Can you say 400 mini pumpkin pies? Today was Grandparent's Day at our school. We had 218 grandparents in for lunch, adopt a book and to have their picture taken with their grandchild. I took 170 photos. It is a lot of work for the cafeteria to provide that many meals, however the grandparents love coming to eat lunch with the children and participating in all of the activities!
Monday, November 21, 2011
I worked most of the weekend on Christmas cards. I followed all of the cards from the Holiday Card Camp. I think I have 4 more days to complete. I am thankful the class is available to me on line for as long as I want to view it. I have learned so much from this class. If you get one of these cards...be surprised!
Jim brought these two vases home to me the other day. His mom gave them to him. The pitcher belonged to his mom's mother. The other one was pretty fenton that she wanted to pass on to us. I have collected the blue fenton since before Jim and I got married. Fenton is pretty glassware and most of it is hand painted.
I am making some of my Christmas cards using the ideas from the Holiday Card Camp. Oops, that star one is up side down!! lol Anyway, I have learned a ton of new techniques. I still have lots of cards to make...you will be seeing more soon!
I finished making this rosette pumpkin tonight. I found the directions on the Archiver's blog. It took 10 pieces of 12 x 12 cardstock to cut all the pieces I needed to make the rosettes. Each piece was scored at 1/2" and folded, glued and inked. Each rosette was glued on top of the next smaller or larger until I had used all 10 rosettes. The stem was made from brown cardstock that I cut and rolled together. The leaves are Tim Holtz tattered leaves die cuts and I embossed each one with a different folder, inking the edges and crumpling them up. Added a tag and some jute!
This is my card for the swap this month. We were supposed to make a holiday card. I used Stampin' Up paper to create the triangle pocket. I cut the ornament out of blue paper and also out of acetate and embossed it with Tim Holtz snow flurries snowman. The paper ornament can be removed from the card and hung on the tree.
My brother-in-law, Scott, went on a business trip to Portland this past week. He went to the beach one afternoon and took this picture. These rocks were in the movie "The Goonies". Wish I had gone to the beach this past week...I miss the beach!
During lunch at school today, the students who raised the most money during our fall fund raiser, got to spend 30 seconds in the money machine, grabbing as much cash as they could hold. You can see the dollar bills floating in the air around this little boy. He ended up with $16 in one dollar bills.
Happy Birthday to my very best friend, Cindy! I got her scrapbooking and stamping supplies. I went shopping with the supply list from our Holiday Card Camp. Cindy is taking this class, too! Anyway, we had a great day celebrating and of course, talking about our cards that we are going to make using all of our Christmas supplies!
I made this card for my BFF Cindy. Her birthday is tomorrow. Her favorite color is green (that is why the frosting is green!). I used a new technique that I learned in the Holiday Card Camp Class. The background is embossed with a dotted swiss folder, inked with green and purple distress ink and sprayed with perfect pearls mist on watercolor paper. I can't wait for her to see this card...and to do some more backgrounds like this one!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Today is 11/11/11, Veteran's Day. This is my father-in-law, Jim Smith. He is still in the hospital working hard to get stronger so he can return home. He is a veteran of WW2. The Big One, he always says. I am thankful for him and his service to our country and all the men and women who serve in the armed forces to keep us safe on a daily basis.
This clock is on the outside of one of the buildings at the hospital. I love the way the brick is laid around the outside edge of the clock. It always says the correct time, too! I drive by this clock very often as it is on a busy corner in town. I love that it has roman numerals and is easy to read.
Cindy and I received a gift today from one of our students. This beautiful mother of pearl trinket box came from Korea. Emma went with her mother to visit her grandmother and brought us each a box. It was wrapped in the paper it is sitting on. (I hope it isn't upside down!) Thanks to Emma and her mom for thinking of us when they went home to visit!
Today is Nate's 30th birthday. I can still remember the day he was born. That is something a mother never forgets! He was actually 3 1/2 weeks overdue. The doctors just don't let that happen anymore. I was so happy to have a little boy to bring home. (We didn't have modern technology to determine the sex of the baby 30 years ago!) Happy Birthday, Nate! Love you!
Grandma Smith bought this Christmas arrangement during the hospital league gift show. It has a cute little glittered up reindeer and lots of holiday greenery. I think she made a great choice. Grandpa is still in the hospital...hopefully, he will get stronger so he can come home soon!
Happy Halloween! Bet you don't know who this werewolf is??? It is Peyton. I had to help him with his costume this year. The mask and gloves were purchased and I altered the flannel shirt and jeans. He had me "rip" holes in the fabric and sew fur in behind them. I started to cut them...and he said "No, Aunt Aprile...like this...rip it! So, I did and he was right. It was better ripped!
We went to see Wicked! Tonight was the last performance of this show at the Civic Center. I must say...it was amazing. We have seen a lot of plays in our area...but this one was by far the best! The actors, costumes, stage and sound were awesome!! If I had seen it earlier during this run...I would have gone to see it again!
Stacie and I spent the day at the Women's Lifestyle Show. We had mini manicures, fun dressing up and enjoyed walking around checking out all the venders. We ate lunch at Qdoba and finished our afternoon with a relaxing pedi! What a great day to spend with my daughter. Thanks for sharing your day with me!
Had to have a pic with Wolfie!