Monday, March 31, 2008

Can you believe it?

It's the last day of March. This month has flown. Seems like yesterday that I was just returning from February's cross-country jaunt and now my University of MemphisTigers are in the Final Four. I have yet to watch a game and trust God to take them all the way. Altogether now, Go, Tigers, Go! Go on to victory, be a winner through and through.....

Tomorrow is April Fool's Day and also the day I started in my graphic design job at MLGW about 30 years ago. I've always thought that was kind of appropriate. :) I do love my job, though. There are just some days when I'd rather be playing in garden dirt or washing my car or stamping something or creating art or writing in my blog. Or finishing all those projects so I can open the Pazzles box! Yep. Still sitting here mocking me. I know you're thinking, "How does she have such will power? What a strong woman!" What a stupid woman! What was I thinking when I swore to get those projects in the mail before I opened my new toy? Who knows?

On a higher note, my bud Roxi called today and told me to go online to Amazon. I did a search for a couple of books we worked on in the Red Lips for Courage Make it in Minutes series and discovered that I am the cover girl for the Make it in Minutes: Last Minute Gifts book. The cover project is probably one of my favorites, a little cookbook that makes a great house warming or bridal shower gift. There is no publishing date yet, although I'm thinking it should be out by Christmas. The Make it in Minutes Wreaths book will be out September 2. If anyone is interested, you can pre-order and they'll send as soon as they come in. Be sure to check out Roxi Phillips' two books in this series as well, Mini Books and Party Favors and Hostess Gifts.

By the way, I recently purchased Marie Browning's new book, Creative Collage: Making Memories in Mixed Media. I haven't had time to really read it thoroughly, but it appears to be a great book. Great projects. Great photography. You can get it on Amazon as well.

Well, freelance work is calling me. Have a great week! Go, Tigers!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter Weekend!

I hope everyone is enjoying a great Easter weekend.
Don't you just love this time of year? My friend Debbie Dennington, a Texas transplant to Tennessee, now living in Bull Shoals,Arkansas, always said there's nothing prettier than springtime in Tennessee. She's right.
I have the most beautiful, wonderfully scented Jonquils growing in my flower bed, and this afternoon when I was gazing out the front window, I spotted an purple iris about to bloom under our sugar maple tree. I always forget what bulbs I planted in the fall, so there are always surprises, although those irises have been there for at least 20 years. My fiend Kathy Conner gave them to me when we built this house and they have multiplied and multiplied. A few years ago, I finally dug a lot of them up and threw them into the organic trash pile in the woods. The next spring, I spotted them happliy blooming. They just keep spreading. I spotted tulips and Easter lillies pushing up through the ground as well. No sign of my hostas yet, though.
I have a huge day lily that needs to be separated.The last time I did that, the root ball was about 3 feet wide. I think that was 10 years ago and I had to hack it apart with a machete. That's on Larry's list o'things to do this week. He'll probably get frustrated and chunk it in the woods with the irises.
I made a cool tool tonight when I should have been doing something else. I have a big assortment of Midwest Products' colored Styrene transparency material. I wanted to play around with stamping on it and my first attempt was a little disappointing (blue styrene with Saddle Brown Stazon). I took a sheet of white cardstock and glued 1" X 7" strips of each of my styrene colors to it. I marked off 1/2" increments and then stamped each of my Stazon colors on the strips. That way, I'll know what the ink is going to do to each color before I waste my styrene. I'm going to play around with some stained glass effects using Artistic Outpost stamps tomorrow morning. I'll post some results.
Have a wonderful Easter...and remember why we celebrate it.

Monday, March 10, 2008

ok. I'll play

I was tagged by Queen Roxi to share seven things about myself and pass that on to seven bloggers...not sure if I know seven bloggers, but I'll do the first part anyway....

1. Born and raised in Memphis with a slight detour to San Antonio when I was 13. That didn't last long, but SA is a beautiful city.

2. Won my first art award in the second grade, although I had to share it with Mrs. Tutor's entire class. I made a bird out of clay for the spring portion of our science fair exhibit about seasons. We won the Science Fair for Longview Elementary School. Still have the photo. That's me in the center right with long dark hair and, of course, a red dress right behind the project. That's Carol Hopkins, my elementary years best friend, with the blonde curls at center left. I still count many of the children as good friends today, although they're a little older now.

3. My record for most 35mm photos taken is two 36-exposure rolls in a two-mile stretch at Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, Maine. I guess the second is 9 rolls in a five-day stretch in New York. Can you imagine why Larry bought me a digital camera?

4. I met Elvis when I was 13. He was the most beautiful person I've ever seen.

5. That same year, I was invited to Elvis' house for a party. I didn't even think twice about going. I was afriad of anyone more than a year older than me-don't know how old Elvis and his entourage were at the time, but it was in the early 60s - and I knew I'd never be able to call my Dad and tell him I needed a ride home from Graceland.

6. I am descended from very poor but lovely genteel ladies on my mother's side and a family of moonshiner's on my father's side. That's my grandfather on the right of this photo of our family still near Water Valley, Mississippi. This may explain a lot about my strange personality.

7. I knew within five minutes of meeting my husband that he was the guy I had been looking for. We were engaged in two weeks and married in three months. It's lasted almost 38 years, so I guess it's going to work.

Now that I have posted more info than anyone wants to know, I'll tag:

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Can't figure out what I'm doing wrong....

...but tired of messing with it.

The Snow Pix post is whomperjawed but you get the idea.

Stay warm.

Snow Pix

These are some of the pix I took this morning.
1. The first is the snow date.

2. My flower bed, looking much more beautiful when It's covered in a white blanket.

3. Pete, the Speckled-Butted Monster, begging for a treat.

4. Sam, the Wonder Lab, trying to figure out if the camera is a tasty snack.

Snow in the South

I love snow. I guess if I lived up north, I wouldn't be so crazy about it, but it's such a rarity here. Another thing: I doesn't usually last a long time.

The snow we received yesterday afternoon and last night was heavy at times, but mostly small flakes. The only problem was the wind. If we hadn't had wind to blow it off the trees, it would have been a perfect snow: 6-7 inches of soft white powder that has just enough moisture to make it good for snowballs and snowmen.

Larry was like a child. "Let's go out and build a fort! Let's build a snowman! Let's make snowcream!" All this at 9 p.m. last night. Needless to say, I just snuggled a little deeper under my quilt and pretended to be engrossed in a really bad tv show.

I went out early this morning and took lots of photos. Here's a tip: when you're taking snow pix, they can all grow to look alike over the years. The first thing I do is write the date in the snow and shoot that. If my photos stay together, and they do on cds, then I always know when I took them. This is especially good for those who sometimes forget to document things on the back of the prints.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Waiting for the snow...

I've done all those things that we Southerners do when there is the slightest chance of frozen precipitation: been to Kroger for bread and milk and wonderful ingredients for a month's worth of hearty soups and stews; made sure my pups have a nice warm, newly-filled-with-hay shelter; put on a pot of coffee and am making a list of all the things I need to do away from home before noon when the stuff is supposed to hit. Sitting here blogging is not really one of those things, but since I haven't posted in two weeks, I decided to git'er done.

I have almost reclaimed my studio space from the CHA tornado I created before Feb. 4. One conclusion I have come to is that I either need more storage for odd-sized items- Krylon cans come to mind - or I need to light a match and start all over. Don't guess I'd better light a match - those Krylons would turn into little heat-seeking rockets and one would find me. They wouldn't find Larry though. He's been frozen for about a week and can't seem to get warm, although I'm sure he'll be really warm next month when the utility bill comes, since he keeps turning up the heat.

I'm almost through with the prep work for the projects I had picked up at CHA and hope to ship those babies out the first of next week. I love making the projects but hate writing the directions. I'm always so afraid I'll leave a step out or put in a wrong measurement. I know I hate it when I'm trying to follow directions and something doesn't work out.

By the way, the high Sunday is supposed to be 60, so I don't think we will be ice-encased for very long, but in the meantime: Stay warm. Stay in. Drink hot chocolate. Cover up with a quilt and watch old movies. That's what I'm going to do.