Creative Researcher Of New Experiences

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Hello Everyone,

Just a short note from all of us; to wish all of you a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year.

I especially wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes with you.

We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity
and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest

Hugs and Best Wishes,
Penny and Sir Knight


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thrilling Thursday! on Wednesday?

Hey evfurryone,

Look at me. I am inside the big scary mouth of a really big monster.

You bet ,I was nervous - but I never let on to anybody.

Ha! Ha! Fooled you - It's just the new toy Santa brought me for Christmas. It is so cool.

Pardon my backside - but at this point I wasn't too sure I wanted to go into that tunnel.

Here I was checking it out.

I just love my new gift - and as I've traveled around blog land - I saw Santa was pretty good to lots of my friends, too. Yea! Santa.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas From Our house to Your House

Merry Christmas to all of you.


Sir Knight & Penny

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Blissful Angels

Hello everyone,

Sir Knight strongly suggested to me that this should be a short post - don't know if I can follow his suggestion - but it will be packed with artistic beauty.

Decembers theme for the Blissful ATC Swap was angels and I was lucky enough to have two wonderful angels to swap with Angela from Sew Loquacious and Michele who doesn’t have a blog yet, herself - but loves to read others.

Here are the cards I received. Aren’t they beautiful. I love both of them.

This card was from Angela

This card came from Michele

My first decision was not to make both girls the same ATC, so I set to work finding two angels to work with.

For Angela - I had a picture of a cupid in a Heart that I had gotten at an auction and wanted to use that -
A couple of false starts on a background had me a bit frustrated but I finally got something I liked. Then I tore some Mulberry paper the size of my ATC and placed my angel picture on it- I then used some plastic glitter buttons and an angel and it was looking good. I then used a rub on to put my title on “An Angels Heart Is Filled with Love”. Now the real frustrating part came - the Mulberry paper wouldn’t hold the rub on and letters were just falling off. So I tried to correct things with a very fine point marker, which I only smeared on the mulberry paper. Now I was besides myself and wanted to make another one for Angela but Dear Sir Knight was getting besides himself with me - of course being a supportive husband he told me it looked fine - being too sick to argue at the time - I let him take both of them off to the post office - so they wouldn’t be late. But Angela if you are reading this - I do plan on making you a new card that doesn’t look like a third grader made it .

Here is the Card I made for Michele. - Since Michele told me her favorite color was blue I used these two angels in the clouds above a small town Church. And titled it Angels Sing. I used some paper clay cut to match the cut out of the angels and placed then on a background of stars and star shine. I applied extreme Glitter by Ceramcoat to the star shine to really brighten it up . Glued my cutout to the paper clay and glued that whole thing on top of my background. It was simple but I thought it came out pretty nice.

I also made a little angel ornament for both the girls.

I then made a card to accompany my cards on there journey.

And so that should have been the end of it - just wait for their cards, right? Wrong. Though both cards were mailed out on Dec 10th ; and Angela had received hers within 5 days, Michele’s card was nowhere to be seen. (Now if there was justice in this world it should have been Angela’s card lost in the mail - and I wouldn’t of felt one bit of remorse -because I knew I wanted to make her a new one when I felt better).

So what was a girl to do but whip up a replacement card for Michele and send that one out on Dec. 20th.

I used a plaid scrapbook paper background - I added my angel picture - then used some small yo-yo's to give the appearance of clouds and added a couple hanging note as well as a gold ribbon.

Of course in true US Post Office Style - she received the first one the day I sent the second one out.

Hope you are all having a better month than I am.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I'm Back with a Very Sad Cristmas Story.

Hey Evfurry one,

MY goodness gracious it feels good to be able to get on the computer again and post to my blog.

Time has just flown by since I last posted. Pellie has been real sick and has hardly gotten out of bed - so of course I have been very busy providing warmth and entertainment for her. She also read books, watched the Hallmark channel, slept and cried a lot.

Why was she crying you ask - well it’s kind of a sad story - you see two Fridays ago , a stay kitty showed up on our porch - and every time Pellie got up to go to the bath room she would check to see if he was still on the chair and he was. She started calling him Midnight cuz he was pretty much all black as far as we could see. When Sir Knight came home from work at midnight - she had him out there trying to catch Midnight - to bring him in the house. Well that little guy/gal was not to be caught - ran like the wind every time the door opened. Pellie thought maybe he belonged to our crazy cat lady on the block - well she hoped he did - so he wouldn’t be staying out all night. First Thing Sat morning when she got up - she rushed to check on Midnight - there he was sleeping on our chair on the porch. We called the shelter but they had no one available to try and trap little Midnight - Pellie was getting real worried - It was suppose to get below zero that night. So she sent Sir Knight to Wal-Mart to buy a couple totes and something suitable for insulation.
By using directions found on the internet - Sir Knight built a shelter for the poor kitten - if he was to be out in the night again - he also set out food and water. We watched and watched but never saw Midnight even poke his nose in for a look around. Pellie was too sick to get too involved in our rescue attempts and that really upset her and sure didn’t help in her own recovery. On Sunday morning Sir Knight bundled up and went out to shovel the snow off the driveway and low and behold there was Midnight snug in the shelter -watching him. After he did his shoveling he hurried in to tell Pellie that Midnight not only found our shelter - he used it. Oh we all were so happy! If we could keep him safe the shelter would send someone out Monday. Fresh food and water were taken out for Midnight and at one point he was once again sleeping on our chair. Then all of a sudden he took off - Sir Knight looked all around the house for him - but he was not to be found. He never came back to the shelter - and we never saw him on that Monday, either - so we hoped and hoped that he had found his way home.
But Tuesday morning when Pellie got up - she wandered into the craft room to get a book and there in our back yard lay poor Midnight dead. He had found his way home - but it was to the rainbow bridge.
Pellie cried and cried and Sir Knight and I were worried she would make herself sicker than she was. The rescue shelter came and said no one had stated an interest in finding a kitten like Midnight - so Sir Knight gave him a rather shallow grave in the garden behind our shed - not much more could be done as the earth was pretty frozen. It really looked like he was trying to get back to our little shelter - but just couldn’t make it.

Rest in Peace sweet little Midnight.

After telling you this story, I’m kind of watery in the eyes again myself - so I think - I will go find Pellie and snuggle up for some love.

This is a picture of Midnight that Sir Knight shot with some kind of long range lens, since Midnight would never let him get close to him. He kind of Looks like a young version of my brofur Dale, maybe they will play together at the Rainbow Bridge.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

This and That Thursday

Hello everyone,

We had snow flurries yesterday - nothing to amount to much; but it was, cold. Sir Knight and I had to make a quick run to Pet Smart for cat and fish food. Heaven forbid if Genghis ran out of food; I'm quite sure he'd never let us live that down.

Upon our return home - I decided it was a very good day to stay in and work on a few of my projects.

First of all Sir Knight brought up the tree we use in the kitchen and we both got busy fluffing and fouffing it up for another year.

Once the tree was up - I got to work cleaning and rearranging things to set up a little vignette - for the paper trees we created from a tutorial that was shared on another blog (but for the life of me, I can not seem to remember who's blog it was). If it was any of yours, please forgive me and let me know so I can link back to you .

I also wanted to show you my finished rolling pin. Right now it is hanging from the handle of my china cabinet - but as we go on it will be put somewhere in the midst of Sir Knights, Santa Collection. I thought my snowflakes turned out pretty cool and made the whole thing look very wintry.

While I was vacuuming cat hair and arranging my stick trees, as Genghis called them; Sir knight was busy rounding up all his many nutcrackers and was starting to set them on display in the living room. This is the first of many and it is set up on my small curio cabinet where my toy tea sets are kept.

Feeling good that we are slowly getting things done and set up.


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