Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Sticky Situation

I know you are going to get sick of me doing these Christmas trees, but I just cannot help it. I am so in love with them. I just had to make another one for me, cause I decided that my Mom needed one and I thought she would love the Basic Grey colors. As for me, I wanted to go with the traditional greens and reds. I love the way this one turned out. There is a little story behind the making of this tree and a lesson well learned that I would like to share. I went to a Church crop on Friday night with some of my girlfriends. This was my project of choice to work on at the crop. As I was nearing the end of the project some 4 hours later (because I socialize and eat more than anything) I borrowed my friends Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive to glue on the circle at the very top. Well I took the lid off and gave it a squeeze. No glue!!! So I got a pin and I tried to clear out the nozzle. It did not seem clogged. So I held it up and gave it another squeeze. Still no glue. I looked down the nozzle and could not see anything stopping it up, so again with another squeeze. Then I decided maybe I am not squeezing hard enough, so I gave it a little harder squeeze. OOP!!!! My almost finished, beautiful tree suddenly looked like a volcano erupting. Glue just ran all down the sides. Of course I could do nothing ,but sit there and laugh. I actually wanted to cry, but laughing was it. I had glue all over my face, hair, and clothes. My friends jumped up and ran to get towels to try and save as much of my tree as possible. My branches were wilting fast from the glue. I was able to pull myself together finally and save most of my tree. What a mess!!! As you can see, only my top part of the tree had to be removed. I did find later a few of the branches with dry glue and replaced those. All together, it was not a complete disaster thanks to my friends. The lesson learned here is, DO NOT SQUEEZE THE BOTTLE!!! If the glue does not come out, than there is definitely cloggage. Squeezing will only result in a horrible sticky situation.
Here is a card that my friend made at the crop. I just love this card and the way it turned out. She is a sewing teacher and she was trying to make a card to give her students that would hold a cute little charm as a gift to each of them and the card to be a Sewing/Christmas theme card. I think she did a awesome job. Oh and by the way, this is her very first card to ever stamp and make. Now what do you think... NOT TO SHABBY AH!!!! for a beginner stamper. She says this will be her last. LOL!!!! I can remember saying those same words. Now I am a card/stamp making addict. Love and adore doing it. I just hope she keeps stamping,cause she defiantly has some stamping talent.

Saturday morning I got up and went to our local High School Craft Show. I was there on a mission. Only to find myself yet another perfect Raggedy. I was very disappointed to find that my favorite vendor was very low on dolls. She had already been to so many shows, that she did not have enough time to replace with new ones. So either she had some too similar to what I already had, or she had them in pairs which was more money than I wanted to spend. I really mostly collect the girl Raggedies and like to keep my spending to 20.00 or less. So with lip hanging down, I went on about my way. I however did bump into the lady from the previous show and bought myself another resin set. They are just adorable. They are now taking up residency in my little hutch where they will be nice and safe from breakage.

Saturday afternoon I went to another crop with some different girlfriends. One of them was having a weekend crop cause her hubby was out of town. So we settled in for a weekend of fun scrapbooking, eating, music and movies. I love the crops at home cause you can just really let your hair down, get comfortable and get into your scrapbooking. I thought I was very successful. If you knew me at all, you would be proud that I was able to complete 5 pages of my 8x8 vacation book that I have been working on for over a year. LOL!!! Yes I know that sounds funny, but really what sounds funny is when you compare that to the other ladies at the crop. I am not sure about one of them, but the other 2 finished 32 pages in their scrapbook album, each completed a Creative Memories Portfolio album with 160 pages and power planned who knows how many more pages. What true scrapbookers they proved to be. I was so proud of them and very amazed at how they pumped those pages out. They said it was because of their new Creative Memories Power Layout Kit that they purchased. I just may have to think about purchasing that in the near future. Anyway, I cropped with them till 5:00 p.m. Sunday and had to go. I could not go any longer. My brain could not think of another page. LOL!!! Here is what I completed.

The only other thing I want to share with the world is................................................. that my Son has moved out of the house. I almost cry to think about it. I would cry, but think I have already used up all of my tears. I have cried inside and out and off and on for over 2 weeks now. Part of me is happy and the other part is very sad. My happiness only comes from the fact that now I no longer have to dread him moving. He has talked about it now for a year and I have stressed and worried and tried to figure out how I could keep him home a little longer. He is only 20 and I feel like he was too young and immature. When he was younger, I always thought I would have to kick him out of the house most likely in his 30's. I guess that was just wishful thinking on my part. I just did not think he would leave home so early. Anyway, now that he has moved, I no longer have to stress over the idea and I can go ahead and deal with him being gone. That makes me happy, because I feel like that is a burden lifted from my shoulders. The worry that is. Not my Son. I love my Son and he has never been a burden. But the idea of him moving and the worry of him moving is now gone. He has moved!!!! The sad part is, that I know once they move, they will never be able to come back home. Yes, they can come back home and from what I hear from my friends, they most likely do come back at least 1 or 2 times before they are gone for good. (Suddenly as I type this, I think of the song on the country station with the lyrics Gone for Good, Good as Gone!!) Anyway back to what I was saying before my brain rudely interrupted me, my thought on that is and the sad part is, its never the same when they come back. Things change from the time they leave and come back. They change, parents change. Everything changes and Everyone gets set in their new ways. They can no longer live at home comfortably after having their freedom. They always have the itch to leave again. There is that feeling of feeling like you have no space or privacy. I know this cause I remember moving back in with my husbands parents. It was just weird. All we could think about was leaving and finding our own place. So my heart is sad knowing my baby boy has learned to fly and is now on his journey to a new life away from home. May God keep him safe!!!


elizabeth said...

I love how your trees come out! Even in the face of disaster they are still a work of art. :)

Anonymous said...

I am tagging you Jeanie Beanie! You will have to visit my blog for the rules!

Erin said...

Came over from De's blog! your tree's are awesome! my youngest just left too and am going through similar feelings! Put it in God's hands..have faith in your son! It will be fine..Love your blog!

Paula said...

WOW - I love the tree. I haven't seen that done before.