Monday, February 20, 2017

All in a days work

Saturday when I was off I went out and got new shoes for work. I used to buy cheap ones because they get ruined pretty quick with grease spots while I'm frying donuts. I can no longer wear cheap shoes when I'm on my feet all day long. I pay the extra price for the sake of my feet, back and legs. In an attempt to try and keep them from getting ruined the first day out I protected them with coffee filters while I was doing donuts. Notice the left one already has grease spots on it. My shoes stayed clean though.

Aside from my regular work yesterday I also had two cakes to do. The first one, the customer wanted to know if I could draw water with a boat and fish in the water. I told her I could but it would pretty much look like a kids drawing. So then she asked if I could put an actual photo on the cake that she had.  I taped aluminum foil to the back of the picture since I didn't know if the frosting would seep through the photo paper. It worked out pretty good. That's one ugly fish in the picture.

The second one they just asked for bright colors of my choosing. I chose yellow.  Apparently Uga is what the grandkids call the lady having the birthday.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's about time

Time is free,
but it's priceless.
You can't own it,
but you can use it
You can't keep it,
but you can spend it.
Once you've lost it
you can never get it back.
 Harvey Mackay
Saturday was a beautiful day. It was 54 degrees by 10 am. Now I know to those of you who live in warm climates that sounds pretty cold but to me it was like heaven. 
Gibbs and I went for a walk, then I took my camera out to the back yard. There's still nothing but dead stuff but....
....the sky was blue

and I found a splash of red from these berries hanging among the bare branches of the forsythia

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale
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Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale
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Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017


Back on January 12th, in this post I talked about pulling out the knitting loom and making a scarf. I finally finished it just last week. I had made good progress with it and then it sat for a long time untouched. I'm famous for doing that.

I originally planned to make it an infinity scarf but after taking it off the loom and attempting to join the ends I gave up and decided it would just be a regular scarf.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


As promised (or maybe threatened) I've got my coffee cup drawings.

For these I used markers, black micron pen and colored pencil. When I was done I dabbed on some embossing ink, sprinkled on embossing powder and heat embossed them for a nice finish

I had one more sketched out with pencil but never got any further with it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Play time

On Monday I was confined to the house for a bit because my vehicle was getting new tires put on. I also had to make a trip to the bank since after three failed attempts at my pin number, I was locked out on my bank card. While I was waiting for the garage to do the tires, I did a little playing in the craft room.

These are just some drawings on little papers that I'll put in the mini books. The size is 2.5" x 2.75".

I did them with watercolor colored pencils then outlined with a black Micron pen. I also added some paint using various methods. On the flower I used some glittery nail polish and extreme glitter paint on the leaves. The tree and bird got a bit of extreme glitter paint.

A closer look at the flower.

Tomorrow I'll show you a couple other ones I did.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

I couldn't let the day go by without wishing all my wonderful friends a Happy Valentine's Day.  I even have gifts for you.

A index card that I made last year
I put my heart out there with a few hugs and kisses

 I got you this lovely bouquet of flowers

And they were sold out of the fancy Valentine boxes so I got you these Hershey miniatures because who doesn't like chocolate.

Last but not least a gift from Gibbs. He sends you his cute face and lots of love

Happy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2017

A post about Nothing

Last night I did Nothing to prepare for today's post. This morning I've spent a couple hours working on Nothing.

So now I would like to introduce you to Nothing.

Yes, I know he's rather ugly and odd looking but Nothing's perfect 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

From the past

For today's post I went back through some old photos again. It's been a long time since I've had a cat and this is the last one who lived here.

His name was Pringle

He was my buddy, my pal and a real sweetheart. This picture was taken in May of 2008 and I think it was around December of that year that he got out on a very cold winter night and never came back home. I would like to think that someone took him in and he lives in the lap of luxury but I'll never know for sure.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


I think I'll pass on this bargain

Friday, February 10, 2017


No, that is not a typo in my title. Even though I'm thinking "thank goodness it's Friday" here on the blog I give you "Thank goodness it's Gibbs"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Edible arrangement

A couple weeks ago when I was in Wal-mart I wandered down the Valentines isle. They had some candy bouquets that were rather cute but in my opinion a little too expensive. You know me, not only am I cheap but I look at things and say "I can make that myself" So that's what I did.

In fact I made 2.

I already had the vases, the red tissue paper and the skewers. All I had to buy was the candy. You can use any kind of container you want and put in as many or as few pieces of candy as you like. Simply tape the skewers to the back of the candy and then build your arrangement.

I had considered doing a tutorial for the mini books that I showed you on this post but It took a ton of pictures and I didn't think I could put it together without making it sound totally confusing. If anyone is interested in how to fold the paper to make these books I did find a drawing (click here) that explains it pretty well. You could also find several versions on Pinterest by searching for folded paper mini book

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

More zoo

Life is pretty boring right now. It consists of going to work and coming home and doing very little. That doesn't help much when you need blog material. That is why I decided I would show  you more zoo pictures.

Well isn't he just all cute and cuddly. OK so maybe not. I'm sure his mother thinks he's sweet though.

The lama in front looks to be snickering about something. The one behind him has it's face to the wall like it just got a whiff of something foul. Do you suppose...?

I just loved this pose.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lions and tigers and giraffes?

Project declutter has moved in to my craft room. That's a tough room to do because not only do I have a hard time getting rid of things in there, I also get easily distracted.

Yesterday I worked on cleaning up some shelves. I was going through a bunch of old CD's to see what was there. I found several with photos on them so I had to see what they were. They went back to 2008. Apparently in September of 2008 I decided to go to the zoo. I remember that day too. It was just me and my camera and I had fun.

I saw lions and tigers and giraffes. I did see bears too but I didn't have any good pictures of them so I'm substituting a giraffe.

Monday, February 6, 2017

I'm here... say I won't be here today. As it turns out though, just by coming here to say that, I really am here. That pretty much makes this whole thing a great big lie.
I think I just gave myself a headache too.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tiny books

So far this year I have worked on project declutter almost every day. I've already gotten rid of quite a bit of stuff. Yesterday while getting my daily dose of clutter busting I came across a couple of things that helped with my daily creativity effort. (That one isn't going as well as the clutter busting)

I found a 2016 calendar that I never used. I bought it, stashed it and forgot about it. The other thing was a little tiny book that you make out of one single piece of paper then decorate however you choose. The one I found had apparently been a dog toy because the edges were all chewed up.

I thought I would take the pages from the calendar and use those to make new books. I have one completed and 2 others the book is made but they haven't been decorated yet.

Here is all three

Pardon the pictures, the lighting was terrible since it was another grey and cloudy day.

The finished book. Here is the front and the first two inside pages

The next two sets of pages
 The back and a view from above

The finished size of the book is determined by the size of paper you use. This one I used a piece of paper that was 7 1/2 inches by 11 inches. For decorating the inside I just went with gluing in some scrapbook papers and words. There are no limits to how you decorate these

Saturday, February 4, 2017

For lack of something better

A few things I found on facebook recently

To remain totally fair to all my readers, all men may replace the word men with women.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Running low

I'm running low on blo ideas and material. Last resort I played with an old picture in photo director.
It's not much but here it is
I only saw one squirrel when I was walking but now there are 4

Thursday, February 2, 2017

bus stop photography

The last  couple days after work I've been stuck behind the same bus that makes tons of stops. I've made a game of it to take a picture at each stop.

Tuesday it was blue skies in one direction and very wintery looking in the other. I liked the snow on these trees

Yesterday the sun was shining and the skies were a beautiful shade of blue. 

A bit of a glare from the window on the right there.

Now I wonder what kind of weather we'll have today when Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his home. Will he see his shadow or not?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What do you think you're doing

Happy February everyone. January sure did fly by fast. I'm starting the month of right with a picture of Gibbs and it's a good one too.

I've mentioned that I want to start using my big camera more again so I've been trying to use it when I'm at home. I've also told you how Gibbs reacts to seeing me point my phone at him to take a picture. Well on Monday I was in my craft room and Gibbs was observing to make sure I didn't do anything dangerous. I had the camera in my hand and pointed it at him rather casually. I don't think he realized what it was because he sat there ever so nice.

I just love the look he's giving me. I can almost hear him saying "Just what exactly do you think you're doing?"

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