Yes, my life is in transition. I am now getting used to life as a widow. What will this bring? Time will tell.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Brother Lives in Troy, MT

Troy is in a very rugged area of northwest Montana about 100 miles south of the Canadian Border. Jimmy has been there several years now. He is a mountain man at heart and loves the area.

He sent this picture labeled "fall color". It might have been taken along the Kootenai River which runs through town.

Brrrrr! It's 29 degrees up there this morning.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Darn! Darn! Darn!!

See this mess? It is my effort to enter a Christmas Card Contest at Stampndaly. My aim was to enter a Vintage Santa Card. Well I made a mess of this one. So, I'm cutting it up and maybe it will become a 3D Card entry. But, then, maybe not.

It's good for me that this contest has four categories that can be entered. A card using unique colors, a Cuttlebug card, a 3Deminsional card, or, a vintage card. Because who knows what I'm going to end up with.

For more details and to enter the contest see the link above. Her blog also features some very nice techniques. Check it out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Cards 4 Kids

My first batch of cards and notebooks are ready to mail out for Cards 4 Kids.

Except for the notebooks, I just went through my stock of cards and picked out a few. I think these will be OK. In the future, I will make special cards just for them.

I plan to make about a dozen Christmas cards for my next batch.

If you would like to send cards and notebooks for this project, see Cards for Kids at the Rubber Maid

I'm sure she would appreciate your help.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pamela, My Creative Kitty

Pamela is checking out my new craft supplies that I just brought home from Big Lots. This trip was a shopping bonanza. It isn't always like that. I was able to get mini flowers, decorative paper, ribbon, gel pens, photo writer pens, page accents and beads.

The sheer plaid ribbon or the beads might show up on the Christmas ATCs I will be making for the Swap on Rubberstampchat . I'm new to ATCs and swapping. I am also going to participate in an Inchie Swap. I am waiting for my templates to arrive. We will be making folds in tiny 1" squares? And, decorating them? Can you do that?!!!

The pack of spiral notebooks will be part of another benefit project that I'm going to do. It is called "Cards4Kids at I will be making small notebooks and cards for the parents and children at a Children's Hospital in the greater Detroit area. I thought this was a wonderful project. If you would like to participate, all of the info that you need is in the Cards4Kids blog.

I also have a template web page to share, Mirkwood Designs. This was given to me in regard to the ATCs I will be making. There are some very nice templates available for free.

I guess this little shopping binge will have to end now. Have you seen what the "market" is doing these days? My nerves are getting pretty frazzled.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Plant Nursery

This year I'm starting cuttings of my plants that will root in water. I already have a few roots showing. This is burgundy and green sweet potato vine, coleus and spider plant babies.

This my new Christmas Cactus that I got a couple of weeks ago. I no sooner got it home and buds started spouting. It doesn't show too well but the buds are pinkish-red. In there somewhere are cuttings of my mom's Christmas Cactus that I got during my visit in September. They had rooted and were waiting patiently to be planted. I also have cuttings from her Jade Plant that have rooted. So, I have to get them planted.

And, my Mahogany Fern and Pregnant Onion. The fern has 2 new shoots coming up. The Pregnant Onion has one new baby onion and several others getting ready to pop out. This is a sorry picture isn't it?

The Pregnant Onion bloom started growing last week and is already about 18" tall and getting ready to bloom.

The last that I talked to my mom, she said she had forgotten to give me some Hollyhock seeds from plants that originated in Russia. Wouldn't that be a neat thing to have in your garden? The next time we talk, I'm going to ask her to send some to me.

Friday, October 24, 2008

New Things to Create With

I am severely lacking in the designer paper department. I've seen so many beautiful things made using these beautiful papers. And, I wanted to use more of them in my card making. At Old Time Pottery, a decorating superstore
I found an aisle of scrap booking supplies. There I found a nice selection of prepackaged papers. I picked out 3 packages and some photo corners, stickers and a package each of silver and gold paper.

I have been having the hardest time finding paper napkins with nice pictures on them. So, next stop the paper napkin aisle. Am I really that picky? I don't think so. Even with the nice assortment they stocked, I had a hard time finding something that I liked. I want to try the "paper napkin technique" that I saw on Michelle's Rubber Room, see blog list, and not a decent napkin in sight. I managed to find 3 packs. Now I can try the technique, finally.

But, there is more shopping to tell you about. A few days ago I purchased a very basic Singer sewing machine. I've been staring at a pile of my husbands pants that need hemming. I also have a collection of fabrics for new covers for throw pillows and a dust ruffle. That would be a lot of sewing by hand and I want to save my somewhat arthritic hands for fun things like stamping and gardening. I've also seen a sewing machine used in making cards and other crafting projects. That did it, I got a sewing machine. The instructions seem easy enough to follow. You see, I've never done much sewing. My mom is an expert at sewing but it sure didn't rub off on me. In her sewing heyday, she did her sewing on an old treadle machine. She made most of our clothes when I was growing up. We had fun trips to the fabric store to pick out "that just right" fabric. I still enjoy going to a fabric store, I still buy fabric, it piles up just like my husband's mending. I did need a sewing machine!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I Love this Picture

It was taken while Susan, daughter, and Will, son-in-law, were in Quanajuato, Mexico this past July. It was taken from the balcony of their hotel room right after a thunder storm. Do you see the woman in the clouds?

A few years back she and I went to Guanajuato. We fell in love with the area. The people were wonderful and the sites beautiful. I loved how the families strolled each evening, hearing the church bells and shopping, shopping, shopping.

I've been to several tourist areas in Mexico but Guanajuato isn't a big American tourist destination. So, their prices have not been inflated. What a treat to purchase lovely things at a very reasonable price. Hardly any English is spoken there. My daughter and I still laugh about some of our experiences with our lack of speaking the language.

One special treat was visiting the home of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. and their unusual art. Did you see the wonderful movie "Frida" with Selma Hayek? I loved it. I'm not a big fan of their art but they sure had interesting lives.

Guanajuato is a walking town. A lot of their streets are closed to traffic. So, if you ever visit there take comfortable walking shoes. See (sic) and cinnamon thoughts, in blog list, if you want to see pictures of their trip.

I've also posted a few of the cards that I've made in my Flickr, see blog list.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Oh my Gosh!

I've been tagged by Denise at Stamping Vacation. I saw where she had been tagged and I'll be darned she tagged me. So.......

Here are the rules:

1. Link your tagger.
2. Share 7 facts on your blog - some random, some wierd.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of the post by leaving names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Facts about me:

1. I have 2 cats.
2. I have 2 children.
3. I have 2 husbands.
4. I have 2 million dollars.
5. I have 2 favorite movies.
6. I have 2 sets of dishes.
7. I have 2 errands to run today.

I am tagging:

1. Susan at Cinnamon Thoughts
2. Audrey at Cards by Design
3. Will at (sic)
4. Zukesgirl at Zukesgirl Creates
5. Michelle at Michelle's Rubber Room
6. Lillibet at Lilly's Stamping Fun
7. Laurel at Cowtown Stamps

Happy tagging.

Monday, October 20, 2008

It's Craft Fair Season Here..... the Myrtle Beach, SC, area. There were 3 of them this weekend.

The one that I chose to attend was in a similar 55+ community like the one where we live. Only, they are very active and have quite a calendar of events.

We got there just as the doors opened. Before I even got in the door I made my first purchase. A lovely Christmas Cactus in a 6" pot for only $2. In fact, everything there was really inexpensive.

I made most of my purchases at one particular table. Along with her regular craft items, this lady also had packaged up some of her unwanted embellishments. Well, I got several baggies full of goodies. I've already used some of them.

The photograph display table was full of wonderful beach pictures. I didn't get anything from him but we sure had a nice visit about his hobby. I have his card for a possible future purchase.

I also saw some cards that were made using dimensional paint. I really like them. I'll have to try that sometime. Ideas, ideas, ideas.

This is a card that I made that I particularly like. It's using a "faux silk" technique using tissue paper. The technique came from Michelle's Rubber Room (see link below).

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Moving Day

My first item of business, in my new home, is to post my challenge card for No Time to Stamp . SSNOTIME57. The object of the challenge is to create a card without a picture. We were free to use anything else that we wanted.

I don't have a stock of designer paper so I used tissue wrapping papers to cover a 5 X 7" panel. The smaller covered panel is an ATC. The ribbon trim and glass beads are from my collection of embellishments. The stamp that I used is the sentiment portion of a Canadian Maple Collections stamp. The completed panel is adhered to a 5 x 7" pale gold card stock. The "Faux Silk" tissue technique came from a tutorial on Michelle's Rubber Room.

There, my first box is unpacked and put away.