Friday, April 30, 2010

Valentine's carrots

Valentine's main treat is carrots.

Today Colton was over visiting me, (Grandma) and while Brandi fed him Valentine tried to figure out why she was smelling carrots and they were not going to her! 

I think Colton was kinda teasing her.  See how he is looking at her like, "ha ha. My carrots". ??  *wink* *wink*

Once again, he is just casually eating his carrots and looking at Val like, "what?".  "They are mine!"

Valentine is licking her lips as Colton giggles over another bite.

Valentine has the look like "this can't be true!".  "What in the world?" "Lucky kid"

The carrot saga will continue another day.

In the meantime, Colton looks satisified.  Valentine did get to lick the bowl.  Are you kidding me?  Who could refuse those eyes?  *smile*

Friday~pay day~pray day

Friday- either a payday or not for me.  Today it was.  Not for my son.  He gets paid opposite Fridays then I do. 

I put a total stop on helping him financially when he made almost as much as me last year and blew the total sum of it.  He is spiraling downhill fast.  I know he was thinking "I'll catch that bill next time" but when next time comes he has already spent the money.  Collectors are calling him non-stop and of course it's on my home phone number. 

I do know once you get so broke it's hard to climb back up to just maintaining...working, paying bills, working, paying bills. Even a flat tire can be devastating at that point

I'm frustrated that he is getting into more and more of a mess.  I know he is frustrated and hopefully not falling into a depression.  It's hard to not just try to help catch him up when I know I could, but I realize that has not been helping him either.  It just delays the process until next time.  And, honestly, I do worry about what the money he is spending is being spent on.  I don't want to contribute to anything that numbs him from life. He has been numb long enough.  .

Of course, I'm his mom so he will not listen to any advise I try to give him.  He complains that he is only 24 and he is not going to just sit home and work and do nothing else.   That is his excuse to spend what he knows belongs to someone else already.  When I was 24,  he was six.  Maybe if he had a "six" he would look at life alittle more differently.  He is so full of discord.  I want him to be full of the Holy Spirit so he will know peace and hopefully some self-control.  I want him to be able to see a future for himself instead of living life in the fast lane and only for this day. 

I pray for him all the time.  Really, all my kids.  How can you not?!  I try not to worry and just give it to God but it's such a constant presence that it is creeping back moment by moment until I'm fretting.  So I'm blogging to vent and ask for prayers for my oldest.  Wisdom, guidance, love, whatever~ God knows what he needs and it's more than just money. 

Monday, April 26, 2010


"We are locked into the moments and hours and days of life, but we look ahead by faith in Christ."  
Bill Crowder              

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I sold my first Etsy item!!

I hope the nice lady in Iowa likes the real thing!  It's getting shipped tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Better mute my music for my last post.

GARMIN-Listen up!!!

no use sound bite

Eat the bar sound bite

prayer 1 sound bite

Family vacation sound bite

All-Star Cast of 'Nine' sound bite

When things look bad, and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. sound bite

I hope. sound bite

Well, I hope you folks enjoyed yourselves, catch ya later on down the trail. sound bite

As it stands I do not own a GPS devise............HOWEVER,  if they had the voice of Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, Morgan Freeman or Antonio Banderas~I would totally have one!!  Can you imagine just driving all night with one of them telling us every little turn to make?  OR better yet, make a model we can choose who's voice we need for that day!  I would have to get a job as a traveling salesman just so I could use my Garmin all day long.  I think I'm on to a genius marketing idea!! The guys could take their picks from any of the women from the movie NINE (Larry King Live clip included with voices) or maybe Marge Simpson but I know plenty of them also like Sam Elliott's voice or Morgan Freeman's.  And WHO couldn't use alittle Clint Eastwood on the road when your feeling that little ounce of road rage?  C'mon, we've all been there.  He would totally make it all better! *smile*
My husband built this deck off the back of our home almost completely by himself! It is amazing.  He is so handy.  I like to do art but that guy can really do anything he sets his mind too!  He likes to tell me how spoiled I am....well, I guess I can't argue that one!  I'm hoping to get some nice photographs of some wildlife from this high up beauty!  Just had to share!

Friday, April 16, 2010

I did it!!!

I started my own Etsy store!  I just decided to jump in and try it.  I have one item posted!  Lol!  OH MY GOSH!  Who knew how much work really goes on behind the scenes?! I have been sitting at this computer for a good 3 1/2 hours!!  I hope I get faster.........
Valentine does too!  She's been watching me and waiting and then all I know, I hear some snores, look over and she is OUT.   Her poor little head must of just went BONK. 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Etsy Earring Photos

1st photos 023  I took these earring pictures for my future Etsy store.  On Etsy there is room for 5 photos and most advise comments I’ve read says to use all 5 photo spots.  I’m thinking I’ll have to really get create to think of how else to photograph my things to get 5 views!  Maybe with a ruler next so people can gage the size of them?  1st photos 021I do love this old book and have used it in numerous pictures.  I’ve made a very small dent in the process of getting an on-line store going.  It’s way more work than I initially envisioned! I still have a ton of merchandise that I have created to photograph, describe, and figure a price on it in order to post and get the store up and running.  1st photos 024
I would love any comments from those of you that read my blog or have stumbled onto it and have already done this process.  Thanks!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Photoshop Textures

I took these photo at:  Architectural Salvage
2045 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

I don't know a lot about using textures in Photoshop but I have been studying some tutorials and will soon be trying it.  I'll post any good results I get.  I thought I'd share these so feel free to copy them for your own creative use. 

The first one is of old tin ceiling tiles, the 2nd is a green floor, and this last one is of an old white building column. 

If you are ever around the Kansas City area I highly recommend you visit the Architectural Salvage store.  You can make some great discoveries there and also take some awesome photographs!  I purchased some old hinge hardware there that I'm going to try to use to create a small greenhouse for my friend's birthday present.  It will be made from picture frames hinged together.  I have to collect the frames still and plan on doing that this summer at garage sales.  Her birthday is not until October so I'm sure I'll have plenty of time.  Something I value alot of these days.  :)

Be sure and leave me a comment if you were able to use any of my textures.  Thanks!