Monday, November 21, 2011

Autumn harvest...

Today I am thankful for:
Having somewhere to go when you find yourself alone.

Thanksgiving day is right around the corner.  And my Hubby is on his way to Texas.

In a moment of insanity, I made a promise to my husband that, for his 30th birthday, he could got to a Miami Dolphins football game.  The game that occurred closest to his birthday.

The next time I make him another promise - if ever! - I will be a little more restrictive.

It happened that the Dolphins were playing on Thanksgiving, in Dallas TX.

I didn't have enough time to take off of work, so I am sitting home alone.  Luckily, for the rest of the week, family and friends have stepped in to house me in my time of loneliness.

I am going to plug Creative Memories for a minute...

The scarecrow is from one of their new 2011 Cricut Cartridges and the fence is a double shot of a new paper cutter tool they are showcasing. I made this as part of a make&take at the last crop I attending.

And now it is a card!

Oh, and one more thing...


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Be thankful!

Today I am thankful for:
My husband.

If you have followed my blog from the beginning, you are aware that my husband is anything but romantic.  Which is fine with me.  The sappy stuff, getting roses at work, shouting his love from the mountain tops, all that makes me a little uncomfortable and, frankly, embarrassed.  The sweetest thing my Husband has ever said to me was "There is a tiny small red spot on my black heart, just for you."

Well, today he said the second sweetest thing he has ever said to me.  We were cleaning the basement (thanks to Hurricane Irene, the mold got a little out of hand).  I wasn't wearing my mask, like I should have been.  Hubby asks me why I wasn't wearing it, to which I replied that I didn't like how it felt.  He says, "Put it on.  I don't want anything to happen to you."

I almost fainted! :)  Isn't that so sweet????

I am always looking for something that isn't a traditional card.  Thanks to Deneen, a new scrapbooking friend I met at a crop, I have a new idea to use in future projects.  I know tags are not anything new, but I haven't worked with them before.  I was never very interested, until she did this project with us.

I could make these tags all day.  They are simple (my motto!) and colorful.  They trasport me instantly to a field of trees, where the leaves are turning such beautiful colors and falling slowly to the ground.

These tags are big enough that you could have a pretty design on the front and have plenty of room to write a nice note on the back.  Think place cards for your Thanksgiving feast, tied around the napkin or a peice of silverware.

You are the sweetest thing...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thankful thoughts....

Today, I am thankful for:
Family and friends who are there when I need them.

The Motivation Fairy has struck again.  When I felt down and out, she was there to pick me up, shake me down, and say "Get crafting!"

In the instructions (found here), they put their buckle on the outside and tucked it in.  I think it looks cuter under, sticking out.  But that's just me, you do whatever floats your boat!

It's hard to see in the picture, but the yellow paper is actually stamped with a slightly darker yellow ink.  The tone-on-tone gives it another layer of dimension.

Short and sweet, that is how this blog goes...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Please excuse me while I take a moment to rant...

It is November.

October has Halloween, December has Christmas.  So what does November have?

If you answered "fall", stop reading, turn off your computer and TV, and go study your calendar.

Thanksgiving seems to be a forgotten holiday.  I don't mean that we forget to celebrate it - no, no, fine readers.  We celebrate Thanksgiving until we unbutton our pants and fall asleep on the couch in front of the televised football game.  Plates and plates of mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and (of course) turkey dance in our dreams for days and days. 

What I mean is that Thanksgiving does not get the attention it deserves.  Sure, you pay attention to it a few days before, as you are buying and preparing food, making arrangements for whose home at which you will be gluttening, checking the TV schedule to make sure the Parade is on at the same time it is every year.  But come Black Friday, when the dishes are done and you are burning off all the extra calories playing elbow wars with the people at the mall, Thanksgiving becomes a distant memory.  Christmas trees are being bought, Christmas music is being played on the radio, and Christmas cards are being tossed in the mailbox.

Now, it wouldn't be so bad if we took the BEGINNING of November to celebrate Thanksgiving.  But we can't even seem to manage that!  The beginning of November is spent planning out your Christmas list, writing out Christmas cards, and thinking about the tinsel and the lights.

On my Blog, Thanksgiving is going to get the attention it deserves.  While everyone is working on Christmas projects, or their generic "fall" themed projects, I will be dedicating the whole month - even after Black Friday - to Thanksgiving.  Be prepared for turkey, thankful thoughts, and more orange and brown than you will ever need to see for the rest of your life.

End rant....