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I would classify myself as an artist. It took me a while to finally accept that monicker, but that's what I am; AN ARTIST!!! I have a wonderful hubs that supports my "talents" in most all avenues, except maybe when the credit card bill comes in the mail...LOL And I have 4 great kids and 5 beautiful grandchildren that I love to pieces. Come on by and sit a spell and "STAMP 'TIL YA CRAMP!!! & "CROP 'TIL YA DROP!!!"

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Shake your tail feathers.....

I have a full house on Thanksgiving. 
 We have 4 childrens and 4 grandchildren.

They all want to know when dinner is ready.  Now I have a 1 ass kitchen, meaning its small and 
my ass is the only one that should be in it......LOL

If I could change one thing about our house....
it would a much much much larger  kitchen.  

So, to keep all the hands and asses out of my kitchen I like to get the others involved in something creative.

We set up a fold out table for the kiddies to eat on and its also the hub of creativity before hand.  I use butcher paper for the "tablecloth" and give them all crayons to draw on the paper with.  
I also include games and activities for them to play. 
I also have some sort of craft for the 'mommies' to help the younger ones with. 
{shhhhh don't tell them but its to keep them out of my kitchen too...bwahahahahahaha}

Below is a game for the wee ones to have fun with. 
I didn't come up with this; 
I saw it on the web somewhere and loved it.

The idea is to give each player a featherless turkey and then 6 (feathers) clothespins.
They take turns rolling the die and the first person to shake his tail feathers win....
or you could have a "feathered" turkey and the first one to pluck him for dinner is the winner.  Cute huh??????

I think we are going to play to first game and they have to actually stand up and shake their butts when they complete the turkey.....
(I made 6 of these, just in case one of the moms/dads want to play)

I cut out everything by hand using scissors and 
some chipboard for stability,
 then I covered with cardstock. 
Oh, except for the hands.....
that was cut out using a mickey mouse die and my Big Shot.
Added some googly eggs.
I have a small flip flop punch and
 I used the thong part for the wishbone.
{to give them all good luck while playing}
I painted the clothes pins and now the turkey is ready to 
"Shake his tail feathers"
Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

Until later turkeys......Gotta split......TFL!!!!!!
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Button jars.....

What do baby food jars and buttons have in common????

Cuteness.....that's what!!!! 

I've been seeing these jars all over the web and decided I could make some for a little storage.

I love how they turned out.  The two larger jars on either end are some pickle jars that I had saved. 

A friend gave me the baby food jars and I purchased the wooden candlesticks and the wooden ball knobs from Hobby Lobby.  

I spray painted everything black ....everything except the jars themselves of course.

Then I used E6000 to adher the knobs to the lids and then the jars to the candlesticks.


Sorted my buttons and ta..daaaaaa.....!!!!

Cuteness and storage ...thats a win, win !!!!

Wouldn't they make cute favors, or small gifties....you could choose paint of any color. Add some embellishments, ribbons, yarns...etc....
 I chose black to match my studio. 

Until later,  sweet babies......Gotta split.....TFL!!!!!!
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Get well sooonnnnnnn!!!

The hubs is working out of town (in Rhode Island) and he calls me Monday afternoon and says that he isn't feeling well.  He lays down and sleeps hoping he feels better by the next day. 

I get a call at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday and he says that he thinks he needs to go to the doctor.  Now for him to say that is a miracle in itself.....
he never never never goes to the doctor.
I KNEW he had to be miserable for him to volunteer going to the doctor. 

Then he calls me back and said that he is headed to the E.R.
 because is in very severe pain.
Now, I'm in panic mode......
I have never imagined those words coming from his mouth. 

Long story....short....his appendicitis attack, he had to have surgery.

Now to make matters worse he is in Rhode Island and I'm at home in Georgia.
I paced the floor all day yesterday, calling the hospital about every 30 minutes...finally he calls me back while in recovery.  The hospital never called to inform me of anything.

He's now on the road to recovery and we are planning on flying up if he has to stay for very long....or if the doctor says he can fly home within the next few days we will just hold the fort down and get things ready for him here.  

With lots of phone calls inbetween!!!!!

To keep my mind at ease today; I went down to my studio and made him a get well card.


This is stamp is from a Hanna stamp set.   I used versamark and white embossing powder on the grey cardstock to look like an x-ray.
I hand cut the heart because all my heart punches were either too small or too big for my liking.

The inside was decorated with a punched heart and another Hanna stamp that I embossed with the white embossing powder. 

Until later, paper surgeons......Gotta split.....TFL!!!!
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Poncho shirt getting "fleeced"....

My new guilty pleasure to wear is this poncho type shirt.
  I just throw on a tank top and then this over it and a pair of jeans and 
I'm ready to walk out the door {well after a shower and make-up and doing my hair}.

It's so comfy too...   

I purchased this one at Rue21 for approx. $12.
When I got home I was looking at it and decided I could make this a lot cheaper...

So here goes..........



I first found some fleece that was on sale at a local Wally world.
I purchased 1-1/2 yds of each piece.

I'll have 4 news ones to wear that only cost me $4.41 each.  

This is the original garment.
Its much like a cape, but it is stitched
 approx. 4" up each seam on the bottom to mimic sleeves.

I laid down some brown paper and cut out a pattern.  

These are the pattern pieces {body, hood and pocket}.

I decided to just fold the fleece in half and instead of cutting two separate pieces for the body, I cut one on the fold at the shoulders.  
I did cut the neckline out. 

This is the end result.... looks exactly like the purchased one. 
Minus the extra seams and pull ties......

I used a tiny zigzag stitch.  The fleece has a slight stretchiness to it
 and I didn't want the seams to break.

Now to finish the other colors......

Until later, sew true friends......Gotta sew split.....TFL!!!!!
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Turkey legs anyone!!!!!

I prefer the breast meat myself...but these legs are looking pretty tasty!!!!

I used one of the new tube bags from SU!.....inserted my candy corn and made sure that I could fold it in half for the turkey legs.

Here's a close up of this little ca-yoo-tie !!!

I used several punches, distressed all the pieces to my liking and adhered everything together....
I used glue dots to glue the turkey body and feet to the plastic.

Close up of the punch shapes and how I had to hand cut some of the pieces.

Until later, gobblers.....Gotta split....TFL!!!
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monogram anyone ????

I was walking by the kitchen table and I noticed my daughter had unloaded her bag/purse there.  She went on a field trip yesterday with her District Honor chorus and it was a long bus ride, so she took several things to keep her occupied.  Her DSI-XL for one.

I've always told her to label her things for trips, so if they get misplaced or (god forbid) stolen she can identify it.......this is her way of labeling...... 
well, at least she didn't write directly on the DSI-XL....  :)



Hmmmm, so I decided to help her out a little and 
this is the result after I got a hold of it. 

I even placed it on upside down so when its open the lettering won't be upside down to people sitting opposite of her.  Just like they do on laptops......cool, huh????

Very quick and simple and I think she will be pleased with the result.

I again used the font that came with my new E2.....didn't have to look for one, just pushed a few buttons and I was done!!!

GOTTA LOVE VINYL.... check out the link on my sidebar,
way up there on the right!!!!
(Expressions Vinyl)

Until later, mono-crafters........Gotta split......TFL!!!!
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spinning.........

 the wheel !!!!!!


Guess what I did yesterday?????? 

I auditioned for the WHEEL of FORTUNE show!!!!!
They had a call for contestants in the Atlanta area and I was called.

It was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown ATL.

This is the wheel that was used, the screen behind the wheel is where the puzzles were shown we had to solve. 

These are the buses in the hotel parking lot.
 

There was a written test and this is the pencil that we were given to use.....and yes we got to keep them.  
{Future scrapbooking material.....just sayin'}

I actually solved 2 puzzles and I won this talking Vanna key ring by solving the first one. 

I made it through all the rounds and now I just have to wait and see if I get a letter in the mail that tells me I made it on the show.  

No letter.....no show....

But I really think I did a great job and will make the show.
 {Lots of clapping and smiling, clapping and smiling.....
did I say clapping and smiling!!!} 

It was so much fun and can't wait until the real thing!!!!

Until later, wheel watchers......Gotta spin split.......TFL!!!!

ETA: 
This is from the local news station.  They were filming while we were auditioning....if you blink you will miss me.  I'm at approx. 1:32 on the counter.  I'm wearing a red jacket sitting on the front row!!!



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