Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Jingle Belles Take II - An Orange in Your Stocking

Wouldn't you love to get closer to that tree to see the decorations?  I know I would.  This is, once again, the photo inspiration for this fortnight's Jingle Belle challenge.  

The closest I've come to an out-of-the-box, non-traditional Christmas tree is the skinny, candy apple green, metallic tree we've had for our Merry Fishmas in July.  

I was playing around with some Mermaid Markers in a teal and coral shade and it reminded me of the beach and then I remembered the stamp set I had bought - SU's Beachy Little Christmas.

And this was born. 

A tree kind of like our Merry Fishmas tree (but in very different colors).  You can't really see in the picture, but the shells on the tree and the ornaments have a little Wink of Stella sparkle on them.  

I'm going to head on over to the Jingle Belles blog and check out all the other "orangy" creations.  You can join me by clicking here.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mini Scrap Collages - 78-84/365

EDITED - I thought I was being creative using the tan tissue paper behind these, but the camera would edit the colors as the picture was taken as you might have previously noticed from the variance in the tissue color.  The lighting was always the same as was the distance and I tried to make edits to them to get them to appear more like what they really looked like.  However, when I pulled up this post on my work computer today I was horrified at the way they looked.  So, I decided to retake the photos with a white tissue background and I am more pleased with them now.  So sorry if this shows up in your feed more than once, but I think you might appreciate them more now as I can actually tell that there are some papers with texture and everything is not dayglo!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Scribble Picnic - PAJAMAS or PYJAMAS

This week's theme for the Picnic is Pajamas or Pyjamas.  (My computer spellcheck feature underscores pyjamas but it also underscores words like colour and theatre and favourite which are not wrong but just spelled differently depending where you're from.)

Now I like a good "pajama day".  What's that? you might ask.  That's where you know you're not going out anywhere, the weather is usually bad, and you stay comfortably in your pj's all day.  It might involve taking a little "bird bath" and keeping those jammies on, or showering up and putting on a fresh pair.  Hygiene aside - however you're comfortable is fine.  I've had a couple of pajama days this winter coinciding with the snow days we had off from school.  Below is a picture of my grandson his mom sent me from his pajama day he had when daycare closed because of snow.  Doesn't everyone wear boots over their jammies when they Swiffer the windows?  (He LOVES sweeping!)

Initially I thought I would try to recreate that scene, but, falling short of time as I usually do I opted to go another direction.  

When I was substitute teaching, I often was called to the lower elementary school - grades K-2 at the time.  I loved working with the younger children.  Every sub has their favorite age group I'm sure.  I once did a long-term sub assignment for the vocal music teacher.  One of the songs that she had me work on with the youngest students was "Bananas in Pajamas".  After being there for a couple of weeks, it became quite an "earworm" - that and the second-graders singing "I Can't Spell Hippopotamus".  

I must admit that I did not know that this was a cartoon of sorts.  I just thought it was a kid's song.

I don't sub anymore, I've been working in the office for 14 years now.  Amongst my duties is updating attendance.  This is our late sign-in sheet for today.  The second student has been late a few times in the last month or so and every time his dad cracks me up with the reasons.  "Sock wars" today.  One day it was "procrastinating" and the boy gave him a look like "really?"  Dad just shot back at him with, "well, it's either that or dilly-dallying"  you choose".  

Below that, a grandma came in with her twin grandsons and she looked like she'd been through the mill.  Reason - dog ran away.  Poor grandma had to help the boys round up the dog and they missed the bus so she had to drive them to school.  I felt bad because I think she was still in her pajamas!

Time to see the Pajama fashion show at the picnic.  

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Happy 2nd Birthday

Hard to believe he's 2 already!

Jingle Belles - Orange You Glad it's Christmas

Isn't this a fresh look for Christmas?  The orange and white with the bits of lime green and aqua/mint are really outside the realm of tradition.  But it's so pretty.  So pretty as to be the inspiration for the prompt for Jingle Belles this fortnight.  Of course, with any inspiration photo, you get to pick the parts that inspire you, so there are really no limitations.  

I did find the colors inspiring.  I think I've used orange before once or twice on a Christmas card but not this much.  It was only sparingly in the background.  This time I decided to be a little more bold about it.  

The tree is die cut from white glitter paper and I added gems of various sizes in orange and lime green for the ornaments.  The bow is orangey/copper metallic elastic cording.  The orange glitter you see is ribbon already glittered.  

I enjoyed working with these "non-traditional" Christmas colors.  Not sure who's going to get this card, but that's usually not my decision.  HWNSNBP is responsible for choosing who gets what card unless I've specially marked them.  

This challenge will be open for another week so I might just get inspired one more time.  You can check out all the other wonderful interpretations of this cheery room by clicking here.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Scribble Picnic - WATERING CAN

I drove myself crazy on Monday going through all my picture files because I know that I have a picture of a collection of watering cans along the side of the road in Harvey Cedars but after several HOURS of looking - yes, it became sort of a compulsion at that point - I had to give up.  It didn't help that I knew that HWNSNBP was with me, driving the car actually, and we had several friends along in the car with us on one of our Table 7 adventures but he had no recollection of it.  I think he was getting annoyed at how much time I was spending on my search - or maybe it was that it was snowing and my last day of spring break and I had privately declared it a pajama day.  In any case, should anyone not have guessed by now, the theme for Scribble Picnic this week is WATERING CAN.  So - plot twist - I will actually do a drawing of a watering can that I actually own. 

Yes, it is a flying pig.  And believe it or not, I have more than one of these.  One came all the way from New Zealand from Sunshine as a gift for National Pig Day.  And the other came from Carol, a former co-worker as a birthday gift.  Both of them know that I have a special love of flying pigs.  (You can search my blog for flying pig and get the whole story if you have the time.)

I figure that if unicorns can, um, shoot rainbows from their, um, rear ends, then why can't my flying pig watering can shoot rainbows from her snout! 

Okay, I think I'm beginning to fade, so I'd better head over to the picnic and check out all the other WATERING CANS.  You can too by clicking here.  And should you care to join in next week, the theme is PAJAMAS. 

Jingle Belles - Spirit of Christmas Past

I absolutely think I spend more time looking for things than I do creating.  When I saw this prompt (2 weeks ago mind you), I remembered that I had come across some vintage Christmas postcards that I thought would be perfect.  So in some spare moments I poked around hoping to find where I had so cleverly put them so that I would know exactly where to look for them.  Sometime during that search I became aware of the theme for Scribble Picnic this week (watering can/s) and I knew I had a picture of a collection of watering cans that I had taken a few years back.  So that search kind of overtook me and I spent several hours going through all my picture files looking for it.  (To say that I have such a vivid memory of stopping to take that photo was driving me nuts that I couldn't find it.)   Jump forward to today when I realized that I never found the postcards and I hadn't done my card yet.  

Scrambling around in the stamp cave I did come across this digital scene that I feel embodies the vintage theme.  I had to fussy cut it out wanting to keep those pretty holly leaves and berries intact.  And then I decided it looked a bit flat, in color that is.  So I took a gold paint marker and went over all the gold lines in the leaves, berries, and star.  But it still needed a little punch.  

Velveteen red paper was my first choice for the background, but it was not to be found.  Luckily this shiny red, silk-like paper fell out of the pile.  Okay, so it's a little plain, but IRL it looks a lot more luxurious.  Still thinking it needed something, I hit the ribbon bins and came up with the holly and berry ribbon that is bordered in gold.  Two little loops at the top was all that I had time for, but I think that's all it needs.  Except for the metallic gold trim that I also found in the ribbon bin.  It's very spring-like and does remind me of the metallic decorations on old Christmas ornaments.  I'm just hoping that it will not rust from the glue, which you might notice is not entirely dry.  

So when I finally do come across those postcards again (which will probably be tomorrow) I am going to put them in the box with all the finished cards that I have for this year.  Something I probably should have done to begin with.  

Now, I must head over to the Jingle Belles to check out all the other lovely vintage goodies. Please join me by clicking here