Paper & Yarn: July 2009

Paper & Yarn

there is no x in "espresso"... the angels have the phonebox... my cheese, my rules...Libby says "Hi"...We thought you were dead - I was. I'm better now...

18 July 2009

Baby gecko

Today, we rescued a baby gecko caught between the window and the screen. It was about 2 inches long. It's not the first one, either. Some years ago, when the girls were little, we found about 5 or 6, about the same size as this one, trapped in the same window. Still don't know how they get in there. Once again, my daughter liberated it and we let it go to safety in the yard. I didn't think to take a picture until it was over.

It made me miss the geckos that shared our house in Hawaii. They never got bigger than 3 or so inches, but, they sure took care of the bugs. We'd find them up on the ceiling or walls or in the light fixtures. Occasionally, we'd find a petrified one sticking out of a power strip. Then, there was the time I accidentally painted one yellow and the time I accidentally chopped off the tail of another one with the lid of the washing machine. (they grow back, the tails do)

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Something to make you smile.

This makes me laugh and want to watch it again and again. I love how she says "ma-ma" in the middle.

This is really neat.

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12 July 2009

Flowerlette #4

Flowerlette #4 is up. It is a custom birthday card. It says "Happy" on the cover and has the age inside - as in, Happy 1, etc.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

4 down - 9996 to go!

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11 July 2009

A WTHeck and a "well, that's just stupid"

Yesterday, Friday, we needed to take middle daughter to campus to get some things taken care of before the fall. It was going to take awhile, so, we grabbed a snack and waited for her in the student union. When I went to use the restroom, I found the lady's room was locked. Not the men's, just the ladies. Go downstairs and find the same thing. WTHeck??

This has happened before, when we were there on the weekend. It was after 3 p.m., there were still many students, etc., walking around. I don't get it. Why just the lady's and not the men's. If it's some safety issue, it's not very effective. It's just as easy to drag someone into the men's room, you know?

Also, if you watch the SciFi channel, you may have noticed the change to SyFy - still pronounced SciFi. Well, that's just stupid. We laugh and call it siffy 'cause that's what it says - siffy. I found out some supposed reasoning behind this move which also ties into why SGAtlantis was cancelled before it's time. Demographics. Now, this is what's going around the web from fans and some articles, but, apparently, we old fogies of 30, 40, and 50 aren't good enough for their advertisers. They're trying to get the young'un's. How to do that? Cancel good shows and change the spelling of your name to something "hip" (oh, and make and show really bad "B" movies that just make you laugh). It's just stupid.

Okay, I've said my peace.

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Flowerlette #3

Flowerlette #3 is up. It is a special kind of card. I have a lot of alphabet sets - chipboard, stickers, rub ons, etc. - that I need to use. So, I came up with this idea.

This is a custom card. First, choose your letter. The front of the card will look the same except it will show the letter you choose. Then, choose your word for the inside of the card. It can be a name or any other word, e.g. A is for Awesome! Or, you can leave the inside blank and write your own word or message.

3 down - 9997 to go!

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09 July 2009

Giveaway #1

Giveaway #1 is now active. To enter, leave a comment here. To make is interesting, answer this optional question. "Who should leave feedback first, the buyer or the seller? Or does it matter?" Please leave an e-mail address, so I can contact the winner.

No purchase required to enter, but, anyone who makes a purchase from my shop will receive 2 entries.

The drawing will take place after the 25th flowerlette is sold. Check the countdown in the right hand column. Again, no purchase necessary to enter, but, I will not draw a name until the 25th flowerlette is sold, so, I do not have an exact date of the drawing.

Now, for the goodies. I will be giving away this stamp and ink set, plus, some surprise goodies. The stamp is unused and the ink still has the wrapper on. The stamp says "destiny".

Good luck!

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Flowerlette #2

Flowerlette #2 is up in the shop. It is OOAK. The background paper was hand stamped using a set from Papertrey Ink.

2 down - 9998 to go!

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07 July 2009

Flowerlette #1

I have four new cards finished which will go up in the shop this week. The first one will go up tomorrow morning (if you're reading this on Wednesday, it should already be up) It is a generic "hello" card. The flowerlette cards will be OOAK, except this one. It is a run of 150 cards I did several years ago, but, didn't sell all. I have a number of them left and will list them until they run out.

BTW, the green yarn I used was hand dyed with lemon lime koolade in my dishwasher.

The other three are a set (each sold separately) of a sentiment card; a birthday card; and what I'm calling an alphabet card. Each was made using the same ink, hand stamped patterned paper, and, of course, include a flowerlette.

I am working on my first embellishment kit which will be suitable for card making or scrapbooking. It will include a set of flowerlettes for your use, plus, a number of handmade embellishment elements from the cards in the set. The kit will include a flowerlette "daisy" like the one from card #1 above; hand stamped sentiments from the other cards in the set; a hand stamped patterned paper from the card set; a journaling tag; an element of three (to be explained, later); and more.

I will also be listing some flowerlette mini note card sets and altered moleskine journals. Stay tuned.

1 down... 9,999 to go...

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Trader Joe's

This week we've been eating a lot of Trader Joe's brand name items. Some of our favorites are sweet and sour chicken - yum; spaghetti with Trader Joe's italian meatballs simmered in Trader Joe's tomato basil marinara sauce; and teryaki burgers made with Trader Joe's island soyaki sauce. I like how they change the "Trader Joe" on the label to fit the food - like Trader Giatto and Trader Jose.

During our last trip, they finally had the mini peanut butter cups in, so, I tried this recipe out. I think next time, I will add a bit more sugar as they weren't as sweet as muffins should be, but, otherwise they were pretty good.

BTW, aren't those cups cute? I found them on Etsy, but, unfortunately, they stick to the muffins/cupcakes/whatever you're baking. It doesn't help if you're still leaving half the muffin behind, you know?

And, last, here is a picture of the peaches I used to make that peach pie.

They're saturn peaches... I know! We found them at Sam's. So sweet and juicy, too. I will be getting them again.