feeling like crafting time again!!

Howdy!!  Well today I think I FINALLY hit my crafting mode again which is a great feeling.  I've been battling some stress with having a new job and dealing with my foot issue and physical therapy but today something hit me like a ton of brick.  I said nothing should get in the way of what I enjoy and love doing and that is my crafting so I started pulling out my wood I've stock piled and plugged in my table saw and away I went!! 

So what is on my agenda with all these wood pieces?  Oh lots of things lol.  I thought some word blocks, some frames, some holiday items and well, maybe I won't tell you everything.  You'll have to just wait and see lol.

So what else have I been up too?  Well I have to confess that my thoughts actually started changing last night as I was sitting here listening to some good ole country music and I was crocheting a cute little hat for a baby shower that I am going to at the end of the month.  I sat there and it felt great to shut down the computer, focus on something relaxing and finishing this little hat all within an hour :) The picture doesn't do it any justice but I just couldn't get a good shot of it.  The little pink on it is actually the end of the rim which I folded up :)
Well I promise that I won't be away so long this time.  It is time for me to get my priorities right and have that work/life balance and do what I enjoy most.  That is to make people laugh, enjoy my crafting and cherish my memories we're making with family and friends!!

Have a wonderful evening and happy crafting!!

xo ~ Laura