Viruses, Birthdays & Studio Updates

Our youngest daughter was sick last week … and then DH & I both came down with a virus that wiped us out for a couple of days.  [Yep Baby Girl in Ghana, and we get sick too!]  So, I made her a get-well card, along with a Halloween card.  And, our oldest son turned 24, so he needed a birthday card …

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Then I moved on to painting some water color Cosmos.  I’m waiting for a couple of items to arrive before I finish them off as cards.

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We had our son over to celebrate his birthday along with a home cooked meal.  It was nice catching up with him.  We made our Spinach & Artichoke Ravioli with French bread and Greek Salad, and wrapped it up with Mexican Fruit Cake … A quasi-international meal … Winking smile  No photos from our kitchen, but here is a link to the cake recipe (we use less butter and powdered sugar, but … either way= YUMMY GOODNESS!) 

After celebrating, I got busy cleaning and organizing in the studio.  I have a new stamp storage area and cleared off a spot for storing ink pads:

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We’re also officially underway with the holiday season, so I’m making Christmas ornaments in batches.  Here are some (nutcracker) soldiers and snowmen, ready for the kiln.

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And, I finally got around to much-needed packaging and photographing.  Look for these coe96 murrini listings to finally hit the shop this week!  I also hope to have another vit-pull date with DH …

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Leaving with a cute photo of the sisters sharing their bed space and bone … AWWW, what good girz!!! Smile  BTW – got through mandatory computer and (day-walking) ER nursing competencies last week – YAHOO!

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Another One?!?

no-more-die-cuts (1)Yep … I did it again.  I bought another plotter.  This one is the (Brother) Scan N Cut DX.  It’s sole job (for me) is to cut out stamped/colored images.  Now I don’t have to fussy cut, or buy dies, or fight with my Big Shot … I LOVE IT!  So, we cut some images today.

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And then I made a few cards. (OK, one is from last week, but it turned out really cute!)

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We also did another coe96 vitrigraph pull, beautiful blues, greens and teals.  Now to package, photograph and list the murrini in the shop

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None of which is what I should be doing, or am supposed to be doing … [Dang yearly ER nursing competencies – how I despise you!!!]  But we’ll get there.  Meanwhile, here’s Ro, helping me keep the floor clean, I guess … Cute little bug!  (Big Sis is currently possessed by the evil Baboon Aszzzz again – so we’re giving her plenty of space these days …)what-mom

Squeezing out the last of summer …

We are totally taking advantage of our Indian Summer – and the heater in our pool.  Pool dayz … Gotta love ‘em!  In between, we had a vitrigraph (murrini cane) pull.  Requested yellow and black … make for a Green Lantern-esque cane.  Hmmm … I like it!

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Our Neo pups are seven weeks old, and will be moving on to their new homes … But, here are some adorable pics of Hera, Hercules and Hanna … Too darn cute!

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I’ve redeemed myself, at least a little bit, in the kitchen.  The family loved Cabbage Roll Soup (thank you, Sara!).  Here is our photo …

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I’ve been playing with stamps … I colored one of my Stamping Bella images (and sent it off to Baby Girl in Ghana).  I played with a few MFT stamps and some bad color choices.  And, I recreated a J.McGuire card …POORLY – assembling it upside down! But don’t tell Baby Girl, as it will be making it’s way to Ghana as well ….

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Leaving with a link to a short video of the bulldog babies … Too darn cute and they love to ‘WRASSLE’!!!

Cooler weather …

Time to get out of the pool and back into the swing of things!  DH got a bit ahead of himself … and bought a boat.  I have to say, though – I like the view from inside the pond (boat)!

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I stamped a few card fronts, ready for coloring.  But, decided I needed those Clean Color Zig markers … Thank you Amazon Prime!

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autumn-salad-my-picWe made our take on the Autumn Salad – with black rice, honey goat cheese, basil and drizzled with  blood-orange vinaigrette dressing.  I liked it.  Not enough to make again, but … DH ate it, but he didn’t love it.  Hmmm …. We paired it with pan fried Pollock, which was yummy.

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And, after a REALLY long hiatus, we are prepping for some vitrigraph pulls.  FINALLY!  New murrini coming soon!  I just have to get through a weekend of ER nursing fun, first …sept-vit-pulls

So this just happened…

Somewhere along the way, DH decided to enlarge the dried up baby pond we have in our backyard.  Sure, I said – thinking to myself, “yeah, someday …”

Nope.  That excavator spent a week at my house, and ‘A Boy With His Toy’ got busy.  Turns out what I had envisioned vs. what time, his skill set and heavy, sloppy wet pond muck had in mind weren’t aligned … But, I’m sure I’ll like it once everything settles and looks a touch more natural/normal.

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I played a bit in the studio, making wine bottle ornaments by the dozens, as well as adding to my spoon rest stock.  I also continue to grow and organize my stamp and die collection … One of these days, I’ll give the studio a much-needed cleaning/decluttering and make a few cards …

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In the meantime, we play with puppies!  The bulldog babies will be having cherry-eye surgery soon, so I’ll go back to showing them off, too.  But here are some of our Neo pups – too darn cute!

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creamy-tomato-parmesan-linguineAnd, I’ve been surfing Pinterest again.  We tried a new take on ‘spaghetti’ with this recipe [not my photo], but skipped the peas and prosciutto for turkey sausage, spinach and zucchini.  It was okay.  I like having additional ways to add to my own sauce (the pureed plum tomatoes), but … it doesn’t replace my spaghetti recipe.

Next up, we’ll be trying Autumn Salad.  [Again, not my photo.]  I’ve already received the honey goat cheese and black rice, just waiting for the blood orange olive oil to arrive.  DH is a wee-bit nervous … Smile

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Now to prepare for 24 hours of ER nursing fun!  Have a safe & happy weekend, ya’ll!

Oh My Goodness – It’s been a while …

I’m not dead … YET!  It’s just been an absolutely INSANE few weeks!

Lets recap: 

  • ghanaThe twins turned 21 … SAGE WORDS:  Life doesn’t get any easier as they age – Just Sayin’!  I’ve got a kid in Ghana RIGHT NOW!  It’s too long of a story to get into, but let’s all just say a prayer for Baby Girl [PLEASE]!!!
  • DH and I quietly celebrated 28 years of wedded bliss …
  • The bulldog crew is growing and strong!  {Lots of photos below!}
  • 2wkmale We had puppies … 9 beautiful Mastino babies.  Almost 3 weeks of pup-watch later … Mom & pups are doing great!  (One of our boys … More photos to come!!!)
  • I had a nursing eval … [I don’t want to talk about it! …] The good news – I’m still employed!  Winking smile
  • I survived another A.M. nursing competency class [ACLS re-cert] … Yep, I remain certified … GAH!  [I  H.A.T.E. morning classes!!!  Why can’t an institution that accepts S.W.S.D. NOT RECOGNIZE the fact that they are messing with their shift workers?!?]
  • I’ve been busting out some custom glass requests … The studio is back up and COOKING!!  [Photos of a couple of those requests}

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  • I made a few cards, as I continue to gather card-making supplies … Look at those INKS!!! … And – some cards!

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  • We have enjoyed a few SUNSHINE DAYS … and had some Swamp Juice to go with it … (It used to be a sangria recipe, but like many things … it has EVOLVED!!!)

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  • Which means I can accept the current 2-legged offspring status; Having passed my early morning competency HELL, I remain unimpressed by my work evaluation and/or management/education; I  love my four-legged crew … Life is GOOD!
  • And … DH and I have started talking about a 5–7 year plan … New home/new studio plans are being hashed-out as I type … DOH!!!  [No photos yet – as this will take YEARS to gain approval with the construction crew!  But, if I get half of what I’m shooting for – it will be AMAZING!!! Winking smile]
  • Now that I can breathe again, I promise not to wait another 3 weeks to share …

PHOTOS:

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Busy, but with down-time

We had a great week!  Lots of afternoon pool time, lots of puppy play time, some computer work and a bit of studio card time!

But first … Chloe’s posse turned 7 wks old.  They are so fun to play with and too stinking cute!

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If you want to see more of our bulldogs, DH has a facebook page dedicated to the ‘beasts’: https://www.facebook.com/Clayton-Hill-English-Bulldogs-1870477886306452/

We all ate well, starting with a big vat of Momma’s Trailer Park Mac-N-Cheese with turkey meatballs.  (Kind of a gourmet version of Spaghettios with Meatballs – using macaroni noodles, cream, muenster & provolone cheeses, herbs, dry mustard, shredded spinach, ground turkey and some homemade BBQ sauce … the boys can’t get enough!)  And tonite, DH made pan seared Alaskan Pollock with veggies.  It’s only taken 33 years, but the man is becoming a great cook!  Winking smile

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And, my cards:  I turned one of the acrylic paint dragging backgrounds into a painted rose (Concord & 9th set), along with a few other colors:

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Then, I made a new paper flower to add to my growing ‘garden’.

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And finally, I followed a youtube video, (thank you Ellen!) to mask some Stamping Bella Gnomes, create the distress oxide background and copic color the fun gang.  I like it!!!

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Add one more pool day before heading back to a weekend of ER nursing fun … Just doesn’t get much better for this girl! [HUGS]

Waterlogged … and happy!

Spent as much time in the pool as possible this week.  So, I managed to get ‘sun-kissed’ and pruney-wrinkly fingers.  Of course, that much time in the pool meant not much cooking happening in the kitchen (and a large amount of liquid meals … Hey, that sun was warm, I didn’t want to risk dehydration!) …  Although, we did make two giant pans of mostaccioli.  So, the men-folk are well fed.

And, I played with puppies.  Chloe’s posse is 6 wks old.  We officially pulled Chloe from them (immunization time).  She has had a rough couple of days with it, but she’s coming around, and Rotunda is happy to have her sister back.  Chloe’s crew … well, they couldn’t be any cuter!  Here’s Clyde, Yeti, Maybeline and NayNay.  We’ve got a lot of beautiful blue eyes peeking back at us!

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I played a bit in the studio – when I should have been sleeping.  A definite summer, floral theme going … Some watercolor cards, a bokeh backed dandelion, a paper flower bouquet card and a bunch of bright, cheery acrylic backgrounds:

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DH and I had a date night on Friday.  We went to see Jurassic World.  The movie … Meh!  But the popcorn dinner was delicious!  Winking smile

Leaving with a cute and sassy photo of Maybeline.  She just might be sticking her tongue out at you …

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Growing …

Chloe’s pups sure are!  They turned 5 wks old today … the cutest little stinkers!!!

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And, I’m growing my skill set as a card maker … slowly.  I did some water coloring with the Peerless travel set:

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Played with scraps of paper for a background

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Revisited a couple of stamps for some copic coloring:

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My dad’s fathers day card (copic).  Then, I played with some layering dies.

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And, got my plotter involved to make large word masks for some distress oxide backgrounds.

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Yep, I’m growing.  Hope to squeeze a little pool time in there too.  We’ll see …

Peerless watercolors …

First try with this medium.  It’s ok.  I still have much to learn …

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