Friday, 29 August 2014

Plow wind or not a plow wind... that is the question

plow wind [′plau̇ ‚wind]
A term used in the midwestern United States to describe strong, straight-line winds associated with squall lines and thunderstorms; resulting damage is usually confined to narrow zones like that caused by tornadoes; however, thewinds are all in one direction. Also spelled plough wind. Also known as derecho.

This storm on August 8, 2014 was powerful with incredible lighting and of course wind! It tore many trees right from their roots and others just broke. Mine just snapped as we watched from the bedroom window like fools.  We stopped watching after that and naturally headed to the basement for safety.  Luckily the tree did not create a hole in the roof!

This is my house pre-storm. Cute bungalow with meganormous tree and notice the cute fence on the left.

This is post storm. See anything miiiissssinggg???  This picture makes me feel like I like on an acreage with no neighbors.  Good bye tree and good bye fence and oh... good part chunk of my roof.    The tree pieces your see cut are from the branches, not the trunk.  The trunk is... I guess was 46 inches in diameter.

This is one of my favorite pics.  It does a pretty good job of showing how LARGE this tree was. 

This is after my father-in-law and a few people were cutting parts of the tree.  We put all the branches to the front of the yard as the town had a crew of people that would pick them up! 

Yah! Roof shot!  How often can you take a picture like this? 

Tree removed and damage is suddenly noticeable.  Looks a little sad, but at least no one was hurt. 

 The town itself suffered many tree losses.  It looked like a tornado had hit the following morning.

However, as unfortunate as this was I really got to see what the great little town we live in.  The town had crews helping picking debris the following morning, for the next week basically.  At one point, we ourselves had 13++ people helping breakdown the tree (some with saws and even a bobcat) and others offering lunch or moving debris to the trucks that came by.

Now, I just gotta get a contractor in to get 'er fixed.

Best Friends Wedding

Hello Bloggers,

I have been distracted this summer with our best friends wedding, my sister's wedding in September, my MIL's 70 Birthday bash and a nasty storm took part of our house down (I'll say more on this later).

But back to the task at hand... Our best friend was getting married in April (yes, I've been sitting on these pictures for months now)  and decided to write her a poem to give her on their wedding day.  He asked if I could do something with it to make it unique.  I came up with these costers that were nicely wrapped in pretty ribbon.

They took a fair bit of time, but result was awesomeness all around!! I printed out the poem and cut them up so they would fit on each of the costers.  Since the wedding was taking place in Mexico I went with a beach theme.

                                                                 Plain boring coster

All the costers have stamps (many stamps), number stickers, distressing, coloring and clear applique

There is a minimum of 3 layers of clear applique on each coster to give it depth.

Before clear applique was applied to the "cover" coster

                                                                 After application!!

I hope this was a fun project to look at as it was incredibly fun and special to make.

Nicole G

Monday, 28 July 2014

Queen Wilhelmina Scrap Page

I find scrapbooking to be hard.  I find it requires even more patience than making cards. I think that is because unlike cards where you don't normally use your own photos, in scrapbooking you do.  It's very intimate, at least to me.

I have literally been "working" on this scrap page for years.  I would start and muck around with a few ideas, then lose interest, patience or inspiration.  I am glad, however, that it did take me this long.  The original was not going to look anything like this and I LOVE how this turned out.   It's hard to believe my original colors were pinks to match my gown and what I now think of as some terrible greens to go with it.

Instead, I have this.  My masterpiece!

Darcy and I got married in San Francisco,CA on September 8, 2007 at a location of Golden Gate Park called the Rustic Bridge (see filmstrip pics or see pic below).

We took pictures at 3 locations: Rustic Bridge, Queen Wilhelmina Park, and Lyford's Tower (still need to make a page with those photo's).

The main paper background (brown with white dots) is from SU.  The clear overlay with red velvet is from Michael's.  The filmstrip is a piece I have had for a long time and just couldn't ever figure out the best way to use it, but voila, here it is.  I had this super fun rhinestone bling with a heart shape and it fit this picture so well I had to use it.  Also used some fun bling along side the main picture.

There is some green velvet self-adhesive ribbon below one of the flourishes and the word love.

These are our actual vows!  My husband and I scoured the internet in search of the perfect vows for us.  The chipboard pieces were painted with acrylics paints with 3 colors for some light to dark effect.  Afterwards I added some luminescent from the SU pad I own.  For an additional touch, I added little white dots with my white pen.  I did a similar effects to the word "Love", but in painted in one solid black color and without the luminescent ink.

The picket fence cardboard piece I purchased I've had for years. After painting it black, I threw it through an elegant embossing folder and highlighted the highs with gold ink.  It's a little difficult to see the gold in this picture.  The flowers were white and with patience and many dip and dries, they are now red to match the photo.  I used the heat dryer to add some "burn" around the edges for some texture and color densities.

View of Golden Gate's Rustic Bridge.  Magical isn't it?

This was the 3rd location of our pictures.  Lyford's Tower.  I hope to make another scrap page one day with this set of pictures.

Thanks for stopping by, I know it was a much longer post, but hope you have enjoyed it.

Nicole G