Sunday, May 30, 2010

I'm A Happy Crafter . . .


November 19th to December 24th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday through Sunday
with extended days Christmas week

The Little Lady

After receiving a greeting card with this little lady on the front - I tore it apart, traced the edges and created a new little lady of mine own for this journal. There's a little lady in all of us (well, the female readers, any way) and this one is just waiting to hear all you have to say, filling your journal with thoughts, ideas, projects, or musing. And, she is the best secret keeper around - she's your best friend. Soon to be in my shop at Sam'Studio.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


On the other hand . . . you have different fingers.

Friday, May 21, 2010

I wish ......

Really? Really? In our house that's about the size of it and when things start going wrong/broken/need attention I start looking for that wishing well. Lately, we (read I) have got the book opened to Murphy's Law -- if it's going to go let it all go at once and all in one week.

1st, You've heard of bats in the belfry? Well, we've got mice in the movie room (and yes, I have a movie room: filled with my mystery books, yarn to crochet, movies I love to watch and the remote is all mine - all mine). Those cute little creatures that can wreck havoc, poop all over and get into the smallest of small places where they just should not be. They are invading my movie room - not the kitchen, not the storage pantry, not the large cupboard of bird seed. Go Outside Little Creatures - it's nice outside - or you die.

2nd, our house alarm system (put in before we bought the house and don't have the codes for) has been going off at odd times throughout the day. AM PM it doesn't matter -- it's loud and we can't find a way to stop the darn thing (and can't find the power box it's attached to) - nor can we find a way to disarm the device - and are blasted out of bed when it goes off in the middle of the night. (by-the-way the previous owners were asked for the code: "Alarm? What alarm? Excuse ME, you put the darn thing in.)

3rd, the stove wanted to join the alarm blasting with one of it's own. It sounds an alarm that will continue every 8 to 10 minutes - we thought we had that taken care of for a few days when it got back into the act by bypassing the OFF code we entered and on Wednesday night went off every 5 minutes until I nudged the hubby and said, "This one's yours -- stop that noise". He did, turned off the stove at the breaker box. So, for now, no stove until the Maytag repair man (and don't believe the hype they ARE busy) comes out next week to replace our Jenn Air's front panel. The upside - I don't have to cook and we are eating out every day. I love eating out. And NO, I did not do this one to get out of cooking. Really?

4th, my newish window broke -- the inners just popped out. I have taken it down, studied it's mechanisms, tried various ways to put it all back together and had to prop it up with pieces of wood for the time being --- I really don't want to pay to have a glass person come out for one little window repair. It goes on the Honey Do List for now.

5th, our fence is falling down --- a post a day. Well, this has been a slow process this past year. But, now it's all coming down - one post at a time. I love our rustic, wooden fence - it's cute and well, rustic. We've lost about 7 (as of yesterday) and the rest are looking like loose teeth - just waiting for that little extra nudge to All Come Down. I'll wait until the son from San Francisco comes and says, "Got anything I can do outside?" Yup, son from San Francisco I've got a project for ya, follow me........

I know these are not major problems - and will eventually all go away - they give us (read me) something to do (and to spend money on instead of say more new camera equipment or scrapbooking supplies) - But, they are interruptions in my otherwise pest free, quiet, peaceful, home cooking, window closing, protected, environment.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

The following took place between 4:16pm and 5:16pm

Where's Jack Bauer when you need him? While waiting for the pound cake to bake, I sat and waited with camera in hand at the window to capture Lil' Hummer (that's what I call our lone humming bird) to come for dinner. Next time (oh, there will be a next time) I will set up the tripod (I have a new one after all, I might as well use it), clean the window (smudges and droplets didn't need to be included) and try to speed up the shutter speed without losing the light (timing is everything) to capture this little guy (or gal) hovering near by.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Check This Out!!!!!

Beekeeper Vintage Blog (my darling daughter and vintageista extraordinaire) is giving away a $25 gift certificate to anything in her shop. Just go to her web site and leave a comment telling her what is your most adored thing in your closet is and why you love it so. You have until Monday when the random drawing will be made. And check out Beekeeper Vintage on Etsy for great vintage wear.
Go - Hurry - Run - This is Great News!!!!!

While out shooting photos....

I was out and about trying to capture a city landscape photo for my last assignment in the photography class I'm taking when I spotted a great blue heron on the shoreline. With a latte and camera in hand I sat on the ground and watched this great bird for many (many) minutes. A wonderful surprise.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Project 12: Capturing April

Continuing with the Project 12 in scrapbooking (doing a layout for each month and what happened by photos and journaling). Here's my April layout.