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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Way To Organize My Dies By ArtBin

I was in JoAnn's a few days ago and they had a great sale on what is called an Artbin container that has magnetic sheets to store your dies on. I had seen this before and thought it would be great to have but the price of the magnetic sheets and container stopped me. But with 50% off I couldn't pass up the offer.
This is how I stored my Spellbinder dies before:
 I just added a magnet strip to the packaging and stored them in a drawer in my desk. It was handy but some times the dies would fall off while digging around in the drawer. Otherwise they stayed on pretty well.
Now here they are stored on the magnetic sheet:
These sheets are really strong and hold the dies securely even when you turn them upside down and shake it hard.
The box comes with three magnetic sheets. I'm not sure how many sheets with dies it will hold but so far I need three more sets of three.
 Here is the box with two sets of magnet sheets full of dies. You can see there is till a lot of room in the box.
I'm really liking this way of storage for my dies so I need to hurry back to JoAnn's to get a few more sets of the magnet sheet while they are still on sale.
I am desperately trying to reorganize my craft room. It is a daunting task but much needed.
Have a wonderful crafty week!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Beautiful Spring Day

The sun came out today and warmed the earth at least here and I hope it shone down on you too.
So instead of wanting to curl up by the fire I felt like being outside and getting stuff done. Walked the dog twice today and enjoyed the sweet smells of spring flowers.
I also finished getting the last few things out of the trailer and then cleaned it from front to back so it is now neat and clean again. I wish I could clean our house as quick as the trailer. Now that would be so nice!
It was amazing how much stuff (meaning mostly papers from our travels and accumulation of mail) during the last five months of traveling and living in it.
I thought I would share some photos of the inside our little "vacation home"
 This is looking from the bedroom to the kitchen and living area. We love the chairs in the back with the big window. Those chairs really make it feel homey and comfortable.
 This view is from the front door. The sofa and table are on the slide out.
 This view is from where the chairs are looking to the back where the bedroom is. I brought  some of my cardmaking supplies with me but I only pulled it out a couple of times. I only had the table space to work on and I used the little bit of counter space by the kitchen sink for my Cuttlebug. I just wasn't inspired to create in such a small space.
 This is the bathroom and...
 ...shower. The bathroom is tiny but I don't mind that since it has everything you need.
 This is the bedroom. After living in the trailer for a long period of time we now know a bigger bedroom  would be nice. It would be great to have a slide out in the bedroom so we could actually have a closet and a place for our shoes.
 I also need more counter space in the kitchen. Having an island would be a great way to fix that.
 I got pretty good using the oven. It is so easy to clean with it being so small.
 Here is the living area after the slide out is put in. It makes a huge difference in the amount of living space.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of our little home on wheels.
My husband just told me that the rain is coming tomorrow so I think it will be a good day to go grocery shopping and run a few errands.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Home Sweet Home?

We left the warm sunny south and made our way north to home. The closer we got to home the more anxious I was to get there.
As soon as we flung open the front door the house we were greeted with cold air. Forty six degrees to be exact. We turned the thermostat up and heard the furnace kick on then got to unpacking the truck and trailer straight away. After about on hour or so it still felt cold in the house so I turned up the heat some more and went to the nearest register to feel if the air was warm. Nope, the furnace was just putting out cold air. Now this was after we had spent $500.00 putting in a new motor this winter. So this was a shock since we thought all was well with the furnace.
And that wasn't all that was wrong. After Wayne filled up our hot water heater with water and lit the pilot light the water did not get hot. By then I felt like jumping right back in the trailer and heading back south. After a day without hot water we did get it going the next day. There was a switch that Wayne couldn't find but after he found it and turned the switch on we had hot water.
Now the furnace is taking a bit more time. Of course they don't work on Sat. so we had to wait until Monday for anyone to come out and take a look at it. So after an hour or so they thought it was another part it needed so he went back to the shop and was gone for hours. I guess they were having a hard time finding the right part (our furnace is over 25 yrs old). Finally they thought they had found a part that would work but after spending several more hours they decided it wouldn't work. Now our furnace was torn apart and it would be another night without heat.
I am soooo thankful for our wood stove! It can keep our house pretty toasty and thankfully it's not the dead of winter.
Well the owner of the heating company came out himself today to take a look at our furnace and decided it would be best just to get a new one. Oh and the last bit of bad news is that they can't put it in until next Tuesday. Ugh!
Well enough ranting about our bad luck. I'm just thankful we at least have hot water so I can wash all of the towels, bedding and rugs from the trailer and have a hot shower.
 This is just about all of the laundry all washed and dried. I still have a rug in the dryer and the liner from the dogs bed is in the washer, then I can put it all back in the trailer and it will be ready for our next camping adventure in Aug.
This is our wonderful wood stove that is keeping us so cozy and warm right now. Really it was the only thing I missed this winter while down south. I just love to cozy up to the stove with a book and hot beverage of choice during the long winter evenings.
As soon as I am done cleaning the trailer (which, I had planned to do today but the weather is cloudy and cold so I decided to putter around the the house and finish the laundry instead) I plan on posting a few of the photos from our trip home. The trailer will have to wait one more day.
Hope everyone is having a great week!