Friday, April 17, 2015

FNW2: A Few of My Favorite Things

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the second edition of the newly relaunched "Friday Night Writes".

Not quite sure where the week has gone. I seem to have spent lots of time reading, doing lunch with hubby, going for walks, and picking up a few things for our villa. However, I don't seem to have spent much time crafting. Hmmm....  At least I have one card to share. But, first a look at a couple of island purchases.  :)

Favorite Thing #1: Re-Design on a Dime

When we bought the villa, it was in great shape and came completely furnished. That was fabulous news because it meant it was turn-the-key-and-settle-in-ready. The bad news is the d├ęcor was not quite what I would have chosen. Pair that with a hubby who values function over aesthetics, well... Luckily, the island has some great stores to help with that challenge.   :)

a wonderful consignment shop find
The island has some wonderful consignment shops, including Annie's Attic. And, with the help of a super friendly sales clerk, I found an adorable fish picture for our upstairs guest bath -- aka my bath when the two of us are here by ourselves. This little print, which was perfect for our bathroom and had even been professionally framed, came at a fraction of a cost of what I would have paid in a gallery. I love finding just the right thing at a local, shop-small business.  :)

an island mini crafting station
I've also been at work setting up a small crafting station in our guest bedroom, nestled into the corner of the room. I repurposed an existing Sauder bookshelf using some great accessories. Baskets hold punches; stamp sets; inking supplies; and miscellaneous supplies, including adhesives and markers. Drawer dividers and a pen/pencil holder serve as organizers for miscellaneous tools and supplies.

Of course, my biggest challenge will be limiting what I bring to what will fit in my new craft station.  :)

Favorite Thing #2: A "New" Challenge Blog

Okay, this challenge is the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge and it has been around for a long, long time. Yet, it's new to me.

And, though it may be impossible to believe, I recently made my very first My Favorite Things purchase. Crazy, but true. So, I've decided to link up a card to the current MFT Sketch Challenge. Don't know about you, but I always find it quite exciting and just a little scary to link up to new challenges. But, here goes!

Echo Park times & seasons 2; Recollections black; Carson watercolor paper
Stampin' Up! too kind images in StazOn jet black;
TPC Studio sentiment; Paper Smooches natural beauties (for tiny heart)
punches: SU petite petal; SU owl builder (for tiniest circles); EK hole; Creative Memories corner rounder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares; Glue Dots; Zig 2-way glue pen
As you can, see I flipped the sketch so that the diagonal strip is at the bottom. When I decided to go with the flowers, I thought the strip worked much better here.

I'm also linking this card up for the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog's In-The-Middle Challenge.

Favorite Thing #3: Words 2 Scrap By

April Challenge
April 1 - April 21
There are still a few more days to enter the current The-Earth-Has-Music Words 2 Scrap By challenge. Our challenge is open until April 21. Hope you will join in our April challenge!

Parting Thoughts

Hoping to make a little more time for crafting this weekend. We'll see how that goes.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. Love your fish picture and love that you carved out a spot to do some stamping in your villa! Yes, I do think entering new challenges is a little scary. lol But you will get over that soon enough. Just enjoy! Hugs, Brenda

  2. Wonderful projects! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

  3. Lovely card, Sybrina! So glad to have you play along with us at MFT challenge. :)