Monday, December 22

Ella got a new bed....well she will think so!

My baby girl is going on 5 years old, how did that happen? Now granted she will not have another birthday for 10 more months but Kindergarten enrollment is just a few weeks away. So with that I thought it was time to move her out of her "crib" and into a big girl bed. So, I just did, well sort off. She has one of those generation cribs as her brother did only in a different color, these cribs goe from a crib to a toddler bed to a full size bed headboard and footboard. Now when Carson was 18 months old he went from the crib to the toddler bed and then at 28 months we bought him a twin bed, he of course has the "bigger" room. Well, at over 4 years now Ella is still in the "toddler bed" meaning the crib mattress was dropped and one side of the crib removed. However due to space issues and money issues we just cannot get her a twin bed at this time. Carson, being the first born I was so eager to get him a real bed and move onto the next step, as we know with our babies we want them to stay little as long as we can. Santa is bringing Ella a very LARGE dollhouse and her room has no room for one! LOL

So, I looked on Freecycle for something with no luck, looked on Craigs list with no luck so I went into her room and to my surprise discovered her crib can also be used for this alternative (see pictures). By using just the shorter sides, and it even has sideboards to make it sturdy. I took Carson's crib mattress out of his trundle bed (where it was being stored) and stacked it on top of Ella's using it like a "boxspring" and look how stinking cute!!! And it did not cost a dime. It looks like a "big girl bed" or a mini version of a twin bed , which it really is. It takes up less room than a twin bed and YEA we now have room for the dollhouse!

However.....the crib appearance is gone, very sad for mommy.....

She is going to be soooooo excited when she comes home from visiting with Grammy and Papa's on Christmas Eve to see her big girl bed (now maybe she will actually sleep in her own room and not in my bed!). She is going to think Mommy went out and got her a new's our secret I did not.

Now off to sew.....her bed now needs a top sheet. Lucky I have some of that flannel left over I made her pillow with so I am going to make a flannel top sheet for her "new bed", the kind with the elastic on the bottom so it won't slip off. She will not be the wiser that she is actually sleeping on a crib matress...will she???

Thursday, December 18

Project Today- No Sew Pillows

Going through my daughters closet this morning I found a basket full of fabric stored way up high. Imagine my surprise when I went through it and found several yards of flannel and fleece. So, I took 2 pillows out of the linen closet and quickly made a couple of no-sew pillows for the kids to use lounging around watching TV now that the weather has turned COLD and they are not playing outside. Both pillows took me about 40 min to make in total and it did not cost me a thing since I already had all the supplies.

One for Carson, black and red fleece:

One for Ella, floral printed flannel (I had no more girly fleece):

Wednesday, December 17

Our December Carbon Footprint

Not so good.....but ooohhhhhhhhhhhhh so pretty! Can you see my electric meter spinning in the background, LOL. We love to decorate the outside of the house every year and every year its a little different. Items get old and rusty, lights go out that cannot be replaced, we have a nice size garbage pile on the side of the house of items that are gone for good this year. After Christmas we buy stuff on clearance for the next love it! It is super hard to capture in a picture all the details, all the items on the lawn, the lights tend to blur togethe in the picture but you get the idea!

Tuesday, December 16


Well I was able to make a couple more banners for the holidays. I love these as they are fast and easy and they were cheap cause I made them!!! The first NOEL was made using the Alphalicious Cricut Cartridge and K and Co paper and Bazzill Bling cardstock. I cut the letters out of chipboard first and then applied the paper to give them a little depth. The background dotted paper I used Stickles glitter glue on each dot in the coordinating color. Cut into 6"x6" squares and hung on organdy ribbon.

The second is a MERRY CHRISTMAS one I hung on our kitchen window. I used Theresa Collins black and white and red Christmas papers. Our kitchen has a lot of stainless steel so I thought this would go nicely. I used the Storybook Cricut Cartridge for the letters and used Stickles glitter glue in silver on each one with just a few dots of red on each one as an accent. This goes great with the pine garland that hangs above it that I have hung silver cookie cutters on, kitchen, cookie cutters...get it? LOL! The kitchen window is almost 9 feet long so this is a good length, squares are cut 4"x4" and tied and hung with black and white gingham ribbon.

Thursday, December 11

Santa Pictures

So at the getaway I was recently at I watched a friend make banners using her cricut and it inpired me, so when I got home I got to work. Every year the kids see Santa at the mall and I always buy the cute frame they offer at the booth. Well, I am running out of room to put these things, only so much space in this house. So, I decided to create a banner to move the pictures off the piano and UP UP UP onto the wall! I love this.....I can add more years If I wish or create new ones, and I added the year it was taken. I used K&Co papers, Bazzill bling cardstock ribbon, SU punch and CTMH acrylic stamps and ink.

Gingerbread House

A annual tradition is for the kids and I to make a Gingerbread house for the holidays. So this year I bought one of those kits at the grocery store, cheap enough. Well, they don't really come with quite enough frosting, the candy is pretty sparse and when the kids are decorating and eating simultaneously it does not go far LOL! This year Carson did the left side, Ella did the right and Mommy worked on the front. When we ran out of the items that came in the box I whipped out the colored mini marshmallows and coconut and it was soon completed. The kids like it....Mommy thinks it is cute but really thinks it looks like Willy Wonka threw up all over it! LOL

Wednesday, December 10

The last 6 weeks....

So this past weekend I was on an all girls scrapbook retreat in Bodega Bay. There were 7 of us total and yes it was a blast as usual, however one of my girlfriends April is a "habitual blogger", even brought her laptop so she could blog everyday and it made me feel really guilty that I am not so consistant. I truly believe because of where we live and the fact it takes "FOREVER", to upload pictures that is one of the reasons. So, with that I vow to be better and try and update more often. Since it has been awhile I have lots to tell. Gosh, where to begin, lets backtrack and start around Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving was at our house this year for the first time, it was a small crowd which was perfect since our house is not huge! I was able to use my china which Matt swears was the first time since we have been married but I know we have used before... The china was passed to me by my mother, whom received it on her 1st wedding anniversary from my dad when he was over in Vietnam. When she gave it to me about 10 years ago it was missing a lot of pieces so I did what anyone would do and hit Ebay! I was able to replace everything and then some giving me a 16 piece place setting. Then we had that earthquake a few years back, like literally months after me replacing the pieces and I lost a ton of it so I had to start all over. Anyways to make a long story short, we used it this year! LOL

The Table

The Turkey (Glazed with Honey, Molassses, Bourbon and Pecans)

Fancy Fresh Green Beans, these were sooooooooooooooo good!!!
My Dad being his usual goofy self.

My Mother on the left and my mother in law on the right cleaning my kitchen after dinner,

My mother in law gave us the week before a wood chest full of silver place settings that was given to her on her wedding to Matts dad so I polished that up and used that as well. I hit the web and got some great recipes at the Paula Dean website and we had a great meal, poor Matt had to work so we ate really early but his mother was here for a few days and got to spend some quality time with him and the kids which does not happen all that often.

Both Carson and Ella had Thankgiving events at school. Carson's class recited a couple of cute poems at there Harvest Feast and Ella had a party at school where they were permitted to dress the part.

Carson at his school program.

Ella on the left and her friend Savanna.

OK moving on to December. The night before I left for my weekend away we decided to do the tree up since I would be gone. So at 8pm Thursday evening we all decorated the tree, see it looks so pretty!

Fast forward to friday morning 6am just 10 hours later, and see how pretty.......NOT!

It seems "we think" Ella woke up before everyone and wanted to turn the lights on. We were woke with her at our bedside telling me "mommy, the tree fell down". OH, my kids, why does this not surprise me...cause they have done it before in the past! Cute Carson quickly claimed "I did not do it Mommy, I was still sleeping"!!!!!! which he was.....

Saturday, November 1

The Wizard Of Oz came a knocking this Halloween

Kids had fun trick or treating last night. Ella was done about half way through the street and then it started to sprinkle for about all of a minute. Ella started to whine "it's raining mommy" and I told her "it's OK, you won't melt, O wait your the wicked witch you might melt"....wrong thing for mommy to say! She then continued on to cry repeatedly "NO MOMMY, I don't want to melt"! Here is the Wicked Witch Of the West and the Tin Man.

Friday, October 31

I have about half my inventory up...

took me the better part of the day, one of the disadvantages of living in the mountains, no DSL or Comcast LOL! Even with our ATT Aircard it is still very very very slow uploading pictures. I should hopefully have the rest of the fabrics up by the end of the weekend. I also have some lace for trimming and really wide lace for pages, some flocked ribbons and I just ordered several colors of twill and several different patterns of the Maya Road Sheer Ribbons with prints which are great when using acrylic albums...stay tuned for more.....


Wednesday, October 29

The Barefoot Scrapper Store is under construction....

I will be adding an online store to my blog, scrap items of course. The primary inventory in my store will be what I call "Scrap-Ties" which are Fabric strips cut 1"x18-20" ( great for ties on mini album spines, tags, bows and so much more. I currently have about 60 styles in stock and will be adding more all of the time, they will retail for .45 cents each. Each strip is cut from printed cotton fabric and the edges have been frayed. I have lots to choose from and they go with all kinds patterned scrap papers. Please stay tuned as I will be adding them to my inventory soon (uploading info takes time). I also will be adding pre-made mini albums to include chipboard albums, acrylic albums etc... here is an example of the "Scrap-Ties" and also a few examples of how you can use them: please note these albums shown are almost finished and will all be available soon in the store.

Fixed my banner

blog is all fixed, yea!

Monday, October 27

OHHHHHH Now I did it!

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In an attempt to change my background from dots to stripes I lost my header that took me days to create and do........

so, looks like I am now "under construction".

Maybe if I wiggle my nose like Samantha...

it will all go away!! I seriously need a good witch to come to my house and organize my craft room. (for those of you who have no idea who I am talking about cause you are just a young thang, ask your mother! LOL). I have NO idea what happened but I don't even know where to start in cleaning, the ongoing battle of organizing, so for the last few days I just keep the door shut and have been working at the kitchen counter cause I have no space in that room to work. If anyone has any suggestions, pleeeeeease do share. It is great having my own room for this, but it does not have a closet, bummer. It is a "bonus" room off of the master and apparently the storage I have been using is just not working. That and well yes I do admit, I just have way to much stuff! So this is the state in which my room is at the moment, chaos is putting it nicely. The desk and hutch are going....if anyone local is in need of a large computer desk with hutch let me know!! It has a keyboard pullout, master power panel in the computer tower cabinet, and even a space to put your speakers, a filing drawer and one of the doors opens to a built in CD rack. It has some wear and tear and the thing is as solid as they come. We bought it new for about $1200 (I think) maybe 6 years ago (since we have been married 7, I am guessing) and would gladly take $250. We no longer have a PC for that room so it is an unneccesary piece of furniture for us at this time. So....once we get rid of that we can work on something for storage, this room drives Matt crazier than it does me I think, maybe cause none of the mess is his, LOL! So, for the now the doors will remained closed and I will enter only when I need something, problem is now I am taking over the kitchen counters....

Sunday, October 26

Future Fun "Laugh" album class...

Been working this weekend on class projects and samples. I have a sample for a class I will be teaching soon (think christmas gift!). It is an acrylic album, 10 pages total (that includes front and back cover) using one of Basic Grey new paper lines...I love this line. Now the book is completed all but the binding,and I need to round the corners of the acrylic. I am waiting for the binding machine to come in (Zutter's Bind it All Machine which can cut through paper, magazines, acrylic, thin metal etc..)and the Zutters corner rounder which can cut heavy materials such as the acrylic sheets and also metal. It will be bound in black O-wire and of course lots of ribbons and fabric strips tied to the binding. This album is titled "Laugh", again a general themed which means you can adapt it to any event! Acrylic albums are fun to make and different, you can paint of them, stamp on them with staz on ink or paint (as I have done), use rub-ons, alcohol inks and more. Here is a acrylic album I made last weekend at the Sacramento Scrapbook Expo Convention, see the white O-binding and ribbon accents, same thing just white and not black like I will be using on the class album.

Smile album, class taught by kits2remember:

Class project:

Pumpkin Patch

Thursday after school we made our annual trip to the Stanly Lane pumpkin patch. The kids always love to go...and boy was it hot that day! Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the outing. I just love this one, it is my favorite!!!

Daddy had to get this shot of Carson on the tractor:

Ella and Daddy goofing around...this shot was his idea. So I am curious are there 2 or 4 pumpkin heads in this picture!

My attempt to cut on utility cost this winter..

It has been a long time since I updated really so I have lots to tell. Here is the curtain I made a few days ago. While visiting a girlfriend this past week I noted she had a "custom" curtain hanging in her hallway entrance as to only heat the "living" spaces in her home. DUH! I had done the same exact thing in our last home so why after 5 years of living in this home had I not thought of doing this I do not know. So I ran to the fabric store and picked up this heavyweight fabric (Matt hates the print, o'well) and made this curtain for our hall. Hey, anything to cut utility cost this this is not "custom" by any sewing skills consist of anything in a straight line! It is not "backed" and I have no idea how to make it on a track so I did a simple wide hem and used clip on drapery rings and hung over a decorative rod. Our entry way is very tall, this is hung on the "beam" which is several feet lower than the actual ceiling. I bought 4 yards and used about 3 1/2 of it, so its a good 10+ feet tall. It really accents the high ceiling there, thats for sure. Now it was definatly long enough but of course not really wide enough so I had to piece it on the sides....cannot see that when it is closed. The fabric was a bit pricey at $15 a yard and of course the remnent section had nothing 4 yards long but if it saves it's cost in utility fees and more, than it's worth it. Sorry the pictures are a bit off in color.

Saturday, October 25

Such a slacker...

Yes, I am a slacker. I have failed to update in weeks! I have lots to post...been working on mini albums all day and have lots of picture to take and post, but alas, no time as usual. Carson is sick, again. Matt is away hunting, again. I still have a giveaway to post (I have not forgot). Thanks to April for my soaps, I spent the morning over there one day this week and because of it, I actually broke out my sewing machine! Thanks April, you set me back over $100 on fabric! LOL
Yes, I will post pictures of what I made....but for to take care of the little ones, they both went to bed and are now BOTH awake at yes 11pm.

Thursday, October 2

The "bug" has hit !

The stomach bug or whatever nasty bug is going around, well, it it has hit our home full force. I am in a bodily fluid nightmare! Poor Carson has not been able to keep anything down since 2am, yes it was all night! Matt had it a few days ago and my stomach is not feeling quite right, Ella and I are just waiting............

Thank goodness Carson has learned (through his years of dealing with gastric reflux and a slow motility system) to make it to the toilet, Oh, it brings back flashes of the days when he did this daily, poor thing. He missed his first day of school today and it totally bummed as tomorrow is his 6th birthday and his first birthday in a big kid school and he is going to miss it.

What a bad mommy I am too, you would think having 2 little kids and a nursing background and license I would have a darn themometer in this house! Well, we do now, but only as of a few hours.....bad mommy, bad mommy. I know this is a horrible thing to say, and I do feel horrible my baby boy is not feeling well, but I have not had to tell him to leave his sister alone today, have not had to yell at him to settle down or to stop running or screaming, the lethargy is kinda nice for a change! (I know bad mommy, bad mommy!)

So....crossing our fingers it bypasses Ella and the extent of what I get is the sour and crampy tummy I have now, although there is a bright side I suppose to getting the stomach bug, I know I would lose a pound or two! LOL Keep taking your vitamins and practice good handwashing, it is going around and it is a miserable nasty bug so be healthy.........

Saturday, September 27

I won at the Kennedys Blog!

So this week one of the blogs I follow had a giveway, and I won! April who also lives here in town is someone I met through a friend and we would see each other at our yearly scrap away weekends, crab feeds, baby showers etc. Then, our boys who are are the same age attended the same preschool so I saw her very often. However, now our boys are in kindergarten at different schools and I have not seen her in forever, however I do follow her blog just to see how she is, how the kids are and of course to be nosey! LOL

So thank you April, looking forward to receiving my soaps and knowing you picked them up in St. Helena I am sure it was at some quaint little shop and I am sure they handmade and just lovely. So, now I am thinking it is my turn for a giveaway so in the next few days I will list a giveaway of my own. Perhaps it will be something I pick up while shopping or perhaps it will be something that I will make in the meantime. So keep coming back for more details.