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….

10/24-10/27/2019

Thursday was our trick or treat.  I know that’s odd, but our area likes to have trick or treat on the Thursday before the Saturday before Halloween, as Saturday they have the local Halloween parade and the teachers like to have off Friday because the kids are tired and really hyped up from eating too much sugar…Long story and you probably didn’t really care…  Rich always dresses up as a vampire, and I make bags of candy…and not just little pieces.  I try to give the kids enough to basically bribe them to come again the next year (and tell their friends)…because Rich only gets between 8-10 kids every year.  I wish he’d get more, as he has been doing this since we were young, and we’ve never had more than 15 kids.  One year, two kids came back to tell him he gave the best candy of anyone, and that made his day.  This year, two different groups came to the door and said “I think this is the house” and once he started opening the door slowly, they said “this is it.”  That made his day..It doesn’t take a lot to make him happy…

Friday we went to get my drivers license renewed, but decided we’d get our “real ID” at the same time.  I really thought I’d read the instructions completely, but no, I didn’t have half the things I needed.  I thought if I had my license and my passport, that’s all I’d need.  But they said, “No, you also need your original Social Security card, two proof of residence, and since I’m married, my original marriage license.”  Are you kidding me?  Why don’t they also ask for a pint of blood while they’re asking.  The woman was telling me I definitely need to get one in the future…Why?  Well if I want to go to a military base (and why would I need to do that?) or a federal building (which federal building will I be going to?)   She made it clear I can still go to our local court house and post office…good to know..   I decided to give up on the idea until there’s no option left for me, (or I decide I definitely need to visit a government building.)  In a time when we’re trying to allow people to vote without any ID, it seems odd to me that we’re going to such lengths to allow people into  certain buildings..Just my two cents on the Real ID.  And what’s so fake about my passport that I need all of the other IDs to get a “Real ID?”

Yesterday, I sent back the Instant Pot to QVC, as well as the cookbook I bought to go with it, and am glad it’s gone.  I didn’t have one recipe turn out great…So today I made roast pork and sauerkraut in a cast iron pan in my oven and it was so much easier, and turned out so much better than anything I attempted in the Instant Pot…Life is good again.  The weather has turned fall-like and it’s drizzled for two days, so fall inspired foods make me happy.  I’m also trying to make sure I have the freezer full of things I can re-heat when Rich gets home from his hip replacement surgery this Thursday.  He’ll be home Friday, and I hope he does well.  I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated, but doubt I’ll have many videos up in the month of November, because he won’t be able to edit them until he’s allowed to walk much (and his computer is downstairs…)  Bummer….He’s trying to see if he can upload his editing software to a laptop upstairs, but until he does that, let’s not think about how many videos I won’t be getting uploaded, and concentrate on Rich getting better…I’m hoping that’s the plan…..

10/23/2019

Today is our 37th wedding anniversary…Time sure passes fast when you’re having fun.  I’ve got to say that although my health has (at times) been an issue for us, Rich and I have had a wonderful marriage, and I’m looking forward to thirty-seven more years with him.

To celebrate, we went to Erie for lunch, them to Barnes & Noble for some photography magazines for Rich’s surgery recovery at the end of next week…Then on to a couple of other stores where we bought presents for the dogs (they need to celebrate too), then home for a relaxing evening together.

I thought I’d share one more photo from our nephew’s wedding.  This is probably my favorite..I love how Rich put hearts around them….he’s so talented!!  We are hoping that Mike and Melly have a wonderful life together…

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