Thursday, May 28, 2009
The sentiment is from a retired TAC set and the paper is Basic Grey, but I forget which collection. One thing I did learn from the CFH Blog Hop (and yes, I will stop talking about it eventually, but not yet!) was that people like details, especially people new to this hobby. I know I have been very lazy about providing card details and I will try to do better. No promises, though - sometimes I just don't remember where I got stuff and sometimes (if I'm honest) I'm just too lazy to list them all.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I visited every blog on the hop and commented on them all! Along the way I found lots of new friends (you know who you are!!), moving stories from those who have lost loved ones and fabulous art work. I can't think of a better way to spend my weekend -
I've started on my promised pledge of cards to CFH........
What do you think? Because of the number I am making, I wanted to keep them simple, a style I struggle with but I kind of like these.
I also went through my card stash, card fronts and swaps, and repurposed quite a few of them so I currently have about 50 cards ready to go. Cards For Heroes are currently running a summer challenge which I have linked in my new 3rd column (she said casually)
How do you like the new look for the blog? I've been wanting a 3 column design for a while now and if I had known how many visitors I was going to have this weekend, I would have tidied and decorated before then, rather than late on Monday night! I got the template from Smitten Designs . Next on the "to do' list is to work out how to make a cute header - mine is kind of boring really - but I have a few more cards to make before that happens.
Monday, May 25, 2009
I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.
Freedom Is Not Free - Kelly Strong
Friday, May 22, 2009
When God Created the Military Spouse
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Yuck!! It truly makes me want to curl up in bed with a good book but instead I have to go out and earn a living. And, inspired by these delightful lades, maybe squeeze in a cup of coffee with a friend, although I'll have to go find me a hat. Don't they just make you smile? They are "Coffee Girls" by Leere Aldrich for Stampavie.
Hope your hump day is brighter and sunnier than mine promises to be.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
And how can anyone resist birthday sentiments? You always need them, right? And again, if they are on sale? It would take a stronger woman than me....
Then there is the bling, which wasn't on sale, but was a steal anyhow - and the ribbon flowers? A must have , because i just love the way the European girls use them with lace and such on their projects. No, I didn't buy any lace, but only because there was none to be had in the whole store.... which probably means a visit to that other big craft place very soon. I have NO willpower....
I love my Gorjuss Girls, so it wasn't much a stretch for me to create this card for the Sugar Bowl challenge. I really enjoy the sketch challenges and although I find some of them more "challenging" than others, I like this layout a lot and will use it again. The extra challenge was to use buttons somewhere in the card, so I popped a sunny yellow one in there to help the flower pop. I like the way this card turned out!
Have a great week!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
In keeping with tradition, I've had a good old clean out this week and have come up with a box of rubbah which needs a new home. Some of it is more loved than others, all of it is available for viewing in the slideshow to your right. I know the pictures in the sidebar are kind of off to one side, but they are fine when you click on it - and when you click on it, you can see the prices too!
Prices do not include shipping and are negotiable - if you see something you love and you don't think the price is fair, let me know.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I haven't had a minute since I got back - well, no time to make cards - but I did manage to squeeze in a performance of 'Wicked" and then dinner with my DH.
Loved it!! I have the book and just never really got in to it, but the musical rocked! I highly recommend it. The lady who played Glinda the Good really stole the show for me. Good times!
And continuing my Netflix reviews, my favorite of the week had to be "Miss Potter" - a lovely, gentle movie about the life of Beatrix Potter of Peter Rabbit fame. Very soothing (and starring the fabulously talented, very easy on the eye, Ewan McGregor ) and a million miles away from the rush and stress of modern day life. Hmmnn, could my recent revived love for bygone times be a result of the stress which is ongoing in my life right now? hard to say, but the possibility does allow me to share that charming smiley with you, so surely it needs to be considered........
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