Today was a great day for staying in and getting things a bit back to normal. It was a very windy and rainly morning and I spent most of the time doing chores and also took some time to have tea with Julie, when she stopped by. She gave me my Christmas gifts today and they were both awesome. I now have another Gift Certificate to my LSS, (WooHoo)..and a really pretty gold ornament. The ornament is really nice and one that you could hand up year round. It think I will probably keep it out and hang it from one of the little shelves in my craft room. It was nice to get to see her and see her new car too!
After Jul left, I went back to work, putting away all my Christmas Gifts and then moved on to my craft room. I wanted to have DH hang up the Making Memories Embellishment Center he gave to me as on of my Christmas gifts. But, it was not that simple, but it meant that I had to first have him move my "Ribbon Shelf", to a different area and also another shelf that I have been wanting to move for a few months. I am happy to say that they have all been moved and my new unit is up. Now I am in the process of cleaning up from everything that we had to move around and to put everything else back in it's place. I am also in the process of filling up the embellishment center, which I'm sure won't take long. I really like how moving a few things around turned out and it did give me some extra shelf space too, something I need. It seems I NEVER have enough storage space in my room.
It's taken me a long time to really admit it, but I do have TOO MUCH stuff and while moving things around today, I realized that I need to really use up a lot more and get back to crafting. I have really missed it and can't wait for the new year to arrive, so that I can focus on nothing but crafting. Once we have all the Christmas decor down and everything is put away, my new goal is to craft a lot more and also start sorting through my things and decide what I need and what I can either sell or give away. I still need some more craft storage units and I'm thinking I will use my gift cards to buy some sort of storage units instead of MORE goodies! I am OUT of space! It's time to craft MORE and shop less!
While DH was doing all that for me...I starting writing out a few Thank You notes for all my awesome Christmas Gifts. I used some cute store bought cards for most of them, but I will also make some for very special gifts. I started on those this afternoon too and finished one. It's one I created using some super cute images from Pink Cat Studio. I picked a cute sledding image that is from the "Lily & Billy Winter Stamps" set. I colored everything with my Copic markers and then simply cut some various shapes for layers on my Cuttlebug. I also colored the same image in totally different colors and will use those for cards too.
Here is one of my handmade "Thank You" cards--
...and these are the extras I have colored for more cards!
I absolutely LOVE my Copic markers and am totally thrilled with how well they blend and how fabulous they are to color with. Copics ROCK!! It's so relaxing simply to stamp and color and I LOVE IT!! I could color all day long I think and be very happy!!
That's it for today! We did get a lot done and I feel good about that! As much as I LOVE Christmas, I am glad it's over. Once we get the rest of the decorations down and put away I will be thrilled to have all my free time to craft! Now I just hope I keep feeling okay and do NOT get sick again or have any bad Fibro flares!!