Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Down to the Wire As Usual

It's almost too late for this week's Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday Challenge Post, and I would have been most upset not to have made it by deadline time.

It's been a very busy week for me. My crafting friend Cec from came down from Canada to spend a week crafting with me. One of our main accomplishments was to sit down with my Cameo, and figure out blade depth, speed and thickness setting for various papers. Cec is going to put that in a spreadsheet for us to share, and I'm going to tell you how you can actually input them in your Silhouette software, so that you don't have to hunt a chart. So you can't see that yet.

One of the other things I did was to work on mittens. I found a pattern for assorted sizes for free at Fleece Fun. The sizes are great, but you need to cut the outer pair of mittens at least 3/8" larger than the lining pair. I made this pair for Miss Emily, Cec's granddaughter. I'm making a pair of monkey ones for her grandson, Jackson. They're not waterproof, but they're very warm, since they're lined with fleece.

Now onto something that will have you howling. In January, my granddaughter gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. My last post described my younger DD's idea of style. This is the aunt of my granddaughter and the mother of MonkeyMoo.  MM's imagination is way up there, and he loves to dress up. I also need to tell you that he has a stuffed monkey, that a friend of mine gave him when he was 1. The monkey's name is John, and he is according to MM, his "brudder".  You're sitting here by this time and asking yourself what's the point of this discussion.

Well, on Monday, younger DD arranged a photo shoot to get pictures of MM with his cousins. In the process(getting some seriously good and attractive photos) she decided that they would have a little fun, and let MM dress up. So here are the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1(Thing 1's blue hair is I think some blue foam on some elastic) and Thing 2. Now admit it, you laughed didn't you?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sketch Challenge for Sassy Cheryl's

Thank you Dawn for a sketch challenge on the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog this week. I always love a sketch, because it's one less decision I have to make. My comfort zone is just a little bit more comfortable with not having to make that decision.

For my image this week, I had to use this image from the NEW and IMPROVED Sassy Cheryl's Stamps called Just Be Yourself. I've colored her with my Prismacolor and Faber-Castell pencils.

When I saw this image, I immediately flashed back to first grade pictures of my younger daughter. She was 7 years old when I married her father, so I had absolutely no part in the ensembles she had on for both her school picture or her class picture. Needless to say, my husband must have been totally unaware that pictures were being made, because in her school picture she had on her Bert and Ernie t-shirt that had seen better days, and in her class picture, she had on gathered floral skirt with non-matching striped knee socks. She was definitely being herself, and she's still very much herself. She is also a good enough mother to let her 6 year old be himself. After all, in the greater scheme of things, fifty years from now, will it matter that she wore floral skirts with striped socks. I think not. In fact, I think it will be good for a laugh. I will add that in all subsequent school and class pictures, she matched.LOL

You know that I of course used digital papers and designed the card in Cameo. After all, that is me just being me.  The papers are from Shery K Designs Lalaloobsy Kit. The sentiment was typed in Silhouette, and just what I thought she might be thinking.

Thanks again Dawn for another great sketch challenge. I had a great time making this card, especially as I had Cec here crafting with me this week.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

With Love

The theme for this week's Sassy Cheryl Challenge Blog is "With Love". It was a good challenge to get back into the groove.

For my card, I chose this sketch from this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge.

To create the background I took  a multi-shaped heart cut file from Silhouette and joined it with a rectangle to create the open heart overlay that I cut with my Cameo. The papers are from the digital kit called Cherish from Just So Scrappy 2. The image is called Do Not Disturb While Kissing.  I've colored the images using Copics, PrismaColor and Faber-Castell pencils. Think I need to get back to practicing my coloring. It's been too long.

Now for some Sassy Cheryl News. Sassy Cheryls is moving to a new site called Sassy Cheryl's Stamps where she's going to have her wonderful digi images, but also offering rubber stamps in the near future.  She's added a couple of new characters so be sure to check out the new site. When the move takes place, she'll be closing the Sassy Cheryls Digi store, and all the bargain bin stamps will be gone. You might want to head over and take advantage of those bargain images.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It's Been A Very Busy Week

Hi Gang! It's been two weeks since I posted and it's been a very busy two weeks at that.  On Saturday, February 2, my DH and I left home at 4:45 a.m. to catch a flight to Denver, CO headed to Keystone for a week of skiing with our younger daughter, her husband and our grandson MonkeyMoo. Our intentions in leaving early were to get to the mountains early enough to take care of things like groceries and ski and boot rental, and have a little time to acclimatize ourselves to the altitude, before hitting the slopes on Sunday. Well, as Robert Burns was want to say about the best laid plans, that went astray. Due to some mechanical problems with the plane at our home location, we missed our connecting flight, ended up spending the day in the Atlanta airport and not making it to the mountains until 10:15 p.m. 

We had a great week and had lots of fun. You all know the Mastercard commercials about cost of things and what is PRICELESS. Well let me tell you skiing with your 6 year old grandson is one of those PRICELESS moments. This is a picture of the whole gang at the top of Keystone Mountain.

On Friday morning, before we hit the slopes, my older sister called to tell me that my older brother had passed away from cancer. We were expecting it, but just not that fast. What a blessing it was for my DH and I to get to spend our last day on the mountain skiing with MM. It certainly helped to keep me from being so sad.

The trip home from the mountains was totally uneventful, thank goodness, but Sunday morning had us getting up bright and early to head to my brother's funeral. It was a wonderful service and got to spend time with family and friends and remember my brother with much laughter. He was a wonderful and generous person. That said the weather was horrific with tons of rain and flash floods. I know he was in Heaven laughing down at me in my rubber boots at the cemetery. Thank goodness the Lord let the skies clear somewhat for our journey home.

However between carrying a 30 lb backpack on Saturday and tense driving on Sunday, my shoulder started to give me some grief. I had run into a lady that had the neatest rolling bag to use as a carry on. It'll hold my computer along with my Kindle, my purse, some snacks and even my pashmina for my next airline trip. First thing in the rain on Monday morning, I hit TJ Maxx for this bag. I think it will be easy to spot.

I had been called for jury duty, and I had to report yesterday morning. Seems I got called for the Grand Jury, which I thought was all about deciding what cases will be held over for trial. Well that is part of the job, but the Grand Jury is also responsible for touring and reporting on  the Tax Assessor's Office, the County Jail and the Forest Service. The twenty of us were loaded into two Sheriff Department Vans and taken to the Tax Assessor's office where we were shown spread sheets and allowed to ask questions(???) then loaded back up and taken to the Jail, where we were given a two hour tour from unloading a prisoner until release. The one thing I can say is that the facility was very clean and the kitchen was spotless. I, however, don't want a return visit in any form. Thankfully we finished this in time for me to make my hair appointment for a color and cut for which I was overdue.

This morning it was cloudy, but not raining, so it was back to our regular walking schedule with my buddy. Now I know that Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow on Feb. 2, and that we're supposed to have an early spring, but this is ridiculous. Daffodils and Irises in mid-February is so not a good thing. We're expecting temps in the 20's this weekend so good-bye flowers.

We have videos of us skiing on the mountains, and if I can ever figure out a way to edit the MP4 into a smaller video, I'll  post so you can see us on the mountain.

Sun is shining for a change. I'm going to get this posted and head back out to TM and work on my printer. Thanks for stopping by.