Thursday, November 27, 2008

Give Her An Inch


This is what happens when a friend gives you a box of inchies a few weeks ago and they sit staring at you on your work table ....day...after ....day. And finally, in a move to conquer the staring of the inches you wrestle them out of the box and make them do what inchies do....make small things....lots of them. Ahhhh...but the dilemma doesn't end there....are inchies just inchies -- for the sake of being an inchie...or is it proper and polite once you've conquered them to sweep them back together -- and make their small parts part of a whole bigger "thing" once again? See this was my dilemma as I baked pies and bread today...do I just work on a couple and say..."ta done!" and move on...but in the end...my inchies told a story....and the story was told better by letting each little inchie play his or her part. (you know they do all the voices -- they don't just read it in a monotone voice -- if you haven't heard an inchie performance you are in for a treat -- that's all I've got to say about that! So...once completed (and the pie in the oven) -- the following journaling is what brought the entire experiment together. "Mom used to say, 'You give that girl an inch...she'll take a mile. and as I thought about it I decided...."you know...she might be onto something!" Ok....sorry for all the silliness. Just had so much fun playing for an hour this afternoon....just PLAYING...not trying to create anything...just stacking and painting and cutting and pasting....just for the sake of covering up a box of inchies. As I laid them down on the page....the story line kind of came together. From a design point of view I think it needed some softness -- which I tried to do with paint on the edges....don't think that is it...will go back to it tomorrow while some football game is playing and see if I can't punch it up a bit. Any thoughts on how to add softness to this very linear design about a very NON-linear person.... Oh....and if you haven't ever played with inchies...you need to. They tell GREAT stories...but in very small packages!
Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you. I count you among the tremendous blessings in my life.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Do You Chirp?


I do! Well...what I mean to say is -- I LOVE my Cricut Expression. It stays out on my work table -- and I find all kinds of ways to use it in my scrapbooking and just day to day projects. I was fortunate enough to have ProvoCraft (the creators of the Lil Bug and the Expression) ask me to be in their infomercial. I flew out to Salt Lake City and just had a blast with the video crew and the team at ProvoCraft. I have had a few friends start to see it on TV and have asked -- so YES...that is me...in the flesh -- telling everyone how much I enjoy my Cricut Expression. I have provided you a link to see two of the testimonials that they pulled out of the commercial -- if you are interested (you will probably recognize my face on the first one -- the second one is a picture of a pillow *smile*). I think if you go to the home page there is a way to watch the whole thing if you want to -- and have the connection speed.


Ok...so I am not quitting my day job -- nor am I likely to get a job as the SHAM-WOW girl...but it was fun...and it was easy to tell people that I love the product -- because I do...and I use it a LOT.


Drop me a note and let me know what you think.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Deep Thoughts...

I have recently begun attending a women's Bible Study here in Mt. Juliet. I wish you could see the HUGE smile on my face as I type that. I have missed studying God's word alongside other women. When I lived in Dallas, this was so much a part of my every day life -- it was almost like breathing. But with my travel schedule being what it has been the past 5 years -- it has been virtually impossible to make the kind of commitment to bible study group that one should when beginning a new study. It might have been different if there had been a group of ladies that I was already grounded with -- and they could have pulled me back in based on our past relationships -- but, well -- enough about the past...because I am NOW studying with a group of ladies that are just a blessing from God to me.


We are studying the Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120 - 134) with Beth Moore...and these Psalms are just so perfect for me (well each of us actually)...because they were originally written for pilgrims...those going to Jerusalem for one of the feasts...or captives returning from exile. They were to be sung as they walked....WHOA! As Beth Moore says, "I don't get in my car for a long trip without a compilation CD!" Psalms -- which are the songs from the Bible were meant to be sung...songs of praise, songs of remembering, songs of lament...songs of joy, songs of need --- well, in truth there is a Song just about EVERY EMOTION. These days, I seem to have LOTS of those various emotions rolling through me...and the words that I wish to say back to God are right there on the pages of HIS WORD....how cool is that?!?!? Well, to me it is awesome...

Beth said something during our lesson this past week that just stuck with me. In referring to the power of songs she said, "Song is the language our soul speaks most fluently." WOW -- yes...YES! We teach children to remember things with songs (ABCDEFG....you can finish it if you need to -- I can't start that song without going all the way to the end). You can finish a line to a song that you don't even listen to completely...it is just playing in the background on your car radio. I think she is really onto something. When I have traveled to other countries where I didn't speak the language -- but was able to share a song with someone...we had a moment of bonding. Common language. I guess this brought about a LOT of thought on my part -- so last night I had to sit down and create a layout to express it all....here it is... (Used Crate Paper papers, Bazzil Swiss Dots, Tim Holtz masks and a couple of stamps).



a little close up of the "rambler" letters....they are all kind of whacked out....cause I felt like they were on a bit of a "journey" or pilgrimage too...

Thanks for letting me ramble....are you thinking any "deep thoughts" lately? Wanna share? Hope you are headed towards a good weekend and a wonderful holiday next week. I do have a couple of spots left open in the Advent Calendar Class I am teaching on Tuesday, so let me know if you have time or interest in attending.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

New Christmas Yummies

I have to confess...I have Christmas music blaring at my house. Ok...so, as far as I am concerned Christmas is fair game as soon as Halloween is over! And the music got me in the mood to create Christmas yummies...and I thought I would share them with you. I especially love my little Snow Angel.... She just looks joyful...so I had to put her on a JOY-ful tag!



I really started out making these yummies as part of a gift exchange -- Jars of Whimsey with some girlfriends... So Zorina...or Terena...don't you be peeking here! Just look away! But I found that is was more fun to make them in MULTIPLES...seriously -- as long as you have the clay, glitter, glue and paint out -- you might as well make MORE...right? So I have put a few of them in my ETSY shop...just some fun little embellies for the Christmas scrapbook pages -- or maybe gift tags. I ended up creating special tags for each one too...yes, I know -- I am a bit obsessed with Christmas....it is my favorite time of year. Not that I won't enjoy Thanksgiving...now that is a wonderful holiday too -- smoked turkey, cranberry sauce...stuffing and family....but I digress....this is about Christmas. So this little collection is of four different shapes....there are actually different combos....cause I made, Snowflakes, Gingerbread Men, Stockings, Christmas Trees (with pink lights), Candy Canes and Ribbon Candy.Wouldn't these be fun photo corners? Or....just.....FUN?

And last -- but not least -- "sugar-coated" buttons. I love the sugared fruit that you decorate with for Christmas...so wanted to carry that look over to some of my Christmas pages....

Well...if you're not in the holiday mood yet....it isn't my fault! hee hee! I did just look at these pictures and see that the repositionable double sided tape I used to attach them to the tags is showing up....I don't like that....grrrrrrrrrrr! May have to re-take the pictures in the morning. Oh well. For now -- I am happy they are made...and packaged...and up on Etsy. I am off to do my Bible Study and head to bed. Hope you have a great Friday!

Friday, November 07, 2008

You are Invited

I am teaching a class in November on the 25th (Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving), here in Mount Juliet. We will be making a vintage Christmas Advent Calendar. Lots of fun techniques...and a great way to get ready to begin decorating for the holidays. Details below. The class is probably going to fill up pretty quickly...so please contact me asap to reserve your seat.



This is similar to the calendar we will be making...but updated a bit with new papers and yummy bits.!

Hope to see you there.

And We Have a WINNER

sandra said...
whoa! those are loads of pages-i say 61!!

SANDRA guessed it RIGHT on the NOSE!

Hey Sandra...I will need to get your addy...so I can send you your "prize.

Thanks for playing everyone. I was totally shocked when I sat down and counted them...thought it was in the 40's....am feeling pretty darn PRODUCTIVE now that I ponder the stack...and wondering WHEN I am going to get them put into the album.

Have a great weekend.