Wednesday, February 29, 2012

courage: noun

The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.

It's WOYWW!
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Before I start today's blog I am posting the link to a follow up on last Wednesday's WOYWW where I was packing up to go to a crop in Tenneessee and I also had a half finished layout on my desk then. So if you want to see the finished layout and a couple ( I didn't take too many pictures while I was there, sorry ) of pictures from the place where we went then click here!
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Now back to the scheduled WOYWW post:

hmmmm? I really do need to clean. For some reason, I never think it's THAT bad until I take a picture of it....you think climbing over stuff would give me a clue, but nope, nada!
Let's see what's on the floor, shall we? Submissions for Halloween is abounding around me, LOVE doing Halloween btw, I think it's the colors that get me going!   ( On the floor are paper lines My Little Shoebox and Reminisce. )  I just realized I have both Halloween and Easter going on at the same time, fun life of someone that publishes their cards, you have to think in terms of MONTHS before the actual holiday!       You'll NOT see the wreath that I promised you I would have finished today, nope, it's been abandoned and on the right corner of the picture you will see instead the very large bunny hanging door doo dad I am making instead...can we say ADD? short attention spam? lack of desire to continue the wreath? HA! Under the bunny's head is a box containing all the goodies I have been collecting for my Altered Book class by one of the WOYWW ladies, Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover blog. I'll get to that in a minute :)
The actual desktop..... a Cricut Card Fairy card that needs to be addressed and mailed, ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon ( I really, really want to be on their DT, this will be my third attempt, it's hard to keep trying for something and fail over and over, this might be my last try. )

Now as to the altered book, ::sigh::...I have settled into the knowledge that I'll be behind everyone else as altering a book is hard for me. lol I am having a hard time tearing out ANY pages to ANY book it seems. I have changed my book several times and that didn't help so I guess I have to wrap my head around the idea that it is better to alter a book than for it to grow dust and die a literary death on some abandoned book shelf. ( oh, I almost waxed poetic there for a moment, lol ) But anyway I regress, I am having a good time collecting ephemera for it and here it is ----------------------------------> I wonder if anyone can guess my theme? I'll give you another clue, if you read my blog, then know the book will be influenced by a certain friend who visited me for my birthday!
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A couple of weeks ago my water fountain got taken from the backyard of where I am living. Now I didn't get overly excited about that as it was placed out in the yard of the apartment complex, but with their permission I might add. Stolen is stolen and I took it with a grain of salt. Then the other day I was out on the balcony and looked down among the other balconies, and guessed what my little eye spied?
The man walking back to his truck is the person who runs our apartment and I had called him to report that I had found my fountain! So here I am hanging off the railing, camera in one hand and phone in the other talking to him! lol
It never ceases to amaze me what the human being thinks. I'll give this person the benefit of the doubt, like maybe he thought it was left behind by a tenant and so .....well....stealing is stealing no matter how you try and write about it. In the end, I just wanted it returned to me. It's old and not in the best of shape but it was one of the last gifts given to me by my mother before she died. So sentimentality reigns supreme here. I have since removed the top tier from it and plan on incorporating it somehow on my porch plants, so in case it gets stolen again at least I will have it remember it by, lol Whenever I figure that out I'll post a picture of it.
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and lastly for my shutterbugs, we are working on motion and ghosting images so here is a shot I took while messing around with a tutorial I was making on ribbon bee wings. Set up on a tripod, shutter speed 1/15 second. I love how you can see the needle and thread through my hand ( ghosting ) which also shows movement. :)

Well the hills of North Carolina are a little damp and overcast today, but I have errands to run ( like getting my latest accepted submission out to the mailbox ) before I can come home and spend the rest of my day going through all the hundreds of WOYWW blogs. I really enjoy them and are making some new friends along the way...all from being nosey, go figure! :) So get comfy and go check them out too, it's addicting and fun!

34 comments:

Misty said...

Hey! I have something for you at my blog.. go check it out.. its the top post :) http://itsallmymoney.blogspot.com/

Sarah Mailloux said...

Good luck with your DT try. I really hope you don't give up, because it's inspiring people like you who make ME keep trying.

And from your pics, your water fountain looks really cool. I'm glad you got it back!

Sandy Trefger said...

Busy, busy! :) Good luck on the design team entry. I know it can be frustrating. I have not yet applied to any...but maybe some day. :) I like your little shelf on your workspace. That is something I might need to get for mine! Happy WOYWW!

Julia Dunnit said...

Argh..fountains don't just grow out of the ground do they, it is infuriating. I'm really glad however, that you've got it back. Your desk (space) looks marvellous to me, some really great papers you got there in the planning. Looks like tennessee eas huge fun too. Sometimes I think you don't get the DT place becaue they see that you're a great crafter promoting their product anyway...so take heart and keep on enjoying the doing!

Angenita said...

You're a busy woman!
Thanks for leaving me a comment. You could buy some strawberry plants some other day, they sure taste good.

And a little cheering: You can do it!! You can tear out a page, just do it, it will be so worth it!

Barb King said...

That is a good story about your fountain, I'm glad you found it. The ghosting picture is cool, we haven't tried that in my photo assignment class, but in a few weeks, after the time change we are going out to use tripods in the early evening, that should be fun, low exposure photos are the ones i am least confident about taking successfully. You can certainly copy that pathological picture taker button from my blog, it is from Shabby Blogs, they have lots of other fun, free stuff, great buttons, headers, etc. Check 'em out if you havent yet. Have a great week! barb

Bellaidea said...

What a story about fountain!
Your place looks very busy! Thanks for vosit, I promiss you next week you will not recognize my place:)

Hazel said...

Lots going on here - thanks for sharing (Hazel, WOYWW #5) x

Katt aka LaLa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I just love your work area! So much crafty goodness going on! I'd love to see how your altered book turns out. I've always wanted to try altering a book but I feel guilty tearing out pages as well, unless they're paperback (I guess I'm weird that way :p) My guess is it's going to be an oceaned themed book? I'm also glad you got your fountain back, I just don't understand people sometimes. You have a great attitude about it though, my blood would have been boiling out of anger. Thanks for sharing!

Joynana said...

What a wonderful story, they probably thought you were throwing it out.... They still should have asked someone. Lots of creativity in your room.

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Hi Sandee - you've got a busy work space! A sure sign of progress, right? I know of 2 other crafty bloggers who live in your town. Small world, right?

Thanks for visiting my desk. I've been making and selling stick pins through my Etsy shop for a while now. It's a lot of fun and I love having all the sparklies around me!

Good luck with your DT try. Don't get discouraged! There's a HUGE amount of competition and only so many positions.

Cheers,
Susan #140

Whimcees said...

Hello!

Wow! You have a LOT going on! Halloween and Easter sound good to me - both have wonderful colors! I hope that you had a good day today with the extra 24 we had in February!

Hugs,

pat said...

Your comments about the altered book attempt are interesting. I have collected several book to "alter", however still haven't had the nerve. I grew up with the idea that you did not mark in a book. :>)

Mrs A. said...

Very busy post. Glad to hear you got your fountain back. Can just see from the photos the top tier that you mention. Not WOYWW'd this week but stopped by anyway. Hugs Mrs A.

Lou said...

So glad that you got your water fountain back. Thank you for visiting my blog, glad you liked the pic of Toby. Your craft space looks very busy, I think i would struggle altering a book too, for the same reason! Have a great day Lou x

Craftychris said...

So much going on with your desk, so cool to see! Love your photo's and your fountain story. Thank you for visiting my desk and for your lovely comments. Encaustic Art is painting with special wax using an iron. I think I could really get into it xx

Ellen said...

Loved reading your blog today! I'm so glad you found your fountain. It is so frustrating that people think they can just take anything they see.

Hope you have a great day! I am off trying to help Grant (my son) finish up some last details before he leaves for Basic Training.
hugs from the Piedmont!
Ellen

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fab pics, glad the fountain was sorted, shame it went astray in the first place. Am intrigued by your AB. Happy Thursday to you, hope you enjoy this week's snoop around the oh so creative spaces & take care. Zo xx 83

Peggy Cain said...

lots going on here have fun!

Twiglet said...

A lovely post - just popped over from Polly Polkadot! have a good week. x Jo

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Aww man if I had seen my property on someone else's balcony I would have been breaking down the door and giving them a sever shouting at!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Wait-so someone nicked your fountain and then displayed it right there on their patio? That makes me think they did think it was a discard, but then again... folks are that dumb. I build walls of stuff around me too. I try to leave a path though as the litter boxes are behind me and we have a 400-year old cat and the hubby is clumsy... Good luck with the design team submission.

Angie said...

Oh dear me! You're a busy lady no time to tidy when you've got deadlines to meet, but pictures always tell the truth don't they! Glad you got your fountain back!

Linda said...

That is such a crazy story about your fountain. I'm so glad that you got it back. Good luck with your dt application. The third time is the charm!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I wanted to let you know the reason I made beware the title of my layout is because when we first got our puppy, I was afraid of her. That is what goes on in my 12 year old head. :) Linda #114

Diana Evans said...

oh what a fun space....filled with inspiration!!!

Deb's Pen Pot said...

Hi sandee, thanks for visiting my blog - you've given me an idea to show the before and after pics of my scriptorium, so thanks! Your ghosting pic is fab, and I agree with you about the altered book covers - I really don't think I could damage a book to make into something else...unless it was a book I really didn't like ;0) See you next week, have a good one, Deb Pen Pot

Mary Ann said...

Good grief...you are a very busy lady...LOL

Thank you for visiting my blog.

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Well gee whiz! No wonder it got stollen! Nice fountain, but the gall of someone to display it in plain view too! Hope you got it back! thanks for visiting, I got behind too this week.

karen said...

Glad to hear you got your fountain back! Popped over to see your pics from the scrapping getaway and it looked beautiful there!
Thanks for visiting me earlier!
xoxo Karen

GLENDA BROOKS said...

I love that you can put stuff anywhere you want to! My husband didn't want to clear out this room for me to begin with so I try and keep it halfway clean. He never says anything other than "Just how many stamps does one woman need?" I always answer "As many as it takes!"

scrappymo! said...

Oh my goodness...what a cheeky thing to steal right from your garden...oh my!

I love these little photography tidbits you shar. The examples you provide always help to understand it!

Karen said...

You sound a very busy lady, good luck with the DT, I hope it all goes well for you. It was good to read that you got your fountain back :)

Have a fab, although a bit late WOYWW and a great weekend, Luv Karen xx

ger76 said...

So glad you got your fountain back, some people!!!
Good luck with your DT, thanx for stopping by my page
luv Ger
WOYWW

Kalea Wavedancer said...

Yayayay!! You found your fountain!!!