Thursday, January 18, 2018


Still playing and learnig so I've got another new card I made. I'm so lovin' this machine. I've never made a pop up card before but with this machine it is so incredibly easy.

This is one of the ready made projects that are available through the design space. The front of this card didn't have anything on it so I added some patterned paper then cut out a circle, a scallop and had the machine do the writing on the circle

Having the ability to use the pens with the machine pretty much eliminate the need for stamps or ink pads.

Ok, you ready for the inside?

And how about one looking more at the side.

Now I just need someone ot have a birthday so I can send them this card.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

You gotta start somewhere.

So the things I've made so far aren't perfect but then again, it's next to impossible to get perfection when doing handmade. I do have some practicing to do though before I start making things to sell.I do plan on doing that too.

I made another card. I thought this little bird was really cute. I got a little crooked with glueing on some of the pieces. The little bits can get pretty tiny and I had to use some tweezers. He doesn't look too bad though. The other thing is that just the pieces along coming out of the machine are a bit bland when you glue them all together. I used some glitter pens to spiff him up a bit

The background was embossed in my cuttlebug machine and then I swiped a blue ink pad over the raised portions to emphasize the snowflakes and swirls.

Then I made you a cupcake with a cherry on top. Again I jazzed it up a bit with glitter pens. I drew on the swirls in the frosting and the pink lines on the cupcake paper.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Not all bugs are created equal.

Yesterday Steve made the comment that he though my new machine was the one you had dies to cut with.

And the answer to that is that the two cricut machines I have are electronic die cutting machine. Or maybe they don't even refer to them as die cutting machines but that's what I've always called them. Any way, the machine that uses the actual dies is a bug by a different name. That would be the cuttlebug
This is not my picture. I took from online just to show you. This one uses dies and embossing folders and the paper is manually cranked through the machine. I do also have one of these. Some bugs aren't bad when you've got them in your house.

Yesterday, Wade and I had to travel to the big city (30 mile trip) for his doctors appointment. We were going to be real close to A.C.Moore and I had a gift card from there. After his appointment we stopped and I picked up a couple of accessories I wanted for the new toy.

I got a stylus which will make score marks on your projects and pens so it can also write. I did do a little more playing but I'll save those for tomorrow's post.

Monday, January 15, 2018

What have you done?

In a comment yesterday Pam from Life through My Eyes asked me what I've done with my new toy. The answer is not much. Mostly I've been trying to figure things out but I did make a card for one of the guys at work who's leaving at the end of the week for another job.

The only thing in the card that was made with my machine was the words Best Wishes. But hey, it's a start.

This is the old machine on top and the new machine on the bottom
The machine on the top has a cartridge inserted with a keypad to choose the shape to be cut. There is also dials to select the size, depth of the blade and pressure of the blade.

The machine on the bottom has a dial to choose the type of material you are using and you use the cricut design space online to create whatever it is that you want to cut. For some reason, there are a lot of things that just are not clicking with me when I try to figure it all out. I've been going back and forth between design space and YouTube videos to try and make myself understand it all.

One thing I don't like about this machine is that you have to be connected to the internet to use design space.. One thing I do like about it is that you can choose a picture from the many available, print it on your printer then send it through the cricut to cut it out.

So there you have it. Almost a whole week since I got this and I've made one measly little card.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


I couldn't take it yesterday. I've been cooped up, other than going to work, far too much lately. I went out, shoveled the driveway and cleaned off the car. I had to let the defrost run for a bit to melt all the ice off the windshield.

Then I headed to Walmart. Not the most fascinating trip, but it got me out.

While shopping I made some observations. Even though this isle is pretty empty, the store was quite busy.

About half the shoppers were with someone else wether it was a friend, child, spouse or other. The other half that were shopping alone were split about equally between men and women.

The men who were shopping all appear to be on a mission. Get in, find what you want and get out.

The majority of the women who were shopping alone were talking on their cell phones while browsing the isles. There was only one shopper that I noticed who was taking picture to use for a blog post.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Just like these icicles, I guess I'll be hanging around the house today.

These were taken last week before our warm up. They're all gone now but it started raining yesterday afternoon then turned over to freezing rain and finally to snow.

No particular plans for the day. I'll play it by ear and do whatever.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Roller Coaster

After all those frigid temperatures and tons of snow, the past two days we've had a warm up. Alot of the snow is gone and this was the temperature when I left work yesterday.

It felt so nice to not freeze and this would be great except it's very temporary. There is already a winter storm warning in effect starting at noon today until 10 a.m. Saturday. The forecast has our high today at 51 with a low of 12. Tomorrows high is only 14. I so hate this time of  year. What I hate even more though is being on the weather roller coaster. I know it's supposed to be cold this time of year so just stay cold until it's time to warm up and move directly into spring. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Well that sucks

I bought myself a new toy with money I got for Christmas and it came yesterday. I didn't have much time to play around with it, not to mention the brain power or the energy. Now I have to go to work and I have to make it through 2 whole days of work before I can really sit down and have some fun. Do you have any idea how long those 2 days are going to be?

Oh what did I get? I bought a new Cricut machine. That is the link to the macine I bought. I actually got it cheaper than that through another place. I already have a cricut but it's an older one with a smaller size mat. I tried to talk myself out of this then Wade said if I wanted it I should get it. So then I talked myself in to it by saying that I could make things with this to sell so it's more like an investment.

Saturday is supposed to be another really cold and crappy winter day so it'll be perfect to staying home and playing.

This is an old picture but I had to throw something in.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Do you see what I see?

Take a look at this bread I made yesterday at work and tell me if you see what I see.

OK, more specifically just look at this one loaf of bread. Now do you see what I see?

Am I the only one who sees bread with a little face?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A day in the craft room

What I thought was going to be a warmer day turned out to be wrong. I woke to find raindrops on the window. The temps were up to 31 but it wasn't long before it started snowing again. Since I wasn't going anywhere I headed for the craft room which also doubles as the computer room.

I spent a lot of time surfing the web, I did a little bit of shopping and spent my Christmas money and I finished off another sock mouse. This one is going to be going to live with Ginny.

This one is less seasonal than the first one and he's got a little wedge of cheese in his little mouse hands

I did a little editing too. This was a close up of Mr. Mousey

When I set out to do one that could sit out other times besides Christmas I knew I had to replace the candy cane and thought cheese would be perfect. I started cutting different materials and it just wasn't working the way I wanted it to. Then I saw the sponge laying on the end of my table and I had an UH HUH moment and knew that was the perfect thing to use for cheese. I've also got some little witches hats and plan on doing a Halloween version. I'm thinking there are other mice in the making as well just not sure what they will be just yet.

Monday, January 8, 2018



VS Facebook

I've been wondering why I bother doing both. Granted I don't post all that much to Facebook but mainly it's because when I do, about the only comments I get are from people who comment here. So why not just post everything here? There are a few people who on a rare occasion will comment on something I post there but they never ever visit here.

I did consider deleting my Facebook account but decided that just because I don't post there doesn't mean I have to get rid of it. I still like it for the funny things I find there and now for the craft hoarders group.

I never ever considered deleting my blog because I would miss all of you stopping by to see me.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Another cold one

Yesterday was another cold day and a good one to stay inside. I didn't go anywhere all day long. I did take down all my Christmas decorations and get them packed up and put away. I went through all the stuff I had, even the stuff that didn't get put out. I repacked everything and labeled the totes to make it easier for next year. Now I just need to start doing some deep cleaning. After the packing though I was exhausted and decided that was enough work for one day.

I played a little in the craft room and I did this little edit.

I recently joined a group on Facebook called craft hoarders. I posted a picture for the first time yesterday and I was blown away by the response. It's a large group and everyone is so nice and supportive and encouraging. I really like it and would recommend the group to anyone who's interested in crafting. There are some remarkably talented people in this group. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

You gotta dress in layers

When the weather outside is frightful, the fire may be delightful, but when you have to go outside you need to dress in layers. Even inside layers may be necessary.

I was talking to a few of the younger employees the other day while I was putting my layers on to leave for the day. I told them that back in the day I wouldn't be caught dead wearing a hat when it was cold outside. No scarf either.

These days when I prepare to venture out, it's hooded sweatshirt, coat, scarf, ear warmer or headband whichever you prefer to call it. Then for good measure the hood on my sweatshirt will go up

When it's cold outside, I could care less what I look like. Just give me enough layers that I don't freeze anything off

Friday, January 5, 2018

What are you smiling about?

Snow, snow, cold and snow. I'm very tired of cold and snow. Easy to smile when you're a snowman.

This isn't real clear since I did a screen shot on my computer and then resized it in pse. This started with last night (Thursday) But look at that high for today. 6 degrees. And with the wind chill factored in we're talking negative numbers.

I guess I better put an extra layer on before I head out to work today.

Thursday, January 4, 2018


The other day, Grace wrote about posting every day this year. That has been my goal for several years but somehow I always fall a little short.

From the beginning of this blog
2008 - 50
2009 - 249
2010 - 354
2011 - 349
2012 - 352
2013 - 293
2014 - 245
2015 - 351
2016 - 305
2017 - 350

So you see I have come close. And why do I make an effort to post that often? Aren't I just putting undo pressure on myself? No, I don't think I am. I think I'm challenging myself to think of something worth sharing. Granted the something I share isn't always real interesting. I'll be the first to admit that some of my posts have been pretty lame. But they force me to think. They force me to use the part of my brain that would otherwise turn to mush staring at a tv.

Grace is going to try and post something thoughtful. I don't plan on aiming that high. I'm just going to try and put something out there even if it's just a post that says I can't think of anything today, I'll try harder tomorrow.

Maybe I'll even create a happy memory or two along the way.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Throwing you to the wolves

Before Christmas I posted pictures of the village on top of my fake fireplace and a couple of you mentioned the wolf picture I had on my wall.

This one hangs over the fireplace and was a gift from my son.

It's not the only wolf picture I have in my living room though. This one painted on a feather hangs on the same wall on the other side of the room.

And this large painting hangs over my couch. If you look at this picture you will see other wolves, besides the two main ones, hidden throughout the picture. I can't recall how many total there are supposed to be. 

And now a couple of wolf proverbs I found to finish this post off.

“If you run from a wolf, you may run into a bear.” – Lithuanian
“It is madness for a sheep to talk of peace with a wolf.” – French
And this quote I found but I have no idea who said it. 
 “Scars are just a treasure map for pain you've buried too deep to remember.” “Like a missing tooth, sometimes an absence is more noticeable than a presence.” “The wolves knew when it was time to stop looking for what they'd lost, to focus instead on what was yet to come.”

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A good start

It was a good start to the year yesterday. Other than the fact that it snowed again and I haven't been out of the house other than to go to work in over a week. The snow once again foiled my plans to get out and do something. It was still a good day though. I did a little playing in my craft room. I also went out and did a little shoveling in the morning.

So are you tired of seeing my snow pictures of my front and back yard  yet? Well here's one of the tree in the front yard taken through the window.

Around 10 yesterday morning I noticed a missed call on my phone and a voicemail. It was the manager from work telling me to call my neighbor. She didn't have my number so she called the store and asked them to call me and tell me to call her back. When I called she told me not to go out and shovel again, her husband was going to be coming over later with the snow blower. It wasn't all that bad since I've been keeping it pretty cleaned out but I still appreciate him doing it.

So why am I doing all this shoveling? Well Wade isn't allowed to (although he thinks it would be fine) He's still on his 2lb weight restriction from his surgery. He has friends who would be all too willing to come and plow for a fee. I'm cheap and refuse to pay for something I can take care of myself. Not to mention when they plow it's when it's convenient for them not necessarily for me.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

(vintage image courtesy of Old Design shop)

New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change
 Sarah Ban Breathnach

This year believe that good things are on their way. I wish you all health, happiness and prosperity for this new year
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