Saturday, April 27, 2013

Prom Season



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The happy couple.  Kelly and Alex

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And here is a group shot.  yes, it was a little cold and windy.  I will have to go through all the photos and try to photo shop to get everyone with a happy, pretty smile and all eyes open, and no hair blowing across their faces,  you get the picture…

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I see sprouts!!

I am bragging now.  I just planted my starter seeds 2 days ago and I see things trying to burst out.

These are Zinnia flowers.  I would never expect to see growth within 48 hours of planting. 

Of coarse I had to go look at everything else to see if there were any other surprises which there were none but I am happy with this one.

I went a little crazy this year with the starter plants. I am sitting in my kitchen looking at 9 trays of seeds, a pot of seeds, and 2 hanging planters with more seeds.  then outside I have a bucket of strawberry plants, another with tomato plants and basil and then I planted a little baby Lilac tree in another bucket. 

My kitchen was overrun with these starter trays.  My darling hubby was nice enough to offer to put some closet shelving up in front of my kitchen windows to store everything.

Now this is what I see...

Sorry the photo is so dark.  By the time I took the photo the sun had moved to the other side of the house.  But these windows normally have sun from about 6 in the morning until 4 or 4:30 in the late afternoon.  I took the photos about 6 PM.  so I will take more tomorrow.

Now that I have all these seeds started inside the house, I really want to start getting my soil ready outside.  I learned I should have already planted onions, peas and potatoes last month.  the plants can handle the cold weather still and get an early start.  So, now I am already behind schedule.  I have tried both onions and potatoes before and never got anything before the weather grew too cold.  Now I know why, I waited too long to get these in the ground.

Today I tested the soil from my garden and learned the PH level is fine but the nitrogen and phosphorus levels are really low so before planting I need to add some compost, manure, bone meal and or blood meal.  I am not sure if I need all of these, but they each will raise the N and P levels.

Tomorrow I go back to school.

This break flew by too quickly.  to think the next break we get will be SUMMER!!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Seed Starting

Today I sat in front of the TV all day listening to what was happening in Watertown, MA.  So Scary!!!  I am glad to hear it is all over.

To keep my mind off it, I decided to work my starter seeds for my garden.  The last attempt I made of this did not finish well.  I had great healthy looking plants indoors, but when I planted them outside, they all died. 

I am keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't happen this time.

 This is what the tray looks like as you begin.  This is a Jiffy Greenhouse kit that comes with 72 pellets and then there is a dome to go over it.
 Next step it to add water and them open up the tops of these pellets and loosen the soil a little to prep it for seeds.
 2 to 3 seeds go into each pellet. the seeds get tucked down into the soil a little depending on the seed packets.
 Then I track what seeds are planted.

And this is the finished tray.  It took about an hour to do the whole tray and the news was still going on about the "Suspect #2" still as large. 

I needed something else to do so I ran to Home Depot to buy another tray.  One store was closed.  I wonder if it had to do with what was happening on TV.  So I drove to another that was open this afternoon but found out later, this store closed, too.

Anyway, I planted another tray.  My plan was to place these trays on my kitchen table where there is strong sunlight for at least 10 hours a day.  the packaging says these new seeds need warm temperature but NOT direct sunlight until the seeds germinate.  So I had to clean the top of my refrigerator.  So this is where these two trays sit now.

I will follow up with updates as to how they are doing.

Happy Spring and Be Safe!!!


Flower garden

 I know these are not the greatest pictures.  I miss my Canon camera.  These are taken from my cell phone.  Here is what my front flower garden looks like.  Every muscle in my body is so sore!!!  The plot of land here was in terrible shape.  I had to dig down about 8 inches, sift the dirt to get out all the rocks.  There must have been about 500 lbs of rocks in this little area.  Once I sifted it, I mixed the sifted soil with bags of gardening soil rich with nutrients.  Then I planted my flowers that already bloomed. 

Now, I am not a flower person at all so I don't even know if it was worth planting these at this point.  I do not know if daffodils and tulips will come back each year.  So this may be a waste of time, but it looks good for now. 

I also have some tiger lilies from my father's garden in the back.  These were transplants from his yard.  He has been gone for nearly 22 years so I am thrilled every time I see these flowers bloom.  It reminds me that he is still with me. 
My sad little fence could look a little better but I had a puppy that was trying to help with all my digging and he got very upset that I put this little fence up.  He kept trying to pull it apart to the point I gave up on trying to get these line up evenly.
In front of the transplants, I just sprinkled wild flower seeds. I will be so excited if the seeds take and I get a patch of flowers here.

What to do when you get over your mouse problem...

We had some extra house guests this winter....

Field Mice.

What a nuisance!  My first sighting was not to see a mouse but to find mouse dropping in with all my baking dishes and serving bowls.  YUCK!!!  So I emptied my whole cabinet and everything went through the hottest cycle on my dishwasher.  The good thing was I re-organized this cabinet.  Boy, there were tons of things in here just taking up space that I have not used in ages. A huge box went to the basement for a later time, and another huge box was donated to the local church for a fundraiser.

The sad part,  I didn't want to return anything to this cabinet until I knew the mouse/or mice would not return to leave anything behind again.  So my baking dishes and various other containers sat on my kitchen table for 3 weeks before my husband could figure out how to seal up all the nooks and crannies in the back of this cabinet. 

We dealt with mice all winter.  We tried every kind of mouse trap out there.  The kind that have the spring action, the sticky traps, the humanitarian kind that safely trap them and let us release them to the great outdoors.  We finally tried poison, the very last extreme.  This one made me nervous since we have a new puppy.

Luckily I can say we are finally MOUSE FREE!

But now that I no longer have a need for these spring action mouse traps  what can I do with them.  (We never did use them,  I hated the idea of finding a cute little tiny mouse's lifeless body on one of these traps)

So time to renew, reuse, recycle...

So this is what I did with my leftover mouse traps.  To make something that has a somewhat sad purpose and now it is renewed into something useful and pretty.

It was easy enough to do.  Just removed all the metal except for the spring clip device.  And glued on some pretty paper, tied some ribbon and added some embellishments. 

Next Project...

Time to start thinking about gardening.  Home Depot was having their Spring Fling Sale, actually I think they call it their Spring Black Friday Sale.  I picked up some starter plants, normally $3.98 each, but the sale price was 5 for $10.00,  I got a few tomato plants, some strawberry plants, and some herbs. 

Then, I never do flowers but, there was such a good sale on flowers, too, that I had to pick up some flowers.  Pansies were only 88 cents each and the Daffodils and Tulips ended up being even cheaper, they worked out to be about 68 cents for each flower plant.

So, for now they are sitting on my kitchen table until I get a chance to plant them.  The vegetable plants I will keep on my sunny table for a few more weeks until they are safe to plant outdoors, but the flowers I was hoping to get into the ground before they bloomed.  As you can see from the photos, my daffodils could not wait, anymore.  Hopefully the tulips will hold off until I get them in the ground.  Buying plants is my confirmation that winter is REALLY OVER!
Next thing going on...
My daughter will be upset for me posting these photos, but...
The Junior Prom is next week.  So my "non-girlie" daughter is getting her hair frosted.  I am so glad she does not want to get her hair done too often.  Sticker Shock at how expensive this is. WOW!!!

But wasn't it worth it?  She is gorgeous!   Now we need to make appointments for mani/pedi and to get her hair and makeup done up the night of the prom.  Keching, Keching!  Can't wait to see her all made up, and dress up with her friends though.

And to end today's post, here is our new puppy.  Isn't her adorable?

This is Jack Daniel.  He is 5 months old.  He was out Christmas gift this year.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Time to start thinking about Blogging again

Time to Fresh my Blog

About me...

It all started back in the mid 1990's with some paper scraps, some deco edges scissors and a box of bad photos.   I had found a this journal that you could add your own stories and photos in and it was all about sisters.  I thought this would make a perfect gift for my sister since she was planning on getting married.  Well, it may not have been my best work but a Scrapper was born!
My sister soon took up the hobby, as well.  I am humbled to say she is ten times more creative than I will ever be, but is it fun that we have this great hobby to share.
Since starting this hobby I have learned:
             what I lack in originality, I make up for in personality. 
As much as I love to scrapbook, myself.  I found my true calling is teaching others about this great hobby.  I love to share what techniques and "tricks of the trade" I have learned over the years.   
I am certified as in Instructor with the following companies:
  • Certified instructor through Xyron.  The certification includes being knowledgeable with the different cartridges to go with their sticker/laminating machine.  All sizes from the 1 1/2 inch X up to their newest 12 inch wide Creatopia machine.  I received my first certification with Xyron back in 2007 and more recently with the introduction of the Creatopia machine in September of 2009.  
  • Scrapbook Instructor with EK Success. This certification was originally called Scrapbook Design & You, then changed names to Spotted Canary School.  The funny thing with this class is I took it myself as student back in 2005 and then took it again as in Instructor in 2010.  This is a great class for all levels of crafters.  You can learn the basics or refresh your style if you are an advanced scrapper. This is a very thought out class that teaches everything from "What is Scrapbooking?" to how to put colors together, design elements and finish out with telling your story with journaling.
  • Certified instructor through Michaels with their paperED program.  The certification includes being knowledgeable with the latest trends in the paper crafting world, how to use the latest tools and technology that Michaels carries, stamping/inking/embossing techniques, mixed media techniques and trained in helping you with your journaling and storytelling projects for your creations.
  • Certified Designer/Instructor through Copic Markers.  I received my certifications in June 2012 and teach private and group classes on how to get the best out of your Copics, how to properly use them, and more!
  • I also hold certificates from Creating Keepsakes University for a Bachelor of Scrapbooking Arts, 2004 and a Masters of Scrapbooking Arts, 2006.  These basically certify that I took classes with the top of the line instructors of the time, Beky Higgins, Tracy White, Heidi Swapp, Tim Holtz, etc...  and learned their tips and techniques for creative arts.

I live in Quincy, MA with my husband and children. Not only am I a paper crafter, I’m an avid Bargain Hunter.  If I can re-use something I already have or find it cheap at a consignment shop - all the better. My children are teens and finishing up their High School years.  You would think that would mean I have a little more "ME" time.   Are you laughing along with me now?  I am constantly going to watch sports games, drive kids to jobs or practices, mall runs, movie pick ups, Bible studies meetings at our house every week, Youth Groups on the weekends, the list goes on and on.

Some day the house will quite down and I know I will miss all the commotion and maybe I should not rush it but it sure does sound like something to look forward to.

This blog will hopefully inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.  The majority of my posts will more than likely involve paper crafting in some form or another,  but I will throw in some other projects I am working on.  In the spring I start thinking about my little 4'x8' vegetable garden so you may read and see photos on the progress of my Not-So-Green thumb. 

I like to recycle items I find, so you may see some handmade projects with found junk.  I am thinking of making a shed with thrown out windows, if I can gather enough to complete this. So you may see updated on this here.

As Summer time approaches, my blog gets much more active.  I try to post on a daily basis since I do not work outside the home in summer.  MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!!!

I hope you find something of interests here.  Leave me a comment if you like.