Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Lakehouse in 1920

It seems like I will never be done with this house. I do have to say though the house is looking better every day. The back part of the house, the bedrooms and bathrooms have been scoured from top to bottom. Walls were washed, carpeting shampooed, furniture oiled, windows washed, curtains cleaned. Its a great feeling to have this portion of the house completed. There is one remaining wall in the living room that has not been completed. Its the wall where the wall unit sits. Its big and bulky, and very heavy to move. I need to remove everything off of it to be able to move it. But to do that I need to clear some room on the tables that is holding other miscellaneous items that need to be put in their proper place or packed up and put in storage.

Meanwhile, while I am existing in this vast wasteland I call home; I still have to prepare for my workshop coming up this next Tuesday. I am featuring Close To My Heart's "Sweet Home Workshop on the Go" scrapbook kit. I basically liked the layout, but I found I needed to make some changes. I call that the "Leanne's Touch."

I used the Sweet Home Scrapbooking Kit, along with CTMH's Baroque Alphabet stamp set. I used Garnet ink along with Heavenly Blue and Blush markers on the title. I also used Garnet ink for the flourishes on each page. The stamp scallop edge was stamped in Cocoa and blue dew drops in the center of each stamped image came from my good friend, Jennifer.

The journaling is hidden behind the large picture on the right side. It says: "Paw Paw Lake
My grandmother’s parents owned a summer cottage up on Paw Paw Lake, Michigan. Every summer, they would go to the lake for the summer. The tradition continued after my grandparents got married. It was a family time. Not only my grandparents and great grandparents, but my grandmother’s brother, Roy and his wife Lillian would join in the family time.
Pictured in the photos:
On the left side layout is two photos. The first photo is of E.Bradford Mosher holding onto Bradford and Donald (my father)Archer. The photo was taken in 1920. The next photo is of Roy Mosher and Lillian Jennings. Don’t you just love the swimming costumes?
On the right side layout is another two photos. The top photo is the summer cottage. From the looks of it, quite a few people could stay there comfortably. The largest photo of all is of my grandparents, Wilken and Leona Archer. The photo was taken about 1920. "
I am really itchin' to get back into my rubber room and start doing more layouts. So, not more with this "Susy Homemaker" garbage. As Douglas MacArthur said, "I shall return!" I too will return with more layouts and more cards and anything else that will get the creative juices flowing.
So, until next time.
Happy Scrapping everyone!!
Inky Hugs,

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Twitterpated at 65

Hey there Friends and Neighbors!

After a few complaints from my sister (Hi there Jo!!) and a good friend (who will remain nameless) about me not posting, I thought I would let you all know, everything here is a ok! DH and I have been so busy working and painting the front part of the house (which is almost complete)...there just hasn't been enough hours in the day to get everything done I want to do. My plate sure runneth over!

But I have also been working on the back part of the house as well. Yes, I know I said, DH and I have been painting the front part...but I had the chance (so I took it) to get an early start in my day, this past weekend. Usually I can't because DH works nights, and by the time he gets up and is out the door to work...its like 2:30pm. This past Saturday, he was up early and off onto his own little adventure, and I got started in the back bathroom and master bedroom. I usually do my spring cleaning in March...but didn't do it this year, till now. So scrubbing walls, and moving furniture is something I don't recommend for a weight loss regime...but it sure burns the calories!

But it also leaves time for little else! I sure wish I could afford for someone to come in and do this for me. But that's an easy cop out isn't it? Besides, no one cleans as well as you do. So, instead of adding to a list of complaints I already have...I do it myself and be happy with the results. Does that make sense?

In all this chaos, I was able to get the layouts completed for my workshop. We used CTMH's Twitterpated WOTG Kit, which comes with their own instructions. Now, I tweeked it a bit and made it my own.

I converted the black and white photos to sepia. The pictures are from the post war era, I'd say around 1947. There was no date attached to these photos, so I am guessing it was a Sunday afternoon, with everyone in their "Sunday" best. The layout on the left, is the group shot of the whole family. Starting from left to right are: My mother holding my sister Joella, my father behind her, Aunt Gladys holding my oldest brother Don, Uncle Otto behind her, and Aunt Ellen and her son, Bobby standing in front of her, Uncle Kenny who is behind Aunt Ellen and Grandma Thomas is on the far right.
Now over on the right layout, there is a big open space down at the bottom. I apologize for that, my printer ran out of ink before I could finish printing all the pictures. But this is the picture that will go right next to it. Its not in sepia yet...but this will give you an idea. Wasn't Donnie, Jo and Bobby the cutest set of kids?

So speaking of my brother, Don....I would like to take a moment and wish him a belated happy birthday. I did manage to get a card made for him. I even got it in the mail in plenty of time to get there on his birthday. Would you like to see the card I made him? OK, you've twisted my is it. Can you guess how old Don is? I'll give you three guesses! LOL This card was a lot of fun to make. The digital image came from Louby Lou. The B&T papers and cardstock are from CTMH's Emporium. I did a lot of paper piecing and used my mounting tape to give the card some dimension. I also used my circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities for the background and also Cuddlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder. The bookplate at the bottom is from Sizzix. The happy birthday is from CTMH's Birthday Script stamp set. The "65" candles I cut on my Wishblade. I am unsure where I got that file, I've had it for quite a long time. I used Liquid Applique for the frosting and heat set it with my embossing gun. The brads and buttons and the ribbon, all came from my good friend, Jennifer over at Just4funcrafts.
So, Happy Birthday Don!! I'd tell ya not to spend all your social security all in one place, but with prices these days, you just may have to!!
Thanks everyone for stopping by. If you like what I've done, leave me some lovin'! I love to read all your comments.
Until next time,
Happy Scrappin'!
Inky Hugs,