Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sept. DIVAs project

We had our Designing Divas meeting this last Monday, and it was my turn to provide the project. Alpha Stamps had featured something earlier this summer  they called "Bitch Boxes" ~ I thought they were adorable! So, from AS I ordered the cardboard boxes, the acrylic sheets for the front, and some wonderful complimentary papers. The boxes are 4 x 4, and 3/4 in deep.

Below is the first prototype I made ~ I took the saying from a magnet I've have for years.

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Below is one I made just for myself...  You just KNOW I had to do an ocean theme one!!  The papers are from G45s "By the Sea"; shells & coral from stash.

I also made one for the gal that does my nails; unfortunately I gave it to her before I could take a picture...

Anyhoo ~ thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Please, dear ladies ~ don’t pass this by just because it is a football issue ~ it is about SO much more than that.

For those of you who don’t follow the NFL ~ back in February of this year, a player was accused of beating his then fiance..  At the time, the NFL gave him a 2 game suspension.

On Monday, a legit video was released showing him punching his fiance so hard that she lost consciousness, and of him dragging her {mostly facedown} out of the elevator. It then showed his callous disregard for her.
The video is here 

As a result of the video, his team has terminated his contract completely, and the NFL has banned him indefinitely.

As a victim of domestic abuse myself , and having gone through years of extensive counseling after it, there are a few things I’d like to say...

This abuse, and other forms of it, has obviously been going on for quite a while. To get to that level of violence and callousness takes a lot of buildup. First comes the verbal and emotional forms of abuse. Then the physical abuse begins ~ slowly at first, then escalating.
That punch did NOT come out of nowhere.

Was she inebriated? Maybe. Did she spit at him? Maybe. Did that, or any other factors, make her ‘deserve’ the knock-out punch he gave her?
HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO human being deserves that kind of treatment.

9/9 ~ N.B. ~ I’m writing this now in light of the lady’s statements to the press today. You can see them here...

She is now defending him, and I am not at all surprised. There is something called “Battered Persons Syndrome ~ somewhat similar to the “Stockholm Syndrome” experienced by kidnapped persons. Google it for more information.

She is still living in the fantasy world that he created ~ that he has NOT done wrong, and that the media  is the culprit.

I can only hope that her true family & friends can get her into counseling to break her out of her nightmare.

Otherwise, I fear for her life, and the life of their child.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


I made an error in my last post ~ the 'money' I received from Cathy is NOT real money ~

For more on the "Hell Bank Notes" please see here ~

So...  I guess you could say I have money to burn!!

Mea culpa

Saturday, August 23, 2014


My sweet friend Cathy from Ma Vie Trouvee sent me a lovely package of goodies a bit back. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to post this, Cathy!
As always, click to biggify pix.

To begin with, below is just the envelope she decorated to send my treasures in... the red floral design continues on the front...

Below is some Singaporean money. Aren't the colors brilliant?!

She sent me several joss papers...

In these the areas that look dark are actually shiny gold...

The next two are much larger pieces; about 14-16 in. wide...

A 5 x 6 little good luck charm; 2014 is the year of the horse.

And this is the pies de resistance ~ Cathy used Gelli printing and antique stamps to create this 8.5 by 11 stunning piece ~ I can't wait to get it framed! There is no way any computer copy of it can do it justice ~ the colors are so deep & rich!

Thank you again, Cathy, for all the wonderful gifts ~

If you haven't checked out Cathy's art blog, please do so soon ~ and from there, check out more of her fantastic photography on she & her hubby's travel blog, The Xtra Suitcase!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Miss Bacall ~

You had me at the whistle scene ~


Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams ~

Oh Captain! My Captain!

R.I.P., dear man. You were one of the best of the Holy Fools ~

Nanu, Nanu

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Or: "Seamus' New Love"!

My sister came over for a four day visit, and we had a GREAT time! As you can see by all these pix, Seamus quickly fell in love with her, and kept getting in her lap anytime she sat down. Can you tell she loves dogs?? And she quickly learned the immutable law ~ that sleeping doxies weigh twice as much as when they are awake!
Unfortunately, Peanut was not so enamored of her ~ even as the days went by... 'Nut would greet her, THEN start barking her fool head off at her! I still say she has a wee bit of brain damage from her 3 day old hypoxic episode! {Peanut, not my sis!}
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When Leah said she was coming, I asked what she wanted for dinner ~ her fast reply was "One of Jim's world favorite pizzas!", so that is what we had for her first meal here.  Nom, nom, nom.  After dinner, we went straight up to the Sea Gypsy's Nest to start working on a scrapbook about her retirement party ~ that was the real reason for her visit. So I kicked back, and directed Leah in the separating of and IDing the pix...  She whined about having to 'work'!!

Isn't Leah pretty?! Sometimes it is very hard to believe there are 16.5 years between us!!
On Wed.,  we went thrifting.... now you have to understand that Leah is the QUEEN of the thrift shop world!! She lives for the thrill & pleasure of the hunt ~ she wore me out!!! But we both came home with some great finds ~

Our best times came in the evening ~ working on the scrapbook, and movin' & groovin' to some fabulous 50's & 60's hits she found on the computer!  We sang, we boogied, we danced our little hearts out!  Then we collapsed in laughter!

I really felt like we were making up for all the time we were apart, leading separate and very different lives. I LOVE having a sister!!

Friday, Leah came with me to the monthly meeting of the Artistic Souls of Eagle. Who knew my non-crafty sis could fussy-cut so durn well?!?! She enjoyed meeting the ladies ~ more pix from that later...
I forgot to take a pic of her box card project, but we got it all finished before she left on Sat.

I can't wait till the next time she can come visit ~ maybe in the fall? I know Seamus will be missing her too!

PS ~ I saw the oral surgeon today for my follow-up ~ the 'lesion' was just a freckle, as he predicted. Yahooo!!!

Cottleston Pie is the Taoist philosophy dealing with our Inner Nature (as explained by Winnie-the-Pooh)
To get the full scoop, read "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.
The full poem is at the very bottom here...