Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Christmas Blizzard- Blizzard #2

Here are some pictures of the Christmas Blizzard, our second major snowstorm of the season. We had 21 inches of snow, and high winds, resulting in some huge drifts. We weathered the storm at my in-laws house, and we were stuck from Thursday morning to Saturday morning. The roads were impassible--even coming home was a little hairy on the highway. We got to the gravel road north of our house at about 1:00 Saturday afternoon only to find that it hadn't been plowed. We did go around (howie, our neighbor, had scooped a path from the other mile to our driveways), but we almost got stuck. We parked the van in front of the driveway and Myron walked up the driveway, scooped the drift with his hands in front of the shop doors to get the tractor out, and began scooping.

Here are his footprints--the first sign of life in our driveway! That's a lot of snow!

Here comes the tractor---he's pushing quite a pile!

Scooped! The banks got higher and higher every pass he made.

Here's a shot up by the house. Once I could get in the driveway, I promptly got stuck, so Myron had to push me out with the tractor. I got up to the yard, and then had to wait so he could clear the drifts and snow in front of the house.

We had another blizzard last week, which accumulated in about 8 inches of snow and pretty high winds the next day. I was stuck for 2 days then as well. Howie scooped me out a couple times, but with the snow and wind and temps (w/o the wind) of -20, it was pretty debilitating for our area. No pictures though---we're expecting another storm next week though, which is supposed to dump another 20 inches on us, so be prepared!!
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Blizzard #1

Finally, here are some pictures of the blizzard at the beginning of December (our first major snow storm). My husband was gone trucking, and I was stuck in the house for 2 days.

This is out our front door (facing south) the night it started snowing. It had been snowing all day, and then the wind picked up. It literally HOWLED through the house. We didn't have plastic on yet. Yeah, oops.

This is out our front door the next morning. The drift was literally 4 feet high, right in front of our door.
This is in my bedroom (on the north west side of the house). Obviously, there is a little gap somewhere, because the snow is piled between the glass and the BLIND. Inside the house. It was 52 degrees in our bedroom that morning.

This is right outside our front door. The shovel was set against the swing, and you can see how big the drift is. I literally had to DIG the shovel out to try to scoop the walk (I didn't suceed with the walk).

Soon to come--Blizzard #2.
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Christmas Signs

Good morning. I have a couple blog posts of different stuff today (hopefully, if my kids can play nice for more than 2 seconds at a time!). First off, here's some cool stuff I made for Christmas gifts.
This is for my brother and his wife. I thought it turned out really cool- I cut the barbed wire with my cricut. I also found the font online (I think
This was for my niece's super super sparkly! After some experimenting, I used a two way glue pen to put glue on the butterflies (cut on my cricut), and then sprinkled loose glitter on. It's awesome---so girly!
This was for my nephew--again, the font was online, the barbed wire was cut with the cricut, and I finally used this denim paper. It's a hard paper to use--it doesn't just go with anything! I like how this turned out, as well.

This was for my youngest sister's boyfriend. He's really into hunting, and he got the pheasant for me so I could have some feathers. I love how this turned out, and so does he. Crystal said he hung it up right away!
Look for some more stuff after a bit!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mojo116- Welcome, Baby

Good evening from snowy Iowa! We are just coming out of one heck of a blizzard. We were pretty much snowed in for two days, so I have gotten ALOT done! I finished an order of 15 cards (started on Monday) because we couldn't go anywhere! This is one of the last ones, and it also follows the sketch for this week's Mojo Monday (#116).

There is absolutely no stamping on this card, it's all paper from the same stack. It's called Nana's Nursery Baby Boy Matstack. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. It's glittery, it can be boy or girl, it's darling!
I drew some faux stitching around each of the circles for interest, and then cut the giraffe out by hand and popped him up on dimensionals. The "welcome, baby" is my own handwriting. Thanks for stopping! We actually get to leave the house tomorrow, so things will start picking up again!

Paper: Nana's Nursery Baby Boy matstack (from Hobby Lobby), unknown dark blue
Other: ribbon, blue pen, dimensionals

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Friday, December 4, 2009

My first crocheted blanket!

Hey, everyone! Just popping in quick this morning to show you the blanket that I finally got done! My friend Becky asked me to crochet around some fabric for her daughter's (1) "comforter" for her crib bed. I chose to use some dark brown thread. I kind of made up the pattern because I didn't know what I was doing, and close up, it looks a lot more like scallops than in this picture, but you get the idea!
Rnd 1: Foundation stitch
Rnd 2: Dc in every sc
Rnd 3 (scallop): (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first sp, sk 4 dc, * (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next sp, sk 4 dc*, repeat from * around.
**in corners: ch 1, 4-5 dc, ch 3, 4-5 dc, sk 4 dc, resume Rnd 3

Happy Friday!
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Verve Release Party Challenge

Happy Monday! Here's a card I made yesterday for Verve's November release party challenge. The challenge was to use their sketch, and make it a thankful card. I embossed the snowflakes on the background with sparkly ep, and added stickles everywhere (kind of hard to see--hopefully getting a new camera for Christmas, right mom?! :) ) I cut out the snowflake and popped it out on dimensionals (the big snowflake is on dimensionals, too). Thanks for looking!


Paper: dark blue, SU! bashful blue, SU! Lavender Lace
Ink: versamark
Stamps: Serene Snowflakes
Other: sparkly ep, stickles, dark blue cm pen, pastels
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cards and Kids

Good evening, everyone! I've come with some cards that I made today, and also a few pictures...
First, the cards. These are going to my mom--the first one is for my grandma's birthday.

I love how this turned out. It's for Viva La Verve, November Week 1. The twist was to use a 1,2, 3 challenge (1 embellishment, 2 colors, 3 stamps). I think I hit the mark. I embossed the flowers and the flower's really pretty IRL (as always! :) )
Paper: Unknown dark pink, light pink, red
Stamps: Verve Because of You
Ink: positively pink, versamark
Other: pearls, clear ep, scallop circles from cricut, sponges
This one is for an anniversary that's coming up (I won't say who in case they read it!). Its also for Viva La Verve, November Week 2. The twist this week was to use the cracked glass technique (really fun, you can find it on SCS). The flowers are done with this takes time, but it turns out really neat. I just hope they don't think I wish them a broken marriage! :) LOL I forgot I had this paper; it was hidden on a bottom rack on my paper holder. It's SU!...I don't even remember the name. Parisian Breeze? ha
Paper: Parisian Breeze
Stamps: Happy Harmony
Ink: Positively Pink
Other: pearls, clear ep for cracked glass

And now for some fun family pictures...
Here's Micah! He's walking EVERYWHERE now---all over the house practically!
Michelle got these fun glasses from a friend of mine because she went potty at Becky's house. This was taken right after she took a bath...I thought it turned out darling.

Have a nice night!

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