I used the Swiss Dots folder from cuttlebug for the background paper and added some flowers and fern branches (also from Martha).
What I really wanted to highlight in this photo was the candleholder I decorated, but I could not get a great photo for anything! In real life it truly sparkles, though. I stamped Hanna images onto clear acetate with StazOn and carefully cut the images out. I chose a votive holder that had straight sides and attached Hanna images with very tiny amounts of red sticky tape. Then I covered it all in a big sheet of red sticky tape that I had cut out to wrap around the votive holder. I put micro beads all over the tape. Voila! It is very pretty in real life and shines at night.
Don't forget to join us at the Hanna Stamps forum on SplitCoast Stampers for our Anniversary week, and one year Anniversary and Release Party Thursday Night! Also, we are still giving away new Riley Moose stamps so be sure to visit the other Hanna Design Team members' blogs and leave comments. One winner per blog! That's a lot of chances to win a new stamp.
I have a home party tomorrow night. The lady from Cake and Crumbs is coming to teach many of my neighbors how to make caramel apples. In Seth's class they learn economics by earning "Funny Money" which they can use to buy things, including lunch out with your teacher. Most kids choose fast food, but we are having a fancy lunch here for Seth and a classroom friend, plus his teacher and a friend of hers. The kids are having hot dogs and mac and cheese but the adults are having home made bread, chicken tetrazini, salads...So I have busy day ahead tomorrow.
I hired a local company to come and give my house a cleaning today before the hostessing adventures of tomorrow. I was here for most of the clelaning but stepped out to grab lunch with my friend Steph. When I came home, the cleaners were gone and they had not vacuumed or dusted the family room. Huh? How do you miss that room? And they totally forgot about the basement. No dusting or vaccuuming there either.
I called to inquire about what should and should not have been part of the cleaning package and of course they should have cleaned those areas. The man on the phone offered to send someone back out to vaccuum, but I am over it. If you can't do the job right the first time don't bother returning. One of the ladies spent some time talking to me about her little kids and how one is teething and she slept through her alarm clock and she is sorry was so late getting here, blah blah blah.
You know what, I don't care how tired you are. You have a job, get up and do it. Do you think the fireman or the copier fixing man for that matter can say "sorry, I just didn't feel like getting up today.?" I did get a reduction in fee for their services and I won't be using them again. You should not give them a call either. They are called Maid Pro and are local to our area, so if you live far away and read this you have to worry about their poor performance.
The man on the phone also lacked some customer service skills, which I think are crucial to small business owners. He never apologized, he never asked what he could do to make things better, he never offered a coupon for the next service, etc...He said he and his wife are the owners and I suspect they have some learning to do. The cleaning people also parked right in front of my mailbox so I did not get mail delivery at home. Grrrr, I have to go crack open a cold Diet Rite now.
So, we slept in a bit and did not go to early church like usual, but made it in time for Sunday School. Scott teaches Third Grade Sunday school, so there is no rest for the weary. Or the toothless. I am the leader of an adult Sunday school class, but they can function without me being there. Mainly we have a sign up list and people sign up for whatever week they wish to teach, and they talk about whatever subject they choose. This is how Noah has spent the rest of the day. I kid you not. we do have clean furniture, but Noah is often on the floor. Seth at least sits on the furniture and watches TV. I wanted to take a nap, but the kids kept coming in and asking questions.
Auntie asked about Michaels yesterday. That was a traumatizing experience I would rather not re visit, but since she asked.....Seth made crafts at Michaels, for free craft day or something. He put bling on the pink T shirt for his Gloria and made a little purse with bling. A man who crafts with bling surely shares my heart!
I picked up a Martha Stewart punch to buy with my 50% off coupon. I have been thinking all week about what I wanted to buy with the coupon. Then I snagged a new dollar stamp from their bin. At the cash register I asked the lady to check and see if the MS punch was already on sale for 30% off, as it was not clearly marked. Instead she rang up the sale and gave me a total. I said "Oh, so the punch was already on sale? I'd like to go pick up something else for the coupon." She then informed me that she had already scanned the coupon and could not unscan it. Yeah. She gave me 50% off my one dollar stamp!!! To say I was ticked was the least of it. I will definitely be talking to the manager when I am there this week.
I went to the basement to see what I could create for the Hanna Challenge today. The inspiration piece is to do something with polka dots that are wild and colorful. Since I am sadly lacking wild and colorful polka dots, this is what I came up with. This is Sophie Moose and I added glitter to her antlers to give her a bit of a pregnancy glow.
The real joy is that I turned on the TV to see a West Wing marathon going on. I might just sit here the rest of the day and watch TV till my eyes bug out. Well, except for the fact that Noah is now home and I need to get him a snack, Seth has movie night at school and I need to find his required items. He likes to take his sleeping bag, pillow, Mumbles the penguin, and of course, a dollar for candy. I do hate packing him up for movie night as he genberally has as much as he can possibly carry. being a minimalist type person, I have no idea why one would want to take so much stuff along. I don't even have that many items in my purse on most days!
This is a stamp camp card I am posting. the challenge at SCs today is silhouettes and I can barely spell the word, much less come up with my own idea. But this is a good example. The exciting news is posted below....
I took a caramel apple making class through the local parks department last night. Oh My Goodness, it was so much fun! The lady who taught it actually works for a company, I think there name is Cookies 'n Cream. They sell the best stuff at the most reasonable prices. the premise is the same as a home show. The Cookies 'n Cream lady comes to your house and teaches a new skill, caramel apple making, cookie dipping and decorating, chocolate candy making, coated pretzels, you name it. It is all about creating fun food items and there really is minimal effort. you learn a skill and then buy products from them.
The product line is so reasonably priced I couldn't believe it. And the taste is all chocolate, not chocolate and wax like you find in Wilton products that need a long shelf life. The kids were really impressed when I came home and couldn't wait to eat this apple. Plus, I ordered things I'd need for more apples, coating cookies, pretzels, etc... seth is excited to get to have cookie time with mom coming up, and Noah will play with us a bit, but he really is more excited about the eating.
When I have made these apples before, the caramel slid off. I got lots of good tips and tricks and I can't wait to try this at home!
We have not yet determined exactly what type of snake it is. A neighbor child says it is an eastern garter snake and will be a great pet. I don't know if we should believe him, as his mom won't let him have a snake either. I think it might as well be arattlesnake as it looks just as ugly as one. It doesn't seem to be bitey yet, but it is still a little snake and they don't all start out as biters. I figure if Noah gets bitten, I'll take both he and the snake to the hospital and they can figure out what type of anti venom will work. A neighbor suggested wrapping it around Noah's neck to see if it is a python! Ha! Thankfully, pythons are not native to our area. A few get found each year in river areas, but they are usually full grown ones that someone has released.
Seth is not so fond of snakes, but thought I should check the sex of the snake so we would have an appropriate name for it. I have not yet touched the snake, and if I do, it will not be to check the underbelly. (I have seen Mike Rowe do a lot of things on Dirty Jobs, but I have not seen him sex a snake, so I don't know how to do that yet.) Right now Seth has named him Viper, which does not persuade me that the snake is friendly.
Viper is currently living in a big bucket with aluminum foil over the top of it. Scott put in mulch so he could stay warm. I think he'll need food eventually and we won't have a thing to feed it. Shame. :)
The kids watched the movie "College Road Trip" today and I took a nap. Scott is now out on a bike ride, so he'll be gone for a while. He'll do 25-30 miles most likely. All in all it is a quiet saturday and we'll be heading out to dinner after a bit.
The kids like to go to a place called The Old Country Buffet. Only they usually call it The Old Crunchy Buffet." One of the teachers from school works there a couple times a week so they love to go see her, and I usually take in a small handmade item to leave with her tip. We always sit in her section, and as tired as I get from eating there, it gives the kids such joy.
I made the card above with the Baseball Hanna set. And the one below is from Hanna's Tis The Season set
The SCS challenge today was to use the white gel pens we all have. All I can do is doodle with mine, but a lot of people seemed able to turn out highlighted works of art with theirs. I gotta get some lessons apparently. I did highlight the tree andthe snow beneath it, before I resorted to random doodles on my card.
Can you believe I have already bought Christmas presents? I see things on sale I know the boys will like so I buy them and store them away. I just hope they are still excited about their water guns in December.
That book list is not getting shorter, either. Drat. I am reading as fast as I can, too. I am still reading "The Shack" which is the book that has taken my bus stop by storm. All the other neighbors have read it, or are reading it and I am slogging my way through, even though it is a mere 250 pages. Next up is "Three Cups of Tea" about one persons work to educate women in countries where eduacation is often not easily come by for women.
We are headed out to Steph's tonight for a fire pit and S'mores party. Thent omorrow Seth is going to a friend's birthday party. I gotta make him a card to take, as the cards around here are all girly. I'll use the phrase on the card above, it says "Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you." Thankfully that is perfect for most people I know. Of course, that would be because if I don't enjoy you, you won't be getting a card from me!
The above card was made for the Hanna Stamps Sketch Challenge and for a challenge to use the color orange and coffee on the same card. I knocked out two challenges onto one card amd I am happy! Also, this mornings paper had a great coupon for Lowe's, so I will be headed that direction to get some tiles to stamp on for Christmas. I love a good coupon. I may have to call neighbors and see who else has the coupon and can spare it for me.
Tonight I am off to celebrate my friend Steph's birthday. She is turning 29 for about the third time, I think. It is a full fledged girls night out with dinner at a restaurant and then a movie or cfat night. WoooooHooo. Maybe I'll even be awake past 10 PM tonight.
This is the new hanna set, being released tonight at Split Coast. It is very cute. I put some glossy accents on the turkey's eyes and I have to say he looks like he is wondering is that is a turkey pot pie the pilgrim is holding! I forget about this paper, it was a scrap I had around and I thought it looked Thanksgiving like.
Seth said he got compliments on his hair barrete. Someone told him it was "freaking them out" but he wore it all day very happily. I'll have to hide them from him. Or I should gain some self controla nd not let my son leave the house looking weird. I must come up with more appropriate boy things for him to make, he is so proud of homemade items.
Anyone out there read "The Shack"? I am working on it and wonder what others think.
I am going to find a lot of use for this moose.
Hanna Stamps is releasing a Ballet Moose this Friday. I stamped some on Shrink Plastic and colored them in with sharpies. Once shrunk I put them on hair barrettes. You know I only have boys, so I'll be making hair barette items for the next little bit here, in order to use them up. Seth saw these and wanted them immediately. I tried to hold him off. But today as we headed out to the us stop, he proudly showed me that he put one in his hair to wear today. yes, a pink barrette with a ballet danicing moose. I know when he comes home today he will bust out the shrink plastic and color in some more moose for himself. I just hope I don't get a note home from school this year about his possible gender identity issues. I should be proud I have a child who doesn't care what the other kids think.
The paper is from a DCWV pack from Target and the layout is a previous sketch challenge from Jen over at SplitCoast. I colored with copics and added some ribbon.