Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My mojo seems to be on hiatus so I've been preparing for Thanksgiving

The Murphy Traditional Thanksgiving is at our house this year. 
Anyway, getting ready for 20 people began with lists. 
Lots of lists.
Do you know how long its been since I've done a turkey?
Like forever.
No pressure there.
Tom the turkey is thawing as we speak.

Yeah you'd think it be cut and dry 
but noooooooo....
Traditional, Corn bread, Chestnut to name a few.

Then to STUFF or NOT to STUFF.



PICK-ONS........ hor duerves 
for those of you not speaking Murphy.


OH MY....
And then there's the pressure of competing with sister-in-laws
that make all that look EASY and I can tell you
they NEVER broke a sweat.
The only reason I'm sweating is because its hot.

 Anyway it appears my mojo has done got up and gone.
I'll be back......
I hope.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A bit of whimsey and play on diecuts

Remember these diecuts from this post ?
Well I finally decided that they needed to be on a page.
When I started this page I wasn't going with this photo but
it just works.
More or less.
 You'll also spot my homemade enamel dots.
Loving all the colors.
I also used that negative space of the bee added one on the top.
Because I could.
It was looking kinda plain so I went nuts with
a Hero Arts stamp I had laying around with some grey ink.

Love it. 
We don't normally take good pix so you gotta roll
with it when it happens.
Love this one of Tom and his new hat.
He's manly enough to be roll with the flowers.
And the bees are fun whimsey.
Be Mine.
bwahahaha - he has no choice really.
Because that's how we roll.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Watercolors, stamps and embossing powder

I didn't think of taking a photo of the paper until
you guessed it after I mussed it up some.
Its a 12x12 of a photograph of trees.
A forest of trees.
I wanted to make a "home" for a photo and embellishments
so I laid down some gesso and watercolors.
I added the dotted stamp with black ink and then brought
out the distressed embossing powder.
 I tend to forget about embossing powder - it does add a cool layer.
I also got to use my new tree die cut from Spellbinders.
Again its gotta lot of intricacy going on so I used wax paper in 
order to get the die out without losing limbs or leaves.
I also heard a suggestion that dryer sheets work too - I'll try it next time
and give you an updated. Unless you already tried it.
Then let me know.
 Scattered the trees about and then layered up with
goodies from the Paper Issues Swag Bag - from different months.
Love the tree with the banners.
  I did put the page and colors together with no photo in mind.
And then I had to make a custom size because silly me
I glued down those striped banners.
Therefore, the photo size is 3x1.75.
Which is a good thing because it was a small photo and
anything bigger would be really blurry and pixilated because
its a digital photo of the original.

I think it works rather well with a heritage photo.
That is a photo of my great great grandmother Mathilda Anderson
and my grandpop (her grandson) Bill Schneider.
I did the journaling between the embossed dots at the top and
I only know the players in the photo,
not a where (just guessing) nor a why.
Guessing the date is about 1920 - because grandpop looks about 20.
But I could be wrong.

Studio Calico, Paper Issues Swag Bag, Spellbinder die, Tim Holtz distress embossing powder.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Adding a piece of history in my album

This was a tough, emotional page to create.

It's an incredible tribute that means so much to many people,
including myself.
I didn't know what to expect when visiting this site, but just
being there was overwhelming emotionally. 
Even if there wasn't a "formal tribute setting",
if ground zero was still a hole in the ground,
it would've have still been emotionally overwhelming.

That's how powerful it is.
It was an amazing, emotional, and surreal experience.
As I sat down the other night to create this page I became
caught in the emotions from the memorial and then thought
 how do I create a page that will honor, respect, revere 
this memorial that represents such a horrific
part of our American history.

I used my words and a couple of the photos from the 
911 Memorial article that I had written for hubpages. 
It describes the memorial, emotions,
and pride I had as I soaked it all in.

Amidst the cement and mortar, cranes and tarps is a peaceful, calm carved out in a place where one the most horrific attacks on America took place, killing 3,000 Americans in 2001. 
Another day in American History that will live in infamy.

Since the site is still under construction and as the towers arise from the ashes, you will see there are tarps and cranes everywhere. We had just missed seeing the installation of the floor on World Trade One that marks its milestone of surpassing the Empire State Building. The new tower is beautifully magnificent, and on our cabbie’s informed say-so found that the entire building has already been rented out. The American spirit lives on. And you can’t help but feel proud.

As you step around the fencing, there is a sense of calm even with all the people mingling around. We gravitated immediately to the south pool. As you approach, all you hear is the sound of nature, and as you close in on the pool, you begin to hear the cascading water. Around the pool is a railing, with the names of the fallen. It’s awe- inspiring and simultaneously tragic. 

There are two pools, north and south, each set in the footprint of the two buildings that were hit by the planes. The names are sorted out by which plane hit what building, and there are electronic directories set up at various sites, if you want to find where a specific name is located. Also included are the names of the fallen from the Pentagon and first responders; inscribed into the railing of the south pool.

Tributes have been placed here and there; people honoring friends and loved ones. And you can’t help but trace the inscribed names as you stand at the pools, even if you didn’t know them. As an American I felt a sense of camaraderie and respect for their bravery and pain that made the memorial real and surreal simultaneously. I also found myself wondering if I could or would be that brave in the face of horrific circumstances. 

The acoustics at this site were perfectly engineered in which nature plays a role in the soundproofing. Plans show that eventually there will be a total of 400 swamp white oak trees planted as well as grass, making the site lush and green. Granite seating is available throughout for meditation and rest.

As people mingle around and pay their respects, you can feel the prayers rising, and as you step away from the pools, the sound of the cascading waters recedes, and there is a hushed quiet of respect. 

As the construction continues and the towers arise, it shows that America continues to stand tall.

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