Soulbrush in the UK tagged me for a photo meme. I have actually done this one before but had to cheat because of the photo, but I decided to do it differently this time, and lo and behold, an acceptable photo was in the right spot. This one is the 6th photo from the 6th folder. I chose the 6th folder in 2009, and the above photo was there. I find this slightly amusing because I took the picture just because. All of the boxes are ones I made to hold Christmas ornaments for my girls. Yearly I make ornaments for a LOT of girls and make boxes for them, but for my own girls, I also make boxes for their loose ornaments that are special. I do this to keep them safe and to have a place to write when, where and why they got the ornaments.  When I was putting away holiday decorations, I decided to take a picture of all their ornament boxes that I had made.  I do not know why, but it was useful today!

I never tag others for memes, but please do not hesitate to consider yourself tagged if you want to display the 6th photo from your 6th folder and have no other good reason to do so!!

Next, Fishing Guy mentioned that I keep talking about my stamping trip in other posts, but I have not showed what I stamped, so I told him I would try to do that today. So here it is:

2009-02-03bagboxstampstamppadThis was a box that was part of the make-and-take at St*ampin’ Up!’s Leadership Conference in Orlando near the beginning of January. The only thing stamped on this box is actually the “good friend.” Everything else is chipboard covered with Designer Series Paper or colored in some other way, or just Designer Series Paper as a layer. Below the box is a stamp pad and the stamp I  used for this box. (Please note that all stamp designs in these photos are copyright St*mpin’ Up!)

We also made the things in this box which included three cards, another, smaller box and ten little bookmarks that go in the smaller box.

2009-02-03bagboxcontentsI LOVE all of this! I must first say that I would have never purchased this stamp set just looking through the catalog. But it was part of what we received for attending the Conference, and now I love it. I love this whole set of stuff so much that I am going to have a class duplicating all of these things either in April or May. Also, I modified the colors on the smaller box and small bookmarks, and will make several for Valentine’s Day teacher gifts this year. I LOVE the idea of having a box full of bookmarks. I am always losing them, so ten is perfect. And I also love that I do not have to go shopping for other items for this gift because I have all the supplies at home. (No trip to Target, the $100/hour store!)

So that is what we stamped at Leadership  Conference, but there was a whole lot more to learn. Lots of new products (I am most excited about some new dies for our die-cut machine and the CHOCOLATE glitter–color, not flavor!) and great break-out classes to help with motivation in January and give new ideas.

And some of you have asked about my “job.” No, I don’t work at Universal Studios! I was just there for a party that St*mpin’ Up! threw for some of us.  It was just one of the many perks. (My best perks have been two cruises to Bermuda, but I had a conflict for the first one so have only been once.)

This is a card we made at a recent Stamp Club class.

This is a card we made at a recent Stamp Club class.

I am a St*mpin’ Up! Demonstrator which means I teach people how to create all kinds of things (cards, gifts, scrapbook pages, gift packaging, home interior items, etc.) using stamps and paper crafts. My pay comes from commission on the things I sell to people who want to do their own things. I have always said that I am not sure why St*mpin’ Up! pays me because it is so. much. fun! But I am glad they do. (Because I usually just put the money into more stuff!) There is a part of me that must say that I am not a sales person. I could never be a sales person; my personality would not support it. I teach people how to have fun and find a creative outlet, and the sales just come. (The fact that I will not even put the name of the company in here without an asterisk should tell you about my lack of selling personality!)

So how do I go about this? The “meat” of the business is in-home “workshops” in which I go to homes and teach people how to stamp. Sort of like a Tupperware party, but it is a fun, creative evening. My business also includes a monthly Stamp  Club in which a group of people commit to being in the “club” for a year by purchasing a small amount of product monthly. For this they get a free monthly class. It is a BLAST! Some of my Stamp  Club members have been in the Club since it began about 6 years ago. The other major aspect of my business is classes. Normally I have some sort of class monthly at my house. I charge a fee, and people come to make the projects. My customers LOVE this because I prepare everything for them so they do not have to think; they just come and create. I love it, too, because my life is so crazy in other areas, this gives ME time to create and to also  hang out with the girls. (I know I would never make such time if it were not my “job.”) Customers do not have to order from events, but can order any time (even online), but I really like the events because they are a stress-reliever for me.

And lest you start leaving comments about how artistic and creative I am, please be aware that I rarely come up with my own project ideas anymore. There are so many resources provided by St*mpin’ Up! that I do not have to think myself–just copy. I will admit to occasional “tweaking,” but usually not much.

So tonight I had a class for  Valentine’s Day Projects, and below is what we did.

2009-02-03v-dayclassallAbove are all the projects. The class was $15, and they made everything–except they only did one of the bowls. (There are two to show two options.)

2009-02-03happyheartThis was the simplest card we made. After I made this one, I actually changed it so that the greeting inside the heart was on the white shimmery paper instead, in red ink, to match the cardstock and ribbon. We all liked that version better. (But I had already taken this picture.)

2009-02-03heartbowlraisedflowerThis version of the bowl used stencil paste over a brass stencil to make the design. I got these little bowls at Michael’s for $1 each.  They would be adorable with ANYTHING in them. (My favorite would be Valentine-colored Jellie Belly’s. But the teachers in my daughter’s school will not be getting them because the contents would require a shopping trip which I am not willing to make. And I would like bookmarks  myself anyway!)

2009-02-03heartbowlrub-oninteriorThis is the inside of the brown bowl. This is a rub-on–a quick and easy way to decorate nearly anything. There were also white ones so they could put one on the inside of the stencil-pasted bowls, too.

2009-02-03hugskissesWhen I saved this card in a smaller size, it altered the color a little. The real thing’s colors are a bit softer. But it is cute even like this. It is difficult to tell, but the big heart is covered in iridescent glitter.

2009-02-03pantiesEvery Valentine’s season I do a “naughty” card at one of my classes. This is always a favorite, and I love this year’s version. (I always love them!)

So that is all about my “job.” I have many “jobs.” The two most time-consuming are the art teacher at  my daughter’s school and the head treasurer at my church. Both take a LOT of time and have no compensation. That is fine, but the time they take makes my life unbelievably hectic. Stamping sort of unravels some of that. It is therapeutic. It makes me happy. In fact, I am always happy when I am stamping–nirvana happy. And I get paid enough that the largest room in my house is devoted to my stamping hobby/business/addiction, and I have never, in 13 years, spent my personal money on the gazillion things in that room. (Maybe someday the ENTIRE room will be tidy at the same time and I will be willing to photograph it for you!) And yes, this can take up a lot of time, too, but it is WAY more fun that anything else I do that takes up a lot of time.

Fishing Guy tagged me for this photo meme that I have seen on a lot of blogs lately.  It is to find the fifth folder in your picture files and post the fifth picture from it. (I just went there to make sure I had the link right, and he’s got another photo meme up. Beautiful picture!)

This is actually my 5th folder for 2007 because I did not want to post the 5th picture from the 5th folder which was 2006.

Chic and Chicklet are on the phone with a great aunt who is reading to them out of the books that they have on their laps. The aunt, who lives in Missouri, has a copy of the books and calls them on the phone for story time. I like this idea because it keeps them in touch with distant family members by doing something they love very much.


I never like to tag people for things, but please do not hesitate to do this meme if it interests you!

Just a note: I know the font here is all messed up and some of the spacing. It is one of those days in which the blog does not want to cooperate. I cannot change the spacing and do not know how to fix the font. It looks normal in my edit mode.

Suzanne from At Home with the Farmer’s Wife (which is definitely one of my VERY favorite blogs–I am going to say in my top three so the rest of you can assume you are one of the other two!) went on a little trip. Before she went, she said that if any of her readers wanted to e-mail her their address, she would send them a postcard, with the only catch that they had to post about it their own blog. OF COURSE I wanted to do this because I love her blog so much and would love to post about it!  So she sent me this:
I love it because it is pink, and because it has dogwoods on it. (Although it says “Arkansas” dogwood, I have to guess they are just the same as “Missouri” dogwoods.)  And don’t you love her handwriting? I might be a little weird about handwriting because my own is so illegible that I cannot read it myself about 75% of the time, so anyone with legible handwriting deserves my respect and admiration.
When she came back, she posted about her terrific trip which happened to be in the path of Hurricane Ike.  They camped in a condo and had to go out and eat every meal. Nothing like fried everything. Those posts made me hungry, and I think I gained weight just reading them! Then yesterday she posted something I had forgotten entirely, the winners of her “cheesy souvenir gifts.” I am sure I had totally put this out of my head because I never win anything. But I did! Right on her blog is a pretty little piece of paper in that lovely handwriting with my name on it. I was shocked. And I got my favorite of the cheesy gifts. (It’s pink.)

Thank you, Suzanne. Your blog really is one of my favorites, and you are the other person that has made me sort of like country music.

Please go visit Suzanne’s blog. You never know what you are going to find there. Recipes, project tutorials, adventure-logs, reminiscing, great stories… I cannot imagine anyone not loving it. This is my very favorite post from her blog, and among my favorites I have ever read.


I’ve been Tagged

Brenda, from What’s Up Down South tagged me for this, and I thought there was room today, so I did it.  But first I have to tell you why to want to go visit her blog. You obviously want to see the answers she gave for this meme, but you also will like it because it chronicles life in Arkansas on the Mississipi Delta, and in a usually humorous, if not ranting way. She has a button on her sidebar that says, “Being a Crabby B!tch is Part of My Charm.” You have to love that! (At least I have to love it!)

In all the below lists, nothing is in any kind of order.

7 Things I Plan To Do Before I Die

1. Travel and see a LOT more of the world. A LOT more. I would say all or most of the world, but I do not think that is realistic. Most of Europe, definitely Australia, the Mediterranean, then the rest as I can.
2. Be the best mother on the planet when I visit my daughters if they have children. Cook and clean for them, stay up with the babies, etc. (And not interfere.)
3. See every state in the U.S. (I’ve only got 6 left, but they seem to be elusive to me.)

4. Go back to Bermuda and take a picture of a house in every single St*mpin’ Up! color.
5. Get my kids educated so they can have a decent life on their own.
6. Get my life list of birds (and flowers and bugs) started and go on at least one really cool birding vacation.
7. Have a fabulous milestone birthday in which I travel to some fun place with my favorite friends. Might be a big city. Might be something tropical, but somewhere fun. And hope at least two or three come. (Do I have more than two or three good girlfriends? Probably not!)
7 Things I Do Now

1. Exercise regularly.
2. Cook fantastic meals for my family. (MOST of the time.)
3. Church Treasurer.

4. St*mpin’ Up! Demonstrator.
5. Volunteer Art Teacher.
6. Active PTO committee person for my daughter’s school. We currently do not have officers, but I am in charge. I think they purposely did not elect any because they knew I would not accept “president.” Instead, they just let me be in charge.

7. Love my family.

7 Things I Can’t Do

1. Roll my tongue (copied from Brenda).

2. Run.
3. Have children. (This is not a bad thing. I have already got two great ones.)
4. Relax my brain.
5. Shop for anything without getting tired and frustrated. (Copied again from Brenda. I hate shopping and do not do it at all unless absolutely necessary.)

6. Tolerate whining. Definitely in kids (I have a a 4-year-old whiner), but especially in adults.
7. Find a way to get rid of some of my responsibilities. (Not for lack of trying.)

7 Things That Attract Me To The Opposite Sex

1. Extroverted personality. (I am a strong introvert, so I need someone to help me get out.)

2. Thoughtfulness.
3. Eyes.
4. Intelligence.
5. Liking me. I have a strong personality and am independent. (You might not think so after some of the things I have said about Prince Charming, huh?) The opposite sex has to appreciate that and like it, not be threatened by it. And also not see me as a parent because I am so strong. (There’s probably a whole post waiting to be written in answer to this question, but it is not so important to me since I have Prince Charming, the perfect husband.)

6. Compassion

7. Willingness to learn and grow with me.

7 Things That I Say Most Often

1. LOOK at Mommy!
2. What did Mommy say?
3. You did a GREAT job!

4. Please don’t interrrupt!

5. Would you like her to do that to you?
6. Bloody H*ll!
7. I love you!

7 Celebrities That I Admire (This one is difficult. I’m not into celebrities at all. OK, a few (or more than a few) of the cute male versions, but that’s not an admire sort of thing.)

1. Jackie O. I think she had a lot of issues, but she LOOKED SO GOOD!
2. Margaret Thatcher (copied from Brenda, and I have to agree. I often think about her being a female prime minister so many years ago. Plus she is just a “with it” lady.

3. Daniel Day-Lewis. He never plays the same type of role twice, and he becomes his character. His talent astounds me. (Much of the same can be said in my opinion for Kevin Spacey and Viggo Mortensen.)

4. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kurt Russell and Ted Nugent and any other famous types that buck the Hollywood system.

5. Mother Teresa. She had some of the best quotes I’ve seen anywhere, never mind the wonderful things she did with her life.

6. Dara Torres. What an amazing woman. She is 2 years younger than ME and just won an Olympic GOLD medal in swimming. Women are supposed to physically peak when? Something like 15? She is an inspiration.

7. Albert Einstein. The man was smart. A little wild in the hairdo, perhaps, but I love smart. And he said this: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” (Of course this does not apply to any of my readers. I have actually been amazed at how different people in my blogworld are than people in my real world. But do see recommendation below!)

7 Favorite Foods (All but the last are homemade or home grown by me)

1. Pasta with Tomatoes and Shallots

2. Chicken Piccata
3. Tomatoes from the garden, just cut into wedges with some salt on them. OR garden tomatoes in Homemade Salsa.
4. Magedra. (A pile in this order: Rice, lentils, Napa cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, cheese, lemon sauce.)

5. Apple pie.

6. Homemade soup (Copying Brenda again.) I make soup weekly in cool weather. I have a good 8 months worth of excellent recipes I do yearly. We are actually having soup twice this week; I made my first pot of the season today. It is not really cool here yet, but my house is quite chilly.

7. Chips and dip. (Sue me.)

7 People Who Need To Do This

I don’t like to tag people because I have no idea if others want to do this or not. So I am not going to tag anyone. However, please do not hesistate to use this meme if it suits you!


The Recommendation

If I were Authorblog and had a “Post of the Day,” This post by Lotus07 from Hypocrisy would be mine for today. It is funny and well-written, and so “me.” I think it will be a lot of “you,” too!

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 Dear Mr. and Mrs. Grape,

It is my greatest hope that your summer was filled with fun and fulfilling times with your family.

As another year of school begins, it is time to prepare yourselves and your children for classes.  One of these classes is Art.  Contrary to some opinions, art is a class.  It is not free time, study hall, recess, or anything other than a real class.  It can be a fun class if all students cooperate, but a class it is and a class it will remain.

That being said it might be important to remind your children that walking in the door complaining about how hard art class is and how much they hate it might not be a good idea.  Grades are not given on qualily of art, but on paying attention, actually attempting assignments and the general ability to paint paper rather than people.  I thought my 4-year-old was the biggest whiner on the planet until I met your children.

When “homework” is given in art class, it is because your child goofed off so much during class that s/he did not complete her/his assignment.  It is expected that said homework will be completed and taken seriouisly.  It is expected that the homework will exit the Art Room without complaint from the student as it is not his/her teacher’s fault that the project was not completed in the allotted time.

When assignments of materials to bring to class are given, it is expected that said items will actually be brought.  I am having a little trouble wondering why your child does not have a pencil and eraser for other school subjects, but regardless, they are required for art, as are, periodically, other materials.  Your child will not participate in art without required materials.

I realize your family hail from the Napa Valley, but wine (good) is much different from whine (bad).  Please teach your children not to whine at every word from the Art Teacher.  Possibly you could begin this by  teaching with your example.  Just a thought.

Hoping not to choke your children.  Looking forward to another year of art with your whiners children.


Your Children’s Sick-and-tired-of-whining-and-lame-excuses-for-not-having-required-materials  Art Teacher


I got the idea for this letter from In the Gutter who got it from Painted Maypole.  I love theirs so did one of my own.  (Mine is enormously just a little more cynical than theirs are.)

Sorry for another meme. It’s the “vacation” thing. I thought I would write two posts a day for a while, but life happened, and I did not have time. So this is what you are getting. (And again, the picture above has nothing to do with text of the post. It is a self-portrait I took on a beautiful beach in Bermuda in April of this year.)

Before I started blogging (and before I really knew much about it), I thought it was a lot bit narcissistic; that was one of the thousands of reasons I hesitated. Now I am not convinced that blogging itself is narcissistic, but I think I must be or why else would I think anyone else would want to read this stuff?

And Ducky, that is no slam against you, which is where I got this meme.

Top 100 Movies Entertainment Weekly for the Past 25 Years.

Bold the ones you have seen.

Put an asterisk after the movie title* if you really liked it.

Cross it out if you saw a film and really disliked it.

Underline the ones you own.

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)* — Have to add here that I was one of the lucky people in a theater for 13 hours on Trilogy Tuesday to see all three back-to-back when the last one was released.

3. Titanic (1997)

4. Blue Velvet (1986)

5. Toy Story (1995)*

6. Saving Private Ryan ( 1998 )

7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)*

9. Die Hard (1988)*

10. Moulin Rouge (2001)

11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

12. The Matrix (1999)*

13. GoodFellas (1990)

14. Crumb (1995)

15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)*

16. Boogie Nights (1997)

17. Jerry Maguire (1996)

18. Do the Right Thing (1989)

19. Casino Royale (2006)*********

20. The Lion King (1994)

21. Schindler’s List (1993)*

22. Rushmore ( 1998 )

23. Memento (2001)*

24. A Room With a View (1986)*

25. Shrek (2001)*

26. Hoop Dreams (1994)

27. Aliens (1986)

28. Wings of Desire ( 1988 )

29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)**

30. When Harry Met Sally (1989)*

31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

32. Fight Club (1999)

33. The Breakfast Club (1985)*

34. Fargo (1996)*

35. The Incredibles (2004)*

36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

37. Pretty Woman (1990)*

38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

39. The Sixth Sense (1999)*

40. Speed (1994)*

41. Dazed and Confused (1993)

42. Clueless (1995)

43. Gladiator (2000)

44. The Player (1992)

45. Rain Man ( 1988 )

46. Children of Men (2006)

47. Men in Black (1997)*

48. Scarface (1983)

49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

50. The Piano (1993)

51. There Will Be Blood (2007)

52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad ( 1988 )

53. The Truman Show ( 1998 )

54. Fatal Attraction (1987)

55. Risky Business (1983)

56. The Lives of Others (2006)

57. There’s Something About Mary ( 1998 )*

58. Ghostbusters (1984)*

59. L.A. Confidential (1997)*

60. Scream (1996)

61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

62. Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)

63. Big ( 1988 )*

64. No Country For Old Men (2007)

65. Dirty Dancing (1987)*

66. Natural Born Killers (1994)

67. Donnie Brasco (1997)

68. Witness (1985)

69. All About My Mother (1999)

70. Broadcast News (1987)

71. Unforgiven (1992)

72. Thelma & Louise (1991)

73. Office Space (1999)

74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

75. Out of Africa (1985)

76. The Departed (2006)

77. Sid and Nancy (1986)

78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)*

79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)

80. Michael Clayton (2007)

81. Moonstruck (1987)

82. Lost in Translation (2003)—Comment required: I can’t say I liked this movie at all while watching it, but it comes to my head all the time. It had some sort of impact on me.

83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

84. Sideways (2004)

85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002)

87. Swingers (1996)

88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

89. Breaking the Waves (1996)

90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

91. Back to the Future (1985)*

92. Menace II Society (1993)

93. Ed Wood (1994)

94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

95. In the Mood for Love (2001)

96. Far From Heaven (2002)

97. Glory (1989)

98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)

I am forced to ask why there are not more Chic Flicks here! Like…..

Ever After

You’ve Got Mail

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days


Must Love Dogs

Of course I know why, but although I a somewhat well-rounded movie viewer, it seems I have watch a whole lot of Chic Flicks.

By Louise Cannon

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The above picture has nothing to do with this post.  I just liked it and thought I would use it.  It was taken in March of this year on our Bermuda trip.

I found this different-than-most-meme’s game on Shimmy Mom’s site and thought it would be fun. (And since I am out of town, it was something relatively quick to do ahead of time for a post.)  May of us (including me) have our reasons for keeping our real names off the internet. But what if I needed a different name? What if I needed to go into the witness protection program? What if I wake up tomorrow with superhero powers? How would I come up with a name then? Well, here’s the answer:
1. Rock Star Name: Donna Caravan (first pet & current car)  If you only knew how funny that name really is!  Some of you probably do.

2. Gangsta Name: Cookie Dough Sugar (fave ice cream flavor & favorite cookie)
3. “Fly” Girl/Guy Name: L-Can (First initial of first name, first three letters of your last name)
4. Detective Name: Green Frog (Favorite color, favorite animal)  Now THAT’S creative!

5. Soap Opera Name: Laura Mansfield (Middle name, city where you were born)


6. Star Wars Name: Louca Haman (This is a longer one- 1st 3 letters of your 1st name+1st 2 letters of your last name then 1st two letters of mother’s maiden name + 1st 3 letters of town you were born in.)7. Superhero Name: The Pink Passion Fruit Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade (“The”+ 2nd favorite color, favorite drink.)  It was that or “water, OK?”
8. Nascar Name: Hugh William ( The first names of your grandfathers.)
9. Stripper Name: Gattinoni Skittles (favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
10.Witness Protection Name: Marie Raymond (parents’ middle names)
11. TV Weather Anchor Name: McWilliams Minneapolis (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)
12. Spy Name: Autumn Wildflowers (Your favorite holiday/season, flower)  Don’t you love that one!  Well, maybe YOU don’t, but I do!

13. Cartoon Name: Rainier Cherry Splinty (Favorite Fruit, article of clothing you are wearing right now+ “ie” or “y”)

14. Hippy Name: Cherry Tomatoes Weeping Cherry (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite treeThank goodness I’m not a hippy!

15. Rockstar Tour Name: The Rubber Stamping Storm Tour (“The”+ your favorite hobby/craft, fave weather element+”Tour” )

So what’s your name?
Meme by Someone-other-than me.
Answers by Louise Cannon