It's been THREE weeks since my last post....YIKES! I'm back just in time to link up with Elizabeth and the T-Gang! I've refilled my coffee cup( black, of course) so I can make it through this post......Hope yours is filled to the brim too.....if not, I'll wait until you get'er filled up or you can skip to the bottom and just leave me a note to say you came by.
So where have I been and what have I been doing??? Buckle up it's a bumpy ride from here on!
It ALL started when I sat down to make a birthday card......simple enough..eh? I have numerous (I don't even count anymore) happy birthday stamps, clear cling( in binders), velcro mounted(in CD cases) and of course some wood mounted(in Iris cart). My simple idea was to get them all together in one spot . I was quickly in over my head and clearly NOT ready for what I started......but I plowed through it all.
ALL the photos from here down, have not been edited or water marked as I wasn't even sure I was going to post this morning.....but more about that later.
The day I finished and my cup of coffee on Betsy.
Betsy got a really good cleaning, some re-organization and a new cutting mat........all of which made her happy.......see her smile?? LOL
This is now where 99% of my stamps are stored......all along the top of Betsy.....all sorted and labeled AND within easy reach. ( yes, there is one empty one.....just incase wink, wink.....*grin*)
EVERY stamp, in the binders were stripped down to the rubber, removing all mounting foam from every stamp, including the foam from any of the cling stamps. Then a THIN coat of Tack-It Over and Over was applied to the back, and let dry, so they would stick to the laminated sheets that slide into the page protectors. I went with 7"x9" binders because the regular size are just too heavy to handle. Each page has a stamped sheet on the outside to show what is in the pocket........outside so I can easily add stamps I missed as I went through hundreds of stamps.
It only took 1/2 bottle of Tack-It to do all this....but only the rubber stamps needed it.
THIS TOOK ME A WEEK OF STEADY WORK TO COMPLETE THIS PHASE!
I have these original acrylic stamps that there was no way to remove from the block. I slid a white paper under them so you can see how they have turned yellow from age........yep, they are THAT old.
I still have two drawers of wood mounted stamps that will be left as is. They are my House Mouse and Disney stamps.......all of which are becoming collectables.
This little drawer holds stamps too small to mess with....but they are now housed where they won't be forgotten.
My Prisma Colored pencils........oh ya, I have over 100 of them.....bought the complete set YEARS ago. DH gave me this really cool case for crafty stuff , and all the pencils fit in there!!
Shuts, locks and now they are portable.....yippee!
Well it wouldn't be right to just stop half way through an organization party.....so I went through EVERYTHING, organizing and condensing and finding ways to make it all fit!
What is behind me.....oh look there's more clean spots!!! LOL!!
This part took me two days to get it how I wanted it.
My dinning room table.
In between all the organization DH finally decides that we will build a new house this year. This is a dream that has been on the back burner for years, do to some life changing things that are just not that interesting......so take my word for it......*grin*
So this is where I have been using my creative MOJO......drawing up a floor plan.....after walking through more model homes than I can remember. Now there are areas that have been done and re-done until both of us agree on it........DH still drags me to model homes to take measurements of things to see if we are on the right track!
A closer look.
All of this, plus an abscessed tooth that had to be pulled....ouch!
My renter moving out.........
My property manager having brain surgery .....(this one threw me off balance, it was an emergency surgery)..............
Property Manager quitting because of surgery...............
Getting a cleaning crew to clean the rental..........( the renter left it filthy.....no he does not get his deposit back)
Getting a property appraisal lined up.............
Meeting with a potential buyer...........
So there is a dental check up this morning, and then back into Bakersfield....to the rental....to meet a prospective buyer..............just setting all my options up to see if I want to sell or keep it as a rental.
There it is.......my life in a nut shell..............or is it my nutty life in a bomb shell?
If you made it though all this then you should be patting yourself on the back.......and deserve an other cup of your favorite beverage!!
Thanks for dropping by....I do apologize to anyone who has left me a comment and I didn't get back to...................my PC was at the bottom of a large pile of stamps.....*grin*