Saturday, January 30, 2010

Week of January 24 - 30

I guess, lets start on the 27th. Wednesday. Started as any other day, I was up by 4 a.m and had started the laundry for lack of anything better to do. Productive anyway. So by the time the boys woke up I had most of the laundry done. Rob had made the comment that it was in fact Wednesday and that I always do laundry on Wednesday. Which at one point was true. When we lived in Iowa, I somehow had every Wednesday off from work. So naturally I would do laundry on that day. But since then I just do it when it needs to get done. Most often in the wee hours of morning because I'm up anyway. On this particular day however, I thought. Wow, Really you want me to do laundry on my birthday. Thanks babe.
Now Anthony gets up around 6:45 in the morning so that he has plenty of time to get ready for school and have time to play a bit before spending seven hours in a learning environment. This particular day. He screams down from the top of the stairs "Mom, Why didn't you wake me up!!" It was only 6:15 in the morning and I was already told to do laundry and my son was yelling at me that I hadn't woken him up before his alarm. Yay. It was going to be a good day, right?
The rest of the day went fine nothing too exciting. Rob's mother wanted to take us out to eat for dinner to celebrate my birthday. I was OK with that. We ended up going to Jack Stack BBQ. The food was good, the time with them was good. It was brought up that I was the birthday girl several times during the meal. Yeah Yeah whatever. Then the waitress cleaned up our plates and before delivering the check brought over this giant piece of brownie topped with ice cream. This sweet gesture almost put me in tears. No, not because aww that's so sweet.. But, Gee thanks, I'm diabetic, I can't eat that. Though I didn't say anything. I was just glad she brought 4 extra spoons for everyone at the table to eat it. This diabetic stuff bites. Rob did make me a cake though. He found a diabetic recipe for carrot cake without using those artificial sweeteners and its really good. Has the consistency of bread pudding and it is still "sweet." I have to admit that my sweet tooth has taken a back-seat to my food intake. So the sugar free ice cream actually sat in the freezer for over a month. No ice cream has ever done that before. I also don't eat as much as I used to. Which brings me to the 28th.

Today was a friend of mine's birthday. I had an appointment to give a Hot Stone massage around 1 in the afternoon. So the room was already set up. While talking to her she said how nice it would be to have one. I told her she was more then welcome to come over and have a hot stone massage. I can always clean up and have everything ready for my appointment. Naturally who would turn that down. It's been awhile since I had the stones out. Rob isn't fond of them so I never use them on him. After our hot stone class I just had to have them. Now, I just have to use them. Anyways. So breakfast that morning consisted of watching my son devour 4 eggs, bacon, and toast. So instead of having 2 of those eggs like I had planned. I had a sliver of carrot cake. Gave a hot stone massage, had just enough time to clean up before giving another hot stone massage, clean up, now preparing for Anthony to come home from school. By that time, I was in so much pain you would have thought I ate a measuring cup full of sugar. I was tired. Not sleepy tired, but, the tired you get when you have been up all night and you are working on day two of insomnia. Actually laying down at this point makes your feet hurt worse. Anthony rubbed my feet for almost ten minutes. And they would start hurting again. I wanted to sleep, but I couldn't. I wanted to do something but lay there. I didn't have the energy too. However, because my feet hurt so bad. My son asked if I had taken my blood sugar. Usually when my feet hurt this bad my blood sugar has sky-rocketed. So I thought it was a good idea. Quite the opposite though. I was in hypoglycaemia. Which is a new one for me. Not used to being that low. Wow. Rob went out and purchased some Root-beer Milk, which is another sweet treat I had to put on the back burner. With my root-beer milk I had the leftover brownie from Jack Stack. There was a small container left of it which I finished off. LOL. Surprising how much better I felt afterwards. I guess this means I need to eat more then once a day. LOL
There was this wonderful ad in the newspaper about a sale at the local grocery store. I ended up going around 10 in the morning. I like the option of going this early. The only other shoppers are the older people who hardly go down the isles I'm in. Spent a little over $90 on over 100 items. Awesome. Purchased tons of soups and canned goods which are always nice to stock up on every month or so. The funny thing is. We were planning on hitting a few of the unclaimed freight stores on Saturday. So I had a list for those places and a list for groceries. I like buying cleaners and napkins from the unclaimed freight places. Sometimes they are a lot cheaper then even wallyworld. I also treated myself to a container of blueberries. I spent $4 on them. Sometimes you just need to treat yourself to something nice.
The rest of the day I spent cleaning up my desk. I ended up moving my small OLFA cutting mat because at this point. I've damaged it beyond repair. I have two of them sitting on my "L" shaped desk at home. One large 36x24 mat that sits on the other end of my desk. My windows computer sits on the corner attached to my craft robo, my label printer, all that jazz. The curve of the desk houses my printer, then my wooden paper holder, all the way to the other end of the desk which holds my Linux computer. I use for everyday life. Email, Blogging, Facebook. LOL. Anyways. The curve in front of the paper holder and the printer was my smaller 24x18 OLFA mat. This is actually where my extended arm lamp reaches too and find that all my "work" is done here. Now that I've been heat embossing. I have been doing that there as well. The first time I was so upset with myself for not remembering those mats can be warped with heat. I ended up pushing it under the wooden paper holder for the weight to flatten it out a bit. Then I played with the heat gun again on the other side of the mat. ARG!!! I've decided the mat needed to be completely moved. There was too much temptation to actually "work" on my workspace. It is not sitting under my larger mat under the craft robo. *sigh*
The 30th.
Awhile ago Rob had gone to the dentist. They suggested he see someone for his TMJ issues (his jaw locks in the open position) Instead of seeing someone we don't know. I suggested he book an appointment with one of my instructors. The plan was, I would take Anthony swimming at the pool this morning while the two of them worked. Weather had other plans. I'm not big on driving in the snow. The sun hadn't come up yet and there were no way I wanted to drive in this. I decided to just hang out in the basement like Rob does when I have people come over for massage. Rob instead suggested I answer the door. My instructor had no idea it was my significant other needing the work and Rob felt the instructor would be more weirded out by finding out later that I was there rather then just being there.
So I got to watch the Craniosacral TMJ session. Yup boring as paint dry. However. Seeing a session and watching results on the first day. that's impressive. The hour and a half went by really quickly. We worked and laughed. It was a good time had by all.
Afterwards we set off for Cargo Largo (one of those odd lot stores) We purchased a few things I even picked up a stamp set. A 62 clear calendar stamp set for $1.50 Awesome. Fiskars brand (Li'l Davis Designs) Found them on Amazon for $17.00 Nice!! ( )
After going to another odd lots store and picking up other strange things. Including a bag of frozen blueberries for $5.00 we headed home.
We stopped at Arby's. I was craving. The guys messed up our order by giving us two large fries and three small fries instead of 3 small drinks. Instead of dinking with refunding. They gave us our three small drinks. While we were eating our sandwiches, one of the gentlemen came out with another tray. This time with the three small fries and three of their turnovers a cherry and two apple. Dude.. That's a lot of food. But whatever. We ended up taking most of it home. Later I thought. Damn, we should have gotten Arby sauce for the left over sandwiches.. LOL
On to tomorrow which I will yet again enjoy Rob's dad visiting. He wont be staying the night like I had originally thought. However. Because Rob's truck isn't in working condition at the moment. Will they be taking my car all over town? Or can they take his car? I'm hoping they take his. What if I want to go somewhere? LOL

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Rx bottle.

A few months ago. I was told I have Type 2 Diabetes. Which is turn has made my old habits hard to break. I have a sugar addiction. On the plus side, I don't have odd pains any-more and the idea that my family and I are eating much healthier. The Nutrition labels don't worry me because I actually understand them and know how to read the information for MY lifestyle. Back to the topic at hand. I have realised that with this new adventure in life. It comes with a lot of prescription bottles. Every month I have at least 3 bottles not to mention the other members of my family who may have some. At one point we were throwing them away after rinsing them out. I began searching new ways to re-invent the Rx bottle. My son is old enough to know meds are not candy. SOO Here is a fun list of ways My family and I are giving new life into those amber bottles. Always remember to clean your bottles out before using them for ANYTHING.

1. The Craft Supplies

I don't know about you, but, when I took on scrap booking, card making,embossing,painting. ext. I took on a lot of little things too. brads, buttons, sequins, rhinestones. Yeah what a crazy amount of stuff. And to top it off. Finding a premade container for all that to organize sets you back a pretty penny when you think of all the individual things you need to organize.
(I took a snapshot of my "brads" drawer in my craft room"

2. Home Helpers

Screws, nails, picture hangers, paper clips, rubber bands, push pins, The larger bottles will even hold Hot Glue sticks.

3. A mini Sewing Kit

4. Mixing

From paint to crafting powders. These are great for making your own colors and storing them so you can reuse them. Remember to label the container with your instructions so you know how to repeat it when it runs out.

5. Traveling

Don't take the entire medicine bottle traveling with you. Unless you need ALL of it. Take only what you need. You can also use the bottles for trial size Shampoo, Body Wash, if you use Tooth Flossers instead of Floss, Q-tips.

6. Change Please!

Carry your loose change in it. Easy to find in your purse or even in your car if you hit those tolls. Collecting change at home is another use.

7. First Aid Kit

Band-aid, Neosporin, sample asprin, This is nice for in the car, at your desk at work, in your purse

8. Seeds!

Either as a seed starter or a seed saver.

9. Creating your own humorous Rx label to give to an adult. Fill with candy.

10. Homemade Spices & Steak Rubs.

11. Camping

Matches fit nicely and will stay dry in the containers.

12. Single Serving Friends

Salad Dressings, BBQ sauces. Anything you would need for a lunch at the office.

The next three come with a nice suggestion. Call before bring your stash all the way across town to do. Remember not everyone is going to clean up their bottles. So if they say NO it's for a reason. However.

13. Donations.

Vets sometimes use them for pet meds to foster homes.
Free clinics
Homeless Shelters

Just remember if you have small children in the house. Be careful about your med bottles. Don't confuse a child by putting their Cheerios in them. Don't be that person. Be responsible. I've got serious OCD sometimes and a lot of my bottles are marked with a label maker. However I know that if I had family or friends over who had small children. I would not have my bottles just laying around.

Yes I did need to say that because for some reason there are stupid people out there who need it spelled out for them what the dangers are. Should I have to tell you not to stick your pet in the microwave? NO, I shouldn't have to, but some idiot did it and now we have to dumb everything down for those people. so. WASH THE BOTTLES BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANYTHING WITH THEM!!!

Thanks For Reading!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

AHHH So much better.

Every time I stared at the bottle I was more and more upset about how it turned out. I tore off the "clear" label and started over. I had the most beautiful thick rubbery heart stickers in my stash. I never used them because paper seemed so... not good enough... I suppose, for these stickers. But, Boy O Boy.. were they perfect for this project. I am SO very happy with how the hand sanitizer bottle turned out and was ready to tackle another project of the day.

As for my attempt at embossing. I was not ready to give up that project so easy. I went back to Michaels. Funny enough I stared blankly at all the little bottles of glitters and puff powder. I must have look confused. Another customer approached me and asked if I had been doing embossing long. I had to explain my silly situation and how I had no clue. So she asked what I was doing. Lovely lady. Handed me a bottle marked EMBOSSING POWDER. There may have been my problem. Right company wrong product. I was so eager to get home and try my hand at this once more. Talk about night and day experience.. The first one I made was on white card stock. A tiny piece to try. The other was just a strip of scrap paper that I was stamping different colors on. Here is what happened!

Beautiful!! I'm so happy it turned out. I can't wait to make a full project out of this!! Today has been a very uplifting day. :)

Personalized Germ-X Bottle attempt.

I wanted to give the teacher something unique. Maybe even something she could use on a daily basis. At the same time I didn't want it to be just another valentine card that we just end up throwing away. Unless your a pack-rat of course. I know I still hang on to every scrap of paper the little one has brought home. Eventually I will need to knock that off.. Anyway. So this was my attempt at the hand sanitiser personalised bottle.

Starting with the bottle. Naturally. I took the lable off very easily. I only wiped it down with Goo B Gone just for safety sake.

Then I printed a label using an Avery product that "claimed" to be CLEAR. Only after the project was printed did I realise it was more of a foggy clear. Not to thrilled with that.

Here is the image I took with the Avery packaging
and the label that I created for the bottle.
Being that it was for Valentine Day I used the font "A Girl's
Crush" which has hearts in the writing. Very cute.

The label reads : Mrs Collom, Thanks for being the sweetest

Which is so true. Of all the teachers we have gone through,
I think this one impresses me the most.

And this is the image of the finished project. Not too thrilled with the cloudy lable. BUT.. It will be fine. I plan on getting a gift basket together along with this and making a little teacher survival basket for her.

Not sure what to put in it.. But I think I will come up with some pretty interesting things.

Yes, I do plan on trying this project again. No I will not be using this labels again. Im very dissatisfied with how they turned out.
I might actually just try the other method I started reading about after I got this finished. It was using overhead projector paper and then sticking the actual creation in the bottle and stick it to the inside. Hrm.. That would be interesting to try!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Inspired by a game I find completely addicting. I made some Birthday cards.

If you were to ask me why I started playing the game in the first place. I don't really know why. Anthony was playing it and for awhile Rob was too. I felt kind of left out. Now I'm addicted to the damn game I even think of playing it in my sleep. Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. The second step is to STOP PLAYING IT. Where in lies the problem. ARG!!!
I think I just need to get out of the house more.

So I thought I just needed a new technique to my list of hobbies I like doing. Last night while we were running around KS trying to find various things. I stopped by Michaels and picked up an embossing pad, a new valentine stamp, and some ultra fine red glitter. I saw a video on raised embossing with these materials and was dying to try it myself. Figured this would be really cute for my scrapbooking and my card making. May even be cute for tags and OH the possibilities. I picked up a LIPS stamp from the $1 bin. Figured I didn't really know what I was getting into and was a little nervous about messing up an expensive stamp. Sooo this was a cute attempt.
Now after reading several forums and How-Tos I realised there was nothing to this. Stamp, Glitter, Apply Heat. Wow! Right? Well I must be doing something wrong.. I stamped.. I glittered. I applied heat ( the first time I browned the paper. ACK SMOKE! better stop.) The second time I kept the heat gun moving but still couldn't manage to get the glitter to melt. I have glittered lips all over now. I wish I knew what I was doing wrong. I'm going to attempt the process again with the iron. Thinking maybe my heat source isn't working right.
The reason I thought I wanted to try this was because Rob got a heat gun for the holidays to fix his electrical things at home. Well if I could use it too.... I dunno.
Late last night while I was still up. I realised that my heating had done some damage to my green OLFA cutting mat. I should have known better. Don't heat those things up. But it IS my work surface, at the time I thought nothing of it. At least it's the little mat and not the big one. *sigh* we live and learn, right?
A side note : Today is day TWO of Anthony taking the bus to and from school. I'm not sure if I like it yet. LOL.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Another Fun Filled Goodies Page

Before the holidays I was dinking around with attempting a Buddy the elf hat. This is the first try at it. I think it turned out alright. Not perfect but enough that my son really enjoyed it and there wasnt a day that went by that I didn't see him with it on. Since the first inception of the thing. I have yet to try again. Lots of things going on.

My brother and his soon to be wife are expecting another child. Unfortunately when they were visiting my parents home. I was back home. However I did get a chance to sit down and make them a card for the occasion. I also bought the cutest little sleep bag that was nice and warm with a design of Winnie the Pooh on it.

While I was making cards. I was playing with some news stamps I ran across while at Cargo Largo. It's a set of flowers, fences, little bees or butterflies. Really cute. And of course the saying that went so beautifully with it;

"Every Flower that has ever bloomed, went through a lotta dirt to get there"

Which is so true. :) I sent it the card to my mother.

We were sending gift cards out and needed something cute and clever to pack them in. It took me a few tries to get the size right. The packaged gift cards are so much bigger then the cards themselves. The colors are beautiful and Im glad I took a pic of it after I was done.

While at my folks place. We were snowed in during that huge blizzard at the end of 2009. Not that anyone really minded not traveling. The snow was nearly to the roof from the ground. My little one loved playing in the giant mounds of snow. He tells me his favorite part was throwing snow into the snow blower while my father plowed the sidewalks. Such fun memories.

I wanted 2010 Valentines to be something different. And since most, if not all, of my nieces and nephews are Pokemon addicts I thought making homemade pokemon valentine cards would be awesome. I actually found this site called. where you can upload your own image and stats creating your very own pokemon cards. We chose a Godzilla love theme. We love Godzilla and since it was for Valentines day the picture was just perfect. Then of course we printed backs both out of cardstock and glued them together to create the card. When I shrunk the card down to be "pokemon" sized I noticed that the writing was a little hard to read. So I ended up hand writing the directions for each attack on them. Thats O.K. though. And of course we are going to make little envelopes for each pokemon card so that we can attach a piece of candy to each one.

Well thats my update for the time being. I have some other projects on the drawing board and will be posted when I get the chance. Perhaps in a few weeks. No promises. :)