Monday, November 30, 2009
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I did the above layout earlier in the week for Category Stories - bad behavior. The photo is of Dan's mother, and I have always thought it was very funny. I was thinking that this layout is a great example of how thankful I am right now - I received the background paper (cosmo cricket) in a prize from Scrapgal for their Halloween contest, I received the Elsie epoxy stickers in a prize from a crop at Butterfly crafts blog, and finally I received all of the other embellishments from Christina Padilla as a prize from the Paper cut blog. The only thing I bought is the sheet of 7gypsies stickers that the zany label came from. Thank you all so very very much. Through the summer and fall I have entered lots of challenges but right now I am too busy doing other things - but I am really enjoying all of the great products that I have won. I won't have to purchase anything but adhesives for a while (oh wait, I forgot - I am almost out of glimmer mist but I put some on my list from Brian - there are 2 LSS where he lives and he told me that he felt strong enough with his manhood to be able to go into a LSS and buy stuff for me.LOL!!!!!)
Brian will be leaving after lunch and I plan to scrap the rest of the day doing some DT work - dinner will be leftovers so that's easy.
Hope you have a great weekend and be sure to get us your favorite decade layout at These are a few of my favorite things!!!!!!!!
thanks for reading and ttfn
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Anyway, back to today, I used that quote for the title because 2 of the TAAFOMFT designers did other layouts (both great) about time, and it got me to thinking (yeah, I know, dangerous - me thinking!!) what my goals for 2009 were and if I had achieved them - and the answers are mixed. Some things did not get done or finished, but other things blossomed beyond my wildest dreams! Plans and goals are pretty much intentions, and sometimes they have to change with life. I am starting to think about next year's goals - I always like to write them down and have them on a list above my desk so I am reminded of them throughout the year.
The above layout is one I did of Dan when we were hiking in North Carolina - he had slid down a small hill and ripped his pants. The journaling reads "The biggest difference in how the two of us think is that I'm a planner and you hate to plan - you always want to go with whatever happens - a real seat of the pants approach. Sometimes the results are less than optimal but other times they are Outstanding." Have you noticed my layouts are changing - getting simpler - not sure why but they are. the background paper is old Cosmo Cricket (doesn't look like CC today for sure) and I even cut the leaves from it.
And now a key lime cake - we have had the best crop ever of key limes. Dan harvested them and we squeezed quite a few and froze the juice in ice cube trays for later use. this cake is sooooooo good and actually very low in fat - you use low-fat yogurt and vegetable oil for the fat in it. The recipe is one I adapted from a Barefoot Contessa cookbook. I love her cookbooks and have gotten them from the library several times. Her recipe for Beef Bourginon (sp) is outstanding as are her recipes for coeur a la creme and cheese straws - but my favorites are this cake and her crostada recipe, which I usually make with apples. YUM!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I did a blog posting on http://www.harleequinnzdesigns.com/blog/ today with a short tutorial on how to make this wallhanging/wreath. I posted this idea a while back but actually redid the piece using glimmer misted Harlee-Quinnz Designs patterned papers for the leaves, and I really like it way better than done with the fabric leaves from Michaels.
It's been a busy week (no surprise!) with work, painting, baking (got the Christmas cake done, bread (in the winter I bake all of our bread), and a key lime cake), getting Christmas presents finished, a couple of layouts (I have very little scrap mojo right now but yesterday I went into photoshop and played with some photos so I am getting it back) scrapped, and watching Project Runway last night ( I thought that Irina would win but so much black!!! Last spring I did layouts inspired by the 3 finalists so I am thinking that would be a fun challenge for myself - I mean, for Irina, how many textures or patterns of black can I find? definitely some birds for the teeshirt designs. For Carol Hannah I could do some blue, and for Althea, probably earth tones.)
I have been reading some really cool books also - I just finished The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber - it's sort of a mystery about a forged painting but the twist is that the forger is sort of time traveling and becoming the original painter - sounds strange but fascinating.
My son is coming over for Thanksgiving so I will have to clean up my studio as that is where the fold-out couch is that where he will sleep. Dan has to work on Thanksgiving Day; the golf course closes at 5pm so we will eat our meal in the evening. (Dan volunteers at a golf course and then gets to play golf for free - he works 1 day a week in the summer and 2 days a week in the winter when things are busier). I will be doing the total tradional thing - turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, cranberries, relish tray, pumpkin pie and whipped cream, and white wine. YUM!!!!!!!
Hope you have a great Friday - I have to work today but hopefully I will have some new projects to show on Sunday or Monday.
Thanks for reading and ttfn
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I don't have a favorite past decade - my favorite time is always right now when I am living. I have fond memories of pasttimes (obviously) but I also remember that things weren't like tv portrayed them - Cleaver families didn't really exist, especially not at my house, and things were not safer; people just didn't discuss them and we didn't have Foxnews to instantly tell you about what was happening across the country. I love to listen to the old songs - they always remind me of people I knew back when and fun times we had - but I always like to hear new songs too and to learn new things, meet new people, visit new places. I am the sum of all of my experiences and that's what I was trying to show in my layout.
The background paper is Cocktail Dress from the Manhattan collection by Luxe (I just adore the color - did I mention I got new bathroom towels for my birthday last month and they are this gorgeous color). I made a flower from some old ribbon that looked very similar. I found the Audrey Hepburn-like image in a magazine, the 50s line drawing in an old 1955 Scottish magazine that I got from the bookstore, and the rest of the drawings and pix from a 1991 copy of Vogue. It was the 75th anniversary issue and had photos and drawings from Vogue from 1916-1991. I can't believe that I found that 80s shot that so echoes the 50s drawing - so cool! The photo of me was taken by my son last summer when I visited him in Sarasota - it's sort of cool that my pose is so similar to that of the Audrey drawing. I thought having everything in black and white against the aqua would be really dramatic.
Today is another spectacular day weather-wise. I am finishing my laundry - I love to hang the sheets out on the line; they smell so fresh!
Referring to an earlier post, I was able to get the candied cherries, candied pineapple, and golden raisins at Albertson's. Normally I don't shop there as it is a really old and depressing store but I made a list of places to try, and it was on the top as closest to my house - and amazingly they had them. They only had 2 more containers of cherries left. So tomorrow I will make my mother's Christmas cake - I only make it every other year as it is so time consuming. After Christmas I cut it into very thin slices and freeze them - so we can have slice whenever. It usually lasts for several months and having a slice just once in a while is a real treat!
Have a great Sunday and coming week. Not much on my agenda except work and continuing to finish presents for Christmas and do some DT work. And, oh yeah, watching the finale of Project Runway - so who do you think will win? Irina is super talented and stylish but such a bitch, Carol Hannah is a little ditzy and her being so sick is really a problem, and Althea I'm just not sure about. I just haven't gotten into this season nearly as much as prior ones. I know that New Moon starts this week (I think) but I won't go see it for a while - can you believe that the last movie I saw in a theatre was Slumdog Millionaire - last winter? I usually wait till they come out on DVD and get them at the library - free! Someday I will have to do a blog posting on how we live on so little (our choice to do so and have lots of time to do the things we want to do - all of the "work" that I do is volunteer work) and have a fabulous life - maybe I should even write a book - LOL!!! (I am way too private for that.) But I know that I am truly blessed, and am thankful every day.
Have a super week - I will post again in a few days with a new project that I am working on.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
So I think we all know what movie will be out next week. LOL!
I am the guest designer for Candy Shoppe Designs this month and the challenge announced today is to create a layout or paper project for either Team Edward or Team Jacob. Now I admit I would pick Edward over Jacob in a heartbeat (pun intended) but most of the other designers picked Edward right away so I took Jacob - and actually it was a really fun creative experience. I had no idea what to do and then I started thinking about the motorcycles and I remembered a great quote from Jacob at the end of Eclipse about speed and just getting away so it really came together quickly. I found both the wolf and bike images on the web, the patterned paper is Lily Bee, the smaller paper is one that I did with that fantastic glimmer mist technique where you spray 2 different colors on 2 different pieces of gloss stock, and then smush them together, the silver and gold leaves were from Michaels (on sale for 10 cents after Christmas last year), and the alphas from Heidi Grace. The journaling reads (a quote from the last page of Eclipse), "Feel nothing but speed, and bone, working together in harmony as the miles disappeared behind me."
I have begun to obsess about Christmas presents and am feverishly creating in every spare moment - knitting, painting, and sewing. I also saw a button wreath that I want to make and a really cool tree done with old book pages. Tomorrow after work I plan to run by Pier 1 as I received a catalog, and they have listed a couple of cool reindeer that I need to check out for the herd (did I mention that I collect reindeer - LOL!!! notice the new banner!!!!) The herd is currently hibernating in its special container but will be waking up just after Thanksgiving and will be available for photos. Those pictured above are the white/cream group, there is also a brown stuffed group (including a couple of moose that were gifts), the red "girly" group, and the natural woodsy group that have their own tree. And, of course, there are the big tree group that just hang around!!!! I have had some of these reindeer, including a little Rudolph, since I was a child. Maybe I should do a mini book! So many ideas and so little time!
Thanks for reading, have a great week, and ttfn
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I have always loved silhouettes - the above layout I did a couple of years ago and used a silhouette that my mother had done of me when I was small. (Also notice the Laura Ashley ribbon.) My mother loved cameos, and I inherited 3 absolutely beautiful ones from her. When I worked as an accountant and had to dress "appropriately" for the job, I used to wear all 3 at one time on my jacket lapel - that always got compliments!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
for the info and a giveaway.
Also more happy news - my layout Faith is published in the current issue of Scrapbooking News & Review in the article Thankfully Faithbooking. Yay!!!! The layout is one I did about having been through the hurricanes - the journaling reads "some things you never forget but faith in God will see you through"
The above layout is for the latest Candy Shoppe Designs challenge to do a layout about yourself and use lots of little photos or small squares. Not really my thing but I did it sort of like a little quilt with squares.
Gotta go - working extra again this week. and tonight is our monthly art club meeting and I am helping with the food so I have to make 96 zuchini bites this afternoon. Very yummy and easy but still it takes time.
thanks for reading and ttfn
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
So I received this little award from Amy - it's been going around the DT and I love everyone's anwers - what you can say in "one little word"!!!! I have to answer these questions with one word answers and then pass the award on to 5 others - so here goes and I am passing it on to Shelley, Debbie, Beth A, Lynn, and Betty.
1. Where is your cell phone? kitchencounter
2. Your hair? curly
3. Your mother? missed
4. Your father? longago
5. Your favorite food? French
6. Your dream last night? sailing
7. Your favorite drink? Tea
8. Your dream/goal? self-supportingartist
9. What room are you in? studio
10. Your hobby? Scrapping
11. Your fear? losinglovedones
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? healthy
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something you aren't? athletic
15. Muffins? cinnamon
16. Wish list item? Kolinskysablepaintbrushes
17. Where did you grow up? Missouri
18. Last thing you did? emailed
19. What are you wearing? silkshirtandcapris
20. Your TV? off
21. Your pets? cat
22. Friends? Worldwide
23. Your life? blessed
24. Your mood? peaceful
25. Missing someone? sometimes
26. Vehicle? older
27. Something you're not wearing? shoes
28. Favourite store? Target
29. Favourite colour? depends
30. When was the last time you laughed? lastnight
31. Last time you cried? lastnight
32. Your best friend? Dan
33. One place I go to over and over? library
34. Facebook? yes
35. Favourite place to eat? home
So there you have it - me in one word (sort of) answers
Be sure to check back tomorrow as I have an announcement to make.
thanks for reading and ttfn
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Over the weekend I watched the DVD Inkheart and fell in love with the incredible house in which Helen Mirren lived - that is my fantasy!!!! I think it is on the Italian Riviera but it's not just the outside which was incredible - the inside, especially the library, was totally perfect. I also loved the clothes in the movie - Meggie, the young heroine, wore a coat that had all kinds of buttons sewn on the collar (such a cool idea) and I could totally see myself wearing the clothes that Helen Mirren wore (but not the earrings - too huge!)
Gotta go - hope to write again later in the week.