Sunday, August 16, 2009

Colour me Happy

One of the design blogs I read,had a little colour quiz posted, Velvet and Linen I thought I do the quiz just to see how wacky my house and tastes are. so here it goes.

1. What's the first colour you see in the morning?

A warm old parchment colour is on my walls, almost a light bamboo. I love bamboo...

2. What colour are your eyes?

I think they are hazel, not green but not brown.

3. What colour do you wear most?

I like to wear all colours.

4. What colour do you never wear?

I'm tempted to say black, but I don't like myself in black but, now that I've gained so much weight I do wear it.

5. What colour gets you the most compliments?

I had a peachy/coral top once and I got so many people say it looked good on me, that I actually went out and bought another top.

6. What colour is your lipstick?

My favorite lipstick is cappuccino.

7. What colour was your living room when you were growing up?

Institution green. Gross.

8. What colour was your bedroom when you were growing up?

I painted the room often, but for some reason or other my mother refused to let us paint it anyother colour than different shades of mint green. Gross again. We use to (my sister and I) change our bedspreads to camouflage the gross green.

9. What colour are your sheets?

Custard yellow, very happy.

10. What colour was your favorit crayon as a child?

I loved all my crayons, probably the one that got worn down the fastest was Cherise.

11. What colour is your car?

I don't drive, but if I did, I'd have to buy a magenta blue car.

12. What colour was your prom dress?

Our prom was after our grad, so my dress was ivory.

13. What is your favorite gem stone?

Diamonds of course, aren't they a girls best friend.

14. What is your favorite flower?

Too many to say "favorite" but probably a gardenia.

15. What colour makes you happiest?

Rose, pink, red, any of those shades.

16. What colour depresses you?

Mint Green?

17. What colour calms you?

Cream, Ivory, taupe.

18. What colour makes you grind your teeth?

PURPLE.

19. What colour do you wear when you want to feel sexy?

RED.

20. What colour would you like to try but are scared to.

Black.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

ABC Wednesday, A


Today is ABC Wednesday, I hooked onto this site because it drives me to read, instead of watching wayyyyyyyyy too much T.V. and since there is nothing worth watching... So here's how it goes. Reading at the Beach is hosting an ABC Wednesday check it out.

Todays letter is A. My book is Alchemist, The. (I'm a library techy so the is not a significant part of the title, or at least I'm not letting it be today)

This story , is about a Shepherd boy named Santiago who traavels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point him in the direction of his quest.

This short book is one, my son passed on to me for some unknown reason, but it's todays quest or should I say tonights quest. I love reading the books my kids read, (they are really men now) just so we can have something more than chores to talk about at the dinner table.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Monday Morning ---Mellow

I've started to read again. I'm so impressed with some of the reading blogs I visit that I know I'm missing out on a whole lot of world. I just can't stand not doing things that I know bring me pleasure. So I've jumped on the reading blog challenge. Stocked up and ready to roll, now just to stay awake... I don't think we appreciate the gift reading is to us. I often sit with my mom, who's vision is not what it use to be and think, I would die if I couldn't read, and yet I know that day will come, so do it NOW.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

3 4 5 Reading challenge



Chick Loves Lit is hosting this new challenge, I found it on Reading at the Beach, (wish I was). Anyway it may push me to read books piled high in my room.
Rules of this challenge:
It will run from August 1, 2009 to August 1, 2010
You may sign up at any point in this time period
To complete the challenge, you must read:
THREE books from one series
FOUR books from another series
FIVE books from another series.
Only books that you read between 8/1/09 & 8/1/10 count
The books you read may count for other challenges

O.k. Here are mine.

3
The Josephine B. Trilogy, Sandra Gullard

4
The Sweet Magnolias, Sherryl Woods
Stealing Home,
A Slice of Heaven
Feels like Family
Welcome to Serenity

5
The Boleyn Inheritance, Phillipa Gregory
Constant Princess
Virgins Lover
Queens fool
Other Boleyn girl.



Happy Reading.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday 56


Friday 56: Murder at the Chateau.

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Then the OYSTER and the van driver mimicked vigorous haggling over the price of what the van would carry. Reaching a grudging agreement, the OYSTER and the driver carried boxes of fish from boat to van. Soon the First Lady and her friends shared the back of the smelly little vehicle with a load of fish.

Who knew Eleanor Roosevelt was a sleuth? I sure didn't, but since I like historical fiction I decided to read this before I labelled and shelved it in the library.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday 56


I love to read. I've neglected my writing over the past year or so, and so my reading also suffers. I've decided to post on Friday 56 here, just to get me back to the book I cannot seem to finish.

Friday 56: Between You & Me

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog. Story time with Tonya
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

They're still struggling. And in the east they're still getting refugees from Darfur. Good example of international failings ahead of the next G8.


The book I'm struggling to finish is" Between you & Me", by Kirsty Scott, don't know why. but I only allow myself one book a year to abandon due to "not good enough to finish" so I really try hard to finish most, just in case you buy a book and pay god awful prices for it and hate it.

Perhaps I'll finish it today.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday's How to...

When I first participated in the "Mellow Yellow Monday" I thought I'll never find enough yellow to do this for long. Well to my surprise, life is better with a splash of yellow in it. We began this project with an Ikea mirror, which had been primed with a flat paint, the mirror is taped off. And then you chose tiles and glass and cut and glue. You must then let this all set for at least 24 hrs. and then grout.


I was immediately drawn to the blues and yellows of the tiles, and so this is the result of my creation.


This was our learning piece, now we'll be watching for things to mosaic, our next project is a bird bath. I could kick myself, my mother's home had a porcelain pigeon which I either threw away or gave away, and now wouldn't he look great in my bird bath.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Brenda's Photo Challenge, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder

This week TheBrenda's Photo Challenge is hosted by Karen M. Thank You Karen. I don't have any difficulty in seeing the beauty around me, often things that I find beautiful no one else does, hence "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.





I must admit I'm a basket junkie. When we were first married I went out and bought baskets, my husband had a fit, he said he wasn't working to pay for baskets, well he got over it. As a matter of fact when my beloved niece didn't have a bread basket, I just couldn't believe it, she's been married for 5years. I'll be fixing that.
I also need to draw your attention to the navy blue table cover, that's a tree skirt, a Christmas Tree skirt, it's a huge painting project that I've set my time for as Christmas in July, I love the blue of it I believe its a Catherine Holman Design I'm doing on it, Love Catherine Holman designs.


There are many other things I love to look at, and sometimes buy, when the price is right. I bought this little teacup when I was 12, yes 12, it cost 10cents at Pan Daca's store. I had used my snack money or bus money after polish school. I don't have the saucer for it, but I keep looking and look what I find in the process.
I always figure if I find a saucer for this teacup, I'll have to look for a cake plate to match, because no one has tea without a piece of delicious cake.






This is a figurine I picked up in Poland, about 30 years ago, again a real steal, the lace on the dress is damaged, but at the time I was designing dresses so your petticoat would show and thought that was quite cool.



Just a couple of finds whilst looking for a saucer.












I wasn't looking for the saucer on this adventure, I had gone in to a local florist to get flowers for a friend who's husband had passed away and the florist had a box of dishes on the floor label free to good home. When I checked it out on E Bay it's probably 100 years old and worth somewhere in the $185.00 range. Now that's if I've entered all the info correctly. Antiques Road Show here I come. (along with my $5,000 penny, but that's another blog.)









And then there are the beauties that are closer to my heart. My yard is a mess, as is my house, with all these car parts. My brother in law has nervous twitches every time he sees this. But, if you're a mom, and you've experienced your child moving away, you'll understand why I keep these around. It must mean he'll at least come back for his car.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Here's what the card making friends did this week...


Just because I care simple shadow stamping on upper portion of card. gross grain ribbon accent.













Blue pportion of this card is hole punch using an awl and the grid/pad. simple stamp on inset, blue satin ribbon accent.







scallop punch strip, inset with small hole punch to tie ribbon.










Pattern paper background scallop circle and round circle, simple stamp satin ribbon behind.








All packaged up in this designer paper gift bag.


designs by Michelle Leishman

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cards, cards, and more cards...

I get a card just randomly from my friend Janice, so I think after making all these cards I need to send her one, she's the only person I know who just writes to tell me she loves being my friend. Watch your mail Janice.

Here's what the card making friends made this week.



Coloured with water colour crayons, on watercolour paper.
Sentiment reads, Joy is not in things, it is in us. Richard Wagner











This is a pot of violets, coloured with inkpads using daubers. Then a vellum overlay with sentiment stamped. torn spine with punch holes for ribbon.










Just stamped images on layers of pink and brown paper, ( a little boring after the adventures with velum and water colour., but cute)









This was a kinda fun image, you stamp the solid coloured part colouring the image with markers, then using your lining up tool you stamp the skeleton with black on top, kinda challenging to line things up.











Stamped image in black, with coloured in with stamp pads, using water colour brush. a little glitter and viola.











Same process as above but certainly more tasty.









A new adventure we used resist ink to stamp the background cars, then a briar rolled in two ink pads, on gloss card stock. then a layer of brown car. Now that I've scanned this one, I see my back end needs alignment. Cool.

Card Design by Michelle Leishman

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

check it out

I'm not sure how to post with out doing a whole new post so I'm linking my layout from Tuesday here as well.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Good times, good friends, good scrapping...

My sister Barb is a Creative Memories Consultant. She use to host a National Scrapbooking Day each year around this time. It was a big to do!

We'd always do a lovely presentaion to welcome our group to the day's activities, with many suggestions and prizes and giveaways, with a great lunch and a lot of comaradery. And even if you didn't get a million pages done, you most certainly got a jump start and "in the mood" again.

Remember "A Page a Day in the month of May" is at least one book complete. Happy Scrapping.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Friday card adventures

Most of the cards I make have no sentiment inside, just because I like to write a lot of "feeling" but, I think I might try a few next adventure with sentiment inside. It them becomes far more a planned thing, than "Oh I'll just make a card".


This one was embossed, I like embossing but it's a lot more work than you think.

I always think I want to make flowery cards with pink and blue and then when I do, I'm not so thrilled, but I do like the stitching on this one.


The center of this card is a bookmark, with magnets on the ends.





Some of this grouping is still a stampin up class, some are adventures with Irene creations, see if you can see which ones. I didn't have my glass of sherry until after card making so I'm not sure why this last one is askew, quite possibly the scanning. Card designs by various designers. I. Makarewicz, M. Leishman, and Lynda Yamamoto.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thurs. card session

O.k. we made a blue and white grouping, two birthday cards, a gift tag, and a gift card, all wrapped up in a decorated folder, tied with a ribbon. Four plastic envelopes hold these cards when the packet is opened.








Michelle Leishman is the designer or all the above cards, and a most patient instructor.