Sometimes when things go wrong, or not as planned it can turn into a positive.... well I hope so. When you have been married for almost 20 years and your household appliances are close to the same age you realise you take them for granted a lot of the time. I don't think "will the fridge still be working" when I walk into my kitchen!! I just expect it will be, but when you start to see a puddle of water developing at the base of your almost 20 year old fridge you know the fridge is on its last legs. The seals were breaking, draws inside had cracked or broken, it wasn't pretty but fridges are expensive. There was a plan though. We had decided to buy a new fridge in a month or two's time, hoping the old one would just manage to hang in there that long. It was still keeping food cold but was growing a large ice mound in the bottom of the freezer, despite being a self defrosting freezer.
While all my attention was focused on the fridge, imagine my horror when I walked into the laundry to collect my load of washing to hang out only to find it in the water in the machine, unwashed and the machine refusing to power up in any way shape or form!! OK, it was 15 years old, had been repaired 3 times, but I just didn't see that coming and I HAD to do the washing. That is an ongoing job in this house, every day, day after day it just keeps piling up. So straight to the electrical store we went and lets face it, we may as well kill two birds with one stone and get the fridge at the same time!! Yep, that was one very expensive shopping trip, thank goodness for 50 months interest free terms!
How is this a positive.....Oh my, oh my, it is now fun to do washing in my brand new front loader and my new fridge has built in ice maker and filtered water (thanks to hubby plumbing it in). Who knew that new appliances could be so much FUN!! But now... now I need a new kitchen to go with my new fridge as we had to pull out my pantry to fit the fridge in! Bwahahahahaha! Hubby has been wanting to renovate the kitchen for the past 5 years and I have always been the one to reign him in due to our finances, but darn it I have no pantry!! Serious consideration is being given to this option! However the first quote was WAY too expensive for us to consider. SIGH!! We will see, my pantry may just end up being plastic tubs piled on top of each other for a while to come, but a girl can dream and sit online doing kitchen plans on the online planners! They are cool fun! See, look what I can play around with!
From one online planner to another.... (they have different cabinets so some changes in the design)
Who knows if it will ever happen, but in the meantime this gives me something to dream happy thoughts about!
In scrappy news. I have been creating and teaching a lot. So I will share a few things here. This was a booked out class taught at Paper Flourish using Prima Colour Bloom Sprays. I even used the sprays to paint in my stamped images. Due to it's rich consistency, this is a great way to watercolour paint stamped images and they are oh so glimmery.
Then we make a layout from one of the tags.
Another booked out technique class. This uses Pan Pastels with some Prima stamps to create this fun technique on the card.
I also taught this layout using some super fun techniques using the Prima Bloom Stamps and Faber Castell Big Brush Markers. I love to think of using products in a slightly different way. This time utilising the florals around the stamp for decorating my page.
It was a long and technique filled class as it was booked out, but everyone loved it. I love how vibrant and happy the colours of this make me feel.
I have snuck in some shading practice as well. I havn't been able to do very much lately but was a lot of fun to create this little number using a Jane Davenport upturned face stencil and shaded with a mix of copics, Prisma pencils and acrylic paint pens.
I feel like I am creating more dimension in my faces now with the colouring so that is good. Wish I could carve out a bit more time for creating but right now I seem to spend all my time prepping for Jamie Dougherty's Bloom Girl Tour!!
check out the kit for the Bloom Album Class (and there will be 2 Luminarte H20's added to this kit, they just hadn't arrived at the time I photographed)
And finally...... we now have a son who has his Learner Driving License. Oh please wish me luck with that!! Thanks for stopping by.