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

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ice, Ice Baby!

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that all are looking forward to a very happy New Year.

Now that most of us are settling back into a normal (snort, snort, NORMAL?) routine, we're getting back to some of those things we've been neglecting in order to get ready for our holidays. One of the things I'll be doing is going to a hockey game. I **HEART** HOCKEY!

Although I hate the cold outside, for some strange reason it seems to be entirely different when it's cold inside and there are two teams going at it on the ice. There is no feeling of cold, just the feeling of anticipation of what will happen next. Which team will be able to shoot the puck, make the next goal, wave their stick for success? How many fans are screaming, cheering, booing and jeering? Terms like icing, slapshot, blue line, hat-trick, high stick and hip-checking (not to be confused with the very common "breaking a hip") are thrown out like crazy, as each and every fan wants to see something different from their team of choice. OR, we just want to see them cream the other team. (Oh, did I say that out loud? Oops, my bad...)

We hockey fans get wound up worse than a cuckoo clock that won't shut up and WE LOVE IT. There's nothing like a goalie making a save, a defenseman making a great pass to a fellow defenseman, watching a power play and seeing those jerseyed players skating around like they own the ice. There's also nothing like people looking at you strangely when they see you tying your husband to the seat so he can't get up and yell (aka...getting in your way because you're short). The emotion and the anticipation are uncomparable to anything I've ever seen.

Keeping in mind that I like the game just a little (hee hee hee), I made this card for a masculine card swap that I participated in with my monthly card swap group. Did I mention that I like hockey?

Cardstock (Barnwood Solitude Blue) by Pebbles, Inc.; Pattern paper by unknown source; Stamp Set (D1233 Power Play) by CTMH; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko; Memento Danube Blue Ink by Tsukineko.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Snowman Friends

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! These last couple of weeks have been hectic, which has not allowed me to post as I would have liked. But, here I am, back at the helm, wondering (yes, STILL) just when this white stuff is going to go away.

This white stuff has caused havoc and chaos to an otherwise calm and dreary winter, and I cannot wait for it to leave. Heck, I never asked it to visit in the first place! Roads have been closed, transportation of all kinds has slowed, and we are all trying to just muddle through until it stops. Any time now, snow, we're ready.

Although I never have been, am not now, and never will be a fan of any weather below 80 degrees, I DO enjoy looking at the pristine whiteness and glistening of new falling (notice I did not say fallen...once it's fallen I want it gone) snow. And snowmen; I DO enjoy looking at snowmen. When the snow falls, they are everywhere. Children and adults alike are out there laughing and having a jolly good time inventing all types of snowmen and women; their yards holding big, friendly looking round people with hats and scarves.

Now, although I enjoy a cute snowman as much as anybody, I DO NOT want to go outside to make mine. I rather like sitting IN my craft room, with a cup of tea, looking OUT at the pasture, fields and mountains on the other side of the glass. While I'm doing that, I can work on my own little snowfriends without freezing to death, which is something I think is quite important. Not the snowmen necessarily, but the not freezing to death. Call me selfish; I can take it.

I would like to introduce you to two of my snowfriends who have made their journies forth from Ohio to Washington not once, but twice. These little guys started out in Akron as wooden forms, sad and hopeless, looking for someone to cheer them up and make them into beautiful and fun creatures. They arrived here in Washington ready to be made over into stars of their own snow reality show. Fortunately for them, I knew just what they needed. While they were visiting, they were fussed over, dressed in snowman garb and elegance, with glitter, buttons and whatever else a snowman would need to turn from wooden to a real boy (oh wait, that was Pinnochio...sorry, my bad). Once they were made over, they returned to Akron to have a little snowman party (I'm told there were around 500 snowguests!) and do a little mingling. I'm sure they had a great time reminiscing about the olden (well, wooden) days of being plain and unloved. After the party, my little snowfriends returned home to me accompanied by 18 friends, all of whom are just as unique, beautiful and full of personality as these two. I guess winter isn't all THAT bad, as long as it's winter somewhere else.

THANK YOU KELLEY L. for overseeing the safety and non-melting of my little friends. Mucho appreciation! :)

Vintage Snowman: Wooden form by Darice; Vintage Image courtesy of; Stickles Glitter Glue (Diamond) by Ranger; Mod Podge Matte-Mat from Plaid Enterprises.

Snowman with Hat: Wooden form by Darice; Pattern paper by Over the Moon Press; Cardstock (for hat) by Recollections; Ribbon by Offray; Buttons, googly eyes and snowflake button from unknown source.