Tuesday, August 19, 2008
PS- Some *$@#tard stole Sebastian's Radio Flyer tricycle. :( I thought I locked it up with the rest of our bikes, but apparently not. Luckily he prefers using Anberlin's old trike, but still. Hopefully the military police will find it.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Last weekend we took a drive to Nuremburg to restock our pantry with some asian food. I bought lots of smelly things like bagoong (a filipino shrimp paste...smells horrid but tastes good with things like mango or rice), small anchovies for frying, bin bin crackers, seaweed...I also found noodles to make Pho.
Pho is a Vietnamese soup that is SOOOOOOOO good. It has a very delicate flavor. I found a recipe for a quick Pho and it really was just as good.
I also made a filipino dessert called Casava Bibinka which uses Casava (Yuka root) as the main ingredient. The topping is condensed milk (YUM). It's a chewy consistency, but really yummy.
Week 4's challenge was to make a mini with only red, white, and blue as the main colors. You also had to use certain words throughout. I based mine on Josh's graduation from boot camp and utilized an iPod holder for it.
Then our extra credit assignment was to use the mail from the day before, chipboard, tape, something from the pantry, needle and thread, paint and staples. nothing else. For the base, I used the outer envelope (the portion you throw away) from our netflix movie (Johnny Depp..i mean..Sweeney Todd on bluray...yum!) I then used a mesh bag that held garlic, attached it with embroidery thread. Chipboard letters were outlined using white paint and a needle (since a paintbrush wasn't on the list). The chipboard heart was painted white, then while the paint was a tad wet, i peeled some of the top layer away for distressing. The tape is by Prima. The yellow folded flower is made with those yellow "notify sender of address change.". The little heart is cut out of the inside of a bill...i liked the design. The words are cut out from my USAA insurance bill.
This week's challenge has turned out to be my favorite!!! The challenge was to creat a wall hanging utilizing jeans as your main medium. I altered the canvas. Have to give credit to Jenn Star though! I totally got inspiration from a canvas class she taught in Holland in June. She used the back of the canvas to make a shadowbox.
This is nearly all made out of jeans! The tree bark is dark denim. The "leaves" are made from an old white jean jacket, added the color with glimmer mist. Stuffed it for more dimension using the stuffing from one of my kid's old stuffed dog that was bound for the garbage. The bird is the inside of the dark denim, and the fawn and grass is the white jacket too. The bushes are made using the lining from the jean jacket and from a velvet vest my son had oh so long ago. I really enjoyed this challenge...mostly b/c my walls are bare and I needed a prompt to get some decorating done. ;)
I still can't decide where to hang it though.
Made another mini for the Fancy Pants design team call. Altered the iPod holder so it actually opens up like a book. The theme is "the Random ABC's of You and Me" which is random memories that Josh and I have had the 7 years we've been together.
I really like it. Each page has a mini photo...thinks like our favorite type of Sushi, where we met, our first date, etc.
I have other things, but I'm trying really hard to get published in magazines, so they're under wraps. Haven't heard anything yet :\ so I may be showing them soon.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I whipped this cute little ATC out in like 30 minutes this morning. It was extra credit time for Project Catwalk and I have a lot of catching up to do, despite my win this week. lol. I really want the prize! A free year of kits. O_O
Thanks to all for the kind words about not making Hambly. You win some, you lose even more (in my case). Ah well. I have to admit, I've been feeling down in the dumps lately from all the rejection I've been getting. So I made this layout, for the latest Scrap Mojo.
"I took my Power in my Hand
And went against the World-
'Twas not so much as David had
But I was twice as bold
I aimed my Pebble
but Myself was all the one that fell
Was it Goliath was too large
Or was myself too small? "
It's one of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson.
Sometimes I like the idea of a realistic David and Goliath. You can't always win in the end, but kudos to you for trying, right?
But those feelings are put aside as I am now working on yet another dt call. Cross your fingers for me.
The photo was taken of a plant I found one morning growing out of my sink, of all places. How about that for symbolism??
That's it for now! I'm in the middle of working on a project that I am totally excited about and can't wait to share it with everyone! :D
Monday, August 4, 2008
The prompt was to pick a dress from last week's "Project Runway" and use it as inspiration. The second part was to then use a photo of yourself and scrap about your scrapbooking style. My style varies, depending on my mood. When I'm frustrated about things, my layouts tend to be really messy b/c I use it as a stress release. When things are great, things tend to be either cute or very simple with clean lines. Here is the dress I chose (which was Blayne's):
You can see how like the dress, I used a black backdrop. Each "style square" also coordinates with the tiers of the dress. I chose this design b/c I tend to do alot of bright layouts with a black cardstock background.
My latest project went up at A Daily Inspiration. I altered this remote control caddy I received as a gift many years ago. It doesn't match our living room, so I altered it to match my bedroom. I really like it!
I did this layout before I left for Wiesbaden for A Daily Inspiration. I took these photos of Anberlin at a pond about 5 minutes away from our base. It's kind of hidden and a really pretty area. Anberlin was running back to the car and I snapped a few shots. I like the openess of the photos, so I went with a very simplistic look for the LO.
Well, the Bazaar scheduled for the end of this month has been postponed and the new dates have not yet been released. I guess this is good simply because it will give me more time for crafts. I just hope they don't reschedule it when MJ comes! If that's the case, I'm definitely choosing MJ over sitting in a hangar for 3 days straight. ;) She'll be here soon...in about a month! Totally excited. MJ, I hope you get over your jet lag fast so we can start our adventure on Friday. Sleep as much as you can on the plane.
We took the kids to see Wall-E last night. Oh my goodness SO CUTE! I love a good love story, and I'll take it any way I can get it...albeit a normal movie or a cartoon! And the Pixar short at the beginning?!! HILARIOUS!
Hmmm. I believe that is all for now. Monday's are my cleaning day so I'm off to do that.