noun: a small piece or amount of something, esp. one that is left over after the greater part has been used.
synonyms: noun: fragment - piece - bit - shred

Monday, September 27, 2010

Coffin Up

Hello! Happy Monday (make that Happy Thank Goodness It's Over Monday!) and welcome to the farm! Hope everyone had a great weekend and that the week to come is a good one. :) Fall is in the air, the weather is getting cooler in the evening, colors abound, and everything is changing.

When colors change and things get a little chillier outside, I start thinking toward the upcoming holidays. Halloween, with all the little ghosts and goblins making their annual treks to the neighbors for sweet treats, is the first of the holidays on the schedule. Candy is bought, parties are arranged, costumes are made, and little people everywhere start getting excited to dress up. Wow, can it be that time already? Yes! Now, to steal the candy from the kids and not get caught; that is MY goal for Halloween. Shhh, don't tell, I don't want them to know I'm coming.

Along with all the preparations for the fun, us crafters like to get our projects out to celebrate the holiday. Witches, bats, ghosts, Frankenstein; you name it, there's a decoration for it. The decoration I'm sharing with you today is an altered coffin (actually, two altered coffins, if you want to be technical). Yes, you read that right, a coffin. A plain little inexpensive wooden coffin that can be found at just about any craft store this time of year. It can be dolled up just about any way you like: paint, paper, marker, etc.

It just so happens that with my two coffins, I painted and used Halloween paper and doodads. (Doodads is the official name of things that cannot be described any other way, in case you're wondering.) While my poor husband was in town with the track team alllllll dayyyyyyy, I spent a quiet Saturday in my craft room, just Toby and I, getting these coffins together. And, for once, I got smart and actually took the hardware off of them BEFORE I started on the altering part. Wow, who'd a thunk it? Me...actually doing something the easy way...well, I guess there's a first time for everything.

For both coffins, I used Making Memories Scrapbook Paint in Monarch.

For the "ghost" coffin, I used double sided cardstock from Heidi Grace Designs (Jeepers Creepers/Words Decor)to line the inside and to cover the top. The ghost die cut is from My Mind's Eye. Ribbon from American Crafts. "Boo" word and ghost buttons I have had a long time and do not know where I got them. I'm sure something similar could be found at any local craft store.

For the "spider" coffin, I used sparkle cardstock (Witches Brew) from Cloud 9 Design and shimmer glitter paper from Heidi Grace Designs (Tangled Web). Spider buttons are from Blumenthal Lansing. The black "ribbon" around the bottom of the coffin is actually a roller skate shoelace that I found laying around. "Boo" word and checkered button I have had a long time and do not know where I got them. Again, I'm sure something similar could be found at any local craft store.

As Halloween nears, be sure to find that perfect costume, get out those awesome scary recipes, and start coffin up the fun!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Letter Rip...

Happy Saturday and Welcome to the Farm! What a lazy day this is, with cloudy, gray skies and a little bit of a breeze. Just makes me want to stay in bed and read a book, along with having a hot cup of chai tea. Yep, maybe I'll do just that. You have my permission to do the same. Feel free to nap if you'd like; I won't tell!

This blog has to do with letters. Yup, I said letters. Alphabet ones and the ones you send, both. It's amazing how many things we do with letters; we read, write, imagine, embellish, doodle and scribble with them. Sometimes we even make up words that aren't yet words (well, I do anyway!) and they become vocabulary staples. You know those fun words such as, prettiful, beautimous and, my personal favorite, boodiehead (which I got from my big brother years ago - 1985 to be exact - I still use it to this day). Ah well, we can't all have the name Webster now, can we?

My first project is the letter "R" that I am doing for a Halloween Banner Swap on Two Peas in a Bucket. We all have a letter for the phrase "Trick or Treat" and mine was "R" (16 of them to be exact). I did have fun with this one, and I even had my mother-in-law, Twyla, up here helping me. There we were, just the two of us (and my hubby and Toby who kept popping in to make sure we weren't doing anything illegal or that might require the necessity of calling our homeowners insurance agent) having a great time configuring. What a great way to spend a dreary afternoon.

My second project is for an Address Card Swap also on Two Peas in a Bucket. You really should check them out, they have some great swaps and awesomely talented guys and gals on that site! Cardstock used is left over from previous projects and by varied manufacturers, such as CTMH, Stampin Up, Bazzill; Ribbon by American Crafts and K & Company; can't begin to tell you where those little flowers came from, except to say my friend Linda gave them to me. LOL!

Please, enjoy, and when you're finished, grab a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever beverage you delight in; grab a blankie and your favorite jammies; find a book, or magazine, or anything with letters, and enjoy the rest of your day.

Cardstock by The Paper Company; Glitter Spiderweb Paper by Heidi Grace Designs; Witches Brew Spooky Moonlight Paper (used for Letter "R") by Cloud 9 Design; Spider buttons by Blumenthal Lansing; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Witness This!

Hello! Happy Labor Day and welcome to the farm! I hope you all are doing wonderful and enjoying this extra day of non-work. I know I am!

Have you ever heard that expression, "You can run, but you can't hide"? Most of us have probably even used it at one time or another. Well, in the case of today's project, this is a true statement. And one that none of my cohorts in crime, er, uh, co-bus riders wants to say right now. Suffice it to say that we are NOT happy about the deserter among us - YES, YOU Dan, you KNOW we're talking about YOU.

To offer an explanation, I live outside of town and drive in to catch a bus, which can introduce many interesting facets to one's ordinary daily life. Oh yes, our bus is INTERESTING. A little over a year ago, we formed what we lovingly, laughingly, and sometimes crazily call the 124 Monday Morning Breakfast Club. Yes, we did. Each one of us is assigned a Monday on which to bring a snack to share with our group. And we have enjoyed it thoroughly until that dreaded day not too long ago in which these horrible, heart-wrenching words were relayed: "LEAVING SPOKANE - to all my friends, especially those here in Spokane. I will be moving to CT in September and will miss all of you." Ha! Yes, I'll say it again, HA! Double HA! I say if he will miss us then he shouldn't go.

We have often joked that no one can leave the Breakfast Club with the exception of two reasons: they go into witness protection or they die. Well, guess what? Our beloved troublemaker, um...he he, oops, transportation companion has apparently chosen to enter witness protection. Does he think this will actually keep him safe from harm, uh, us? Noooooo, my friend, it will not. We will follow you to the ends of the earth (well, at least to the Olive Garden for your goodbye lunch) and will never let you leave us - NEVER! As you probably well know, when one enters into witness protection, their identities are forever altered and, as a result, such altered person (in Dan's case he was already altered, but hey, it's my story) is not allowed contact with anyone from his previous life. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT BUDDY - YOU CANNOT GET RID OF US THAT EASILY! We WILL find you!

As a result of our dear friend's unfortunate (for us) departure, we have taken it upon ourselves to help his impending exit along. We will be having a goodbye lunch, wherein the gifts of our love will be bestowed upon him, and his new witness protection identity will be revealed.

Cardstock from CTMH; Name letter rub-ons from Making Memories; Font is Stencil; Number and post stamps from CTMH; Arrow Border from 3Birds; Stitch rub-ons from Karen Foster Designs; Farmer is cut from Cricut's Everyday Paper Doll cartridge.