Thursday, August 1, 2013

This 'n That Catch Up!

Hey! How's it goin'?? The weather has finally cooled off over here! I seriously thought I was going to melt into a pile of goo - it was just that hot, for that long!! Monday it started cooling off, but today the house is feeling it too. It takes a while to heat up this well insulated house, but once it does, it takes a while to cool back down. OH, how I miss air conditioning and central air!!! Even playing the window/blind game and having fans going in every room, it didn't really make much of a dent. The third floor (where the bedrooms and stamping studio are) was basically uninhabitable!! So I haven't done too much of anything for weeks!!

I did make a couple of good dinners...
Chicken Parmesan, with fresh pasta and homemade sauce.

Breaded tilapia with lemon

I also ordered a custom made dress for the military ball, coming up this October. I'm doing this for Thomas, as I really didn't want to go. They are very long (and boring) affairs, and most of the conversation is "shop talk". Some bigwig will be coming to make a (long winded) speech about something or other. It's just really not my thing. And you need a fancy dress. There are no fancy dress shops around here. So you have to order things online. And hope for the best. *sigh* I found a seller on eBay who makes custom dresses to your measurements. Their feedback was stellar, and it was cheap. We.Shall.See.
This is the dress.

It will be made in color #38. I was thinking about a color similar to #805 (there were over 100 colors to choose from!), but it had to be a color that looks good next to Thomas' uniform, which has two blues, that already don't match!!! (Seriously, whoever made up the latest dress uniform needs their eyes tested!!!!) I asked Thomas what he thought and he really didn't care, he was just too happy that I would be going with him. (Misery loves company!) It should be here by the beginning of fingers crossed for me, would ya??

Besides not blogging much for the past two months, you might have noticed that I haven't been doing much crafting either. It's been a rough couple of months, not going to lie, but I'm so hoping that August is the 'turn-around point' of this difficult year!! If I'm not feeling good, physically or emotionally, I just cannot craft. There is zero mojo!! A month ago I ordered some new things from SU, including their new "clay". It's not really clay, but sort of this foam stuff that's easier to use and when dried has some give to it, while still retaining it's finished shape! Unfortunately while the clay was available, the molds they offered were on back-order (and still have not arrived a month later!!!). So I went online and ordered a bunch of Martha Stewart silicone molds from Amazon!! Even when it was too hot to craft, I would go up there and push around some clay for a few minutes.

 Deskful of finished pieces

 The detail is really amazing!

 You can color these with markers, ink pads, Copics, paints, embossing powders...just about anything!! I'm going to be trying out my Perfect Pearls, by turning them into paints by adding water. They will definitely be sparkly!!!
I saw a card online that used these chunky embossing powders and LOVED the look! These will be used on some Magnolia cards in the very near future!

We went to the Euro store (like a dollar store) to pick up party supplies for Bella's birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I found these sequins!!! I've been hankering for some for a while now, but couldn't find any that had multiple colors like this, and didn't want to pay big bucks getting a bunch of individual colors. Score!!!

I'm so addicted to Spellbinders dies!!! (OK, I'm addicted to ALL brands of these thin dies, lol!) They are just so awesome and versatile!!! Making cards with layers, like I do, is just so much easier when you can use a die, instead of trying to measure and cut everything on your own.

We were at the PX last weekend, and I happened to cruise by the magazines. I already subscribe to my favorite card making magazine (because the PX is SO SLOW getting them in!), and I happened to notice this UK magazine!!! European magazines are lovely and come with FREE GIFTS!!! Awesome! I really hope they continue to carry this one too as it's monthly and a really great one.
This thick packet contains gorgeous die cuts and matching papers!!! Squeal! Free goodies!

I got the last guide in the series for the Copic markers. It's really great for helping me get better with my coloring!!! I have all four books, and keep them close by on my desk for reference.

Last, but not least!, my newest stamps! All  of these sets have coordinating dies too!!! So.Much.Fun!

So today I will be finishing the last of my room clean-up, and then I will be CREATING something in there for a change!!! I'm still not feeling 100% yet, but I'm working towards it. Good news yesterday really helped to turn things around, and I'm so grateful for the minor miracle!!!! Baby steps...


Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

WOW! You've been up to some pretty amazing stuff.

That dress!!! Oh, la, la!!! You have to post pictures when it comes in.

Wishing you a lovely day.

Sandy said...

Your dinners always make me drool! I can't wait to see pics of that fabulous dress! :)

Intense Guy said...

Glad to see you back! The "buc-buc parm" looks delicious!

Gee... color 085? They couldn't come up with something like "evening darkness burgundy" or something? :)

Rita said...

Wow! What a dress! Love the color. I hope it fits and gets there in time. Sounds like you don't need any added stress.

Lots of interesting goodies. The paper clay stuff looks like fun. My eyes went right to those feather stamps!

I hope it stays cooled off for you so you can play a little. I haven't been very productive this whole year really. Sometimes that's the way it goes. *hugs*

Gail said...

Dress looks great, you'll be the belle of the ball!
The clay pieces look like fun!
Your dinners look good, the stamping goodies look marvelous!
Can't wait to see what you make!
Hope you feel better soon!

Donna Nuce said...

I laughed at your description of a military ball! Your dress shoukd looks gorgeous. I do hope it cools off enough for you to craft some more. Have a great day.

Welcome to the Garden of Egan said...

I think you will look lovely in your dress. I look forward to the modeling of the finished project!

Yay, more crafts and treats to see what you create.

You are amazing.

Deanna said...

Hey Jeannie, it's been awhile since I've checked out blogs. I've kind of set today aside to create a blog post and catch up. The meals look amazing. I LOVE parmesan chicken. The dress you chose is beautiful. I can't wait to see a picture of you and Thomas as you head out to the event you don't want to attend. lol. I'm glad it has cooled off a bit. I cannot imagine not having air conditioning! No way!

Love all of your new toys. Spellbinders are my favorite die cuts. I like them even better than SU. I just wish I could afford to get them all. I've not played with the clay yet. What you made sure looks amazing.

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Oo la, la you will be the belle of the ball on Thomas's arm. If that dress doesn't bring out the bedroom eyes in the bigwig then nothing will. And when you get home...well...we'll draw a veil over that shall we? LOL

I can so relate to the that going on here in Southern Oregon too. Drooling over your you deliver? Stateside? Sigh...didn't think so. Lots of lovely new toys...hoping you find your missing mojo soon. The clay looks awesome!
Hugs and hoping life turns right side up for you again soon. Oh and courage...the happiness of your man is worth a night of boring. Of course of there is dancing you may yet enjoy yourself. Does Thomas wear a sword with his dress blues? That can be dangerous when dancing right? Yeah...I've tripped over that myself a time or two.

AliceKay said...

Your dress will be gorgeous. I love that color.

I'm glad you're feeling better. *hugs*