Monday, January 26, 2015

Homemade tag inspired a page

Yes its true!
An entire page built around my homemade tag.
Doesn't get any better than that in jumping the ole mojo.
 The next bonus find that totally blows away the tag mojo
is finding my mom's handwriting on the back of this photo.
I copied it and added it to the page.
Love little finds like that.
 Broke out some die cuts and my rolling stamp because
I didn't want the watercolors to be lonely.
 Sweet homemade enamel dots.
Sorry they still blow me away.
It's the little things.
It's a bit wild but I love that.
Love the photo of me and my boy.
When I looked back at him in that outfit it blew my
away at how tall he was.
And slender.

We have some Studio Calico, Shimelle, and Kaiser Craft going on.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It's been a little over a year in my Crossfit adventures

And my butt doesn't jiggle!
Scoff if you will but(t) this is a really big deal.
No pun intended.
I have made amazing friends and WOD buddies.
I'm amazingly disciplined.
I'm getting amazing results.
I'm doing amazing things.
Monday - Friday.
Everyone needs rest days.
Just sayin'.........
This was the last WOD of 2014 and it wasn't pretty.
I can't explain why I look like I got hit by a train and everyone else looks as fresh as a daisy.
It just ain't right.
I love tanks - especially snarky ones and this one fits the bill and it's fitting for the last WOD of 2014, because I am becoming a badass.

I'm expecting great things for 2015 - because from 2013-2014 made me a Crossfit believer. A believer that if I could do it - anyone can. And not only do it - but do it well. And not only do it well - but I keep getting better.

Just a few stats I can be a tad brag-a-docious about:
1 mile run - 12:34
5K- 36:25 
Hang Clean - 60 lb.
Back Squat - 95 lb.
Deadlift - 140 lb.
Push Press - 60 lb.
Snatch - 40 lb.
Strict Press - 45 lb.
Squat Clean - 70 lb.

Not bad for 60 years young.
And wait until February when I'm 61 years young.
You will be amazed.

Just to recap- Whatever head games you got going on saying you can't - read this post again - and know that you can. All you have to do is start.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Following the waving green leaves

Every now and then I get an email from
telling me I have some hints.
And out of curiousity I'll check them out-always.
Never let a green leaf pass you by.
And what do I see is a teasing green leaf waving at me.

I have been researching off and on for years.
Some lines fall into place and some
lay stagnant for years.
This was one of them - my great great grandfather
Alexander Altemus always fascinated me.
He had a short life but interesting life.
He married a woman named Rebecca Jane.
Of course no maiden name.
For 10 years.

And then ka-blam.
Out of the blue last night while I was being annoyed
by my sinus infection - a certificate of death
popped up.
It is for their son Charles - my great grandfather who
also led and interesting life.
My handsome great grandfather Charles Altemus.

And what do my sinus-infected eyes see?
Mother's maiden name.
Different name but so very very cool and a long time coming.
So is this not the bomb or what?
So now I have some lines to trace and you need
to be very very careful.
It's amazing how many names and dates are alike, similar
not to mention hometowns.
And another thing - handwriting is subjective, so when the archivists
are transcribing, names and spellings can be close or not so close on
the documents.
 So be very very careful.

Below is an example of similarity.

My great great grandfather from another line - Nils Anderson
immigrated from Sweden - married a woman 20 
years younger and had 8 kids.

And here is another Cerificate of Death only it says 
Neil Anderson (of course they changed their name) and
it says he died from acute indigestion (heart attack to me)
in a home for the indigent.
Now they were not well-to-do but never heard stories
of being an indigent.
But here's the conundrum.
Look at the informant name - Nils Anderson
Now except for the birthdate - every other date including
where he was born is exactly the same,
including the cemetery where he was buried.
Greenmount in Philadelphia.
My eyes were crossed at 2 a.m. and sent this FB message to
my cousin who is now the patriarch of the family
and we got into a spirited conversation - in my defense I didn't 
think he'd be up at that time either.

I don't believe this is going to pan out but I need to look
further into it. 
Its the story of the hunt.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Watercolor run amok

I'm still battling these rotten sinuses.
Called for more drugs.
I'll keep you posted.
Which could have a teensy weensy impact on the mojo.

So in looking for inspiration I had a look at
one of Wilna's videos - don't think about it - just do it.
So I did. 
She also mentioned that there is an "art" in knowing
when to stop.
Obviously, as you shall see, that's a skill I need to work on.
I love watercolors.
They're fun, forgiving and frugal.
And because they're so many colors its an easy match.
 If you're into matching.
 These are the rest of the rubons you saw from my tag post.
And again, with the watercolors acted like a resist.
I got a tad messy with this.
 The white seemed.....welllll
too white.
Therefore - bring on the color.
 You can also fling watercolors about like mist too.
And then things got out of control.
But 'tis done. 
And hopefully jumpstarted the ole creativity.

Studio Calico, Paper Issues Swag Bag, Dear Lizzy rubons, 
Lawn Fawn leaves die, and Spellbinder tree die.

And doesn't this photo go way back. 
It went by so fast.
And big hair - the only bonus was that we all looked alike.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Made some tags to egg on the mojo

Yup. I'm still whining about mojo
or lack thereof.
I should be over it in a millenium or two.
In the meantime,
I took some white tags and slapped on some gold rubons
from Studio Calico.
They were laying around and instead of throwing them out
I decided if it didn't work out - no harm=no foul.
Broke out the ole watercolors - the new pearlesce ones.
And went to town.
I apologize for the photo - it looked good when I checked
it on the camera window.
The rubons acted like a resist which was kind of cool.
I splattered both tags but the one with the camera looked dumb
so I managed to paint over them.
Found some bits and pieces from K&Co and Kaiser Craft
 and whacked them down.
I'll be letting them simmer a bit and then find them a home.
Love how they turned out.
Stay tuned to see where they land.
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