MessyMissy's Place Yet another attempt at sanity

Christmas Card 1

October 9


I was trying to come up with something with the peek-a-boo frames with this card, because I just don’t feel like I use them enough. I didn’t take into account the size of the card and that I was going to have to put on 3 of these suckers, so I ended up using the smallest one and then had to find stamps that fit in them. That part actually wasn’t too hard. I apparently have a plethora. I did however forget that I kindda need to stamp the images and then put the frames on. Oops. It still worked out, but I could have done it better.
I think I’ll try this again, either on a smaller card with less and bigger frames or maybe make a MEGA card. It should be interesting either way. I’m not sure if I’m down with the sheer minimalist look of it either, but some of my cards lately have been waaaaaay too clustered feeling. Anyway, I had fun making it and playing. Yay cards!

I liked enough to enter it in the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #48. There were a LOT of great cards, but hey I can try. I keep waiting for the day when I make the Ultimate card.







Perfectly Pleasing Pumpkin

October 7

IMG_2187 I was playing with some of my older dies and found one of my pumpkins and in another one had some vines. I wasn’t quite sure what else I was going to do with it, but I thought I’d try out some of the embossing folders and new framelits I got recently. I think it turned out pretty good and I could use it as just a fall card or a Thanksgiving card or something else.  I like it.

Making cards

October 6

Masculine birthday card

I started making cards again recently and decided to go ahead and attempt to do a couple of web challenges. One was from Fab Friday where you needed to use specific colors for the palette.

The colors were a little difficult for me to work with since I wanted a birthday card and not a Halloween card, but I think it came out alright.

I was trying to make it a masculine card, so again I went for a muted look.  I still got to have fun with embossing though.  I added some sparkle to the base card with some iridescent ice embossing powder.  I thought about white and clear, but I think this was the right way to go. In retrospect, if I was


going to do it again I would probably go with stripes and not the polka dots, but hindsight is 20/20.
After I was done, I was thinking that this would have made a great card to use the wetlands stamp set with.  The top circle could have been the setting sun and then the bottom half the reflection in the water.  I’ll try that another day I think.

Freshly Made Sketches 106

It could also lend itself well to a Sympathy card too or something along those line, like life changes graduations and the whole this is a new chapter in your life.  Anyway there were a lot of ways to go with it and I’ll probably have to explore it later.The other challenge was one from over at Freshly Made Sketches.  I was enjoying the thought of this one.  It’s simple enough that you don’t have to go overboard wit items that would clutter up the card, well unless you really wanted to.

Happy crafting!



May 21

It’s quiet now, i hear the wind. The crickets sing, the birds chirping. The cars still drive by, but it’s more of a restful sort of hum. Low and soothing, rumbling on. Finding center, coming back. Breathing deep and settling in. It’s quiet now, beyond the din.

Working with SharePoint

October 4

After working with Linux and Unix for so long it’s been difficult to go back to the Windows world. It’s not that I’m anti-windows or anything, it’s just a different environment and not one that I adore.

I’ve been trying to be fair to SharePoint and I don’t think that it’s necessarily a bad starting point, but it’s just so massive that it isn’t a one person type show.

I’ll continue to plug away at it and try not to squeeze my squishy ball to death when SharePoint designer or the web interface doesn’t work the way I think it should.

I think that’s all the ranting I’ll do for now. Like I said, it isn’t bad…. it’s just different.

Rockmelt on the Mac

March 3

So I decided to say what the hell and signed up for the “Rockmelt” beta. I was intrigued by the video and thought it might be a good experiment.  Unfortunately, it really did not live up to my expectations.

The interface is nice and the ability to add favorite friends and feeds is a nice thing.  The chromium engine give it good speed for loading and browsing and the ability to limit javascript and plugin activity is nice, though nothing close to what NoScript is capable of in Firefox.

I understand that it is a beta and that things may not work properly, but core functionality should work.  I’ve tried on multiple occasions to “share” a link with either friends or post it to my wall and it has not worked.  the button works, but the connection to Facebook fails.  I find it interesting though that when I look at the feed for Facebook, on the left, my credentials work and things are hunky dorky.

The search is different and I’ve had to get use to not seeing them in a page, but in a drop down menu.  That hasn’t really bothered me and the overall usefulness of the search is on par with any other search.  It’s all based on what you’re searching for and how you phrase it.

I’m going to Zap the and reinstall it to see if the issues I’ve been having persist.

Being Beer-venturous

October 6

So I’m working on a beer recipe.  I’m going to enter it in Next Year’s Queen of Beer Homebrew Competition.  I’m looking at doing one of the “ancient” beers.  Something along the lines of an alcoholic chocolate drink.  I have to formulate it myself without help from the mighty one.  I’m thinking I’m going to have to make some small batches to test out the formulation.  I’m thinking maybe some 1 gallon batches.  I don’t know though.  Anyway, wish me luck!

Beautiful morning

September 25

Beautiful Morning, including the Sky!

Yesterday was a beautiful morning, even the sky was amazing.  The temperature was perfect and there was a great breeze.  It was just perfect.  I took a few pictures, but this is probably the only one that even remotely looked good.  I’m still getting use o the new camera on the phone.  Have a great day!

The unfortunate omelet

September 24

Olive, Krab and Feta Omelet

So I was just going to make scrambled eggs, but for some bizarre reason that intention turned into an omelet. A very very salty omelet.  Everything started fine.  The cheese was good and the Krab was well… the only protein available, but it still wasn’t bad. The problem item was the olives and my lazy butt.  I was going to chop up the olives, but nooooooo.. they’ll cut when I use my fork.  So I ended up with a boat load of super salty Kalamata olives.  I still ate it and it was edible, I just think that I could have gotten away with half the olives if I would have chopped them up and then the salty would have been balanced more. At this point I would also like to give kudos to the pan I made this omelet in.  My Great-Aunt’s Le Creuset Flame Orange 6.5″ enameled cast iron skillet.  LOVE IT!  I’m having a whole cast iron love fest lately, they’re the best thing since my Classic ScanPans (Ceramic Titanium).

Shiny Sinks Rule!

September 24

My now shiny sink

So I’m trying something new, at least for me, I’m making my sink all shiny before I go to bed at night.  It seems to be a really happy feeling to get up and see it like that.  I still have some work to do to buff out the scratches in the stainless steel, but I’m working on it.  It’s a new endeavor to start eliminating some of the clutter in my life.  If you’d seen the sink area previously, you’d know that I have a tendency to have stuff on the window sill and on the part of the sink by the window, and dishes in the sink.  I’m trying to get away from that.  I also managed to make the coffee maker provide me with fresh coffee in the morning when I wake up (well except for the night the power was knocked out, that morning Bryan had to push the button. The Horror!).  So I’m on my way.  We’ll see how it goes and I’ll take it slow.

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