Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
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Sunday, December 10, 2006
For those of you who live in Longview, there's a group there, too!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
My first thought, about halfway through the movie, was that I was a little disappointed. I already knew all that stuff. So... I decided to give the whole thing a shot before making up my mind. After the movie and the half hour update I came to the conclusion that, yes, I already knew all that stuff. At that point, though, instead of being disappointed, I was relatively encouraged -- hey, I already KNEW all that stuff! Thanks to the worlds of PBS, the BBC, and NPR, we've seen and heard our share of news on global trends over the past few years. We've heard about the glaciers melting (we even saw evidence of that when we went to Glacier Nat'l Park a couple years ago), the coral reefs dying, the lakes shrinking, and the relationship between the carbon levels and temperature in ice cores. Yes, we find that sort of nerdy television interesting, so we've immersed ourselves with it whenever possible.
So, nothing Mr. Gore had to say was new to us. But the most exciting part of the whole movie for me was the credits. No, not because it was over. To the contrary, I think it was pretty well done and informative and you ought to see it if you haven't. But the credits were interesting to me because mixed in with the names of all the people were ways you could do your part to help slow global warming. And as Leif and I watched the suggestions go by, it was like a checklist of things we already do.
- Use energy efficient lighting. check.
- Turn down your thermostat. check. (Brrrr... notice I'm crocheting a HAT? There's a reason.)
- Use mass transit when possible. err... Bozeman's still working on a mass transit system. But Leif does carpool to work and I carpool to craft night when I can.
- Recycle. check. We compost, too. (That wasn't on the list.)
- If you can, buy a hybrid car. check.
- Ride your bike or walk to work. check. Leif rides his bike in the summer.
- Use renewable energy sources. This one is prohibitively expensive right now. If we had $15,000 for solar panels, we'd do it in a heartbeat.
- Vote for politicians who will pursue legislation to change environmental policies. check.
- Tell people about An Inconvenient Truth. check.
Here's my thinking on "saving the planet." The earth is the Lord's and everything in it. He has called us to be good stewards of the things He has given us. That includes the earth. As a Christian, I feel that it is my duty to be responsible with the gifts God has given. That means my talents and abilities, my husband and daughter, my body, my property, my neighbors, my enemies, and my planet. Should we save our planet at the cost of our lives? (ie- do we spend so much of our time, energy, and resources on developing new ways to reduce greenhouse gasses that we forsake the relationships we have and demonstrate a lack of love for our neighbors?) No. Do we go into serious debt to put solar panels on our roof? Not right now. And I'm okay with that. There is a balance. But I do believe that where possible, we should do everything we can within reason to take care of God's world. How will our children learn to be good stewards if we don't model stewardship for them? It's a good legacy.
A discussion for another day is how all of this stewardship/conservation thinking affects my favorite things... like scrapbooking. I've got a few thoughts on that subject as well, but it's almost midnight, so they'll have to wait.
If you haven't seen An Inconvenient Truth, do. It's worth the watch, especially if you've never given a second thought to the issue of global warming. And if anyone has any comments on what I've said here, I'd love to hear them. It's good for discussion, and this is a subject that ought to be discussed.
In closing, I leave you with a peek at my "Inconvenient Truth" hat. No pattern, just keeping my hands busy so my brain would be free to process the information at hand. The second photo is of the detail on the top. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We've all heard it. Here's one way I put it into action. What have you done?
Sunday, December 03, 2006
After a long hiatus, I am finally posting on 2ps again. I've posted several LO in the past couple days, but this is my favorite. It's also my favorite of the LO I've completed recently. I've done a few others I REALLY like, too, but they're for a DT submission and I can't have them posted on the internet until the DT has been chosen. So... you'll just have to wait for those. Who knows? Maybe they'll choose me and it will be worth not having them posted just yet. Let's just say I'm really into sparkly, shiny things these days. =) Like the LO above, for example. Glittery letters, glittery snowflakes, ghost snowflakes (can you see them?), rhinestones... Love shiny things. I'm told I was fascinated by sparkly things as a kid, too. Maybe it's my inner child coming out to play! Whatever the case, I'm just glad to be playing again and posting things to 2ps. I've missed it.
Friday, December 01, 2006
I worked on a LO today using the new Basic Grey Fruitcake line. The LO isn't finished yet, but I did have some scraps, so I made this card. I love how it turned out and I thought I'd share! Hope your holidays are going smoothly. Mine are, and I hope to be able to post more of the craftiness I've been involved in soon. =) I love this time of year!
(okay... so you can't tell from the scan, but the card has a rhinestone and the snowflake is covered with glitter, making this an uber sparkly card!)
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Okay... now for my pie crust recipe. You asked, Tam! It looks uninteresting, but don't knock it 'till you've tried it!
makes one 9 inch double/lattice crust or two 9 inch pies
2 C sifted all-purpose flour
1 t salt
2/3 C shortening
5-7 T cold water
Mix salt and flour together. Mix shortening into flour with your hands. Do not use any utensils. When the shortening is all mixed in and is somewhere between cornmeal and peas, add the water. Adding a T at a time, mix the water into the flour mixture with your hands. Form into a ball. Roll out into pie crust. For unfilled baked pie crust, bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes until light golden brown.
I just have to add a little note here about how great my mom is. A few years ago she took all the recipes my brother and I grew up on (and a few of her favorites found after we were grown) and put them into a recipe book for us. I use that book more than any other cookbook in my kitchen, hands down. I know the recipes are tried and true and they're all right there. Thanks, Mom.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Thanksgiving Preparation Schedule:
- Clean house
- Thaw pumpkin puree
- Make pies
- Crush pretzels
- Crush pecans
- Thaw turkey
- Thaw ham
- Make yambake
- Make strawberry pretzel salad
- Make stuffing
- Make green beans
- Make potatoes
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Thanksgiving is at our house this year, and we have guests coming in on Wednesday, as well as Ellie's 4 month checkup on Wednesday, too. So I'm trying to make sure I do everything I can ahead of time. Thus, the turkey gets cooked today and is frozen until Thanksgiving. It's one of those tricks my mom taught me - the wonder woman who makes Thanksgiving dinner for twenty some college students each year.
I've had my menu planned for forever, and I've stocked most of the ingredients, though I'll go through and double check that I have everything early next week. Here's the menu...
Green Beans Almondine
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Million Dollar Pie
What are you having for Thanksgiving??
Monday, November 13, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Anyway- so it appears that the 3bugs papers did the trick and my scrappin' motivation is back in full swing. I'm even motivated to finish those pages I started in Texas. Now if I could only clear some workspace on my desk....
Monday, November 06, 2006
Get to it and I promise we're back on track now! This is a good one for those cute halloween pictures!
Friday, November 03, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Let me first just say that I LOVE this set. I wanted it the first time I saw it, before it was available online or in stores. Basically, it's a build-your-own paisley acrylic stamp set.
I love paisley.
I love acrylic stamps.
I love options.
I love this set.
My favorite thing? You can nestle most of the pieces inside eachother on the block so you don't have to do 2-step stamping. Or you can do the 2-step (or more!) stamping for full color paisley. I debated on getting this set simply because I thought it was going to be tedious to use. But thanks to a lull during the LSS open house, a 15% off coupon, and a lack of other paisley stamps I liked, I decided to go for it. For $20 you get 33 stamps that you can mix and match for the perfect paisley experience. You can build teeny-tiny ones, or pretty big ones. And it's not tedious at all! I filled my acrylic block with as many paisley combinations as I could and made an awesome background stamp. I can't say enough good things about this set and I have no complaints. If it's paisley you want, this is your set.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
So... the scanning didn't work so well. Here'a a photo of the LO. Much better! And I DID submit it to Hambly as well. Looks like they're giving out freebies to a couple people besides the DT guest, so maybe I could get one of those! That would be very cool.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
I'm really disappointed in how this scanned. The center of the flower is torn, so the LO can't lay flat in the scanner - it did funky things to the photo in the center. I'm also sad that I can't (okay, I guess I could scan the LO four times and stitch it, but I'm too lazy - two is enough!) get the very bottom edge on the scan, and I seem to have lost part of the side edge, too. Oh well. You get the gist of the LO. I like it. Leif said he likes it, too, which is something I don't hear every day. This Hambly stuff is fun to play with and has been challenging me. Maybe I'll send in this LO, too, for the DT calls. I'll have to work on that scan, though...
Well, I've done it. I've officially submitted my work for the guest DT spot at Hambly. Am I going to get it? No. But it was fun to create LO to submit and a small step in the right direction for me to acutally get up the nerve to submit my stuff. I submitted my "Oh Sweet Pea" LO and the "Water Baby" LO pictured here. I like playing with this stuff. It's a challenge to keep the Hambly from being too "busy", as Leif puts it. But I'm getting to play with some of my other fun stuff that I haven't used much. Like the Heidi Swapp ghost letters I used on this one. I've had them, but not used them until now. I love the effect they create when the edges are painted. My biggest challenge is how to attach them. Staples didn't seem to fit this LO, so I used glue. We'll see if it holds. I think the journaling is difficult to read on the scan, but easy enough in real life. I've been putting off scrapping these photos because I wanted them to go on a great LO. And I'm pretty happy with the result.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I got the Hambly papers and overlays I ordered in the mail today. I was so excited I had to pull them out and start playing already. Here's a LO I did about the Sweet Pea Festival back in August. The big teal and copper circle and the little journaling bit in the corner are Hambly. Ooo! And the copper embossed swirls in the corners are my new Purple Onion stamps Leif bought me. I've been waiting for the perfect LO to post with my new stamps, so I guess this is it!
This is the first circle cutter I have owned, but not the first I have used. I love it! It cuts clean lines and you can easily make 1/4 inch thick rings. It works great with paper, cardstock, vellum, and acetate. You can get oval, circle, or rounded corner square templates. The oval template comes with the ergonomic cutting handle/blade, or you can buy the handle separately, as I did. I don't use ovals often (ever?), so I just got the circle template and handle separately. By the way, if you flip the handle around so it's on the outside of the template, you can do even BIGGER circles than the manufacturers claim.
- easy to use
- measures precisely in 1/4" increments
- cuts large (>12") and small (2 1/4") circles
- cuts thin rings (down to 1/4" thick)
- cutting blade cuts in either direction (counter- or clock-wise)
- doesn't cut through chipboard (do any circle cutters?)
- paper sometimes slides if you don't hold it down or tape it. I used Aileen's Tack It Over and Over on my glass mat and that seems to work well and doesn't stick to your paper once you let it dry thoroughly.
- requires a glass mat (sold separately - I used a sheet of glass from an old picture frame)
- pricey - $35 for the circle template and handle/blade
Have I mentioned how great it is that Leif takes Ellie and lets me do stuff like this, even though it meant that he didn't get to attend the senatorial debate he was hoping to? And while I was teaching the class on Saturday, he was home with Ellie - not only did he watch the girl, but he did several loads of laundry (including putting them away!), did the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen and dining room. I came home to a clean house after a great day of scrapbooking - Leif is a MARVELOUS guy!
Don't know what's on the agenda for today. I've been in a scrapping mood lately. I got 3 LO done yesterday, so maybe I can get a few more done today. I guess we'll have to see.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
I also got a circle cutter today - I haven't owned one until now and EK Success just introduced these new circle cutters that were reportedly marvelous, so I've been waiting until our LSS got them. Well, they were in today, so I spent some of the money I made today on one. I tried it out tonight and it is AWESOME! Cuts beautifully... and I think that's the last gadget I'm buying for a while. I've been on a gadget spree lately... Crop-a-dile, notch tool, Fastenater, Circle cutter... it's time for a break so I can PLAY with my tools!
Friday, October 06, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
While I was at the scrapbooking store picking up my class supplies for Saturday, I also bought some Cosmos Cricket papers and die cuts. Then I played tonight and for the first time in a while created a layout I really like. It went pretty quickly since I just had to punch out the swirlies and stuff. There's a tag under the photo that reads, "Wife. Mother. That's what I've wanted to be for as long as I can remember."
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Hinged Fall Pages
Saturday, October 7
Monday, October 9
Wednesday, November 1
Christmas Scrapbox and Flip Card
Saturday, November 11
Well, the picture is awful - I was too lazy to scan and stitch the LO, so I just decided to take a picture instead. The lighting in the basement made the LO look overly yellow... eh, oh well. The challenge was "hand-titling". I used to do a lot of hand titling and at one point I was pretty good at it. Been out of practice for a while (thank you, computer and stamps....) and it appears my hand titling abilities have atrophied. But... the challenge is done and tomorrow we move on to another one! So far I've only heard back from Tam on this challenge - where are all those people who said challenges would be great and they would participate?? Huh?? Well, join in this next time... we still want to see your work! =)
Here's Tam's creation (also an efferdare - #35):
Friday, September 29, 2006
But in the meantime, I've got a new Crop-a-dile (which even has Leif impressed... punches 75 sheets of paper at a time with no problem. It also punched through my clipboard very easily. wow... it's a serious tool.)
and I ordered a bunch of Hambly. Can't wait for the Hambly to arrive so I can play with it!! Not that I've gotten much playing done lately. Hmm.... I'm going to have to remedy that. In the meantime, though, I will dream of all the ways I will play with my new toys and look forward to having a swatch of time to do so.
I have all my LO done for the LSS and they're all turned in and on display now. The schedule has also been finalized, so I'll be posting all that info in the near future. Woohoo! I am SO excited about teaching, though I'm a little frightened as well. Eeek! I know it will be fine, but new things are always a little scary.
Well, I'm off to do a few things, like eat breakfast. =) Who knows... Maybe I'll fit some crafting in today. We'll see.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Yesterday was my birthday and Leif got me some Purple Onion stamps - the ornamentals set. I love them! I haven't had a chance to play with them much, but I did get them cut apart and put tack on the back so I could use them. I used a few on the birthday card I made for my mom (which is in the mail now... sorry you can't see it.) and I have great plans for these babies! I love 'em already!!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Remember when you were in grade school and your teachers tried to teach you how to write with perfect penmanship? Well, whether your handwriting is neat, messy, classic, or funky, now is the time to use it! Challenge #2 is to use a...
No stamps, stickers, computer fonts, or premade headers. This is all about your creative skill! Again, post pictures of your LO online and a link in your comments on this post. Let's see what you've got!
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Well, MIM challenge #2 begins tomorrow... here are the results for #1. Thanks, Tam and Jaime, for posting your links! If anyone else has finished it, post your links in the comments to this post and I'll add your link, too! Here are the entries:
Friday, September 15, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
I went to my first scrapbooking class last night. I figured if I was going to be teaching them I ought to attend one to see how its done! Now I've got a better idea of what is expected. I also got a couple pages mostly finished. It was fun and I'm looking forward to teaching my own classes. I need to finish making the samples for display at the LSS. We've got an open house coming up in the near future and I need to have the displays done by then. And the schedule is almost finalized, so once it's done I'll post the project sample with the date I'll be teaching. All four of my classes will be in October and November, then I've got one sometime after the new year.
Speaking of crafting, I made some serious progress cleaning my craft room yesterday. Woohoo! It's really nice to have space to craft again. I'm not completely finished, but I'm getting closer. This week is pretty heavy in the crafting department. Monday I had craft night here, last night the scrapbooking class, and tomorrow I've got a crop at the LSS from 6-midnight. I don't know that I'll stay the whole time, but I'm looking forward to a block of time to work on some layouts and projects I need to get done. I need to do my MIM challenge LO (*gasp* I haven't done it yet... bad me.), finish the 2 LO and minibook for the LSS, and figure out what I need for the 3 baby pages and box and card classes. I'd also like to finish the LO from last night's class. (eta - I just spent some time in the good ol' craft room and am pleased to say that the LO from last night's class are finished, scanned, stitched, and should be posted at the top of this post!)
So... that's what the near future looks like. Oh, and my in-laws will be here Friday night to Saturday. Next week looks a lot less busy.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Million Dollar Granola Oatmeal Pie
preheat oven to 350*
Roll out Pillsbury Pie Crust (or make your own)
½ C butter – melted
½ C brown sugar
¾ C corn syrup
3 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
2 packets crunchy granola bars (Oats and Honey from Nature Valley)
¼ c oatmeal
½ c walnut (optional)
¼ c chocolate chips
Bake for 45 min at 350*
last 15 min use pie shield so edges don’t get too brown. (optional)
cool for 45 min then serve with ice cream
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Skip hop also has the Pronto mini-changer. We have something similar, but this seems like an all-too-useful item. And honestly, it might go on the must-have list for any parents of infants.
And there are other fun things going on in the lighting department. Like this "broken" lightbulb. Sneaky design and pretty cool.
The same company does this floor lamp - the light runs up the center and the plastic casing is illuminated to give its shape.
And Heath Nash makes these amazing lights (and many others) out of recycled plastics. Check out the variety of lamps at the link. Very, very cool. I want to try making one myself. I've made a lamp before, so at least I've got a smidgen of experience behind me as I play...
Speaking of playing, check out these AMAZING gingerbread houses! Apparently they have gingerbread houses on display in Seattle every year. Wow. Almost makes a 12 hour trip to Seattle worth it just to see them. I aspire to someday make a gingerbread house. But I might have to work my way up to get to these!
And for those of you who aren't satisfied eating the store-bought Twinkies and need to make your own from scratch... (you crazies, you!)... here's a kit you can buy to do just that! Okay, I admit... I think it's cool and I would make my own twinkies if I owned this set. I confess my insanity.
But if you're SUPER crazy, make your own ginger ale. And though my gardening skills leave much to be desired, it would be fun to grow veggies with faces on them. Weird, but fun.
Okay... that's all we have time for on this week's fun things. Stay tuned as I find more fun things and post them later. Bye bye!