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Friday, April 20, 2012

Pitch Forks & Cards {also a link on a bow making technique}

Hello Friends
I do this all the time it seems...I say yea I'll be here more often and then bam! I'm gone for weeks yet again.  I am sorry for all this on and off again type of crap.  I could say that on my behalf I was kinda off some of my important medicine which does allow me to live a happier, fuller, and more enriched life.  I know I should never have stopped taking them, but I have been back on them full swing now for about 3 weeks.
I will say that I feel better, I am not nearly as moody and Eric I am sure loves that. 
This little dog above here is who Kristin thinks I laugh like at times.  Then she calls me Smedley {sp} and then it just goes downhill from there.  I do not think his name is Smedley because we looked it up one night and now I cannot remember what his name is.  Kristin and I agreed though that we liked the name Smedley for him and that is what it will forever be to us. 

Prom news from Little Miami 
Kevin and his girlfriend Abby attended her prom last week.  She was beautiful and he was handsome as ever.   

I thought after looking at the pictures that she was taller than Kevin but if you look at the third picture you will see his knee is slightly bent.  
Oh yea and these pictures were taken over at Kevin and Kristin's house on the inside. Now why do I make it a point to say on the INSIDE; well I will tell you why. You asked for it...
It was a very crappy day out this particular day, it was raining and just bleah.  So Eric and I were originally going to take pictures of Kevin and Abby outside.  Well Mother Nature said Bob and Anna graciously allowed Eric and I to come inside and take pictures. 
I really hate that literally after 18 years of being separated and divorced Bob and I cannot get along.  I try to I really do.  We got into the house and I said hello to them and asked how they were blah blah blah, with a one word answer from each being "okay".  Not a I'm good how are you blah blah blah.  I just hate it!  But what else pisses me off is that Eric tries so hard to be nice to these two and tried starting up a conversation with Bob about what Bob was watching on the TV.  Some Steven Seagal movie which came as no surprise to me that he STILL watches crap movies. I had to chuckle when I stepped out of the tension filled house because of this though.
So here is the photo that Eric caught...I am warning you that Bob is in this picture dun dun duuuun...
I mean can you see what I  mean!!!  I married that?!
But now I have this:
Ahhhhh, much better.

I would like to show you some cards that I have made recently.  I do not know if I mentioned that I am going to be teaching some card classes at a retirement home in May or not.  It is through the Middletown Arts Center that I am doing this.  Apparently the retirement home asked the Arts Center to offer some classes to their residents.  I will be going on Mondays in May.  I have also decided that it would be easier for them to have pre-made card kits for each card we make.  So if you take into account that there are 8 students signed up 3 weeks of class and my goal is to create at least 3 per time I am there.  Possibly 4 if we are lucky.  I am making 8 kits for the students, 1 kit for the Activities Director, and one kit for me to show them how to do it all and then on top of that, I am making some extra kits because as all of us crafters know that it just takes a small "OOPS" to mess the entire card up sometimes.  I would feel terrible if that happened and nothing extra.  So yea, that is 10 cards per card + extras which equals out to over 100 card kits. Aye Carumba!
So here are some of the cards I hope to make with them, I took some samples up the other day to the Activities Director.

The bottom three I know you have seen before and these are the "layouts" of three of the cards we will be doing.  I created the bottom three differently and have taken them to the home and of course I forgot to take a picture of them.  But you get the general idea.

I also created a new card earlier tonight for a friends upcoming birthday.  I feel okay in posting it here because I do not think she reads my blog. I won't say who it is for only to say that it will be arriving soon.  I have a lot of birthdays coming up too.  I just bought a new day planner and I hope to God it's the last one.  I have a million calendars for every single thing and I just couldn't do it anymore so I consolidated them all into one yesterday.  I saw that I was neglecting birthdays and I won't have that happen any longer.
So here is the one:
I think it turned out so darn cute!  I love it.  should have taken pic on white paper and not pink.  The bow isn't so great either in the photo.  On the card it is fine, just I don't like the way it turned out on here.  Want to see what Eric made for me today for me to make this bow?  I know many of you use the "fork" method of tying making bows.  But if you are new to this or haven't a clue as to what I am talking about then follow this link to Operation Write Home tutorial page where it has several pictures and a video on how to do this.  So here is the "fork" that my Eric created for me today while he was at work...
I put the SMASH* stamper next to it for a size reference.  Hehehe, isn't this huge!!!  Eric is a welder {not sure if you knew that or not}, but when I asked him yesterday for ideas on what I could use to make bigger bows than a table fork would give me, he offered to make me one.  I love this man!  He is the best!

Oh I have just a couple more pictures to leave you with.  They are cards that I created for some secret person....again they have no idea who I am and do not read this blog so it's all good, NOT the same person who is receiving the birthday card:

These pictures were taken with the phone for time reasons only.

I really hope you all have a blessed day and a fantastic weekend coming up.  Oh and if you shop at Michael's this is for you...we are having the lowest prices of the year sale going on this week and it will end Saturday.  So go get in there and get your stuff at a GREAT price.  Most items are 50% off like all storage.  But only lasts until Saturday evening.

{okay I did my plug}

Bye Now 


Birdie said...

Dolt, good to hear you are behaving again. Have to admit a hearty chuckle slipped on the Bob/Eric posting ;) What a lethal weapon that bow maker is!
Love your cards - think they will have great fun making them.

Kevin looks so grown up handsome and what a lovely girl Abby must be.

ike said...

AWESOME - love the prom photos... I would have loved to been there to feel that atmosphere :-D I deffo like you NEW Guy much better.... he's gorgeous !!!!!! Good luck with the card classes - your kits are beautiful.
That dog is called "MUTLEY" and his was the sidekick of Dick Darstardly in Wacky Races :-D I loved the way he snickered LoL
GREAT bow Fork !!! what a clever guy. My hubby made me one from wood with dowels I could move up and down between holes to make different size bows !! Coooool
Have a super weekend
IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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