I spent all day yesterday working on swaps for the Stampin’ Up! Convention next week. I’m so excited to see some friends – and I’m really excited that my downline Sandy will get to experience her first convention. We’re going to have a blast!
First, though, let me tell you about my day. Yesterday, Mike & Jon drove to Williamsburg to fix Wesley’s car. He had a belt break while on a road trip. Mike did an amazing “patch job” as a temporary fix to get him home. Meanwhile, I worked on swaps.
Finally, I decided I’d better take a shower before Mike got back and wondered what I had done all day. (Non-crafters don’t understand.) Anyway – Wednesday night, I noticed that the water wasn’t getting really hot, and we knew our water heater was on its last legs. I had a horrible foreboding, and when I stepped into the shower Thursday, I realized the water heater was past hope. The water was tepid at best. (Do you know how hard it is to shave your legs when they’re covered with goose bumps?) Mike didn’t get home until close to 9 p.m., so it was much too late to change the water heater. And, besides, he had a nice, hot shower Thursday morning, so he wasn’t totally convinced that it was broken. (His idea of a hot shower and my idea of a hot shower are two different things, by the way.)
This morning, he cheerfully said goodbye with the happy news, “Yep. The water heater is kaput. Guess I’ll be changing that tonight.” Ugh. When I finally “screwed my courage to the sticking place,” I longed for the tepid water from yesterday. Today, it’s freezing. Ok. “Freezing” means somewhere about 30° cooler than my body temperature, so that’s not exactly freezing, or even like swimming in a loch in April, but it’s still mighty cold. I had turned the fan heater on full blast, so it was probably a lot like running through the sprinkler on a hot summer day when we were kids. Only I wasn’t running. And it isn’t a hot day. And there weren’t other kids running, screaming and having fun. I was the only one screaming. Or I would have been, if I could have caught my breath long enough to make a sound. And besides, the last time I ran through a sprinkler, I ended up in the hospital for a week with pneumonia.
I looked down at my fingers – and they were decidedly Smurfish with a faint blue tinge. I panicked. Hypothermia couldn’t be too far away. Just for the record, it is possible to break out into a sweat when you’re in a freezing shower if you think your life is at risk. Or at least your extremities. And then I realized I had been spritzing Midnight Muse ink the night before and I missed the card stock on several tries and got my fingers instead.
Needless to say, I survived the experience and am slowly warming to normal body temperature. I still have some stamping to do for Convention, and some cards to finish for anniversaries and birthdays this week, so that should help warm me up! (And where are those hot flashes when you really need them?)
So if any of you are tenacious enough to still be here, the card at the top of the post is my convention swap (apologies to all my friends who won’t be surprised next week). It’s really a lot less work than it looks. I used the Gorgeous Grunge and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets with Tea Lace Paper Doilies and Etcetera designer series paper. The flowers are punched with the new Pansy punch. I peeled the paper apart, sponged the “insides,” then layered them. Not all the cards use the same color card stock and ribbon. I wanted to pick up colors from the designer series paper, and each section of the paper was a little different.
Other products I used are – Word Window & Designer Label punches, Basic Jewels – pearls, Large Pearl basic jewels, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Little Leaves sizzlit, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark pad (love it!!)
So have a wonderful day and may all your showers be warm ones. Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy!