Runs with Scissors
Welcome everyone! Here we are again; ready to tear another page off the calendar. At last, there is a bit of an autumn nip in the air that has once and for all chased away the summer temperatures. I am so happy to be sharing time with you on the Penny Black blog. I don’t know what I’ve ever done to deserve these happy times, but I love every minute I spend here.
With the end of October comes Halloween. The last few years trick or treating here has been rained out, leaving Mr. RWS and I in a quandary about what to do with the candy that was meant for the ghosts and goblins. I’ve tried buying candy I don’t care for, but it is amazing how quickly I can adapt and eat it anyway. Mr. RWS is not so flexible and will do without rather than eat a non-favorite.
Since this is the last chance to share Halloween themed projects, I have done two.
Once a month at our church we Kitchen Angels prepare and host a lovely noon meal for about sixty senior citizens of our congregation. Besides the delicious meal there are door prizes. Because I once sent a handmade card to the Head Angel, she decided I was creative enough to be in charge of providing the prizes. There is a $5.00 limit on the value of the gifts, so a decorated bag is needed to add to the fun and excitement. I compare it to grade school when I had to turn in a less than satisfactory book report; I would make up for it by creating a great cover! With a surface as large as a gift bag, there is enough room to use everything Penny Black Halloween.
The Skyward cling stamp provides the roosting space for these Silly Birds dressed as ghosts. I cut them free from their shared branch and let them find their own spot in the leafless tree. That one Silly Bird still insisted on hanging upside down. Some people’s children (or birds)! The background is blended Luxe inks, a favorite background technique of mine.
No stamping necessary when you have two beautiful dies to work with. Because I believe in sparkle for Christmas cards, I’ve placed the purple Oh Holy Night diecuts onto sparkly silver paper. I stacked three layers of the Peaceful Wishes dove die cuts for dimension. I really enjoy how these two dies combine to make a simple but effective Christmas card. No stamping equals no smudging, a good thing when making cards in quantity.
This past week has been one to put in the “mundane” column. The dictionary defines “mundane” as dull, lacking in interest or excitement. Yes, that’s the right word for this past week. So much so that I am pressured to find something interesting enough to share with you today.
I will start with the quest to buy new glasses. It all began in August with my first eye exam and ordering the new glasses. It was obvious the first time I put them on that they were not the correct prescription, but gave it a couple of weeks before returning them and undergoing another exam. Sadly, this pair of glasses was also incorrect.
Since I believe you should not get more than two tries to get the prescription right, I moved on to another optical shop and once again underwent the exam and stress of choosing frames and placing an order. Unbelievably, the glasses were not done correctly. The bifocal part of the lens was too high and after several days of trying to accommodate to the visible line, I once again returned the glasses and I am now waiting for the revised lenses to come in.
In order not to waste the trip to the optical shop to return the glasses, Mr. RWS and I shopped the produce section of the big box store and began with the bagged carrots. I use a lot of carrots so immediately went to place the 3 lb. bag of “celo” carrots into my cart. Mr. RWS, the former math major, immediately noticed that while the 3 lb. bag sold for $3.99, the 2 lb. bag was priced at $1.49. He translated this for me to mean the carrots in the 3 lb. bag were $1.33 per lb, while the 2 lb. bag carrots sold for 75 cents per lb. Mr. RWS, however, was confused by the word “celo” on the larger bag and thought that might account for the higher price per lb. Dear Reader, I shared with him that “celo” referred to the cellophane packaging, not the quality of the carrots!
Now, I warned you this has been a mundane week! But that does not mean it was totally uninteresting. Ironically, my next adventure to the grocery store also involved carrots. On a mid-week trip to the store, I was eligible to use the Express lane for checkout. I was standing in line with two people ahead of me, when I noticed the lane next to mine had only one young man who was already in the process of checking out. I quickly moved into that lane, knowing how happy it would make Mr. RWS who was waiting in the parking lot while I shopped.
Oh, dear friends, never, ever try to “beat the system” and change lanes when checking out. It never turns out to be a good idea. The young man ahead of me was very tall, handsome and looked like a well dressed college student or even a young professor. However, since Huntsville has a large population of engineers of all types, he could have been a member of that profession, too. As it turned out, due to his precise measurement of the produce he was buying, I am willing to bet he is of the engineer persuasion.
The young man’s purchase consisted of several small plastic bags of small quantities of various produce items. Some chopped greens, small onion, tiny tomato and a small bag containing … wait for it … ONE carrot. I had a lot of time memorizing the contents of his order as the purchase of one carrot had totally stopped the check out process. The cashier was frantically looking for a sticker on the carrot and when that was unsuccessful, began going through every card and list of produce she could find at her register. Minutes were passing by and of course the line that I had vacated was moving along quickly. And Mr. RWS was waiting in the car.
I wanted to just scream out, “Give him the carrot!” but did not want to end up as a story, including a photo, on Facebook. You never know anymore; there are cameras everywhere.
Who buys only one carrot? How do you select the right carrot? And somewhere in that produce aisle, there is a bunch of carrots missing one of its own.
Anyway, after what seemed like forever, the cashier selected a series of numbers, entered them and charged the young man 17 cents for his carrot (I asked).
I congratulated the young woman at the register for her patience and persistence. And the first thing I said to Mr. RWS when I got into our car was, “You would not believe what just happened.” And he almost didn’t.
Coooper usually has only mundane weeks, but last week he created a bit of excitement when he went flying through the closed screen door on his way out to the backyard. Poor guy! There is no screened door on that exit throughout the summer as we never leave that door open due to air conditioning. With the cooler temps, the screen door is back in action and Cooper forgot what he learned last year: always check for the screen door.
The door was repairable and is back in place and you can be sure Cooper investigates before leaping through the doorway.
Readers beware! I bought a 12×12 pad of glittery paper at the local craft store. My intention was to buy a few sheets but when I discovered the price was $2.00 a sheet it made more sense to use my coupon and buy the whole pad of 30 sheets for the reduced price of $12.00. I love this bird on a holly branch from the Overjoyed cling stamp. I brought out the bottle of glitter and decorated the snowy branches with white enamel sprinkled with the glitter. The floor may sparkle well into the Easter season, but if I don’t use glitter at Christmas, when will I use it?
This bundled up sweetheart must be from Wisconsin or a neighboring state. Red is probably my favorite Christmas color and this young lady wears it well. I colored and fussy cut the Let’s Chill image and placed her in a snowy scene that included a Conifer tree and a single snowflake. Of course, more glittery paper and a glitter trimmed hat.
And here is the tenth Snowy card in my 2016 series of Snowy cards. This time his owl friend from the Wintertime Cheer transparent set is keeping an eye on things from his tree branch. We are now past the halfway mark for the Snowy project, which means Christmas is getting closer. Oh, and rumor has it that Mr. Snowy was a busy boy while visiting Sweden a while ago and as soon as we get the passports and visas worked out, I will introduce Snowy’s family. Did anyone suspect?
Cooper really is not one to dress up. He tolerates my occasional insistence of adding a hat, or maybe an eye patch for Halloween. I did put an entire fall wreath around his neck once. The secret to his posing for me and putting up with the occasional costume is not related to love and loyalty. The truth is, Cooper will do anything for food. Rawhide treats, chewies, leftovers, whatever … he knows when I am done taking photos, he will get a treat. So, as soon as he sees me with the camera in hand, he pays serious attention, almost deliberately offering different poses. Sometimes I am almost contrite about making him do something he really doesn’t want to, but that is fleeting and I realize there are a lot of working dogs out there that work harder for a treat than Cooper does. So here he is in his fireman’s hat, ready for Halloween and thinking about that treat!
It is time to clean up my mess. I may have another mundane week coming up, but this place will be busy all next week with some great projects that you won’t want to miss. The least I can do to help out is put everything back in its place. Of course, the scissors are safely stowed. I hope your week is filled with little joys and very few annoyances. I will be browsing the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to see what awesome work you have done with your Penny Black stamps and dies.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies
- Gift Bags: 30-371 Spooky Fun, 51-076 Spider’s Internet, 51-028 Celebrations, 51-245 Halloween Creatures
- Card No. 1: 40-500 Skyward, 51-245 Halloween Creatures, 51-246 Silly Birds
- Card No. 2: 51-259 Oh Holy Night, 51-278 Peaceful Wishes
- Card No. 3: 40-488 Overjoyed, 51-248 Merry Christmas
- Card No. 4: 30-390 Let’s Chill, 51-264 Conifer, 51-266 Frosty/Snow Mates
- Card No. 5: 2521K Snowy, 30-386 Wintertime Cheer, 30-307 Holiday Snippets, 51-270 Beneath the Branches, 51-266 Frosty/Snow Mates, 80-012 Wintertime