Almost to the day, two years ago, I joined in a cross-stitch round robin with friends in PALs (an online stitching/chatting site). Last night, I put my last finishing stitch in it - and I love it as much today as I did 2 years ago! To all who stitched on this, THANK YOU! It will be made into an accordion book, once I remember to order the book.

This is a necklace I bought recently from Tonia's Etsy shop, the "It's All Good" section - as I mentioned a few days ago. I love it!

Sharing pictures

As I shared earlier today, yesterday I met Wendy Vecchi ... so of course, I was inspired to make my first tag using some of my newly-acquired stash. I did background pages for my journal today, too, using some of Wendy's stamps - but I'll share those once I finish the pages.

This tag uses 2 of Tim Holtz' stamps, the heart is his Grungeboard & the circle tag is one of his. Oh, and the color is all TH Distress Ink! I sprayed the tag with a water/glitter (the exact name escapes me!)/alcohol ink similar to what Wendy was using yesterday. I love the effect, though it doesn't show well here.

Wendy was so sweet & made this tag for me yesterday. I was such a geek, as I stood there, blabbering with excitement! Oh well ... hopefully she doesn't think I'm some weirdo stalker & realizes I'm just a fan.

And these are 2 pages I've done recently for APAD. The "metro" one is colored with Twinkling H20 - my first project using it & I love it! Guess I'm going to have to stop by European Papers soon to buy some more!

Will our garden ever get tilled again?

T has tilled our garden space once, early this past week. Since then, we've been busy or it's rained. It was supposed to rain yesterday - but it didn't - and, as it was, other things kept T from getting out there anyway. But guess was it was doing at 4:43am today? Raining! A lot! The sun was shining when I got up at 8am, but ... the clouds are moving back in. *sigh*

The clouds & rain are rather apropos anyway ... Yesterday morning we got a phone call that one of T's best friends, a man he's known since high school, was in a local hospital in critical condition, he'd been in an accident. T went to the hospital, only to find out our friend had just passed. M went to school with T's older sister, then when they were all on their 'southeast vacation' (in Vietnam), the 2 of them & 3 other guys from their neighborhood all happened upon one another. Of the 5, my T is now the last surviving man.

Last night, another of T's friends called to let us know his mother, too, had passed away yesterday. She'd been very ill & it was not unexpected, but, still ...

And we've all heard of deaths coming in 3's, so of course we were wondering who else ... then this morning's paper reported the death of the ex-husband of one of my mom's best friends, the father of my grade/high school best friend.

To top it all off, I received a jury duty summons yesterday. *sigh* I'm not adverse to doing my civic duty, but it asks I report at a time that's not good with my work schedule, so we'll see what happens.

Yep, a day that won't soon be forgotten....

On a good note for the day, K & I went to the scrapbooking expo yesterday morning - and I got to meet Wendy Vecchi of Studio 490! I acted like a total geek (OMG! You're Wendy!!)! I did get my picture taken with her, so I'll share that & a few other photos later.

If you are so inclined, please add my T to your prayers or whatever ... this is going to be a hard week for him. Thank you.


Happy dance!


All of the W-2's & 1099's I had to transmit to SSA & the IRS are ..... DONE! GONE! TRANSMITTED!!

So far, only one's bounced back & my coworker has to repair it. I don't think I've missed anyone ... again, my coworkers will need to review their lists & let me know if I did - but I don't think I did.

Regardless, the big huge files of info are GONE!



A MASE ING at Nash-in-wide

CBJ STONED the Flames! WHOO HOO!!!

So for those who don't understand, our hockey team - the Columbus BlueJackets - just shut out the Calgary Flames, 5-0!! We are SOOOO playoff-bound! Awesome, awesome game! As for "a mase ing" our goalie is Steve Mason - a 19 year old INCREDIBLE goalie! He will be rookie of the year! You may not be a hockey fan, but I can tell you, having a winning 8-year-old hockey team is incredible! My guy is a former hockey player, a major hockey geek ... and he's so pulled me into it. I am sooooo hooked! Yep, I'm one of those who jumps out of her seat when a fight starts, screaming for our player throwing punches. The first time I went to a game, I knew I'd not do that ... yeah, that lasted until the first fight began & I was up, yelling with everyone else. And I'm up there, pumping my fists into the air, high-fiving with T when a goal's scored. The energy at a hockey game - at a good hockey game - is such a high.

CBJ - you rock!



Do you ever wish you'd win the lottery you don't play?

I am so there right now! Tim Holtz has so many wonderful new offerings - Graphic45 has cool new papers - and then there are all of the creations I see on everyone's blogs - and I want to play and I want to play NOW! I want to buy it all & make it all - NOW. For all of the stash you all have seen me share here, there are so many cool things I don't have. Of course, if I had all I'd like to have, I'd have to get another house to store it all in ... but ... but ... I want stamps & papers & Twinkling H20's & Ideologies & 7Gypsies & mica & beads .... well, you know ... all of it. Did I say I want it all now?

What out there calls to you?

Ok, I feel marginally better ... *lol*

April 15th is getting closer ... talk about something to be thankful for! First quarter payroll returns happen in April, too, but they're no big deal. But April 15? OH YEAH!

OH! I almost forgot ... Tonia has a new section on her Etsy shop "It's All Good". Proceeds from items within that section benefit charities she's chosen - how cool is that? Check it out...

I'll be taking a class with Tonia in April at Artiscape - what fun it'll be!

K's counting down the days to the end of her 2nd semester of college. She's transferring to a local university & is very "done" with where she is now. It'll be great to have her local again!


Earth Hour

As I ate my lunch today, I purused blogs & was alerted by Dawn's about Earth Hour 2009 - thus, the YouTube over there on the right. I know I get so buried in tax season that things like this often pass me by, unnoticed ... but maybe now that I've shared this with you, we'll both participate!


ahhhh... hear the quiet?

We had a crazy fun busy weekend ...

Friday, I celebrated a friend's 48th birthday with her - dinner at California Pizza Kitchen, then went to another friend's house to chat & laugh. We had wonderful waitstaff at CPK as well as great food - fun times! I finally had a mojito - a raspberry one (ok, two) at that - very yummy!

Saturday, family came to stay until today - but I managed to get my APAD journal cover totally finished! WHOO HOO! And tonight, I finally did a few pages of the journaling. I'm still behind but that's a no-sweat thing. I tweaked my knee Friday (ah, the joys of getting older!) so I won't be going to aerobics tomorrow night - so maybe I'll get more pages done. *fingers crossed*

Last weekend at European Papers, I picked up 2 of these tin hearts & 2 that are stars. Friday, I played with this one, using a new glaze I got at EP. I like this but want to play with something different ... maybe some bigger beads, maybe some paper ... who knows?

Last night, T made a boiled dinner - ham, potatoes, cabbage, carrots - that was scrumptious as always. We were 6 for dinner - T's cousin & his girlfriend, T's "brother" & his ex-wife. We had a blast, swapping stories, watching CBJ beat the Panthers (YEA!), sharing a wonderful white cherry wine I got in Michigan last summer ... wonderful, wonderful evening.

This morning was a lazy breakfast, newspaper reading, coffee drinking ... K got rescued from college this weekend by her dad (her boyfriend's car died Friday, so he wasn't able to visit her at college - horror!), so L & I went over to see her for a bit - then M&L headed home. T's brother came over for the afternoon - we planned out our gardens, then I snuck up here, worked in my journal, caught up with Sandy. Now ... it's soooooo nice & quiet.

How the heck did tomorrow loom on the horizon so fast???


A bit different....

Ordinarily, I don't comment on the lives of "stars" but I just read a beautiful tribute to Natasha Richardson on Summer Gypsy's blog & I guess felt moved to add my own thoughts here.

I didn't know - or had forgotten, in my advanced age - that Natasha was related to the Redgraves. Did you? Guess that explains, somewhat, her fine acting ability. And she's married to Liam Neeson*sigh* ... But, the reason I've been more aware of Natasha's death is her role in the second "Parent Trap" movie. My daughter & I have loved the movie since the moment it was released - and, like me, K's addicted to the original PTrap movie as well (one of my childhood fav movies, too). The second version was such fun & a wonderful retake of the first, thanks to mostly (in my opinion) the adult cast - Natasha, Dennis Quaid, et al. So, to Natasha: thank you for the gift of laughter & shared memories you gave K & I.


What do you think?

I made these a couple of weeks ago but finally remembered to grab the pictures.

The purple framed pendant is made with collage pieces from Artchix - the clover glass is colored with Tim Holtz' alcohol ink as is the frame. I had it done once, wore it & discovered I needed to do something more to get the ink to stay. I then put Glossy Accents over it, which has helped - but it's still not quite the finish I want.

The second pendant is Artchix again (front image), the back is a silver alcohol-inked overlay from 7Gypsies.

So ... your thoughts? opinions? suggestions for improvement?


One of my favorite Nickelback songs is "If Everyone Cared". They played it at last week's concert with an amazing selection of photos & words playing behind them on the big screen. Then, this week, in one of my journaling groups, being ostracized has been a major topic of discussion. Yep, this song has run through my head throughout the discussion. How sweet if it could be true ...

From underneath the trees, we watch the sky
Confusing stars for satellites
I never dreamed that you'd be mine
But here we are, we're here tonight

Singing Amen, I, I'm alive
Singing Amen, I, I'm alive

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died

And I'm singing Amen

Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive
Amen I, Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive

And in the air the fireflies
Our only light in paradise
We'll show the world they were wrong
And teach them all to sing along

Singing Amen, I, I'm alive
Singing Amen, I, I'm alive
(I'm alive)

And as we lie beneath the stars
We realize how small we are
If they could love like you and me
Imagine what the world could be

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died
When nobody died...


Top o' the morning to ya!

'Tis a fine day for the wearin' of the green! And might you have something in your attire today that 'tis green?

One of the joys of working in the accounting field is the inability to have time off during tax season ... but, there have been years when my boss would grant me the day off so I could be with my then-family, watching the St. Patrick's Day parade, partying at The Family Reunion - and what fun times they were! Since this year, I'm here, chained to my desk (lol), I'll watch "The Quiet Man" tonight while sipping an Irish coffee. John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara - what a wonderful combination! Of course, I've always said John's character was a relative of mine ... do you know John's name in The Quiet Man? His last name is my maiden name. (Shoot .. I should have had some sort of giveaway for that question! Talk about being brain-addled! Ok ... if I can think of something to give, I'll draw names tomorrow morning ...)

Have a blessed St. Patrick's Day!

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.



I also received this sweet award from Lydia this past week - thank you!!!

It is an award for Attitude and /or Gratitude! Lydia likes my quotes - I'm glad to know others enjoy my obsession. Lydia's blog is so beautifully artistic! She recently attended a Soiree - check it out!

So, in doing my part of passing the award on, here are the rules:

1)Put the logo on your blog or post (just right click and save to the desktop).
2)Nominate 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude.(If you don't have 10, it's OK).
3)Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4)Let them know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5)Share the love & link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Now, I beg your indulgence here ... my life is indeed very crazy right now. You've read about much of it here (and ask poor Sandy, whom I've neglected badly with all going on!) ... my nominees for this award are the same as listed in the post just below here. All of you, please know how much I appreciate you & your blogs ...

First, I apologize for being so lax in posting this ...

Terri at Blooming Ideas

extended this award to me at the beginning of last week & I've just been so busy & forgetful, I am just now sharing this. Thank you, Terri, for your kind words & the award!

The award is accompanied by the following words:

"This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. "

Please give more attention to these 8 writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this clever-written text into the body of their award."

3. Lisa

As the person who gave the award to Terri said:
"With so many creative artists out there in blogland, it is an incredible honor to be
recognized as having a noteworthy blog!"

I really appreciate this award ... a nice bit of validation, I guess.

There are so many awesome bloggers in this world - the lists of those I follow in Google Reader & Blogger grow almost daily. I hope you have a moment to check out some of my fav bloggers, as listed above - and share your favs with me, if you'd like.

Again - thank you, Terri!


Saturday night

It's past my bedtime ... but, a friend is visiting, K's out at her dad's ... no bed, yet.

K & I went to European Papers today - oh, my! I'll get pictures of my purchases tomorrow ... but what fun we had! They don't carry the amount of paper I expected, but charms, inks, ATC supplies, paints, collage pages ... oh, yes! I bought microscope slides - can't wait to play! But, I forgot to get bales, so I guess I'll "have" to go to OneStop this week. I want to check out their brass & copper linking anyway ... I still haven't stopped at a Michael's to see if any here are stocking Tim Holtz's stuff, yet ... oh, the temptation! I got a bit of APAD journaling done today, but not as much as I'd hoped. Oh well ... all in due time, right?


Mmmmmm ....

THIS is where I want to be!!!


I survived!

Yes, I am here to tell you I survived last night's Saving Abel/Seether/Nickelback concert! (not Saving Jane, as I typed the other day - sorry, Jamie!) The music was AWESOME, from all 3 groups! Of course, Nickelback was best but they were all well worth standing in general admission. Hopefully, I'll upload pictures tonight to share.

We went to Buca di Beppo first for dinner - good food, incredibly bad service. Walked across to Nationwide for the concert, stood in the frigid wind with all of the other general admission people, got searched, tagged, allowed to go in. (So how did the people smoking pot near us get that in? *lol*) Standing with a mass of other people wasn't terrible, some of the time. Some of the time, I wanted to claw my way out & not look back. I might have expected to see some of the younger (i.e., late teens, 20's) people being wild in one way or another - but last night, it was far more the older adults (especially those 40-ish & up) who were just stupid. Drinking too much. Shoving their way through anyone to get where they wanted to be 'cause we all know they were more important than those of us who'd gotten there earlier & gotten our spots. And then there was the white supremist-tude guy I was standing next to - in his full regalia of piercings everywhere, black clothing, etc .. yeah, what a sweetheart. He was bragging about throwing rocks at the people in Columbus' gay rights parade. Oh, how I wanted to say "and what do I get to do since you have all of these piercings & therefore YOU are different?". I don't care about the piercings - anymore than I care about if someone's gay or green or whatever. I cared about what he said. And there was the woman who'd driven from New York for this concert, because she "got free tickets". Yeah. Whatever ....

I'm so glad we went .... wonderful music, great entertainment...


"Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us. Not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is filled with a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing. Silence is God's lap.

Many things grow the silence in us, among them simply growing older.
We may become more a refuge than a rescuer, a witness to the process of life and the wisdom of acceptance."
~ From "My Grandfather's Blessings" by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

One of my "sistahs" shared this yesterday ... thought I'd pass it on ...



My niece called today while I was out grabbing lunch ... and my great-nephew was TALKING in the background! What a very sweet sound!!

X is 2-1/2 years old & hasn't talked a whole lot, up until recently. We all knew he understood what was being said to him by his responses, but he'd just chosen to not talk much. My niece went to a dr who convinced her there was something more to this than X just not choosing to talk yet, so he's had a battery of hearing & speech tests & been pronounced "fine". He now goes to a daycare a few days a week, mostly to have time with other children - and it's pushed him to communicate with words. Yea!! I mean, I didn't care if he wasn't ready to chatter away yet, but now my niece doesn't worry about it. [He even said "aunt Nancy!" while we were on the phone - and more than once - and very clearly!]

I so miss them, now that they don't live here anymore ... But, it's all that great cycle of life, I guess. I'm grateful we have phones & phone service, so at least we have that form of communication while miles apart.



What a week this is! I realized today how behind I am in reading people's blogs, my own emails - shoot, I've not even posted the blog award I received yesterday! I'll try today when I get home ... I won't forget ... well, some time this week ...

Tonight, the Columbus BlueJackets play the Boston Bruins (ice hockey, for anyone new to my blog or not a hockey freak like me) and T & will be there to cheer CBJ to a victory!!! OH YEAH! Maybe we can even have a hometown NashTrick ... *fingers crossed*

Tomorrow night's the Nickelback/Seether/SavingJane concert. Please tell me why I think I can go to a concert like that, at my age? When we went to see Trace Adkins & had to stand the entire concert, I swore I'd never do that again. So what am I doing tomorrow? Standing in "general admission" on the floor! I am INSANE! I know I'll absolutely love the music, being with K & her friend - I've got earplugs ready - but, me? In the midst of all of that??? Well, let's home I'm alive Thursday to report in here ... *lol*

I'm behind with my APAD pages, though I did get them painted through this Friday. Taking the time to sit & create further just doesn't seem to be happening much right now. Too scattered - too many things I want to do at one time! Focus will return ... right?

Back to my numbers & forms ... Is it March 15 yet???


Wow! 3 posts in one day!

Let's see ... may I persuade you to do a little Etsy shopping of your own? ;-)

www.jojoebi.etsy.com (beautiful fabrics from Japan)

www.littlepinkstudio.etsy.com (bubble gum toys & Coccoina glues)

www.ormolu.etsy.com (wonderfully cute tags & paper goodies)

www.craftcakedesigns.etsy.com (sorry the photo's sideways!)
(always sweet handmade items! her mailing envelopes alone are worth a purchase from her!)

ok ... this one wasn't an Etsy purchase. it's straight from Donna Downey's site. and it's home to my "create" bubble from Sandy!

and, last but not least, i've not yet framed them - but i did order 2 prints from linda woods (www.lindawoods.etsy.com) - "gratitude" & "sunshine". maybe this weekend, i'll actually get them framed!

on a personal note ('cause 3 posts in one night is enough!): thank you to all who have posted or emailed me about b. i very much appreciate your words & thoughts.

my daughter is home for spring break! yea!!!! she's fighting the end of some bug she got at school ... fun, for a break, huh? *lol* it's so great to have her home!!

oh, a little "p.s." you all see that little tracker thingie i have over there in the right column? it shows me "who" visits (ok, not who, but where you are *lol*). i see some visitors who come here quite a bit, but i don't know who you are. won't you please say "hi" so i'll know it's "you"? i'm so glad you visit - it'd be fun to have a name with a city! thanks!

A bit of journaling

I've started a new journal - and now realize I've not uploaded the pictures of the outside yet! Sheesh ... Oh well ...

(new journal)

(old journal)

Photos on my computer - finally!

T has been working & working on our home computer, as I've said (ok, whined about) here earlier. Tonight, I am finally able to share pictures!

Ok, not the best photo - but, it's a scarf I made K through the RedVelvetArt class. It's jersey knit fabric, with felt flowers I cut & stitched at each end.

The teepees are also for the RVA class. (Hmmm... have I posted these before?)

I've recently joined the "AllThingsTim" Yahoo group - Tim, as in Tim Holtz. He's a fantastic artist with a very cool line of products. As you may have noticed through my journal pages & all, I'm "into" distressing, altering art. I love the vintage look & Tim's products work beautifully for that. So, I've joined a group that totally enables me in my endeavors!

These first 2 photos of "stuff" are my recent purchases from a local online shop. (She has a shop in her home, too - I've just not gotten there, yet) Oh, yeah, I had FUN!

Besides just being hooked on Tim's products, part of the above stash purchase is my contribution to a TakeIt/LeaveIt exchange I'm in, in the Yahoo group. The woman who started the exchange has sent each of us participants a few goodies because, as she explained, she used a great cigar box to carry the TI/LI items on their journey & she didn't think she'd put enough in the box. (She very much did, though!) These are the items I received - she made the book, enclosed 2 pages of grungeboard & wrapped the book in the alcohol inked/acrylic painted paper towel. I love it all!



I've been sitting here, working away this morning ... checking emails from time to time, thinking I need to put a new picture of me up since I got a major haircut yesterday ... just, doing, you know?

Then, as I'm glancing at Facebook, checking on our nephew's progress home from Iraq, I see a post about a memorial service this Saturday. What???

When my daughter entered 1st grade (she's a college freshman now), she & a number of her friends wanted to be Brownies. As so often happens anymore, there were a number of children interested but not many parents interested in helping it happen. Yeah, I'm one of those who doesn't know how to keep her hand down & not say "ok, I'll do it". So, off I go to a meeting to find out about orientation & leadership & all of that. Out of 20+ 1st grade girls, two adults showed up to potentially lead the group - me & B. The local powers-that-be didn't think B should try to lead a troop because she was from Croatia, still had a fairly "thick" accent. What those people didn't see was B's huge enthusiasm, intelligence, compassion ... Fools.

Anyway .. yeah, I got the troop together & was the leader through all of the years - and B & her daughter were one of the most active moms & daughters our troop was blessed to have. When our girls began high school, B got cancer. She didn't let it defeat her - she fought hard, never missed one of M's band or scholastic or stage performances. At high school graduation, we cried together ... so many memories we have all shared through all of these years.

Now our girls are freshmen in college ... and even though we live in a small suburban village, our paths rarely cross, but I've stayed in touch with M through Facebook. And, today, I read that B died yesterday morning. Seems her cancer came back with a vengeance ... and won. And we lost. Yes, B & I weren't super close - but, we were. And I'm sitting here, bawling like a baby, that such a wonderful woman has been taken. Please, if you have a moment, add B & her family to your prayers. Every person that B touched throughout her life is going to feel the loss.



Oh, Christine Street designs beautiful jewelry! Check out her blog & her Etsy shop ... she's having a giveaway, which makes it all that much sweeter. (I love her blog/shop name "Chocolate & Steel" - oh yeah!)

And, please, remember to visit Jamie's blog & her eBay offerings! (See post below for links)

Happy SqRt Day!

Yep ... Happy Square Root Day!

Today is: 3.3.09

The next SRDay will be 4.4.16 (if you'd like to mark your calendar)

So, celebrate! Take your favorite math nerd to lunch!


Please ... check this out

Jamie, of "Inspired Mess" blog, has begun a second blog that I'd really appreciate you looking at - Heartful of Hope. Jamie's family isn't the first - nor will it be the last - to deal with the [insert your own words of frustration & anger] current state of things, but as you'll see, Jamie's come up with a great idea to help her family survive.

Go on ... scoot! My blog will still be here .... go see if you can help Jamie ...