noun: a small piece or amount of something, esp. one that is left over after the greater part has been used.
synonyms: noun: fragment - piece - bit - shred

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Add Some Pictures to the Family Tree...

How it actually arrived.
Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm!  It's Easter Sunday and I hope this finds you having a very nice celebration with your family and/or friends. What type of dishes do you make for your dinner? Here at the Scrappin household, I've put lasagna, Italian bread and garlic butter on today's menu.  Along with a nice salad, that should do nicely for us.  And of course it's all homemade, since that's the way I like it.  Back when the kids were at home, I would make the entire Easter dinner, complete with all the trimmings.  Now that it's only Mr. Scrappin and I, that seems a bit much so we usually will have something smaller for the two of us.  I do wish the kids lived closer (or we lived closer to them) so that I could still do a nice formal meal, but sometimes you just have to roll with the tide.

The main trunk is finished.
Of course, I do miss the hunting of the eggs and all the other little fun things we would do.  Now I get to enjoy Ms. Addisyn hunting HER eggs through pictures.  And they are really fun to look at.  Once in a while we are able to actually spend the holiday with the kids and get to see the real thing, but pictures are always a perfect solution to the distance.  Who doesn't love pics, especially when they're of the cutest grandchildren EVAH?  I look forward to them and enjoy them so much when they come across my phone or computer or, I know this is a strange one, in the MAIL.  I'll pretty much take them any way I can get them.  I *heart* them!

Branches, leaves and photo frame
complete the left side of the tree.
Now, if you're anything like me (heaven forbid!) you will have pictures of your family everywhere.  About a jillion of them.  Or possibly even more!  I used to have them displayed here and there in the usual fashion, but I kind of got a little tired of that.  I wanted something different. Something fun and fun to look at.  For a long time now I've been wondering what that would be.  Several months ago, while I was scoping out Ebay, I came across a vinyl wall mural that was a tree for holding photos. Sounds weird for sure.  It interested me but I never really committed to liking or disliking it.  I just wasn't sure if it was really something I would want and then there was the fact that I didn't even know where in  the world I would put it.  Our house is a very open floor plan with a lot of windows and not really much wall space itself so when things are put on the wall it's got to be something I want to stay there.  Or remove easily without having to fill a bazillion holes.  

Part of the right side of the tree finished.
Where I'd really like a picture display would be in the dining room.  There's one full wall in there, but the HUMONGOUS mirror I have took up all the space.  And I do mean ALL  the space.  It's an antique mirror that I got when Dale, my middle dude, was born. That was 1986 and that mirror has been with me every step of the way.  I love it dearly as it's so incredibly beautiful, but it is so big and bulky and overwhelming of any room it's in.  It's been sitting in my dining room against that wall since I moved here in 2007.  Leaving no wall space to do anything else with.  As I was deep cleaning a few weeks ago and got to the dining room, I decided it had to come down.  Its largeness is sometimes very overshadowing and I was feeling like it needed to be gone for a while.  But I also didn't want to fill a wall with holes just to eventually take whatever down and put the mirror back.

The right side finished completely.
The more I thought about that, the more I thought about that vinyl wall tree.  I wasn't sure it would stick considering that our walls are heavily textured and I didn't want to go through the work of putting it up just to have it fall down. That would definitely be a grrrrr moment (or two or three).  And since we had painted the walls last summer, I wasn't really sure it would show up that great.  I really didn't want to pay for something that wouldn't work for me.  So I pondered and pondered.  And I finally sent an email to the seller of that item on Ebay asking if it would adhere to heavily textured walls. No response ever came and I just let it go.  Then I saw another one with a different seller and decided to try the email tactic again.  This seller responded and I bought the tree, wondering if that was a very smart thing to do.  That sounds so weird. "Hey, I just bought a wall tree off of Ebay."  LOL!  

The tree in its entirety, although you can't see the bottom
of the trunk.
It is certainly an interesting looking thing and once I got past the initial "hmmmmm" of it, I thought it would be a really fun idea.  I really want to display pictures in an interesting way that makes me WANT to look at them rather than just passing them by every day because they're in the same old space in the same old arrangement on the same old wall.  Get the picture? hahahahah - A little play on words there. Today Mr. Scrappin decided to open the box it came in since he had no idea what it looked like.  I don't think it's what he expected since it was on two large sheets and you had to pull each piece off and put it together on the wall.  Thank goodness though, because how in the heck would you get that sucker on there if it were all in one piece?  I'm pretty sure that would be almost impossible.

View from the side.  It measures about 5x8 feet finished.
So, this Easter day, I put a tree on my wall.  I did put the picture boxes up as well, although I will take them off and put real frames up.  They were important for placement though so I'm not unhappy that they're there.  We all know that with my own lack of talent for all things pretty that any arrangement I came up with would look interestingly strange.  LOL!  It really didn't take all that long since everything was numbered so that was a super bonus.  I can't believe how easy it really was.  

Luck would have it that I got some brand new pictures of Ms. Addisyn and the new Ms. Jaelynn today from my daughter-in-law so we know what's going up in at least a couple of those spots! And of course the kids will take up some too. I can't wait to get the new pics framed and dig out some of the ones I've been hoarding that have just been waiting for a wall all their own. Once I get them all up, it'll be great to look at and fun to talk about. A conversation piece for sure. I'm just gonna go now so I can add some pictures to this family tree. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Come On, Get Happy...

Oatmeal lids!  
Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm!  I am happy to report that we have officially had ALMOST an entire week of nice weather.  For the most part it was great, but there were a couple of times that it rained.  Not too much, just a bit.  Enough to remind us that it isn't really going to be NICE nice for a little while yet. But I'm not complaining...I'll completely settle for what we're getting.  It's warm enough to both turn the heat off during the day (still need it at night though) AND open a couple of windows for fresh air.  In my book, that's almost perfect and that's just enough.

Thread the paper ribbon through the holes in the lid.
They're already there so you don't have to make any!
Today, I actually went into my craft room and stayed there.  Cleaning it up.  I know, I know, you've read a zillion posts where I mention how extremely messy and unruly it has been in there since a year ago.  Every time I went in there I came back out.  No cleaning or reorganizing EVER got done and I have felt horrible about that. But...feeling horrible was not enough to make me do it either.  It's called aversion.  And I definitely have an aversion to huge messes.  I sort of started to pick a couple of things up the other day but quickly stopped.  So. Not. In. The. Mood.  Lately, though, I've been wanting to actually work on things in there.  Not out at the table or on the couch.  In my very own room where things live (literally - I found out a mouse has been in there).  I've been getting the urge to make cards and produce some scrapbook pages.  Those urges have been gone for quite a while so I'm actually a little surprised they resurfaced.  But who am I to argue? Maybe it's my poor, neglected rubber stamps calling to me - or maybe my beloved paper missing being picked over and touched.  Whatever it is, it's time.

Cut circles from pattern paper the size of the lids and
adhere with double sided tape.
So I cleaned.  And I organized.  And I even purged just a little tiny bit. Old, old templates that have been replaced by Cricut cartridges or Cuttlebug embossing folders.  The kinds of things that you have to have sharp utensils to use, and we all know that I'm not supposed to play with sharp utensils.  Read my profile, it says so right in it!  I had been saving those unused-for-ages things because I have a special affinity for them.  They were some of my first actual forays into the world beyond cards.  Like faithful friends, they were there for me when I tried to be creative with my scrapbooking.  And they didn't let me down.  So it's hard for me to let them go.  I'm hoping someone just starting out will be able to use them and love them and get some super pages done on the cheap.  Yes, they're going to Goodwill, where they will be affordable for the new owners.  

Run your letters through an embossing folder and adhere
with mounting tape for dimension.
Now, I want you to know that it took hours to get this done.  I started at 8:00 this morning and didn't finish until almost 4:00.  Whew.  I'm tired. But all is cleaned up and almost all is in its place. I'm still waiting for a couple of the plastic drawers to dry before I can put some of it back. will be perfectamundo.  Can't wait!  I'll feel like I've actually accomplished something!  But hey, a girl can't spend all day cleaning and not do some kind of craft, can she?  Since my main computer went kaput and most of my pictures of projects I wanted to blog about were on it, I've had a hard time becoming inspired.  One might even say I've almost been depressed.  There were some great shares and now I feel like I have nothing.  All before and after pics are gone.  And I don't want to take more of them because I'm irritated.  Yes, I know it's been several months, but I'm still p****d off at the computer gods that did this.  And the d**n gopher that ate through the water line and caused this whole entire episode.

Hanging from my dresser in my craft room.
So, as I was thinking about that today and wondering what to put in today's post, I remembered I had kept some lids from the instant oatmeal I have purchased off and on to keep in my drawer at work (never know when I need a little something and this fills the bill at keeping me full).  I know you're asking who in the world actually keeps the lids to their oatmeal but, I'm telling you, these are the best lids.  They're round and they're colored and you can probably come up with all sorts of ideas.  My first thought was a banner of some type.  So that's what I did.  I made a banner.  Aside from just wanting to make something, anything today in my cleaned up craft room, I wanted to see if I could actually make these lids do something so that I didn't save them in vain.  

At first I started out making a banner that was going to say "faith" but then I found myself just thinking how happy I was to have this room cleaned and how happy I was in general.  Nice weather, fresh air, a clean house, banana bread from a friend and steak and seafood thawing for dinner.  Oh, and my new dishwasher (yep, the one we bought several weeks ago) installed.  Oh, sweet quiet, how I love you so! Yep, I'm happy.  I am one of those people that seem to have a hard time realizing that I am actually happy and content, so this realization made me change my banner theme.  I dug out some scrap paper and went to town and came up with a banner that I'm not wildly in love with by any means, but appreciative that I was able to get it done. While I love the colors of the papers and the general idea, it seems that something is missing.  I don't know if it's a shadow letter behind the main letter, or ribbon, or what.  I can't quite put my finger on it!  But since it's basically a last-minute idea and I didn't really have any idea how I wanted to carry it out, I'm ok with it.  

I'll let it hang in my craft room on the dresser and as I look at it I'm sure I'll figure out what it needs.  Maybe I'll even change the entire thing and start all over.  Who's not unheard of for me to do something like that.  LOL!  You know how you just look at something and all of a sudden you go...OH, I should have done THAT!!!  For now though, I'll look at it and remember how happy I am that I got to play in my newly cleaned room finally!  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Top o' the...Cupboard? Ya...

On top of the fridge - two old jars, a pitcher, a cookie jar
(not old), an apple peeler (also not old), a tin cup with a
pastry tool and a framed handwritten recipe for waffles
by Mr. Scrappin's late father.  I love it!
Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm!  I hope you all had a fantastic week, with lots of nice weather to keep you company.  We had a little nice weather and some rain. I'll take that over the freezing cold any day!  I had a great, low-key week and it sure didn't hurt that I had Friday off.  Woot!  So I spent quite a bit of Friday with my mother-in-law, shopping for an outfit for her to wear to a wedding. And a milkshake.  Can't forget the important things!

Above the fridge - a Dutch Pennsylvania cookbook from
the 1800s, a hand held egg beater, potato ricers, graters
and flour sifters.  Don't you just love antique and vintage
items?  They're the best for personality!
Since I've been doing a lot of deep cleaning, I feel so much better.  I hate clutter. Really, really hate it.  It drives me absolutely bonkers but, let's be truthful here, sometimes I'm just too lazy to do anything about it.  So it adds up and drives me even more bonkers.  What a great pattern!  I'm quite sure that none of you out there can even come close to relating to that, right? One of the places I truly detest clutter the most is in my kitchen.  No matter what I do, it looks like nothing was ever done in the first place.  Wash the dishes...someone gets another one (or two or three) out; sweep the floor...looks like I never touched it, especially in the winter time; clean out the sink...mysteriously it's full again.  See what I mean?  Just once, I'd like to enjoy a sparkling, shiny, clean, beautiful kitchen...while I'm actually in my own house. I want to see what it really looks like and if it can really happen!

Lanterns, another potato ricer, juicers, canisters, a nut
grinder and old blue mason jars.  Don't you just love
this old basket to hold the big stuff?
Another thing that makes me crazy is those cupboards that don't go all the way to the ceiling.  I don't like them.  Never have, never will.  It's a thing with me.  For one, I can ALWAYS use the space!  Even if I'm not tall enough to reach stuff, Mr. Scrappin sure is.  For another, I feel like that empty space is nothing but a dust/grease/grime trap. There is no way to get those tops clean and I never feel like they are, even after I scrub, scrub, scrub.  Then there's the empty, unused look.  I don't like it.  I don't like it even more than I don't like clutter.  So what do I do with it?
Flour sifters, nut grinders, graters and old mason jars.

Now, I WISH I was one of those people that could make a good display of my cabinet tops.  I don't feel that I am.  Probably because I know once I put something up there, it's going to look stupid. Decorating is really not my forte', even though I wish it were.  I have to work really hard at it, unlike other people that just have that built-in knack.  Yes, I'm admitting right here in blogland that I am jealous of those people! That being said, they do inspire me to try!  I've had anything from my teapot collection to my larger appliances to anything in between up there on those cupboard tops and nothing has ever made me say that I absolutely love it.  

This little spot on the wall is the perfect cubby for that
collection of rolling pins!  And I love that basket!
But with my mantra this time around of "if I haven't used it in a year, it's gone," I had to rethink the no display dilemma.  I just happen to love these particular items, even if I don't love the top of my cupboards.  So I messed with this way and tried it that way and nothing was speaking to me.  Am I just a loser displayer?  That's all I need to unboost my already low self esteem! Well, I made myself put those things up and, as I was doing it, I actually felt good. Not because I didn't have to get rid of them and not because I wanted them up there on the cupboard tops, but because I got to look at them.  And I do love looking at them.  I don't know what the appeal to certain things is, but I love the things that remind me of my grandmother's house.  Maybe that's why the things I happen to collect are always in more than one quantity.  Cheese grater?  Several.  Flour sifter? Several.  Potato ricer?  Quite a few.  Rolling pin?  Still don't have enough!

So, without further ado, here are my small, but quaint, displays on the tops of my cabinets (and entertainment center used as appliance storage).  After all that arguing and debating with myself to just do it, I'm glad I did.  Also, since our kitchen redo is a LITTLE behind schedule, I feel good that I actually did SOMETHING in there!  And may I say, top o' the cupboard to ya?