I've Been A Busy Girl!!!

What I've Been Up To...

For the past couple of weeks since returning home from vacation (hubby and I celebrated our 25th anniversary [last year] by going on a cruise [this year]), I have been diligently working around my house.  My daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters finally got their house finalized and moved the weekend we came home.  And my 80 year old mom is going to be moving in very soon, so we have a LOT of redoing to do!

First up, 

I decided that since I live here 24/7 and we have guests only a few times a year, I should have the bigger of the two spare rooms for my craft space.  I have been packed in my teensy room (without much complaining) for a long time.  It's amazing how much stuff one accumulates over the years.  Luckily I knew a couple scrapbookers who are more than happy to take the excess off my hands.

I had a plan of how we needed to accomplish the move...Hubby painted and helped me move a couple of pieces from my mom's house into my room....and I worked on the rest.  And worked.  And worked.  And worked.  And am still working.  Wow!  I had no idea in my little brain that it would take this much WORK!  But that was the deal I made ("But, Honey, all you have to do is paint and move two pieces of furniture and I will do EVERYTHING ELSE!")  What was I thinking! But I'm about 95.3% done now.  Just need to figure out what to do with the extra crap important items I haven't fit in the new room yet.  I can almost see the floor of the old room.  lol

Here are a couple of pics of the old room as a reminder of how much I had crammed in there. Mind you, every single cabinet, basket and drawer is FULL!

Didn't I tell ya?  A lot of STUFF!!!

Here is the new room, 95.3% done. (And I have several drawers and baskets that are still empty.  Hoping to get a couple more drawers cleaned out and condensed when I have more time.)

Fish Eye Looking Into the Room (Taken with my fish-eye lens for my iPhone)

The walls are a soft grey and I kept all my pink and orange storage from the previous craft space which adds a really nice pop of color without overdoing it.  Now I just have those pesky little things from the other room to put away yet and I will be done and can get back to my passion of crafting!  Oh, how I've missed it.  WEEKS I've been working on this!

Next up,

I got a new toy piece of very important equipment....A Silhouette Cameo!  And my first cut?  The "designer" control panel.  Pretty darn slick if ya ask me!  Cannot WAIT to get to play with it some more.  Check this out!

Now all I need to do is find time to play with it and make beautiful things!  That is, after I finish cleaning out the old craft room, mudding and painting it, painting my mom's new bedroom, repainting the living room since there seems to be a lot of unexplained chips out of the wall (they weren't there when the kids moved in!), and creating a utility room so Mom can access the washer and dryer.


I have been playing around with revamping my blog a little.  Finally figured out how to do a header.

It's not perfect, but it's a start! Once I get it how I really want it, I will move on to figuring out how to do my very own blinky.  I have zero money to spare with all the remodeling I need to do (not to mention the Cameo...thank goodness for flex pay), so I am determined to accomplish this on my own.  (Of course, by the time some of you read this, I will have already changed the header numerous times! lol)

And finally,

I reorganized my Cricut supplies and condensed everything down to one cart that I can roll to wherever I choose.  I used a couple of photo boxes for the manuals and overlays, and I created a few "holders" for the cartridges. (I used to have them in one of the stacked drawers). I just need to print out the labels for the tops of them for easier identification.  What do you think?

Hope you enjoyed my "shares" for today.  But for now, I have a terrible backache.  Time to take a break and hug a chihuahua.  Next week I will have more ditties to share with you, including something for the FCCB Design Team.

Til next time, keepin' it crafty!

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