Monday, June 30, 2008

A couple of fun projects and a great weekend!!!

Can't beat that!!!
Starting with Friday, when one of my B.F.F.'s came over for some scrapbook time. I truly do enjoy these times together. Sometimes we get stuff done and other times we just enjoy each others company. This time, I actually got something done. Of course it took me the entire weekend, but I completed something. Those that know me, will be proud. I started THE Carousel Notes Purse and finished it on Sunday. I capitalized THE, because its a wonderful, but kind of a past tense project, that most people have already made. I am just a little behind. Not sure who created the original idea, but most Stampin Up demonstrators used it for classes. I first spyed this little cutie at my Stampin Up Demostrators house. She was having a class on how to make it and of course I do not pay for classes, cause I would rather be spending my money on supplies, so I went searching the internet and found the tutorial on Jan's blog at "THANK YOU JAN" She gives step by step instructions on how to make it "IF" you use Stampin Ups Note Cards. As for me, I did not have those cards handy, so I went shopping to find something similar. I found my cards at Michaels.
They were 5.5x5.5 size rather than 6 1/4 x 6 1/4, so I had to make my cuts different than hers. However, I am sad to say that I did not make a note of the cuts I had to make, so that means I cannot share that information with you at this time. I promise though to go back and make another and this time I will write down every cut and share them here on my blog. Or you can do like I did and just use her tutorial and change your cuts as needed. Here is pictures of my Carousel Notes Purse

This particular Purse, I have already given to one of my dear sweet friends. I sure hope she liked it as much as I liked making it. I have already purchased more cards for my next one.

I used

We R Memory Keepers Urban Window Collection

Textured RickRack Cards in Blue and Brown/white envelopes

Piercing tool

Stampin Ups Scalloped and Circle Punch

Stampin Up's Stamp Set "Think Happy Thoughts"

Hobby Lobby Friendship Stamp

Various Ribbon

Picture Frame Holders

Various Brads

Saturday was a fun and interested day. We slept in and then hung out at the house for a while as I worked on my project. Later in the day we went thrifty shopping. Oh how I love to thrifty shop. I found a few treasures and was very pleased. Then we headed home to get ready to go fishing at the Barge. We noticed a storm was a brewing and hoped that it would pass us up, but it didn't. So we hung out at the house until we were sure it was over. Of course while we were here, the electricity went off and we set here in the dark. So whats a girl to do when this happens??? She goes shopping of course. We headed to Michael's to save my husband money. LOL!!! I had 4 coupons that I had printed off the computer and they had to be used. So I picked myself up a couple of circle punches and another pack of RickRack Cards. Then we called the fishing barge to see if they survived the storm and that was a YES and NO answer. He began to tell us that the bridge that enters the barge had broke during the high winds. So people were not able to come and go from the barge. Oh boy was that disappointing to hear. So whats a girl do when she gets depressed??? She goes shopping. LOL!!! So we headed to my favorite store Walmart. We then discussed going to a movie instead of fishing, but my nature is much more stubborn than that. So I suggested we drive to the barge and scope out this broken bridge. I mean, the guy could have just been out of his mind or over exaggerating the whole thing. I mean he did just go through a very strong storm. He could have been stressed or something. So my DH rolling his eyes, drives me to the barge. He knows to not even argue the idea. LOW AND BEHOLD, the bridge was not broken. As I had thought it was not near as bad as he described. Only one piece was broken and it was easily repaired. So we were able to go fishing after all. We stayed there till wee hours of the morning. Not as wee hours as last time, but close.
These little guys stayed right by our fishing area almost the entire night. I could not tell if they liked us, or if the winds were just too strong for them to swim out and away. We decided that one was a white duck, which she was gorgous (had to be a she) just to danity not to be. The other was a goose. They stayed very close to one another. I imagined they were in "LOVE" The goose seemed very protective of the duck. If she ventured away, he was right behind her. Anyway, just goes to show you that "Birds of a feather, flock together". No matter what their feathers are.

We got home around 2:00 a.m. only to find that YES our lights were on, but our Air Condition was not. OH MY!!! It was pretty toasty in the house. My DH stayed up till 3:00 a.m. trying to figure out what the heck was wrong. He finally decided that we just needed to go to bed and he would deal with it in the later morning. So with every fan in my house blowing directly on me, (IT IS ALL ABOUT ME, ya know) we managed to go to sleep. It got a little stuffy, but nothing like I would have imagined. The next day Sunday, my nephew, our Air Condition Man, came to our rescue. The storm had hit a transformer which we did hear before we left. That blew out our thermostat. Can you believe that??? He said that anytime there is a electric storm, you should turn off your AC. No one had ever told us that before. He said we were very lucky. It only cost us 50.00 for a new thermostat. It could have cost us a lot more or our entire Unit. So praises to God for sparing us a huge cost. Our unit is only 5 years old and thousands of dollars that we just recently paid off. Lesson learned!!!

So now that the Air Condition was fixed, I started back on my Purse project. I got it done just in time to leave for Church. We had a great time at Church. It was share time which is mostly songs. It was fun to listen to various members share their favorite songs. After church I called my friend and she came over and I gave her the Purse. She seemed very pleased with it and sit and visited with me a while about her weekend. Always nice to talk with a friend. After her visit we, my DH, DD, DS, and myself all went to the late movies. My DH and DS wanted to see the movie "Wanted" and my DD and myself wanted to see the movie "Wallee" So they went their way and we went ours. I really cannot say who enjoyed their movie the best, but my DD and I really enjoyed "Wallee" and totally recommend it. Very cute animation about the future and Robots. Kind of out there, but cute. Of course my DH and DS thought their movie was the best of the year and my DS is going back again. So it must have been pretty good. Of course they both said lots of violence and cursing. I expected that much!!! Glad we stuck with "Wallee"

Thats it for the weekend. Another 2:00 a.m. night, which I slept till 11:00 this morning to catch up on my sleep. The rest of today, I made this adorable little milk carton. Another project that I will be teaching my homeschool kids in the fall. Here is the place where I got the pattern. DARN CUTE PROJECT and very easy to make.

Fill this with some candy and you have the perfect little gift for a friend!!!

Speaking of friends. I have decided to do a monthly R.A.K. Do you know what that stands for?? This is the definition from Wikipedia

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS is a purportedly selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual or in some cases even an animal. There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier. Either spontaneous or planned in advance, random acts of kindness are encouraged by various communities. An oft-cited example of a random act of kindness is, when paying the toll at a toll booth on a highway, to pay the toll for the vehicle behind you as well.

So anyway, I decided every month till Christmas, I will pick a friend or 2 or 3, and either make or buy something special for them, to either show them how much I appreciate their friendship, or to cheer them up, or let them know I am thinking about them. I mean I do have every source available to me to do this. My scrapbook room is full of fun things I can make. So if you are my friend, and you are reading my blog right now, you could very well expect to recieve something in the near future.

Gotta go make dinner.



Lovin Hello Kitty said...

Well I have to say it really turned out cute! I really loved the colors and the design, you did good girl!

elizabeth said...

And again I say - you should be teaching classes! Both those projects are da bomb!