Saturday, July 28, 2012

It's All JUNK! or Don't Be So Negative!

Hi Everyone,
So the other day I am rooting through the basement and I come across this plastic bin of junk (that is junk as in my folks stuff that I simply can't throw out) I have so many definitions of the junk. Like there is junk as in the ole stuff junk (other wise known as pre - marital junk) and I have kitchen junk (stuff I will never use and refuse to get rid of) the kids junk (are they every going to move out) The hubs junk (do I need to explain that one?) Other peoples junk (stuff they were getting rid of and I felt the need to rescue it) and of course there is my favorite, craft junk (I am taking that with me when I go, just in case they put me in the angel wing department and I need that obnoxious huge supply of white organza favor bags that I own) Now one would think that would be enough junk for one person, sadly I come from the mind set that a person just can't have enough junk so enter the new little piece of joy (my new photo and negative scanner) which will happily live in my electronic junk category.
The story goes like this:
What I found in the plastic bin o' folks junk was some slides and negatives. Which I then pulled out so that I could add them to my bin of old photos and negatives. Which by the way is just different plastic bin of junk. I opened my bin to throw their negatives in and I just could not believe how many negatives I had! yup, about 4 thousand or so. I got 35mm, 110mm, slides and even these odd disc wheel negatives.  WOW that doesn't even include the prints. I got boxes and bags filled with photos and negatives and slides.  I don't have to tell you, because I know you have them too! Here is just one shot of the mess:
Times that picture by 5 and we are getting close to what I have in negatives. Gee, I thought I should just throw them out, but wait I can't just throw them away without seeing whats on them, right? I mean who knows what is on them. I see things labeled 1960. Beside in the grand scheme of JUNK they take up so little space! So I thought a great project to start (a by the way, never finish) was to scan in all the negatives and prints.  I figure by the time I do this my grand daughter will have graduated college or maybe she will be married with children and taking pictures and giving them to me to scan.  See where I am headed.  It will never end! Did I mention that I am waiting for the UPS dude to deliver my new cropper hopper photo boxes. I got 2, each one holds 2000 photos with room for negatives of course. Yes, silly they are made of plastic.  They will fit right in with all the other junk. Thanks for reading my junky little story. Just a couple of quick notes about the scanner.  I have a lot of 110mm negatives and the scanner only comes with holders for slides and 35mm negatives.  I used my ZING to cut a holder out of black cardstock and it works like a charm.  Looks like the only thing I can't use it for is the disc wheel. Also to bump up the quality for printing you do need to make some adjustments in a photo editing software like photoshop. I hope you have a great weekend. I will leave you with this picture of my Dad.  It was one of the slides I found in their box and it was the first thing I scanned.  I peg it for the early '50s.
Sure do miss him! I love the picture and now you know why I couldn't just throw out the negatives!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I'm Still Crafty but It's Summer!

So here we are almost the end of July! Oh no where is summer going.  I am lost in the little sunshine I get when I am not at work. I have been ignoring just about everything so that I can get some pool time in. The house, a mess! Laundry, oh so many loads ... so little time! Well I am surely tan and filled with sunshine! Yeah, I will take it while I can get it!! So not to bore you with yet another non crafty post I had to show you all my dragonfly picture.  I will tell you they are just getting started. Awesome little creatures, I just love them.  I have been seeing monarch butterflies as well but I just can't get the shot.  I still have time, I know I can get at least one. For now here is my dragonfly ... so cute with his little bubble eyes!  I can watch them for hours.  Thanks for staying with me I am sure I will be back in crafty mode very soon ... after all Halloween is on the way!!!!
He is just a baby, Some of the others look like birds!!
Have a great day! Lysa

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I Just Want To BEE Friends

click on the pic ... it's pretty
Hi There Everyone,
Pardon my non crafty post and just look at my BEE picture.
Oh how I love the bees that populate my neighbors bushes. I took this shot while standing in the pool. That is my little bit of backyard heaven. I am in awe of how many bees there are and how hard they are working at gathering up all the pollen. This bush hangs over the far side of my pool and year after year I watch the bees as they coat themselves in all this yellow pollen. I can watch them for hours. You know I live in a somewhat urban area. Major highways are this towns claim to fame. Sometimes I get sad at how our town has changed ... but I can still find my bit of nature lurking around this wired city. I have big ole fat ground hog that is living under my shed (probably doing scads of damage) and rabbits like crazy who are eating everyone's tomato plants. Birds by day and I can even see bats at night. I Don't even want to talk about the squirrels that are all over my deck. But it is all good with me because if they are all willing to put up with this city than I will surely put up with them. Here is one more bee shot I took and just so you know in another week or two I should be able to grab some shots of dragonflies.
I am almost done with my little breather from crafting and hope to start my Halloween goodies soon. Thanks for stopping by and hope you check in soon to see what I come up with for my fall projects. Blessings and hope you all are enjoying the summer! Lysa
click on the pic ... I love this bee!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fourth of July Favors 2012

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick little treat for the work peeps! I had something else in mind for these cute AVON hand creams, but you know the best laid plans . . . !  So I settled for a quick tag and a bit of ribbon. I think they look adorable and who wouldn't want to come into work and find this little baby next to their keyboard? AVON always has a little 99 cent something in almost every book and I like to try to dress them up just a bit. I used my favorite DSA2 for the tag and printed then out on photo paper, punched them out with a Stampin' up punch, tied the tags on and called it a day.  Easy peasy for sure!
Here they are happily on my sideboard until I take them to work.
  Have a great holiday and thanks for stopping by.