Saturday, August 1, 2015

Child's Play


Today's Writing Prompt: Child's Play

What games do you remember playing as a kid, especially as a group in your neighborhood? These are so specific to each time and location, they are a fun identifier.

Here's a video about the Red Rover game . . . although we didn't play the game as nicely as this . . . LOL . . .


We played Mother May I and Simon Says.

We played all kinds of sports . . . tennis, baseball, touch football, street hockey . . . 

We played tag and hide & seek.  I don't think we were ever bored.

Paper Piecing: Candy Corns

These paper piecings are handmade using scrapbook-safe materials.

Each piece is 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" and sold in sets of 3.

$4.50 for each set.



Tanka Tuesday: Writing

It's time for the next installment of Tanka Tuesday!

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. The just must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.

For more about tanka, see the original post here.

Today's writing prompt is: writing!

I do love writing
it helps me to clear my mind 
organize my thoughts 
it serves as a reminder
of those things I might forget.

ARTastic Challenge . . .

This is the first time I've visited the ARTastic blog and I have to say I really like it.  Check it out.  

The challenge:  "this month our CRITERIA is all about the background - use stencils, gesso, paint, ink, texture ... whatever you want to make those backgrounds a feature of your page."

And here is my page:



Today's Writing Prompt: Difficulty

Describe a difficult time or event in your life and how you overcame it.

The boys were 5 & 10, hubby was recovering from a back injury, we'd pretty much lost everything, we were broke and had almost no food left in the house.  I think this was probably one of the lowest points in my life.

Two hungry kids to feed and no idea what to feed them.  I had some oatmeal (you know the real oatmeal that you cook on the stove) but no sugar.  I did have jam.  Supper that night was oatmeal with milk and jam.  We drew amazing designs into our bowls with that jam and had so much fun.

The next day was pay day.

When I went to look for a photo for this blog post I was kinda surprised to actually find photos of oatmeal and jam . . . I guess it is a real thing.

Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits . . . sketch challenge.

Every year at Scrapfest Kitchener I ask Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits for basketball themed products and they never disappoint.  You would be amazed how hard it is to find good boy-themed products especially basketball.

I love their July 15 sketch challenge.

And here is my take on that sketch . . . 

Friday, July 31, 2015



Today's Writing Prompt: Romance

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or someone has ever done for you?

Hal is generally (not always though) a good sport when I suggest some new goofy thing to do.  This was my way to get him dressed up for dinner with friends for a surprise birthday party . . . telling him he had to look nice for a photo shoot.  I'm so glad we did this photo shoot because I really treasure these photos of us.  He was surprised by the birthday dinner at a local restaurant.  I managed to surprise him a third time that day because I had to drop something off to a friend's house on the way home . . . and surprised again when another group of friends were waiting with cake.

Paper Piecing: Candy Corn

These paper piecings are handmade using scrapbook-safe materials.

4" x 5"


Six Word Saturday . . . on a Friday


Six Word Saturday

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.

HOT!  Thank goodness for air conditioning.

The Green Mile 1999

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #19 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

The Green Mile (1999)

I'm pretty sure I made this comment when I reviewed Saving Private Ryan but I'll repeat it again.  I love Tom Hanks.  This was also the breakout movie for Michael Clarke Duncan, another actor I really admire.

The story is about a simple innocent black man, John Coffey, who is found guilty of raping and murdering two little girls.  He is sentenced to death.  Coffey has a profound effect on the guards on death row, especially when they learn of his special gift which is a blessing to others and a curse to him.

This movie is so moving that I dare you not to cry.

Academy Awards, USA 2000

Best Picture
David Valdes
Frank Darabont 
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Michael Clarke Duncan 
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Frank Darabont 
Best Sound
Robert J. Litt
Elliot Tyson
Michael Herbick
Willie D. Burton