Friday, October 20, 2017

Easy peasy pumpkin

Today I have a really quick craft that anyone can do.

All you need is a small jar candle (some shade of orange) You can find these at Walmart for $1. Some black paint and a ribbon or scrap of fabric

All you do is paint a simple jack o lanter face on the side of the jar, tie a ribbon or scrap fabric around the top and you're done.


I used puffy paint and just drew the face on by squeezing the paint right from the bottle. You could also use other kinds of paint and brush it on. These aren't the best looking faces but they'll do. I feel bad for the one on the left, his eyes don't even appear to match.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Words of wisdom

The wise person knows....


...to let sleeping dogs lie

I saw that olw in Joann fabrics the other day. I don't remember how much it was but I do remember that it was way more than I was willing to pay.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Finally

After what feels like weeks, maybe months, of not doing anything creative, I finally broke the dry spell. It wasn't a huge splash back into the crafty pool but a little splash is better than nothing.

I decided that I would make a few more of the small notepad folios that I made a while back. This time though I wanted to add some of my old index card art to the front instead of scrapbook paper. I found a couple I liked and printed them out. After folding the base for the folio I added the decorative cover to the front.

The first one I printed as is from a scanned file I had. The second one I had to scan and then I made some adjustments to it in photoshop elements before printing


The first one printed out larger because I printed right from the scanned file on to a 4 x 6 paper. The second one was original size since I printed from photoshop elements. If you can see the rulers on the top and side of my scor-pal you can tell that these are 3 3/4 x 5 1/2. They're a nice size to stick in a purse.

The one drawback to them is that they are made from cardstock so they aren't going to be real durable. The upside though is that I have a use for those index cards I did and they look pretty.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I haven't done this in a while

Remember way back when awards were circulating throughout the blogging community? They were fun to receive but I got to a point where I would forget to post about them and then feel guilty for not following through.

Just the other day I had one come my way from Joan at My quality day. Joan is a long time blog friend who I met through Entrecard. She's an amazing woman and so far I don't think there's anything she can't do. Not only do I thank her for thinking of me but I thank her for giving me a subject for a blog post. The well has run dry here.

So the award is the Liebster award
"Liebster" is a German word meaning beloved or dearest. It is an online recognition in form of virtual award which started in 2011 passed on by bloggers to fellow bloggers for enjoying and valuing their work. The idea is to recognize the effort and give credit.

So, here are the terms of the award. 

The Liebster Award is received by writing an acceptance post. The rules for accepting the award are straightforward:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
Nominate 11 people and ask them 11 questions.
Notify each of the nominees on their blog.

Here are the 11 questions. 

1. What prompted you to begin blogging? 
I started this blog on October 9, 2008. My original thought was to showcase the digital scrapbooking I was making as well as photo editing. My original intentions were to work my way in to designing for digital scrapbooking shops. However I soon discovered that it really wasn't for me. 

2. Which language would you like to learn? 
Well considering the fact that there are days when I have trouble with the english language I probably shouldn't attempt to learn any new ones. I did take spanish in school though so that would most likely be the one I would attempt to learn

3. What was your favorite experience in the past six months? 
I haven't done much of anything in the past 6 months but I suppose doing the craft show in August was a pretty good experience.

4. What one location in the world you would like to visit? 
I don't know that I can just choose one location. How about if I say that I want to visit EVERY location in the world that is warm

5. Do you have pets? 
You already know the answer to this one. I'm owned but one not so well behaved Yorkie Cavalier mix


6. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
I don't really know if I've ever eaten anything that would be considered strange. When I was growing up though my dad had me hooked on peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches


7. What is your biggest struggle while writing?
Since I don't consider myself a writer this is hard to answer. I never have been able to write well in my opinion. I've been told though, that I write like I talk. When I write though, I tend to not do so well with punctuation

8. Who would you like to receive a week of training/mentorship from?
I'm fascinated by Tim Holtz products and his work. I would definitely enjoy a week of learning from him

9. What is the first thing you drink in the morning? 
When I was younger I used to get up and start the day off with a pepsi. Then I moved on to orange juice. These days I want my coffee.

10. How many books do you read per month? 
I really have no idea. I'm going to say at least 3 maybe more. I've never really kept track and I do all my reading on a kindle so I don't even have the actual books to count

11. What was your favorite time of year when you were growing up? 
.I always loved all the seasons and to some extent I still do. I love to see the seasons change I just wish that winter didn't last so long



OK so now comes the part where I break the rules. I'm not going to nominate anyone to receive this award. All of you who stop by here and leave me comments on a regular basis are the dearest people I know. If you want it, the award is yours. If not, that's OK too. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

just a moment

Day 2 of my 4 day weekend was not very productive but I did have fun playing around with an app I installed on my tablet. It's called MomentCam and it makes caricatures out of your picture. I don't know how much I'll use this but it kept me occupied for a while.

If you follow me on facebook you already saw this but here's one of the ones I did

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thoughtful gesture

Over a week ago, my neighbor across the street came over and told me she was going to be going away and asked if I would keep an eye on her house. Nothing involved other than paying closer attention to anything odd that might be going on. She also said she was expecting a package and if I saw it could I pick it up until she got back.

She came home late Friday night and yesterday she stopped over with a little thank you gift. I told it really wasn't necessary since I didn't really do anything other look over at her house throughout the week. She insisted that having me, along with 2 other neighbors watching it helped put her mind at ease.

This was the sweet gift she gave me. Love how the bottle is decorated.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

1 of 4

Today is day 1 of the 4 days in a row that I have off. Can you see my smile?

I'm keeping this short and just throwing in a random picture from the archives.

I know this one is a new years picture but with the 1 in the wreath I thought it fit my topic


Friday, October 13, 2017

What happened to the celery

I've been meaning to do a post about the celery that I replanted. It's been quite a while so I wanted to show you how much it's grown.

The first one I planted grew a little then stopped. I started a second and that one passed up the first in no time. Finally the first one ended up not making it but the second kept going strong. This isn't the best picture but you can see how big it's gotten



Since today is Friday the 13th I was wondering if anyone is taking extra precautions today to keep the bad luck away?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Even though the calendar says it's October 11th and the trees are dropping their leaves, it doesn't really feel like fall. The weather is a bit too warm for this time of year. Also, while I was out in the yard the other day I noticed a bloom on the forsythia bush. That's not supposed to happen this time of year.

It does look a little like fall on my table though. I've managed to pull a few things out.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I don't have a title

It's hard to come up with a title for a blog post when you have absolutely no idea what you're going to write about. I have a picture though so at least there's that.

The color has faded from the hydrangea blooms but they hang on enjoying every last warm day there is left before the weather turns.

I had another day off where I couldn't get myself to do much of anything. I've been wanting to work on some craft projects. I have at least 4 different ones started. Every time I think I'll work on one I decide I reall am not in the mood for it. I thought maybe it was because my craft room was such a mess so I thought I would work on cleaning that up. I got about a 1/4 of the way through it and decided I really didn't feel like doing that either. This dry spell has to end soon.

As for yesterdays post, yes something is on my mind but it's not the kind of thing that I want to put on my blog. It's not work, medical or anything right here at home. I'll get past it but for now it's weighing heavy.

This is getting to be too much of a woe is me post so I'll leave you with that and be back tomorrow.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Keeping it simple

Rather than turning this post into one giant rant I'm going to keep it simple and just give you Gibbs


Sunday, October 8, 2017

I can't be the only one.

I'm sure there must be other people who do the same thing. Or maybe I'm just strange. I can't help looking at the letters on a license plate and coming up with what those letters stand for.

With that in mind, look at my license plate and tell me what you think the letters stand for


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fair entries

The other day when I posted pictures from my animal folder I showed this one and mentioned that I had entered it in our local fair.


I also mentioned that the above picture didn't win anything. Ginny from Let your light shine said she would like to see the ones that did win so here they are.

This one got an honorable mention



And this one got third place. I think in my other post I said second but looking at the ribbon attached to the back of the picture I see it was actually third.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Flowers

Believe it or not, flowers was another folder that had very little in it. You would think that would be loaded with all kinds of pictures.

Neither one of these is really all that impressive but they were the best from what I had to choose from

One thing I noticed in all the folders is that I had a thing for adding frames to pictures.



This particular picture I had done about 6 different edits to the same photo. Of those 6 I liked this one the best. It reminded me of a colored pencil drawing.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

From the family folder

Well this blast from the past is certainly helping me with blog material but it hasn't gotten me to get motivated to come up with anything new.

I have several craft projects in various stages of completion but nothing finished and ready to show.

As for my computer woes from yesterday. I plugged my external into the back of the computer and it worked just fine. Then the next time I checked it wasn't showing up so I unplugged it and plugged it back in. I think I'm just destined to have issues with it.

Today the pictures are from the folder marked family.

This is a favorite since it features my biggest hero. Sure wish he was still around.

I can't remember what this type of edit is called but I know it included adding a gradient to it.


This was one of my first attempts at extracting a subject from one picture and putting them in a different background. I didn't do so good with the hair.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cars

The folder marked cars didn't have a whole lot to choose from. 

This first was a picture of a diecast car that Wade has. I was very tempted to correct the color in the picture and get rid of the blue cast but the whole point of this was to show you what I did back then.



This was using doing the out of bounds edit where it looks like a part of the picture is sticking outside of the picture.  I remember having a bit of difficulty trying to figure this out but it looks like I got it. Not something I did too much of though


So I'm not quite sure what the future of photos will be like on the blog. I had resized the above pictures and had them ready to use for today's post. When I went to retrieve them to write the post my external hard drive wasn't working. It kept telling me that it couldn't detect it or something like that.  I've got a ton of stuff on that thing and I should have known that something would happen to it sooner or later. I also think that there is something wrong with the USB ports on the front of my computer which is where I plug the external in. They have been giving me problems when I try and recharge my fitbit too. Technology is a real pain in the butt sometimes.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

From the animals folder

Today I've grabbed a few pictures from the folder marked animals.

This file is dated 2008


This one is also dated 2008. I actually entered this one in the photography department at the fair. The other two photos that I entered won a 2nd place and an honorable mention but this one didn't win anything. I guess the judges weren't cat lovers.  This was the last cat that I had. My boy Pringle


This one says it's from 2006. I thinkg that may have been Duke's first Halloween. What a stylin' boy he was.




Monday, October 2, 2017

Editing in the early days

For the rest of the week I'm going to go back in time and show you some of the good and not so good edits I have done. These are from a time when I was spending all my spare time learning how to use photoshop elements and having a ton of fun doing it.

I pulled out a DVD that I have all the old edits stored on and it had several different folders. I'll grab a couple pictures from each folder every day. This should not only get me through my blogging dry spell but it will be good for a laugh or two.

These two came from a folder that I labeled abstract art. According to the information with the files these are from 2008


I don't know what the original picture was but I do remember that I copied it a bazilion times and made it a little smaller each time.


This was a picture of myself that I altered. The file was labeled "feeling catty

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hello October

Maybe I can be a better blogger this month. Truth is, there just has not been anything to blog about. I think you would get bored with me really quick if every day I say "I went to work, came home and vegged on the couch until it was time to go to bed"

So as not to miss yet another day, I sat at the computer and played with some old pictures. I wasn't very inspired so I just started layering things.

I took these 3 pictures along with a texture




And this is what it ended up being. Now the cemetery is lake front property.


Friday, September 29, 2017

another day

Yesterday the video I posted was not necessarily how traffic is all the time. That was at around 2:30 in the afternoon and lighter than normal. With that being said, even on the worst days, traffic is not bad around here. Now if I go to the next larger town it will be quite a bit more.

The whole point I'm leading up to is that yesterday I got stuck behind a school bus and then a big truck hauling logs. When I had to stop for the bus I took a picture here and there.

Here's one of them. It's kind of blah so you know what comes after this picture right?


It's the edited version.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ride along

I thought you might like to ride along with me to see the kind of traffic I deal with on a regular basis.

You may want to turn the sound down because I didn't have the radio on and I wasn't talking except I did say oops when my cell phone fell over.  Just so you don't worry about me doing this while driving I pulled over and leaned my phone up against the dash then set the camera to record before pulling back out on the road.

Oh and I apologize for my no show yesterday. I had it scheduled to come up saying I was taking the day off but somehow it reverted to draft and never posted.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The art of procrastination

It would appear that I am becoming an expert at it. Ever since the fair ended and my vacation began I've been putting off all kinds of things and opting for more sedentary choices.


I've tried to do some crafting and although I have the materials needed for the projects I can't get myself to work on them.

I have photos that I could edit and prepare for posting yet I scramble to find one at the last minute. Except for yesterday, I never even got that far.

Am I becoming too lazy or am I preparing for the dormant days ahead?


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sorry if I disturbed you

It wasn't my intention to bother anyone with my mournful cries this morning but I was overwhelmed with grief at the passing of my vacation. It is with a heavy heart that I return to work today.

It was the laziest, most perfect vacation. I did a wee bit of crafting, a wee bit of shopping and mostly sat around sipping cold drinks and reading. It was a flip flop week and it really sucks that have to put on socks today.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

From the back yard

I looked out back the other day and couldn't figure out what I was seeing near the back of the yard. I grabbed my camera just in case it was something worth taking a picture of.

I thought they were rather interesting looking so I took two pictures. I've never seen any like these before.



Friday, September 22, 2017

Another jar.

I did a second candle jar that I haven't gotten around to showing you yet. This one has a Halloween theme.

And here it is with a candle in it.



Well my weeks vacation is almost over. I didn't make any plans but I did think I would do more crafting than what I have. I've been pretty lazy most of the week and it's been very nice. The weather has been great but quite humid and it's kind of sucked the energy out of me. I did go in to work yesterday to do my order and pick up my check and  I was able to catch up on all the stuff going on there. It seems there's been a bit of excitement going on with one person dropping 4 deli trays that someone ordered and saying "oh well, not my problem" then calling off the next day. Then there was another one who called up Wednesday night to quit with no notice and she was scheduled to open on Thursday. And here I've been just lounging on my deck enjoying the day.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

I'm being colorful

Every now and then I like to do selfies using facebook messenger because there are so many fun things you can add to your pictures.

I took a bunch the other day and this effect was so cool and colorful. The colors keep changing until you snap the picture so you get a different look every time. I made a collage of 4 of the ones I took.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I guess I lied

I know I said yesterday that it was the end of the parade pictures but I changed my mind and I'm doing another.

How could I not show you our home town floats.



Or this guy. I would be afraid of falling off that thing.

Then of course there are all the little ones who are just so cute.

This little girl was adorable

Last but not least this picture just cracked me up. It makes me think of one of those movies that has the really mean girls. The blonde on the left looks like she's yelling at the girl on the right. I can hear her saying something like "What is wrong with you, you are stepping with the wrong foot"

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Last of the parade

I have lots more pictures but I'm making this the last day for parade pictures then I'll move on to something else.

Since this is a very small town we don't have the great big elaborate floats. Around here they are hay wagons that either just have a sign hanging on the side of them or in some cases they are decorated up with a nice little setting.

Aside from that in our parade you'll see...

Marching bands


Tractors of all sizes


Monster trucks. In these parts it's become a big thing to take these out muddin'. Don't ask me to explain muddin' other than you go out run your truck through mud and get it really dirty.


And last but not least we have horses. Normally the horses are somewhere in the middle of the parade and then being that horses leave calling cards, those behind them have to be careful where they step. They finally got smart and the horses were at the end of the parade.



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