Sunday, October 30, 2011

Taylored Wreath

Friday a senior level student came into my office and proceeded to take off his shoes AND SOCKS to get my opinion on his ingrown toenails! This SO fell under the category of WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION! Well this same student just called me on my cell phone asking if I would take him to the podiatrist this week. He admitted to being terrified stating it was because, "I looked it up on the internet." He wants me to stay with him for the procedure...I think I WON'T be looking it up on the internet! I could hardly say no to him - his mother died of cancer in August of this year.

Last week it was another student with a pair of trousers needing a button sewn back in place.

I have a very difficult time telling these college age students 'NO'. I am a wimp!

Here is what I put together today - using a set of Taylored Expressions I ordered awhile back but hadn't cracked open yet.

Misted Wreath
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink Select White
~Design papers - Basic Grey Dasher - edges outlined with Copics
~Green and red cardstock - red scalloped Spellbinders die cuts
~Taylored Expressions Seasonal Wreath - cream color cardstock - stamped with assorted greens - using Taylored Expressions Friendship Blooms
~All three layers sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Wheat Fields
~Three rhinestones
Taylored Expressions - sketch
Christmas Inspirations - die cuts
Basic Grey - anything goes
Bah Humbug - die cuts and Christmas
Colour Create - photo inspiration

Thank you for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Understatements from the Hubby

Every once in awhile I get a 'mom-like' request from one of the students at the college where I work. A couple of weeks ago Justin stopped by my office to ask if I would sew a button back on a pair of his slacks. I told him I would and then promptly forgot about the request. Yesterday with a smile on his face, a pair of Khakis in one hand and a stray button in the other he re-appeared in my office along with a few of his chums. Since this isn't the first request for 'mom skills' I had thread and needle in my desk drawer available for just such an occasion. Justin and his buddies carried on a lively conversation while I completed my domestic task. He left happy and ready for a college student evening out on the town.

This really isn't a story much out of the ordinary for me. What makes this story 'blog worthy' is that just before Justin walked into my office, pants in hand, my husband had arrived to give me a ride home. In usual John fashion - he sat quietly listening to the spirited exchanges normal for my office. As we left my office to go home, also in typical John fashion, he quietly stated, "If I had asked you to sew a button on for me you would have tossed the item in my face and told me where the needles and thread are located." Okay - score one for the hubby.

A co-worker's mother passed away Friday and I mentioned to my husband that I needed to go to the store to purchase a sympathy card. He gave me a look and said, "you're kidding me right?" "You have a basement full of 'card-stuff' and you are going to BUY a card?" I rarely use my own cards - I usually just supply others with cards to send - I didn't even think of sending a home made card. I decided to use this one to send to my friend. Oh that hubby - he is SO smart!

I attempted a resist technique by Lily Pad. I really like her videos. They are edited quite smartly! I am going to have to try it again as I don't think I have it mastered in this version. I think my friend, Renee, will appreciate it anyway.

With Sympathy
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink Kraft
~Layer of ivory cardstock
~Layer of Bazzill Pickle cardstock
~Background stamp Stampabilities Le London Script - using Versamark and clear Ranger embossing powder - ink smudges using Distress Ink Fired Brick, Memento Tangelo, and Stampin' Up Barely Banana,
~Image stamp Hampton Art Watercolor Daisy
~Technique used from Lily Pad

Challenges and Inspirations
Shabby Tea Room - fall flowers
Scrapbook Sisters - anything goes
Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle - anything with leaves
Just Add Ink - photo inspiration
Fairy Tale - sympathy
Stampin' for the Weekend - colors of autumn

Thank you for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa