Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Here are DD and Darcy Blue on Christmas morning, just before tearing into the gifts. I just put up these three itty bitty trees instead of the mammoth 10-footer that better fits the scale of this room to keep things simple. Well, that plus the fact that I can't wrangle the big tree in from the garage by myself. We have done the teddy bears every single Christmas since DD joined our family so they were required elements and the woodland Santa seemed to tie in nicely with all the other woodsy/rustic items. This theme seemed much more at home in our last place, up in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California but we've held onto them because they remind us of our time there. We got the carved bear on one of our trips to Lake Tahoe.
Darcy has been eyeing her stocking for the past several days and has occasionally even stepped up on the hearth to try and give it a sniff. It's funny how she's able to remember that she gets fun things from it every year. She was very impatient to find out what goodies she had this time but DH only let her have them one at a time. Sorry she's so hard to see in these pictures.
Her favorites are always toys that squeak and, of course, things she can chew. Miss Kitty was camera-shy today but she's snugged up in her new kitty bed with a microwaveable buckwheat insert. Isn't that a great idea?
There was a very distinct horse theme to many of DD's gifts this year, including this western-style ultrasuede shirt in a horse print, a hatband, several horse figures, and even a Horsez 2 game for the PlayStation. My sweet sister sent a whole box of wonderful little gifts like this necklace and other girlie things which were so much fun to open.
It's been a very nice Christmas morning here, if a little quiet. We're always so aware of being a long way from our families at the holidays especially. We hope you're having a wonderful day with people (and pets!) dear to you.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Here are Dot, owner of The Stamping Grounds and Ms. Maggie, her right-hand woman. I'll miss the shop and all the great classes and ATC club meetings I've been able to attend. For our last get-together we enjoyed appetizers and desserts, chatted and then sang Christmas carols. Maggie brought her guitar and led the singing. A bittersweet occasion. Gals, please stay in touch!
Taking a deep gulp, each with a copy of our needy family's wish list in hand, we plowed into the crowd. It was so much fun! Everyone had a great attitude and there was lots of laughing and joking. When our arms were overloaded with stuff (not a shopping cart to be had at any price), DH agreed to take a stand in line while I continued to work down the list. He literally shuffled our mound of stuff along for about an hour and a half till it was finally our turn to check out.
Once we recovered from the shopping, DD & I got everything festively wrapped and tagged, then loaded it back in the car for delivery. Adopting a couple of needy individuals or a family has become one of our favorite family traditions, so we were especially glad DH started his new job in time to do so this year. What special traditions make it feel like Christmas for you?
This was one of those gorgeous late-fall sunsets we get up here. There were a few stormclouds off to the north so the contrast of the steely grey punched up the contrast.
This is looking off our back deck with the neighbor's house in the distance.
Lessee, I think my last post was around my birthday. Lemme look to see what the next picture is.
This was the scrumptious meal I made for my birthday. Fried oysters (my most favorite food in all the world) topped with a brown-butter panee of mushrooms, onions, garlic, spinach and white wine on top of mashed potatoes. I make fried food about twice a year so it was a very special treat, especially since you cannot get fried oysters within 500 miles of here. As they'd say back in my hometown, it was so good it make you wanna slap your mama!
Friday, November 16, 2007
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I saw this on a friend's blog & just had to go check it out for myself, since it's so wonderfully funny and whimsical. And the title it spat out for me seems quite apropos, being as it's my birthday this weekend. But I do take exception to that bit about antique!
I've been fighting off a serious case of the blues for the past couple of weeks. I was dreading my birthday since DH is now in PA for his new job, DD is STILL in the hospital, and my closest friend here just lost her job and is in no mood to celebrate. Another birthday all alone. (Well, okay, not alone exactly since Darcy the Wonderdog is not only here, but needs lots and lots of attention.) So I signed up to go volunteer for part of the day tomorrow at a distribution center for the needy. Nothing like giving stuff out to folks who really, really need & appreciate it to make one feel very blessed.
And then I got a real slap in the face yesterday morning when I learned that my precious little German grandmother in Texas has pancreatic cancer. The docs who operated on her at her local hospital took what they could, then closed her up & recommended taking her to MD Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston to see what they'd recommend. But first she must get back on her feet from this week's surgery and weigh her options.
I have cried so much the past couple of days and suddenly my little case of the blues over distant family and my self-absorption seem so trivial. I've been wondering what I'd do if I thought this might be my last birthday. Odd thing is, I'm not at all sure. But I think of Oma & wonder if she's thinking this coming holiday season might be her last. What would YOU do if you suspected your next birthday might be your last?
Saturday, November 10, 2007
This is how she spends most of her time when I'm home, alternating between sleeping and giving me poor-pitiful-dog looks. She does not understand why she has to stay in jail when I'm sleeping or at school. Even though I've had to cut her food portions in half, I can see that she's already gaining weight due to all this inactivity. Poor baby! Now who's going to keep all those pesky geese out of the yard?
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
There will be a wide variety of art and jewelry on display and available for sale. We'll also have some demos and several artists at work throughout the day.
I will also have items available at the next semi-annual VOILA gallery sale. Here's a clickable flyer you can print with all the details. Linnet does a remarkable job of selecting diverse and well-made products in a wide variety of mediums. If you have any gift shopping to do, this is the place. Please tell her I sent you.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Mr. Alden Dow was an architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. When he returned to Michigan in the late 1930's, he constructed the very contemporary home surrounded by water. He also designed a series of wonderfully sculptural bridges to the home and throughout the gardens. We hope to return and tour the home eventually.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
This is the front. The image of Pee-Wee has a cool retro-style aqua and white spiral that didn't show up in my scan.
Now I just have to wait patienly until I get my completed ABC book in the mail from Idaho. I LOVE fatbooks!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
I will be participating in the festival, along with my fellow Feisty Art Chicks, July 20th & 21st. Those who took part last year simply raved about the scenic beauty, wonderful food and music, and overall atmosphere of the event. Looking forward to a memorable weekend. Stop by if you can. Here's a link for more info and photos:
Sunday, June 24, 2007
First I applied a medium coat of gesso and let dry well.
Then I reinked and stamped quite hard in other spots. The solvents in the ink pull up the tacky paint and leave a sort of ghost or negative image, such as the one in the upper right corner or the text image in the upper center.
The printed flashcards fit perfectly on the chipboard tags and I was impressed by the smooth and clean edges of the diecut shapes. Also popped out a couple of spiral flourishes and a frame, then went over everything with a quick coat of ivory paint.
I really like Julie's products and showed them to my friends at The Stamping Grounds who hope to soon carry them in the shop. Here's a link to Julie's site: http://members.westnet.com.au/collections/index.html
If YOU decide to alter a binder, please send me a link. I'd love to have more ideas since I'm always repurposing them to house my collections of ATCs and other precious treasures.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
However, I am pretty disappointed with the actual adhesive itself, which is made up of tiny little sticky dots that dispense in a continuous line. It works just fine to adhere very smooth and lightweight papers but it wouldn't make a good initial bond on papers with high fiber content. Heavy papers came unstuck and the product wouldn't adhere to Fantasy Film at all. So I'd recommend this adhesive highly for use in office settings, as an envelope adhesive, or for projects involving only light, smooth papers. Might be great for giftwrapping...I'll try that next.
My guess is that, since this is a refillable product, it would be a simple matter to either improve the adhesive itself or else UHU will introduce another, higher-tack refill. It would be a shame to have developed such a great-performing applicator without a great adhesive for it to dispense.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
If you'll follow the link above, you can learn how to request a free sample of an UHU (of hot pink glue stick fame) adhesive product. I requested one on Tues. and here's what arrived on Fri.
Now I'm off to the studio to try it out. Stayed tuned for my product review.
Monday, April 09, 2007
I'm once again flattered and excited to be showing some of my work at this upcoming event. Several of my fellow Feisty Chicks will also have work on display, as will my dear friend Patrice Pannill. Her beadwork is just exquisite!
Friday, March 30, 2007
I got a hilarious email the other day from my dear friend Janie, who sends me so many genuinely funny tidbits (Thanks, Janie!) Then I got thinking about the old "In like a lion, out like a lamb" saying about March. Somehow my brain made a lamb/sheep/March connection and I thought, "Hey, why not end the month with a good belly laugh?" So here goes...(If you're politically liberal, quit reading now.)
Many will recall that on July 8, 1947, witnesses claimed that an unidentified object with five aliens aboard crashed onto a sheep and cattle ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico. This is a well-known incident that many say has long been covered up by the U.S. Air Force and the federal government.
However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of March 1948, exactly nine months after that historic event, the following people were born:
- Albert Arnold Gore Jr.
- Hillary Rodham
- John F. Kerry
- William Jefferson Clinton
- Howard Dean
- Nancy Pelosi
- Dianne Feinstein
- Charles E. Schumer
- Barbara Boxer
See what happens when aliens breed with sheep? This piece of information clears up a lot of things.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Happy Valentine's Day!
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Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Before stowing it all away until next year I snapped a couple pics of my little studio tree, decorated with ornaments and ATCs made by friends and topped with a hat I altered for the Feisty Chicks' Christmas party. The banner reads "...and a peacock in a pear tree".