Friday, February 26, 2016

Five on Friday: February 27, 2016

Time flies, unless you are in grade school, but each year I try not to be too busy in the winter. I savor those short days which keep me inside more and not pressed to go out and do things. But morning is coming 'earlier' and I do have to get going on room darkening shades, curtains, something. I'll wake up when I want to, not when the sunshine says.

1. I use the 15 minute dryer setting for things that wrinkle up like dishtowels when they fully dry or clothes that are going out on the line when it gets warmer.  I am taking that dryer setting of  15 minutes to clear out bins of paper in my studio. 15 minutes and stop. Then I saw this hint on line. Maybe it can help you. A List of Things to get rid of. Donate or move on down the options to just plain trash it.

2. These are not new things but they are a upscale, sorta, version. I think you'll like them. Click the image for lovely step by step directions over at Shutterbean.

3. My library is still closed (roof damage from winter blizzard). They say 'until April'. I have my doubts about that because as a friend said, what about mold damage after 3 months. They may be doing something but I'm starting to miss having a library I could walk to. Now I really have to watch my due dates as the closest other library is a 10 min drive away. Not terrible but a waste of gas for one book.

4. There's a free March desktop calendar here at 'Every Tuesday'. Check it out!

5. I've finished the last of the Tony Hill & Carol Jordan mysteries - so far! - by Val McDermid and have picked up a flock of hopefuls from the library.  One or two are not going well so far but this one while not a 'can't put it down' read, is really making me happy. It's a pick up and read the very short stories with each photo.

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That's it for this week folks. Have a great weekend and I'll see you back on Monday!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

TBT: Men in Robes 1970s

There was a discussion in an online forum about school photos and did you buy them etc. I thought of this photo. You will guess by the hair and mustaches that it was in the 1970s. You will also note the absence of women getting their M.A.  No, those missing women would be the wives, the women who read the books assigned, the women who wrote the papers. It was a generational thing. Putting hubby through school. Hubby worked a full time job while 'the wife' just stayed home with the children. Some of you may remember those days...I do.

Monday, February 22, 2016

AAM Monday Project Life Week Seven

I'm really glad I simplified this process this year. There may not be as many decorations but I hope as the weeks go along it will get done with enough journaling to tell the stories that matter. Stories like chickens and dermatologists!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Five on Friday: February 19, 2016

I believe I am done with winter. I know there's more time for snow and bitter cold but I see the increasing light in the morning (which I don't like) and the same at dinner time (which I do like).

1.  I'm continuing to work on my 2012 Cruise layouts. It's going but this is the kind of thing I always want to go faster. However, narrowing down the photos from even 2 prior culls is hard if I want artsy. It's a lot easier to do with templates that include a lot of images. It's all a balance.

2. My studio is way better than it was but I still have bins and boxes of art stuff, various good clutter and down to pure junk. My washer and dryer are right outside the door in our hallway and I often use  the 15min setting on the dryer for dishtowels and pillowcases that I want to dry flat. I put them over the hall raining and it's close to ironing. I've decided that whenever I use that setting, it's time for a decluttering time. It worked well today.

3. In that declutter, I found a tiny scrap of paper, I mean tiny! and started to pitch it with the final grubby bits on the bottom of the container. However I turned it over and found the name of the Sanderson linen pattern I had used for my living room slipcovers back in ..1975! It was the Isfahan pattern for £13 per metre. That was very pricey back then, when the pound had just dropped to $2.80 but it was what I wanted. I bought that fabric and my mother made the slipcovers for me when we got back to the US. Amazing. That fabric type now runs in the £60 per metre!

4. When I first started scrapping, I did a lot of freebies until I found a home at Designer Digitals. I liked that there were some quality designers with varied styles in addition to Katie Pertiet.  I found I liked the clean style of Ali Edwards and later Cathy Zielske and Anna Aspnes though her artsy look was beyond my abilities and understanding at that time. That didn't stop me from buying supplies for the future though!  I found the templates of Lynn Grieveson were perfect for my travel albums. All in all it was a wonderful blend. But time passed, other stores came and went and even harder for me most of the original designers at Designer Digitals went on to full time careers with their own or other stores.

Now I find I have one store gallery for my Project Life pages and one store gallery for my artsy Anna Aspnes pages. More choices isn't always easier. But it's definitely a good time for cleaning out the digital stuff that no longer fits me. Goodbye a bunch of gigabytes.

5. Aaargh. Last night while I was making dinner which included a pan of hot sputtering oil, someone decided he wanted hot tea.  After much to-ing and fro-ing as I was moving food and pans , the tea finally got made.  I thought the distractions were over but then someone dropped & shattered the teapot lid. Not a good start to dinner.

That's it for me today. Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

TBT: 1981 Khartoum Visit

Currently I'm reading a book set in Sudan, Leila Aboulela's, Lyrics Alley. It takes me back to this visit long ago, a time when mustaches were in vogue.

I also recall that the Sudan National Museum had fabulous displays of Sudanese and Egyptian artifacts with only one sleepy guard at the entrance.  It was amazing to see such treasures out where you could admire and touch if you were inclined. We didn't steal anything, but we could have.

In addition to that facial hair, don't you love the socks that men and boys wore back then? They look so strange now to me especially on that 13 yr old long legged son of mine.

Way back when...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Travel With Me Tuesday: River Cruise pages 5 and 6

Sometimes, I just have to make it as simple as possible to keep going when I'm busier than I'd like. This was one of those times. Our day in Cologne had much to see both in the day time and evening. I do like this city, one I first visited in 1972.

Together looking like this.

Monday, February 15, 2016

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 6

Happily continuing here. I did make my layouts rather simple for upload to a gallery. Then once again I  reduced the 12" spread to 11" and then put that page on top of a 12" piece of patterned paper. I like making the page as simply as I can but I also like the fun of change by using a different paper each week.

So first, the bordered page followed by the original. As much as I like the simple I think I need the color just as much. Any thoughts?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Five on Friday: February 12, 2016

Brrrrrr. It's fricking cold around here! Making art is a nice thing to do when you have no desire to go outside. So how about a few things about me and mine.

1.  Jamie Oliver had a great sounding recipe that I hope to make next week. This week has been a bunch of beef meals which is not that common for us. But next week, Indian Spiced Chicken& Spuds! This should warm the cockles of your heart and belly, right?

2. There was an article in today's newspaper about things to do if you're alone on Valentine's day. One thing was museums. That has reminded me how much I like wandering a museum on my own. Maybe Metro into DC one day and do that!

3. As much as I like making fairly simple scrapbook pages, I do like the artsy style of Anna Aspnes very very much. I was honored to be featured on her blog HERE  Yay me!

4. Our library is closed til Feb 21 and I'm going to bet it will be a long long time as the roof was damaged during snow removal during the recent blizzard. However, my two holds were automatically transferred to another branch only about 3 miles away. Good work, library staff.  I thought as we were going out in freezing cold, we should get Mexican food. I only managed to eat half of this shrimp burrito and was truly stuffed.

5. I made Valentine Cards for some of the grandchildren and for the man of the house. However, I'll wait til after the 13th to show you! Not that I  think they read this necessarily but ya never know.

That's all for today! Stay warm or cool if you're in the Southern Hemisphere and have some fun this weekend!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

TBT: Things I Need To Throw Away

I'll have to ask my dh wha year it was that we drove to Park City Utah. Now that is quite a drive from Maryland but I'd never been in some of the states along the way and was working to complete my 'seen every state' check off.  Nebraska was one of those states. It was all I imagined it to be - flat with a LOT of corn. A lot. Corn so high you couldn't see anything along the Interstate but corn. There were also tornado warnings. The idea of a return was not likely to happen.

One good thing was our stop at The Steak House in Lincoln. The name said it all and was right to the point. Sadly, I have no image of the steaks we had but they were big and damn delicious. I do believe it may be time to let this matchbook leave my possession. (I now know this trip was in 2007. It's definitely time.)

In a sad footnote, the restaurant closed in 2014. Story here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Travel With Me Tuesday: Rhine Cruise pages 3 and 4

I've been slower than I'd like on this project but I haven't lost the mojo but somehow I've not taken the time. Oh is that familiar! So many things I want to do in the day - all good choices!

And then the two pages together. I don't always make pages that are this connected but this time I did!

Monday, February 8, 2016

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 5

Again, a simple layout and one that I do think will get a background paper later. By later, I mean this week but I did want to get the basic done and out there. One thing I'm stuck with is the origin of the little igloo. If anyone can claim it, I'll credit it when I put the layouts in a gallery. ETA:The igloo is from Arctic Space by JuliaDreams. It came in the January bundle I got at thhungryjpeg.

I also have an unresolved issue of my Text tool in PSE13 being stuck in the CAPS mode, despite resetting the tool and resetting all the preferences in the Editor.  The mysteries of software...

Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on Friday: February 6, 2016

Hello Friday! Even though I'm retired and none of my life has revolved around school schedules for a long time, the Monday-Friday pattern must be imprinted in my brain. Friday still feels like the end of 'something'.

1. I took all this to our local charity shop.  I'm trying to do the 15 minutes a day of decluttering, twice a day. A day at a time...

2. Recently, I got the catalog for our community college Arts Programs. I've taken one or two of the classes but the teacher who teaches Photoshop and Lightroom ONLY lectures. hands on? I think that's ridiculous. However, one class really got my attention...Seriously??? "Personalized Painted Pet Food Mat". I kid you not. $57 plus $27 for supplies.

3 . "They say" that we're to get more snow. I guess they didn't get the message that the recent blizzard will suffice as far as snow goes in my mind. How about you? Want more? Had enough? It's all a matter of taste, age and vehicle I suspect.

4. This is so so cool. If I had children, I'd love it! Elise Blaha Cripe is a clever woman.

5. This must be the truly down time season for no new tv episodes. I have about 5 shows that I record and watch one a night during the week. This week? No new episodes of quite a few of them. Bah humbug. But I did watch a rather sweet movie.  5-7. Now "I" knew the meaning of that phrase even back in MY teens. If you have time and can find it, it's a nice bit of funny fluff.

Well, snow or no snow, I hope to see you on Monday! Enjoy your weekend and play!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

TBT: When the Suit Was Just Pretty

In the 1950s and 60s, my father sold tires in Washington DC at 23rd and M NW. He had occasion to meet many influential people at this job as well as just ordinary folks who wanted to get tires while they were at work.  One of them was a White House photographer who gave this photo to my father. It had been taken in mid  November 1963 at the church of St. Stephen the Martyr on 24th and Pennsylvania Avenue.  A young president and his wife at a church that was just built in 1961.  FBI agents on both sides of them.

Who knew what was to come and what that suit would symbolize to most any Americans who were alive at that time. Sadly, by the time the photographer gave this photo to my father in spring of 1964, we all knew.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Travel With Me Tuesday; Rhine Cruise Pages 1-2

Actually there were earlier pages done closer to the actual date of this trip - uh, fall 2012. But they are printed and so we actually begin with these.

Working through Anna Aspnes Project Class and AnnaBlendz Classes, I started this album but realized I was still too tired and sick to really go full blast as I'd hoped in January. Life like this happens so it's a slower process than I'd like but that's how it is.

I belive I mastered (!) using the gradient tool finally. However we shall see. I must say I really like the pale background of these two pages. Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities so I think the love shows.

Monday, February 1, 2016

AAM Monday Project Life Week 4

I decided to try working in PhotoshopCC for this week's pages. Oh it's a learning experience for sure but I thought that doing something that was repetitive like the dragging in of files, resizing and clipping might be a good step. It was mostly.  I am using supplies from The Lily Pad so that I can post these in that gallery some times.  What I may do is resize the final jpegs and then add another 12" paper behind that. We'll see. I also am not enamored with the look that the 'plastic page protector' layer gives. Too muted so that my go.

Not a lot happened this week once we knew for sure we were getting The Blizzard. But we did make a lot of bread!

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