Friday, February 07, 2014
A good Friday Morning to you!
Caroline said her back was all better and she was coming on Tuesday. Miss Karma has been extra cranky and thrown up a couple times in the past couple weeks. Guess what I discovered Tuesday morning?
After all these years...
...Karma has suddenly decided to eat the philodendron that sits behind the chairs.
The only other place I had to even put such a giant plant was on top of the desk hutch.
Karma was also eating the tips of the fern fronds, too. Both of these plants are supposed to be toxic for cats, but she never bothered them...until now. When Caroline came I explained the situation and she said she'd help me. I double-asked her if she really thought she should be helping me with this big project because Dagan and Leah could next week, but she said she was doing great now. I hope she still thought so after we were done--LOL!
What a mess! There were dead leaves hidden in the underside and back of the philodendron--which was quite awkward to move and had secretly sent a very long shoot behind the bookcases. We set it on my sturdy glass folding table and pruned away. Caroline had to use the broom and dustpan to clear up the main mess on the carpet after we were done before she could even vacuum--LOL! But she got it up there on the hutch--tendrils hanging. I arranged the best I could after she left--explaining to the poor plant that we had to do this for its own safety...assuring that Karma is too fat to jump up on the desk if I move the chair away at night...apologizing and sending loving energy. (I know Phil is still not happy up there...
...and neither is the fern that got moved higher with its back to the sun.) Fern had to be moved for her own safety, also. We had to move and rearrange things on the tops of bookcases and I just shoved everything someplace for the time being.
Was a bigger project than we anticipated. And Phil is even larger than we thought. Looms over me now when I am at my desk--LOL! But hopefully this will solve the cranky, barfing Karma problem. ;)
Some of my February orders have been coming in. From Goulet Pens--got the bands for both sizes of the Midori Traveler's Notebooks.
No, I don't own either of them. I would like to attempt a "fauxdori" as people are calling it when they try to make their own version. Brian has a great video showing all about how they work and you can see it here. Kind of the latest craze in the paper and pen world. :)
And I actually ordered some ink samples from Goulet Pens--all Pilot Iroshizuku inks! One of the most expensive inks around--like $28 a bottle. I can write like a rich woman, eh? ROFL!!
From Amazon...I found some leather!! It's scrap lace leather (what they use to cut leather shoe laces).
It should work for a rustic fauxdori cover, I hope, even if it is a bit thicker than the leather on a real midori. I plan to make my own insert notebooks.
Then from Hollanders--a couple of things I have been looking at for several years. Finally got a set of brass folding strips and teflon bone folders. The teflon bone folders are not supposed to leave that shine along the crease on the paper or cardstock like a regular bone folder can and are easier to clean off residual glue from bookbinding.
The folding strips make measuring for cardmaking or bookbinding a breeze (from what I've seen on videos). I am stoked to finally have these.
I played some more with that page spread in my junk journal. Things did not go well--ROFL! I was still trying to use up the clogged misters, right? So I just poured some into that little orange cup (recycled Meow Mix cat food cup) and painted them on the pages with a big brush--one at a time and let them dry inbetween. I tried the pewter (could hardly tell I had done anything at all), then golden bamboo (something has definitely happened to this one over time--turned very dark and stinks)...
...then persimmon and finally bronze metallic. Not much difference for all that time and effort.
By this time, honestly, I was bored and didn't know what the heck to do with these pages...so I decided to just go silly.
I have been thinking about that free weekly art challenge website--Journal52--and decided to do some quick catching up.
Week one was "up, up and away" (balloon rubber stamp).
Week two was "somewhere-a simple place" (back to grade school drawing--LOL!). Oh well, it was fun to get out my old markers--and to just be back at my art table again. :) I guess this would still qualify for Jennifer's Artist's Playroom this week. Definitely felt like I was in a playroom. ;)
And Miss Karma...
...she enjoyed the packing paper.
I'm watching Justified, Season 4. This southern series has got dark sick humor, a little bit of love, mysteries, an abundance of liars, regular killings, warped families, twists & turns, and a whole lot of crazy. Well, and Timothy Olyphant! My, my! ;) Anyone else a fan?
Have a marvelous, cheeky weekend! If things aren't going the way you want, color like you're five! ;)
"Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film."