Thursday, May 28, 2009


Two of my favorite songs combined into one, and one of my new fav arrangers!

Perfect Distress

On his Blog, Tim Holtz has posted an instructional video for an awesome technique partnering Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls. He calls it "Perfect Distress." It is an amazing technique, which I had the chance to try out over the past few days, creating tags for a small "words of wisdom" book for my niece who is graduating from High School.

Here are the tags with the distress ink (wrinkle free distress technique) and the perfect pearls.

And here you can see the shiny perfect pearls.

And finally, my completed tags. I made 24 different ATC-sized tags. Lots of work, but I love, love, love the outcome!

Love this. Thanks a bunch Tim for this great technique!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

New windows!

Yay, new windows. It's a great time to replace old windows, with the IRS tax credit for this year. Here are some photos of my newly replaced windows.

This is the picture window in the living room. I was happy that they were able to replicate the six small panels at the top, as this is an architectural feature of the era of my house.

Here are the new kitchen windows. These were jalousie windows which are very drafty. Now I can raise and lower the bottom section with just one hand!

And the bathroom window. There are two of these. They also were jalousie windows and very drafty, especially in the bathroom where there is no heat!

All in all, I have 21 windows in this tiny house and all of them are being replaced. Hooray!!

And, every single one of my windows is spotless! It's terrific, really.
I've got some more home improvement photos.

Here is a shot of the new front walk going from the house to the gate. The fence is partially painted, yay!

Matt and I have started to plant the cactus area. Here is a view from the walk to the side fence.

Here's a shot of my solar post lamps.

And the gate from the outside, painted with the side fence sections completed as well.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Updates to the yard

Here is the gate for the fence, looking from the street. Love it!!

And here are some shots of the installation of the turf. First, the "before"

Then the "during"

Then the after, looking back toward the house

And looking toward the street. The dogs are so happy! And so am I, since they aren't tracking dirt in the house anymore!