Saturday, December 31, 2011
As a child it seemed like it took forever to get to Saturday and Sunday and NOW my weeks are flying by so fast that every time I turn around I'm already into the weekend and even then don't have a moment to relax! DH lovingly points out that it has to do because of my gasp age! Is that it OR is it that I have so very much I want to do that I'm trying to cram it all in and I don't notice the time go by? I hate to think it's because I'm on a geriatric slippery slope....
Speaking of set in my ways, DH finally has pulled me kicking and screaming into the current century (computer-wise that is). He insisted that I could no longer continue running on my Windows XP (which I had no problems with!) and instead upgrade to Windows 7. Harumphhh!
So we did it. Everything has been upgraded and with that begins my learning curve on the windows applications and their "ribbons" which I personally detest (though I understand many people love them). Finally found the right settings so that my dear dear KNK can cut as well as some of my other programs (i.e. embroidery) to work.
So I guess I'm good for another 10 years LOL!
I think that I had mentioned previously, but I have been really getting into rhinestone designing and am even selling some finished iron transfers in my etsy store but have run into a little glitch with the conversion to .svg files. Once I can get that straightened out I hope to start listing in the stores. While we are in winter my mind is already wandering to the summer. Because of that I am sharing here a pic of two files that will eventually go into the store. If you have any ideas or wants or needs, let me know, you know I always love a challenge!
(Click on the picture to see a little bigger and clearer)
So finally, back to the topic...New Years! How are you all celebrating? We're not really planning on anything crazy, probably a movie and then sleep (oh my goodness geezerville here I come!)I did make it all the way to midnight last year but not sure if it will happen again this year LOL!
Any resolutions? I can't think of any right now other than the usual try to loose weight and exercise more. Maybe I should pick some that I can actually manage like: Eat Chocolate EVERYDAY, watch a few more tv shows, don't worry when I see a mountain of laundry. Those sound like a good start!
Well I hope everyone is well and that 2012 brings you all the Health, Love and Prosperity we all can use.
Hugs for Everyone!
Monday, December 12, 2011
I actually went away for almost 2 weeks (out of the country away!!!) I was fortunate enough to have saved enough money to take my Mom to visit the family in Mexico (whom we have not seen for almost 20 years because of life and circumstances).
We went down just the two of us and had a really wonderful time. We started the first week in a town called Teapa outside of Villahermosa. That is where her brother (my uncle) and family all live. The cousins I remember as being 13 are now very much adults with families of their own. It was wonderful to reconnect with all of them again and now with the advent of "Skype" will be able to stay in touch! Everyone was so wonderful and can I share with you...we ATE very well! They were wonderful enough into fixing all of my favorite meals...YUMMY!
After that we went to Mexico City and got to visit with the other part of the family and do some great sightseeing and shopping! We came back exhausted but very happy and content. Attached below are some pics.
As far as creativity goes, I have really gotten into rhinestoning. I have a few files that are almost finished to be uploaded to the store. If anyone has suggestions or wants please let me know and I will be very happy to create.
For those of you who don't know I also have created an
Well that's about it for now.
Happy Holidays everyone!
My Cousin's Banana Plantation (just started planting)
Typical Road in the countryside of Teapa
Picture of my Grandmother at age 14 (my Mom had never seen it before!)
The Cathedral where my Mother and Father got married
They have Krispy Kreme donuts in Mexico City!
They have Chicken Big Macs!
And last but not least...they have BRITTANY SPEARS!!!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
We even turned the gas pilot back on in the fireplace so we could warm up a little. Dogs enjoyed it though running around in it and then watching it come down from the window. I looked out on the porch and even saw a cardinal sitting on the post of the column and about a dozen fat red robins hanging around.
So in between cleaning up and watching a movie with hubby on the couch I was able to finish up a new Santa Clause with Phrases Digi file and upload it to the store. I started it about a couple of weeks ago and just couldn't stop tweaking it. Since the look in his eye made me feel like he was watching me, I included 3 cute phrases that could be used along with the Santa for Christmas cards or tags.
Now I've started to work with rhinestones and just got supplies in this week. I can't wait to share what I have made with you and will also be including some great patterns in the store. If there is anything special you are looking for, just drop me a line and I will see what I can do.
Hope you are all well (and warm!)
Friday, October 21, 2011
I just don't know where my head went on Tuesday. I felt like the boy that had a "no good very bad day"!
It started when I went into work after being on vacation and stood at the door just trying to wrack my brain and remember the alarm code for the door! Thank goodness I have a wonderful friend/coworker who forgave me for calling her at 6 in the morning and helped me out. On the bright side it was one of the two numbers I had been debating between (eek!)
Then the whole day was stressful trying to play catch up but I was looking forward to going to a gathering of crazy sewing ladies at my local Joanne's so that was something.
Five o'clock comes and I'm beat. I get home, remind DH I'm going out later and get dinner going. During that time, I get a call from my friend/coworker asking if I'm missing something...I had left my cell phone in her car! Argh...I really hate being without it. Not so much about missing calls but it is important in case of emergency.
Oh well...at least I'm going out but then I can't find my motorcycle key which took me about 20 panicky minutes to find (I had left in my jacket pocket the last time I rode) and then headed out. Now DH said I should warm up the bike so I did, but when I tried to back it down the driveway, I lost my footing and dropped the bike. I quickly turned it off and turned off the gas but because of the angle just couldn't get under it to pick it up. Fortunately DH had heard and came running to my aid.
After he got the bike up he told me to go inside, put on my PJs and have a cup of cocoa. I asked why and he said that he checked with the magic 8 ball and when he asked if I should leave the house it said "all signs point to NO!!!"
So I went in frustrated but as usual he was right. I had thought about jumping in the car but it really wouldn't have been smart to go out...what with no phone and so many things just not going my way. Sometimes you just have to say "UNCLE" to the universe and go inside and relax.
The rest of my week went better and I have been working on a new file just in time for Halloween which I am sharing here for FREE until 9PM. After that you can find it in the store.
It is hard to see in the picture, but I designed it so that the bat's head can be pulled out a little to give a 3-d look. It is super easy to cut out and stringing (if you want to put more than one on a line) is a snap. I simply tied a knot in the bottom bat, ran the second bat as far down as I wanted, tied that in place and then did the same thing with the last one. I am going to make a number of strings and then hang them up outside from out tree out front for Halloween.
Well off to get my laundry going and cleaning off the Craft I mean DINING room table!
Enjoy and let me know what you think and if you use the bats!
Free .GSD File
Free .AI File
Free .KNK File
Free .WPC File
Free .SVG File
Free .MTC File
Friday, October 14, 2011
The drive up was lovely and we got to see the leaves starting to change...what a nice time. We also got in some good relaxing and actually went to a store that had a self guided glass blowing tour. LOTS of rain though the last couple of days and while we thought it would be nice driving up at the higher elevations, it was more like a Stephen King scary fog movie. We couldn't even see 5 feet in front of us and tractor trailers were speeding at us in the opposite direction! We were very glad to be back at the hotel after that.
Once we got back I sat down and finished up a file that was half done when I left. It is an "ll Occasion Magic Window Card" and is now available in the store (here is the link: EC00210) in all formats and as I am a visual learner, I created an instructions video and uploaded to YouTube so you can all see how easy it is to put together.
This file is currently my Featured Product and will be 35% off through the end of the month! If you are interested, now is the time to get it.
If the instructions are not clear and you need a little extra help, please don't hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am currently working on some other new files which I hope to have up shortly. Until next time!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
My fondest memories of childhood are those of my Mom reading us the annotated Alice in Wonderland. It was a large and heavy book and it took some time for her to finally read it all to us.
The part that I always loved was when the Queen of Hearts gives Alice a Flamingo to use as a croquet mallot. From that time forward, I have always loved those birds whose legs seem so very fragile.
As I was thinking about my Mom and her storytelling I started working on a cutting file of a flamingo, but because of the legs are so thin comparative to the body, I ended up opting to create a digi file and this is where my 3 frustrating hours came into play!
When I originally purchased my KNK Maxx, I remember calibrating it and from that time on never had a problem with print and cuts. When I went to cut out this file however, I was WAAAYYYY off and couldn't figure out what was wrong until I opened the manual (when in doubt always pull it out). I started reading it to see what suggestions it had and don't you know it, in reviewing, it suggests you write down your settings in case you ever have a problem with the software. That's when it hit me, I had had a problem and had to reinstall and as such all of my settings were lost. Now did I write down my previous settings? Of course not...I mean that would be logical right?!
So to make a long story even longer...after numerous attempts (3 hours worth!) I finally got the whole enchilada calibrated and working so that I could finish working on my file. What is the moral of the story? For all of you Maxx owners who have already gone through the trouble of calibrating your plotting settings for print and cuts if you have not done so already, make sure you go look at what you have it set at and write it down in your book to avoid what I went through. PHEW!
In any event I think the hard work was worth it and I hope you will too when you see my Pretty Pink Flamingo Digi File (EC00207) in the store. I provided 3 separate stamps and the info on sizing is in the description. You can add embellishments to your finished item to make it fit a specific occasion if you want (like the little party hat in my birthday card pictured).
Well, thank goodness everything worked out and thanks to my Mom for inspiring this cute file.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I'm not sure if it's because the heat of the summer is starting to go away or if it's because I can feel a tease of fall in the air, but I have been in full "crafty" mode! At work, I have my little notebook and I find myself doodling when I have free moments here and there.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I spent most of the summer gardening and canning to my hearts content. I ended up putting up over a dozen quart jars of whole tomatoes, over a dozen quarts of tomato sauce, a dozen each sweet and dill pickles, some acorn squash and watermelon rind pickles and watermelon jelly. I love looking at my shelving unit and seeing all of my pretty pretties all lined up in a row!
Some of you may remember that my DD was finishing up her second associates and she did! Graduating with her degree in culinary and after enjoying the summer off, she wrote her resume and made a bunch of cold calls to local bakeries. She went so far as to call a place about 30+ miles down the road and she was asked to come in and do a "bench test". It took about 3 hours and after a number of items (fondant work, flower forming, airbrushing, piping, icing, etc) she was hired!
Well, gotta get running to get to work!