Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ding Ding Ding.... yep, post #100!!

Whew, it's been a busy month! I have finished so many crafty projects this month I feel drained! I still have a few more to go though so I can't stop now. So far I have finished 11 home decor projects for the final Ranger call, made 10 notebooks as a thank you/farewell type thing for the other dt members, altered 2 individual letters for a couple of the Ranger ladies and altered 2 names (both only 3 letters) for the other 2 Ranger individuals. Not to mention several ATC's, and a couple unrelated (to Ranger) gifts as well. I still have 2 swaps (both fairly easy), a few lo's for the final About.com DT, and swap out the ATC swap I host when they all arrive.

Besides crafting, it's harvest time here...I took some awesome pics of dh "doing his thing" over the weekend. I also took a pretty cool video but I won't bore you with that, I'm sure nobody wants to see corn being harvested ;) LOL!!

Anyway, I've been thinking...I believe I want to start an art/craft/rubber stamping/scrapbook blog separate from this one. You know, just art, nothing too personal. I hate talking about myself which is why I don't post here too often, sometimes life is just to depressing to talk about. And I LOVE art, crafting and would enjoy it far more than talking about me - LOL!! So what cha think? I need to get some help setting it up but I know some smart people who can do that ;) You know who you are!

I have many projects saved up that I initially made for Ranger which haven't been used elsewhere that I think (hope) people would be interested in seeing and finding out how to make. I know there are thousands upon thousands of blogs out there but well, I'd like to add my .02 to the fray. I would eventually like to have challenges and if interest people posting their creations (or links to them) as well. Maybe even guest designers...not that they would be paid but well, you know, name in lights kind of things (not really but hey, they can talk about their art and well that's cool).

I need a name though, I've been pondering on that subject all month while I've been crafting but just can't think of anything catchy, cool or not already taken. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Well, that's all for now...

Friday, October 12, 2007

long time no see...so many things going on right now ~ just going to post the highlights.

I had 11 cards published this month, all in Stampington publications ~ 3 in the Oct/Nov issue of Stampers Sampler and 8 in the new Autumn 07 Take Ten issue.

I also had 3 cards accepted by Ranger for use in Septembers call - Ink Blending Tool. At least one of them will be used in an upcoming ad for Ranger in Stamp Vamp News :) I believe it's a Valentines day issue because they needed it ASAP.

Lots going on with the boys ~ not much of it pleasant so I won't go into it. It is times like this that made me realize why some animals eat their young...so they don't turn into teenagers! Damn, if I had only known....

Working on the last months call for Ranger ~ it's home decor items. No particular product line ~ just whatever we wanted to. So far I have finished 3 different coaster sets, a set of wine charms, a cool flower mirror and a tic tac toe game that I changed to the Birds & the Bees. I also made a dress form but I'm not sure if I'm going to use it for the call or not...I love it :) It's blues & purples! Very pretty if I do say so ;) I have many more projects in various states of work. A perpetual calendar that I am waiting on some additional colors of the crackle paint to finish, a bottle cap/utee frame that I need to make UTEE squares, a plaque that I'm not sure where I'm going with it. I have a few more ideas, we'll just see if I have the time.

I am also working on some gifts for the dt...well, actually it's just a small note book for each of them but well, it's all I could think of that everyone could use. It's such a varied group of people, it's hard to come up with something ya know.

I am thinking of decorating a letter for the Ranger people ~ Bonnie, Robin, Jen & Tim. Just as a thanks for everything type thing. I already have the letters, inspiration just has to hit. I don't know, I'm not sure if it's corny or not.

Well, we're getting ready for harvest here. Both beans and corn are ready to go, just have to have time, weather cooperation and everything to jive at the same time. It's finally turned cool here which is nice. We still have cement to pour for the new corn crib so it'll be nice with the cooler temps. We did the first half last week when it was in the 90's! THAT sucked let me tell you. By the time we stopped we were all wiped out.

Well, making home made pizza tonite for supper...better get off this thing and start cooking the meats and mix up the dough.


Thursday, September 06, 2007

Here is the results (well, what I got to keep) of the 2nd About.com ATC swap.

To the Left -Top- Jeannie (all), Center - Laura (mocha), Minna (next 2), Bottom - Karen (all)
To the Right - Top - Jen H., Shannon (next 2), Center - Donna, Theresa (next 2), Bottom - Donna, Anja (next 2)

I didn't get photos of most of the ones I made, I never think to scan them when I'm working on them. I usually only make one of each cause I get bored doing the same one over. I did scan a couple so I could show a friend...these are all stamped & etched on Stampbord ATC cards. That stuff is awesome, you can do so much with it and it always looks cool. I love the etching. It really adds so much dimension to the card.

Monday, September 03, 2007

FINALLY!!! I finally have some pics of the Ranger booth that was up at CHA. The first one is the DT wall...they had 5 lo's for each product line they sold. I had 4 up there ~ Puppy Love, Brothers, The barn one in the center of pic #4 and I also had one other that wasn't pictured.

These 2 pics show a dominoe bracelet I made with AI's. The 2nd pic shows the whole thing but it's way blurry. The first shows a small bit of it on the right side.

This was a journal I made using black air-dry clay, Perfect Pearls & rubber stamps. I love how it turned out. The background on the journal is also made using Perfect Pearls.

From what I understand there were a few more goodies that were on display but I haven't found any pics of them anywhere. If I do I'll be sure to post them.
If you get any rubber stamping mags be on the look out for the Ranger ads, I have a mirror in one of the current ads that's been in several publications for a few months now (it's Distress EP's) and I'm going to have another project in their next add which is supposed to come out starting in next months issues :)
This has been such a fun ride ~ it's sad it's coming to an end!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

My puppy updated pics...
he's growing so fast ~ he has more than doubled in size in about 1 1/2 months. We took him for some shots 2 weeks ago and he was 17 lbs! (he weighed 8 when we picked him up!!)

This is Bob & Cecil last week...they are both pretty good at laying around watching TV

Cecil is pretty good at begging too! His butt is wide enough he can sit up like a tripod and beg. He does this with Eric, he knows I don't feed him if he stand up like that. (not that I don't feed him - lol!)

And finally, do we smell hamburgers?!?!?! Yes, they do love their food! I couldn't believe it when Eric told me to get a picture of this...they stayed out there till the hamburgers were done and I brought em in. I guess it must have smelled pretty good that day. Yes, they did get a couple bites ;)
Anyway, that's Cecil...he's still having potty training issues but he is at least sleeping better at night. I don't get up for him in the middle of the night (just the damn cat) but he is still getting up at about 4:30 or 5:00a.m. Now, that isn't great but it's a heck of a lot better than up at midnight, 3:00 AND up at 5:00. I don't sleep the best anyway with hotflashes & night sweats and all but it was hell when he'd keep getting me up too!

Today...I go to a b-day party :) Matthew is now 2 years old! Even though he's been with my brother for a short while (about 8months) he has wiggled and giggled his way into my heart. I love that little guy!!! Here are some pics of him I took when he stayed with me for a few hrs. a couple weeks ago...

Pickin Flowers...
Matthew, pickin flowers

Here he was rocking in my cool wicker chair...

NO MORE - LOL!!! He is just so stinkin funny! By the time he left, he was sick of the camera - LOL!!! I think I took like 79 pics in a 3 - 31/2 hr stay! Hmmmm can you say scrapper!

For his b-day we got him the Little People farm set + extra animals. They say they make noises but I don't see where it says how they do it. I can't find anything that says it takes batteries....guess I'll just have to wait till he opens it to see. I checked to be sure, it is NOT on the recall list. Thankfully!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

on this day 21 years ago at approx. 2:30 in the afternoon I got married to my sweetie! Hard to believe it's been that long, time flies when you're havin fun. We've been thru alot over the years and I still love him to pieces.

I was thinkin about this last night (in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep), we have been together for 26 years, 65% of my life! It's wild when you start thinkin about the numbers and all.

Well, we found out that our dr. hurt his back and had to cancel Ben's appt. I wouldn't be upset but he was leaving at the end of the month to move back to his home state. Now, that wouldn't be bad either but due to his accident he won't be back ever :( I'm worried about starting over with a new dr. Dr W. knew the whole background and has been with us since it all started. Just makes me sick...no pun intended.

I found out that I have at least one card in the next issue of Stampers Sampler. I can't remember what all I sent in but I do know that the Tempting Template stuff I sent in should be out in the next issue. It was a purse template, I made a blue one, red & black one and a brown travel one. I'm thinkin it might be at least one of those.

Friday, August 17, 2007

long time no see...sorry about that but life has been getting the better of me lately. I'm trying to improve my view of the world step by step. Some of the issues going on are out of my hands, others I can change and the rest I'd like to change but can't at this time for one reason or another. It's all too depressing to go into now.

School started this week. I'm thinking that getting into the school year routine will help my outlook some. It's nice to get up at a set time and have everyone gone doing their own thing so I have some time for myself. Anyone who tells you that when your kids get to be teenagers you won't have as much to do is lieing! While it's not a wipe my nose mommy type thing anymore there is still alot to do. It's also nice to have the house stay clean more than 5 minutes after I clean!

Ranger has redesigned their website! Check it out, it's really cool looking... RANGER
I'm a bit sad though, my year long jouney on their design team is almost up...October is the last month but it's been a fun ride. Ranger has decided that they aren't going to continue the Design Team next year. I'm not exactly sure why but I have my own thoughts on it. I am hoping to continue to work with them on some basis. We'll have to wait and see what the future holds. I am going to continue to submit things to mags and stuff...it's pretty fun once you get over the whole nerves of it all.