Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I did very well with my organizing- everything was packed and moved to my brother's by Friday evening, except little necessities like food and my toys, lol! Saturday AM DS and I had breakfast then he moved while I cleaned. We left the little house spotless and shining- except for the one thing I ALWAYS forget- the broiler pan in the stove.
I must have some kind of mental block about broiler pans. I very much like food broiled and cook that way often. And, EVERY time I do, there is suddenly an interesting aroma in the house the NEXT time I turn on the oven.
I discovered THIS time's goof when I went back to the little house about 1:30 because I couldn't find my earrings and remembered I had left them on the dresser. Our landlord let me in and laughingly asked "when did you broil?" As I turned totally red, I told him that I always forget that. His very nice answer was that considering how immaculate the rest of the house was, he didn't care at all. He had had to do nothing (other than clean the broiler pan!) to get ready for his next tenants, so he was perfectly happy. He also reminded me that if I want more weeks for next year to make sure I called the real estate office at the first of the year- so I took that to mean he *really* didn't mind and would welcome us back.
I did get a lot of playing in on the last couple days at the little house. After deciding to make all those images, I realized that I already had a bunch of colored images finished but not turned into cards. So that, along with some Silhouette playing, was done in between packing and organizing Thursday and Friday.
Friday night I attempted to upload some of the finished cards to SCS and I dont know what went wrong so they never got there. A few of them will be the bottom of this post.
DH arrived Saturday evening and our friends came down on Sunday for a day at the beach and a cookout. The weather did NOT cooperate- BIG TIME!! There were violent storms most of the day, which sadly resulted in one death and several serious injuries from lightning strikes along the Jersey coast here, as well a major wind and rain damage throughout the Atlantic Northeast. We had a lovely day anyway but it was inside rather than outside. Oh, and guess *how* I cooked the steaks that were originally destined for the grill?
Today is laundry and sorting and getting everything ready to help my DSIL when she arrives Wednesday evening for the movers coming on Friday. It's going to be another busy week.
Time for some links for you:
One of my favorite stamp companies is Firecracker Designs by Pamela. One of the things I like best is her blog where she combines information about her company with really good tutorials.
Another stamp company I really like is Stamping Bella- her Bella stamps are wonderful and she has a lot of other great stuff as well. Her blog is a riot- no one announces new releases or new products the way she does.
Definitely check these two out!
So, I finished a bunch more cards last week and here are a few samples:
You might be getting tired of this image by now, but I doubt I ever will. This version of Hometown Pride by Thomas Kinkade from Cornish Heritage Farms was done using pebbles chalks. I really like the softness of the image. I did the flag with Marvy-Uchida markers and purposely used an intensely colored mat- I think it makes the image "pop".
This was a fun image to do. I ran a brass stencil through the cuttlebug, then colored the whole thing using chalks. Both the chalks and the stencil are from The Stencil Collection- a company that you will often see at shows and which now both sells direct and through HSN. I'm not affiliated, just a customer who always enjoys their demos at shows and really likes the products. I'm entering this card in the "masculine card" challenge at SCS for the special FanClub event going on this week.
This is a card I really like how it turned out- bad English, but you know what I mean. The stamp is from a Stampin' Up set, and I colored it with Pebbles chalks. I thought all the different shades of purple fit the sentiment perfectly. The other result of doing this one is that I've been walking around for about 4 days now with the old Shirelles' song in my head.
I found a cute video of the song on Youtube, so if you also love those doo-wop oldies like I do, go check it out.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy all the links!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
One of the reasons I was interested is that she is posting from Hawaii. Several years ago my brother was living there and I got to spend a month visiting. I fell in love with all things Hawaiian- the beauty, the culture, the music, the language. One of these days I'll post about Hawaiian quilts. Until then you can enjoy the music from "Iz", Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
Monday, July 21, 2008
However, I woke up very late today and realized I was days behind on my reading, my friends' blogs and all the crafty sites I usually check daily.
SplitCoastStampers is hosting special challenges for members of their FanClub this week. The rest of the afternoon was spent trying to get the EXACT right thing I wanted for the card from my Silhouette. The card is still not done, so I don't have anything to show.
I can share a pretty neat blog, though! If you like crafting videos, Scrap Time is a great site. Christine does a couple videos a week, about new products and techniques. I've really learned a lot there. AND.....she has more than 500 pictures from CHA!!!!
So, definitely check out her blog!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Well, the house is all clean and straightened up, my friend should be on her way by now, and I'm off to take a quick shower.
Then it'll be time to relax, have a drink, nibble on snacks, play with all my toys and ENJOY!!
So, while this means I have lots of time to finish the few little things I wanted to do here before she arrives, it means we miss a day at the beach and lots of time. It also means I have a whole lot of un-planned time today.
I have been getting a BUNCH of hits here in the last few days and I finally figured it out- DUH! There's a blogger out there who lists her "newly discovered" blogs every few days and Tuesday I was on her list. How exciting!!!! Her blog is called Scrappin' When I Can and I've added her to my sidebar- make sure to check it out!
So that brought out the teacher in me. I don't do any tutorials or anything here as I'm just not confident that I have anything to share that others cannot already do as well or better. But, I could start sharing WHY I like certain things and maybe that would be helpful to someone. I also can share all the wonderful sites I find. So, as time permits, I hope to do more information sharing from now on.
For starters, how about that Enveloper? I know the folks over at SCS are mostly Scor-pal fans and that's a good tool. But the directions for making envelopes with it would make me tear my hair out! AND, it's BIG! Meanwhile, a British company has come up with an envelope making tool that is sooooo fast and soooo easy- well, it's got my name all over it!
All you need is your paper cutter, the tool, the chart that comes with it and some tape. You cut your paper into a square- the chart tells you the size based on the card. Then you put the paper into the corner of the tool, make 4 scores on the lines indicated on the chart, fold and tape. Voila! Beautiful envelope.
It actually took me a LOT longer to type this than it would to make the envelope!
This gizmo also makes what is called an "envelobox"- an envelope that has enough depth to carry those heavily embellished cards we all love. That takes about 10 seconds longer to make because you have to score twice on each side.
There is a really neat blog out there called ScrapTime. She does video lessons for all kinds of things that crafters are interested in. If you want to see the video about the Enveloper, it's back on January 17 and here's the link.
Oh- for the bargain hunters out there, Ritz Camera online has it this week for a really good price! NOT endorsing, just some info.
That's enough "teacher" time- now it's back to student time and the dreaded assignment #3.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
And, it turns out that my playing today made me reconsider- so tomorrow, if I get it mounted on a card, I have another image from this same stamp, and it was NOT done with chalks!
Off to bed with that good book!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
The 4th was interesting- very different from usual for me. First off, I overslept- too much late caffeine the day before meant being up really late!- and I MISSED the parade!!!!. And, it was raining!! That led to second off- we did not have our usual crowd. Only one of my DS's friends came and our friends all begged off.
Then, when my mother called my brother (a different brother from the one whose house we were staying at- this one has a shore house about 10 miles away) and said she didn't want to drive to his party, and I was going to drop her off, he said "well, she's invited also then". We will NOT go into the details about all this. Since I've known many of his neighbors all my life, I did stop in at the party for about an hour, which was much longer than I planned.
Then it was off to ACMoore- they had the 4 packs of paper for $5 (which is basically buy 1, get 3 free!!!!) so I had to go there. Obviously, bought more than just paper- can you EVER get out of ACMoore or Michaels with only the one thing you went for? I also stopped to buy new bed linens as the ones for the second bedroom in the little house were not in the linens crate when I washed everything earlier in the week. Shopping on the 4th was new to me!
Let's just say it was quite late in the afternoon before I got home. The "boys" were having a grand time with Xbox and had managed to avail themselves on their own of the homemade bruchetta I had slaved over the night before. That made the interest in dinner come very late in the evening- and just as I was about to put everything out, Mom called that my brother would not/could not leave his guests to drive her home, as originally planned.
So, off I go, again, to pick her up- just as the massive crowds were clogging the only main road to my brother's in preparation for the fireworks. Let's just say it was a LONG trip. The good news is that the trip home during the fireworks, went quickly- AND we could see them as we drove!- and we got home before they were over so we beat the "after" traffic.
Saturday was all packing in the AM- to move to the little house- and unpacking in the PM- at the little house. I achieved my goal of being completely moved in before DH arrived in the evening and we just had pizza for dinner then watched baseball on TV. LONG day.
Sunday was truly a day of rest. As in I napped most of the afternoon. I did make a real Sunday dinner after my nap- roast pork loin, mashed potatoes, veggies, dessert- the whole gig!
Notice there is NO stamping/crafting/whatever in there. I just have not yet felt like getting everything out- it looks so nice and neat all organized on the shelves in the 2nd bedroom. How's that for neurotic?
Today I hope to get to the beach if it doesn't rain. I already went over and double checked everything at my brother's house- he has a contract to sell it, but it has to pass the county inspection first and the inspectors are coming this afternoon. Did a little sprucing up- no biggie.
So, DH and DS are in the city to work all week, Mom went home for a bunch of doctor's appointments, all my jobs at DB's house are taken care of (except for putting out the recycleables for the trashmen Wednesday morning, no big deal), and I am FINALLY on my REAL vacation.
I LOVE being alone at the shore. I LOVE reading whenever I feel like, all night if it's a good book and I want to finish it NOW. I love eating whenever and whatever I feel like. I LOVE that a few of my girlfriends will come down for a couple days and we will sit and talk and laugh and stay up late, and craft, and go to the beach and have REAL girlfriend time.
Don't misunderstand- I LOVE DH and DS and really enjoy when they come down on weekends. It's a great time!
But, that alone time, ME time, is really special. And, it's finally HERE!
Oh dear- it's starting to rain. Guess it's a sign- time to dig out the Silhouette and all the crafty stuff and play!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I was awakened by my cell phone ringing, and ringing, and RINGING! It was my son- his car had, quite literally, exploded on the way to work. HE IS FINE! That's the important thing. But the car "threw a rod" whatever that means. He tells me there were smoke and flames, and that when the tow truck came you could see underneath that it was all "shredded metal".
This is not good news. DS is back in school, and while his job pays for his classes, they do that only after he successfully completes them. He just paid tuition for a new semester that started last week for two classes. We just got back from Disney World, which was TERRFIC fun but an expensive trip. When we got back said car was waiting at the mechanic's from the yearly inspection, which cost him about $500 to pass. This, at the time, was ok news as the car was physically in great shape and looked to be good for several more years at least. But now he is basically broke and must have a car ASAP as his work is not in an area served by public transit.
Now for the real surprise! I called DH after I talked to DS and they had already chatted. DH was AMAZINGLY sanguine. "So, he needs a car, and we'll have to loan him the money. Oh, well, things happen." I am shocked, but THRILLED that he is being so calm. This made everything so much less stressful- if having to find a new car, by Monday, over 4th of July weekend, can be said to be less stressful, lol! But, that's DS's problem.
Now for my crafting learning. Being a little OCD, I set up a binder for lots of stamping/scrapping/crafting information. I printed out all the color charts from all the different kinds of coloring media I own. Then I make color swatches using the pens, paints, etc since the swatches that print out rarely match what the color really looks like. Today I sat down to update my binder- I recently bought a big batch of Prismacolor markers on ebay and also had two new sets of twinks to swatch. Here's a picture of one page in my binder.
I made swatches on the Prismacolor marker printout and was amazed a little later. These are my first alcohol based markers and I have only tried them out once. I will definitely have to go back and re-look at the image. The alcohol markers were a NOTICABLY different color after they dried than when I put the swatches on- and I mean a WHILE later. I really, REALLY like the way they look after a while.
So, I learned that I need to do some reading and studying- these markers may be more interesting than I originally thought!
Time for lunch, then some reading, then some more playing.