Friday, July 30, 2010

Daisies and A Secret

Back in June when the daisies were in full bloom we couldn't stop picking them for our table. Each walk we'd pick some more. And finally I remembered to bring the camera along. Which turned out being the last walk before they mowed the path and all the daisies down.
Daisy Girl
I had daisies on my mind so I made a card at work using the Fiskers punch "Oopsie Daisy", the Slice and some May Arts ribbon. I'd be more specific if A. I had posted these when I made them and B. I wasn't sneezing my brains out due to allergies. Which I've not had any troubles with till this morning. Yes, I'm taking meds to help but they make things a little fuzzy along with curbing the sneezing.
Daisy Card
So, here's my dirty little secret. The only "scrap booking" I've ever done was my wedding album ten years ago and that was because a dear friend gave me a complete kit as a gift. I had no clue what to do and at the time no idea where to find help. I know I'm a creative person, I've been fortunate enough to attend college and earn a BA in Studio Art. Focusing on sculpture, jewelry and print making. I lean towards 3 dimensional art. I felt obligated to complete my album and I'm glad I did in all it's basic-ness. Though I'm not sure it falls in the realm of today's "idea" of scrapping. Which I love and am now dipping my toes in. Working at Paper Studio I should have known it was only a matter of time. Without further ado... here's my first official layout in 10 years (or ever) depending on how you look at it.
I used a sketch found on Pencil Lines from Anna Bowkis. I find sketches very helpful. I like having some structure or boundries.
I've finished two more layouts in the past week, both using sketches as guides. Looks like I've found yet another creative outlet to enjoy!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Delay Due To Furballs....

We've been delayed in posting due to furry bundles from Grandma! Short version of the story is we're "kitten-sitting" for 2 weeks while the Grandparents are gone on vacation. Love is in the air!

Rubes and I had the following conversation while at Grandma's farm:
Rubes: "Mom, I'm never getting married."
Me: "Really, how come?"
Rubes: "Because I'm going to have lots of kitties. Like a hundred and fifty."
Me: (Trying not to giggle.) "Oh."
Ruby & Black Jack
This is Black Jack. He's the smaller (and younger) of the two, quite the explorer and a talker. Oh, the purring is the best! These little furballs have wonderful motors and they're not afraid to use them.
Mateo & Pip
Pip likes to lounge, hide in small places and sleep. The second evening of kitty care Pip disappeared. I finally went into the kids' room and asked Rubes if she was sleeping with her. To which the following conversation occurred:
Rubes: "No, I don't have her."
Me: "Well I wonder where she is?"
Rubes: (Excited) "Oh, I think she's in the Chinese cabinet!"
Me: (Confused) "Where?"
Rubes: (Pointing) "There, in the Chinese cabinet."
Me: (Giggling with understanding) "You mean the china hutch."
Pip was found inside the bottom drawer. (I didn't know it was possible to get inside the bottom drawers from underneath.)

So, with summer past the halfway mark I find myself with little free time and that's O.K. I always think there'll be more time in the summer when really there's more things to do on top of the usual. Walks on nature trails, playing at the park, swimming at the beach, picking berries and petting kitties. I wonder how I find the time (let alone remember) to do laundry and bathe the children!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Monster Boy is Four!

Teo turned four this week. We had a "Monster BBQ" planned for his friends and their families at a local beach. It was humid and raining. A lot. After a change of location, the party moved forward. I made these invites using leftovers from last years party.
Mateo's Birthday Invites
We had a monster cookie given as a gift from our wonderful neighbor. We also made some monster cupcakes. (Cookie Monster-ish.)

Monster melon. I found something similar on the site, One Pretty Thing. (There's tons of inspiration there.)
Since it was humid and raining the monster boys spent a great deal of time outside of the shelter getting wet and loving it! Party favors consisted of me making a bunch of stuffed monsters. Each guest was able to choose one for them self. Below are Rubes and Teo's. Teo had lots of specifics.....5 eyes and a spiky head for starters. He even thoughts on what colors.
Monsters 1 & 2
When I decided to make these I had no idea where to start. See after I sent the invites it dawned on me that 14 kids would be coming! I tried to draw out a pattern and stressed for 2 days about where to begin and then I looked on Flickr under "monsters" and went down stairs and started to sew a very basic shape outline. Legs, head, pointy ears. Felt, buttons, and embroidery floss for the eyes, mouths and fangs. Once I finished the first one I was unstoppable, the creative juices flowing, on a roll and 5 days later they were all done!
Monsters 3, 4 & 5
Some bodies were once scarves, others velour pants or a fleece blanket.
Monsters 6, 7 & 8
I used artificial flowers for the wings. These were some of my favorite monsters but apparently not that popular with the kids. Not a single one was picked. (I was told wings make them 'girl' monsters and that hair is cooler than wings anyway.)
Monsters 9, 10 & 11
Rubes insisted on some of the monsters being pink for the girl guests. Fringe "hair" and tails before wings I guess.
Monsters 12, 13 & 14
I also made a shrinky dink pendant of each monster so the child could wear it as a necklace or key chain. I was tickled with the reactions from the kids. They were in disbelief that they were able to take their monsters home for keeps! Guests and their monsters. True love. Such a great day, my little boy is four!

Friday, July 9, 2010

It's a Sign

I believe in signs. Fate. Prayer. All those things. There are times when I'm over thinking things and ...wham... I see or hear something that I had needed or was missing. I was working on a post today in regards to Teo's recent birthday party. It was not going well. The children were scrapping with each other. (There will be an early bedtime tonight.) Lots of photos in the post and Flickr has recently changed. (I'm finding it very frustrating to use now.) I needed a sign. Then I saw this, again, as I went to download pics for what seemed like the 50th time. I first came across this on Teo's Birthday as the rain started coming down and I hadn't a clue as what to do about his "outdoor-BBQ-beach-party". It was outside on a window ledge on the backside of the church. I was there to do some work and take pictures of the monsters for Teo's party favors.
Signs 1
To me it said, "Breath, you've put a lot of love and thought into today, it'll be fine." And I knew what to do... on with the party at a park with a shelter! Today this picture said,"Post me instead and take the kids berry picking." So a party post will come later. Oh, it also said,"Breath". Apparently I'd been holding my breath so as to not curse or yell at small children and computers. Exhale.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Do You Love Peanut Butter?

Overheard this the other day at lunch.

Teo: "Rubes, do you love peanut butter?"
Rubes: Sounding very serious, "I like peanut butter but I don't love peanut butter."
Teo: "Well, I loooooove peanut butter! It's (pause for thought) awesome!"

He gets his peanut butter love from me. My Mom used to say I lived on it and it's the reason I have curly hair. Not sure about the latter part but I do recall eating 2-3 toasted sandwiches a day. My snack of choice at the time with a cold glass of milk. Yum.
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