Thursday, May 28, 2015

What I did when I should have been playing over the past week (part 1)

This post would be so long you would get very, very bored if I showed it all at once.  That's why I'll show it in two parts.

Before I ever left town, I stopped by the Sewing Center where I have always purchased my needles in the past.  My friend Sally told me they were out of business and the building was empty.  I took her word for it, and didn't bother checking.  However,  I had to drive right by the building, so I decided to investigate, because there were lots of cars sitting in front.  Not sure why all those cars were there, 

but I was glad I checked.  Now I know they have merely moved, and to a much better location, too.  I'll go there one of these days.  No need to find pen and paper to write the address, when my camera can take a photo of it.

Next, I was off to Kathy's,

who of course, wanted to go out to eat and shop as soon as I got to her house.

Yes, Kathy loves to shop.

For a minute I thought she was going to buy one of those rockers for her front porch.

Instead, she got interested in clothing. 

and beautiful things to hold your jewels.

Instead, she tried on one of every color top (and a few bottoms) in the store.

While I waited,

I took lots and lots of photos. 

I even did a bit of shopping of my own when I purchased a set of wind chimes you can't really see in this photo, but you might be able to see the pineapple that sits on top.

Beautiful spring and summer colors and styles

and of course all the other souvenirs, too.

I hope to remember a few of these in case I want to use them in my scrappy journals.

I laughed when I saw this one.  Yep, it doesn't take much to make me smile.

Even though the child's back was turned to the camera, I wasn't about to take any chances.

I swear I thought these were rocking horses until I had a closer look. 

It was at this time my batteries were exhausted, so I headed to the car to replace them.  When I returned, I couldn't get my camera to work.  So, there are no photos of our lunch, or the lovely dining area where we ate next to a HUGE fireplace that might have provided ambiance had it not been a very, very warm day.  I was so worried about my camera, I barely ate more than a few bites.  I took the rest in a go box to Kathy's.  Now that I've piqued your interest, I'll be back tomorrow with something other than shopping.  Until then, enjoy the shopping Kathy and I did at The Cracker Barrel, which is definitely a chain.  I suspect if you've seen one, you've seen them all, although this was my first time visiting one, since there are none in Wichita.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WOYWW # 312 (oops): the one where she can't forget the ***

I'm back from my trip just in time to join Julia at Stamping Ground for the 6th anniversary party at What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  And what a celebration it is bound to be.  After 310 312 weeks, this Wednesday blog hop has only gotten stronger, and many of us look forward to it each week.

I realize many of my British friends (those who were at the crop or who sent ATCs to Julia) have seen my ATCs.  I made a masterboard, where I first stamped the background in green, then added the yellow swirls, after which I added the handmade diamonds (handmade from a pink eraser), then the number 6.  I made five of these masterboards,

then cut them to size as I showed last week.  As usual, a rocking horse had to be present, so this year I placed it on the instruction side.  Yes, I ripped off this photo from last week's post.

I sprayed many dictionary pages with my handmade shimmering spray mists, then cut the pages into flowers.  I then added the center, which paid homage to WOYWW.

These are the ones I'm saving for friends who live here in the States.  My PIF partner will NOT get one of these, but will get one I made while I was gone on holiday last week.

These are the two I made for Julia, and like a fool, forgot to photograph them before I sent them.  Thankfully, Julia sent these to me.  If ONLY I had those gorgeous hardwood floors!!

Today's rocking horse is for Johanna so she doesn't have to hunt to find one this week!!!  Of course, I realize many of you also come each week specifically to see the rocking horse.

I'd like to thank Nikki for making these awesome WOYWW buttons to celebrate year 6.

This is shorter than last week, but longer than Julia prefers, so please leave your number if you are coming from Stamping Ground.  That way I can find you.  Sadly last week, I left suddenly on Thursday when I realized it was Memorial Day weekend in my country and didn't get to visit some of the later visitors.

So now, let's party!

Monday, May 25, 2015

T Stands For AbsenTEA Hostess

Before we begin today, I want to give everyone a heads up about the next time we meet for T.  If you look on your calendar, you will see next Tuesday is the 2nd.  The problem is, I always post my T Stands for Tuesday post Monday afternoon at 4 pm my time.  However, it is already Tuesday in places like Brisbane, as Bridget will confirm.

Next week is also the Second on the 2nd, which lands on Tuesday.  I always post that at midnight my time (CDT, -0500 UTC/GMT) on the first Tuesday of the month.  Of course,  by that time, it's late Tuesday afternoon in other places.  It's that pesky International Dateline that gets in the way, and how it affects those who are on the "other" side of it.  So be aware, there will be two Tuesday posts next week. T Stands for Tuesday on Monday afternoon as usual, where you will share a drink related post, and Second on the 2nd, where you are asked to share a favorite post (ANY POST) from the past.  I'm fairly certain mine will revolve around tea.

But, for now, I'm not here.  I'm elsewhere.  It's still Memorial Day when this post goes live.  Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day) is a Federal holiday in the USA.  It's when we honor those who died for our country.  It should not be confused with Veterans Day, which is celebrated under various names (such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day) in the US and around the world.  Veterans Day is November 11 and when we honor any and all who have served in the military.  Memorial Day is for those who have given their lives for their country, my country, the United States of America. 

You can see there's no hostess to greet you, there's no tea,

no drink,

nothing that looks like a mug I can drink from,

and certainly no drink here!  I am visiting various friends and placing flowers on my Grandparents graves.  And just because I'm not here at the moment, doesn't mean I won't be around to visit as soon as I get home.  So, please link your drink related post below and I'll be by just as soon as I get home and kiss and hug Bleubeard and Squiggles.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Journal 52, Week 21: Top 10 List

Chelle asked us to make a list of the top ten things (any ten things) for Week 21 of Journal 52.  This one really stumped me because I saw the prompt while I was at my friend Kathy's, but didn't have a chance to work on it.  This morning it hit me what my list had to be, as I traveled to my next destination.

These are a few of the things I had/have in my Memorial Day Art Go Bag.  My first stop this weekend, which started last Thursday morning, was a trip to my friend Kathy's.  My art go bag was packed to visit her and sew, sew, sew scrappy journal covers after she helped me cut (and/or tear) them to size.

In the background are my handmade shimmering mists I used on ATCs and the background of this used file folder.  I packed lots and lots of fabric.

And although I didn't take my own sewing machine, I used my friend Kathy's.  The base looks very much like this one in the stamp, too.

I took lots and lots of trims.  I wasn't sure which ones I would need, so I packed many.

I had a pattern of what the completed scrappy journal covers should look like.

I wanted to check out my friend's rubber stamps in case mine weren't appropriate for the final ATC I needed to finish by Wednesday.

Of course, I took a few of my own stamps, too, like the ones I used for this week's prompt number.

I had a sewing needle that I knew would be appropriate for sewing paper to paper.  Of course, I broke it right off the bat!  I covered the sharp end with glue.  To round out the list, I have ribbons and a Krylon Silver Leafing pen.

You now have a good idea what I worked on while I was at Kathy's.  I'm now elsewhere, so you'll have to wait for photos of the weekend.  I want to thank my other friend who prefers to remain nameless for allowing me to use her scanner.  Although I didn't include them as part of the list, I also used one of my file folders for the background and had visions in my head of the trouble mischief Bleubeard and Squiggles were/are getting into while I'm gone. 

Sorry I can't visit those of you who have graciously visited me, but I will be by as soon as I return home on Tuesday afternoon or early evening. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I'm gone!

Yes, I'm not here.  I'm out of town.  This is Memorial Day weekend, and I decided to visit my friend Kathy before driving a bit further north where I will be putting flowers on my Grandparents graves.  I also plan to enjoy the next three days with her, sewing, and making lots of covers for my scrappy journals .

In the meantime, here are photos after the near flood we had two days ago.  The entire street was filled with water.  We had 3.59 inches in a single day (24 hour period).

Thankfully, I won't have to mow until I get back late Tuesday.

And look at the flowers that have bloomed in just a few days after I showed the flower bed last week.

The bad news is, it looks like sweeping didn't help much.

I'll be back before you know it, though.  Sorry I won't be able to leave you a comment if you visit, but I'll visit as soon as I'm home. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WOYWW #311: The one where she answers questions

I'm joining Julia at Stamping Ground for week 311 of What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  I realize this week's post is MUCH longer than Julia would like, but it's mostly photos, which can be scrolled through quickly.

Last week there were more than a few questions and comments about the dresses hanging on my wall.

These were made once a month during 2010, although I made two each in February,  

March, and April, as part of a collaboration called Dress Up 2010.

Every participant was provided a pattern from which to create our dresses.  As a mixed media artist, I created them so they were interactive and could be viewed from both sides. 

It's obvious I didn't always use the pattern provided us, and usually used media other than paper.  I often used fabric and other media to create each dress.  I'm not sure which was harder, making the dresses or those silly hangers I hung each dress on.

Some commented on my storage.  I've always said if you have no floor space, go up, and up I went.

The only thing I hate when I take an overall view of my room is the fact that I can't get these four drawers to close properly.  For the longest time, three wouldn't close at all.  Then I removed them and placed them in different slots.  Now at least, only one won't close all the way.
WOYWWendy had to jump onto my sewing machine, because I purchased a single needle.  It came in a multi-pack with others that I have no need for, but this will give me time to find a Singer center where I can buy the ones I need, since the place near my house is now out of business.

Wendy gets around.  The photo hog hates to be left out of any photo.

Here she is, sharing the one and ONLY rocking horse you'll see on my desk this week.  I also bought some summery (Independence Day) candles because I'm planning a big celebration that weekend.

Now she's jumped to the container I'm trying to clean out.  Wish she'd stand still!  But now I must get off, before Julia kicks me out of the club for hogging your time.

If coming from Julia's please leave your number so I can find you easily.  I was able to locate and visit everyone who visited me, as well as a few extras last week.