Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Happy Birthday...

This is a simple card I created for a friend... I remembered I had this cute owl... and thought he'd be cute sitting on an arrow, just happens I had some matching paper for the background in my stash!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Get well card...

I created a simple get well card for a friends adult son, using a 6x6 paper from American Crafts called Color Crush Paper Pad I picked up at Winners for $3.99... and some cog wheels from Michaels. The stamp set I used is from Inky Antics and is called Balloon Buddies!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DIY Craft Organizer...

I recently changed my craft and office spaces. Here is a tutorial on how I converted a 15 cubbie shoe organizer to fit 6 shoe boxes and work for craft storage.

I used to have all my craft supplies in a very small corner of my bedroom, and it just wasn't working. It was always a mess as there just wasn't room for proper storage. I got the organization and decluttering bug a few weeks ago and have been going through my house. It is starting to look way better.

I have built my desk, and I still have my moms desk and 2 armoires to build. That will get done sometime this week. I am combining my office / computer / craft spaces all into the living / dining rooms... it should look really good when done.

Here is my desk, and my new organizer I just finished building.

I bought this rubbermaid 15 cubbie shoe rack for $50 (Canadian Dollars) at Wal-Mart, I thought the compartments looked a lot smaller and it would be good for my future copic marker addiction I plan to have LOL... well the compartments were too big. I had just bought 2 white photo boxes and my mom was looking at it, and she said why don't you take the 2 outer pieces of wood out and it will fit 6 photo boxes... BRILLIANT IDEA!!! Why didn't I think of that lmao Anyways, I just bought some brackets to support it as once I put a few things in it was already sagging. The Brackets were $2.84 (Canadian Dollars) for 8 at Home Depot.

I had already built the shoe organizer so I had to get creative... To decide where to drill my holes I took a non permanent market (black zig pen)... anything that stays wet and doesn't dry instantly will work... then I measured 2 inches from the front of the unit and put marker on the end and lined it up and pressed the end to where the whole should go... it left a marker stamp which I later used to drill. I used the 1/4" drill bit.

My holes went all the way through the sides, you can buy white furniture stickers to cover them, I have some left over from my Desk.

I then decided to turn this around so the slots wouldn't be visible once the boxes were in place.

I didn't like the brown wood showing so I used some of my white acrylic craft paint and a paint sponge to paint it. One coat was all it needed.

Tada... matching white... looks much better!

It turned out beautiful. I love it! I bought myself a craft carouself from Michaels and a little makeup organizer that fits my post it notes (post it note addict)... and I should be able to fit some markers standing up in it too.

I LOVE my new desk. My old desk was on an 8 foot long utility table and it had no drawers or any storage, so again, always a mess. This will be so much better. 

I also bought some wire baskets and will be putting my power bar and cables up out of sight soon... I saw this idea on pinterest and have wanted to do it a long time. I bought these 2 baskets at Amazon for $7.99 (Canadian Dollars).

Monday, August 3, 2015

Summer Concerts...

This last few weeks I went to 2 really good concerts. Here are some photos.

Martina McBride Concert

She was FANTASTIC. She has always been at the top of my favorites list. So glad to finally see her in concert.

Lady Antebellum Concert

Trevor Panczak
I had never heard of him before but thought he was really good.

High Valley
I had never heard of them before but really really liked them.

Lady Antebellum
They were AWESOME! I knew they would be. We had pretty good seats. Really enjoyed the whole concert.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Blog Changes / Craft Space Makeover...

Hi everyone,

I have moved my photography from this blog over to a new blog called Photography by Pam Hardy.... you can find it here. I want to get into cardmaking as a hobby, and this is where I will share my cards, as well as other art projects like ACEO's and Mini Albums.

I am working on moving my craft work space from my small bedroom to my living room. I have ordered some furniture that will be here between 7 and 14 days, and it all has to be put together. I thought I'd give you a peek...

I forgot to take a before picture before tearing it all apart, it has changed so much over the years, but this will give you an idea. This was a few years ago, only picture I could find. Before I had my crafts stored in my 2 dressers and in a cube bookshelf in the black bins. I had a utility table as a desk. And 2 rolling carts with drawers under it.

This "Monarch L-Shaped computer Desk Set" will be for me, it will have my computer & printer on it.

I ordered 2 of these "Bestar Pro Linea armoires"... They have 5 shelves inside but I think I will get 2 extra shelves cut for inside, so that I can store a lot more inside, as all my stuff is smaller stuff. Then I am going to buy some plastic fridge binz to store my items inside and other small containers. And also a label maker to get everything organized.

Then this Monarch "48 inch Reclaimed Look Computer Desk" is for my mother's computer. She rarely uses it so doesn't need a big desk. Then I will set her computer up on my printer and sell our extra printer. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

March 31st, 2015... Driving outside the city...

My friend Kiri and I decided to go for a drive and see what we could find.

We saw 2 killdeer, I could only get a photo of one of them.

We saw a few robins.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

March 14th, 2015... Back to the Calgary Zoo...

My friend Kiri and I went to the Calgary Zoo on February 8th for a few hours, and we didn't have time to see much, so we decided to go back and stay overnight. You can see those photos here. The first time we went it was really cold and not many people there. This time it was still a bit chilly and wow was the zoo busy, people everywhere.

Outskirts of Calgary

The Bow river that runs through the Calgary Zoo!

Butterfly Gardens... which had no butterflies lol, it was too early. Flowers were beautiful though!

Look at all the people... lol

All the meerkat pups were sleeping... so sweet!

Some wild birds

Canada Geese

The trip home