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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jots in June - 2018 - The Sketchbook Project

A while back I posted my contribution to the Sketchbook Project.

I am REALLY excited to share that it has been added to the Digital Library and is now available for viewing!  The last time I looked there were about 60 views AND THEY WEREN'T ALL FROM ME!

I would love it if you would take a look and tell me what you think.  On the Sketchbook page if you scroll down under the pictures there is a little spot that says "favorite" and it would be so cool if you could make it a favorite of yours.  I'd get a notice and little things like that make me happy :)

I've gotten another book to submit for the February 15, 2019 deadline.  There is still time to get one for yourself to submit, in fact today they are giving a 20% discount.    You have until November to order one.  The possible themes for this one include:  "A visual short story of the day we met," "Things I've left behind," "City Streets," "Stitch & Story," "Homonyms," "Rituals," This one thing..." "Burdens and brushes," "Melancholy," "Go-between," "Disconnection," "Bizarre," "Standstills," and "Infinite sketch." 

I haven't decided which one to do yet.  Any suggestions?  I know I will have an easier time of it this time since I know I can do it.  The blank page won't be so intimidating. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Jots in June - 2018 - Father's Day and #SLS

Today is Song Lyric Sunday again and the prompt from Helen is: seconds/minutes/hours.  Today also happens to be Father's Day so here is a little ditty that makes me think of my dad, not so much because of the words but because of the times. 

Dean Martin - Every Minute Every Hour

Every minute every hour
My love grows in every way,
Every minute every hour
That's the way it goes everyday.
How I wish the days were longer
Every minute one more thrill,
Every hour it grows stronger
And it always will.
I live for tomorrow
For I know what's in store,
I can be sure that tomorrow
Will be sweeter than before.
I'll do all that's in my power
Just to keep the old ways new,
Every minute every hour
I'll spend loving you.
Every minute every hour
I'll spend loving you
Songwriters: Taylor Lane
Every Minute, Every Hour lyrics © Barton Music Corporation

My dad was the original selfie taker.  I really wish we had been smart enough to know that selfies were going to be a "thing" and patent or copywrite the word.  He'd get a kick out of that for sure.  Every roll of film we had developed had a selfie of him.  Not many pictures of my mom or us kids.  Mostly him and flowers.     

He did love my mom though.  We were all sure of that.  You could see it in his eyes when he looked at her.  He would usually go along with whatever she said, although she always told us girls HE was the "master of the house." 

There were four of us girls and I know he loved us all equally but I always said I was the favorite because I was born three days before his birthday and got to come home from the hospital on his birthday.  I said I was his birthday present. 

His other love was flowers.  He was a florist all of his life and we had such pretty plants around our house.  His pride plant was a poinsettia that was in a corner of our front yard. 

One of his talents was barbecuing.  He built a huge barbecue pit in our backyard and a long table with benches and would have the neighbors over every summer for a big shindig. 

He was a joker too.  On one of their bus trips to Reno he talked the bus driver into letting him sit behind the wheel.  He always wore a cowboy hat and that would be a fun (?) shopping trip to go and get him a new hat. 

His real name was Italo John Stagnaro but everyone called him "Bash" for who knows what reason (there were a couple of different stories I heard growing up but I'm not sure which was the truth).  He was fond of making little double meanings as on this shirt he wore on another bus trip.  Obviously the B. S. stands for Bash Stagnaro to us kids but I'm pretty sure his friends on the trip had a different take on those initials.

Dean Martin and the Rat Pack era reminds me of my dad.  That is what I grew up with in our house and they are such happy memories for me.  I really miss my dad and hope that I continue to make him proud.  Happy Father's Day to all the other dads out there!   

And here is Mr. Martin:

Thanks again to Helen for her Song Lyric Sunday blog fest.  Please go over and check out what songs others have picked.  


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Jots in June - 2018 - Crafty work for Father's Day

Father's Day will be here before you know it so I've been busy adding some items to my Etsy shop:

A few cards:

And a mini-album for the sports enthusiast:

This is about 8 x 8 inches and it will stand on its own when opened.  

There is room to add a couple of pictures and write a note or two and in the back there is a pocket to add a gift card or tickets to see his favorite sports team.  I am in the process of making a similar one for the handyman, complete with tool belt and tools.

What do you think?  Visit the Etsy shop to see the rest of the things I have for Father's Day.  

Monday, June 4, 2018

Jots in June - Escapist Coloring Club -

A few days late but here is my contribution to the Escapist Coloring Club this month.  I've actually had a chance to do a lot of coloring in the past couple of weeks.

This one I'm going to use as the background for a card.  I used markers to do the outlining and then pencil for the inside.

Same with this one.  It is actually meant to be a card as you can see the possible sentiments across the top.  Not sure which, if any, of those I'll choose.  This one was pretty simple.  I just used one color for the flowers and outlined the leaves.

These are a little different.  I was commissioned to do a scrapbook album for a friend and I found some papers that I thought would go really well in the book since it was to be a keepsake using school work from when she was a child. 

I am happy with the way they turned out and fortunately she was too.  It gave me the idea to offer to do similar albums as an item in my Etsy shop.  We'll see where that goes too. 

Thanks again to Linda G. Hill for coordinating this fun club!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Jots in June - 2018 #SLS Song Lyric Sunday

I had to participate in the #SLS Song Lyric Sunday today because the prompt is...SMILE.  (On reading the comments, I see that it was supposed to have been "simile" as suggested by Jim Adams but I am much happier with "smile!"

The song I chose is "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars.  I love Bruno Mars and he is definitely on my list of people to see if he comes around our way again. 

The lyrics: 
Just The Way You Are

Oh, her eyes, her eyes make the stars look like they're not shinin'
Her hair, her hair falls perfectly without her trying
She's so beautiful and I tell her everyday
Yeah, I know, I know when I compliment her she won't believe me
And it's so, it's so sad to think that she don't see what I see
But every time she asks me "Do I look okay?"
I say
When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change 'cause you're amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause girl you're amazing
Just the way you are
Her lips, her lips, I could kiss them all day if she'd let me
Her laugh, her laugh she hates but I think it's so sexy
She's so beautiful, and I tell her everyday
Oh you know, you know, you know I'd never ask you to change
If perfect's what you're searching for then just stay the same
So don't even bother asking if you look okay, you know I'll say
When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause, girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are
The way you are
The way you are
Girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are
When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause, girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are
Songwriters: Khari Cain / Peter Gene Hernandez / Philip Martin II Lawrence / Ari Levine / Khalil Walton
Just the Way You Are lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

I think this is a wonderful song.  Often there are things we don't like about ourselves, the way our hair looks, the way we laugh, etc.  It is sometimes hard to accept compliments from people when they tell us we look nice or that they like our smile.  I am not happy with my hair, too thin and too fine, but I think I have nice eyes :)  Conceit is not a good thing either but we should be able to be proud of ourselves.  We are, after all, unique and perfect in our own way.   

Here is Bruno singing his song.  I love the way they did this video too. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and remember to share those smiles! 

Thanks again to Helen at This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time for organizing this fun way to spend a Sunday!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Making Memories in May - 2018 - #SLS Song Lyric Sunday

I found this new to me blog hop called Song Lyric Sunday and decided to take a stab at it.  The prompt for today is "let go." 

Yesterday was Stevie Nicks' 70th birthday.  I've written many times about how she is my idol, my muse.  So many songs she's written have meaning for me.  Dreams is one of them.  It is from the Rumors album and was released in 1977.

Now here you go again, you say
You want your freedom
Well who am I to keep you down
It's only right that you should
Play the way you feel it
But listen carefully to the sound
Of your loneliness
Like a heartbeat drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost, and what you had, and what you lost
Thunder only happens when it's raining
Players only love you when they're playing
Say women they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you'll know, you'll know
Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself, it's only me
Who wants to wrap around your dreams and,
Have you any dreams you'd like to sell?
Dreams of loneliness,
Like a heartbeat, drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering, what you had,
And what you lost and what you had and what you lost
Thunder only happens when it's raining
Players only love you when they're playing
Women, they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you'll know
Thunder only happens when it's raining
Players only love you when they're playing
Say, women, they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you'll know
You'll know, you will know, you'll know
Songwriters: Stevie Nicks

It so happened that I was going through a divorce at the time.  Granted we had only been married for six months but it was my first love, my first everything and I was devastated.  I come from an Italian Catholic family so divorce was not something that came easily.  Fortunately, I realized quickly that I had to let go.  This became my theme song.  I was singing to him, saying..."You say you want your freedom.  Well, who am I to keep you down?  In the stillness of remembering, what you had, and what you lost..."

Singing that song gave me strength to let go and carry on.  Good thing too because a few years after that I met my current husband and we are on 34 years together as of last Sunday (36 if you count the two years we were dating before marrying). I found a YouTube video of Stevie singing the song on one of her solo tours.

Stevie was singing about Lindsay Buckingham and also interestingly, Fleetwood announced recently that Lindsay was "let go" and they are touring with Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.  We already have our tickets!

What do you think of my first attempt at Song Lyric Sunday?  Any of your favorite songs about letting go?  You can check out the rules and other participants here.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Making Memories in May - 2018 #SoCS

Well, Linda G. Hill has given us the Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS prompt of Grill.

Last Sunday at the ungodly hour of 4 AM we were up to go witness this happen:

Yep, our youngest graduated from Sonoma State college with a degree in Psychology.  Now she will be coming home to analyze us all.  Well, not really but you know I'll always have it in the back of my mind. 

It was a very nice ceremony and even though the graduating class this year was the largest ever, they spread the ceremonies out over two days so it was pretty quick, as these things go.  

After the ceremony we drove back home and were able to use the GRILL to have a little backyard party for her.  

Not everything was grilled...

but most everything got eaten.  

Oh yeah, last Sunday was also our 34th wedding anniversary but nobody grilled us about that.  

Seems graduation trumps anniversary.  Happy Saturday all.