So I joined Weight Watchers…

Posted by gryphn on February 23, 2016 in Food & Drink, weight watchers |

Yes, I finally took the plunge.  I’ve been trying to get rid of the weight I gained before and during my pregnancy and it just hasn’t been going well alone.  Thus here we are with the Smart Points program.  I’ll admit the last 4 days have been a roller coaster of emotions for me.  From “I can eat that?!?!” to “WTH are you thinking making a 1/4 cup of raisins 6 points!”.  It’s been an interesting acclimation.  I think I’m getting closer to being able to handle this.

One of the harder things to deal with is going to be that I’m the only one in the house doing this.  Granted the boys are going to have to eat what I make for dinner, but they’re going to have the candy and pop and all that still around.  That could spell problems.  I think I can get away with not replenishing them and starting to substitute in things that aren’t so point heavy, like peppers or string cheese.  But that doesn’t stop them from buying things, but if I want them… I think I’ll just have to remember that there is a price for everything.

I’m going to try to keep a log of how things are going and maybe have some recipes I whip up on here.  Like for lunch today I made a 3 quart pot of miso soup that was only 5 points for the whole pot. Super Yum!

Catch ya!

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The night of no-clicking became the morning of no-clicking returned…

Posted by gryphn on December 1, 2015 in Technology |

Obviously it was not Little Snitch or at least not Little Snitch alone that cause the malady which befell my poor Mac.  The morning found it again without the ability to left click and sadness returned.  Fortunately I was able to reboot it and was able to get my mouse back to normal again.  I believe this is going to have to become a more in-depth research problem.  Hopefully it isn’t a problem in El Capitan and I won’t have to deal with it eternally.  I’ll let you know what I find out if anything.


The night of the no clicking…

Posted by gryphn on November 29, 2015 in Technology |

I was trying to do some surfing tonight after a reboot and some Little Snitch Updates.  Thing went horribly wrong and once my Mac Book restarted all I could do was right click and I could only right-click on things that had focus.  It was horrifying, and I think the only time I’ve ever wished to be back on Window… for a brief moment.  I couldn’t left click I couldn’t get focus on any controls.  It was pretty nerve wracking.  Regardless though, I finally managed to find that in System Preferences under the Keyboard section and then shortcuts; there is an option to do CTRL+F7.  This allows for “Full Keyboard Access to All Controls”.  My Savior!  After that I was able to navigate using right clicks and Tab and the Space Bar and Enter and other keys to navigate through the Little Snitch Update to 3.6.1.  After the reboot all was well.  So very happy and relieved.  I will definitely be leaving Full Access Enabled.


Upcoming Card Workshops

Posted by gryphn on September 3, 2015 in Fun with paper, Saturday Card Workshop |

It’s that time of year again and I’ve managed to get 6 cards together that i’m happy with enough to do a couple workshops with.  The firs one is on the 26th of September and the  second one is on the 24th of October. Both are from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00P.M., or when we’re done playing.

I’m hoping people come to have a fabulous time and make some fun cards.  If you want to see more about the super-awesometastic fun I attached the flyer to the post.

Occasions And Birthday Card Workshop (pdf)

It’s going to be the bee’s knees!


Get Well Card

Posted by gryphn on April 26, 2015 in Fun with paper, Wednesday Night Cards |

IMG_3444I needed to make some get well cards over the weekend, and I really wanted to try a new card type, so here’s what I ended up with.  The Butterfly Basics Stamp Set worked really well with this card tooI think that next time I will do a slightly different pull for the card though, or a different fold.  For the card all I did was the standard fold and then used Fast Fuse to stick the other side to it.  I seemed pretty stiff and sticky to move.  I think I’d make it a little narrower so I could fold over about a quarter inch and stick that down.  I don’t know, I’m going to have to fuss with it I think.IMG_3445








Quick Card

Posted by gryphn on April 25, 2015 in Fun with paper |

IMG_3448Just made a quick card for one of my friends to let them know they mattered.  Used a new masking technique on it too. I’m having a lot of fun with these tiny cards.





Birthday Invitation

Posted by gryphn on April 24, 2015 in Fun with paper, Wednesday Night Cards |


IMG_3659 IMG_3650I had a busy Wednesday Night this week.  The project was a Double Slider Birthday Invitation.  I’m using these to send out for my son’s birthday party in March. I used Wild Wasabi for the green, Crushed Curry dry embossed with bricks for the yellow and Naturals Ivory for the base.  I’m still a little annoyed with the Name part, but it was the only thing I could think of for this area.


Valentine sparkles

Posted by gryphn on February 9, 2015 in Fun with paper, Wednesday Night Cards |

I made a fun Valentine the other day while I was playing with my new alcohol markers.  I made the hearts from the sliver glimmer paper that was colored with the cherry cobbler set.  Great fun!sparkles


Way to go!

Posted by gryphn on June 11, 2014 in Fun with paper |

wayToGoApparently I was on a roll tonight.  I made this great, simple looking Congratulations card.  I was trying to figure out what I could do for the angle lines, that wasn’t ribbon.  Then I remembered I got a stamp in my Paper Pumpkin that was a great set of arrows.  Love the polymer.  I still need to work on getting a closer aim on the lineup, but for a quick congrats card not too shabby.  Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch 140

I think for the heck of it I’ll enter it over at Freshly Made Sketches.   I tried one that had different colors for the lines, but I just couldn’t get into it.   The color changes seemed way to abrupt.  I probably could have used stamping off to get a gradation of the lines, but that actually wasn’t something I thought about until just now.  At one point I thought maybe it was too plain, so I added some sequins to it randomly.  It added some shiny, but really didn’t do anything for the overall card and well they looked tacked on.  I’ll take a picture later so you can see what I mean.  I guess simple is the best.

I like all the base ideas these sites give.  Hope you have a great night and happy crafting!





Flowering Thanks

Posted by gryphn on June 11, 2014 in Fun with paper |

flowerThankYouWow I haven’t posted in a while…  I made a great new card tonight I’m really happy with!  I tried a bunch of different options for the center of the flowers, but I kept coming back to the Jewels Basic Rhinestones.  You just can’t beat the glimmer and believe me I tried to find another option.  I tried Stickles and pearls and beads… they all just did not look right.  I also tried the rounded corners on the card for the first tim and I think that added a bit to the ‘elegance’ of the card.  I figure it’s once enough I’m going to enter it in the CAS(E) this sketch #79.Sketch #79

I stuck with a fairly simple idea.  I wanted a nice thank you card that used the new mini flower punch and was something I would be proud to send to a loved one.  One that really showed how much what they did meant to me.  I think this did it.  The red of love in the flowers and the growth of that love in the vines springing flower with bounty.

I know enough of me waxing poetic.  I do really like this card though.


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