Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Inspector, WITH my underwear, IN the Pantry

How is that for a mystery ????

Here is what happened......We just signed the "Intent of Sale" for our house and I was told that sometime in the next seven days an inspector would be coming to the house. My realtor told me that they should be calling to schedule the appointment very soon.

Yesterday, around lunchtime, I hear the doorbell. I was working on this project for the MFT kickoff and my daughter was asleep....Guess who it was? Yep....the inspectors.

Not a big deal. After a quick call to verify who they were, I got my daughter up and we vacated the premises for a few hours. I wish I had some warning but the house was not looking too bad so I didn't worry about it too much.

Well, I get home after picking my son up from school and find my laundry (including some underwear--!) folded on top of my washing machine. I didn't think much of it..figured my 11 year old must have somehow got in there and folded it for me (yeah right!)

After I questioned her about it (and got the answer I was inspecting "No way!") I realized what must have happened......

The Inspector, WITH my underwear, IN the Pantry

The inspectors had to test everything in the house--the dishwasher, oven and even the washer/dryer hook-ups so they had to run the appliances. I guess rather than toss my laundry aside, they decided to nicely fold the items and place them on top. (Shaking my head!)--I can just see the two men folding my underwear----GASP! (Just another reason why you should always have nice underwear!)

Well, just to finish the story on a good note---here is the project that I finally finished just minutes before the release party!

"Can Ya Dig It?"----I created this to showcase the newest release from My Favorite Things, I created a little gardener's pot--filled with paper flowers, vegetable seeds, stakes for marking plants, and a card.

The pot is a 4" unfinished pot that I panted with red acrylic paint. The flowers are made with SU circle and tab punches. The polka dots are stamped with the pattern from Behind the Scenes. (I also used this polka dotted pattern on the card and around the pot!)

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Here is a close up of the card that is inside:
The hat is paper pieced. I used the new Simply Spring digital papers for that and for the background. (I love being able to print what I need out of my computer!) TIP: When paper piecing, make sure to cut out the object on the outside of the black stamped line because it will cover the original much better.
The grass is just a piece of cardstock that I cut with my scissors. I added some primas (that I colored with my red Copic marker!) to the hat.
The strip of polka dots matches the polka dots in the flower and on the pot.


Here is a view of the pot without the card---so you can see the vegetable seeds tucked behind it:


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Here is a close up of the garden stakes. I picked these stakes up at the Target $1 spot! I stamped the images on Waterproof labels and then cut the label to the size I wanted it. I used snap stamps for the carrots label and the accessory stamps from the "Can you dig it?" to create these plant markers. TIP: Make sure you stamp on the correct side of the label! (I had to do the Carrots one twice because the first time I stamped on the back--duh!)

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Materials used: Can Ya Dig It?, Behind the Scenes (My Favorite Things); Karen Foster snap stamps; Waterproof labels (Gina K Designs); brilliance black ink; classic stamp pads- red, olive, soft sky (Stampin' Up!); cardstock-white, celery, red (SU!); dp--Spring digital paper pack-houndstooth (My Favorite Things); Copic markers; Prismacolor pencils; Odorless mineral spirits; stakes (Target); 4 " flower pot (Michaels); red acryllic paint; wood dowels; ribbon- red gingham (SU!); green (Papertrey Ink); button (foofala); circle punchs, tab punch, slit punch, word window punch (Stampin' Up!), styrafoam ball; crinkle paper; dimensionals and pop dots (SU!); little prima flowers; small brads (Queen & Co.); paper piercing tool and mat pack (SU!).

Thanks for stopping by!


52 comments:

Julie Campbell said...

OH MY GOSH, Carolyn! You crack me up! I just have this visual of a big burley man gently folding your undies! AAAhhh!!! That's awesome! ;)

Fantastic project too! What a great gift for a gardener! Hmm.... DON'T make me buy any more stamps!!!:)

Your story just tops it all though!

Jacque (SCS: Petals) said...

Holy Toledo! I can't begin to imagine...just too funny!

Very cute project. TFS!

Judi said...

Ok, that is too funny about about the inspector. Wierd but funny! Even funnier thinking an 11 year old would of done it, lol. Not in this house either.

This is so cute!!! The wheels are turning in my brain. A bit squeaky, but they are turning. Need to figure out who I could make something like this for. TFS

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

OMG Carolyn...I cannot even believe the man touched your laundry...let alone folded it..YIKES!!!

Beautiful project. Love this new MFT set. Missed the party last night. Thank you for the beautiful card! Hugs. chris

Donna said...

ha ha - can't even imagine you even owning anything other than pretty panties! LOVE your project, I saw those stakes there & wondered what the heck would anyone need those for?! I'm a city girl but believe it or not DH and I planted a small garden a few years ago but it bombed a few months later. oh well maybe when we move out to our property we'll try it again. TFS a great project & a laugh!

Patty W said...

OMGOsh ! ROFL... the inspector doing your laundry...that sure conjures up a pretty picture! Gives you both something to talk about! Mother always said to wear clean undies..never said to make sure you kept pretty ones in the pantry! LOL

Great project...love it alot!

Emily N. said...

The flower pot is out of this world! Also, the story is hilarious! I am still laughing at the antics of the MFT release! The whole pregnancy thing was a hoot!

Lynn Mercurio said...

What a funny post Carolyn! I'd be mortified if a stranger saw OR touched my undies laundry...lol

I absolutely love your project. I'll tell ya, I need to hang out at Target more. Everytime I go there, I'm always in such a hurry that I just pick up what I need the scurry away...I need to take some time to brouse so I can find cool things like these acrylic stakes...after your blog post, I'm sure there won't be any left in the St. Louis area! (I can just see everyone running and picking them all up - like they do the mailboxes & metal buckets...lol)

TFS your fabulous creativity - have a great day!

Christina Fischer said...

FANTASTIC project! Such a great gift -- love the colors and all the details! I love it all!!!

Your story is too funny! I think that selling a home is a lot like having a baby -- by the time it's over, everyone knows EVERYTHING about you!! ;)

Denise... said...

Your project is unbelievable. Fantastic. And the story...OMG! I guess I need to make sure I have beautiful undies if we ever decide to move!!!

Rae said...

GORGEOUS project Carolyn, I absolutely LOVE it! {And I am cringing at the thought of a stranger folding women's underwear...eeeeewwww!}

Anonymous said...

You gotta be making this stuff up because it's just too funny! I was laughing so hard at the image of the inspector with your underwear and then I cringed for you.

Too cute project!

Shawn K.

MichelleO said...

Ok, the project for the new release is as always fabulous! But that story just about made me spit on the screen! I can only imagine... Wonder if he folds his own laundry at home -

Tammy said...

What a laugh! From the title of your post, I thought you were playing a game of Clue! You know... Colonel Mustard, in the Billiard Room, with the lead pipe! LOL

Anonymous said...

Cammie, at first I loved your flowerpot and even not being a great gardener myself, I just love these garden stamps. But than your story... I couldn't believe it... Have they tried the vacuum cleaner as well??? And perhaps cleaned the windows to see whether they are real ones *lol*

Have a great day... A laughing Nessie from far, far away

Ila said...

Oh WoW! I love these garden projects!!...they would sure make a great gift for my MIL!!
And I love the story....Hilarious!and was a great way to start my day!!TFS!!

Stampmouse said...

OMG what a funny story. hmm can you get him to come more often is what I am thinking? free maid service. lol

beautiful cards and ideas with the new MFT set.

dpkennedy said...

Now that made me laugh out loud! I wonder if they were wearing it on their heads first...or just wearing it? Oh, what an image!

Your project is great! Love the card and matching stakes in that adorable pot! Great idea!

Anonymous said...

I just love that story. I was laughing so hard, that I had my husband wondering, until I had him read your entry. Thanks for starting my day with a smile.

Wendy G

Anonymous said...

Ok...so I've stopped laughing long enough to type this comment! :) Great story...can't even imagine. When we had our inspectors in we got lucky...we stayed at the house and he didn't test out the washer/dryer!

Great project BTW...love all the details.

Charmaine

Amy said...

You have got me cracking up!!! I can not imagine such a thing...lol! Great project too! I am thinking of all the fun things you could do with this new set! Awesome work!

Rita said...

OMGssh!!! I would have been mortified! It could only happen to you! Another great story to make me LOL!!!

Your project & card are Fantastic as always, this is a great gift idea!!!

SueD said...

xswwnyowzaa! maybe this man has an underwear fetish? funny story and beautiful project!

Juanita B said...

That title and story are VERY funny and clever! I know exaxtly how you felt when you realized what happened.

Speaking of clever your gift is such a marvelous one. I love the colors and paper piecing, excellent work as always. TFS.

Kelly Bee said...

so cute. Oh, and in my visual, the dude folding your undies is wearing bib overalls and workgloves!

Anonymous said...

Holy crap. We are getting ready to list our house too. Thanks for the heads up. I would have never guessed that they test all your appliances. Heading to Target to buy new underwear.

On a second note. That garden pot is the cutest thing ever. I love it. Really like the flowers and this set is a must. Thanks for sharing both.
Dawn B.

Kacey Elliott said...

Now that is a funny story! You should have had some laundry in the washer too - maybe he would have finished it all! I wouldn't care if somebody was folding my laundry, at least it would be getting done - he-he! Love, Love, Love that project - great job!

Dawn Easton said...

ROFL! What a story! Too bad you didn't have laundry in the wash too...maybe they would have finished the whole lot for you ;)

Love your little project...it's adorable!

Joan and Amy said...

Oh Good Gracious I'm still chuckling over your story. That is toooo funny.
I love your project and I may have to case it.
Happy Stampin' Joan

Debbie Olson said...

Cammie, you're a hoot! I could use my underwear folded. Maybe I'll call out a home inspector! (Not.) This is a totally gorgeous ensemble--beautifully done and perfectly coordinated. It's a HUGE winner!

Erin... said...

Funny story!! Good tip about the clean undies!!! Beautiful project!!! Amazing!

papermoon04 said...

Oh Caro, this is too funny. As an outsider I say that of course. I can't even imagine this,just the thought..........Awesome project BTW, love it!

Lee said...

No WAY!!! OMGosh, I think I'd DIE if my underwear had been......ummmmmmmm.....folded.......my granny pannies.....UGH!!! LOL I sure hope everything goes smoothly and you're done with all the "home" invasion stuff!!

This card and flower pot are just adorable!! I love this for a new neighbor gift, a first home, etc....think I need to make some of those!!!

huntla1 said...

My mother always told me to wear clean underwear in case it got inspected... hmm... that doesn't sound like my mother at all! Love your little pot and the goodies inside!

Julie Masse said...

What a total riot!! Can't believe they actually folded the laundry!! LOVE your set Cammie - fabulous gift and so pretty! :)

Pamela Smerker said...

Love your project, makes me want to mess around in the yard or in some ink LOL.
Oh how I would love to be a fly on the wall when those guys were folding your underwear. I am not sure what would be worse, that they folded it or just threw it in a pile. I am pretty sure I would take them folding it, as it would be one less load for me to do ha ha!
Thanks for the story and cute project.

Janine said...

Love the pot and all the acoutrements!!! Good luck on the sale of your home!

denise said...

Oh my!!! I love the card... BUT really the story is the BEST!!!! How funny!!! I would just die!!! I guess you just never know!

Bethany Paull said...

How DO these thing happen to you? You crack me up. Anyway, I love your project so much. That is the greatest combination...the flowers and plant stakes, etc. all tucked in a pretty pot.

Kathleen said...

LOVE this pot and all that you did to it!!! SOOOO creative! About the inspectors.............I just can't believe you found a man who knows HOW to fold underwear----I think most men just throw them in a pile!! Thanks for the giggle---

peanutbee said...

Oh my word, my mouth is just hanging open hearing about the inspector folding your laundry. I can't imagine.

Your flower pot is gorgeous!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

GORGEOUS projects Carolyn! Every one of them! And I can't believe that story! OMG!

Anonymous said...

Awesome card an dpot with flowers. Totally make me laugh with the inspector though. Oh I would be so embarassed... So so funny!

Rose Ann said...

Oh my goodness, Carolyn...your story is just too funny! Your project??? well it's way over the top awesome!!! I love it all!! Just amazing, girl!!

Dawn said...

This is a really neat idea! Awesome job.

Tami said...

BAHAHA! That is TOO FUNNY! Did they do the dishes while they were there?? LOL

CUTE CUTE CUTE project!

shel9999 said...

Awesome, AWESOME project!!!! Wow!! (And the inspector's folding your laundry...first of all, that's amazing that a man would voluntarily do that, but maybe it's more exciting to fold someone else's clothes than your own? EEk. lol.)

Lindsey (jacksonbelle) said...

wow these are all gorgeous!!! LOOOOOOOVE your flower set! Absolutely darling!!

Melissa said...

I don't know what to say Carolyn! I guess it's a good thing that they weren't dirty underwear right??! :)

Fabulous job on the MFT project - This is by far my favorite sample I've seen in blogland. Thanks for the inspiration!

Many Blessings,
M.

Linsey said...

I love your pot!!! Oh, you know what I mean, lol! I must try to re-create it when my new MFT's arrive-although it will, in no way, come nearly as close to as absolutely wonderful as yours! I loved ALL of your totally rockin' sneak peeks for the release party! Such a tease, hehe! :) hugs~

Carolina said...

Sorry I'm so late on commenting...I'm trying to catch up on all my favorite blogs and can't believe I'm finally getting to this post. First, what a hilarious story about the inspector.

The pot project is just stunning...from the color combo, the flowers, the image - just all of it! TFS!!!

Deb said...

That story is way too funny!!!

This project is fabulous, love every piece and a beautiful card too!