Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Halloween always feels so nice to me because it’s not just Halloween. Two of my favorite people ever were born on Halloween- my late Grandpa Pedersen (my paternal grandfather who lived to be 101, and if he were still around would be 106), and my beautiful cousin Jen (also another Pedersen). Happy Birthday!

I bought Cash this skeleton “costume” t-shirt on clearance at Target for $4 a couple years ago. My favorite part is that the skeleton glows in the dark. Maybe I can get a glow in the dark shot later. Cash is not a fan of it however….the only clothing he doesn’t mind me putting on him is his little hoodie. So when I came outside with the skeleton t-shirt he turned around from me and sat down facing the corner of the yard. Ha! I managed to get these couple shots anyway because he is really good about posing for photos….he’s used to it…..;-)

Just noticed his tail is hiding in this pic. Don’t worry, I took the t-shirt off after this photo and his tail was wagging once again!

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Signs signs everywhere there’s signs

Now that I had my scrap area cleaned up, I decided to make new signs for our doors. We live on a corner lot, and people come to both the front and back doors. Over a year ago I stocked up on some wooden signs from the dollar store and they’ve come in handy! I had a door sign that I made hanging on the front door, but it really is quite spring/summer looking, so I wanted to make something that didn’t look too seasonal. I painted the sign navy and then attached this Amy Butler paper. I made the little pinwheel flowers using this tutorial.

On the back door, I hadn’t had a sign there in a long time. My friend Michelle painted this little bird in a tree plaque for me. It was really hard to get wire to stay on it to hang it up, so this is the solution I found. I used E600 glue and attached it to one of my dollar store signs that I had painted with white acrylic paint. I then stamped “Welcome to the” using acrylic stamps and Staz-on ink and then put the stickers on the bird to spell Tungseths. I replaced the plain white string with some ribbon to hang it up. I think it turned out nice.

 

Where I make stuff

ETA: See the update on this here: Where I make stuff 2011.

Besides reorganizing my closet and dresser in the office, I recently cleaned up and reorganized my scrap area. It consists of my corner of IKEA Expedit shelves and desk, a few other organizers, and my Cricut stuff and label maker on the dresser. I took some after shots. I am pretty happy with it.

I stitched three photos together to get this image.

A couple more:

Our computer desk is on the wall you don’t see in the photo.

Reorganizing my things always inspires me to make things. I have some project ideas I really want to work on. The other day I finally prettied up one of my little organizers from IKEA that I’ve been meaning to do something with for a couple of years now…I store letter stickers in there. I have separate organization for all my Thickers though. 🙂

Before:

After:

Closet redo

I haven’t done any scrapping in a couple of weeks….but I have been motivated to get some organizing done. My clothes and closet have been frustrating and disorganized, so I’d been wanting to go through them and get rid of stuff I haven’t been wearing. I had been hoping to take care of this project LAST weekend, but that didn’t happen! I finally finished the project today.

We live in an almost 100-year-old little home, which has two closets. Yes, two closets. And they are not large closets. I think my closet is the smallest I’ve seen anyone I know have….I use the closet in the bedroom that we use as our office. Trev’s clothes are in the closet in our bedroom, as well as all of our shoes, and all our towels. No linen closet so what do you do? That’s what you do, although we aren’t liking it much. Trevor built another closet in the basement bedroom, but it isn’t very accessible. Anyway, my clothes are in the closet and dresser in the office. I started out by taking the tons of clothes I had thrown on the side hooks in the closet and on the floor and put them on the dresser. After that I thought to take a picture, so these aren’t the for real before, but more like early progress photos.

I got rid of a lot of stuff that didn’t need to be taking up space in the closet. I put sweatshirts and sweaters on the top shelf instead of stuff I haven’t touched in months. I reorganized my dresser drawers and emptied two of them that I was able to use for other stuff (photos, extra scrap stuff, etc.).

Here it is empty!

Here’s what it looks like now.

And I filled up all these bags to donate!

Cash was right by me pretty much the whole time looking at everything. He was not happy that I put a teddy bear in one of the donate bags and was trying to take it out. Sometimes he is such a kid! Ha!

I love deals!

Have I mentioned that I love deals?

Right now Rainbow Foods (I believe all Roundy’s stores as well) is having a deal where if you buy 8 Kellogg’s products for $20 you get $10 off immediately at the register. I looked around online for some Kellog’s coupons and printed off a bunch. I went to Rainbow and picked up my 8 items and used coupons for all of those items ($6.75 worth), so my total for 5 boxes of cereal, 2 boxes of cereal bars, and a box of crackers was a whopping $3.25. I bought all items that I know we will eat, although fruit snacks, granola bars, cookies, etc. are also included. I stuck with Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, Special K, Cheez-Its….

Frosted Mini Wheats Coupon

Special K Blueberry Coupon

Kellogg’s Cinnabon Bars Coupon

But the best place I got the most coupons was this place. I just signed up for  Snackpicks and it brought me to a page with tons of Kellogg’s coupons, and that’s mostly what I used at the store today.

I’m tempted to go back for more….

Straight from the farm to my kitchen

We still have a lot of venison to cook from last year, so I am trying to make it now before this hunting season. Tonight I made garlic honey marinaded venison chops, and decided to accompany them with crop share veggies. I made roasted brussels sprouts using a recipe from my friend/neighbor Martha, and also parsnip-potato mash. Trevor thought it was pretty fancy. Delicious! It feels really good (fresh AND ethical) to eat a meal that is all straight from the farm….even the venison (pretty much…we did have a meat market do the work first).

Farewell crop share

This was our last week of the Gale Woods Farm crop share! It has been an interesting experience. We’ve eaten a lot more vegetables than ever before. I’ve tried lots of new recipes, and we’ve had several vegetarian meals (tonight I made broccoli alfredo). Everything tastes better when it’s straight from the farm! I highly recommend trying it out if you get the chance.

Look at the pumpkin! And brussels sprouts!

Is it really going to snow soon?

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted.  It has been an adjustment for me to go from the busy days of summer to slow, cold, rainy days. I actually have nothing going on. It makes everything sink in deeper, and the reality of job hunting stick out more. It’s tough. I don’t enjoy it, especially the rejection part. But I’m trying to be hopeful that God has something out there for me, or at least has a plan for me.

It’s been raining a lot. The sun finally came out yesterday and is out once again today, so I’m hoping to take Cash for a walk after I eat lunch. He has been very mopey and tired, but I think that is mostly due to his ear infections. Poor little dog.

We had a nice enjoyable low-key weekend in Fergus Falls last weekend. It was nice to hang out, play games, watch tv, visit with Grandma, etc.  We watched “Walk the Line” again and I am always amazed at the talent of Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. It’s sad to think Joaquin has given up on his talented career as an actor and gone crazy. It was fun to hear my father-in-law singing along to all the Johnny Cash songs, especially because Trevor never knew his dad had ever listened to Johnny Cash. We really started getting into him a few years ago and read Cash by Johnny Cash, and then we named our dog after him.

This weekend I’m singing in the church choir and Trev is working the media team, so we’ll be at church both services. Otherwise no big plans, as Trev has school work to do for his grad school class he is taking right now.

Here are a couple of layouts I did last weekend. I usually don’t feel as inspired when making Christmas layouts because it feels sort of limiting, so Christmas layouts are never my favorite, but I always love the photos. I finally finished scrapping all my photos from 2007, so now it’s on to 2008! I know that not everyone scraps this way, but for me it is a motivator.

Fall paper

Wow. It’s October 1st (Happy Anniversary Matt & Jen!), and it’s a rainy fall day. Cash Howard the cockapoo is all curled up on his little dog bed in the hallway. He loves that thing, which makes me happy. That’s not just because of how cute it is, but also because when we bought it for him for Christmas the year we got him Trevor said he thought he wouldn’t actually use the thing. Ha!

I’ve just started scrapbooking Christmas photos from 2007, so I’ve been thinking about Christmas a lot. I’ll need to get started on Christmas gifts if I’m going to make some again like I did last year.

I’ve got lots and lots of scrapbooking stuff, but I still find myself buying it when it’s a deal, like 75% off clearance at Target the other day, and the $1 and $2 deals at Big Lots….I went to Michaels last week and since I was scrapbooking Fall photos I bought Making Memories Autumn Splendor paper with a coupon (so $6 for 36 sheets). There are so many autumn paper options at Michaels right now. I often buy paper packs and paper pads because I can get a lot for a good price with a 40% of 50% off coupon. I really only was tempted by the Autumn Splendor paper and the SEI Moravia paper pad, but that was twice as much. So I used some of the Autumn Splendor papers + some others to make these pages from Thanksgiving with the Tungseths in 2007 and they are pretty clean and simple, but that was what I felt like doing. My pages are always so different depending on my mood. I don’t think I stick with one certain style.

This is a lift of an Ali Edwards layout.

This paper is actually from a pack of paper I bought from the Target dollar spot…two years ago.

It didn’t scan perfectly, but it’s a 2-page layout, and a lift from a layout I spotted in Creating Keepsakes magazine. I hadn’t seen a CK magazine in years and felt like picking one up for some ideas.

This is one of my favorites. I just love the photos.

The leaves on this one are also from the MM Autumn Splendor collection. I had to take a photo of this one so I wouldn’t get glitter all over the scanner!

And then one more Fall layout. For this one I used more cheap Target paper, and these are photos I took when we were on a walk in our neighborhood with the dog.

I just love Fall!