Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Bless this Chick...

Blessthischick has this cool emporium where you can make your own little icon chicks. They're adorable! I went playing with them this morning and made these three... Which do you like best? Try it. It's therapeutic, I tell ya.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

3 Bugs Winter LO

Well, Christmas is over and I will soon have dozens of new pictures to scrapbook, as if I have finished the looming pile of previously printed photos. There's something about Christmas that just makes me want to take pictures, and they're the kind of pictures I just want to scrapbook. These pictures are older, but I love them. I submitted these two LO to the DT call for 3 Bugs in a Rug a while back, but I wasn't chosen, so now I can post them online. I can feel many more Christmas and winter LO coming on, but these are the first of the season for me.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Memory Makers has a new online scrapbook program that's free, so I decided to give it a try. Supposedly I can imbed or link to it here. So.... we'll see if it works...

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Etsy Shop

I've been looking to sell some of my crafty things lately, so I started an Etsy shop. For those of you who are not familiar with Etsy, it's an online shop where you can buy handcrafted items. I don't have much on there right now, but will be adding stuff as I have time to post it. I'm not sure if anyone will be interested in it, but I decided to take the plunge and go for it anyway.

Check it out - it's at

Sunday, December 10, 2006


I joined a freecycle group this week. No, it has nothing to do with riding a bike (thank goodness - not sure I'm in shape for that!). It's a group of people in the Bozeman area who post emails listing free stuff they want to give away or find. So... it's like recycling, for free. Get it? Anyway- I was excited to find this group. If you haven't looked into freecycling, you should. Even if you're not a big recycler, everyone likes to get stuff for free.... Check here to see if there's a group in your area.

For those of you who live in Longview, there's a group there, too!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

My "Inconvenient Truth" Hat

We watched An Inconvenient Truth tonight. And while we watched, I crocheted a hat. Start to finish. With free yarn. (Thanks Michael - I love swap night at craft night.) Several of my friends have recommended An Inconvenient Truth lately and, like Jenny and Nicole, I've decided to blog my thoughts on it.

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.
So that was encouraging. We also use cloth diapers. =) That wasn't on the list, but sort of goes along with recycling and composting. In general, Leif and I agree on what we can do to make a difference and we are both willing to make a few sacrifices to do so. Our reasons aren't necessarily the same, though. Leif usually does things because it's more economical, while I do them because it's better for the environment. I'm not against saving a little money, and he's not against being good stewards of the earth - that's just where our priorities are slightly different.

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?

If Martha Were a Geek

She's make this instead of a gingerbread house for the holidays.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Scrapping Again

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.

Just for fun...

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Basic Grey Fruitcake Card

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!)