Monday, December 23, 2013

my friend Sacha


This might be a little "gushy" and is probably going to embarrass her... 
   This is my friend Sacha, She is an officer in the Air Force and is currently stationed in Izmir, Turkey while her husband and children are state side. I think she is a pretty awesome woman who is willing to do what it takes to get the job done even if it means being away from her family for a year.  If you are interested in how different cultures intermingle I suggest you check out her new blog:
 A Haphazard Diary of an Airman in Izmir.  
  
   We met through Girl Scouts when she was stationed here. As we became friends we realized we had a great deal in common: TV shows, books, hobbies, the same sense of humor. It was more than just a couple of things in common, it was almost everything. It's a little spooky, she's like my smarter twin. She claims not to be crafty but she is a wiz at fixing anything! If I ever get chosen for one of those survival shows I'm choosing Ms. "MacGyver" as my partner. 


TTFN,
Chris =]

Monday, December 16, 2013

amoeba christmas



 
Our oldest student drew these figures on the white board the other day and the second thing that came to my mind was they look like amoebas, which for some unknown reason turned into
Amoeba Christmas To You!
 
P.S. The first thing that came to mind was ~ Oooo, sock monster patterns.

TTFN,
Chris =]

Sunday, December 15, 2013

a short conversation and an incident at work


 
 
  The conversation:

  I was sitting next to him at the table during snack time. (I love having a job where I get paid to have a snack).
I open my little plastic container that is filled with carrots, baby tomatoes and green beans.

Him: He looks at my container then at me and says " Why did your Mom make you have that?"

Me: "My Mom didn't make my snack I did, I like to eat vegetables."

Him: with a unconvinced look on his face "Really?!"

Me: "Yeah!" "Do you want one?" already knowing what his answer will be

Him: "No Way!" as he gives me this look like I just offered him a worm to eat.

  The incident was with one of our students who is very good at putting together 48 piece puzzles. He has figured out how to "cheat" and do it faster by turning the puzzle over and dropping it face down in one piece then all he has to do is pick the piece up turn it over and place it back in the puzzle frame without having to pay attention to where it goes.
  Once we figured out what he was doing it was just a matter of paying attention to when he got a puzzle out. I'd reach over and break the pieces apart while telling him "No cheating". The next puzzle he got out he watched what I was doing as he flipped it over in one piece when I reached over he slams his hands on the puzzle, tells me "No!" and starts to mix it up. If the puzzle had to be in pieces HE was going to do it.

TTFN,
Chris =]



 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Day of the Dead

  
   I like the holiday Day of the Dead and not just for the skeletons (even though they are really cool). It's not that I like the religious side of the holiday, but the idea of taking a day to remember Family and Friends who have died. It's not sad and somber but 3 days of celebration and fun decorations.
  I like the idea of honoring, remembering, and celebrating the lives of loved ones that are gone. There is so much love, respect and thoughtfulness put into the celebration. I stole this comment from a friend who posted on my FB, she said it so much better than I did. 
 
 
 
  
   My figures are on display in my buffet hutch. Next year I need to find a new place because I didn't have enough room for all my skeleton's and photos of my grandparents and father-in-law.   
 
A collage of all my tiny Day of the Dead items with a mini alter.
 
 
 
 
 
Closer look at some of my Calaveras
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]

Monday, November 4, 2013

excited!

I know November has just started but....
 

Yes I Do!!! How about you?
 

 
 
P.S. I like Christmas so much my Christmas cards are done by July. Not this year though it took me until September to get them finished. 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]

Sunday, November 3, 2013

ms. L again

 
  
   A few weeks ago Ms. L called and I could tell by her voice that she was excited!  She had gotten bit by one of the exhibit girls (three otters who live permanently at the aquarium) while they were being moved for tank maintenance.
  The down side was a trip to the emergency room for a tetanus shot and a round of antibiotics as a precaution. The up side is since it was one of the "girls" the chance of the wound getting infected or her needing a rabies shot was minuscule.   
   Now she feels like a "real" biologist.  


TTFN,
Chris =]

Sunday, October 27, 2013

bragging on Ms. L

  
  Ms. L has worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the last five years, she got a job there her freshman year of college as a volunteer for sleep over events to her first paid job in Guest Services selling tickets to balancing the daily bank deposits to her current job as a Guest Experience Ambassador, giving tours, answering questions and needing to know everything about the aquarium and ~ finger crossed eventually working her way towards the Husbandry side.
 
  A few months ago she was chosen as a volunteer (going through a interview process equivalent to applying for a paid position) for the Monterey Bay Aquarium - SORAC program, SORAC stands for Sea Otter Research and Conservation. Recently PBS aired a documentary  PBS: Saving Otter501.
For Mr.L and I it was a wonderful way to see what she does because they have very strict guidelines to follow and non-trained personnel are not allowed. I have to say I didn't realize how important otters are to ecosystem along California's Central Coast.
 

 
   Right now the aquarium has a baby otter who needs round the clock care and Ms.L is one on the personnel who gets to take care of the baby. I snagged the photos off the net but it is everything that is done for the current infant.
   She made a comment about how much baby otters are jerks (for lack of a better term) because they cry, eat, poop and need constant attention. Oh!! Out of the mouth of babes... But,  I also know she is having the time of her life!
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]

Thursday, October 17, 2013

voodoo pincushion swap

   After the zombie swap was over, Val at Yarnigras Swapper Spot decided to keep the fun going by hosting a Voodoo Doll Pincushion Swap. We didn't do a straight swap, the swap I sent didn't go to the person who sent me a swap.
 
   This is what my partner little messy miss sent me:

 
    LMM posted about the Day of the Dead pincushion she made because it's what her swap partner liked. I really hoped it was me she was talking about... and IT WAS!!!!! ((insert happy dance))
   I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw her name on the box. It's a DoD dream come true, especially since I'm not spending money on "unnecessaries". Messy Miss made it possible for me to add three new handmade pieces to my collection, a drawer to add small items to, if I can bear to not show off the sides, a felt sewing kit and the most awesome voodoo pincushion  e.v.e.r. She was so thoughtful, she even sent me a heart shaped rock because she knew I collect them.
 
This is what I sent my partner Melinda
 
 
   My (cute) voodoo doll took on a life of it's own and looks more like a zombie than my zombie did  ~ the fact that it lost half it's body in a horrible measuring accident doesn't help, on the plus side the moss ended up being a great place for pins and needles. I hope Melissa liked 13 pins and a little steampunk. (She did)
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]
 




Thursday, October 10, 2013

george stopped by

tonight to say...

 
   He didn't have time to stay, he was on his way to the MPBM (monthly potato bug meeting) just wanted to screach, screach on the window then left. It was a short visit, kind of like this post. 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]

Thursday, October 3, 2013

spoolie swap

   Sandy and Deb Co-hosted a Fall/Halloween spoolie swap, so I HAD to join. I was paired with Laura from Vintage Bettys. She does some pretty great things with paperclay.
 
  
   Laura sent me the sweetest fall spoolie and vintage looking straw pumpkin (awesome!!). It sits in the perfect spot to be admired by all. She also sent chocolate (gone) in the little candy boxes I like to reuse, a pumpkin cookie cutter, camping stickers which went straight into my Girl Scout scrapbook, and other scrapbooking bits and pieces. Fun, fun, fun...
 
   The first thing I saw when I went to Laura's blog was that she likes Cath Kidston, which has become a new obsession for me since my trip abroad this past summer. I knew what one of her tuck-in's had to be. It was this great, wonderful, personal idea... then I forgot to take a picture of it, but luckily for me she did!
 
image borrowed from vintage betty's
 
   First I gently removed pulled the chimney and scallop edging off the chipboard birdhouse. I went on line, did an image search for Cath Kidston fabric and printed a few of the better images. Cut the paper to fit the sides and using tacky glue adhered it to the birdhouse. Each side of the birdhouse has a different pattern. Reattach the chimney and scallop edging and Viola! a Cath Kidston inspired birdhouse. It's not fall but I was hoping she liked it anyway. Oh, I super glued a key ring to the opening to cover the not so pretty papered edge.  
 
 
I was playing around with picmonkey
 
   For Halloween Laura likes cute and cats. Sweet!! I can do cute and cats shouldn't be too hard... well lets just say it's head looked like an owl. So I scrapped,chucked,destroyed the cat (sorry kitty) 
and went with the owl. 
  My original idea was the owl sitting on a big trunk (the spindle set horizontally) and sticks poking out of the openings as small branches,but I just wasn't get a tree feeling until... a giant light bulb went off , DUH! set the spindle vertically and there is a tree. After that the rest was easy.
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]
   

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

potato bug

   The other night Mr. L and I were sitting here quietly enjoying each others company (each on our laptops) when I hear this low screach, screach, screach noise at the front door. I didn't do anything about it until the cat went and sat by the door giving me this 'come on and open it already' look. I wasn't to sure I wanted to because all I could think of was ~ Is this going to turn into a really bad scene from a horror movie?
   I opened the door and this is what I found:

 
 In Cali this cool, grasshopper, ant, wasp butt, alien, looking critter is nicknamed potato bug, but it's common name is Jerusalem cricket. FYI it's not really a cricket. This "little" insect was making all the noise. Mr. L relocated the uninvited guest to the flower bed where it could be more comfortable digging in the dirt. 
  This is my favorite insect - obviously, why else would I be blogging about it.  I like it's legs the best, they are specifically designed to allow the bug to dig for food.  
  
  20 minutes later I hear the screach, screach noise again. I look over at the front door and Fat Boy is peering out the side window.
 
 
I open the door (again) and it was back! I'm assuming it wasn't too happy about having to trek all the way back after rudely being dumped into the flower bed. I ran for my camera (again) so I could take another photo, this time with a quarter to show how big it is. It decided that since it had shown up twice for a pop in visit and I kept taking photos, it was going to come in!
  I shooed Fat Boy into the kitchen and let our guest admire the terrazzo tile and house plants in the entryway before escorting him into a safe container  (Fat Boy was getting that let me eat it look) and let it take an unguided tour of a different section of the flower bed.

 

 
 I named it George...
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

incident at work

   I was outsmarted by a 3 1/2 year old...
   Know what happens when you (me) don't give a child enough credit? You (me) spend 30 minutes (that was all the time I had before we went on to the next activity) looking into every conceivable place you (me) think she could have hidden nesting cups 1 to 4 and still not find them.


Let me set the stage for you:

   Normally we don't let the children take toys from one play area to another so we don't have to spend a lot of time finding all the pieces. I take responsibility for this because I was the one who let her take the nesting cups from the block area to the kitchen area. Sometimes you (me) just gotta forget the rules and go with the moment.  Anyway...

   We are playing in the kitchen and she gets to the point where she doesn't need me to play with her (there are other staff around) so I go and play with another student. About 10 minutes later I look back at the kitchen and realize she's done playing and since I was the one who pulled out most of the play food I go back and start to put the bulk of it away and have her help me with the rest of it. We are working on self help skills and she's not going to learn if I do it all. It's at this point I realize that four of the ten nesting cups are missing.

The search begins!
   We (the adults) start an all out classroom search for those darn cups to no avail. It wasn't until 2 hours later that I figured out that those rotten cups were hiding in plain sight.

                                          In a box like this

   I remembered she was trying to stuff one of the bigger nesting cups in the box, that's when I realized she had started from the smallest cup and was working her way up to the biggest . Just so I know, you know exactly what a goober I am the box was sitting on the table the entire two hours and not once did I touch it!!!!!!!!

BTW - At school we average a box that size in two weeks! That's 2 pounds of goldfish.


TTFN,
Chris =]


Sunday, September 15, 2013

zomingo (dunt,dunt,dun...)

Okay, I can't wait anymore! Zomingo should be at it's new home in the next couple of days so I'm posting photos. See, I told you a cute (but nasty) zombie.
 
 

   I had a flamingo pattern that I used to keep everything in proportion, then ignored the directions and made it up as I went along. I think Zomingo needs more blood splatter and I wanted to add a wing shaped bone over the exposed ribs and make a croquet mallet but didn't because I was running out of time. All in all I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.




 
    Out of all the characters I could have chosen from Alice in Wonderland I don't know why my first thought was the croquet flamingo...
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]

Monday, September 9, 2013

i'm okay




 but one of the Queens knights didn't make it, he "volunteered" to distract the Zombie while I snuck up behind it and boxed it up. It was quite a struggle but I had determination and lots of tape on my side. The cats are freaked and hiding, they won't go in the kitchen because of all the commotion and thrashing around coming from the box. I'm hoping the snack it had will calm it down soon.

I will post photos once It gets to it's new home.

TTFN,
Chris =]

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

zombie doll

   I signed up for a swap over at Yarni Gras Swapper Spot to make a zombie doll based on a character from Alice in Wonderland. I've never made a zombie but this idea popped into my head and wouldn't go away. I'm hoping it turns out like I envision it. (fingers crossed)

 
   I know it doesn't look like much now, but give me another week... Is there such a thing as a cute zombie? Even when I try for scary, things still come out cute.
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]

Thursday, August 29, 2013

feeling happy


How can I not have a good a day when I listen to this on my way to work. Huey Lewis and the News - Heart of Rock and Roll .  By the way I got peed on today...  Uh, heart of rock and roll!
 
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]
 
 
 
PS Here is another one just for fun :)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

summer crafting and a surprise



I know nothing like waiting until the last minute to post about the swaps I was in this summer... I like participating in swaps - it's a great way to craft and make new blogging friends.
 
 


  Way back at the end of May Vivian hosted a patriotic swap. I was paired up with Charlene, she admitted that her blog wasn't up to date so we got to know each other through email. She made me the cute USA spool, my favorite part is the small medallion behind the little girl. She told me that her son is a 5th generation Marine (Oorah!!) and that in her family every branch of the military is/was represented, I knew exactly what I wanted to make her. I did a search for patriotic subway art and found the perfect background. Then it was just a matter of a mini candy box, making the flag out of paper clay and the pole out a wooden skewer topped with a bead. I glued that to astro turf, then made the front of the box look pretty. Easy!


 
   Erica hosted a Christmas in July craft swap, I was paired up with Erica and Jill. They both were so nice about waiting until I got back from my trip before I mailed off their packages. I was really hoping to find non US tins for them but the prices were outrageous. I did find bits and pieces that I was able to add. Both Erica and Jill sent me wonderful items, but I forgot to take photos of everything before I put it away. In my defense, I was in a reorganizing my craft supplies frenzy and now I can only remember a few things: Jill sent me a couple of vintage tin light reflector covers, a tin icicle ornament and a hankie that use to belong to her mother, I was so touched. Oh! also an angel tree topper. While I liked everything Erica sent me I was most excited about the vintage GS nut tin, she kept just for me. The large Christmas tin from Jill couldn't have come at a better time, it was put into storage service during the reorganizing frenzy of 2013. 
 
 
 
 
   I love getting surprises in the mail, and that's what happened last week!! Linda, my crafty friend over at Lutka and Co sent me the two adorable retro rebel dolls that she made. She originally meant to keep one of the dolls, but said that the didn't want to be separated so lucky me I get to see them both every day. Yippie!!!  (She said I planted the idea of a green doll in her head). 
 
   I have some of the most considerate blogging friends.
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]
 

Monday, July 29, 2013

europe collages 6 to 9

Collage #6 - Here and There in London:
 

  
   These are photos from "around town". While we wanted to see all the iconic buildings and places I didn't want to spend our limited amount of time taking individual tours so we did a hop on hop off bus tour, one of the best ways to see everything in a general overview type of way. When we wanted to spend more time it was easy to do. We would get off at a stop, visit the "spot", go back to the bus stop, jump on another bus and continue on our way. Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy! 
     Our first day in London was all about the first thing we each want to do. Mine was seeing the Palace Guards - I know a little corny, but for me that said I was really in London. When it was MsL's turn she looks at me and says " We've been in the UK for 4 days and I still haven't had fish and chips!" Off we went for lunch. Out of the 4 of us I'm the only one who ordered vegetarian fish and chips (that's exactly how it is listed on the menu). I'm expecting battered fried veggies - not the healthiest but Hey! when in London... I get my meal and it's 4 very large fried cheese balls! The last time I checked cheese was dairy not a vegetable. 
    
   Collage #7 The British Museum

 
   Ms.E (my friends daughter) and Ms.L wanted to see the Rosetta Stone, it was created in 196 BC and it was the essential key to modern understanding of Ancient Egyptian literature and civilization. We didn't go through all the galleries, we only had an hour before the museum was closing but we did a quick tour through Ancient Egypt, The Middle East, Ancient Greece and Rome,  Hoa Hakananai'a statue from Easter Island. If you ever go to London be sure to visit the museum, it was amazing.

Collage #8 - Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theater, London
 

 
   SB suggested we see the play Wicked, she and Ms.E had seen it in February and had a fun evening. We got there early so we could pop into the bar before it got crowded for a drink. Ms.E really wanted to go, she was a little disappointed because the cauldron behind the bar was suppose to have dry ice in it but I guess someone forgot. No matter... she and I had the same drink called The Yellow Brick Road. These were all the photo's Ms.L and I took, I wanted to get a couple during the performance but between the usher who kept standing near us and Ms.L giving me a hard time about it I put the camera away and enjoyed the play.
 
Collage #9 - Wicked the play

 
   First I have to say that I created this collage using production stills that I found on the Apollo Theater website. Going to the play was so much fun. I've read the book and have to say that the play does a good job of following the story line (even if the ending is a little happier). My favorite part is when the main character Elphaba is born, you see the mother in labor then out "pops" a bright green baby! Now I need to find myself a bald baby doll that I can paint.
 
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

europe photo collages 1 to 5

   With over 2000 photos, the easiest way to show off our trip is through photo collages (and I just upgraded my picmonkey account so I get to play with all the collage layouts). Ready?...

Collage #1 - Cardiff Castle and the Animal Wall, Cardiff, Wales
 

  Actually we didn't see the castle proper so much as the South Wall, the Clock Tower and the Main Range. MsL. and I decided to use the price of admission to the castle for afternoon tea instead. The area where the castle is had been used as a defensive location since the 1st Century, while the actual castle was built starting in the 11th Century. My favorite part is the Animal Wall, the first nine animals were built in 1890 while the last six were added in 1931. The detail on the animals is amazing and something about the eyes makes them look almost real.

Collage #2 - Bute Park and the Pettigrew Tea Rooms, Cardiff, Wales

 
   Bute Park is 130 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and parkland that once formed the grounds of Cardiff Castle. Everything is so lush and GREEN. There were huge groves of trees, one section was different maples, another section was oaks, evergreen conifers, cypress, gingko, rowans, japanese maples the list is amazingly long. When a tree dies it's turned into a piece of art right where it grew. The tea room is this quaint, cozy, fun little place in the park to have a light lunch and a slice of home made cake. We had Blue Sky Green Tea with real rose petals and blue mallow blossoms - Delish!! The carrot cake was no slouch either.   
 
 
Collage #3 - Formal Afternoon Tea the Park Lounge at the Milestone Hotel, Kensington, London
 
 
   This one the one thing I wanted to do no matter what. I spent days online researching tea rooms until I found the exact ambiance I was looking for, everything was perfect from the doorman to the fancy conservatory to the French waiter - the best, completely unplanned part? it was within walking distance of our hotel. Everything was traditional English Afternoon Tea, fancy finger sandwiches - I'm glad we don't have grainary bread here or I'd be back to eating carbs, assorted yummy pastries - there was a custard with a crumble topping that was heavenly! (I know, I have a thing for the desserts), assorted flavored scones with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade preserves and a pot of tea - I had Traditional English, MsL. had White Silver Tips, and S&E had Black Currant and Lavender all were very tasty. Luckily we walked because we needed the exercise afterwards.      
 
 
Collage #4 - Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff, Wales
 
 
    I know I've blathered on about how much fun we had and how it was worth the extra three days so I'll just show a few photos... But, it was Awesome!
 

Collage #5 -  Household Calvary Mounted Regiment - Horse Guards, Whitehall, London

 
   The  Household Calvary Mounted Regiment (HCMR) is horsed and carries out mounted and some dismounted ceremonial duties on State and Royal occasions or whenever required by the Monarch. They are divided into two regiments The Life Guards (in the red uniform) and The Blue and Royals. Don't let the fact that since most of their job is ceremonial that it isn't an honor to be chosen.  The Guards had to keep control of their horse on a street filled with vehicles and strange people wandering about. There is a sign that says "Caution horses may bite or kick".
Update 7/23/2013:
The following is from my friend Sacha, she knows lots of interesting tidbits.
 The Guards: they are hard core, definitely not to be messed with. The horses are fully battle-trained (not that there are many mounted battles these days!) and the Guards' training equals any elite military force.
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]
   
 




Monday, July 15, 2013

i'm baacckkkk!!!

   Getting home was a little hard, whatever could go wrong did go wrong. A little perseverance and a sleepover in Phoenix, but we made it!!  I won't bore you with tales and endless photos (between MsL and I we took over 2000) ... okay maybe a couple photos.

 
  This is the photo where I proudly show how much of a nerd we are. I added three days to our trip so we could spend them in Cardiff, Wales at the Dr. Who Experience. Totally worth it! We even made a friend while standing in line, his name is Martin and he's from Australia.
 
 
   Did you know that museums are free in London?! We popped into the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone along with the Lion of Knidos a 4th Century Greek Statute and an Easter Island Figure to name a few.  MsL and I like going to museums but rarely go, we need to change that.
 
 
    Did you also know that Big Ben is the most famous landmark you can't see!? It's not the clock but the bells.
 

   
    We couldn't go to London and not visit 221B Baker Street. Everyone there was dressed in period clothes and the rooms look like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle described them in his books.
 
 
   Before we left London we had to go for Afternoon Tea. I found the perfect place, The Park Lounge at The Milestone Hotel across the street from Kesington Gardens. It was everything tea is suppose to be then we were off to see the play Wicked. So much fun.
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

off on an adventure

   I really should be in bed right now but the thought of being on a plane in 10 hours en route to Europe has me a little EXCITED.  MrL is letting me take MsL on a graduation trip to visit my friend in Belgium.

  Europe: a new frontier. This is the voyage of a mother and a daughter. Our three week mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new cultures and a new appreciation for the world around us, to boldly go where we have not gone before.
Yes, we were watching Star Trek when I thought of this.


I know I've used this photo before, but right
now it's the most current one of us I have.
 
 
 
TTFN,
Chris =]

Monday, June 3, 2013

a great week

Did you ever look back at the end of the week and realize it was really good? This past week was one of those weeks for me.

Monday: Mr.L was home because it was a holiday. My parents had left (more on that later once Ms.L gets me the photos) on Saturday so it was nice to still have two days together. Of course I always have a three day weekend since I don't work on Mondays. Yeah! me.

Tuesday: There is only one main street into town so it's usually a little crowded. As I'm driving to work I get caught in "rush hour" traffic, no big deal. I move into the right lane because there is a bus in the left. The three cars in front of me move into the lane behind the bus leaving me in an empty lane!

Wednesday: Our class went on a field trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo. All the children had a parent go with them so I was able to spend a couple of hours with my child.

 
Thursday: I went thrift shopping looking for vintage Pyrex and material for monsters, clothes are cheaper than buying fabric. I found a hawaiian print shirt, but I don't think I can cut it up - it's too cool!
 
 
 
Friday: It's FrIdAy!! enough said. Just a pretty photo I took at work in the parking lot.
 
 
 
 
I hope your week is as joyful as mine was.
 
TTFN,
Chris =] 
 


 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

so proud!!

  Yesterday MsL. graduated
from college!
 
 
   I don't have photos of the ceremony because she chose to skip all the pomp and circumstance. We are going to spend a few days in Monterey and Big Sur with my parents celebrating the way our recent college graduate wants to.
   
As parents MrL and I have spent so many years saving, planning, teaching, training to get her to this point and now it has happen. I can't come up with a noun that is grand enough to describe how I am feeling.
  
   Every time I think about how MsL has grown into a happy, smart, beautiful, energetic young woman with the whole world open to her I get all teary-eyed. (of course I am a little biased, but only a little bit).
 
I love you sweet pea!! <3
always your Mommy
 
TTFN,
Chris =]

Friday, May 10, 2013

craft supply swap

I meant to post about this weeks ago, but I just took pictures of everything.  Before Elizabeth at Creative Breathings had her knee surgery she hosted a craft supply swap. I was paired up with Kim from Midwest Musings. What Fun!!

Kim sent me a box filled with all kinds of neat paper ephemera. I can't wait to find projects to use them in. I know exactly what I'm going to do with the girl scout paper and old handbook pages.
 

She also sent me vintage craft items, pipe cleaners, ribbon with panda bears on it, glitter, buttons, girl scout cupcake toppers, angel and clown picks, plus candy necklaces and candy button - I loved these as a child. Kim was so thoughtful, she sent me a small container of coral and black rocks from Hawaii (I want to live there someday).
 
I'm not sure how Kim knew I had these added to my favorites on Etsy, but when I saw them in my box I was ECSTATIC! I know exactly what I want to do with these.

I remember reading this book when I was in elementary school! I especially remember this page because I wanted to go on that ride. =]
 

For Kim I channeled my inner Jackson Pollock and painted a magnetic lidded box I got at the craft store, then went "shopping" in my craft room for nifty things to fill it with. I might have gone a little overboard, I filled the box and an old fruitcake tin, but I was having so much fun! Plus I've made a new friend.
 
I borrowed this photo from Kim's blog





TTFN,
Chris =]