Thursday, November 23, 2017

Nov. 23 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello!  I know I've sort of fallen off the earth these past two weeks but I still wanted to pop in and wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!  Do you have big plans for the day?  Traveling to family gatherings, or having family over to your home?  Watching the parade?  Watching football?  We are staying home and only having Ty and Casey over.  We'll have the big, traditional meal but it will be a casual day of football and maybe some Munchkin after that.

Be safe and be thankful, friends!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nov. 10

Today is the anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  I don't know how well known it is in other parts of the country but it's kind of a big deal around here since there is a Wisconsin connection.  I'm sure you all know the song.

[The video/song was supposed to be here.  No clue why it won't show up!]

 I was nearly as productive today on my crafty stuff as I have been.  My mood dropped, my excitement fizzled, and my ambition withered away.  I don't even know why.  And now that the day is winding down I'm kicking myself for it.  I did make a bunch more of the little gift card envelopes, and started making the labels that will go on them, but never did fully complete any or get any listed in the shop.

I did watch a lot more Big Bang Theory though.

Today I am thankful for:

What are you thankful for today?

Nov. 9

Hmm, I seem to be falling into a habit of posting morning after recaps.  Last night I just did not feel like posting again.  It wasn't because I was crabby or anything.  In fact, I was in a great mood and very relaxed, which was why I just didn't want to bother.  I'm having a bit of a 'Why?' itch creeping back into my brain.  I'm not really posting anything worth noting anymore.  I'm not really sharing much.  My attention is fully on the crafting right now and I know that's lost me a lot of readers so yeah, it's kinda like . . . 'Why bother?'

Anyway, yesterday, the 9th, I worked pretty much full-time on Christmas craft stuff for the Etsy shop.  I've joked to people recently that my days off will now be working at my other job, and I was glad I actually stuck to it all day.  I finished 18 Christmas treat boxes and got them listed in the shop, then started making more gift card envelopes in the evening while hubby and I watched football.

I've finally started plowing my way through Big Bang Theory episodes.  I'd started from the beginning a few years ago, determined to watch all the way through and then start watching the current episodes weekly, but got sidetracked somewhere along the way.  I borrowed the DVDs from Ty again earlier this year (I think?) and am just now finally working on this monstrous marathon.  I'm about halfway through the third season.  Yeah, I have a long way to go.  LOL

Today I am thankful for:
Sheldon.  My gosh, I just love that guy.  He's so awkward but there is something so heartwarming in his honest view of things, in those times where his bumbling caring does show through.

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov. 8

There was some subtle weirdness at work, like an underlying vibe of something going on but I haven't figured out just what.  I heard there was a lot of drama yesterday, and not only had I called in but my supervisor hadn't worked either.  Apparently he got fed up enough the day before and decided to take a day off instead of the walking out that he wanted to do.  It's all so weird because it's felt a little bit like things were starting to change for the better lately.  Ah well, who knows with that place.

I was anxious to just get through work and get to my days off so I could get back to working on Christmas things.  Even if my paper order doesn't come, I can do other things like color the little images for the labels, get photos taken and some things listed in the shop, etc.

I've even been sleeping better the past couple nights!

Today I'm thankful for:
The check that came today from the farmer who rents our little bit of land.  It's just a small amount, but it definitely comes in handy at the moment.

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nov. 7

I skipped work today.  There are a bunch of reasons and I felt bad about it all day but, well, yeah.  Because I stayed home I told myself I had to work at my 'other job' and got busy on Achy Joints stuff.  That was going pretty darn good until Ty showed up to do laundry and then we ended up just sitting around visiting about half of the day.  It was good to hang out with him for a while.

The Christmas paper that I ordered yesterday has shipped already today, so that's exciting.  I was showing Ty the little Christmas boxes and envelopes I've been working on and he thinks they're really cool.  He was less thrilled with the Thanksgiving ones, saying he couldn't really see a point for those.  And that's kinda what I thought too, that Thanksgiving is not nearly the big draw like Christmas.  He was even telling me how a friend of his would probably be totally into things like the boxes and envelopes.  Apparently she's a ThirtyOne consultant and would possibly want such things to hand out when she does parties or whatever.  I also noticed on her Facebook page this evening that she just found out she's pregnant so of course my mind is churning with ideas for doing the little boxes as baby shower favors and other things like that.

And of course all of this makes me want to go to my real job less and less.


Today I am thankful for:
Mountain Dew!  Comfort food to the rescue!

What are you thankful for today?

Nov. 6

Hmm, another day after post because, hmm, I just didn't feel like posting last night, again.  What's up with that?  Am I losing my bloggy interest?

I went to my mom's, got her laundry and shopping done.  We had to stop at Menards for something and ended up chitchatting with one of my brothers who works there.  Then when we got back to her place another of my brothers called to chitchat.  There is mild drama all over in my family these days.  Ah, the holidays.  lol

I ordered more Christmas paper to keep working on projects for the Etsy shop.  Also had to order more of the Scor Tape that I use to put the boxes together.  While I was placing orders I browsed the other little box options but didn't like any of them enough to order the dies.  I'll just keep plugging away with the scalloped treat boxes and little gift card envelopes that I have.  I can't wait to get some listed in the shop!

The Packers lost last night.  That was awesome!  Actually, I had mixed feelings during the game.  I wanted the Lions to win just so the Packers would lose because, well, a Packer loss is hysterical in this house.  But I also wanted the replacement quarterback to do great, and wanted the team to do well to show that friggen Rodgers isn't the only thing that makes up that team.  Vikings are in first place in our division.  Woot!!!
I never did show my latest little craft haul, did I?

I already put the other paper packs away before getting pics but this was a separate order so I can at least show this one.  This is a fall/Thanksgiving themed set of 12x12 papers that I got specifically for the little treat boxes.  Since I've decided to stop Thanksgiving production and jump into Christmas things, this pack has been put away for next year.

I got another jar of clear heat embossing powder.  Nothing exciting there.  I've found I don't have much luck when using the colored powders.  Maybe I need to find a different brand of the colored ones.  But I've been doing a lot of clear embossing over black ink so I wanted to have more of this on hand.

This is the super cute set of angels I got with my little envelopes and treat boxes in mind.  I have some cute card ideas in mind too but I'm all about the boxes and envelopes right now.

And this is the cute little deer set I got with the same thing in mind, boxes and envelopes.  I've already stamped and colored a sheet of these.  They turned out SO cute!

Okay, this was not from the same order but I wanted to include it anyway because I want to rant about it.  I'd been eyeing this on Amazon for a while and finally just went ahead and ordered it a couple months ago.  Well wouldn't you know, it shipped from China and took with no communication, and no updates.  This is the second time I've had problems with Amazon orders shipping from China, and I will never do it again if I can avoid it.  But anyway, the eventually arrived and I thought 'Okay, well at least I finally have them.'  Cute, right??  Millions of adorable baby cards or baby shower items can be made with these, right?

HA!  First of all, the are not steel dies like most are.  These are super thin and flimsy and feel like aluminum.  There is no company name anywhere on the packaging.  In fact, the packaging was just the dies loosely tossed into a little cello bag.  And then those word dies . . . 

The feet managed to cut out okay, but the word dies would NOT cut.  I tried multiple times, adding shims and trying different positions on my cutting plates.  I eventually gave up and just colored in what the cut-out would look like and, what?  What the heck does that say???  It took me a while to figure out it's supposed to be 'Baby Shower It's A Girl.'  Really???  What a freakin' joke.  So yeah, the word dies will go in the trash, and I'll get what I can out of the feet dies until they bend because they're flimsy.  Ugh.

But anyway, pushing those crabby thoughts aside and diving back into Christmas creations as soon as this gets posted!

Today I am thankful for:
Any team that beats the Packers!

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Nov. 5

I didn't post last night because, well, I just didn't feel like it.  Thinking about it this morning though, I don't want to have gaps in my three months of holiday posting if I can avoid it.  So here I am, sneaking a post in for yesterday.

It was a pretty mellow day.  I had a little frustrated meltdown in the morning related to some Achy Joints/Etsy things.  Hubby tried to help but he just doesn't understand how all that stuff works.  He ended up heading out to work on the shop more, and I eventually found a workable solution to my problem, so from then on it was a mellow day.  Casey stopped over to pick something up, and I made a quick trip to his place to help with something and visit his kitty for a bit.  Other than that, it was laundry and relaxing on the couch with murder shows on TV and my bubbly shooter game on my phone.

I did get four different sets of these Thanksgiving treat boxes finished and listed in the Etsy shop.  I have a ton more fall themed paper but like I said recently, I'm going to stop Thanksgiving production and jump into Christmas.  If these sell out immediately for some reason, maybe I'll whip more up quick, but I think Christmas will be the much bigger draw.  Go figure then, that I don't have enough Christmas paper!  LOL  I'll probably be placing an order today and hoping it gets here fast.

When hubby and I were shopping Saturday I noticed this Cherry Chestnut Bread in an end cap display of seasonal wax.  I don't remember seeing this one before in any of the fall scents or in the Christmas scents that my Walmart has just recently put out.  But oh my gosh!  I *love* this one!  It is absolutely perfect for this holiday time of year!  I find I'm liking my cranberry scents more than my favorite pumpkin scents this year, and this one slips nicely into the 'more fruity' holiday scent.  There is a good dose of cherry, slightly almond-y, but there is a wonderful, warm bakery scent wrapped around it.  This is a cozy and happy scent, and I'll probably grab another pack.

Today I am thankful for:
Remembering how to just relax once in a while.

What are you thankful for today?