Thursday, June 30, 2011

Some of my Favorite Cards

My boys favorite
Here are some of my favorite cards that I've made.  As you can tell, my style of card making is playful, fun, and a little quirky.  I'm really not that into the "pretty" or "natural" cards.  I guess that can be said about my life and house as well.

This card is shaped and opens with by sliding with the brad in the left corner of the lips.  Kinda reminds me of the Dairy Queen logo.

 I love it when things pop out on a card.

These cards were for a challenge to add things not usually used on cards.  I loved it!

For my FIL

The inside of my FIL's card.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Craft Zone

My Craft Center/Room/Studio
I'd been wanting/needing more storage space for all my craft supplies so I'd been looking but everything seemed so expensive.  (I try to craft on a budget.)  This weekend, I found a great shelving workstation on clearance, so Happy Birthday to me a little early.  It's hard to see in the picture but it's about 5 feet across, sits on my table and is taller than me.  Of course all my old craft storage is under the table and full.  (Not to mention the other side of the room!  LOL!)

Now, I know many people who have just a crafting blog where they show step by step every craft they make.  Um... don't think I'll do that but I would like to share a few.  One of the things I have really enjoyed is making cards. Most of my cards are originals but I usually use a plain black and white sketch to get inspiration. 

Here is one of my favorites cards.  Many years ago, like 20 or so, I raided an old soda machine for bottle caps and have been trying to find uses for these things ever since.  I used lace, paper, and the small wording was printed on my printer and the larger wording was made from my cutter (Yes, it's a Cricut but I'm mad at Cricut right now since they won't support 3rd party software.)

I used to be an avid scrapbooker but got a little burned out.  But, realized recently that I need to get back into it because photos are so important for our heritage.  Usually, my pages are pretty simple and focus on the pictures but every once in awhile I like to throw in a more time consuming page like this one from Galveston and what used to be the town of Gilchrist (my maiden name) that was destroyed by Hurricane Ike.  The waves and sand are torn pieces of paper with inking.  The palm tree, castle, and wording were cut out with my cutter.  ;-)

My other crafting projects depend on what's going on and what kind of mood I'm in.  Sometimes, I make jewelery.  I've been known to quickly make a pair of earring to match an outfit that I want to wear.  I have done some glass etching.  I sew costumes sometimes.  I've painted all the rooms in my house and done a little decorating.  Sometimes, my job turns into my craft when I need to make props, costumes, or scenery for a play I'm directing.  Stay tuned for more crafts in future blogs.
Glass Etching
Dress Up Clothes made for my neice.
Costume actually made by Garrett with inspiration from armor that I made him when he was little.  (Yes, he made an A on the project.)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Skunk!

This actually happened last summer but we never wrote it down:

Garrett's dog, Sweet Pea, has the unending need to hunt.  She has killed numerous critters in our yard from lizards to an armadillo.  But, there is one animal that keeps eluding her.  Oh, she's tried to catch the black kitty with the white stripe numerous times.  I don't remember the exact number of times she's been sprayed but it's in the double digits.  Last Spring, Sweet Pea was sprayed every couple of weeks. 

Well, I was working at a restaurant as a waitress.  It was late, probably about 11:30 p.m. when I made my way home that evening.  I was actually having a pretty good night under the circumstances and came home playing my music loud and enjoying life.  I pulled into the driveway, got out of the car, and started be-bopping up the front steps....  Until, I almost stepped on a dead skunk left on the front porch.  I screamed and flew backwards off the porch.  Now what do I do?  I can't get around this animal to go inside.  Should I go around back and look for a shovel?  No, I should call my husband who's home inside the house resting while I was out doing hard work waiting tables.  So, I pull my cell phone out and inform my dear hubby that Sweet Pea left him a little present on the porch and he needed to come out immediately.  Chris comes out the front door, looks down at the skunk, and in one quick movement picks it up and tosses it at me!  I really feel sorry for my neighbors that night with all my screaming. 

I come to find out, that this dead skunk was bought by all 3 of my boys (Chris, Marshall, & Garrett) earlier that day.  It was a dog toy that had only a little stuffing in it.  They placed it on the porch with some red food coloring as blood.  Then, they waited behind the front door, looking out the window to watch the whole thing.  Why they didn't think to videotape this awful sneak attack, I have no idea.  I'm still seeking and planning my revenge....

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Oops! It's been 3 months

Wow!  I knew it had been awhile since I blogged but, I didn't realize it had been over 3 months.  Life just got busy and crazy and I sorta forgot to write.  I've always been this way.  When I was little I had a diary that had each day of the year marked for my comments and by the end of the year, I only had a few pages here and there filled out.  The next year, I asked for a diary where I could write my own date.  And, I think that one lasted throughout the remainder of my childhood.

Of course, when life is busy is when I really should write.  That way I can remember all the many things that kept life busy and exciting.

Well, if you're actually reading this blog, you probably already know and love me and understand.  I could promise to be better and write all the time but since I don't want to lie, I won't make that promise.  Until the next time, "Be excellent to each other and party on dude!"  (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)
Garrett as Ted Logan at HCCT Drama Camp Play