Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tis The Season

Tis the season for Over Spending.
Actually I am rather proud of myself for staying on budget with my holiday shopping this year. Some times I tend to over do it a bit. I wish I could give more but hey, I'm not rich and there's no point in spending as though I were.
Tis the season for Reflecting.
I'm going to skip the big 'year in review' post this year. Suffice to say some good things have happened and some not so good things have happened. Moving on.
Tis the season for Holiday Commercials.
I think holiday commercials may even rival super bowl commercials. There are always some silly ones and usually a couple tear jerkers (darn you Folgers with your "You're my present this year." making me need a tissue!!)
This year my favorite commercial is by Acura from a series of commercials called "The Season of Reason".  I love that Dr. Phil did this commercial.

 Now get out there and be reasonable!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

It's November! Time for Holiday Crafting.

Ahh November, when a young..uhhhh... approaching middle-aged?...nah, still young.... crafters fancy turns to thoughts of holiday projects. Thanksgiving and Christmas cards, ornaments and gift tags. How I love the holidays!

I recently purchased the Stampin' Up! ornament keepsakes bundle  which consists of stamps and coordinating dies or 'framelits'. I have only made one set of cards with the set so far but I can already tell the set will get a lot of use this holiday season. (Besides, I have to make use of my new craft room, right?) 
I made a set of this card for a swap I am hosting on Splitcoast. The theme is Blue Christmas. I am pretty pleased with them if I do say so myself. Now my mind is awhirl with ideas.... visions of various ink colors, designer papers and embellishments.

Hopefully I will have time to sit down and create more soon. 
Happy crafting to all!  

Friday, October 19, 2012

Crafty Kingdom Rises Again

At some point my craft room got dubbed Crafty Kingdom. I have moved several times since then and my craft space has taken on different forms. It has been the spare bedroom in my two bedroom apartment, the end of the kitchen table in one house, the office in another and a cramped cluttered corner here at Fort Albertson. Now with more space in the house, we have a room to devote to all things crafty and creative. Crafty Kingdom rises again!

You may recall from a previous post that CK (previously known as Bedroom A) used to look like this:

It now looks like this:


Still a lot of straightening and organizing to do and clutter to eliminate but we are getting there. I especially like that there is enough work space for both Gene and I to spread out and work at the same time. The table is perfect for that.
Long live Crafty Kingdom!  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rubber Stamping on Candles

I have seen examples of rubber stamping on candles over the years and have always been mildly curious as to how that could be done. I finally got around to looking up the instructions online and trying it myself and I love it!
Here is a picture of a couple of my first stamped candles:
It's really quite fun to do. Rather than go over the instructions myself, I will post a link to this helpful video tutorial that I found in my search for instructions. Check out Dawn's Stamping Studio for easy step-by-step instructions.
Gene also tried it and thought it was fun and easy.
I'm imagining gift sets with a stamped candle and some matching cards.... Oh yes, this could be good!

In a couple months it will be my turn to host the monthly meeting of Stampin' Sisters. One of my duties as hostess is to come up with a project for all the sisters to do. Do I dare make stamping candles my project? With dollar store candles, supplies wouldn't cost too much. I'll think about that.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day

If you live in America and you haven't been under a rock the past week or so, you know that Chick-fil-a has been a topic of some controversy lately. Chick-fil-a is a business that has made no secret of the fact it was founded on Christian values. They are one of very few chain restaurants that are closed on Sundays. It was no surprise to most folks when CFA came out with a statement supporting traditional family values.

Excerpt from CNN story: The controversy came to a boil after an interview with the fast food restaurant chain's president and COO Dan Cathy appeared in The Baptist Press on July 16 and he weighed in with his views on family.
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy said. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

At no point did Mr. Cathy or CFA come out against gay couples. They do not refuse service to any one based on thier personal lifestyle or beliefs, etc. etc. Still, some people found the comments offensive to the gay community. The statement was simply supportive of traditional family values. This has always been CFAs possition, this is nothing new. 

Some one, and I honestly don't know who, came up with the idea of having a day devoted to supporting CFA, the values they stand for and their right to voice those values. (After all, wasn't this Country founded on freedom of religion and freedom of speach?) Today was the day. As a christian, I felt it was one small thing I could do to show my support and faith so at lunch time, I hopped into my car and headed to the CFA right up the street from my office. The place was packed. So packed in fact that I had to park at a nearby store and walk to the restautant. When I did arrive, there were two long lines, one on each side of the building. I took my place at the end of one of the lines and watched. 
What I saw was truly amazing. Everyone I saw was kind, polite and patient. There was no complaining about the wait or the fact we were packed in there like sardines in a can. No pushing, no shoving. Every one was chatting about how nice the show of support was and why they chose to come participate. There was a great feeling of unity and for once it was ok for total strangers to chat while they waited. The CFA employees handled the crowd impressively. While I'm sure it was overwhelming, they all just kept smiling and the place was running like a well oiled machine. Orders came out quickly and correctly. Wait time was minimal considering the length of the lines. 
I left there feeling pretty good (even though I got waffle fries which are SO not on my diet). 
Maybe the world would be a better place if it was run more like a Chick-fil-A.   

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tile Coaster Project

I thought I'd share a picture from the July meeting of the Stampin' Sisters. We meet once a month to do stamping projects. One of our projects this time around was to make a coaster. Mine is the one on the top row, far right.
To make a stamped coaster, you need the following:
  • A tile (we used stone tiles with a porous surface)
  • ModPodge
  • Fixative Spray
  • Cork Sheet (cut to size of coaster)
  • Rubber Stamps
  • StayzOn ink
First we adhered the cork the bottom of the tile with a thin layer of MdPodge. Next, we stamped our images onto the tiles with Staz On ink, then applied a liberal coat of ModPodge over the top. After allowing the ModPodge to dry (it really doesn't take long at all, maybe 15 minutes), we generously sprayed the tile with fixative. Voila! Easy as pie.
I'm currently testing out my coaster to see how it holds up with use. So far so good. If it continues to work well (no running ink, etc.) I may make some more on my own. This  really was a fun and easy project. Can't wait to see what we do next month!