Another Year Wiser


photo 1It’s Hump Day today!  Half way through the week!

I love getting up at 5 am…the last two mornings I’ve gotten up at 5 and I get so much done!  I feel like I’ve complete a day’s work and I look at the clock and it’s only 11!  I love that!

We are frantically getting ready for Novi, MI show.  We have added for sure 3 new Make n Takes and if I have time today I might add a fourth!

We painted the pool deck this week and it looks awesome.  I love clicking things off my to do list!  Kevin thinks I add three things for every one thing I cross off!  If you need to paint an old deck or old concrete the new Behr DeckOver paint at Home Depot ROCKS!  You use a lot so be prepared!


pool deckCan you see Kevin in there painting the inside steps!??  We rolled all the deck part, hand painted the steps, and sprayed the lattice.  Wanted to take lattice out since it’s so old fashioned but we only plan to keep the pool a few more years so decided not to spend any more $ on it!



Espressoly for you!


photo 3Gasp!  It’s Monday already!  We had a very big weekend with Karissa home.  It went much too fast!  Karissa made some cute cards.  I think this was my favorite!  I bought some My Minds Eye paper (by the way one of my favorite paper companies!) and she went to work.  Stamps Used:  G316 KB’s Capp Cup Lg; B273 Espressoly for You; H124 KB’s Capp Border.

So my list of things to do today is pretty long:  finish painting the pool deck (got one coat and then rain!), barcode all the stamps we made, price all the product that came in, barcode the paper order, finish stuffing Make N Takes, Get class paper kits together, get Design & Treasure Paper kits together…don’t think it can all be done in a day!  but I better get going and see how far I get!


espressoly for You


coffeeKarissa was doing a little stamping in my studio with the new stamps yesterday.  I really should have taken a picture of my studio now…disaster!  She can make as big a mess as I can.  But she came up with some good cards so all in a day’s work.  Then we went thrift shopping for a couple of hours.  Got a really good magazine rack that I think will work great for 12×12 paper.  I’ll show you before and after pictures when I get to that project.

I like the new coffee stamps.  We are working on a coffee fun cube too so watch for that.  Stamps Used:  C235 Regular Jo; B273 Espressoly for You; A190 Mini Heart; B226 KB’s Capp Cup sm

For those of you who are waiting for quickutz nesting scallops.  They continue to be on backorder UGH!

Have a great weekend!

Love Siri

Our World, Studio Pictures



So while Karissa was driving over on Wednesday I wanted to check to see where she was so I sent her text.  Because she was driving she used Siri to text her message and it was kind of amusing so I thought I would share it.

in the roughBought this gem on the last thrift store expedition for $1.50.  It was in a little rough condition but the mechanism worked good so generally worth it.  It’s a bigger one to so bigger dies and folders will fit in it.

painted and readyHere she is!  All painted and ready to be filled!



Bookish Owl


another year wiserI love this new owl from Karissa!  We call him the “bookish owl”.  I’ve used him for a “sending love” card, for a graduation card, for a birthday card.  So useful!

DD55So these are the four stamps on the Owl Fun Cube.  I’m currently working on a coffee fun cube!

Copics Used: E33, E25, E47, R24, R29, B93, & B95

Have a great Thursday…Friday is almost here 🙂


Die Cut Storage

Studio Pictures

die cut storageSo our son Travis was a huge Pokemon fan when he was little and he had a huge pile of them all organized in this binder!  Well he no longer cares about Pokemon and so his cards went to Goodwill (I bring as much to Goodwill as I buy! :)) but I kept the binder and use it for my little dies!  It works well!

Kevin used this binder in 4th grade!  ok so I know that I am a pack rat but I think his mother saved it and gave it to us; so repurpose it is the only way to go!

kevin binder

Karissa came home this weekend so we are going to be very busy I’m sure.  Although she said she plans to spend the entire weekend in her swimming suit…she misses the pool at home probably more than  us!  Both of our children were Lifeguards in another time of their lives so they love the water.

I got my slab painted (sorry Ronda…nothing fancy just plain brown :()  but it looks so much better than peeling paint!

back slab painted

Awesome Storage Tool

Studio Pictures

black turntableI found this turntable at Harbor Freight Tools for $19.99.  Love that it is black.  I have it right where I stamp with all kinds of things on it.  It did take Kevin the better part of a morning to put it together.  You know things from Harbor Freight come in all kinds of pieces!  It was way worth it!


Think Snow!


bookish gradIt’s an absolute perfect day here in WI!  The weather is around 64 degrees- warm but cool.  The temperature in the studio is perfect!  Should get lots done today which is a good thing since I have lots to do.  Travis is almost done vulcanizing for the Novi, MI show so then begins the task of making and packaging the stamps!  Not my favorite thing! 🙂  Too tedious for me but it has to be done 🙂

The house is clean (for those of you just following…I clean the house every Wednesday if possible)  I really wanted to skip it this morning but knew it would just make next week harder.  By cleaning every week it just keep things neater and less stressful for me. So I got up early and got it done.  Karissa is coming home tonight for the weekend…not that we’ll see her much she has all kinds of plans.

You may have notice a couple of new links to the right…we have been uploading cataloged images.  Check them out.



My New Favorite Color!

Our World

kitchenSo this orange is my new favorite color in the house!  Because of the age of our house, everything needs replacement…counters…floors…you name it.  This funky blue is on the back splash of the kitchen counter and Kevin says it can’t be replaced since it’s in good condition so what’s a girl to do but make it cool with orange!  Karissa made the paper flowers and they go into an air freshener that freshens.  The cabinet is my new junk drawers so that I don’t have to use my kitchen drawers.  Of course everything else is thrift store finds!  Got a few more things to do tonight so I should get going.  Hope your Tuesday was good and looking forward to Hump Day!