Saturday, August 19, 2017

Just a little something

Well Thursday night my computer went all the way through it's updating and everything seems to be working ok. I guess I lucked out.

The other day while I was out walking I stopped to admire some of the flowers in front of the funeral home. I have always liked black eyed susans.

I took the picture and then I noticed a rock leaning up against the sign post. I left it there for someone else to find.

Do they paint and hide the rocks in your neck of the woods? If they do have you found any?

Friday, August 18, 2017

well that's a fine how do you do

Wednesday when I went to use my computer it said it was restarting. No biggie. I waited a bit but since I already had a post scheduled I got tired of waiting and went about my business. Yesterday I go up to do a post and it's still sitting there doing the same thing. I pulled the plug then turned it back on. As I type this it's saying installing updated do not shut down your computer.  Oops!

So now I'm hoping it updates everything ok and maybe tomorrow you'll get the post I was planning on today

How about an extreme blast from the past today

 Don't worry Gibbs said it was ok to post Duke so long if I used an old picture of him for the big finish

For the record  I don't like trying to  do a post from my tablet. It's a bit frustrating

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Easy peasy greeting cards

I had a bunch of plain greeting cards that have been sitting far too long. I also had some assorted cards for putting together quick albums. 
I simply adhered the journal cards to the card blanks and instand greeting cards.

9 quick all occasion cards

Maybe not the best layout but I sort of liked them

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Altered file folders

With a few simple folds and cuts you can turn an ordinary file folder into a handy note pad folio. I used the tutorial I found HERE but made a few adjustments on sizing to better suit what I had.

For the first one I used a fancier folder. I could add additional decorating to this or leave it as is. Not sure which I'll do yet.

The outside

The inside. On this one I used a bit of velcro to keep it closed. The left side is a pocket for storing notes or whatever else. I also used a piece of the folder that had been cut off to top the note pad to coordinate with the folder.

For the second one I used a plain manilla folder and decorated with scrapbook paper

Inside.I didn't add the velcro on this one.

And those are my altered file folders. I'm thinking about making these in a smaller size as well. These are a 5 x 7 tablet but if I make the smaller size you could easily fit one in your purse.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Too bad I have to go to work today

If I could stay home again I could have another good crafting day like I did yesterday.  Since I have such a hard time lately coming up with blog posts I'll spread it out over 3 days.

What all did I make? I mainly played with paper. I decorated a simple gift bag to put that plaque in that I made the other day. I also put together 9 really simple cards using things I had in my stash. Finally I made 2 altered file folders. That will make more sense when I get to the post about those.

Today I'll just give you this sweet little gift bag. I already had the plain brown bag. I added some stickers and stamped a sentiment. Unfortunately the stamping didn't come out real great but in person it's easier to read.

It's the perfect size for the plaque.

Monday, August 14, 2017

What to do

When I sat down to prepare a post for today I had absolutely no idea what to do. When in doubt start searching through the pictures. 

I came across a couple pictures I took with my cell phone in the early morning hours when I was headed to the craft show.I was the only one on the road in either direction so I stopped right in the middle of the road to snap some pictures. How often can you do that in the city?

I narrowed it down to just one and started playing. 
This is the original picture taken off my cell phone. Can't really see much.

After playing with the levels and shadows a bit I got this

And you know me, I have to add textures to a picture.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I finished it

Yesterday after I got done with my weekly grocery shopping I headed to the craft room to work on that plaque I said I was going to make.

Now I know most of you will look at this and think "why did she use such dark colors" My reason was because I asked her brother what her favorite color was. He said it changes all the time but right now her room is dark gray and burgundy.

I think I would have liked it a little lighter and brighter but this is what I got and this is what she'll get. I don't think it turned out too bad.

I was too chicken to do the writing right on the wood so I cheated and wrote it out on tissue paper then glued the words on.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Nightly indulgence

Last year when I was doing really well with healthier eating and losing weight I got hooked on popcorn. I started buying Orville Redenbacher smart pop. It comes in either kettle corn or butter flavor. I've tried both and prefer the kettle corn. I buy the single serve bag at a mere 100 calories. I got way off track with the eating, exercising and losing weight but I still have my bag of popcorn almost every evening. What one thing do you indulge in on a regular basis?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Not your typical blonde

The pictures today have absolutely nothing to do with the story I'm going to tell but I didn't want to hit you with a wall of words.

I'm going to tell you about a girl at work. She started as a cashier when she was in high school. She'll be starting her second year of college this year and only works during the summer or when she's home on break. To describe her best I would say she is spunky, witty and full of fun. This summer she was moved back in to the deli and it's been a pleasure to work with her.

(insert random picture)

Not only is she friendly and funny but she is an amazing worker with such a good attitude. That's very rare these days. I gave her the suggestion the other day that she should give up her schooling to become an art therapist and just make our deli her lifetime career. She didn't care for that idea. Imagine.

(insert another random picture but this time it's Gibbs so it's awesome random)

To wrap this up, whenever this girl comes in and you say hi how are you, her response is "Livin' the dream" I totally cracked up the first time she said it and I love it. Her last day with us is next Wednesday and I want to try and make her a plaque with that saying on it.  If I get busy this weekend I shoudl be able to finish it.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It takes a lot of gall... post more gull pictures. Truth is I have a lot of gull pictures and nothing else. I promise, just these last two and I'll move on to something else.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Very fowl

This one is dedicated to Sandra I hope she doesn't find this too fowl.

I took pictures of some seagulls on Saturday monring then I went to goo-gull to find some puns and jokes.

I found out that gulls just want to have fun

Why  do seagulls fly over the sea?

Because if they flew over the bay they would be bagels

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

About the weekend

Today I have a little more time to tell you about the weekend. I didn't take a ton of pictures but after I got all my stuff out of the vehicle and put away yesterday I sat down and got them off the big camera.

Like I said it was a great day. Saturday was the best day as always. Sunday's aren't very good for sales but I did better this year on Sunday than I did last year.

Remember all those plaques I made for last years show? I had them at $5 last year and I only sold a few. This year I had them priced at $3 and they sold like hot cakes. Another item that I didn't sell any of last year was the little post it note clipboards. They were $2 last year and $1 this year. These also sold well. Last year I also made some containers out of the small pringles cans. The outside was covered with clothespins that had been taken apart and they resembled a barrel. Didn't sell a single one at $5 last year but they sold at at $3 this year.

Look at all those shoppers

Debbie in the red jacket manning the booth while I'm out playing with the camera.

This was a tent set up near us. Those horses are all hand carved. I don't know how much they were asking for them but they were awesome. I didn't care for the hobby horses as much but the carousel horses were amazing. They didn't come back for the second day

As usual there were lots of canine shoppers. This one in particular I thought was so cute in his stroller. There were lots of dogs in strollers too.

But wait, the one above gets even cuter because there were two of them in there

Monday, August 7, 2017


It was a wonderful weekend. The weather was great, I sold a lot of stuff and I had fun. Now I'm exhausted. Saturday was about a 14 hour day for me from the time I left the house until I got back home. Yesterday was about 12 hours. Today it's time to unpack the car and get stuff put away.
I didn't have much energy to work on a post for today but I do have a cell phone picture that I took Saturday morning. I was on my way to the craft show and pulled over to to take this.

I have pictures on my big camera but I need time to get them on my computer.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


No pictures today. Just a quick update to tell you how yesterday went. It was an awesome day. I made more money yesterday than I did in the two days combined last year. Not expecting much from today since Sundays are usually pretty bad for sales.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Can you guess

This shouldn't be too hard but then that's easy for me to say since I know what these are. I have 3 pictures and they all look pretty much the same. Can you guess what they are?

All three of these were taken through the windshield of my vehicle. I recently went through the car wash and it also waxed it so the water is beading up on the windshield. I pointed the camera towards the sky so that is clouds you see in the background. I thought they looked pretty cool

Yesterday was pretty rainy and they are calling for a little bit of rain this morning but clearing off and then just cloudy. Hopefully the worst of it was yesterday. I doubt that I"ll be around to visit today and possibly not tomorrow either. Monday I'll be back around for sure.

Ginny had asked if the crafts that I had been showing recently were going to the craft show with me. The answer would be no. Everything I've made so far this year was to give away. I haven't been able to get back in to making anything for the craft show. All I'm taking with me is what I had left over from all the other shows I've done. Hopefully I can get rid of most of it.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Baby Gibbs

No time for anything more than pulling an old picture out of the files. I didn't think you would mind since it's a picture of Gibbs

He still gets up on my desk but he takes up a bit more room now.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Celery sisters and others

Since the first celery I tried to go was doing ok I decided to start another one. I believe the second one has already caught up to the first. The first one seems to have stopped growing.

this is an aloe plant that one of the girls I worked with gave me. She was thinning out a plant she had and asked if I wanted some. I warned her I might possibly kill it. It's grown quite a bit since she gave it to me.

I've got several different shades of hygrangea all on the same bush.

Today is the last work day of the week for me. I'm off Friday to get ready for the craft show and then Saturday and Sunday we'll be in Andover Ohio at the show.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Spool o flowers

I've made one of these before but this one is a little different. The other one I did was back in May. I made it for a birthday present for one of the girls at work. You can see that one here.

The flowers are made the same but instead of fabric leaves I used leaves off of some silk flowers I had in my stash. I'm not quite sure I like them. They may be a little too big but I haven't decided yet.

The other difference is the wood spool. The first one I covered it with paper, This one I used fabric that was the same as one of the flowers and some jute twine.

My crafting has taken a nose dive this year. I think I've put more energy in to editing photos this year than I have with crafting. Either way I suppose I'm being creative. With that being said I did an edit to the above picture.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The problem with laziness

There were quite a few things I considered doing yesterday but due to a severe case of the lazies I talked myself out of doing all of them.

Instead I read a little, watched a little tv, played a little on the computer and that was about it. I was even too lazy to hunt for a picture to use for today.

All you get today is this

I'm not so sure it'll be looking too good for tomorrow either. Not a good way to welcome in August.
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