Friday, March 23, 2018

To help the effort.

Wednesday was my birthday. It was just another ordinary day. There was nothing special about it.  Any more I find them rather depressing. There was, however, a certain wonderful blog pal who sent me a box of chocolates.
Yesterday I went to work and the deli manager and another girl in the deli, (both were off on Wednesday) brought me a gift. I had been talking about wanting to get my craft room organized so they got me this,

It had 44 little drawers so I can organize all my stuff. Maybe once I fill it  I won't spend all my time searching for things. I included the box because it was hand decorated by Jess's daughters. Oh, and I got artwork too. Love the green tail on that cute little pup. I think I might frame this

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A pocket full of sunshine

I made this last year from a pocket off an old pair of jeans. I never did anything with it but it made for a good picture to use for a blog post.

I'm not real crazy about the sound of the song but I like the lyrics

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The robin and the starlings

Monday as I was sitting at my computer I noticed a robin in my driveway. I grabbed the camera and snapped about a dozen pictures before I realized I didn't have the SD card in the camera. I grabbed the card and got it in the camera as quick as I could, and hoped the robin was still out there. It was but now a little farther away.

Snap, snap, snap. It isn't the greatest, but it's proof enough for me that spring really is on its way

The robin wasn't the least bit phased by all the starlings that flew in. He just merrily went about his business.

A single starling searching the ground, but there were  at least a dozen more close by

A just as exciting as seeing the birds was seeing grass again. I don't care if it is all trampled down at the moment. At least the snow is finally melting and I can see grass again

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Don't quote me

My mood is low and the only thing I could think of to post today was some of the quotes I have saved to one of my Pinterest boards.

I have to say that my dad set the standard pretty high.

Everyone has to start somewhere right?

Yep and the picture in my head is nowhere near what my reality is.

Monday, March 19, 2018

More from Saturday

So owl try and keep this brief since it's not very interesting

This consists of cell phone pictures I took while at Walmart. Boring I know so short and sweet so you don't give me the monster eye

The parking lot, like the roads was pretty much bare except for the HUGE piles of snow.

See, I told you it was boring.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Things that make me procrastinate

Saturdays are typically my shopping day. I don't necessarily like to shop any more but sometimes I have to. Now if it was a spend all you want on unnescessary craft supplies I would show much more enthusiasm. That wasn't the case here though.

Saturday morning I look out the window and I see this.

Still plenty of snow on the ground but at least the roads are clear. Then I pulled out my phone and checked the temperature.

8 degrees, really? So I procrastinate for a while and consider skipping the whole shopping trip altogether. Then Gibbs looks at me and I remember he ate the last of his dog food the night before and Wade has given him the last of his dog biscuits. So it's either I need to bundle up, defrost the windshield in my vehicle and head out OR I could cook him a burger and wait for another day. I went to the store. SIGH. It did warm up to 25 by the time I was heading back home

Saturday, March 17, 2018

When Irish eyes are smiling

It must be St. Patrick's Day.

What do you call a clumsy Irish dance? A jig mistake.

What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover? A rash of good luck

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Friday, March 16, 2018

Scraping bottom of the barrel

I believe that the weather and life in general are in competition to see who can bring me down the fastest. I'm not looking for sympathy, I'm just giving an excuse for my less than interesting posts for those of you who still stop by here every day.
Speaking of that, I want to thank those of you who do continue to visit and brighten my day with your comments.
So for today I hopped around the internet to find something I could snag for a post.

This pretty much expresses how I feel.

I was going to add a cute little poem that I found too but for some reason I can't copy and paste and I'm too lazy to type the whole thing out.

Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me-
Anything can happen, child,


Listen To The MUSTN'TS

Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me-
Anything can happen, child,


Listen To The MUSTN'TS

Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me-
Anything can happen, child,


Listen To The MUSTN'TS

Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me-
Anything can happen, child,


Thursday, March 15, 2018

What made that mess

So today I'll show you what made that mess that was on my desk in  yesterday's post. It all started with a toilet paper roll. Most people would just throw them away after the toilet paper is gone. I do sometimes but then other times I think I should save those to use for craft projects. Unfortunately I don't always use them. I get tired of seeing them laying around and throw them away only to start collecting them again in a week or so.

I happen to have a few laying around and I had wanted to make leprechaun hats to hold candy. I like to give treats to the people at work that I like. You know, the ones who don't try to put me in to respiratory distress.

Armed with toilet paper rolls, paper, glue and a few other odds and ends, I made these.

I can't decide if I like the plain green ones better or the ones with patterned paper .

Here's a closer look at just one. I cut each toilet paper roll in half to get two 2" high hats. I wrapped the rolls with the paper then added a hat band with buckle and glued it all on to the bottom. Now to fill them with some candy. I thought either some butterscotch candies since the color is goldish or something wrapped in a gold wrapper.

Oh and on the bottom you see that green squiggly line. That is green glitter glue. Gotta have the bling.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ginny said so.

The other day Ginny left me this comment
Blogger Ginny Hartzler said...
Found this on Facebook, and I thought of you right away. Apparently, you are a genius!!

A messy desk and intelligence go hand in hand.
Research undertaken at the University of Minnesota produced an intriguing conclusion: the chaos on someone’s work desk indicates that they’re not, in fact, simply a messy person, but more importantly that their brain is focused on what really matters. Just think — when we’ve got nothing important to do we often turn to the pettiest and most trivial activities to keep us occupied.

Well, it's a mess so I guess that means I'm a genius.

If I'm going to be honest here, this is not bad in comparison to how it's been in the past. It was actually totally cleaned off but then I started working on a project.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Snow way

Say it isn't so! I hear we're supposed to get even more snow. It must be affecting the way my brain is working because I forgot to even write my post last night. Or it could be the lack of oxygen to my brain from inhaling too many perfume fumes. Yes, the people at work are still at it.

I did manage to get a couple wintery type pictures ready to post however.

 Same tree, taken through the same window.

Hopefully some day soon I'll have green grass and flowers to look at.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Monday

I've got the Monday blues.  I have to work today because the person who normally works today has to go to a health department food safety class. This week and next I'm working Monday and have Tuesday off instead. On the bright side of that after my day off on Tuesday I only have 3 days to work before my next day off.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

I could have been a unicorn

I wonder if it's hard to sleep with a horn sticking out of your head

I know, pretty lame. My excuse is the time change. The alarm goes off at 4 on Sunday morning and losing an hour sleep when you have to get up that early really sucks.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Running on empty

The title of this Jackson Browne song perfectly describes how I'm feeling lately.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Enough already

We are under a winter storm warning until 7 tonight. As I'm writing this (Thursday evening) it's coming down. It says 1-3 inches Thursday night, an additional inch during the day today with a total storm total of 4-8 inches.  it doesn't look like it's snowing much in the picture but it was coming down pretty good.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Have a heart

This sink full of dish water at work wears it's heart on it's soap suds

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Note worthy

I ended up doing this backwards because the note cards I showed you yesterday were made after the ones I'm going to show you today.

These don't have envelopes for them yet and I still need to make a box for them too

 I cut the card base from plain white card stock then found 2 coordinating pieces of scrapbook paper. I then cut circles and scallops on my cricut machine.

The original plan was that all 6 were going to have a stamped sentiment but unfortunately my stamping skills are not the best and I screwed up 3 of the circles and didn't want to cut more.

So the other 3 got this cute little flowers with no sentiment.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The mess is getting worse

Yes, the mess in the craft room is getting worse since I was at it again. I really, REALLY want to get it organized but every time I go in there I get an idea or I find something that inspires  me to make something.

This time I made a box. Actually the box came last but for this post it comes first. What do you suppose might be in this little box? It measures 3.5" x 3.5" and is .5" high.

Inside you will find 4 3x3 note cards with envelopes.
These are really simple Since all I did was cut the card stock to size. For the flowered square I simply cut scrapbook paper. The entire sheet looked like the larger piece on the box lid and I just cut each flower for the note cards.

Monday, March 5, 2018

This post is unscented

Over the years I have developed a sensitivity to strong scents. This includes perfumes, some cleaning products and some laundry products and lotions. Anything really strong will put me in to coughing fits and then I just have a hard time breathing. People at work know this. I've had a sign up going in to our area asking people to not wear perfume or cologne. This should be enough right? WRONG!  People still come in highly scented with something and swear they have nothing on. They ask someone else to smell them as proof that it's not them. I feel like they think I'm making it up. Aside from the ones who work in my area there are other employees who load themselves up with perfume and I won't even get in to All the customers who marinate in their perfume.
 Maybe I should just start wearing a gas mask.

So tell me, what are your thoughts on people who feel the need to wear strong perfumes

Sunday, March 4, 2018

just a few things

My day off consisted of laundry, shopping and Columbo. Oh and a bit of napping and Pinterest browsing
The lady in front of me at the checkout had the oddest hair style I've ever seen. I wish I could have gotten a picture of the front of her but I think I would have bee  too obvious then

Saturday, March 3, 2018

From Facebook

Saw this on Facebook and liked it so thought I would share it here

Friday, March 2, 2018

Have you heard?

I heard my friend Sandra say
that this is Dr. Seuss day.
So I found a hat
and a dog, not a cat
and put them together this way.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Play it again Sam

Happy March everyone. Can you believe February is over already? Since I'm writing this post a couple days ahead of time I don't know if we're going in to March like a lion or a lamb but the weather report said it was supposed to get cold again today.

On with today's subject. I feel like a broken record when I say "I tried to clean my craft room again" Quite possibly that might be a good epitaph for my headstone when I die. Here lies Ann, She wanted to clean her craft room but died trying.

Oh well, this time the distraction was a book I picked up at a thrift shop. I paid a whole 99 cents for this.

When I bought it I thought I would buy a few punches and make some of the stuff in here. Turned out that the punches I wanted were either too expensive for my cheap side or I just couldn't find the ones called for. Well I pulled this out and was leafing through and saw the violets. I had the bright idea that maybe I could turn this into a cutting file in Cricut design space. The book tells you the sizes of the shapes used so all I had to do was find the shapes I needed which for this one was pretty easy.

I cut the pieces out and started gluing them all together then made a card.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Just because

Just because I said that I was going to clean my craft room doesn't mean that I actually did. I did have every intention of working on it. My plan is to (at least for the moment) focus more on creating with paper. That being said, I want to organize my craft room so that the things I use for that are more readily accessible and organized making the whole thing more efficient.
Yeah, go ahead and laugh but I really did think I could do it. That was until I had an idea. All it takes when cleaning the craft room is one spark, a glimpse of one thing, a passing thought and all efforts are lost.

Instead of a clean craft room I made another card.

No pictures of the craft room as it's still a giant mess. I finally put a new ink cartridge in my printer so I was able to try this out. The bird is a png file I had on my computer. I sent it to my cricut machine and through the cricut it sends it to my printer. My printer prints the bird with a black border around the paper. The printed paper gets attached to a cutting mat and inserted into the cricut which cuts out the picture. I could print the picture and try and cut it out myself but there is no way I could cut it as cleanly, neatly and as fast as the cricut machine does.  I love this machine

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Putting it all together

I got all those pieces parts assembled into a card and here it is.

Not entirely happy with this one for two reasons. I didn't care for the way the basket looked. I used brown cardstock and it was too dark so I tried to lighten it up by smudging on white paint. The other reason is the word Spring. I highlighted it with a pink glitter pen and it made it too dark. It doesn't stand out enough on the brown basket.

The inspiration for this one came from one of my pinterest boards. I pinned this thinking it would make a cute cards. The actual item is a 2 sided wood sign from this Etsy store

After this card was put together I thought I would work on cleaning up my craft room. I'll show you the results of that tomorrow

Monday, February 26, 2018

Pieces parts

I started working on another card but didn't manage to finish it yet. Since I've got nothing else to show I'll give you the unassembled pieces.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hardly worth mentioning

Saturday was not an exciting day. It was my day off and I enjoyed that but there's very little to tell about it.
I did laundry, I cleaned a little and I took lots of breaks to play on the computer, flip through channels and play the newest game I downloaded on my tablet.

This one is called June's Journey

It's one of those hidden picture games. It tells you what to look for and you find it hidden in the picture

It's ok, not necessarily my most favorite game ever but it did help me to waste a whole lot of time.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Thoughtful x 2

Yesterday at work a customer got my attention to tell me that she had spilled the container of soup she had just filled. I told her I would be right out to take care of it. The deli manager and I both went out to clean up the mess. It was all over her cart so I went up front to get her a clean cart while Kelly started cleaning up the mess. We got it all taken care of and the customer was on her way.

About a half hour later the same customer came back with two little gift bags. One for me and one for Kelly to thank us for taking care of the mess

Totally unnecessary but such a sweet gesture. It made my day

Friday, February 23, 2018


Bear with me while I work through my current slump

Thursday, February 22, 2018

so thoughtful

A couple weeks ago a regular customer asked me if I used handmade crocheted dish cloths. I said I had made them in the past. Then she said that she had been crocheting dish cloths to keep herself busy over the winter and wanted to know if I would use the  if she brought me some.
Tuesday she brought several in for me and the deli manager.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tea Time

Like I said yesterday, I wasn't entirely satisfied with the teabag holder I  made so I worked up a new one. I used Cricut design space to make the front and back as well as some elements to decorate the front with. Then I saved it. While switching to something else I accidentally erased the whole thing that took me probably an hour to create. Back to the drawing board, I knew what I wanted this time so I redid it all and now have a saved file so that I can cut this one out with the machine any time I want.

 Here's the front

And a view of  the side. This will hold 4 or 5 tea bags. I suppose you might even be able to stuff a 6th one in there.

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