Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Monday night, we met Marianne at Hickory Tavern. Her back was acting up on Sunday so she was unable to come over. She wanted to see Ashley before we left town. These are the pictures of us I took at the restaurant. Ashley got her hair cut on Saturday – 10 inches for Locks of Love!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
This is the Monday Mailer I sent this week. I just got the Medallion stamp and this is the first card I have made with it. I also used a SU wheel (Whimsey) in the background. The color is the new In Color Melon Mambo!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
While driving through South Carolina, I wanted to stop and try to find the first house Sonny and I had bought when we first married. We were married in 1973 and lived in Greenville, SC. We bought a house in the fall of '73 in Taylors, SC. At that time, Taylors was merely a wide spot in the road! It has grown considerably since then. I was very proud of myself that I was able to find our house although it didn't look anything like the house we had lived in. As I was out on the street taking pictures, the lady who lived there came out to see who we were. When I explained the reason I was there, she invited us in and I got a tour of my old house! How nice! It turns out that they had a fire 3 years ago in the garage that destroyed the garage, kitchen and utility room. When they began to rebuild, the city made them lift the house up because of the creek that runs in the back. So, they added a nice front porch, screened in back porch and knocked down some walls within the house to redo the kitchen and bathrooms. (Plus, it was air conditioned! We only had 2 window units which my daughter thought was crazy!!) It was so much fun to take that little trip down memory lane. The sad part was that the house next door was not in very good shape. When we lived in our house, the sweetest older couple lived next door. They were a god-send to me when I had Ashley - acting just like our grandparents. They ended up being Ashley's god-parents and we were all sad when we moved away (when Ashley was only 2 months old.) They have since died and the family sold their home. Unfortunately, whoever is living there now does not keep the house up like he should.
My daughter arrived safe and sound Sunday night and we enjoyed a yummy fish dinner (caught by my hubbie on Lake Norman) on Sunday with my family. She has been telling us about her trip to Kenya and the safari and it has been very interesting. The funniest thing to me was her visit to a neighboring village. One of the medical school students she was working with (he has been in the US for about 10 years and is serving in our military having received his citizenship) took her and another colleague to visit his family for the weekend. She said they were treated like royalty and there were a bunch of kids there from all over the village mainly to see the white people!! I asked her if she had been able to take them a gift or something for their hospitality. After they left, the following week she asked what they could do to thank the family – her thoughts were to buy a goat for the family. Dan told her his grandmother didn’t like goat so much, so she decided to buy her a cow!! The next time Dan went to his village, he stopped at the market and purchased a cow …. a WHITE cow …. and took it home to his family. He told Ashley that his family would be talking about that gift (and visit) for quite some time!! Keep that in mind the next time you don’t know what to buy for someone!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Hope your weekend was great. I had a good one. Saturday I did my class at Stamper’s Alley and afterwards, my friend Judy and I went to lunch together. Aren’t friends great?!
As I’m typing this, I’m waiting on my daughter to arrive. She turned over her condo keys to the realtor yesterday and left her place in DC for the last time. We were sure hoping she’d get a contract before she left (like maybe from the couple who have been back to see it 4-5 times!!) but it didn’t happen. All she can do is wait. In the meantime, she’ll be staying with friends or in a hotel for a while. If it drags on too long, she’ll have to rent a place in San Antonio. The Army will store her stuff for 90 days.
I’m excited to share this book with you that I made for Ashley. The title is Enjoy the Journey and I thought it would be ideal for her Kenya pictures and journals of her trip. I bought the kit at CK Convention last week from The Button Farm and I really like the way it turned out. Their instructions are the best!! Plus, I added a few touches of my own – buttons, brads, etc. And, I kept some of the pages plain so Ashley could embellish as she wants. Each page is an envelope so you can insert pictures, memorabilia, journaling, etc.
This is the front of the book:
Here are a few of the pages:
Friday, August 21, 2009
I’m teaching the final “shape” class on Saturday at Stamper’s Alley so I’ve been getting ready today – cutting my paper, etc. I always wait until the last day or two it seems like. Although this time, I had gotten prepared a little early but didn’t get enough kits together. Which is a good thing – more people signed up yesterday so that makes me happy! This time we are doing a clothes theme – bikini, kimono, girlie dress and little boy’s overalls. I like this one best of all!
A good thing happened today too! I have been looking for my Oval Nestabilities for about a week. I figured they were in my craft room somewhere but I was starting to panic! I’ve been losing sleep over this, friends! I went to Stampers Alley today and asked if maybe I’d left them there & Brenda Mott said she hadn’t seen them, but she remembered me bringing them in a couple of weeks ago to measure for my September class. Well, then I figured they had to be in my car somewhere. After searching my car …. twice …. no luck! I was getting scared I had lost them for good. After dinner, I came upstairs and was just staring at my shelves when …. voila, there they were!! They were stuck in with my H20’s. I’m sure what I did was pick them up with my H20’s last week & put them all on the shelf together. Well, now they are in their rightful place and I can get a good night’s sleep!!
Tonight is my daughter’s last night in her condo. The packers came today and packed all her stuff. They will bring the moving van tomorrow and load her stuff up. She is spending the next 2 nights with one of her girlfriends and will be arriving here on Sunday. Her condo is still for sale. She has been getting a lot of “lookers” so hopefully, one of them will make an offer SOON! We will probably leave here on Tuesday to start our trek to Texas. Our plans are to stop at a beach along the way (possibly Ft Walton or Destin), New Orleans, Houston and then San Antonio. I’m really looking forward to it. Ashley and I have such a good relationship and these trips are so much fun for both of us.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I received my Monday Mailer card from Ellie right before I went to CK last week. It uses the Medallion again! And now, I’ve gone and ordered it myself so you’ll be seeing some cards with it from moi!!
Here’s Ellie’s version …. and a great one I think!!
Aren’t those colors great together??
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I love those words …. live & laugh! That’s what life is about, isn’t it? We all need to heed those words and not sweat the small stuff! I had such fun today finishing up a couple of the projects from the CK classes. Who knows, at this rate, I may even finish the projects from last year??!! The acrylic album I am sharing with you today is from the Button Farm. The directions that came with the kit were about the best I’ve ever seen – so easy to follow. Check out the kits and don’t be afraid to order one of them – you will be able to put it together in no time! Now I just have to find some pictures for this one OR you may be seeing this album later as a GIVEAWAY!! I have never done any blog candy but I am thinking about doing some giveaways when I return from my trip in early September. I have been getting some really nice e-mails from some of you about my blog and it really has made my day! Thank you so much for your comments & keep them coming!! At least I know there is someone out there reading my blog.
Remember - you can click on the pictures to see the whole thing.
This is the front of the book.
Page 2 & 3 – notice how each page mirrors the one before it so you can’t see the back of the images through the acrylic.
THE END! What do you think?
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Here’s the Monday Mailer I sent this week. This is from a new Hostess Set …. The More the Merrier. This set will have a lot of use – Christmas, Halloween birthdays … very versatile! I ran the Sahara Sand through the Big Shot using the Top Note, then turned it 90 degrees and ran it through again to make the shape that I stamped on. I colored the button with ink and used Chunky Glitter on the card. Hope you like it!
I won’t be posting for a couple of days. I’m waiting for Marianne to pick me up to go to uptown Charlotte. We are attending the CK Convention and spending 2 nights at the Hilton!! I am so excited! Just hope I can keep my spending in check!!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The camp (Kilima Camp) was amazing...I would highly recommend it to anyone who is planning on visiting the Masai Mara. It was situated at the top of a mountain overlooking the Mara River/plain with beautiful view. The tents were amazing - a huge canvas tent complete with a bathroom (shower, toilet, sink). After a quick lunch, we were on a game drive with our driver, James, who turned out to be quite the pro. Dan and I still think there was someone driving ahead of us releasing animals for us to see...I never expected there to be so many. On our first 3 hr drive, we saw four of the "big five" - elephants, lions, buffalo, and a leopard...missing only the rhino, which is reportedly the most difficult to spot. We saw TONS of wildebeest, zebras, and giraffes...also, warthogs, hyenas, gazelles, topi, waterbuck, and probably tons of stuff I've forgotten.
We headed out farther into the park to find the places where the wildebeest were crossing the river - hoping to see the crocodiles try to attack them. I can't say that I was too disappointed to see "nature" in action...we saw them wade into the water to drink, but never actually saw a crossing. We did see a few lions attempt to hunt -- the wildebeest and warthogs were lucky as it was a bit hot and the lions didn't seem to be on their "A" game. We had lunch along the river overlooking dozens of hippos and a handful of crocodiles. At about 3pm, we began to head back when I told James that I really wanted to see a rhino...I kid you not, about 15 minutes later he pulled up right in front of one (that's 5 of the big 5 - hooray!!)
After breakfast, we went on a walk with a couple of Masai warriors which was different, in a good way, from the game drives. They pointed out all of the different trees, fruits, etc that they use for medicines, building materials, and the like. On top of that, we walked right up on animals grazing outside the park -- somehow, the zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and warthogs were much cooler when you were standing near them versus seeing them outside the car window! Dan really wanted to see a dikdik and the guides were trying their best. (This is again where I think someone was scaring one up to put out for us to see.) The guides stopped to give us an archery demonstration; as he started to line up the shot, he stooped and said, "There's a dikdik!" Sure enough, after careful stalking we managed to catch a glimpse of one running away.
What an adventure she has had!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I want to share the Monday Mailer card I received last week. It uses the Medallion background stamp. When I first saw this stamp in the catalog, I was not impressed …. even though it is one of Shellie’s favorites. But as time has gone on and I have seen a lot of the fabulous cards others have made with this stamp, I have it on my list to order!
She stamped (and embossed) the Medallion in Vanilla Craft Ink on the Razzleberry cardstock. It is then layered onto a Vanilla card and the edges have been distressed. The ribbon is the polka dot Razzleberry ribbon (turned over) layered onto a piece of Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon with a button that I believe she colored to match. Isn’t it great?
Sunday, August 9, 2009
This week was my nephew’s 20th birthday! Wow …. doesn’t seem like he should be that old. Or for that matter, that my sister should be old enough to have a 20 year old!! I used to change HER diapers and his!! Like I’ve said before, how time flies when you’re having fun!! We celebrated his birthday Friday night at a local Japanese restaurant and a good time was had by all. I think he is set now with gift certificates from grocery stores, Wal Mart, etc. to stock his apartment when he returns to college next week.
I made a gift card holder from the Top Note die and it was so easy!
Remember …. click on the pictures to see them larger.
Here’s the birthday boy!
Here’s the family (minus Harrison – think the food got to him - he escaped to the bathroom for about 30 minutes!!)
Here’s a cute picture of Marianne & me -