Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My Scrapbooking Wish List...for now

I've been clearing out my old scrap room and setting up my new craft closet (read: less space for the same amount of stash.) And despite now having less space and adopting the "Light" theme this year, there are a few things I really want. I rarely purchase these wish list items; I guess there's fun in posting them, tho.

Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch
Fiskateer Kelly Jo has a You Tube tutorial how to do the treading water corners.

I'm pretty sure I need a Bind It All

and some of the Bind-It-All supplies, like
Binder Wire and these Bracket Shape Covers by Theresa Collins

I think I could do some real cute damage with these Scalloped Circle Giga Punches from Marvy Uchida

Of course, all the new stamps from Ali Edwards and Technique Tuesday will be hot sellers:

OK. That's enough for now. Speaking of hot sellers, I'm sure to post some of my predictions from last week's CHA show. After a look through my blog reader, I'll post my thoughts.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Eddie's friend, Joe Jaworski, announced his bid for mayor of Galveston, kicking off the next election cycle. Local politics is more a part of my life than when I lived in Houston. In Galveston, you actually know and socialize with the players. And the issues are more personal. Gambling. Buyouts. Education. Sometimes there are no degrees of separation.

Eddie sent me this link on Right Brain v Left Brain. Can you see the dancer? Is she spinning clockwise or counter-clockwise. Does she change direction? Now, watch the image with another person, and see if they see the same thing you do at the same time. Eddie and I didn't. It's an exercise in perceptions. Very cool.

Spinning lady

Tomorrow is National Yoga Day. I'm going to Sangha to participate in a series of one hundred and eight sun salutations. All proceeds will be donated to the children's section of Rosenberg Library, which flooded (of course).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Twitter from CHA! and a giveaway!

If you Twitter and you're going to CHA, or just twittering about CHA, be sure to place the hash tag #chaw09 in all of your tweets. That way, inquiring minds can subscribe to http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%23chaw09 and get all the feeds with #chaw09 in them!

There are several ways to check out the tweets from #chaw09:

To test it out, go to Twitter and post with #chaw09 in your update, then go to the feed and watch it appear. The possibilities are endless!

Learn more about feeds here.

Any questions? I'll try to answer them if I can.

Oh, and don't forget to post a comment, whether or not you'll be twittering from #chaw09. At the end of CHA, I'll randomly choose a winner to receive a 20-sheet pack of Bazzill cardstock

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Life's a beach!

Seagulls wait for dump trucks to offload sand.

Joseph, in the yellow shirt, had a blast playing in the fresh sand. Over time, the tides will smooth out the 5-ft. edge. You can see how deep the "new" beach will be from the seawall.

Yesterday, Joseph and I went to the Seawall to check out the beach renourishment (or beach reconstruction) close up. Hurricane Ike blew away the beaches that are a vital tourism attraction in Galveston. Instead of fine, fluffy sand, the storm left mile after mile of broken seashells, which is no day at the beach.

Dump trucks are bringing in 400,000 cubic yards of sand from other parts of the island to widen the beach to about 70 feet and 5 feet deep. (I'm guessing each dump truck carries 8 cubic yards, so that's 50,000 loads!) Dump trucks have been hauling sand along the Seawall since December 17.

The renourished beaches, coupled with the mild weather we've been having, have brought out the courious. Yesterday, a holiday for most kids, the beaches looked as if it was early summer.

Although the wider beaches will make the island more attractive, the project is really designed to protect the base of the seawall from erosion. The project must be finished by March 31 so it doesn’t interfere with the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nesting season.

If you want to read more about the beach renourishment, here are some links to recent news reports. Note: My husband, Eddie, serves on the Park Board.

Park board agrees to match state beach funds
State pledges $3M for beach reconstruction
State looking for funds to finish beach projects

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Official Scrapbooking Hash Tags

With CHA right around the corner, and lots of tweets going and not going, I propose official scrapbooking hash tags. Game? Any more to add?

#scrap = anything SBR
#chaw09 - 2009 CHA Winter Show
#chas09 - 2009 CHA Summer Show
#sbpga - scrap book product give away
#sbc - scrap booking contest

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My latest project: GCS Web Site

Yesterday I held a training session for the teachers at my son's school on the school's new web site I developed. Check it out: Galveston Catholic School. This has been a great experience for me. I was taken back to the days when I developed and delivered end-user training at Shell. I've learned so much by immersing myself in the enterprise solutions offered by Google. I got to see the light bulb of learning go off in the eyes of my son's teachers. I was able to impart something useful and exciting to people who truly appreciated it... so much so that we're doing it again next week!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

Scrapbooking meets "The Office"

I loooove Cosmo Cricket. Not just the product, but also all the people of the company. Lindsay (used to be with SEI) and Julie and Eric (the famous Comstocks at WRMemory Keepers keep it real and keep it really funny. These videos are proof. And they're doing a great job using their blog and video performances to create interest around their new products. They have made the ideal scrapbooking company. I hope Larry knows how lucky he is. (Note: CHA is the huge trade show in Anaheim, CA every January. My quote about CHA: "When a scrapbooker dies and goes to heaven, it looks a lot like CHA.")

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Joining the bandwagon

Everyone else is doing it; I might as well.

Ali Edwards
picks one word to focus on throughout the year. For me, my word for 2009 is LIGHT:
  • I've gained a few pounds since the wedding, so I need to LIGHTEN my load.
  • I want to rediscover photography, focusing on natural LIGHT.
  • Christ is the LIGHT of the World; I want to bring more of Him into my world.
  • I'm burdened by stuff from my move. I want to release the stuff and LIGHTEN my footprint.
  • I want to really look into the eyes of my loved ones and see the LIGHT in their eyes.
So maybe I should call this blog, Light Here, Light Now :-)

Galveston, Now Open

I've decided to do a photo essay of some of the businesses now open on Galveston Island. Survivors of Hurricane Ike, they are welcome sights to see! Check it out! Galveston, Now Open!

I need to get back into blogging

Hanging out on the web, I learn something new all the time. Right now I'm learning (realizing) that I miss blogging. So now I'm learning how to export and import blogger blogs. So for now I'm re-publishing some of my favorite and relevant posts right here.