My 2012 in pictures. This is another wordpress photo challenge. I love participating in them anytime I can. This one was actually easy because there pictures were already there from my blog posts and saved in my media gallery. After looking through them I realized that my year was full of crafting. I did a lot of crocheting, knitting, painting, tatting… and journaling. I also did a lot of reading. I have to say, it was a good year and I enjoyed it.
Well I decided to post some more pictures of the cool stuff I got for Valentine’s Day (even though it was the day after).
I went to Michael’s and didn’t get a basket thinking I could get out of there without half the store. I bought two 12×12″ scrapbook albums. One of them is royal blue with a swirly design on the front. The pictures didn’t turn out so I’ll have to try again on that one. I got it for half off so I was happy about that. The butterfly one by Martha Stewart was one I’d been drooling over for a long time now. It was $25 regular price and I just couldn’t see spending that much so I was always waiting for it to go on sale. Whenever it did it was not a good sale. I guess no one was buying them at that price though so I ended up getting it for $8 on clearance! I did a happy dance on the way to the register. A manager/supervisor type stopped to see if I needed any help (since my arms were full) and she carried it to the register for me.
Of course that was the same time I got the butterfly punch/stamp set.
My husband took me to this great little antique store he spotted that was in a small house. The house looked like it was very old as well. My husband got spooked when we went upstairs and he felt like he was going to fall through the floor. His head was touching the ceiling too. I bought a few goodies while there. I bought two little boxes for my collection, two necklaces, and some vintage buttons. I didn’t even realize everything I’d bought was red. How did that happen? She gave me that little cloth bag for free to put one of my boxes in. I love it.
After that my husband took me to this nice Italian restaurant called Gambadella’s. It was delicious! I actually tried something I’d never had before – Chicken Rustico. I am not sure if I spelled that last part right but it was so good! I usually take pictures of my food but my husband gets embarrassed so since he was treating me I didn’t want to do that. I want to try to find a recipe although no one would eat it but me. Maybe I should just go out to eat more often.
Well, tomorrow is Saturday and I love spending Saturday’s with my husband. I usually run errands and grab a bite to eat. I hope everyone has a great weekend.
My husband asked for Valentine’s Day off and they gave him Tuesday and Wednesday off too. We were going to do all kinds of fun stuff today and he ended up having to go to work. I was so bummed but I still had a good day and we still have tomorrow. My husband told me to go make an appointment to get my nails done…. all of them. He told me about a new place he saw that had a sign advertising a special deal on a manicure and pedicure. I couldn’t believe it when he told me – $32 for both. Here in Alaska prices are higher and it usually cost that much for one. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised! The man was very nice and I enjoyed talking to him while I was there. They have great massage chairs and I was in heaven! He was also really excellent at massage. I have never had that great a pedicure! He took extra time since there was no one waiting. Then he did my nails (I don’t do artificial nails) and he did a great job! My hands are so soft! I love being pampered.
My husband finally called me when I was finished up and I went to pick him up and we went to lunch at the Thai House! That is my favorite! He told me to call and make a hair appointment for tomorrow and we are going to do our running around town then. Hopefully work will not ruin our day again!
It was a beautiful day too. It has warmed up to around 30 above F and it was sunny and beautiful. I didn’t have any pain from the cold today. Hopefully the cold weather is over for this year.
I called the Cooperative Extension office at the University and got some info on growing garlic and composting. I also found out about a gardening class that I’m going to sign up for tomorrow. I want to learn how to grow plants from seeds and have a vegetable and herb garden. I tried that last year but didn’t have a lot of success.
I hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day or just a good Tuesday.
I made a cover for my journal and I’m pretty proud of it. My journal that I planned to keep for the year of 2012 is made up of loose pages (half a 8.5 x 11 in. sheet / page) put together with loose binder rings. The rings are huge so I will have a lot of room for a whole year of pages. I had planned to make the covers from old manila folders and I had them cut out but they were too just too flimsy. I ended up recycling a priority flat rate box I got something in. I cut out the pieces that are just a little bigger than my pages and sprayed them with spray adhesive. I then took a piece of fabric that I had cut a little bigger than the cardboard and smoothed it onto the cardboard with an old credit card. I just used fat quarters. They really aren’t very fat. Once I had that done I trimmed the edges of the fabric with scissors. I repeated that on the other side with a contrasting color fabric. One thing I learned was it is good to have a bunch of loose newspaper handy so you can spray the pieces and than quickly slide a new sheet under them so you’re not working on a sticky surface. You don’t want adhesive on the wrong side of the fabric. Then I punched the holes with a hole punch. Of course all I had was a regular paper hole punch and that was really hard to use to punch through cardboard with fabric on both sides. It eventually worked though. I’m going to have to find a heavy duty punch I can use because that was really hard on my hands.
I decided I wanted my journal to have a ribbon to tie it closed so I cut too pieces of ribbon and used a hot glue gun to attach it. I laid my credit card down flat over the ribbon that was still hot with glue under it and pressed it flat. Then I used the edges of the card to scrap off the excess glue. I cut two flowers out of the fabric to adhere over the end of the ribbon and sprayed them with the spray adhesive. It keeps the edges of the fabric from fraying too. I let the flowers overlap the edges a bit and trimmed off the overhanging fabric. And, just because I like to doodle, I did some zentangle designs on my flowers with a silver Sharpie paint pen.
I found this big book of 8.5 x 11 inch scrapbook pages at Michael’s and now I just need to cut them in half to fill my journal with pages to work on. I have a piece of cardstock that I use as a template for where to punch the holes in my pages.
This is the journal I’m using for my SOAR Journal which is a free class at Just be Yourself. It’s not too late to sign up. It is a great healing class if you have things that have been troubling you. If not. it just gives things to think about and prompts to help you think of something to write. They also provide a lot of great graphics for using in your journal.
So now I just need to cut several more pages in half for pages to journal on so I’m ready anytime I want to use it. I’ll have something to journal about the next few days because my husband is treating me to a manicure and pedicure and a haircut for Valentine’s Day! We are going to have a lot of fun. He has the next two days off!
This morning I woke up feeling like I just might make it. I’ve been so sick! I felt like a zombie looking for an apocalypse. I don’t think I’ve been that sick in a really long time and I thought it would never end. Finally, I feel like the end is near. I still slept for a really long time and then I actually got up and cleaned up a bit. After a while I suddenly felt tired again and went back to sleep but I’m so glad to feel like a human again.
This morning I made a love note for my husband using a quote from Nicholas Sparks’ book, The Notebook. It is a little on the long side so I wrote it out on a sheet of one of those lined sticky note pads so I had plenty of room.
“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
After he left for work I went back in to check to see if he moved it where I thought he did. Sure enough, I opened my side of the mirror and on the back of the inside is a grouping of several of my love notes.
When he went to the store the other day he came home with a bunch of pretty pink tulips for me. They are so pretty! They are like little works of art. I haven’t taken a picture yet but I’ll add one later. Have you ever looked closely at the inside of a tulip? They are beautiful! He also keeps buying me packages of Earl Grey tea which is my favorite. So now I have 3 boxes of it LOL
Anyway, now that I’m feeling a bit back to normal I think I’ll sip my cup of tea and listen to some soothing music. Several years back I had the pleasure of seeing Lúnasa preform here in town. I have never forgotten how beautiful they sounded live in the auditorium. I bought their CD and this is one of my favorite songs on it. If you take a look there are several of their songs on youtube.com and it is so peaceful. Their website is at http://www.lunasa.ie/ and you can even order a CD using paypal. I copied my CD to my itunes so I could listen to it on my ipod. I bet if I didn’t it would be worn out by now.