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Happy Birthday! 
October 23, 2009 
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Close To My Heart - Paper Crafting Hop

For some inspiring Artwork from the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop follow these links posted on Live, Love, Laugh, Scrapbook Blog.  A fun place to start is Sheila's Stamping Stuff enjoy seeing the ideas for what can be done with the stamp set "TREASURES" ... HAPPY Hopping!


Fabric Dye Fun ...

~ Part I ~
Saturday: got together with a group of great ladies for fabric dying, the weather was wonderful, not the humid muggy mess it had been the previous week ... i don't think it got over 7o ...
A Perfect day.
Today, Sunday, I am rinsing my fabric.
Will Wash it, and iron it dry...
right now, it is soaking and i look forward to


MY Blog'aversery!

... which is also my son's bday! ... WOW!

so, we're busy 'celebrating'
... but a quick hello, and wanted to share this "find" ~

Friday Give-Aways from the Quilting Gallery


Happy "Let's Blow things UP Day" !

I know, I'm "Ms. Sunshine" ... and the sky is a forbidding blue, in places. I'm Not a fan of Humidity and Explosions. Much rather pretty fireworks on a pleasant eve. I believe I prefer my beloved AC with a righteous THUNDERSTORM. ... I predict i will choose to be a party pooper tonight.
Happy 4th ANYWAY... !

... in the meantime, i am planning to scrapbook and quilt, amidst being "on call" at work, and will head in around 4 ... then? i fantasize about heading home to hermit up and do the things that bring me joy. Unfortunatley, unless the Sky opens, my family will probably draw me into a crowd be be bug fodder amidst the thick air and long lines, hikes to a rank Porta-Potty. I'll be wishing i were in the AC sewing or scrapbooking... until then, if i'm dragged off, i will take a good read:

Toni's currently-reading book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists


Kade's "Birthday Book" ~ D.O.B. Dec '07!

Hard to believe Kade will be a big brother in October to a little sister,
about the time my Grandboy, Theodore Alexander is due!
It's all super exciting! ~ makes the world go round!!!!

[to SEE DETAIL click on the photo/slideshow,
& it will take you to the Photobucket Still Shots]
email/leave a comment if you have questions, thanks for looking!
~ most products Close To My Heart. {thanks Kerry for taking pictures!}

Baby Boy Caro: Due [approx] October 27?!

~fist photo: "i knew you before you were born!"
Theodore Alexander
{this is actually the first sonogram}


Mini Quilt Swap: Batik/hand dyed!

Done! .... ready to mail: "yesterday"
... saved it to mail it after my quilt guild meeting!

I hand dyed the outer fabric and backing several years ago .... i've been hesitant to use them because i loved them so ~ but i signed up to do another 'group dye' so, i finally felt able to "let go" of some of it... The Batik in the center I made last fall? with a group of friends ... and practiced a variety of techniques. Many of the methods i've been wanting to try for awhile - using shiva paint sticks, beading and 3d applique.
~ this will actually be mailed to my quilt swap buddy *anon* asap!


~ Mini Quilt Swap!

Spring Blooms Mini Quilt Swap

~ doesn't this sound like a fun Motivator?!

(uhg, not that my camera is lost again)
... but that i received my goodies, not just a mini quilt...
Thank you, Gloria from Argentina!!!!


My Friend Suz went on Vacation...

... she took "HOP" ... & all i got was to look at her stupid Blog!
~ Thanks for Sharing! ;0)

Happy Easter~!


Long hair freaky people need not apply...

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"those who throw objects
into the crocodiles

will be required
to retrieve them!"
... imagine that, me working for you...
... " thank you Lord for thinking about me,
i'm alive and doin' fine..."


Photo Challenge ...

... with a twist ~
This photo was taken with my phone.
... while Derek was reading POETRY to Dexter , the CAT! (ok, to me too!)
... Shel Silverstein {Light in the Attic} , snow outside, a fire in the fireplace. Not a completely awful moment in time, despite we don't prefer the FREEZING temps! {i love my comfy socks!}
~ There was another photo (not number six, &a bit more blurry, where Dexter was on the back of the sofa, looking over Derek's shoulder, listening intently & looking at the pictures! He moved away slightly when Derek laughed too loud for his comfort, thus moving to the arm of the sofa!) Meanwhile, I decided to play with my camera phone and the settings (he thought i was texting!). While this is about the 6th? photo on my phone ... not exactly in the photo folder in my computer ... (yet, cuz i'm downloading them, truthfully my picts are winding up all over my computer, its the photo sprite).
... i thought this one is fun. I'm trying to make more time to take daily photo's! Derek is a super kid! I've decided, as i am not a very good steward in the whereabouts of my camera, but keep my phone handy, my next phone will have a more decent camera, which may be awhile!)... I still like this, Caddy-whompus and all!

~ the challenge:
1. Go to your photo folder in your computer.
2. Go to the 6th folder of the photos.
3. Go to the sixth picture.
4. Put the picture on your blog and description of it.
5. Invite six friends to join the challenge. **
6. Link them in your blog and let them know they have been challenged! **
**{invite yourself! ... and leave a comment here} ~ another twist!


Challenge MySelf ...

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
Leonardo da Vinci

To Do:
Lent begins this week...
so, i will give up ~ limit my time online...
Work in my "studio" one hour a day!


... Want to be...?

~ Life:
"if we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be research" ~ Albert Einstein.

{... in a pondering mood}
"Am i where i want to be?
Did i get here easily?
Did i make a sacrifice?
Did i make a sharp left
When i should've turned right?
Am i where i want to be?"
~ enjoy!
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" Artists are the storytellers of old and we are the ones who take people into a world of fantasy from time to time which sometimes can bring them inspiration, hope, or even a reality check."
- AP 7/2008



Man Made Card

~ and Once upon a time:

'Twas late night And all through the house
Everyone was sleeping, quiet as a mouse.
We were all "sleeping" all snug in our beds,
Except for our Mom, she was scrapping instead.
She was cropping and clicking and tape running too;
Mounting and planning, sticking stickers - all new.
She's getting NO SLEEP! ~ this would be no fun.
We could still hear her cropping.
It was way past one.
Then it came to us all so fast,
She was making US pages of each of our pasts.
What fun it would be when we gathered around
Looking at pictures that our dear Mom had found.
So we settled back down, for our long winter nap!
Who cares if she's cranky, we'll let Mom scrap!
(Modified by anon)


~ ... did i mention?

... or i should say, my son did {which he was looking for his remote to the video games, that he was/is grounded from until ALL his homework is turned in & grades are groovy).
... It was one of my many sewing baskets. I really don't know how it got here. My husband, who thought he brought IT upstairs, and NEVER MIND he was with me when i bought it, used it etc... said - "OH that is NOT THE camera i found on the charger and brought up ...?" Well, the last time i saw it was on the charger ... i do know, i let other people charge their camera's on MY dock (aren't i nice?) ... but, it seems perhaps my son's camera was charging ... so, somewhere, someone, sometime ... oh heck, it's a mystery. Perhaps put there for "safe keeping"? ... But, now it is FOUND
to do:
  • finish the things i wanted to start last week ...
  • enjoy the SUN ... (albeit is still cold, and the sun is fickle) ...
  • take some new pictures ... upload the old, and manage the pictures i found on my PHONE (hey some of them turned out pretty fun!)
  • manage my pictures on my Main Computer (mother board died and husband is trying to fix and find the pictures, esp the WEDDING picts, which the mother B. was dying, thus too slow to cooperate when i wanted to burn a disc, which reminds me ... }
~ later


feeling inspired ... BATIKS!

Batik .. i 'fancy' dragonflies' ... ~ by me =0)

It dawned on my i never got to properly take pictures and upload them
... created on a Batik weekend last September ...
These beauties are traveling around my living room,
trying on different companion fabrics...
there is a wall that needs a wall hanging,
but first, i want to work on those bags! ...
and my "house" quilt, and...
(i find sometimes it motivates me to have something waiting in the wings ~
as, i have found ... i am a process person, not so much "product" ...)


Blessings to you ...

~ it's been a beautiful weekend!...
"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields..."

~ goals this week:
clean my "office"
work on the house
? thank you notes
? "twinchies"
? piece the bag(s)


CuppyCake Song...

{playlist on the side plays automatically, but you can PAUSE, enjoy}
~ too stinkin' cute!


~ Close To My Heart: Update! ~

NEW ~ Idea Book .... take a peek! Need one? let me know.
Check out the the featured Workshops and January Stamp of the Month!
Want fun ideas? ......

Close To My Heart is celebrating National Paper Crafting Month.
The Key to My Heart promotions runs through January 31st. The gorgeous level 2 paper packet features all of the new colors {Juniper, Tulip, Sorbet and Creme Brulee} in an array of double sided papers. It is accompanied by an awesome E-size My Acrylix stamp set.

ReMember: only available until - January 31, 2009.
You can purchase it for $47.90, or for $20.00 with a $75.00 order, or FREE with an order of $130.00. Also, hostesses, can recieve the package for Free with a qualifying Gathering.