Ah – two of my favorite things. And right now I could use a good book and a cup of tea! It’s been a very rewarding day, but it’s been jam packed! Our Winchester Stamp Club met this morning; what a wonderful group of stampers I have! Nancy is the hostess this month, and she brought these amazing pecan cookie thingies. Oh, my! I’m going to have to stay away from the office until Wednesday, or the other half of the group won’t get to see how yummy they are. Seriously – they’re right up there with Wendy’s yule logs.
After club, I visited with my parents for a little while. Mike & Jon were target shooting, Dad was studying for a lesson he’s teaching tomorrow, and Mom left soon after we got to her house to “do” my great aunt’s hair. Mom visits my aunt in the assisted living facility each week, and while she’s there she cuts and sets her hair for her. This is just another of Mom’s many talents. There’s really nothing she can’t do if she puts her mind to it and decides she’s going to learn.
While everyone was busy, I straightened up Mom’s stamping corner. Now, my stamp room is a disaster, but it was really fun organizing Mom’s. It’s kind of like cleaning someone else’s kitchen.
When we got home, I started cooking. Jon’s birthday was Wednesday, but we’re celebrating with family tomorrow, so I wanted to get the basics started. I always let the boys choose what they want for their “birthday dinners” and the kind of cake they want. Jon chose to have taco salads, which is easy for me! It’s mostly just assembling everything and letting everyone fix their own salads. And, of course, they can choose beef, chicken or vegetarian.
For Jonny’s cake, he wanted lemon with lemon icing. His exact words were, “a really big cake.” I realized it’s kind of sad to have your favorite cake, but after sharing it with 10 other people, you only get one piece. So, soft-hearted Mom baked two cakes. One for dinner and one just for Jon and whoever he wants to share it with.
In the middle of all this, I realized the dog was almost out of food, so he has a big pot of beans, rice and chicken on the stove. Whew! I’m ready for bed, I think. But first, maybe a cup of tea…
Stamp set: Tea Shoppe; Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade classic; Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral card stock; Other: circle punch, itty bitty shapes punch pack – flower, basic jewels – rhinestones, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Everyday Enchantment ribbon & brad pack (Calypso Coral ribbon), White baker’s twine
Here’s the “teacup bookmark” we made today. This idea is from demonstrator Sharon Armstrong. Sharon keeps the supplies for these cuties in a large stamp box. When she’s sitting “waiting” – at the doctor, in a coffee shop, at the mechanic, wherever – she pulls them out and has something to work on. Smart! It’s much better than the year-old magazines.
Here’s the inside –
It’s very simple to make. The pocket is a 4-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ rectangle from Whisper White. Score at 2-1/4″ and 4-1/2″ along the longer side. I used one of the Adorning Accents edgelit dies for my first pocket, but for this one, is used the 2-1/2″ circle punch. Punch the front, then fold the pocket, line up the punch with the previously punched semi-circle and punch again. (You can’t punch two layers at the same time. I can’t, anyway. If you want, you can just punch the front and leave the back square.) Fold the pocket in half, then fold the 1/4″ flap back. Squeeze a thin line of multipurpose liquid adhesive along the flap and the bottom. Press closed and hold for about 5 seconds.
I cut my teacups apart, because I doubt I’ll ever want three in a horizontal row. If you don’t want to do that, just use markers to ink the stamp. Be sure the stamp is clean and dry before you stamp the next cup so you don’t get any shadows on your pocket.
When I stamped the middle and top cups, I masked the cup below so they could be “stacked.” And that’s really all there is to it. Punch a few flowers, add some rhinestones and ribbon and stamp the bookmark and you’re finished.
Thanks for stopping by (and listening to me blabber!). Have a great day!