Posted on October 3, 2011 by pezadoodle
the weather here in northern VA today? rainy. again. cold i like, rainy and overcast for over a month i could do without! it is making it hard for me to get myself motivated. especially after my trip to Ohio with Suzanne. OH…EM…GEE…Y’ALL!!!!!!!!!!! let me just tell you what happened.
so i meet suzanne at her house friday afternoon no problem. we get in the car and hit the road. drive up is fairly uneventful other than i forgot my coat and it was rainy, windy and cold the whole time we were away. we we are looking for our hotel and all we see are flat cornfields ALLLLLL around us. it is pitch dark – no moon, no street lights, cute little towns we drove through though. several times the GPS would say turn right when it clearly showed on the screen that we needed to turn left and vice versa. but we find our hotel – it is pretty much in the middle of a cornfield. only other thing i could see was a barn. hotel was nice though – we check in and go to bed without incident.
we get up and head to Scrap Happy where Suzanne is teaching – the store is amazing! and Suzy, the owner is fabulous! classes went very well and then we headed out to dinner with my friend Ann who was also in the classes. and then the story turns ugly…
we get back in the car and suzanne presses HOME on the GPS and we start driving. through cornfields. at night. pitch black. we’re talking. and driving. and then we realize we are in a large city with this pretty skyline. we don’t remember passing through a city. we’re in cleveland. so the GPS must have taken us on a slightly different route so we keep going…..we’re chatting…..it’s raining. and windy. we are on a road under construction. no exits, no rest stops with the nice lit up facilities and restaurants like on our way down. we have to pee so we pull over to a very sketchy rest stop and both run into the bathroom, where the lights blink off then back on again and i back up into the automatic hand dryer which goes on and scares the bejezus out of us. we pee and run to the car. i didn’t think it could get any blacker outside but it did and according to the GPS we are driving through hell hollow – lovely……finally i look at the gps and i say i really don’t remember driving along lake eerie for this long on our way down – where the heck are we? so suzanne zooms up a few clicks and sees our destination flag planted squarely in………..TORONTO!!!!!!!! *SCREECH* i thought we were going to DIE laughing. i mean we were mere minutes from the border. can you imagine what a shock THAT would have been????????? i swear if suzanne had her passport we would have just drove to our buddy Catherine’s and stayed there!
we find a place to pull off and re-route ourselves – arrival time 5:40 in the freakin morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we had been on the road since 9pm. i decide to get some sleep – suzanne knows i can’t stay up and it is almost 1am. so i sleep a few hours and i wake up to suzanne saying @&#%^*%@$&$!#&%@^#^%@$&^%#**!@%$* so i sit up and say what what. we had finally made it to the turnpike to head home and it was CLOSED DOWN because of falling rocks. it said DETOUR. we got off and never saw another sign again. so we were back to driving through blacker than black cornfields – dear lord i had no idea there was so much corn out there. rural farming america is alive and well and we drove through ALOT of it! we turn down this even smaller blacker road and i am looking down at my phone trying to be sure her GPS knows where it is going when we run over something. not a little something a BIG something! suzanne screamed right before we hit it and i grab the handle on the roof and i said holy crap did you run over a PERSON?!?!??!?!? but it was a giant racoon! they were EVERYWHERE. we look at the GPS and it says we’re in africa and i am thinking at this point we probably could be :P we drive for hours and have no real idea exactly where we are and then suddenly we see a sign for Hagerstown MD. not far from my house. we were SO happy! i think there was a portion of time where we really weren’t 100% sure we were going to FIND home! so suzanne drops me off and i say gee THANKS for the invite – don’t do it again! which of course she knows full well if i can ever get away again to go with her i will in a heartbeat cuz i love her! it is 5:45am, hollyn is already up of course. kevin lets me sleep for 2 hours and then i have to get back up and take her to the open house at the fire station, in the rain, with sirens, oh yay. we spend about 2 1/2 hours there and then back home where i got to take another short nap. even after sleeping all night i am WIPED OUT!
while on the road on the way there and all during class i got to work on some Kanzashi Flowers with the Clover templates i reviewed for Craft Critique – so fun and super easy! i have been using their YOYO makers for quite some time now. i don’t think i ever posted the stuff i made for that.
Barrettes for Pezza done with leftover fabric from some dresses i made her.
Wreath for my MIL made with leftover fabric from a tabletopper i made her last year.
if you want to read the full review and instructions then head on over to Craft Critique!
that’s it from me folks – road weary does not even BEGIN to describe it!
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Posted on September 30, 2011 by pezadoodle
i am SO excited today – i am headed out of town with my buddy Suzanne Dean for a quick trip to Ohio where she is teaching a couple Copic classes. i wish wish wish i could make it on more trips with her! and best of all i get to see my pal Ann Shuman too YAY! ann is my longest term blog reader and most prevalent commenter which i love! the trip will be super quick but i know it will be fun and i could use a little mini getaway!
Today Susana is releasing some Holiday Peekers from the vault at SCACD and i get to present one for y’all:
and yes – martha stewart got ahold of those bird houses before they were put on the wreath and glittered them right up as only martha can! the chipboard pieces are also available at SCACD and are painted with Perfect Pearls and water – mixes up quick and easy for a great shimmering paint. i made sure to sand the edges lightly with a nail file before inking the edges because the ink does not stick well to the paint.
she is colored with colored pencils and i used spica glitter pens for the birdhouses and some sparkly fluff for the edge of her coat and tops of her boots.
These Christmas Peekers are available in the store NOW. if you live outside of the US (overseas) you can get them from Elaine at Quixotic Paperie.
this will be my last post as a member of the SCACD DT. I have been on the team for nearly two years and great friends with susana for even longer but i needed to make some changes for myself and one of them was lightening my workload and my deadlines. of course i will continue using items from her store and we’ll always be friends!
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Posted on September 29, 2011 by pezadoodle
anyone else out there deathly afraid of spiders like me??? i have had to face TWO gigantic spiders – one last night and one this morning in the basement. *screech* Y’ALL!!! i swear they could carry off babies. and of coursse both times hubby was unavailable to save me. before i was married it was trevor who always saved me (even when he was as small as 3!!!) spiders creep me out – like skin crawling, can’t walk on the floor, hyperventilating to the point of light-headedness freak me out! it does NOT matter if they can’t bite – it’s the legs. too freakin many legs. now let’s be fair i don’t really love ANY bugs except maybe ladybugs or roly polys but spiders are the WORST. the only thing down there to kill them with was a tall laundry basket which is not exactly the best anti-spider weapon. last night i was hopping around pounding the basket on the floor shreiking while the spider was scurrying with those d*** legs and i swear i thought i was going to die but i finally whacked him and he curled up and quit moving. so i made hubby go down and take care of him. but then this morning OMG. this spider’s body was about the size of a freakin nickel ACK!!!!!!!!! so i get the laundry basket and start pounding away and every time i would hit him and he would curl up – HE WOULD GET BACK UP AND START SCURRYING AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well that was beyond creepy. i would whack him and he would get back up and run after a minute or two. i finally got him enough so he quit moving but then i had to get rid of him cuz hubby was already gone. i seriously thought i was going to pass out. but I DID IT! i was screeching all the way to the toilet but i did it! of course now i am completely creeped out and informed hubby an exterminator was absolutely needed. i CANNOT deal with spiders that big. little ones i have managed to learn to deal with but big ones NO WAY DUDE.
SO what was i up to down in the studio this morning before the spider fiasco? i have a little peek for ya:
(yea that’s the pool table…i promise to clean it back up before you get home honey!) i did a bit of glittering YAY!!!! in the background you can see my can of aleene’s spray adhesive – i love this stuff – it’s great for both a full coverage glitter job as well as a light dusting like the grapevine tree and the fall floral picks. i have also been working on the other items i showed you but none are completely finished yet. i have been kinda of deciding how i wanted to do them as i go so i keep realizing i don’t have something i need :P pezza and i will be doing some more glittering later :) LOVE me some Martha Stewart and Art Institute glitters!!!
now i am off to best buy to bring back the new video camera hubby had to get me – the cords are missing :P bummer!
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