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I am in utter mourning!
I went to the GW Dump and a bin chock full of patterns came out. I grabbed as many as I could and methodically went through them creating "want" and "don't want" piles'....I mean I LOVED! LOVED! LOVED! the "want" pile (vintage wedding Dress!!!) only being my usual SPACE CADET SELF, mistakenly put the "want , love, love, love" pile back and the "don't want" is pathetically sitting here in front of me!

Is it weird to want to cry over this?

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Illustration Friday....Ambition?
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I know that I am being lazy for posting this as ambition, because even though it says "reach for the stars" it really isn't all that ambitious...I did this (among others) for my nephews 8th grade which I thought to be totally groovy....8th grader thought...CUTESY LAME!

I was like, whaddo ya mean CUTESY???? Cool, hip shag head dude and saucy gal takin' on the city? The youth today! Oh well, can't please 'em all. So that all my hard laborious Aunt duty would not go unappreciated I am posting my cutesy lame illustration here!---maybe that is ambitious, no?

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And since I am on this link spaz
File this under the "Oh My Dad" post (Will Farrel as Jesus!) the ...The Uber-Crocheter!

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...Stitching! that is!

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here is the blog associated with this wonderment!

I used to do embroidery under my sweet little grandmothers eye. She had the patients to teach me most all needle crafts, but I had a sneaky suspicion that this was her favorite. These do look too fun! So Deborah, the original cocktail hostess!

Just had to plug Deb, now that she "has the coordinates".

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We've come a long way
I took a few more pictures and then started looking at the yard of year 2 here (2003). WOW.

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Side by side comparison.

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Sideways Cabbage rose explosion.

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And I don't know what Rob means when he says this chair doesn't fit into his tropical paradise backyard?

---amongst the sweet forget-me-nots, butterfly bush, dusty miller and daisys about to explode....whatever does this man speak about? There is a fern!

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Rob's Tomb!
After having French doors put in, Rob was in a quandary as to how to fit in a platform deck level to the door, but would fit around all the other obstacles (since we do before we plan most of the time). So the last few months he has been working on a concept that was so lost on me that all I could visualize was 4 foot concrete pyramid. Curious when he filled the top section with Cindy's leftover concrete (she did have a hard time parting with the baseball sized concrete though--THAT made me laugh...What does one do with 25 pieces of baseball sized broken concrete? Cindy? Enquiring minds want to know?) and practically the entire leftover foundation of this old torn down house up the road.

It was really interesting gauging other peoples reaction when viewing this monstrosity in progress. Cocked head, pouched lips...Scratch on the head. I just kept my (strong) doubts to myself. Well, most of the time...but the annoyed-your just a girl grunts I received persuaded me best to keep ANY doubts to myself

Alas...Oh ye of little faith...voila...He did it!

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It really looks great, terrifically wonderful, fantastic and perfect and shhhhuuuu! it is done. Well almost done. He left three boards loose so that Riley could put a time capsule underneath and any other incriminating things we may need to hide since this sucker is not goin down. I took some more pictures of yard stuff...I have foxgloves a bloomin!

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and this which is so pretty, but have no idea what on earth it is...heads look a like verbinium only way tall.

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and finally the good close-up of the back that hides all the ugly spots (oops, except for the dried old vine lining the fence.) underneath the apple tree. I finally have the ever expanding patch of Nasturtiums that I have always wanted!

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Another super talent!
Deborah Merlo! . Is that really her last name? How elegant is that?

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Slight break in the radio silence
For Illustration Friday...Daring.

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I don't know that I LOVE it...but here you go. I have been really busy working and submitting a proposal for a year long contract! CROSSING MY FINGERS!

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So you send the boys out to get a movie (the thinking is...they will come back with a - you shoot-um before I shoot-um kinda movie so then I can say...oh...this is not for I am going to...?) So "whodda thunk" they would come back with most beautiful, meaningful animation that would capture my heart?

Spirited Away!

Normally I don't go for this sort of thing but this is a wonderful interesting story. I love the difference in Japanese style dialogue to children vs. our politically correct feel goody way...for example the old grandma spirit easily says...don't do that or I will rip your eyes out!

The story is really about being nice to people, appreciating what you have and not using or wanting more for the sake of wanting more!

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Illustration Friday: ReInvent
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Apparently, lately, I have a thing about making inanimate objects into girls...hhhmmm....

UPDATE:::::: Here is an extra illustration Friday challenge!

This is a NON-PAYING JOB, but anyone interested in taking a stab at creating a logo?- maybe you are a design student and love the idea of having something from the real world for your portfolio! (Post Script- I mean real as in active or being used, not real as in better, does that make sense?) Again this is non-paying, but self promoting and by participating you agree to allow said business use logo.

Concept: boomerang wrapped in money, boomerang is the business name and the idea is...drumroll please...You throw the boomerang and money comes back to you...The client came up with the "wrapped in money" ----that's a client for you (I once had to do an illustration of an car engine being powered by horses!---I am a girl, did not know how an engine actually worked, so therefore, unsure of where horses fit)..So the clients concept or any comparable concept is okay flowing closely with the boomerang? Anyways thats your job (if you want it).

Requirements...Must be printable quality/resolution (no web)...Preferably 2 or 3 Pantone (2 and black?) and must be editable EPS Vector art. Email or post in comments PDF proof or link to your your Blog.

Bonus- Who knows...this is for an Advertising Agency...Seraphein Beyn Ads, it may just turn into future paid work!

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All nice people that played in the Caption Contest are winners...My original caption was...

"What part of "TWO" doesn't he get?" --dumb




And last but not least, the ever popular Ebay Blog- Shop and read a Blog at the same time-Timithia...aka Cindy

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From the Dust Bin
I have so many works in progress, but long forgotten stuffed in the closet. Occasionally I have to look through them in order to get to other stuff (and because I forget what half the stuff shoved here and there is) For a while I was on a "Party Hat" jag and made these (8) with a party boy cake topper.

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I still like the hats, but feel like the candle boy is a little freaky (as in could scare young child blowing out candle)

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To My Mom
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Chicken of the Sea!
This is obviously an older link/post (new to me!) but my LOL reaction warranted the link.

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Dump Day!
On Saturday, Cindy and I went on a trip to the "Goodwill Dump", the Goodwill outlet store (hence, the dump of thrift stores) where clothes and junk are piled, PILED high in rolling bins at $1.39 a pound in a semi-scary neighborhood. I grossed out on the place the first time and left. The time/health risks associated with diving into a skanky bin of clothes seemed like way too much effort for a thrift store. Cindy on the otherhand has a thrift stomach of steel, and so I was shocked when she came back from that shithole with a pair of Tommy Bahama pants for like a quarter!

After Cindy's brave teeth cut, I have become addicted, sneaking in and out of the house with so many bags stuffed with crap I don't need but only paid $5 for. I strategically place the most outrageous items in the guest bedroom for a while, acclimating them into Robs world, kind of like divers that stay just below the surface for an hour after a deep dive. Doesn't shock the system so. It took about a week or two before he asked who the giant amateur portrait of a Chinese man in a striking blue smock was.

Now Cindy and I are intrigued by the steady crew of "daily's", an interesting bunch of people that appear to live at the Goodwill Dump, and the things they buy. This guy is Mike...I have actually seen bouncing around thrift stores for a few years now...but most frequently at GW Dump...Not a very good picture (he didn't want it ). He usually has a cigar stub cocked to one side of his mouth. Once I saw him leaving with this giant plastic lighted goose/duck, burl wood clock and knarled up broken turquoise rotary phone that he was only buying as a book end or decoration? God, I want to be a fly on the wall and see where/how his "living area" looks? I don't know why but a Quonset hut keeps coming to mind.

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The funniest thing about this place are the "New Bins". The "daily's" linger around for hours, trying to act casual and patient, some impatient, pacing, pacing, pacing around until the workers start replacing the old bins. It's a frenzy and everyone immediately pounce on the "newest" pile of crap pushing and shoving each other, like one guy described as zombies 'neeewwww bbbbiiiiin, nnnneeeewww bbbbiiin".

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As you can see, we are not very discriminating, as I hold up a "super treasure find", the ratty torn up towel. Cindy found another piece of ratty torn up towel in the same shape missing from this one, alas...turned out it wasn't a match. I had intended to take more pictures, but reverted to my focused scrounge mode and realized picture taking was a pain. I made this picture bigger so you could fully take in all the lovliness of the place (And yes, my guess is yes, it most likely is a diaper on the ground to the left of me). Cindy will say, "hey where's the one of you and the velvet shawl/caplet? It was a hideous picture of me- no way!

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Winding down after a few digging hours, Cindy made the find of the day! The green leather chair and ottoman with tacks and Brueners tag - for 15$ which most certainly can replace one of the 78 chairs Cindy has stacked Dr. Seuss style in her super posh, delightfully designed abode.

She's saying, "REPLACE, what do you mean REPLACE? It's JOINING Amy, JOINING 78, making it 79 chairs in this super posh, delightfully designed abode"

UPDATE: Rob said glancing over my shoulder while posting this...about the ratty torn towel..."I can't believe people give things like that away thinking someone is actually going to buy it"

I say, "What do you mean, Cindy did buy it"

I'll stop there.

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Illustration Friday: Alone...
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( I won't say mine until the end!) but winner will get link post (big whoop, I know, but a link post is all I have, unless of course you would prefer a pair of earrings or baby booties) I know the topic might call for a more somber subject, but I just can't get my MO on somber...And I have decided that I do the first concept that comes to mind on Illustration Friday so I don't over think it.

Also, i did not rip myself off and steal peapies...I started from scratch.

Let the captions begin (judged by peapie residents ...Contest closes...Lets see...Wednesday, April 13th. Gramma Pea's birthday!

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What a BUMMER!
UPDATE: Okay, now things are back to normal. Links are linked, things back in there place a bit. Shewww. AND to top it off, the luck charm I where around my neck some how knew, Angry Chicken would link to me today and so naturally today would be peapies blog explosion day! arrghhh my life

Right after I posted about my purse, I viewed and realized BLOGGER (&^^%$##$^%&**)(*&&^^^%%%$$) had lost, erased, did something stupid to my ENTIRE page code (everything except topper)!!!

All that work (the kind of work that you worked, and worked and then something finally worked, but you don't know how or why it worked, or where to begin to make work again!), so as you can see, links are all erased and in redo mode.

Fortunately, I had a saved text file, but it is PRE-TWEAK mode so now I have to redo.... am hating blogger right now and seriously thinking of a type-pad account!

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Perfect? No. Cute...

Rosy Purse
...I think. I made a little purse based on one that I saw a woman in Sonoma sporting. Of course hers was a little more elaborate, but that would mean the project might run a day longer, ultimately becoming an UNfinished project in my world. I salvaged a little fabric from a very pretty old sheet that was starting to rip. I also salvaged enough to make two pillowcases (one OF COURSE was sewn inside out, so really 1 pillowcase till next year when I am inspired to rip the seam and make it right). I used some of the fringy dillybobs piling up in the bins. I like it

Here is the clasp. Green dillybob, with crochet closure strap.
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And a closer look at the pink fringe. WHERE did I ever get this FAB fringe...I can't think where.
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Target Cat
Every once and a while I glance up at my bulletin board and giggle at Riley's First Place (Judged by teachers) "Target Cat"

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Daisy Janes
I have resolved to only work on pea pod Booties, but I needed to get past some color issues I had,,,here are daisy janes...

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Late to the Easter Party.
I saw these in a bag in the closet and was sorta mad at myself for finding all my holiday decorations about a week AFTER the holiday. I made these a few years ago and they didn't sell in the shop I was selling these types...

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I tried to include their best assets, bunny bottom and leather slippers.

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Call Of Duty Heads
Al-righty, the main man Riley asked me to link to his new improved, self designed, ultra deluxe blog for Call Of Duty - Multi player. He has abandoned the 5 OTHER blogs (he is a blogganator I tell you!) and is putting all of his attention on this one (moms advice, too many blogs and um people get confused, not good to create a blog a day). So give him a visit and a comment ...Mom, will be very grateful.

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POPE rip
I just have to say that knowing that the Pope was in really, really bad health, and old man and knowing his time was coming, I am sad. I am catholic, and the day Pope John Paul I passed and PJ2 took over is etched in my brain. At St. Marys in Greenville, SC PJ1's passing meant a WHOLE DAY of MASS so that made a huge impact (as a youngn' I remember thinking it was astonishing that they were able to find a number two WITH THE SAME NAME, that must really mean he's special---yes I know that it is not his real name NOW) I am not at this time practicing, but I am reluctant to believe that any future pope will every fill the shoes of PJ2. Yes I have qualms about the Vatican/Pope sssslllloooowww response to the pedophillia issues...but in terms of opposing Communism, and his PERSONAL connection to people, ( did you know the Pope regularly visited youth "jamborees", around the world??? youth jamborees...know think of that!) means the replacement has some BIG shoes to fill...I hope he is up to the task, for the papal to remain relevant.

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this template tweaking is soooooo frustrating. I am on the main pod PC to take a look at how things appear and arghhhh! This is all so dang crazy. So you think...I am gonna start from scratch....but by the time you've added all kinds of bells and whistles the idea seems hopeless.

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Trackback Bleg
I just erased the Haloscan Trackback, because for some reason it took ahold of my comments on my main page, so essentially there were 2 comments systems working---blogger on post only page and Haloscan on main blog post page...much easier to have one, since unless you click on your permalink page you have no idea that there a very generous comments by kind people so you then feel like a snob. So in erasing haloscan, I have erased some previous comments, but at least they all be together

..however...does anyone have experience with trackback and if so do you think it is helpful? I'm not sure that I completely understand it (actually I don't at all) but see it alot...any info would be SOOOO GREAT!!!

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WOW, this is fun!
People are so talented. Check out AllSorts. Not only is she super talented, her blog is a site to behold!

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Traveling Gal!
UPDATE...after astute and obvious suggestions I have revised (#1 Below) No longer a chubby dime purse..although I am not convinced by my new suitcase either, but I am tired. Next time ---slooooww doooowwwnn i think.- Just thought of this, should make an arm popping out side holding the bestseller book "He's just not that into you", probably too much

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Here is my illustration for Illustration Friday...(next Friday) the subject is "Traveled" ...I thought it would be fun to write mens names on the suitcase (like, Michael, Eric blah, blah---get it? baggage and she gets around???) rather than cities, but then had second thoughts...what do you think?

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