Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Silhouette Thank You


I’m having loads of fun with my Silhouette Cameo. I love the fact that you can create your own files / designs with it. Because all the cards I make are for Operation Write Home, I make a lot of Thank You cards. I wanted a one piece sentiment that was big and bold and would be easy to adhere to a cardfront.

Voila, my very own design –

I might tweak it a bit to make the center bar a tad more narrow but I like the “oomph” of it.

Xerox Flecs Cover, Core’dinations blue, Pick Your Plum Washi.

Michael Nesmith – Notes from the road


Michael just posted this on his Facebook page –

Notes from the road — summer 2013 Monkees tour


A friend of mine out here told me a story I found interesting so I thought I would pass it on.

A famous composer and wife — along in years — recently applied for life insurance for him. They expected it would be expensive given his age.

The agent asked what he was doing these days and the composer shyly dodged the question, but she spoke up and said they were traveling quite a bit. They were going from city to city by invitation to attend performances of his works and accolades from his fans.

The agent hardly skipped a beat and said “Oh, then we can add ten years to his life expectancy. We call it the “applause” factor”.

It made sense to me. Applause is appreciation and appreciation is increase.  I think it is one of the reasons gratitude is such a powerful and happy state of mind.

I’ve certainly been getting my share on this tour. The crowds have been fantastic — singing along and shouting and clapping. They seem to be having the best time. I see huge smiles everywhere we are playing — young and old. I’m trying to give back as much as I get but its hard. I don’t think I have ever been on the receiving end of so much joy. Appreciation, indeed.

It makes me very happy, too — and it makes me feel good — physically feel good. Sometimes I find myself spontaneously laughing with delight in the middle of a song. I look out at the crowds and they are beautiful. I tell them so — but the comment pales in comparison to what they give to us.

It is a nice touch.

We are in Austin starting the Texas leg of the tour. Lots of friends here and lots to look forward too.

Austin is also the “hump” for us — the point in the tour when there are fewer dates before you than there are behind you — the halfway point.

We will celebrate with Aaron Franklin’s barbecue and a friendly hang at the Hotel tomorrow — a traditional “over the hump” road party. Just the band and crew and a few friends.

Another nice touch.

Holiday Cheer


Today’s card is another Christmas card for Operation Write Home. I’m still using scraps from the cards I made last year. The DP I used doesn’t really have a coordinating paper in the pack so I made this one simple and added twine.

Xerox Flecs Cover, TPC Linen and Corduroy Black, DPs are DCWV Christmas Pack. Sentiment is Hero Arts CL359 in Memento Tuxedo Black. Recollections Brads.

Thank you in blue and green


Today’s card is a super simple one using a Silhouette sentiment.

Xerox Flecs, Core’dinations blue and green. Making Memories Coastline Collection for base. Silhouette Thank You informal word set. Pick Your Plum Baker’s Twine. (That blob on the bow is wet Diamond Glaze – I always secure the knot on twine with this so it doen’t come undone.)

Robert Plant – Big Log soundbite


I saw Robert Plant last night at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. It was an excellent show and he was in wonderful form. I enjoyed his performance immensely.

I did not, however, enjoy the drunk guys next to me who kept getting in trouble for doing an audio recording of the show. I also did not enjoy the drunk hippie chick metalhead in front of me. One minute she was wavering around like a flower child and the next her arms were in the air and she was throwing around devil horns while flailing about like she was in a mosh pit. Oy.

I’d been looking at setlists for this tour and knew that there’d be two songs at encore. I assumed that the first would be Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down. I was prepared for that. It’s from Band of Joy, a project I really didn’t care for all that much but I do like the song. Man oh man was I a deliriously happy bunny when the opening guitar bit to Big Log came over the speakers. My first favorite Robert Plant song – see my post from June 7 – he even talked about the heavy rotation of the video when he was done.

I was able to get a small bit of the song with my camera* – my favorite verse – the school house portion of the original video.

*They were going after everyone doing any kind of recording.

Aha, just found a video of the New Orleans show from 7/17/13 – here’s the full version of the song –