This is Riley moose from hanna Stamps and I made this card for one of my kids to carry to a birthday party today. I then forget and had them use a different card. So this guy is mine now. He is adorable on his surfboard, eh? I used nestabilities for the square and the fish is from Stampin Up's set, penguin Paradise. the papaer is from a pack by Daisy D's.
Tornadoes ripped through the area where I live but we are all safe and sound and so is my family. My dad called at 8 AM to tell me he was okay. I was still asleep. You know you are used to the storms when the last words I heard last night was my oldest son walking to bed who peeked in my room and said "Tornado warning." I said "Okay, Good Night" and we all went to sleep. My husband though is always awake very late and I rely on him if we should need to wake up and go to the basement for cover.
I made this with 2 new sets from papertrey Ink, Mailboxes and Honey bees. I used a wide variety of Stampin' Up colors, so you just have to find colors you like and go with it. The set has a row of mailboxes, but I did paper piecing and just added one to my little corner of prairie.
Not much happening here. It's the last weekend for soccer and we have ganes at 8 AM and 5:30 PM tomorrow, and the kids have two birthday parties to fit in as well. Maybe on Sunday I'll nap!
I found a favorite web site, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. It's won some type of Best Blog award, so apparently it is a favorite of a lot of people besides me. Well, Pioneer Woman has recipes on her site. I decided to try out her recipe for the best ever lasagna. You brown 1.5 pounds of ground beef and 1 pound hot breakfast sausage. Then you add 2 cans of tomato sauce and 2 cans of diced or whole tomatoes. I did that, and I saw that I had made a very thick and tasty spaghetti sauce. (I'd probably add some tomato sauce if I served it as spaghetti sauce at home.) Well, what do you know, it was a whole new world opened up for me, homemade spaghetti sauce! I finished the recipe and made the lasagna, so I can tell you tomorrow how it turned out.
I just finished reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. I found it a thrilling adventure. She lives on a farm and her family plants for the year, cans it, and eats only local food they have made themselves or purchased at the farmer's market. This means, no bananas, lemons, or other food that took lots of petroleum to travel to their hometown. They buy locally ground flour to make their own bread and even grow their own chckens and turkeys. Wow. I wish someone would grow my food and cook it for me. I was very impressed and it gave me alot to think about, but I am not sure I can quite live like that. While I love the thought, my reality would be much different. A great read, though.
Today I heard talking in my house, between some neighbor kids and mine, mainly about money. I was upstairs doing my hair and trying not to worry about why the neighbor kids were asking my kids about their money. My kids, you see, leave whatever money they earn laying around the house. I'll scoop it up and put it in a ziploc baggie with their name on it, but it ends up downstairs again, laying around somewhere.
The kids decided to take a walk to the drug store and buy candy, with my oldest child's money, and his permission. The four kids were gone and back before I ever knew what they had done, and I came downstairs to see them eating candy at the table. They each bought 2 candy bars with my son's money. Noah said he was fine and happy and they were all sharing their candy with each other.
I bought special pans at my favorite glasss store. You lay contact paper on the bottom of the pan and grease/spray the sides of the pans with Pam or wd4o. You then lay the stones or glass pieces onto the contact papaer to hold them in place.
I mixed a product called Diamond Crete and poured it over the stones in the pans. It sets in about an hour, though mine was not really ready to be popped out of the pan yet. I did a smaller plastic pan, too. This was something Maria had on hand.
This is my finished garden stone. It worked out fine as a first project, knowing I can always improve. The sqaure glass pieces are not perfect, some of the concrete seeped around the edges and makes them loook less square. I chipped away at some of the square pieces in a effort to square them up a bit, but some could not be helped. As for the smaller tub, the concrete seeped around the contact paper and it is firmely stuck in place and ugly and unusable.
You can buy a less expensive concrete mix, called QuickCrete at your local hardware store, but it sets in about 5 days instead of an hour. I wanted something portable that I could drive home with and not have to worry too much about spillage in the car.
Will I try this again? Yes. I am going to work in reverse next time. I will make my design on the table, pour the Diamond Crete into the loaf sized tub and then put my glass pieces on top, rather than having them upside down on the bottom. We are planning to get together and have the kids make these as father's day gifts so I have to find the perfect method with the best results soon. I really enjoyed making these and if you can get together to craft with good friends , you'll love what you can make.
Not much going on today. My painting classes have ended as we take the summer off and my teacher, Maria will be going back to work in the fall. She is a dentist and will be working at out local dental school. She is beautiful, too, so she would be easy to hate if I didn't love her so much. She is gorgeous, smart, talented, and has four great kids. (And a handsome husband, too. )
Today we are meeting anyway and are making mosaics from glass and tile. I have been slowly accumulating supplies this week and am set to make a garden stone or something simple. We'll have to see what my friend Odette is making, I am not sure. I am hoping this will be a new craft to master and then I will have the kids make them for Grandparents as gifts. I'll be sure to post a photo.
1) Go to Michaels (or somewhere else) and buy some chain. Above is a photo of what I bought.
3) Use store bought brads that are pretty or use the Build A Brad set from Stamin Up. I made my brads with this set. I used paper from Chatterbox called "Folksy Small". The paper has a brown background with ink and blue flowers on it. You use your 1/2 inch circle punch to punch out flowers of your choice and attach them to the brad. I would have shown you my completed brads or the Build A Brad set, but Blogger appears to only let me upload five photos at a time.
Put your brads though the chain and fold back the sides of the brad. With a pair of needle nose pliers you then fold the brad spikes under. It is so much easier than it sounds! I needed another hand in order to hold the pliers and take aphoto of what I was doing. (Sorry!)
4) This is a photo of the completed bracelet after the brads are attched. I already attached the jewelry clasp on the ends. I am sorry that my photos look dark, but I am obviously still a person in need of tutorial improvement.
Not being content to end on that note, I used my jewelry making expertise and attached 4mm and 6mm Swarovski crystals to dangle from the empty loops. This bracelet is much lighter than the bracelets I usually make, as this one lacks real sterling silver and glass. It is still very pretty however, and I plan to have it on all day today so I can report later on how it really wears.
When I find the link to the genius who thought up this idea, I'll post it.
I told the kids they could get them back after their dad came over and had a talk with me. I had been to their house before and talked to their dad about behavior issues, but nothing had ever seemed to happen. Predictably, their dad never came over. The kids came over, telling lies and wanting the guns back, but I never gave them back. Today they came back asking about the guns. They were bothered that I said I had thrown them away and wouldn't continue the discussion with them and I shut the door while they were attempting to goad me into an argument. Sheesh. Give it up already. Their parents may not have backbone, but I do. I am now thinking they'll egg my house or something. they have already been scolded by another neighbor for climbing the fence to the neighborhood swimming pool and skateboarding in it.
Todays card is another one for the "Use your brayer challenge." It is Hanna Stamps Challnge #17 I think. HSC17 would be the search word on Splitcoast. I used Riley Moose in his tube floaty and brayered the background before paper piecing him and adding him to the background. The paper is a Basic Grey card pack, if I remember right. I added ribbon, dew drops, colored with copics and SU oval punches.
Outside it is cold and rainy tonight. I hope it is better tomorrow, I'd like to see some pretty spring days ahead.
The card of the day is for Hanna Stamps' Friday challenge. The challenge was to use a brayer. I gave my brayer away to a friend who desperately wanted it for Christmas. I also gave her samples of cards and a lesson on how to use it as she liked the look so much. I figured, "Who cares. I never brayer anything." Oooops! I ran to Archivers with a coupon to get one for this challenge. I played around a bit, so you'll see more brayered backgrounds coming out of me soon.
I used the Moose from the Riley Moose collection and cut them out and put them on this card with a pop dot. (The female moose are named Sophie G.) I colored the sun from the SPF 50 set and added it with a pop dot, too. In real life the card is very cute. I added some bling in the lower right hand corner. I think I may add another layer of ribbon on top of the red ribbon and tie a knot or bow to jazz it up a bit more.
We are off to the Relay for Life event tonight at school. Seth's teacher had cancer this year and missed the first part of the year getting treatment and recovering. She is doing fine now and Seth wants to go walk with her. Someone from each team has to be on the track and walking for the full 24 hours of the event so we are going to keep her team company and provide support.
I have traveled around Africa on my own, parachuted from an airplane, even rode a bull with out falling off. Okay, the bull was mechanical, but still, you get the point. This computer stuff? I hate it.
I am recovered from the garage sale, have cleaned out the garage and donated items to Goodwill. Two full van loads went out the door! Now, if only I could tackle the closets! Sheesh, it never ends.
Last night Seth was at Irish Dance class and came home to watch Dancing with the Stars. Poor guy cried loud and long when his favorite, Marissa Jaret Winokur was voted off. Why does he love her so? She starred on Broadway in Hairspray, his long time favorite musical. He has been begging me to take him to Chicago to see Wicked. I have hoped to do that, but then Noah chimed in that if Seth sees Wicked, he wants to go to a Cubs game. Tickets to the Cubs are allegedly really hard to get, and I hate baseball. So, Seth has yet to see Wicked. The good news is that in 2009 Wicked is coming to our town, so Seth will have his dreams come true after all.
Noah and Seth love shopping the garage sales because there are so many affordable finds for them. Seth bought me a teddy bear for Mother's Day. He loves stuffed animals, and I hate them, so I should not have been surprised that he was trying to share his love with me.
Noah bought ne 19 shades of fingernail polish. He was so proud that they were only a nickel each and he bought all the lady had for sale. The photo above is of some of them. See the yellow? I have never even seen such a shade!
I made this card at Vicki Garrett's house using her Stampotique stamps. I love the aliens. The paper is from a Basic Grey card sized pack. The art work is from a guy named Daniel Torrence, or Daniel Terrence, I can never remember which. I love his artwork, that's all that matters.
This card is for the Hanna Stamps Challenge #16. We were to use Creamy Caramel, Always Arichoke, and Real Red. I colored Riley with copics, made my own background, and added ribbon. The small flowered background is a small SU stamp and I colored the centers with the Sakura gel pen. I love this Riley. For the Splitcoast Stampers board I titled this "Riley Lights My Fire" because he does. I love him!
I hope your day went well. I fell asleep at 12:30 after church, snug in my nice warm bed while it rained hard outside. Seth woke me at 3:30 asking me to take him to the movie "Nim's Island." It was a cute movie, but I must have been tired to have slept hard for three hours in the middle of the day.
As for naked photos of me, they don't exist. I am so tired of getting SPAM e mails I could strangle spammers with my own bare hands. I never open it, of course, but I get many many daily e mails offering to enlarge and enliven body parts I don't even have. I get SPAM written in Chinese characters, I get SPAM that looks like I used my own address to send it to myself. And now I get daily SPAMs saying "We have naked photos of you, Judy." I know it is not true as the only ones of their kind were taken as a baby, if they exist at all. One peek at a naked photo of me and you'd be tempted to pke your own eyes out, ot burn your computer screen with acid. Get a SPAM filter, you say? I have one, as I am married to a computer genius, but I have to clean out the spam folder and make sure I haven't overlooked something. Every once in a while I lose something decent into the spam folder. I get about 150 mails a day, people!
Today is election Primary Day in Indiana. If I were elected to office, I would make SPAM an act of treason as it wastes too many resources, or at least electricity and the time of productive citizens like myself. If a politician ran on the platform of punishing spammers, they would have my vote. I used to be on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters in Indianapolis, so go and vote if you live here!
I have a busy week ahead, an Art Fair tomorrow where I will be selling my beads and jewelry and a Garage Sale this weekend to prepare for. I will be around but may not blog much. I have jewelry to make now, and treasures to find and clean, and organize and price to sell...
The bags and shoes are from the But I Need It set.
The wheelbarrow is from the brand new Garden set.
The grass is from the Spring Time set.
The flower is from the My Best Friend set.
The sentiment is from Things Hanna Would Say.
I am looking forward to seeing what everyone can do.
Thankfully we only have one soccer game this weekend and have a quiet weekend planned.
Seth saw this card and held it up and said " This is not appropriate." I basically told him to get a grip, and he ran off to his dad yelling "Mommy is doing naughty things in the basement!" Yeah, I wish it got a whole lot naughtier than rubber stamping in my basement.
So, this is your look into my wild and naughty life for today.
Don't forget to go to Splitcoast tonight for the release party. Free sets will be given away. there will be fun, challenges, and prizes. Now, that's my idea of a wickedly good time!