Tuesday, November 21, 2017

scrounging

Yesterday I took a few pictures to use for a blog post. Unfortunately my computer is being difficult so I needed a plan B.
Plan B consists of rambling and using a picture I had on my phone. I took this when we were at the hospital on Saturday. Your typical motivational poster but I liked what it said

 Yesterday I spent the morning cleaning and then since the sun was shining and almost all the snow was gone I took a trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up something I needed.

Back to work today and I'm looking forward to the week being over already.

Monday, November 20, 2017

It was bound to happen

It's that time of year and like it or not it's snow season. It was just starting as I was leaving work yesterday.

Snow on my deck



Snow on the doggy gate

snow in the back yard

and snow in the front yard


I'm very happy that I have no place I have to be today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Late and early

Late = Wade and his hernia problem. He's had a double hernia for far too long and should have had it taken care of a long time ago. Finally he's doing something about it and is scheduled for surgery on the 27th. Yesterday he had to go to the hospital for blood work, chest x-ray and EKG.  

Early = the hospital already having decorations out

The tree in their front lobby

And this in a corner as you're going down one of the halls


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Repost

I randomly chose an old post to repost for today. That's just how lazy I'm feeling and how little I have to blog about.

So here it is from May 21, 2011

Hey Ralph, what's that crazy lady doing down there with that flashy box?


I don't know but maybe if we just ignore her she'll go away


 Ralph, where you going? Don't leave me here by myself.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Craving sunshine

It has been cold, overcast, rainy and downright gloomy around here. I took this picture while I was sitting in the drive thru at the bank yesterday so you could see how dreary it looks.


I'm in desperate need of some sunshine

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Why choose

I saw this on facebook and thought it was a great idea.




Something tells me that if I were to try it, all the fillings would run together to make one great big disgusting mess.

Of these 4 pies, which one would you choose? I think I' would have to have a piece of each

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ouch

I'm sitting here feeling sorry for myself because it hurts too much to stand. Lately I've had problems with heel pain. Standing for 8 hours a day on hard floors is killing me. When I get home after work I don't want to move because it just hurts too much to walk. I bought some insoles the other day that are supposed to be for heel pain. I wore them to work on Sunday and not only did my heels still hurt but my arches were killing me too.
Everything I've read says to avoid standing for long periods of time. HA HA HA. Ok so what am I supposed to do? Can't quit my job and I don't have the luxury of sitting down on the job. I've also read to try and ice them for 20 minutes, 3 times a day. I can see that going over well at work too. NOT.

To make me feel better I found this cute kitty picture on Snappygoat.com


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Q & A

And a few more bracelets. I made these with E beads. I figured these would go as a set of three.


The other day Sharla asked if I was prepping for another show. The answer to that one is that I'm pretty much always prepping for a show since I tend to work at a snails pace some times. If I'm crafting it's for one of two reasons. I'm either making things that I will take to the craft show or I'm making things for a gift.

Yesterday Ginny asked if  I made the arrangement in the picture I posted. The answer to that is that if you consider putting some fake flowers in a pretty little bucket then yes I did. I found that bucket a few years ago at a grocery store. It always looks nice with some fake fall flowers sitting in it.

Grace asked when they started calling it "Black Friday" Well my tired brain got tired while trying to research the answer. It seems that the term has been around for a while but hasn't always been used to refer to the way we know it now.

Finally I have a question for you. Speaking of black Friday,  are you a black Friday shopper? If you are have you ever camped outside a store waiting for it to open so you could get the best deals?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Time flies

Yesterday while standing at the time clock waiting to punch in I was looking at next weeks schedule. I knew that Thanksgiving was getting close but I didn't realize it was just over a week away.

I also noticed that I have the pleasure of working on Thanksgiving day. It will only be till about 11:00 or 11:30 so at least it's not a whole day. Then for the very first time EVER, I have off the Friday after Thanksgiving. Will I go out Black Friday shopping? Not on your life. 




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Jack Frost

Yesterday morning started out at a very chilly 16 degrees and when I headed out for my weekly shopping trip my windshield was covered in frost.

I took these from the inside of my vehicle. I hate being cold and there isn't much I like about winter but I will admit that the patterns frost can make on glass are quite pretty.

These might not be exactly how I saw it but in order to bring out the detail in the pictures I had to do a little enhancing which changed some of the colors a bit


Oh and did I mention that it snowed here on FRIDAY? It wasn't a lot and it's gone now but it was enough of a reminder that we'll be seeing more soon

Friday, November 10, 2017

back to paper

Yesterday Sandee asked if I was burnt out on my new craft already. Nope, not yet but I will get there eventually. I always do. I can't be like some people who do one thing and do it really well. Instead I do lots of things, bounce around and never truly perfect my skills.

Oh well, any way, I said the other day that these beads were already made in to a bracelet



And this is it. I thought the orange looked good with the dark wood beads



Then just because I could I made digital bracelet art out of the picture above.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I've got the blues

The blues as in blue beads that were made in to bracelets. You're probably wondering by now if I'm ever going to stop and move on to something else. Yes, I will eventually. I always end up getting bored with whatever I'm working on. Sometimes I get bored quickly and sometimes it takes a while.  Either way though, I won't talk about beads and bracelets for the rest of the life of my blog.

Hey at least these aren't paper beads today. These 4 bracelts were made from 1 cheap pack of blue acrylic beads

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

From paper to bead

Just for fun (yeah, that's what I'm calling it) I've got pictures of the paper I used and the bead it turned in to

This came from a Christmas collection.


Pink, I needed to try pink


How about this piece of orange Halloween paper that has ghosts on it. You would never know once it's rolled into a bead. These have already been made in to a bracelet. I paired them with some dark colored wood bead.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

For lack of something different

I'm going to continue blabbing on about beads and bracelets this week because that's all I've got.

Today is an extremely boring post about the tools I use to make the beads. I've been using up leftover pieces of scrapbook paper that I could never bring myself to throw away. I measure and mark the back side of the paper then cut with scissors.

When it comes to rolling the paper I could buy a bead rolling tool but all over the internet you see people are rolling them with toothpicks or skewers.

I used some bent paper clips and toothpicks

My only problem was the the paper kept slipping so I went online and did some browsing. I found several things showing you how to make your own slotted tool. I have a slotted tool that I used for quilling but it's not long enough to hold the bead papers. I improvised and came up with something on my own using what I had.

I took a very thin dowel rod and sliced it with a box cutter creating a slit in one end. Then to make the other end just a little easier to hold on to I wrapped it with some decorative duct tape.. It's not pretty but it works great.

You might be able to see the slit in the end on the left of the picture. I slide the end of my bead paper in there and it holds the paper while I start to roll.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Paper bead bracelet.

Once I got started I couldn't stop. For now all the beads are one shape but you can make different shaped beads. I think I'll just stick to these though.

I used metal spacer beads in between each of the paper beads.

The left is the scrapbook paper that I used to make the beads. I really like the way this one turned out.


After you're done rolling the bead you glue the end down. Then the bead gets rolled in embossing ink and then covered in embossing powder. It's then heated to melt the embossing powder creating a hard shiny surface on the bead.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

I think I've got a new obsession

I can't stop making bracelets

These 4 are glass beads. My favorite it the top left


These are acrylic beads.


These are also acrylic. I like the color of these.


There is also one more that I'll show you tomorrow. I made enough paper beads to make one bracelet.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

No use crying over spilled beads

I sat down to make a few more bracelets last night. I finished 3 and on the 4th one I had about 1/2 the beads strung and dropped the end of the cord and beads went rolling all over the place.I figured that was a good place to call it quits. That is after I crawled around on the floor looking for all the stray beads.

I made 2 more with the wood beads then I pulled out a box of glass beads that I had. I finished one with the glass beads and it was when I was working with these blue ones that I had the little accident. I'll try again today to finish it.



Thursday night I decided to make a quick attempt at the paper beads. This was just a quick try and I'm not reall thrilled with the way they look. They also aren't finished since I haven't put the coating on them. I'll need to work on these some more.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Random

Once again I've got nothing so randomness sounds like the way to go.

First I'll randomly choose a picture from the blog archives. A picture of Gibbs will do nicely. Not sure how old this one is.


Random thoughts

I'm pretty excited that this Sunday I get an extra hour of sleep before I have to get up to go to work. Of course come spring I'll be very sad when we spring ahead.

I'm a bit annoyed with myself because I can't get back on track with the eating right and exercising. All that hard work I did last year and I gained it all back. Such a bummer. I don't hold out much hope for getting back in to it any time soon since the cold weather makes me lazy.

My brain is in slow mode. I can't even come up with more than 2 random thoughts. Unless of course you count this one which would make it three.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

From my window

The past week or so has been cold and rainy or cold and dreary. Except for going to work, I haven't gone out of the house much. I did take a couple shots from my craft room window though

The tree in my front yard doesn't have many leaves left on it

It gave me some nice color to admire though


And I'll finish it off with an after picture. This is the edit of the above picture

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Beads

I've been watching videos from stamp tv and recently saw one where they made paper beads and then made a bracelet. Well me being me, I couldn't help but be fascinated by it and of course I wanted to try it. Before I went full force I thought since I have a ton of beads in my stash I would see what I could do with those first.

I bought some seriously cheap stretch cord at Walmart and dug out the beads Sunday night



I don't remember how many I got done on Sunday but then I started making more bracelets on Monday. By the time I packed it up I think I had 11 of them.


Out of all of these my favorites are the red one with the light colored wood beads and the purple one in the front. I think this weekend I'll try and make some paper beads and see how that goes. I still have plenty of beads in my stash to play with too

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BOO

I hope I didn't scare you but it is Halloween you know.



It`s Halloween! It`s Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can`t be seen
on any other night:

Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls,
Grinning goblins fighting duels,
Werewolves rising from their tombs,
Witches on their magic brooms.


The skeletons are out tonight,
they march about the street,
With bony bodies, bony heads
and bony hands and feet.
Bony bony bony bones
with nothing in between,
Up and down and all around
they march on Halloween.

Witch witch, where do you fly?
Under the clouds and over the sky.

Witch, witch, what do you eat?
Little black apples from Hurricane Street.

Witch, witch, what do you drink?
Vinegar and good red ink.

Witch, witch, where do you sleep?
Up in the clouds where the pillows are cheap.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Fall



For some spooktacular fun, pick a Halloween themes question and answer it. Or if you like answer all three

1) Would you rather go to a Halloween party or trick or treating? I would rather go trick or treating. Parties are too loud and crowded and I'm more comfortable in a small group

2) If you were dared to spend a night in a haunted house would you do it? I would but I doubt that I would sleep

3) You just got back from trick or treating. What's the first thing you eat out of your treat bag? There better be a Reeses peanut butter cup in there 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

It's kind of like a train wreck

You don't want to see it but you can't help looking. That's what all the Christmas decorations out in the stores now are like for me. Every time I go in to Walmart, I have to check out the Christmas stuff
 I don't know about anyone else but for me, I prefer a good old fashioned green tree. I don't like the silver, gold or white ones. I go back and forth on whether I like plain white or colored lights. I guess I like both.

I do like some of these signs they have out this year


If I had a big front porch I would like the believe sign

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Step in to my office

On second thought, that may be a little difficult since my office consists of a milk crate that holds all my stuff

Inside I keep my pens, markers, stapler, coffee cup and assorted other supplies. On top sits my friends. The stuffed donkey, my tealight owl, a couple little dinosaurs and a teeny tiny gorilla. Best work partners I've ever had.

I have another before and after for you too.

Jackolantern magnet before


And after


Thursday, October 26, 2017

More before and after

I hope you don't get tired of looking at my before and after pictures. A single photo edit a day is about all I can get myself to do.

Before


After

Looks like I should have cleaned the dust off the pumpkin before I took the picture. Lets just pretend that the dust represents the frost that will be appearing on the pumpkins before too long.
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