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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Busy busy

Scene from yesterday -- it's an oil stone. "G" of GAIN needed to sharpen knives. He wanted to use a sharpening steel that I keep in the kitchen, but I showed him the family oil stone, and he put the steel away quickly.

My grandparents came over this evening and experienced the crazy busy-ness of our household. Basically, no one sees us because we are not around. Can you relate?

Grandma and Grandpa got to witness one of Mr. GAIN's events live -- a telephone town hall (a very neat concept), then see one child off to Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat, a benefit for DMARC, which supplies area food pantries. They also got to assist another child with her "Smartie Pants" costume; watch us make the candy bowl -- we had a large quantity and variety of confections, and we have about 1/3 of it left; have a plate of roast beef dinner with three of us; see a few early neighborhood trick or treaters; and watch our oldest child come home from babysitting, dress for the evening, and leave to join the DMARC benefit.

This all took place in about two hours.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Thursday

I had much to be happy about today.

  • The winds slowed from their former 60 mph speed to 20 mph.
  • I won a paste paper giveaway and am excited beyond words. (Read about Lark Crafts (inspiring ideas. giveaway here. And visit Maurer's site. It's fascinating.)
  • The sun stayed out for a few consecutive hours, enough for my solar lights to fire up this evening.
  • We carved pumpkins after dinner, which is my entry for Simple Lives Thursday. Some wood carving tools, thumb tacks, a bowl of pumpkin goo. A little radio, replaced by a read aloud book about Catholic Mexico in the 1930's, followed by plain old conversation. Some photo breaks interspersed. Saved some seeds at "I" of GAIN's request. Loved it.
In the words of my older son, my kids are "Gourd Smiths." He's always had a certain way with words :-)

I like the simple activities. No television, very low technology. Kids using their brains to be creative with fine and gross motor skills, listening to rich language on an interesting topic (My Heart Lies South, by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino). No fighting, respectful opinions are asked and given, everyone loves each other. Based on this experience, I am considering having the kids all carve squash for future celebrations.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Business card holder, take 2

My second choice of fabrics was quite difficult. The other 'egg patterns' left in my layer cake were not monochromatic. The grape egg was violet on violet. The other monochrome ones were already made into purses. The remaining eggs were contrasting, which is not what I wanted for a business card holder.

I settled on this combo. The blue is from the layer cake, the orange (monochromatic) was a Hancock Fabrics clearance bin find. No details on it.

I want to have something darker for the exterior to hide any dirt. I currently keep my business cards in an exterior pocket which leaves the top edge exposed to handling (which makes them dirty).


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Business card holder fail

I will be attending the i_blog conference in a couple weekends. To be fully prepared, and to meet a current need, I planned to make a business card holder with the leftover fabric from winning a fabric giveaway a while back (Thanks to Adventures in Dressmaking).

Because I didn't measure twice, or pay attention to directions while a friend popped in, I cut the wrong dimensions for Piece B (Grape Eggs). And I had only one fat quarter of this fabric. :-(

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Friday, October 22, 2010

My HERO arrived!

My package finally came -- the replacement that I need for my most frequently alphabet stamps. I asked for just the letter 's' which I dropped down the drain and GOT AN ENTIRE ALPHABET!!! Woot!

I also had a Stampin' Up! demo at my house two works ago, and that stuff came yesterday. Since I was the hostess, I received a box with everyone's stuff. I was excited to touch it all as I sorted it out with "I" of GAIN. I really liked the Medallion stamp. I'll have to invite Darcy over to stamp at my house soon.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

12 Days of Handmade Christmas

Guess where you'll find me this November --


I spent last year with Edie, too. Try it. You'll like it. :-)

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Monday, October 18, 2010

depth of field fail

I of GAIN plays with the tripod

We bought a new camera a few years back and I frequently complain state while using this new camera that it is not intuitive for me. Our old camera, much slower in response time, makes a lot more sense to me. Its buttons and dials do what I think they ought to. Our new camera, smaller with less buttons and dials, has a quicker response, holds a ridiculous amount of files, and the storage device is universally supported (another issue with the old camera). I just cannot figure out how to get it to do what I want.

I refer to the new manual frequently (after this many years, that's how non-intuitive it is to me). Even though I don't have an SLR camera, I've enjoyed following Darcy's October photography tutorial ( Today I took the time to (finally) tackle the aperture homework, getting out the tripod and the manual, only to discover that my digital elph doesn't give me control over aperture. I broke out the old camera for my homework (which I already knew how to operate without referring to the manual).

And while I prefer the small weight and appreciate the small size of our digital elph, it requires my hand/wriststrap for carrying. Our old camera, on the neckstrap, leaves my hands free. Trade-offs. I like having one camera for me to use and another camera for someone else to use while out and about. Are you having camera issues?

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hero Arts, you're my hero

I used my Bird Branch Alphabet all the time until three weeks ago. I thought I would save time by taking all my inky stamps in my hand and rub them clean under a stream of water from the faucet. I lost the letter 's' down the drain. whoops. (I saved the letter 'l.')

Since I use the letter 's' frequently, this loss has put a cramp in my stamping.

I sent an email pretty soon afterward to Hero Arts, the manufacturer. After waiting two weeks, I inquired at the scrapbook store and was given a toll-free phone number. I didn't call it.

Then this week, I got this in the email inbox:

Thank you for your interest in Hero Arts.

Please provide us with your mailing address and we’d be more than happy to mail you a replacement letter at no charge.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Hero Arts

How awesome is that? 

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Friday, October 15, 2010

titles take 2

Well, the new title didn't help. I'm trying one more title. If you want to read about the arts and crafts that I observed while on a mission trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, do it today! I'll have remove it if the spam doesn't stop coming.

I'm looking at whether content or title draws the spam. I think it's the title.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

update on posts

I haven't left the earth, but I'm really struggling. I made a post right after my return from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and it is constantly getting spam comments. I think I'm going to re-title a post. The content will be the same, but I think changing the title will prevent spam. If the spam goes away, I'll start posting again.

I've had a few cards and scrapbook pages completed since my last post, as well as held a Stampin' Up demo -- how fun to have a brand new baby stamper!

Until next time.....