Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pleasanton Expo!

This weekend is the start of the Scrapbook Expo circuit in Northern California. We have Pleasanton this weekend, Santa Clara in August, and Sacramento in November. This time I’m going to be hanging out at the Scrapbook Grammie booth, and lemme tell ya, she has some amazing stuff! Lots of Prima, some Pink Paislee, super good supplies, and if you’re into the shabby/pretty look, you’re gonna love it! This time I’m just helping out – no make-n-takes for this tired designer!! But Stephanie has got some great projects lined up for you.  If you’re going to be around, be sure to pop in and see me!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hutchy McHutcherson

For as long as I can remember, my Mom has been getting us up early Saturday mornings to go yard/garage/tag/estate saling. In Fresno it was big. When I was five it was sort of boring. When I was 10 it meant spending all of my allowance to get that pink My Little Pony with the ratty tail from the last five year old who loved it. When I was 16 it meant I had to drive while my mom navigated and hopped out of the car first. I got good at making illegal u-turns and waaaay too wide, brake-squealing turns so as not to miss what was surely the best sale EVER. When I was 18 it meant being excited to get up early to try and find the best stuff to outfit my dorm room. I started to get excited at the prospect of snagging something at a bargain price, putting a little elbow grease into a shabby table to make it perfectly cute, finding vintage bottles and jars and sewing notions. Eventually I started waking my mom up.

In middle school I can remember being so embarrassed at the thought of my “friends” finding out we shopped at yardsales or thrift shops, or God forbid, ROSS. It was uncool to take a hand-me-down. Everything had to be brand new, from the Limited, from the Gap, and ohemgee am I glad that’s over and done with. BLEH. Now, when I find something second-hand and fix it up, I’m praised for being “crafty.” And let’s face it, it’s not used, it’s vintage, right? Riiiiight…  And that makes it all okay. Shabby is in. Saving money is in. Being crafty is in.

And it’s a good thing, too, because that’s just how I roll. 

Don’t get me wrong, I like new things too. The Pottery Barn catalog is like crack to me, but I can’t fathom actually paying for it. Not when I can find a close match that is cheaper, has its own personality, that I can fix up myself. I feel so much more satisfied knowing that the vast majority of the items in my house were added piece by piece, over time, affordably, with a unique spin of my own to them. I hate walking into a house and feeling like I’ve just walked into page 32 in some catalog. It may look okay, but you just don’t get the same feeling of home. 

And lucky for me, I have not only my own mama - who is constantly finding awesome things for me, and helping me sand/scrape/paint and arrange and rearrange 8,472 times until it looks just right – I also have my surrogate Vacaville Mom, Terri, who gives me the heads up when she finds things she thinks I’ll like. 

Like this hutch.
For $35.

Yes, $35. I know, right? Good thing I had the truck that day. I’ll never forget bringing it home and Eric shaking his head, and dragging it to the shed. And it sat there for a while. To be honest, it sat there for probably five months until my mom finally motivated me to paint it.  And let me tell you, that thing is bigger than it looks.

It took two days and lots of help from Mom, but the final result is so great. I love it! I'm not quite finished filling it up, though. I keep going back and forth between storing pretty dishes in it that will never get used, and storing pretty decor/albums/display pieces. And I left the doors off of the bottom so that I can add the perfect baskets to the shelves. Now I just have to find those damned baskets...
Paint: $32
Foam Brushes/Rollers: $10
Hardware: $3.50
Hutch: $35
Total: $80.50
Not having to nag the hubs to buy a brand new shabby hutch: Priceless.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Project Life

Well, here's February's Project Life pages to add to my drawer. Honestly, I procrastinated BIG TIME this month on getting these pages all finished. I could say that it's because I've been so busy being creative in other areas, but actually, I've just been having so much fun playing hooky. So all these pages happened over about three sessions of creative surges. I know... But I have to say, even though they weren't done on their exact day, I have been able to keep track of the goings on around here so well by using my calendar, ProCamera, and Momento on my iPhone. I have such a love/hate relationship with technology, but in this case, I LOVE it. The cool thing about Momento is that it keeps track of your feeds automatically, so if you post something on Facebook, it will import it as part of your calendar along with whatever you choose to directly take note of with the app. So handy!
So here is February...

I'm really looking forward to keeping on top of March better. My Cameo will arrive this week, so I am sssuuuuuupppeeerrrr excited to see what I can make to add to my PL12 drawer. YAY!