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A Small Re-gear

Turns out I don't have to delete the blog completely to go to a free platform - just have some limitations (like the theme, for example).  I will continue to ignore this blog for the time being, including leaving everything that's already here intact - just don't expect anything new in the near future!  Thanks for your support to date, joy on your journey, and I'll let you know if things change and I come back around...


Heads Up!

Just a quick fly-by to alert anyone who may still be hanging around waiting for me to post something of worth or value:  If there is any information or a tutorial or anything that you may want to reference in the future, I would advise doing a cut-and-paste dealie-o or a printout or something, as I will be taking the blog down by mid-May.  It has run its course, I don't have the time or inclination to attend to it (no kidding, right?) and, even though it's not much money, Typepad is still a pay-to-play platform for a blog and I don't need to pay for something I'm not using.  If I decide to transfer over to Blogger and leave things parked there, I will let you know, but I'm not sure how ambitious I am about that, either.  Anyway - there's that!  Thanks to any/all who have visited, and joy on your journey!


Washi Wrangling

Back before Christmas I made some kits for my granddaughters that required a variety of washi tape, so I ended up with a collection.  Like everything else in my crafty space, it needs a home that will keep it available and organized but not make me cranky.  My solution is simple, cheap and effective (hooray - three out of three!):

Washi on curtain rods

What you are looking at is the curtain rod that I installed to temporarily hold the Bygel cups onto the pegboard, and an additional curtain rod installed above it.  I need one more for the seasonal tapes...

I'm working on another project to resolve another aspect of my craft storage that's making me VERY cranky, so I'll share that when I'm done, as well.  Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!


Surrender vs. Abdication

Lately I have been involved in  discussions regarding self will and asserting it - or not.  The contention is that our will is selfish and not a reliable guide, so surrendering to a higher power is the answer.

That's good as far as it goes, but here's the rub:  if you are asking said higher power for guidance, then you need to be open to and aware of the various ways that this guidance shows up.  Intuition - literally "taught from within" - is, I believe, one of those ways.  If we confuse intuition with self will - with letting the Ego take over - then we risk denying ourselves a very vital tool.

Thinking that we have to surrender our will and trust that things will "go the way they're supposed to", that however things play out is "God's will" or whatever, without our very active - even proactive - participation, is an abdication of responsibility.

Did your higher power not give you tools that you are expected to use?  Do you not have a "still, small voice" and a mind capable of processing the options available, guided by that?

Certainly we need to let go of attachments to outcomes - not let ourselves get thrown off course because it doesn't look like we expected it to - but throwing our hands in the air is exactly the same thing as throwing in the towel.

GPS is helpful in directing your route, but it only works when you're in motion, which means that you have to be an active participant in the process...


Cake or Death?

I know - weird title for a blog post.  I'll get to the reason in a minute...  First, here's the card I made for one of my daughters for her birthday:

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Stamps used were Stampingbella's Petunia Thinks She's a Prezzie and The Project Bin Born Yesterday.   I colored the sweet image with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I used my WRMK Corner Chomper to round the corners of the mats and a Marvy Uchida dimple corner punch on the main panel.  The scalloped border is a Fiskars punch.  Papers are S.E.I. Happy Day patterned papers,  Stampin'Up! Watermelon Wonder cardstock, and Recollections Cool Waters and white cardstocks.  I used Stampin'Up!'s Petals-a-plenty embossing folder on the white background panel.  I didn't think of the flower brads until after the card was already put together, so I snipped the "legs" off of them and stuck them on with glue dots.

If you have seen Eddie Izzard's Dress to Kill video, then the inside of the card (and the title of this post) make sense, otherwise, I've included the pertinent clip below for your viewing pleasure:


Same papers as listed above, but this stamp is from The Project Bin's Bazinga! set.  The daughter that this is for is a very big Eddie Izzard fan, so...

Here's the video clip (it's part of a series and the next one will autoplay, so be aware of that and just click the pause button if you don't want to see the others):


And a Lego version, just for fun...


Fun extra tidbit:  The design of this card was from this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast, and has been listed several times in the "Favorites" thread for this week...

And that's it for now!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a FABULOUS week!


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