Sunday, July 29, 2012

I'm still around

Haven't posted much lately.  After our mission trip it has been crazy and busy at work.  A new Stampin Up club starts this weekend so I really do need to get busy on that.  I have two 'newbies' so will be fun to do over the basics with them and show them some simple cards, then jazz those up a little with special tools and products. 

I have been enjoying the fresh produce from the Co-Op.  This last delivery they had a really good price on the extra packages of corn (12 ears) and neither hubby nor I really care for it on the cob so I made some freezer corn.  Had never done that before - but it sure tasted good.

Here is my recipe

This morning I had a really delicious breakfast -

an omelet with lots of Co-Op add-ins (green pepper, onion, tomatoes, provel cheese and the strawberry- rhubarb fruit spread)  The eggs were even from the Co-Op.

This weekend has been busy -  painting DD#2's bedroom.  She picked out a bold turquoise called Magical Oasis.  Love that name.

I think she has decided on some pink/rose colored accessories.  Had quite a time getting a second gallon of paint this morning.  The Walmart down the street (where I got the first gallon) did not have any of the base paint that was needed to mix this color.   So went 10 miles to another Walmart and they had the base paint but when he went to add the tints, one was too low to do it.   He looked and they did not have that color in stock.   So I bought the gallon of base paint from the second store and went back to the first store to ask them to add the tints.   A pleasant drive after the lovely showers we had this morning.

We are in a major drought - over a month since we had any sort of rain.  Everything is drying up between the lack of rain and the 100+ temps we have had for many of that month.   This morning we had a nice shower and 0.8 inches of rain.  Won't be enough for the crops, but it sure was nice and almost felt cold in the 74 degrees.  After the rain, the temps climbed back up quickly.

Almost makes me yearn for snow - NOT!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Just can't imagine

I just have to share this post by a mother who was in the Aurora theater with her teen-age daughters during the shooting this week.  What a horrific experience- and what a testimony.  I pray the three of them (and others who were traumatized through this event) can find peace and be able to sleep and go about their daily lives without fear.  I just can't imagine what it was like but hope that if I am ever in such a situation that I will not fail to trust God.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thankful for....

A couple days ago I started posting a photo on Facebook of things I am thankful for - one per day.  I am trying to think of things outside of the usual like family, friends, home, job - of course, I am thankful for them but I want to stretch myself a little and think beyond the obvious.
So far I am thankful for ...
icy cold drinks in aluminum cups.  Remind me of my childhood.  We had these cups and they were so old and worn that the color was almost gone.  Nothing like them on a hot day - the condensation on the outside is refreshing to the touch and the cold beverage is refreshing to the taste.

Also thankful for...

shade trees.  This one is in West Virginia and was between the houses we worked on last week.  It was a very welcome relief from the intense sun and heat. Thank you God for providing it.

Then our AC broke and I was thankful for....

a cool breeze.  Summer breeze, makes me feel fine.    Buddy likes the breeze too.

Today I am thankful for
photos.  This one is of my maternal grandparents.  All 4 of my grandparents had died before I was born so photos are the only way I have of knowing what they looked like.   The last to die was my maternal grandmother, Mary (Mamie) who died in April before I was born in June.  That's how I got my name.  I am so thankful for photos and the technology of today.  Photos are instantly viewed and shared by others all over the world.

What are some things you are thankful for?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Club Cards and samples - July

This weekend is the next card club and I spent most of the day designing the cards we will make.  I haven't been in the craft room for over a week so it was a much needed 'therapy'.  And I had so many new toys to play with.
The first card is pretty simple but has a few touches to make it special.   The embossing along the bottom edge and the 'shadow' on the butterfly make it more than just a clean and simple card.
Card Stock - Pink Pirouette and Primrose Petals
Stamp Sets - Papillon Potpourri and Word Play
Punch - Elegant Butterfly
Ink - Primrose Petals

Here are a few others using the embossing folder and/or the butterflies.

Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit

Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit

Gumball Green, SummerStarfruit, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse

Midnight Muse

 This is the second card for club.  It uses the new set Blast Off and the new IN colors.
Card Stock - Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green and Raspberry Ripple DSP
Stamp Set - Blast Off
Ink- same colors as the card stock

Here is another card using the Blast Off set.

 I punched a circle in the window on the spaceship that shows the alien that is stamped inside the card.

And my last card - and most complicated one - but I really like it.  It is CASED from a card by Lee Ann Greff.

Card Stock -  Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Stamp Set - Patterned Party, Bring on the Cake
Die cut - Tasteful Trim
Open the card and three wrapped presents pop out.  The DSP on the packages is from a retired set but you could use any patterned paper and change the other colors to match. 

Other cards using the Tasteful Trim die cut ...

Bright papers and the Patterned Party stamp set

Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink using Word Play

 This one uses the leftover pieces from cutting the rick rack trim - don't waste anything!

This patriotic one is a little late for Independence Day but will make a nice Any Hero card for Operation Write Home.

I sure had fun today and 'almost' feel ready to go back to work.  Never feel totally ready.  I will probably need some time in the craft room again tomorrow evening - - what other new toys can I find to play with.  I have a stack of them!

Mission Trip to West Virginia - what a week it was!

Last week, hubby and I and 12 other members from our church went to Fairmont, West Virginia as a mission trip.  We were scheduled to work on 3 homes in Barackville. When we arrived, we learned that some huge storms had moved through the area on the night before and the camp where we were staying was without power.  They had generators to power enough of the kitchen to be able to feed the 100+ campers but no electricity for fans or water heater (cold showers).

We did have power at the work sites - probably would have had to come back home if we had not.  Tuesday evening the power was restored and just in time as it got even hotter and the fans were much needed for comfortable sleeping.  The fans did not do a lot in the 95+ heat of the afternoon but once the sun went down it cooled off some and having a fan blowing directly on me certainly helped me sleep.

This is one of the work projects -putting a roof over a deck which had been built through the same ministry several years ago.
 The deck got the sun most of the day so it was almost unbearable to use it during the summer.  Homeowners, Tony and Holly were very thankful for the roof and look forward to many days enjoying their deck in the shade.
Another project was painting a bedroom.  This is the project I worked on.  We primed and painted over the existing paneling.

We had to prep the walls by sanding off adhesive from lots of things taped to the paneling over the years.  Our team also enlarged the closet in the corner of this room.
Here the painting is almost finished.  Carpetting was also laid in this room.

We also held Backyard Bible Club in the afternoons.   We had two  young ladies from one of the homes who attended each day. Aubrey and Brieanna are the sweetest girls.  We really enjoyed getting to know them and plan to keep in touch.

One of the ways to cope with the heat was to make frequent trips to Walmart and we stopped to enjoy some Icees on one of the trips.
Tom drank his too fast, brain freeze :-)  It was a memorable week - not what we expected - but God provided what we needed.