The Mystery of the Neighborly Neighbors!

Yesterday I woke up to a wonderful surprise! I knew it had been snowing all night, and the first thing I thought when I opened my eyes was “I better get up and shovel the sidewalk”. So, I get up to check out what I had in store…and somebody else had already done it…before 8:00 in the morning!

Well, I couldn’t let this kind deed go unnoticed, so I decided to put together a little Thank You.

You may remember this lot from a few months ago.

Aha I thought! The perfect gift!

So, I gathered what I could find to cobble this gift, the jars (of course), bakers twine, dictionary pages, and various décor to cover the “Happy Birthday” on the only bag I had.

I knew I didn’t want to hassle with trying to adhere paper to that bag, so I printed a design from a scrapbook paper download I had purchased from Etsy onto some sticker paper. Then I found some paper with some metallic designs, a label from Joann’s clearance bins, a Tim Holtz butterfly, and a little wordstrip.

I stuffed the jars and card into my little bag, threw on a scarf, and trudged over to the nieghbor’s house…this is where it gets interesting…

…my neighbor didn’t know what the heck I was talking about, and he tried handing my bag back!

Here’s the crazy bit! Not only was my sidewalk shoveled, but my driveway, the path to my house, the neighbor on the other side of me, and the neighbor two houses down! I asked him if he thought maybe his wife had done it, (she wasn’t home at the time), and he said she didn’t mention anything to him about it.

Now I don’t know about you, but if I had done all that shoveling, the first thing I would do was take a picture and send it to my husband…maybe post it on Instagram…or even write a blog post about it. Heck, I’d do all that if I only shoveled my OWN yard!

“It’s a mystery Shaggy”

Anyway, I needed to thank them for the Christmas gifty bag they brought us during the Holidays, so there you go, but I’d still like to thank the right person!

Oh well, I just wanted to share because I had so much fun putting this together with what I could find around the house. Hope you enjoyed my little story!

Until next time,

Thank you for stopping by,

~Patty

Happy New Year…plus 2 weeks!

 

Ahhhh…the best laid plans!

This was how it was supposed to go: Drive over to the eastside, get the house decorated for the Holidays, shop, catch up, celebrate, go home…that was the plan. Now, I knew that the weather might be a little tricky, but I didn’t expect to be snowbound for going on 3 weeks!

Luckily I brought my Advent journal along with a decent variety of embellishments. But, in my infinite wisdom, I packed most of my art supplies to the westside last fall, and now I have next to nothing but Christmas themed embellishments to work with.

I pulled all non-Christmas themed pieces out and have slowly added some new items to the mix. I’ve been toying with the idea of only working in one junk journal at a time and finishing it up before moving on to a new one for a while now, looks like that’s a go!

And since it is still winter, most of the pages in this journal are relevant.

The craft supply shopping in this little town we’re retiring to is extremely limited, so I’ve been sneaking in into craft stores to plump up my stash a bit when out looking for wedding dresses with my daughter. (that’s a whole other story!)

The other side of this story is trying to keep from accumulating more stuff right now. We’re going to have to fit our other house into this much smaller one in a couple of years, and I’m supposed to be downsizing!

Although I’ve managed to be very strategic with my purchases, the problem with organization reared it’s inconvenient head. These are some filing boxes I picked up at the local thrift store I thought might work.

I made little file folders out of cardstock. The larger files hold vintage ephemera and the smaller ones hold store bought ephemera. I haven’t committed to labling them yet, I’m not sure I’ll need to…I just really needed to clean off my desk!Some examples of what I’ve been able to accumilate.

Clockwise from the top: Tim Holtz ephemera from Amazon, mics. paper pad ephemera “Shake It Chic” from Michael’s, stickers from Hobby Lobby, vintage magazine images, and various book images.

So, the plan from here, as soon as the passes clear, is to divide up as much of my stash as possible between both houses. Then put some yummy de-stash packs in my shoppe at a reduced price and share the love!

Also, I will be hosting some giveaways throughout the year to help this plan along, so stay tuned for that and tell your friends!

As always, thank you for stopping by,

Thank you so much for hanging in there with me,

Talk to you soon,

~Patty

Card Making…and ticking things off my list

“There is too much time in the day” said no one…ever! After ticking things off my To Do list all summer, I finally got down to something I’ve been pining to do for a very long time, making cards, and boy was it fun!

I guess you could say it started here. These cards were cut from some extremely bright cardstock from Michael’s several years ago. As you can see, they have seen better days. I used these for a different project that I changed my mind about, but let’s move on…

Here is a smattering of what I used to decorate the cards, doilies (6 inch! thank goodness I found a use for these monsters!), paper pieces, flower embellishments, heart stickers, a sharpie pen…

…and these sweet quote cards! I love these things!

I’ve become slightly addicted to buying paper pads with lots of fun stuff to cut apart. It used to bother me when pads had those pages, because I wanted the pages for my journals, and it seemed a waste. But, the wide world of paper crafting showed me the error of my ways, and now all is right with the world…my world…the paper crafting world…well, you know what I mean!

Ah, but let’s not forget the cards. Notice how I used the big fat doilies, clever right (there’s 100 in the pack I bought, daunting!)

I thought the journaling cards would be a nice touch for writing on the inside. I’ve already sent some of these out, and it was definitly a good idea. My writing is never streight, and I just love how they look! And now I have a new use for my huge collection of journaling cards!Here is a close up of the pen markings, the cards just don’t feel “finished” with out them.

So, there you have it, another project revved up and running. I’d like to do either a tutorial or a video on the steps and process. If your interested in one or the other, or both, just let me know in the comments. Also, your opinion of my little blog and posts would be much appreciated. It’s always more gratifying to write when you know someone is out there!

Until next time,

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Enjoy the rest of your week,

~Patty