Monday, July 23, 2007

Dont faint -- I scrapped!!!

I had started a "test layout" as I was working on Shameless, to check scale and things like that. The pic is actually where I got the colors. :) I figured since the layout was half done, I might as well finish it. LOL

(Click on the image to see it bigger.)

Journaling: Kaylee, May 24, 2007. The last day of school. Waiting for Matthew's bus. Waiting for the day, all too soon, when you will finally ride the bus with him. Waiting for the day you'll go off to kindergarten, and leave me rattling around this house, enveloped in silence. Waiting... waiting... waiting. Please wait... just a little longer.

Credits: Shameless Collection by Kim Jensen @ ScrapDish
stitching by Shabby Princess
Font: LD Remington Portable

As I was scrapping this, I realized that this was the last time, under regular circumstances, that Kaylee and I would hang out, waiting for her big brother to get home from school. I'm looking forward to having large blocks of uninterrupted time to get stuff done around here, but I have a feeling I'm not going to know what to do with myself, and it's definitely going to seem strange.

In non-scrapping news, an electrician friend of Mark's came over yesterday to help us out with some projects around here. He'd planned to come over first thing in the morning, but got called to work on an emergency job, so it ended up being early afternoon before he made it. He brought a couple of his guys with him. Mark had planned to help with the labor, but I guess he thought qualified help was needed. LOL

Anyway, they adjusted a light fixture over the fireplace that wouldn't angle correctly, installed a ceiling fan in the guest room, a light in our little mini-hallway where our coat closet/hooks are, and a light in Matthew's closet. The lights make such a huge difference! Matthew's closet looks twice the size, and you can actually see in there. Of course, now we have to load everything back in there, since it's all piled on his bottom bunk right now. :-b We did do a little sorting as we were emptying the closet, pulled out some stuff to go in the attic and a little bit to go to charity. There were even still a couple of boxes of old memorabilia and such up on the shelf in there that had been there since about when we moved into the house -- in 1995! LOL They're now sitting in my closet until I have a chance to sort through them.

What we thought should have been the easiest job for the electricians, rerouting our internet cable, turned out to be the most difficult. Plan A was to use the speaker wire we ran in the wall as a guide to drop my LAN connection in that same wall. Well, the speaker wire was hooked on something and wouldn't pull all the way up. So plan B was to drop the cable in the adjacent column. Well, apparently, that spot in the attic is such a tight squeeze that it was darn near impossible to get back there and there was no way to get a drill in there. So they ended up taking down this wall clock we had hanging on the column, making a small hole in the wall that will be covered by the clock, and sticking a really long flexible drill bit up through it. After they did that, they couldn't even find where the bit had come through in the attic. They ended up having to have one person downstairs banging the bit against the roof while the other one followed the noise. Then the electrician had to lay on his belly in the attic with all that nasty insulation and reach out and tie a string through the drill bit (at arms length) to use to pull the cable down! Crazy!

Since they got started late, they ended up not being able to finish due to the heat (that attic is an OVEN in the afternoon) and the fact that the crew had to leave to go pack, since they're moving out of their apartment today. So we have two holes in the wall in Mark's office, waiting for that end of the cables, and I have the end of the cable by my desk hanging out of the wall until they can come back. LOL Hopefully, next time will be much easier! Thank goodness I had my wireless connection to fall back on! The reason we went to a hard-wired connection in the first place (which has just been draped around the room near the ceiling for the last couple of years) is that the wireless connection was so flakey and unreliable. It seems to be cooperating so far this time though. (knock on wood)

Anyway, Mark cooked up a nice steak dinner, and his friend hung around and talked magic for a few hours after that. I still can't believe he's doing all this work for us for just material cost! (And of course, Mark is cutting him whatever deals he can on magic.) What a generous guy!!

Friday, July 20, 2007

New collection!! Sale!! Freebies!!

I'm here! I finally finished that little kit I've been working on for the last 5 or 6 weeks. It's not so little anymore. LOL I was having so much fun with it that it just kinda kept growing. And then one of my awesome CT members, Melinda, whipped up some gorgeous quick pages for me, and before I knew it, I had a burstin' at the seams 11-product collection!! LOL There's a paper pack, a totally huge element pack, a really cool iridescent glass alpha, a fun felt alpha pack (with four full sets), 3 quick page sets, and a tumbler insert!! And then there are 3 combo packs - the papers and elements together, all the quick page sets, and the whole shebang!

No, I'm not going to post all 11 products here! LOL I do want to show off the detail shot from the elements though...



You can scroll down on the individual products in the store to see the rest of the detail images. ;) Here's just the collection preview. You can click on it to see everything in the store. :)



Oh, and it's all on sale 30% off until next Friday, the 27th!!! :)

And did I say something about freebies? Yep! My first time ever doing blog freebies!! I usually don't do them, because, well, I'm slow at designing!!! LOL But I made time to do a couple of small ones this time. Like the new header on this blog? You can have one like it for your very own, or two others!



But wait, there's more! I also put together a few little extras - an embellished glass frame (made using the same technique as the glass alpha), and two lace stars that match one of the lace pieces in the Element Pack. :)


Kaylee does not come with the actual frame. LOL But there is a template in there to help you line up your own photo. :) Oh, and a little tip if you happen to be using a similar blog template to the one I am, where the Blogger bar hides the top of your header -- just edit your header image to add an extra 30 pixels above the top. Voila! No more sliced off header!

What? You want links? Oh, ok. Here they are! --> headers, extras

(For those who are visiting here for the first time, drawn in by the lure of the freebie, yes, when I do blog, it's often late at night, and it is not uncommon for me to exhibit fits of profound sleep-deprived silliness and extreme overuse of "LOL" as I find myself terribly amusing at these times.)

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!! :)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Keee-Yaaa!

Well, I'm not sure how you spell it, but the title is the approximately the yell the kids do when doing their karate. LOL We've been hearing that a lot around here, since they've been practicing at home in addition to all their classes. And today (Tuesday) Matthew got his orange belt!

They had the official testing a couple of weeks ago, and Matthew had been introduced to the last parts of the white belt material, but hadn't had a chance to practice it. The next formal testing isn't until mid-August, so they had a make-up test today for the kids at Matthew's level who were ready. He and two other students tested. There were about three others I think who could have tested today, but didn't for whatever reason. So here are some pics. My little Canon, at least with what I know of the settings, could not handle the light in there along with the mirrored wall and all the movement, so, quite frankly, the pics were downright awful, and I really had to work with the best shots to get them even this far, but at least you get a taste...

The first 4 shots are them demonstrating their "form", a memorized 18-move sequence.





And below is Matthew with the instructor, demonstrating one of the self-defense moves.


And here he is getting his belt.

They stick the belt inspection stickers on their noses while putting the belts on. Our gullible Matthew believed it when the instructor told him that he had to keep it there until the next class -- which is not until Monday because of the holiday. LOL (Yes, he did tell him he was kidding.)

It would have been nice if Matthew could have gone through the formal testing, which is a lot more ritualized, with everyone in full uniforms, and without the distractions of a full class going on right behind you. LOL But he would have been bored to tears working on the white belt material for another 6 weeks, so we'll just have to get all our pomp and circumstance (and hopefully better pictures) next time around. ;)

Since I had the camera there anyway, I also took a few pics of Kaylee's class.

This is her waiting in line for her turn to practice a block/punch combination. She supposed to be "standing like a black belt", but is instead bouncing up and down. LOL


And then a couple of her working on the first parts of the same form Matthew learned.



And one working on another combination of some sort.


We bit the bullet and signed Matthew up for the full slew of classes. It ended up costing quite a bit more than we originally thought, but I think it will be worth it for him. And he's excited that he gets to start taking an extra weapons class once a week. :-b Kaylee has actually shown a decent amount of improvement recently, and she's still having fun, but we weren't ready to fork over the major bucks to commit for her, so they cut us a deal on another four weeks of classes for her.

So in non-karate news, the kit I've been working on still isn't done, but it's getting closer. I haven't gotten to design at all the past two days, which doesn't help matters. LOL

We were able to order a part directly from Moen for our old faucet, and it's now fixed. It cost a heck of a lot more than a hunk of molded plastic should, but it was still less money and waaay less hassle than replacing the whole faucet.

The dishwasher line knob still has a very slow leak, and I still have not put all the stuff back in the cabinet. I'm getting used to walking around the pile. :-b

We made a couple of interesting discoveries regarding the noise the pipe is making when the dishwasher fills. 1- The noise stops if I turn on the faucet while it's filling, then starts back up when I turn the water off. 2 - The washing machine, which is two rooms away, vibrates while the dishwasher is filling. Totally bizarre. We have no clue what either of those mean. If any plumbing experts have any idea, please speak up. LOL

Changing the subject again... to whoever posted to let me know my designs were being improperly distributed, thanks... I think. LOL It was indeed my stuff, along with a lot of other designers'. It was my first time dealing with anything like that, and it was absolutely awful and infuriating, but I guess it's an unfortunate reality these days. Onward and upward.

Hmmm... it's quite late now. I guess it's officially July 4th! Happy Independence Day!! We're probably not really doing anything special to celebrate. The weather here has been miserable. It's rained something like 7 out of 10 days for the last two months, and I think it's been every single day for the last couple of weeks. The current forecast shows it letting up on Monday, but I'm not holding my breath. There's so much flooding around here. Fortunately, our particular area hasn't had a problem yet.

Anyway, Mark also has a convention to go to, so it'll just be me and the kids hanging out. Mark picked up some new games to help keep us entertained while he's gone. LOL

Ok, I'm starting to get that "way overtired" headache (um, duh, it's almost 2a.m.), so I guess I should go to bed! G'night! :)