Good Weekend my friends! Wow, I’ve had the craziest week. But it was brilliantly fun. (If you don’t care about my excuses, scroll down til you see the Case File. It’s all scrapping from that point on.)
Friday was my nephew’s birthday (it was actually Wednesday, but we lied to him. He’s 4, we can still get away with that.) and my parents were in town for that. We went to the Zoo and Frog got to ride the Zoo Train as many times as he wanted.
I had to skip out early, as I had a podiatrist appointment. I’ve been having a pain in my foot since late May, and was finally able to get in to see the specialist. Turns out I have a thing called “Morton’s Neuroma”. Basically, a bruised nerve between my toes. In the early stages (which this was) it’s a simple fix: cortisone shot and no going barefoot. If I had left it for ages and it went chronic it could actually have scared and required surgery. So, note to all: Seeing the Podiatrist is a GOOD PLAN.
Anyway, whilst I was in the exam room waiting for the doctor, my friend texted me to say she had two multi-day tickets to ComicCon, and couldn’t use them, did I want them? Umm… YES! But… DANG that’s going to make my life complicated! It was…. Friday-Sunday. As in, that same day! So I ran to pick up the tickets from her, then went back to my sister’s to hang with the family. I ditched dinner and went to the Convention (in full Weeping Angel garb… yes, I am *that* kind of a geek.) Had a great time. Only got to go for a short time before it closed for the night, but… hey, FREE tickets!
After ComicCon I had to stop at Michaels for some supplies for the birthday party the next day (Friday was just “play with Grandma and Papa for my Birthday”). Of course… I didn’t have time to go home and change then go to the store… So I was wandering around Michaels in my Weeping Angel costume. It doesn’t actually bother me to do things like that. I usually get reactions like, “Wow, looks like you’re having fun!” or (as the cashier said that night) “I’m so jealous! I wanted to go!” Got the paint, and headed home.
At home I photoshopped some cute signs for the party (activities, foods, etc…) and then… dropped into bed. I was pretty tired.
Saturday, I was up at 7.30 to shower and get ready. I threw on a fan t-shirt and jeans, did my hair and ran out the door to Target. Picked up the mini-cupcakes (they do the best ones!) and went to my sister’s house. Dropped off the paint and cupcakes and had my dad take me…. back to ComicCon!
Spent all morning at ComicCon. I found the most adorable “kids at play” sign… Darth Vader and Luke battling it out with lightsabers. Got it for my sister. Tried to meet up with my friends who were there, but we kept missing each other. Ended up running into another friend I didn’t know was there, hung with her. Went to the John Barrowman Panel (seriously, the man is adorable. He’s such a fan of his fans.) which I hadn’t planned to do, but am really glad I did. For those of you who don’t know him, he plays Capitan Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood and Merlin/The Dark Archer in Green Arrow. Right at the end of the hour he said, “I’ve got a surprise for you!” and he sang a song! Here’s my recording of it.
Once that finished I worked out logistics with my dad for him picking me up and wandered the vendor fair for a while, until he arrived.
Got to my sister’s house an hour before the party and helped finish getting ready for that. Blew up balloons, posted signs, set out food… and then socialised with the guests til 7. Then, one of the other guests and I changed clothes and ran off to meet her parents to… attend the symphony!
On the way there I was thinking that this was extremely poor planing on the symphony’s part… to host this ON THE SAME SITE AS COMICCON! Until it occurred to me… no, actually, it was BRILLIANT planning. The symphony was doing VIDEO GAME MUSIC. Well played (haha) Symphony, well played. It was hilarious and fun. And so not your typical symphony!
So, like I said… I’m exhausted! I was mugged by my bed this afternoon. It snuck up on me and kidnapped me for 4 hours. And that’s why I am late getting this layout posted.
Here’s the Case File for this week!
Case File 138
Such a cute image! I thought a lot about how I was going to solve this Case, because I don’t have that much by way of school photos, which is hilarious, since I’ve spent nearly my entire life AT school! (well, school or University). But, somehow I don’t have hardly any photos about it.
What I do have, though, is a lot of TRAVEL photos. And the most educational things I’ve ever done have involved travel. So I flipped through my (huge) file of unscrapped travel photos and chose some from New Zealand. I was told by one of my Kiwi friends that if I was in the area, I really should stop off and see the Moeraki Boulders. I googled it, and it happened to be that I was driving literally right past them. Of course… It was also in the middle of a Cyclone (that’s what they call a hurricane in the Southern Hemisphere), so there was an incredible amount of rain falling. (It was just rain. Not high winds.) Well, I’m not one to let a little thing like inclimate weather deter me from having fun. So, I threw on my jacket, and went out into the rain. And got as soaked as if I’d gone swimming. Actually, I did let the water wash over my feet. Felt about the same temperature as the air. It was actually quite a pleasant temperature.
Here’s my LO:
Case File 138 – Solved
- Eye Glasses
- Grid Pattern
- Damask (I stenciled on the journaling spot)
Tuck your Journaling into an envelope:
“‘Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.’ – Mohammed
There is no education like travel. Not only do you learn that people are the same the world over, but you learn to apreciate what you have and become inspired for how to make it better. If you return unchanged, you’re doing it wrong.
My chance to see the Moeraki Boulders happened to corrispond with a cyclone. I’ve never been so wet on dry land! New Zealand 3-2014”
I chose the overlapping circular stencil for my LO because it reminded me of the boulders on the beach. I used modling paste through the stencil, and tinted it with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I used a damask stencil and Dried Marigold Distress Ink for the journaling spot. The arrows are American Craft that I coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The Globe is a Movers and Shakers die from Tim Holtz (YES! I’ve WANTED that die for AGES and hadn’t had a good excuse to buy it! Also, found it on clearance! Woot!) The glasses are Mya Roads. The arrow tag is BasicGrey. I also used Dried Marigold to colour the (once) white lace trim. I don’t know where I got it. The fabric store, probably. The stars are also American Craft. The key tied around the globe… I don’t know. It was in my stash. The tag next to it is from TH’s Tiny Tags die.
Hope you have time to solve this case this week. I love how my LO turned out. These challenges always make me really think. I end up being so much more pleased with what I’ve done than I would have been without the challenge. Thanks CSI for making me stretch again!