Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WOYWW #399 and thoughts for the day!

I think I am starting to get over this cold or whatever this sickness has been going around my house...Chuck and I are both on the med and that makes me happy!

I don't have much to show for on my desk today...  Looks a little more picked up but still messy!  I went to Michael's last week and bought a couple new mixed media pads to use for my online classes and I had them cut one of the 5.5"x8.5" pads in half so that I could do smaller pages.  I don't know about you but I have drawers of stuff that I have created and haven't done anything with.
The box of washi tape I got at the same time...$10 for 45-5yd rolls...then a discount on top of that!!  See the clear plastic sleeve on the lower center near the half pad?  that is the prompt cards from Effy Wilds Journal 52 online group.  It is a year long online workshop that is free and every Friday she posts prompts to help create a journal page or this year an ATC.  I am going to use one of the 1/2 pads for that!  The other half pad is going to be used for Lifebook to get started on both.  Julia will fill you in on why I am posting my desk if you would just click this link.

No creative goodness to share this week...I marched in the Oklahoma City Women's March with my husband and several thousand other men and women last Saturday so I will share some pictures from that.  It was an awesome experience to see people marching for equal rights, healthcare, education, equal pay, equal treatment of all peoples!  I was so proud of all the people around the world standing up and being heard.  

Chuck, RJ, me and Sherry 
some funny signs
a sign I saw but i borrowed this off the net
lady liberty

real men!


All the right reasons to march!
Thought I would add a short clip of the march
My reward after the march...a large margarita and a plate of nachos...yummy!
It has been an interesting week since the march and since the new president took office...times are really radical right now and more then a little scary for me.  I have been bullied and called all sorts of names by people that I used to think were friends.  I posted on Facebook today a post asking my "Facebook friends" to remove me from their friends list if they voted for Trump and what he stands for.  The man is crazy and these people are following him like he is a god!  

Okay has been a horrible week and I am hoping I can get in my craft room and do something creative and get rid of all this negativity...after my therapists appointment today!  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WOYWW #398

Another busy and eventful week around the Doswell house.  Suffice it to say you should be happy that you weren't in close proximity to the place!  After two weeks of both of us being sick I broke down and called the doctor requesting antibiotics and steroids.  Chuck was complaining last night that he feels like he has cracked some ribs from coughing and the stomach muscles hurt like he has been in a weight lifting competition.  It is a horrible disease and I hope misses you and keeps on trucking to where ever it is bound for because this cold/flu is not much fun!  After being on antibiotics for 3 days we actually did begin to start feeling a little better...hope it continues to improve!

Today is Wednesday and by all words and deeds WOYWW!  If you want more information regarding WOYWW pop on over to Julia's blog Stamping Ground and click the link that says WOYWW and all the info is there!  I apologize to the folks that visited me last week that I didn't get back to...promise to visit this week!

My desk...I did get into a little crafting after the antibiotics kicked in.  My daughter and I skyped and had a good time Sunday night crafting and creating cards!  Some aren't as good as what I wished they were but hey...I am a crafting!

Nothing particularly new or exciting...just addressing the cards to be mailed out today to the swap partners I was assigned!

Remember the Twist and Popup card from last week that I showed you?  I decided I was going to do it till I got it right and made a couple for other swaps!

I made this using some papers Heather gave me from Close to My Heart!  I always was a Stampin Up! Fan but I am really getting into these sets and papers.

Inside of the card!

I really love the cool blue green of this paper!  

The next one was also made with some papers she gave me!  

These were fun to make!

 I love cards and envelopes that match and have just about as much fun coloring them as I did just stamping in the past.   This was a new technique for me this week called a center step card...if you click the picture you can see the glitter from a new product I bought from Crafters Companion called Spectrum Noir Sparkle a while back...a paint brush that mess!

A vintage look card!  

Another new technique this week was the dress pleated card.  I tried to "pleat" several different papers but if they were prints they didn't do as well as a solid on one side and a print on the other!

Tried my hand at a monochromatic blue card for a swap...don't know that I like this!  
Well that is it for me...better get dressed another appointment this after noon...yesterday's appointment with the urologist for the urodynamics test has left me a bit off on going to today's appointment...  Always something as we age isn't it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WOYWW #397

Welcome to Wednesday...I almost missed it.  It is almost 1pm here in Oklahoma and when my brain connected I realized I hadn't posted yet!!!  What am I talking about?  WOYWW!  Silly goose!  Click the link and go check it out!

My desk today has been well used.  I am so tired of this head cold I decided I would make some cards and see how they turned out.  I can see some imperfections but hey...I did some card making!
My desk is loaded with treasures!  I am on a mission.  See the little suitcase to the left?  I ordered some washi tape in a grocery cart and they sent this instead...when I tried to send it back they told me to keep it and sent me the cart!  OMG! I am buddies with Queen & Co forever now!  This kit is loaded with all sorts of fun stuff!

First card I made is a wedding card.  I have bought a package (see the book standing near the iPad?)  of card blanks from Michael's and it turns out they are from DCWV and I got them as a Hot Buy which means it only cost me $5 for a 48 printed card blanks.  There is also a paper pad for $5 so I bought them both!  The feather card, torn edges,  and the sketch challenge last week were out of this stack too.   Stamps are an old Stampin Up! set from several years ago.
 The second card I made is from a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers called a Twisted Popup card.  I am in a swap on ATT and we are suppose to make one of these to swap.  This is a first and there are lots of mistakes so I may end up making another one to swap.
 When you first open the card it looks like this...You glue this W shaped book of 2 1/2"x3 1/2" cards to the book after you have put it all time I will do it before I glue the book down.
 Fully open it looks like this.  I enjoyed learning a new technique but what I didn't tell you this is the third attempt that all the bits came together and didn't make it in the trash.  I didn't have a lot of patience and tore up offending parts when they didn't do as I thought they should!
My next card is going to be made with the stamps you see laying in the middle of the desk!  They are from Stamps of Life, Stephanie Barnard!  I love her stamps and dies.
I plan on playing with the stamps as soon as I get back from my appointment...speaking of which I had better get off here and get ready to go to the therapists.  Everyone have a great week!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WOYWW #396, 500th Blog Post

Welcome to Wednesday and the first WOYWW of 2017 and the 396th since Julia started the process...What is WOYWW? Go check it out on Julia's blog Stamping Ground and she will fill you in on all the details.

We just got back from another week in California visiting with Heather and her husband Michael for the Christmas holidays so I really haven't had much time to be creative...not only that I just haven't felt much like creating anything dealing with a cough and sinusitis.  Heather and Michael were both sick with a good old head cold so I am not surprised we caught it.  Check out my previous post regarding the trip.  

So my desk this week...                                  
 I have been doing some rearranging and cleaning up but you can't tell it today!  I decided that having all the bling on the roundy round thing in the upper right was too much so I moved it all to the one on the back wall and put the flowers in the drawers.  I have a lot of storage and need to maximize its use.  I seem to lose things and can't find stuff half the time and I am tired of it.  I have some more ideas that I am going to do soon and will be getting rid of more stuff!

Speaking of which...the counter on my blog post page just informed me that this is my 500th post since I started the blog.  I think that is reason to celebrate.  I think I am going to have some kind of giveaway but haven't decided what since I was just informed of the momentous occasion!  Stay tuned I will figure something out by next week!

I posted pictures on the previous post showing some cards I made last month.  I am going to start my art journaling again this week and probably some more cards for a swap I participate in.  Did I show you the little easels I made for the 12 Days of Christmas swap?  Would you like to see what I received?  It is an awesome lot of loot!  
My basket of gifts for the 12 Days of Christmas
Day 1 Tea, and mug mat

Day 2 poinsettia ornament and tag with clothes pin

Day 3  Snow globe 

Day 4 Beaded necklace

Day 5 Felt ornament
Day 6 Christmas Canvas

Day 7 easels for your phone or whatever that I made!
Day 8 all sorts of fun stuff.  love this necklace 
Day 9 apron

Day 10 Journal
Day 11 ornaments...I tried multiple times to get this rotated!
Day 12 a cloth journal
I think I made out very well on the 12 Days of Christmas gifts.  I had a lot of fun doing this swap!
I am glad the holidays are over though and I look forward to quieter times.  Won't go into politics right now but lots of changes are on the way and we might ought to rest up now.  Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cards I am on a roll today! 4th post...

Another group I belong to on Facebook called Paper Crafting Swappers swaps cards (or other stuff on occasion) each month also.  I enjoy making cards with them and some months it is one sometimes it is 6 like it is this month.  In the month of November I sent the cards out and didn't take pictures of a single one...
Decembers prompts were vellum, a thank you card, Christmas card, and anything goes!
Anything goes 
Thank you

Third post of 2017!

I had a great time in California visiting with my daughter and her husband over the Christmas holidays.  Unfortunately they were both sick with some kind of nasty cold and cough and were in and out of bed most of the time we were there.
We arrived in San Jose early in the morning and immediately went to lunch and later to a movie...Rogue One... Starwars!
Christmas Day found us sleeping in and in general just sitting around until dinner!
...and an awesome dinner it was!  Heather did all the cooking and made gluten free everything so I could share in the bounty!
After dinner we opened packages and Chuck received an adult coloring book with Scandinavian designs and a set of Prisma pencils.  He has already been coloring in the book...loves it!


You can barely see the grand dogs on the sofa in this picture but they are there.  Leo was excited about the piece of fleece he was chewing on and didn't want to be bothered with my silly picture taking! 

Michael took us on a tour of his office at Netflix but while there was a lot to see for some reason I don't have a lot of photos.  I thought I had taken one of the sound proof boxes and the posh lunch room but...I guess I am thinking wrong.  What was a favorite there?  This vending machine that spit out all sorts of connectors, wires, etc that an electronics geek working at Netflix might need!

Another geeky trip was to the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA!  WOW!  All you see all over the place is Apple buildings for a couple blocks.  Michael got a new Apple watch and spent an evening happily learning all it could do.  Doesn't take much to keep him happy!

Heather, Christine, and I made a trip to Santana Row (posh shops and eateries) in San Jose.  We had tea at Lisa's Tea Treasures.  I was impressed at how close it came to actual British Tea!  I had tea at Fortnum and Mason in London a couple of times and while this isn't that it is quite similar!  Hot sweet teas, sandwiches with the crusts cut off, a choice of salad sandwiches and cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, and yummy deserts.

Heather and Christine looking over the menus.  WOW!  So many decisions.
The whole back of the menu is teas and related drinks.

A small brown Betty in a cozy for each of us!  The wait staff wear black parlor dresses and ruffly aprons...serving Heather tea!

my gluten free tea!  I had a salad with spinach, strawberries,  and almonds with raspberry dressing for first course.  Dessert was a raspberry and lemon sorbet...OMG!  Never again will I try that dessert it was so lemony I was puckered up for hours!  The sandwiches were chicken salad, egg salad, and cucumber!  Can't get more British! ...and last but not least a currant(raisin) scone with Devonshire cream and jam!

Heather had am awesome mix of sandwiches and those little puff pastry things of sweet potato!  I like the size of her muffin better then mine but getting a scone to take shape with gluten free is a feat in itself!  The chocolate torte was very tasty...I only had a nibble at the chocolate!

Some pictures of the tea room! 


 It was a fun time in California for the second time this year.  I suspect I will be going back again in the future too!

For those inquisitive people asking about the package and balls in the tea room widow...that is splunks decorations for Christmas.  splunk is a data company.