Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I'd already received my largest gift from DH/Santa - 9"x12" Wacom Intouos [sp] 2 that arrived not long after Thanksgiving. We had to test it to make sure it was alright. Now I'm having to unload my overburdened hard drives to make room for the software. Really looking forward to playing with it and hope it will help me in creating new kits. Goodies all around to be pleased with. Then time to chill out until dinner.
We enjoyed a simple Chirstmas dinner: glazed spiral cut ham, candied yams, green beans, and yeast rolls. Dessert was also simple: pumpkin pie baked by our friend, Brenda, who joined us this year for dinner, and chocolate cake decorated with Christmas sprinkles. Brenda, who lost her husband Thanksgiving week, managed very well. Jeremy, my son, had to pack up and go back to Richmond after dinner because he was supposed to leave early the next morning for Charlottesville to see his father. My father and his companion had Christmas dinner with her son and family then came by for dessert in time to see Jeremy for a short time.
After everyone packed up and left, DH and I settled in to relax and store up energy to spend with our grandson who came on Friday morning and went home today. At nine, he's still a bundle of energy and very curious about the world. We'd been told he needed clothes more than toys this year and were surprised at how delighted he was with even things like socks! Dh took him bowling and all of us went to a movie - National Treasure.
Today the weather has been gloomy and the house so quiet. We napped to make up for lost sleep. DH watched football and I worked on a new kit.
Hard to believe we're at the end of another year. 2007 brought some changes: health concerns for DH; additional immune system trouble for me; a long lasting (6 mo.) eye injury for my father; surgery for my brother (we hope he'll go home from the hospital in the next couple days); the deaths of 4 people we knew (1 good friend, 3 co-workers); new "job" for me (digital design); new hobby for DH (using CAD program to create digital train layouts).
What will 2008 bring? I'm supposed to start a new program for people with PTSS (post traumatic stress syndrome); my husband celebrates a year of smoking cessation in February and his life insurance premium should decrease; my ex will complete his Masters in Education Administration in the spring; my son should graduate from radiography school in August.
I plan to spend some time this week thinking about goals for 2008 - something sensible and actually achievable. I wonder what sort of plans my friends have for the coming year?
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
You'll also find a coupon for 50% off my Christmas kit, Happy Holly Days from now until January 6, Ephiphany. Here's a preview of that kit:
Download here: http://www.4shared.com/file/33262910/90d609e5/day4.html
Enjoy and let me know if you like these. Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Download here & please leave a comment: http://www.4shared.com/file/33134368/b7c430c4/day3.html
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
It seems he knew of someone who was by herself this holiday and stopped by her apartment to check on her before going home. She insisted he eat with her (he's already had dinner here) so he did. Had something with creamed spinach that didn't agree with him and was up sick all night. When he finally was able to get to sleep, he slept through ringing phone, knocks on the door and all! But thank heaven, he's okay now.
Still haven't gotten word from Florida on my brother, Thom's condition so am just praying there were no complications from the surgery to replace his medication pump in his back.
Now to what you're looking for:
On the 2nd day of Christmas, AAOV gives to you 2 quickpages created with my Christmas kit, Happy Holly Days, (available at Scrapbookersplayground).
Download the zip here: http://www.4shared.com/file/33100220/1473fa42/day2.html?dirPwdVerified=4c81dd0f
Hope you like them!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
So many people think of the 12 Days of Christmas as ending on the 25th but they are actually the days beginning with Christmas day up until Ephiphany (January 6). I'm going to be posting a little seasonal giftie for you each of the 12 days of Christmas, so please check back and download any you like.
The first gift is a quickpage:
Many thanks to Emphemeral Victorian for the designer resources used to make the quickpage above. Note: tree is from Dover.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
When I saw Sandi's kit, I knew it was perfect for a tribute to a Norfolk tradition - Doumar's.
No background is included in the kit so I roughed out a night sky and parking lot and created a sign to go over the word "Diner."
Dourmar's has been in downtown Norfolk since the 1930's. Within the windows of the "diner" are photos left to right of: their famous barbeque sandwiches, Al Doumar working the ice cream cone machine. (An earlier Doumar invented the sugar waffle cone.), famous Doumar's limeade, behind the doors are waitresses Hilda and June in the 1940's (June is a family friend and my father's companion), waitress at counter with other Doumar brothers.
Above you see the inside of a typical diner of the period from Sandi's kit. I extracted the figures of my parents from some black & white photos from the 50's and colorized them to place them in the diner.
If you've got some 50's photos you need a home for and enjoy the look of 50's Diners you can find it here:
Here's the outside of a baby shower invitation I made using the Log Cabin template (resized) from Jimstown and Robin's kit.
And here is the inside of the half-fold card. You can see this kit would be great for birth announcements, shower invitations, first birthdays and much more.
I believe this one was the 10pm kit and the name is Walk On The Wild Side. (I think these kits will be offered in the store now, so check in if you see something you like. They would be under DDDesigns because Diosa created them.)
Here we go. This is the 11pm kit below, called Nutty Fudge.
The two above are from the 1am kit and I've forgotten the name. I was getting tired by then.
Hope you enjoyed seeing a sample of what our Crop "til You Drop kits are like. Please join us on January 19th and bring a friend.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Here are two layouts created with Carol's "Purple Passion" which can be found here:
Don't you love these delicate filigree ornaments? And such pretty papers!
In the layout below, I filled the banner with white so my letters would show better & also put a white background behind the photo. I wanted that delicate silver frame to show up well.
There are such cute elements to play with in this kit. I had to use the beads; they remind me of all our trips to bead shops and of making jewelry together.
There will be free goodies for you too, I promise.
Don't forget to take a look at all the goodies Lisa makes and sells at TenTwoStudios.
Thank you Lisa for your holiday gifts!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Sunday before Thanksgiving, our friend, Walter Harris, who had been fighting prostate cancer and complications from diabetes and gout, took a fall at home. He was taken to the emergency room to check for possible broken bones. There were none, but fluid had built up around his heart and in his lungs so he was admitted. Further testing showed that the end was near and on Thanksgiving Day he was moved to hospice care. He died very early on 25 November with his wife at his side.
My husband met him when Walter worked for the local transit authority from which he retired a number of years ago. The Harrises were our friends are well as neighbors. They helped us move into our house, and we often met for meals and chat. Walter was well educated, a former teacher. He had a dry wit and eclectic tastes in reading material - everything from the classics to vampire stories. He rescued abused dogs and often said he found animals more enjoyable than people. It's hard not to imagine picking up the phone to hear his soft spoken mellow tones suggesting we meet for breakfast at "Shonenberger's" as he called Shoney's. His favorite phrase was "Who cares?" delivered in a tone that suggested a deep cynicism but which hid a soft heart.
Walter would be amazed to discover just how many people did care when they heard the news of his demise. He wanted no funeral, no service but later this week friends will gather for a small wake at one of his favorite eateries and lift a glass to his memory. We'll miss him.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
When I saw Carol Burns' "Coffee Break" I knew I wanted to do something about my grad school days at Virginia Commonwealth University. When the layout was all but complete, I realized I didn't have any photos from that time! However, my ex-husband had just loaned me our old albums to scan so I went searching through them. Had to extract me from a photo around that time and play with VCU symbols to cover over what was missing but I think it turned out pretty well. You can't read the layout very well here but the notepaper reads: Secrets to surviving graduate school:
Always take a cup of coffee with you when you have to teach 8 o'clock classes
For grading papers late at night, have coffee and chocolate ready,; glance through quickly and put the worst on top to do first.
If no one shows up for office hours, take a coffee break with a friend
Keep emergency chocolate in the office (but hide it from your office mate)
I actually prefer tea to coffee but coffee was more readily available on campus. Four days of the week, I'd leave home at 7 am to teach 8am classes, then rush to my own classes, get a couple hours to rush home and see to my son, fix the family dinner, rush back to campus several nights at week for eveing classes, rush home to study and grade student papers often 'til 2am, then back up again. Fridays were a lighter day class wise so I crammed study and research time and chores in then. Friday night I crashed and was allowed to sleep in until 10:30. Looking back it's hard to believe that in my thirties I survived two graduate programs while teaching and managing family responsibilites! I was tough but I sure loved it and really miss teaching.
Here's Carol Burns' "Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend" kit again. The two couples seen below are really the same - me and my husband. The first photo taken when we dated in high school (we graduated in 1969). It's not a very good photo of John who was tall, dark, and handsome. He was 6'4" tall and clearly Italian (first generation It.Amer. on father's side, several generations in SicilianAmer. on mother's side). I was 5'6" tall and incredibly skinny. I weighed just 86 lbs. in this photo (& no, I was not anorexic or anything like that), pale in comparison (English & Irish background). People always commented on the contrast.
The next photo was taken in 1995 when we got back together again. John's still handsome but has put on some weight. I'm not longer skinny but a normal size (pre fibro!). In love again, we were practically sparkling that day at the German Diner.
The first two layouts here were created with AMB Designz' "Beautiful Honey" available at Scrapbookersplayground (SBP):
This one was taken about 1950. In the top right photo is my father; he used to spell his name with "ie" instead of the usual "y" so I've done the same thing in my layouts. He would have been 22 then and was still very skinny. When I was younger and until about age 26, I could not gain weight no matter what I tried. Dad showed me old photos of himself saying he was so thin my grandmother would have to take in the seams of any pants he bought and the back pockets were pretty much touching. Today my son has the same problem and he's nearly 30.
The yound man in the middle of the layout (right side of photo bottom left) is my father's younger brother, my Uncle Bobby who died earlier this year. Don't know who the friend is with him.
More photos from the same time period. I'm guessing 1949 when my parents married or 1950. That's my parents in the left hand photo and their friends. Mary & Leroy Daniels in the right. Because of the corsages, I think these photos were taken at Easter. They were visiting Norfolk's Zoological Garden in downtown. It has a zoo, play area for children, gardens and greenhouse. It would have been a nice place for them to go for a stroll and chat with friends.
Now & Then
There's another layout too of grad school memories in the post about me and my family.
The kit I used for the alyouts of Irelans shown below is called "Celtic Knot." Find it here:
I'll end this post with the Irish prayer. Look for more of Carol's kits soon.