Monday, April 23, 2012

To Much Of A Good Thing


As the US Northeast is being blanketed by snow in the Pacific Northwest we are experiencing a heat wave.  We broke a 50+ year record by 20 degrees yesterday.  I am generally very careful to drink lots of water, wear a hat and take brakes to cool down when I play in the garden but I did none of that yesterday.  I simply didn't realize it had gotten so hot.  I am paying the price today but I'm sure I will be feeling fine when our cool temps return later in the week.  

The remaider of this post has been sitting as a draft since Dec. 

I ‘met’ my friend Jake on line about nine years ago when we were both on a gardening forum.  As a 12 year old gardener he stole my heart, especially when he began calling me Auntie Bernie.  I have ‘watched’ Jake, his garden and ponds grow thru the forum and e mails.  I can't believe he is now 21 and in college.

Jake is a cellist. For his 21st birthday I found a free clipart of a cello and printed it on a scrap of cream cardstock. I stamped the background, with C# Minor by Seaside Stampin’ Ink and my SU setiment in brown ink then brushed over both with my duster in the same ink to age it. I’m not sure where that ribbon came from, a nice scrap of it just seemed to turn up one day.   

Cheap Tricks: I have two for you today.

I picked up a pack of two Poly flexible cutting boards for a dollar at the Dollar Tree and have been using one in place of a craft sheet. I had planned on this being a temporary solution but it works wonderfully, clean up is a breeze and takes up no storage space at all.  The perfect alternative for a tight wad like me.
In my small space, even a small travel iron can be disastrous (ask me how I know).  I use a Hair Straightening Iron to iron the wrinkles out of my ribbons instead. Works beautifully, takes up very little space and there is little danger of burning myself, againOf course I found mine in a thrift shop.

Have an Amazing Day!


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  1. Beautiful card...Jake will enjoy it so much. Your clipart surely doesn't look like 'clipart' when you finished your magic with it. Thanks for the cheapskate tips...LOVE 'EM! Gotta save our dollars where ever we can...more $$$ for things you can't get at the Dollar Tree. You are lucky to have a D/Tree that has good selections. TFS & be careful in your heat. SC got a little cold wave. We turned the heat back on!

  2. Fab male card, love the musical papers....

  3. This is gorgeous Bernie, love the style and elegance... so nice to read about your friendship with Jake, thank you for sharing and thank you also for your nice well wishes to my hubby :D .. hope you are feeling better now xxx

  4. Bernie, your card is so lovely:)x

  5. Great tips there Bernie. Also a perfect card for your friend. x

  6. Classy man card, Bernie! I'm sure Jake will love it. Thanks for the tips!!!

  7. Fabulous card Bernie,bet your friend loved it....Great tips too...
    Mandy x

  8. Hi Bernie

    What a special card for a special friend. I am sure it will be well loved.

    Thank you for the tips.

    Love the hair straightening irons for use on ribbons .. never thought of that. I use a travel iron on an old towel!! LOL!!!

    Hope you are having a good week.

    Love Jules xx

  9. A beautiful card Bernie for a special young man. I bet he will be
    thrilled to receive it.


  10. That is a sweet story about your gardening friend. Great that you have kept up with him all these years. He is sure to love and appreciate your card.

    Glad you got some warm weather. The rest of our week until Sunday will be 80's, then rain and a cool down for a few days.

  11. ooohhh please be careful in the sun Bernie, take care of to your beautiful card, fabulous image...thanks for your fantastic comment on Phils new meant so much to us
    Mina xxx

  12. That is a lovely card for your friend.
    Great tips and I have been known to use my straighteners for ironing my ribbons, especially when I cannot be bothered to get the iron etc out!


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