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2013: A year in review

Now that 2013 is over, I can reflect on what all has happened during the year.

First off, we finally got started on our house building plans on the property we had bought quite a while earlier. In February it got started amidst the nastiest weather you can imagine.....wind & plenty of continuous rain. No worries, it all worked out.  This was 18 May 2013. Up in just one day. Freaky, huh!

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The fun part was picking out the sanitary items, floors, wallpaper/paint. And furniture. YAY! ;-)

We moved in on the 27th of July 2013....the hottest day of the year, go figure. A measily 37°C. I thought the movers were going to pass out on me. They did an awesome job!

I planned the kitchen with IKEA. Unfortunately, the first two bozos they sent to build the kitchen obviously had no idea what they were doing. They began at the wrong end of the kitchen counter and so it was months before the kitchen was finally taken care of. I was able to work in the kitchen tentatively though, so no prob there. ;-)

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To say the least.... I am estatic about my kitchen. I just LOVE it!!!

Mid September Jenna celebrated her 10th birthday. (August 2nd actually, but it's vacation time so we had to postpone.) Her wish was to have a sleep over birthday party, which I consented to (only God knows why...what on EARTH was I thinking??). I believe there were about 9 girls....holy hell I tell you. Never, never again....even Jenna said she never wants to do anything like that again. LOL It was a bit much. Here are some impressions....

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They played some fun games.... first one was seeing how many m&m's they could suck up with a straw in a certain amount of time. Then they had foil fashion, where they needed to make fashion out of aluminum foil in a certain amount of time. The boy and girl team did a great job, but Jenna won. LOL And they had to carry her up and down the stairs so that her outfit wouldn't rip. Hilarious. She looked like a mannequin being carried like that. Later they played wii Sing... too bad I didn't film that. ;-) In the evening we watched "13 going on 30" the main character of which just "happens" to be Jenna. teehee -- I was glad when it was over...too many kids is just too chaotic.

Also in September, Danny began 6th grade and Jenna started 5th grade in the Gymnasium, which is a whole new ballpark compared to elementary school. She's workin' it like a champ though, very independent and ambitious. I just hope it stays that way!

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Intro and welcoming day at the new school with her friends.

Here are a few images of the scenery around here.... Great walks, beautiful weather, gorgeous views...

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Despite all the stress involved with getting the house built and settling in....I think we made some pretty terrific memories already! :D

I will be posting more photos of the inside of the house soon and as soon as my scrap studio is the way I want it, I might post a small video. :D Stay tuned!

To family and friends, real & facebook or otherwise: Have a wonderful, prosperous, joyous and healthy new year 2014!! All the best!

 

Jackiesign



Finally some scrapbooking JUST for me!

For the last few weeks I've been working on a monster custom album ....with ca. 47 pages, only it wasn't for me, it was for a client. After finishing, I HAD to do a few things for me.

Since Danny needed two A4 sized pages dedicated to his two teachers he's had this year, I made those and had him write and doodle on the journaling spot. All of the papers were from my stash and scraps. Photo worked over with Instragram.... gotta love those.

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And since my daughter loves the color blue and the things I make....I found this Ikea frame underneath the mess on my desk (literally), I thought of something quick and simple she might like to decorate her wall with.

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Alright....that's all folks.... SOMEBODY has to do the cooking in this house! ;-) Thanks for looking!

Everyone have a great Sunday or Sunday evening or Monday morning... depending where you're at in the big wide world! ;-)

 

Jackiesign


4th of July Mixed Media Canvas (Design Team Scrap-Art-Zine)

For the Scrap-Art-Zine Design Team I was asked to create something for their blog for Wednesday Inspirations. My date happened to be on the 4th of July. :) Since I've never had any decoration where the holiday is concerned as I've lived in Germany basically my entire life, I thought I would create something to decorate my home. And since I'm dabbling a bit in mixed media (by no means expert), I thought I would make...yes....yet "another" canvas. LOL 

I had a LOT of fun with this one, using my cricut and free clipart to depict a few symbolisms of Independence Day. For instance, the .svg file for the Statue of Liberty I found here and the bell and flag I found under free clipart on the internet and printed on cardstock. The stars I cut from Prima patterned paper with my cricut expression using the basic cartridge that came with the machine. First I painted the top part light blue and the bottom sea blue with acrylic paint. After I cut out the Statue of Liberty, I inked all the edges and assembled and adhered her onto the canvas. The chipboard clouds were painted white, inked and a thin layer of modge podge was put on top to give them some shine. On the flag I also put rock candy distress stickles and on the bell I used rock candy crackle paint (both Ranger). The metal accents are from Tim Holtz's Ideology metal collection and I found some old Making Memories threads to adhere the star with. Slapped on a few letter stickers and doodled here and there. The 4th of July may be over, but it will definitely be sitting on my sideboard for awhile. ;-)

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For more close-ups, please visit the Scrap-Art-Zine Blog here - http://scrap-art-zine.blogspot.de/ and check out all of the other inspirational creations from the Design Team.

Have a super weekend! (Yes... I do realize it's not Friday yet. ) LOL

Jackie