Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Weekend in Blissdom

Many fellow bloggers spent the weekend wishing they could be attending Blissdom, the annual blogging conference in Nashville.  I was sure one of them!  After reading all the posts I've seen about this event, you can bet I'll be there next year!  Richella, over at Imparting Grace was one of the lucky attendees.  She had so much fun, she is having a giveaway right now.  What's she giving away? Only all of the goodies she got from the generous Blissdom sponsors!  To hear about her weekend, get a glimpse at her beautiful blog, and enter her giveaway, go here:

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Great Pantry Makeover - Part One

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We just aren't going to be satisfied until we tear up the whole house I suppose.  It started out with the Man Cave Reno.  We had a little plumbing issue.  It seems that the wonderful company who built our house did something a little unconventional.  Did you detect the sarcasm there?  I won't name the actual builder in my post, but I'll just say the name is a bird, and he is usually bald.

All was going as planned until we went to hook up the plumbing.  We couldn't seem to find where the pipes led or where the shutoff valves were.  The builder said they wouldn't have their own shutoff valves, that they would be under the house, capped off and all ready for hooking up.  They had to be there, they insisted.  But, they weren't.

Time to start knocking some holes in the walls.  Where were they?  They ended up being in the back of my son's closet, with their own shutoff valves!  Luckily, we only cut holes in one other location before we discovered this.  In doing so, we discovered something cool.  We had a ton of space behind our pantry that was going unused!  Why they didn't make a larger pantry in the first place I don't know. 

Here's the before shot.  Note the lovely hole we cut in the back in our quest for pipage.

Now let's get her all cleaned out.

Where are we going to put everything?  Remember my newly decorated dining room?

I'm not sure I'll make it through this reno still a happily married woman!  By the way, meals can be donated at any time.  Feel free to drop by at your convenience.  We aren't picky eaters, LOL!  I don't see a whole lot of cooking going on until this project is complete!

Can you believe all this wasted space back here?  We plan to box out the duct, and put more shelving over it to the right.  The existing shelving will get pushed back about 5 feet! 

There is a niche in our office that is built into the back of this space.  I have always thought it was silly and useless, so out it comes!  More room in the pantry, yay!

I am super excited about the possibilities for this space.  I have seen some awesome pantry makeovers out there in blogland.  Check out a few of my faves:

Organized pantry2

Decor Chick

Amber Lane Living

I'm thinkin' chalkboard labels, beadboard wallpaper, some pretty paint, vinyl lettering cut with the cricut, and oodles of clear storage containers!!!  Anyone have any suggestions?

I had to add one. This one will blow you away!


Just gorgeous!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Some Valentine Subway Art Made with the Cricut

I don't normally decorate a whole lot for Valentine's Day, but this project was too simple to pass up.  I already had the frame and mat.  Using SCAL, I designed a grouping of words and phrases that came to mind when I thought of Valentine's Day, in various fonts and sizes.  To make it even simpler, first I determined what size I would need my project to be, and chose a rectangle from the shapes box in that size.  Then, I placed all my phrases inside the rectangle.  That way, the Cricut not only cuts out the letters, but the exact size of the cardstock to fit your mat as well. 

This is what it looked like on my screen:

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The best part of this project? It was totally free!

  What are you doing for Valentine's Day?

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Monday, January 24, 2011

A Little More Valentine Decor...

Good morning all; just thought I'd share another Valentine project with everyone.  I had these frames filled with some Christmasy stuff cut out with the Cricut, so I decided to change it up for Valentine's Day.  I had planned to cut some more Valentine files out to fill them up.  (They have some cute ones at SVG Cuts.)  But, then I was going through my cardstock, and found a set of Valentine papers that had images already cut out.  Here's what I came up with:

They coordinated perfectly with the Valentine decor I picked up last year on clearance at Kohls.

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