Thursday, July 14, 2011

Time on your hands??

I copied this from this blog....

Tidy Tips: How to Fold Bags to Save Space

I am not a fan of plastic bags, not only are they not good for the environment, they are a mess to have around the house. As much as I try to remember my reusable ones when I go to the grocery store, I have many times that I forget and end up with a bunch of plastic bags. They can be bulky and a pain to store, but they are good for sack lunches and dog duty. My Mom taught me this great trick which helps store your plastic bags without taking up a ton of room.

First, flatten bag, then fold in half twice. Next, start folding it in a triangular pattern until you reach the end of the bag.
Once you are at the end, tuck the end tab into the folds, and you have your bag in a small triangle.
I store them in one of the Tupperware containers that I don't use (remember THIS?) and put them in my drawer with all my other bags. Then my drawer stays tidy!

Really? It is compact but really?....

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This week-

Well if you count from Friday to Friday...because this photo of my dear friend Teri was taken last Friday! I forgot to ask if I could post it but I assume she knows every photo I take is fair game to go on my blog....

I took this after our Brave girl meeting. We have been having our get togethers in her cozy new living room. And she always has yummy treats that are mostly good for us. She always dresses so fashionably-I take notes!
I had a fun little excursion yesterday. Lovely June was not able to join us at my pj birthday party, so she promised me that she would take me out for a treat. Well I got two- one was spending time with her and the other was some yummy ice cream. We met up at the Ice Cream Renaissance in downtown Vancouver.
Oh me- oh my! Was it ever a wonderful thing!!

This is June with her little plate of samplers and a cookie. She got a latte too and said the coffee was really good.
Me-I never go out for ice cream so I went with the Peanut butter ice cream on a brownie. Oh and a scoop of coffee ice cream so we could try it. I did ask for a tiny scoop like June had but I guess the lady didn't understand me. Oh and the whipped cream just made it look like so much more. It took awhile to eat what with all the gabbing!
Go is a must!

Spent today in the craft cottage and then did some watching of Brave Girl videos. I am loving this class too. It will give me skills to use for some time.

Thanks for popping in...see ya.

Monday, July 11, 2011


Today I was I do most Mondays. The introvert in me just goes on overload from the company over the weekend! Not that I would change it for the world, I am just glad I have Mondays to recoup.

On Friday I gave Nick, Gabriele and Gary a choice of what to have for dinner. I made pasta salad with turkey pepperoni and little marinated mozzarella balls and yummy garlic bread on the side. Then we took a drive out to Border's to pick up this book I had read about on the Brave Girls page.I have only read a bit of it but it sounds really interesting. Here is what Melody of Brave Girls had to say about it- "The book is a collection of stories like mine – stories of how Art Saves. I am one of 20 artists who participated and I am thrilled to announce that the book is available at bookstores everywhere NOW! I can’t wait for you to see it and to be touched as I have by stories about the power of art…to be inspired by it."

On Saturday I was planning a day of scrapping but Amy phoned and asked if we would like to come for lunch. We had some great cheese and bacon sandwiches. Then she and I went off to Yard and Garden and then back to my house while the guys headed to a camera store. When Amy got here I was able to share a little project I had done for us girls...surprise Gabriele! (she hasn't seen this yet) I made some cupcake plates with candle holders I had already and some thrifted plates.
I also found this toy camera and painted it up for our "extra" room where the theme is bright.
And when I went in to get the camera I saw this painting Amy did a few years back and decided to document it too. I can't believe she just free handed the whole thing.
Sunday we went for a little drive in the morning-Gary had seen a few things he wanted to photograph when he was in Portland for the first Thursday event. Then home and a fun day with Amy. We did a bit of organizing of photos and she started scrapping while I made lunch. We had orzo with feta and Kalamata olives and I cooked up some shrimp. We spent the day in the craft cottage until Amy realized it was time for her to leave.

I am hoping to be more productive tomorrow-I really want to get up to date on the scrapbooks before our business starts taking all my extra hours.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I forgot....

I forgot this photo because it was in my phone-this is what 2 days worth of cardmaking produces around here.
Today I did a bit of thrift shopping and was excited to find this bag. Amy is going to tease me now because I am always getting new bags....
This was just too cute though and my favorite colors. It holds my Soul Restoration stuff perfectly too. Guess how much it cost....
it's a blurry image but you can totally tell I got an amazing deal!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

and now it's July?!

It has been a busy few weeks for me. A few girlfriends and I are meeting each week to discuss our lessons as part of Brave Girls-Soul Restoration 2. This session will take us through making goals and then decided what tiny steps we need to achieve them. It is a bit scary for me because it will take me out of my comfort zone for sure! The first step was setting up a notebook where I will record all that I will discovering-sorta like art journaling. I love Mod Podge...

I've been doing some other crafts too. I have been doing a bunch of scrapbooking. I was pretty excited today when I finished 2009-only to come across some more pictures that needed to be fit in. When I went to the computer to see where they should be added, I found a few more events that needed to be added. I am determined to get them in the book and move onto 2010 tomorrow. 2010 was way fun, with our 30th anniversary and my 50th birthday. Also a bridal shower and wedding. It will be so fun putting that book together!

I saw a representation like this online and then found white canvas' with black borders at Michaels for 80 cents, so I went with them. I glued on some lettering I had and then proceeded to try to spray them white. A whole can later-I decided my paint was weird and went with gray. They look sorta cool gray on my gray bathroom walls.
I don't know if I am allowed to talk about the reasoning behind this next one. It's almost midnight so I better not call....Anyway, some good friends of ours bought a house downtown and their final move in was Saturday. I made this sign and Gary set it on their car Sunday morning. Hey-I just realized I left out the word "new" on the sign...
This last item isn't a craft per se but baking. Our lovely neighbors put on a great show of fireworks each year that we watch from our driveway. So as a sort of thanks, this year I baked them some "corn dogs" in cookies.
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