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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Kids say the funniest things...

I was at the hospital with my 6yr old daughter picking up my mom...this was the funny that occured.

Mom: Halle, did you remember to bring my walker?

Me: Yep, it's in the van.

J: Grandma...Why didn't you bring your walker here?

Mom: Because I came by ambulance. I was taken out on a stretcher.

*long pause*

J: Did they pull you?

*hysterical laughter from both mom and I ensued*

....get it... stretch...pull... Bueller, Bueller....

BTW--mom is fine...she thought she might have been having a heart attack but it was determined that she had hurt her left arm while sleeping...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New altered book pages

I think I've caught up with the class now.

I did skip one lesson since it involved a zipper, which I don't have on hand. I do plan on trying that technique at some point though.

The first photos shown here feature folded pages. I really like the way it reveals hidden text or images when you turn the page. I'll definitely use this again.

The wired button edged page took some time but I love the look of it. We had a guest instructor for this lesson. Ingrid is an amazing artist.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Pocket lesson

I'm working on catching up with the online class I'm taking. I'm currently 3 weeks behind!

The lesson I just finished was creating pockets.
I've made many pockets in altered books before but had a hard time coming up with something to fit my theme. I'm thinking that I shouldn't have made I themed book, just a technique book for this class.

Oh well..live and learn.

The Autumn page I figure on journalling on the tags at some point.

The daisies page just sort of fell together when I found two coordinating scrapbook pages in my stash. I stiffened the daisies that hide the pocket by attaching them to some heavy weight cardstock before cutting them out. I love how this spread turned out. I had originally thought I'd journalling on this page as well but I think it would distract from the simplicity of the page.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.!
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much..
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mixed-media painting

I created this for my mother-in-law for a Mother's Day and birthday gift. They have been so helpful with taking the kids so often lately while we are dealing with the changes in my folks life.

Once again I've recycled an old painting that I wasn't completely happy with... I just poured the gesso on and started over. I think this is the 4th time I've used this same 18x24 canvas.

The lighting isn't the best for the photo but I wanted to document it before giving it to her.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Playing in the digital world

I spent more time than I should have today playing in Photoshop.

I created a new background again for this blog.

I also was looking at doing a whole new background without a banner. After trying it out I realized that I really needed the banner since the Welcome to Halle's Hobbies wouldn't scroll out of the way as the banner currently does...duh! I really liked it though so I thought I'd share it anyway.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Dressed up old photo

I came across this photo of my parents that was taken shortly after their wedding.

Mutton chops and a beehive...no mistaking that era!

The photo itself was in pretty poor shape so I figured I'd give it a new life.
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