Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I'll swear off the French Ladies for a while and am open to suggestions as to a theme for March -- but hurry, I'll have to make one in less than 27 hours! Post promptly please.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
I can't show you what I've been furiously working on, ignoring hunger pangs and ringing phones for, leaving blogging undone, laundry unfolded, the dog unwalked and Mark eating Crispix for dinner --- but I can show you the aftermath. You'll have to wait until May to see the fruits of this disaster. I'll give you a hint.....it's a whole bunch of fabulous (OK, that part is subjective but the whole bunch is quantifiable) applications for 1.5 x1.5 Bazzill chips. Stay tuned.
Yikes. I made sure all my paints, inks, glues and dark chocolate brownies were covered and gave up. I'll have to excavate tomorrow.
Imagine what goodies I'll find when I put everything away. Here are the admittedly rushed tiles for the last few days as my time has been spent making myself a prime candidate for Clean Sweep. I did them, though, one a day. I didn't cheat. Really. I couldn't, despite really wanting to blow it off and make two the next day. I know, you want to be me when you grow up, write my name in on the Presidential ticket next year.
Friday, February 23, 2007
I had these aprons made at Cafe Press, the site that hosts Zoe's Store for me. The images are of game pieces from Sixtyopoly. The printing is great and holds up really well in the wash, but there was something missing. Oh yeah, EVERYTHING. I had to add ribbons, buttons, fibers, paint, stamping, and a vintage dress makers tape to Debbi's, with Carol's help on the sewing machine. (note to Carol: Who knew that fusible web required constant heat -- as in a whole T.H.I.R.T.Y S.E.C.O.N.D.S? It could have been defective! The iron might have been set too low. Perhaps the atmospheric conditions weren't optimal for immediate web fusing!)
The little dog tags are "z" and "g" for Zoegraph.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
DiBona Designs. She has a whole line of cool products including transparencies, original rubber stamps and lots of other goodies for mixers of media.
I have been working on a project for a deadline after work and sqeezing in my daily tiles while the other stuff is drying. Let dry. The two most hated words in any project directions. Anyway, can't show you that here, but with any luck, it'll be on your newsstands this summer.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I have reset my Comments Settings in an effort to shake the problem loose. I also changed it so that ANYONE can comment - supposedly without a Blogger account. We'll see.
I just HATE when I don't get your comments, my self-worth is tied directly to the number of visits and comments I receive daily. If you would like to email me until this whole thing is resolved, and narrowly prevent my plunging into a deep depression while binge eating Dove dark chocolates, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the tile that was drying last night - it's really glossy from a liberal (is there any other kind?) coating of Diamond Glaze, but it doesn't show up so well in the scan. Ok, everyone, in unison:
Well, it wasn't really intended as a birthday gift, but hey, who needs a reason to receive a present? When the kind and generous folks at Bazzill Basics found out about my daily resolution, they sent me nearly a two year supply of chips -- these are the little 1.5" squares I use to make my paper tiles. I am going to just focus on 2007 for now. On February. On this week.
I am so excited because this wonderful cache will allow me to supply my students with more chips than I had originally intended at MIU! Bazzill (rhymes with Dazzle) has a great line of papers and other goodies, as well as an inspirational flickr gallery with creative ideas for scrapbookers and media mixers alike. Thanks, Lisa!
Debbi Crane, my dear friend whom I've never met, co-professor at Make It University and Cover Girl emeritus of CPS issue 9, made me this gorgeous book. Can you see the binding stitches? They're braided. It's wonderfully heavy with blank pages, begging for doodles, ideas and grocery lists. AND she did it while in an arm brace. I'm tellin' ya, she can leap tall buildings in a single bound, ok? Not to mention the fact that a certain famous QB reads her blog.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Trumpet was feeling especially festive.
Popou, Nana, Grandma Carol, and the boys' best friend John were on hand to help us celebrate. Not pictured are Dee, Lori, Kyle and Annie.
On the menu: homemade pizza, BBQ ribs, chocolate cake, and Amstel Light (note product placement).
Singing to Mommy. I think Connor was "lip-singing."
Friday, February 16, 2007
Debbi Crane will be teaching her purse books, Pokey with be there too. This is going to be the hottest thing to hit town since Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over that lantern.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Boy meets girl. Boy dumps girl. Girl flees her heartbreak in Iowa and goes back to California to graduate with her class. Boy chases girl to California months later realizing the horrible error he has made, with intentions of proposing to her after graduation. Girl pretty much dashes his hopes, still angry from said dumping. Boy gets a makeover. Girl gets ultimate revenge and marries him six years later.
Classic romantic tale.
Here's the before. Very cute, but a little Iowa with the perm and the mullet. You have to remember, this was 1985, MTV had not yet homogenized American Teen culture. We still relied on local radio stations for our musical identity. This was the era of cassette tapes, shoulder pads and car windows with cranks instead of buttons.
Monday, February 12, 2007
We had just moved to small-town Iowa from Southern California (I had to look it up on a map -- it's not the one with the potatoes, apparently) and had spent the last 6 weeks of the summer in Greece, unsuccessfully married off at 17 despite my Yiayia's best efforts.
If you took one part Footloose and added liberal scoops of My Big Fat Greek Wedding to it, the resulting concoction would be our story. Here are some pictures from Cheryl and Mark Chapter One. Enjoy your trip.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Here's the first of my 40th Birthday tiles. Do you love the beantooth? I traded it in for crows feet and a creeky neck. Still have pretty much the same hairdo and working on getting the double chin back. See ya tomorrow.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
The image of the woman, who, to my eye, bares a resemblance to Angelina Jolie, was cut from a vintage McCall's Pattern Envelope. I actually used the original without scanning it first. Don't know yet if I will regret that. The background and A-line text was cut from the sewing instructions and the halo around Angie's head is from the vintage package of snaps (courtesy of Aunt Gertie) shown below.