Thursday, December 31, 2009

altered book round robin (start)

For an altered book round robin--my theme is
Serendipitous Definitions, but haven't titled
the actual book yet.


cover page


sign in page

accordion book with stitched vellum pockets and library
cards for each artist to alter and sign in--it folds out
with nine pockets.

I'm kind of stymied as to what to write on the sign in
page, but will definitely mess with it more when the
book finally makes its way home.

And still debating on how to do the title.


this is a little disturbing.

Disturbing, but funny. Arts and Craftistas
everywhere, view at your own risk!!

And Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

merry Christmas?

Did you have one? Ours was lovely, and snowy, too!

Now we're mattress shopping. Egads, people this is worse
than car shopping!! If you have any suggestions, please,
PLEASE feel free to chime in. Ugh. Again, I say UGH.

Here's a fun thing--the day after Christmas, look what
arrived in the mail:

After Christmas Christmas!

How gorgeous is this bracelet???! It's from Willow Creek
, and Wendy supplied me with some details:

"The large focal stone is jasper. The coin bead is tiger iron
and the other stones are a combination of jasper, moukaite,
tiger eye, Baltic amber and copper. The chains are oxidized
copper and the hook is hand forged oxidized copper."

(I appreciated her description. I'm the person who always
wants to know, "What's this? What did you use here?" etc.

Believe me, this bracelet is just as gorgeous in person as it
is in the picture. Plus, Willow Creek pays close attention
to detail when wrapping their items--coordinating tissue,
labels, attractive gift box, and ribbon. Very nice, very
nice indeed. Thank you, Willow Creek, for sponsoring such a
wonderful giveaway. You truly have distinctive handcrafted
artisan jewelry.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas cookies!

Today, decorating the sugar cookies:

Me, to DS3: Less eating, more decorating.

DD: These are the ugliest cookies ever.

DS2: And the majority of them have my saliva on them.

Me: I shoulda taken a picture before we stowed the first lot.

DD: Oh well now!

Me: Why isn't there any coffee yet?

DD: Why don't I have a pony yet?

Never a dull moment!

We always turn on Christmas movies while we decorate and bake;
just watched my favorite scene from A Miracle on 34th St.
It's where the little Dutch girl comes and sits on Santa's
lap, and they sing the Christmas song--it makes me tear up
just thinking about it!

My favorite Christmas movie is Scrooge, the old version of
A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim.

Here he is on Christmas morning, all happy.

What's your favorite Christmas movie? Oh, come on, you
HAVE to have a favorite Christmas movie!

Friday, December 11, 2009

definitely NOT Christmas cards.

The shop computer that is all geared up with the
scanner/printer = virus very yes, so here I am
today at HOME scanning some NOT Christmas cards.

These are from one of my favorite sets. Can you
guess the year? Well, okay, probably not the exact
year, but I'll bet you can guess the decade from
the design and colors.

Actually, these are the full sized cards (2 1/2 by 3 1/2),
but my favorite is the mini set from that year--they look
the same, but are only a little over 2 by a little over 3

Are you prepared for Christmas? Not me! Still have
shopping to do, goodies to make, and now, come to
find out, a Christmas dinner menu to plan. But
everything has been decorated since Thanksgiving
(that's standard for us), so it gives the illusion
that we're all ready.

We did bake about 12 zillion sugar cookies yesterday,
so there's that. Tonight is the DD's and DS3's choir
and handchime concert, tomorrow a Christmas party--
it's definitely December!

What do you have left to do for Christmas? Or are
you all ready for the big day, sitting by the fire
with a hot cuppa something yummy, with a little smirky
on your face for those of us who aren't???


(The baseball cards are from 1975, by the way--did
anyone guess the 70's?)

Thursday, December 03, 2009

21 years ago

My aunt took this picture of us as we were walking down
the aisle--my granny had it enlarged.

What were you doing 21 years ago?

Right, I know, some of you weren't even born. Don't
blink--before you know it, it's 20 years later . . .

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

good morning!

Not what I wanted to hear first thing this morning:

(big crashing sound)

"Don't worry. I'm pretty sure that was already broken."