Sunday, April 3, 2016

A very slow process

It is April, isn't it?? Looks like I totally missed posting anything in March. In my defense ~ I was sick 2 weekends in a row (one with a headache the size of Texas & the other with the gastro-ickies), I've been trying really hard to get my basement finished, & we've been doing some repairs in our kitchen. 

Oh yeah .... & my son got into a car accident about a week & a half ago :( :( :( 

If you're friends with me on Facebook .... you can fast forward through this paragraph. 

So .... his beloved car is totaled. Thank goodness just the car is totaled & not him. He walked away without a scratch. He was coming home one snowy evening & came up over a hill to find a bunch of cars stopped. He tried braking but just slid & slid. He could either slide into the driver in front of him, or go into the ditch. He chose the ditch. Unfortunately, he rammed into a mailbox & flipped his car. There's nothing like getting a phone call from your child yelling "I flipped my car, come quick!". My heart dropped. My husband wasn't home from work yet. It was dark. I ran out of the house & tried to get to him as quickly as I could. Of course, the weather was bad so I was sliding. He was only a mile from our house but it seemed like forever before I got to him. Oh, & bonus ... I forgot my phone at home. Coming upon the scene ... there are no words. I saw his car upside down ..... the ambulance .... the fire truck ... all the lights. Someone grabbed me & said he was already in the ambulance & that he's fine. Seriously, he had a small bruise on his knee. I lost it. I hate to see how I would have reacted if he'd been hurt. I couldn't stop crying. All the what-ifs went through my head. Thank goodness he was wearing his seatbelt .... & that he was on a back road, not the freeway .... he was only going about 20 mph ... & so many people stopped to help & to call 911. I don't ever want to go through anything like that again.

His car, RIP:



I owe so much to this poor car, it kept my baby safe. Did I mention he wasn't hurt at all?!

So .... we are waiting to hear from the insurance company as to how much we'll receive, & start looking for a new car. Sigh .... I hate car shopping! 

But in other news .... my basement is coming along nicely. I knew it would be a ton of work & I knew it would take forever because of all the crap down there, but I just want it DONE. I paint one wall (2 coats of course, because there is no paint in the universe that would cover these ugly walls with one coat), then move crap over to that wall so I can start on the next wall. Lots of cobwebs & dirt & dust has accumulated over the last 14 years so lots of cleaning before the painting. And the prep. Oh gosh, I hate taping everything. But I'm the slobbiest painter ever so I have to do it. 

A sneak peek: 



It's going from a 2 toned puke hue, to a warm beige/ yellow. I love it! Unfortunately the ugly carpet will have to stay for now .... good thing man invented throw rugs! 

I can't wait to get back to creating. Just as I decided to try to get back into it I had to pack up all my stuff. I also bought some beads & such, & have been trolling Pinterest & YouTube to gear up for my attempt at making some jewelry. I'm sure my first few tries will go directly into the trash .... but I'm hoping to learn lots & someday I'll be a famous jewelry maker!!!!!! 

Ok maybe not ..... but it will be a fun venture anyway :)

I'm also cleaning up & adding to my Etsy shop. Lots of cards have been stashed away & I need to get those listed. Mama ain't making no money with them hiding away in her drawers!

Thanks for sticking with me! Have a super week! 


Monday, February 29, 2016

Randomness

In honor of Leap Day, which is just so random (not really, I mean it DOES happen every 4 years ... but it seems just kind of thrown in there) this blog post will be filled with random thoughts. You know, just to keep you apprised.

** My redo of the basement is moving slowly. I am so undecisive. I had a paint color all picked out, then made the mistake of sleeping on it. Now I'm going for a different color. I've been to the paint store 4 times & still don't have any paint.

** We did get our beast of a sofa bed moved out of there. Unfortunately we had to perform surgery on it in order to get it up our stairs. It was a horrible death, but it definitely put me out of my misery.



** Now that it's gone & I've hopefully picked a paint color it's full steam ahead. Aside from a coffee date with a friend on Sunday I have nothing going on this weekend so I'm hoping to paint paint paint!

** It was almost 60 degrees here this weekend! In February!! In Wisconsin!  In February in Wisconsin!

** No worries, we are on the receiving end of a HUUUUGE snow storm tomorrow. Mother Nature was just confused. 

** I have now been going to the gym 3-4 days a week for over a year. 13 months to be exact. I lift weights. I run on the treadmill. I walk uphill on the treadmill. I walk backwards on the treadmill. I've taken 3 different classes, many times. And the result? I've gained almost 20 pounds. I. Am. Done. No more. Obviously something is going on with me that is beyond exercise. I haven't weighed this much since I was 15 months pregnant. I'm tired & depressed & just .... done.

** Not wanting to end this with a negative nelly rant .... & since I can't create anything right now ... here are a couple of spring cards I made a few years ago. 




{probably my favorite, & definitely my most pinned}




{forgot about these Itty Bitties, hope I can find them again when I reorganize lol}

So there ya go, some Leap Day randoms for you. I hope you have a great week, & I'll catch you in March! 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Mike & Ike

Well, I guess Monday is my day to post, lol. I don't seem to be posting any other days! Must be because I looooove Mondays. Not.

Remember I said I may have bought a new Whipper Snapper stamp or 4?? Well, here's a card made with Stamp #2:


This is Mike & Ike Go Fishing. Actually, I think it's Ike & Mike Go Fishing. I don't know why they named it wrong.


Annnd I used my Copics AGAIN! I'm actually really liking them. It only took me 7 years to warm up to them!


I used Snow stuff & glitter all over .... & I mean ALL over. In places I didn't really mean to, so I added more to make it look like I *did* mean to. Yep, I'm creative that way! 


Just LOOK at the sparkle. Sigh .... I could stare at it all day ...

{I kind of am. It snowed a LOT here today. For those of you who have never seen snow, it really does sparkle!}


I think these two are adorable. Mike & Ike. Ike & Mike. I like Mike & Ike! I think there should be a stamp made with Mike & Ike riding a bike. Or going on a hike! Those cute little tykes :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Whipper Winter Wishes

Say that 3 times fast! 

I hope you all had a great weekend. I actually spent the weekend catching up on laundry & cleaning ... so not fun, but I was sick the week before so it had to be done & apparently my fairies are on strike. 

I did, however, get to finish a card on that I had started before I got sick. Look at me go! How many cards is that this year now?? Two? I think that's more than I made all last year haha




It has been a looooong time since I've been to Creative Pals here in town. The store I affectionately call "the Whipper Snapper store" .... because  ..... well duh. Same person owns both :)  I used to go there so much I became friends with the person who creates ALL the samples in the store. She was using Copics before anybody else had heard of them. We became great friends. Heck, I was there practically every week.



She was there the night I was there. It took her a while to recognize me. She finally did remember that I used to visit the store a lot. Then, as she was getting ready to ring up my stuff, she stopped keying & said ..... get this ....

"I'm sorry, I don't remember your name." 

What?!?!?

Sigh .... I guess that's what 4 or 5 years will do. 


 I explained that I was forced to take a break. You know ... like Ross & Rachel. On a break, but not quite completely on a break. I told her I snuck a few in here & there. 


But now my kids are older & I've been really missing it. I've missed all the adorable stamps out there. I wasn't sure what to expect when I walked into Creative Pals. Were there still wood mounted stamps?? Was everything going to be acrylic? Just rubber? 




Happy to report there is still some wood, although they are phasing it out. No matter, the stamps are cute no matter how they are packaged. I picked up one or maybe four new stamps. Oops. Well, I have lots of time to make up for, no? 



I even used my Copics. I can't believe they haven't dried up! The sentiment is one of my favorites & it came from one of those little clear sets Michael's used to carry for $1. Basic Grey papers (soooo sad they won't be making paper anymore, guess I missed that boat) & lots of snowflakes & glitter. Simple card, but I like how sparkle-y it turned out. 

Thanks for bearing with me while I try to get my groove back!! 

Have a great week! 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sympathy card

Happy Monday peeps, still verrrrry cold here which makes getting out of bed in the wee hours of the morning extra difficult. Especially when you are NOT a morning person {that would be me}.

A co-worker of mine lost her FIL last week. I generally don't make sympathy cards. I suck at them. I like cute, happy cards & always feel like I can't make a simple enough card to qualify as a sympathy card. But, she's the only one I ever make cards for at work so I wanted to give it a shot.



{pardon the shadows LOL.... I was trying to get this photo last night in my makeshift photo box. I really need to get a REAL photo box. Or make a better fake one}

I started by searching sketches online ... I knew I wanted simple & I simply don't DO simple. Found this sketch floating around & thought perfect ... I can just add a flower & make it more sympathy-like.

I think paper is Bazzill dots ... some of my favorite back in the day. I don't even know if they still make it. I really need to get back in the know! 




I think the die is a Sizzix ... I love doilies so thought I'd just get a die instead of buying tons of different colored doilies. Added a bit of sponging & the flowers .... some ribbon (which was really hard because most of my ribbon is still packed away) & the heart charm. 




I was going to put the sentiment on the front, but keeping with the "simple" theme just stamped it on a die cut piece of Kraft paper & added my words of love. 

She loved it. Or, she SAID she did. She's too polite to say otherwise lol .... 

I'm sure I could find some challenges to enter this into, but I am nursing a sore throat & headache so will call it a night. The joys of winter!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Brrrrrr

Just in case you were wondering if the stories about Wisconsin in winter are true:



BTW, I am in Waukesha. 

That is all. Enjoy your Sunday! 

Friday, January 15, 2016

What I learned this week

First of all ....



Truth! 

Ok, I could list a LOT of things I learned this week {like .... don't let son park RIGHT in front of your car in the garage, lest he not be able to start his car} but I'm talking paper crafts here. Card making. Stamping. The thing I used to do a lot of but haven't in recent years. 


I had some free time on Monday & made a card. And I enjoyed it. I only was frustrated 8 or 9 times. I felt like I didn't know what I was doing. But I still enjoyed it. Actually, maybe it was the peace & quiet I enjoyed. Regardless, it was fun having time for myself again. 


So here's what I learned: 


1) Everyone was right. Once you are a paper crafter, you are a paper crafter for life. You may give it up for a few weeks or years, but you will always come back to it. I miss it. 



2) A paper crafter can sell 3/4 of her supplies & still have so much that she is overwhelmed trying to find that one "thing" she needs to finish her card.

3) A lot has changed in the last few years. New papers (did you see the gauze paper I used on my card?? Gauze paper!) .... new supplies .... new techniques. I now know nothing about stamping. 


4) I need a new cutter. I have a Tonic, which I love. At least, I loved it until I tried cutting a slab of cork with it. Don't do that. It's now just ok. And I have no idea where I bought it. Heck, they probably don't even make it anymore. But now there are SO MANY cutters out there, I don't know what's good & what's not. 

5) I also need a new Cuttlebug, or something similar. My handle broke. Like, a loooong time ago. When I used it on Monday, I wondered how I dealt with a broken handle for so long. But like the cutter, there are now sooooo many different embosser/ die cutter thingies out there, I have no idea what to buy. I do know it's time to give my Cuttlebug a proper funeral & burial. 


6) It's definitely time to browse the forums on SCS again. The only time I've been there the last few years was to upload my few cards to my gallery. I like to have them all in one place & I love the format of the SCS gallery. So easy to see all my creations at a glance. But the chat boards are awesome too. I learned everything I know knew there. Time to reintroduce myself.


7) Paper crafters are still my favorite people in the world. Well, besides my kids of course. My kids are my favorite people. Most days.


My son & I were discussing redoing the basement so that we each have our separate space. Not that I don't like being practically on top of him when I'm down there. But it would be nice to have my own corner. I took pictures of our basement the other day. Not only am I way too tired right now to load them onto my computer, but I am also a bit embarrassed by the state of affairs down there. It is BAD. The catch all for everything that doesn't have a permanent home. I do have a plan though, & with his help I hope to have it functional & pretty-ish in the next month or so. Paint .... a new futon (the 70's sofa bed has GOT to go) ... some storage .... because now is the time to do it, when it's zero degrees outside & we all just want to hibernate. 


Ok, well I have some searching on Pinterest to do .... hope you all have a great weekend! If you are in the midwest, stay warm!! 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Starting the year off right!

Look!! It's only the middle of January & I made a card! 




Here's how this happened ....

Sunday my son drove me to the clinic in town because I was just not feeling well. When he grabbed his scraper from the back of his car (because it's January & we do live in Wisconsin) the door wouldn't shut all the way. He finally got it to at least stay closed & said "good enough". 



Except, it wasn't. The next morning when he went to warm up his car (because it's January & we do live in Wisconsin) ....it wouldn't start. In fact, it wouldn't do anything. Not even a click. *car fail*


And where do you suppose he parked his car the night before??? Right in front of the garage, in front of my car. So not only would his car not start, but he had my car blocked in. 




My husband leaves super early for work, so he was not able to assist us in charging the battery. So Matthew called one of his friends whom he usually drives to ask if he could possibly drive. His answer .... "I hate driving in the snow" .... well duh. Nobody LIKES driving in the snow. But it's January, & we do live in Wisconsin. So he said "Suck it up, Buttercup" & they were on their way to school. 




But that didn't help me get to work. I had no one I could call, no one who could drive me, so I had to call in sick parked in. It actually worked out well for me. I didn't have to go out in the snow & cold, & I was able to catch up on everything I didn't get done over the weekend because I was sick. 



After 20 minutes of chores I was done. lol .... I was still recuperating so I decided I'd better just relax (self diagnosis)   & thought since no one was home it was the perfect time to try to make a card. I didn't think I'd actually finish one! I'm kinda proud of myself. Even though I don't love it, it felt good to sit down & make something all at one time. In just a few hours. Not months. Hours

PS --- check out the gauze paper! Gauze paper??? New to me! I have missed out on a LOT of fun things!

And I'm even going to enter this in some challenges:

Deep Ocean Challenge Blog ~ something new 

Shopping Our Stash ~ something new

Inky Chicks ~ anything goes

Simon Says Stamp ~ something new (I'm seeing a theme here)

Penny Black ~ anything goes


Have a great week!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Making a Murderer: Part Two

So, did you watch like I told you to?? 

I know some of you did, because I've received emails :)

I'm not going to hold a discussion here or anything like that, but if you still haven't watched .... you are missing an incredibly eye-opening story!

I think everyone knows how I feel about it, but I just wanted to share this little piece. I didn't write this, but I definitely could have. 

"A guy who is a month or two away from a $36 million dollar check gets impatient waiting for all that money and decides to rape and murder a woman that he telephonically arranges to come visit his property in the middle of a weekday in full view of various people coming and going from said property. Once he gets her inside his trailer and commences with said raping, he gets a knock on his door, and answering it, he sees his nephew with the mental capacity of a 9 year old. Rather than saying, "I'm busy", he invites said nephew in to witness, participate in, and eventually confess about all the subsequent rapiness and other crimes that happen. Luckily for him, the nephew does not seem to possess any DNA, since none of it gets anywhere during the entire afternoon and evening. 

Later, after much raping, stabbing, cutting, slitting, etc, that happens without any blood loss, the woman is dragged to the garage where she is shot eleven times, again without any blood loss, and also without making any sound. Later that evening, they burn the woman's body a few yards away from where several people live, without the horrifying and distinctive smell caused by a burning body. 

At some point during this time, the guy and his nephew drive the woman's car (after first taking some of her bloody hair and drawing pictures with it in the back of the vehicle) to what they think is a perfect hiding spot behind 3 or 4 branches, which is located very close to a large and inconvenient car-crusher. They do this without leaving any fingerprints or the tiniest bit of DNA in the car, except for a lot of smeared blood in very obvious spots. 

Three days later the police come asking questions and want to look around inside the trailer. The guy lets them do it, knowing he is safe because all of the raping, stabbing, cutting, slitting, etc, that happened in his carpeted trailer happened without any blood loss. The very next day, this guy leaves for his family's cabin 100 miles away, but decides not to bring the woman's car key, bones, teeth, cell phone, camera, etc. to dispose of far away because he knows he's loved by the Manitowoc police department and they will never suspect him and search his property."

This pretty much sums it up for me. I have heard that a very prominent post-conviction lawyer has agreed to take his case, so we shall see what the future holds for these two. 

Off to watch the documentary a second time ..... yes, seriously!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Binge worthy

So, with 4 days off because of the holiday, I had every intention of trying to make a card. I've gotten as far as picking out the stamp I shall use. That's it. What have I been doing??? Well, aside from the 34 loads of laundry, the meals I had to make & clean up, the Christmas stuff I packed away & the errands I had to run, I've been doing this: 



Have you watched??? Oh my goodness, if you haven't then please do. It is the best documentary I've ever watched in my life. I live in Wisconsin. Not all that far from the county in which this murder took place. I've definitely driven through Manitowoc. I remember the story. I remember thinking "why would a man who was WRONGLY in prison for 18 years murder someone?" I then remember justifying it with "some people who have spent a lot of time in prison miss it when they get out. They can't adjust to living a normal life so they do what it takes to go back". Never did I ever think he was framed. There are 10 1 hour episodes. I'm halfway through #7. I've cursed, yelled, & shaken my head more times while watching .... & I'm not even done. I of course know how it ends. I'm pretty sure I will rewatch the whole thing when I'm done. So many details. So many lies. So many crooked people. Please please PLEASE watch if you haven't. And if you do {or already have} you know where you can find me to discuss :)

Enjoy your Sunday!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year to all!

Hope you all have a safe & happy New Year!!! 



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