I learned lots today. First, my definition of “everything is out of the house and it’s ready to be cleaned,” is a lot different from my dear husband’s definition. We’re cleaning out a house that’s being listed, so I went with him today to help clean up. I’m thinking a pile of stuff in the living room and lots of dishes in cabinets and on the countertop isn’t the same as “everything’s out.”
To be fair, it was a lot better than the last time I saw it, and he and Jon have been working very hard. But it’s called “trash out” for a reason. It’s stuff the previous homeowner left behind, so most companies just pitch it all in a truck and take it to the dump. Or, if there’s a lot, throw it in the dumpster. I think the wrong two went to clean out the house. The two that went are the two biggest packrats in, well, at least our family if not the neighborhood. They looked through everything, weighed the value of saving or giving to Goodwill vs. throwing away, played with some things…Wesley would have had the house cleaned out a week ago. Wesley would rather throw things away than find a place for them. While this is a very admirable quality when it comes to keeping the house neat, it definitely makes me want to have long term assistance funds set up for Mike & me in case we can’t live independently at some point. I love Wesley, but I don’t want that one making decisions about my long term care in the distant future!
The other thing I learned was the a group of crows is called a “murder.” Crazy, right? I’m not sure what kind of bird this is, but I hope it’s not a crow. Just in case, I won’t stamp more than one on a card, because I don’t want a “murder” on a greeting card!
Stamp set: Notably Ornate; Ink: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant classic; Versamark; Paper: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Whisper White; Other: Big Shot, Finial Press embossing folder, clear embossing folder, Melong Mambo dotted scallop ribbon, modern label punch, word window punch, stampin’ dimensionals, heat tool, aqua painter (All supplies available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)
This is the card that goes with one of the techniques we’ll be working with on Wednesday. You’re supposed to use a colored embossing powder for the embedded image, and I’ve also done it with clear powder and craft ink for the second image. But I really like the subtle look when you use classic ink and Versamark. It’s kind of a hint, or a shadow. So if this really is a crow, and I stamped 3-5 of them, it would be a Shadow of Murder. That sounds like the title of a great mystery novel.
That’s it for today! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping in!