What a great weekend!

I did a little creative work this weekend, bought a great filing cabinet for my office, went to a family reunion, went to a surprise party and heard missionaries from Nepal at church today.

The creative work: I was in a wonderful swap that was due today. It was a paperdoll swap and the theme was "Wicked." I have been thinking about this for a while and had thought about using my face on the doll, but nixed that idea. I ended up using Lizzie Borden, the forty whacks lady. I found a photo of her from the waist up and created the lower half in Photoshop for the paper doll. I then made an extra outfit that was a long white gown, kind of like a butcher's coat and added a hatchet and photoshopped in her hands from the original photo. I used the Stampin' Up! air art tool and my SU Ruby Red pen to splatter blood all over the coat, then dripped the Ruby Red reinker on the chest area and down the hatchet blade. I finished it off with Diamond Glaze on the red drips for a truly gorey effect. I made a black folder to hold Lizzie and her murder outfit that had clear embossed SU swirls on the bottom, a gold spider and the phrase "Something wicked this way comes," both from Oxford Impressions' new Wicked plate. I topped it off with a Halloween ATC of two yowling cats and a gold elastic thread to hold it all together. I'll try to post a pic tomorrow.

Our family reunion is always totally awesome. This group, which is the family of my maternal grandmother, has been getting together yearly since the early forties. We have games and tons of food, all prepared by some of the greatest Southern cooks I know. And not only do these women cook, they are all gorgeous. My husband once said, "I've never seen so many beautiful women in one family." I do have to admit that my cousin Ed, who is over 65 and still called "Junior" by the family, made some killer chocolate brownies. They were thick and rich and almost like fudge. I could feel my arteries hardening just looking at them. So I had two. We had a great time.

The reunion was in Somerville, Tennessee and when we left, we headed up the road to Jackson, Tennessee for a surprise birthday party. That's the birthday girl in the center, Andrea Nash, between Larry and me. She was totally surprised. She will be 40 Tuesday and doesn't look a day over 30. She is also a great singer and sings with the Sorghum Hill Bluegrass band. My DH is the bass player and sings harmony as well.

The missionaries who were at our church today have been living in Nepal for nine years. The one thing they said that really made me think was that the people in Nepal have a very low literacy rate, but they have cable tv. Therefore, they think all Americans are Christian and we are all like the characters portrayed in the movies. That's why they don't like Americans. When the missionaries told some Muslim friends that they were coming back home for the birth of a grandchild, the Muslims were concerned for their safety. They think we have gun battles in the streets. Well, we do in Memphis, but not everywhere in America.

Have a great week!


I cannot wait to see Lizzie Borden. She sounds gloriously macabre.

What in the world are you going to do next weekend that will be half as interesting as this weekend? If only there were something . . .
Candice Windham said…
Ha Ha Ha! You are absolutely nuts, Cyndi/Shelby!

I just posted the pic and the colors are so far off. The background is really Bashful Blue, the spider and sentiment at SU gold embossed and the blood is SOOOOOO red, NOT purple. The colors show up correctly when I open the image in Photoshop, but not when I post. Probably something to do with the size it has to be for Blogger. Oh, well, you get what you pay for!
boy i am tired just reading your blog..you were busy this past weekend and from the tell of it you are going to be the next several too..will look at the doll once i get done posting here..I can believe the singer for SH is 40 the time i saw here i would have never guessed that she was much past 30.
subriagirl said…
Your weekend sounds wonderful! Did the whole band show up for Andrea's birthday? I'm sure if they did, there was music galore played!! Poor Larry, he's always surrounded by purty girls! Ronnie
Candice Windham said…
You know if there was music being played in Jackson, I would have been on the phone to you to bring mom over!

Larry says being around purty girls is a rough life, but somebody has to do it.
Jan said…
Man, I never knew what a gruesome side you had to ya, girl! The blood looked purple to me but I still got the idea! Jan

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