The Porch

Its been 5 months since I last posted anything on my Blog. I didn’t feel like I had anything to write about as far as home life and home decorating. I haven’t been offline , I’ve been posting on my Scrapbook/journaling Instagram page. As far as our home , We’ve been stripping carpet . moving rooms around. Everything is still upside down but slowly making progress.

The shelf is right by our front door . It offers a place for plants and other catch alls. The grill is on the longest side of our porch. The hubby built frames so we can enclose the porch before winter gets here.

The longest side of the porch. As you can see there is wood for the frames to enclose the porch. We rearranged the porch a few weeks ago to see what it looked like and to see if we would like the new arrangement, so far, we like how it looks and it is working out for us.

Hubby didn’t want to be in the pictures so he to a break to burn some wood while I took a few pictures. The dresser is one that we got from our neighbor The cart was thrifted years ago and I spray painted last years or the year before. The bench was a dumpster dive find from Hubbys job. The frames are up . we just have to put plastic on them and then put the frames back in place. The yard is a lot cleaner than it use to be, We are planning on putting a shed in the back corner, where the ladder currently is. The camera wires need to be placed back up but the birds keep knocking them down. Next week we will be putting out our Christmas decorations and the porch is one area I really want to Decorate this year.

We’ve been going through some things here in the Mobile Home Park for the past few months and I didn’t want to post a lot of negativity on my blog.

I hope that you are all doing well. I hope that you have a GREAT THANKSGIVING and that you can spend it with you loved ones.

Thank you for taking time to read my blog post.

Til next time

These flowers were from seeds I planted last year. I didn’t expect anything to grow . I’m happy that there are flowers and I didn’t have to replant anything. The other side needs something but I’m not sure if I want to plant flowers or some type of bush or anything at all.

The hubby and I keep discussing moving back to our other Mobile Home . The cost and if we remodel it. It might be just put back the original way and live in for a little while.

My friend gave me this cabinet , I have to move somethings around in the kitchen . I’m still working on the kitchen. I like the chippyness of the cabinet . It was cleaned but I’ll have to go back over it again.

We bought the stove off of Facebook Market place at the beginning of the month. The leg needs to reattached and some parts we have to get. It’s a gas stove. I’ve been wanting an old/vintage stove for a very long time. It’s in our storage unit for now. Once, we find the parts it needs , we will begin to work on it . It might go in our other Mobile Home or it might go in a whole different home.

We are looking at Moving out of the Mobile Home Park and looking into moving to a different part of the state.. Nothing is written in stone , we are keeping our options open. The hubby has his job for now. Hubby was told he had a job until September but wasn’t guaranteed anything after that.

So, that might be an opportune time to move or stay here and deal with everything that is going on with the Mobile Home Park. We will see as time goes. We are saving money for whatever situation occurs.

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Til next time

Update of sorts 2

This is what I did get done. The totes and the things on them have to be gone through. All the dishes are done and put away. The single painted door was done a while back , I didn’t like the color so I quit painting and it remains the same.

It’s late here and I can’t really make a lot of noise so I will vacuum tomorrow. I’m more than likely going to be really sore tomorrow after moving one big piece of furniture and putting in a smaller one.

I did manage to keep the smaller appliances that get used in the new cabinet. I have another small metal cabinet that houses 2 small crocks, frying pans and the hubbys deep fryer.

We need to put a piece of drywall on the upper part of the wall? I was thinking about a shelf of some sort and maybe some hooks. I have Cast Iron that I’d like to hang/ display.

So, for now this is how it is. Tomorrow is another day. The last time I moved furniture around , I was out of commission for two days. I’m hoping that , that doesn’t happen.

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Til next time

Updates of sorts

It’s been a long time since I posted anything on my Blog. Am I embarrassed , yes to a point. I’ve been struggling Mentally over the last few months, of which a lot of it was out of my control. It still affects me because of where we live.

The kitchen became a dumping ground for a lot of stuff. Really the whole house has but I did manage to get the living room cleaned and it’s still relativity clean. I gave up my craft room to our cats. So, now the hubby and I share the game room/office area.

I did clean the kitchen by that I mean doing the dishes and putting them away I took out the big cabinet as I felt crowded by it. I did replace it with a small mental kitchen cabinets. The kitchen is just waiting for me to put things in the smaller cabinet.

Now that the small cabinet is where the big one is I have wall space and I had to decide what goes and what stays.

We own 2 mobile homes in the Mobile home park we live in . One has not electric , which we have to fix so we can possibly move back into it. The one we live in now is slowly falling apart. No matter what we do to fix one area another seems to be needing attention.

Last night Hubby and I were talking and he said he was ready to move . We have several neighbors is nice to your face then runs to the landlord . Within the last year several people have moved in then moved out. Between the drugs, the fighting and a few other things , it’s too much.

We had a small garden last year but it doesn’t seem like is going to happen this year. Flowers are ok but growing food is shunned . I’m thinking about doing containers but still not sure because of the neighbors.

We will stay here as long as we have to but if we can go sooner , we will.

I take it one day at a time and stay to myself. It sucks that I find myself staying more and more inside my home. I’m slowly getting better . My Journaling has helped. I really enjoy myself when I’m doing that.

The top of the cabinet needs to be fixed . I put a piece of wood under just to give it a lift. Everything that is in the tote came from the bigger cabinet. I need to wash everything and decide if I’m keeping all it. The kitchen is that bad now just very unorganized. So, That is what I’m going to be working on since I have some Mental clarity and energy to do it.

I’ll post pictures and write another post when I get everything put away. I’ll go more into maybe us moving out of the Mobile Home Park.

Til next time.

Please take care of yourself for yourself!!!!

Ephemera for a Scrapbook , Altered Book

I took book pages and glued them together and took scrap papers to make a Masterboard . Once, everything was glued together I cut different pieces out of this Masterboard.

The longest part about this is waiting to the glue to dry and you can start cutting it apart to make Ephemera for your Scrapbook , Altered Book even your Junk Journals. All this is still very new to me and I am not expert on this subject matter.

I’ve heard of Scrapbooks and Altered Books but never tried to make any before. So, that is what I’ve been doing and learning as much as I can. One thing I have come to realize is there is really no wrong way to make a Scrapbook or Altered book/Junk Journal as far as how you want to decorate it.

This is the Ephemera I made with two Masterboards I created. I put stickers on them to add extra interest to them.

As you can see they are cut into different shapes and sizes. They didn’t take long to make other than waiting for the glue to dry after making a Masterboard for them. I used Distress Ink around the edges.

I’ve been working on this and anything related to Scrapbooking, Altered Books and Junk Journals and Journaling in general.

I have an Instagram Page and a Youtube Channel, if you are interesting in checking them out.

I just set both of them up so there isn’t a lot posted as of yet.

My Youtube Channel has two videos posted . Both are under 3 minutes long and set to Music. I’m still figuring out how to prop my phone for better videos.

Christinasplace76 is my Instagram and Youtube name.

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Til next time.

First attempt at making a Notebook/Signature

This was my first Attempt at putting a notebook/signature for a journal I’m working on. I took Scrapbook paper and made the outer covers. I used old book pages and printing paper to make the pages inside the book. I used different papers to decorate the front .

This was my first attempt to sew the pages in the book. My sewing isn’t great but the pages are holding .I used stickers to decorate the first inside page, I wasn’t sure how I wanted this book to be used for so it has different ideas that I put in it.

I used different Ephemera pieces to use as decoration , Sentiments/sayings. Journaling/Scrapbooking/Junk Journaling is very new to me. I’m finding out what I like and don’t to use to decorate pages. I don’t plan a page but I do let an idea for a page come through. Like the butterflies on one page,

I had scrap paper that I wanted to use in the book and I knew that I wanted Butterflies and a moth. I’m not sure if the big one is a moth or butterfly. It was the right size and color that I wanted to with the scrap paper, I used distress ink in Vintage Photo to color the border of the paper. I really like how it came out.

I don’t work on my journals everyday but I really think I should just so I stay out of my head. I enjoy the process of thinking what could go together on a page or at least the ideas that come to mind when it comes to journaling.

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Til next time.

What I’ve done so far with my Scrapbook/Journal

I’ve been busy with my journaling/scrapbook among other things around the house.

I thought I would post pictures of what is in my scrapbook/journal. I’ve used a lot of different things and just went with the flow. Nothing is perfect or in any particular order. It’s what mood I was in at the time I decided to decorate a page.

The only unfortunate thing is because some of the pages are heavy they started to fall out. The book still has empty pages. I have been watching Youtube videos on Junk Journaling .

We’ve been busy with our home but that is for another Blog.

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Til next time

What was my bedroom

What was my bedroom is now my Crafting room. I added 2 foldout tables .

The second table is for my laptop and I use it also for some ironing that I do for projects that I’ve been working on.

I hung twinkling Christmas lights up to help with the non lighting area and to bring in some coziness. I still am trying to figure out storage solutions for the fabrics, paints , books and the scrapbooking paper packs .

Over Christmas I bought a lot of Scrapbooking paper packs to help me in my journaling and junk journaling. Also went to the thrift store to see if I could find things to go along with that.

I did buy fabrics that Goodwill marked as Materials. I also bought a box of ribbon to use on different projects.

A few things I made . I was taking pictures and Ezio decided that he should be in at least one picture.

I will be posting pictures of what I did with my journal and junk journaling later.

til next time

Have a GREAT DAY /NIGHT

More of My Journal/Scrapbook

I’ve been slowly working on my Journal/Scrapbook. Not everyday but when the mood hits for something to be put in it.

I’ve also been writing my thoughts and feelings on a separate sheet that could be burned later. I’m trying to find different techniques that work for me as I’m trying to HEAL my past.

I did write a little in my book. I’m also using things that speak to me. I did leave spaces for future writings, pictures or drawings.

I tried something I saw on a Youtube Video, adding a card to write and decorate. I’m working on myself to heal me Heal and be more Creative. I have found that there is no wrong way to Journal/Scrapbook. Basically , you put down things that speak to you. It’s a personal thing.

I’m really liking it and I should be doing it more. Maybe It should journal my feelings also . I just might start doing that. Some of my feelings need a separate place and need to be Healed .

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til next time

It’s beginning to look like Christmas

This year we decided to put up a real wreath.

We were going to buy a real tree this year but decided against it because of our cats and neither one of us wants to be picking up the pine needles that fall from the tree.

We decided to not put a tree up at least in our living room. I have a small semi-flocked tree in my bedroom. It’s not decorated as of yet. We did put out our Santas and some of our Christmas decorations.

I still have to decorate my china cabinet and a few other places in the living room. I’m thinking about putting up our musical string lights. My desk is decorated but I still need to add the pinecones to a basket that is sitting on my desk.

I decided that I didn’t want the desk to be overcrowded with Christmas Decor. I kept it fairly simple this year. I might add fairie lights to it but I’m not sure because of the cats.

We still have some cleaning and moving things around so it will feel extra homey. I still have a lot more Christmas Decor but this is pretty much what we put out so far.

This area still needs to be completed . The stereo is doing under the pallet. We might have got a late start with Christmas Decorating but at least we have some out.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Thanks for stopping by

Til next next.