December 31, 2007
December 30, 2007
December 28, 2007
Up close and personal and the kindness of strangers....Ok... as we all know... pretty much everybody in this crazy creative community of ours is GREAT! It's so weird (in a good way) how close you can feel to complete and total strangers through the internet and this blogoland that we live in. It's so virtual but real at the same time. You feel like you know people and in way we do. We know a lot about each other via the blogs. By this time I think EVERYONE "knows" Kurtis over at "Stampin Kub's" blog. Well I love his blog, style and so of course, he is in my reader. I always get updates right when they become available. I don't want to miss anything don't ya' know. I especially love his male perspective on creativity and his clean simple universal style. His designs can work for anyone. Well I had a simple request today about his blog and I emailed him. I asked him if he could fix his images so that when you click on them they can popup and magnify. I have a hard time seeing stuff at normal size because I wear glasses and I'm farsighted. So even with my glasses on I have a hard time seeing close up stuff (the strength has increased annually as a tech writer and with all the time I am on these computers yadayadya) Anyway, he got right on it and he emailed me back that he was able to figure it out and has now installed the plug in to make it work. I just wanted to thank him for taking the time out of his day to help me out. Now I can see his nice things up close. Thanks Kurtis and I hope you don't mind I used your photo from your blog to showcase you today. Go on over and check it out. Click on the pictures on his blog because they magnify now. ;D
~now go be a great day
I just assembled my own library wall so I was kinda of impressed with myself. It doesn't of course measure up to MARTHA but hey kindredspiritish for sure. A picture of my "library" (ok IKEA, secrets out..I'm sure Martha's onsite carpenter MADE hers from trees felled on her property) coughcough follows... my DH got for my Christmas present and had it all assembled and stocked by Christmas Eve day. I love it and was soooo happy... I've been wanting libraryesc shelves like forever. It's really beautiful and fit all of my things perfectly. I actually wouldn't mind have one more unit to add to it. SIDENOTE: My DH is also building me a new stamp shelf. I can't wait until it's finished I will post it as soon as it is all done. He is re-purposing a wood futon frame for a mini stamp shelf. I think it will be quite ingenious and can't wait to show it. Back to the shelves. The pic doesn't show it but these are actually 4 wide you can only see three of them. It's 2 double-wide units to total a look of 4. I would have linked to it at IKEA but it is a new item at the store and it wasn't on the web yet. Be it ever so humble....
December 27, 2007
I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl
tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and
The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.
The family ate together at the table, but the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult.
Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.
When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.
"We must do something about father," said the son.
"I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor."
So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.
When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.
Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.
He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded,
"Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up."
The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless.
Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.
Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason,
neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens,
how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:
a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life.."
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands.
You need to be able to throw something back.
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you
But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others,
your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
The Advent Calendar has been around for more than 150 years and becomes more popular every year.
The origin of the calendar, like so many of our Christmas traditions, started in Germany back in the 19th century. Different methods of counting down the days to the celebration of Christmas were used.
Drawing a chalk line to mark off the days, later lighting a candle every night or putting up small religious pictures marked each day until Christmas. The first printed calendar was produced by Gerhard Lang in Germany. When he was a child, his mother attached little candies to a piece of cardboard and each day Gerhard would take one off. His first (printed) calendar consisted of miniature colored pictures that would be attached to a piece of cardboard each day in December. Later Advent calendars were made with little doors to open on each day.
The child might find a small piece of candy, a Christmas picture, a religious picture or a bible verse.
The German calendars were sold until World War II, at which time production was stopped due to the war shortages. After the war, the production of calendars resumed in 1946 by Richard Selmer. Selmer credits President Eisenhower with helping the tradition grow in the United States during his term of office. A newspaper article at the time showed the Eisenhower grandchildren with The Little Town Advent calendar. His company still produces calendars today and can be ordered online. Check out the online museum to see some of their early designs.
The first Advent calendars were based on 24 days with Christmas Eve as the last night to either put up a picture or take a candy. Today, the traditional German calendars still show 24 days, but in the United States, it's not uncommon to also find ones with 25 days -- the last opening to occur on Christmas Day.
It's not to late to start a tradition like this for your family, one that will become a real treasure in the years to come.
December 24, 2007
O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in,
be born in us today.
December 23, 2007
December 21, 2007
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They are normally $59.99. So this is the lowest I've seen it. I got mine for $49.99 with free shipping so this is a pretty good deal. Happy shopping. He's makin' a list and checkin' it twice. ~wink~ Oh and stay tuned cause I have a bunch I want to post but time's a wasting as it is. Now off to the stores. I haven't even started with my gift shopping yet. YIKES. I think I will push my holidays back a week if that's ok with everyone else.
December 17, 2007
December 16, 2007
Ok I'm gonna go eat worms. ciao.
~enjoy y'all~ kisskiss
Open view. The smudge above the heads is the paper not an ink smudge.
And a not so happy footnote: Hoping the hubby makes it through the night without throwing a stone. Sorry to combine such diabolically opposite topics in one post. ;(... after the ER this afternoon it appears he is passing 4 stones in the right kidney and 1 in the left. Holy shit I am going to start naming 'em...they say it's as close to childbirth as a man can get....so if that is the case I guess you could say he's gonna have quints. Now to come up with five names.... anyone? hehe
December 15, 2007
December 10, 2007
By the way I am testing out some different looks for my blog. I am not quite sure how to customize my blog so it is all trial and error. I did however figure out which template I needed to use to have it stretch across the page. I wanted to add a blog banner but didn't fit right so I removed it a million times. Since I couldn't figure out the banner I decided to at least use Christmas colors (well somewhat). Stay tuned....
This next image is a closeup of one of the ornaments and snowflakes. Which in a random fashion this picture actually turned out. I might try and use it for a blog banner. Now that would be new.
December 07, 2007
EDITED TO ADD: FOR ALL OF THESE CARDS I'VE BEEN USING AN IRIDESCENT 12X12 PAPER I PURCHASED AT MY LSS. IT ADDS EVEN MORE SPARKLE TO THE ENTIRE CARD. I USED SOLID COLORS SILVER AND WHITE. SO PRETTY. I WISH I WOULD HAVE PURCHASED MORE I ONLY BOUGHT A COUPLE OF SHEETS. ITS WAY SPARKLIER IRL.
Here's another one using this sketch and color combo I love lately. This time I used A Muse stamp images for the tree, sentiment and the snow angel. I knew the minute I saw this snow angel stamp it was one of those I had to have. I think this sentiment goes perfectly with it. For those of us that grew up around snow...don't ya remember those winter days when you were a kid, a fresh coat of snow had just fallen, running out to make snow angels before the snow was touch by any living thing? One of those magical memories of childhood for sure. The snow had to be the fluffy kind and deep enough to make the snow angels in. This card took me way longer than it needed to I even had an opportunity for embellishment
Woohoo I'm on a roll....being that I have this week off, I actually have some cards to post. Whoa. I finally got the sentiment stamped onto the Owlie card I did earlier to show you and I did another card with this color palette.
I have a whole set of designs in my brain using this sketch and color combo...so I will probably have more of these. I really like it. With that said I'd love to throw down a color challenge for my PRISSY PALS today. Anyone interested in a fun challenge?? Just make a card using the silver card base, snowflakes for background and the torn paper snow hills. That's the only requirements. Use any stamp set, ribbon and sentiments you like. I just think this is such a pretty color combo I'd love to see what others can do with it. Also, link back to my blog to let me know you participated so I can go look at your schtuff. Here's my latest:
I love the new liquid applique schtuff (thanks for the info Julie), it's my new favorite supply. I used a combination of stamps sets to complete this card. I used SU Happy Winter (tree), Merry & Bright (snowflake background-love) and It's Snow Time (cardinal). The Elzybella sentiment. SU dazzling diamonds, A Muse creative candy for the tree star - love need more of. I think this card is a little bottom heavy and I still haven't figured out how to use a ribbon on this sketch but these are evolving as I make them. A happy accident that happened with both these cards.... Design tip: I was adding glitter to the hills and in the process the snowflakes picked up the glitter too because the white craft ink I used was still wet. IRL these cards are both more SPARKLY. If you click on any image it will pop up and you can see fine details better. My hubby's stealing the camera today so I can't upload anything new until this evening. Enjoy~ Can't wait to see the challenge submissions.
December 06, 2007
December 05, 2007
December 03, 2007
~missprissme - now go on out there girls and get yours done if you haven't already done so - it's not scary at all and it doesn't hurt. Just go out in the garage, place breast on concrete and practice with the garage door (using the garage door opener). You'll be just fine. ROFL
Woohoo I'm back up. I only had cross words with one tech support guy. Why is it they want to charge you a contract fee for every minor question asked? OMG people get your heads out of your arses and THINK. That's all I want. Is that asking too much? Seriously. One simple little word THINK. Ok.... I'm over it with a Capitol "O". I could go on and on but I won't. I just wanted to update blogoland and let y'all in on the good news bad news. Good news I am up and running smoother than ever, bad news I am sure I lost something in translation. Oh well oopsie. I had backed up everything last month when my computer first started running slow and I knew something was up??? GUESS WHAT can't find the picture back up CDs. I threw them somewhere in haste and in the ditch and dash of the fires, cleaning out the garage and office, seasonal change out YEPPER they are missing. OMG I hope they weren't thrown out in a stack of papers or some such. I went through every last CD in this house and I can't find them. That was another chore and a half. Sometimes I think my life is in a perpetual state of MESS. I'm really really weally a very organized person but if you looked at my house you would say errrr NOT. It is so maddening to say the least but sometimes I feel like I am shoveling snow and it's still snowing in my mess. The problem is I've downsized and although the residence was a bit of a downsize the contents weren't. I thought I did but I guess not. I do digress. The whole point to this post was to get back on track. I completely wiped out my hard drive and did a fresh reinstall of everything. OF course it takes days. All the drivers weren't recognized and of course one of those was the network driver. Which meant no internet, which meant no downloads to correct said problem. I also had no video or audio drivers? What's up with that I had all of my original CDs? ack it's maddening. Love em hate em type of thing with these wonders (computers). Some things I forgot to backup? My Outlook .pst folder NICE, a few key folders on my desktop HELLO ALL OF MY BLOGGING STAMPING STUFF. Ya know what... maybe I need a fresh start. I don't have 1000 emails in my inbox I need to sort through. I had a lot of emails with pertinent logon/passwords saved in folders. Oh well again. It will take some more tweaking to set all of the configs again and download all of the most current updates to my programs. But yay I've got the bulk of it done. Now back to work tomorrow. I took today off as an addtional day of recoup. I was still a bit weak with the "greens". I told you I like to whine. See?
December 02, 2007
December 01, 2007
It hit me so suddenly too. Anyway, by last night, a call to "911" was in order. I thought I should go to the hospital but I couldn't move myself because I was soooo weak.
At any rate it was a false alarm because once they got there and checked me out they recommend I stay put.... as they said, everyone will have diarrhea and vomiting one time in their life or another. I think they basically were calling me a drama queen.
It was a sight to behold. I had 5 a my favorite men in uniform in my room. Picture me in my pj's tears streaming down my face (I looked like hell too) all the sudden I perk up and sit up and I say, "OMG I just realized I have 5 a my favorite men in uniform in my room, I must have died and gone to heaven" Picture 5 burly firemen with hats clench at waist, heads down, kicking there feet back and forth, with that "aw shucks maam" look on there face. My daughter is like MOTHER how embarrasing. Then she must be what menopause does to you! I did feel better after seeing them. It was so worth the false alarm. I might call them again tonight just so I can have them over. hehe. Anyway, I think I have turned the corner as far as how bad I feel. Just some leftover chills, fever and headache, everything else seems to have subsided.
I hope to be back stamping soon. I can't believe my whole weekend has been a waste on this. I guess it's just natures way of telling me I need some rest... I sure did get some.