Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Brayered Blue


This is a card that I made at the Michelle Zindorf class that I took back in April. It is another brayered card. I really like using the brayer because there are so many different ways to use it! I thought this card needed a little something to finish it off so I added the phrase. I like it better this way but the phrase is floating in the water. It probably would have worked better across the bottom of the card but in a single line. You know how hindsight is 20/20. Go figure! I don't remember the names of the inks that we used other than the green. It is named lettuce. The inks were adirondack pads from Ranger. The tree is from a stamp set called Marvels of Nature from Innovative Stamp Creations. They have some beautiful stamps so check them out. The phrase is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and they are having a sale. Hurry on over before the end of the month to get in on the summer kick off sale. Have a great day!
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Monday, May 25, 2009

Double Embossing with the Bug!

Have you been wondering where I have been lately? Well it's like this, we have run hither and yon for school events, choir events, doctor appointments, tests and more doctor appointments. We finally set up a guest room in the house, shopped for a few more antiques and have had family visiting the last two weekends. It has been fun although it will be nice for things to settle down again. I even have brand new stamps sitting in the library. They taunt me and say ink me up baby! C'mon take me out for a spin! Let's burn some rubber! I shut the door and tell them to.... "be quiet, I'll get to you soon enough!" This week I am sure of it. They will beg me to leave them alone and I will show no mercy! They will get just what they deserve for taunting me!

I found some of the coolest videos a while back and showed you one of them a few weeks ago. Do you remember the new technique using an embossing machine? It was pretty cool wasn't it? I have another technique to show you today that uses an embossing machine with an embossing folder and some dies. Go here to see the video. It is really pretty and very elegant looking. I hope to give it a try soon. If any of you try this technique, let me know how it works for you!

I almost forgot to thank Nancy The Basketmaster for featuring me on her blog Friday! That was very nice of you. You have inspired me to get back to weaving every now and then. Check out her blog. It's one I read every week!

In the meantime, enjoy this memorial day with family and friends. Thank a member of the military for your freedom and remember all of the military men and women who died so that we might have freedom! You might even want to pray for the families serving in the armed forces today. They give up personal freedoms and make many sacrifices in order to keep the United States free!



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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Vintage and New Signature

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you about a neat web site that I stumbled across a few weeks ago. They have great vintage images. Check them out. They also have some free clip art available. Maybe Dru will make something beautiful with their stuff. Who knows! If you decide to create something with these images, please let me know. I really like to see the vintage stuff! have fun creating!
P.S. Do you like my new signature? Nina created it for me. If you would like a special signature give her a shout! Her work is fabulous and she creates digi images!

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

WEBLOG AWARD

Another Award! This one came to me from Dru at Garden of Dreams. If you enjoy vintage as I do then go see Dru's work. I oooh and aaaah every time I see her blog! It is so pretty. Thanks so much Dru. I appreciate your kind comments on my blog as well as this award.

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Now I must give this award to seven other talented ladies. This is the difficult part since I read so many wonderful blogs.

1. Annie Stamping with Annie B
2. Karen Karen's Escape
3. Nancy Basketmaster's Weavings
4. Peggy The Wired Angel
5. Patricia Patricia Robitaille Jewelry
6. Beth Mountain Hollow Farm Chronicles
7. Patter Triple the Scraps

And these are the rules:
Grab the award and place on your blog
Link back to the person you received the award from
Nominate 7 others with a link to their blog
Leave a message on their blog telling them they've been awarded

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Pouch Basket


Today is another basket day! Yes, I made this one about a decade ago and it still looks great. I have seen these referred to as a pouch or a doorknob basket. It is about 7 or 8 inches high with an additional 4 inches in height for the handle. I really enjoy making baskets with handles such as this because they are so versatile. They are also handy for so many things. This one holds dry erase markers, a dry eraser and cleaner for my dry erase board at work. It hangs on the wall right there with the board and hides the unsightly clutter.
The reed was dyed with Rit dye and still holds the dark blue color very well. For some reason, some of the lashing has split. It is easily repaired if I ever take the time to work on it. I have no idea why the first row was woven so that the side stake is on the outside. That just looks a little weird. Maybe it's because I was out of practice when I made this. I don't remember. Anyway, this is the oops in this basket so I kept it for myself.
Happy Crafting!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cyclone Alert

If my Dad were to see these photos, he would ask if anyone got hurt from the cyclone that came through this room! That's how he used to tell me I had a mess in my room that needed cleaned while I was growing up. Today that phrase is a running joke in our family.
I still have my stamping space in my office at the farm but I am not there very often so I have moved some of the stamping/cropping supplies to the house so that I have better access to it. My stamping room on the third floor is still a dream in my minds' eye because nothing is finished up there and won't be for quite some time. Instead I have stolen part of Adam's space in the library to set up shop for a while. I am using a chest of drawers, a bookcase, our old kitchen table and even the fireplace mantle for crop storage.
I have had such a busy few weeks that I didn't take time to clean up after all of the projects I worked on. This is a result of the 6 gift cards, 9 post it note holders, 8 basketball invitations, 2 chocolate blog challenge cards, finish work on the glitz and glitter post, Just Messin' Around post. Oh yes, I nearly forgot that I prepared about a dozen wishes for the Wish RAK (random acts of kindness) Members at Splitcoast in all of this mess too.
The boxes beside of the table are filled with books and have not been unpacked yet but the rest of that is my mess! Am I good or what?!! LOL!
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I had so much stuff on that little table that things kept sliding off of the pile. My husband said I need to put a leaf or two in the table so that this doesn't happen but if I do that there won't be any room left in the Library for his things. LOL! ; ) I was just wondering if anyone else is like me and leaves the doors/drawers open while they are pulling stuff to create with? I need to see what I have or I forget it is there. By the time I am done I usually have nearly every drawer and door left open. The price some of us slobs pay for creativity I suppose. LOL!
I hope to tame this beast very soon and maybe I'll post a photo of everything neat and pretty.

I wrote this post weeks ago and still had not posted it because I just haven't been happy with my new temporary space and didn't have any solutions for fixing it until now. There has been discussion at Christian Paper Crafts Magazine about cropping spaces and I have gotten a few ideas and inspiration on how to attack my problem. Stay tuned and I may have this beast whipped into shape soon and can post the new look.
If you haven't been to the new Christian Paper Crafts site yet, you need to check it out. You may need to register before you are able to look around but it's worth it. Just Do It!
Thanks for stopping by and looking!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cupcake Mosaic

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I promise that this will be the last time you see the mosaic technique and a cupcake on my blog for a little while. I need to have birthday cards ready every month and right now my stash is next to none. I was using up card stock that was given to me on this one but the card base and corners are SU! regal rose and gable green. Border Punch by Martha Stewart. Glitter is Martha Stewart crystal course. Stamp sets: Studio g clear stamps, SU! Blooming With Happiness. I wish I had used a dark purple on the bottom of the cupcake stack instead of pink. It would have popped off the card with good contrast instead floating. Okay maybe it's just hovering in the middle of the card! ;) Happy Stamping!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Little Award


I just received this little award from one of my blogging buddies (Karen) from the D.I.V.A.S. blog group. This acronym stands for Designing, Inspirational, Virtuous, Artistic, Sistahs. Karen's blog can be found here so check it out. She makes some of the most beautiful and perfect paper crafts that I have ever seen. The meaning of this award is this....."These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers". How wonderful is that? Blessings come in many ways and from many people. Praise God for the people he brings into our lives!
I have been wiped out today with so many things happening at once so this was such a nice surprise. My family and I took a 4 day whirlwind trip to Texas and on the way home from the airport, we stopped by the grocery. I had to prepare food for the teacher luncheon at my daughters school that very evening. The next day I took the food to the school and began working fervently on a fund raising dinner project. Well, that was this past Monday and I worked all week planning and cooking for the event. My daughter is a member of the Tri State Youth Choir. This Choir consists of youth from many churches in our region who travel to Florida each summer and present their program to rehab centers and homeless shelters. The interesting thing about this organization is that the students must work and earn the money for this trip. They must participate in a 5K run/8K walk, pick up trash in the city and county, sell tickets for a dinner/auction and wait tables on the night of this event. Well for some reason, I volunteered to take on the lunch and dinner service this year. A momentary loss of sanity occurred.
We lost some of our funding at the last minute and I was quickly trying to get companies to donate the supplies we needed to prepare the dinner. For the last four days I have been planning and cooking with the help of a few other choir parents. Yesterday was the big event and we served/delivered more lunches than we had in the past. After catching our breath we served dinner before the auction began. I don't know what the total on meals were yet but I suspect we hit the 350 to 400 mark. It was a very long day and attendance was down compared to other years. In the end, goals were met and the Lord multiplied the fish and the loaves at the auction.
Today I woke up stiff and sore. I even took a nap! I hope to be feeling human again by tomorrow and having more time next week to work on projects, as well as blog posts! My thanks go out to the dedicated parents that helped me yesterday and to Karen for making my day with this award!

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Tisket A Tasket


I thought it was about time to share some basket weaving information with you. Okay this is a what not to do when you weave lesson. This is a basket from the past that never made it to give as a gift classification because it has a few quirks. The colored reed in this basket was dyed with RIT Dye about nine or ten years ago when I made this. It has held up well over the years and has served as a bedside basket which held pens, nail polish, a book light and such. Later it was used to hold napkins in the kitchen and could be hung on the wall by its handle. The flowers were hand painted by myself with acrylic paint and still look good today! I always kept the baskets that had mistakes in them. This one has a stake that has been pulled in too tight on the right and my painting is not my best work either. It's nice to keep these baskets since they are still very useable. I hope you enjoyed seeing something different today!
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Invasion of the Alamo


A special event took place this past Friday in the great state of Texas. My husband's oldest brother retired from the Air Force with 35 years of service under his belt! His family is a strong military family with parents who served in the Navy and five of their six children serving in the Navy and Air Force. The military careers of the children began when the eldest son (Paul) entered the Air Force in 1974 to become an aircraft maintenance technician. He eventually earned an associates degree and bachelors degree before entering Officer Training School and pinning on the officer rank of Second Lieutenant in September of 1984. My husband (Adam) was invited at that time to commission his brother as an officer. Adam had already entered the Air Force as an officer in 1982 and outranked his oldest brother. There has been many jokes about this over the years as Adam likes to refer to his elder brother as junior. At times they held the same rank at the same time. This made it interesting to call one another at work since Captain Bigelow was calling Captain Bigelow! The person on the other end of the phone would hang up thinking a joke was being played at their expense. Their professional paths crossed numerous times over the years but none better than the time Paul walked by Adam at the airport in London. They were both traveling for their jobs and neither knew the other was traveling to England. Adam was waiting for a shuttle to his hotel and there went Paul, walking right on by until Adam did a double take and yelled for Paul. Their jaws dropped as they were astonished to see one another in the middle of a busy overseas airport while they were both stationed state side!
For the retirement ceremony, Paul asked Adam to take part as the officiating officer. He figured it was only fitting since he was there for the officer commissioning back in 1984 that he also should be there for the retirement. This first photo shows Retired Lieutenant Colonel Adam Bigelow (left) presenting Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bigelow (right) his retirement certificate. The ceremony was held on the terrace at the Alamo.

In 2007 Paul was presented with orders to do a tour of duty in Baghdad. He had the option of retiring at that time but chose to go to Baghdad instead. While there, these American flags were flown over the American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Paul presented these to his brothers. From left to right brother Jon Bigelow retired Navy SEAL, Adam Bigelow retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, Paul, Michael Bigelow active duty Navy Chaplain (Lt Commander), Ray Bigelow retired Air Force Technical Sargent. The flag cases were made by Paul. Another furniture maker in the family!
I guess it's official since the sign at the military base wished him congratulations too! We enjoyed a few days away from home and visiting with family. Of course the barbecue was great too!
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