Monday, April 25, 2016

Umbrella - April Showers

Hello friends!  Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 post.  My super-sweet design team sister, Caroline, selected this week's Cricut Cut Challenge - April Showers Umbrella!  We almost missed this challenge this year so YAY Caroline for remembering April Showers.

You all know how much I love the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge, right?  Well of course Kitty, with her umbrella, had to be part of my umbrella project.  I wanted Kitty to be enjoying her rainy stroll so she needed to go someplace pretty.  Someplace like a flower garden - in the rain - with her umbrella!

As much as I love this Hello Kitty cut, I wanted to do something different with the colors.  Instead of dressing Kitty in her normal yellow raincoat, I thought she needed to jazz it up a bit with a new Laura Ashley-esque raincoat and hairbow print.  I think she looks very darling and British.

After selecting the Hello Kitty Umbrella cut, I selected the Thanksgiving Invitation box card.  I made a few edits to the box, including creating a custom lattice piece for the back of the box.  I cut the base box in yellow card stock and the trim in white and pink.

I used the Picturesque cartridge for the double layer leaves and Art Philosophy for the roses.  I cut the roses in three different card stocks.  I used the roses and leaves to embellish Kitty's garden.   

If you have not already been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 Blog, you should hope right over there and check out the Umbrella projects the design team created for this April Showers Umbrella challenge.  They are amazing!!!  Also, I would like to invite you to join us in our weekly challenge.  Create your new Cricut cut Umbrella project and link it to the Umbrella challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.  All of the challenge rules are in the side bar at BBTB2.

Thank you for stopping by today!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Birdie House Hunting

Hello friends!  Welcome to this weeks Bitten By the Bug 2 post.  This week our sweet former Design Team sister, Brenda, challenged the DT to create projects using a Cricut cut BIRD.  I made this cute House Hunting card.

As most of you know I have been working on projects in my house and so apparently I have homes on the brain.  And consequently, my bird has homes on it's brain too - specifically, finding a new home.  

I used the bird cut from the Just Because Cards cartridge to cut my blue birds.  I thought these cute, cute bird houses on the Serenade cartridge were perfect for my bird's house hunting adventures.  I cut the houses in black cardstock, but the accent pieces were cut in three different color combinations.

The card shape is from Dimensional Card - Pretty in Design Space.  I changed the colors of the card and created my own white inset.  

I used the Cricut pens to write the sentiment on the front of the card.  

I would like to invite you to join us in the Bird challenge this week at BBTB2. My design team sisters have created fabulously chirpy projects to inspire your creativity.  Be sure to go by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and check out all of the pretties.

I have a new in home project that I began this week.  After arriving home from a lovely vacation at Hilton Head Island, I decided to attack my scrap room as it has been quite a mess for quite a while!  Today I began taking apart the room.  I decided to begin by packing up everything that is on the desk and sitting around loose.  I moved several boxes into the hallway.  Next I began purging items that are horridly out of date, or no longer useful.  

My plan is to spend time each day this week cleaning out each shelf, drawer, and area of the room.  Once the purging is complete, I am going to implement a new organizational plan.  As I unpack the items from the boxes, I will again purge some products and I will sort the products. Hopefully the new plan, with much of the clutter gone, will be a huge improvement.  I will keep you posted!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Music To My Ears Layout

Hello friends!  It is Monday and that means it is time for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut challenge project.  I am hosting this week's challenge and it is all about MUSIC.  My inspiration for the challenge came from the calendar of lesser known National holidays.  Today is Nation Barber Shop Quartet Day.  And though Barber Shop projects could have been cute, I decided to go with the much broader theme of Music.

For this challenge I created this two page music themed layout.  It is my daughter sharing the gift of music with her daughter.  Avaleigh loves music and books.  She likes to dance with her father and she loves dancing on her own.  I thought it would be fun to document her budding interest in guitar with her mommy.

I used four Cricut cartridges in Design Space to create the layouts:  Teddy Bear Parade, Quarter Note, Twinkle Toes, and Paper Lace 2.  The page elements include: 
  • Two rocking Teddy Bears from Teddy Bear Parade,
  • The swirl embellished guitar from Quarter Note,
  • The title phrase also from Quarter Note,
  • The flowing music from Twinkle Toes, and
  • The sheet music from Paper Lace 2.

I did take some design liberties with the sheet music.  I cut multiple copies in three colors, then hand trimmed the notes to apply over the notes in the blue cuts.  I thought this would add extra subtle color to the page without over powering the photographs. 

If you have not already done so, please do hop over to the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and look at the FABULOUS music projects the Design Team made to inspire you.  After that we would like for you to create your own Cricut cut music themed project and share with us at BBTB2.  Use the linky below today's project.

Now that my kitchen update is complete, I will be starting on straightening out my scraproom.  You do not EVEN want to know how big of a mess is in that room!  I ordered a few organizing tools from Totally Tiffany at the Scrap Rack and hopefully that will help.  I will keep you updated.  
Thank you for stopping by today.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Updating the Kitchen

Hello friends!  Today I am going to tell you about a project I have been working on for the few weeks.  I have been updating the look of our kitchen.  It all started when I took a good look at my window treatments and realized I was truly tired of them.  They worked perfectly for the mix of chef/fruit themed decor I had going eight years ago.  But alas, I am more than sick of that look.

I should have taken BEFORE photos, but the photo below is the only one I could find.  Sorry.  Just lots of white and lots of fall-ish colors. 

The real genesis of the re-do was when I entered a contest (which I did not win) for a kitchen remodeling courtesy of HGTV and LG appliances.  I had to create a Pinterest board of the kitchen I would like.  While trying for something original, I went with a French Country Glam look.  It was truly the blues, grays, and French fabrics that attracted me.  

Even though I did not win the contest, nor did I expect to, I had a backup plan - redo the parts of my kitchen that bothered me the most.  I decided to focus on the window treatments, the cabinet colors, the lighting, and the decor details.  

Mid-February - I sat down and made my plan for updating the kitchen.  I found a pattern for my new window treatment at  I have used their patterns before and I like many of their designs. I ordered the pattern and the interlining (not interfacing, but a thicker lining for window treatments).

I purchased the face, lining, and piping fabrics this week also.  I took FOREVER selecting fabric.

Over the weekend, after all of my pattern and fabrics arrived, I spent several hours editing the pattern to make it fit the print repeat on my face fabric.  I removed an inch from the length and 1.75 inches from each of the window treatment sections.  And then I moved on to cutting the fabric sections and sewing the panels together before cutting the pattern (the actual pattern single piece is about 6 feet long and I will need to repeat it 3-4 times for my full bay window). Yikes.

It was a lot of work, but I LOVE the new window treatments:

**I am going to confess to being intimidated by the size of this pattern.  The overall magnitude of the project had caused me to leave it on the dining room table for three weeks before the sewing commenced.

Late February - I spent time searching for the best (read least expensive) place to buy glass shelves.  I want to add an indoor herb garden to the bay window.  My inspiration for this came from two Pinterest images I found weeks ago.

I scored a total win at a local glass company.  All three glass shelves, with finished front edge, cut to size with 3/8 inch glass for strength, will cost around $25.  Yay!  

I planted my herb seeds and as you can see in the photos below, my baby herbs are growing!!!

Canisters - I purchased new canister for to accent the new kitchen design.  I wanted something to go with the low key French-ish look and to compliment the new colors.  You may have seen the post I did transforming the canisters HERE.  I added a fleur de lis border and French names to the canisters in vinyl.  I think they look much more elegant with the border.

March 7 - I found the light fixtures I want to use to replace the yucky builder's basic long, tubular, white kitchen light fixture and the so-so breakfast nook light.  I have wanted to replace that ceiling hugging double florescent tube, long white light for soooo long.  

I ordered matching lights for the kitchen and breakfast nook, with the kitchen fixture being larger.  I also ordered blue chandelier lamp shades.

Our electrician installed the lights in the kitchen as well as move two others in the house.   Our electrician is Chris Powell, owner of Powell Plumbing and Electrical, LLC in Aiken, SC.  I cannot say enough about how great Chris and his associate were.  They even let me photograph them for the blog!!  If you live in the area and need an electrician, DO contact me and I will pass along Chris' contact information.

While waiting for Spring Break to arrive so that I could complete the painting without Avaleigh as a helper (the child has far too many hands for me to paint with her in the house), I decided to cover my white front dishwasher and oven with faux stainless film.  We plan to update our dishwasher in the not too distant future and will go with a stainless front, but in the meantime I thought the white fronts would really stand out in the kitchen.  With careful measuring and cutting, the film worked well.

I honestly think the faux finish looks pretty good on the stove and dishwasher.

Again, while awaiting the arrival of Spring Break, I began updating the wall and counter decor.  I was so tired of the colors in my kitchen!!  I have always liked blue and as luck would have, I also collect various china patterns.  I went through my stash of blue china and found some old bread plates and Spode Garden plates that I decided to use in the kitchen.  In fact the only new purchase for wall decor is the iron piece in the photo above.  Everything else came out of my dish stash.

Spring Break - Finally, finally, finally (!) Spring Break arrived and with it, the painting began!!  First I started to dis-assemble the kitchen and prepare for painting. 

We had take out four days in a row as the painting project was going on!  But I think the end result was well worth the effort!  I painted the lower cabinets only, Winter Fog.  This was another of the Rust-Oleum kits.  This kit was made especially for kitchen cabinet.  NO SANDING required.  

A final word about the island in my kitchen.  The stainless topped island is on wheels and includes a flip up bar on the backside.  It is great for serving when we have a party and the rest of the time it is home to several large counter top appliances.  Previously it too was white.  When I finished painting the cabinets, I took the leftover gray paint and added some of the blue from the buffet I painted a few weeks ago.  I made a gray-blue color and used that to paint the island.  I positioned it at the end of the cabinets so to better show the color for the photos.

The final update in the kitchen is the new runner on the floor.  I feel that the runner pulls the blues and grays together.  It brings harmony to the entire area.

Thanks for stopping by and viewing my kitchen update.  I will be back soon with a couple of new paper crafting projects!