Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dibs and Dabs

It occurs to me that it has been a long, hot summer of goofing off in regards to blog writing.  Now that the cool, crisp, fall weather reminds us that the long, cold, days of winter are just around the corner, I think it's time to stop flitting around, straighten and and blog write (sic)!

A friend asked me a while back to make a couple of jewelry pieces with lady bugs and bumble bees.  I did them right away when he asked and then realized that the way I had the oriented (diagonally) the design made it impossible for me to put the bales on the back so they couldn't be seen. Crap.  So I finally got around to redoing them this weekend. Aside from my crappy photography skills, I am having uber camera problems so please excuse the blurry cell phone picture...
There is a square pendant, a smaller, round pendant in a bag on the back and the pin. I made the pins with those gems that you can get for flower vases. They are a little irregularly shaped and chunky, that's what I liked about them.  What I didn't like is that I had to go through a bag of 100 to find half a dozen that weren't scratched or chipped. Oh well. Lessons learned.

If anyone is looking for a quick, inexpensive, little pic- me-up to say Thank You to a coworker or friend, we got these at work today: Mountain Dew, a Mounds candy bar and a silly straw. The note says 'MOUNDS of thanks for all you DEW.

Cool idea, no?

In other news, the cooler weather has found Ben and I taking longer walks in the 'hood.  It's been a long hot summer for ol' Ben and he is definitely groovin' in the autumn air. He recently had his good friend Duchess stay for a week. Here is a picture of them disemboweling his stuffed (not anymore) animal collection .
As you can see, they were very organized and systematic about it; one at a time...dead bodies piled to the right please. I'm not sure if she will be allowed back to our house again because she arrived  poofed, primped and powdered and was returned to her folks looking like she'd taken a week-long Harley ride in a monsoon. That's how we roll around here. Ben can't hold his licker you know! 

Next up I will have a couple of Pinterest experiments to post on.  I am a total Pinterest geek these days. What have YOU been up to?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Diva Challenges, Grampie Takes A Vacation and The Window Diving Olympics

Amy Broady, CZ, from TN is a guest host over at the Diva's this week.  The challenge is called "String Theory v. XII: Pinwheels for Peace v.II".  My Mum has been visiting for the last week or so, she just went home yesterday.  I drew a pinwheel template in a 3.5 x 3.5 square, explained the concept, gave her a Zentangle Basic's book and a pen and let her go to it.  She is an amazing painter, but said that this was totally outside her comfort zone. As you can see...she totally ROCKED IT!
Here is mine...
We had a good visit. I took the week off last week so we could do little trips around the 'hood.  We went to the Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson so she could finally see what all the fuss was about. Guess what I bought? NOTHING!  I KNOW right?  That's even more shocking than if I'd told you 'TEN spinning wheels' or something. I had two things on my list; one of those German balls of sock yarn (can't remember the name (Zuberballs?) but I saw several and none of the colors grabbed me) and a Sheep and Wool Sweatshirt. We were there early on Saturday morning and they were already sold out. So...NADA!
We also went to friends' for a fabulous lasagna dinner, went out to eat,  saw Nemo 3-D, perused the UW Swap shop, took the Belleville river walk, emptied out the local thrift stores  and just spent a lot of restful time hanging out.

My Mum has a ghost at her house in Maine that we think is my father's late father, Grampie.  Things disappear and reappear in strange places, odd things happen, there are noises etc.  He's been there as long as I can remember but as far as I know, he's never traveled before... until this visit!  So many weird things happened while she was here, the funniest of which was the night I went to my bedroom and changed into my nightgown, laid my glasses on the nightstand and then went out the bedroom door.  The mini trampoline* top that has been stored behind the door as long as I've lived there fell down flat,  lodging between the door and the dresser, thus making it impossible to open from the outside.  Believe me, we tried. And Tried. And TRIED.  We even asked Ben, who was on the wrong side of the door as usual, to open it for us.

Finally, frantic because 'my baby is in there', blind, and in my nightgown, I went out in the rain with a lawn chair and a pair of scissors and cut the bedroom screen away from my (thankfully) open window.  I got on the lawn chair and discovered that I was still a bit too short to climb comfortably through the window, so I hiked up my nightgown, got a knee as far up as I could on the sill super-boosted off the chair and DOVE headfirst through the screen, losing a slipper in the process.  I just changed my room around recently so the bed was butted up to the window thank goodness! Go figure...I stuck the landing for a change. Nothing broken but the screen. I can't begin to imagine what it must have looked like, but I'll bet it'll soon be yet another classic clip on my neighbor's YouTube site!

I was telling my friend about it and she asked if the cops showed up because I was breaking into the building. I realized it would have been my luck to have a man finally show up with my slipper and then arrest me instead of carrying me off into 'happily ever after.'  I'm glad he didn't show up actually, since the slipper in question was less of a dainty glass slipper and more of a raggedy fur-lined Croc.  It was pink though in keeping with my princess-ness.

Oi! Such is my life!  We had a great time though and when I dropped Mum  off at the airport Grampie went home too apparently because it was all quiet at home last night, but Mum had a heckuva ride home. Jury is out as to whether they landed intentionally or were shot down over LaGuardia; the landing was so rough. Bentley is still looking for his Grammie. He appreciated the extra butt skritches he got all week. He and I hope she comes back again soon!!!

* I love the fact that I told this story to a friend and his only question was 'Why to you have a trampoline in your bedroom."  I'll leave that to your imagination!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Diva Challenge: Outside The Lines

This is an absolutely abysmal photo, but I'm having mega camera problems right now. I wanted to get this challenge up anyway so bear with the 'blurries'.  This week's challenge was right up my alley.  It was to tangle outside of the confines of the typical 3.5 x 3.5 confines of a typical Zentangle. I do this all the time so I really enjoyed this challenge! Thanks again Diva for a great challenge and a relaxing evening!

Cooper and The Garden Guest

I discovered earlier this summer that finches aren't the only thing that like my thistle seeds. Even though there is a plethora of seeds...