I’m dizzy from going around in circles.

My daily schedule has been getting up at 5:00 a.m. and start the coffee maker.  While the coffee is brewing then I check my emails and blog post comments.  Then by 8:00 a.m. do a bit of paperwork to catch up on things until 10:00 a.m. The remainder of the day is spent thinking about and doing craft things.

Lately, I’ve had a bit of trouble getting away from the computer by 8:00 a.m.  Lots, and lots of trouble.  So much so that I’m really having a hard time getting myself on track.

I have so many projects in the works now that I’ve really gummed up the works here.

Picture frames from the Goodwill store.

Picture frames to alter

Picture frames to alter

These two frames need to be sanded and painted.  I haven’t chosen the papers yet for the bulletin boards that will be framed so I have not chosen a paint color.

Remember this trip to the big box hardware store?

Getting wood pieces cut

Getting wood pieces cut

The cut pieces of wood have now been turned into this.

Bulletin board inserts

Bulletin board inserts

Man did we ever create a powerful stink in this house yesterday.  Attaching this self healing rubber cork to the wood with Contact Cement.  Man, Joe and I were both quite loopy by the time this part of the project was over.

We had to save ourselves and go to Red Lobster for dinner.  The price we had to pay for getting out of the fumes 😀 and letting them be expelled from our house by having every vent fan running from one end to the other 😀

Yesterday I had Joe cut more cardboard for me.  I’ve got an additional five Post-It holders to do.  Revamp the Poker holders I made.  I did spend a couple hours on the telephone with Tim to get the necessary information for what he wants done with the Poker holders.  That was a much  needed conversation.

Cardboard cut to 7" width

Cardboard cut to 7" width

I’m still doing the “Inventory” thing with my dies.  I have one set of Alpha Dies from Sizzix to complete then to begin on my Nestabilities/Shapabilities dies.  Then all the die cutting and punching will be done.

Sizzix dies and Nestabilities

Sizzix dies and Nestabilities

I have one of my Sizzix Alpha Die sets completed and attached to the Inventory Sheets.

Alpha dies mounted to Inventory Sheet

Alpha dies mounted to Inventory Sheet


While cutting and mounting these alpha dies a thought occurred to me.  How about a “RANSOM NOTE” card challenge?

Use your letter stickers, alpha stamps, alpha dies, cut out words from magazines, tear out words from newspapers.  Crumple up your papers and ink them up.  Make them look like they have been around the world and back.  Mess things up a bit.

What would the card front or inside say?  I’m still thinking on that and would sure enjoy some input from you guys.

Joe loves to read.  We have a Barnes & Noble close to our house that we hit about once a month.  I’m thinking of getting him a gift card to purchase his next set of books.  So my idea is while he is gone go to Barnes & Noble to get the gift card, talk to the manager and see if he/she would like to be in on a bit of fun.

Word the card in such a manner as to say Joe MUST go to Barnes & Noble.  He is not allowed to leave the store without finding three books.  There are two people he has to encounter.  Joe has to say to each person “The sky is blue” and they are to respond back to him with “The sun glows red” (or some such nonsense).  The second person that responds to him will hand over the gift card tucked into a book that is laying on their desk area.  Then Joe has to go to the center of the store and loudly say “Happy Valentine’s Day” before he can go to the checkout stand.

Would I torture my husband in such a manner.  HECK YA!! 😀  Joe is planning on being home before Valentine’s Day so this should work out.  Now if I can keep him so that he doesn’t read this blog post 😀

Is anyone out there up for this CHALLENGE? 😀  You can do whatever is right for you and your spouse.  Lynn, you can make Rod go out and find something you have made for him.  Have him hunt around in your glorious flower beds.  OMG, I crack myself up!

First, I need to take care of this little mess before I can go on to other greatness 😀

Another mess I've made of my craft room

Another mess I've made of my craft room

Today will be my final day of doing my computer stuff in the morning.  I’m going to get cracking on the work I have to do after my first cup of coffee.  Then later in the evening I’ll check my emails and tend to my blogs.

Ya, right.  Well, that’s my plan for now and I’m gonna work my plan 😀


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gardenpinks
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 15:55:33

    So what changes need to be made to the poker post it holders? These have been a mite trickier to do than all the others put together 🙂 I think I would be sick of them by now.
    I shall have to think about the ransom challenge thing for a while; absolutely no good hiding anything in the flower beds just now..first they are lifeless and second they are wet! Oh and thirdly I haven’t yet made anything!! Valentine’s Day is very hit and miss here as it comes a week after my birthday and that gives Rod a big enough headache without expecting a further gift the following week 🙂 I do occasionally make him a card and spoil him with chocolate but then I can get out more…I do go shopping once a week 😀
    What a great reason for going out to dinner…the house stinks 🙂 Love it! You and Joe must have been high as kites on those fumes.

    Good going on your inventory and with all those dies you most definitely need an inventory! Have you any duplicates? And if you haven’t how did you remember what exactly you had?

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx


    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 30, 2012 @ 21:03:22

      The Pop-Up part is out. Cracks and tears galore. A different thing I tried, a collage of poker hands and table bets was not exactly what Tim wanted. So after our conversation I have a better idea of what he wants and I can get working on them. Means a bit of tearing down what I’ve built already but no big thing. Just a bit of altering and hiding…misdirection….like a magician 😉

      I’m not going to put that up as a challenge. I think I will do it myself FIRST to see how it all goes before I spring it on anyone else to do 😀 You know, a bit of experimenting 😀 first.

      I don’t even know why I thought of your flower beds to be a good hiding place. Of course you are having wet and windy weather where you live. Your flower beds will have all been cut back to help them winter over and come to life in the next few months when spring arrives.

      My inventory is coming along nicely. The die cuts are finished. As to remembering what I had to not have duplicates, I have no idea how I managed to not do that but only on one item. I guess it helps when I can only go into craft stores part of the year 😀 and infrequently as it is when I’m home. That seems to be the only reason for no duplicating. The inks may prove to be another matter 😀

      Love you – Leslie


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