Sunday, March 27, 2011

Updating on the Home Front

Team Rodgers has been busy on the home front...well mostly Jon, but who would take the pictures?

We've been after some under cabinet lighting for a long time now. Our kitchen is a dark hole. Even though we lightened up the cabinets and the walls, still a hole. So finally it happened.

Jon installed this lighting, one under each door on the top. It's great for now. You can't see the wires, unless you're severely vertically challenged. At some point we'll have to replace the cabinets, then we'll have a professional job, but that day is not today.

They're really simple lights. He wired them into the light switch that controls the light above the sink. It's wonderful! So much brighter.

We finally got our hutch. IT. IS. BEAUTIFUL! and I love it.

It came assembled, and that's how you know you have grown up furniture. We were a bit concerned about it matching everything we already have, but it does, perfectly. The molding, the table, all matching...I love matchy matchy.

It has a light in the upper part. The glass looks distressed. It's from the Attic Heirlooms collection.

But perhaps the best part, is to turn on the light you tap the top hinge. AWESOME!

And the dishwasher...
Oh, no wait, it still sucks. And I'm angry.

We're going to Lowe's tonight to see what we can do about it. Jon's also working on the upstairs carpet removal. I'm going to wait until it's finished to show you, but it's awesome too!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, I'm currently in my studio, working away...sort of. I just got a new bunch of stamps that I had to cut out, so I'm taking a break to blog..but now I'll get back to it...


Friday, March 25, 2011

A Sympathy Card

It's Friday, and I'm thankful.

It's been a really long week. Last weekend Jonathan and I purchased a dishwasher. It was delivered yesterday, and then it was returned to the store because it wouldn't fit in our kitchen. Apparently our counter top is a few inches too short. We just can't catch a break. Everything the previous owners did was screwed up. We're supposed to be getting a hutch for the dining room delivered today, so hopefully that's what will be on the blog tomorrow..if anything goes wrong there I might have a melt down. We're in the process of pulling up the carpet in the whole upstairs. The boys have ruined it, and we never wanted carpet anyway. The hardwoods are in pretty good shape, except there is about a half inch of white paint all around the edge on the floor where they painted the baseboards...lazy bastards didn't bother to tape or anything! Who the hell paints on 80 year old hardwood floors?

Tomorrow is shaping up to be a much better day. I'm going to Zumba in the morning with my sister, then Jon and I are going to pick up some hosta from a co-worker friend of mine who is splitting hers, then it's Oliver's first Advanced Training Class. I'm going to make a delicious dinner, watch a movie, and try to forget about the paint on the floor.

In the middle of all this, I managed to finish a card I've been working on for probably 2 weeks...I don't know where the time goes...

I had some suggestions to make some sympathy cards, so I thought I'd give it a shot. For a first attempt, it's not half bad. Sympathy cards are definitely something I wouldn't want to make in a pinch, seeing as how this one took 2 weeks for no particular reason.
All the paper is from a Basic Grey stack, and the brads are part of a coordinating set. The stamp is from AmyR's Sympathy set, and I colored it with Stamp and Write markers.

I distressed this puppy within an inch of it's life.

I modeled the inside after the outside.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I'm putting it up for sale in my Etsy shop.

Spring is the season for card making, I've got several things in my queue. Mother's Day is coming up, and KT's graduation is also quickly approaching. I'm working on some par-tay invites for her, which I won't post until they've been mailed out.

I hope everyone has a good Friday, and a great weekend. I hope the weather cooperates.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Sandhill Crane Card

It's been a while...I've been busy...

But I do have something for today.

My mom commissioned me to make a card for her.

She's going to give it to Curt. So it couldn't have ribbons, or sparkles, or anything that makes it fun...
Well actually this one was pretty fun to make. I made the background with my brayer, a few post-it notes, and several colors of ink. The reed stamp in the foreground is from Stampin Up.
The cranes are from the internet.

Sandhill Cranes to be exact. I'm not sure what the story is, but I know Mom and Curt have been to the migration a couple of times. The silhouettes look just like some statues they have at their house on the fireplace...

Here's the inside, the card opens differently than I usually make them. But I like it. I distressed everything, I think it adds to the manly-ness.

I had a really great 3-day weekend, even though the camera class I've been looking forward to was cancelled. On the bright side, we get a make up, and another free class on top of hooray for small disasters.

Hope everyone is having a good Monday..


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Heart Button Card

I haven't been slacking, ok, maybe I have.

I made this a few days ago. It was a custom request from a coworker friend of mine (thanks Marsha!) for a couple she knows in her hometown.

I cut the heart shape out with my Cricut, and glued a lot of pink buttons to it. I was hoping it would make a dent in my abnormal button supply, but it didn't even touch it.

I used my Cuttlebug for the dot background. The paper is all SU paper, and the ribbon is from my stash. The inside is blank.

She said she really liked it, and it's already on its way in the mail. I hope the couple likes it too.

I've got a couple other requests in my queue. I'm formulating plans as we speak, well type. Hopefully I'll have some time in the next 2 days to get some things finished.


Friday, March 4, 2011

The Fruity Bunch?

I know you probably thought we were done with the fruit, well you'd be wrong.

A coworker friend of mine wanted the complete fruit set, so I made 3 more cards with the 3 other fruit from the Tart n Tangy stamp set.

I really really like them! I'm partial to citrus fruit, but I love these too!

I was concerned about the strawberries, but they turned out to be my favorite I think.

Or maybe the cherries...

It's really hard to decide.

Well I think I'll keep making tons of these, they are super easy. And super cute. Perfect for the nice weather that is supposed to be coming our way...I hope.

Team Rodgers needs some good weather to begin Yard Overhaul 2011.

Oliver is helping me type, so I've got to be going. Hope you all enjoy your weekend.