Sunday, June 29, 2008

My Card Candy is DONE!
In a moment of complete insanity I signed up to for Barb's Card Candy swap a while back. Fast forward to today, two days before it is due to be in her hands... yes, I am a procrastinator! Not quite as bad as my own card swap at the card makers day, though, where I was finishing them that very day. I think this swapping is fun, but I am a gal who works better under pressure, and I don't get some of my ideas until I am completely under the gun.
I am anxious to see what everyone else has made for the swap!
Take care!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I'm not getting crap accomplished...LOL! I guess that is what vacation is all about! Bible School is all done, but for the closing program tonight. We made some pretty neat crafts this year. Glow in the dark comet balls, and windsocks from two liter soda bottles, refrigerator photo magnets from AOL CD's. I am a recycler when it comes to kids crafty stuff.
I don 't have much to say today. I have to get hopping on my card candy for Barb M's swap. It is due on July 1 and I haven't done much for it yet. YIKES! I work well under pressure, thankfully!
A few summer tidbits... whoever mentioned using a Reese's PB Cup on a s'more in place of the Hershey bar... Oh DEAR LORD was it wonderful! I don't remember who said it, but if you've never tried it you should!
If you are a campfire lover here is another good one... Take a plain old Krispie Kreme (glazed with a hole in the middle) and stuff a marshmallow in the hole. Put it all on your camp fork and toast it over the fire. The donut gets warm, the glaze gets sticky, the marshmallow gets toasty and gooey and it allllll gets super yummy.
Anybody going to do any of the Thunder in the Valley activities this weekend? My guys usually go... not my scene, too noisy, too hot (usually), and wayyyyy to crowded for me.
Take care!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hi Tracy! I baked my bread!

At the Carding Bee Tracy gave me an Amish Friendship Bread starter. Yesterday was baking day (Shhh! I was a day late, no one needs to know!) I didn't have chocolate pudding and had to go buy some! Thanks for that tip, I think it was Kathy that shared that one. My guys were all grossed out by the process of letting it sit on the counter for like ten days, but I guess they worked out their issues since there is only about a half of a loaf left.


I gave my "starters" to my friends Angie & Brieanna, and to my sisters Lynnette and Abby.

There is a little store in Hooversville called Country Bargains. Let me tell you there are quite a few bargains there at the moment! I picked up all of this stuff yesterday.... Motts Hot Apple Cider in Granny Smith, Caramel, Original, and Hot Apple Pie flavors 10 packets for $1. Land O Lakes Cocoa Packets in Supreme, French Vanilla, Caramel, Hazelnut, Raspberry four for $1. Bigelow and Lipton flavored teas 99 cents a box. Ghiardelli Squares 60% Cacao and White Mint 99 cents a bag!


I couldn't believe the great deals I got yesterday! I plan to use most of these to make cards that I will sell at my Heritage Festival Booth in September. I do a booth that has a make and take station and also will be selling handmade cards this year.


Take Care!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The last of the Talented Ladies work on display!
This card is from my BS1, Barb M and she is just nuts about the Tart and Tangy stamp set from Stampin' Up! (She's a consultant as well and posts the best projects on Babbie Blogs!) I have to say that I have used the set as well and I really like it too! The inside says "wish big" super cute and summery!
You gotta love the lady bugs! The card above is Kathy's from over at The 3 E's.
It is a secret though that she hand stitched all the cards, since she never sews, so don't tell her hubby!

Love the bugs again! This sweet one is from Barb R and I think it is just adorable! I have to get out my lady bugs and stamp up a storm! Bugs and kisses is such a cute sentiment, right up there with my favorite "Hogs and Kisses" for my piggy die cut!
This one is mine. I just had to have the little Dr. Phil looking stamp. The sentiment inside says "Chocolate, it's cheaper than therapy." and there is a Russell Stover's {Private Reserve} chocolate square in the inside pocket. I wish the stamp set also came with a few other Dr. Phil-isms like "How's that workin' for ya?" and the like. LOL!

I have to thank the ladies once again, they all made such creative and beautiful cards! I can't wait to get together and make cards with them all again! (I am thinking of World Card Making Day, the first Saturday in October, depending on if the date is available.)
Take care!

Monday, June 23, 2008

The work of more talented ladies is on display again today!
Lori made this pretty card. She made each of her cards unique, so if you don't have one like it in your collection that is because this one was made JUST FOR ME! (just kidding!) I just love the colors she used, the are so bright and cheerful and fresh! The inside says "Inspire" What a wonderful card to send someone who needs some encouragement!
I have to tell you that I am going to tear this card that Joyce made apart so that I can figure out how to make some more of them! I just love it! The inside is just a cool with this great sentiment...
In this greeting
there's a special wish for you,
A wish that this, your special day,
is happy through and through.
And as you read this message,
I hope you'll smile a bit,
and think of all the loving thoughts
that come along with it.
Happy Birthday!

The scan of this card just doesn't do it justice. This was one that the scanner got super weird on. Those larger posies are really a very deep rich orange color and so are some of the stripes. I am sorry Carolyn that it didn't scan true. I will be sending this one to a friend of mine this week! I have never used ric-rack on a card and I love the look. I have some in my stash and you inspired me to try it out!

Bible school started this evening and we have a record number of kids (which is absolutely fabulous!) Crafts were super crazy tonight! I will have to go buy some more supplies for crafts tomorrow! I have to remember to take my kitchen timer so that I can set it for each group so we have time to clean up and set for the next group!


More cards tomorrow!

Take care!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sharing My Friend's Creativity
Since I have no pictures to share of the Carding Bee I will share the next best thing, the beautiful cards that the ladies made for our card exchange. I will have three today, three tomorrow and four the following day. Hopefully I will get the right person with each card, if I don't let me know so I can correct it! My scanner turned some of the colors a wee bit funky, not sure what is up with that. I also scanned the envelopes if they were also decorated.
Sharon's Spirelli Card
I love how she embossed the background paper! The inside says this...
There's a miracle called Friendship
that dwells within the heart,
and you don't know how it happened
or when it got its start.
But the happiness it brings you
always gives a special lift,
then you realize that friendship
is God's precious, loving gift.

Tina's Hanna Riley Moose on a tractor just cracks me up! Every time I look at it I start singing Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and even better is that the inside says "HAY YOU!" Riley has quite the gallery over at SCS, just type in Riley Moose and you can see him hundreds of times. I just know I am going to have to get me some Riley's!

Tracy's Beautiful Butterfly Thank You card. I just love that I have a card with that butterfly on it. I had that stamp in my hands at least a half dozen times before deciding I didn't need another butterfly stamp, but now I am so sorry I passed on it.


Take care!

Friday, June 20, 2008

My Old Faithful Kodak Easyshare CX4300
She is a good old camera. Bought her when a 3.2 MP camera was a top of the line digital camera. (I know that was all of about 8 years ago or so, LOL!) I wasn't so sure about all of this crazy digital technology and all. I actually had her almost a year and didn't take but a handful of pictures with her. I started to warm up to her after taking her to a few concerts. BonJovi was were we cemented our relationship and I was hooked. He worst feature is that awful on/off slide switch on the front. I can't tell you what exactly it is about it, but for a while it didn't work quite right, but after a few threats and such she her act together and started doing what she was supposed to do.
She's been through quite a bit. I have dropped her more than once. The evidence of that can be seen by the broken door where the memory card goes and also by the scotch tape that it takes to keep the battery door shut. I thought she was going to die after some Medstar landing dust got into the lens. She eats batteries like nobody's business.
Here is the other sad feature of this nearly ancient camera. How is that for an LCD display, a whopping 1.5 inches. Another quality of the early digital camera that drove me nuts, but I learned to accomodate it was the shutter delay. Boy does she have some delay, but we got used to it! It also only had digital zoom, 2X, but I have to tell you that I love this camera and I went back and forth over whether or not I was going to replace her anytime soon.
She has taken pictures of brand new babies, weddings, first days of kindergarten, graduations, bikes, flowers, my hand when it was hurt, birthdays, dances, proms, homecomings, headstones, car accidents, my cakes, my cards and scrapbook pages, concerts, amusement parks, Medstar landings, firetrucks, parades, festivals, holidays, and so much more. She fits so nicely in my purse and has gone nearly everywhere with me. I think Kenny tells people that I don't go to the bathroom without my camera. (Really that isn't true, but I do have a few potty photos... there is nothing funnier than trying to pee while trying to keep a wedding gown out of a toilet.)
So, here is the point I am getting at. It was time. I took the plunge once again to buy a camera. So she will be spending her days now, most likely in the glove box of the car ready for when she is needed. DH wants to be able to take pictures of the deer he sees on his way home from work in the mornings.
She has been replaced by newer, faster, bigger and maybe better, that remains to be seen. I am certainly brand loyal in regard to digital cameras, with DH's blessing I bought a Kodak Easyshare Z812 IS. I don't think I love her like the old girl, but time will tell.

Vacation! (and not a minute too soon!)
Let's see... first order of business, sleep in! Check that one off the list, I slept until 10:30 AM!
Next, cook something for dinner.... Got that one under control as well. Meatloaf (one of my favorites is in the oven as I type this.) There is also a pan of brownies in there too, I hate to turn the oven on for just one thing. There will be some garlic mashed taters and salad to go with as well.
This week is Bible School at my church and I am the crafty lady, so I am getting my crafts together for that as well. Our theme is Cosmic SuperMart SuperNova. Lots of space age type crafty things coming your way! I am messing with glo in the dark paint at the moment and also trying to see if my sizzix will cut through a CD. I will let you know how that one works out for me!
Take care!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Other Project
was this note pad holder. (CASED from over at Mish's blog!)
Keeping it Short and Sweet today... thank goodness after today at Wallywork I am on vacation for 10 days! Hallelujah!!!
Take care!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

So, the Carding Bee was this past Saturday! We had a wonderful time. The cards posted here today are the rest of the make and takes that we made. There is one other item that I will post pics of later.
Just want to say HI! to the Bedford Gals, Sharon and Lori and thank them for coming and supporting the event. The first one is always the toughest, and then it gets easier from there! Hopefully I can get one organized for the fall, I have to check for available dates on the Camp calendar. I have so many ideas for awesome make and takes!
Take care!

Monday, June 09, 2008

A Sneak Peek!

Hi! This is one of the cards we are making next Saturday at the Carding Bee at Camp Harmony! The monogram is from a new line from K & Co. All the products are made from recycled paper. They are available in monochromatic packs of 12 x12 cardstock, 4 x6 mats, chipboard alphas, and something else that is just escaping me right now!
I have spent so many hours in the car this weekend, that I don't care if I ever get back into it again! Friday was Melanie's graduation in Pittsburgh. I have to say I was absolutely amazed at how organized it was and how fast it went. They graduated 450 students in 1 hour and 2o minutes. It took us that long for 50 here at Shade High School. They announced each student's name and presented their diplomas individually. My DH is in complete denial that his baby girl has grown up, it is so cute to watch the two of them.

The Grad! She is so sweet, she took her bouquet apart and presented roses to her Mom, and me and her Grandmother.

I will have an email going out to my Carding Bee ladies very soon! I am so excited to be able to get together, it is going to be a small gathering and you will have to put up with ME all day!
Take care!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Since you all seem to love my observations about my customers, I thought I could start a weekly feature... I do need a catchy name for this feature, so leave a comment with your creative suggestion!
So for today we have the crazy parking lot lady...

Her complaint is that there is some guy (or woman, she is not really sure, heck it could have been those wild animals from that hybrid car commercial driving) out in the lot in a red car (that should be really easy to find?) who is committing the grave offense of waiting for someone else to back out of a parking space that he wants. Now of course this is happening in the middle of the day, quite a busy time. This offender has traffic backed up the entire way down the aisle, but quite honestly folks I am not so sure what I am supposed to do about this. Can someone please inform me of the newly passed law or rule that you are no longer permitted to wait to get a Sweet Parking Spot. I know that there must be one since the lady standing in front of me is just fuming mad about the whole situation. I guess I should add to my duties "traffic cop" and get out there in lot and start policing the situation, that is unless I can convince the powers that be that valet parking is a wonderful idea!

Have a lovely day!

Take care!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Hiya Everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. I didn't accomplish much. Grocery shopped, went to a Strawberry Festival and we met friends last evening for karaoke and had a great time. (I just don't deal with the smoke so well, so I have felt crappy pretty much today.) For lack of something better to blog about, I got this email to share Four things... so here goes...

Four, Four, Four, Four...

Four places that I go to over and over: Wal-mart (unfortunately), Dollar General, Knecht's Laundromat, the ATM.

Four people who e-mail me (regularly): Cousin Amy, Sister Lynnette, Friends Sharon and Barb

My favorite places to eat: Main Moon, Goal Line Tavern, Coney Island, Primanti Brother's

Four places I would rather be right now: Would you believe that I am such a terrible homebody that I don't really care to go anywhere at all most of the time. I guess the only thing I would really rather do is NOT go to work. LOL!

Four TV shows I watch all the time: Diners Drive Inns & Dives, Cold Case, Burn Notice, Army Wives

I am working on a new weekly feature.... not sure what day it will be, but apparently you all love to hear my rant about my crazy customers, so I have decided to pick one story a week to share with you all! Check back soon!

Take Care!