Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Because I'm still trying to figure out to make blogger work for me, I was only able to upload a few of the pages from my little mini project I did yesterday. The whole book can be seen over at my eBay store. All you have to do is click on the link at the right side of this page and it will take you there. While surfing the blogs I saw that another blogger had made a book using this method and thought I'd give it a try. I took my largest square nestie and cut out 4 pieces of white chipboard. It's the board that comes in the SU paper packs. Then I used the same nestie to cut out the background pieces of paper. That way you know they will fit perfectly. I used a few of my Riley's to dress up the pages, and even cut the perfect picture sizes so pictures can be added in a simple way. All you have to do is trace and cut. I took an old key chain apart and used the hook to hold all the pages together.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Yup, it's the good ole summer time in Texas! We're suppose to have tripe digit 1's today. 111. It's a good day to try and stay cool. The day started as usual. I was making Barry an egg for breakfast and then taking care of the toast, when I forgot about the egg and it started to burn and make a lot of smoke in the kitchen. Barry opened the back door and much to our surprise, a cute little bunny was having breakfast on our lawn! He stayed in the same spot eating the weeds until breakfast was over and Barry left for school. It was so much fun to see him out there. I miss having a pet. We had cats for so long and enough the warm and love of a pet, but who knows how I would ever pay even for the food now, so the bunny was fun to enjoy.
Barry heard from TX Unemployment yesterday about an appeal date. It's July 7. Almost 2 months after he started school. It's been so long coming, with them losing the paper work and having to play games with them, but I'm hoping something good will happen. We also got a check from the state for several weeks of payments. It said we don't have to pay it back. It's from something called Emergency Funding. Boy did we ever need that. I don't know what to do first. Pay some bills or get some groceries. A little of both I'm sure. Barry is still in school. It's going really slow for him right now. He just can't seem to put into action what he learns. I know Barry and know that part of that is really in his head. When he explains it to me, even I can understand it, but when he goes to write the programs for web development, he freezes. I hope with time, he'll get better. He just has to!
Did you like my little girl? Another image that was colored with copic markers and mounted on pop dots. I found this paper from Scenic Route that I bought last year in FL.
Well, I'm off to the bank to deposit the check before it turns to clay! Have a great day and thank you all for keeping us in your prayers. I know they are helping.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I don't know where my MOJO has gone, but it seems to have left me short! I've made 3 cards in two days. I know I need to step it up, but my mind just doesn't seem to have it going right now. Maybe it's the 100 plus temps we're having in Dallas right now. Maybe I'm just tried of looking at the same stamps and paper. Whatever it is, it needs to leave!!! I've got work to be done.
I'm trying to see about teaching a class on stamping next month. I've never done that, so I'm a little unsure of how to go about it. I thought I'd make the postcard set including the holder, and then a few cards. I've told the interested party that it would have to be a class of at least 4. Since I'll supply the material, I have to make sure I include that amount in the cost of the class. I'm sure I'll figure it out. I just hope they like what they make.
Let's see, what else is new. My GF got her new SU catty yesterday and her order of some of the new stuff. I can't wait to see that. I'll have to wait until Saturday. It will be hard. Then she heard there will be a mini catty coming out July 1. MOre ways to spend our money. Now I have to figure out a way to make more!
We're having hot dogs and baked fries for dinner tonight. I'm not really into cooking right now, but Barry has a nasty habit of wanting to eat every night. I've tried for almost 39 years to break the habit, but nothing works! Well, at least he's not a picky eater. Anything that moves is ok.
Have a wonderful day and please continue those prayers. I really, really need them.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Life is too darn short not to kick up your heels sometimes and dance! At least that's what Sophie the Moose believes in! This is my last entry into the Hanna Stamps guest designer contest. I used an fun set of stamps from SU for the verse. It's been retired for a few years, but I like all the little saying it has in it. The paper is from a DCWV pad. Can't use up that darn stuff. I wasn't sure about the flower. I'm of a mind that not every card needs a flower or ribbon, but it seems that's what the paying customers like, so I add them all the time.
Not much else is going on in the Bloom Zoo today. It's going to be another lazy day. Barry slept late so he didn't go to any of the 3 Lion's events he could have. Oh well, I guess I have him for the day!
Tomorrow we're going to have dinner with the kids at Red Loboster for Father's Day. It's always nice to be with the whole gang and not have to do the dishes.
Have a fun weekend!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Where did the week go? Since I only got one comment on the last post, let me say how sorry I am that I must have killed off some of my readers! For those of you new to this blog, let me be the first to say how sorry I am! LOL! Remember I did ask you to leave a comment, knowing full well it could kill you if you didn't! And to think I've only had one cup of coffee this morning!
Do you like this card? I have several old SU sets that have beach scenes. I like them. They make me feel good. I love the water and the beach, so this card made me feel good when I made it.
It must be my lucky day because early this morning I got a PM from a friend over at SCS. She has Baja Breeze card stock! I know in the big picture of life it's not all that important, but it would be nice to have some and not have to worry about matching up with all the printed paper I still have left that matches this card stock. With money so tight, I don't know how I'll buy anything new when the new catalog comes out. I have to get busy making TONS more cards to do that!
Barry is at school today and I'm free to do whatever. Whatever usually means making cards, watching the news, and running to the post office. Boy do I have a great life! Today I have to stop at the office supply store and buy black ink for the printer. Barry is our #1 printer. He prints everything. I, on the other hand, hardly ever print. The thing is, he also saves the stuff he prints out in files! He's very old school about that!
Have a wonderful day and stay safe. Don't forgot those prayers. I think they're helping!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Where is the week getting to? It's Tuesday already and I'm still doing Monday's chores! I have so much to do today, I may still be working on last weeks! At least it feels like it.
Barry is off to school for most of the day today. Yesterday he only did half a day and the rest was spent doing unemployment stuff and studying at home. I love him dearly, but I have a hard time working when he's home. I feel like I shouldn't get so messy. I tend to spread out a lot when I work and he doesn't understand that. I did get a half dozen cards made. A few are still over at my eBay store if you want to take a look. This is one. I'm still on my "use the stash" thing and found this small piece of plaid from a DCWV stack in the pile. I got several cards made using bits and pieces of it. I love this blue ribbon and saved a tiny tiny piece on my desk. It worked perfect for this card. The stamps are SU. They never go out of style.
I'm going to try and work on a few cards and then maybe take a break today. I've been looking for my mojo for about a week and it seems to be half missing. That is the half that needs to be working! I think a good book or even a nasty book is in order for the day. It's going to be 100 in Dallas today so I'm thinking Evan apartment pool sounds good.
Have a great day and stay safe!
Monday, June 15, 2009
When it's only the little things left in life, we should enjoy them. I find that with less money to do things, we'd had to adjust to making do with those "small things"! On Saturday we headed off to a wonderful Art Fest in downtown Dallas. It was free except for parking. It was either park at a lot for $8 or find street parking. The parking God was with us that day. We found a meter and spend 4 quarters on the parking. How did we know it was going to be such a hot and humid day. We didn't and it was! We got all kinds of freebies including movie tickets, a free sandwich ticket at Potbelly's, and even a free light bulb at the electric company! I did spend a few dollars on Kettle Corn. By the time we left and walked back to the car, we were spent! We rested all day yesterday and now I need to make up the time and make some cards to sell this week.
We had another surprise when we got home on Saturday. I told you part of my fence came down in the storms last week and so did my next door neighbors. She had someone fixing her fence on Saturday and Larry (sweet oldest son) paid the man to fix ours as well! He said it's his Father's Day present to his Dad. How's that for a sweet day! And this layout was perfect for adding some Prima Flowers.
Barry's gone off to school today for at least 1/2 day. Every other week he has to turn in his signed attendance for school and get his gift certificate's for gas. They give him enough for getting around to school. It really helps. We've only had to buy gas once in the last month.
The card I posted in a simple one to make. I still enjoy using this set from SU. Well, I'm off to work on something today. Have a wonderful day and hurry back. I love seeing comments if anyone leaves one.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
And now I'm dreamin' of the beach! I love living in Dallas but I hate not having the beach right around the corner! I grew up going to the Jersey shore every summer. My family had those old hotels there and then as a teen going to Ocean City, MD as soon as the season started. When we lived in Tampa we were on the water and then had to only drive 10 minutes to see the sandy shore. I can never understand how someone whats to pay to get cold. I mean snow is so COLD!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I made this card several weeks ago because I thought it was a little different. I still have some of the scraps on my desk so I think I'm going to have recreate another one. It's another old set from SU. I just can't let go of several old sets. They seem to warm my heart when I look at them.
Barry spoke again with the lady from unemployment yesterday. He had to fax the appeal papers to her. The papers seem to lost in the system somewhere! It is a mess, but at least we seem to have someone working for us instead of against us now who is in high places. She's going to get us some money. Barry is owed one week of unemployment from his last week at WalMart. He's really owed the whole month, but that's something we still have appeal. I just want my life back.
I spoke with my good buddy Gretchen last night. I guess neither one of us has been in the mood to be friendly. She's been stressed about work and hopefully she's start to feel better when things settle down at her work. She's a good friend and stamping buddy. Barry always says when she calls that I've spoken with my "lost" daughter! She seems to always check in the same evening Evan does.
Today I'm working on some more cards. It's my life's work. I've decided that when Barry goes back to work full time, I'm taking a week off. I don't want to look at paper or rubber that week. I'm thinking sun and fun! Maybe Evan's apartment pool!
Take care and keep those prayers coming. I know they are helping. They always do!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I'm trying to work on cards this morning. I fell behind yesterday when Barry came home at lunch and never went back to school. He was having a bad day. It seems he has a lot of them with school. People at school keep telling him he's thinking too much and just not doing it enough, but he's the old dog who thinks he knows how to do something and when it doesn't work, he wants to give up! That is not going to happen on my watch!!
I put 21 cards on eBay yesterday and only have 4 left unsold today! That's such a good feeling to know your work is being sought after. I think it's the price. They customers are getting a great card for a value price. I love my little bee card I made this week. He's coming to visit for the July 4th holiday or whatever---I just know he's going to a good home!
Well, nothing else new in our world. I'm off to finish up some projects. It's become my life!!
Hugs and blessings to you all!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Have you used this layout? It was on SCS several weeks ago and I've fallen in love with it. It's clean and works with almost any papers. I've changed it up a bit (big surprise), but it's the look that counts! I used an older set of SU stamps for the verse and some Basic Grey papers. I found just the right Prima flowers in a Halloween bottle!
Last night we went to a Lion's Club cookout. It was so nice to see some of the wives that I only get to see once or twice a year. We sat and talked, eat, and talked some more. I bought along my cards and got lots of wonderful comments. One of the guys picked the one above up and said it should be in a frame! The steaks were cooked to perfection and the baked potatoes just right. It was a good evening to forget your troubles and just have fun!
Today is a lazy day. We were suppose to get together with Evan but I don't know if we'll do that. I'm trying to talk Barry into going swimming at Evan's pool. They have such a nice one at his apartment and it's right outside his door! We'll see is the word for today!
I guess that's it for now. Have a great Sunday and don't forget to say a blessing or two!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Well, I'm off to create a few more cards today. Tomorrow we have a Lion's Club picnic and I thought I'd take a few along with me. Maybe someone will be interested in buying them. I don't think so 'cause they are hurting just like the rest, but you never know!
Blessing to you all!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I just want the ones that are hanging over us to leave. Is that too much to ask? I don't think so. We're nice enough folks. We do good things in our community. We love our kids, so why is this happening? I have no answers and it seems like no one else does either. That's the sad part. A nation, a world with no answers. What happen to all the people out of work, what happens to them when they have no money to save their house. The only answers I hear are all the same. And this is a kicker! "Don't you have family you can ask for help?". That's the only thing I've heard from people! Gosh, and to think I wasn't bitter before. I'm trying to stay upbeat because the only other thing to be is down and hiding under the bed.
I've sold some more cards on eBay, but even that's on hold until I pay my back payments to them. I can't even earn any more money selling cards! Thank Goodness I have some money from all the one's I've been selling. I just need to continue making the cards until I can pay this weekend what I own on my selling of items. Then it's out for the kill, or should I say killer day of selling!
I made this card using the prettiest pieces of paper from Basis Grey. I just love the way this card turned out. Someday I'm going to have to have another package of this paper. I'm sure different one's will come out between then and now. I used an SU set of stamps and of course, my ever handy Martha butterfly punch.So much for my sad story. I'm tired of telling it and I'm even more tired of living it. I want to win the Lotto. If anyone has some winning numbers out there to share, feel free. I won't tell anyone!! I'll even share!
Blessings to you all!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Now I'm off to the races and see what other shoe will fall today! Say a prayer for us. I know I don't usually ask, but prayers are about all we have left!