Pocket page

I wanted to show you the March pocket pal page I did, and I even remembered to take a picture of what's  included in the back.  

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This theme was Spring, so I used spring flowers, kites, and butterflies.  The back side you can see some of the things that were included in the pockets. Buttons, ribbon, Bling, paper kites, paper flowers, some word stickers and some pop dots.  My pal's name started with a "S" so I included a "S" tag.  Traditionally these are done between pen pals, where you write a letter or ask questions of you pal, and since it's not specifically for scrapbookers, people include other things like tea, candy, gum, stamps other small things.  Since I'm playing along with a scrapbooking group, much of what goes into the pockets is scrapbooking related.

I've got a new pal to exchange with for April and May.  I'm late already, ha … but so is she, so I'll probably knock out both months when scrapping this weekend.  I've already bought some items to put in the pockets, and I have the paper I want to use, so it's just the creative part left to go.


Are you a Big Brother Fan ? Expect the unexpected.

Yes ... it's true, I'm addicted to Big Brother and have paid for the live feeds for many of the seasons.  Just 4 weeks to go ... the premiere is June 22nd.

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The new mystery for Big Brother 18 (BB18) is that production is looking for "mock" houseguests.  They're looking for 6 people to be in the house for 6 days 7AM through 11PM.  One of the requirements is that you need to understand the game of Big Brother.  I don't recall ever seeing this in the past.

And the second thing is ... for the last several years bigbrothernet would do pre-season interviews, but this year they've been told by CBS that they won't be able to have those this year.

Some of the rumors are that there will be returning houseguests, and/or that there will be like 30 people entering the house and they have to complete to be one of the ones to stay.

This is when rumors are flying all over the web and I just can't hardly wait another 4 weeks.

So (if you're a fan) what's your take ....

 

 


Art Canvas

This is another art canvas that I made.

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This one is a black canvas.  The white circles are cut from paper.  You can't see very well, but the red are paper roses.  This one I entered in the Spring Hilltop Memories crop.  There is a theme given before the crop - this time it was anything of or relating to flowers.  Everyone at the crop gets a vote.  This one came in tied for 1st place so I won a free crop, which I'm using for the Birthday crop in June.  Pretty cool!.

The craft theme for the Birthday crop is anything that's identifiable as a beach umbrella.  That's a bit harder than flowers, but I have my thinking cap on.  I'm scrapping this coming weekend, so maybe we'll get something done then.  I have an idea, but haven't figured out how to execute it as yet.


What's your favorite Cheese says about you.

My homepage at work is MSN.com and along with "real" news, these quirky things catch my eye.  This one is "what your favorite cheese says about you"

So … at this stage in my life, I'd have to say that blue cheese is my favorite.  Here's what it says about me

 

"Your personality is an acquired taste, just like the noted blue cheese flavor.

Although viewed as a strong influence, you are knowledgeable and wise.

People often seek your advice."

 

Actually, I identified with several of the cheeses they listed.  Havarti, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Brie - let's just say I am fond of cheese.  These surveys and tests always crack me up.  Sometimes they are dead on accurate and sometimes they are really far off.  I still play along just to see what they will say.

 


Art Canvas

This is a canvas I did back in March I think.  I guess it was the same weekend we had the storm.  As with every crop … we first had to go shopping.  Not that I NEED any more supplies, but just because.  We were at hobby lobby and I found a framed print where I liked the saying.  From that I started with the canvas 

… they had a gesso coated burlap canvas that appealed to me.  I like the rustic look of burlap, but I don't particularly like working on it - it's too loose a weave for my tastes.  For the background, I started with Color Bursts some of the blues and greens and then used Gelatos greens and brown to add dimension.  The large words Live and Love  are actually metal and because they have mounting brackets on the back, they give the project a raised effect.  The flowers came from some I had which would have come from either Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  The rest of the wording was a set of black sticker letters from American Crafts Remarks.

Here's the finished project ...

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For me, this was a little out of my comfort zone.  I gravitate more toward symmetrical designs.  At first I didn't like the background, but when I look at the canvas as a whole, I do like it the finished product, plus the saying is something to remember every day.


Easter Storm

Going back in time, we had a bad storm on Easter weekend.  It started with hail, and I think ended up with a microburst or something similar.  It ended up taking out a large tree which came down on the shop.

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You can get an idea of just how large the tree was from this picture of Linda standing under it.

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Thankfully, the damage was only to the metal roof and not any of the structure.  There were about 10 holes in the roof, but none of the wood was broken or damaged.

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Thanks to great friends we got the tree down and temporary patches on the holes.  

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A neighbor who is a contractor hooked us up with a roofer, and now the roof is fixed and everything is back to normal. 

Here's what I learned … 

  • "Hunker Down" is not just a term for hurricanes.  It's probably best not to open the door In the middle of a storm to see the hail.
  • Apparently a picture is required as proof that when I say the tree fell on the shop, the tree actually did fall on the shop.
  • Having good friends in life is essential.  From my girlfriends who weathered the storm with me, to our guy friends who brought down the tree, cleaned the debris in the shop and patched the roof - we couldn't have done it without you.

 


Peacocks …

Peacocks are pretty birds ...

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This guy sometimes hangs out at the house.  Their sound is like a shriek or a screeching - very loud.  With all their beauty there has to be a downside, and theirs is that they poop quite a bit.  They'll roost on the roof and screech and poop.

This boy has been around even before he had all his feathers.  I tried to get him to display his feathers, but he would have nothing of it.  I'll have to wait for a picture when he wants to impress one of the peahens.


I'd watch this ....

Ozzy Osbourne and son Jack will have a new reality show "Ozzy and Jack's World Detour" where they visit historically significant spots including Mt Rushmore, Stonehenge, the Alamo, Roswell, The Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios.  It airs July 27th.

Here's the link about it

Ozzy and Jack's World Detour

I used to watch the Osbournes and love reality TV, so I think I'll like it.

So many of my current shows are ending this season, Castle, Rizoli and Isles, Person of Interest, and Rookie Blue to name a few.


Creative Girl

When I was in JoAnns the other day, I found some Creative Girl by Julie Comstock Christmas items on clearance.  These are watercolor art blocks.  

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For this one, it's a canvas with the words Fa La La La La written on in.  The letters resist the watercolors so that the words stay clear and then some of the letters show in gold.

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No creative powers needed.  It's simple to do, just paint on the watercolors, and then wipe away where the paint hits the letters.  Very easy to do.  Now, while I had a set of 30 something watercolors, I didn't have a "real" red, so mine ended up looking a little more to the pink side.

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I like it though, especially since some of my Christmas decorations are pinks and greens, so it'll go well. This product line has more than just Christmas art … there are cards, and general decor items as well and they come in different sizes.  This is really so easy to do that it can be done by children and teens very quickly and without much mess - if I had a daughter it would be something I would do for a birthday party, or a rainy day project.

I have Friday off for Good Friday, so I'll be cropping with friends this weekend.  Can't wait!


Easter Eggs

I grew up coloring eggs for Easter … this was back when the only way you colored eggs was with a Paas Kit - the little tablets you dropped in water with vinegar.  I still like having colored eggs, but don't have kids to color them with and often run out of time to do it myself.

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For the last several years, I've been buying mine already pre-colored by Publix.  Personally, I wish they offered them all year long, but I understand why they don't.   They cost $5-something a dozen and you're pretty much paying for the convenience factor. A dozen eggs is on sale for $1.29 this week, but when you factor in the cost of the Paas kit and the time involved, it really ends up being economical.  Depending on the store, the colors could be dark or could be lighter almost pastel.  I like the dark ones.  I've got 2 dozen in the fridge