Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A New Do For Me

Every once in awhile, I feel like looking my age; I shed my long hair  Smiley from millan.net and pretend to be a grown up.  Hee, hee, it doesn't last long and I ultimately grow my hair back, but it feels good to lighten the load, shall we say.

So, off to the hair stylist's I go, picture in hand, anxiously anticipating the outcome of my decision to "go short".  Sometimes, I feel like crying before I even get out of the salon chair.  Have you ever had that feeling?  The one where the stylist and your vision missed by a longshot and now you have bangs! 
Smiley from millan.net

Well this time was a pleasant experience.  My friend Hope referred me to her stylist, Christina.  What a great gal! I walked out of her salon feeling young and stylish with a brand new do.  Of course, I'm not able to do the little flippy things she accomplished with my straight as a stick hair, but this will be a fun summer fling.

Here's the card I created for Christina.  I think we should take the time to thank the people in our lives that make us feel good.

I used an old stamp set from Stampin' Up called "Sassy Susie", mainly because of the flippy hairdo.  I stamped "Susie" twice in Stazon black (colored with Prisma Pencils) and cut out "Susie" to pop-up in front of the table and chair.  I used Nestabilities and an SU punch to create the scalloped edges.  The sentiment is computer-generated.  I was so happy to be able to use some eyelets on this card.  I hardly ever find a need for eyelets anymore.  Oh, and the flower is an SU punch as well.

Here's the inside of the card:

I almost always coordinate the inside of the card with the outside.  I think it makes the card more unique, plus I hate the looke of all that white paper to fill up with writing.  I used a strip of the same paper (from DCWV) and then punched out some flowers with punched flower centers popped up.  The sentiment is computer-generated and printed on a punched label.

On to a stamp giveaway..... I have these sets I would like to pass on to someone who would appreciate them.  They are retired SU sets called "I Like Your Style" and "Fresh Fillers".  They are gently used and are cushion mounted and stored in CD cases.  If you are interested in these sets, please leave a comment on this post.  I will be drawing a winner this weekend.

Have a great day today!

Til Next Time,

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wheelbarrows and Chorizo

Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day!  I've been busy this morning with all the Father's Day details. 

I decided to create an early breakfast on our deck, as our oldest had to be at work today and luckily the weather cooperated.  It wasn't as warm as I would have liked, but no wind to contend with. See the table above?  That's my Mother's Day gift.  I've been wanting a permanent place to eat off the kitchen on lovely summer days and I'm so excited to finally have this. 

So, onto the breakfast....I fried up some chorizo, green onions and garlic and added 8 whisked eggs.  Topped that off with some shredded Monterrey Jack cheese and some cilantro.  This was served with warm flour tortillas and was absolutely fabulous in under 10 minutes. 

As for the centerpiece and gift....my husband wanted a new wheelbarrow, as we are actively trying to finish a very long remodel including landscaping on our house.  I purchased a cool wheelbarrow and some gallon pots of Cosmos (his favorite flower) at Home Depot yesterday and stashed them at a friend's house until dark.  That same friend (Hi Ali!!!) had me over to craft last night, so I worked on a wheelbarrow to act as a centerpiece for our table today. 

I used a template sold at My Time Made Easy, called "Bouncing Baby Buggy" and used creator, Lauren Meader's idea for converting the baby buggy into a wheelbarrow.  I had intended to fill the barrow with chocolate covered raisins, to resemble rocks, but I made my supports a bit too weak and they collapsed when the barrow was full...oh's the pity!  Anyway, I still love how it came out.  Next time, I'll just use something more sturdy for support. 

Be sure to check out all the fantastic products at My Time Made Easy.  They really are fun and easy, and have a great Sunday.

Smiley from millan.net

Til next time,