I have SO gone digi!

Dont worry I still love my papes!I wont ever stop with the hands on but I just had to try digi! I DID!! So I did my first two LO's and I think they are all right! I have minimal digi supply but with the help of some peeps on SIStv I have found a veritable treasure trove of free goodies! YAY! So Just wanted to share the digi-ness that i have newly discovered!

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What to do what to do....revisted

Thanks for the advice ladies! Both of your suggestions are very helpful! For right now we have decided that I will keep working at least until a bothersome loan is paid in full. (quickly) I know that my daughter wants me to be home too! And I know that she will be so happy to be able to walk to school again!

Some more information about my mother, Where to begin...Well about three years ago My mother and I had a great relationship we talked we did fun things together and we had a very nice give and take relationship. About this time we were hanging out together and she fell and broke both her knee caps on the pavement. I took care of her I helped her get to her doctors appointments and surgeries and took care of her when she was laid up! I lived with her neglecting the needs of my family so she would have the 24 hour care she needed. Because of these injuries her attitude changed she was depressed and she started saying some really hurtful things. Makes me feel guilty about money she lent to me when i was 16 (mind you this is almost 13 years ago!) She kept a running tab from the time i was sixteen and expected me to pay her back because she was unable to work anymore. This is about the time my depression took a deep rooted hold on me. She knows exactly how to play onto my guilt and she makes me miserable. FF to now...she just had her last surgery and all she keeps saying is you should quit your job so you can take care of me. My husband and I are so concerned about her being so needy of me and that means I don't take care of my own family needs. She makes it seem that I am more obligated to her then my own daughter and husband.

I'm still trying to recover emotionally from the last time i spent copious amounts of time with her...I am so not ready for another! I don't mean to sound cold towards her because she is my mom but I cant exactly efficiently explain how the situation is. I hope this helps explain away some of my reasoning's!

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What to do what to do....

OK SO I had been a stay at home mom for a long time. Recently I returned to work so my husband wouldn't have to get a second job. Well he got a second job anyway and is now begging me to quit my job. He has always grown up with his mom at home and its all he wants for his own child too. Its what I want more than ANYTHING!!! but....I cant help but feel guilty that hes working two jobs and I'm sitting at home....It would be SO awesome I would have SO much more time and be able to get back to my Etsy store, and start making things again! BUT...my mother would want me to be over at her house every day to take care of her too...So I still wouldn't be getting anything done My house would be a mess and I would be a depressed heap of goo...(long story about my mother We will save it for another day) So I sit here on the verge of deciding to do what I want more than anything and all I keep thinking about is my overbearing mother taking over my life again...I just don't know what to do!

Any advice?

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Scrap-Happy feature - Carina

I saw this Layout today on SISTV and had to blog about it! Her user name is Carina and This piece caught my eye so efficiently! So things I love about this LO: 1. The photos! There are FOUR yes count them 4 pictures on this ADORABLE scalloped paper! WOW, 2. The doodles scalloped card stock, 3. The Patterned paper expertly thrashed then stitched! 3. The font! Where did you get that fabulous treasure and you BLINGED It out too! WOW! 4. that adorable tree!

Ok so for me this is probably one of my favorite lay outs in a while I feel so inspired looking at it and WHAT CUTE kids! I wanna go play with sidewalk chalk now! OOH look at it suprising me I just saw something new! That adorable polka dotted paper! ACK!! Kudos! Love this! Thanks so much for sharing your work with others so we all might have some creative bursts of inpiration from all that you do! You can view other pictures of this Lay out and others by this artist by clicking on the photo!


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Featuring - Etsy Store CookieSunshine

Hi everyone! Today I decided I was going to blog about the FIRST thing that caught my eye on Etsy! And BAM!! It didn't take long! First item in just listed Its amazing! SO without further ado here it is! I'm not sure what it is about this drawing that Caught my eye so effectively but WOW!! This is amazing! Be sure to check out her other items because she has a plethora of amazing works!

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I have finally finished organizing and setting up my scrap space! Its all done! Its FINITO!! Its just too pretty I don't want to mess it up by working on it! HA Phooey I have been scrapping anyway! SO...ONTO The photos!

This is a photo of my main work area Here i have everything I need at hand quickly. The desk is a fabulous thrift store find for 20 bucks and all the drawers measure at 14x14 so they are PERFECT!! AND I can ink it scratch it sand it and epoxy it and I DON'T CARE!! HA! (well to a certain extent I do BUT that's what its there for right!) The cute little shelf in the middle is an heirloom shelf from my mom so its special too me but it just makes all my scrappy colorful stuff look SOOOOO happy! Doesn't it! (close ups coming) Another FABULOUS find is the brown chest of drawers, I picked this up at a yard sale for 2 bucks and its perfect for storing A LOT of stuff it has my round stamp rollers, some chipboard, some accessories, some unfinished projects, some ink and just a perfect fit!

The Heirloom Shelf

Here you go as promised! On this shelf I store things that inspire me and things I like to look at because it is LITERALLY in my face as I'm working! SO i have my collection of 7Gyspies stamps that I LOVE!!They are huge and bulky but they are SO versatile and I use them A LOT so they're great These are are on the top because I need to look at them! :D Next we have some things That I made for myself for inspiration! Across from that my small but colorful paint collection. Then on the bottom I have cute tins full of goodies, I have felt ribbon, Primas, Jewels, gems, emboss powder, water color and my trusty stapler!

The Embellishment hangers

These are SOOOO easy to do! I have three more I want to hang! Just have to figure out where LOL! OK first Go to home depot and in their Curtain rod area they have a vast array of them. This is what I used (she photos) 5/16" swivel Sash rod 21"-38" This one is by Design View. I'm pretty sure you can find these just about anywhere and they were only $1.99.

Mounting them! OK so the first picture shows a mounted on Underneath a shelf in my closet where I scrap. The second one shows them mounted from wall to wall! If your going to do this into the wood of your shelf do yourself a favor and drill a hole FIRST!! Then Hang your rod on the hooks provided. Before you start adding your goodies to the rack you MUST brace the middle (see third pic) I used a Ceiling hook to hold the middle up and it keeps them VERY Sturdy! When Hanging from wall to wall there isn't much need to do this unless you are extending it out. In this case another form of anchor will be needed.

The Clips! OK So Some of these are Clip it up clips and others are ones that I found at the local craft store for much cheaper. They say on the packaging "badge clips" If you want to know for sure what I'm using go here http://shop.clipitup.com/product.sc?categoryId=1&productId=4
For the most part I have been using the off brand ones. You have to bend open the hanger on the clip with pliers so that they move on the rail fluidly! And your now on your way to organized scrappyness!

My cutting Station

I call this part my cutting station because I have all my card stock. My Cricut and Purple cow are over here. And This is also where I use my fierce tools Like My Dremmel tool and heat gun. All I have to do is swivel my chair around and I can start something in the cricut or cut my paper and go back to my desk This is SUCH a great set up for me! Everything is at my fingertips!

Well there you have it! I love to look at other people craft spaces too SO post yours in my comments I will look! Thanks!

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I didnt fall off the face of the earth....

Just tripped a little bit on the way! So my last post was Just as I was planning a very large online auction for a non profit community I do fund raising for and when that's going on I don't do anything but that! And it keeps me very busy up through the first of April which is coincidentally when I went back to work after years of being a Stay at home mom. Working has changed my priorities drastically and it sorta makes me sad! I miss being able to just spend HOURS crafting and Blogging, and just well being me! I do only work Part time now so life is a little more manageable but its been a HUGE adjustment! I went THREE months with out scrapping Its been even longer since I have made a piece of Jewelery... And even longer still since I have painted or altered a wooden box....I miss so much all the things I love to do for a creative release. I have just started getting back into scrapping again I have done 4 layouts now since my absence You will have to tell me what you think of them!

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