Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day

Spending a quiet Christmas Day with daughter and her hubby in Sebastian, Florida. Got to see my cousin Janel, who lives down here, too. Sitting on the lanai, enjoying the lovely weather. And I actually made a layout.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Seriously, THAT just happened?

Chris Davis caught the missed field goal in last second play and ran it all the way back for winning TD in Auburn vs Alabama game this last Saturday.  Total silence in the stadium....then pandemonium.  The field filled with students/fans for the first time ever.

Made a subway art from all the catch phrases and the background is one I took from the stands.  Yes, I was there.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Photo Card

I designed our Christmas card today.  
Photo Card
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Miracle at Jordan-Hare

If you clicked on my FB post to get here, you must be an Auburn fan.  I just spent an hour going on a google search for Auburn Georgia football game, copying and pasting quotes into Notepad. Those quotes and comments needs to be preserved all in one place.

By the way, I was there.  Yes.  A beautiful day, nice breeze, some sun, a 3:00 game instead of those annoying night games.  Lovely tailgate with Ted, Malissa, Mike and Didi Cody.  Mike grilled ribs and chicken, Malissa brought fried chicken.  Lots of wine, lots of fun.

Then the game.....first three quarters exciting and comfortable with Auburn maintaining lead and looking like the 2013 Tigers have all year...all the spark intact.  We were invited to a private box for fourth quarter.  We climbed down from the tippy top of the stadium, where our season seats are, and began to walk around the stadium to the other side, trying to watch the action and not slam into other fans walking toward us.

We made it up to the box, got some wine, sat down in the plush chairs and looked onto the field.  I honestly thought the team had changed uniforms with Georgia while we were making our way across the stadium.  I was absolutely appalled.  All the fun we have had this year watching our "It Factor" team was extinguishing.  It was awful.

I am a fan that tends to close my eyes when the quarterback lets go of the ball and only open them when I hear the fans screaming.  I had finally stopped doing that during the Cam year, and had actually stopped doing it this year, but I did close my eyes now.  On the miracle Hail Mary throw, I opened my eyes just in time to see Ricardo Lewis shoot across the goal line.  Fortunately the entire play is preserved on film for history and can be seen all over the internet.  Literally all over.  Plus, we recorded the show back at home.  I have watched it, watched it, watched it.....(from one camera angle it literally looks like Lewis was running and the ball simply flew over his head and landed right into his hands.

Anyway, here are others telling the story much better than I ever could.  Enjoy.

The Marshall Miracle. The Prayer at Jordan-Hare. The Hail Aubie. The Saint Louis Arch.

Whatever you want to call it, the visual will be unmistakable: Marshall making his five-step drop, looking downfield, stepping into a deep throw, two defenders trying to knock down the pass but ultimately running into each other, the ball bouncing high off safety Tray Matthews at the 20-yard line, popping right to Louis at the 15 who trotted into the end zone as Georgia players and coaches fell to the ground in disbelief.

Ten seconds of pure, breathless chaos.

"When he caught it, I fell on my back," Auburn defensive end Dee Ford said. "I fainted for a second."

"I didn't know what to think," receiver Sammie Coates said. "I saw the ball in the air, and I said, 'I hope somebody comes down with it.' "

It takes a thousand little things falling exactly into place for No. 9 Auburn to pull off this kind of season, but it will forever be remembered by the moment Saturday night when terrified silence at Jordan-Hare Stadium turned into sudden shaking as Nick Marshall's pass got tipped high in the air and into the arms of Louis for a 73-yard touchdown with 25 seconds left to beat Georgia 43-38.

"I looked around (the stands) before the play and it looked like everybody was sad, heads down," receiver Ricardo Louis said. "And it kind of hurt me, because we wanted to keep what we've been having going on."

" I couldn't believe it," Louis said. " It just landed right into my hands. I saw it once it got over my shoulder. It got tipped, I lost track of it ... but when I looked over my shoulders, it was right there."

The Tigers (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) had blown a 27-7 lead but pulled out one more huge play to continue the biggest turnaround in major college football.

They find a way to win," said Gus Malzahn, Auburn's first-year coach. " This team has the `it' factor. That's just the bottom line."
He had simple plans for celebration.
" This is definitely a Waffle House night," Malzahn said.

Whatever they had hidden last year, Malzahn has extracted it. He told his players they were going to pull off the biggest turnaround in college football, and no matter what happens in two weeks against Alabama, they have achieved it.

On Nov. 30, the winner of the 78th Iron Bowl will earn a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game and stay in contention for the BCS title. The loser will basically be irrelevant the rest of the way.  But in terms of the risk and pressure typically attached to such a major rivalry, the burden is not shared equally this time.

For Auburn, a team that has floated to 10-1 on the wings of momentum and belief, this is everything the Tigers could want. For No. 1 Alabama, calmly trying to win its third straight national title, this is everything the Tide should fear.

Alabama thrives on routine and certainty. And yet, what good does that do against a team with absolutely nothing to lose that not only believes in miracles, but seems to make them happen on a weekly basis?

This is a free roll for the Tigers. They're not supposed to beat Alabama, and if they don't, it won't take an ounce of pride away from what they've accomplished this season.

bleacher report: In August when we looked at the 2013 SEC schedule, the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry was a game that was circled on the calendar as one in which a national title contender could make a big time statement. We just had the national title contender all wrong.

Play during the Florida at South Carolina game on Saturday was temporarily halted to show the results of the miraculous Georgia At Auburn game. Approximately 85,000 people watched on the big screen and Gamecocks fans "went crazy" as Auburn cleared the Dawgs leaving the SEC-East open.

And after the madness of Auburn's touchdown, Georgia still had another shot and improbably got to the Auburn 25 with eight seconds left, enough for two plays. But Murray's final two passes were incomplete, including when he was absolutely drilled on the final play and laid on the turf as Auburn streamed onto the field victoriously -- an appropriate metaphor for the seasons of either team.

Brandon Larabee:  The end seemed like a formality when Nick Marshall took the snap on 4th-and-18, the ball on his own 27-yard line. Then, he uncorked the pass and -- I like to think I'm a good writer, but there's no way to describe what happened next: (insert the youtube video here)

One of the most remarkable, improbable and unbelievable plays in college football history. Auburn is the author of a touchdown for all time, a replay that will live for as long as the SEC plays important football games and 87,000-plus fans show up to watch them.

Friday, November 15, 2013

House Progress

Other than the subfreezing weather on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, we’ve had another good weather week for progress on the house.  They started the floor joists for the second floor on Monday, and by Wednesday the second floor walls started to go up.  The last three shots are from this afternoon – two front views and one rear view.  About half the second floor main walls are now up.  Next week they should begin the second floor walls over the garage and then start to put the roof rafters in place.  They also started building the stringers for the stairway, so I’m hoping to be able to get to the second floor next week and see what kind of view we have from there. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Teaghan's First Year in Pictures

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.....

I am bored easily.  Larry and I moved a lot.  I majored in Home Economics, which did not prepare me for a career while on the move.  I did learn to type, however, back when nobody else did.  Pre-computer age, you know.  In fact, I made a few dollars in college typing papers for various sorority sisters.  I also typed papers for Larry while we were dating; I told him I decided to marry him when I did not want to rewrite his papers!  I am a born editor.  Not as good as my daughter...she edited my stuff...but that is another story.

Everywhere we went, I found a job.  In the seventies and even the eighties, everytime we landed in a new place,  I would find an office job through new acquaintances.  With a college degree, small office owners were quick to hire me.  They did not care what the degree was in, after all I could type over 80wpm.  They never asked what my future goals were, etc,  they just wanted somebody literate at the front desk who could type.

I finally sat down today and listed all my weird jobs.  I had a lot of them.  Including doing editing for an African newspaper based in an African woman's house in Charlotte, NC.  Not professional in any way.  LOL.  I satisfied my sewing passion by working for a fabric store.  I sewed costumes one winter for dance recitals.  I was private secretary to the Navy Exchange Officer in Iceland, because I had taken an 8 week class in had to be able to take dictation....which I never happened.

When Jenni went to college, I got asked to help teach a one year old class in a preschool near me.  Hardest I ever worked!  But the best payoff....all the hugs and kisses from those precious little ones.

When I could not find a paying job, I simply did volunteer work.  My two favorites were editing the monthly magazine for Frankfurt International School in Germany and ushering at the Performing Art Center in Charlotte, NC.  The last couple of years I helped a school teacher friend of mine prepare her art projects for the kids.

I finally settled in working part time for a job placement agency doing data entry for The Perkins Group.  The job started at 20 hours a week and finally wound down to an hour a week during the ten years I worked for Pat  and I decided to retire!  I did get bored quickly on this job, but it was ten minutes away from my house, I made my own hours, and I liked the company owner.  So I stayed there and stopped reading want ads and signing on with Temp Agencies.

Friday, October 04, 2013

The Eyes Have It!

Our grandson, Griff seems to have gotten a dose of bad eyesight from all sides of the family.  He now has new specs and I bet he can see the world a whole lot better!  Go Griff!

credits: Ronda_itsaboysworld
mye de leon - frame

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Huge Sign of Autumn

Look what is near my house.  Told you I was out in the country! He graces the entrance to Southern Manor Farms in Eatonton, GA.

Look at the great bits and pieces I used on this layout!  And on this one!

(thanks to Kelly for her cute pics on FB of the twins)

Want some of these cute things to grace your own Fall layouts?  Then go grab LLD's new kit, "Happy Fall Ya'll".  Its on sale for 30% off until Sept 29 at Scraps n Pieces.

*As a member of the Leaving a Legacy Designs Creative Team, I receive products for free in return for creating and posting projects to promote said product. Please be advised that the Leaving a Legacy Designs products used and showcased on this blog any time after(insert date) were indeed received for free.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Let's Go Way Out on a Limb

It is very quiet right now and I was trying to figure out what to do digi this afternoon.  I looked back over my blending class and then decided to find a photo and do something with it. We were at the Landing Club House one afternoon and I spotted this huge, perfect spider web.  This area has lots of spiders and spider webs, as I am discovering.

Here is what I ended up with.  Don't judge!  I went a bit crazy. Not sure how I ended up here.  I can actually envision this in a frame.

Drew some yellow lines over the web.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Preserving History

I inherited several old quilts from my Mom.  Right now they are in storage while we build our new house.  Before I packed all my stuff up, I took some photos of all my quilts and antiques bric a brac and such.  Today I wanted to use Pixel Scrapper's kit by Marisa Lerin, called Pretty Things.  So I went looking in my computer stash for one of what I call "my pretties".  I spotted this scan:

And turned it into this layout:

 Here is the kit.  Click on the image to go grab it.  It is free if you are a Contributor to
Pixel Scrapper.  You will find the site full of eye candy!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Altered Portrait

I decided to try out this Altered Art that digiscrappers are creating. If you click on the digiscrap layout, it will take you to the Gallery at Oscraps, host of the altered art challenge.  I love this and think it will be worthy of framing.  I need to do more of this.  It is fascinating.

  I used a photo that was taken by a friend in high school.  I remember that he had gotten a new camera and fancied himself a photographer and convinced me to sit for a portrait.  As you can see the colors were pretty bad and my hair was worse.  I erased the background, gave myself a haircut and then did a sketch effect and went from there.  Glad I never threw this out.  I am an admitted packrat.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Snips n Snails

"Snips and Snails"....and puppy dog tails, of course!  A cute name for a cute kit that is all boy!  Kimberly has filled her latest kit with all kinds of  things to make your layouts fun!  Let's go dig in the dirt!!
You can find it in her shop at Scraps n Pieces

 When I spotted the sandbox in the kit, I knew I had to put some little kids digging in it!  What fun.

 And, of course, my two granddogs:

*As a member of the Leaving a Legacy Designs Creative Team, I receive products for free in return for creating and posting projects to promote said product. Please be advised that the Leaving a Legacy Designs products used and showcased on this blog any time after(insert date) were indeed received for free.

Leaving a Legacy Designs News Releases

Sadly, another digi store is closing.  This store was home to Leaving a Legacy Designs.

You can now find all Kimberly's cute kits that you see on my blog over at Scraps n Pieces.  In launching her new store, she is looking for more CT members.  Apply today!

LLD is moving her kits over to Scraps n Pieces, so you can shop here for all of them!

Sunday, September 08, 2013

A Little Modern Art

My niece took this photo of her kids relaxing on the sofa and the look on her son's face caught my attention.  I was in the mood for some art, as you have noticed from my last posts.  I took this photo:

and made this composition:  Captured!

More Magic with PSE Tutorials

While I was on the Digital Scrapper website today, the sketch-to-painting tutorial was mentioned in a forum.  I have tried this technique using lots of different techniques and never have been happy.  Digital Scrapper tutorials are so easy to follow, I bought it and started playing around.

One of my favorite photos taken while we were in Europe is this one:

I use it a lot when I am learning a new technique.

Today was no exception.  I am extremely happy with my end result.  I followed the instructions completely, but when I got to the blending on the paper, an unusual blend mode result caught my eye and this is what happened:

I will be back with a more traditional version of the tutorial later.  I just love turning boring photos into works of art.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Multiple Frame technique

I spent the afternoon with the Multiple Frame tutorial from this month's Digital Scrapper Premier kit.  I don't always want or need the kit at the moment, but the tutorials are great.  Today I took this photo:

 And created this layout using the pattern and copy tools from PSE.  Opens a whole new artistic world.

Here's The Scoop

Do you have a little girl to scrap for?  This is the cutest kit by Leaving a Legacy Designs and it is on sale for just $2 today here.

LLD has a great Creative Team and I was inspired to scraplift them.  Here is a layout from Tina
 Here is mine:
I confess to a pretty literal scraplift.  I even put Tina's layout at the base of my own layout and placed the same elements in the same places.  I did add a few more touches to make it mine.  Thanks, Tina, for your inspiration!

(*As a member of the Leaving a Legacy Designs Creative Team, I receive products for free in return for creating and posting projects to promote said product. Please be advised that the Leaving a Legacy Designs products used and showcased on this blog any time after(insert date) were indeed received for free.)

Summer on the Boardwalk

I just love this kit, Summer on the Boardwalk. Leaving a Legacy Designs has put this kit, plus Here Comes Trouble, and Here's the Scoop, on sale today for 50% off, so now is your chance to grab it for all those summer photos you have not scrapped yet!

I made this cluster using the kit:

Click on the image and you can get it for free today, along with two other clusters by the team over on Kimberly's blog!

You can see the cluster in this layout I made for a beach photo I took this summer:

*As a member of the Leaving a Legacy Designs Creative Team, I receive products for free in return for creating and posting projects to promote said product. Please be advised that the Leaving a Legacy Designs products used and showcased on this blog any time after(insert date) were indeed received for free.

Each image is linked, the kit is available at two stores.