Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pokemon Go

Always have a stick ready for play time.
I started playing Pokemon Go last week because my adult children said it was fun. I know the news only prints the negative or really stupid stuff people have done, but I found it to be very entertaining. 
Annie and I now go to the local parks near our house for a walk. In doing that I found out about a big dog play group that meets every night for about an hour.  Annie is the only dog out of 30 that will find something for you to fetch. People find that funny, so there is no shortage of playmates for her. After a hour of play time, we walk another hour so I can play Pokemon Go. Annie will carry around a stick just in case I stop near anyone not afraid of dogs to see if they will play with her.  Annie gets a good work out (a tired dog is a happy dog) and some social time with dogs the same size. There are no little yappy dogs in the group, because if you have an attitude you would quickly become the center of attention, which is not a good thing at all!
So we now walk 2+ hours a day, clocking in 6-10 miles. It's a win for both Annie and me. Now I just need to learn how to fight in the gym. :)  

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Beaded Cards

I'm looking for things to do on the long plane ride to Europe next month. I pack light, so really don't like taking lots of stuff in my carry on bag. I was thinking maybe I would make more of these critters for a class I hope to get on my meetup calendar after I get back. 
I finally broke down and got the Pokeman Go app. Still have no idea what I'm doing but so far I have 3 in my backpack and no balls (or whatever those things are called) to catch anymore. Now trying to figure out how one goes about getting more. I thinking of it as learning something new to keep my brain healthy. Beaded that Pokeman years ago!
Annie and I walk a lot but it's very unwise for me not to pay attention to my surrounding with Annie. Any sightings of raccoons and Annie would be off in a heart beat, dragging me behind her. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

August Auction - DGW 2016

DGW Auction August 6, 2016
Today is auction day down at DGW auction house in Sunnyvale. 
I normally don't go to the live auctions anymore. I put in silent bids instead. There are too many cool things for me not to be there in person today. Does take a good chunk out of one's day but if I can score some good buys for my consignment booth it will be worth it!
There is a narrow vintage oak filing cabinet (one I've never seen before) that would be perfect for 8.5X11 paper storage. The old library card file cabinets is another hot item people collect for their craft rooms. The display box for silk threads is cool but I think it will good way over my budget. It isn't in mint condition, as two of the drawer have the inside replaced with particle board, which was a super bad choice. Still, a non dealer person will jump on it. I like the doll house dioramas, just because it something different. Not to sure that I can resell them for a profit, so I have to be there in person to bid to see how low the bidding will be. Wish me luck!  Related Posts with Thumbnails

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Annie's Travel Toys

finally found something I can make and pack for Annie to play with when we are out on the road.  Annie would rather play with her orange rubber balls but at $5 a piece, I'm always worried about losing them. Since I'm volunteering at FabMo so much, I come across some heavy duty fabric which is perfect for these fetch toys. They can get really gross (dog slobber and dirt) so I can either wash them or just throw them out. So far has worked out really well!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Things you do when bored

Lemon Mango Punch Tea is my latest obsession. It was served at one of my team building events and I've been back to Steepers in Campbell so many times, I now buy the tea by the pound - yeah that's a lot! Since I like herbal teas, I decided to make a version of a lemon grass, ginger ice tea I had when I was in Borneo. Everything but the ginger came from my garden.Turned out pretty good!
Lemongrass, ginger, Thai basil,
cucumber, lime, lemon, honey.
Traveling doggie toys

I've been making tote bags for the homeless who visit the local food shelter for the last few months. I pick up the fabric from FabMo, a local nonprofit that recycles fabric from the design center in San Francisco. I figured out I could make them into fetch toys for Annie using the smaller pieces of fabric. When we are out running errands we sometimes bump into some of Annie's buddies.  They always want to play but I never have anything in the car for her to fetch. Annie runs around like a crazy dog looking for a stick, leaf or scrap piece of paper to play with. Now I have a stash of these in the car and when they get super gross (dog slobber and dirt = GROSS) I can either toss them or bring them home to wash. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

FabMo Banners 2016

I'm volunteering at FabMo and there is a volunteer appreciation event coming up this month. At one of the planning meetings, they wanted  big bright banner flags so volunteers knew where to go. Having a small warehouse of fabric to choose from it was like a kid in a candy store! My sewing skills are getting better with each project I take on. Some day I may make something I can wear!
There's another project made from recycled wallpaper, but it's a surprise for the volunteers so I can't post until after the picnic. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Morning Hike at Fremont Older Open Space

Fremont Open Space 2016
With the weather being a little cooler in the morning, I decided to go on a hike. It's a fun outing for both Annie and I. Annie gets to sniff new stuff and I get out of the studio to help clear out the cobwebs. Always so thankful for people thinking ahead about preserving open space. Wonderful place to hike!
I'm working on 2 new projects and one is a real brain bleeder! Technical stuff that is way over my head and trying to get them to explain everything in plain English so the rest of the world can understand what their talking about has been a challenge!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Pesto 2016

Pesto 2016
My basil plants are growing like weeds! This is the third batch of pesto I've made this year. With all the wild critters in the area (deer, gophers, rabbits and squirrels) I have a much smaller garden than I would like. Everything has to be grown in huge pots because I never know when a rogue gopher will tunnel in. After 3 years of battling the pests, looks like they have decided it's not worth the effort to go through the daffodils or horseradish barriers I've planted. I trapped a lot of them early on and because of the drought the surrounding hills have nothing growing on them. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Using what you have list

I follow the Susan Raihala blog "Simpicilty" and in 2014 she posted she wanted to use everything on her list of supplies during  the 2015 year. I edited her list a little, since there are some things I no longer have. Being a list person, I love this!
So the things I have used in 2016 are highlighted in red.
  1. Stickles
  2. Stardust pens
  3. Baker's twine/twine/embroidery floss
  4. Wink of Stella pens...keep easy access
  5. Alcohol markers (Bic/Sharpie/Copic)
  6. Watercolor pencils
  7. Watercolor markers
  8. Twinkling H2Os
  9. Colored pencils
  10. Embossing powders and enamel
  11. Geometric shape punches (circles, squares, ovals)
  12. Punches
  13. Deco Scissors
  14. Border punches
  15. Gold leaf
  16. Rhinestones--cannot function without them!
  17. Pearls
  18. Water pens
  19. Blender pens
  20. Metallic markers...pry from my cold, dead hands
  21. Chalks--Keep easy access
  22. Ribbon
  23. Scor-Pal
  24. Brayer
  25. Sponges
  26. Stippling brushes...Keep easy access!
  27. Glimmer Mist
  28. Corner rounder
  29. Metal embellishments 
  30. Buttons
  31. Fabric (muslin, burlap)
  32. Assorted templates (Fiskar's ShapeCutter, plastic, brass)
When you see a list like this and start checking things off, you can tell the supplies you don't really use and have to wonder why you still have them in your stash!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lawn Fawn - Gleeful Garden stamp set

Gleeful Garden
While I was down in Carmel last week, I got bored so I went off looking for some stamp. Coming from the big city, there are many places to shop, not so in a smaller community. I went to the only Micheal's in area and they had nothing. It was a newer store, bright and clean but really lacking in the stamp department.  The next day I went to Beverly's Fabrics which is the only other hobby type store in the area. Their stamp selection was pretty sad too. They did have all of the Lawn Fawn stamp sets but you had to ask to see them. I talked to the store manager (who had to get the stamps out of the office) why they were under lock and key. She said so many were getting stolen, they had no choice. I guess with stamp sets now costing $25 a pop, makes it a hot item. 
Can't decide on this card if I like the small font "snail mail". I know design wise something has to go there but can't find the right "thing". This will be a make n take at some point, once I find the perfect sentiment. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Beach time 2016 Lawn Fawn Sushi

Twinkling H2O master sheets
I spend the last 2 weeks down at the beach house in Carmel. It was great being able to walk down to the beach twice a day and walk along the surf. I always sleep so well when I'm down there. Not sure if it's because of the 3 hours of walking everyday or just being away from having to be an adult. ;)
As all crafters, I take way too many projects to work on and forgetting important parts. I totally pack my card so even Annie has to curl up into a ball for the ride.
I totally forget to take ink pads, which is something you really need if you plan to stamp. I had to break down and go buy one. It was a tough call (since I would only buy one) of which type to buy, one that works with water or one that works with Copics. The Memento won out so I could use my Copic pens. I did make dozen background water color pages, which is a very relaxing creative activity. Now that I'm back home I have to figure something out to do with them.
Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts Stamps

Thursday, June 2, 2016


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I was inspired by Charlene's water coloring card she gave to our card making group. I don't do a lot with watercolor but it doesn't stop me from buying the products. :) I sold off several sets of watercolor pencils :( because I never used them. So I only have a sample case of basic colors. As I struggled with the pencils, I broke out my copic markers which take less time to work in the shading.