Saturday, December 12, 2009

One person at a time....

At this time of year, you hear so much about giving back but do we just listen or actually do something about it?
I heard a great radio story on CNN today about a principal in Vegas who had a large population of homeless kids in her school. These kids live in the blanket tents they have talked about in the news, they barely have food to eat, or clothes to wear. Some children were getting by eating catsup packets. Catsup you believe that? The principal made it her job to run a campaign year round to help these families have food, clothes and toys for birthdays or Christmas. One person at a time changing the world. That is all it takes.
Then of course you hear about the number of homeless in this country, the number of children that go to bed hungry... here in the most advanced country in the world, the number of people who can't pay their gas, their water, their mortgages. One person at a time can make a change there. Whether it's donating to a food pantry, dropping off clothes at a shelter, paying a little extra in your gas bill for those whose gas may be shut off. How about donating your time if you can't donate your money? Work with Habitat for Humanity, help at a food pantry, deliver meals through Meals on Wheels, visit an elder home and spend holiday time with a resident, adopt a pet for the holidays if you can't keep him/her (but you'll come around and start loving them so quickly, you can't turn them in after Christmas), volunteer opportunities abound!
I will be donating my time to file tax returns for low income families through the center for economic development. I have gone through my closets once and will go through them again before the holiday season is over. I have coats and shoes to give. I have my donation pile waiting until I get paid to see what little we can do. Making a change one person at a time.
It all makes me stop and think 'How lucky am I Lord...for I have a roof over my head, food on my table, clothes on my back, light and heat in my house, a job, a supportive family'. Thank you Lord.
Not only during Thanksgiving or the Holidays should we be giving thanks but all year round.
Count your Blessings and Give Back.
One person at a time can make a difference!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Copy Kat???

Ok, so many of you know that I make handmade cards and have so many I should sell some of these. I am thinking about it but not there just yet.
Anyway, anytime a SCS swap comes through, I consider it carefully for a couple of reasons. First, do I need more cards?...Always. Are the participants using high quality paper and excellent stampers (comes with time unless you are a natural (which I am not))? Do I have time???? This is usually a no. Once in a while regardless of time, I fit in a swap or two. Well, this is #2 with 2 more to go.
So, here's is the story. I read the directions to the swap and thought I understood them which in too many cases I think I do but read through the instructions so darn quick that I miss something. Boy did I miss on this one. You see, the swap was very simple. All I had to do was create a card (copy) from the Clean and Simple gallery or something similar to that and make a slight twist on that. Pretty simple, right?
Instead, I go through the process of creating a card from scratch similar to one I saw elsewhere but very detailed. Not Simple but Clean. I spent about 2 hours working on my sample card and got sooo frustrated I stopped, went back to the swap instructions and realized...."you silly fool, you are making the wrong card." "You did not follow instructions at all." Well, at this point with all my craft stuff out, I made the correct swap card. I have attached it here for you.
I have since found out that the other card I made can be used in another swap that is - Cuttlebug related with stamping. Not a loss after all...but wait that means that it would be swap #5. Ok, I think I am getting in over my head. So much fun though. :)
Here is Swap # 2 or is it #3 at this point?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Fuzzy Cozy

I love my fuzzy slippers. They are so warm and keep my feet just toasty. Sometimes I don't know I have them on since they are so cozy. I am sure you have a pair or two like these.
Well, like I said, sometimes I forget I have them on. DH wanted to take me out for dinner last night since I have been in the house for the past 2 days nursing my flu...not the piggy one. Anyway, you know where this is going, right? I got out of my fleece pjs, put on some socks, long sleeve t-shirt, followed by a warm fleece, jeans, long scarf, warm and cozy fleece hat, wool remember I don't want to get sicker. So what's missing? Hummmmm. How about some shoes that are not my fuzzy slippers. I didn't notice until we were about 1/3 of the way to the restaurant but who cares. There are too cute and cozy.
At least I didn't go out in my pjs. I have done that too at Chili's but they just didn't look like pjs.
Anyone else forget to change out of something that should only be worn at home?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

How do artists keep their Mojo?

How do artists keep going when they feel lousy? Well, I cheat...I had to make bday cards and used the punch outs from a Basic Grey kit, EXCEPT...for the last card. I have to do some work. I do not usually 'cheat' but had to get these out. See them attached.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New Traditions

With Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays around the corner, I think we should create new traditions with our families, spouse, or significant others. You may already have some and if so, that's great. But for those of you (including me) who do not have one, take a little time to think about some of the things you want to do during the holiday season or year-round.
My list is rather long but I will try to accomplish these:
See the holiday windows at Marshall Field's (oh yeah, Macy's (blahhhhhh - can you tell I still don't like that takeover?), lunch in the Walnut Room, a Christmas play, holiday lights, craft shows, holiday movie with my nephews and niece, Christmas Around the World in one of our great museums, donating gently used coats, adopting a child for Christmas (gift giving to complete stranger), distributing donations of Christmas gifts from employees at my company to under-priviledge children at their school. I can think of so much more, but for now, I am focused on these.
What is on your list or your tradition (new or old)?