Friday, July 27, 2007

1 week down, 5 more to go...

Well, today is Friday the 27th. I'm not sure how the heck I'm supposed to make 5 more weeks of this. Colleen seems to think I've taken the time off from being a Mom and has been doing what she wants just out of my reach. This morning she went out in the backyard and turned on the hose and watered everything but the plants. Came in, got a new outfit, and then she was gone again. Last night she was out until 9:00 pm when I finally had to call my neighbor and friend that lives behind me to tell her to come inside. I can't fix her lunch. She's on her own but I have to tell her to go to the fridge and get food or she doesn't eat. I feel helpless. She doesn't listen to me or to anyone else and I yell. I'm not even sure why I yell because I know it doesn't phaze her one bit....but I guess it lowers my stress a bit.

My friends have all been great. They've come over and cleaned my kitchen, cooked dinner, gone to the grocery, taken Colleen, brought me a beer, helped me get stuff from one end of the house to the other, etc. It's much better than when I broke my leg 2 years ago and the only help I got was from my Mom. Heck, I've gotten more support from my online friends who live across the globe than I got from my so called friends in 2005. I'm glad we moved here. I'm glad I've connected with the people here and I'm glad I joined Stampin' Up!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Remember the rule about first impressions?



OK, since I've been here I've been making cards and things for swaps. I made these cute notebooks with the Baroque Motifs Set. I cannot believe that I almost passed on this great set simple because I thought the colors in the preview were horrible. Thank heavens for Split Coast. If I hadn't seen that cute card in the gallery, I never would have gotten this set. I CASE'd it too but can't recall who it belonged to.

Photos are in.





Here's a pic of my foot and a package from my $25 secret girlfriend. She sent me a bunch of scrappy stuff and a pedicure set. The first thing I used was the pedicure kit. Need to have my toes looking good even if my feet aren't

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Downtime

Well, so far so good. Been using my downtime to catch up on email, train for secret shopper sites, and read. I can really get myself to the couch, the upstairs bedroom which has my computer, and to the rec room. The rec room was set up with stampin stuff while I was getting ready for my booth so it's still set up. I can send small child for the rest and I'm happy. I know I have like 10 swaps that need to be done as well. Long as I have access to stuff, I can stamp, scrap, and alter to my heart's content. Will probably have to send a stamp/scrap friend off to get mod podge and things. I've been starting to get things from my secret girlfriends so I'll be good too. I guess I'll just have to get stuff for them online. I have part of their packs here already though.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Broken Foot!

Well, I did it again. Broke a bone on my left leg. This time it's the foot. Most likely at or near the same place I broke it before. Right along the side on what is the long portion of the pinky toe. I will know more later this week when I get into see a doctor. So. How did it happen this time? The neighbor girl came over, took off her shoes and left them by the back door. Actually outside the back door which is 1 step down from the house. I stepped outside, hit the shoes and wiped out. Sigh. She was only here for a total of 8 minutes and now the rest of my summer...shot. It's ahrd to know what to say. We just moved here last October and the girl is the granddaughter of both of my neighbors on either side. The son of one married the daughter of the other and this is their child. She's 6 so it wasn't like she had thought about where she would put her shoes. She just took them off and put them down.


So I'll be at home for 6 weeks with it propped. I'll be able to get some quality stamping done. Already working on my fall craft fair items: altered cans, notebooks, coasters, card sets, etc. Hopefully they'll all sell well and I'll have the funds to pay the doctors. I'll make it though.

I am upset that I won't be able to make the Out of the Darkness walk for this year. There's no way I'll be able to walk 3.3 miles on this foot in September. I still plan to send in the donations for my team that I've gotten so far. I'd like to be able to collect the whole amount but since I'll have to pay for an orthopedic doc I probably won't have the $50 I was going to contribute. It's been 10 years since Quay died and I still miss him and part of me still wonders if he would have lived if I had not said what I said. It wasn't a horrible thing. It was just a 'I have my own life' thing but to a depressed, homesick, lonely guy it must have been the worst. I would have loved to walk. Maybe I can get someone to drive me up so that I can sit with the supporters at least. Maybe I can get a wheelchair and ride instead of walk. I'm hoping to find a way to do it.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Bit of Creativity- Altered Pop-Top Cans


I've been working on a few things for a craft fair I have next Friday. Also have some ideas for birthday party prizes and such. I decided to try altering cans of a much smaller size. I have discovered that pop top cans make a quick and easy altering project.


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To Make Altered Cans


You'll need:



  • A safety can opener, the kind that cuts the edges open and leaves no sharp edges




  • Cans that have a pop tab top and can be opened with a can opener on the bottom. I have found small cans of fruit by Del Monte fit this.





  • scrapbook paper



  • adhesive for paper



  • Tacky Glue



  • paper cutter



  • scissors



  • acrylic paint (optional) and sandpaper (optional)



  • embellishments (ribbon, flowers, beads, rub-ons, die cuts, stickers, etc)





  • treats



  • shredded paper or other filler





    • 1) Open can with open on the bottom. Empty the contents into a bowl. Wash the can and the lid. Dry. At this point you may sand the surface lightly and paint it. Allow to dry.

      2) Remove the can label and use as a template. Cut your paper to size plus add 1/2-1 inch extra length.

      3) Wrap the paper around the can tightly. Using your paper adhesive, glue the paper together. I like to add ribbon to the top, bottom, or both sides of the paper as well.

      4) Add embellishments as desired. I cover the seam on the paer first and go from there.

      5) After your can has its desired look and is dry then you turn the can upside down and put your treats inside. Put candies in cello bags and tie them. Put whatever treat you want at the very bottom. Remember this is what they will see first. After you have put all the treats inside, then fill the rest of the can with shredded paper or other filler.

      6) Take the "lid" and using tacky glue, glue around the edge. Put it back on and hold for a few seconds to seal it. When you have finished all the cans you are making,place a large flat object (piece of wood, large book, etc) on top to help weigh down the lid.

      7) Allow to dry 24-36 hrs. Now you can open the pop top and get a surprise!

      Monday, July 9, 2007

      My Official Blog

      So I did it. Went and got myself a blog. I know, I know....I said I already had one but the truth is...I wasn't really doing anything fun with it. This one is for fun and updates. So updates...


      Second session of Stamp Club 2007 starts tommorow. We are making 2 projects which I will post after club....We are officially 6 members. Myself, Pat, Roxy, Donna, Tanya and Charlotte. What we do is bring 2 cards to exchange, then we make 2 cards, and then we eat. Of course we gab the whole time and place our orders. Roxy is our hostess this month and we're learning how to make scalloped edges with punches