Thursday, December 24, 2015

TBT: New Pajamas for Christmas 1972

My Nana always made me, and then us, pajamas for Christmas. This was the last set she made as she died on December 28 that year...1972...and never saw this photo of us back in the film and print days. True to form, she left a few basting pins in my husband's set. I don't know that she did it intentionally, but she did it often! I wish I had that nightgown now. It was full length and so so cozy.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December Daily 9, 10, 11

These pages are nicely filling up my PRINT folder. Getting things done feels really good.

Monday, December 21, 2015

December Daily 6, 7 and 8

I really want to get most of this done before Christmas. For that reason, I think that this year it's going to end on Dec 25, more or less. It all depends on my mood and a couple of other things.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

TBT Back in the 60s

Ah it's TBT so what should I throw back to??? How about 1966/67? After coming up to MD to visit our families, we drove back to San Angelo TX either just after Christmas or just after New Years. Fortunately, the car was parked going down the hill as there was no way of getting UP the hill in the snow. This is the automatic VW that that man traded for a stick shift VW while I was in the hospital having son #1. That's another story...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December Daily Day 5

If I allow just over an hour to do one of these I'm good. But somehow there are bits and pieces that take longer than I'd like. Such is life but I still managed to get a pedicure and take my car to the dealer AND get it back. That's big stuff accomplished.

First is the intro page as all binders have that one page at the beginning which is a single page.

Then this is what day 5 looks like when they are together. I'm going to print the left side as two 4x6s and then cut them for the pockets.

That tree bokeh shot is one made using the Camera+ app. I read the tutorial on line but I know not where. I'll have to test it out again on my phone as the only thing I recall is you use the macro setting in Camera+.

Monday, December 14, 2015

December Daily 2015: Slowing Making Progress

Somehow this year, the Christmas season has not really taken me where I'd like to be. I know there was a week or two with just too much going on but I'm also so not in love with our tree. As he said, it goes to charity but as I said, we can wait til January and not try a switcheroo this late in the year. In 2016, I will do a serious tree search for what I want and make it happen.

I now have both my album and finally all my page protectors in the 6x8 size. I have a nice digi folder of things I want to use this year which is a good foundation. What I have found though is that there are not a lot of holiday related photos. I either just don't feel like getting my phone from wherever I left it or I don't think of the photo til it's too late.

But I do have these done...printing will have to come when I'm all done and I will then await my lovely package from Persnickety Prints.

Day 1 did have a really wild Christmas display near the charity shop to which I carted stuff. That really brightened my day.

Day 2 has an image with blurring because my story is a lot of complaining. It sounds so much better when I say I was whinging...well, I think it at least sounds sorta funny.

Just moving right along with Day 3! I decided I wanted to use some of my split page protectors as I had so many of them. I had new ink in my printer but lost my old settings when I updated the driver etc. I finally found out how to scan again AND print but it took time. So the left side is a full page but the right side is 3 sections I printed so I could use just my huge stash of 4x6 photo paper.

Love this new case from Target's $5. bin and I have one of my festive shirts on too.  The rest of this day is already printed and IN the album!  One page totally final. Progress I guess.

Day 4 done also just sitting in the printing queue.

Back later as I move along with this project. I do like it but I think I'm just not enjoying Christmas so much this year. The world is troubled and so many people are too. All this anger and hostility about is depressing. But - where there's life there's hope and I look for the good each day. Some days are just harder than others.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Five on Friday: December 11, 2015

It's been an ok week so far. I've been plodding my way through the culling of the Christmas decorations. I've got enough to give away but will continue with a bit more after the holidays.

A good visit with a friend gave me some clarity on that hospital visit. Boundaries. Boundaries.

1. Back in my English days, I bought a set of mushrooms like those above. They were glass and came from Germany. I had them for a couple of years and they were my absolute favorites. Then my grandmother came to visit and squished a couple when we were decorating the tree. As the years went by, I was down to one. This year it slipped out of my hand and I am now without mushrooms. Sigh.

2. In deciding to do my December Daily in the 6x8 size, I thought I would print a few things at home. However...after getting new ink and downloading the latest driver, I now have a Canon Quick Menu and it seems beyond me how I can change all my setting directly from PSE. Ok, Canon I'll play your game but not often. Ink is way too expensive so I'll stick to Persnickety sales and print my 6x8s on my 74¢ credit 8x8 prints.

3.When I got the candy for our Italian Lindt calendar, I knew there would be extras. We alternate days and he has peppermint chocolate (ugh) and a milk chocolate truffle. I have white chocolate and plain milk chocolate. Somehow, all our extras have been eaten and it's only day 11. How did that happen I wonder...

4. Very little cooking has been done this past week as he has been out to dinner or lunch quite a bit and thus there have been mucho leftovers - for him. Me? I've managed.

5. It really hasn't been terribly cold yet. In fact it's been pretty mild. Thus I have lavender blooming - still.

So whatever is going on in your neck of the woods, have a great weekend and I'll see you Monday! Be safe and be happy!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

TBT: My Paternal Grandmother

My paternal Nana was a formidable woman. She was the child of Irish immigrants married to an Irish immigrant.  Over 6' tall, she ruled the house and also the bar she ran. As a child, I heard of it as Bubbie's Tavern. While she ran it when her husband was a coal miner, it was my other grandfather, also a coal miner but a Lithuanian immigrant,  who drank in it.  Not surprisingly back in the 1920s and 30s, this caused a lot of animosity between the two women who would become in laws when my parents married.  There was no love lost between my mother and her mother in law.

I imagine this photo was taken during or after WWII. It looks like a ship in the background but my father and his two brothers were all in the US Army and fortunately all survived. My Nana is the woman in the center, tall and with arms that could hoist beer barrels according to my late father. She was a lousy cook in my experience because when we would come up from MD to visit, I recall only soft boiled eggs with runny whites and a dismal rice pudding that you could drink rather than eat. She and an ever-present woman in the house, Annie Mac, who may have been a relative, sat in the kitchen always drinking endless cups of tea. This Nana also loved a 'rummage sale' and would usually have a supply of broken crayons for me. My mother considered this junk but it got me aways from the miserable food and happily drawing for the rest of our visit.

I only found this photo recently and have no living relatives who would know anything about it. But from this photo I can see that I'm glad I never crossed her. She was certainly a woman to be reckoned with.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tips on Tuesday December 8, 2015

No travel post today as I've been too busy to get myself into that kind of mode. What I will share are some wonderful quick tips and tutorials I've seen on line. There is a wealth of info out there for free so just keep your eyes open and you'll find a lot to help you with your digital work.

Don't you just love learning how to make something you might have ordinarily bought? but now you can make it your own! How bout this template from Cathy Zielske. I love the video which reminds me of a few skills I'd forgotten and which shows you how to make this. Shortcut keys...if I don't use them I forget them.

Cathy also hared this one on making a Christmas tree shot a bookeh one with an iPhone app.  Ok, my tree doesn't look as great as the tutorial one but then it has those crappy colored lights.

Ali Edwards gives a good run down on how to get your December Daily in gear with two videos. These two women are some of the best tutorial writers if you like clean and simple.

On the other hand, equally talented but a woman who takes her art in a different direction is Anna Aspnes. There is a long list of tutorial videos on her blog and if you need a dose of artsy this winter, do play with some of the techniques you'll see in use. PLAY is the word! You'll be surprised where Anna can take you! Here's a recent one which will show you how to include a multitude of images in the Collage style,

Have fun in your learning and if you know all this, then share a tip with me please!

Monday, December 7, 2015

AAAM Monday Project Life Week 46

I've really missed having the time to make art, play with my digital stuff but that's just how life goes. Big chunks of my time have gone elsewhere and for the most part I don't regret that but by evening I'm pretty worn out and just don't seem to have the energy for the computer. All in good time.

The bed saga has one more major piece to more or less complete it. The old queen frame must go but right now all the pieces reside behind the living room couch. Sadly, most of our truck-owning friends just purchased new bed frames themselves. After Christmas, I'll try Freecycle.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Five on Friday: December 4, 2015

It's been a really hectic week and I'm bone tired. Stuff going on in my life in addition to the world being fucked up. Pray AND take action but right now I can't think of what action I could/should take. Advice accepted.

1. All the fall decorations are off the walls and packed away. I would have preferred to have this done sooner but that's how it went this year.

2. All the Christmas things have been brought down from their various hiding places in our closet-challenged house. All the old decorations are out including the ceramic tree my mother in law made years ago. No the Christmas ree is not decorated, no no no. I truly hate...ok, let's eliminate hate but so strongly dislike this new tree so much that I don't even like the lights on.

The old tree was dead with only two strands of lights working so he gladly and hastily went off to the Depot after seeing a tree we both liked enough on line.  He comes home and as he's assembling it says...I asked for white lights. Uh the box says colored. Right then and there I should have said...This is a return. No, I thought Oh well, it will be ok but the frickin' lights are sleazy pastel colors not the traditional colors.  This tree will be history by the end of the month. It makes me feel queasy.

3.  A friend is in the hospital for a 2nd surgery in 3 weeks, getting a brain aneurysm clipped. That makes my tree angst fade away, well until I see the tree again.

4. I moved more and more furniture upstairs today and finally have the printer level with the desktop. I probably still have a week's worth of clearing out and throwing away and/or taking things to the charity shops. I don't have any desire to be a church goer again but I really bless the Lutherans for operating a great charity shop. Stuff comes in and out it goes.

5.I finally got most of my lavender trimmed back. The trouble was, other than the days of rain deluges, that the stuff kept blooming! No, more. This was the third blossoming of the year. Nice but not seasonal.

That's Friday. Hope your weekend is calm and peaceful. That's a lot to ask these days but I'm asking.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

TBT: 1970s Cooker I Miss

Back in my years in England, we had an up to the minute 'cooker' or as American English says a stove. Yes, it was small but it held an good sized turkey and I really learned to bake with that oven.

But the best thing ever was the eye level grill aka known as a broiler in the US.  There's nowt as good as cheese on toast made with a slice of thick Yorkshire bread and a good sized piece of Caeraphilly cheese. Oh I miss that and believe me an electric broiler doesn't hold a candle to a 1970s English grill pan. And then when we finally got North Sea gas! Eh by gum lad, that were the life.

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