"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Out of Commision...

SO...I'm sicker than I can ever remember...and when I got in to see my Doc on Friday he said if I had waited a couple more days I'd be in the hospital.  I get a bad sinus thing going on during much of the year here in O-HELL-O...asthma sucks...but usually it will go away given time & some OTC meds...along with the Albuterol that keeps me breathing here.  Not this time...it feels like when I had pneumonia years ago.  I like my Doc, though...he's not doing tests to decide exactly what it is...but treating me for probable pneumonia.  I'm on an antibiotic & Prednisone...which I hate but he gave me a low dose...and a supplemental inhaler...& I can tell it's helping.  I'm not sleeping very well...and coughing so much that it hurts...but hopefully in a week or so this crud will be gone.

I have pix of more flowers to share but for now the one flower above will have to do.  I'll be back when I'm human again.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Very Peachy Swap

The April Swap in A Swap For All Seasons had a Mother's Day theme & the color was peach.  I don't often work with peach, so it was a good challenge.  The beautiful card above was the one I received from my swap partner, Jayne.  It has just the right bit of sparkle to it...simply lovely.
This is my tag from Jayne.  I love how she enclosed it in a little coordinating sleeve...and those ladies look as if they're ready to go shopping at Selfridge's and hopefully run into Mr. Selfridge himself!
This is just part of the wonderful peach destash that Jayne sent my way. 
And this is the rest of the wonderful destash...I'll have fun with all these peachy goodies!  Everything was wrapped in a peach towel...but the kittens took that over right away & it was already in the laundry when I took these photos.
Thanks so much, Jayne...I love all my swap stuff!
This is the package I sent out to Sherry in CA. 
Inside was this card...I love those little girls with their tea party.
This is the tag I created for Sherry.  The flowers are peach lily of the valley, but they remind me of the Coral Bells that my Mom & Grandma used to grow when I was a little girl...MANY moons ago!
The destash I sent to Sherry included some vintage lace...
...some of my hand dyed ribbon & tags...
...and some other peachy & vintage style destash.  Sherry said she loved it all...so that makes me very happy.  Sherry...it was fun to get to know you, too!
I'm taking a bit of a break from the next swap, but the theme is Weddings & Love & the colors are white & ivory.  It's too late to sign up, but Linda will have a giveaway on April 15th...and you can check the blog along the way for some ideas & vintage images, too.  Thanks to Linda for hosting yet another fun swap!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Well that was better...but it's over...

Yesterday on April Fool's Day we actually had 71 degrees & SUN!  I was able to wrestle with the one back window to get the storm window pushed up & the screen pulled down.  This was the first fresh air in here since probably October...and the first time since the kittens came inside that they could smell what was on the other side of these walls.  Gracie was the first one up there...and she stayed there for hours.  The boys got bored after awhile...but they all seemed to enjoy it.

Of course...this being O-HELL-O...today is 41 & cloudy.  We lost 30 degrees overnight.  I've said it before & I'll say it again...Ohio SUCKS & I absolutely HATE living here!  Thank heavens I was able to escape & live in S CA for most of my adult life.  I have no idea how the people who have lived here all their lives endure it.  I guess they just don't know any better.

The forecasters are mentioning SNOW as a possibility through next week.  Just shoot me!

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Well...here we go AGAIN!  This time it's even worse.  The rumor is we could see 60 by Monday...I'll believe it when I see it.  This shit just keeps falling...I'm going back to bed.  Wake me when it's over!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This is so WRONG!!!

I can't take this much longer...it's March 25th for God's sake...make this shit STOP already!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring Cleaning...

Well...the calendar says it's Spring...but the cold temps & gloomy skies say Old Man Winter just won't leave us alone.  I'm considering making an Old Man Winter Voodoo Doll to make him suffer as he makes his exit.  I still can't believe we were stupid enough to move back to OH when we were happy & warm in southern CA...but that's what happened. 
Since it's still way too cold for me to venture outside, I'm doing some spring cleaning in my studio & clearing out supplies I no longer use.  One big part of this is my rubber stamp collection.  I have way over the legal limit of rubber stamps...and many of them need new homes.  Quite a few of my stamps are from companies that have since gone out of business...so these are images you won't find in too many places. 
The botanicals above are from Rubber Stampede.  They are among the first stamps I ever bought...and they make lovely note cards or greeting cards.  I'm still waiting for the crocus to bloom in our front lawn...I see their green leaves among the dead grass, but no pretty flowers yet.
I've listed some background stamps...this large music one is great to use as a background for vintage photo cards...or on an art journal page.
Conversation hearts...another great stamp that makes a great Valentine or Thinking of You card.
A very funny image for a New Baby card...this still makes me laugh!  It's hard to read, but it says "Ten fingers, ten toes and one Healthy set of Lungs!  Congratulations to the Lucky Parents".
Sweet bluebirds on a twig heart...this one can be used for so many things...but it's one I don't use anymore...and it's by Uptown who is also out of business. ***SOLD***
I've even listed Christmas stamps...it's never too early to start creating for Christmas.
If you're in the market for some new to you rubber stamps...many that you won't find elsewhere...please stop by my little Etsy shop...Kitten Creates.  With another week ahead of winter weather...I'll be adding even more images to the assortment. 
Thanks for visiting...and if you have any pull with Old Man Winter...tell him to get out of here!!!  He's not welcome anymore.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

National Quilting Day

I've just discovered that today is National Quilting Day.  Who knew?  Before this year I had never heard of it...but I've been getting email & reading blogs about quilting & apparently this is the day.

The pic above is of the hexagons I have cut out for my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  I'll need to cut many many more & piece them together, but I'm finding it works best for me to cut some, sew some, cut some...and so on.  I've been having fun piecing the first round of hexagons for the flowers.  It goes pretty easily.  The second round of 12 hexagons is a bit more involved, and I'll get to that next.  The bottom row shows the ones I've cut for the 6 hexagon round...the ones on top are in 12s...and the gold & white ones are the centers.

Here are some more flowers started over the last couple of days...
I love this blue print...more circles!
A different scale in the print here...but more circles.
This print is an authentic 1930s cotton from Grandma's collection.  Love it!
This is from one of the pieces Pam sent me in the last swap...cute kids playing.
Interesting print from the reproductions I've been gathering...great colors.
Another authentic 1930s fabric...I need to use more yellow as it works great.
Last but not least...this may be my favorite of the 1930s repro fabrics I've cut into so far...I don't have a big piece of this but wish I did.  I can probably get a couple of the 6 hex rounds & one of the 12 hex rounds out of what I have.  It's a bit more vibrant than it shows up here...a wonderful turquoise.
So here's to National Quilting Day...and the Ides of March...and the first day of Purim.  I may even get adventurous & try to make some Hamantaschen later.  If I do get brave & try to make some, I'll blog about it as it's sure to be an adventure...I don't like to bake.  But Hamantaschen are impossible to find on this side of Cleveland, so maybe I'll have to...we do like to eat them!
Now if it would only warm up & stay warm, we'd have that to celebrate, too.  It's cold today & going colder throughout the day & into Sunday & Monday.  Enough already!!!