Tuesday, November 30, 2010

December Daily here I come

I'm having a great time making foundation pages and transparencies. Doubling or tripling the layers AND reversing them makes the transparencies glow. Love this one with Cathy Zielske's words.  You could make a whole book with just these - and I do have some 4x6 leftover papers to consider a foundation mini-book for 2011! btw, I always try to find something else to print on the extra part of the paper I won't be using.  The candy strip is made from some downloads called "Ginger Hearts' that I found a couple of years ago. If you recognize the designer, let me know and I'll credit her.

Monday, November 29, 2010

AAM and my December Daily

Oh I have waffled back and forth on this one so much ...hybrid, digital, hybrid, digital...yada, yada, yada. Well at least a lot of yada, ya..in my head. I started some digital layout designs before we went to Italy but then once we came back I realized that I was not going to go to Florida, and that I really might not have enough to fill up digital pages on my own. Perhaps a simpler hybrid design would work.

Then I looked for some transparencies , which have always appealed to me and found very very little in the two big box stores near me. I balked at buying on line and paying so much PLUS postage! when I do have a great digital stash. Ok, I tried printing some myself. That worked out ok, not great but ok. And yes, I did spend a small fortune on the transparencies. Geeze... you'd think they were made of petroleum or some such valuable product!!! Why can some plastic be so cheap and other plastic so frickin' expensive. Anyhow, money spent. I'm over it.

Saturday, I went to my stash of papers which I bought yrs ago thinking I might become a paper scrapper. I easily discarded that idea when I found the digital world.  I cut my 6x8s out and was happy. I decided that I would not print Ali's overlay page but rather use that as a template, and yes do that one each day or as close as I could come to each day.  But I still longed for more transparencies. Oh the heart does get greedy. I figured I could paint some with various designs and do a couple more Christmasy digital overlays, now understanding that I need to reverse the image and also duplicate the layers a few times for more depth.

Now it is Monday, and I am washing the new sheets I got on sale at Target on Saturday. I was impressed by the packaging but as I opened the box today, I did a mental happy dance.

Do you see what is on top of that box? a plastic sheet almost the exact size just crying to be decorated! (btw, that cord is to an electric mattress pad which I adore. Dual setting. Perfect.)

Just in case you wonder, that khaki goes very well with our Ikea duvet cover and shams.

But there's more! As I got ready to put the top sheet, which we do not use, away, I felt cardboard. YES! another item to think about for the book. Maybe this will be the Christmas day page. And I finally noticed the little window in the plastic. I'm not sure how I'll use this but I love it. A real peek into...well into something.

All about me? some days I'm open enough to see the joy and awesomeness in the little things. Today was one of those open heart days.

(Don't know about December Daily? Well here is the motherload of information on Ali Edward's site.)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More Mail - I see Christmas

This was yesterday's mail.  Do you see someone's Christmas present? And yes, that is a Netflix envelope too. Ah, the mail has been good these past couple of days!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

WOO Hoo!

Lots of mail is junk, but some days it's Wow! a surprise mail!

A lovely birthday gift from Big Picture Classes . i.e. it's a gift to me (a member) celebrating BPC's 5th birthday. Inside there were a bunch of items with the BPC logo. Thank you thank you Stacy and Kayce and all the wonderful teachers at BPC.

I'm not quite sure what I'll do with that big rubber band but I'll figure it out I'm sure.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Flashback Friday 10 11 26

What do you mean...you're still hungry!! I'm not washing one more dish today. Next meal is breakfast. Is that clear??? Out! Out!

While this is not my photo, it reminds me a lot of my Nana and that post Thanksgiving look in the 50s. The kitchen is finally clean again, and someone wants to eat ..more? This kitchen is a lot larger than the one I grew up in but the metal cabinets look familiar and were white til my mother painted them green! Happy Black Friday. I'm gonna watch a movie...In My Own House. You would be wise to do the same.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Culture Clash?

I have lived in my current house for over 20 years but am still amazed at the behavior of my Cypriot neighbors, two couples who are long time friends.  The two women are meticulous, out every morning sweeping their driveway, their sidewalk, the street in front of their house and often repeating this during the day. No leaf, no bit of mess is allowed to linger on their pristine ground. Every year they grouse about the leaves falling.  Uh, trees have leaves, and leaves fall every year. It's nature, folks!

For many years, I had an ongoing battle with my immediate neighbor about this habit. She would be out sweeping/raking while I was still in bed, and as I left for work, I would see her pile of sweepings - in front of my house, next to my car wheel.  Sometimes, I would be petty and sweep it all into the middle of the street where the wind could make a decision on where the stuff should go. Other times, I would get a dustpan and brush out and put it in my trashcan. I tried to speak to her about taking the next step after sweeping and finishing the job but she claimed not to understand English.

This behavior was at its worst when it snowed. She and her husband shoveled furiously at the first sign of flakes, and piled the snow up in front of my house. I would come home from work to find a wall of snow that cold not be moved without a lot of bother. It's a wonder my fury didn't melt the snow!

Things changed when my husband moved in. A man in the house seemed to make all the difference. The men spoke and we were now graced with occasion plates of Greek goodies or bowls of figs. But the sweeping didn't change. Finally I spoke to the husband, asking him to explain to his wife that if she went to the trouble of sweeping up leaves in particular, please deal with her sweepings instead of 'gifting' them to me.  Finally...her leaves became her trash or her composte, no longer my responsibility. 

The other day I noticed the other Cypriot couple out dealing with the leaves from their two Japanese maples. Beautiful trees that are a joy to see each year. But now we are going beyond the usual sweep it in front of someone else's house. They bought a leaf blower! Their red leaves were blown in both directions to the houses on either side of theirs. It was still going on as I was going out so I snapped this picture to remember this behavior.  Is this how it goes in Cyprus? It certainly is a twist on the idea of keeping one's side of the street clean. I guess I'll never understand. Do you?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Art of my Heart

Many little art projects all being made with love around here. These are some of the things I thought about when I was on vacation and it was nice to have a chance to actually put knife to paper, after printing of course! First, here are some numbers printed and being cut. Some red on white, some red on green, some round, some square-ish. Square-ish because I didn't allow enough space between the rows of numbers. Live and learn. All for the December Daily.

Second,  there are the Advent Cards I made for my grandson. I hope it will help his mother focus on the joy in living and help relieve the grief from the death of his sister/her daughter. I backed the white cards with two different shades of green cardstock, textured, and the weight is really nice. I also learned a lot about the do's and don't's of using spray adhesive...

Third,  there is the probable binder for my December Daily album. It was really cheap, and I think it came from Target or the Dollar Store. The stickers came from the $ bin at Michaels. The tag was a free download from Natasha S. Rosenberg.

Finally, there is the location of Shutterfly, where I spent much more time than I would have liked, getting the Hawaii album uploaded and sent off to be printed. However, I had two sale coupons and they expire tomorrow so what's a girl to do.

Done, done, done. How does it feel? Damn good. Now it's time to read books and magazines and get the mind recentered.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

AAM Hair Today, Maybe Not Tomorrow

This is not a color I've had for quite sometime but I decided to have a change once I got back from Italy. I must say, DH just looks at me and I'd say he isn't overjoyed. However, it is close to the color I had when we got married.  I don't think I'll keep it for a long time because it will take more upkeep. But for now, it's fine. It's different and that's all I wanted. I also think my green eyes are become more of a teal as I age but if they look blue, that's fine with me. I once had brown contact lenses for the intense Middle East sun and that was truly a different look. I didn't like brown at all.

Maybe I need pink streaks in my hair...well, maybe not. In fact I know it's a NOT. Do you make major changes to your hair color? I figure it's less than $10 and if it's really a disaster, I can pay a pro to make it better.  I've never had to so I guess I like change.  If not, you'll see me with another color soon.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Me Too

I'm comin' home. (Yes, this is the background music for a recent iPhone ad.)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Flashback Friday

Ann paints a lot more of our house yellow. I was so happy to see more of the house brightened.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I see the snow!

Hard to believe we are waaay up above Lake Orta but we are - in the village of Arto. I finally get a clear look at what I wanted to see on this trip...the lower Alps with snow!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Who knew?

We have passed through groves and groves of olives here it Umbria, and wondered about the picking. Occasionally we'd see some tarps under a tree or two or the odd ladder here and there. That was it though.

Then in Assisi we heard a strange sound. Look for a man in the center of the video...

We had no idea there were such things as electric olive pickers/shakers. Life is full of surprises!

Friday, November 5, 2010


I've been seeing a lot of things that look like this. Fortunately, I haven't eaten as many as I'd have liked.

Flashback Friday 10 11 05

Oh, even today I wouldn't go on one of these. I disliked roller coasters every time I've been on one, and no man nor beast could talk me into it now. I notice in this picture there are no people throwing up. Must have been another photo!

Flashback Friday 10 11 05

[Portrait of Noro Morales, Glen Island Casino, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947] (LOC)


Monday, November 1, 2010

Missing Mad Men?

Here's a woman straight from that time period...an earthier version of the infamous Mrs. Draper.

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