So. After I retired my trusty PowerBook G4 after 7+ years of faithful service, I got a little 13 inch Toshiba laptop. After a week of that, it's graphic card (I think) broke and I was given a 15.6 inch as a replacement.
Long story short, it is 2:36 am and I can't get any of my pictures to load onto my new computer. Worse, I can't see any of the pictures on my camera.
I will have to approach this problem with a rested mind tomorrow.
In the mean time, check out these wonderful people with working computers and cameras...
When you buy something handmade, you're giving a loved one a gift that someone made with their own hands. That gift was once an idea, a sketch, a dream. The artist took that idea, sketch, dream, and worked to make it something beautiful. It's a wonderful process and something amazing to witness.
I have a friend. Her name is Grace. She just opened up Paper, Love, and Dreams. It's an online boutique that sells gorgeous handmade stationary.
I know. You're thinking, "Who uses stationary anymore?"
Well. I do. And more people should.
We've become a culture that is always connected by invisible electrical signals. Texting is an everyday thing. The email inbox has replaced mail boxes. And we don't even take the time to print actual pictures anymore.
Grace's block prints are fun and colorful. Who doesn't love a tipsy hedgehog?
I know of at least 5 different people who would just light up if they got one of those cards in the mail randomly one day.
I've teamed up with my friend for a giveaway on her blog. She's giving away a beautiful set of cards she designed called "Drink Up." These cards are dipped in Cabernet Sauvignon to create an ombre effect. That's right. Dipped in wine. How clever is that?
And I designed these earrings to compliment the collection. If your name is drawn, you get both the card set AND those pearl earrings.
This year has been full of exciting changes and leaps of faith.
Don't get me wrong, there were too many times where I lay in bed, crying, frustrated with myself and with life.
But, I've kept my heart open and continued to move forward. Sometimes, I take great strides... most of the time, I seem to tip-toe on. But I'm moving forward.
I have my first show on July 21st!
To be honest, I didn't find this show. They found me. An organization called "RAW: natural born artists" contacted me about doing a show at a night club on the 21st.
My heart raced as I spoke with Tyler (the RAW rep). Everything felt right. There will be a fashion show. Music. They will work to get the press there and are currently promoting the show. How awesome is that?
Oh. And if you buy a ticket, let me know! I'll make you something pretty! I'll have it waiting for you at the table OR I will mail it out to you if you can't make it to the show but still want to show your love.
I'm so ready for this.
Inventory-wise? Not really. Have I met the ticket quota yet? No...
But I'm not worried. I know good things will happen.
Because I'm ready for good things to happen. I'm ready to do the work. I AM doing the work.
I'm a beginner at metal stamping. And I'm not rich. So when I bought my stamp set, they came in a nice red case, but the stamps get out of order easily. I needed a stamp holder.
Like this one:
But with shipping, the holder would cost more than my metal stamps! And then there's the wait and well, sometimes, I'm not very patient.
So, I went to Michaels. And for less than $5 (I want to say only $2, but I'm not sure), I purchased a square piece of floral foam and...
Made it look like a porcupine! :P I could have measured our the foam and made the stamps all equidistant and pretty in the foam but.. eh... I'm lazy. The container for the stamps was square so I bought square foam and eyeballed it. Works great!
I was ready to stamp... But first...
How on earth was I to cut this flat wire???
My regular snippers were to small and my other cutters... well, I once
used them to cut memory wire and they haven't forgiven me since. So. For
Rod and my anniversary, I asked for a pair of cutters. We went to
Lowe's and looked around. I couldn't remember the gauge of my flat wire
and all I remember reading about with cutters was to get something
called "heavy duty wire cutters."
Well, let me tell you. Couldn't find anything that said "heavy duty wire cutters." So. Well. We bought a $9 pair of bolt cutters. I figured, hey, if it can cut through a friggin' BOLT, it can cut through some flat wire.
Look at the size of these things! 8 inch bolt cutters. Could have gotten the 14 inch version for like $3 more but I decided against it.
And they work great. Of course, you still have to file down the edges, but what was I expecting? Magic cutters? For the price, this thing is pretty magical, let me tell you.
Now, I need something to make holes. I have a coupon for Hobby Lobby and I think their hole punch thingy is only $7.99... maybe $9.99. Michaels has theirs for over $20 now. So I will be heading over to Hobby Lobby sometime this week. I'm very excited. It's coming together... slowly, but surely.
The word "infinity" comes from the Latin "infinitas," which means "unboundedness."
ancient Indians and Greeks were unable to explain "infinity"
mathematically so they thought of it as a philosophical concept.
remember when my father tried to explain the concept of infinity to me
for the first time. My father, brilliant, troubled man that he is, loves
math. Probably a little too much. In fact, it's one of his triggers for
a schizophrenic episode. During one of his episodes, I remember his
trying to teach me mental math. Out of the blue, he told me to turn an 8
on it's side in my mind.
Dad: "Do you know what that means?"
Dad: "Infinity. Do you know what infinity means?"
Dad: "Forever. Unending. Unlike the alphabet which ends at z, numbers go on forever."
It was a hard concept for me to grasp at 8 years old (or however old I was... my sister will tell you, I have a terrible memory sometimes) but I think I get it now.
Infinity. Forever. Unending. Like my love for my family.