Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Old paintings

Found two photos of paintings I did in high school...can't remember where the heck the actual paintings went (probably painted over) but at least I have some photos from an art show back then to remember them by.
For a prairie girl, I sure did love doing mountain scenes! I look at these with mixed feelings; critical of those terrible trees, but happy with the mountains and clouds....and I had no idea of focal points or balance. Oh well, it's kinda cool to re-visit these again, nearly 30 years later!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

New Layout and 2Peas Challenge

Finished up a simple layout of Casey my "lapdog" on the weekend...My LSS has beautiful Basic Grey paper, so it really doesn't need a lot of embellishments. I machine-sewed another sheet of Basic Grey onto the background to mat the photo of Casey on my lap outside on our deck. The title is hand-cut from computer fonts, with the "O" mimiking a dog collar with a small silver charm with Casey's name on it, held on by wire. The vellum journalling block is held on with yellow flower eyelets and stamped with one of my new Creative Memories clear foam stamps and yellow acrylic paint.

Today's challenge at 2Peas is "what would be on your scrapbooking wish list if cost were not an issue?"

I would have to say either a tall wire paper rack like the LSS has, or a larger room to spread out in. My room is so small ( take a peek here), I have to keep it efficient and cleaned up, or else the cats will play with my stuff!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Libra Layout

I have always wanted to do a layout about my zodiac sign. I may not follow my horoscope daily, but I do enjoy reading it at times. I chose a picture of me at 18, typed out some of Libra's traits on vellum and placed them on a sunburst-style design. The scales were printed on cardstock, adhered with foam dots and I added wire to the image as well. Easy and lots of fun to do this one!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

2Peas Tuesday Blogger Challenge

What is on your summer reading list???

Well, I just picked up some more books to read this summer...I finished "Angels and Demons" a few days ago, and liked it just as much as "DaVinci Code". Taking a break from Dan Brown, I have started "The Devil Wears Prada". With all the buzz about the movie, I really wanted to read this before I went to the theatre. I also picked up another Dan Brown book "Deception Point" to read later in the summer, and daughter has recently gotten a few "Gossip Girls" books and Sophie Kinsella's "Can You Keep a Secret", so I may delve into those as well for some lighthearted reading on the deck.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Cat painting

Last week I found some really cute cat figurines at my work's gift shop that I thought would look great on my desk.
The first one I got was a sculpture of three cats, with a dark brown/black finish. It was the only one of that color; but I also liked two others that complimented it, one with two cats and another with a single cat...all the same style, but in a light tan shade. Since they didn't match, I took them home and painted the smaller sets to match the larger triple cat pose...I started with a base of black acrylic ceramic paint and dry-brushed a brown / rust shade over that to bring out the features. I'm pretty happy about getting a fairly matched set now, but the funniest thing about painting the cats was Dakotah's assistance... a black cat helping me paint black cats!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

2Peas Tuesday Blogger Challenge

What is one story..... you have yet to scrapbook??
Something you wanna preserve for others to know about/read in the years to come?

Well, I can't believe I have yet to do a single page on my Star Wars obsession... it is well known in my family how much I am involved in the collecting and conventions as I have been featured in newpapers, magazines, on TV and radio... but I haven't yet made any real scrapbook pages about it. I do have binders of memorabilia from specific conventions, but I would like to do a few pages in my "Book of Me" since it has been a huge part of my life for the past 30 years! I guess it's about time I get off my butt and do some!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

2Peas Saturday Blogger Challenge

Have you ever met any one famous? If not, who would you LOVE to meet?
Well, I have been most fortunate enough to meet a few celebrities; and I have even had the pleasure of WORKING with a few actors as well!

If you haven't guessed by now, I am a huge Star Wars fan. I have also had the great opportunity to speak on my custom toy creations at all three Star Wars Celebrations conventions over the past seven years. While there, I also worked at the autograph booths and because of this, I've met quite a few Star Wars actors, from Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) to Kenny Baker (R2-D2). Warwick Davis (Wicket, Willow and Professor Flick in Harry Potter) and I have met a few times, he has autographed Star Wars and Harry Potter items for me. For a list and more pics of who I have met and my collection of nearly 150 Star Wars autographs, take a look at my VIP page on my Star Wars website, The Tantive IV.

In 2005, I actually worked with Ray Park (Darth Maul) all weekend at his autograph table (I was only scheduled to work a couple of hours early Saturday, and he asked me to come back and stay with him the rest of the weekend.) That was great; I also got to escort him to events and he personalized autographs and the booth’s huge banner for me too.

Beside us was Billy Dee Williams, and I got to meet and help him out a bit too. I also worked closely with and still keep in touch with Barrie Holland, a British actor who has done many parts in Star Wars, Indiana Jones and more.

I’ve been kissed by R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), the late Michael Sheard (Empire Strikes Back, Dr. Who, Hitler in Indiana Jones), the late Peter Diamond (stuntman on Star Wars), and of course Ray Park…so that’s pretty cool too.

2005 was a banner year for me too, as I got to stay with Steve Sansweet from Lucasfilm. He gave me and my co-workers at Rebelscum a tour of Lucasfilm at Skywalker Ranch…something very, very few people get to see close up. I felt like a celebrity myself!

Before Star Wars, I went to see the live production of Jesus Christ Superstar, in 1993. I really wanted to see it, as it starred the two original actors from the movie, which I loved and had seen many times, the first being on the big screen when it came out in the 70’s. Anyway, I had the opportunity to meet Ted Neeley (Jesus) and Carl Anderson (Judas) after the show. They were great; we talked for a long time and I got their autographs too…I will do a separate post about that experience later.

So yes, I have been truly lucky to have met quite a few celebrities!

Friday, June 9, 2006

Snapper Surprise

Wow, that sounds like some kind of meal you would order at a seafood restaurant. Actually, it's my newest layout chronicalling the discovery of a huge snapping turtle in our back yard last weekend. For the full story, head over to my other blog Stale Coffee. We got a lot of good pictures of "Franklin" (as daughter has dubbed him) so we both scrapped the story last night while cropping at our LSS. I used Basic Grey Urban Couture paper, green ric rac ribbon, wide gold "staples", Bazzil cardstock (Bark), clear green jewellry pony beads and some matching ones in the shapes of leaves, hemp string, vellum and Heidi Swapp chipboard painted with HS "Moss" paint. This is the first time I've tried this paint (daughter picked it out), and it was really great to use! It dried quickly, and I dabbed on the paint with a foam brush to give the letters texture. I also adhered a turtle charm onto the big "S" using a foam dot. This was a lot of fun to do, and I used my blog writing to help with the journalling! (Please excuse the wonky photos, I hurridly took pics last night and didn't focus straight on so they don't look straight, but they are IRL!)

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

2Peas Wednesday Blogger Challenge

Fave patterned paper line right now: Basic Grey ... just started getting these up here and I LOVE it!
Fave kind of ribbon: I just use the Bobbin ribbons or Michael’s brand ... I know bo-ring ...
Fave embellishment you just love using: I love using Primas!
Fave font: Scriptina ... perfect for a stylish addition!
Fave cardstock: Bazzil! I am making my own swatch kit; every time we use a new color, I clip off a small rectangle, punch out a hole, write the color name on the back and string it on a jump ring. It's great to refer to later, or when I am not at the LSS to match up colors I need
Fave rubons: Have yet to try these
Fave alphabet stickers: Haven’t used these either!
and last but not least, your most fave scrapbooker, someone you look up to.. and admire?? Have anyone? Nope…I like looking at the variety of styles and creations from 2Peas members and magazine submissions ... I don't know much about these “celebrity” scrapbookers people talk about!

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Cross Stitch Roses

I made this piece as a gift for my parents when I first started cross-stitching in the early 90's. It was my first attempt at using linen instead of aida cloth...that is, instead of having specific "holes" in which to pull the threads through, you have to count the threads double across and down on the linen. It was a lot of work and you have to use a small needle, but it is the perfect cloth to do a finely detailed piece ... and the background ends up looking so nice without a bunch of large holes in the cloth!

Friday, June 2, 2006

Saturday's 2Peas Blogger Challenge....

A bit early, but hey, it's probably Saturday somewhere right now...

Do you scrapbook your pets?
Are you an obsessed pet owner?
How important is your pet in your life?
What are/were you present/past pets?
Any special memories?

Well, I have done a LOT of layouts of our 2 cats and 1 dog. These are "present" far I haven't scrapped any "past" pets, as I really don't have any good, I really enjoy using my digital camera to be able to get in close and get some great photos to scrap.

I wouldn't say I am an obsessed pet owner; but I do believe that having pets with children is a good way to teach responsibility and the circle of life. Heather has been around cats, dogs, mice, hamsters and fish all her life. She has had the joy of taking care of something that depends upon her, and has experienced the sadness of a pet's passing. We all learn to appreciate the time we have with our furry family members and often laugh at their antics. Each pet has a unique personality and we adore them all. I can't imagine our family without some kind of makes our house a home.

You can click on my link on the right to visit my pages at 2Peas to see more of what I have done, but here are a couple of my favorites:
Bathtime for Dakotah. Sheba, the grey and older cat, giving young Dakotah a bath, much to her dismay...

Casey, our 9 year old dog. We fostered her from the Humane Society at just 4 weeks of age,and has been a part of our family ever since.

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Thursday's 2Peas Blogger Challenge

Today's challenge: What's on your bookshelf right now?
What are you reading? Share about the books you are reading RIGHT NOW!

Easy one for me! I am almost half-way through "Angels and Demons". I really enjoyed "The DaVinci Code" and got Dan Brown's other book for Mother's Day. I am loving this one too; it is very long, about 700 pages, but I am flying through it, finding it difficult to put down to get other things done!

I haven't seen "DaVinci" in the theatre yet, but reading Robert Langdon's first adventure has been fun, picturing him as Tom Hanks...hope they do this one in a movie too, one day! If you like DaVinci (the book), make sure you read this one too!

Another wolf...this time in cross stitch

I guess I like wolves...we have a few decorating our home. This was the very first cross stitch project I did, back in 1993 as a gift to hubby for Christmas. I was such a newbie, I didn't realize aida cloth came in different colors and stupidly cross stitched in ALL the black background! Doh! Live and learn....

My Magnolia Cards