Friday, September 29, 2006

Polyurethane--great for floors and your skin!

Last night I was puttering around the garage picking up and looking for a good paintbrush. Suddenly (and quite oddly) I got the impulse to start dinner. So, I went the garage freezer for a bag of not-so-fresh frozen green beans. When I lifted the freezer lid, I inadvertently knocked off a gallon a polyurethane. Normally, this would not be a big deal because we always seal the can when we finish using it. There must have been some misalignment in the stars because the lid was not on the can tightly and the entire gallon of poly spilled onto the freezer and garage floor. Well, now what? PK was not due home for another hour and if I waited for him to help, the poly would start to harden. So, I took every old towel and rag in our home (we also seem to have a lot of old rags, but there's never enough when you really need them) and I wiped the syrup off the floor. It wasn't long before I and all my clothes were fully coated in a thick sticky mess of poly. It was just after I stripped down to my undies that I discovered that the mess had slowly started to expand and was now at the foot of PK's enormous, heavy table saw which was now firmly stuck to the concrete floor. I pushed and pulled to free it and finally managed to push it out of the reach of the still growing puddle of goo mixed with sawdust. I managed to get a majority of the slop up. Then I found a can of mineral spirits and dumped it all over the remaining mess. Then a dumped more mineral spirits on my hands and feet which were rapidly beginning to harden at an alarming pace. By the time PK got home, I had the mess pretty much under control. I am thankful for the cool weather this week. All those old and now highly flammable rags and my drenched clothes were tossed into an old garbage can which mercifully did not burst into flame as I feared. PK wasn't angry like I expected. In fact, he laughed heartily at the whole situation. Frankly, I think I would have preferred an angry explosion, but when your entire body is covered in a shiny clear coat, nothing seems very funny. Today, after a long shower, I am still a little sticky between my fingers and toes. However, I can now abandon my nightly shower for a a wipe down with furniture polish and a dust rag. And our garage floor is now water-proofed and shinier than LB's bald head. If you're thinking this all sounds like an episode straight out of a cartoon, then you are correctly visualizing the scenario.

By the way, we did not have green beans with dinner!

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006

All Alone and Stamp, Stamp, Stampin'!

This weekend my boys went to PK's parents house for the weekend. That means I am all alone and blissfully stamp, stamp, stampin' today. The weather outside is cold and rainy and I can't think of a better thing to do than stamp all day! Of course, I'll have to break tonight to catch the Twins game.

Thursday night was also full of stampin'. My upline (for blog's sake we'll call her SHAO for "Stamps Her Art Out") hosted a Stamp-A-Stack event at her house. SHAO is a mega-stampin' queen with a large downline and huge customer base. She is definitely someone to learn from. Our goals are very different, but I can't help but respect the success she has had. Anyway, she invited her downline to partipate in her Stamp-A-Stack and I was excited to see what it was all about. A Stamp-A-Stack is an event where a customer pays a fee and comes to stamp a large number of cards for different occassions all in one night. Apparently they are all the rage in stampin' circles because people are able to take the time to complete card for all their upcoming needs in one night. In this case, we completed 16 cards (4 each of 4 different kinds) for a $16 fee. The cards were relatively simple but showcased a lot of different products. They were easily customized for any occassion and SHAO had a variety of greetings for the stampers to use. Here are photos of the projects we completed.

I relly enjoyed it and I'm thinking of hosting a Stamp-A-Stack of my own. It might have to wait until after LB's wedding though. I'm a little worried I won't have enough interest in the event to make it worth while. SHAO had 16 people at her event. I'll be lucky to get 5. I guess I'll never know unless I try though.

Today I'm working on getting together projects for my stamp club meeting on Monday. I'm looking forward to having everyone over again. This week we're going to try a new faux metal tehnique. It's a little difficult to master and it's messy, but it's a good opportunity for the girls to try it out. Here's a photo of the card we'll be making.

Since the faux metal is a difficul technique and takes quite a bit of time. The other two projects are a bit more simple. You'll notice that I copied the format of this card from one I did at SHAO's Stamp-A-Stack. I changed the stamp set and a couple of the colors, but kept the rest the same. Don't worry, copying is the greatest form of flattery to a stamper. I encourage all new stampers to copy at first. For more experienced stampers, copying can get those creative juices flowing again after a drought of new ideas. In my case, I just liked the card and thought my customers would like it too. I also wanted to use my Just Beakause stamp set again. I haven't used it in a long time.
By the way, it says "party together" on the inside of the card.

I get a lot of my ideas from other stampers and stamping publications. A lot of times I change the format, stamps and colors so much that you wouldn't even recognize it as a "copy". Somtimes a layout or color scheme is all the inspiration I need. Other times, I really like the way a stamp was used. In the last stamp club project I'm planning, I got the color scheme and stamps from SU!'s regional convention. But I've modified the layout slightly and added some embellishments to better meet my tastes. This is a 6X6 scrapbook page. For blog purposes, I've distorted the face of CT, but you still get a good idea of the overall page effect.

It says "I just love you" in the left corner. It might be too small to read.

Well, I have to get back to work. So little time, so much stampin' left to do!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Walk for PKD

I forgot to update y'all on the Walk for PKD I participated in on Saturday. For those who didn't know, my good friend, Nathan, is battling PKD (a genetic kidney disorder). I participated in a walk on his behalf to raise money for the PKD Foundation. I didn't raise as much as I had wanted, but I did manage to give $100 to the foundation. That money and the money raised by the other walkers will help fund research into a cure for PKD. If you didn't get time to donate to my fund drive, you can still donate to the PKD Foundation at To learn more about Nathan and for updates on his search for a kidney donor, you can visit his blog (see the link to the right). There's a link on his blog for donations to help pay for his medical expenses. I highly encourage you to do this if you are able. I was shocked to learn how expensive medical care for this disease is. Nathan is an amazing person and a great friend. He is most deserving of our support when he needs it.

Now, back to the walk. It was cold, wet and rainy. PK and CT went with me to support me, but we didn't stay too long. It was not a good day for a walk around the lake. We did visit all the PKD-related booths and tables though. CT was very interested in the trailer set up to display information on organ donations and how the system works. It was good to see him thinking about others in need. He is one of the most compassionate people I've ever met and it really affects him to see the needs of others--even complete strangers. I'm very proud of him.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

ARGH! A New Blog Mateys!

Ahoy! I've abandoned the MySpace ship and set sail with this new blog, mateys! It will chronicle me numerous craft projects and how I be captaining me crew while completing them. Argh! So, this here blog will continue where me old MySpace one left off. Ye can catch up at if ye need to.

In case ye haven't noticed, today I be speakin' a little.....swashbuckling, shall we say? Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so unless ye landlubbers want to be walkin' the plank, I suggest ye be talkin' (or bloggin') accordingly.

When researching me new favorite holiday, I found quite a treasure of pirate sites. The most informative be However, if it be knittn' ye want, ye should try Me thinks Davy Jones be an excellent knitter.

That be all the bloggin' today, mateys! Aye, me best get back to swabbing me deck (clearing off my desk).