Saturday, September 29, 2007

Computer trouble and other things

Sorry I have not posted anything in over a week. I have been having problems getting into my blog. Something happened to my computer and it won't let me access blogger from my profile. I was finally able to get into it by creating another profile though. In the meantime I broke down and bought a new computer. This one is on it's last legs and I am done dealing with all the problems it has. Hopefully this computer will hold out until Tuesday when the new one is suppose to be here. After that I hope to be able to get back to a regular posting schedule. I probably won't be posting every day but I hope to at least post a few times a week.
Things have been pretty eventful since my last post. My in laws have come and gone and I ended up in the ER with my mom last Saturday too. She is doing okay now thank goodness but the whole ER thing was a real nightmare. The thing that surprised me the most is you have to have your bags searched before you can get in now. What is this world coming to???? We also went to homeschooling day at the Denver Zoo this week. This was the first time they have done this. I was pretty disappointed though because all the activities were inside but hopefully next year they will do things differently. We still got to walk around and see the animals but unfortunately I only had my I phone camera with me so the pictures did not come out so well or I would have shared with you. We did get to see a new baby zebra and giraffe though. I have also finally come up with some new card creations to share with you. The first one I am going to share is one that I had entered in the Technique Junkies Sept. Technique of the month contest. I did not win but it was still fun to do. The technique I used is called burnished watercolors. It is a technique from the Aug/Sept Technique Junkies newsletter. The stamps I used were from Alluring Impressions you should check out their website. They have taken over the Creative Chaos Rubber stamp line and will be selling their stamps from now on too.
On another note so far I am pretty happy with the new fall line up of TV shows. I still have quite a few new episodes of my favorite shows to catch up on but so far one of our favorite new shows is Kid Nation. Emilia really likes it too. I have to say I was not to sure about it when I orginally heard about it but now I think it has potential and it is always good to have another show on nighttime TV that kids can watch too. Dancing With The Stars took up most of my TV watching for the week. Looks like Julianne could win it again. We shall see though. In my opinion I think Wayne Newton should have been the first to go. It will be interesting to see how next week goes. With all the new nighttime TV shows on I have not had time to watch my food network shows but I am still watching Top Chef. The season Finale is Wednesday night. I think it is going to be between Casey and Hung to win. Well that is about all from here for now. Have a good night and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

BB is Over

Well it is official Big Brother 8 is over for this season and Dick is the winner. I was really hoping Danielle would win. Oh well. From what I heard Dick is going on an around the world vacation with his winnings. I hope he has fun. I have to say he definitely made BB 8 fun to watch. It will be interesting to see who turns up on the show next year but for now it is time for all the new fall shows to start. We have already started watching The Biggest Loser. Tonight we are going to give Kid Nation a try it will be interesting to see what that is like. Kitchen Nightmares starts tonight too. Tomorrow night is the start of Survivor China. The rest of the new fall shows start on Monday. I can't wait.
On another note I ended up buying the entire set of the new Spellbinders nestabilities dies last week. I just could not make up my mind about which ones to get so I got them all. I was really lucky to get the last set Ellen had too. These things are really in high demand. I was able to play with them a little bit yesterday but I had to watch the spellbinders video to figure out how to use them, once I did I really liked them though. I hope to be able to use them in some of my card creations soon.
Well that is about it from here. I hope I will be able to share some new cards I have been working on with you all in my next post.
Bye for now.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Quick Update

Sorry I have not posted much this week. I just wanted to give you a quick update on what I have been up to.
I don't like to eat first thing in the morning but I do like to have a little something like a protein bar. This morning I decided to try and make my own. This is what I came up with. All that is in them is almonds, honey, dairy free margarine and vanilla. I think they came out pretty good. Next time I would use less honey though.
My homeschooling group got together on Monday and Emilia and I started back to school full time on Tuesday so that has been keeping me pretty busy. I have been working on a few new cards too but have not had a chance to get them all put together yet, hopefully I will have something new to share with you all soon. By the way I found out that my new air compressor is missing another part. ARRRRRRR!! The manufacturers are suppose to be sending me the part though.
We are down to the final three on BB now. Jamicka was voted off last night and Dick, Danielle and Zack were left to fight for the final HOH. I ended up watching the final HOH competition on BB after dark until about 11:30 last night and Dick was being really awful to Zack. Something bad happened to Danielle too but I won't say anymore because I don't want to ruin it for you. I am very eager to see who wins it now. Looks like we have a week left to go until the winner is crowned. I am still hoping Danielle wins though.
Bye for now.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Jungle Monkey

Well I finally managed to make a card with my copic colored monkey. It feels like it has taken me forever to get this card to come out the way I wanted it. Besides the whole airbrush nightmare I ran into a few more problems along the way. When I went to airbrush the embossed oval last night the paper template I was using was not lining up exactly with the inner embossed oval so I kept over spraying it. After many attempts to rectify the situation I finally gave up. I went back to the art store today and found some stencil paper to cut my oval mask from and that helped a lot. Another problem I had was my Marvy giga scalloped punch was not big enough to mat my oval piece on so I had to improvise there too. The way I finally got it to fit was by punching 4 scalloped oval pieces and then I pieced them together to look like one big one. I finally got it all to come to together this afternoon but it sure was a long process getting there. I bet it would have been a lot easier to do this if I had some of the new Spellbinders Nestabilities but they are still not available yet so I think this was an okay way to improvise in the meantime . I also used the scraped oil pastels technique from the current Technique Junkies newsletter for the background. Now it is time to move on to other things. I hope you like it.
We are down to the final week of BB. Any predictions on who is going to win it? I am still rooting for Danielle. I found out who one of the final two is. I am not very happy about it but I won't say anything because I don't want to spoil it for you.
Hope you have a good night.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Thursday again.........

I can't believe it is Thursday again. Where do the weeks go??? I want to update you on the new recipe I tried Tuesday night. It turned out okay but I need to make a few changes to it if I am going to make it again. First off I think it would be better with beef. I also would not use fresh basil in it again. I definitely do not like the taste of fresh basil so I don't think I will be trying pesto anytime soon. I would also only use half the sauce in it because it was way to saucy. Anyways I forgot to take a picture of it when it was done so the picture you are seeing is what was left after we all got done eating it. The recipe made a lot so Rich got to take the rest to work for lunch today. Hopefully he enjoyed it.
BB is on tonight and it is a double eviction so depending on who wins POV I think Jessica and Jamica will be going home it should be a good one. Did you all like seeing Janelle on Tuesday nights show again? I did but I felt bad for Danielle though because Dick seems to really like Janelle too and that would really suck if she became Danielle's step-mother. I got my new TV guide in the mail this week that tells all about the new fall line up and it looks like I am going to have a few new shows to watch too. I sure hope my DVR is up for it.
Well that is about it from here. I am going to go and play with my new compressor and copic markers before my sister and niece get here to get there nails done. By the way I took the other hose back to Hobby Lobby today so hopefully I won't need to go back there for awhile and the airbrush nightmare is over.
Hope you have a good night.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Airbrush Nightmare

Well the last couple of days I have been dealing with an airbrush nightmare. As you all know I have been trying to get my Copic sketch markers to work with my airbrush compressor but I have not been having much luck. Luckily hobby lobby was open yesterday and I found an airbrush hose there that had the right connection on it to attach it to the grip I bought on Saturday but when I got home and connected it to my compressor the compressor died! I could not believe my luck. The compressor was really old and I have had it for over 10 yrs though. I originally bought it to airbrush peoples nails but I have not done that in years. So this morning I was all set to go and get the complete Copic airbrush kit that uses canned air and take everything back I had already bought but then I started looking at compressors online and decided that I was probably better off just buying another compressor since it would cost me more money in the long run to keep buying more canned air. So off to Hobby Lobby I went again and luckily I was able to find an affordable compressor that worked and I had a 40% off coupon to use on it too. I ended up getting the F1000 Fusion compressor if anyone is interested in getting one. I have to go back to Hobby Lobby for a third time this week to take the hose back I bought yesterday because the one that came with the compressor works too. ARRRRRR! Anyways now that I have all that worked out I hope to be able to show you some samples soon.
Tonight is another new meal night. I am trying another new recipe from Giada's Everyday Pasta book and am making Penne with Beef and Arugula but am substituting chicken for beef and spinach for arugula. I am also using rice pasta too so I will let you all know how it comes out tomorrow.
Things in the BB house are starting to wind down. As you all probably know Zach is head of household this week and Jamika and Jessica are on the block . It will be interesting to see who gets the POV tonight. I am getting really tired of seeing them all play quarters when I tune in to Showtime after dark. They must be really board. I can understand though.
The View and Live with Regis and Kelly are back. I am happy about that. So far Whoppie seems like a good addition to the view. I am eagerly awaiting the rest of the new season of TV shows to start too, at least we are getting closer though.
Well that is about all from here. We all went to the Botanic Gardens yesterday so I thought I would leave you with some pictures of one of my favorite places there. The Japanese Garden. Have a good night.

Saturday, September 1, 2007


I can't believe September is here already. Why does it seem like summer always goes by so quickly and winter never seems to leave? I just hope we don't see snow any time soon. I hate snow!
Well I went to the art store today to get the attchment for the copic markers so I could use my airbrush compressor with it but of course there is one piece that will not work so now I have to get a special attachment for the airbrush hose which means I have to wait until Tuesday to order it. I am pretty bummed about that but nothing I can do except wait for Tuesday and hope they have the right part. I am going to try and concentrate on other projects in the meantime.
I finally got a chance to watch BB from Thursday last night. Thank goodness Amber was the one to go! I ended up watching BB after dark last night too and I think I may know who won HOH. I won't say anything because I don't want to spoil it for the rest of you. I will tell you this though all the rest of the house guests were saying how sore they were from the HOH competion. I can believe that because it looked like a really hard one.
Well thats about it from here. I am going to go stamp now hopefully I will have something new to show you all soon.