My dear husband can do just about anything. He’s very handy and can build, fix, wire, sell, cook, write – he can do a lot. This weekend he was changing the ball joints on the Expedition. I think it was wrecked before we bought it, even though the car dealer swore it hadn’t been. And car dealers are incredibly honest, right? Well, some are, I guess, but not this one. Mike found evidence that it had been repaired, so he’s pretty sure it was wrecked and the frame is a little bent. All I know is he changes these things every 3-5 years, and he does the work because A) he can, and because B) we hate to pay people to do things we can do ourselves.
He’s very handy at fixing other things, too – appliances, eye glasses, computers, vacuums. And if he can’t fix it, he clips the cord off the appliance and saves it. Because, of course, you never know when you might need one. The latest thing he tried to fix was a vacuum. It had to do with the switch, and he was going to short over it to see if it really was the switch or the motor. Or something like that. (You know the teacher on the Charlie Brown cartoons? That’s kind of what I hear when anyone starts explaining stuff like motors.) Anyway – he cleaned the thingy he was shorting across with contact cleaner, and when he shorted it, POOF! – it caught on fire. And it sent a fireball around his head. He had on a baseball cap and glasses, so he was fine, except for a singed eyebrow and beard.
Now, you may be thinking that I “freaked out” when I heard about this. Well, no. Because it was already over and everything was ok, so why freak out? And 2) – I’m used to this. Mike’s had several trips to the ER over the course of our marriage. He wrecked his bike and messed up his shoulder. He cut himself and had a really bad infected finger. He steamed his hand making cappuccino. (Really. He did.) Fortunately, he didn’t have to go to the ER the day he steamed his midsection when he decided to steam a shirt while wearing it. How would you explain that to the doctor, right? You think those goofy warnings on appliances – don’t use while sleeping, don’t iron the clothes while you’re wearing them, don’t take the cap off the steamer part of the cappuccino machine while it’s running – are a joke, right? Nope. There are people who do those things. That’s how they got the ideas for the warnings.
Those are all the ER trips I can remember off the top of my head, but I know there were more. He and Jonny had wheelchair races once and almost got kicked out of the ER. And he’s had lots of cuts that he just ignored (which explains the infected one that sent him to the ER). I’ve reached the place where I just listen, look carefully to be sure he really is ok, then ask if there’s a mess I’m going to have to clean up.
When things get really crazy around here, I retreat to my stamp room for a few hours. It’s nice and quiet! Here are some tags I made. I put magnets on the back to hang them on my stamp rack, but you can easily hang them on a package or from the tree with linen thread, ribbon or baker’s twine.
These were both inspired by the ones on page 20 of the Holiday mini catalog.
I scored a 1 ” strip of designer series paper every 1/4″, then accordion folded it to make the fans. I put a little piece I cut from the Sticky Sheets on the back to hold it in place. The center background is my favorite little greenery stamp from Christmas Lodge, and I added the berries with a Cherry Cobbler marker.
This one was really fun! I punched 2 scallop circles with the 2-3/8″ scallop circle punch to create the flower in the center. All you do is fold in half between two scallops (so the top is round, not pointed). Then unfold, move over one scallop, fold in half, unfold, move over…and so on, until you have a score/fold between each scallop. You can use a scoring tool, but I never hit the center and have a mess.
Next – clip from the edge (between any two scallops) to the center. Accordion fold all the way around. Repeat with the second scallop circle. Then glue them together. Easy!! I sponged some ink on the finished flower and added the stamped/cut out greenery and punched flowers. For the base, I inked the entire 2-1/2″ circle with versamark, added heat & stick powder and heated, then sprinkled glitter over it.
It was very difficult to get the flower to stick to the glitter, so I added a brad under the center red flower, through the vellum. To cover it up, I punched a white 1-3/4″ scallop circle and added it behind the vellum to cover the “brad legs.”
So that’s it for today. I’m ready to hit the sack. It’s a perfect night; warm enough that we don’t need heat, but cool enough that we don’t need the air conditioning. Our new electric company just had a fairly substantial rate raise, so not having to heat or cool is really nice!
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