Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wash Wednesday - More Spring Cleaning

Traditionally laundry is a Monday thing.  When I worked at a neighborhood historical society 20 years ago there were all kinds of references in letters, books, and photographs that laundry was a Monday chore. It took all day before washing machines became common in the 1950s. My grandmother used to wash clothes on Monday even after she got a washer and dryer.

Even the folks living in that little house on the prairie washed their clothes on Monday.
Ma used to say, "Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday,  Mend on Wednesday,  Churn on Thursday, Clean on Friday, Bake on Saturday,  Rest on Sunday."               — Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Now that women are working outside the home the days chores are completed has changed. We do stuff when we can, or when we absolutely have to get it done. A child's lack of clean underwear (because he hasn't been putting stuff in the hamper like he should) can totally change the order of chores to be done.

So today is wash day. 

I made this card using Lawn Fawn's "Little Bundle" and "Loads of Fun" to create this card. The baby clothes are so sweet. Everything here is colored with Copic Markers. The strips at the bottom of the card are from my green drawer where I keep scraps precut to 5.5" so I can quickly add them to cards. The T-shirt, undies and boy's onesie are all paper pieced, those papers came from my patterned paper scrap drawer. The onesie is actually a bit of packaging - I love free paper.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tidy Tuesday - spring cleaning

I love stamping and coloring and playing candy crush until I'm out of lives. I do not generally like cleaning. It's a chore. You can tell because it's called a "chore" instead of a "game" or a "woozzle" or something else. I tidy up and vacuum, dust, and swiffer but moping or steam cleaning is not a regular thing. 

Today I am going to get that steam mop out and fire it up. The floors will be cleaned so thoroughly, that if you wanted to, you could eat off of them. 


I would love to say that is going to happen but in actuality it probably won't. I have it on my do to list but it's not a high priority. It's after work work, you know the kind that pays the bills, finding work - need to find a new job, laundry, dishes, and making cards for various occasions.

But I have been working on cards that show cleaning, so that's something. Right? 

I really like this image from Sunny Studio. The sentiments in the set are"Without you…" "my life would" "Suck" and "I'm sorry…" "That sucks!" great for some cards, not so much for a birthday card. 

I saw the sentiment I used on the card at Viva Las Vegastamps and the unmounted price was within my budget. I still have plenty of EZ mount from my adventures in stamp converting.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome Spring

When someone says "Spring" there are a couple of phrases that come to mind. Spring cleaning and spring chicken are top of mind. SO this week will be spring cleaning week. I will post cards related to cleaning or other spring activities and at the end of the week, I will do some spring cleaning with a giveaway.

First up a little video. A very little video.

As soon as I saw this Art Impressions stamp set I knew I was going to get it because… chickens. My sister keeps chickens and has her kitchen is decorated with chicken images. I put the chicken panel on an action wobble because …spring.  The chicken and the ground were colored with Copic markers.

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Come back tomorrow for another spring-inspired card.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sympathy Cards are Hard

The hardest cards in the world to make, write and receive are sympathy cards. No one receives a sympathy card unless they have endured a great loss. Knowing what to say to someone who has suffered a loss is difficult at best. 

Mondo Peony by Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen (Hutson)
colored with Copic Markers. Sentiment from Hero Arts.

 Last week I had planned to show you all a few cards I sent to a family of friends who lost their mother/grandmother. She was a nice lady that my son knew as Grandma Betty.

Image is from a retired Stampin' Up! set, water colored with
Stampin' Up! inks.

While I was preparing this series, my brother-in-law lost his mother. She was a very kind woman who wanted to take my whole family home to India with her. 

Images and die cuts are Henna Elements from Altenew.
Sentiments are from Hero Arts.

Before I could get too far into the series two aquaintances lost their dogs. I was beginning to think that I should abandon the idea of sharing sympathy cards at all. 

I colored this beauty with Copic Markers. I have no idea who made this image,
if you know let me know. The maker of the sentiment is also a mystery,
again if you know let me know.

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Pi(e) Day Everybody

Eight years ago there was a lot of excitement in my little circle of friends. One of our own, Paula Haney, was opening a pie shop in Chicago's Ukranian Village. Hoosier Mama Pie Company (HMPC) was born on Pi(e) Day and by the time I got there at 11 am the line was still down the block and they were already out of certain flavors of pie. To say they were a hit would be an understatement. The shop was tiny but the love and flavors were big. (You can see a picture of the dining area here.)

HMPC specializes in hand-made, artisanal pies that only use locally sourced and in-season ingredients. They have become a local favorite and a national destination gaining praise from Bon Appetit, the Food Network, and Food & Wine as one of the top pie shops in the country. 

Since they opened in 2009 they have served countless pies (at least I don't want to count them), opened a second location in Evanston, and released a cookbook for people who can't make it into Chicago. 

The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie reveals Paula's secrets of buttery crusts, fruity fillings, creams and custards, chess pies, over-the-top pies, and even the stout and hearty savory pie. The practically oriented, easy-going, and accessible style of this book will help bakers both new and old make the perfect pie for every occasion. I purchased the book as a gift for my sister who likes to bake and holiday meals have never been better.

To celebrate pie day I made a quick card using Lawn Fawn stamps.  I hope you enjoy the card and can find yourself a piece of pie today. 

"We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie." 
 ~David Mamet
Happy Crafting,