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Random Rambling Friday Wrap-Up

Is the month over?  It’s over – at least the work week, in oh, 3 1/2 hours.  Counting, definitely counting.  I was appointed to this case, and my, I am busy!

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t had time for this and that’s, right!

So, in no particular order

  • Passover fun was had by all!

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Ssshh!!!! I’ve already broken Passover . . . I just couldn’t take the matzah bloat anymore. I remember Moses, the desert, the boils and the locusts, I’m good. I got it, for six nights. Fini.

  • I may have made my last flipbook.  I think I’m over it.  I’m not sure.

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So, as I mentioned, I was spacing out my swaps, not over committing, so it wasn’t flipbook overload.  I think I’m just over it.  I don’t know.  I’m over the washi tape, that’s for sure.  Whoever called it tape didn’t really know what tapes’ function is.  I found myself adding layers and layers of washi to get the washi below it to stick.  The pages were actually pretty securely put together with hinges, and glue, but then I decorated with washi – and the decorative washi wouldn’t stick.  Oy!  In any event, this was a flip I made for a Paris swap through Facebook.  I bought the printable graphics on Etsy, and with them, I made journal cards, shaker gatefold flaps (with the fuse tool) (you can see them clipped together in the above photo – when you take the paperclip off, underneath is a pocket with goodies), and a snow globe!   Crazy!  I finally used my holiday card, snow globe die –

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I bought this die two years ago from Papertrey Ink, thinking I was going to make my own holiday cards, with Lemon and Olive in the snow globe.  That didn’t happen.  I don’t know why I thought Paris and snow globe, but it clicked, and I think it turned out cute.  I was in such a creating frenzy, though, I didn’t think to photograph the process until I was all done.  So, basically what you do is use the outline die to create a base.  Then, you cut the top of the shaker out of decorative paper, and sticky foam.  You then layer the base, your sprinkles, the foam, a clear circle vellum/plastic window, and then the top – voila! A shaker globe.  For whatever reason, my sprinkle stuff got caught in my sticky foam, so it doesn’t really really shake, what can you do.  Be more careful I guess.  But, I wasn’t about to rip it open and make another.  And for sprinkles – see that circle die?  It makes snowflakes, and confetti  – pretty cool!

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Now that I’m thinking about it, and rambling along, I think that my “over it” feeling about flipbooks is that I’d rather make them for someone who I’m regularly corresponding with then a one-time swap with a passing stranger. I feel like this is something I’d want to make for a penpal after we’ve exchanged a few letters, and I was making something for someone I kind of ‘knew.”  Too bad I unceremoniously abandoned all of my penpals after my father died, and my Wendori was lost forever.

I did make one more, that I didn’t photograph, for a swap on swap-bot, and I enjoyed it more because it was an offshoot from another swap wherein the person had asked me to write back, and I felt like the “project” was more of an elaborate envelope than this humungous thing:

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All said and done, between the cover, and the flaps, I decorated 10 pages, filled a bunch of pockets, and spent many nights after work assembling, fusing, die cutting and tweaking.  The ‘elaborate envelope” was like this, made from one sheet of 12 x 12 paper, with flaps made from simple, creative cutting.  This little, hour long project, was fun, and relaxing, and I can see more of these in the future.  The ten page, humungous flipmonster – not so much.

  • I investigated, and bought a new planner.  In my last post of last year, I mentioned that I had my MIL buy me a faux Midori Traveler’s notebook online from an Etsy seller, Dokkipaper, for Hanukkah. planner1I remain supremely happy with my present, the leather just keeps getting softer, and a bit more scuffed with loved.   But the calendar insert that I printed for myself is set to run out in June, and I have to decide where my planning is going next.  So, I fell down the crazy, deep internet whirlhole of planner communities.  At first, I was seduced by the Happy Planner, and joined a half dozen Happy Planner Facebook groups, without actually buying said planner.  After a few weeks of watching everyone sticker up their months, days and weeks, I decided that wasn’t for me.  I also became less transfixed with the Arc system of rings – it seemed hard to flip the paper, and heavy, really heavy.  So, I unjoined all of those groups, and joined Christy Tomlinson’s Planner Society FB group, because while almost everyone is subscribed to her Planner Kit Club, everyone is in a different planner.  I then became enamored with the Kikki K’s, the big ones, the A5 size.  Hmm, do I really want that big thing, I thought, and if I do, do I really want it for planning?  I mean, that’s a big thing to whip out in court and check a date.  So, I did some soul searching, and realized, yeah, I am supremely happy with my TN, why would I change?  I must be yearning for something else.  And, that something else, I concluded was more of a memory keeping journal, to help me along with my Project Life, and to be more of a daily journal/diary.  In my original post about my TN, I mentioned that one of my inserts was a “Morning Pages” booklet.  Er, that didn’t last long.  And, since I had pasted a copy of the sentencing guidelines (because everyone has that in their planner!) in the back of my calendar, I had started leaving it out on courtroom tables, and I became concerned that I might lose it a la the Wendori, and then my morning thoughts would be out there for everyone – what thoughts they were, I wasn’t exactly a daily journaler.  So, the solution, it seems is to have a planner, my TN with a new calendar insert, and a big thing I can keep at home, beside my t.v. chair, to update daily.

So, I wistfully looked at everyone’s pretty Kikki K’s, and could not bring myself to spend that much money ($90+ shipping) on a planner, even a pretty planner.  So, deciding to plan within my means, I begin investigating the Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planners, which right now are on super sale on Blitsy (with the Mother’s Day coupon code).  They’re similar to the Kikki K’s, but faux leather, and not quite a true A5 size.  But, there was just something about them that I didn’t like.  Well not just something, the guts of it – the inserts.  First, the calendars are dated, so I’d have already lost nearly half the year.  And second, it has a snap closure.  I want to punch holes into things and stick it in my memory planner, and I don’t want to be constrained by a snap.  So, while I had an A5 Color Crush planner in my basket on the Blitsy site, and post coupon, it was only $42.95 with shipping, I couldn’t hit the commit button.  Instead, I got sucked into the youtube planner channels, and after not careful, but “I want that” consideration, I decided to go with the Heidi Swapp Memory Planner.

There it was – right in it’s name – the memory planner.  Exactly what I was looking for.  A kind of planner, a kind of abbreviated scrapbook, a kind of journal.  That’s the right planner, I thought.  So, that’s the “I want it” part – the careful part – well, I threw careful to the wind.  The online reviews of the planner aren’t so good – that the holes all have to be repunched because they were punched too small, that the binder feels cheap, etc.  But, you get what you pay for, and after my 40% off coupon at Michael’s, and a free shipping code that Michael’s gave me after I left the planner sitting in the cart overnight (so smart of them! push me over the edge into purchasing with a shipping code!), it was only $20.  So, I reasoned, if the binder is crap (and all of the warning signs are there that it just might be), I can always put the inserts, which, along with the photo sleeve inserts are the reason I was buying the thing anyway, into another binder, like this one from Dokkipaper, a kind of faux Kikki K, faux Dokibook, which is also snapless.  ah, but you may say, how will you do that because Heidi Swapp’s isn’t really A5, and it has only 4 holes.  Solved that one – I’ve already seen someone on the Planner Society FB group punch the extra two holes, and put it in a traditional A5 planner, so I think I’ll be good.  So, for now, I’ll try out the cheap binder, and see how it goes – and I’ll let you know.

All of that rambling has left my exhausted, like poor little Olive after playing with her ball outside all day, and then scarfing down her dinner.

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Definitely a hard life for the little Boston!

Have a great weekend!

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The Driveway As Canvas

Yep, our house is so crafty, that even the driveway serves it’s craft “driven” purpose – ha ha! – I just crack myself up.

 

A perfectly good rendition of the Liberty Bell – turn your head a bit – there you go – Liberty Bell.  Although, Brooke was drawing the Liberty Bell from Citizens Bank Park, not the actual Liberty Bell, and was surprised to learn there’s actually a real bell.

Our house is a very educational place.

But, it’s a good thing we don’t take up singing – the Ramos von Trapp would probably not be a good idea with the neighbors, who are trying to sell their house.  Craft is much quieter.

Anyway, yesterday was Ramos lunch, the biweekly gathering of Ramos’s.  This is the second time we’ve hosted lunch, and honestly, for me, who cooked for all of one person for 38 years of my life, this is a challenge.  SmartOnes and Ramen Noodles just won’t do.  And, that’s not to say I’m a bad cook – but I’ve never been a bulk cook – and there are 13 Ramos’s including us. Last time, Joe made lasagna, this time it was my turn.  So, on Saturday night, I fried up 35 chicken cutlets, and yesterday, I made them parmegan.  Salad out of a bag works, as does string beans steamed in the bag.

I guess it was a success.  Everyone ate.  Folks took home leftovers, that’s always a thumbs up endorsement.

And, our yard was enjoyed –

And, of course there was cake – because what’s a Ramos’ lunch without a birthday.

And with 13 Ramos’, we’ve pretty much got every month covered.

That’s it – off to make an index card!

 

 

Mother’s Day 2012

Someone’s wearing her pendant!

So, I thought my Paris pendants were brilliant – and they turned out well.  But, surprisingly, my mother liked the one of her mother (well, that’s not so surprising), but she really liked the one of the face I painted.  This one:

She was just so impressed.  Although she didn’t quite understand why her head was titled so cockamamy.

I guess I don’t either.

And Danielle liked her SheArt pendant –

And while she liked it, when she found a photo of a zebra on my ipad from our trip to the Cape May Zoo last summer, she put in a special request for a zebra pendant.

No problem.

Maybe it will even have beads!

I didn’t take any photos of the scarf, but it turned out ok, and nothing really looks too heinous with a Gita Maria pin , which is why I bought the darn kit in the first place.

So, a few more shots from Mother’s Day –

 

And mom’s present from Danielle and Jake:

My sister-in-law is quite the queen of Shutterfly.

Hope everyone had a lovely day – we did!

{112/365} – Muses (or just musings) and Reflections

Right now, my world revolves around my husband, my dog, and the Phils.

But, you’ve seen enough pictures of them, haven’t you?

Or not.

The theme today for Picture Fall was muses.  My husband’s main muse right now (besides me, the dog and the Phils)?  A Camaro.  And, for his birthday, I couldn’t buy him a Camaro, so I bought him the next closet thing, sort of:

First, for Macro Monday:

Hands 

Yep,  got him a ’69 Model Camaro – mean?  No, he’s having a great time!  Men love a good project!

Model Building 

Model Building 2 

Model Building 3 

And me, what inspires me?  What muse speaks to me?  My husband, my dog . . . camera, textures, random thoughts, and  hopefully, my Polaroid SX-70 that I bought off of Craig’s List today! 

 

 

I couldn’t decide which one I liked better.  I was leaning towards the top one (which is the one I ended up using for Picture Fall, just because it’s lighter), but my husband likes the bottom one.  Any thoughts?

And, what the heck, if I’m shooting myself, I might as well expose myself even more . . . and link up.  And, if anyone is interested, really interested in self-portraiture, I stumbled up on this class, You are Your Own Muse – this is not an endorsement, or a recommendation, I just found it, and thought I’d share, and if you’re interested, you should check it out.  Her site looks lovely, and her photography is really compelling.

In the meantime, go on over to the Old Nichols Farm to check out the other brave portraiteers!

 

Facing Myself

{112/365} – Muses (or just musings) and Reflections

Right now, my world revolves around my husband, my dog, and the Phils.

But, you’ve seen enough pictures of them, haven’t you?

Or not.

The theme today for Picture Fall was muses.  My husband’s main muse right now (besides me, the dog and the Phils)?  A Camaro.  And, for his birthday, I couldn’t buy him a Camaro, so I bought him the next closet thing, sort of:

First, for Macro Monday:

Hands 

Yep,  got him a ’69 Model Camaro – mean?  No, he’s having a great time!  Men love a good project!

Model Building 

Model Building 2 

Model Building 3 

And me, what inspires me?  What muse speaks to me?  My husband, my dog . . . camera, textures, random thoughts, and  hopefully, my Polaroid SX-70 that I bought off of Craig’s List today! 

 

 

I couldn’t decide which one I liked better.  I was leaning towards the top one (which is the one I ended up using for Picture Fall, just because it’s lighter), but my husband likes the bottom one.  Any thoughts?

And, what the heck, if I’m shooting myself, I might as well expose myself even more . . . and link up.  And, if anyone is interested, really interested in self-portraiture, I stumbled up on this class, You are Your Own Muse – this is not an endorsement, or a recommendation, I just found it, and thought I’d share, and if you’re interested, you should check it out.  Her site looks lovely, and her photography is really compelling.

In the meantime, go on over to the Old Nichols Farm to check out the other brave portraiteers!

 

Facing Myself

{111/365} – Happy Birthday Hubby!

 Doesn’t look a day over 39 does he?  Gosh, I wish I could have taken better photos on his birthday, but again I was plagued by the no flash situation.  Oh well.  Here are a few that I think I salvedged:

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Joebryenna2 

AidenandJoey

Brookebryenna3  

Carterlyingdown 

brookereading3 

brookereading2 

brookebryennaplaying 

Hopefully, the Phils will do better tonight than I did with my camera today.  Camera shake all over the place, bad exposure, and some of them, had a kind of haze over them, almost like my lens had condensation on it, but didn’t.  Problems problems. 

A Flash is definitely on the Hanukkah list.

Along with the 60D . . .

And, here are a few texturized shots from the market yesterday:

Blueberry  

Canned Goods 

Pumpkins at the Market 

{111/365} – Happy Birthday Hubby!

 Doesn’t look a day over 39 does he?  Gosh, I wish I could have taken better photos on his birthday, but again I was plagued by the no flash situation.  Oh well.  Here are a few that I think I salvedged:

Joeis40

 

Joebryenna2 

AidenandJoey

Brookebryenna3  

Carterlyingdown 

brookereading3 

brookereading2 

brookebryennaplaying 

Hopefully, the Phils will do better tonight than I did with my camera today.  Camera shake all over the place, bad exposure, and some of them, had a kind of haze over them, almost like my lens had condensation on it, but didn’t.  Problems problems. 

A Flash is definitely on the Hanukkah list.

Along with the 60D . . .

And, here are a few texturized shots from the market yesterday:

Blueberry  

Canned Goods 

Pumpkins at the Market 

{90/365}

Summer’s over!  Once again, time for Ramos family dinner every other Sunday –

Bryeanna 

aimeebryenna 

Brooke 

Brookebryenna2 

Carterbrookebryenna 

Brookebryennacarter

BryennaCartertrip  

Joeyaiden 

And, since You Capture Thursday is Togetherness, this fits perfectly!

 

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{80/365} – A Day for the Hubbie

Today was all about the husband – and that’s ok – he deserves it!

First, we visited his dream car – the Camaro – ooooo, ahhhhh –


Dreams were nearly crushed when he realized that he didn’t quite fit in the driver’s seat.

But have no fear – the salesman showed us the sunroofless model – and he has a tiny bit of head room – just enough to keep the Camaro dream alive!

 

 

 

And then, before we saw the Tillman Story (which I’m planning on reviewing on Lemontines tomorrow if you’re interested), we indulged in his favorite dessert – chocolate (and marshmellows – smores! and beer, of course)

 

And after the movie – at midnight, the purpose and pinnacle of our evening!

 

The midnight release of Halo Reach.  Yep, at the Game Stop at midnight.  Good wife, eh?

 

But you never knew there could be a line at the Game Stop at midnight.

Kind of like sleeping out for Springsteen tickets.

Or not.

 

 

Purchase complete!

 

And it might as well be Christmas at the Ramos house!

Ho ho ho!