Friday, July 7, 2017

Young Living Promos for July 2017

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Restaurant Meal Monogamy

I cringe when I am about to go out to eat with several people.  And it's not just because I'm an introvert.  It's because it very likely that people will order their meals and just assume that when all the meals arrive, that they can offer to share and expect a nibble of my meal when they ask.  Even if I don't accept their offer.

Some people claim that the sharing of food from companions' plates is a time-honored behavior.  The predominate opinion is that you shouldn't be too disappointed to order a meal that you were undecided about because you can always grab a bite of another meal from someone else.
I lot of people seem to use the strategy of first offering a bite of their own meal and thereby encourage their dining companions to return the gesture.  That might be a rather passive-aggressive maneuver but it seems to work because who wants to be the bad guy. 

There are folks that see all the edible eye candy on the table and want to sample a little bit of everything. 

I'm not even talking about the people that are afraid of the sharing of germs - if someone is a germophobe, they certainly don't want other peoples' forks in their food after they've been in their own mouths.  These people probably have a hard enough time being in such proximity as a crowded dining room without them having to worry about sharing spittle.

Now don't get me wrong.  I fully understand the reasoning if my companions want to know what something tastes like so they will be better informed when they next visit the place.  I fully get this, but it doesn't mean that I have to like it especially if it happens time and time again.

I feel that, unless it's agreed on beforehand, if you want to eat something, you should order it yourself.  Not rely on the people eating with you to fork over something that you really had your mind set on.  Plus what's wrong with wanting to enjoy your own meal and savor your own dessert?

Now if I were to ask someone else for a bite of their dinner, then it would open up the sharing floodgates and I'd fully expect that to happen.  However, I don't ask anyone else for some of what they're eating.  Ever.  And if I don't do that, then why does it seem like I'm obligated to share my food with someone else if they ask? 

I saw a forum where a woman asked the question, "Is it OK not to share my food in the restaurant?"  The very first response was for the person to go out and eat on their own if they didn't want that to happen.  The woman was told that the point of eating in restaurants was for everyone to order a different dish and to swap food and share with your dining companions.

When did this become the societal norm?  Now granted, there are restaurants where sharing is expected, like a tapas bar or a restaurant with communal dining.  There's an Ethiopian restaurant near where I live that serves each table a huge platter of food and everyone digs in.  However, I don't believe that sharing should be expected when dining in groups in a typical restaurant.

Etiquette guru, Emily Post, states that you have to know the rules to know when to break them.  The baseline rule for dining is: "You eat off your plate and I eat off mine."

In my particular situation, I am being very intentional about what I eat.  I try to make smart choices and order only a small portion.  If I know that something is more likely a double portion, then I know that I can bring half of it home and have it another time.  Most of the time I order salads - something to fill me up in the time being but it usually means that I'm hungry later. So when someone asks me for some of my meal, then that messes up my meal plan and leaves less for me when I know that I've ordered just enough.

It has been suggested that if you don't want to share with anyone else that it is up to you to politely mention that you'd like to eat your own meal, and that's something others should respect.  So why then is it deemed rude to turn someone down?  Why do we feel guilty and that we've done something wrong if we refuse (in a nice manner) to share?  And why is it all on us, as the people that don't want to share the meal that we ordered for ourselves, instead of it being on the person that wants our food?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February's Young Living Promotion 2017

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Cardmaking in September and October 2016

It's been a long time since I've posted an installment of cardmaking.  These are the cards I've made in the months of September and October 2016.  Making cards is not a simple, nor quick process for me.  I have many distractions from kids, hubby, friends, calls, pets, you name it - I have it.  I really enjoy making the cards, but it does take me a while.

From now on, I'm going to try list what supplies I use and what colors if it's something specific (if I can remember) for those interested, as I've had a couple of inquiries.  If I can figure out an easy way to do so, I might add some links too so that I can credit the fine makers of the products that I use.  I've been extremely happy with the quality of tools so far.

Now on to the cards....

Card 1) Happy Birth, Kole
The first one here is a Welcome to the World card for the birth of my second grandson, Kole.  I had this card made and ready to go before my oldest daughter Emily's due date so that it was all set to go out as soon as I found out Kole was born.  I made a background using various colors of distress ink and a blending tool.  The patterns on the cardstock grassy area are stamped and I used Copics for all the other coloring.  This little dragon on the front is raised up with foam tape for dimension.

Here's the interior.  I used Intense Black ink for the sentiment.  Copics were used to color the dragon and I used a colorless blender, dotting the dragons to simulate scales.  I love the way the colorless blender can be used to erase color, move color around, lighten color, and to create a textured look.

Magical Dragons stamp set and dies from MFT
Peek-a-Boo Polka Dots die from MFT
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Copic markers and Copic colorless blender
Intense Black in from Simon Says Stamp
Basic Font stamp set from Fiskars 

Hedgehog Hollow stamp set from Newton's Nook Designs
Nutty Over You stamp set from Simon Says Stamp
Little One sentiment stamp set from Hero Arts
miscellaneous card stock, foam tape, and sequins

Card 2) Happy Birthday, Kaidan
This next card was for my first grandson's (Kaidan) 4th birthday.  His birthday is just 10 days after when Kole was born (although 4 years later).  This was my first attempt to make a shaker card and I think it turned out rather well.  Each window is separated and raised off of the card front by some foam tape with a sheet of acetate over the entire thing (under the rainbow striped paper).  So each section had it's own sequins and could be shaken up so that the sequins were in confined areas.  The little monsters were placed tucked into and over the striped paper.  I used some texture paste (which you can't see) just to smooth out the foam around the edge of the card so it looked more uniform.  I also made a hand-written 'shake me' sign in the top, right corner so that Kaidan knew what to do with the card.

Here's the interior.  I added a circle of vellum and a gray, star burst pattern just behind the green monster to separate it a bit and pull it away from the candles because without it, that area just looked too busy to me.  I also rounded the corners of the card with a corner punch so there would be no hard and pointy edges since this card is really thick.  I used purple and green sequins to coordinate with the two monsters on the inside.

Monster love stamps and dies from MFT
Gift Box Cover Up die from MFT
Make a Wish stamp set and dies from MFT
You're Super die from MFT
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Copic markers
Spectrum Noir clear
Detail Clear embossing powder by Stamendous
miscellaneous card stock, vellum, acetate, white pigment ink, foam tape, corner punch, and sequins

Card 3) Happy Birthday, Bronwyn
Next card up is one I made for my daughter Bronwyn's 14th birthday.  She loves foxes so I had to make her a fox card.  I wanted to keep the outside fairly simple since the inside was going to be a bit busy.  The fox sentiment is stamped with Intense Black ink and the 'another birthday' sentiment at the bottom is heat embossed to make it stand out against the black background.  I used Copics to color in the fox and topped it with Spectrum Noir clear to make it sparkle.

The inside of this card is interactive.  The gray balloons below are actually stratch-off stickers that are covering some stamped words such as, "Way to Go" and "I Love You".  The large gold balloon is raised off of the inside panel with foam tape to give dimension.  I used Spectrum Noir gold to make the large balloon really shiny and bright.  I used a few shades of purple ink to give the 'happy birthday' sentiment an ombre look.  White pigment ink was used for the balloon highlights.

Oh for Fox Sakes stamp set by Unity Stamps
Written in Watercolor sentiment stamp set by MFT
Llama Love stamp set by MFT
Essential Cover-Up Vertical die from MFT 
Birthday Speech Bubbles die from MFT
It's No Secret stamp set from Simon Says Stamp
Big Birthday Balloons die from MFT
Scratch-Off Surprise from Inky Antics
Basic Font stamp set from Fiskars
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Copic markers
Spectrum Noir clear
Gelly Roll gel pens 
white embossing powder by Zing
miscellaneous card stock, foam tape, and sequins

Card 4) Happy Anniversary
This next card was for my husband for our 18th (yes, 18th!) wedding anniversary.  Our anniversary happens to be the day after Bronwyn's birthday so I had to have both cards ready. 

In any case, I have a thing for hedgehogs so I just had to make him a hedgehog card.  Besides, they just look so freakin' happy!  Especially this little guy on the front just jumping for joy.  He's raised up with some foam tape to give him a little lift.  I used distress ink (in Peacock Feathers, I think) and a blending tool for the front background.  The sentiment is stamped in Intense Black in and I used Copics to color the features that I cut out using dies.

I made the inside of the card into a small shaker because I just couldn't resist.  I filled the shaker 'box' with various shades of blue sequins and cut out card stock xs and os.  While the sentiments on the upper part of the inside are stamped in Intense Black and Peacock Feathers, the sentiment on the bottom is heat embossed.  All the features here are cut out using dies also.

Happy Hedgehogs stamp set and dies from MFT
Essential Sentiments stamp set MFT
Grassy Hills die from MFT
All My Love die from MFT
Sweet Succulents stamp set from MFT
Stitched Rectangles die from Simon Says Stamp
Stitched Strip die from MFT
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers
Copic markers
charcoal embossing powder by Zing
miscellaneous card stock, acetate, foam tape, corner punch, and sequins

Card 5) Happy Halloween by Teagan
My youngest daughter wanted to make a card alongside me while I made some Halloween cards.  I think she did a fantastic job!  She gave this to her friends that live across the street from us and they loved it.  Teagan had full creative control over what she wanted to do with her card and what supplies she wanted to use.  She used some dark blue cardstock for the background to simulate a night sky.  All the features on the front were die cut with colored card stock.  In addition, the ghosts were also covered with clear Spectrum Noir for a shimmer and the tree has some Copic coloring. The 'stars' and the eyes of the little ghosts and cat are Stickles which is basically a really good glitter glue that dries fairly quickly.

For the inside of Teagan's card, she used a combination of distress inks and blended them with a blending tool, and then splattered with water.  I helped Teagan splatter some watered down, black ink onto the background to give it some interest.  I helped her with that because it can get really messy, really fast.  The bat was die cut from black card stock, while the grave stone and pumpkin are die cuts that were colored with Copic markers.  The grave stone was also stamped with a 'Death by Chocolate' stamp.  The 'Happy Halloween' sentiment is stamped with a glow-in-the-dark embossing powder and heat set.  It didn't show up very well on its own so the sentiment was also outlined in orange.  The little dots are Nuvo Crystal drops in glossy Ripened Pumpkin and Ebony Black that when dried, turn into little enamel decorations.

Similar to the way I mark the back of my cards below....

Teagan decided to come up with her own mark by signing her name and using an oak leaf stamp dipped in gold.

Spooky Scene die set by MFT
Jumbled Boo die from Poppy Stamps
Spooky Sweets stamp set and dies from MFT
Grave Situation stamp set and dies from MFT
Trick or Treat stamp set and dies from Simon Says Stamp
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed
Copic markers 
glow-in-the-dark embossing powder by Wow
Gelly Roll gel pens
Ice Stickles in silver 
Intense Black ink by Simon Says Stamp
Nuvo Crystal drops in glossy Ripened Pumpkin and Ebony Black 
miscellaneous card stock, wooden stamp, and gold stamp pad

Cards 6, 7, and 8: Costumed Pets with Spiders and Bandages
All three of these cards were actually really fun to make.  It's pretty simple but looks really cool with the different papers, and only a couple of dies.  The fronts of all the cards are pretty much the same.  The doggie in bandages was colored with Copic markers.  'Happy' is stamped in Intense Black on a scrap of paper.  The 'Halloween' is a die in gray card stock that's been layered several times to make it stick up a bit from the front.  The bandages on the front are actually Micropore tape.  And the spiders are a piece of Halloween-themed washi tape.

On the inside, I kept it simple on a white background, the masked cat characters are die cut and colored with Copics and all colored differently for each card.  The sentiment is stamped in Intense Black.  The are a couple of little spiders stamped, one at the bottom and one toward the top.  I drew in a squiggly lines in black to act as the silk the spiders are hanging from.

Costumed Pets stamp set and dies from Simon Says Stamp
Copic markers
Copic Multiliner .05 in black
Intense Black ink by Simon Says Stamp
Micropore tape - 1" wide by 3M
Spider washi tape by Doodlebug
miscellaneous card stock

Cards 9, 10, and 11:  Frightful Cards
Here's another trio of Halloween cards that were really fun to make.  I actually started on these cards well before I needed to send them out.  I did the backgrounds and colored the die cut characters and other elements with watercolor.  This was my first time experimenting with it so it was an adventure.  I covered the entire watercolor paper front panels for all the cards in a layer of water.  Then I dropped distress inks onto the water and spread the color around with a brush.  Since I had to use a lot of water, these had to be taped down so they wouldn't warp and let to dry for a couple of days.  After it was thoroughly dry, I added black splatter for more interest.  All the other elements used regular watercolor paints.  The sentiments on the black cut outs are stamped with VersaMark watermark ink - which is a translucent and very sticky ink great for using with embossing powder.  Then I added glow-in-the-dark embossing powder and set it with heat.  The fence is stamped with Intense Black.  I placed the watercolor paper panel on some Halloween-themed cardstock before placing it all onto a black white cardstock card base.  I used the Nuvo Crystal drops to make enameled decoration to add to the front. 

For the inside of the cards I used a spider web stencil with gray distress ink.  The spiders and 'boo' are dies cut out of card stock.  The word 'boo' along with the exclamation mark is layered several times to make it thicker.  I drew the silk thread with a black pen to have the spider hanging from the top of the card.  The spider's eyes are red Nuvo Crystal drops.  This was the heaviest and bulkiest of all the cards I've done so far but still managed to squeeze them into A2 size card envelopes.

Frightful Friends stamp set and dies by MFT
Spooky Sentiments stamp set by MFT
Grave Situation stamp set and dies by MFT
Spooky Sweets stamp set and dies by MFT
Whimsical Spiders die set by Cherry Lynn Designs
Halloween Delicate Web stencil by Memory Box
Jumbled Boo die by Poppy Stamps
Peerless Watercolors
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, and Hickory Smoke
Nuvo Crystal drops in glossy Ripened Pumpkin, Ebony Black, and glittery Ruby Slippers
Intense Black ink by Simon Says Stamp
Copic Microliner .05 in black
miscellaneous watercolor paper, card stock 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Young Living's January 2017 Promotion

Kick off 2017 with inspiring, essential oil-infused freebies!

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