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Monday, May 22, 2017

Man, It's May! Father's Day T-Shirt Mini-Album

I've made several mini-albums for the moms out there but very few for dads so this year I decided to make one in the shape of a t-shirt.  It is made using chipboard so it is pretty sturdy.  I chose a cream colored background for this one but I could easily make it in any color.

Inside the first "page has a pocket with two cards in it.  There is room to write a message and/or put some pictures.  This one has a baseball theme.

The next page is similar but has a football theme.  Again there are spots for writing and/or pictures.   The TV has a few lines to write on too, to celebrate that arm chair quarterback :)

 Inside the back cover is an envelope so you can tuck in a gift card or tickets to the next game.

The back cover proclaims that this is for the World's Best Dad.

On the other side is a spot for pictures with a tie on the front, where you can write a note or talk about what makes dad one of a kind. 

There is a spot for some more memories.

Finally, one more spot for a picture and some notes on the chair.

It is held together with blue rings and some ribbons and stars for decoration.  Chalk is used to detail the edges.

Here are the inside pocket cards.  As you can see there is plenty of room to make this a really special gift for a great guy.

Definitely one of a kind and not your usual tie kind of gift!

So, what do you think?  I am kind of pleased with how it turned out.  It is for sale on my Etsy site and can be made as a special order if you wanted to choose different colors or have one made for a fisherman or golfer instead of baseball and football.  Next I'm thinking of one with a tool belt for the handyman!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Wow it's W

W is for The Who --

We got a chance to see them when they had a make up show in Oakland.  They had had to cancel an earlier show because Roger Daltrey got sick.  Being another one of those iconic groups, I felt it was important to see them before they stop touring.  We take BART over to Oakland and my husband was having such pain in his leg from a blocked artery that we had to stop every few steps to let him rest.

My daughter, Amanda, came over to visit and helped me decide on the background papers.  Then I added the "extras."

Even though this was just a couple of days before our anniversary, I forgot to take our usual concert picture so I used the owls to represent us.

My husband didn't think they really put their all into the show but I thought it was good. 

It was Peter Townshend's 71st birthday so it was a bit special.

Ringo Starr's son, Zak Starkey, is their drummer.  He did a great job.

They pretty much covered their hits and talked about the last 50 years.

There was a good write up in the paper the next day and I am happy when I can include that in my album.

So, better late than never I say.  I only have two more letters to cover and then I really will have completed the challenge.  I have ordered the pictures so it will be a bit, but I'm sure you don't mind waiting :)

The challenge is officially over for this year but you can still click over to the main A to Z Challenge page to see what other participants have come up with for this letter.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Quest for Q

Q is for "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" by the Backstreet Boys.

Of course my husband was not interested in seeing this group so my daughters and I took a road trip to Concord.  It was quite a warm day.  The car showed the temperature to be 103 degrees.    

Jesse McCartney was the opening act.  I had forgotten how many songs of his I liked.

Then came the Backstreet Boys.  I have always liked them better than NSYNC because I think their harmony is better.  They have a ton of energy on the stage and I love their choreographed dances.

I used another one of my templates on this page.

We had a great time and it was fun to share the concert with my girls.

Though the A to Z Challenge is officially over, I am still going to add my missing letters.

You can still head over to the A to Z Challenge page to see what other participants have come up with for this letter and read some of the reflection posts.  I know I am going to be revisiting to catch some posts I may have missed.  There are a lot of talented people out there!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Man, It's May

Some of the things I've been working on since completing the A to Z Challenge last month have been:

Making some cards for my Etsy Shop:  I made and listed 8 new cards, from Happy Birthday to Thanks, Love and Friendship cards.  All come with matching envelopes.

I've been keeping up with my 365 pictures too.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Everyone knows about my love of the moon.  Full moon is tomorrow night!

Started Book #9 in my Reading Challenge.  I have taken a couple of online classes with Susannah Conway but had not read her book.  It is great.

This is what the inside of the 365 picture album looks like.  I am adding a bit of a story to each one along with some page decorations.

This cute cactus village is in the yard of a neighbor's house.  I want to do something like this in our yard.  No maintenance and so cute with lots of little houses and other statues.

A reminder that dreaming to the moon is not going to completely get me where I want to go.  I have to do some of the work myself!

And the last big project is to take the book I read on Al Jolson and turn it into a junk journal to hold all my favorite quotes.  I am really excited about how it is turning out so far:

I took out some pages from the book to make it easier to add my collection of papers and things.

This is where I inserted the junk journal that I started making in March.

I added this woman walking down the hallway in this picture.

There is room here for me to write my favorite quotes.

I used the title of the chapter on this page, "There's a rainbow 'round the corner" and then painted a rainbow on the top with watercolor crayons.

This is the inside back cover with a pocket to add cards and things.  

So, that plus doing my regular work has kept me pretty busy.  I think I'll take a little break now and work on one of the letters I had to skip in my concert album.  

What do you think of my projects?  Got anything you are spending your time on now that the A to Z is over?

Monday, May 8, 2017

#A to Z Challenge Reflection

Well, I almost managed to complete the A to Z for my second year.  I did have to skip a few letters because I forgot how long my "Creative Process" can take and I didn't quite get the scrapbooking done in time.  Rather than give up, though, I chose to skip those letters and I may take the next month to add them in.

Just in case you missed one, here are my posts, in reverse order:

Z is for ZZ-Top
Y is for "You Shook Me All Night Long" by ACDC
X is for Bone Bash XI
W is for Who
V is for Van Halen - Skipped
U is for "Urgent" by Foreigner
T is for Tina Turner
S is for Sade - Skipped
R is for Rod Stewart.
Q is for "Quit Playing Games with my Heart" by the Backstreet Boys
P is for Prince
O is for "Old Time Rock and Roll."
N is for Stevie Nicks
M is for Paul McCartney
L is for Loverboy
K is for Kihncert
J is for Journey
I is for "I Am...I Said" by Neil Diamond
H is for Huey Lewis and the News
G is for Genesis
F is for Fleetwood Mac
E is for Elton John
D is for Def Leppard
C is for Cher
B is for Bon Jovi
A is for Adele

Notable other bloggers from the A to Z this year for me were:

Our leader and founder, Arlee Bird with Tossing It Out who talked about Time.
John Holton from The Sound of One Hand Typing had some really good word play again this year.
Deborah Weber at Temenos of the Blessing Light talked about Pronoia (quiety, serenity and peace).
I got a Hockey instruction from Scarlett79.
Josie Two Shoes shared a story of 26 women in a small community using only six sentences in each episode.
J. Lenni Dorner captivated me with the story of telepathy.
I saw Dorky Mom Doodles by Erika.
AnneMBray showed us watercolor effects on the trucks she sees on her commute.
Doree Weller talked about some really interesting characters in books.
Iain Kelly wrote a story using the letters from a children's puzzle.
Leslie Moon showed us Uganda.
Cathy sketched her way through the alphabet.
Lisa at Tales from the Love Shaque gave us hair bands.
Natalie at There She Goes gave us some more great music to listen to.
Outside Perceptions showed us some great movies.
The Plagued Parent used Calvin and Hobbs to enlighten us.
Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead gave us her perspectives.

If you get a chance, it would definitely be worth your while to check them out if you haven't seen them.  I know I will be revisiting them during the coming months to catch some letters that I missed.

There was a bit of a commotion when the challenge was announced this year as there was not going to be the usual "link-up" post.  I read that a few of the regulars were not going to be participating because of this.  I, for one, did not notice any significant difference without the link up.  I did manage to learn how to put a link to my posts in my signature so that when I commented on other people's posts they could find me in return.  It worked most of the time.  I did forget a few times to link my posts on the main Facebook page and more often forgot to link on the A to Z main page, but that was my issue.  Actually, I felt the original linky was a bit intimidating with all the different links.  Using Facebook, I could get a better sense of what the blog was about.

I forgot to play the bingo game put up by co-host J. Lenni Dorner, but if there is one next year I definitely will try to play.  I am going to be more prepared next year so that I can finish all the letters, but I'm pretty okay with the way things turned out.

Thank you SO much to all who stopped by and left me a comment.  It is so much fun to see the notices that I've had visitors.

How about you?  Finish?  Did you play the bingo game?  Ready for next year?

Friday, May 5, 2017

Man, It's May - Award Winning Edition

Well, it seems that there actually was at least one person reading my little blog in the month of April and that has led to me winning a "major" award (as Ralphie's father says).

So, I've always wanted to be a mystery writer but that's not really what the award stands for.  You can read about that on the creator, Okoto Enigma's, blog.

In order to "qualify" I have to follow the rules...not significantly difficult for me unless you are ruling me not to take pictures at a concert, that I have a problem with.  Here goes:

Rule 1:  Put the award logo/image on your blog.  -- Done

Rule 2:  List the rules -- You're reading them.

Rule 3:  Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. -- That would be Outside Perception, a really cool blogger who talked about movies during the A to Z.  I have several on my list that I need to watch thanks to him.  Thank you again for the nomination!

Rule 4:  Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.  -- See above.

Rule 5:  Tell your readers three things about yourself.  --

  • I have three sisters and all of our names start with the letter "J."
  • My first job was in the local library working as a "page" - that person who puts all the books away when you return them.
  • My current mission in life is to make someone smile every day.  (Did it work on you yet?)

Rule 6:  You have to nominate 10 to 20 people.  -- Do I even know 10 to 20 bloggers?  From the A to Z Challenge this year I came across these gems:

Outside Perception would have made the list as well, but he's the one who nominated me so...Of course if any of you don't have the time or inclination to participate, I totally understand.  No hard feelings and I'll still follow you!

Rule 7:  Notify them. -- You'll have to take my word for the fact that I went to each blog and commented on them to let them know.

Rule 8:  Ask your nominee any five questions of your choice, one weird or funny question.  My questions to answer were:

  • Tell us about something you used to believe only to find out it was incorrect.  
I used to believe it was possible to have too many scrapbooking supplies.  Now I know I was incorrect.  There are never enough!
  • If given the choice between cake or death...what would it be?
I'm trying to lose some weight right now so death...NOT!
  • What was your imaginary friend's name and what special skills did they have?
I had a little sister so I didn't have an imaginary friend.  I had a pest who wouldn't use their invisible powers :) (Love you sister).
  • What is your all time most watched movie?
In actual number of times watched I'll bet it is "A Muppet Christmas Carol."  I love that movie.
  • When (if) I ever have down time what would I do?  
See the answer to the first question.  When I have down time I am in my craft room.  That and/or reading books.  

So, the five questions for my nominees are:
  1.   Who is your favorite author?
  2.   How long have you been blogging?
  3.   Have you ever been nominated for a major award?
  4.   If you could play a musical instrument what would it be?
  5.   Who is Carmen Sandiego and why should I care where in the world he is?
  6.   Extra credit question, did I make you smile today?
Rule 9:  Add a link to my best post.  I don't know about best but I have a few favorites.  One is from the A to Z last year, the letter "Q" where I talked about a very special quartet.  The second is from 2015 on our 31st wedding anniversary.  It will be 33 years later this month!  Finally, this one from April 2015.

Okay, I think I passed all the requirements.  Thanks again for this "Major Award."  My blog will wear it with pride!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Man, It's May!

So after focusing so hard on the A to Z Challenge last month, now I need to focus on some other projects.  First thing I tried was a new idea for a Mother's Day gift box.

I've been drinking lots of tea lately and the little boxes that the brand I've been using come in are just so cute!

Being the hoarder collector that I am, I started saving them knowing I'd be able to think of something to use them for.  This is what I came up with:

I covered the box with some pretty paper and found some cards that I decorated and clipped together with a small ring and some ribbon.

The cards have room on them for small pictures and/or little notes and there are a couple of cute sayings.  "Sooner or later we all sound like our mother" is my favorite.

All the cards fit nicely in the box and there is still room to add a gift card or some small candies or even some tea bags.  The top of the box says "Happy Mother's Day."  This one is already up in my Etsy shop. 

I'm gonna make another one in different colors I think but then I also have my mind working toward Father's Day.  Wouldn't that make a cute tool box?  Stay tuned!