And my binder, covered. I so love it! (yeah, if I do say so myself *lol*) The postcard is from 1909, purchased at a local flea market. I was going to use the other side (pretty Christmas greeting) but decided I liked the 'vintage' of showing the age better.
Now for the class to truly begin on Monday!
I am so grateful for all of my friends - those I've met face-to-face, those I've talked to on the phone, those I know here in cyberland!! Every day, you each give me something new & wonderful - true blessings in my life!
I hope today brings you joy, peace & love!
People could so easily turn away from giving ... times are tough. Instead, we're seeing people finding ways to give even more, to help those who need more. If that doesn't make you smile, if that doesn't warm your heart, if that doesn't inspire you to give a little bit more of yourself .. well, hmph. And what am I doing more? I've not thought it all through yet, but I've got an idea or two rambling around in my head that I hope to bring to fruition in the next day or two.
My next online class begins Monday .. cannot wait! Sandy recommended Shimelle's "Journal Your Christmas" class & it looked way too fun to pass up. Sandy took the class last year & I absolutely love what she created - and what better way to get into the Christmas spirit and create a beautiful memory of our holidays? Go look at Shimelle's site & join in! Come play with us!
I have to share Shimelle's own words from her site - they express the 'why' very well:
It’s something that started small. One year it was just me and my pen and my book, trying to take back Christmas and rediscover my love of the holiday after a few years when Christmas lacked a certain sparkle. The second Christmas, I shared the idea with a small group of crafty friends, just to see if this reclaiming idea was something that made sense outside of my head. It did. And from there, Journal your Christmas became an online class that I shared with the rest of the world. And by ‘rest of the world’, I mean we now have Christmas journallers from more than forty countries.
This is the most magical time of the year, so it’s time to make Journal your Christmas just a bit more magical yet.
From today's Columbus Dispatch:
The matriarch of the Longaberger basket family, Bonnie Jean Gist Longaberger, died yesterday at the age of 100.
Known as "Grandma Bonnie" in her hometown of Dresden in Muskingum County, she was the mother of the business' late founder, Dave Longaberger. She and her late husband, J.W., raised 12 children in Dresden and operated a small basket-weaving company.
That's where Dave Longaberger learned to make baskets. It's also where, in the 1970s, he started his multimillion-dollar company.
In a letter on the company Web site, Tami Longaberger, chief executive officer and president, described her grandmother as resilient, strong and funny.
"She had a common-sense attitude and enjoyed simple living," Longaberger wrote. "She never complained. She always believed in forging ahead and she did it with a wit and sense of humor that made us chuckle out loud."
Bonnie Longaberger lived in a Dresden home and watched the town grow along with her son's business. Thousands of visitors have come to see where the Longaberger baskets were made.
This first packet is from Stephanie at Homespun Hospitality. I think I mentioned it in an earlier blog ... the $ she raised from these packets she made helps fund grocery gift cards for families in her school district. An awesome thoughtful project!
This is the stash I ordered & received within the week from Artchix Studios - one of my absolute favorite online stores! Can't wait to play!
And this last one ... oh, what fun I'm going to have as this stirs many memories! It's a journal book made from a 1948 geometry book ... too fun! Melissa has wonderful vintage creations in her Etsy shop. You may notice my thank you card on the book is from her other shop Crab Apple Designs, which is moving to BlueCake...
Have you shopped in Etsy yet? You should! Such wonderful handmade creations await you!
Yep, we're going again next weekend!
Fireside in the snow
Snow's moving in
"Tent" on the right is their kitchen area
Then ... tomorrow is TWILIGHT! Seriously, if you've not read the books & you're into beautiful romance at all - read the books! They're a fast read (I read all 4 in 2 weeks) & very enjoyable. So, tomorrow night, my DD, a group of her friends, another mom & I are off to the movies. They'll be wearing the bracelets I made them, I'll be wearing the one I received from a wonderful friend ... and we'll have a blast! Ahhhh .... Edward ... YUM!!!
Thank you to all who leave comments! I really appreciate them all!
From my own form of PTSD or whatever, I have a very low tolerance for noise & certain sounds are my own extreme form of Chinese water torture. Clacking keyboards, loose dentures, pens being clicked repeatedly - all rank up there with fingernails across a chalkboard for me. And, unfortunately for both of us, the coworker who sits in the cubicle across from my office loudly breezes in each morning, then proceeds to rapid-fire whatever into her computer - keys of her keyboard screaming in agony at the pain she inflicts on them. Meanwhile, I sit in my office, cringing, wanting to explode into some superHulk, able to rip her hands from her keyboard in a nannosecond.
So, here I sit ... door pushed closed most of the way, internet radio playing ... trying to not throw my door open & scream at her to be quiet. Hmm .. it helped to imagine myself as a hulked up whatever, ripping her keyboard to pieces. *lol*
I wish I had the discipline to work at home. I don't think I do, so I have to suck it up & push myself through the days, beyond thankful for the days she isn't here.
Why can't I win the lottery I don't play? ;o)
The first is one I made last night. It's a K&Company bracelet kit I got on sale at PizazzIt - and I love it! It came with many pieces for the inserts, so now I'll be buying blanks from Artchix & getting to work on more. The second is of the 3 "Twilight" bracelets I made K & 2 of her friends, for the movie viewing Friday night. The last is the winter bracelet I made for my mom. Yeah, I'm addicted ...
So what's the weather like, where you are? Have you had your first snow yet? Or do you even get snow?
Oh, and my version here of #6 is different than others'. Lisa's version is made from felt & is a real stocking. I'm into paper crafting today, so mine's paper. It was still supposed to be a 'whole' stocking but ... paying such close attention as I was (NOT!) I cut both sides from the same side of the template. So, my stocking's one dimensional - and I have another cut, ready to make! :-)
T got home last night from his annual 2 week trip to New England. YEA!! It's nice to be able to spread my stuff everywhere while he's gone - leave projects spread hither & yon - but, it's nicer to have him home.
I played with another winter bracelet last night. I'm not sure if it needs more 'bling' or not. I've sent it to the person I think I'm making it for (if she likes it) to get her opinion - but, what do you think? Add more of the red & green crystals?
Edit: These are 'just' gifts .. the designer, Nelda Ream Jinkerson, calls them "Encouraging Words" and, like her, I tried to use inspirational/caring quotes on the ribbons.
Thankfully, Sandy reminded me of an online class we'd signed up for 'cause it started yesterday & I was totally clueless! Some little voice in my head was wondering if I was doing all I was supposed to - had all of the classes started, were some yet to be, what?? Again, fortunately, Sandy reminded me of class #2, Stories in Hand. I sat tonight & did the first day's work - but have decided I need to buy 8.5x11 white cardstock instead of sitting here, cutting down 12x12. Very wasteful - of resource & time. So, I'll get that tomorrow & dig back in. Yep, I'll be sharing pictures!
I played with my Slice tonight & made little tags that will go on these spools. You probably can't see it, but they are wrapped with a handwritten message about hope or love or whatever, written on ribbon. I'll share completed pictures later this week.
But, since this book is going to be quotes (thanks, Sandy, for the inspiration!) & whatever else word-wise comes into my head, how better to start?
As T prepared for his camping trip, I bought The Artist's Way, determined to at least begin reading it while he was gone. Quiet time here, so ... good time. A bit of personal exploration time, you know?
Then ... I bought Twilight. Have NOT touched TAW, though I see it sitting there on my shelf, brooding, sad that I've not lifted it from its place. I've now read Twilight & am almost done with New Moon. Friday, while out on errands, I thought about buying Eclipse & thought "no, it'll take the rest of the weekend to get through Twilight". HA!!! I was at Barnes & Noble yesterday morning, buying Eclipse & New Moon. So, now we have the full set (#4 is already here) and I have little doubt I'll be through all of the books by the end of the week. Yep, New Moon is almost done.
If you've entertained the thought at all of reading these, DO! I'm sure there are some who've started reading the books & stopped ... but, I don't see how. *lol*
Lisa has a special weekend project we can choose to do as well. I didn't do last weekend's but will, at some point, get to this weekend's ... a cute matchcover list book. Very cute!
This morning, I called Archiver's to make sure they have a die-cut machine and dies for what I want to make. Hmm ... how do I say this? The person who answered the phone bordered on rude & before she'd even hung up from talking with me, she was apologizing to a person in the store for the interruption. I appreciate her service to people in the store, but that means you diss the callers? The last time I called up there, I had a similar experience. I love going in that store - they always have such wonderful stock - but if they can't be as helpful on the phone as in person, why drive there?
So, I called PizazzIt - my other local favorite store. I was holding off going out there, since I have a class there next week, but ... I want to get started! Sue was, as always, awesome with her answers, her suggestions ... and, yep, I'll be there tomorrow instead of at Archiver's. (Thank you, Sue & staff, for always being so great!) And, if I decide I have to buy a Slice, I've got my 20% pass .... ok, I'm not going to buy one, I'm not ... I'm not .... I'm ... not ...
I've signed up for 2 online classes ... I think I shared that in my other blog. (oh, for a brain!) One started this weekend, the other starts in a week. What have I gotten myself into?!?! *lol* The first can be found at Lisa Pace's site - The 12 Days of Christmas. Looks like it'll be creative fun, though I see supplies I need to get for this week. The area craft stores must love me... Maybe I need a second job??? Yeah, right ....
I made her & Carrot matching bracelets. Hmm..and I now realize this pic doesn't show the fronts! Sheesh ...
I had this as 2 single bracelets, but wanted to always wear them together - so, now it's a 3-strand.
And, last, we have pictures of sunlight through trees nearby ... the Firelands of Ohio, taken on the way to pick up K from college ... and, what's a road trip without a stop in Hobby Lobby to play!