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What Beauty Is

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     What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things. 

     When we wish to bring it into our work we find it very hard. We must gather it together from far and wide, and especially in the case of the human figure throughout all its limbs from before and behind. 

     One may often search through two or three hundred men without finding amongst them more than one or two points of beauty which can be made use of. 

     You, therefore, if you desire to compose a fine figure, must take head from some, the chest, arm, leg, hand, and foot from others; and, likewise search through all members of every kind. 

     For from many beautiful things something good many be gathered, even as honey is gathered from many flowers.

     ~Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), painter, on the ideal of beauty~

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Posted by on December 21, 2013 in Inspirational, Love, Poetry, Quotes, Thoughts

 

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All Occassions cards

 

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     As my plant has Inventory today, our 3rd shift got cancelled from working last night, so I’ve ha some time for listing a few new items on Listia. Now these are cards I have created a few months ago but did not have a chance of listing in my Etsy shop – yet…lol

     Now, Listia can be lots of fun: you can give away items you no longer need or want in exchange for credits that you can then use to get something you see, want or need… Lots of fun, bidding on those auctions, let me tell ya! Last I’ve got was a FREE digital scale tha I will e using in my craft room to weigh packages in order to create shipping labels…

     I will go now make some fresh coffee, list another set of these cards in my Etsy shop, then get busy making my own laundry detergent, for my work clothes.They get so “grubby” that I usually wash them twice – just to get that oily smell off of them – and let me tell you, it can get expensive buying all that laundry detergent. So, when I have found a relatively easy DIY laundry detergent recipe, I have decided to use it for my work clothes.

     I think I will enjoy the rest of my day off, because tonight back to work I go!

     All y’all be good now 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Cards, DIY, handmade, Inspirational, Listia, Love, Stampin' Up

 

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Wedding Words…

 

DSCN2379     Quite recently – most likely, because I am so far behind the times 😉 – I have discovered an auction website names Listia. You can give away items you no longer need or want in exchange for credits that you can then use to get something you see, want or need… Lots of fun, bidding on those auctions, let me tell ya!

     At the beginning, I was wondering what on Earth was I going to list for others to bid on; then I’ve realized that I had quite a few of duplicate Stampin’ Up items (due to the fact that I keep neglecting to add my newest SU purchases to the list I have…lol) So, I went through all my precious “goodies”, took photos and posted them… Yay!!

     This morning, after getting home from work (yeah, we are still working 6 or 7 days a week…), I wanted to list one of SU Jumbo wheel stamps, “Wedding Words” but knew that the stamp would be easier to see if it was put “in action” – so to speak… The result was the above card that used Whisper White and Smoky Slate cardstock and VersaMark and Smoky Slate ink which I have heat embossed with clear embossing powder… A clean and simple card that – in spite of the layers used – it’s quite flat and would not take additional postage to be sent anywhere in the United States…

     Now, I’ve got a fresh pot of coffee brewing and my newest Paper Pumpkin kit waiting for me, so I will go get busy (as, luckily for me, I don’t have to work tonight anymore…lol)

     All y’all be good now 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Cards, handmade, Love, Stampin' Up

 

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Two Hearts as One…

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Love is a wonderful reason for celebration…

Lately, with my demanding work schedule, I haven’t had enough energy to devote to my favorite hobby, cross-stitching. And – if by chance – I get to finish a card or two, can’t really muster the will to get them photographed so I can post them. Soooo… I took advantage of having this weekend off (as my plant celebrates its 25th anniversary…), and took photos of my work 🙂

The card was cross-stitched on 14ct white perforated paper, which I have discovered to be much better for my cards. I have used DMC 6 strands Embroidery floss. I guess this card would be easy to customize by a simple color change for the wedding cake, to match those of the wedding party… Hmmm…

The back of the cross-stitching is not showing. The inside of the card is white and had been left blank for a personal message. However, I guess a stamped greeting could be added, something along the lines of “Best Wishes”, “Celebrate” or something similar. The card is 4.25″ by 5.5in, with the cross-stitch area of 2.75in by 4.25in.

Well, I guess I’ll go fix a breakfast of scrambled eggs & toast. Y’all have a wonderful weekend!

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Cards, cross-stitch, Love, needlecrafts

 

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We don’t get what we need…

We don’t get what we want or need. We get what we prepare for, ask for, negotiate, demand, deserve and earn.

And even still, we must fight to protect what is ours to keep the undeserving from taking it …and yet be open enough to give a portion to those in need.

~© Nathaniel Bronner Jr.~

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Inspirational, Love, Quotes, Thoughts

 

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In my Heart…

     One category of cards I don’t really have enough of is male geared cards… A few days ago, sifting and re-organizing my “Listed Cards” box, I’ve seen lots of flowers and lace, pearls and lots of frou-frou, but besides a couple of “Father’s Day” cards not many masculine cards… Now, we all have a husband, boyfriend, father brother – or just a male friend that has an upcoming birthday… Or maybe we just want to say Thank You to the guy next door that helped us change the flat tire last weekend… Well, you get the idea…

     So, I’ve decided to work and list some “manly” cards in my shop in the next couple of weeks. I’ve started working on them last weekend, but I was less than a week after my carpal tunnel and lateral epicondylitis in my left wrist and elbow and I was not as productive as I expected myself to be.

     However, I did finish and list one of the cards, “In my Heart“. The card was hand stamped on kraft cardstock and layered on dark chocolate-brown. One of my favorite Stampin’ Up DSP, Mocha Morning, has been used to accent the kraft cardstock base, as well as the card band. A perfect card for the man in your life, to let him know he is in your mind always… The card is a standard A2 (4 1/4 in by 5 1/2 in) and it comes with a cream envelope. The cream insert was left blank, ready for your added thoughts and sentiments…

Supplies are all Stampin’ Up, unless otherwise noted: Cardstock Crumb Cake #120953, Early Expresso #119686; DSP Mocha Morning #122366; Ink Early Expresso #119670; Stamps Word Play #120651; Punch Ticket Corner #119867; Envelope Very Vanilla #107300; Accessories copper brads, snail adhesive.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Cards, handmade, Inspirational, Love, Masculine

 

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Yin & Yang Bookmark

Yin is soft while Yang is hard.
Yin is stillness while Yang is movement.
The moon is Yin while the sun is Yang.
Woman is Yin while Man is Yang.
Mountain is Yin while the river is Yang.
Intuitive is Yin while Logical is Yang.
Winter is Yin while Summer is Yang and so on.

     The ancient Chinese subscribe to a concept called Yin Yang which is a belief that there exist two complementary forces in the universe. One is Yang which represents everything positive or masculine and the other is Yin which is characterized as negative or feminine. One is not better than the other. Instead they are both necessary and a balance of both is highly desirable.

     This thinking is different from the duality of most religion where one state overcomes the other e.g. good over evil. In the concept of Yin Yang, too much of either one is bad. The ideal is a balance of both. The hot Saharan desert for example is an example of extreme Yang while the bitter cold Antarctica is extreme Yin. Neither is desirable.

     Stitching time: approx. 10hrs

     The backing of the bookmark is white sticker paper and it allows you to write a dedication or a few meaningful words. The size is an approximate 2.75in by 6.5in. The bookmark comes in a handmade, slimline white envelope, with a Velcro or ribbon closure. This bookmark was created in a smoke and pet free environment.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2012 in cross-stitch, handmade, Inspirational, Love, Masculine

 

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