Monday, November 23, 2009

November 23rd, 2009

New Moon
What Did I Think? Spoiler alert!!!!

Hmmm. I liked it. I didn't like it as much as Twilight. Though I DID like the book as much. Maybe the problem was too little of Edward. I expected it.. but still... Maybe the problem was what they cut out. For example... they didn't have the part where they show up at the airport and the family is there, and they are so relieved, but Rosalie was ostrasized. Then also when Alice got the call ... her reaction... regarding Edward going to kill himself. That was handled much too quickly. I know that much of the book is going to be missing... but sometimes I feel as if the people doing the deciding, aren't necessarily *Twilight* people, if you know what I mean. What an *outsider* sees as integral, and what a Twilight reader sees as important, are probably going to be worlds apart.


I spent time scrapping this weekend. Nothing to upload yet... but I will tomorrow. I have been making Christmas cards too. I should be quicker at making cards, but I still spend an inordinant amount of time making them. Go figure.


Today, I am working, and planning out my week's scrapping agenda. AND... I'm about to head on over to Bad Girls to find out this next challenge. We are on Challenge #4. Yay!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

November 19, 2009

Tonight.. .it is happening. 10:00 p.m. Advanced showing. Yes, it is true.
Sad... but true.

I am actually headed for the city next door. (they were the only tickets available)... and I am going to watch the advanced screening of NEW MOON!!!! sigh My son wanted to bring his girlfriend, as part of her birthday present. We had to bring them... so hey... why go all that way and go to a coffee shop? Nope. I took complete advantage, and hubby is taking me too. Son said SURE! Let's double date. You guys absolutely MUST ... under any circumstances... sit far away from us. Is there another theatre showing the film?
Um. Yeah. I didn't take offence. Not really. Ok. Maybe a tad. But he is 17. I still think of him, yes, as 7. But he's 17. He's my baby. My little Boo. My Bean. My baby Bean. Normally, I go with my little boy, and have my arm around him for any scary parts. Oh yeah. That was, once again.. 7 year old Dana... Not 17 year old Dana. I get them confused sometimes. Much to his chagrine. I really need to focus. He's almost an adult. Almost. Don't even go there. He is still a child. Plus... he looks like a child. He's mature. He's responsible. But heck.. he's been that way since he WAS 7. So that doesn't help. He's still a child. That's my story, and I am NOT ready to let that go yet.
But I will be there beside him in spirit. I'll have my arm around my 7 year old son tonight, while I enjoy the pure pleasure that is this Twilight series. And I'll also be happily beside my hubby, who has just gotten home from being away for a week... so this is all good. Those of you, who heroically sacrifice your husbands for so much longer, during this war... I pray for you constantly. I can barely comprehend the sacrifices you make. And should you ever need a friend... someone to vent to... I am always available. Sometimes the comfort of a stranger and all...

Have a great day!! Here's a couple pics of hubby in Hawaii. (That's where he was for a week.) For those of you who may not have read this, I did tell him to go with our friends there. My bad leg would not make the journey, unfortunately... but I didn't want him to lose out. He deserves a break. He works hard... and there is, after all... Skype. :) But it was a long week for this baby.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Project 52 Challenge #3

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My husband is home from Hawaii. Ugh. I hate it when we're apart. Does that make me a baby? I just missed him so much.

Project 52!
I've had such a blast over at Bad Girls, playing their Project 52 challenges. I have to tell you... if you enjoy stepping outside of your comfort zone, and just letting your inner artist go... and if you also enjoy watching others create their own magic... wow.. pop over and see what is happening over there. Check out the blog, to see what the Design Team does with the projects. WOW!!!

This project was difficult for me, to say the least. I'm extremely claustrophobic, and it is a paper mache mold of my face. LOL Yikes. I used glue and newspaper, obviously.. and strips of gauze. I used gesso and mod podge and tons of paint. The violet paint is Kaiser, and I wanted it to glow more, so I used Inksentials glossy as well as glass gloss for a shimmer. The gauze drapes at the bottom. I used glimmer sprays in pink, bubblegum and turquoise, with a bit of copper. I used bling and gold sticker. (Covered one eye) There is an old earring in one eye. (red) The other is a flower and snowflake. The face is two sided to represent the two sides of my character. artist... freespirited and funny. The other is my more serious side. The one that deals with some tough life issues. No decor there. But there is always the colour that is me. The two pins on the bottom are antiques. One is a cat.. the other a goofy woman hat pin. I think she might be a stewardess... or a 50's woman in a pill box hat. They represent me as well. I've always felt I belonged in the 50's, and the cat is the first pet I ever had. As a child and as an adult. I chose white leaves for a reason. Two fold, actually. The colour white represents my Mom, who is deceased. She's a big part of who I am. They also represent the cold of northern Ontario where I grew up. (snow) And the pin on the top of the sign is my son as a baby. The sign says Self Portrait of Sandie / Bean's Mom. My one word to describe myself was Mother. And that's the title of my piece. I really enjoyed working on this. Finally, I placed the mask onto a board, painted it black, and added splashes of colour to represent my world. I also had to have a bit of a frame, because I feel like I am kind of a contained character. And there you have it! btw.. the nose got slightly mishapen because as I was working on it, I pressed too hard, and then tried to fix it. But to me.. that too was very representative of me... the very unperfect nature of it. lol thanks for looking.

Fun, exciting news! I've had 5 layouts picked up for publication in Scrapbook News and Review. How cool is that??? I'm excited.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November 4, 2009

Hump Day.

There's something about Wednesday that makes it such a nice day. It feels as if you are on your way out of a bad situation maybe. LOL You know? The weekend comes closer, and we are almost ready for our rest. My husband is heading to Hawaii on Saturday, so we're going to be staying behind. I can't make the plane ride, and I didn't want him to miss out on it. So he's off to see his friends for a week, and we'll take care of business and home. My 17 year old son can't take the time off of school anyway, right now. He's in Grade 12, and it's just not a good time to take 7 or 8 days off. So... it is what it is. I'm moving my Scrap supplies (well SOME of them anyway), up into the living room for the week. It'll be easier, because Beauregard needs attention. Beauregard needs a LOT of attention.

Here's a layout I finished last night. It's just a simple one. I'm still working on my altered book/cover for Project 52. I hope to finish it tonight. It's so different from anything I've ever done before. It's left me a bit perplexed. But ultimately happy, I think. I love to learn new things, and to jump into an artsy place and just let loose.Fun! Here's my layout. Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November 3rd, 2009

The day AFTER my Birthday.
Hmmm. It's always interesting, to pass another birthday, and the sameness of every-day-living takes over the specialness of *this-is-your-day* day. Not much to say on my day, because it was B-U-S-Y. Work was overdone... then Dana had to go to a Trustee meeting in the evening. In between, I had to get his Trustee Agendas and minutes and presentation all copied. (some 30 copies were required). THEN we went for dinner. The restaurant that we always go to was closed. We went and tried the door and boom. Locked. Very disappointing. So.. we went to a much less appealing one, that was much noisier, just down the street. O well. Such is life.

I ended up falling asleep on the couch in the evening, and then finally going to bed. Like I said... not much to discuss.

I thought I'd offer some fun questions to blog. If you are reading this... BANG! You're it. Post these questions on YOUR blog, and let's see you answer them!

1. What's 3 of your favorite Web sites?
2peas, BadGirls, Willow Traders

2. What is your favourite scrapbooking tool?
Sewing Machine

3. What is your favourite scrapbooking colour?
4. What's your favorite bird?

blue jay and owl

5. What's your least favorite word or expression, that's not a swear.
Hip slang words

6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, today... where would it be?
A Disney Cruise on the Mediterranean.

7. Where do you go for advice?
My husband and my friends

8. What's the sickest you've ever been?
I became very ill with blood clots from a drug called Vioxx, in 2002.

9. If you could live at any time... when would it be? ie 1940's; 1920's; 1400's? 2810?
I would like to live in the 1940's.

10.What was the most memorable scrapbooking class you've ever taken?
I took a fun class on techniques.

11. If you could go to Disney World with any celebrity alive today, who would it be?
Rob Pattinson from Twilight. What can I say?

12. Do you prefer baths or showers?
Showers in the morning. Baths at night.

13. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I would like to be invisible

14. What are 3 of your favourite challenge sites?
stuck sketches, Project 52; Page Maps

Ok now.....
YOU'RE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

November 2nd, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!
November 2nd, 2009! All Souls Day! It's my Birthday. I guess it's a day of reflection, yes? It truly is. I'm a lady in her 40's. I always swore I would wear my age like a banner of truth. But today... a lady in her 40's is feeling like she wants to be a lady in her 30's. LOL My son has an important Catholic Board of Trustees meeting tonight, so I think we'll forgo dinner, since it'll just be a rushed affair. However... It is what it is. He must attend. And at my age, I don't really need to be that diligent about birthdays.

Halloween Pictures!
I had to dress my little Beauregard up. He wore 2 costumes. One was a devil (suited him)... and One was a witch. LOL I didn't get pictures of the suits, but I did get the hats. He looked so cute! And here's a picture of my lovely son Dana, and his girlfriend. They are sitting at his newsdesk at school... and they are (for those of you that don't know) Super Mario... and Princess Peach. (Her last name is Peitch... pronounced Peach... so it's fitting) Cute eh? LOL

A New Sketch

I did up a new sketch for you, if you're interested. if you use it... I'd love to see it! Send me a link, so I can leave you some love! And I'll even link to it here on my blog!