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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good-bye 2011

As this year comes to a close, I wanted to say thank you to all of you for continuing to stop by and read my ramblings. And a special thank you to those who have taken the time to leave a comment for time to time.
It really means a lot to me.

»-(¯`v´¯)-»   THANK YOU   »-(¯`v´¯)

I also I felt was time to check up on my goals for last year and see how I did.
Shall we take a look....?

 I got better towards the second half of the year about listing items. I think I'm in a better routine now.
  • Finish our vacation scrapbook
I haven't finished the scrapbook version yet but I did make a photo book through Shutterfly.
  • knit or crochet one project using proper directions (something I really struggle with)
YES! I 've crocheted a couple twirly scarves with this pattern. I should dig that pattern back out and whip up a few more.
  • Improve my photography skill
This one is not very measurable but I do think I've improved. My neighbor even used one of my photos as her son's senior yearbook picture. Hey, does that make me a published photographer??!! HA!

  • return to our healthy eating regimen 
We go back and forth with this one. Although Mr. G and I talked about the changes we'd like to make with our lifestyle after the New Year. I'm sure with both of us fully on board, we'll do well.  
  • workout 3 times a week 
I'm doing really good with this one now...after a long summer of not going to workout at all.
  • weekly family board game night with full media blackout
We were really good until it got nice outside. Then we forgot about playing a game and got out of the habit. We're picking up where we left off.  New games from Christmas will help keep us going! 
  • keep a journal 
I've been very sporadic about this one as far as a handwritten journal goes. I'm just not good at it. I  do feel like my blog is part of my journal keeping though...just not the personal stuff.
So over all...not too shabby for goal keeping. I'll have to give some thought to this years goals. 
Maybe I'll even try a theme word for the year...ala Ali Edwards.

Stay safe and have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

ABC 8th Anniversary ---done!


I had been putting off binding this book because I'm still waiting for a page. 
I decided that sometime in the future when the page actually appears on my doorstep, I can open the wires and put it in. 
 Until that time, I'm considering this baby DONE!

Trying out my home made lightbox again 
for these photos.  I haven't gotten the side lighting this down yet. 
So practice, practice right!?!?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Card and canvas

One birthday card for a man... using some Citra Solv paper and Basic Grey packaging. The recipient is back in college get his second degree and is taking some very high level math courses. I thought the normal curve table page was fitting.

This canvas is now on it's third life. 
Every time I get tired of it I just spread some gesso over the top and start over. This time I added some modeling paste for texture and then some of my rusted lace fabric. I trimmed down an 8x10 print of digital art.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holly and the Ivy

Well, the would be this Halle...not the Christmas spelling, which is the wrong spelling in my opinion. :-)

Anyway....I'm trying my best to root this ivy cutting that was given to me. Not like I really need another house plant but I have a hard time resisting them especially when they are FREE!

Stop by our hostess with the mostess, Kimmie's blog, to see what she and the rest of the girls are doing this last Tuesday before Christmas.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gift from Kansas

My good friend Eilzabeth surprised with with another one of her quiltlets. This one is made from some of her fabrics she used to demo some techniques on her blog.
I love the the greens and the free-motion stitching she used.

She also included an extra tip-in for my Blue book. 
I think I have enough pages now to put it together. 
Pretty sure I'm going to have to wait until after Christmas for that one.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Catching up

After feeling a bit under the weather and then having to make up for lost time on the homefront, I'm way behind with blogging. I'll try to get caught up here in the next couple of days.  
The pages I gave a sneak peek of arrived to Jan of Dandelion and Daisy.  

Her colors were pink and orange, using either as the dominant color for each page. I love both colors so I had fun pulling these pages together.

More catching up tomorrow... with cards and gifts.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sick tea

I think a nice hot mug of tea, a blanket and some old magazines are just what the doctor ordered. At least Dr. Mom...

I'm sure you'll find much more interesting Tea tales over at Kimmies blog today.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Another sneak peek

These are the last pages in the 6 person "Colors" swap that I've been participating in over the last 6 months or so. 

The pages will hit that mail stream today...I'll be able to show you all of it very soon.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jade tip-ins

I can finally show the completed pages I gave a little sneak peek about so long ago. I was very behind with these and then when I actually finished them...I set them aside and forgot to mail them for a week or two. DUH!

This photo doesn't show it that well but there is a blue-ish tint to the green giving it more of a jade color.

This second one was inspired by 
an early episode of Mad Men. 
Mr. Cooper's office had an Asian theme. 
He had this great bamboo plant in the corner near the window. This is my interpretation.

I added words from a fortune cookie to get a little red into the page.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Patchwork Ornament

This came from a small oddly shaped patchwork piece in my stash. It was going to be one of the tissue packs but got buried under other bits and pieces. 
Now I'm glad it did! 
Makes a cute puffy heart ornament.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Quick AB page

Since I've sewing so much lately... I thought I better get back into my workspace and see if I remembered how to make altered art.

I grabbed my no theme altered book and did a quick page with stuff I had 
laying around. 

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