Kelly here! Writing to you from the (still!) frozen tundra. Not even kidding. I ran errands with my youngest today and there were flakes in the air.
In other news, I had my annual garage sale last week and despite the cold and the lingering snow flurries...we did awesome. I run this sale with my good friend each year and though it's a ton of work and we get some crazies...the outcome this year was FAR beyond my expectations. It's part of the city-wide sales at the end of April each year and each year we get the same...a day of crap weather and a day of sunshine. We can both say we have never had snow before. This year I was thankful for: HOT coffee, my patio heater that became my garage heater & a hot shower at the end of the day...followed by a big glass of red wine. The crap weather day never fails to be our best. At one point I had a line of six people waiting to buy our junk. My husband is so happy the "garage sale pile" is totally gone from the storage room in the basement and I cleaned every inch of the garage to prepare for the annual event. All I was left with was a couple of boxes of stuff and that was dropped off at the Goodwill this morning. So, the outcome was a few more dollars than expected in my craft fund, a very clean garage, major de-cluttering and getting to spend some much-needed quality time with a very good friend. Thank you, Sarah!
The clean garage will tie into something I am working on later this week...stay tuned! I'm pretty excited. Or, as my youngest says "I'm berry me-cited!"
I wandered aimlessly around Michael's yesterday (Alone! Yay!) with a gift card from my birthday. I had a few things in mind that I "needed." A frame, something for my new little kitchen table to hold napkins, salt and pepper and still look cute and a fun pot for a table I painted to sit on my front steps should spring ever arrive. I also wanted a little craft to work on while I watched my Sunday night shows. I have mentioned before that I love decorating with letters. I found some fun little E's in the wood aisle. So, I walked over to paper (which was 4 for $1, by the way!) and picked out some cute prints to cover it. Yes, I know how to do more than cover objects in paper. You just wait. I will be able to prove it in a future posting.
PS. The radio just told me it was the coldest May 2nd in the Twin Cities since 1909. Come on.
I traced my first E onto a pretty print...
I traced my next E & then I busted out my Modge Podge and made sure that paper wasn't going anywhere...
Want to know what I turned these pretty little "E's" into?
The inside of the white E was making me twitchy (too white) so I added some dark purple paper along the edges. All I did was glue some magnets to the back. Should you want to do this too, make sure you buy some heavy duty magnets. I was testing mine through the packaging in the store. I let the glue dry overnight.
That frame I was looking for? See...more letters!
My sister Therese had this idea and a couple of years ago we all made something similar for my mom for Mother's Day. It's me and my lovely sisters: Erin, Therese & Laura. I saved a set of photos for myself. I have been meaning to make a copy for my home.
Love. Love. Love.
I am hanging it above the steps leading to the family room. Don't forget Mother's Day is this Sunday! Maybe I gave you an idea for a gift? Shout out to my mom for being so loving, hard-working and talented. I hope to someday be a fraction of the person she is. And to my mother-in-law for loving me like one of her own. She did an awesome job raising her son to work hard for his family & keep me laughing.
I'll be back this week with something else to share :) Maybe I will have better weather to report. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and looking! Enjoy!