Wednesday, October 28, 2009

the Dragon and his buddy, the Leopard

Two of my grandsons at the Halloween party at the library. Is it a leopard costume or a cougar?????

Winning streak

Will my winning streak continue??? I am usually not a very lucky person, I don't win things very often, but I've been on a roll. :-) About 2 weeks ago I went to the Women's Expo and won 2 of the drawings. One was a cute magnetic board and the other was from the dermatologist (a lot of sunscreen, some make up, and a free paraffin treatment). My girlfriend won a $75 sterling silver & turquoise necklace too, all from a free ticket. Last weekend at the Art & About I won a hand painted (& framed) water color of a lighthouse. Last night, at our Red Hat Halloween party, I won a prize too.
Gotta go................I need to enter some more drawings!!! LOL
I'll keep ya posted if I win any more.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Art & About

Saturday morning I read my girlfriends blog post titled "Dark & Dreary", it was early so I decided to call her later. In the meantime I had some crafty inspiration. I got out my Big Shot and embossed some ghosts I had left from last year and make one Halloween card for my grandson and I had a great idea for my granddaughter's card. Finally I called 'Mrs "Dark & Dreary"..........several phone calls later she picked me up for a day of bumming (we are darn good at it too!!!). I wasn't really too keen on the idea, as I was feeling creative, but I thought "it's more important to spend time with my bff and the cards and housework will still be here". The plan she had fell through so I pulled out my postcard about the art tour going on that day and we were off!. We visited 7 different artists......varying from water color, sculpture, jewelry, Raku, recycled, etc. It was awesome!!!! There was not time for lunch, not even McDonald's drive through, so we lunched on the treats some of the artists put out. These people are so talented, I loved the art and would love to create some myself...but when I do it I think it looks like a 3 year old made it. Maybe that is why I want to try making stone sculptures with my 4 & 5 year old grandsons. One of them does enjoy art also. In fact he opted to paint our pumpkins and not carve them. That works for me.
If there is a moral to the story it might be: Life is short, spending time with people is more important that spending time with things.
Have a great week!!!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

scrap card

I found the purple flower scrap and decided to make a card with it. I was lucky enough to find a button that matched perfectly. The colors are not quite right, I have to figure out my new camera (see previous posts) yet. Today I have to put together 3 Halloween cards to mail to grandkids that are out of town.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Just a Monday

I think we had our Indian summer today. It was sunny and the thermometer in my car said 59 in TR this afternoon when I drove home. This morning I spent some time in 4K reading to my grandson's class. I was almost late.... I am not sure what I was thinking b/c I took a wrong turn and headed toward where they attended vacation Bible School. I really did enjoy it and am going to do it once a month. The kids seemed to enjoy it also. After class was over and my grandson said I could go home (he was nearly in tears when I said good-bye before school was over) I HAD to stop at the thrift store. Halloween things were 1/2 price so I picked up just a couple of things. I will do a little more decorating this year because I am having a small Halloween party on the 31 for a couple of my grandkids before we go Trick or Treating. I also got a REALLY COOL pop up book to read to the kids, "The Wide Mouthed Frog". It's in excellent condition and I think it will be fun to read. When I got home I washed the windows on my car, there was such a film that it looked like I was driving in fog (well, almost that bad). I put my scarecrow out too. And finally I had to do the dreaded grocery shopping....not my favorite job, how about you? Hubby is golfing, it could be the last time this year........or they could be golfing in November, ya never know about our weather. It wasn't a bad Monday at all.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Layered 'Boo' Pumpkin card.
I used plastic canvas on the side. I got some free at a garage sale and this is the best idea I had for it.

Happy Pumpkin Day

The colors here look so drab, the card is not like that at all. Hopefully I can get a new photo soon. Nothing fancy here. Some layers, as usual.


One of the Halloween cards I made, lots of layering......what I do best (?).

Monday, October 12, 2009

Good News, Bad News

Good News: Saturday I took my 2 grandsons to the 'pumpkin festival' at Festival Foods. It was chilly but it was a very nice FREE event. There were 2 bounce houses, (one an obstacle course and just a jumping one for younger kids), free apple cider and hot chocolate, free rides in their BIG shopping cart, a brat & a soda for $1, and lots of pumpkins for sale. The boys had a great time and it didn't cost me much!!!
Bad News: While riding in the big shopping cart my digital camera fell out of my pocket.
Good News: Someone found it and turned it in.
Bad News: The camera is broken.
Good News: The memory card is fine.
Bad News: I have to buy a new camera.
Good News: I found one on clearance that meets all of my criteria.
Bad News: When I got home I found that the sales clerk put the wrong camera in the box.
Good News: I can get the right camera tomorrow on my lunch hour.
More Good News: The battery from my old camera is the same one as my new camera, so now I have a back up battery. Great!!!!

I am so thankful that there were honest people at that great family event who turned my camera in to the courtesty counter. Thank You!

Friday, October 9, 2009


I've been itching to make this 3 layer card ever since I saw one like it last night. It was suppose to be a Halloween card, but it's not very 'Halloweeny'. I'll make a few changes with the next ones I make.


I was able to work on some cards tonight and I came across this fall card that I made last year. It's simple but I like it. The leaves are puzzle pieces.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Ok, I know I post too much about my grandkids.....but I LOVE 'em!!! These are my son's children. ....adorable, huh?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pet Peeves

My top 10 pet peeves (in no particluar order)
* people who ask "Can you borrow me some (whatever it is)." I lend, you borrow.
* people who can't park in the parking lot on the diagonal, they just pull up even to the car on the side of are suppose to pull up to the line.
* people who expect you to return their call when they don't leave a message. Just b/c I see your number on my caller ID doesn't mean I will call you back, in fact I will not.
* husbands who use the last of the toilet paper and don't put a new roll on.
* husbands who squeeze the toothpaste at the front and the whole back of the tube is full but you can't get anything out because there's nothing by the end.
* people who drive with their parking lights on.........they are PARKING lights.
* people who hang up on me when I answer the phone at work in my most pleasant voice (I try to be pleasant)
* husbands who eat the snacks you bought for the grand kids
* the 'newfangled' car remotes that you have to charge so you can get into your car w/o setting off the alarm. (this is a love/hate relationship)
* parents who don't put caps on their babies & toddlers

Sunday, October 4, 2009

great contest

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Adopt a family for Christmas

No, it is not too early to be thinking about Christmas. If you are a crafter just look in the need to start those craft projects early so you can finish. If you're on a budget or just watching your cash flow you need to plan ahead and watch for sales. Christmas is about giving and not receiving. God gave his Son so we could have eternal life, the ultimate gift!!! Yes, I enjoy the presents but it fills me with such emotion when I see some one's face light up when they open a gift. I LOVE buying and giving to others.....maybe I just love shopping. LOL Check out this site, it is a place where single parents can post for a holiday adoption. My sister is one of them, she has been a single mom for a long time. She is also disabled and cares for our mom. Please help someone if you can. THANKS!!!!!

Red Hat fall gala

Sept 30 four of our group of Red Hatters attended the fall gala. There were 395 women attending. It was a nice fall day and we had a great time. One of our own, in fact Her Royal Pain (aka Deb), won one of the raffles. Way to go!!

Golf ball display unit

Hubby finally finished the display unit he built for all of the logo golf balls he collects. I think it looks pretty nice. It fits perfectly behind our curved sectional and the 'table' is a perfect place to put his glasses (that he ALWAYS looses). In fact last week he went to buy new reading glasses because he could not find his. He needed new glasses anyway. He CAN do things IF HE WANTS to.