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We don't get this often so it's a big deal! It's snowing in Georgetown, Texas!!! Who knew! And where am I? In my car driving to Michaels! Should be home with a good book before it stops!
The Gentleman Crafter
Just wanted to give you all a quick update...
My 10am to 1pm repair person showed up at 3pm, reset the satellite to hit a tower I can see if I squint real hard from the front of my house! LOL! The connection seems better so far. My Internet provider is in the process of reworking our area for the next 6 months, adding more towers and bandwidth to those towers. Over those 6 months there will still be "bursts" of faster and slower speeds. So, that's the scoop. Thanks for your well wishes...
The Gentleman Crafter
Wow, what a beautiful morning in the country! Cold and breezy, but beautiful! The front of my house gets the morning sun, which floods into the rooms and brightens the spirit.
What a wonderful day this will be...One of the reason for so much glory and happiness...I've waited 17 days for the satellite internet folks to come repair, look at, replace, or restore my beloved internet connection! Today's The Day! God willing they even show up between their scheduled 10a to 1p block as promised, I might be able to actually stream a 3 minute YouTube Video! Who knew! Just as an example...This 3 minute video takes approximately 40 minutes to stream to my computer! Get me? Aren't ya happy for me now? YAHOOOO!...
I want to make sure I have a 40 foot Satelite pole attached to my house for a reason! I gotta get a picture to show y'all so you will believe me! Be Right Back!
See what I mean! A 40 foot beacon! For this little baby to not catch a signal from aliens on other planets is beyond me!
Well, I'm off whistling to the studio with coffee in hand!
Wanted to share a card I did for a friend of mine and answer a few questions about the tower this morning.
First the Card...
Ok, I'm not a big card maker! So don't look too closely at the card! LOL! Where did those little half hearts come from on the edge!?! Man, I wish I had clipped those off before I sent this! Oh Well! LOL!
Here is the card... Yes, it is pink!!
Ok, now the questions on The Tower project :
The paper I used for the tower was from Tim Holtz's Paper Stash- Crowded Attic.
The hardware for the box was purchased from Hobby Lobby. You can Google small box hardware and find several companies that sell these lovely latches.
The buckles on the lid of the box were purchased from Joann's in the, I have no idea what you call it, but purse making section. LOL!
The pull on the top of the lid was also from Hobby Lobby. The pull does have 4 holes in the top in which I used Tim Holtz brads. These were smaller and longer an perfect for the pull.
For the feet I used Glossy Accents and glued the feet on.
The strapping in stained with Vintage Photo stain.
Thanks for looking. I wish you all a happy and healthy day!
For the Gent in your life...The Tower or The Tower of Love....
As promised, The Tower project and tutorial are done and ready for your perusal and download. First a little background because I'm that kind of person!
For some strange reason, I never think of something I create as mine. When this was completed, I thought... I want one of these! This box could be made up in so many different ways and have multiple uses. Three individual boxes make up the tower. By unlatching and removing a section a new surprise is found. As a Valentine present, this box would be perfect filled with chocolates and sweets for your Sugar Honey! Since this was my Valentine to me, I placed my favorite things. Unfortunately, I couldn't squeeze my Mom's infamous chocolate meringue pie or my Sister's delectable dutch apple pie inside so I opted for the next best, chocolates, nuts and mints! I also can sit for hours and eat those old fashioned pink wintergreen lozenges...Remember those? In fact, not too long ago I bought a 5 pound bag from an online retailer and they were gone in a week! Don't ask! LOL!
When this box is emptied of the sweet contents enclosed, what a great place to store cuff links, change, jewelry, tickets, sunglasses, reading glasses, gifts the kids made...the list goes on and on...
Thought I would give blogging by phone a try! Why not right? What harm could come of it? Well, if anything could happen, it's gonna happen to me. With fat thumbs, small keyboards and that ever so lovely predictive text, you wouldn't believe what this phone has sent to people! Things that being a gentleman, shouldn't be discussed in public. Having my Mom follow my blog too doesn't hurt!
Speaking of family, when I email or text my family, I sign off as Jimbo. For the longest time, I never caught that the predictive text changed this to Jumbo!! What gets me is why they never let me know! They thought i was just being cute! Really! LOL!
Anyway, I'm putting the finishing touches on the tutorial and if i have to drive to Starbucks or another place to get a decent internet connection, I'm doing it. So watch out for it.
Thanks for all the wonderful comments on the 10 Things Box! Wow AMAZING!
Ok, lets get technical for a second....:)
As you may have guessed, I live out in the boonies! Not too rural, but on the edge. When you don't have lightening fast internet speeds that the city folks enjoy, can shop at a country store where you can buy fishing bait that is refrigerated right next to the canned biscuits and bacon, then to me it's plain old rural! The reason I bring this up, you may have read in my comments that I am having major internet issues. I am dependent on a satellite dish which sits atop a 40 foot pole that is attached to my house. Yep, you can literally see this mammoth monument miles away! When the internet folks installed the pole, I drove up and knew immediately I had a new way to tell people how to find my house! LOL! Anyway, I believe the dish has moved out of alignment with the tower that sends the signal. You know that you have reached the apex of country living when you hear from the provider, "We can possibly be out your way on the 11th!" Just for fun, I called them on Thursday the 26th of January. But hey, it's better than the alternative. So, God is teaching me patience...once again.
All that to simply say, the tutorial I promised will be delayed. It's almost impossible for me to do anything with large files. It comes and goes. I will try to ride one of the waves and post smaller parts of the tutorial.
Thanks for your kind comments while I have been working in the studio. I've had quite a few things to get completed for some friends in between working on the new box.
The new box, which I have named Ten Things I Love About You took quite a while to do. It was one of those projects that when you do something to it, it called for something else. I just had to find a stopping point! Hahaha!
When I started the box, I was thinking of a project I wanted to give to my Valentine. (Yes, people do love me contrary to popular belief! LOL!) A Valentine where I could write different reasons why I love you. So, without going overboard, I decided on 10 things! There could have been a million, but 10 really good things for me was the winning ticket!
I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out and I hope you will be too! So are you ready?..........
I crafted a heart box that when opened, reveals 10 pockets for 10 tags that describe 10 things I love about you!
Using my water technique, I molded the round pieces for the top of the heart and let dry. I then traced around the pieces and made a pattern for the heart. Using the pattern, I traced around it on chipboard for the front and back. Using binding strips I put the heart together.
I used Graphic 45's incredible, incredible paper throughout the box. Probably from about four different collections. The zebra paper is from the new Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue. To make the chain assembly shown above, I used grunge paper. I punched holes and added eyelets then added three strands of chain to be the closure. I also used the grunge paper for the straps on the top and laced them together. This corset laced area was perfect for a little tag.
The tag was made by appling Vintage Ink and Black Soot Distress Ink to the Manilla tag. I then stamped the cherub with Archival Ink Jet Black. Added a few charms and some black cord...done.
I embellished the top with some of my Monster Flowers, Tim Holtz Keys and a charm I found at Michaels.
The picture below shows the chain closure.
Now for the inside...
When the box is opened there is an accordion of pockets holding the 10 tags.
The 10 Things Tags....
And there you have it...
10 Things I Love About You Heart Box!
I have a turorial coming up tomorrow on a Valentines gift you can give a man. Dont miss it!