Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Found out it was a friend's b-day yesterday and since the table hadn't been cleaned yet and the images were already stamped well.... laziness is the mother of invention. I need to add a bit more bling in the upper right hand corner but it's for a guy so I don't want to girlify it out too much. The only things I changed were the images (obviously) this is CosmoBella and her accompanying martini stamped on the inside and then the sentiment here's to you is also Bella. The Belated Happy Birthday stamp was one of the ones I ordered from PrickleyPear Stamps when they had the 50% off unmounted stamps (see previous post from like a month ago, don't worry, this is a new blog).
Sunday, October 28, 2007
This marks my first challenge. As in I've never gotten around to doing one before. Ever. Now the average reader may think sooo what's your point? but for the card maker that's not so common. I'm pathetically laggin', what can I say? Now on to the details, there were 3 requirements, colors this time actually. Old Olive, Purely Pumpkin, and Chocolate Chip. The cardstock was SU Old Olive, the background patterned paper was My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus, the pens were SU in all 3 colors and a little Bashful Blue for the vase. I used the aquapainter for the color blending and the white paper was cheapie water color paper from Michael's. I've never worked with it before so I figured why pay for the good stuff if I'm only practicing. The 2 flower embellies are actually the same color blue as bashful blue but they reflected light something awful when I took the picture. I found those in the dollar section at Target. 2 stamps were used JavaBellas and Many Thanks from All Year Cheer I. It was a reeeaallly simple card to make except for the learning curve on water color painting. Not the fine art form I was expecting it to be....
This is one of the Stampin' Up stamps I love and have no idea what I'm going to do with. No big, it's not like I let that stop me from buying the set. Like I need an excuse to spend money, pfft. She colored up with the Prismas a lot better than the SweetieBellas did. You're supposed to use odorless mineral spirits to move the color though and I used baby oil instead. I used to be a chemist, I really don't want to be sucking in fumes anymore. Really. So I'm going with the baby oil. BTW, I have a thing for the Ochre color Prisma has (the hat and the sand). I don't know why, it just does it for me.
And last but not least my first tries with the watercolor paper, SU pens, and the aquapainter. The one on the left was my first, had some issues but I got over it. The one on the right was actually started by my 6 yr old. Sadly it looks much better than mine. She did the pants, copying mine, and used too much water so it ran all over the paper. I cleaned it up some with the aquapainter and then she did the shirt too. I did the cats and her hair. Someday I hope to be as talented at coloring as my 6 yr old. Hey, a girl has gotta have goals.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
It's very sad to watch. We always knew it would happen again, the Cedar fire of 2003 was not a one time wonder. Historically there were always wildfires in east San Diego, that's why no one ever built there. Of course now it's only 4 years later and this new burst of wildfires is going like gangbusters. Faster moving and completely out of control. They don't expect it to stop moving west until it hits the ocean and then they fully expect it to move up and down the coast. I wonder how long it'll take to contain it once it does reach the water. The MIL has her best friend staying at her place since she was already evacuated. From Solana Beach. Let's think about that now, Solana Beach. There are mandatory evacuations for a beach community and this has only just begun. So not good. My dad lives very close to downtown, near Petco Park so if he's evacuated the city is, for all intents and purposes, gone. There are friends of mine that have already evacuated, 2 in Escondido and 2 in Ramona. Of course they evacuated the entire city of Ramona basically straight off the bat. It doesn't look good and all of San Diego is holed up in their homes just waiting to be evacuated...
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
So the new thing lately with the card makers is using Copic markers or prisma colored pencils Gamsol (odorless mineral spirit) and stumps to color in images. There is a tutorial here on how to do this, really not all that terribly complicated but shiiit those pens are expensive! We're talking $5-7 each (and if you were ever wondering what to get me for Christmas here's your chance to get me exactly what I want for many years to come, there are a bazllion colors...). What, am I going to be selling my cards at a 500% mark up? Wait, I'm not selling my cards.... so where's the logic in that? Here's the thing, Copics are an alcohol based marker, Stampin Up markers are water based. So some brilliant woman came up with a tutorial using the aquapainter and SU pens to mimic the Copics. I call her brilliant because she's thinking outside the box and as we've discussed before, I like my box. You really need to use water color paper which I don't have yet but the picture is me trying it on regular paper. The SU markers were a big enough investment as it is and since I am not, nor will I ever be, artist material I see no reason to jump on this "I gotta buy a whole new set of super expensive markers" bandwagon. Not that wouldn't love to own it all but damn, $6 a pen? Not until I buy my husband one of these. Ha ha, ha ha ha. Not.
So this weekend is the weekend we are celebrating the dd's 6th b-day (it's technically next week remember?). Today was round one, we began by waiting for the delivery of the jumpy thing which was supposed to be between 10 and 12. We then needed to drive the 20 minutes to the only So Cal Mexican food place in San Antonio (Los Robertos) to order the food. By 12:30 we still hadn't heard from them so we called, they managed to get here around 1. So we booked out after that, had lunch and ordered the food, left to come back to pick up the kid and managed to get here in time for school to let out. Of course we then had planned the Libby Lou adventure with 2 of her friends at school. Did you know you can fit 2 full sized and one compact booster seat in the back of a 4Runner? They were packed in like sardines but those seats weren't going anywhere, let me tell you! They had a grand time, makeup was done, as were the nails. Dressed up, and then added Hannah Montana wigs, damn they were cute. Then we drove to the Micky D's drive thru and packed them with french fries and chicken McNuggets. We got home and tossed them out back in the jumpy and let them burn themselves out. Niiice. By 6:30 I had the two girls dropped off at their respective homes and they are now hyped for the at home adventure tomorrow. Tomorrow we need to go to HEB and get the cake, Costco for the ice cream, ice , water, and what not, then Los Robertos to get the food. By the time the party starts at 5 I'm gonna be dead and probably not give a hoot about who shows up or whether or not we have enough food. Doesn't bother me a bit!
Oh and as to how the dogs reacted to the Jumpy in their backyard, Jayne is totally enamored with it. Now dogs are, of course, not allowed anywhere near the thing so hush up but damn that dog loves that thing! 70 odd pounds of boxer bouncing around and ploughing through little children with glee. Just too funny to not try at least once! He's not allowed in anymore but he does go to the front of it now and 'ask' to go in. So cute, so wrong.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
The other drama? Ah that would be the dd's 6th b-day party scheduled for this Saturday, 5pm. On the schedule food catered by our favorite So Cal mex taqueria, a pinata, and a jumpy thing. On Friday after school we plan on taking the dd and 3 of her good friends to Libby Lu to get dolled up and do High School musical song and dance.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Yeah yeah it's been like 2 whole days since I've posted, whatever. I figure after that last monologue you'd probably not come back anyway. I am obviously not for the faint of heart. So on a lighter note I've found another stamp place to toss my money at. Now don't get all wrapped up in the grammatical mistake here, she's fixing it. Papertrey stamps has a new set coming out on the 15th and she's posting samples on her blog for the next 5 days. I just love what she did with her aquapainter, so simple yet so pretty! So simple it makes one wonder "Why didn't I think of that?" Of course I've never really been one to think outside the box either, not much of an artistic mind going on here. Give me an example and I can reproduce it perfectly. Come up with it on my own? Not really my strong point. I like my box, it's nice in here.
Monday, October 8, 2007
So when we lived in San Diego we were members of SoCal BARF, yeah BARF for biologically appropriate raw feeders which is what they call us raw feeders. It is the largest raw feeding co-op in the world. They cover all of So Cal and order food every month by the TONS, literally not figuratively. So when we moved out to San Antonio we were pretty much sol, not much other than grocery store stuff out here, slight variety but not much. We were having problems anyway, our boxers (being boxers and having notoriously unstable tummies) hadn't really stabilized on the food, gastronomically speaking of course. Their coats were BEAUTIFUL and their teeth shiny clean but their butts had issues. So we switched them to high quality kibble for almost a year. Their coats and teeth went to hell in a hand basket. And if that wasn't bad enough their tummies didn't like it either! Now mind you I was a vet tech for 5 years, there's not much I don't know how to work though but the mooshie poo is just damned annoying. About 3 months ago I got an email from a woman, they were starting a raw feeding co-op in San Antonio. Ahhh the possibilities. Apparently there is one co-op in Texas and it's in Austin (ARF). Now I find this odd because there's an awful lot of people who feed raw and geez, this is Texas, raw meat should be a gimmie out here. Regardless, this is what I have to work with so now here's the new adventure.
SARF (all co-ops use Yahoo groups, it works best this way) is just starting out, we presently have like 35 members and most of them order from Buddy's, the chicken supplier for the local grocery stores out here. The woman in charge of the group is Jacque, a chow breeder, and she has been making Buddy's orders for awhile so all we are really doing is adding more onto her order. It's great because one of the main problems with ordering is the shipping and or delivery. Bravo's charges $350 to get an order to us. UGH! This is where poundage is a make or break kinda deal. So Cal BARF got great deals, they made enough money they could actually rent cold storage space and everything and most chicken products came in at under $1/lb. I feed about 90lbs per month so obviously price makes a difference. None of these people feeding raw are rich, in fact most of them are your average blue collar animal freaks. You know, the crazy cat lady? Yeah, exactly. So the fact that the account and shipment already existed is great. At So Cal we had to drive up to the cold storage facility once a month. In inland LA. I think it was a 3 hour drive. Yuck! Jacque's house is about 15-20 minutes away from me. Any way back to the point. We are in the process of gathering new vendors, one of them is Omas. This was the product that got me back into raw feeding. See I was feeding prey model, no veggies. I think the variation in meat plus the lack of fiber (which I still think is unnecessary for all dogs except boxer butts) made for the smooshie poos. The first Omas order we made was an adventure. Skipping all of the drama we came to find out that the woman Jackie had helping her out with the Yahoo group (who was moving down here from Austin and was a member of ARF) had taken all of ARF's documents and posted them on our Yahoo group with out ARF's permission. Also she had never responded to ARF's offers of help and she was much to busy to communicate anything with anyone. She was, of course, the one in charge of the Omas order. Me being the evil dominant person that I was, could not handle the level of incompetence that was being exhibited and contacted ARF resulting in flushing out all of the bad blood between ARF and SARF that poor Jacque didn't know existed. And all I wanted was to make an order, trust me, the drama was totally uncalled for.
Now mind you we were ordering the Omas through the ARF distributer which, unbeknownst to us, was located in Pflugarsville. Now the adventure was a long one to get that first order but we managed it, got home at about 11 pm but we got the food to everyone. This time around we are setting up our own account here in San Antonio. Why didn't we do this the last time around? Well for one we didn't know the order was coming out of Pflugarsville and two, the woman with the Omas account told us that Omas didn't work with co-ops anymore but she was grandfathered in. I think it took Jacque 1 phone call to set up the account. Can I even begin to tell you how much easier my life has just become? Pflugarsville is about an hour north of Austin and the food always comes on a weekday around 5pm. Rush hour. Through San Antonio and Austin. Not so fun. All I want to do is get food for the 3 fuzzy butts and let me tell you the adventures we've been through! All of the drama to not step on peoples toes and blah blah blah. Growing pains I suppose but right now I feed Omas exclusively and if I can't get a hold of it somehow I'll become a distributer myself! Fortunately it looks as though I won't have to do it, nor will I have to drive 3 hours to Pflugarsvlle. Yay for Jacque!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask "What are you thinking? She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting. Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off that you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22 year-old waitress. Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free"? , here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage"
*side note, after doing a bit of research Andy may not have been the original author of this, it may actually have been Frank Kaiser. Mr. Rooney is a bigger name though so he stays on as the headliner. Hey man , welcome to the real world where sex sells.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
So the husband said to me today "Look what Trish (our neighbor) sent us a link to!" and showed me a website with the cutest Frenchie blouse and socks set. Alright, I can't believe first of all that one exists. Secondly (and most sad) is that we're known by the neighbors as the frenchie loving freaks. I mean how many other neighborhood moms know to send us these links? Sadly, almost all of them.
I used pictures that I didn't want to cut because they are eventually going into scrapbooks, that made it a bit harder too. When I was almost done the dh came over and complimented me, I told him since he was the at home dad he needed to learn how to scrap because he needed to be doing this project. He was totally cool with it, I was impressed. Not sure I want him in my stuff but I suppose I can share if it means that I don't have to do these damn projects...