Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesdays Around Town - Old Colony

I've decided to add a new feature to my blog - theme days. Tuesdays will be my day to post photos I've taken around my neigborhood, work neighborhood and the 'burbs.

Today's photo was taken near Washington and Broadway in Minneapolis - its the Old Colony gas station and convenience store. If you like kitsch, the beehive outside is a great landmark. I discovered this place a few weeks after starting my now year-long temp job. I usually bring a lunch, but when I don't, this is one of the few places I can reach by foot in 10 minutes or less.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Home Sweet Home

My last few cards were inspired by junk mail, but this card uses the junk mail itself. The inspiration came from a sketch challenge over at The Paper Craft Connection. I cut the daisy from an ad printed on cardstock weight - it was already set in a corner of the ad, so I left it that way. The size of the flower dictated this larger card size - 6.5 x 5 ". I added red glitter glue to the center and matted it on blue cardstock. The edges and corners of both the blue c/s and the white mat under it were shaped with punches.
The beautiful blue base paper is handmade (from my stash). "Home" is a sticker layered over lighter blue cardstock, with a red heart bead adhered to the "O". Inside, the rest of the sticker reads "Sweet Home". Hopefully, cousins P and A will be too busy moving into their new house to see this card before I mail it to them.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Patrick's Day


May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the small of His hand


Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Ides of March

Since I am not Caesar, I almost forgot that this was March 15th. For the rest of us, that means one month until tax day, 2 days until St Patrick's day, 5 days until the first day of Spring, and (this year) a day after the first day of Daylight Savings Time. Did you miss your extra hour? Or were you too busy enjoying the WARM weather? My thermometer read 63 in the shade after 6PM! I FELT the sun on my face as I was walking around Centennial Lakes earlier that day; I always say it's not really Spring until you can FEEL the warmth. Most of the main snowfall from last December is finally gone and sidewalks are safe to walk on again.

This is what I posted last year:

Since we studied the play, Julius Caesar, in high school, I've always been aware of the term "beware the Ides of March". The Ides of March is the name for the date March 15th on the Roman calendar. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other eight months. In Roman times, the Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated, in 44 BC.

I still remember the passage I had to memorize from the play:

Cowards die many times before their deaths

The valiant never taste of death but once

Of all the wonders I yet have heard

It seems to me most strange that men should fear

Seeing that death, a necessary end,

Will come when it will come

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Catalog Inspiration, Part 2

I don't mind "junk mail" when it looks like this! The minute I saw Bed, Bath & Beyond's latest advertising, I thought of my stash of black and white flocked chipboard letters. They're one of those items that beg to be used in a special way; in this case front and center.
The pink oval was punched and then edge-punched and inked up a bit. Great Aunt "E" will be 95 next month - hope she likes it!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Catalog Inspiration

The cover of Crate and Barrel's new catalog inspired me to make a birthday card for a cousin. When I grabbed a pack of coordinating cardstock designs and punched out different sized circles, I didn't realize how close the colors were to the plates pictured here. It's fun when that just happens.
The quote is a sticker - easier than stamping or even PC-printing!

Winter Memories

Soon, the winter of 2010 will be nothing but a memory. It's hard to believe 1960 was 50 years ago! This sled, spotted at a neighborhood antique shop, is exactly like the one my brothers and I had as children growing up in the '60s. Who knows, maybe it IS the same one - I didn't get up close enough to see any telltale marks (if we'd made any). Dad had a rocket bank, a park by our grandpa's house had a rocket for climbing...and then there was this sled. Yes, space was a major design influence of the 1960s.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Color Inspiration

Last fall when I walked around my neighborhood, I thought the colors on the two houses above would make a good color challenge.

And the unusual color combination above would also be great on a card. I'll be back later with the results.