I've had the same vacuum cleaner for several years and it has been a long time since I have felt like it has lived up to it's end of the deal, which is to actually suck up dirt from my carpet. I do my part - pulling it out of the closet, unwrapping the cord, and pushing it all over my house. I don't think I'm expecting too much to want to see some improvement when I'm done. However, that has not been the case in a good long time.
About a week ago I was really frustrated and decided it was time to take action. I haven't had the best luck with vacuum cleaners in the past aside from my shop vac, which takes it's job very seriously. So although I was ready to get a new vacuum I really didn't know what kind to buy. I turned to Amazon.com to get some advice, which I do often. I like to read the reviews from people that have purchased items and get some good, honest feedback. One vacuum that seemed to have favorable reviews and be moderately priced ($99) was this Hoover Wind-tunnel.
I had a $100 Amazon gift card (from my Visa cash back points) so I went ahead and ordered the vacuum and it arrived today. I put it together (easy) plugged it in and WA LA! It worked well and did a great job! It came with some hand tools which I haven't tried yet but so far I'm very happy with my new, cute vacuum.
Yep, it's the little things.
I have been slowly filling up this pegboard which hangs in my craft area. I am trying to hang as many thing as possible because I think if I can see the items I have available I'm more likely to use them.
A few of the items are purely decorative, like the owl bag, but most items are ready to be added to a future project.
I will most likely continue to rearrange items in order to get the most use out of the space, but so far I'm happy to have this addition to my space and I'm finding it to be very useful. And cute.
I have been busy working on some baby shower invitations for a custom order and I finished them up tonight. I decided to make the invitations as a single sheet, or open faced invitation. I was asked to use the colors blue and brown and I looked through my patterned paper but in the end decided that a solid, textured blue and brown would work the best.
When I'm making multiples of an item it works best for me to cut, punch, print and stamp all of the parts and then work in assembly line fashion to put the items together.
Attaching the ribbon was a bit of a challenge. I prefer to sew or staple ribbon to cardstock to ensure it will stay in place, but there just wasn't a good place to hide either stitches or staples on this invitation so I decided to use ribbon glue. That meant that all of the ribbon had to be attached and then left to dry for a bit. I hadn't use this glue before but it seemed to work really well. I attached the ribbon with some extra on each end which I then pulled around and glued on the back.
All of the ribbon is attached and drying. I let it dry for about 15 minutes before moving on to the next step.
The invitations and their envelopes are all ready to go in the mail. It's always nice to complete a project and see the results! This order was for 16 invitations and took two evenings - one for design and paper selection and one to put the invitations together.
If you visit my Etsy shop you will notice that I don't have any invitations listed, but I'm always happy to do custom work. This customer contacted me with her request and I invite you to do the same.
Last Saturday was beautiful here in Minnesota - everything a fall day should be. I spent the afternoon at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants.
There are 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails as well as a three mile drive to see more gardens and collections.
Here in Minnesota we have had a beautiful fall season. The only complaint might be that's it's been so hot, but no one really wants to say that out loud! Following 8 straight days in the 80's (in October!) today is cool and rainy and I think our extended summer-like weather has come to an end.
Have you been enjoying the fall weather and fall colors where you live? If so, I hope you are bringing your camera along and taking lots of pictures. It's such a beautiful time of year and it's great to capture those memories.
Speaking of documenting fall, just a reminder that this mini album kit is available in my Etsy shop.
It is full of the colors of fall and would be a great way to document a trip to an apple orchard, visits to the pumpkin patch or even the fun costumes you see on Halloween, which is how I used the album.
This mini album kit and includes lots of stickers, die cuts, ribbon, etc. so you can print your photos and have this album ready to display super quick. Love that.
I've been spending the weekend working on a blog re-design just for you! Actually for me too, because I'm kind of tired of the look of my blog!
I'm taking an online class from Elise Blaha, who is a gifted crafter and blogger. I'm excited to be "working" with her and so far I have been very impressed with the class content, her teaching method (which includes text, photos, videos and handouts) and her quick response to questions.
The class involves some coding. Ugh. I've had very limited exposure to coding and report writing and they are certainly not "my thing". I'm making progress though, and I've found that when I get stuck it helps to take a break and come back to it fresh.
This class has also pushed me to use my Photoshop software which I still find incredibly confusing. I'm making progress there too; I have successfully edited photos and made several different blog banners all using the software this weekend. YAY me!
I have another week of classes ahead of me and then I hope to have the new blog ready for you! Watch for an announcement here!
As much as I love paper, storing it can be a real a challenge. You may remember that I bought this armoire to store craft supplies, including paper:
In order to solve both of these problems I decided to buy 12" x 12" stackable paper trays, which would store my paper but keep it more visible. I ordered 20 stackable trays but I knew that I would need something to set them on so that I could see the paper in the bottom tray without laying on the floor.
Luckily I found a table that was small enough to fit in the space but large enough to hold the trays. I actually found two tables - and I have no idea what I'll do with the taller table but it was so cute I just had to have it. Here's a look at both tables:
Cute, right? I'm not crazy about the color of the taller table but once I decide where I'm going to use it I can give it a quick coat of paint and it will be awesome. The shorter table is the one that I bought for my stackable paper trays.
I sorted my paper by color or theme and when the trays arrived I was excited to get that corner of my room looking better. Here's a look at that corner now:
As you can see, the table fits perfectly and the trays are almost all full. To be honest I have a lot of paper that's not in these trays - tablets of paper that I haven't taken apart. I still might do that, but I kind of like having those tablets all in one piece because it's nice to have a whole tablet of coordinated paper for larger projects. We'll see, I may end up taking them apart yet. I was able to fit one of the plastic drawer units under the table and the other two fit nicely under my desk.
Freeing up a whole shelf in the armoire allowed me to fit some miscellaneous supplies inside rather than piled on the floor. Now that I'm more organized I hope to actually get some crafting done!