Thursday, April 29, 2010

More Etsy Obsession

Day three from my bed... this is getting old.  It has, however, given me plenty of time to catch up on Etsy.  
So here are a few of my latest obsessions:

TV Answers

Great guesses everyone! I knew there were a few super tough ones in there.

So here are the answers:

1. Saved by the Bell  If you didn't know this one... were you living under a rock in the 90's???  C'mon!  Remember when Jessie became a drug addict for one episode???

2.  Seinfeld

3.  Friends
4.  Arrested Development

5.  The Office

6.   The OC

7.  Desperate Housewives
8.  One Tree Hill  One of so many fantastic lines by Brooke Davis!

9.  Modern Family  A new classic.

 10.  Dawson's Creek

11.  Felicity  I figured this would be the most difficult one, but I thought it was too funny to pass up, and I loved Felicity!

12.  Everybody Loves Raymond

13.  The Wonder Years
14.  Newhart

15.  Just Shoot Me
Bonus:  The Loop

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Confession: 5666 minutes

5666 minutes.
94 hours and 26 minutes
3 days 22 hours and 26 minutes
Basically one tenth of a month.

That is the amount of time I have spent in the last month watching One Tree Hill.

At the beginning of the month Brooke introduced me to this show.  It was playing on the Soap Network and was in the middle of season three.  I started watching it... and in three episodes I was hooked.  While I was in Mexico during Spring Break Brooke went out and bought season four.  I finished that in a few days and ran out and bought seasons five and one, which I watched simultaneously.  Then I watched season six... then went back to season two.  Last night I finished season two and texted Brooke the following message: "I need season three STAT!"  Since I was in bed recovering from surgery, and she is an amazing bff... she ran out and bought it for me and rushed right over to watch the first episode with me. 

I just caught up to the episode that I started on.  

I am now in mourning because I no longer have new episodes to watch.

Well, at least not until season seven comes out on DVD in a few weeks.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Obsession: TV Time

I had surgery this morning.  Nothing serious, just an umbilical hernia... one of the leftover joys of pregnancy.

So in the spirit of the day, since I have spent the day watching TV, and because I already gave you some of my all time favorite movie lines... here are some of my TV favorites. Can you place them?  Honestly, some of these are pretty obscure... this is going to be tough.

1.  "I'm so excited, I'm so excited, I'm so, I'm so... scared!"

2.  "Did anybody call here asking for Vandelay Industries
No, what happened to you?
All right, listen closely, I was at the unemployment office and I told them I was very close to getting a job with Vandelay Industries, and I gave them your phone number. So now, when the phone rings, you have to answer "Vandelay Industries".
I'm Vandelay Industries?
What is that?
You're in latex.
What do I do with latex?
I don't know, you manufacture it.
Right here in this little apartment?
And what do I say about you?
You're considering hiring me for your latex salesman.
I'm gonna hire you as my latex salesman? I don't think so. Why would I do that?
Because I asked you to.
If you think I'm looking for someone to just sit at a desk, pushing papers around, you can forget it. I get enough headaches just trying to manufacture the stuff."

3.  "You know if your not careful, you could not get married at all this year."

4.  "Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together."

5.  "I guess the atmosphere that I've tried to create here is that I'm a friend first and a boss second, and probably an entertainer third."

6.  "What are you going to do? Steal a car? Burn down a house? Punch out the captain of the water polo team? Those ships have sailed, my friend."

7.  "Yes, each new day in suburbia brings with it a new set of lies.  The worst are the ones we tell ourselves right before we fall asleep.  We whisper them in the dark, telling ourselves we're happy, or that he's happy.  That we can change, or that he will change his mind.  We persuade ourselves that we can live with our sins, or that we can live without him.  Yes, each night before we fall asleep we lie to ourselves in a desperate, desperate hope that come morning it will all be true."

8.  "You're just a slutty lying liar who lies."

9.  "You know how in a fairy tale there's always a potion that makes the princess fall asleep and then the guys start kissing her? Well, this is like that except you don't wake up in a castle — you wake up in a frat house with a bad reputation."

10.  "You know, this town is the absolute embodiment of dull. Apart from the occasional sex scandal provided by yours truly, nothing happens here."

 11.  "You know that stuff will kill you.
Something will. Might as well be cheese spray."

12.  "You know what, I'm tired! Could you just call yourself an idiot?"

13.  "Like women all over America, my mother confronted tragedy and death with cold ham and Jell-o salad."

14.  "I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl."

15.  "Wait, I just remembered something!  You're boring and my legs work."

And here's the Nathan Bonus (although, truth be told, I loved this show and my mom was the one that turned us on to it):

"We're going to cut costs or everyone's going to be sucking off the government teat... and that is one crusty heifer!" 

Let's hear it... how many can you name?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Luggage Tags

Last month I organized a Spring Boutique for my church, and I decided it would be fun to have a Make-and-Take project at my booth. Since I sell calendars, I figured something calendar-related would be appropriate.  So I created these Calendar Tags:

A couple of days after the boutique my friend Sarah came over to my office to play.  Long story short... she needed a gift for her mom, and they were leaving for a girls' trip to New York in a few days.  We tweaked the Calendar Tags a bit, and viola... Luggage Tags!  

Here's how you can make one of your own.

You will need:
Coordinating paper
Chipboard tag (I used Kaiser Kraft's Beyond the Page Bag Tags, which come in a set of 5)
Ink pad
X-acto knife

I also used my Cricut machine, and some Shimmer Spritz for sparkle, but if you don't have those items you can do without.
First, cover one entire side of the tag with glue.  Make sure to get it really well around the edges, including around the hole.

Cover that side with one of your decorative papers and smooth is down to ensure it is stuck very well.

Now you will need to cut around the edge of the tag with an X-acto knife.  

Be sure to also cut around the hole.
Don't worry if your edge is not perfect because after cutting, you will file around the entire edge.  This ensures that the paper is flush with the edges, and gives it a bit of a distressed look.

Now do the same thing to the other side of the tag, using a coordinating paper.

Using an ink pad (I like to use Stayz On ink because it dries quickly and won't get all over everything), color all around the edges.  

If you would like a more distressed look, you can rub a little around the edges of the paper as well.

Then be sure to dab the edges with some tissue to get off any excess ink and avoid a huge mess.

Next I used my Cricut machine to cut out a shadowed initial for the front of my tag.  

If you don't have a die cutting machine, you can print a letter out from your computer, use rubber cement to lightly glue it to your decorative paper, then cut it out and remove the stencil. 

Glue your letter onto one side of your tag.

I created a simple address label on my computer, then mounted it on some coordinating solid paper...

and glued it onto the other side of the tag.

Cut some ribbon (I used toule) to tie through the whole for decoration.  

This is where I added the sparkle!  If you have some sort of glitter spray (I used Shimmer Spritz, which I am kind of obsessed with right now), spray the letter side of the tag.
Cut a long piece of ribbon (about a yard, so that you have plenty of space to tie it onto your luggage), fold it in half, and slip the loop through the hole in the tag, from the letter side.

Slip the other end of the ribbon through the loop.

Then pull it tightly all the way through.

Look how cute!

Finally, I added a fun little quote to the letter side of the tag.  It says, "High Maintenance doesn't even begin to describe it!"

And that's it!

All in all I would say that this craft takes about 15 minutes to complete, not counting the time it will take you to create the printed elements.  If you would like a pdf of the file that I used, leave a comment with your email address and I will gladly send it to you!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lazy Friday

 I am not feeling brilliant today.  

I am tired.  

It has been a long week.  

So today my brain is taking a break, and I am sharing some pictures with you of some of my past paper madness.

But first, the winner of the Dove Chocolate Giveaway
Using, the randomly generated winner was... Number 4, Bethany.
"Bethany said... I'm following, I'd keep these bad boys, and The Chocolate Lady sent me! :)"

I love it!  Congratulations Bethany.  
Please email Kim with your shipping address and you will receive your chocolates the week of Mother's Day.

Now... for the paper goodies.