Saturday, March 29, 2008

Makes-Me-Smile Monday




I learned about Makes-Me-Smile Monday from Jane. Even though, this says it's about smiling, there is a line over the above picture over on Jane's blog that reads: The Thinkin' Blogger's Carnival. Now, this leads me to believe that there may be a requirement for some serious thinking involved. I'm not even sure that I want to commit to writing every Monday, let alone to thinking every Monday. However, I'm impressed that Jane's done all this work and come up with topics for a few weeks in advance. Click on the picture or here, if you want to read about the future topics.

The topic for today is from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way ...

Now come on! Does reading this make you want to do a happy dance? Did anyone smile when they read that? What were you thinking when you came up with that topic, Jane?

And, just as I thought, even though this is supposed to be Makes-Me-Smile Monday, this topic is not only bleak! it's going to require me to think - and on a MONDAY, no less! I feel as though I were back in school and I had a book report due, and I had failed to finish the book!

Okay, so what can I say about this... The first time I encountered these words, I believe it was in junior-high school English, and I'm sure that I had to write up some sort of paper. Being so young, do you think I caught the irony of the piece? Probably not. Back then I was more interested in talking with my friends on my new princess phone, because you know it was so much more important to know who had the latest crush on whom! I certainly didn't want to read something so dark and dreary...

School, however, was one of those times that was "the best of times and the worst of times." Looking back, I would say that I had some good times, but while I was in it, I would have told you, "Life sucks," except that wasn't an expression that we used in the dinosaur era.
I was an Air Force brat, meaning that I moved every time we turned around so I never really got settled into a place. It's hard to have close friends when you're always the "new kid" in town, but I usually managed to have one or two kids that I hung out with. I was basically a good kid - this translates into "I was afraid to get into trouble, so I did the right thing" - so I didn't hang out with the really wild street kids. Because of moving so much, I was shy, so the popular kids didn't know I existed. Of course, popular kids kind of live in their own world ,surrounded by their subjects, don't they?
My last two years of High School were a different thing, altogether! We moved to small town, USA. The kids were friendly! They accepted me into their inner circle on the first day of school and I changed from the shy one into the one who thought she was Funny! Oh yes, I began to get into Trouble with a capital T! Speaking out in class, coming home after curfew, sassing my parents, fussing at my baby sister - where was it going to end?? My parents didn't know what had gotten into me. They met with the school principal who assured them that all was okay - their quiet daughter had just turned into a normal teenager! They didn't know what was in store for them. This was the late 60's and when their daughter hit college, she turned into a rip-roaring, tie-dyed, bell-bottomed, full-fledged hippie, complete with patches on her bottom and embroidered pantlegs! Oh, yes, those were the best of times!

Now, I will try to work on some serious thinking about Mr. Dickens and the "Two Cities," this morning - I'd like to be a part of Jane's Thinkin' Blogger's Carnival. I'll be back if anything comes to mind. In the meantime, see what you can do with this topic - does it make you think? or bring a smile (why??) to your face? If so, then go write about it! or do something artsy with it. Be sure to tell Jane if you do, and I wouldn't mind hearing about it either...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Bunny


In honor of Easter, I thought I'd share this little bunny with you. This is one of my designs that I had the honor of having included in the Accord 2008 Quilling Calendar. (It will be tomorrow's design - March 25.) The designs in this calendar were all submitted by members of the North American Quilling Guild.


This Easter bunny first made his appearance on an Easter Parade card, done a few years ago. Since then, both the bunny and the chick have been very popular, and I have been asked to make them into pins several times.

Here are the instructions if you'd like to make the Easter bunny:
Eye: Make a blue (2 inches, 5.1 cm) tight roll. Wrap a (1 inch, 2.5 cm) white strip around the blue tight roll.
Nose: Make a pink (1 inch, 2.5 cm) triangle.
Place the eye and the pink triangle nose in position (see photo).
Face: Make six (3 inches, 7.6 cm) white marquis and use to form the face. Wrap the face with (2 ½ inches, 6.4 cm) white strip.
Ears: Make a (3 inches, 7.6 cm) pink teardrop. Take a (5inches, 12.7 cm) white strip and attach to the pink teardrop and form a larger teardrop (see photo). To form the right ear, make a (6 inches, 15.2 cm) white teardrop. Attach ears (see photo).
Shirt: Using seven or eight (3 inches, 7.6 cm) blue marquis shapes, fill in shirt. Wrap shirt with (3 inches, 7.6 cm) blue strip. Attach shirt to head.
Arms: Make two (4 inches, 10.2 cm) white elongated teardrops – attach left arm on top of shirt.
Legs: Make two (3 inches, 7.6 cm) white marquis shapes, and attach to the bottom of the shirt.
Feet: Make two (4 inches, 10.2 cm) white teardrops, and attach to the legs.
Tail: Fringe a strip (2 ½ inches, 6.4 cm) white and form into a grape roll, then attach to the back of the shirt (see photo).
Egg: Make (3 inches, 7.6 cm) pink oval, attach to the right arm.
It looks like a long list, but it really isn't a hard pattern! Give it a try!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Cookie Sunshine's Treasure Hunt


Run over to Cookie Sunshine's blog and try your luck at her treasure hunt. She's giving away a very nice collage, done by her, and quite a beauty!

Monday, March 17, 2008

My Third One-World-One-Heart Prize!


Picture is from Kathy's Quilts since my camera is still on hiatus!


Look at this beautiful quilt! This is my THIRD One-World-One-Heart prize! It is called "Kisses and a Hug," and it was made by Kathy at Kathy's Quilts. Kathy does beautiful quilts. Drop by her blog regularly as she posts photos of her work pretty frequently (unlike some of us who only show new stuff now and then - sorry about that!). Thank you, Kathy, for this beautiful piece of art! It is already hanging on my wall.

I am really jealous of people who can sew because I love quilts! All of my beds have them, and they have cost me a fortune! I have a couple that are family heirlooms, but I'm afraid to use them! If I could sew, I would make quilts all the time. Probably, just as well that I can't sew - all I need is one more area of interest! You can't walk through my studio now!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Oh Darn! I got tagged

Yeah, Amy tagged me! That's okay, Amy, don't sweat it, everyone loves doing this kind of stuff. (She doesn't realize that I'm plotting my revenge....)

This is what I have to do now...
1. Share 7 facts about myself - some random, some weird.
2. Then I get to tag 7 people, and provide links to their blogs.
3. Lastly, let them know they are being tagged. Duh... how else do they get to join in this joyful event??

Okie dokie, then, here are some things you probably don't know 'bout me, and after you've read them, you will be thinking, "WOW! I never knew that she was such a boring person! I could have gone my whole life without knowing any of that! and, Oh yeah, THANKS, Amy, for making her tell us all this boring crap!!"

1. I once worked in a mini-bike factory in Nebraska. I would assemble the whole mini-bike at my little station. The frames would come floating past us on an overhead belt and we'd grab one, put it on a stand, then start adding parts: engines, handlebars, seats, etc. It was a pretty fun job as far as factory jobs go. Oh, and I dated that cute welder guy for awhile, but that's where I learned that you shouldn't date people from work because it really sucks when you see them every day after you tell them to take a flying leap! And sometimes I wonder if anyone ever had a wreck on any of MY mini-bikes... If so, I'm SORRY! I hope you didn't get hurt too bad. But, really, what were you doing riding one anyway? Stupid people like me built the damn things!

2. I LOVE coffee, and I drink several cups every day. I've had to cut myself off at noon because of this damn insomnia - I figure the coffee wasn't helping much there! I also love vodka martinis. I start drinking those after I quit drinking my coffee. I thought the martinis might help the insomnia....

3. In my closet, all the pants are together, except that jeans are in a separate section - the casual section. All my blouses are together, but divided by sleeve-length. T-shirts have their own section (they, too, are casual) and they also are separated by sleeve-length. Dresses, the few that I own, are in another closet since my main one is so jammed with stuff, besides clothes that I really don't need. Plus, Randy takes up way too much room for his things. OCD? I prefer to think of it as organized, thank you.
4. My favorite car ever was a 1963 MG Midget that I had in college. When I got it, I didn't know how to drive a stick-shift, so I spent a week driving it around a parking lot, trying to figure out what I was doing! I left my dad sitting in the car right in the middle of a hill, yelling at me, because I couldn't master the clutch-brake-gas maneuver. I got out, told him to drive the "damn thing up himself." First time I'd ever sworn at him, (but not the last).

Isn't this the cutest car??? You would have bought it, too, even IF you couldn't drive it!

5. I've had a home computer since the mid-eighties, before the 286 came out, even. (Can't remember what it was called? 086? dinosaur?) It was a huge hunk of a computer, so sloooooooooooooooooow, it took forEVER to boot up! When I got my 286 I thought it was fast! Can you spell GEEK?
6. I'm addicted to Nintendo and computer games. I got a Nintendo DS - that's the new hand-held Nintendo, for those of you who don't know - for Christmas this year. When I opened it and yelled, "YES! just what I wanted!" my son said, "Yeah, Mom, you and every 8 year-old in the country!" I'm cool with that. Playing my games keeps me off the streets, and keeps my hands busy so I'm not stuffing my face!
7. My first date with my husband was to the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid - TRUTH! Even though I was there with Randy, I was lusting after Eric Heiden, the speed skater. Oh my Gawd! the thighs on that boy!! (And obviously, I forgot that lesson about dating people you work with, or else I chose to take a chance on old Randoo... luckily, he turned out to be a keeper and I didn't have to worry about seeing him at work after kicking him to the curb!)

I'm not sure why Randy looks so perplexed in this picture - maybe he caught me staring at Eric's thighs? Or overheard me say something about that hat?
Now I get to spread the joy. I know everyone will want to play, so I'll choose these folks this time and maybe I'll pick some more another time - won't that be fun??? Rosie, De & Dawn, Antonella, Jean, June GonnaEatThat , and, Kathy . I'm cheating by calling De & Dawn two, so maybe they'll both answer the questions, but that's up to them... Have fun y'all!
Note: I KNOW the spacing is all screwed up - I have spent an hour, trying to get it right! I HATE this about Blogger! I am working on finding another blog host - do you hear me Blogger????

Thursday, March 6, 2008

ANOTHER Prize!

I sure am feeling lucky these days! I just received my second One-World-One-Heart prize! And not just ONE - it was THREE prizes in one! Michelle over at Gingham World is so generous!

Just look at these lovelies!

Picture is from Gingham World since my camera is on hiatus!

The little Dotee doll is just adorable with her cute little embroidered face and her beaded hair! The cupcake girl is so sweet. I didn't expect her to be on canvas - from the photo, I got the idea that she was a magnet, but she's going to be hanging on my wall, NOT my refrigerator! LOL! And I just love the elephant - she's so precious with her little flowers and her button eyes!! I wish you could see these in person because you need to hold them to really appreciate them! Thank you so much, Michelle! Your gifts will be treasured here!

This is me doing the "I won! I won!" dance!



On another subject... I really am going to have to look into other bloghosts, because Blogger has just been driving me nuts! I wonder if anyone else is having some of the same issues I'm having? Spellcheck hasn't been working half the time lately. And sometimes when I upload my photos, it will upload several, not just one! Today, there were about 20 of each of my photos - I had to delete, delete, delete - over 50 times!! And then there's the spacing issue - in the compose window everything looks cool, but once I publish, I have huge gaps between paragraphs! Grrr, so frustrating!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

I Won Too!

I had SO much FUN in the One-World-One-Heart event, visiting so many new blogs, meeting new friends. It truly was a great experience! The icing on the cake is that I also won some prizes! I gave away three prizes and I won three prizes - how's that for synchronicity? I'm going to be telling you about my surprises as I receive them.

The first one came in yesterday. Thank you so much, Nikki, of WhiMSy love, for letting me win your "Sweet Ring"!?! Isn't this the cutest ring?? and I just love the box, too! Handmade by Nikki, I'm sure! You need to visit her site if you haven't already. She is full of cute ideas! Her site is so much fun, colorful, creative, and she makes me SMILE! So get on over there and check her stuff out! And Have Fun!
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