Thursday, February 16, 2012

Housekeeping


I do say that my creativity has taken a deep nosedive and I'm trying to stay afloat as best as I can! Please excuse the lack of posts lately and thank you for sticking with me! Here's hoping that I can make it up soon, I've got a lot of things cookin' and just need the time to put them properly on paper.

A bit of housekeeping:
1. I have what I think is a really fun mini tutorial up on the May Arts Blog today. If you are inclined to take a peek and let me know what you think over there, I'd appreciate it! (Then, perhaps, let me know how long you spend on the store's website searching, like I do! hah!)

2. I had the luxury of being featured over on the Lily Pad Challenge Blog yesterday! I've got two brand new cards up there made especially for the Guest Design feature if you'd like to take a peek. I encourage you to read the information on the bottom of the post as to how you too, can sign up to be featured. I had a great time answering the questions. Thank you to the ladies of Lily Pad for featuring me!

3. And...please let me introduce to you the fabulous shelves my husband built for me! I have long been a fan of vintage/antique/country decorating, especially using cranberry crates and finally this dream has come together. (A third crate was deconstructed to for the shelves.) The shelves are narrow enough to see all my May Arts Ribbon and make for an easy grab of each spool. I love the stories behind the weathered wood, and I love the texture too! Plus, it was extremely within my inexpensive budget!




39 comments:

Marlena M. said...

Well no wonder you are trying to stay afloat, you are everywhere else! Congrats on the features. ;)
BTW, your guy is a keeper. How sweet of him to create the shelves.

Virginia L. said...

So glad to see your feature over Lily Pad, Karen!! And WOW, those vintage shelves are amazing! Your hubby is absolutely a SWEETIE and a KEEPER! You've got to love someone who appreciate our hobbies :)

Kelley Eubanks said...

Love your shelves Karen!! And you blog looks GREAT!! I love the new look!

Annette said...

these shelves are so awesome...that is a lot of fun ribbon...

Chari Moss said...

Fabulous shelves...I am now in ribbon envy! Especially that bottom left shelf...hello twine!!

Aimes said...

I think you just need to sit and admire those fabulous shelves for your mojo to perk up! I love them!
Congrats on being featured on the Lily Pad Challenge Blog too! :)
Hugs!
Aimes
x

Chunyuan said...

Great shelves your hubby built for you. How sweet is he! Congrats on being feautred and I did check out the cards :)

Julie E said...

Congrats on the feature! You are one busy gal :>)
Love the shelves, I am a rustic kinda gal too!

Brandi said...

What awesome shelves!!! Lucky you!

Heather Innusa said...

Those selves are completely darling!!!!! I love them so much! So, you are a crafty couple?!? I did see the feature on the Lily Pad Blog yesterday - and LOVED both cards!!! If your creativity has nosedived, noone would EVER know it girlfriend! You remain one of my favorite cardmakers!!!! I'm headed over to May Arts now to see what you've come up with!!!! Hugs!

jengd said...

Congrats on the Guest post and the tutorial, not to mention having a hubby who makes you fabu shelves! :)

Fiona said...

Fabbo shelves Karen, how lucky are you? Love the puss on your last post btw.
x

Annette said...

Had to come back and tell you how awesome your cards are...i love how you used the ribbon...they look amazing..

Lisa said...

OH my LOVE those shelves Karen!! Aren't handy crafty hubby's the BEST. I have one too and wouldn't trade him for anything in the world ;)Have a delightful day ;)

Jay Gee said...

I really do need to get me a man that can build things.. your shelves are fabulous! Congrats not he Lily Pad feature :)

Shelley Germann said...

Ooooh! Love your shelves. I'm afraid to say, anything that is made around this house is made by me. Hubby will help if I ask him, but sometimes it's better to do it myself!

Rochelle said...

Your creativity took a nosedive?? HA! You're still awesome sauce! The shelving looks fab!

Alice Wertz said...

drooooool!!! love love your new shelves and so jealous of all your rolls of ribbons!! YUM! =)

Monika/Buzsy said...

I love your shelves Karen. Your hubby is very creative! I am off to check out your post on May Arts. Looks like a gorgeous project. :o)

Cheryl said...

I saw your tutorial on May Arts - great job!

Cute ribbon storage! Kudos to hubby.

Emily Leiphart said...

Like you, I haven't been feeling ultra creative either. Any cards posted lately were made ages ago. I need my mojo back now! ;) The shelves are beautiful!! I could use ones like that, not for ribbon, but for ink. LOL

BabyBokChoy said...

WHAT a shelf!!!!!!!!!!!wowser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lynn said...

Wow! I love the shelves your hubby built for you. they are absolutely fabulous! And so are the fab creations on the May Arts blog!

papertrails leaver said...

woot to you on the features! That's great to read and well deserved!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Bummer about the mojo, although the cards you posted on the May Arts and Lily Pad blogs are awesome! I love your layered ribbons on the May Arts blog--very clever!

Congrats on being featured over at Lily Pad! Great tip on the misting...I'll have to try that.

What fab shelves! How do you keep your open spools (you know how they start unraveling) and your ribbon by the yard? It's always an issue for me, and I'd be curious to know what you do.

Barb said...

i love this post!!! :)
the shelves are amazing. i'm a fan of country decor too and this is so pretty. your hubby's sweet to build it for his sweets.
your cards are amazing!
i am off to check out your may arts post!!! :)

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Congrats on your fab May Arts tutorial & your Lily Pad feature. I know what you mean about the creative nosedive, but your work is always stunning and I love to see any of your ideas anytime. Hope your mojo is racing soon or that you enjoy some time off (whichever makes you happiest!) hugs, mel

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

P.S. How could I forget, the shelf your hubby built is magnificent!

alexandra s.m. said...

Love the shelf and CONGRATS to You Karen!!!

~amy~ said...

that handy hubby....looks great!

Lovin' your new bloggie banner....FABulous my friend!

wooo hooooo on the Lily Pad Guestie!

Dana Nelson said...

Those shelves are gorgeous!! Great idea on the tutorial, too!

~Tammy~ said...

Your creativity is awesome and could never take a nose dive! Remember craft for YOU!!! Not anyone else or anything else!!!!

I have not posted a lot lately due to illness working on commissioned jobs etc. I miss crafting just to craft, but there are only so many hours in the day! Remember to always have fun and don't let anything get you down...you are in control of your outlook...I have to remind myself this all the time. It's been a long tough lesson and mostly since I started blogging. I made my crafty new year resolution as new year new outlook.

Know Karen you always inspire, but I am hoping it's not pressure that has caused your lack of mojo. You are awesome, but you have do what is best for you not because people expect a post from you!

Sorry for the wordy comment...I just felt a sense of being down a little.

Awesometastic on being featured at Lilypad cards!

AND how Awesome is your HUSBAND! Can I borrow him for my craft room! Love it girl!
Have a fantastic weekend!

Trinh said...

Congrats on the Lily Pad feature, Karen! You always amaze me with your creations so I know you will be back in full force soon. And those shelves? Awesome!

Jenny said...

mmm what lovely rustic shelving those cranberry crates make!they are perfect storage for ribbon spools :0)
Congrats on the Lilypad interview..I enjoyed reading more about you and great hints n tips on using ribbon, such pretty cards :0)
Jenny x

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Awesome shelves... and you shouldn't beat yourself up... remember Mojo is the name of a villain from the x-men... :)

jen said...

Fabulous post @ May arts, congrats on the feature too! Love the new banner & you KNOW I love those shelves!!
:)

Jen W. said...

Love your ribbon cards! I think even I could be convinced to use some ribbon that way! A simple idea but so gorgeous!
Whoop whoop on the spotlight moment at Lily Pad! The cards are awesome especially the mustache one. :)
And those shelves rock! They're the perfect depth and I can only imagine what other people are paying in stores for shabby chic shelves like that!

Jess said...

Awesome shelves your husband made you! You are a lucky girl :) I also love the texture and history that old, weathered wood has :)

And loved the cards featured at Lilypad!! :)

Lisa Petrella said...

Congrats on all of your features, Karen!!! Like I've always said: You are a ROCK STAR!!!! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new ribbon shelves!!! They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL and your spools of ribbon look FABULOUS displayed on them! Functional and gorgeous!! Way to go, Karen's hubster!!!!