Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday: Is it Fall Yet?

  1. Altered Journal on Paper Imagery Designs
  2. Mini Drawstring Bag by Jessica Gonacha on Indie Fixx
  3. Crochet Crown for Children on Craft Magazine
  4. Paper Wine Bag on Daisy Jaine
  5. Koi Fish Kites on The Toymaker

 

 

Tutorial Tuesday: Is it Fall Yet?

  1. Altered Journal on Paper Imagery Designs
  2. Mini Drawstring Bag by Jessica Gonacha on Indie Fixx
  3. Crochet Crown for Children on Craft Magazine
  4. Paper Wine Bag on Daisy Jaine
  5. Koi Fish Kites on The Toymaker

 

 

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Motivation: Yeah

Sunday Slow Jam: Say Yes (Nehemie's Rendition)



I'm alittle late with the Sunday Slow Jam so I'm posting something a bit different. I love Floetry's Say Yes and I came across this girl singing her own interpretation that puts a hot new spin on an already hot song.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Practicing Those Christmas Ornaments


Excuse the messy house, lol.

Practicing Those Christmas Ornaments


Excuse the messy house, lol.
If only I could take pics of some of this stuff. Unfortunately my phone makes that picture sound even when I have alerts off.
Ok now its an old player wearing Corona pajama pants as slacks...how many labels did he have to send in for those?
No this old player didn't get on the bus with a G-Unit sweater tucked into leather pants...the belt is exxxtra tight. **sigh**

Interesting since Ernie is my favorite...



You Are Bert



Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you lovable - even if you don't love them!



You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you



You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil



How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others

Interesting since Ernie is my favorite...



You Are Bert



Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you lovable - even if you don't love them!



You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you



You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil



How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others

How to Please The Aries Gal (Video)...lol if anyone wants to know

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tutorial Tuesdays: Find the Time (Sorry its late)

  1. Embellished neck cuff found on Duhbe
  2. Kate's Notebook Lunch Bag found on Design Sponge
  3. Chain Tassel Earrings found on Love Maegan
  4. Frog Bean Bag found on Little Blue Boo
  5. Candy Sushi found on Mommy Knows
  6. Recycling Candles found on Argot
  7. Handkerchief Skirt found on Instructables

Tutorial Tuesdays: Find the Time (Sorry its late)

  1. Embellished neck cuff found on Duhbe
  2. Kate's Notebook Lunch Bag found on Design Sponge
  3. Chain Tassel Earrings found on Love Maegan
  4. Frog Bean Bag found on Little Blue Boo
  5. Candy Sushi found on Mommy Knows
  6. Recycling Candles found on Argot
  7. Handkerchief Skirt found on Instructables

I am not a programmer

Well I tried but the reality is I need to drop Java Programming.

Programming is so incredibly boring to me that I cannot focus enough on this class to do well.  Unfortunately I will lose the money paid for the class but I'd rather do that that take a chance of ruining my 3.5 GPA.  I am having a hard time accepting it.  I really hate to drop classes and rarely did it as an undergrad.  I just don't see how I can do well in this class.  I don't need it for my master's degree but it is a waste of money and the last three weeks I devoted to it.

This really sucks.

I will make my decision tomorrow after talking to financial aid.

I am not a programmer

Well I tried but the reality is I need to drop Java Programming.

Programming is so incredibly boring to me that I cannot focus enough on this class to do well.  Unfortunately I will lose the money paid for the class but I'd rather do that that take a chance of ruining my 3.5 GPA.  I am having a hard time accepting it.  I really hate to drop classes and rarely did it as an undergrad.  I just don't see how I can do well in this class.  I don't need it for my master's degree but it is a waste of money and the last three weeks I devoted to it.

This really sucks.

I will make my decision tomorrow after talking to financial aid.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Evie's a star reader!!!

This weekend the kid's new teacher called and my first thought was...oh God who did she punch this year? (long story)  But actually she called to introduce herself and tell me that I'm doing a great job with Evie's reading because she scored the HIGHEST on the 2nd grade reading assessment test.
 
Yippee!!!!
 
I'm a book lover and the daughter of book lovers so I was hoping the love passed on to the next generation. (I recall her father was a avid reader when we were dating too.)  She was very proud to find out she was reading so well. Evie's a bright girl but a little shy.  She was talking and reading early but she gets shy when people ask her questions so she will pretend she doesn't know the answers.  **sigh**
 
I'm trying to give her room to find her gifts and its hard because I was on honor roll all throughout school and I'm trying not to push her to fit into my mold.  But I want her to do well because I KNOW she can do well. 
 
I'm hoping this will give my daughter the confidence she needs to try harder in school and we'll see that honor roll more consistently. (She always misses by one subject.)
 
Or maybe she'll get honor roll because I promised her I would finally buy that Nintendo DS she's been begging for the past two years. **sigh** 
 
What? 
 
I know bribes are wrong but how do you think I got her to be consistent with potty training when she was little...
 
....I told her ballerinas don't wear Pull-Ups so she couldn't take ballet unless she stopped wearing them. 
 
She stopped wearing them the next day. 
 
So who was slicker...obviously she knew how to go to the bathroom properly if she gave them up that easily. Humph!!!

Evie's a star reader!!!

This weekend the kid's new teacher called and my first thought was...oh God who did she punch this year? (long story)  But actually she called to introduce herself and tell me that I'm doing a great job with Evie's reading because she scored the HIGHEST on the 2nd grade reading assessment test.
 
Yippee!!!!
 
I'm a book lover and the daughter of book lovers so I was hoping the love passed on to the next generation. (I recall her father was a avid reader when we were dating too.)  She was very proud to find out she was reading so well. Evie's a bright girl but a little shy.  She was talking and reading early but she gets shy when people ask her questions so she will pretend she doesn't know the answers.  **sigh**
 
I'm trying to give her room to find her gifts and its hard because I was on honor roll all throughout school and I'm trying not to push her to fit into my mold.  But I want her to do well because I KNOW she can do well. 
 
I'm hoping this will give my daughter the confidence she needs to try harder in school and we'll see that honor roll more consistently. (She always misses by one subject.)
 
Or maybe she'll get honor roll because I promised her I would finally buy that Nintendo DS she's been begging for the past two years. **sigh** 
 
What? 
 
I know bribes are wrong but how do you think I got her to be consistent with potty training when she was little...
 
....I told her ballerinas don't wear Pull-Ups so she couldn't take ballet unless she stopped wearing them. 
 
She stopped wearing them the next day. 
 
So who was slicker...obviously she knew how to go to the bathroom properly if she gave them up that easily. Humph!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

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Monday Motivation: Take Time

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Slow Jam: In A Sentimental Mood



My favorite versions are by Phyllis Hyman (above), Nancy Wilson, and Dianne Reeves. It's such a visual song for me. I just get such a dreamy visual in my head when I hear it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Now I have to "make" Halloween costumes?

This summer, my daughter has become obsessed with X-Men.  She watches the old cartoons,he new Wolverine and the X-Men, and the new X-men show with the characters as teenagers on Disney.  So of course when I asked what she wanted to be for Halloween, she said Storm.  Now there's no Storm costumes for children...only adults. 
 
So I tried to talk her into something else.  Her only other choice was Lavagirl from the world's crappiest kid movie, Sharkboy and Lavagirl.  I will admit my daughter is an original, lol. 
 
Last year she was Daphne from Scooby Doo.  She's been a mermaid complete with long flowing blond hair, Belle with a formal ballgown and high heel shoes, a crazed killer (we both dressed up that year, lol), a silly bug (again we both dressed up), and one of my favorites, a dinosaur.  But I was always lucky enough to find what I needed in a store.
 
Now Lavagirl has molten lava flowing in her suit.  Between work and school, I don't see me designing that so I guess we will go with her first choice of Storm.  I have a platinum wig from my Halloween costume last year but the problem is the suit.  Storm has many different looks dependent on the TV cartoon, the movies, the toys, or the original comics.  Not only do I have to pick one she likes but I also have to pick one that's easily replicated.

Any ideas?

Now I have to "make" Halloween costumes?

This summer, my daughter has become obsessed with X-Men.  She watches the old cartoons,he new Wolverine and the X-Men, and the new X-men show with the characters as teenagers on Disney.  So of course when I asked what she wanted to be for Halloween, she said Storm.  Now there's no Storm costumes for children...only adults. 
 
So I tried to talk her into something else.  Her only other choice was Lavagirl from the world's crappiest kid movie, Sharkboy and Lavagirl.  I will admit my daughter is an original, lol. 
 
Last year she was Daphne from Scooby Doo.  She's been a mermaid complete with long flowing blond hair, Belle with a formal ballgown and high heel shoes, a crazed killer (we both dressed up that year, lol), a silly bug (again we both dressed up), and one of my favorites, a dinosaur.  But I was always lucky enough to find what I needed in a store.
 
Now Lavagirl has molten lava flowing in her suit.  Between work and school, I don't see me designing that so I guess we will go with her first choice of Storm.  I have a platinum wig from my Halloween costume last year but the problem is the suit.  Storm has many different looks dependent on the TV cartoon, the movies, the toys, or the original comics.  Not only do I have to pick one she likes but I also have to pick one that's easily replicated.

Any ideas?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

World Card Making Day is October 3, 2009!

I will be celebrating by selling my handmade cards at Brooklyn's own ArtMart11225 on Lincoln Road.  I will also be offering quick card kits for the first time ever on that date.  Perfect for making a greeting for someone special.

World Card Making Day is October 3, 2009!

I will be celebrating by selling my handmade cards at Brooklyn's own ArtMart11225 on Lincoln Road.  I will also be offering quick card kits for the first time ever on that date.  Perfect for making a greeting for someone special.

Tutorial Tuesdays: Dive In!

  1. Cupcake Bouquet found on Baa Baa, Cupcake Have You Any Frosting
  2. Floral Fiesta Bag found on My Little City Girl
  3. Happy Jars found on Heart Handmade
  4. Make A Baby Dragon Cape found on Instructables
  5. Custom Labels found on Ali Edwards
  6. How to Make An Origami Cube found on Crafty Crow
  7. Shabby Chic Pleated Shade found on Ruffles and Stuff



Tutorial Tuesdays: Dive In!

  1. Cupcake Bouquet found on Baa Baa, Cupcake Have You Any Frosting
  2. Floral Fiesta Bag found on My Little City Girl
  3. Happy Jars found on Heart Handmade
  4. Make A Baby Dragon Cape found on Instructables
  5. Custom Labels found on Ali Edwards
  6. How to Make An Origami Cube found on Crafty Crow
  7. Shabby Chic Pleated Shade found on Ruffles and Stuff



R.I.P. Patrick...loved you man!


My favorite scene from my favorite Swayze movie.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Save Philadephia Libraries!

Came across this online today. Contact your local politicians, please!!

From Free Library of Philadephia (http://libwww.freelibrary.org/closing/):

All Free Library of Philadelphia Branch, Regional and Central Libraries Closed Effective Close of Business October 2, 2009

All Free Library of Philadelphia Customers,

We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009.

Specifically, the following will take effect after the close of business, October 2, 2009:

All branch and regional library programs, including programs for children and teens, after school programs, computer classes, and programs for adults, will be cancelled
All Parkway Central Library programs, including children programs, programs to support small businesses and job seekers, computer classes and after school programs, will be cancelled. We are exploring the possibility of relocating the Philadelphia Author Series programs to other non-library facilities.
All library visits to schools, day care centers, senior centers and other community centers will cease.
All community meetings at our branch and regional libraries, and the Parkway Central Library, will be cancelled.
All GED, ABE and ESL programs held at Free Library branches will be discontinued, students should contact their teacher to see if other arrangements are being made.
In addition, all library materials will be due on October 1, 2009. This will result in a diminishing borrowing period for books and other library materials, beginning September 11, 2009. No library materials will be able to be borrowed after September 30, 2009.

Even as we remain hopeful that the State Legislature will act and pass the enabling funding legislation, we wanted to notify all of our customers of this very possible outcome. If you have any questions about impacts to Free Library services, call 215-686-5322, or visit the Free Library of Philadelphia website at www.freelibrary.org. If you have questions about changes to City services, or if you want to be kept informed about this situation, we encourage you to contact Philly 311 by calling 3-1-1 between the hours of 8am and 8 pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturdays, e-mail philly311@phila.gov, or visit the City of Philadelphia website at http://www.phila.gov.

We thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued support of the Free Library of Philadelphia during these difficult times.

Siobhan Reardon, President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia

Save Philadephia Libraries!

Came across this online today. Contact your local politicians, please!!

From Free Library of Philadephia (http://libwww.freelibrary.org/closing/):

All Free Library of Philadelphia Branch, Regional and Central Libraries Closed Effective Close of Business October 2, 2009

All Free Library of Philadelphia Customers,

We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009.

Specifically, the following will take effect after the close of business, October 2, 2009:

All branch and regional library programs, including programs for children and teens, after school programs, computer classes, and programs for adults, will be cancelled
All Parkway Central Library programs, including children programs, programs to support small businesses and job seekers, computer classes and after school programs, will be cancelled. We are exploring the possibility of relocating the Philadelphia Author Series programs to other non-library facilities.
All library visits to schools, day care centers, senior centers and other community centers will cease.
All community meetings at our branch and regional libraries, and the Parkway Central Library, will be cancelled.
All GED, ABE and ESL programs held at Free Library branches will be discontinued, students should contact their teacher to see if other arrangements are being made.
In addition, all library materials will be due on October 1, 2009. This will result in a diminishing borrowing period for books and other library materials, beginning September 11, 2009. No library materials will be able to be borrowed after September 30, 2009.

Even as we remain hopeful that the State Legislature will act and pass the enabling funding legislation, we wanted to notify all of our customers of this very possible outcome. If you have any questions about impacts to Free Library services, call 215-686-5322, or visit the Free Library of Philadelphia website at www.freelibrary.org. If you have questions about changes to City services, or if you want to be kept informed about this situation, we encourage you to contact Philly 311 by calling 3-1-1 between the hours of 8am and 8 pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturdays, e-mail philly311@phila.gov, or visit the City of Philadelphia website at http://www.phila.gov.

We thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued support of the Free Library of Philadelphia during these difficult times.

Siobhan Reardon, President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia

Cheers to you, Taylor!!!!



I was going to call this "Kanye West is a dick!!" But let's start the day on an optimistic note, shall we.

Congrats, Taylor Swift!

Sunday, Sept 20, 2009, 12 pm to 7 pm -- Brooklyn Urban Arts Market -- That's Where You'll Find Me


From the Myrtle Minute:

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Party and shop locally through out September! The Brooklyn Urban Arts Market returns to Clinton Hill on all four Sundays this September, taking place on Myrtle Avenue between Emerson and Grand near the PrattStore. This is Brooklyn’s answer to those commonplace street fairs that take place in Manhattan – this open-air market will house 50 local artisans, vendors, and entrepreneurs hand-selected for their innovative creations, fresh urban perspective and DIY spirit.


The music is back too, and we’re happy to report that local favorites Soul Summit will spin the closing set at every event! We’re bringing back live music too, with a special treat for the kids – each event will kick off with a youth band, including the School of Rock All Stars!


We’ve added a new dimension to this year’s event – we’re actually closing 7 blocks on Myrtle Avenue from Emerson to Clinton as part of DOT’s Weekend Walks Initiative. Move About Myrtle will take place at the same time as BUAM, and will transform the Clinton Hill portion of Myrtle into an active, pedestrian-friendly public space perfect for walking, cycling, dancing, and people-watching.


As if Move About Myrtle isn't enough, you can be sure that we'll be working to help our existing merchants take advantage of this flurry of foot traffic – we’ve got a number of plans in the works to get our visitors to travel the avenue, including the distribution of our new shopping guide and a sort of Myrtle Avenue shopping scavenger hunt (more on that soon).


Check back in early August at the Myrtle Minute or at our partner’s website, www.bam.org for the more info and the latest updates. Major funding for the Brooklyn Urban Arts Market was generously provided by Deutsche Bank Foundation.

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Sounds like fun so come join me. I'll have back to school goodies and some early holiday offerings.

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Sunday, Sept 20, 2009, 12 pm to 7 pm -- Brooklyn Urban Arts Market -- That's Where You'll Find Me


From the Myrtle Minute:

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Party and shop locally through out September! The Brooklyn Urban Arts Market returns to Clinton Hill on all four Sundays this September, taking place on Myrtle Avenue between Emerson and Grand near the PrattStore. This is Brooklyn’s answer to those commonplace street fairs that take place in Manhattan – this open-air market will house 50 local artisans, vendors, and entrepreneurs hand-selected for their innovative creations, fresh urban perspective and DIY spirit.


The music is back too, and we’re happy to report that local favorites Soul Summit will spin the closing set at every event! We’re bringing back live music too, with a special treat for the kids – each event will kick off with a youth band, including the School of Rock All Stars!


We’ve added a new dimension to this year’s event – we’re actually closing 7 blocks on Myrtle Avenue from Emerson to Clinton as part of DOT’s Weekend Walks Initiative. Move About Myrtle will take place at the same time as BUAM, and will transform the Clinton Hill portion of Myrtle into an active, pedestrian-friendly public space perfect for walking, cycling, dancing, and people-watching.


As if Move About Myrtle isn't enough, you can be sure that we'll be working to help our existing merchants take advantage of this flurry of foot traffic – we’ve got a number of plans in the works to get our visitors to travel the avenue, including the distribution of our new shopping guide and a sort of Myrtle Avenue shopping scavenger hunt (more on that soon).


Check back in early August at the Myrtle Minute or at our partner’s website, www.bam.org for the more info and the latest updates. Major funding for the Brooklyn Urban Arts Market was generously provided by Deutsche Bank Foundation.

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Sounds like fun so come join me. I'll have back to school goodies and some early holiday offerings.

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Monday Motivation: It Don't Mean A Thing



Every time I hear her voice I'm amazed. Wow! What a talent! Miss you Phyllis!

Monday Motivation: It Don't Mean A Thing



Every time I hear her voice I'm amazed. Wow! What a talent! Miss you Phyllis!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Monday Motivation: Ain't Nothin' Going On But The Rent



Yep, its that time of the month...

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While watching Ben 10 with my daughter...

I heard a familiar voice.

"Wait a minute, Evie, that's Ducky!"

If you watch NCIS, then you know Ducky is Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, the Chief Medical Examiner played by actor David McCallum.


Intrigued I did alittle Wiki lookup and found out not only is he the voice of Paradox on Ben 10 Alien Force but he used to be a little of a sex symbol when he played Russian spy, Illya Kuryakin, on the Man From U.N.C.L.E.


Grrr!!!! LOL!

Uh and he also made a record called "The Edge" that was sampled by Dr. Dre for "The Next Episode" (One of my favorite Dre songs)

Bonus cool points!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Funny faux pas of the weekend

On the way home from my aunt's house, I was talking about shows on television that I watch because of the hotness of one of the actors...for example, Criminal Minds. Shemar Moore can't act his way out of a paper bag but he's hot to look at and I love the banter between his character and voluptuous computer geek, Garcia.

Anyway, I mentioned that I watch Leverage for Timothy Hutton (still yummy) and still have a big thing for Kurt Russell (major yummy) and how certain actors aren't aging as well for example, Dennis Quaid, Brendan Fraser, etc., etc., etc...

Well anyway I mention that Jeff Bridges hasn't looked good in years and Beau Bridges always looked like someone's old daddy. When my cousin pipes up "Yeah, they don't really look like their father, Todd, right?"

The conversation continues until he says it again. "Yeah, its Jeff, Todd, and Beau."

At this point my brain goes "Todd Bridges?"

"Uh Darrell, Todd Bridges is the black guy from Different Strokes."

There's a moment of silence and then everyone in the car starts cracking up. Todd Bridges!!!

LOL!!!!

We were laughing so hard we were crying.

What?! We're a crazy family.

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Sunday Slow Jam: In My Mind



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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tutorial Tuesdays: Get Busy!

Another new feature here...need to get your creative juices flowing? Here's some ideas (one for every day of the week).

  1. Origami Roses from Paper Crave
  2. Paper Gnomes from My Fantastic Toys
  3. Pennant Rubber Stamp from Just Something I Made
  4. Creating an Accordion Fold Card with the Scor-It from Cuttlebug Challenges
  5. Kid's Artwork Stamps from The Long Thread
  6. Recycled Paper Beads from Creative Jewish Mom
  7. Beautiful Clay Buttons from Imagine the Possibilities

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Tutorial Tuesdays: Get Busy!

Another new feature here...need to get your creative juices flowing? Here's some ideas (one for every day of the week).

  1. Origami Roses from Paper Crave
  2. Paper Gnomes from My Fantastic Toys
  3. Pennant Rubber Stamp from Just Something I Made
  4. Creating an Accordion Fold Card with the Scor-It from Cuttlebug Challenges
  5. Kid's Artwork Stamps from The Long Thread
  6. Recycled Paper Beads from Creative Jewish Mom
  7. Beautiful Clay Buttons from Imagine the Possibilities

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