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I changed the way I store my glitters and embossing powders, this way I can use the containers they come in.

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How cute eh? It is actually a K-cup holder and I got it at Target.  I wanted to be able to read what was in the container so I just made a file and printed it out on Whisper White and punched it out with a 1 3/8" circle punch and then I used the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch to do Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the embossing powders and Pool Party for the glitters. The glass glitter containers are smaller and fall through the K-cup holes so I just poured them into empty embossing powder containers. Since I was putting the name on the lid it didn't matter anyway.

I got this idea from my sweet friend and upline Rhonda, but you know me, I had to gussie it up with the punches and the ribbon. 

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Well this old gal is off to bed. Have an awesome Wednesday and thanks for stopping in.


Soft Sky Chippy-ness

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Today Rhonda and I met to talk about our upcoming Fall Fest and we wanted to do some antique shopping too...it had been too long since we had hung out and done this...plus I had to meet Jeff after work to go look at wood flooring for Eric's room.

So we headed over to Rustic Hutch in Mesa, Rhonda had never been there before.  I picked up a cute dress for convention, a cute little doll blanket thingie for my new little niece Daphne, (ok is that not i before e, except after c rule??) some battery operated candles, an awesome work stool for Jeff's shop and I think that was it.  While I was there I saw this.

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This is just a made in china to look old measuring cup with a light that looks like a candle in it. I thought this was cute for the kitchen, but then you always have to have it by a plug in and try to hide the danged old cord and well it was not old. So I figured I could work some magic, I mean I had a real old measuring cup at home I keep my measuring spoons in for embossing powders and stuff.

Then we headed off to Merchant Square, one of my favorite places to shop and Rhonda found this cute old-ish sifter (made in the USA embossed right on the front) and I was like yes that would work...so here is what I did.

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I had the little cherry dealies at home and the candle holder that fit perfect in the sifter, I added my battery operated candle and voila'. I don't think I will always leave it on the window sill this was just for now but I can put it anywhere...no plug in required.  Plus the candles run for 8 hours and then turn off then come on 16 hours later. I first found these at my BFF Tracy's favorite store in PA and was so happy when I found them here...in fact this store reminds me a bit of Tracy's store. Let's see what else, oh I got another one of the receipt holder spikes. While we were there we grabbed lunch at Pittsburgh Willy's hotdog and channel 15 came in, he was selling hot dogs for $1.22 because in 1990 the temperature was 122, and I couldn't find if we were on or not, the guy seemed to be taping as I was eating my last bite of Chicago dog.

Then we headed off to Green Table Gifts that I have never been to. My favorite girl Julie has a booth in all the stores we were at, I always like to see what she finds, my studio and home have many things from Julie's booths. Too funny I was always like boy I would love to meet this girl and come to find out she is related to one of my customers and we have met now...small world eh? So we were looking around and Rhonda said "look at this" and it was an old wash stand, and I said I had to have it.  I have been looking for something to put my $1.00 stuff in.  I have a basket and everything in it is a buck, but I had no where to set the basket.  I toss in retired embellishments, stamps etc. and I wanted something I could leave out, and look at this.

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Before, pretty chippy, but cool.

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The enamel bowl only has a few little chips in it. The front bar is where the towel would hang. I took the stand outside and spray painted it...and...

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...ta!da! Not too bad eh? I made a little Pool Party sign with the Apothecary Accents Die because it was the perfect shape for an old chalkboard rub on I had. I punched a couple holes in it and these little silver dealies I hung it with came off I think it was maybe the distressing set or something, I had them in my drawer forever thinking one day they would come in handy...and today was that day.

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I love the bowl it is painted a Soft Sky on the bottom, and it comes out so when girls come to class and want to look through it they can just lift it out of the stand and take the bowl to their table and fish through the $1.00 stuff.

So that my dear friend is what I did today. Fun or what?

Have an awesome Thursday and thanks so much for stopping in.

Amazing Memories

If you have read my blog for any length of time you probably remember when I was having the studio made over with new cabinets and counters. You would have also heard me talk about Mark, the most amazing carpenter and gentlemen I ever met, but most of all he was such a Godloving man. The first time I met him, his faith was amazing, not in your face religion, but just a man who loved God and was not ashamed to talk about it and I loved sitting with him as he talked about God and his family. I am so blessed to have known him, and even more when I walk into my studio every day and look at my beautiful cabinets I say "Thank you Mark for your amazing talented hands and loving your job".

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Mark passed away on February 21, he was only 71, that is not that old anymore, especially the older I get. His funeral was today and I couldn't hear most of the people talking and telling their stories but it didn't matter because you could feel the love in the room and how he had touched the lives of so many people.  I loved that they had videos of Mark playing his beloved guitar and it was like he was there as he sang a couple songs, they had a photo gallery going with music playing in the background which I am sure was Mark, he was unreal on the guitar.I loved seeing the pictures with Mark and his family, from long ago till recent. It also made Jeff and I realize we need to take more pictures and totally get them scrapbooked and off the computer.

God bless you Mark, and like one of your friends said today, you have probably already started up a band in heaven with all your friends that were waiting for you there.

Have a blessed Sunday and thanks for stopping in.

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This month is crazy with specials and announcements.  You can get single stamps in three different greeting sets, this is a test run to see how people like it.  I will attach the flyers so you can get more information.

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I also wanted to show you another fun card from my 10/10/25 Christmas card class. It uses the Ornament Keepsake Bundle that gets you the Free Festive Paper-Piercing Pack. I saw this card by Kimberly Van Diepen and loved it. Thanks Kimberly!

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Stamp Set: Tiny Tags, Ornament Keepsakes

Paper: Very Vanilla, Garden Green

Ink: Garden Green

Misc: Holiday Ornaments Framelit Dies, Jewelry tag punch, linen thread, vintage trinkets, Holiday frame embossing folder, pearls

So today I went for a theraputic massage, Holly is amazing and she knows so much about the body and trigger points and stuff, and it has helped my shoulder a bit and even my back, although I need to keep doing my exercises and Jeff needs to fix my keyboard drawer - speaking of if you believe in prayer can you please say some for Mark, my amazing carpenter that did my stamp studio, he has a tough road ahead of him health wise and I sure hope he can beat it and get well again.

On the way home from town I stopped off to get some food grade DE (diatamacious earth) it helps kill bugs in the coop and if any get on the chickens they roll in it and it kills those bugs too. Jeff stopped to get sand, and we mixed the two together into a big plastic pan and I can't wait till tomorrow when they figure out what it is for. Usually we just put it on the ground but I wanted to keep it from getting kicked all over. Tonight they just looked at it like "hmmm, do we eat it?"

I wanted to show you one of the things I bought yesterday when Rhonda and I were antiquing. I have one of these that I keep my ribbons in and I have one sorta like it but a bit sturdier that I have my punches in, you can see my studio tour in this post, some things have changed a bit over the year, in fact I should take some new pictures, the punch holder is full...remind me.

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Well this old gal is off to bed.

Have an awesome Wednesday and thanks for stopping in.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Christmas Blog Card 2011

I played around on My Digital Studio tonight and made up a quick Christmas card for my blog post today. It was fun figuring out the pictures...I did not use my own tip though...which is to figure out the pictures you want to use first, and edit them, and then put them in a file all on their own...ha!

I hope you are having the best Christmas ever!

Love and hugs,

Jeff, Diana, Eric, Toby, Alice, Clara, Gertie, Stella & Fiji