Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Ultimate Organizer

I am gearing up for my holiday gift giving.  As I have talked about in the previous post I am making most of my gifts this year.  This is what I just completed.  I am happy with how it turned out.  I used Graphic 45 Papers Steam punk debutante and Curiosity Shop papers.  I had a small panic attack because I ran out of the Steam punk paper and it is no where to be found.  Especially with their newest Steam punk spells.  But The curiosity Shop paper colors are so similar that I think it all came together well. 

I got this Tutorial from Paper Phenomena by Kathy Orta.  You can find it and more amazing tut's at her website 

Here are some pictures of how my book turned out.


The little date book shown a few pictures up a date book.  It is where you can write down your appointments and inspirations.  The book tucks into one of the many pockets in the book.  The closure used is an old graphic 45 piece.  I have had it for years and it worked out perfectly. 

This organizer is perfect to store recipes, inspirational ideas; really the uses is endless and it was a fun project to do.  I think the best part is the ideas I gained that I will be putting to use in other books I will be making for this upcoming Christmas. 

I hope a lot of you are making some of your gifts for Christmas, birthdays or just because you love someone.  I think that when you create something for someone every time they use it, look at it they are reminded how very much they are loved and appreciated for being in their loved ones life.  I think with everything going at warp speed these days, we all need to be reminded we are important to someone and are very much loved; even if you don't hear the words

I look forward to sharing my next project with you.  It is another Kathy tut; but I am also doing some other projects that are a little out of the ordinary.  Have a great day and create something it refreshes the soul every time.

Friday, October 11, 2013

10 year hero

This is Murphy.  He is chillin on my unmade bed.  Which is so deserves at least this one time; although it is a battle with me getting the bed made before he jumps on it.  But as usual I am rambling.  The point of this post is to do a bit of bragging on my very spoiled dog.  So please, bare with me.

Murphy retired from Search and Rescue last April.  He did a wonderful job and I was always very proud of his accomplishments.  But, I think on Tuesday of this month he really did me proud. 

Murphy has always been a very happy dog; although once he matured he did not have any interest in playing with other dogs.  He just avoided them.  He was (is) a working dog and this type of dog is more interested in the handler and the work they are to perform.  On this day he decided he had another job to do and that was to protect his groomer from a golden retriever who tried to attack her.  He backed the dog into a corner and kept him there until the owner could come and get him.  He did not bite the other dog just kept him away from Cindy. 

After the owner came to pick the dog up she confessed that the dog had bitten other groomers.  Shame on this women; notice I am not shaming the dog.  It is the responsibility of the owner to not only keep the dog safe but the people he is to interact with.  Be that as it may I just wanted to give a shout out to Murphy for being such a good dog.  He may be retired; but he still has it. 

Now to figure out how to keep him off my bed at least until it's made; that would be a step in the right direction. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Meaning of Christmas

I have been giving a lot of thought on how I want to celebrate the coming Christmas holiday.  It is such a wonderful time of year and I think the hurry up and buy thing needs to be rethought on my part.  

I love to buy, give gifts; but, as I have gotten older I am finding that the gifts are becoming the center of the celebration instead of Christ and the gathering of family and friends.  So I am going to try and make most of my gifts this year.  There will be some purchasing because lets face it some things are just to cool not to get for someone you love.  But, the majority will be hand crafted gifts.  I want each person to know how much I love them by taking time to make something that has them in mind.  Some will be thrilled some will be less so.  But, the point will hopefully be refocused on the true meaning of Christmas.  I love the holidays but over the years have lost some of my excitement.  I think this will bring it back for me.

This is the first gift I have made so far.  It is a mini book; I got the original idea from Laura Denson Follow the Paper Trail.  She did this tutorial for 45 Graphics.  I decided to change it up a bit.  I gave it a covered spine and I made little books that tucked into each month so I had to break the book up into 2.  Jan - June are one book; July - December are the second.  I really like how it turned out.

Here are some pictures

The spine is embossed grungepaper from Tim Holtz.
I then used distressed ink on it. 

 Here is one of the little books that I created for each month of the year. 

This is the cover of the second book July through December.  It looks similar to the pages above.