Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Artistic Outpost Sale

Artistic Outpost (www.artisticoutpost.blogspot.com) is having a great sale and a preview of two new rubber sheets. Check it out!
I'm off to work at the Rivertown Gallery today in downtown Memphis and will post again later, but wanted everyone to know about the AO deals.
It's a beautiful day here in Brighton, Tennessee. Hope yours is great!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New favorite product...

I am totally in love with Beacon Adhesive's Quick Grip Permanent Adhesive. This stuff is similar to E6000 as far as holding power, but it's a less dense adhesive - great for getting glue into rough surfaces for better holding power.

Last night I was trying to finish a project that was on a rough surface - woven straw - with a curved edge. I was adhering flat floral marbles, one of the heaviest embellishments for the size that you could ever find, and I wanted them to sit right on that edge. ( Of course, I always have to make things difficult!) I adhered 20 marbles in less than 2 minutes and not one slid off the mark. I do have to admit that I tried squeezing a little out onto a scrap and trying to use a toothpick to add the glue to the marbles, but it dries so quickly that by the time I got to the third one, a film had already formed over the glue puddle. This stuff dries very rapidly. Those of you who know me know that I hate to wait, so Quick Grip is perfect for me!

I used it last week to adhere beach glass to wood and glass and it worked like a charm.

On another subject, today is my day to work at the Rivertown Gallery, an artists' co-op in Downtown Memphis. Larry's going with me to help mind the store. The last time I ws there, I had so many customers that I had people standing in line to pay. Not a good thing for the customers, but a good thing for Rivertown. Amyway, it promises to be a gorgeous day, in spite of weatherman predictions of rain.

Speaking of the weatherman, my new favorite cd is Cadillac Sky's latest. There's a great song on there called You Can't Trust the Weatherman. Get a copy and check it out. Every song is great and the lyrics actually tell a story, unlike most of the music today. Don't know if you can hear snippets online anywhere, but google Cadillac Sky and see what you find.

Well, I'm off to the races. Have a fun-filled day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Death and Taxes and Tags, Oh,My!

I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I posted (no comments from the Peanut Gallery, Roxi). Since then, my team did not win the National Championship. I attribute that to poor officials in the first half and poor playing in the last two minutes. However, I am so proud of the University of Memphis Tigers and Coach Cal. They represented themselves well and showed the nation that all the people in Memphis are not thugs or Beverly Hillbillies, contrary to reports in the media. Enough said. That's the death portion of this post.

Taxes....oh, taxes. I always say I will not procrastinate. Ha! Dropped them off at the accountant on Saturday and picked them up late yesterday with 14 minutes to spare before they had to be mailed. Small town living has its charms as well as pitfalls. The pitfalls come in when you actually have until midnight to mail something and the post office closes at 4:30, come hell or high water. Since I didn't want to drive to the bulk mail center in Memphis to mail, I had to take off work early, drive to the tax palce, drive home to get Larry's signature and then rush to the P.O. to see my buddy Bruce...I commented on Bruce in my last post and promise to tell the story of Bruce one day.

I have been trying to do a little creating for my friend Robyn Sharp at Artistic Outpost. Here are a couple of tags:





Artisitc has a great special for April. Check out the 20% off plates at www.artisticoutpost.com.

I'm off to have lunch with friends at Olive Garden and meet with my business buddy at Starbucks. Sounds like a calorie-filled day to me.

Please excuse typos. I'm an artist, not a typist.

Enjoy spring!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

One more to go....

My Tigers have one more game to win, and no, being the jinx that I am, I did not watch one second of today's game. Our son came over for dinner, and we had a nice, quiet evening. Well, a nice quiet evening until 8 p.m. when he left and I knew the game was over. It took forever to find out who won, and I didn't actually know until they interviewed Coach Cal at the halftime of the Kansas/North Carolina game. Here are the words to the U of M fight song for those who did not get a copy from me via e-mail:

Go, Tigers, go, go on to victory, be a winner, through and through;
Fight, Tigers, fight, cause we’re going all the way—
Fight, fight, for the blue and gray and say—
Let’s go, Tigers, go, go on to victory,
See our colors bright and true;
It’s fight now without a fear,
Fight now, let’s shout a cheer,
Shout for dear old Memphis U.

I expect to hear a rousing rendition Monday night from all you Tiger fans.

And since I have such willpower to not watch the game, I still have that Pazzles box all sealed up, but I'm thinking tomorrow afternoon may be the grand opening. All I have left on my magazine projects is wrapping and addressing the boxes for mailing Monday a.m. Old Bruce at the post office will be greeted by my bright and cheery face peering through the window when he comes to unlock the door. Don't think I've posted anything about Bruce, the P.O. Guy. That's a story for another day.

By the way, thanks to Michelle, Trish and Carla for offering to help me with my Pazzles problem. That's really kind of you girls, but I think I can handle it myself :)

Here's a funny thing that happened yesterday: Larry and I decided to go to a movie - first one in a couple of years, but Leatherheads looked too good to wait for a DVD and was. But I digress. On the way there, I was riding and thinking about all the books I want to make, just to make sure my memories are not lost forever when I'm gone. I was thinking of all my cousins, and while I am very close to those on my mother's side of the family, I don't have a lot of contact with those on my father's side, probably because most of them live in Mississippi, near Water Valley where my father was born. Nothing wrong with Mississippi - it's a pretty state - but it's not like I can drop in for coffee with the cousins just any old time. It takes concentrated effort, preparation and planning, and y'all know I'm not very good at any of those. Anyway, Daddy's last sibling, my Aunt Oline, died this past summer. Her oldest daughter Linda called me while at was at the Stampin' Up!® convention in Denver to tell me that the funeral was immediate, so I couldn't even get back for it. I think that was the first time I had ever talked on the phone with Linda, even though we spent summers on thier farm when I was a kid, and she and her sister Marty came to our house in the city for summer visits as well.

Anyway, we haven't had a lot of contact over the years - I've probably only seen her three or four times in the last 35 years, and I was thinking that I should call her and make an effort to keep in touch. We got back home and there in my mailbox was a note from her. The first one I ever got. Don't know how she even knew my address. I do know that God was tapping me on the shoulder and whispering in my ear to remind me that you need to make time for family. Besides, some of those memories I want to preserve involve adventures with Linda and Marty and all their siblings. Here's a sample memory: One of the things we loved to do was fish in the creek. We had to cross their cantaloup patch to get to the creek, so we would pick cantaloups for our lunch then put them in the water to cool. When lunch time came, we'd crack them open and eat them with the juice running down our arms and dripping off our elbows. That is one of my favorite summer memories. That and Aunt Oline's biscuits with molasses.... but that's another story....

Have a great Sunday! I know I will!