Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Renovations--stage 1

I love renovating.  Well, I love the idea of renovating, and I'm sure I would really love it, if I had a lovely little money pit, that I could dip into when every I needed.  Alas, this is not the case.  I am going to have to make some compromises.  But luckily, not in STAGE 1.

Stage 1--my planning wish list.

Well, before I begin planning, here is a little reality check so you know what I am up against.

2 rooms (kitchen and living room) that flow into each other and when I'm done will function as 4 (kitchen, living room, craft room and bedroom)
Below are the dimensions I have to work with.
To make it easier to work with, I have cut off the last 12 or so feet of the diagram
 (this will be the second bed area)
See Below

Now, you may have noticed a lack of windows. That's because my new home is sandwiched between two stores.  I only have windows on the north and south walls (there are two windows on the south wall,--not shown--because I cut that part of the floor plan off)

As you can see my present living room is really long (35') 

I am tackling the kitchen/craft rooms first. ( I am missing playing with paper)

This is what my kitchen looks like now...long, and narrow.  I walk a million miles every time I try to do something.  Here are some of my biggest annoyances.  There is a lovely BIG window.  In fact it takes up most of the wall.  Which is nice cause it lets in all that light, but limits my design choices. 

This is my plan for the kitchen, the window runs all along the banquet seating, with storage underneath for my Christmas decorations.  The stove and sink remain in basically the same spots, so I don't have to move electrical or plumbing.  The fridge moves to the other wall (this gains be about 4' of counter)

Now let's move into the living area.  This is what it looks like now.  

And this is my plan.  
I am going to use the same cabinets in my kitchen as in my living/craft area. The bonus with using kitchen cabinets, is they have a ton of organizational features.  Because this will be a fairly visible area I want a lot of drawers, so things can easily be accessed and put away.  I am seriously thinking about installing a couple of appliance garages on my desk, to hold by cricut and printer.

List of things I NEED to remember
--baseboard heating--which means European style cabinetry, (most likely Ikea, they have adjustable legs, in a range of heights, which will allow be to mount my cabinets above the baseboards)  I really would have liked to get my cabinets local, but they don't offer what I need, so I will compromise and buy my flooring and paint local.
--lighting--I need task lighting
--overall clean, classic look.

Well, that's about it for Stage 1.  I think I have a pretty good idea of where I want things.  Next stage will involve $$$$.....and most likely some compromises.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jan Blog Hop--Catalog Recreations

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring Catalog Recreations. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!
If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning with Michelle Stewart
If you came from Michelle Hughes
then you are in the right place!

This month is right up my alley, I enjoy tweaking things, making them "mine" by almost following directions. So let me show you what I have done.

I took this layout from the Some kinda Wonderful Workshop Your Way
And tweaked it.
I used the paper from Dreamin Big Workshop your way Kit

and then flipped it.
and added Happy Birthday

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Corinna Murphy

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring projects featuring succulents and flowers. So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

I'm Back....almost

If you have enjoyed my posts, my creative endeavors, and my somewhat unusual sense of humor and have been wondering if I dropped off the face of the earth.
The answer is no.

However, I did bite off a big piece of reality, and realized that I could not do it all at once.  So, my home (the place where I sleep and sometimes eat) was put on hold.  My Scrapbooking, also had to be put on hold while I worked to renovate my store and got a real life lesson in entrepreneurship...it takes a lot of work and time.  But it is worth it.

Here are a few pics of some of the shop, 
my Christmas Mice and Adorable Kids and Grandkids (I now have two more)

As you can see, it is coming together downstairs,
 so let me invite you to tag along as I tackle my home (upstairs)
10 am    As you can see, it needs some work.

12 noon   Almost all cleared.  Lunch time.
And time to think about paint colors....!!!!

Pretty sure, I'm going with teal
I loved it in my old craft garage , however that was a literally a garage, a huge space with lots of natural light, and it wasn't apart of my living room, like this space will be.
 So, I'm thinking, lighter,
than above....Now back to work.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

There is only 24 hours in a day,

This has become my life.  Since I have purchased the flower shop in Three Hills Alberta, I have been so busy getting organized and creating floral arrangements that sadly, I have had no time for CTMH.
I feel so like those people who would stop and say, 
"Oh, I wish I had time to do that" 
and I would think "Oh, just make time"
and now I understand.
Sometimes priorities change
sometimes there is no more time
However, sometime won't last forever and when I get accustomed to this new twist in my life I will have time for creating cards and scrapbook pages.  Until then.  Merry Grinchmas!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Roses and Funerals

Part of any Florist's life is dealing with death.  Flowers and Funeral seem to go hand in hand.
Over the last few days I have made a number of arrangements and casket sprays, many of them with roses.
This got me to thinking, why do people choose roses?  And luckily for me google provided the answer...
 roses are a very common and appropriate funeral flower, and each color rose has a slightly different connotation. White roses are the ultimate symbol of spirituality, purity, and innocence. At a funeral, the classic deep red rose evokes love and grief. The yellow rose is often given by friends to show their bond. The rarer dark pink roses are used to express thankfulness to the deceased.
Guru Tip: Roses can be mixed in with other flowers or uses in a casket spray, standing spray, or wreath.  (you can access the rest of this article by clicking here)
Here is a casket spray and an arrangement for the front of the church that I created.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

It's all in the arrangement

Well, and the flowers you have to work with.
This arrangement has only 5 roses, 3 glads, 2 stock of mini spray daisies and a bit of babysbreath and some greenery.  Yet, it looks like a million bucks.  Well actually, about $95.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

New Look at Shirley's Flowers and Friends

Nick...taking a break.  

Nathan and Ryan building one of five new shelving units
Almost done...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CLearing out the old, making way for the new

Sometimes you have to clear your space before you can begin.  That's what's happening at Shirley's Flowers and Friends (in Three Hills, AB) this week.  Look at all the merchandise priced at rock bottom prices..

On Sale NOW and only while quantities last

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