Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A vote for Me....is a Vote for Everybody!

So....you remember this lovely lady I wrote about in my last post?

Well, she had gotten herself all the way up to finalist in the American Crafts Mini Book Challenge on Facebook!

Please please PLEASE take a sec and click over to this photo album to vote for her. She is the last picture, so make sure you don't click 'like' for the whole album, that doesn't up my vote count.

Thank YOU! And, as the title of this post suggests, if I win I will share my loot with one of my fantastic blog readers! Just leave me a comment  to let me know you voted and I'll pick a name when I get my PRIZE (positive thinking, I might be a little competitive ; ))

Thanks again!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Making My List, Checking It Twice

Hey there,

I'm blogging today from my sister's house in Springfield. My immediate family is together this weekend to celebrate Christmas. So far, it's been the best weekend-eating, watching movies, playing. All good stuff.

Since we are exchanging presents today I am all finished with my shopping. How about you?

While making my list (for Santa) I stumbled upon a few fun gift idea I thought I would pass along. The Selphy printer is the only one that actually made it on my list, but I would be totally happy to get any of these things!

Enjoy!


{TECHY GEEKY GIFTS}

Canon Selphy printer

Little Printer



Buy the Fisheye, Macro, Wide Angle and Telephoto Phone Lenses at the Photojojo Store!
Fisheye, Macro, and Wide Angle lenses for your Iphone/iPod. Pretty much everything at the Photojojo store would be awesome for photography nerds, beginners, stalkers....I also like this, this, and this.

Seems like little lenses for your camera phones are popping up everywhere this year. File this one under the 'IhaveabsolutelynoideawhybutIhavetohaveit' category:

Holga iPhone lenses

{BOOKS}
 
Explosive Eighteen. Janet Evanovich. Be prepared to laugh, alot, out loud. I've read the entire series and they're all great. Note: this is not a series you have to feel like you have to read every single one in order. The author does a great job of catching you up on the important points, and really, the stories aren't that deep anyway. Just good fun mysteries.

Vogue: The Covers. I wish I had heard about this book earlier, it would have definitely been on my list. Serious photography and fashion eye candy from an iconic magazine.

Royal Weddings and Royal Affairs. Both read like historical reality show series. The author has a fantastic voice and a way of making all these juicy stories come to life.

I might have a few more to suggest before the big day, but I hope I gave you a few ideas!

Later,
Michelle

Sunday, November 27, 2011

In The News

Hey There!

Today I wanted to pop in and share two layouts I just finished.

{AMERICANS ONLINE}
The night the news broke about the death of Osama Bin Laden I hopped online and I was not so surprised that Twitter was blowing up reacting to the news. Twitter has become somewhat of a pop culture thermometer to me. People log in and say whatever is on their mind right then. Sometimes that's good, sometimes that's bad. I decided to screen capture part of my Twitter feed from that night to document some of the things people were saying. Some Tweets were serious, some were snarky, and some were-in my opinion, a little inappropriate. No matter what I thought about it, it's a part of my life right now, so it deserved a place in my scrapbook. I have layouts like this before. They're less about a specific event and more about my world's reaction to it, and technology.. I made a pocket behind the teal cardstock to stick a copy of The President's remarks on the event. I thought they were worth documenting as well.


{FESTIVAL WEEKEND}
Sometimes I miss working in the theatre so much. This was one of those weekends. the local theatre here, Actors Theatre holds an annual new plays festival called the Humana Festival. It's right up there as one of the top reasons I LOVE living in Louisville. If you are a theater lover at all, you need to come see some of the productions during this festival! This year I saw almost all of the 10 productions. It was so much fun! I used this page to document some of the shows I saw and the friends I saw them with. Almost all the products are old Basic Grey with a few Thickers thrown in for good measure.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a fun, relaxing Sunday! 

Michelle

Monday, November 14, 2011

Oh Las Vegas...You Are SO Over The Top!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am home from a long, but very fun day in the 'Nati with my family. I ate more than my share of stuffing, cranberries and pie. I love pie and any holiday that involves pie.....especially when Grandma is on the job! I am a lucky girl, I have the best family and getting to see them makes me really really grateful.

Did any of you do Black Friday shopping? I did stop in to Michael's on my way back to Louisville (I mean, it WAS on the way after all....) and picked up a few things with my coupons. A few things I am really excited to use and I'll share more on that soon. I also want o share a few ideas for Christmas gifts and a few projects I just finished. I have a lot of ideas in my little head. Tonight I wanted to share a few pictures from a weekend trip to Las Vegas I took last month.

 Man, I am not nearly cool enough for that town. I think I am pretty much the worst gambler in the world, and.....I was in my hotel by 12:30 almost every night. Lame. 

However, I did get a bunch of cheesy, touristy pictures......





And drank a LOT of oversized rum drinks.....
And tried an oxygen bar......

And saw the worlds worst Michael Jackson impersonator...

And walked through a LOT of sparkly/busy/gawdy casinos.

 In all seriousness The Cosmopolitan might be my new favorite building EVER. It is Gorgeous!






Ummmm, I want this rug.
And this was all around the outside. So clever!

We took a side trip to the Grand Canyon......

And walked out onto the skywalk....

And took some Brian Walker inspired self portraits....

And went to an 'Old West' town to throw tomahawks

And shoot each other with fake guns


Back in Vegas we celebrated my brother in laws 40th birthday!
And went to an ENTIRE CASINO filled with haunted attractions. That was the best!

It was a really fun weekend. No one got hitched, got a tattoo or got arrested. But, we did laugh A LOT, and walked even more. I don't know if I would ever go back, but I am so glad to cross this glittery city off of my 'cities to see' list.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Florida Or Bust

Hello there! 

Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? I thought I was....but, no. My problem is I have zero patience when it comes to driving, circling for a parking space and waiting in long lines with tired people....ugh. I tried really hard this year to do all either handmade or small business gifts. It took some hunting and pecking, mostly online. I am working on a post of gift ideas I found here and there that might interest you!

Today I wanted to share a mini album I finished last week. Most of the pieces are from the Almanac Add On kit from Studio Calico. The mini book is a DayBook from American Crafts, included in the kit. It's really cute alone, because it's filled with different sizes and colors, papers and envelopes. It looks like a lot of found item books I've seen people making-without all the work! The size and number of pages were also great. I actually pulled one page out, because there were so many! I hear they are going to release more styles of this journal, I look forward to kepping my hands on them. The pictures are from my trip over Memorial Day weekend to visit my good friend Nathan in Florida. I love that kid, we always have the most fun when we're together-even when doing nothing at all. And, it's Florida, so I got lots of beach time, that's good for your spirit. What I wouldn't pay to get back to Florida ASAP, but I'm getting off track. 

{THE COVER}

I had some painters tape left over from painting my condo, so I tried to create a stripe pattern using my Mr. Huey's. It was half successful, I think. I laid the vertical stripes down then sprayed with Sunshine, let that dry, then laid horizontal stripes and sprayed with Piglet. I want to try this technique again on a larger piece of cardstock, and maybe using paint, too.

{THE INSIDES}








hahaaaa...these pictures make me laugh out loud. n the left, Nathan is reliving a scene in a movie where 'Hummels Attack'. One the right is a book- 'If You Can't Stand To Cook-cooking for the handicapped'. haha!!
The flashcards to the left are from Elle's Studio.

OK. So I saw this layout from Dear Lizzy and I thought 'what a cool way to include the beach with your beach photos! I took a page protector, cut down to about 3' x 4', and sewed most of it to the page. I used a teeny tiny funnel to get the sand and the shell in there, then finished the stitching. I love how the shell peeks out the space I punched out of the back! I think this would be a cool way to include: pressed flowers, confetti, coins from vacation, lots of stuff!



Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my book. As always, if you have any questions on how I made anything, leave me a comment!

Later,
Michelle

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Week In My Life Album

Hello there. Hope you enjoying fall wherever you are. I am taking full advantage of my favorite month of the year-haunted houses, hot coffee, chili, sweaters...even some football. Oh, and then there's all the crafting.....I have been making projects and getting ideas like a mad woman. If only I had the month off to stay home and play all day....sigh. That would be awesome.
    I really can't complain, because as I write this, I am just one day away to hopping a plane-to Las Vegas!! woohoo.....I am MORE than ready for a few days of girlfriend/family fun. More on that later.

Before I can share new projects with you I realized I never published this my Week In The Life album. For those who are new to this, it's an online community of people who commit to documenting their lives for one week. The finished product can be pictures, words, pieces of paper. You can read about it on Ali Edward's site. I shared my pictures here. This project came during a very UN-ordinary week for me-the first week after I moved into my condo! Lots of stuff in here that I will never have again, and it was so much fun putting it all together. 

Check it out:

















The left hand page here is empty on purpose. I have a lot of mushy, sentimental thoughts I am going to wite in there!

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Supplies I used- patterned paper, letter stickers, mist:Studio Calico, Days of the Week and Chevron tags: Ormolu, pictures all taken on my Ipod and edited at Picnik online.


Thanks for stopping by! I will have lots of Halloweeny good-ness to share next week. If you don't hear from me then...well, maybe I ran off and married the Elvis Impersonator of my dreams in Vegas ; )...

Later,
Michelle

Thursday, October 6, 2011

House Tour (Part 1)

Today I wanted to share a few pictures of my new space. I have a few aunts and siblings that are curious ; ).

disclaimer: 
#1-Please try and look past any wonkiness in the pictures. The weather the week I took these was gloomy gloomy= bad lighting.
 #2-I am super short so some the angles here are weird. I need a fish eye lens, and a tall friend 
#3-these are my two favorite spaces in the condo, I am really happy how they turned out!

Allow me to set the scene- the condo is a u-shape with bedrooms on both ends. The room I sleep in is to the right of the front door, down a hallway. The kitchen/dining room/living room make up the bottom of the "U". It's a pretty large room. The other end of the "U' is another bedroom/turned office and bathroom/turned 'man cave'. I'll show that off in another post. Click on the photo if you want to see it larger!

{BEDROOM} 
All the same furniture, because I love my dressers so much! They were my mother's when she was young. They are a pretty color, are minimal but have cool hardware. The finish has worn badly, someday I would love to get them re-done. The bedspread I bought a year or so ago from Target (Liberty of London) and the colors in it are some of my favorites. It inspired the color of the accent wall.

   Let me back up a little: the condo is a very modern, open floor plan. There are no doors on the bedrooms, and you can kind of peek in them from the main room. The outside of the "U" was painted white, but it was dingy and old looking. The inside of the "U" was this really nice gray. I kept the gray, and my lovely girlfriends helped me re-paint all the white. It helps with the flow of the place and make it uniform. However, I can't like in an all white house, right? SO.....I put a couple of accents walls in there.

(note to self: You have the best friends ever.......and let's face it-without them you'd have a really boring condo)

I know this is bright, and bold. But I love it. It pops so well and matches the bedspread. I think it gives the bedroom a lot of personality.  That light fixture replaces a boring white ceiling fan. Much better, right? I found it at Lamps Plus online. They have a bazillion lights, and great service. I highly recommend them.

Notice the throw pillow? I sewed it from a t-shirt with a famous KY phrase ; )...haha. I was pretty impressed with myself on that one.

A little grouping on top of my dresser:

Overall I didn't spend too much money on the bedroom. Paint, light, a wall shelf (not pictured), a couple of picture frames, and a table lamp. I mixed in a bunch of things I already had-namely two black and white photos that were hanging elsewhere in my apartment. I still need to dress up my naked window and maybe add a rug, but I love this room! I have the best naps in this room.....and that is saying alot.

{LIVING ROOM}


This is were I sit to catch up on TV at night!

This is by far the nicest looking room in the joint.  I had the couches and a few of the end tables but alot of the pieces in here are new. Namely the coffee table, pillows, lights, and dining room furniture you will see a little later. Like I said, I got really lucky with the gray on the inside wall. It was modern and very easy to decorate from.
    Something else I should point out is that this condo was previously a rental. Read-not cleaned well, dingy and worn. There was an old gray carpet in here that stunk like the inside of a bar. I pulled that out and put down laminate flooring. I know everyone gets hard wood floors, but I had that in my last apartment. They are way hard to maintain with wheelchair wheels tracking dirt and cat paws leaving marks. Laminate is very durable and easy to clean. Really, in this space I have a lot of rugs out and most of the floor is covered, so I don't think you can tell a difference. (did I mention it also took about $1,000 off the cost? right.)
To the left of the couch is this wonderful photo wall. I am totally thrilled with the way it turned out, although I have two last frames to fill with pictures I cannot find. There's a mix of old/new frames, cloth frames, shiny, matted/unmatted, and that great word art I found at Hobby Lobby. How perfect is that? I rarely color in the lines ; ). A wall like this might seem intimidating, but it was not really. If anyone's interested, I can pass along how I did it and tips to make it easier.
Couch pillows made from old couch pillow filling and fabric I bought at JoAnn's. I loved the purple so much that I changed the whole color scheme I was going to use for this room.

{DINING ROOM}
If you are looking at the couch, this is behind you. Many of you I know in real life are probably so sick of hearing me talk about my dining room furniture. But, really.....look at them:
I love them more than is probably appropriate for owner/furniture relations. I knew I need new dining room furniture (and by furniture I mean I needed to replace my $200 Meijer table set). I knew I wanted something midcentury, at least a table and a side board.Then I met Susan. She owns The Deal, the biggest and best antiques dealer in Louisville-specializing in mid-century antiques. The table was my first purchase. It is small and square, but has leaves that pull out if I need more room. The chairs weren't sold with it, but I thought they looked alot better than the ones that were. She sent me to a friends' shop to get the chairs and that's when I met her. The bar set you see above on the right. I have never ever gasped when furniture shopping, but that's exactly what I did when I saw this piece. I fell heads over heels in love with her. She flips open, rotates, hold a ton of wine and screams 'I am Mad Men cool', lol. Her sister on the right had to come home with me, too. I couldn't split up the set, could I?

The cool light fixture is this one from IKEA.
A close up of the china cabinet. I have never owned a china cabinet, but obviously I had NO trouble filling her up. Alot of my barware are things I collected while travelling, and a big supply of pieces handed down from my grandfather.


The prints over my friend the sideboard are wrapped canvases from Canvas On Demand. I tried them on a Groupon, but their service was excellent. They made these pictures I took in Europe last year look like real works of art. Can't recommend them enough. Can you see the little camera in the bottom left? That was a recent purchase with my cousin Jen at an antiques fair. I totally stole that idea from her!

So, that's that. I'll also take a few pictures of my office and the kitchen, but, ahem, I need to clean them first. Actually, clean them and keep them clean for more than an hour-ha! Thanks so much for sticking around and taking a peek, hope you enjoyed the tour!

Later,
Michelle


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