My first Matchbox swap

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I have had the SIZZIX XL matchbox die (from Stampin Up!) for a few years now and this is the first time I really used it. Since I LOVE Valentines so much, I HAD to participate in Rachel’s swap !  It was SO nice that the creativity just came flowing to me probably since I’ve been working on dotees lately (and getting burned out on them) to create with paper was a nice change.  I had this matchbox done waaaay before partners were assigned… Once I’m caught up with my dotees I’m thinking of getting into more swaps of them.

Hope my swap partner likes it!

MATCHBOX February LOVE 2011

MATCHBOX February LOVE 2011

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Humble Rodeo Parade – SMALL town

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I live in the outskirts of Houston, Texas and Houston holds one of the world’s largest Rodeos every March. I’ve been in Houston, for 15 yrs and this is one of my favorite times of year. Before the construction of I-10, the Salt Grass Trail Ride and a smaller Trail Ride use to come right past my day job.  We use to take our lunch outside & sit on the curb & wave to the Trail Riders that would come by. I LOVED seeing all the REAL cowboys and covered wagons. It was just an incredible site to see that a bunch of cowboys on horses would hold up 10 lanes of traffic to pass by to their destination.  Just something that people outside of Texas never thought happens in this day and age.

Well, the Rodeo Houston’s parade is a BIG deal and its downtown and its ALWAYS televised so I figure, save myself the time of getting up early to drive downtown to watch it, I stay cozy in bed & watch it on TV.

Well, since its Rodeo season here in Houston, the Humble Rodeo is coming up and their Rodeo parade was yesterday, so I went to “Downtown” Humble to watch it. WOW. I think it was THE shortest parade I’ve ever seen. Even high school homecoming parades were longer! This parade was 12 minutes long. That’s it. It was cute & it gave that small town feel, still made me proud of being a Texan.

 

Humble Rodeo Parade 2011

Humble Rodeo Parade 2011

 

 

Humble Rodeo Parade 2011 Horses & Flags

Humble Rodeo Parade 2011 Horses & Flags

 

 

GOD BLESS TEXAS!!!

 

Day trip: Brazos Bend State Park

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I went w/ my dh Saturday morning on a photography road trip to a great photography spot, Brazos Bend State Park . He is the “pro” photographer to me, but in his photography group world, he is an intermediate. Check out his great photos of our trip at his photo blog .

He likes taking bird photos, I do too, but I also have the creative eye to see “other” aspects of nature.

Brazos Bend State Park ruby crowned kinglet

Brazos Bend State Park ruby crowned kinglet

I just snap my Canon point & shoot camera, I hate having to ‘think’ of what settings to use. So as I was waiting for him to take all his ‘pro’ photos, I took mine.  Cute little puffy bird -I don’t remember all the names -I need that space in my brain for other things! LOL!

Here is my ‘creative’ eye, this was a path we were walking down around 40 acre Lake at the park.

Brazos Bend State Park  road with trees

Brazos Bend State Park road with trees

When we got home & looked at my photos on the computer, dh liked this photo, so you might see it on his blog too!

Key to my heart ATC card swap

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I’m not too keen on ATC cards, but slowly they are growing on me. I have been bombarded with trying to complete a bunch of Dotee swaps so I needed a break from sewing, so I made some paper items for some swaps. Hope my partner likes it. I have the new Martha Stewart Lock & key punch for the small heart & key and a SIZZIX die for the big heart & keys.

ATC key to my heart swap 2010

ATC key to my heart swap 2010

Kiwi’s Etsy Love Swap #1

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Thanks to Kiwivandal for hosting this awesome swap over on swap-bot.com.  Check out her blog for some great stuff!

Here are some great items in some shops over on etsy:

1. KellyZarb  blog and  her etsy store

kellyzarb ETSY banner

kellyzarb ETSY banner

My pick from her store:  owl amulet etsy item  Listing # 7032811

Owl Amulet KellyZarb etsy store

Owl Amulet KellyZarb etsy store

2. Tara Hammond – her blog and her etsy store

thefictiondept etsy banner

thefictiondept etsy banner

My pick from her store: Postage Stamp Pinback Buttons Set 6   Listing # 60545746

Postage Stamp Pinback Buttons thefictiondept etsy store

Postage Stamp Pinback Buttons thefictiondept etsy store

3.  Stevie-Lynn Borunda – her blog and her etsy store
lovemaddy etsy shop

lovemaddy etsy shop

My pick from her etsy store: Sequin butterflies – appliques lovemaddy etsy shop Listing # 48170908

Sequin butterflies - appliques lovemaddy etsy shop

Sequin butterflies - appliques lovemaddy etsy shop

4.   An Tran  her blog and her etsy store:
xiwang PANDA LOVE SHOP etsy banner

xiwang PANDA LOVE SHOP etsy banner

my pick from her etsy store: Kawaii Sticker Flake Mix

Kawaii Sticker Flake Grab bag xiwang etsy shop

Kawaii Sticker Flake Grab bag xiwang etsy shop

5. Manda Duncil: her blog and her etsy store:
lampshadesnLollipops etsy shop

lampshadesnLollipops etsy shop

My pick from her etsy store: Already Bitten Donut Necklace
  • Listing # 61623265
  • Already Bitten Donut Necklace LampshadesnLollipops etsy store

    Already Bitten Donut Necklace LampshadesnLollipops etsy store

    Hope yall check out their awesome blogs & etsy stores!
    Thanks KIWI for hosting this swap! 🙂

    The Amazing Race – Houston version

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    I saw this ad on my facebook feed for this race called CitySolve Houston and it got me SO EXCITED ! It’s The Amazing Race” –but only in Houston!

    “Teams of 2 – 3 solve clever clues and face fun challenges all while navigating the urban landscape by foot or public transportation! It’s a scavenger hunt, with all the thrills of the amazing race, mixed in with trivial pursuit, throw in a mini road race and add a dash of cat-and-mouse. And voila! You’ve got CitySolve Urban Race. Clear your calendar for February 19, 2011 to dash through Downtown, Midtown and more!”

    AWESOME! I don’t have to worry about a passport, taking vacation days, worry about where I’ll sleep or shower!! Its only one afternoon for  4 hours, its only in Houston!! So, I posted my status on facebook asking who wanted to do the race with me, and my friend Erin said she would! COOL! So we are signed up & now we just need to learn more of Downtown Houston & the public transportation. Hmmm… should be interesting. I’ll take photos – it should just be fun – we don’t care (or expect) to win.

    Years ago when I was a volunteer with The Make-A-Wish Foundation there was a similar race (the name escapes me at the moment). I worked at one of the stops. It was at an ice block company and the teams had to find the place, then chip out a key frozen in a HUGE block of ice. It was very fun to watch! The teams were saying how they were speeding all over & a couple already got speeding tickets!  I took photos that day of the racers & ice blocks, however, apparently I forgot my camera on my hood of my truck and ended up watching it FLY OFF the windshield/hood of my truck on the highway. Uh, yeah, I was NOT turning around or stopping to get that (especially since it was near the entrance of a BUSY highway) I watched in my rear view mirror the camera SMASH to bits ! OH well, since that day, I am overly cautious with my cameras now (oh yeah, that wasn’t even MY camera that smashed!!)

    The Best Medicine – Valentine’s Day swap

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    When I found this swap on swap-bot.com I  thought it was cute. As I go through my daily tasks around the house I always keep in the back of my mind of stuff I may need for a swap that I’m interested in. Well, as I refill our weekly Rx sorters on Sunday last week, I actually emptied one of my dh’s fish oil pill Rx bottles. Luckily for me, he gets the stock bottles from his insurance company’s mail order Rx program…which means, the bottle was HUGE! YIPPEE!!  So I signed up for the swap. I slowly collected Valentine’s stuff for it and slowly decorated the bottle as the ideas came to me.  I was SO excited last night when I finished decorating & stuffing the bottle & couldn’t wait till partners got assigned.

    I was at our local Goodwill shop earlier this week searching for some future craft supplies. I always look for bangle bracelets to make snake bracelets (long story, but read here more on this), I always look at bags/purses, belts, and stuff I could use for displays in photos for my jewelry photos for my etsy/artfire stores. ALWAYS in that order. NEVER take a cart, then I know I’d spend too much $$.

    Well, on my belt search I found this neat buckle on an ugly belt.  When I got home I cut off the ugly belt & thought about how to make it a great piece for this swap.

    Upcycled heart belt buckle

    Upcycled heart belt buckle with Rhinestones

    Upcycled heart belt buckle with Rhinestones

    I adhered it to the bottle top with an XL glue dot and tied ribbons on the side that had the belt attached. The bottle is still able to be opened easily. I die cut some heart lockets and spiced them up with some ink, ran thru my Xyron and WHAMMO… there ya have it.   I hope my partner likes it as much as I do.

    The Best Medicine Valentine bottle Rx in rhinestones

    The Best Medicine Valentine bottle Rx in rhinestones

    The Best Medicine Valentine Rx pink heart locket

    The Best Medicine Valentine Rx pink heart locket

    The Best Medicine Valentine Rx white heart locket

    The Best Medicine Valentine Rx white heart locket

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