Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge Take 2 ~ Challenge #7

So how did you make out with Challenge #6.  I'm not a huge fibre user on my pages so I was pretty sure this was an easy challenge for me.  It was fun re-discovering just how much pretty ribbon, floss and washi tape I actually have.

Are you ready for Challenge #7?

Embellishments are some of the easiest things to buy.  Everything looks so good, and you really believe you NEED everything!  Embellishments are also one of the supplies most affected by trends.  Careful consideration is really needed here.

It's also important to find a system that will help you store all of your embellishments in a way that won't overwhelm you, yet also is visible enough that you don't forget to USE them.  

Let's S.P.A.C.E. them.

SORT: As always, bring all of your embellishments together.  Touch every piece that you have and ruthlessly sort through them, deciding what to KEEP, TOSS, SELL, DONATE

PURGE: Immediately throw out the TOSS pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile, and put them in the garage sale box. Set up a drop-off or pick-up of the DONATE pile.

ASSIGN: Sort through the KEEP pile in a way that makes sense to you.  Some ideas for sorting your embellishments
1) by category (buttons, brads, alphabets, charms, etc.)
2) by colour
3) by manufacturer
4) by type (metal, acrylic)
5) by theme

CONTAINERIZE: Now that you've decided how to sort your embellishments, the next step is decided how to store them, and how to label them!  Research online will give you great ideas. Talking to other crafters may give you an idea what worked for them.

EQUALIZE: take a few minutes at the end of each scrapping session, when you return from a crop, or return from a shopping trip to put your embellishments away where they belong.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Aylmer, ON ~ Howe's Farm Market

On our recent road trip our first stop was at Steed & Company Lavender and our second stop was to Howe's Farm Market.

The store is so clean, attractive, and well-stocked.  We needed nothing and yet still managed to make a few purchases.  The staff were extremely personable and helpful.  Thoroughly enjoyed this stop.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #16 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

This is one of my favourite scenes from the movie.  I had seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest many many many years ago so I decided to give it another go.  I think even more of it now than I originally did.  

Jack Nicholson plays McMurphy, who wrangled a trip from the prison farm to a mental institution for an assesment.  McMurphy was sure he would have an easier time finishing out his sentence at the hospital.  I'm not going to state that McMurphy was or was not mentally ill when he arrived but, because of his rebellious behaviour, he was treated as ill.  The end of the movie was so sad and yet so powerful.  It does not surprise me that this movie won so many awards.

Academy Awards, USA 1976

Best Picture
Saul Zaentz
Michael Douglas
'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' became the first film in 41 years to sweep the major categories ... More
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jack Nicholson 
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Louise Fletcher 
Best Director
Milos Forman 
Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material
Lawrence Hauben
Bo Goldman 
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Brad Dourif 
Best Cinematography
Haskell Wexler
Bill Butler 
Best Film Editing
Richard Chew
Lynzee Klingman
Sheldon Kahn 
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
Jack Nitzsche 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Review: Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwell

It's been a while since I've done a book review.  Not that I quit reading or anything like that.  

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I just finished Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwell last night.  I think it may have been the cause of two nights of insomnia . . . LOL.  It is very exciting and swashbuckling with really well portrayed characters.  Each character is really well developed and I love their individual quirks.

The main character is Rider Sandman, a rich man's son, a retired soldier, and hero of Waterloo.  When his comfortable life is taken from him he must find new means to support himself, his mother, and his sister.  He arrives in London to find employment and becomes a special investigator hired to make sure that the artist due to hang for the murder of a Countess is guilty.

I recommend this book but suggest that you don't read it if you need to sleep.  It is a definite page turner.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #15 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

What can I say that I didn't say in the last two Lord of the Rings reviews?  The costumes and backgrounds and CGI and scenery and imagination . . . all epic . . . as befits an epic movie like The Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers.

Academy Awards, USA 2003

Best Sound Editing
Ethan Van der Ryn
Mike Hopkins 
Best Visual Effects
Jim Rygiel
Joe Letteri
Randall William Cook
Alex Funke 
Best Picture
Barrie M. Osborne
Fran Walsh
Peter Jackson 
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Grant Major (art director)
Dan Hennah (set decorator)
Alan Lee (set decorator) 
Best Film Editing
Michael Horton 
Best Sound
Christopher Boyes
Michael Semanick
Michael Hedges
Hammond Peek 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sparta ON ~ Steed & Company Lavender

How do you stay indoors on a beautiful fall-ish day?  

We can't so Hubby and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on a road trip around the Aylmer area.  I can't get over how much there is to see and do in this neck of the woods.

Our first stop was to Steed and Company Lavender.  It is a very beautiful property.  I would have enjoyed walking the paths but Dear Hubby has a "thing" about bugs.  We did enjoying ourselves in their little store.  Everything was beautiful and fragrant, and the edibles were very tasty.  Hal made sure of that.

We really enjoyed the gardens and beautiful water feature.

Everything smelled so wonderful . . . 

. . . or tasted so good.

The young lady who assisted us was very competent and friendly.  I love great customer service.  We ended up buying lavender honey, pillow spray and a large bundle of dried lavender.   

Steed and Company Lavender is located at 47589 Sparta Line, Sparta ON.  They are open from Mother's Day until Christmas and the hours are Wednesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon until 4 pm.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge Take 2 ~ Challenge #6

Just to complicate (or perhaps simplify in the long run) my organization plans for my studio, I bought a gorgeous wall unit at auction which lead to me completely changing the whole room, getting rid of now excess storage bins and shelves and generally decluttering the whole space.

Once my "new" studio was basically set up, I got back to work on organizing my stash.

Challenge #5 is done.  All my die cuts, stickers and alphabets have been sorted and the containers labelled.  I only filled one wastebasket with "stuff" I knew I would never actually use.
That surprised me.  I thought I didn't have any superfluous products.
And now I'm ready for Challenge #6.

This week's challenge is to organize all those ribbons and fibres.  There is no "right" way to store your ribbons and fibre.  The most important factor is that the system works for YOU.  First, let's make some S.P.A.C.E.

SORT: Gather together all of your ribbons and fiber, and sort them into piles: KEEP, TOSS, SELL, DONATE.

PURGE: Throw out the TOSS pile.  Immediately make arrangements for pick-up or drop-off of the DONATE pile.  Bag up, and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile, and immediately put these in your garage sale box.

ASSIGN: Sort your KEEP pile into types/colours of fibre and ribbon.  If your ribbons are in a big wrinkled mess, take time now to give everything a pressing (careful with the heat, some synthetics may melt!).

CONTAINERIZE: Consider the space that you have, and the way that you work. Here are some ideas that work for both ribbons and fibres:

1) on those little cardboard bobbins meant for embroidery floss
2) organized by colour in big clear glass jars on a shelf
3) wound and paper clipped and stored with their coordinating embellishments
4) Cropper Hopper mini embellishment boxes and sorted by colour
5) in small ziploc bags stored in a photo box, or on a big ring
6) in sports cards organizer pages, sorted by colour and in a binder
7) wound on index cards and stored in a photo box
8) loosely tied on a big ring

EQUALIZE: take a few minutes at the end of each scrapping session, when you return from a crop, or return from a shopping trip to put your ribbons and fibres away where they belong.

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge Take 2 ~ Challenge #7

So how did you make out with Challenge #6.  I'm not a huge fibre user on my pages so I was pretty sure this was an easy challenge for me...