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

Saturday, November 29, 2008

An Old Project and a New Reminder


We'll do the reminder first.

Voting in the Annual Christmas Card contest at Stampndaly ends Nov 30th. Please stop in and vote for the cards of your choice.

A while back, I bought a baggie of Parfum bottles at a yard sale. This is only a few of the original purchase. They turned out to be full, so, I went through and tried all the scents and saved 6 of them to use. This is the rest to be used in crafting. My inspiration was a picture that I saw in an Altered Arts magazine. I can't find the pix, but, it was a small painted box filled with small bottles arranged in a random pattern. Mixed in were small pieces of art. The art, bottles and box had all been distressed or altered in some way. I really liked it.

When I saw the parfum bottles the box of bottles came to mind. They will be perfect. Except, I just can't get it right. I've painted and distressed a cigar box and arranged the bottles and art and looked at it. There it stopped. I just haven't come up with anything that I like.


But I did come up with this. I used the back of an old picture frame and covered it with discolored ivory lace from an old blouse. There is a layer of sheer rust ribbon. The ribbon gather at the top is held on by an old ivory pin distressed in gold. The gold distressed bottles are adhered to the ribbon and a gold filigree oval and a pearl have been glued to each bottle. I used an ivory blade from an old fan, distressed with gold and glued on an old ivory rose shaped earring. The dangle at the bottom of the fan blade is also an old earring. It is finished with gold florist glass rounds.

Did you notice a theme? Old. Everything old is new again. Someday this will hang in my old redecorated bathroom.

My bottle box is still waiting to be finished. Someday!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm Thankful


Yes, it's almost Thanksgiving Day. The day to be thankful. Even though I don't really have to wait for a special day to be thankful. I am so thankful that my family is well and healthy. They can't be here with me at Thanksgiving this year. My husband, Lorne, and I will be spending a quiet day here in Murrells Inlet, SC. My mother is in Redding, CA, my brother is in Troy, MT, my son, Michael, and his wife, Lynda, are in Reno, NV and my daughter, Susan, and her husband, Will, are in Los Angeles, CA. I will miss them all.

So everyone have a very "Happy Thanksgiving". I'll be thinking of you.

I must run out now and pick up a few things for our dinner tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A New Technique


Well, it is to me anyway.

I learned how to do this on the TV show "Paint, Paper and Crafts" on PBS yesterday. It is making a distressed border using your slide type paper cutter, an embossing tool and sandpaper. Easy.

I just marked off where I wanted my border to be, using paper colored on one side only. Then I lined up the marks with the groove in the paper cutter and ran the embossing tool through the groove a couple of times. The raised border is then lightly sanded with the sandpaper. I liked that so much that I tried it using a brass embossing stencil. I like that also.

The complete instructions can be found on Cutterstv.com.
It is listed under Episodes, List by Project, Card stock Distressing.

Now, let's see what I can make using this "new to me" technique. Stay tuned.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Keeping Warm

What is this 28 degrees stuff? It isn't supposed to be that cold here! But it is and will be for a few more days. At least the sun is out and it isn't all dreary.

Pamela and Red keep toasty by finding a nice warm place to nap.
Here is Red all cuddled up in a nice warm down comforter. Ahhhh!

And, Pamela in her basket with a heating pad set on low. She loves it in there.

When the sun starts streaming in through the windows they both will follow it around and nap in a spot of sun.

Now, me, I like to snuggle under a blanket and read a good book. A few days ago I finished "The Witness" by Sandra Brown. I really enjoyed it. Sandra Browns' books are romantic/suspense. Not the Harlequin type of romance novel, more suspense. I've read a couple of others by her and when I finish I always think "I really liked that book". She has quite a long list of books to her credit so I have plenty to choose from in the future.

So, that's how we keep warm here in "balmy" coastal South Carolina.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Pick 3 Challenge Card


Just pick 3 items from the 6 listed below and create!

PICK 3 Challenge

1. Buckle
2. Anything with a star
3. Brown paper
4. Ribbon
5. Glitter
6. Button

That's what Denise of Stampingvacation said on Monday.

So I picked Anything with a star, Ribbon and Buckle.

This is what I came up with and I think it's pretty darn cute. I used a clip art picture for the star and computer generated the sentiment. I stamped a graveyard and made a sign saying "Boot Hill". The hill is done with black ink pen. You can't have boot hill and no hill, can you? I colored over the original yellow of the star with a darker yellow colored marker. There is liquid laminate on the eyebrows, gun and bullets. The embellishments are an old watch band buckle and navy blue ribbon.

Check out Denise's blog, she has some very nice things to share with all of us.

So, "Howdy Pardner" and leave a comment once and a while on my blog. I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

If Life Gives You Lemons.......


Make lemonade. That's what I'm going to do with my first harvest from my Mayer's Dwarf Lemon tree. I just picked these yesterday.

Darn! We are having a cold snap here. They are expecting the low to be 28 degrees this a.m. Brrrrrrr. I moved to the beach to be warm! I had enough freezing temps in Reno.

So, I went out yesterday afternoon and covered plants or moved them to a more protected area. I use 55 gallon clear plastic bags. My neighbors are in Cleveland right now, so, I covered up her palms for her. She had just planted them this summer. I covered my new palm and bottle brush tree and a large potted plant that are in the front garden bed. My fig got moved inside the covered patio and bagged. The bag is almost to small. It was a struggle to get it over the tree. The 2 weeping figs and lemon were brought inside. Everything else, and there were lots of plants to shuffle around, got moved to the patio.

My little plant nursery is doing great. Everything is developing roots. Soon they will have to go into little pots. My Russian Hollyhocks have each spouted new growth. The Christmas Cactus has bloomed with brilliant dark pink blossoms. I sure do enjoy my plants!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Time to Vote

Stampndaly has posted the Christmas Card Contest entries on her site. Please stop by and view all of the beautiful cards and VOTE for your favorites.

A Working Weekend

If you can call doing one of my favorite things
working.

I completed the dozen Christmas cards that I want to send to the Cards 4 Kids.

Here are just a couple. The polar bear is from Cowtown Stamps and the trees are cut from green corrugated paper that came in a bulk package from Marco's paper. The base card is soft blue with torn strips of white to imitate snow drifts.

The Santa, I can't give credit for that one because I've forgotten where it came from, is stamped, colored with markers and cut out. It is layered on to Valentine paper (huh?) and then on to a
green base card. The gifts are glittered,
cut and placed in Santa's hands.

This is a really fun project to work with. They put the cards to such good use. The children really appreciate getting them. I just found out that there is a need for teen boys and young men birthday cards. I'm not sure that I know what is acceptable for a teen boy, etc, so, if anyone wants to help you can sign up on the Cards 4 Kids web page. There is also a need for lots and lots of Valentines for the little ones. The hospital wants each child to be able to exchange or send out Valentines to their friends. Remember how much fun we had doing that? I'm thinking of doing single page ones like you get in the packs at the store. I'll probably use my computer because I want to make lots.

Well, back to stamping. I've got inchies, ATCs and my own Christmas cards to work on. There's that word again. It's not work, its pure enjoyment.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Getting My Unmounteds.......


ORGANIZED!

It is a very messy task, but, it just has to be done. I'm getting so many unmounted stamps that I can't keep track of them. It isn't a very high tech system but it is better than what I had. First I organized the stamps with like images together. Then they get stamped onto a labeled page in a notebook. An envelope is labeled the same and that is where I put the stamps. Then the filled and labeled envelopes are filed upright in a box.

I've been at it for about 2 hours now. My fingers are smudged black. But, I'm almost finished! How do you keep yours organized? I'd like to know.

The deadline for the StampnDaly Christmas Card contest is almost here. You still have time to submit your entries. But you better hurry, Saturday is the last day to enter.

This is a picture of a Christmas Card for the Cards 4 Kids project. I want to make at least a dozen to send. Maybe I'm half way through.

Stamp! Stamp! Stamp!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hollyhocks from Russia


My mom sent the hollyhocks, two of them. They arrived in a granola bar box all wrapped in wet paper towel and newspaper. The roots were encased in the good old red dirt from Redding, CA. One leaf got bent, but, other than that, all was fine with them.

She had told me that a lady that runs a nursery in Dunsmuir, CA gave starts to her. This was years ago....I don't know how many. But, if my mom is running true to form, it has been a really long time ago. Whenever my mother has moved her plants go with her. My dad had made plenty of trips to a new house with the back of the pickup full of plants. My brother brought the last pickup full from Montana when my mom moved back to Redding last year.

The Russian Hollyhocks are now planted in small pots and set in the plant nursery until Spring. I'm going to plant them in a prominent place. I want everyone to see them. I think they are special. I'm proud of my Hollyhocks with ancestors in Russia.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Inchies

Inchies, I love inchies.

I signed on for a swap of inchies on Rubberstampchat. The first of three swaps used the matchbook fold inchie using a fall/Thanksgiving theme.

I cut my inchies 1" x 2 1/4" from orange card stock. Did the scoring for the folds. I used part of a tile stamp from gg designs for the background and part of a swirling leaf from Cowtown Stamps. The deer stamp is so old I can't remember where it came from. And, I used my mini alphabet stamps. I found that I really like using just part of a stamp. It was hard to make a mistake. I put my inchie on a piece of scrap paper to try and keep my work area clean. They were fun, fast and easy.

Here are my first ever inchies.
I really look forward to receiving everyone's inchies in this swap.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mums the Word




These are mums I got out of the florist discount basket last fall at the grocery store. They were labeled "Mini Mums". That's a real misnomer, nothing about these mums are mini. The stems are quite long, the blossoms are huge and there is nothing mini about the shade of yellow.
They were 50c for a 3" pot. I think I got three.

This morning I watched all of these creatures enjoying my "Mini Mums".

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Segway Anyone?

This is the newest tourist attraction here in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach Segway offers tours of the Market Common and the Old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

There is a 15 minute training period. You learn the basics: Lean forward to move ahead, lean back to stop or go backward, and shift the handlebars from side to side to turn. Seems like fun to me.

The Market Common was built in part of the "retired" Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, former home to fighter jets. The Market Common is a beautiful development. There are upscale stores and townhomes built over office space amid beautiful landscaping.


This is the old air force base.
A nice place to cruise around on a segway.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Chandelier


Weeks ago, on my old Yahoo 360 blog, I wrote about picking out a new dining room chandelier. It was taking us forever to get this little project completed. I looked and looked at fixtures. Nothing was suitable in either looks or cost.

I stumbled on to a paper lantern web site, The Paper Lantern Store. They had some interesting items. I chose this 3 tier, beaded, sheer fabric shade in a golden beige. I really like it. I think it has a funky elegance. I like it against the soft green wall with a beige chair rail. Project completed!

See the golden stems of the center arrangement? They are the remains of a bouquet given to me last Thanksgiving. They dried naturally all by themselves. I love the golden color so I kept it.

There was also lavender in the bouquet that dried. It has ended up in the rusty oven kitchen counter arrangement (taken before lavender added). The lavender looks very nice with the red. The picture is of my sweet Pammy cat.

Stuck in the corner is a dried artichoke stem. I got this during our travels in Canada at a dried flower farm. We were staying in an RV resort on the outskirts of Vancouver, B.C. in a beautiful farming area. So many farms, flowers, fruit and veggies. We had our fill of beautiful, fresh produce to eat.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Angels


"I Believe in Angels" is completed for the sketch challenge on Denise's Stamping Vacation blog. I liked this sketch so I thought I'd give it a try.

The blue card is 5" square and I sponged clouds for a background. The glossy blue star paper is cut in 3" squares. The angel clip art squares are 2 1/2" square. The sentiment and circle were made on the computer. I cut out 3 stars and adhered them to the clouds. All is outlined in gold leaf. A gold thread bow is held with a dab of glue to the sentiment circle.

I looked but I couldn't find where I got the angel clip art. That's what happens when I follow link after link, etc.

This card will go in with the batch of Christmas cards that I'm making for Cards for Kids.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Busy Busy Busy


I just completed this postcard to submit to the Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery.

The title is "Welcome to South Carolina". The postcard is in response to a call, by Artlink, for postcard art from all over the world.

I used a collage of pictures and words cut from magazines. It took awhile to get an arrangement that I liked. Then I glued everything to a 4" x 6" piece of heavy card stock. It is finished with a light layer of Mod Podge.


This is my practice piece using parts of landscapes and a picture of the Biltmore Hotel in North Carolina.














I've just added another project to my list. I found this project posted on the Cardmaker forum
It involves making 10 Valentine's Day cards for our servicemen and women so they can send them to a loved one. It is sponsored by Cards for Heroes.

I'm making progress on my list of projects. The Mail Art is ready to go, my cards for the Christmas card contest are ready to submit, the ATCs for the Christmas ATC swap are started. I still want to make Christmas cards for Cards 4 Kids and, of course, the Valentine's Day assortment.

Who said being retired is boring? Not me!

Monday, November 3, 2008

For My Mom

My mom called a day or two ago with the news that her home had been robbed. She had walked up to the store and when she came back she discovered the break in. We have decided it must have been girls that did it. Other than mom's jewelry, four $20 bills and debit card, they took two blouses and a brand new bottle of Chanel #5. Would a guy even think about taking those things? They also went through the bathroom cupboards, but, she fooled them. She doesn't have anything stronger than aspirin. She called the bank to cancel the debit card and then called the police. The police arrived right away. They talked to the neighbors but no one noticed anything.

I called her on Sunday to see how she was doing. She is OK. But, one other disappointment. She just discovered that her mother's engagement ring is also missing. It was in a trunk at the foot of her bed. She doesn't have diamonds, or such, but she's had some of those pieces of jewelry since she was a girl. She feels very bad that it is gone.


So, I made this card to send to her. Enclosed will be this picture of the Halloween pumpkins that Susan and Will carved. Mom will get a good giggle out of the one with the wig. Susan and Will out do themselves with Halloween decor. I'm waiting for pictures of this year's display.


Mom is going to send me rooted cuttings of the Hollyhock from Russia. She told me that it is smaller than most hollyhocks and has a pretty buttercup yellow bloom. I can hardly wait for them to arrive. She might also send some seeds. If there are enough, I'm going to share with my son and daughter. They are both quite the gardeners. Gee, a Hollyhock from Russia. Terrific!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

WOW!!!


Adhesive ribbon is new to me. I love it! The 2 small packages I got at A.C. Moore's Halloween closeout section. Seems to me they are pretty useful patterns. The 3 larger packs I picked up at a yard sale yesterday. I used some on a card yesterday, and as I said, I love it.

The yard sale happened to be in my own neighborhood. Everything that she was selling was craft related. Did I have fun filling up a big box. Karen, her name, is an all around crafter. She does scrapbooking, card making, painting and needlework. She has decided to concentrate on scrapbooking. So she was cleaning out her stock. I filled my box with designer papers, ribbons, embellishments, rubber stamps, magazines and lots of other goodies.

We had a very nice visit. She's lived in the neighborhood for 4 years to my almost 2 years. We also exchanged names and phone numbers. How nice to meet a fellow crafter so close by.

I'm glad she lived close by. My husband had dropped me off and went on home with the car. I had to walk home carrying my box of goodies.

This morning I'll be going through my nice selection of papers and adhesive ribbons and making a Thanksgiving card for my mom.

Happy stamping.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Yummy BBQ



Or, what's left of the yummy BBQ. This is my husband's empty plate. Mine looked almost that empty. Yum!

This is the 42nd year of the Annual BBQ & Bazaar at the Belin Methodist Church here in "old" Murrells Inlet. This lovely church right is on the inlet and surrounded by huge live oaks and decorated with Spanish moss.

The event was held in the rec hall across from the church. There was a steady stream of people arriving.











Lot's of people were already inside enjoying the delicious food. We were served buffet style. And, we had a charming boy scout to show us to our table. They were also doing clean up.

There were gifts to buy.


There was entertainment.


A bake sale. I bought brownies, pumpkin nut muffins and candy with pecan and chocolate on a pretzel.


















Live oaks and Pyracantha berries.