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Monday, December 31, 2007

hooray!



I can finally show this as we are off to deliver it now. It was a kit with good instructions and quality parts. I made it a little more custom by using polymer clay for the bases of the playing pieces and sticking in pewter charms that were meaningful to Anne. Eiffel Tower, glasses, shoes, cat, drum set, mortar board, flower, cell phone. If I find a trombone charm, I'll make her another one! I also stamped the backs of the Good News and Bad News cards - cause they were too plain. Each of the properties represents a family story or address and has a photo. They're so tiny, it's hard to see anything but it's the thought that counts!

A fun project and hopefully a great gift. I'm not affiliated but I do recommend the product.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

old stuff

I've been spending a lot of time on the computer lately but it's not something you'll notice here. About four years ago, we became the keeper of a box of family photos and I sorted some and scanned some right away and then got distracted. Now we have to take the box back and so I have been madly scanning. Staying up till all hours and my eyes are bleary but I have over 200 scans done. I was picky - only scanning the ones that appealed to me either in quality of photo or importance of the subject. I have come to realize that my husband's grandfather had a wonderful camera and took amazing photos that were printed in a quality lab. His photos are clear, sharp and very high resolution. He framed the shots beautifully. Wish I knew more about him.



This photo is of my father-in-law about 1928 in the Arizona desert.

Friday, December 28, 2007

more frogs



bonus frog today!
A RAK from an on-line friend who I've bumped into in several groups. Lynn Majidimehr is a quilting teacher at Quilters Threads. This frog is quite the handsome hopper.

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hoppy new year



I am running out of display space for frogs. Cutting back on collecting, discouraging random gifts of frogdom unless they are really splendid (and frankly, what frog isn't?).

I have this basket o' frogs. A dozen of them. For 2008, I am thinking of a monthly challenge to dress up a frog, put them in diarama, and/or to send a frog off into the world. Still considering this. Anyone want a naked frog? I am willing to see these frogs going to distant shores and someday maybe returning to me if not in person, at least in photos, showing their adventures.

Wanna play with a frog? No warts involved. You do know that 2008 is the Year of the Frog, right?

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

scanning & printing

My big gift this year was a new printer. I sent a link to one I was interested in and the grill king got it at a good price. At least for the initial investment. I've printed less than 50 pages and it has slurped up at least $50 dollars worth of ink. Time to look for deals on ink refills. The quality is wonderful. We will keep the old one on the network for the odd printout of a receipt.



Christmas 1961


While the new printer has been churning out photo album pages, I've been scanning family photos that have been waiting for four or five years to be done. Suddenly that is priority and it's taking me away from other fun stuff. But I'm glad to have most of it done. One or two more nights of the midnight oil and I'll have everything I want and be able to return the box when we drive north next weekend.

Hoping for sunny skies like we've had for past weekend.