Sunday, September 28, 2008

Not gonna say it.

Not gonna say it. Not out loud, anyway. But this photo is lovingly dedicated to my daughter Kate.

Oh look, you might say. That tree turned yellow first! None of the trees around it are yellow, isn't that interesting! And then one might muse (if wise, one will muse to oneself), "I wonder if it happens that way every year!"

One would be totally justified in thinking that, perhaps, that particular tree DOES turn yellow before every other tree in the row. Particularly if one had seen it happen, oh say, for perhaps 4 years.

But I'm not gonna say it. Nosiree.

Love you, sweetheart :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

It's Tuesday!

LOL, way to state the obvious, eh? Especially when you consider that I'm writing this 12 minutes before it actually IS Tuesday...

New kit in my store today, Belinda. A little feisty, sassy, with a touch of retro and decidedly pink, LOL.
Belinda will be on sale for 20% off just today!

And here's a little bonus that goes along with the kit:

Download HERE.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pillage & Plunder!

Guess what time it is? That's right, it's time for the 2nd Annual Pillage & Plunder sale at Plain Digital Wrapper!
Ridiculous Bargains! Fun & Goodies everywhere! Treasure Hunts! Here's my biggest bargain:

If that's just a little too ambitious for your taste, all of my pagekits are on sale for $2, and everything else is $1. Whew! Lots of fun, please come join us :)

And now, here's a little fall Quickpage for you using some of my upcoming Element kit "Leaf" Me Alone...Download HERE.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


New in my store:
And a sample for you!
Download HERE.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Observations, and a new freebie

"They" say that if you sleep on your side, a satin pillowcase will keep you from getting wrinkles from smashing your face into the pillow, LOL. And because I read this on the Internets, you KNOW it has to be true. And if I know it's true, when I see satin pillowcases on sale cheap at Target, I purchase them. And then I wake up in the middle of the night wondering why my pillow seems so hard - well, it's because the silly slippery thing slid right away from my head. Obviously THIS is why this method works.

Also, an update for the Hamster Lovers among us. Gidget shows faint interest in a smidgeon of a Baked Lays Potato Chip. Holds possibilities.

Thirdly, I have new mascara. I've used it 3 days in a row, it's amazing. Colossal something or other. For the first time I can remember, the brush is truly as wonderful as the ad says it is. I haven't clumped yet (although I did already stick it in my eye, ::sigh::)

Ok. On to business. It's Color Challenge time at Hummie's World again! So here is my contribution - I called it "Douglas" because the colors reminded me of a Trading Spaces episode with Doug. Yes, I am that silly, and yes, I did watch Trading Spaces more than a human being probably should.You can download it HERE.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Lady of the Lake Quickpage

I had a little more fun playing with the "kit of obsession," LOL.
I have to admit, I kind of like it, so I adjusted it a bit and made a quickpage to share:
You can download it HERE.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Intelligence tests

I have always considered myself to be a reasonably intelligent woman. I got good grades in school, was valedictorian of my high school class (even if it WAS only a class of 101), graduated from college with high honors. I have a good vocabulary; I can balance my checkbook (theoretically), I have a good working knowledge of computers as long as DOS and HTML do not rear their ugly heads in more than a token gesture of intimidation.

None of these attributes have provided suitable preparation for taking apart a hamster cage.

I remember the good old days when we had gerbils - a nice glass aquarium with a metal mesh lid - the hardest part was catching the slippery little characters for removal, and hoisting the slightly unwieldy container to the sink for cleaning. And gerbils have tails, which proves to be advantageous to the human doing the catching.

But Gidget (the hamster formerly known as Jitterbug), whom I inherited from my daughter Kate when she moved to South Korea last month, is no gerbil. She's tiny, independent, and tail-less. Never a fan of hands reaching into her domain, she can skitter off into one of the plastic tubes of her spacious, Animal Planet-sanctioned habitat to escape the invasion like a flash. And it's tough to win her over - she's not into carrots, or crackers, and she's not susceptible to natural curious urges to sniff the intruding entity.

She is, however, exceedingly fond of her pink nesting "fluff." No fluff goes unpawed in Gidget's domain. She pulls it all over to the corner and it becomes her refuge (and upon closer examination of the fluff corner this afternoon, it became evident that it is also a storage closet and perhaps a garbage can for Her Jumpy Highness as well). Once ensconced in fluff, Gidget is not as wary as she is in the open expanses, and therefore, vulnerable.

Another advantage of the "nest" (kindly note and mentally applaud my refraining from the typical rodent-geared modifier, here) is that it renders aforementioned slippery, tiny, and rear-appendage free creature far less... well, slippery. It became relatively easy to grab the fluff AND the stuff, which happened to include Gidget, and pop them into the utilitarian cardboard transport box provided by the pet store.

That, however, was the easy part.

At this point, I would like to stress that I did not choose this pet. I did not purchase this pet. I did not shop for this pet, and I did not (and this is key to my sense of self respect) READ THE DIRECTIONS FOR ASSEMBLING THE CAGE for this pet. I have never received tutelage in the assembly of said habitat, and I have never been granted the opportunity to OBSERVE the assembly of this plastic piece of wizardry. In short, I am an Animal-Planet-sanctioned-small-animal-habitat ingénue, ignorant of nearly every aspect of this Design Triumph For The Small Rodent immortalized in jewel-toned clear plastic. And yes, I am whining (it's a process).

Kate was effusive in her praise for the new "house" the first time she cleaned it. Words such as "easy" and "quick" flew fast and plentiful. I smiled and nodded. I didn't care. It wasn't my job. I had fulfilled my only requirement in finding it on a Target endcap, drastically reduced in price. Beyond that (and the purchase of two snazzy "a la carte" tube extensions for my "grand hamster," also on sale) I remained above the fray.

This has worked to my detriment. Kate left at the end of July, thoughtfully providing a preparatory cleaning for the pet in transition. It wasn't until a couple of weeks later as my husband and I were preparing for a trip out of town that I felt it necessary to effect a full cage cleaning, upon which task I embarked with a whimsical sense of optimistic adventure.

Whimsy and adventure are highly overrated. Let me be clear on that point. No One Told Me How to Get The Cage Apart. "Easy." "Quick." "Impossible! (it's best to imagine this final adjective voiced in one's best indignant French accent)"

I had labored under the misapprehension that the tubes just unscrewed from the main body of the cage. It was something of a shock as well as a disappointment to realize that a full thirty seconds of turning had not changed the general location of the tube in any way, shape, or form. This required a closer look, which was difficult, because I had hauled the cage to the garage as the logical place to discard ... well, what I needed to discard. The drawback of this logical location was that the garage is rather warm on an August afternoon. And by that, I mean it's freaking HOT, and it wasn't a great expanse of time before I, too, was hot, and considerably bothered, not in a small part because the current pair of glasses is just a tad behind my increasing myopic curve and the only way I can really see well up close is to remove glasses completely and shove my nose virtually on top of the item I need to examine. And in this case, the item I needed to examine didn't smell particularly enchanting, and my hair kept falling in my eyes and sticking, because, did I mention it was HOT in the garage, and I have enough trouble with momentary experiences of heat as it is, being a woman of my particular age?

After about 12 minutes which felt like thirty minutes, and probably was only 3 minutes (I mentioned I was good with math, right?) I decided that I needed help. And because my idea of help is to Google, I googled Animal Planet sanctioned small animal habitat. Well, sort of. The actual search item was something like how do I get the stupid tubes off the stupid hamster cage, and an item containing the familiar name "Habitrail" popped up, and I glommed onto it like it was chocolate and searched further. I found PDF owner manuals of rodent environments, none of which really looked like Gidget's, but I didn't have the luxury of being picky, so I browsed them all, to no avail. I wasted another 3 minutes (which felt like 12 minutes and was probably really thirty minutes, because the sweat on my forehead did kind of get dry and itchy) searching and then finally decided I was smart enough to figure it out and marched back to the garage. With my glasses on top of my head, and my nose against the plastic (jewel-toned), I pushed, pulled, pried, cried (a little), and wrenched in frustration, and somehow got the offending tube to be in a separate place from the main body of the cage. Emboldened by my [accidental] success, I forged forward to separate the bottom tray from the airy (and jewel toned) second story and voila! the heady spice of victory! Oh, no, the heady spice of the garbage, nevermind. I quickly dumped the contents, washed the tray and the exercise wheel (which Gidget, in her rodently wisdom has decreed to be the best place to assign for, er, necessary eliminations, it being of the solid (jewel toned) plastic sort rather than the open wire configuration. Whatever. Washed and dried (less tenderly than it would have been if this had been the easy and quick process I expected it to be), I somehow fumbled through putting it back together (I w ould explain how I did this, but to be honest my hair was hanging in my glasses-free face the whole time, and I'm not entirely sure HOW it went back together), distributed fresh pine shavings, filled the food dish anew, and filled the water bottle. Wasted another 3/12/30 minutes getting slippery and resentful rodent back into plastic (jewel-toned) Animal Planet Sanctioned Small Animal Habitat and slamming the plastic hatch SHUT.


That was a couple of weeks ago. Today I realized that I could no longer be comfortable with the string of excuses I had been using to avoid cleaning Gidget's cage. Lurking beneath the assurances I have been making to myself, often, firmly, desperately, that the next time I will know what I'm doing and it will be "easy" and "quick," has been a deep seated fear that the Cage will defeat me again. So I girded my loins, scooped fluff 'n' stuff, carried to the garage...

Have I mentioned my excellent vocabulary?


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Lady of the Lake

I'll admit it. Sometimes I just get giddy over something I make. I'll also admit that sometimes it isn't very practical, probably isn't very scrappable, and no one else is really going to give two hoots and a holler for it at all. But this is all about ME, LOL, so I make it anyway ;) Lady of the Lake is one of those kits. Something about this set of colors makes me all gooey inside and completely unreasonable.

And because I like to share, there's a little mini to torture all of you with, too.Download it HERE.

And because I love it, here's the way the big kit looks (available at Plain Digital Wrapper):

and a layout I managed to do with it, LOL:

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Discomgoogolation. There. I said it.



What lovely comments some of you have left me! You make ME glow!

I got to wondering last night whether it was possible to do a decent page with a minikit - I make 'em, but sometimes I wonder if there's enough there, KWIM? So here is the result of my experiment:

You can download it HERE, and there's another little goodie in with it!

Monday, September 1, 2008

::yawn:: Labor Day :)

There doesn't seem to be an awful lot of Laboring going on today, LOL! But I did finally put together a little minikit to go with my new Autumn Glow kit at Plain Digital Wrapper. We're just on the edge of fall and it feels so wonderful! I can hardly wait for the trees to turn and have camera ready, complete with fresh batteries (now I just need to know where I can get fresh batteries for me!)

I never know which picture Digi Free is going to publish with my freebie, so I'm only putting up a picture of the freebie - it's so frustrating to get to the webpage and find out that the free download isn't the glamorous full page kit, but just the scrawny little mini, LOL. We'll call it truth in advertising, but if you like it, go check out the big one, K?

Download HERE