Archive | July, 2013

Sunshine and a Rainbow of Washi Tape Pt. 2

24 Jul

I promised you a look at my washi tape, didn’t I?

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I have a thing for rainbows. I kind of love them. If my husband had let me have my way, my kid’s nursery would have been decorated in rainbow colors. 😦 Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but I can still live my fantasy in my washi organization.

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Mhmm. I love washi tape. If, somehow, you have happened upon this post and you DON’T have any of this extremely versatile crafting tool, let me point you towards part one of this post. At the bottom you’ll find a list of 70-some beautifully designed tapes, and where to find them. Most of those links will take you to sites with a variety of washi for sale, in many, many more colors and patterns than I own (but all of which I covet).

Washi tape is paper tape, extremely sticky but also repositionable. It doesn’t take much washi to get the job done, and you can buy it by the yard or on rolls with upwards of 10 yards on a roll. And it’s addictive. Once you have one roll, in one color, one design, and you understand how useful it can be, you want other colors, other designs, more, more, more!

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And that’s okay. Really. Plus, if you can store it in something clear or open, it can be a great craft space decoration. 😀

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And, all together now…

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Ugh. I love it and I love having it on my shelf. Someday, when my craft space is organized and pretty, I’ll show it to you. 😉

Alright, I’m signing off. But make sure you keep an eye out for other organization posts around here, and my Project Life. 😀 That should be coming up fairly soon.

Apologies

18 Jul

I know that there was supposed to be a post today about my washi organization. Some rocky stuff has happened in my personal life and I wasn’t able to make it happen today, but I have the photographs taken and will do my absolute best to get it up tomorrow.

In the mean time, I ask that you send up your prayers for me and for the people that are affected by the issues I’m dealing with. Thank you, and bless.

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Sunshine and a Rainbow of Washi Tape

16 Jul

I got some long-awaited happy mail on Saturday. Back in May I won an amazing National Scrapbooking Day giveaway at The Crafting Chicks. It was an amazing – 72! – rolls of washi tape, and a display box to put it in from The Plaid Barn. I have been SO excited to get my hot little hands on this box, and the washi inside.

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Image courtesy of a Google Image Search for “instant washi collection”.

Seriously? Don’t you love it? I mean, get up  close and personal with that picture and tell me you aren’t CRAZY excited to see what was in my package. So was I. So you can imagine how hard it was for me to wait 2 months for it. Yeah, I won the box back on May 9th, and it arrived on Saturday, July 14th. I don’t want to dwell a lot on this, but I did want to note, because I feel that there has been some confusion:

1 – I originally gave The Plaid Barn the wrong address. I answered their email from my iPad and it autocorrected my street and city names.

2 – It took me 2 weeks to notice that and get them the correct address.

3 – That wasn’t really an issue, since as of June 3rd they were waiting for a shipment of washi tape to finish out my box and it hadn’t shipped yet. I was also told that I would receive a tracking number from their marketing dept. when it shipped.

4 – As of June 26th, they finally had the designs, and it was supposed to ship out ‘tomorrow’.

5 – On July 9th, I emailed support again, since I still hadn’t received a tracking number or box.

6 –  48 hours later, I still hadn’t heard anything from them, so I posted on their facebook wall about the issue. Their response was to copy and paste the link to the tracking information (which showed the box having shipped on the 8th of July, not the 27th of June) in a comment on that post.

Now, I need to say, their customer support person, Chris, was courteous and prompt up until my last email – even going to far as to contact me from their vacation to tell me they would check on my box and the shipping address for it when they got home – which I never recieved a response to. I am grateful that their support got back to me right away (all but the last time) when I emailed with concerns – even though I hadn’t spent a dime on the thing I was emailing them about. I appreciate the professionalism there. But, their follow-through at the very end left a bit to be desired.

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As far as the box itself… well, waiting an hour to unbox it so I could get the kids down for a nap and take it outside into good light for pictures was really hard.

I mean, don’t-eat-that-last-cookie-even-though-it’s-your-favorite-because-you’re-learning-willpower hard. (Anybody else struggle with that? It’s okay, you can raise your hands, nobody can see you but your computer screen.)

But I made it.

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I love the care of the packaging. The extra closure for the display tray. In fact, I’m still storing my display tray in the box right now, because I don’t have its rightful place in my scrap corner cleaned out yet.

And then I opened it.

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Good Lord, isn’t that gorgeous? I love the colors, and the designs, and… I just love washi tape. Guys, I think there may be something wrong with me.  My husband does too. I keep trying to tell him that this is as useful to me and what I do as his super-expensive Surface Pro is to his work, but he doesn’t believe me (probably because that’s not true). But don’t you just kind of want to reach into the computer and pick through it?

Me too. So I’m going to leave you alone with some close-ups for a moment. Take all the time you like. I’ll be back in a bit.

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…I know, right?!

I think I had more fun photographing this box than anything else I did Saturday. Well, okay, re-organizing it does top that a little bit. But we’ll get there in a second. BY THE WAY – In case you’re wondering, there is a comprehensive list at the end of this post with links to places on the internet where you can buy each specific roll of tape in Instant Washi Collection – so if you see a few that you just can’t live without, don’t worry.

Before I move on to my final organization photos, I wanted to note a couple things that might be of interest for anyone who is looking at purchasing the Instant Washi Collection the next time The Plaid Barn offers it.

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First is that I had 6 duplicate rolls in my box.

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Second is that one of the rolls shipped to me was damaged, and looked like it had been used prior to shipping. (see the tear line, as opposed to the clean break on the duplicate roll.)

Third – which may or may not bother people, but I thought I should include it just in case – the washi rolls are not a standard size/length – like was shown in the google image preview. One is on a larger cardboard tube, and some are much shorter than other tapes in the box.

Now, all that said… The last time The Plaid Barn offered the Instant Washi Collection deal was January 2013 – and I’m sure they had a gigantic and varied stock of washi tapes. There are 72 rolls in the box, and the cheapest non-sale price I found for any of these rolls was $2. So even with a couple duplicates and a little damage, their $129 price tag is still a pretty awesome deal (consider, shipping from separate locations as opposed to from one location, as well). And you get their awesome laser-cut display box.

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Now, this is definitely a display box. Don’t get it wet, don’t put it where it can be easily knocked from heights, don’t step on it, etc. It’s beautiful, but it’s not incredibly sturdy. But for what is essentially a freebie, it’s a neat little addition that definitely adds polish to their deal.

Would I pay $129 dollars for this Washi Box? Absolutely, if I had $129 to give on the day the deal came up, I totally would. And I am incredibly lucky that I won this box, because I hardly ever have that kind of money at a pop. 🙂

What about you all? Have you ever ordered from The Plaid Barn? What did you get? Leave me a comment and let me know – I would love to hear about your experience!

Look out for Part 2 of this post tomorrow (Wednesday), where I will talk about my washi organization, and show you my completed Washi Box, with some of my new tapes mixed in with some tapes from my stash. 🙂

WHERE YOU TOO CAN PURCHASE THE TAPES IN MY BOX:

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1 – Aqua Lace Washi from CharmTape on Etsy  – $2.98
2 – Picnic in Charlotte Washi from Downtown Tape – $1.99
3 – Bird Cage Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4

4 – Blue Iron Wire Washi from WaitingOnMarthaCraft on Etsy – $3
5 – Black and White Damask Washi from Pretty Tape on Etsy – $2.50
6 – Red/White Stripe Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4

7 – Green Polkadot Washi from Freckled Fawn – Pictured but not sold
8 – Basic Blue Stripe Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
9 – Horizontal Yellow Chevron Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4

10 – Black and White Zig Zag Lines Washi from SwansonStSupplies on Etsy – $3.26
11 – Teal Bubble Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
12 – Pastel Purple Starburst Washi from mooseart on Etsy – $3.20

13 – Pink/White Stripe Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
14 – Horizontal Black Chevron Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
15 – Yellow Circle Burst Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4

16 – Red Flowers in Purple Washi from RubyGraceJewelry on Etsy – $1.75
17 – Teal Scattered Polka Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
18 – Pink Stencil Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4

19 – Red Cross Stitch Washi from Freckled Fawn – ON SALE $1
20 – Purple Feather Washi from CharmTape on Etsy – $2.98
21 – Lime Stencil Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4

22 – Aqua Traingle Confetti Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
23 – Afternoon at the MoMA Washi from Downtown Tape – $1.99
24 – Blissful Bel-Air Washi from Downtown Tape – $1.99

25 – Kaua’i in Bloom Washi from Downtown Tape – $1.99
26 – Purple Small Dots Washi from ADIRINI on Etsy – $2.90
27 – Centimeter Ruler Washi from zakkalover on Etsy – $3

28 – Keep Calm and Carry On Washi from angieheartsjared on Etsy – $3
29 – Gray Polkadot Washi from Freckled Fawn – ON SALE $2
30 – White Lace Pattern on Purple Washi from InTheClear on Etsy – $3.30

31 – Blue Floral Washi from LouTinenEvents on Etsy – $2.95
32 – Red Starburst Washi from mooseart on Etsy – $3.20
33 – Basic Green Stripe Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4

34 – Light Blue Mini Diamonds Washi from HouseofWashi on Etsy – $2.67
35 – Multi-Colored Stripe Washi from Paper White Designs – $3.75
36 – Black Small Dots Washi from Cute Tape – $4

37 – Basic Black Stripe Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
38 – Light Blue Diagonals Washi from knicknackshop on Etsy – $3.20
39 – Summer in Sun Valley Washi from Downtown Tape – $1.99

40 – Pink Lace Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
41 – Aqua Quilt Washi from Two Peas in a Bucket – ON SALE $3.19
42 – Black and White Zig Zag Lines Washi from SwansonStSupplies on Etsy – $3.26

43 – Oriental Flower Bloom Washi from WhimsicalCraftss on Etsy – $3.00
44 – Santa Maria Strwaberry Washi by Downtown Tape – $1.99
45 – Navy Triangle Washi by Freckled Fawn – $3

46 – Paint the Town Pink Washi by Downtown Tape – $1.99
47 – Yellow Lattice Washi Tape from PaperWhiteDesigns on Etsy – $3.75
48 – Green Vine Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4

49 – Blue and White Gingham Washi from BahanaSplitsBoutique on Etsy – $4
50 – Newsprint Washi from WhimsicalCraftss on Etsy – $3
51 – Pale Peach Washi from littlehappythings1 on Etsy – $7.50 (pack of two)

52 – Purple Iron Wire Washi from WaitingOnMarthaCraft on Etsy – $3
53 – Black and White Pinstripe Washi from GoodiMochi on Etsy – $2.70
54 – Pink Lace Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4

55 – Black and White Pinstripe Washi from GoodiMochi on Etsy – $2.70
56 – Earth Day in Berkley by Downtown Tape – $1.99
57 – Black and White Rose Washi from GoodiMochi on Etsy – $3.20

58 – Light Blue Starburst Washi from mooseart on Etsy – $3.20
59 – Red Flowers in Yellow Washi from Washitape.cn – Pictured but not sold
60 – Salmon Orange Zig Zag Washi from Two Peas in a Bucket – ON SALE $3.60

61 – Teal Scattered Polka Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
62 – Orange Bangles Washi from Downtown Tape – $1.99
63 – White on Pink Daisy Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4

64 – Black/White Trianges Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
65 – Classic Blue Graph Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
66 – Salmon and White Floral Washi from Finding Nana – currently down for maitenance

67 – Birds On A Wire Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
68 – Vivid Pink Sketched Flowers Washi from chickydoddle on Etsy – $2.99
69 – Aqua Lace Washi from Charm Tape on Etsy – $2.98

70 – Classic Pink Airmail Washi from Freckled Fawn – $4
71 – Gray Polkadot Washi from Freckled Fawn – ON SALE $2
72 – Mint Zig Zag Washi from LaZoie on Etsy – $2.75

Six on Saturday + New In Shop

13 Jul

Six things I am loving right now….

Hexagons.

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Feeling A Bit Hexie? We Can Fix That! at Epiphany Crafts

Enamel Dots

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Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight ~ No Peeking at JJ Bolton.org

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Sketchbook Mini Album Tutorial by Piradee Talvanna on American Crafts Blog

The Honey Edition of Project Life

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Project Life: Honey Edition at AC Digitals.

Washi Tape

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Amazing Washi Tape Storage Ideas from Allred Design.net.

Flair

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Project – Instagram Love by HelpMeRhonda at TwoPeas.

As you can see, I’m all about the colors and the shapes right now. I’ll get some of my Project Life album up in the coming weeks and you’ll really be able to see how my interests are affecting my style.

And it wouldn’t be a post where I mention flair if I didn’t show you the awesomely cute flair set I just put in the shop. It’s called “Summer Bucket List“. Click on the link or the flair image to go to the shop for more info. 🙂

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This is the preview from the digital version – which will be available this weekend. 🙂

And here’s a shot of the physical flair in action:

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Again, you can pick up “Summer Bucket List” as well as any of my other flair designs in my etsy shop.

Have an amazing Saturday!

Five Minute Friday: Present

12 Jul

Present.

The thing that I often am not. Present is more than just being physically in a place. Presence is opening my eyes and my ears and my mind to the things going on around me, instead of focusing on my phone, my email, my dreams for the future, my life plans.

It’s noticing the curls at the end of my daughter’s pigtails. How they bounce and sway when she dances and sings. How her eyes crinkle up in the corners and she squints when she smiles because she doesn’t quite have a full understanding of finite motor skills. It’s seeing, not just hearing about, my son’s first steps. Being there when he reaches for me and knowing what is wrong because I know his body language – not because I’ve gone through a basic process of elimination. It’s paying attention when my husband speaks to me, hearing his words, and caring about them.

Being present. It is a challenge. I am selfish and my mind likes to wander.

But my presence is one of the greatest gifts I can give to my family.

Image You can find out more about Five Minute Friday and read more from the minds of the women bloggers involved about “present” by clicking here. Please remember to leave a comment when you read something that moves you – because those comments move the writers to write more. 🙂

Hello

11 Jul

Hi, world. I’m Virginia.

I’m 26. I will have been married for 4 years this December.

I have 2 adorable babies – M is 2 years old and J is almost 1 year old.

I am an imperfect person with incredible passions.

I love British TV shows. I kiss boo-boos. I take pictures. I am an opera singer. I can’t really play piano. I read long, multi-novel fantasy epics. I occasionally clean house. I do laundry. And more laundry. And more laundry. I am a memory keeper. I love to take walks at dusk. I love cats and kittens. I am a daughter of God.

This is my blog. My space to share with you a little bit of my soul.

It’s scary and wonderful and kind of gives me an upset stomach.

I’ll get over that last part eventually.

So, let’s dive in, and see what I have to share.