The photo shows a little cookie tray/dessert plate, a tea bag holder and pie server. We are still working on the matching tea pot. The good news is that after paying for lessons for five years, they are now free for me! I do love that!
This is the photo of the necklace and bracelet and earring set for the auction. The silver is clean and in real life it sparkles, which really sets off the pieces. I use Italian glass (called effetre) that comes in sticks about the width of a pencil. I melt the glass over a specially designed glass torch (I use a Bobcat from Glass Torch Technolgies) and wind the glass into whatever shapes I want. For this set I used black and white as the color scheme as it is likely to be attractive to a large percentage of women and can be worn with pretty much whatever. The necklace is 18 inches.
So far today is a better day. The kids are still at school, and I have snacks to feed the hungry beasts when they come home. I still need to go to the grocery though and see what jumps into my cart for dinner.
I had to eat and run and get Noah from school for a doctor's appointment. He should be happy to get out early, right? Not this child. He has a chance at the end of his day to get homework done and since I picked him up early, he brought homework home with him. He likes the room to be completely quiet (no TV) and for an adult to sit with him and help where needed. He has been whining all afternoon and has been rotten. He went upstairs and decided he was warm so he OPENED ALL THE WINDOWS. Folks, it's really cold outside. Like below freezing and the windchill is even colder. And now it is really cold inside. He was cold and wanted to take a shower, so he took one, WITH THE SHOWER DOOR OPEN.
I am exhausted and want so badly to go to bed and it is only 6:30 at night. My son has Asperger's Syndrome, so he is not exactly normal, but he does have common sense and know the difference between right and wrong. I cannot even tell you how tired to my bones I truly am. Hopefully tomorrow I will hav ethe strength to post a photo or two.
Maybe someone out there loves me enough to adopt me in my present pitiful state and supply me with SU colors, so I can play according to the rules each week......
And as to the question about "Why the arrow?" Why not? It is hard to come up with appropriate accessories for a set like this. Flowers just don't work. The arrow conveys motion and movement, and I like it.
This is a real life story for me, whatever I plant in the yard the rabbits come to eat. I guess I should be thankful it's not the coyotes that stop by to get a bite to eat. It makes me miss my old neighborhood as I had a neighbor who had a collection of guns in his home and I always wanted him to shoot at the varmints for me. He wouldn't do it, though. Something about firearms laws in the city.....The government reguates everything fun. :) Then I took an example from noted stamper Becky Oehlers, who found some adorable Martha Stewart kitchen towels and stamped on them. I had to track down a K Mart to get these, but the price was right. I think I got 4 towels for $6.99. I'll have to check the receipt though as none of the items at K Mart had prices on them. If they took some of the mystery out of shopping, maybe they'd get more business? I used the Best Blossoms set from Stampin UP and used Certainly Celery, Ballet Blue, Real Red, and Apricot Appeal. I just love their stamp names ( almost as much fun as OPI nail polish colors).
Today's Hanna is called Route 66 and it is sure to be a hit. A woman on a motorcycle is a unique sight in the stamping world. That background paper is appropriately enough from a company called Scenic Route.
I volunteered at Noah's school today. I laminated and laminated and laminated. I don't think his teacher realizes how much lamination can cost or he wouldn't be quite so addicted to it. I used up every last bit of lamination on the roll. Poster after poster went through the lamination machine today. I really don't like to volunteer in Noah's class. The school is huge and his teacher usually has me running all over the place to help out and the class is on the second floor, but nothing else is. I am up and down the stairs all morning. I know his teacher appreciates me as I do whatever needs to be done, but I don't enjoy it. I wnat to stop going but cannot come up with a good enough excuse. I mean, I do have the time to share. If I were to quit, I'd just feel lazy.
Another thing I don't like to do...make dinner. It's just so daily and so under appreciated around here. Seems like I am always trying to come up with something. No sooner do I finish cooking one meal and then I have to worry about coming up with something for the next. I feel particularly lazy today, maybe it will be pancake or waffle night.
I met a friend for lunch today and had some soup. I stopped at the grocery and got a rotisserie chicken for dinner. Happy Valentine's Day! I hope Scott appreciates the effort I put into making a meal. I know the children won't. I have to try to feed the little whiners, though. I think it's part of the parenting agreement.
And Seth would not tell people his real name. People would ask and he would say "Chicken Bob." People would ask again and question him and he would just say "Bob." When we asked him about why he wouldn't talk to the other kids on the beach and was making up this crazy name he told us that you should not tell strangers your name.
I suppose all moms fell this way, but see his sweet little chest? When he was younger and naming body parts he couldn't say 'nipple' he would say "nibble." We always teased him that he had such cute little nibbles. Now, with Hannah Montana being the woman in his life we call them his Sweet Niblets.
As an update to yesterday's post, we in no way condone the washing of animals with human shampoo. We do own the appropriate canine shampoo. Our dog appears not to have suffered the ill effects of itchy/dry/oily/irritated skin from the experience. We doubt that Noah will continue to shower with the dog in the future. One good watery shake off from the dog that lands droplets of cold wet water in your face as you are drying off is enough to remind you that your dog didnt relish the experience.
I don't actually know what type of shampoo it is. He is right, it is for colored hair, which mine is. But since it is the only shampoo in the house we all use it. You see, I buy a bottle of shampoo and we use it till its gone, then I buy more shampoo, whatever is cheap and available at Target or WalMart. I read somewhere that the average house has something like 7 different types of shampoo in it. What? Think of all the money you could have for crafting with!
Actually, my husband who is handy drilled the holes. I covered the blocks with tissue paper sent to me by Kristi, who owns Hanna Stamps. She wraps things ever so beautifully before she sends them out. Being a miser, I mean, frugal, I kept the paper and covered the fronts and backs of the blocks with it. I used double sided sticky red tape that you can buy in sheets. I laid the tissue on the block, covered it with the tape, leaving an extra 1/4 inch or so on the sides to hold the tissue in place, and then covered the sticky tape in clear beads.
I wrapped it up like a present. The ribbon goes around the sides and at the top I tied a bow and hot glue gunned some flowers and little pearls on sticks that I got at Michaels. They are so pretty in person. I think white cords look slightly better inside the blocks but all I could find is Christmas lights on green cords.
They are easier to make than to describe. I usually heat the sticky tape/sheets of sticky tape with my embossing gun so it holds really good. My sister in law won't be happy if she has little beads rolling off these all the time. I hope my nieces like them.
The Hanna Stamps card above is from the Rainy Day set, which seems perfect for today. The transparency technique might be the death of me though. I had to buy a whole box of transparency sheets, so I will be making these cards till I die, I fear. You know I cannot allow a perfectly good box to go to waste. It must be used. I couldn't get a good picture without the flash on the card, and now I can see fingerprint smudges too. Oh well, life is all about living and learning isn't it? And some lessons get learned the hard way.
As for an update on the kids, they need more supervision than they have been getting. In the beginning it was nice to know kids could play in the basement and I could shut the door and they'd all be happily getting along. Lately the kids are spending too much time on the computer. I am in and out of the basement a lot and have never seen anything inappropriate on the screen. That does not mean that they have not been looking! Yesterday one of the kids (a neighbor girl) said the boys were looking for certain images on the computer. We ran a history and they have been spending a lot of time at moron.com. (Well, they are 11-12 year old boys). They were actually watching people sink in quicksand and things like that, but they were searching for things we would find inapppropriate for them to see. Thankfully, they did not find anything. The computer is now on lock down and the neighbor kids are not allowed to use it. I gathered the guilty parties and threatened to call their parents, too.
I am thinking of making the kids sign an agreement about behavioral rules in my home and expell or suspend their household entrance based upon their behavior.
I was asked to make a little something for a charity auction. I made the matching bracelet and earrings, but can't decide on the necklace. I made a focal bead just for this necklace, but can't decide if I like it. The silver is clean in real life, not tarnished like it looks here. I use sterling silver and the swarovski crystals make this piece really stand out and shine, shine, shine. I am waiting for some silver chain I ordered to come in so I can finish this piece and deliver it to it's auction. I think the three piece set will do well for them.
Tell me if the focal bead should stay or go. I think without that bead, this piece is much more wearable on a daily basis.
I forgot to crop down the Hanna Stamps Moose at the top of this post. I love little Riley Moose in his chair, chillin' out and havin' hot chocolate. It's the kind of dayI would like to have right now. The paper is from Chatterbox and I colored him with copics.
Anyhow, back to the dog. Kadi is her name. She follows me around all day long throughout my waking hours. If I cook at the stove? She is between me and the stove. If I move to the sink, she does, too. I have stepped on her (unintentionally) so many times, you'd think she'd wise up and move away. No. This is a picture of her laying on my foot while I sit at my craft desk. She always lays at/on my feet in this position, her head is always to my left. I don't know why. I love my dog, I really, do, but so much closeness is not really needed. There is no other dog here for me to pet.
This is a picture of some beads I made recently. I need to note that black and white beads don't photograph so well on white. Below is what the beads look like when on the mandrels, and above is the photo of what they look like once clean and ready for use. I tried to put them in the correct viewing order, but my skills failed me. I'd like to be able to blame the computer, but I am willing to accept some blame.
This is my project for the day:
When we moved into this house I made two quilts for Noah's bunkbeads. One is in horrible disarray, despite my changing them up a bit. I am going to sew the fabric pieces together again. Only this time I have to do it by hand. I sewed a bit up this morning, only to have both of the children walk off with my sewing supplies while I was using them.
I was sitting on the couch sewing so I had a magnet with me. This way instead of just putting down the needle, I could put it on the magnet and it couldn't roll away from me. Seth took the needle, and Noah took the magnet at one point, putting the needle on the floor. Despite my best efforts I am raising idiots. Thank God for the days when they do open school. If it weren't for public education, my kids would have no chance at all. All they would have is a mother who screams all day. Or drinks.
Did you notice how the font changed back to black at some point during this post? I have no clue how that happened either.