My friend, Miho, and her daughter, Chinatsu, sent me a wonderful birthday package from Japan. It included a very interesting stuffed doll that has a pleather bra on but whose tag says, "Bubbleman". Not sure if it is an error in translation or just a new icon toy. Along with Bubbleman, they sent a package of the freshest green tea that I have ever seen. It is the color of grass and it tastes like heaven! What birthday package would be complete without jewels of some sort (especially a birthday that is so close to Valentine's day). I was gifted with a pink and clear crystal choker, earrings, and an additional pendant to add sparkle to my evening wear. I'm sure either Bubbleman or Devon will attempt to steal these away! Thank you, Miho and Chinatsu, for my wonderful birthday gifts! I love you!
OK...so you may have noticed that the previous post said CC3C #4 and this one is #7. Where did #5 and #6 go? Remember how I said that I was not going to purchase any additional supplies this year? Well, if I don't have everything I need to complete a challenge, then I skip it and hope I can participate in the next one.
So, Hurrah! I had everything I needed to complete this wonderful Painted Industrial challenge and I really love this technique. In fact, I thought my soon-to-be 11 year old grandson would love it, too so my project is his birthday card. He reads incessantly (and NOBODY is complaining about that!) so I thought he would enjoy a tag bookmark that matched the card.
I hope you enjoy this project. If you would like more information on the techniques we are working through, purchase Tim Holtz' latest book, Compendium of Curiosities III...he will even sign it for you if you buy though thislink!
For 23 years I had a career that allowed me to live without having to worry about money. I raised my kids as a single mother, provided all necessities and most non-essentials (don't let them tell you that I was always buying plants and compost instead of food...).
Since I retired last December, my income reduced by 2/3rds. That is a significant decrease especially for someone who wants to pick and choose when or whether she works.
One thing this reduction in income has showed me is that I can be really creative when it comes to funding non-essential purchases. For instance, my friend's birthday is coming soon and I would normally go out and drop a wad of money on something that she probably wouldn't use very often. Instead, I'm putting together a myriad of gifts gathered and made which will cost me next to nothing.
A good place to start is with all those boxes of nick nacks that everyone has stashed away somewhere. I have two large eaves in the upstairs of my hous…