Saturday, November 29, 2008
The next stop on the tour is Hereford Inlet. This again, is one of the "house" lighthouses although this one is on the Atlantic. Hereford Inlet is just north of Wildwood. I do believe that this is the first time that I have taken a picture from this angle. I thought the flowers along the fence looked so pretty.
When you go around behind the lighthouse there is a beautiful garden with shady paths and an herbal garden too. The path takes you up to the sea. It is lined with gorgeous flowers, and in the past, those flowers have been covered with butterflies. This year it was a bit cold and windy and I don't remember seeing any butterflies.
Back again in the front between the fence and the building is a gazing ball. If you look closely at the ball you should be able to see two people reflected in it.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
He told me that they were gone in 15 mins. and that the bake sale netted $1,500 (matched by the company).
I've been busy working on some more this weekend. It's been a baking busy day. Tomorrow we are having a "Cookie Walk" at work. This is the third year that we are doing it. Those that sign up bring in a batch of 6 dozen cookies and after school ends we will meet in a conference room and set our cookies out. Then we'll rotate around the table and take 3 of each cookie and put them in an empty container we need to bring. We'll continue around the table until all the cookies are gone. There are 11 people signed up this year so we should have a nice variety of cookies to have either for Turkey Day or to freeze for Christmas.
Thank you all ladies. I greatly appreciate the sharing of your creativity with me!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This little angel can hang on a tree or package. You will need the Fabulous Flowers stamp set and your favorite color ink.
You'll also need silver or gold cord, 1 large pearl and one medium pearl, a paper piercer or tapestry needle. The halo piece is optional - in this case I used a silver filigree circle .
Not pictured is sticky strip.
Stamp the large flower 3 times and the pointed flower once.
You will cut out these pieces using the pattern (in black) below. Use 1, 2, and 4. Cut two petals (top and bottom) from the pointed flower - this will be the wing piece.
Make a hole in the center of each cone piece.
You will need to add your halo piece on top of the pearl. Twist the cord into a knot above the halo. You might want to add a little crystal effects or liquid glue around the top knot to keep everything in place.
Attach the wings with liquid glue or a small piece of sticky strip.
You can add glitter to the edges to sparkle this up.
What do you think! Easy?
Isn't it cute though! If you haven't been following along, Cindy Mothermark posts a weekly challenge on her glob called Teapot Tuesday (that's the challenge name, not the glob name). She has a teapot collection and she posts a picture of one each week along with a card that she was inspired to make. You can see her glob and gorgeous (YOU REALLY HAVE TO GO LOOK AT THIS ONE!) card here.
Cindy invites everyone who visits to her weekly tea party. I have been to most of them and I can tell you that they are a lot of fun. She has her regulars and an occasional surprise guest or two.
I heard a rumor that even though Cindy collects teapots, she actually doesn't like tea! So........ I thought that I should come prepared to this party with my favorite pumpkin spice tea for Thanksgiving in a tea bag holder card. This tea bag holder card (say that three times fast, or better yet try typing it!), holds 2 tea bags.
I'm sorry that I don't remember where I got the pattern, but if you do a search on Splitcoast or maybe even Google "tea bag holder pattern" you might find something suitable.
The pumpkin was stamped using the SU Give Thanks pumpkin stamp and I drew in the handle and spout. I colored it with my Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The leaves were punched with a maple leaf punch and trimmed to look like squash leaves (I hope they do!).
I took a close up of the pumpkin so you could actually see the leaves.
So I tip my cup of pumpkin spice tea to you and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 17, 2008
It started out simple enough - which was what I was trying to do, to show how simply and quickly you can pull a Christmas card together. I made the card on the right and took the picture and started my post about it, but the more I looked at it, the more I thought something was missing, or should be different. So I put everything away for the evening and came back and started again right after work yesterday.
Can you see what I did differently? Well, let me tell you. On the left you will see that the plant has a brown stem instead of a green one. I also accented the leaves and berries a bit with markers and my blender pen.
I took both of them to school today and polled a few people. Believe it or not, it was just about an equal split. But I'm kind of leaning toward the one on the left.
The main image is from the Kindred Spirits stamp set and the sentiment (see, I can put a sentiment on the front!) is from the Heard From the Heart set. Oh, and the colors of the week are Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, and Chocolate Chip. I didn't have any brads in Bravo Burgundy, although now that I'm thinking of it, there probably is a way to make some (we'll save that for another day), so instead, I made some French knots out of 1/4" grosgrain.
Okay, now it's your turn to pick the one you like. Left or right?
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Up until now, I haven't participated, but I decided that I would give it a try. The artist this week is Camille of Pretty Girl Things. This is the piece that I chose as my inspiration
I love this tile pendant and I think that I will be returning to Camille's shop to do a little shopping soon. Anyway, this is what I was inspired to create
Believe it or not, all of those images are the same size - it kind of photographed as an optical illusion. The card base is Kraft with a layer of Basic Gray. The images are stamped on watercolor paper in Basic Gray, Going Gray, Sahara Sand, and Creamy Caramel. I added some Kraft Taffeta for accents.
I've been using this set - Organic Grace - for a few masculine cards lately. I'm really pleased with the way this turned out. What do you think?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
So, being a fan of ME (that's Mary Englebreit silly), I totally had a ball with this one. Who could not have fun with all those polka dots (Lettie, what do you think!!!)? Out came the box with all the polka dot ribbons. Then I chose to use just the center portion of the single blossom from Bella Blossoms. The leaves are punched from Garden Green card stock with the 5-petal flower punch and trimmed so each blossom had two leaves.
I wove the black and white grosgrain ribbons together for my black and white treatment. The background is So Saffron stamped with the polka dot stamp in the Sweet Sampler set. The finishing touch is the sheer ribbon bow with the Styled Silver Hodgepodge brad in the center.
This is a pretty cheery card so I think it'll probably be a birthday card. I'll add a sentiment later when I decide who will be the recipient.
Hope you're enjoying the Teapot Tuesday posts.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So, if you're keeping track of what went into this card here is the recipe:
Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Creamy Caramel
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Creamy Caramel, VersaMarker
Accessories: Coluzzle, Photo Corner Punch, Mat Pack, Dimensionals, Sponges
Just to let you know that you will be seeing this stamp set again with a more true-to-life cardinal.
And now I'm going to ask a favor. A friend of mine is in the hospital at this moment. She is a pink ribbon friend who is bravely fighting. Please say a prayer that she can get through this crisis. Thank you.
Monday, November 10, 2008
We ventured in to get a better look at the lens. You are looking at a very impressive glass structure. The light you are seeing is a regular lightbulb suspended inside the lens housing. You can see from the second picture that, depending on the angle, the light becomes magnified.
Next we headed to Cape May itself. Before visiting the lighthouse, we detoured down to Sunset Beach. This may appear at first glance to be some sort of sea creature, however it is not. It is what is left of the concrete ship that was sunk just off of Cape May at Sunset Beach. You can find more intelligent information at the Sunset Beach website.
This is a shot of the apex of the Cape May Lighthouse taken last year. Below you can see the entire Lighthouse. The parking lot is always hopping at the lighthouse. There is a small environmental museum center in the park there. (And a half decent bathroom facility which is very important when you're on the road all day!)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Like I said, yesterday's card, although nicer looking in real life, did not meet up to my standards so I tried the inspiration challenge again. This time I found a little girl's skirt to use as my jumping off point. The skirt comes in red and blue and I chose to use the red one. I got out my Scandinavian Season stamp set mittens and although I have the wheel that goes with that, I decided to use another untouched wheel that I recently got - Illuminated - as the lower border.
Here I used the mat pack and paper piercer to make the holes which makes for nice even stitching. The thread is three strands of white embroidery floss.
Another untouched goody I had was the Red Riding Hood taffeta ribbon. That ribbon with the white edging was the perfect touch, don't you think!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I chose a long brown skirt that had oval shapes outlined in white along the hemline. The ovals were in Elegant Eggplant, Not Quite Navy and Basic Gray.
This is what I came up with. I have to say that I didn't use one stamp. I punched the ovals and sponged white ink on the edges of them. I added strips of the same colors on the right edge, also highlighted with white ink. The Not Quite Navy brads helped to fasten down the Basic Gray taffeta ribbon.
These colors are a little bit out of my comfort zone but I think this would make a good masculine card or a basic notecard for anyone. What do you think?
You can find the skirt here. You have to click on the brown box at the bottom of the picture to see the brown skirt.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Here is the recipe:
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Always in My Thoughts, Sanded
To make the background I inked the Sanded background stamp with each of the darker colors separately and stamped the Whisper White cs rotating the image.
Thanks for looking!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
When we got there it was high tide and very blustery. The lighthouse helpers had moved their tent up next to the building which takes a little away from the picture, so I decided to post some of the pictures from last year's challenge.
This is one of the prettiest settings for all of the lighthouses in my opinion. On a nice day at low tide you can walk along the shoreline and get a glimpse of East Point throught the grasses.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Back to the card. You can't tell from the picture, but in the center of the button I put a green jewel from the circle ice brads. I layered the Riding Hood Red ribbon with Pink Taffeta for the bow and got my needle and thread out to gather the taffeta. I used the Boho Blossoms punch for the green leaf shapes cutting one of them in half to simulate leaves.
I'm not sure that this card is going to fit into any envelope that I have! I might have to make one. If you can't tell, I'm really having fun with these Teapot Challenges. Thanks Cindy for being such and inspiration and sharing your creativity in many ways!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
We headed on down Route 295 and took a bathroom break at the truck stop off of Exit 2 before continuing our journey.
This is another wrought-iron open-frame lighthouse. The picture may be a little deceiving as the flag pole is much shorter than the actual lighthouse.
From the top of this lighthouse you can see the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Fort Mott State Park.
I had worn my husbands hooded Yankee sweatshirt for this trip because it was quite chilly. It was here in Finn's Point that I was scorned for that. This was definitely Philly fan area!
We quickly checked in, I snapped a picture and we were on the road again to the next stop.
To be continued.......
Luckily the room that we use for voting is accessible from the outside, otherwise I would be listening to the doorbell ringing all day long. On the other hand, this is in direct conflict with our Building Use Policy as all our doors are supposed to be locked all day. There is a problem for handicapped voters also. That outside door has a step up, so we put up a sign for the handicapped voters to use the main entrance.
As I pulled up to the school shortly before 8 a.m. today, I knew that we were going to be in for a show. The streets were full of cars and people were all over the place. Our custodian had been assigned to stand in front of our parking lot along with a row of cones and only allow the staff into the parking lot. I pulled up to the cones and waved and waited for him to move. He kept looking to see who was in the van and finally walked up to it before he realized that it was me. Since I had been sitting there for a bit waiting to be recognized, cars were lining up behind me and once I pulled through the barricade so did one or two others. When I exited my car, the lady who had been behind me was scurrying up to the sidewalk and said that she hoped that they would let her out. I mentioned to her that the parking lot was for the teachers and that the voters were supposed to park on the street. No reaction. She just kept on walking.
At about 8:10 I had to make an announcement for anyone who was parked in the driveway in front of the school, which by the way has a yellow curb, to move their cars so the buses could come in. During this time, we had teachers who were manning more cones on the other side of the school to block off the smaller parking area and keep the voters from parking on the black top behind the school. This didn't sit well with the parents who were accustomed to dropping their children off at the early drop off door in the back of the school. So the phone calls from irate parents began. The highlighted comments are what we were thinking.
"This is nuts." (Yes we know.) ( It wasn't our choice to have voting here.)
"Why don't you have any police there?" (The township clerk is responsible for requesting police at the polling place.) (You would think that they would have taken care of this!)
"How will I know my child is getting into school?" (Give me your child's name and we will call you to let you know that they are safely in their classroom. ) (Did you happen to see that there were teachers that were walking the children to the door? Did you think to actually park your car and walk your own child to the door?)
Observation - I've heard that poll workers get $200 a day to man the polls. We had our custodian and several teachers manning the parking lot and our office staff manning the phones at no additional pay.
So once the buses disembarked and the children were in class the hijinks continued. The people once again began to park in the driveway ALONG THE YELLOW CURB IN THE FIRE LANE. The police must have been called by the people who live across the street as the cars were parking in front of their mailboxes and THE FIRE HYDRANT. It looked like they might have been issuing tickets.
Then at around 2:15 the cones were put into service again to block off the driveway and clear the yellow curb/fire lane so the buses could line up for dismissal. As that approached the front doors were propped open just before the bell rang, just long enough for voters to think that this was easy access to the voting machines. There were several sprints out of the office door to capture these wandering voters (little did they know that their lives were being saved from sure trampling by the dismissed students heading for the door at the end of the day).
And I must also mention that the room the pollsters were in doesn't have a bathroom of it's own so they needed to leave that room to cross the hallway and use the faculty bathroom. Our faculty bathrooms are locked (it's part of our Crisis Response Plan) and each teacher has a key. The pollsters were given a key but for some reason apparently did not want to use it because they decided to prop open the bathroom door with a wastebasket. Again another violation.
Some school districts close their schools if they are being used for voting. I truly believe that this is the safest thing to do. Not because I don't want to deal with the interruptions, but because it compromises the safety of the students and staff. We live in a world of locked doors and allowing them to be open during an event which could become a potential crisis is simply not acceptable. We are inviting trouble. We were lucky today that we were just inconvenienced but this needs to be changed.
I'd really like to know what you think!
Monday, November 3, 2008
I have to tell you that when I was in high school my grandmother asked me to pick out yarn so she could crochet me an afghan. These were the colors that I chose - Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue and Orchid Opulence. I remember that she made a face when I showed her the colors - you know the kind I mean - the kind that implies "are you sure?" When she was done it turned out so pretty that my cousin asked her to make one exactly like it.
The stamp set I used here is Snow Swirled. I punched 3/4" circles and squares that had been stamped with the smallest snowflake stamps from the set. I wrapped silver stretch cording around Shimmery White CS and added that to the Brilliant Blue card base. The medallion is popped up two layers to accommodate the snowflake in the middle which is popped up once.
I'm really liking how this turned out. Let me know what you think.
The cookies are my spice cookies - recipe in a previous post. The little witches hat hides a peanut butter cup - simple and quick.
The 2-4-6 milk carton was an idea I saw on this blog but I left out the window. There was candy in it and a specially wrapped piece of pumpkin almond fudge. I hope they all enjoyed it!