OBC – Lace and the Dreaded Hot Glue Gun

ONE BOOB CHRONICLE – Lace and the Dreaded Hot Glue Gun

I think for the 1,000th time I’m going to once again say “I HATE THE HOT GLUE GUN”!

Blister burns from the hot glue gun

Blister burns from the hot glue gun

I spent yesterday assembling the wands as far as I could go with them.  I found a bolt of lace at my local Hobby Lobby in the Clearance Section.  Using my nemesis to attach the lace to the back side of the rosette was an all day affair.

Strings of hot glue webs everywhere, poking in a fresh glue stick for each rosette, and generally having my fingers of both hands sensitive to heat by the end of the day was rewarding to see the pile of wands completed.

Stage one of the wands

Stage one of the wands

I used up the entire bolt of lace with this project so far.  I have six remaining and will need to get more lace.

The bolt of lace I used

The bolt of lace I used

Time to get more lace

Time to get more lace

The back side of the wand needs some work.  I have to work some more with the hot glue gun to add some decorative lace to  hide the band which shows around the back cover.

Desperate need of something

Desperate need of something

I’m wading into unfamiliar territory here.  Using lace, and soon flowers, is definitely in my DIS-comfort zone.  Maybe by the time I get finished with these wands I will be a well seasoned craft person who can bravely tackle anything.

I thoroughly enjoyed your comments and advice yesterday on using intricate dies.  Thank you all for sharing your experience and wisdom.

Do you use the hot glue gun?  Do you have a “Go To” formula for hiding the lace edges?  What do you recommend for making this task a bit easier?  I look forward to your comments and advice.

Leslie

 

Freak Show! Crazy flower from fake leaves.

Crazy flower made from fake flower leaves

Crazy flower made from fake flower leaves

My last video tutorial in the series of “Heat Embossing Techniques” features using the leaves from fake flower bouquets.  I have created a flower that, most likely, is NOT “Mother Nature” approved.  😀

A freaky hybridized flower that no botanist would even consider a worthy species to replicate.

Species?  I’m not even sure what the classification would be for flowers.  Maybe genus?

Whatever the technical name for a flower classification is, I’m positive my featured flower would not be in any of either classification.  😀

Hey, I’m trying to show how you can repurpose things that would normally be tossed in the trash.  “Use what you have”.

I used VersaMark Embossing Ink on the green leaves and on some of the red leaves.  To get things moving along quicker, I used Glycerine painted on with a brush for a large portion of the red leaves.

Putting the thing together was accomplished with my most HATED tool in my craft room.  The Hot Glue Gun.  I HATE that thing!  Burns, hot glue strings like spider webs, blobs of glue dripping out everywhere.  That tool, I just don’t see why so many people use that confounded contraption in their craft spaces.  :/

You have about 20 minutes?  You can watch the video below on how I created this Freak Show.

Leslie

Long hoarded paper shines in its new life out in the open.

Yes folks, I’m still working on my post titles.  Go ahead, you can groan out loud. 😀

I am going to give you permission to be stingy.  You and I both know that someone else will not love and appreciate the papers we have been in love with since the day they first came home.  We’ve been obsessed with the texture, beauty, sparkle, and graphics of the paper for so long.  We know in our heart of hearts that someone else would not appreciate the paper as we do.  Horror of horrors, they might even just toss that beautiful paper in the trash without even a thought.

THAT is the main reason all that precious paper remains hidden away.  In the dark.  Never to see daylight until we bring it back out to stroke and caress it.

Alright, now you know my deep dark secret.  I have a paper fetish….of sorts. 😀

I have decided to make something for myself.  Something that I really need in my craft room.  The box I currently have all my pens, pokey tools, scissors, craft knives, paint brushes, and a ton of other stuff – is so full I can’t put my tools away.

Now I can see that beautiful paper.  Out in the open.  In the daylight.  I can openly hold it and enjoy it.

My new hand tool organization

My new hand tool organization

I have a video showing you how to cover metal/tin cans with the paper you so cherish.  You love the paper and only YOU can give it the proper respect it deserves.  😀

I have a post from January of last year (2014) featuring metal/tin cans that I made for my daughter to keep her blow dryers, curling irons, and brushes in.  It is a two part post.  It made me feel so good when she showed me how she uses them when I went out to be with her after the birth of her twins.

Altered Tin Can – Part 1

Altered Tin Can – Part 2

Use the adhesive tools you are comfortable with…hot glue or double sided tape.  Get out your laces, flowers, and bling.  Do something very special for yourself using the papers you hold so dear.

Leslie

Painting with Pearl Ex. Add a subtle touch of bling to your project.

Pearl Ex is a mica and powdered pigment product that requires an adhesive component to allow it to stick to paper.  Unlike Ranger Industries – Tim Holtz product “Perfect Pearls” which already has a binder in the product, Pearl Ex does not have a binder.

Pearl Ex

Pearl Ex

The cover of the mini album I am making for my granddaughter will feature a paper from DCWV’s Mariposa collection.  I will paint in the darker green areas of the ornate frame.

DCWV Mariposa paper

DCWV Mariposa paper

You will need a small amount of water, some white glue that dries clear, and the Pearl Ex pot of your choice. I’m going to use green.

Supplies needed to paint with Pearl Ex

Supplies needed to paint with Pearl Ex

Oh, nearly forgot.  You will need some kind of mixing pan.  I’m using a really old store bought pie tin that has seen better days.

Put a dollop of clear drying white glue in your mixing pan.  About the size of a dime.  For this project that is even too much glue.

A dollop of white glue

A dollop of white glue

You will need to add a small amount of Pearl Ex to the mixing pan – tray, plastic plate, glass jar with a lid, anything.  You don’t need as much Pearl Ex as the amount of glue used.  I tipped the little pot just a bit too far.  Ooops :/

Pearl Ex

Pearl Ex

Next you will need a small amount of water.  I am using already tainted water from the glue when completing a different part of this cover project.

Add water to the mixing tin

Add water to the mixing tin

Ooops!  Way too much water.  I only needed enough to slightly dilute the glue.  Mix everything together until no more blobs of Pearl Ex are seen and the glue is incorporated into the water and Pearl Ex.

Add water and stir well

Add water and stir well

Paint the desired area of your project.  I’m using a fine brush because of some really narrow lines in this image.  Use a brush appropriate to the area you will be painting.  If you are making one of those art journal things and will be slathering on the paint you can use a larger brush.

 

Paint the area you wish

Paint the area you wish

This will be a very subtle touch.  The BLING is only noticeable when the paper is tilted in the light.  It is not something that will reach out and steal all the attention.

Subtle bling

Subtle bling

When the paint and glue mixture has dried you can touch it.  There is very little texture in this application.

When the product is dried you can touch it

When the product is dried you can touch it

You won’t have to worry about the sparkly stuff coming off on your fingers.

Sparkle left on the paper

Sparkle left on the paper

Now that I have rounded up and corralled all of my “Bling” I can easily find my stash of half back pearls.

Bucket of BLING

Bucket of BLING

I added half backed pearls to the circle areas of the design image.  I have used some pearls from “Bling” and from Stampin’ Up!.

Addition of half backed pearls

Addition of half backed pearls

I want those suckers to stay where I put them.  I used Glossy Accents to the backs of the pearls.  The excess glue squeezed out from under the pearls and left a shiny mess behind.

Glossy Accents is visible

Glossy Accents is visible

To cut down on the glue shine I used more of the Pearl Ex and glue treatment of earlier around the pearls and over the Glossy Accents mess.

Nearly invisible now

Nearly invisible now

When I was finished fussing with the cover piece I adhered it down with a lot of double sided tape.

Double sided tape

Double sided tape

Applying the cover piece to the book front cover I had a moment of stark fear.  The piece fell from my fingers and landed right on the cover.  Thankfully, ancestors or angels were watching over me and made sure the heavily glued piece at least landed even.  A little too far left for me but it is even.  Whew!

The cover piece

The cover piece

Do you have Pearl Ex in your stash and have given up on every using it?  Get that stuff out and use it.  Mix a few little batches of different colors.  Stamp an image and get to painting.  This stuff works exactly the same as Twinkling H2O’s.  Only thing is you need to add just a touch of glue to the mix.

We spend a ton of money on the “Trending” items and we feel we just have to have these new bright and shiny products.  When we get them home they languish away in our stash because we can’t really use them.  Dig out your pots of Pearl Ex.  Mix up a little batch of “Happy Bling” and get to painting!

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

Altered Tin Can – Part 2

I have made a set of two cans for my youngest daughter.  This is the second can and the problems I encountered with the paper fitting.  Or the paper NOT fitting.  :/

Altered tin can #2

Altered tin can #2

The back side was a real disappointment.  There was nothing I could do to make the paper edges meet.  I don’t like the way this looks.

 

Have to figure out  how to hide that

Have to figure out how to hide that

After a full day of searching the internet for making a “Corset Lacing” guide I had to just wing it.  I saw enough photos to get an idea of what to do.

My fix is the following.  A sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 craft colored card stock cut at 2-1/2 inches.  I would later trim 1/8 of an inch off of that to make the pieces fold together properly. I would need a total of four strips of craft card stock.  This means that I have to do the same with the big can I had been working on earlier, as well.

2-1/2 x 11 craft card stock strip

2-1/2 x 11 craft card stock strip

Score the 2-1/2 inch width at 1/4 inch and again at 1-3/8 inches.

Score the strips at 1/4 and 1-3/8

Score the strips at 1/4 and 1-3/8

Fold the score lines.  This is when I found I needed to cut 1/8 inch from the side to be folded inward.

Fold on the score lines

Fold on the score lines

Next will be to mark the folded pieces to punch holes for eyelets.  I made my eyelets 1 inch apart and 1/2 inch away from the folded edge.  You might choose to make them closer together.

Mark the placement for your holes

Mark the placement for your holes

Next you will punch the holes on both pieces.  If you put the two pieces together make sure the 1/4 inch folded edges are BOTH on the same side.  If you are a “Lefty” the 1/4 inch will be on your right side.  A “Righty” the 1/4 will be on your left side.

Punch your holes

Punch your holes

Attach the eyelets.  Do both strips in this step.

 

Attach the eyelets to both strips

Attach the eyelets to both strips

Strips are now ready

Strips are now ready

Choose your ribbon.  I have chosen some off white satin 1/4 inch ribbon to lace these two strips together.

Begin lacing the strips together

Begin lacing the strips together

Now work the other ribbon through the eyelets ending with your ribbon ends on the outside at the top.

End with ribbon ends on the outside at the top

End with the ribbon ends on the outside at the top

Tie your ribbon in a nice bow.  After you have your bow in the desired look add a touch of clear glue at the bow knot.  This will keep the bow from untying.

Use clear glue to secure the bow

Use clear glue to secure the bow

Glue behind the knot

Glue behind the knot

Next you will add lace trim to the edges of the craft card stock.  Make sure the 1/4 inch fold is held firmly underneath.  Hot glue the lace near the folded edge.

Hot glue the lace on the strips

Hot glue the lace on the strips

You will see that this is beginning to look like what it is intended to be.  A Corset Lacing.

Starting to look like a Corset lace

Starting to look like a Corset lace

I am not a huge fan of hot glue.  In fact, I very seldom use the stuff.  If you are proficient with hot glue then you can use it in the next step.  I’m not so I will be using 1/4 inch Score-Tape.

1/4 inch Score Tape

1/4 inch Score Tape

Apply the tape to the 1/4 inch folded area on the strips.  Do it to both sides.

Add Score Tape to the 1/4 inch flaps

Add Score Tape to the 1/4 inch flaps

Place the can in a manner that is easy for you to handle.  I’ve laid it over on the side.  You will be attaching the Corset lacing strips at the back seam of the paper.

Get your can in position

Get your can in position

The top edge of the Corset strip will be jammed as high up under the top lace as you can get it to go.  Make sure the hot glue or the tape you are using is in the proper position to follow the seam.  Otherwise make adjustments before you fully adhere the one side to your can.

Get the Corset piece as close to the top of the can as you are able.

Get the Corset piece as close to the top of the can as you are able

Adhere the other side of the Corset piece to the other side of the seam area.  Voila!  Unsightly bit hidden.

Disguise!

Disguise!

While I was at it I made one for the larger can as well.  Can’t have one different from the other now can we.

Larger can  has the same treatment

Larger can has the same treatment

Now I am finished with my daughter’s birthday present.  I can put these in the mail and not fret over how they look.  I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

Ready for mailing

Ready for mailing

I hope this has given you some ideas on how to fix a problem with paper that doesn’t fit well.

Have fun making your storage cans.

Leslie

Altered Tin Can – Part 1

Everything I used on this can was from my stash of goodies.  The only exception was a recent purchase from The Yard Store in Wichita, Kansas.  A ginormous roll of double sided tape.

Roll of double sided tape

Roll of double sided tape

A few of the cans I had cleaned yesterday were stained inside from the contents.  I chose to paint the inside of the cans with black acrylic paint.  I would have preferred to have used some antique white or a cream but I don’t  have any in my stash.

Stained can

Stained can

Black acrylic paint

Black acrylic paint

Painted cans

Painted cans

I chose some paper from the pad I received as a Christmas gift.  Carissa is fond of vintage images.

Paper I got for Christmas

Paper I got for Christmas

Using the double sided tape from that giant roll, I adhered a couple of sheets of the paper to the can.  The can measures 6-3/4 inches from top to bottom.  One 12×12 sheet of paper was not enough to wrap around the can fully so I had to use two sheets.

Attach paper to the outside of the can

Attach paper to the outside of the can

I have a doily I had purchased several years back from Shepherd of the Hills in Lebanon, Missouri.  It has been stuffed away in a drawer ever since.  Time to make use of it.

Now I have to warn you.  I am not very well versed in “Shabby Chic”.  This is my very first attempt at the design concept.  I just hope that Carissa likes what I’ve done.

Hot glue a doily to the front of the can

Hot glue a doily to the front of the can

I had to hide the paper seam.  I had two seams.  One that started at the actual seam of the can and the other from the addition of the extra paper to cover the can.  This doily was big enough to just about hide that unsightly seam.

Starting at the back seam of the paper I began attaching some lace I have had for a long time.  I think I got this at a yard sale a couple years back.

Hot glue lace trim to top of can

Hot glue lace trim to top of can

I then attached the same lace to the bottom of the can.

Hot glue lace to the bottom of the can

Hot glue lace to the bottom of the can

I attached a string of tear drop pearls to the upper rim of the can.  On top of the lace.

Hot glue tear drop pearl string to the top of the can

Hot glue tear drop pearl string to top of the can

I have a piece of lace applique that has been with me since about 1992.  It is a left over piece I had used on a prom dress I had made for Carissa way back then.  I don’t know if she will even remember this piece from her past.

Lace applique I've had for a long time

Lace applique I’ve had for a long time

Next I needed to add some dimension and decided to use some silk flowers I’ve had for a number of years.  I purchased this sprig of little white roses from Hobby Lobby and they have been stuffed away in a drawer since then.

 

Hot glue silk roses to the can

Hot glue silk roses to the can

I have a grouping of three on the left side of the can and a grouping of two on the right side of the can.  I hot glued the leaves under the flowers.

 

A grouping of three silk roses

A grouping of three silk roses

A grouping of two silk roses

A grouping of two silk roses

I had an oopsy :/  I was picking off the hot glue tails and stray blobs when I tore the paper.  Crapazoid!  The thing to do is cover it up with more lace.

Crapazoid!  I tore the paper

Crapazoid! I tore the paper

Cover the oopsy with more lace

Cover the oopsy with more lace

The front of the can seems to have a huge hole in it, design wise anyway.  I remembered I had purchased some pretty butterflies from Michaels in Colorado last year, or the year  before, when I decorated my hard hat.  This will take up the empty space.

Left over butterflies from my hard hat

Left over butterflies from my hard hat

Hot glue the butterfly to the center of the can

Hot glue the butterfly to the center of the can

I have left the back of the can only covered in the paper and lace trim.

Back of the can

Back of the can

I am going to go back into my room and experiment with the placement of dangling some string pearls on the front.  Not sure how that will come out.

Are you getting inspired to make some storage for yourself out of tin cans?   Maybe even think about making some gifts for the people in your family or a friend or two?

Leslie

Stationary Box with cards.

Around August, maybe even September, while traveling the US highways in my day job I had an idea floating around in my bored brain.  Making a gift box filled with greeting cards, gift tags, and small 3″ x 3″ note cards.

While, briefly, home in October I went to the Club Scrap website to see what they had to offer.  I get their notices of sales on all of their stuff.  One item in particular I had to have.  The Serenity Stationary Hideaway kit.  Sadly doing a search on their site for this item no longer shows the kit.  They must have sold out of these.

Serenity Stationery Hideaway kit by Club Scrap

The card sizes to be held in this gift box will measure:

  • 3.25 (3-1/4″) x 4.75 (4-3/4″)
  • 4.25 (4-1/4″) x 5.5 (5-1/2″)

As you can see, in the above photo, there are two spaces that are just the right size for an assortment of gift tags and another spot for 3″ x 3″ note cards with envelopes.

What you will need to create your stationary box.

  1. Paper trimmer that will cut 12″ x 12″ paper.
  2. 4 sheets of 12″ x 12″ cover weight (heavy) card stock.
  3. Scoring board that will fit 12″ x 12″ paper.  If you don’t have a scoring board you can use a ruler and a bone folder or stylus to make all the score lines.
  4. White glue of any kind.  Whichever you prefer.
  5. You can use a hot glue gun as well.
  6. Scissors.
  7. Bone folder.
  8. Lastly, you will need some paperclips, binding clips, or clothes pins.

The box I am creating will hold Christmas cards.  I’m using Club Scrap’s “Musical Interlude” papers which came out in the early 2000’s.  Three sheets of the 12″ x 12″ are the Musical Interlude paper and I don’t remember what the plain red card stock is from.

Club Scrap "Musical Interlude" card stock

The red card stock with the trumpets will be the box lid.  The plain red card stock will be the box.  Score all four sides of the card stock lid paper at 1-5/8″.

Score all four sides at 1-5/8".

Scored lid piece

For the box itself you will score all four sides at 1-3/4″.  Sorry for the blurry photo.  I’m not very ambidextrous.

Score box sides at 1-3/4".

Box paper scored

Now for the box inserts.  You will need two pieces of heavy weight, or cover weight, card stock for this.  From one sheet of 12″ x 12″ card stock you will get the two smaller inserts.  The first cut will be at 4-1/4″ x 12″.

Cut insert card stock at 4-1/4" x 12".

Turn the 4-1/4″ paper horizontal and cut at 11-1/2″.

Cut the 4-1/4" paper horizontal at 11-1/2"

4-1/4" x 11-1/2"

Next will be the other small insert.  This one measures 4″ x 11-1/2″.  Use the remainder of the card stock you cut the 4-1/4″ piece from.

Cut the card stock at 4" x 12".

Flip the 4″ x 12″ card stock horizontally to cut at 11-1/2″.

Turn the 4" x 12" paper horizontal and cut at 11-1/2".

Insert cut at 4" x 11-1/2"

The final insert is larger and you will use the other piece of 12″ x 12″ card stock for this.  This piece of card stock will be cut at 8-3/8″ x 11-1/2″.

Cut 12" x 12" card stock at 8-3/8" x 12"

Flip the 8-3/8″ x 12″ horizontally and cut at 11-1/2″.

Cut the 8-3/8" x 12" card stock horizontally to 11-1/2"

You will have two left over pieces of the 12″ x 12″ card stock from your three insert pieces.  You can use these in your cards or set them aside for a different project.

Scrap pieces from cutting the inserts

Next we will be scoring the insert pieces.  Begin with the 4-1/4″ x 11-1/2″ piece.

Find the 4-1/4" insert piece and put in the score board

Along the 11-1/2″ length you will be making your score marks.

Make scores along the 11-1/2" side

First score is at 2-1/2″.

Score at 2-1/2"

Second score is at 4″.

Second score is at 4"

Third score is at 5-1/2″.

Score at 5-1/2"

The reverse side of the 4-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ insert piece that has been scored.

4-1/2" x 11-1/2" scored insert

Next will be the 4″ x 11-1/2″ insert piece.

Check to make sure you have the right paper in the score board.  I get so distracted a times that I don’t check and I make a mess up and have to cut more paper.  This time it would be really bad because these are the only two pieces of this instrumental paper I have.

Get your 4" x 11-1/2" insert piece

Place it horizontally on your score board.

Place the 4" insert piece horizontally on your score board

Your first score will be at 3″.

First score will be at 3"

Second score will be at 4-1/2″

Second score will be at 4-1/2"

Third score will be at 6″.

Third score will be at 6"

The back of your 4″ x 11-1/2″ scored insert will look like this.

Reverse side o the 4" x 11-1/2" scored insert

Now you will make one mountain and two valley folds.  This is important.  The middle score line will be the mountain fold.  Press and crease both of these inserts.

Make sure the center score lines are mountain folds

The last piece to score is the 8-3/8″ x 11-1/2″ insert.  You can’t mix this one up with the other two 4’s.  Should not have said that, I’ll go and do it the next time 😦

This piece will be scored first on the 11-1/2″ horizontal  width at 4-1/8″.

First score is at 4-1/8" on the 8-3/8" x 11-1/2" insert

The second score is at 5-5/8″.

Second score is at 5-5/8"

The third, and final, score is at 7-1/8″.

Final score is at 7-1/8"Just as you do with the previous two inserts.  The center score will be the mountain fold while the outer two will be the valley folds.

The center score line will be the mountain fold and the other two will be the valley folds

Next step is glue.  Use a white glue of our choice. Or the hot glue.  I’m not a fan of  hot glue because it attacks me.  I don’t care for things that bite and I give them a wide berth.  Another thing I don’t like about hot glue is all the spider web like stringers that it leaves behind.

Any white glue of your choosing

Or hot glue.

Or hot glue

You will also need to have a good supply of paperclips, or clothes pins, or binder clips.

You will also need paperclips, binder clips, or clothes pins

The lid and the box will be constructed in the same exact manner for each of them.  Using scissors, cut the fold line from the bottom of the paper up to the fold line.  Do not cut passed the fold line.  You will do this on two sides of the paper.

Cut the bottom edge at the fold line up to the fold line

When finished your box or lid piece will look like this.

After cutting your lid or box will look like this

Do this same thing to both the lid and the top.

Starting at any corner of the box or the lid, fold in one of the flaps and test fit it into the corner.

Test fit one of the flaps into the corner

You will see that the flap piece extends over the top of the box or lid side just a smidge.  You will need to cut away a small amount of the paper to solve this problem.

Cut away a small bit of the tab edge on a diagonal

This will allow the tab to fit properly in the box or lid corner without peaking out over the top and making both the box and lid ill fitting.

Professional looking finished edge

Complete this step on all four sides of both the lid and the box.  It helps to crease your score lines well with a bone folder before you get to the actual gluing part….which is next.

Fold the flap back on the side.  This will give you a reference of where you put the glue.

Fold the tab back onto the side wall for easy gluing reference

Add the glue of your choice – white glue or hot glue.

Add your adhesive to the tab

If using white glue spread it around in an even layer from the crease line out to the three cut edges.

Spread the glue on the tab

Adhere the tab to the side wall.  Making sure to line up the edges well while creating your corner.

Adhere the tab to the side wall creating your corner

Attach your clip to the glued on tab.

Attach the clip to your glued tab

Do this to all four corners of each of the box and lid segments of this box.

Glue and clamp all four corners of your box and lid

Now we will be gluing the insert pieces.  You will do these next steps the same way with all three of the insert pieces.

Next to get glue will be the insert pieces

Add the adhesive of your choice to one of the inner mountain folds.

Add glue to the inner area of one of the mountain sides

Spread the glue out evenly.  This time it is not critical that you don’t get glue all over the place.  The mountain fold will be glued to itself.

Spread the glue out evenly

Then press the inner mountain pieces together and apply pressure along the width of the fold.

Adhere the mountain fold pieces together

Attach the clamps of your choice to the glued mountain folds.

Add your "clamps" to the glue mountain folds

Once the glue has dried…about an hour….remove the clamps from all of your pieces.  Lay the larger insert into the bottom of your box.

Lay the large insert into the bottom of your box

Next you will add one of the smaller inserts into the left side of your box.  It doesn’t matter which one you pick up first.

Lay one of the smaller inserts in the left side of the box

Your last small insert will be laid on the right side of the box.  Place it in so the mountain fold is going in the opposite direction of the one on the left.

Lay the second insert in the right section of the box

Test fit your lid.  It will fit, I assure you.

Test fit your lid

Now take a look at your handiwork and get to making cards that will fit in the four sections of this box.  Don’t spend too much time looking at my table top.  I’ve got a mess going on there.

Time to pat  yourself on the back

I hope to have this filled with Christmas cards, gift tags, and note cards in the next few days.  I’m quite busy with Joe and all of his various doctor appointments after his emergency appendectomy in Chandler, Arizona last week.  Let me tell you….that man has more “Ologists” he’s seeing now than I can keep straight.

  1. Urologist
  2. Nephrologist
  3. Cardiologist
  4. Neurologist
  5. Oncologist
  6. Pulmanologist

I’m really surprised he isn’t glowing in the dark with all the X-rays, CT scans, MRI’s, and sonograms he’s had over the past week.  So if you think I have “done a runner” it is only to the doctors around the Oklahoma City Metro Area.

His CT scans and X-rays done in Arizona show some areas of his lungs that are a little worrisome to the doctors.  I’ll post my creations when I can.  I’m also going to be tied up with my bookwork and some much needed house cleaning while home.  Crapazoid 😦

Sis, thanks for checking in on me the other day to see if I was still alive 😉  Now you can see what I’ve been up to…a great mess is what I’ve been up to 😀
Hope you all have a great weekend and will be able to get some crafting done.  If you have any questions about the construction of this stationery box leave a comment with your question and I will do my best to answer them.

Leslie