April 2011 - Rachelle Adams

Crocheted Kindle Case

I wanted a case for my Kindle, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted. I did a search for tutorials online, and I found this one. Hers turned out MUCH better than mine, but I’m pleased with how my first attempt at something like this turned out. The homemade look of it doesn’t bother me. If it did, I would have purchased a case. I may make a second attempt at some point, because it’s much larger than I intended it to be (crocheted items always seem to stretch on me). As it is, there is extra room for me to carry a light if I choose to get one.

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Mailbox for Husby

For our first anniversary, I made two gifts for Joseph. Because it was our first anniversary, we were supposed to give each other paper gifts. That lent itself perfectly to being crafty. While I was in Hobby Lobby one day purchasing some items for Croffice (coming soon!), I found a paper mache mailbox (sorry, I don’t have any before pictures). It was only 99 cents (on sale), and I thought it would be a fun way for me to leave notes for Husby. I started by adding scrapbook paper with modge podge. Then I cut a couple of fun images using my Silhouette SD. I really like the “restroom” couple. Hehe. I used a red Sharpee to add the little hearts on them.

I also used a red Sharpee to color the flag. I was pleased with the result.

An index card folded in half (and trimmed a tiny bit) makes a great start for a homemade card.

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Dream Home

I told Joseph yesterday that I have an idea of what I would like our next house to be. I’d like an old farm house with a good bit of land (not a working farm or anything crazy like that) and a barn that we could convert into a studio for our photography. If we landscaped well, we would have a great location for outdoor photos. We would have our own barn, so we wouldn’t have to drive down road after road looking at barn after barn wishing we had access to use them for photos. Inside the barn, in addition to the studio, we could create a playroom so our kids could be right there during photo shoots. I think it could work. Now to save up the money and find the perfect house … :O)

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A Little Less Ugly in the World

We had one of those moments today where we both said, “Why didn’t we do this a long time ago?” and “We should have done this the first week we had the house.”

We had three ugly trees in front of our house, as in flower bed style. All three of them looked like Christmas trees. One was as tall of the house, and the other two were probably 3-4 feet tall and flanked our front steps. We’ve disliked the trees from the first time we saw the house.

We borrowed a trailer from Joseph’s parents today so we could clear some limbs/branches/piles of ugliness from our backyard. Doing that was a big improvement to our yard. After we loaded the trailer with limbs, Joseph mowed the grass – another big improvement to our yard! He was preparing to return the trailer to his parents, and I suggested that we saw down the ugly trees and throw them on the pile in the trailer. Joseph agreed that it was a fantastic idea!

This is a shot of the tall tree.

Joseph sawing the tree

Joseph sawing the lower branches

These are the two smaller trees (I like to leave the front door open so people feel welcomed … and, you know, I was raised in a barn.)

This is the side of the house minus the tall tree. I think I actually like the drain pipe better than the tree. It’s OK if you disagree.

This is the front of the house without the smaller trees. I will admit it looks a little naked now, but we can put something prettier where the Christmas trees were.

The trailer all ready to head back to Piedmont. Buh-bye, ugliness!

Can you believe it only took us about 15 minutes to saw down the Christmas trees? I think that’s when we really wondered why we didn’t tackle the trees sooner. We both assumed it would take longer. We do still have to dig up the roots, but I think our house already looks better! A little black paint on the shutters, a new front door, and some pretty flowers in the flower beds, and we might actually have a little curb appeal.

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