Monday, December 31, 2007

This is the book club selection for this month. I need to re-read some of it. There were some points that made me think but I continued reading and didn't stop to ponder.

The book is written in first person switching between the two main characters. While it flowed fine, I didn't like this initially. The book is about relationships, primarily friend/friend, however, it also covered husband/wife and parent/child. The two main characters are Anne and Olivia (Libby).

Anne - a young woman in her 20's just moving to Brewster, introduced as being outgoing and bubbly in her greetings. Her husband works in insurance and they are expecting their first baby. Anne tries to get to know Olivia (Libby) and her attempts are futile. At some point, Libby's daughter wants to take piano lessons and Anne is her teacher. Through various happenings, Anne and Libby end up being friends. Anne discovers a lump on her breast, learns it is cancer and ends up with surgery and chemo only to learn a couple of months later that it is in the other breast. She has her baby and very soon after another surgery, chemo & radiation.

Libby - married to a banker, has a pre-teen daughter and a teenage son. She seems reserved and guarded through most of the book. Her marriage is cordial at best, their son is involved with drugs, huffing specifically, has an experience that really affects him and their family. Libby ends up evaluating herself, thoughts, relationships, etc. throughout the book. At one point she feels Anne is controlling her and severs the relationship for a while. They end up friends again and she grows for the experience - both with relationships in her life and in a spiritual way.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Near & Far

I've had my out-of-state Christmas cards mailed off at the end of November. I thought I would have my in-state cards mailed in the early days of December. I have 7 cards made now. About 20 more to go. I've been procrastinating and lacking that creative mojo that one needs to create.

Today I looked to see what the sketch challenge was on SCS. I liked the challenge but didn't have any brilliant ideas. Finally after considerable time I decided on a set and colors to get going on those lovely Christmas cards. What I was trying to do would work no matter how I tweaked it. Finally I sat looking at what I had, thought of today's challenge and lo and behold, it worked. It seemed a little plain with what I chose so I ended up adding ribbon and while the entire star can't be seen I thought it looked good with it on there, not to mention it ties in the sentiment.

Stamps: Star-studded Season, Holy Triptych
CS: Watercolor, Artichoke, Pomegranate, Holiday Harmony DP
Ink: VersaMark, Pomegranate, Jet Black Stazon
Misc: WWC, punches, ribbon, Aquapainter

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Hung Up on the Holidays

This card is a total complete CASE of a card I received last year. I loved the simplicity of the card and, of course, the sparkle.

Stamps: Hung Up on the Holidays, Peaceful Wishes, Many Merry Messages
CS: Sahara Sand
Ink: Vintage Violet, Always Artichoke, Craft White
Misc.: Coluzzle Oval, Violet ribbon, DD glitter, glue pen

Is this a cool thank you or what?!

One of the lists I'm on recently had a stamping extravaganza. I had some edge distressers sitting around so I sent them in to be used as prizes. I always wonder how people come up with the prizes, especially since I never hear of donations or money being collected for them.

Anyway, Friday was a pretty hectic day spent in the kitchen and doing emergency shopping because I didn't buy enough ham for a funeral dinner I had organized for that night. Before I left to set up for the dinner I checked the mail and saw I had 3 pieces of happy mail. I didn't have time to open any of it and left it on the table. At 2 a.m. that night I remembered that I had mail and went to open it. Imagine my surprise when one package had a $30 stamp set in it. This was a thank you for donating the distressers. How cool is that!?!

This set is 3-step Daisy by Kitchen Sink Stamps. I had looked at the set before but wasn't dazzled by it. I didn't realize it was a 3-step set. Once I looked in their gallery and saw what could be done, I was tickled. This was the first card I made. Very simple, but I wanted to see how it came together.

Stamps: Kitchen Sink Daisy
Ink: Apricot Appeal, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
CS: WW, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie
Misc: Scallop punch, Olive ribbon
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