Saturday, October 30, 2010


Until recently Karma's only bedding interest on laundry day was to get herself "made" into the clean sheets. Now she crawls under the blanket and/or comforter that I toss on the floor while I wash the bedding. A "Where's Waldo" situation? Nope--she did have me fooled the first time, but I know her hiding spot now--ROFL! (Karma's that big blob in the middle of the pink blanket.)
Well, I have been working and working on the Christmas cards.
I added the Stickles diamond "snow" onto the trees. Spread them out to dry on one side of the craft table.
Had to move the chair way away from the table so that Miss Karma wouldn't walk on the wet glittery Stickles snow--which automatically made the out of place chair very interesting.
Spread out the rest of the trees on the other side of the craft table.
Then I cut the strips of red ribbon...
...while Karma kept me company in the chair--if you can call snoring keeping one company--hehe!
Dried the trees overnight--and was able to start adding tape to the ends of the ribbons. You can see my stockinged toes as I sit comfortably in my little lounger with a pillow and then the lapdesk on top of the pillow for a workspace.
I got little pieces of tape on the ends of all the ribbon pieces, as you can see here on the endtable.
Then I started attaching the ribbons on to the embossed green pieces of cardstock for the fronts of the card.
Finished attaching all the ribbons...
...and then added the double-sided ScorTape to the backs of the green cardstock pieces...
...and then to the backs of the black cardstock pieces (also for the fronts)...
....while I watched TV and episodes of Northern Exposure and Upstairs, Downstairs. My hours have been going around the clock. Been going to bed after dawn and caught a really dramatic sunrise. Looked more like a sunset! Gorgeous!
So deeply colored...
...with clouds shifting in the wind...
...and colors gradually changing--was breathtaking.
Anyways, I got this far--all the green and black pieces of cardstock ready to tape and all the ovals and circles finished.
Well, I totally overdid it these last several days. Especially being so much more comfortable in my lounger that I could work longer without the knife pains in my shoulders and lower back--well, I just kept plugging away and forgot bad arm! Duh! ROFLMAO!!
I know! I certainly know better. Just because the taping involved mostly a lot of lighter twisting action and not the gripping, pressing, pulling stuff...I still know that I can't overdo repetitious movements with my left arm. Duh! Duh! Duh!
I feel silly admitting that I actually did this to myself and wasn't thinking. I have been so good at self-regulating that maybe I just got cocky. Haven't had to wear my sling for years. Brain lapse! My arm is on the edge right now, so I'll be out of commission for a while until the burning subsides--could be days--could be a week or more. No crafting for me for a while. :(
Looks like it might be a perfect time for me to finally finish reading World Without End, eh? I made it halfway months ago and the book has been sitting here next to my chair. I can read one-handed with my lapdesk set up. (I have lots of props and gadgets to help me do things one-handed around here--hehe!)
Anyways, later on tonight I am going to go over to Dagan and Leah's. Didn't work out for yesterday--not enough time to squeeze a visit in before they had gaming. Today they are working on organizing their storage garage. After dark I will pop over. :)
Hope you are having a really nice weekend with no storms on the horizon. ;) Have an old familiar quote for today. Friends are one of life's delights!
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
Donna Roberts


AliceKay said...

That quote has been a favorite of mine for a number of years. :)

Sorry to hear you aggravated your arm with the repetition. Your cards look like a lot of work, and they are looking great, but I was wondering how you were managing to get it all done without feeling sore afterwards.

Your pictures of the sky before sunrise was definitely breathtaking...and awesome! Such beauty to behold!

I had to laugh at the "big blob" in the blanket. She thought she had you fooled, eh? LOL

I hope you were able to go visit Dagan and Leah tonight. Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous sunrise pictures. We have had some colorful ones here too. Just beautiful to watch it unfold.
Your cards are so intricate, I can't wait to see the finished product.

Anonymous said...

That is so cute Karma crawling under the covers and she is so funny snoring in the chair she did look like she was sleeping hard for sure lol I absolutely love the pictures you took they are definitely breathtaking for sure of the sun, thanks for sharing those, you should print those and frame them :o)

Parsley said...

I love Karma and she has good taste in the PINK blanket! hehe

giddy up said...

Looks like you have been very busy, love your Christmas cards and beautiful pictures of the sunrise! Sorry your arm is not doing well... I hope it feels better soon! It is a pain! Take care...

Deanna said...

Our Chihuahua loves to wrap himself up in blankets and towels, just like Karma.

Those cards are gong to be beautiful, but at what price? Please take care of yourself! Overdoing it is never a good thing.

Hope you made it to Dagan's last night.

Oh, and that sunrise was a joy to see. I need to start getting up earlier and maybe catch such a sight in person.

Take care!


Toriz said...

Karma's silly! :)

You make beautiful cards, if a certain card beside me here is anything to go by! Try not to over-do it though... You need to set an alarm to remind you to take a break, or something!

Hope you made it to see Dagan and Leah, and enjoyed your visit! :)

Love that quote! I think it was among some that Iggy sent me one time.

Rita said...

AliceKay--I'm always sore--it's just a matter of HOW sore--ROFL!! ;) Glad you liked the sunrise pictures. :)

Barbara--Thanks! Most of the time I'm only awake for sunrise because I haven't slept and am on crazy hours--hehe!--but I just love to watch sunrises and sunsets.

Lynn--That's true. Those are pretty enough to print off.

Parsley--Karma says hi! ;)

GiddyUp--Still sore. Feel silly about it cause I know better. :)

Deanna--This is a new thing for Karma. She had never burrowed into blankets before in over five years--paper and boxes, yes--hehe! I've seen a lot more sunrises since fibro and my crazy sleeping around the clock hours. ;)

Tori--I know! Just because I was in my comfy chair--forgot to set my timer and was focused more on my back/shoulder pain--duh! I won't do that again. Promise! :):)

Toriz said...

I thought I remembered you saying you usually did that, and wondered if you forgot.

Furry Bottoms said...

Oh no! I know how much preparation goes into making cards like these... and that's A L O T of cards!!! All the cutting, gluing, taping, stamping, cropping, addressing... WOW.

They sure are pretty though!

And Karma? I was looking at her back paws... I remember being able to use my thumb and fingers to gently spread the paws on my old cat Oreo. He kinda liked that too! Kitty Foot Massage!

Rita said...

Aunt of 14--Aha! You've made cards! Yup! 120 of them is a lot of puttering. I do enjoy it a lot, but I pushed my bum arm over the limit--for the first time in years. Duh! I won't forget to set my timer and limit my repetitious movements again, that's for sure. ;)

Karma absolutely hates her feet or legs being touched--even before she got declawed. Touchy about her belly, too. Never know if she is going to like a belly rub or not--depends on her mood--hehe! Head, chin, neck, back, and sides--LOVES it. But I've had cats in the past who loved kitty foot rubs. :)

Intense Guy said...

I love that quote...


I think Karma is practicing her "pretend to be asleep" for when Santa Claus comes...

I have all this candy left at my house now. This morning, I had a Skittles omelet.

(Can I have a rim shot please?)

Intense Guy said...

P.s., I love those sunrise pictures!!