11/1/2019

I picked Rich up at the hospital this morning and we had three of his college friends waiting at our house to help him make it up three steps into the house.  That might sound like overkill, but it snowed last night and things were slippery, and I knew if Rich had any kind of wobble, that there was no way I could stop him from falling.  Yesterday, in the restroom, he looked down, then looked up, and lost his balance (mainly from the pain medicines and the after-effects of anesthesia.  He had a nurse with him then, so I didn’t think it was too big of a stretch for him to lose his balance on outside snowy steps…We are lucky to have so many wonderful friends. They didn’t hesitate when I asked for help, and originally, we’d only asked two men, and then the third said he wanted to help as well, so we had lots of helpers.  They also brought one of their wives (the couple we go to movies with)…and she brought enough food to last us a very long time…There’s a really yummy chicken and mushroom casserole with rice, and a huge pan of pasta, cookies, salad and french bread.  I might have missed something they brought…they are so thoughtful, and we truly appreciated it.  I’d only gotten around to making up the couch so Rich could lay there when his friends were here, and baked a batch of cookies…The cookies were Nestles Toll House that you find in the biscuit area of the refrigerator section of your supermarket.  I bought them last weekend, thinking they’d be a great treat for Rich…..I made them last night so we’d have them for Rich and his friends to snack on today.  So we did and everyone seemed to enjoy them (I always roll the chocolate chip ones in crushed walnuts before I bake them and they seem more homemade, to me.)   As soon as our friends left, the telephone rang, and it was our supermarket and Nestles Foods, telling us that the cookies we’d bought had been recalled and we should take them and the receipt back to the store I bought them….That might be a little tricky to do since we ate half of them…Apparently, there’s some kind of plastic (non-food) in the cookies.  They didn’t have to tell me that plastic was a non-food group, but apparently not everyone is aware of that fact.

They gave the codes of the recalled batches, but I couldn’t read the batch on my wrapper, so called the toll-free number Nestles provided, and was on hold for over 20 minutes, when they disconnected me.  There’s nothing more frustrating than being on hold, hearing that message, every two minutes, telling you to hold for the next available operator, only to hear dead air after twenty minutes, and then nothing.  Of course now I’ve given up on contacting them, because I’m not wasting another 20 minutes on cookies….I’m so mad though, because we ate them before we got  the message, and as I said before, we’d bought the cookies last weekend, so they had plenty of time to contact us before we ate them.  It’s a day in the life of Sandy…..nothing seems to go as planned.

Today, as they were releasing Rich, they decided to tell him that he’s feeling great now, but in a day or two, the pain killer they put inside his hip will have dissipated, and it will hurt like anything.  Good to know, and isn’t it nice that he felt wonderful while he had real nurses around him, and once he feels bad, I’ll be his nurse…Let’s just say I’m not very patient, and after a partial day of nursing, I know why I never pursued the field…I’d rather be his chief cook and bottle washer, and leave the nursing to the professionals…

Fast, Last Minute Halloween Card

Although I said you can you can use this card for any occasion, I meant the technique can be used for any occasion…Sorry…
I’m also sorry that I put this video up so late, but with Rich’s surgery being this morning, I’ve been spending a lot of my crafting time preparing to make sure everything around the house was ready for him to be out of commission for three weeks.
Below you’ll find the complete instructions and products used in the making of this video.
I started with a Hero Arts stamp and cut set called Witch Feet, and stamped the inside of a 8 1/2″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall card out of orange cardstock, scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″. I stamped the witches feet and sentiment inside the card with Brutus Monroe Detail Black ink link:https://tinyurl.com/y2kkt2vd and used clear embossing powder then heat set it. On the outside of the card, I used Brutus Monroe’s stamp set called Bite Me link: https://tinyurl.com/yyqpuzgy also stamped with the same detail black ink and used with clear embossing powder then heat set.. I colored it with Dick Blick’s Wink of Stella markers link: https://www.dickblick.com/items/19905-1012/ and cut the candy corn out.
I used an old Fiskars cobweb border punch that’s discontinued…I did find Martha Stewart has a similar punch available on ebay and here’s the link to it. https://tinyurl.com/y6j7urbh
I used the border punch on a piece of black cardstock that is 5 1/2″ tall and about 3 1/4″ wide.

I took a piece of orange and black patterned paper and ripped the right edge of it so it is about 2 1/2″ wide and 5 1/2″ tall after being torn. I wrapped three thin pieces of satin black ribbon around the patterned paper near the top and adhered it on the back with tear tape.I glued the bite me candy corn vampire to the ribbon with foam tape. I glued fun foam behind the cobweb layer so it added dimension and then adhered these layers to the middle of the orange card base. I took cobweb stamps I found in the Witch Feet Hero Arts stamp set and stamped them on the back of the envelope and one on the bottom right corner of the front of the envelope.

10/31/2019

Rich had his hip replaced this morning, and as you know, I’ve been fretting about this for months…..I couldn’t believe it when I saw him when they were wheeling him back to his room.  He was talking like he’d just been for a walk..No pain lines on his face, no pale skin..he looked like a million dollars.  I can’t tell you how relieved I was.  Once in the room, he said he had a lot of pain when he woke up in recovery, but we were cautioned before surgery that if he felt pain in recovery, tell someone immediately, so they could give him something to stay ahead of the pain.  They said once you’ve waited too long to get pain medicines, it’s hard to get the pain level down.  So he asked for pain meds and spent the rest of the day looking and feeling really great (for the first day of surgery.)

I had been asked to text or call several friends and relatives, and if you know anything about me, it’s that I’m terrible at texting, and usually end up sending something that makes no sense.  As soon as Rich was in the room, he wanted to see the texts he’d gotten and took over from there…I didn’t have to answer one more text or take any telephone calls.  People were amazed when Rich answered his phone and when they realized the texts they were getting were from him.

I can’t tell you how much your cards, thoughts and prayers have meant to Rich and me.  We have been anxious about this surgery since it’s the first major surgery with Rich being the patient and me being the caregiver, and neither one of us really knew what to expect.  The bottom line is, it was a wonderful day..We both love the surgeon, and Rich told him if he continues to feel this good, on his three week post-surgery visit, he’s going to hug the surgeon….Let’s just say the surgeon isn’t looking forward to a big hug from Rich, but appreciates how happy he is…

Easy Halloween Treat Bag

I started by using a Hallmark orange treat bag that I bought at Walmart after Halloween last year…. I used the twisty tree die from Brutus Monroe link: https://tinyurl.com/y4sn9flh
I wanted to make the tree look realistic, so took a white scrap of cardstock and colored it starting light and going dark with Distress Ink dies. I used Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs, Hickory Smoke, Walnut Stain and Black Soot. I used more of the lighter colors then did swipes up and down with the darker colors to make it look more like a tree. I tried to make sure the white was covered with a variety of colors. I used less of each color as each got darker…Once I finished, unfortunately the video cut out, and I added some water to the paper and wiped up the ink that was on the plastic craft mat beneath the paper. I let it dry then die cut it.
The next step was to use Brutus Monroe’s grape glitter glaze link: https://tinyurl.com/y6mndwot on their batty stencil link: https://tinyurl.com/y2d4chcp and made sure the stencil was well taped to the orange bag. I pulled it off, making sure to clean the stencil and palette knife immediately…also not on film, sorry.
I went from there to used a die of a Halloween fence made by Cheery Lynn Designs link: https://tinyurl.com/y6n57nwl and cut it out of white card stock. I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and dabbed it over the fence then ran my finger along it so that it was aged looking. I glued the fence in place with Tonic Studios glue then laid the tree over it and glued it down. I took a spider web die and cut it out of black cardstock and glued it to the top right edge of the fence. I was given a grim reaper die and cut him out of black cardstock and attached him by the tree.
I wanted to close the bag with clothespins, so took some Halloween inspired washi tape and put tear tape about an inch from the end and removed the backing, then laid it inside the clothespin and wrapped it around the front and rubbed it to make sure it stayed attached, then cut it off with enough to wrap around the “pinchy part” at the top and put more tear tape under that end and rubbed the end with a skewer or a pokey tool or scissors to rub it to ensure it wouldn’t come back off. I did the same to the other side of the clothes pin then repeated it on a second clothes pin.
I decided I wanted some purple glittery bats on the tree branches with the purple glitter embossing powder I made with Heather from Brutus Monroe. You can call her at 412-892-9511 if you’d like to order my special embossing powder that we made together when I visited.
I used white scrap paper and put embossing ink all over it then covered the paper with the glittery purple embossing powder then heat set it (I started heating underneath so the glitter didn’t blow away)..I took the purple paper and put it in the die so the white paper was facing the die as the purple seemed to adhere to the inside of the die if I put the paper in upside down. I cut several of the bats out and adhered the with mine glue dots. I added a black embossed “trick or treat” die cut to the front of the tree as well as a black embossed spider I had in my stash. I’m sending this to Brutus Monroe as a thank you for the nice tour they gave me…

10/29/2019

I have been working like a crazy woman, trying to get the house clean and finish videos in time for Rich to upload them before his surgery.  I feel really guilty that I’ve taken so long to get Halloween videos done, but that’s how I role.  I should hold them until next year and instead, put some other videos up.  I feel badly that Rich has more things he needs to do before his surgery.

I finished the tic tac container conversion video, as well as the embossing anti-static pouch comparison video.  I’m telling you, I’ve been working like a crazy woman in the craft room..I’ve also been busy doing laundry, washing comforters and couch and chair covers for the furniture in the living room..I want to make sure that the living room is as clean as possible, as that’s probably where Rich will be spending a lot (or most) of his time after surgery.

I left a message on facebook, asking viewers if they’d like to see the video I made of our nephew’s wedding.  I should have asked them first if they were OK with the idea, but didn’t.  So until I get permission from them to show it, I won’t be able to upload it.  Rich did a nice job of editing it and adding special effects.  I really like it and hope they’ll allow me to show it.

As for tomorrow, we’re trying to stay busy, so our going to see the new Zombieland movie and have lunch with friends.   I’m fretting so much that my adrenaline level is through the roof…I can’t seem to calm down or sleep.  So if you get an email from me around 4AM, you’ll know I’m not sleeping again….Thursday’s surgery can’t come soon enough.  I hope Rich has a low level of pain like the surgeon is predicting…That’s never happened when I’ve had surgeries (and I’ve had this specific surgery), so don’t really know what to expect for him….Crossing my fingers that it will be so much easier for him than it was for me….

Watercolor Card With Arteza Paint & Paper + Discount

Arteza Discount Code good until November 20th 2019 CraftingforAlmostEveryone7
I used Arteza Watercolor Paper pads 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ sheets link: https://tinyurl.com/y2dnw3ft
and Arteza Watercolor Premium Artist Paints set of 60 tubes link: https://tinyurl.com/y33b7fvf
Royal & Langnickel round brush link: https://tinyurl.com/yxde9xc5
When I got this set of watercolors, I decanted the tubes into two plastic cases and added glycerin to each of the colors so they wouldn’t crack (and probably didn’t add enough, as mine still cracked.)

I stamped with black ink and used clear embossing powder and heat set it. The image was a gift from a friend and I don’t know the maker, sorry.
I used reds, oranges and yellow colors then dabbed them off with a dishcloth so the colors aren’t so vibrant.
After I finished coloring the flower, I cut it out and added foam tape to the back of it. I stamped a sentiment on another piece of watercolor paper that is square 5 1/4 x 5″ and then used the watercolor paints to make a background. The yellow was too vibrant so I added water to it and brushed the yellow across the whole paper to dilute the color a little..I decided to make a sun ray look from the flower toward the outside and took a flat brush and brushed orange out from the flower…then took a smaller brush and made what looked like rays coming from the flower. I added tear tape to the back of this layer and made a card base that is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ and adhered the layers to each other. I added the flower with foam tape to the top layer, and put another sentiment inside the card. I added homemade Wink of Stella by using Liquitex Irridescent Medium to a little bit of water and brushed it over the flower to make it really glittery…

10/28/2019

I can’t believe how many projects we’re getting done around the house in preparation for Rich’s surgery.  I hate cleaning the fronts of my kitchen cabinets, so spent today doing that, and washing dog covers for on furniture.  I’m am so exhausted, and have a big list that I still need to do before Thursday.

I haven’t got any more videos ready to go live (after the one I’m uploading tonight), so need to do some simple projects I’ve been planning on doing.  I don’t know if I’ve talked about my Tic Tac container idea or not, but I want to turn them into pill boxes for myself and friends.  I think they are the perfect size to put in a purse, and am going to cover them with napkins and see how that works.  I might have to try something else, but for now, that’s my plan.

I’m also going to show you how to keep beads on tops…you know how you buy beaded shirts, and wash them once, and the beads come off?  I have a plan to keep the beads attached with glue.  We’ll see how it works.  And lastly, I want to make a video comparing different anti-static powders, to see if one works better than another.  I had a viewer ask about the Brutus Monroe anti-static powder, and I couldn’t honestly say whether it worked better or not, since I’ve always blown the other powders off (which is a big no-no…)   I guess we’ll get the answer soon as to which one works the best, or if they all work basically the same….