Sunday, September 25, 2011

Good Sunday Evening Folks!

Sooo... I won these stamps last week on the Charity Wings page. It was a complete surprise because I didn't even know I entered. Apparently I was the 100th or billionth person to leave a comment and I won! I was a bit confused when she sent me a note telling me but as soon as I saw what they were I was totally stoked! Melody Ross :o) My girl crush... love her! These are called.. better somewhere today. There are a couple of cool ones I will use as backgrounds and a couple others that will just be fun to use. Thank you Elena!

This is what I've got so far... it's a cheapie note book, a little paint with some fancy papers. I used the "I make stuff" stamp (my favorite in the pack, of course) put it on some chipboard and used dimensional magic to make it poof. I want to put some border around it and do a few more do-dads... but that was Friday nite and I got sidetracked with dollies and projects around the house. I'll finish it up this week.

Looks like fall is officially here. I took Sally out for a walk this morning. Yes, I have a cat stroller and I'm not afraid to use it. Yes, people make their little comments, but I happen to have the happiest cat in town, so there.

The trees are turning already. I think maybe next weekend we will go out for a ride to see the colors...

The Erie Canal runs through our town. This is the path that runs along side of it. I can jump on it at the end of my street. It's a nice place to walk or run and at the point where we live, there isn't usually many people on it.

Sally enjoys it. There is a pond on the other side between the canal and the railroad where there are tons of geese all summer. Sometimes they fly over the trees and play in the canal or come up to poop on the trail. She didn't get to see any today tho.

Today turned out to be a beautiful day. Blue skies and warm temps. Loved it.

I'm working on the October dollies and I'm hoping to have them up for auction beginning of the month. I've got an angel, santa and a snow girl that I'm putting the finishing touches on and a couple more in my head that are getting cut out tonight. The ornament thing didn't turn out as planned so I'm back to the drawing board on those. I don't know why I can't get those faces to come out like I want, but maybe this time...

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dolls on their way to new homes

Auctions are closed out. There are 5 dollies on their way to new homes. Thank you everyone who bid. I appreciate it and will have some new ones coming for October! This gal is still available, as well as the not so scary scarecrow. The Halloween ones went fast and I'm not sure how many more halloween dolls I'm going to have this year. Trying my hand at some Christmas ornaments and am working on a Santa. Can't wait to get them out
0f my head and on the slab :o)

Thanks again everyone!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

One day left...

of this wonderful "staycation". I have relaxed, painted, sewn, cleaned closets and ate lemon scones. I think that was everything on my to-do list :o)

I don't want to go back and that kinda scares me... usually by the end of a couple days I'm missing people and don't mind going back. This time, I feel like I could go another week and be cool with it.

I just spent the last two hours listing most of the dolls on ebay. I really don't like that task. It takes me forever. It's funny, when I was out side taking pictures today, I told Jerry " I hate this part the most". I really do. I take crappy pictures and the dolls never look as nice as they do in person.

Then I was trying to edit them and crop them down and Andy was sitting here with me and I said " I hate this part the most" Because I really do... my photo editor sucks on this machine and I'm too lazy to mess around with getting a different one. And again, I gotta look at all the pictures that don't look right.

Now I'm sitting here listing them all on ebay and everyone is in bed, so I just tell Sally, who is curled up on my table " I hate this part the most". She just looks at me and nods. She is aware that I am nuts.

But it made me aware of why I procrastinate so much about listing them. I love to sew and I love the dollies so I just keep on truckin. So, I told myself from now on, just take one day a month and list them. Stop worrying about doing the things I don't like and just save it all for one day. I can handle that :o)
See, when I'm not stressed out I can figure out answers...and I can see what my problems are.

So tomorrow is my last day home. I got all my housework done today and laundry and listed my dollies, so tomorrow is all mine. I'm going to go for a run in the morning, have lunch with Andy (he gets to leave school for lunch now...) I think I'm going to start working on some winter dollies or christmas.... seems like it's too soon!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

First day...

Not too bad... I usually have big plans for myself, lots of lists, and try to conquer the world whenever I have a few days off. Then the night before I go back to work I have a self deprication festival, recounting all the things I DIDN'T do. I kind of like giving myself the freedom to just do what I want this time with no major plans for an outcome.

So today... Didn't sleep in. I was wide awake at 6:30. Puppies need to pee. Usually I can fall back asleep. Today, instead, I went for a run. Yup, got off my butt and did something instead of just thinking that I should. So, that's one step in the right direction. Check.

Then I cleaned the coat closet. Reorganized it. Ready for fall/winter now. Washed coats, hats, mittens. One closet down. Check.

I've had a little project going that I started back in the spring. I bought a bunch of little glass jars from Crate & Barrell and started transferring all my spices out of the ugly little plastic containers and such into the pretty jars. I took them all out and finished that today too. Check. I need to order some more jars tho.

I'm seriously the most exciting person I know.

Honey brought home some lamps last week. He has this talent of finding toss aways or yard sale stuff and bringing them home and fixing/staining/painting or whatever they need and making some nifty items. This week were these lamps:

They were tossing them out at work and I guess they just needed some rewiring adjustments so he scarffed them, fixed them and put in his favorite lightbulbs. New lamps for me! But he wasn't going to rest until we bought lampshades today. So we went to Target, TJ Maxx, Lowes, and the Walmart. I want a square shade, off white. Can't find what I want and he knows if he doesn't get me to do it right away, it will get put off and I will procrastinate. He finally agreed to let me look online for what I really want. Good, cuz my dogs were tired. It's also 30 minutes of driving just to get to the store. If I don't find something quick, tho, I know he is going to make me settle for my second choice that I saw at the Lowes. Guess I better get on that....

I also finished my journal page. One eye is kinda wonky and she looks punch drunk but that's the way I do things. Her page is called "strong" because I've been feeling anything but lately and I had to remember who I am.

So that's the wrap on today's first day off. I'm off to go see what else I can make now. I am two classes behind in my Brave Girls and I wanted to make some more truth cards, so maybe that is what I'm gonna go dig into. No more wonky-eyed-stoned-looking girls tonight :o)

Friday, September 2, 2011


Well it is for me anyways. I have the next 10 days off from work. I'm going nowhere. Doing nothing. Sounds boring, huh? If you saw what I do to myself day in and day out, you would understand. 10 days to be nowhere in particular, at no particular time, no deadlines, no contracts, no due dates, no confrontations, no pressure.
This next week is going to be sleeping til I wake up, going for long walks, school clothes shopping with the boy, sewing, painting, cooking, ( I want some lemon scones) painting my nails, doing whatever I want, whenever I want.

Spending the last couple days of summer vacation with Andy. Not sure he is looking forward to sharing the house during the day :o) I really, really do remember what it feels like those last couple days of summer before classes start up again. As much as I try to hang on to him and let him enjoy his time before the world starts demanding things from him... I just can't stop it from coming. He turned 15 a couple weeks ago. It was real hard. For me, anyhow. He is full of excitement and anticipation of things that are going to come his way. I hope he gets them all.

It's been a rough summer, emotionally, for me. Not sure what's up. You ever feel like your life is about to make a major shift? You are ready for it, but you just don't know what it is? That's where I've been. I'm so tired, also. Tired way down in the soul, tired. And I cry a lot. I haven't had crying jags like these in years. I guess I'm at that age.....

So back to this coming week. I'm going to... clean some closets, clean out my pots and pan cupboard. I'm going to go grocery shopping. For reals. I have to get back in the kitchen. All three of us are in the need of a nutrition overhaul. Honey has some medical issues come up this summer, the boy has been living on hot pockets and boxes of cereal, and me, well... yeah

I am going to do much painting and sewing. I have some dolls to get up on ebay and I want to get a start on some more. I need to raise the cash so I can do this:
Life book. She has a boatload of different teachers onboard with this and I really want in. But one habit has to pay for the other..... dollies have to pay for the art :o)

Then I'm going to spend some time with my art journal... there are way too many blank pages in here. Where did summer go?I'm gonig to hang out with the puppies... I took a picture of Archie, but he looked like a dork because his ear kept sticking up... Holly is in bed, but here she is a couple weeks ago. Yeah, she's pretty freakin cute.

So, for toinight... to start off on the right track....It was late and I'm tierd (like I said before :o)) I started a collage... not sure what it's going to be yet. Tomorrow I will throw down another couple layers and we will see... I'm thinkin a pretty girl in a blue dress...and I'm also thinking I'm going to regret that tissue paper in there... I'm sorta rough with my stuff...but I guess I can always cover it with another layer... or two..

Good night... sweet dreams everyone :o)