Personally Crafted

She took the paper and trimmed it with her decorative edge scissors.  Grabbing her glue runner, she began to adhere the various levels of embellishments onto her card.  After stamping a couple of images on the inside of the card, she colored them in.  Now time to go to the other side.  She had a special stamp to put on the back of the card.  It was her “company” name (if only she had the money and determination to start that business) and she stamped it proudly.  Added her initials and today’s date and it was ready to be used.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – adhere

A to Z Challenge – Ink

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I is for Ink

I love to get ink on my hands.  I am a crafter and my craft of choice is rubber stamping.  I stamp my own greeting cards, decorate letters and a few pages for scrap-booking.  I like to get glue under my nails and glitter, well it goes EVERYWHERE even if you’re really careful with it.  I have dye ink and pigment ink.  Brush pens and embossing markers.  Small individual colors and multi-colored pad. Flat ink and puff paint.  And then there is my collection of stamps… wooden, clear and cubed multi-sided.  I stamp, emboss, punch, embellish, and have all sorts of fun.  Tomorrow I must get a little ink on my hands (no matter how careful I am I ALWAYS do) and make a birthday card and a thinking of you card for two friends.  I have the TOY card all planned out and an idea for the birthday card.  It is so much fun!


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Happy and Grateful – Days 324, 325 and 326

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

Ok… so I am a little behind.  I haven’t felt the best and I know that is no excuse for not taking 15 to 30 minutes to post this daily… I am sorry.  Monday night I fell asleep early and Tuesday I was with my daughter… so here we are on Wednesday and it is time to play catch up.

Day 324

I spent a lot of the day still worried about my friend I posted about last time.  It was a very quiet day… nowhere to go and no big plans of anything to do for the day.  So my gratitude was definitely the free time to do a little of nothing.  I was so wrapped up in nothing… I forgot all about my Monochrome Monday until today.  Let’s just say I took the week off for the coming holiday.  My happiness was watching a movie with my boyfriend.

Day 325

I woke up with a pretty sore back.  Did some of my PT exercises to try to loosen it up a bit.  Then took a nap.  Then took another… yeah two naps before my boyfriend came home at 4!  I then got kind of mad at my daughter.  She had said she would come over to do laundry and I got the impression she was talking about the early afternoon… I waited and waited, finally gave up and went to my Dad’s about 7 pm to get him dinner. Then of course she showed up.  So seeing her when I got back home did make me happy.  My gratitude would have to go to Nintendo for the day.  They came out with a version of Animal Crossing to play on the phone… I spent too much time on my phone yesterday!  LOL

Day 326

I was finally feeling a little bit better today.  I was able to make it into my craft desk and do a little card making.  I sent out two sympathy cards to friends who lost their mother this month.  Even if it is a sympathy card it makes me happy to create a little.  And tonight when I went to run a couple of quick errands I was able to talk my boyfriend into going with me, I was grateful for that.

Now I will try to stay on track the rest of my days doing this.  For the readers in America, have a happy Thanksgiving… I hope you share it with family and not employees in retail!  It is a day for togetherness not shopping.  But because I have a boyfriend in retail and a daughter in food service… our Thanksgiving will be a few days late (on Monday).  Once again I am sorry this was so late.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day

Happy and Grateful – Day 245

The kids are all in school, there is a growing crisp in the air.  Football games and shorter days fill the weeks.  It is September.  I have accomplished another month of acknowledging my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join me as I continue my goal of one year on this journey.  Please join in with your happiness and gratitude in the comments or your own blog post.  No matter how bad the day is there is always something worthwhile in the day.

I am tired of being tired.  I can’t believe the way the fatigue has flared this week.  I only napped once today, but I slept in this morning.  And I think that is where my gratitude lies.  I was still fatigued today but felt more reassured I had gotten enough sleep.  It is not a cure for the chronic fatigue, but I know I am not really as run down as I feel at least.

(…damn, I did it again.)

My happiness for the day would have to be, being creative.  I sat at my craft desk and made one of two birthday cards I need to do.  A little ink and a little glue has to be good for the skin, right?

Now it is time to get some (more) sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 220

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

Still a little below average day today… in the 80’s.  We are so dry though.  It is drought conditions for parts of the state.  My dad was telling me somewhere west of us they measured a crack in a farmer’s field and it was about 5 feet deep… that is DRY!

I didn’t feel quite as bad today as I have been.  But I did one of the things that makes me happy.  I went to my craft desk and made a card.  Stamped, cut, glued and embossed… it was wonderful while it lasted.  Even the clean up part is good.

Now tonight I was grateful for some time to finish up the letter to go with that card.  Now all I have to do is print it and I can mail it tomorrow.  I love to write letters still, not enough people still do so.  An email is ok, but it is like the difference in a real book and an e-book… I like the feel of paper in my hands.  And the batteries never run out on a book or letter.  True it is impossible to read a book or letter in the dark without a flashlight (typically under the covers as a kid) but books are still a love of mine.  Do you prefer e-books or paper books?  Snail mail letters or email?

Speaking of books… I am going to do some reading and call it a night.  I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow.  Hope you have some gratitude for those happy moments in your day.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 161

June brings warmer weather and the start of summer.  Hopefully it brings many ideas from my muse too.  I continue to write for my challenge to find the things that make me happy and grateful each day this year.  Please feel free to join me in this challenge with comments about your happiness and gratitude or start your own blog.  There is always something good to find in each day.

I tried to escape today… escape into some ink and music.  I turned on the radio and made three cards.  Ok 2 and 4/5th cards… I am out of vellum tape to put an embellishment on the one to finish it.  I hope to remedy that tomorrow.  It was good to get lost in crafting for a while today.  It kept me out of my head and away from the stress and worry of my pain and situation with disability.  I am happy to create a little something out of scraps of paper… especially when it keeps my mind off of things.

It was a day I never set foot outside my apartment again… but for two reasons, I hurt too bad to do anything and it was HOT out.  The humidity was also on the rise today so that tends to make my fibro worse.  It was a good night to sit back in the AC and watch some DVDs with my boyfriend.  We are almost done with season two of Banshee now.  I was grateful to have good working air-conditioning on a day like today.

Now I have taken my night-time meds and a muscle relaxer.  I am hoping to sleep well tonight and not wake up every few hours like I did last night.  Maybe since my boyfriend is off tomorrow and there will be no morning alarms, I can just sleep until I wake up and feel somewhat rested… well it never hurts to dream a little!  Good night.


*By the way… has anyone else not been getting the daily word prompts in their reader feeds?  I have not had it show up two days now this week.  Was just wondering if it was a special little problem I was having or if anyone else was too?