Friday, April 11, 2008

Spring Cleaning

If you live in Ohio, you are probably thinking... What Spring? We are supposed to get snowy weather again this weekend. Huge Bummer. I have been re-organizing everything around my house and at It seems to be a never ending task, but there is something wonderful about change. I guess it makes you see things in a new light, sometimes an even better purpose emerges. Like last night... I tore my entire studio apart to fit a new piece I HAD to have. About two hours later I was just getting over all my frustration and anxiety and everything fell right into place. Now granted, most things were moved twice and STILL ended back into the same spot. Some things did find a new home, with a better purpose and I got organized! And amazingly enough the new vintage piece fit. Ill say this, I THINK I AM FINALLY MAXED OUT IN MY STUDIO (but I will probably still try to fit more later, knowing me!)

I am SO SO excited about October Afternoon arriving at It should be here any day! This is a photo I took at the latest CHA show in the booth. I am so in love with the "collage" look, this was a layout by an October Afternoon designer. ( and I LOVE the birds too, they are "so in" right now)

Photo-op in Iowa at my Nana's. I was able to sneak away for the weekend and visit them. hooray! Sorry Nana, I know I caught you a little off guard with this picture.

Okay... I am really in love with my new "old" lamp. I was staring at it the other day and decided I should dress it up. I painted stripes with my new paint from Kaiser Craft. We sell it at and it is sooooo cute. It comes in "artist style" tubes and about a million colors! I also added little chandelier crystals that are NEW from Heidi Swapp, also available at! About an hour after my first thought "this needs dressing up"... wa-la, new and improved lamp!

Photo of my studio at home. This is a RARE sight to see it tidy. It only takes about 5 minutes for me to mess everything up, and then I have to start cleaning all over again. One tip I must share with all my fellow scrapbookers/artists/crafters (whatever you decide you are). Have at least one area that is designated for a "workspace" only. I now force myself to clean this space up after I am finished for the day. This has helped me be much more productive and inspired for the next time I sit down to work.

Okay, I thought I was getting the hang of this blogging site. But hahaha, not yet. Just bare with me, TURN YOUR HEAD TO THE RIGHT for viewing this and the next few photos. I just learned how to rotate the photos, but NOT before I had already loaded these (and I cant figure out how to delete them!) Oh well. This pig makes me happy! He is kinda my scrapping buddy, well besides my two puppies Theo and Chance. However, they get bored and go outside to play most of the time, and the pig never does! I purchased it from a boutique in Centerville Ohio called "Ashley & Hilary". They are two sweet sisters and their shop is packed full of goodies.

Tilt your head to the right again! Sorry! Just had to include a photo of my beloved vintage bin that holds all my trims. This took ALOT of searching to find, and I don't know what I would do without it.

Last messed up photo. Tilt to the left! No room is complete without a chandelier. That is a family rule in my house! Trust me you can never have too many of them.

We are BACK! What a blast the RETREAT was! It was such a relaxing and fun weekend. We scrapped, shopped, ate, slept (very little), and laughed (alot) for 3 days straight. This Retreat was held in Palastine Ohio but our next one (Fall) will be held local. Sign-ups have begun for the Fall Retreat November 21-23.

My new obsession, plants everywhere! I am growing herbs and everything else. I think this developed from my desire for Spring to arrive! If you wont come Spring, Ill just re-create you inside! Ha.

We have a little cozy house that is STILL in the middle of being rehabbed! AND yes I KNOW I KNOW.. people think I am CRAZY for painting my hard-wood floors white.... but I LOVE it, it is totally me. Plus, they were in very bad condition anyway.

On a final note, I LOVE VINTAGE GLASS GLITTER. We are now selling it at because I just had to spread the love. To be honest... most of the time I just admire it. I guess it is that strange fear I might use it all up. I'm getting past that and I have been using it on all my home decor projects, cards and more. I think I would even attach it to clothes if that was possible ( too sharp I know) I love it, I love it, I love it.


Anonymous said...

Katie~~I love it all! Your style is sooooooo awesome! Isn't it fun to see a little of yourself in something else another loves? Thanks for sharing and THANK YOU for coming to my Matilda Jane Trunk Show tonight. You're too sweet to make the gift sets!!!

aja said...

katie, it's so pretty!
i need to invite myself to your house to drool over your studio in!

i love the white hardwood floors...they would so work in my house.

glad you had fun at the retreat!

Stephanie Christian said...

Your house is so cute! And your studio, I love it! I just started scrapbooking with my Aunts Patti and Susan and their friend Vicki at your store, about 5 months ago.
I never realized how many different things that you can do with scrapbooking! I'm hooked!
How do you use the vintage glass glitter?