I was lucky enough (ok, lucky not so much for the Gulf Coast Wildlife) to be able to take a side trip to Dauphin Island after working all day at the Oiled Bird Center in Mobile the day these little ones hatched. Turtle watchers were collecting the Loggerheads as they surfaced in order to relocate them so they wouldn't succumb to the oil in the Gulf. My second experience with hatchling Sea Turtles! In 2004 while interning on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in the Outter Banks, we had one Green Sea Turtle nest on the Island and we helped them reach the Atlantic Ocean.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Hedgehog: Give a Hoot cart
Lettering: Cindy Loo cart
I had originally wanted to put the "Hedgey Birthday" on the front of the card, but realized I cut the Hedgehog a bit too large and didn't want to cut it all out again. She mentioned she wanted a new coffee travel mug and I got this one from Cafe Press (w/ a 15% off coupon!).
We have 2 Groundhogs/Woodchucks/Whistle Pigs that we use for programs and this was perfect. I wanted to get a picture on the other side, but I couldn't do it. Oh, well, the phrase is enough on its own. A play on "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck..."
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Well, I've finally gotten the courage to cut my first paper with my new Crapcut! Of course it had to be an owl. (sorry for the blurry pic, my camera batteries were dieing/dead and this was the only pic I could get). I used the Hoot 'n' Holler Cartridge.
I can see where this Crapcut thing can be addictive.
I have a Birthday and Baby Shower on Saturday so I figured I'd make some cards. These aren't completely together yet (haven't glued them together).
I used Give a Hoot Cartridge and DCWV Cafe Mediterranean paper for the Birthday Card.
I used the Cindy Loo Cartridge for the Deer and "congrats". Give a Hoot was used for the grass. I used Glitz & Glitter's Posh Petals for the glittery flowers. I'll probably add something else to the left part of the card, just not sure what yet.
Yeah....if PC wasn't such a terrible company, I might have stayed with it. This blog no longer supports this machine and I've tried to remove all obvious mention of them. Do yourselves a favor and search for a better machine! Silhouette, Black Cat Cougar, Klik-n-Kut are just a few of the brands out there.
I also did one experamental card to see how my Sizzix Texture Boutique worked. So simple! And of course its an owl! Its actually a
Cuttlebug folder called Owl Flourish.
Friday, January 7, 2011
I decided to create a new "segment" for my blog. I'll post a picture (ie: foto) on Fridays. I figure I have lots of pictures to share and it gives me an excuse to play with Adobe Photoshop Elements that I got for Christmas!
In Arusha, Tanzania, they don't have Starbucks. They have Stiggbucks Coffee.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
Thought I'd share some Christmas stuff. I don't have any New Year fun for you...I was in bed by about 10pm. I had to be at work at 7am the next morning! I'm such an oldfart now.
Here are some of the items I made for gifts:
I made a no-sew fleece blanket for my mom.
Originally I made this camera strap cover for my sister-in-law, but opted not to give it to her because I thought it was too thick and stiff and I didn't like the way it turned out in the end.
I made these Burp Cloths for my friends in Florida. They just found out they were expecting back in November and i just couldn't wait to do something for them! I just measured out even amounts of cute fabric and terry cloth and sewed them right sides together leaving an opening for turning. Turned them inside out then top stitched to finish and close the opening. I just love the pink animal fabric on the left!
I also ordered some cute fabric on sale from fabric.com
(except the fleece is from joann)
And here is the aftermath of Christmas in the office/craft room.
I have to be honest. I've been avoiding this room as much as possible becasue of the mess. This is the excuse I need to really get some more organization type furniture and have my space be more inspirational. I'd also be nice to have a TV/DVD in there too.
I've also ordered an ATG gun
I ordered these Gel Pen/Sharpie holders to use in place of the blade from Chomas Creations.
(Images are from her site)
I really want this Engraving tip, but I'll have to wait and save up some money for it. I'm at my limit for this month already!
I have a lot of inspirational pictures and lots of ideas. I just need to jump in and play around with the
Cricut and figure it out. There are lots of helpful tutorials and videos out there.
We (Sam did most of the wrapping) managed to wrap ALL our Christmas presents in Owl wrapping paper!
I found this at a variety store near work.
December was definately an interesting month for me. I worked a lot. Made Christmas gifts. Barely saw my husband. Life just wasn't where I wanted it to be. A week before Christmas, I got sick with the flu and bronchitis and was out for about 8 days, including Christmas. From Sunday to about Thursday I couldn't get off the couch. I couldn't stand for more than 2 minutes. Good times. Since Sam was able to have Christmas off (in addition to his sick days and vacation days) we ventured to Georgia to spend with our families. Christmas Eve was spent with his family, but I was at about 40%. I really didn't get to fully enjoy spending the time with family because I couldn't do much but sit and stay still.
We spent Christmas day with my parents and then my mom's side of the family. About mid-morning, SNOW started falling. On Christmas. In Georgia! And it stuck! I can remember a few Christmases that had flurries, but never did it stick. I'm more excited about that now than I was at the time...I wasn't doin' to well that day either. It snowed heavily throughout the day and we decided to cut our visit short because we both had to get back to Alabama for work on Sunday. It was an interesting and somewhat scary driving back. The roads had a bit of ice, you couldn't see far at all, there was a rain/snow mix and it was beginning to get dark. When we got through the Talladega National Forest, it cleared up nicely. We were a bit disappointed that there was nothing on the ground when we got home.
But through the night it flurried enough to make the roads slick and had accumulation in some areas. I managed to slowly make it to work only to stay for about an hour and go home because they were closing roads to put salt on/plow and they were going to close the Zoo and send everyone home anyway. By the afternoon, everything cleared up and were able to spend that evening with Sam's side of the family. I was feeling MUCH better that evening and was able to enjoy that time with the family.
Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the pretty snow, but Sam did. Those pix are currently in AZ with him as he is covering the BCS championship game for his newstation. I'll add those later.
(Crazy Owl Lasers)
(Cobb, Corn Snake)