Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Another new flower cluster ball

I've been making these and having a ball!
This one was made from vintage catalog pages.
Made from scrapbook paper.
A group of them!  I can't make up my mind if I like the small one with that many pins in it.
These are all made from scrapbook paper and I love them all together but two of them went to another home.
I'm making these to fill up small bowls and a large compote I have.  They can also be used in cups, sugar bowls or other items you have around the house!
Small, medium and large sizes.
This scrapbook paper turns into this ball:
My friend over at VintageEmbellishment suggested I do these in red and green for Christmas!  I think that is a wonderful idea and will get on it when I restock!

Monday, September 26, 2011

New flower clusters

I learned how to make these flowers and like doing them but when I'd see others make them, I noticed they had more folds inside each petal!

I found some directions to make them with more folds, but just couldn't get it.  Even the hubby tried and couldn't get what they were saying.  I decided I was going to learn it, come hell or high water!  

Here is the old ones:

It's nice, I like it but I just had to know how they did the other ones!

Here is a new one:

See the difference in the petals?  With the old ones, you don't need glue until you start gluing all the petals together, you tuck the paper in but with the new ones, you do need glue for each petal.

What do you think?  New or old?

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Take a look at this amazing flower!  It's called a Toad Lily!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Grand Jury Stuff

Well, where do I start?

My hubby wasn't home to run me over to the courthouse, so it's the first time I had to drive myself.  I was okay with this because let's face it, in the two years I will be going for this, he can't always be home!

Driving over to the parking garage was a piece of cake!!  Woohoo!  BUT, when you turn into the garage, you don't have the opportunity to swing out and pull straight into the garage, therefore, I couldn't get close enough to the ticket machine to reach it!  I had to put my car in park, unfasten my seat belt, OPEN my door and push the button for a ticket!  GRRRR!  It's a bear being small!  I was so lucky no one was behind me!  I got my parking space and off I go.  *sigh*  I had no idea where I exited the parking garage, so I had no idea where I was going.  But, I made it look like I knew!  Okay, so I had to stop someone and ask them how to get to the courthouse.  When I exited the garage, I should have made a right but I made a left.  Can YOU say no sense of direction?  It's quite easy if you go right and not left but for today, I had a hike to get there!  LOL!

I made sure not to drink so much coffee this morning.  Just enough to open my eyes to drive!  After all, they have coffee there for us when we get there.  OMG, what??  The coffee isn't here yet?  *sigh*  Luckily it arrived in time to grab some before sitting down.

Now, I was pretty much promised my seat by the door but I get inside and I'm moved over one seat.  How can this be?  I can't take this!  While no one was looking, I moved the chair next to me over so we weren't so close to each other!  LOLOL, I had the chair straddling the foot on the table, how annoying can that be?  No one noticed what I had done, so it's okay, right?

Who is my new table neighbor?  (Names may be changed to protect the innocent)  David, but he goes by Dixie.  LOLOLOL!  Okay.  He's a talker.  Don't get him started.  We are in BIG trouble, him and me together!  He works for a box company.  They make boxes for Just Born (you know, those people who make marshmallow Peeps) and Hatfield Packing (you know, those people who kill pigs and make hot dogs).  He's also a big fan of hot rods and the NHRA.  He likes drag racing.  He's lost 45 pounds by cutting out bread and starches.  Anything else you want to know?

So, I stand by my chair for a while, allowing others that get there late to get by me and I notice the man's parking ticket beside me.  We put them on the table so they can be validated.  I asked him, where did you park that your ticket is different than mine?  He starts laughing and turns his ticket to the other side, NOW it matches mine!  LOL!  I said I didn't have enough coffee yet this morning and he says "it shows!  Sit down and drink your coffee."  Ten minutes later, we are still laughing about this and he says he won't tell anyone.  He's a very nice man but quiet.  Poor man, sitting next to me.  But he actually stayed after with me and explained to me what he does for a living and it was very interesting!!!  He tests water.  :o) I had a very good banana nut muffin from the break room.  This might not be a good idea in the future.  That made me burp.  I can see it now, Juror #31 is on the record for a belch.

We hear from a witness and discuss the case.  Another witness was supposed to show up but didn't (she's in a heap of trouble) and the second case we were to discuss, the detective was sick, so we got to leave early!!  Woohoo!

My hike back to the parking garage wasn't as bad except I had to walk in the rain.  I was so happy it didn't seem as long as the walk towards the court house was BUT, I took the elevator to the second level of the garage and couldn't find my car!  I walked around and knew I was going in the wrong direction since the next level was outside and not uncover and I definitely left my car undercover.  Um.  Can you say no sense of direction?  I was actually really starting to get worried, I couldn't find my car!  Thinking back, I should have set off the alarm and followed the noise of that (would police come running?) but I didn't.  I guess I could have just hit the lock button until I found it.  I was never so happy to see my car!  I am learning more and more, each time we have a session!  Maybe there will come a day that I'll have nothing to write about!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Schweddy Balls

Have you heard? Ben and Jerry's has a new ice cream flavor coming out called Schweddy Balls named after a very funny skit from Saturday Night Live with Alec Baldwin! You can watch the video here:

I can't wait to taste this one!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Random Shot

This beauty is a water lily in my pond!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


This is LONG overdue, I found just a few items over a week ago and am just getting around to taking photos!

First, is this wonderful George Briard plate:

Wonderful pair of rhinestone clip-on earrings:
Love this shelf liner in gold!

And this great chef note paper holder!  I don't have it shown but there's a place for a pencil, too.
And, I have another vintage makeover item to share but that will come later!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Grand Jury Duty - First Day!

Today was my first day of grand jury duty.  I felt like it was the first day of school!

You have to go through security each time you leave the courthouse and come back in.  If you go outside to make a phone call, you have to pass through security again.

We started out by calling the session to order and had a grand jury seminar showing the importance of the grand jury and how we are POWER!!  I absolutely love how these people have a great sense of humor, for example, throughout the seminar, there was a power point presentation shown on the overhead projector so we could follow along with what was being said.  Every once in a while, you'd see photos that just made you laugh, like one of Roger Clemens with the caption that reads "I will tell the truth, really" (he was on trial for lying to Congress).  Or the photo of a ham sandwich and we were told it really isn't true that all DA's can indict a ham sandwich.  References to Law and Order TV show and 12 Angry Men.

This is what it looks like inside the room where we will be meeting for the next 2 years:

About half way through the seminar, we had to stop that and actually moved onto our first case.  We heard evidence from detectives, a witness and saw pictures.  This will be an on-going case that we will be investigating, so I can't tell you anything about the case itself.  It's all TOP SECRET!  So, don't ask.

When we finished up with that part, we went back to the seminar and wrapped that up.  It was really informative and nothing like you see on TV.  :o)

Then, we heard a second case and the attorney questioned a police officer about the case.  We were asked to hold our questions about this one until we meet again.  

We were there for a total of 5 hours today.  You have to remember, we are an investigative grand jury, not one that gets to yell "guilty" or things like that, we are helping the attorneys get enough evidence to move forward to present to the court.  We all ready have 6 cases to work on.  It's all a very interesting process.

We got our official notebooks and pens, which are taken from us after each session and double locked in a closet located somewhere in the courthouse.  Then they magically appear again for our next session.  At the end of our time with the grand jury, each notebook and all it contains are shredded.

So, until we meet again!

Thursday, September 1, 2011