Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bowling Ball #7

I'm pretty proud of bowling ball #7. 

 I've gotten better at creating specific designs, like the "om" symbol.  I found a simple clip art image online, adjusted the size in Photoshop, then printed it on paper, cut it out and traced it onto the ball using a Sharpie.  Before starting to apply the tiles, I laid them out onto the paper paper so I would know what needed to be cut.  I'm also getting a bit better at using silicone, although I still find it smelly and messy, and working on curved spaces. 

 I'm especially happy at having upcycled the auto safety glass found in the Coyote Creek parking lot. Note, the last two times we were there, there was a sheriff in the parking lot, which I guess is a good way to make sure no more auto glass gets scattered in the parking lot.

For now at least, I've decided to leave this ungrouted, although I may grout the "om" section.  I certainly will not grout the safety glass, as there are too many sharp edges and too many places where the silicone is up at the surface, which doesn't detract much from the appearance since it is clear.

This sits in my little zen meditation garden in the front courtyard.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Final P365 Pages of 2013

For the third year in a row, I have completed a "Project 365", taking at least one photo every day and incorporating it into a digital scrapbook page.  For some, this might be considered a huge accomplishment.  For me, it has become an integral part of my life to create this visual diary.

I love looking back at my 2011 and 2012 books, and look forward to paging through the 2013 book.  Of course, there is much work to be done before the 2013 book is ready for print, but at least the last weekly pages are done.

There were actually 10 days needed to finish up the year, thus at least 2 pages were needed to give it justice, especially since these last days contained both Christmas and New Year's Eve, in addition to lots of gifts, great food, a few trips and, last but not least, a completed pair of socks.

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But wait, there's more! One cannot document a Christmas with just a single photo, although one can pick out a favorite. In fact, in 2010 I made a whole book just for Christmas and the holidays. These additional pages will go into the 2013 book, as will others that supplement the project 365 photos.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Week 51

In which I chalked up my Christmas chalkboard, made a snowman out of a POM bottle, ate cookies, bought some punch glasses at Savers, and admired the Christmas tree ornaments.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tahoe Photo Book - Done!

Just in the saint nick of time, I got this photo book done, as the coupon was about to expire tomorrow. I didn't think I was going to be able to do it, but somehow it came together!
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Tahoe Cover Pages

I've come to the end of the pictures, now the always daunting task of creating covers for my Tahoe book. They went faster than I expected.

I thought I would feature my Instagram photos on the cover, but once it was put together, it looked more like a back than a front.
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So on the front I went with what is still a highlight of Tahoe for me, SUPing, and of course being away with Mr. AC.   I blended several photos for the background, placing it on a canvas texture with some simple frames and embellishments.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Snowman

I was walking out of the house when the POM bottle in the recycle bin called out to me.
I can be something, it said.   Indeed you look quite like a snowman.  And so it began.

Several coats of paint on the body, some surgery to shorten the neck, and my crochet skills used to make a hat, but the paint just wasn't covering the tennis ball.
Why not "modify a tube sock" suggested Mr. AC .
And so I did, and at Ms. AC's suggestion, crocheted a scarf.

Then I glued on some buttons for eyes and a mount, and a pin head for a nose, and called it a crafty day.  He still needs some stick arms, but I have many other projects to finish before Christmas.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Scramble to Finish Tahoe

Once again facing one of those Groupon expiration date dilemmas...can I finish scrapping the summer pictures before my Groupon expires on the 25th??  I am thinking there is not enough energy in me, but I will go down trying.

A couple more pages from our bike ride on the day we left Tahoe.  It was a great ride, a wonderful path, beautiful scenery along the way, and just enough to be tired without being worn out.

Yes, Tahoe is that blue, and that green, and that clear and beautiful.  Don't tell anyone, in case I change my mind, but at this point I have decided to go on that Tahoe trip next year, as the lure of being able to see this every day for a week is too great to pass up.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Favorite Christmas Movie

For the Oscraps 12 Days of Christmas celebration, we are scrapping quotes from our favorite Christmas movie.  Mine is from Elf.  Pictures are of San Francisco from the air on our way to Mexico.

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