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I've had a very nice quiet Easter today. I got up early--just a few minutes before six.

You see, I made something new for our outdoor Easter decorations, which we've kept fairly simple this year. I came across the idea of a Resurrection Garden, and decided to make one.

I wanted to use a terra cotta plant saucer for the base, but we didn't have one as large as I needed. I had everything else I needed. I lucked out and found a large plastic tray for .50. I used a small terra cotta pot for the tomb, and painted it grey. (I tried to paint the tray, but it was plastic, so the paint didn't stay very well.) I hot glued the pot to the tray, and then used small stones that I hot glued to make a path. I used the trimmings from some bushes to make the crosses, and hot glued them to the rim of the tray. Then I covered everything in potting soil, and dug up a little grass and moss from the yard to plant.

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On Good Friday, I put in the two large stones, one in front of the "tomb", and put it on the front deck, as we were expecting some stormy weather.

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This morning I went out, and moved aside the large rock in front of the "tomb" and turned the other one around: I had painted a sun, and the words "He Lives!". Then I took a little plastic angel Christmas ornament that I had hot glued to a small stone for some weight in it and placed it near the large stone. I moved the garden to the front of the yard, but we will probably bring it in tonight, since we are expecting more storms.

Kept all the other decorations fairly simple; hung a few plastic eggs on the redbud tree...

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And an oldie--I made this probably around 2003 or '04, while I still worked at Michaels. The ears don't stand up well anymore and the whiskers are kind of hard to straighten out, but I'm kind of fond of it. We also put some pink lights around the screen door.

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It was so cool to get up early today. Last night the DH and I watched Harvey--an old movie we hadn't re-watched in way too long (if you've never seen it, treat yourself. Jimmy Stewart at his self-deprecating charming best). So the TV was still on TCM when we got up, and there was Godspell! We hadn't seen that in even longer! I had forgotten just how joyful it was, and it put me in a good frame of mind to go to church.

The service was lovely, with lots of my favorite Easter hymns. The church was packed, since lots of folks had company, and the sermon was really thoughtful. We had a quiet afternoon, just the two of us, as our son wasn't able to make it this time. I had time to do some writing today, finished my poem for this month's Challenge, and worked a little on "Concerning the Shire". We had ham for supper, and it's made lots of leftovers.

We're watching ST:DS9 right now, then we'll probably go to bed and try to get some sleep before the storms move in and Sophie wakes us up.
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(Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday



7:10AM--Woke up. Fed the animals, made breakfast (actually re-heated it: we had pancakes for supper last night, and there were plenty of leftovers this morning). After breakfast we watched the news, sort of. We aren't getting "Good Morning America" or any other ABC shows right now, since they are in negotiation with DISH. We actually kind of flipped around. I don't care much for the news teams on the other networks, and neither does the DH. Anyway, we cut it off before it was over, and I checked the bank to make sure our Social Security checks had been deposited overnight (of course they had, but I always check anyhow). Then I checked my emails.

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Remember the tunic blouse I was crocheting? Well, last weekend, just under a year from the time I started it, I finished! I also finally got the pictures uploaded today, which you can see behind the cut: Read more... )
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(Cross-posted from [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday)

7:50--Woke up; let the dog out and fed the cat and dog; made breakfast (grits, maple sausage, poached eggs and toast. This past month we are trying a new thing--having our daily devotions after breakfast instead of after supper. So we ate at the dining room table and then had our devotions. Read more... )
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(Cross-posted from [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday

8:15AM--Woke up and had some breakfast, turned on GMA. Checked the bank balance online; we were $1.91 overdrawn Read more... )
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Remember in this post I said I wanted to try this project next? Well, I did. Pics behind the cut:Read more... )

Yesterday

Jun. 13th, 2015 02:09 pm
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5: 45AM--Woke up early, as the DH has to leave early. He's on the last of three days of special classes he needs for his job, and the classes are in OKC. It's a little over an hour's drive. I fix him some breakfast and pack his lunch and see him off to work. Then I settle into my recliner and go back to sleep.

8AM-- Woke up, got my own breakfast, and watched the last half of "Good Morning America". Then I get dressed.

9AM--I was going to walk the dog, but it looks like the predicted rain is imminent, and I have no desire to get drenched a couple of blocks away. So instead I take Sophie with me into the back yard to check the garden. I've got bindweed growing in the cucumber bed and one of my tomatoes needs caging; luckily I have one cage left. Then I harvest some of my herbs. I sit down in the swing and watch Sophie play until the rain begins, and we come back in the house. Check my email and my flist. Make the bed and tidy up a little.

10:30AM--The rain has passed temporarily, so I decide to go run errands now while the going is good. Two bills to pay--the plumber, and the furniture store. I stop at the local video store, turn in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" and rent "Big Hero 6" and pick up a secondhand copy of TH:Bo5A, so next time I want to see it we won't have to rent. Stopped at Braums, picked up milk, potatoes, bread and a couple of other things.

11:45AM--Got home, put away groceries. Made myself a Caprese salad with some of the basil I harvested this morning. While I ate, I watched "Arrow" on Netflix, and then another episode afterwards. I was curious, since I've been hearing good things about it from friends.

2PM--I worked on finishing up some painted rocks I want to put in the front garden. The ones I did yesterday needed to have a few details added, and sealer, and I made one more, a mushroom. I had two rocks that fit together perfectly. I used E6000 to glue them together.

3:15PM--My son came over to return some things he'd borrowed, do some laundry, and also mow the lawn while he was here. I swiffed, and did some tidying up, and I cleaned up my mess from painting. Then I watched another episode of "Arrow". Son left about 4:45, and the DH got home about a quarter after 5.

6PM--I'd planned on having leftovers tonight, but he asked if I wanted to go out. (Silly question!) So we went to Boomerangs, a regional chain that serves diner-type food. The DH ordered the all you can eat catfish dinner and I ordered chicken-fried steak (the portion's hug, so I always have some left for the next day). I ordered brown gravy instead of white since they always put too much pepper in the white.

7:30PM--Got home; the DH was tired and not feeling well after three long days in a row, so we decided to wait on watching the movie. Instead, we watched the episode of "Brother vs Brother" we'd recorded, and then make an early night of it. While he takes shower, I'll see if I can upload the pics I took of today's projects, then head for bed myself.

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Some of you may have guessed by now that I am moderately obsessed with hobbit holes.

Here are some very interesting links to different projects involving hobbit holes.

This is the one I want to try next:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEs3J74Vu8o

Here's a neat necklace:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjz3ZnuP-fw

This is a completely different medium, but it looks really cool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AcEUDRF8eg

This one in Spanish reminds me of one I made several years ago. It got broken when we moved to Oklahoma:

I wish I could find my pictures of it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7kBoywZ-XY

Love this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40eAm8LpANU

This is a cute terrarium:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ7aT5WUBlQ

The next two are together; one is the terrarium, the other is the fa├žade of the hobbit hole:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-Y-PKOaHF4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vKVLigFaO0&feature=iv&src_vid=8-Y-PKOaHF4&annotation_id=annotation_418162

Not a tutorial, but really pretty:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L-7mB-c47k

Not something the average fan can build, but awesomely cool!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X3WnHOEkX8

Today I took a break from the polymer clay, and started on a couple of new hobbit hole painted rocks. I will probably finish them tomorrow and take pics!
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Here's my evening post! I ran some errands this morning and then came home and had lunch, did a little more polymer clay, and then cleaned house some more. I wanted everything done before the weekend, since we have plans for Saturday, and I work Sunday.

More pics behind the cut:
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At last I got my phone camera to talk to my computer!
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Haven't been around much because of various issues, one of which was computer trouble. I spent most of the afternoon letting a nice tech from Norton fiddle around with my HP, (so weird to watch the cursor doing all kinds of things without me) and now the pop-ups and strange links are gone, the speed is better, and I no longer have to hit a key 10 times just to type one letter!

But it took so long I didn't get to do any of the writing I wanted to, and I have to work tomorrow, so I hope I get my challenge fic for this month done. Tonight I take A. (my son's girlfriend's 14-yr-old daughter) to the library for knitting circle.

Something else awesome. The new issue of the OTW's online periodical, Transformative Works and Culture is up. There is an article about crafting in fandom which I was interviewed for, and some of my interview is in it here: Beyond Souvenirs: making fannish objects by hand. The article mostly consists of interviews, though the caption on a photo of one of my projects is slightly incorrect.

Anyway, if I'm not too pooped from work tomorrow, I hope to write!
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Here are the lads in their home on top of my desk, left to right, Sam, Frodo, Merry and Pippin.

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More details and pics of them individually can be found here at [livejournal.com profile] lotr_crafts!
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I was interviewed by Dana Stirling, who is doing an article about fannish crafts!

She said it will be in an issue called "Material Culture" of the journal "Transformative Works and Cultures," which she believes scheduled for spring 2014. I'm one of five fans that she interviewed!

TWC is an online publication of the Organization for Transformative Works, which many of you may be familiar with.
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Many years ago (back in the late 1980s) I was for a couple of years, an Avon Lady. I finally gave it up because I began to spend more than I made. But one of the wonderful things I got from Avon was a gorgeous scarf--a silky headscarf with a floral motif and a unicorn in one corner. I've been an avid unicorn collector since the 70s, so of course I got it, and then realized there was no way to wear it in which the unicorn could be shown off--whatever way I folded and tied it, it just didn't work out. I was still pleased with just having it, so I folded it up and put it away. The other day, I had it out and unfolded it and looked at it, and had an epiphany. Besides being a scarf, it was also fabric and it wouldn't take much to turn it into a very nice blouse...

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I meant to make this post a week ago, but didn't get to upload my pictures any sooner. Last week the DH and I did our Christmas decorations. Read more... )
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Here is a purse I made for last weekend's craft and bake sale at the church: Read more... )
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Hi everyone!

I've had a fantastic "birthday week"!

First of all, I'd like to thank all my online friends for the good wishes and greetings! Kaylee Arafinwiel wrote me an adorable story; she sent it to me in a private email, but as soon as she archives it, I'll post a link. I had lovely e-cards from [livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland, [livejournal.com profile] pearltook1, [livejournal.com profile] rhapsody11, and [livejournal.com profile] mumstheword. And I can't forget all the LJ birthday greetings from [livejournal.com profile] ellynn_ithilwen,[livejournal.com profile] shirebound [livejournal.com profile] febobe, [livejournal.com profile] mews1945, [livejournal.com profile] claudia603, [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7, [livejournal.com profile] lilybaggins,[livejournal.com profile] harrowcatliz, [livejournal.com profile] ramblin_rosie, [livejournal.com profile] lily_the_hobbit, [livejournal.com profile] addie71, [livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213, [livejournal.com profile] gamgeefest and [livejournal.com profile] i_o_r_h_a_e_l. I hope I have found everyone after scrolling back through the last 6 days; if I missed you please, thank you anyhow.

And I also had lots of nice Facebook birthday wishes from some of my SCA friends in Seleone, and from some of my kinfolk! More neat stuff behind the cut: Read more... )
Again, to all my LJ friends: ((((((squishy hugs and thanks)))))!!
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Hi everyone!

I've had a fantastic "birthday week"!

First of all, I'd like to thank all my online friends for the good wishes and greetings! Kaylee Arafinwiel wrote me an adorable story; she sent it to me in a private email, but as soon as she archives it, I'll post a link. I had lovely e-cards from [livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland, [livejournal.com profile] pearltook1, [livejournal.com profile] rhapsody11, and [livejournal.com profile] mumstheword. And I can't forget all the LJ birthday greetings from [livejournal.com profile] ellynn_ithilwen,[livejournal.com profile] shirebound [livejournal.com profile] febobe, [livejournal.com profile] mews1945, [livejournal.com profile] claudia603, [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7, [livejournal.com profile] lilybaggins,[livejournal.com profile] harrowcatliz, [livejournal.com profile] ramblin_rosie, [livejournal.com profile] lily_the_hobbit, [livejournal.com profile] addie71, [livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213, [livejournal.com profile] gamgeefest and [livejournal.com profile] i_o_r_h_a_e_l. I hope I have found everyone after scrolling back through the last 6 days; if I missed you please, thank you anyhow.

And I also had lots of nice Facebook birthday wishes from some of my SCA friends in Seleone, and from some of my kinfolk! More neat stuff behind the cut: Read more... )
Again, to all my LJ friends: ((((((squishy hugs and thanks)))))!!
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I will be writing a monthly craft column for a magazine! It's a regional magazine published here in Oklahoma and distributed free: The Corridor

I sent the editor a proposal yesterday, with a sample article I proposed for the first one, and she responded back promptly today! I'll get PAID (not much, but more per article than I was getting at Demand Studios) and I will retain my copyright, so that after the article has been in print, I can post it online or whatever I want!

And my first article will appear in the JULY issue! Now, is that a great birthday present or what???
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I will be writing a monthly craft column for a magazine! It's a regional magazine published here in Oklahoma and distributed free: The Corridor

I sent the editor a proposal yesterday, with a sample article I proposed for the first one, and she responded back promptly today! I'll get PAID (not much, but more per article than I was getting at Demand Studios) and I will retain my copyright, so that after the article has been in print, I can post it online or whatever I want!

And my first article will appear in the JULY issue! Now, is that a great birthday present or what???

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