Saturday, October 31, 2009

Digital scrapbook pages

I made the first layout more or less from scratch. You can appreciate it better if you see the original Emma picture below.

She was sitting under the metal jack o lantern thing. Actually there was more to the picture than this, including part of her mom's legs, shirt and arms, but not her face. So I cropped her
out, and then I decided to really change things up. The next picture is the result:

This was a quick page freebie that I got here. I'm really having fun with these things.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Those 70's ads

Ok, I've been looking through my new-old magazines, and trying to figure out what I am really feeling nostalgic for. I know I long for the energy and creativity I used to have, but these magazines are turning out to be more like a visit to the Twilight Zone than I'd anticipated.

Geez, I forgot how many cigarette ads there used to be in magazines!

Kinda yucky, huh?

Remember these ads, ladies? I sure do. As a young girl, I remember seeing them in my mom's Woman's Day magazines, and wondering exactly what they were selling and how it worked. Or even if it worked. By the time I graduated high school, I was well endowed enough that the ads became irrelevant.

Ok, I don't remember ever seeing a grasshopper ride-on toy for kids. I would have remembered that. Made by the Marx company, according to the ad. I couldn't even find a photo of one of these online. They must not have sold very well.

My childhood dog, YoYo, ate these.

I thought these were pretty.

Oh man, look at that floor! That kitchen needs my green pot, no? I made soup in it tonight, by the way :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

70's nostalgia ladies magazines!!

OK, remember the green saucepan I bought at Goodwill a few weeks ago? Well, that only served to feed a pre-existing but growing desire for 70's era nostalgia. I came of age in the 70's, got married in '79, and sometimes I feel like I've only gone downhill from there.

For about a year, I've thought about finding some old magazines for Fall. Fall never seems to last long enough for me, especially these days when there's already Christmas stuff in the stores, and by the day after Halloween, the Fall merchandise will be all but gone and the Christmas stuff will be absolutely everywhere. I don't think it was this way 35 years ago, and now I am about to find out! I ordered my three favorite ladies magazines from November 1974 and they just arrived today! (and yes, I photographed them on my genuine 70's era kitchen floor!)

And, I haven't opened them yet! Well, actually, I flipped part way through the Good Housekeeping, but stopped myself, because I want to wait until I can relax and savor them. Think of the old recipes they have, the decorating and crafts ideas, and all those old ads! This should be a real treat! I will try to post pictures of whatever seems interesting or inspiring.

Oh, and here's where I got the magazines. Maybe they have some of your old favorites, too!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Baby Emma this fall

Enjoying her first Halloween.

I got this page as a "quick page freebie" here. Just popped in Emma's picture.

This one, I put together myself with a bunch of leaves and stuff that I've collected over the last couple of years.
I made my first scrapbook page with baby Emma earlier this year. You can see it at the end of this post.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wet dog season begins.

Forget about holiday baking. The most prevalent aroma that fills our house in winter is the smell of Wet Dog. We got just a taste of that yesterday. Boomer and Marley enjoyed exploring the wet back yard. It had been many months since we had a good rain. As I set out a rubber mat to cover a particularly slippery section of patio, I am extra grateful that Boomie is heading into his second winter since his amputation. At this point, he has essentially gone over triple what the vet predicted for his survival.

Here's to one more rainy season of back yard adventures, muddy feet, and the prevailing smell of wet dogs!

Boomie says hi.

Marley and her ball.

Blurry but cute Marley.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sorta like this

This is one of my old Death Valley shirts. I'm thinking about something sort of like this for my arboretum T shirt design, only with just 4 squares. And I'm thinking that simple images would be better than detailed. So I'm working on simplicity.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Here's the cactus. It doesn't quite "go" with the leaf, but I think I'm getting an idea of what I can do. I need to make one with lily pads, and one with a conifer branch with a cone. I don't know when I will even start them, though.

A leaf

I made this leaf in photoshop. I actually have an idea for a series of nature-themed pictures that I want to make into a t-shirt design for the nature guides at the arboretum. While I do like the way this turned out, it's just a first attempt. I need to make 3 other squares, they need to all look like they go together, and the 4 of them need to look like something that will look good on a t-shirt.

But at least I did something today, while we were listening to the Angels win!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Hose doodle

Haven't posted one of these in a while.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Oh, deer!

This isn't a very good picture, but all I had was my cell phone and this was an emergency. Well, not a serious emergency, but definitely a need for a camera. As Seon was walking me out to my car after our visit, we noticed a family of deer in her yard. Hey, we're city-folk, and even though Seon lives in the foothills, seeing such large wildlife is a big deal for us!

Seon alternated between urging me to take pictures of them, and saying we should hide ourselves behind the garage so we wouldn't frighten them away until they had a chance to drink from her fishpond. It was funny and fun, and for a few moments we were like a couple of giddy children. In the end, as they left her yard, Seon practically ran after them to see where they were going. The excitement of the moment gave her a boost of energy. But I will also say she has had an easier time since her latest chemo, something that encourages us greatly.

These were trapped in my phone

I can count on one hand the number of times I have used the camera in my cell phone. I only want to use my phone for a phone. I don't want to text anyone, and I don't need my email or any other "apps", thank you very much. I waste enough time doing those things on my computer at home. But some occasions have come up when I didn't have my trusty little Canon, and then it's the phone camera or nothing. That happened today when we saw the family of deer in Seon's yard. But before I could take a picture, I had to call Jerry first and ask him how to operate that function on my phone!

Anyhow, I managed to take a few really bad pictures, and then I had to wait till Jerry got home to get them out of my phone and onto my computer. And and when he did, these pictures were in there too.

They're from August of '08. I do remember taking them, but after I took them, I guess I forgot all about them. (and then I forgot how to use the phone-camera, apparently. Ah, my brain....) They're painted on the back of a local restaurant. Even the guy you can see part of by the gate is painted.

I was interested in this nice succulent dish garden.

and this little painted birdie was cute, too!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Saturday, October 03, 2009

In loving memory of Pinky

Seon's daughters' beloved Pinky went to Bunny Heaven today :(

Friday, October 02, 2009

The excuses were stacked in my favor

There's a Goodwill store about a mile from my house. I like to look for treasures there sometimes, but I won't usually buy anything unless I can find a good reason.
I bought this pot there today, after noticing it yesterday, admiring it, considering it, mulling it over, then going home and trying to forget about it. After all, I really don't need another pot. We're trying to get rid of stuff we don't need, just like somebody else got rid of this pot.

But I decided to go back today when I couldn't stop thinking about it, and I figured there were enough reasons to part with a few bucks for it. After all, it's my favorite shade of green, and it has a fun floral design on it. It looks like the 70's. (I don't know if it's vintage or retro. It doesn't have any brand name on it that I can tell.) Plus, it was on sale 50% off today. And at this time of year, I can always say I'm buying myself a little birthday present.

When I brought it home, I wasn't sure if I was actually going to cook with it or maybe put a plant in it, but it cleaned up so nice, I'm going to use it for a cooking pot!

Grubby inside before.

All cleaned up!

one matchbook I kept

When I was packing up my collection of old matchbooks to send to Kat, I found this one that I had forgotten was in there (if I ever knew it was there in the first place).
It's my mom. She must have been about 16.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Here is a page where you can add a tribute to someone you know who has/had breast cancer (including for yourself).