Safe and sound! Since I didn't go, I'll let the pictures tell the story. There will be more photos to come, once they are downloaded/developed, but for now…this will have to suffice! Hans, Sam D., Tom D., Steven and Jake. Gabe, Daniel, Forrest,Warren, and Joseph. Jerry, Tom and Nick on left, Sam R., Max and Mike on right. Scott on left, Ernie and Thomas F. on right…plus another couple of strangers in the back:) This is the really old guys raft! Here we have Wesley, Ceasar, Gabe and Cyrus! These photos are from Mountain & River Adventures. There will be more to come from other attendees of the trip. I think that it would have been totally "fair" if I would have been able to go off to CHA or some crafty retreat. Instead, I got to face my own dangerous adventure…cleaning my workroom! All parties survived.
Yesterday, I sent out the link for 2 for $10 entrees at Pei Wei…and made my own trip there for dinner with the girls. Good friends (daughters included), good deal, good food and good laughs – there were even good leftovers! But before the dinner was even started, there was good news. For those of you that go to Pei Wei – really quick, really good, kind-of like PF Chang food – you know that you serve yourself drinks, gather your own silverware and pick up your own fortune cookies. Imagine that – a huge basket of fortune cookies, hundreds of them, there for the taking. Our group considers that an appetizer so a handful goes back to our table with us. Anyway, the motto is that we keep eating them until we find one we like or get full and have to take our whole meal home. I was feeling a little adventurous last night, and I hadn't eaten for HOURS, so I decided to keep eating until I got a bad one. I don't know if that's technically legal as far as the fortune cookie deal goes. But here are my fortunes: I know, I know…4 is more than enough fortune cookies. Let's break these down. 1. I need to figure out what I need to start now. 2. I LOVE to receive special things in large packages. 3.
CHILD of the pure unclouded brow And dreaming eyes of wonder! Though time be fleet, and I and thou Are half a life asunder, Thy loving smile will surely hail The love-gift of a fairy-tale. I have not seen thy sunny face, Nor heard thy silver laughter; No thought of me shall find a place In thy young life's hereafter — Enough that now thou wilt not fail To listen to my fairy-tale. A tale begun in other days, When summer suns were glowing — A simple chime, that served to time The rhythm of our rowing — Whose echoes live in memory yet, Though envious years would say 'forget' Come, hearken then, ere voice of dread, With bitter tidings laden, Shall summon to unwelcome bed A melancholy maiden! We are but older children, dear, Who fret to find our bedtime near. Without, the frost, the blinding snow, The storm-wind's moody madness — Within, the firelight's ruddy glow And childhood's nest of gladness. The magic words shall hold thee fast: Thou shalt not heed the raving blast. And though the shadow of a sigh May tremble through the story, For 'happy summer days' gone by, And vanish'd summer glory — It shall not touch with breath of bale The pleasance of our fairy-tale. Lewis Carroll Aren't the illustrations fabulous? I love all things
It's all about the application…so here's a card for my flower.* I think I'll make another one a little later. The boys are off white-water rafting, so I'm not cooking dinner! If anyone is interested and has a Pei Wei near you, today, July 26th, 2010, they are having their customer appreciation day and you can get two entrees for $10…maybe we will see you there! Go here to find your coupon. Sorry…the coupon is expired! *I would like to say that this can be sent through the mail, but not in an envelope. Try delivering this in person or in a small box. It is definitely a dimensional project!
And I’m going to show you how to make them. I have been promising this for ages, but the truth is that I have had and CONTINUE to have…technical difficulties! This video tutorial is far from perfect, but it will have to do for now! For anyone that I have showed before, I have reduced the count from 16 papers to 12…it’s a little less bulky, but beautiful still. If you want a super full flower, keep to 16 papers! Here are a few more flowers/views. I will show more steps for variations in the next few days! Isn’t the variegated color wonderful? I love how spraying the two shades of color over each other makes such a spectacular hue. This last flower was made from yellow baking cup liners and sprayed after constructed and “fluffed”. I love this, too! I have to say it once again…I love these flowers! Have fun and let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to hear from you!
My life seems to be measured by weeks these days…a list of what happens from Sunday to Sunday. Sometimes I like to think that I get a lot done and I have tangible proof. Scott and Tom have been gone at Cherry Valley Scout camp for the past seven days and I have tried in the past to get something major accomplished, like cleaning the carpets or organizing my workroom, something that they could walk in and say, "Wow! You got a lot done while we were gone!" Not this time. I didn't even get totally rested up or play a lot. But I won't say that the time was wasted, at least not all of it. It was definitely both a "Mary" and a "Martha" week. Sunday was busy getting the boys off to camp. We were supposed to have our Super Saturday (day of crafts) TODAY, so I was also trying to gather the samples and get sign-up sheets ready. After a not so enthusiastic reception, we ended up postponing it. The projects, IMO were good, but it's summer and you never know when vacations will get in the way and we have had a lot of new babies in the ward. It's okay…we will do it later! Today was kind of a "Martha" day. Monday was busy getting some layouts done for Pinecone…or maybe I should say scanning
So I got the chance to play with the Graphic 45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland paper a little more. It is so much fun! And as I said before, it screams to be dimensionalized! There are just not enough hours in the day! Isn't DJ a cutie? I mentioned that I wanted to do some cards, so here are a couple of those as well. Here's the first… and here's another. I love the Manly Boys graphics! I will definitely be doing more with this paper. It is too fun to put away for very long!
I’ve never actually gone to confession, not being Catholic and not having done anything serious enough to go to my Bishop about…in recent years, at least…but I’ve seen it enough on television to know that this is what I feel like I am doing right now. I feel the need to do penance! It has been surprisingly busy since that last post. I’ve had visitors and I’ve been trying to get certain things done before I blog again, but I can only see this dragging on for many more days unless I get back into the habit again. I’ve had some specific projects to do and now they are completed, I can get on with the fun stuff. A few weeks ago…not sure exactly how long – I loose track of time these days and I’m sure that my daughter will read this and tell me exactly how long ago it was. Anyway, a while ago, Megan sent me a message regarding this cool new paper line from Graphic 45…Hallowe’en in Wonderland, which I promptly looked up on their website and oh my goodness! It is so to die for cute! I promptly passed the message onto Deb, who ordered it for an upcoming kit. I, of course, couldn’t wait until her order came in, so I called Cool Scrapbook Stuff to see if Gena had ordered it – of course she