Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ready, Set... CREATE!

I've been creating a bit more during this last part of 2011. (Moving houses caused an extended pause in my free time!) However, I definitely want to make much more ART in 2012! As I'm cleaning, planning and organizing for the New Year, I thought I'd share some of the cards, layouts and mixed media work that I've created. Make time for what makes you happy; make time to CREATE! Happy New Year!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sew Cute

My youngest son loves ties! He sees his Dad and his big brothers wearing ties, so he thinks it's just fabulous and fun to add one to any old shirt. It doesn't matter what the occasion is, or if it matches his outfit -- or even if the shirt has a collar!

The photo above was taken at the U2 concert this summer. My son picked out the entire outfit and then threw the tie on as we were walking out the door. I truly thought he was just playing around, but he wore the tie for the entire two hour car trip, and then into the concert.(And actually kept it on the entire concert, despite the 98 degree evening.) People loved his tie, and complimented him frequently. He just beamed! From that day on, the boy has added a tie to many an outfit.

I recently took a class taught by the incredibly talented Amy Tan. After seeing her great creations and using her fun new scrapbooking products, I decided to make an Amy Tangerine inspired shirt of my own. At first I thought of girly shirts for me, seasonal tees, etc. and then it hit me -- a tie shirt for my boy! It's casual, it's FLAT and it's fun! As someone who does not sew, it was a bit intimidating at first. However, once I told my son my idea to make this, I had to persevere. I'm so glad I did, and, I actually enjoyed the process. Here's what I came up with:

and the process went something like this:

And Voila!
(Don't forget to take a photo of your cute subject wearing your cool tee-shirt! :)

If you'd like more detailed instructions on how to make a fun shirt like this of your own, just google "reverse applique tee shirts" and you'll be amazed at all the fabulous tutorials out there! Crafters and quilters have been using this ingenious concept for years, and I'm so happy to have learned how to do it myself. Try it!

Thanks for visiting The Scrappy Girl Next Door, and Happy Creating!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ella Boot Camp

I've enjoyed getting some of my summer photos caught up this week with all the challenges from Ella Boot Camp! My layouts have been simple and quick (which is a miracle for me -- I'm the slowest scrapper in the universe!)but the main thing is, THEY'RE GETTING DONE!

Here's a layout I did for the "Fun With Word Stamps" challenge from Nichol Magouirk that I really love! Not only are these special photos, as I had my whole family and my college roommate in town for July 4th, but there's also something nostalgic about summer memories! Love this Bo Bunny patterned paper and I really enjoyed the ease of using a grid format. Easy, peasy scrapbooking!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Happy, USED Creative Space!

A few months back I posted photos of my new craft room. I kept meaning to post additional pictures as the room came together, but an interesting thing happened. My room was not photographable! It had either two modes: 1) It looked exactly like it did in the first photos, and sat there clean and unused, or 2) It was an absolute disaster as I pulled out boxes and boxes of art supplies and photos and tried to make it all fit! I struggled for a while with the chaos, and kept moving things from here to there, back to where it started. I knew a change was necessary... I had to make this room really work for me!

I realized that I needed an additional work surface. One desk simply wasn't enough. I needed a place to make art, and another desk for working on the computer. I also needed a place to use my Cricut. Finally, I decided to focus on what the room really was -- a place to make things in -- and it needed to be functional! I decided to heck with "looking clean and perfect" and went and bought a cute little desk at World Market. It doesn't really match my other furniture in the room, and the space is tight, but guess what? It feels great in there and the room is being used!

Also, I want to show you my slipcovered chair that I ADORE! In previous posts here about my old scraproom, you can see that my chair is actually a pink suede office chair. It just didn't suit my new room. I decided to have a slipcover made, as the pink chair is actually really comfortable. I chose a fabric that was neutral and matched the style of my French pillows on my bench. And of course, us Southern Girls love to have almost everything monogramed... I love how it turned out!

Well, thanks for looking at my crafty fun place, and remember, it's not about how a space looks, but how it makes you feel when you're in it! :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thirty Days of Lists: Day 8

Things That Remind Me of My Childhood

1. Little House Books and TV Show

2. Plaid uniforms

3. The Brady Bunch (I feel sure I've seen every episode!)

4. Fashion Plates (My ABSOLUTE favorite thing I played with!)

5. The Official Preppy Handbook (even referenced it last night to my 14 year old; some very practical advice in there, actually.)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

30 Days of Lists: Day 7

Today's prompt from 30 Days of Lists is really interesting to me. Generally, we don't blog about the things we are not good at. However, if you're realistic and approach your weaknesses with humor and honesty, it's all good! So, here I go...

I'm Not Very Good At:


2. Drinking enough water

3. Doing Laundry (don't mind washing, hate folding)

4. Driving a stick shift car (In fact, I couldn't drive one if my life depended on it!)

5. Making gravy (mine is always lumpy)

6. Eating fresh fruit (I'm too lazy to wash it, so I generally get a cookie instead, lol. J/K - well sometimes...)

Wheeew! This almost felt like Confession, but now it's all out in the open! And you know what? I'm good with it! I know what I need to work on (like drinking more water and eating fruit) and I also know what I'm never going to embrace (Math!) After all, calculators were invented for a reason. It's a good thing that I also know my strengths, one of which is eating cookies! :)

Happy Wednesday, List Makers!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 6: Favorite Color Combos

(photo via Pinterest, via www.design-seeds.com)

1. green/coral/grey LOVE this color sample above! Really digging these colors and trying to use these in my new house!

Rug by Amy Butler

2. grey/yellow So trendy these days, and the funny thing is that I never used to like either of these colors that much... Together, they're fabulous!

3. coral/turquoise I love this photo! So much so, I think I'm about to paint the back wall of my built-ins this gorgeous coral color! So fresh, fun and yet classic!

30 Days of Lists: Day 4

Things To Do On A Sunday Morning

1. Sleep late! (And I do mean late; like 11:30 or so...)

2. Drink coffee. Need I say more?

3. Leisurely read the newspaper. These are my sections, and in this order: Real Estate section, the Target weekly insert, the Best Sellers List, and then my horoscope. (Yea, I'm a total Brainiac, uh?)

4. Drink more coffee.

5. Eating Eggs Benedict. At a restaurant. Me not cooking.

6. Relishing in all the potential a carefree Sunday holds.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Inspired by Color -- and Core’dinations!

I've been wanting to participate in one of the monthly Core’dinations challenges, and today managed to do so! Here is their Inspiration photo for the month of August:

Lovely colors! Fresh, yet timeless, all in one! Using some of the fabulous Core’dinations cardstock, we were to make a layout that used these same colors, and featured an interesting technique. Here is my take on the challenge:

I featured photos of each of my boys, at approximately the same age. I love seeing them as babies! For my fun technique, I made my tag with the yummy turquoise cardstock, and using a chipboard "3" on the back of tag, sanded the cardstock to see the 3 emerge in a slightly lighter blue on the front. So very cool! Also, lots of sanding on this layout, as it's fascinating to watch the background color come through. If you haven't picked up any Core’dinations cardstock yet, I recommend doing so! It's fun to work with, and the possibilities are endless! Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Where Women Create

Call it what you want -- art studio, craft room, etc. -- but I adore looking at rooms where women create! I love getting ideas, I'm interested in seeing how they organize their supplies, I'm intrigued by the color combos, but most of all -- I love the artsy eye candy! Such lovely things..! Various art mediums are stored in these rooms, but the one thing all of us have in common is that WE LOVE TO MAKE THINGS! Here are some rooms that inspire me:

All photos are from my Pinterest Board entitled "Craft Rooms" (Pinterest is my latest obsession, after art studios, of course! It's a fabulous way to store all of your favorite photos or collections!) If you want an invitation to join Pinterest, just contact me and I'll happily send you an invite. Happy Creating!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Card-A-Palooza Card Making Event

This month I've been having so much fun participating in the Card-A-Palooza Event over at For The Luv of Art! (http://fortheluvofart.forumg.biz) It's not too late to join in, and now that a lot of us have the "wee ones" returning to school, it's an excellent time to do something just for ourselves! It's also a great way to get your creative juices flowing, and kind of "get out of your {creative} box," so to speak! (There are also prizes!!) I hope you'll join in the fun, and if you do, post back here and let me know how you're liking it! The details are posted over on the message board at FTLOA, and it's a wonderful group of ladies! Here are some of the cards I made last week during Card-A-Palooza:

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Start Simply... Simply Start!

I haven't scrapbooked in weeks and weeks -- until today! Between packing, moving, and unpacking, there hasn't been much time for creating. However, I've been dying to get in my new art room and MAKE THINGS! Sometimes I walk into my room and just look at all the stuff, get a little overwhelmed, and walk right back out. (Lame, I know.) I think sometimes if you take a break, it's harder to get started again. Or, if you're just starting to scrapbook for the first time, it's hard to know where to begin.

Well, here is what I recommend: Just do it! Don't over think it; just pick out a few photos you love, and sit down and play! Let your photos guide you, and choose colors that make you happy. The layout above literally took me around 20 minutes (if that) to complete. Although it is extremely simple, it makes me happy! I also feel like a burden of sorts has been lifted from me -- I actually made something! Now the wheels are turning, and I'm ready to turn out a few more things.

I challenge you all to start simply, but SIMPLY START! Don't put it off until tomorrow, don't wait until you have tons of free time because that rarely happens... Just pull out a few of your favorite things, and make something! You'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Peach Pound Cake: Southern Goodness!

Last week I stumbled upon this recipe, Georgia Peach Poundcake, on Allrecipes.com. (Recipe below photos.) I made it over the July 4th weekend for friends and family, and I must say, it's fabulous! I would highly recommend this for a summer dessert. I think it's my favorite cake I've ever made. The sugary, crispy crust is what makes the cake so unique. It's a delicious after dinner treat -- and it's also great with your morning cup of coffee! Enjoy!

Georgia Peach Pound Cake

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh peaches, pitted and chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Butter a 10 inch tube pan and coat with white sugar.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Reserve 1/4 cup of flour for later, and sift together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Use the reserved flour to coat the chopped peaches, then fold the floured peaches into the batter. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

*Interesting tip: tossing the peaches with the flour keeps the peaches from sinking into the batter.