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for more than walls: Stencil Ease's Polka Dot stencil!

Circles are the single hardest thing for a human to try on there own. Oh I know we can make them, but right or something other than a 3/4's semi perfect circle, but that last 1/4 side is always FUBAR, then when you try to correct the FUBAR side the complete opposite side pops up as the same as the previous FUBAR side? You know what I am talking about!

And, don't get me started about replicating a marhta magazine,"just go explode 3000 times on a copier, then realign 20 times on the acitate (over the light table WE ALL HAVE), then zoom in with your zippo knife with the precision of a bunker buster and the cleanness of a kenzu knife on the 8000 bug bite to coaster size circles...S T E N C I L"!!!!! Yes, that one... I got bored with that.

If you have a little more cash tp spend, there are these (and other adorable illustrations) here too at Wall Candy.

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Pixel Tees timewaster

This seemed like a fun little place my young tech wizard son told me about called ...Pixel Tees where you can spend hours frustrating yourself to death creating t shirts with your own pixel image on their Pixel Tee Shirt Machine and then purchare for 15 bucks.

As you can see this shirt definitely looks like a graphic deginer's, not a five year olds, no?

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Some of the best things turn out to be under your nose!

This will be of little help to most people as I can't imagine all that many people who stop by are from the Sacramento area, but I am so excited I can't help myself. I just found out that UD Davis has a Craft Center in which they have all these classes that are ususally hard to find. For me that is. The City Colleges don't offer many unique art classes so this so cool. Glass bead making and Glass Fusing? T-Shirt Screen Printing? Crochet, Knitting, Coil Basket Making, weaving, silk painting and sewing?? Are you kidding me? Calligraphy, Origami??? The best part is lots appear to be on weekends. Woo Hoo.

Oh and more good news...this little bead shop opened up dangerously close to my home. I didn't believe it for like a month when I saw the sign, because the spot was so obsure. Tucked in a little building that primarily houses dentists and mortgage brokers. I finally pulled in a poke around and found it and it turned out to be pretty cool. I had visions of a gynormous room housing about fives stands of wood beads. Wrong. And she has classes! Fun for me.

UPDATE: the link does not work unless you backspace the /index.html and then press enter again (afte you click on the link) The index crud just suddenly appears for some strange cyber voodoo reason.

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Admittedly, I would wear them 15 times in my lifetime but I want these SHOES from Red Dress Shoppe! The "Gerta" shoe, but of course!

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Lanyards galore
Well I have to say that Camp Sacramento was a blast and of course I didn't take all that many picture. I did get a few on our day trip to Pope Beach on Lake Tahoe. Alex H. Found a miniscule frog...

and tucker on the beach. I am sad that I didn't get a picture of the little cabins (camp has been there since 1920's) they so sweet complete with shabby dressers with glass knobs. Layard making was everywhere. I cracked up when I notice this GI-normus football player dad crouched over his lounge chair lanyarding!

I managed to work on this little jewlry box for the jewlry exchange I signed for from get crafty. Lots of people were beading and needlepointing and knitting so that was neat to commune a bit. The knitter told me about a "knit and sit" in the area...somehow I don't think you will find me there. Oh and I had a heinous incident that rendered my crappy digital camera even crappier. My MONDO EXTRA LARGE bottle of sunscreen exploed in a bag that housed everything I brought sans clothes. I spent a good hour in a 2 foot by 2 foot shower stall attempting to rinse GREASY sunscreen from my toothbrush, camera to my drivers license. There is just no greater pleasure than figuring out to rescue soggy tampons!

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Illustration Friday: Tranquility

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Back to Tahoe--ish type place
Monday Riley and I are headed off to Camp Sacramento! It is a camp about 20 minutes before you get to Tahoe (that is the best navigation I can come up with right now) that is owned and maintained by the city of Sacramento in the Sierras. We're going with a friend of Riley's and his mom, and we have adjoining cabins.

Sue has been a lot of years so she has the inside skinny on the good things to do...she says it's like Meatballs but with bigger people too. It isn't uptight, the food is supposed to be abundant and fab ...happy hours and all! She says wine snobs abound and one women every year sets up her sewing machine in the main lodge and quilts! What a hoot!

Our cabin(s) are circled here...

I wish I had a scanner so you could see the intineary...candle making, late night pizza build your own, softball against the staff with happy hour keg-gars after, Archery, complete with camp variety show!, exercise and all day hikes, a day trip to Tahoe "pope Beach" where Sue says the food show doesn't miss a beat and that is a quick version. The theme is "Pirates of the Caribbean" with a dinner/dance on the last night. She says that everyone puts twinkle lights and decorations of the theme on their cabin. CUTE...

So here is a question, anyone know what to do to preserve tie dye color? I thought a vinegar bath before you wash would work, but I am not 100%, anyone know? any clever decoration ideas?

I am going to take a lotta pictures!

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Trip to Tahoe
We went to Lake Tahoe on the spur of the moment on Friday and came home yesterday. The weather was glorious and now I am home to hell. A gal that Rob works with has a cabin just far enough but still close enough to stateline that she is so nice to let us stay at. So Rob got up on Friday and did one his silly ..."So...You wanna go to Tahoe" swagger, swagger things. Since I wasn't expecting it I began a panic in front of this computer willing all of my lazy clients TO EMAIL THEIR REVISIONS NOW so I could get the hell out of here. The cabin is a 20x20 (well actually a little bigger) 2 bed/ 1 bath/ Kitchen and living room cracker box. It is sweet on the inside (old 50's decor) sorta plainish on the outside. No picture.

I realized two things. 1. Am not a good camera person. Well that is a lie, because I really knew that about me. I think it is a pain actually. But I have been trying to seize opportunities more often and I still blow it off. Case in point. I spent a weekend in one of the most scenic beauties in the world and this is the only picture I really have.

Yes. It was taken while I was driving back to KFC to get the popcorn chicken the was mistakenly not included in our order. I was struck by the orange gleam of sunrise illuminating the entire lake and every little nook and cranny of the place. Suddenly you see the WHOLE ENTIRE ENORMITY of the place and where it all fits in. It's just that blast of light that engulfs everything, and you want to keep looking because when you close your eyes and open them again its just dusk. I need a shirt that says I went to Tahoe and all I got was this crummy little picture.

Actually, this is a good one. My little tucker has always wanted to go horse back riding. He is astride the one horse he was hoping to get, Snowball.

The other thing I learned is that I am being a little more selective in places I want to live. I inherited this oddity from my mother in which I (she too) want to live in every different place I arrive. Seriously. If I drive 3 miles down the Sacramento river, I want to live in the teeny no amenity country town. If I go to San Francisco I want to live in an apartment there. So the first thing I do is get a newspaper or real estate booklet and start looking at housing. I say, "Rob, I'm really a county girl at heat", "Rob, I'm really a city girl at heart"...and then I mourn when I leave sure that I am leaving one the true place I should be. BUT I do not want to be in a cabin with dirt and pine needles 30 miles away from a store or a restaurant. So there you go. The one area that appealed to me in Tahoe, was the Tahoe Keys in which you drive in off the pine needles and you feel like you are in lush green lawn harbor of Newport Beach. Since I don't have a spare 1,8 mil burning a hole, I wasn't disappointed not to be living in Tahoe!

I did splurge on a little beauty. At the bead shop there I was drawn to this limey green stone. I kept going back to look at it. It was 8 bucks which is a little pricey for one bead. A big bead, but just one? Turns out it is "apple green turquoise" but super on the green, not the subdued green (which I like too). Since it is my birthstone I bought it. It is resting next to a bowl I made at the paint your own clay places (with my Grandma). I tried to dab a little blush of buff behind the polka dots for a subtle hint of color, and well it looks like big blobby blabs done with the grainy side of a kitchen sponge. with a couple more beads (coral is the red one, yum) and hair chop sticks ready to be beadified!

here is a closer, but blurrier look at the green apple

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My thoughts and prayers and sympathies are with the people of Britain today.

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Finally, my BackTack is finished
I am finally finished with my back-tack project!

I made the knitting needle case(?) and then made 2 sets of knitting needles and what-nots. Lemon and lime!

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Illustration Friday Sport

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