DAY FOUR YELLOWSTONE ROOSEVELT ENTRANCE

TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVIN FUN

Yes , I am 2 days behind but dang I am havin fun.  The drive to GARDINER was uneventful but we did take a quick detour through BUTTE…the town is know for is mining copper, mostly but also some lead.Elk walking the streets of GARDINER Mt. Each evening…pretty cool….

 

Backside of Roosevelt entrance due to sun shining on the front.. but I do have the front…

See told you I had it…lol

Bison herd settling down for the nigh along the fire hole river.

The Hamilton group was the original concession for all of Yellowstone for quite awhile.

Eagle eating along the river…I have never seen this before and couldn’t believe how big he was.

Dragon’s mouth fumerole…stinky too.

The back side of the Original INN AT OLD FAITHFUL…..note  the widows walk along the top when the park was in the about the 40’s they would allow visitors that were staying at the Inn to go up to the top and they had a dump off the to the left and bears came there to eat at night and they would shine lights on the dump so the visitors could see the bears this was later discontinued due the fact that it was actually harmful to allow the bears to root in the garbage.  Now the Inn is too fragile and no one but employees are allowed up there for mostly repairs.

Resting near the Inn.

Grand PRISMATIC POOL. Swiped this off the internet because you can only see it like this from the air.. you can walk all around it but you can’t appreciate the color because you can’t get up high enough to look down on it.. also no drones allowed in the park

CASTLE GYSER going off in the distance. We are waiting for Old Faithful…

And it begins…but I didn’t get a good photo of it all the way up due to it being on the video and its too big to post here this 40’s poster will have to do… sorry

Another one of my favorites is this poster of the Yellow bus….they were there a long time ago and they brought them back a few years ago but like so many things COVID caused them seriious problems due to only a few on the bus due to social distancing…so it only ran a few times and they are not sure if or when they will start them again. ….so sad…

Raven’s are everywhere and I just love them but I won’t bore you with how many photos of them I have taken…

.This is the most impressive place… and the color dazzles the eyes… I think because it is not as big as the GRAND CANYON that it is actually more impressive because you can appreciate the size and the color better.

The Lower falls of the canyon and if you look close you can see that you can walk right out to the edge to look over ….my favorite place….when I was about 9 or 10 my folks took us here and we were actually able to watch them dynamite the area to build the ledge out to the edge… my dad had a two way radio in the car and we had to turn it off as it was a possible problem for them with the dynamite. So many memories.

Ok Yall isn’t arm chair travel fun..

Thanks for stoppin by…old traveling shoes…aka kath

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise…. its a road trip to JELLYSTONE NATIONAL PARK

ROAD TRIP ROAD TRIP ROAD TRIP……2020

DAY ONE….... SOMEWHERE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TO SPOKANE

 

SURPRISE SURPRISE SURP RISE …. I haven’t toled your but for the nest 10 + days I am going to be posting my blog of my road trip to YELLOWSTONE..

I am so excited I haven’t been back since 2007 and before that 1984 and then my first time taking my native Floridian husband who had never been out of the state of Florida 1972….and for me I don’t know how many times but my first was when I was 5 years old.. and the cabin we stayed in at old faithful  … my dad got up in the morning to start a fire and warm up the cabin and promptly gathered up all the newspaper that my mom had spread on the floor and burned up my socks…. YELLOWSTONE has a truly warm place in my heart so I WAS DELIGHTED WHEN my sister in law and brother in law agreed to let us join them on their trip … she did all the work and got us  booked for all the fun places … nothing in Yellowstone park was open so  we are staying outside at Gardner ( think Mammoth Hot Springs and the northern entrance..photos to come… and then on to West Yellowstone… via the park… the park is open but nothing else well maybe Old FAITHFUL LODGE but q bit pricey…..so I plan to blog my way through…..hope you can join me..we are headed to SPOKANE.. and the wonderful DAVENPORT HOTEL…

SO day ONE… We left at bout 9:33 and headed east on I-90 … to SPOKANE… it was an easy drive and our first really scenic spot is VANTAGE. Where we cross thec Columbia  river and see the change in the landscape .. driving from wet western Washington to dry Eastern Washington is a HUGE CHANGE… …its almost like not being in the same country…

the HORSE SULPUTURE is beautiful… I grabbed these off the internet as my husband was on a roll and flying by at 70 miles an hour so no chance to see up  close..

The river is the Columbia and the scenery around this area is just amazing… next we flew by the plains and the sage brush which I love…

Then you know you are in Eastern Washington due to the fact that you move from FIR TREES IN WESTERN WA TO PINES IN EASTERN… as a Grits girl (girls raised in the south) I had a hard time learning Western is Fir trees and Eastern is mostly pine… all lovely and I love the PACIFIC NORTHWEST..

THEN when we arrived in Spokane we went to the best STEAKHOUSE restaurant called. CHURCHILLS… and had the best Martini I have had in ages….kudos to the bartender who actually knew what DRY meant… lol.. plus they gave me this lovely little blue glass bottle of hand sanitizer…a local brewery is making it up for them… and I have a huge collection of blue glass ..and now one more…

So thus ends day one…but stay tuned for day two tomorrow … SPOKANE TO MISSOULA..doesn’t that get your pulse racing….

oh yeah these photos are from my local Safeway store which had the most amazing CHARLOTTE’S WEB….. no Charlotte but hey the web was SOME WEB…LOL.

 

 

 

OH YEAH and my BFF STEPHANIE GOGGLEYE made this incredible Halloween mask for me and I was hoping to share it with KING 5  AS THEY WERE ASKING FOR PHOTOS BUT CAN’T FIND OUT HOW TO DO IT SO HERE IT IS AND As said stay tuned for more adventures and more Halloween …my absolute favorite holiday…

Any and all typos are due to the 2 fantastic martini’s …

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY… wire headed cyber toad aka kath

CARDS (FOLD THE NIGHT AWAY)

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QUICK UPDATE..A friend notified me that IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS appears to have vacated their store in Tukwila…. so I wrote to the me and they assured me that they did have to leave their store due to owner having other plans for building and not renewing their lease…they are HOWEVER STILL ON LINE …if you sign up they will send you e mails about sales etc and you can create an account or as a guest you can still purchase items and see them on line the link is IMPRESSCARDSANDCRAFTS.COM I recommend that you sign up for their newsletters…but that’s up to you… just wanted to make you up to date..

Double panel gate fold card from SPLITCOAST STAMPERS

YOU can see written directions for this one as well as video if you go to SCS and click on tutorials and then search for DOUBLE PANEL GATE FOLD. Its a simple gate fold then panels are added to front of each gate and only glued one side each…I did like this and its relatively simple and you can use some of the scrap paper which may be piling up around you like snow…at least it is at my house.

This is another of my favorites.. I have used it so many times… I got the original pattern from Impress Rubber stamps which at the time had a store in the Bellvue square mall.  They still have a great store now down in Tukwilla WA.  Any way you can also see a video of it on YOu Tube with Dawn called the CORNER FOLD POP UP…. Its very similar to another corner fold that is way more complicated and so if you watch that one and want to have a cut out on the front you can do that just by cutting out the front and then putting your image up against that cut out on the inside and adhering it …. I think this is the easy one and I have used it many times and in fact first posted it here in 2017..but I am sharing the images and the pattern

one of the reasons I like this so much is because it will stand creating a corner with your images inside.. I have used this design a couple of times to display a mini calendar on one side and either stamp images or even photos which I felt the person I sent to would enjoy.  You can obtain the little calendars from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS 

IN fact that is the only place I have ever been able to buy them and they do come in a couple of sizes and you can make your card smaller if you change the original paper from 8x 8 to 6×6 square… otherwise its the same and you will go from a 4″ open square to a 3″ open …

This one is also a favorite and very easy …its called a twisted diagonal fold. and it creates two pockets if you want to use them as pockets…they will hold a gift card if you are wanting to send a gift or just little messages.   The one below I only used small messages and pad of paper I found on sale that was full of black and white images… which I love and then added bits of red for a pop of eye candy. Again the link to video is from SCS…TWISTED FOLD 

I am sure there is You tube video but it is basically 4 ¼ x 11 then score diagonally from top right to bottom left… fold along the score line and rub your bone folder along it to make it lie flat… then fold the two ends together so that you have now have a card that opens.  For the insert papers or decorator papers I simple cut a sheet of 4 x 10 ¾ then again the diagonal fold top right to bottom left and then fold in half and then go back and cut the triangles that you have created out and use them as you want … I only put them on the front flaps outside and inside because I think to do all of it , it gets way too busy… but your choice. Actually looking back at my photo I did use it on there front two different triangles but I still think its a bit busy..

Those are just  few of the folds that I like … as I have said many times I am all about quick and dirty….I don’t want to spend a lot of time on the cards I want to do more and new ones all the time so they have to be quick…lol

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY….wire headed cyber toad aka kath

 

ERASISTIBLE STAMPING

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS.

WHAT you ask is the ERASISTIBLE STAMP EXCHANGE…well back in a the mid 80’s a few of my friends ELIZABETH WALSH and LORNA HUTSELL shared with me the idea of carving my own rubber stamps out of the white plastic drafting erasers,,actually I am sure i tried few different kinds of erasers but we found that the white plastic ones carved the best and held up the best ie they didn’t crumble when used repeatedly.. I believe that it was Elizabeth that started the exchange and as I remember we would carve our images and stamp them on 3×5 or maybe it was 4×6 cards and make 10 or 11 ( the 11th one was for ourselves to remember what we had exchanged) then we would send them Elizabeth and she would sort them out and return to us 10 different cards, one each from the participants.  It was great fun seeing all the different designs that others carved and the cards were fun to look through.  I know that I started a large paper scrap book and started mounting the cards in them so that I would have them readily available to look at and inspire me for my next weeks carving..at least I think we did it once a week… I should know because when Elizabeth decide that she had done this long enough she allowed me to continue the EXCHANGE so now the cards came to me instead of Elizabeth.

It was a simple process to carve the stamps merely trace your image onto a piece of tracing paper then lay that on the eraser then rub it with a bone folder and viola you transferred the image onto the stamp then you only needed to carve it. For that we used the linoleum carving blade and removed the pieces of the eraser that were not part of the image .. We carved all kinds of things people , images of animals, logo images, letters , numbers just about anything we could think of and my dear late friend LORNA HUTSELL carved and image of me and sent it to me… we also carved on both sides of the eraser to maximize them.  Sometimes the things went together like a ball and bat but sometimes not just depending on the size of our image… I teased Lorna because the image she carved of me was on the back side of a toilet bowl she had carved,, hummm..Lorna and I got so into this the we started making small bound calendars with only carved images. We typically only made about 10 or so and they were then shared so like 5 each and given to special friends, and of course one for each of us… at first I think we each did 10 with our own carvings then we started making a theme and each carved 6 months of images so half and half…

just a few of the calendars we had made using only carved stamps

pages of the exchanged cards some Lorna’s some others

This was Lorna and the infamous YARD BIRDS from the Yarbird store in Chehalis/Centraila…and rather than Floridian I had become the FLORIDIDAIN..

some of my favs and some out of the post card exchange.. this its her carving of my head which we used to sign our calendared there is one of her too…if I can find it..

just a few of the calendars we had made using only carved stamps

Lorna’s Bun’s she had such fun with them..and always a delight to my mail box

this was due to our trip to the Stamp show in Pullaup and i forget the year but they had just come out with foil that you press onto your stamped images if you had run then through a copier with carbon…ie you had to stamp image then copy it at like a Kinkos to get the carbon then iron the foil onto the image…the demo guy had used an image of a rooster and ironed one every color or foil that they had….when we saw it we both cracked up and she later reminded me of the cartoon rooster which made me laugh all over again..it was a poor choice on his part but hey I am sure she sold some foil..

the above are a few pages from our calligraphy group (NIB N’ INKS aka south sound calligrapers)  you will note that the bottom right carving is by SUE NAN DOUGLAS who because hand carving has such a unique look went on to market some of her designs to readymade stamp companies.. hand carving was hot and can be again if you have images that you want and they aren’t out there give it a try …

You can buy the plastic white eraser from Amazon and in a larger square but still the ½ thick so you can hold it and not ink your fingers and you can also carve on the other side..Amazon link to white vinyl erasers by Alvin

you can look for the tools on Amazon too.

Lastly I would recommend that you consider the book as it has lots of tips and hints on how to do this and most important is don’t undercut your image ..alway cut away from the image to the outside.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY wire headed cyber toad aka kath

 

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE….

Or KATH’S ADVENTURES…some times it feels like I have fallen down the rabbit hole…a) I am getting bigger…lol b)pretty sure my queen of hearts is actually a king of hearts and I know he is ready to cut off my head…..and I don’t seem to be able to wake up from this adventure and I certainly don’t think I want any more of it…

THE ADVENTURE ( if you don’t want sad story skip down to CARDS)

On April 25th my MOM , who has Alzheimer’s and is subject to UTI’s… and had a UTI was sent to the local hospital and there tested postitive for the virus…I am sparing you some of the details but for the next 35-40 days she  spent in the hospital and on approximately May the 28th she tested negative twice as required and was released to the Memory care facility that she had been in for the last 3 yrs… she is weak and needs physical therapy to walk on her own again (which before hospital stay she did quite well in fact was very healthy physically on Alzheimers med and assorted vitamins and something to help prevent UTI) so she is back and hopefully getting better but I can’t see her and in fact haven’t seen her since sometime in FEB…when they shut the memory care facility to help protect the patients…Its a small facility and I know she is getting best care they can give but still its hard not being able to see her or spend any time with her and she doesn’t get FaceTime at all and try to reach into the screen and touch me…..so we are still here in hopes that the place will reopen to visitors soon and we can see her before we head back to WA…so enough of my adventure it could have been worse she is 94 and other than the UTI had no symptoms…not on regulator at all …I know there are way worse stories out there but I felt the need to share …I did however give you a chance to skip this…

CARDS

FLOATING GATE FOLD…YouTube has a couple videos on how to make this and this one is made off the Video by Dawn.. but I had trouble with the Pop ups sticking to the paper and so I thought I try it a different way…you know me I am a lazy stamper /cardmaker and if there is an easier way I am going to give it try.  I did make it and turns out it is not really easier…so suggest you try either the link to Dawn’s or one of the others that are listed on YouTube.

CALLIGRAPHY

Now for my pen pals..lol pun intended… AMITY PARKS is giving another couple of classes and these are on her CHUNKY CAPS… so here is the link to her new class sign up website also with samples  .http://www.amityparkslettering.com

I think there other classes listed also including a second one on the BISTER INKS.

So you might want to check it out as the classes are in July but not sure if there is a limit on them or not.

Here are some of the pens that I just love… the top one is BRODY PEN from JOHN NEAL BOOKSELLER. Its basically an updated ruling pen…and it has two different angles for making thick letters as then of course the tip allows you to write a moonlike…I had it but hadn’t used until I took JULIE WILDMAN’S AKIM VARIATIONS CLASS and she is also doing more classes here is the link to her web      https://www.wildmandesigns.com 

after her class I really started playing with it… it had been virgin so I just looked at it but didn’t try dipping it into ink and even after watching Julie… I only dipped into walnut ink… then I got brave and tried it with sumi… I did clean it well after.

HUMOR 

I am not sure if you will be able to click on these links and then see them or not but a calligraphy pal of mine SHARON CLYMER shared them with me recently and they both make me laugh…

This snake one could be here in Fl since we are over run with pythons however because they are an invasive species they are doing their best to eliminate them and so they would most likely have killed it before tossing it… still its pretty funny…its title is “WHEN YOUR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON..

The one below is titled WHERE’S MY PURSE and it is funny but obviously a set up and after looking up the link On YouTube saw that it was at least 2 yrs old…STILL  being down this RABBIT HOLE…I will take all the laughs I can find… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo1HhX25tRQ

this also cracked me up… now below are some older photos of Mt Rainier and a visit we made last year.

The critter ( other than my hubby and I ) is a Marmot…they cute but not vary sociable..they can do the distancing quite well and that’s probably a good thing as depending on if it early summer they can be rather cranky and they have nasty front teeth …think Badger.. and mostly they want food and women…marmot women… I can’t tell you what flowers they are as my pic is pretty blurry but they are also from the Rainier National Park… this year sadly I had several reservations on the most important one was for around the 25th of July but sadly they have canceled all reservations at PARADISE INN due to this virus so while we could stay outside the park or down at the LONGMIRE area ..its then a good 30 minutes to the top or to PARADISE and I like to get up early around 5 or so and grab a cup of Java and go out side and sit on one of the benches near the visitor center and watch the sun come up over the top of the mt.  It doesn’t rise there but the sunlight starts lighting up the snowfields and it just soothes my soul… and puts me at peace with the world..but If I have to drive for 30 or so minutes while its a pleasant drive but curvy so you can’t go too fast… it means getting up even earlier and then my hubby will wake and think he should go with me… as long as I am just walking across the parking lot he is fine with me going alone and I like to be alone… usually no one else up then and I have often seen deer grazing in the meadow while its still a little dark and no one around… I do love it there.

Mt. Rainier at sunrise.

Ok I promised to try to end this on a happy note so think this photo does that…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

NOT THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS….. but if you have listened to the news lately or even talked with friends you know that we are NOT in the HUNDRED ACRE WOOD..…in fact for most of us we are not even in our happy place and its getting harder and harder to even find that happy place…but enough… I don’t want this post to end up being negative .

So I told you all that I was taking a couple of on line classes via ZOOM and they were quite  fun…if different…I did try to work( they were calligraphy)  along with the teacher but it was easy… as Kermit says it ain’t easy being green in the case of of my last class which was with AMITY PARKS on Bister Inks…. being blue… I had my blue bister ink mixed up way to dark and then got it all over me… lol.. still the class was great and I think she will be doing more of them so I suggest you either check out her web site or think she has a site on FB.

I also took two classes with JULIE WILDMAN and she was fantastic also .. I am pretty sure she is offering the AKIM VARIATIONS again and maybe an ALPHABET book class. I also highly recommend both AMITY AND JULIE as great teachers.

I am sure there are lots of other classes being offered and in fact know that Carol Dubosh is also offering an on line class… I am pretty sure that JOHN NEAL BOOKSELLER also has some listing of on line classes…

No one seems to know when this will be over or if we will need to learn a whole new way of life… regardless ….as the saying goes KEEP CALM AND KEEP INKING

Now as I gave this title .. I think this is true…so many disappointing and negative things are going on… it would be great if we could just block it all out and you can just mute it whenever it comes on.. lol…

I wanted this to have some redeeming features so I have some lovely photos to share with you…

This is a photo from my Nephew Nathan Hoiles of a Butterfly that visited his butterfly/hummer garden …just lovely
and look no mask …lol

With all the bad stuff and especially with grads who were robbed of their graduation…this was too cool… these signs were from the 2020 graduating class of my high school .  They ran for a mile or so and while I couldn’t get a close up of them each sign had the name of a graduating senior.  I think that they the seniors were allowed to go pick up the one with their name on it after graduation date and take them home to their own yard… but these are along McGregor Blvd …a lovely scenic main road from down town to the beach… now the signs didn’t run the full length but it was AWESOME to see…

this was photo of a sunrise here sent to local TV station by this viewer…. note I said sunrise not sunset…

Photo my hubby took of an owl that we see frequently at the ranch.. and also the thunder storm that is brewing…

SPEAKING of thunderstorms …we had a short but noisy one yesterday …some terrific boomers and I wish there was a way for me to capture them and replay them for you… I do love my thunderstorms..

We are all a little mad here… as the Hatter said… and one morning a few weeks ago I woke up and this was running thru what I like to call my hard drive…so I had to get up… it was about 3:30 am east coast time and I went in and just started writing …. trying to come up with as many “x” s as I could think of… a flash back to SESEME STREET… who knows. I am pretty sure that X is what we are going to write on our calendar for this year. As you can see I didn’t spend much time with it as far as care of lettering because I wanted to get it all down… I may go back and rewrite it in a more perfect form but decide to go ahead and share it just because I might also loose it…lol

RED HOT POKERS from my friend Craig Barker’s yard..these are one of the hummingbirds favorite take out restaurants… no masks required..

One last image …I had to end this post with a cartoon from NEW  YORKER that my hubby sent me… i am still laughing

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

ZOOM WHILE WE WAIT

FELLOW DETAINEES…which according to the dictionary we are not Detainees because we are not being held for questioning nor for political reasons…well most of us aren’t…lol

Its hard to suddenly find ourselves being told to wear masks , stay at home, and even if we don’t stay at home most things have been closed… but they are starting to open a little and what is really hard is to realize that this, while it affords us time to play, read, and just sit and breathe..it not really LIVING…its just surviving and trying to help others survive.

Its hard on everyone and I just discovered that keeping my self distracted by doing things I have not done before and maybe not doing so well is a good choice…so I am going to share two different Calligrapher’s who are teaching via ZOOM if you don’t know about ZOOM it is very easy and its also fun…not the same fun you would have if you actually took the class because you miss out on the creative energy that one gets in a class..

but I am going to post this quick because one of them happens tomorrow thru Wednesday and that is JULIE WILDMAN’S FUNKY LETTERS… AND ITS NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP…. HERE IS THE INFO

I took Julie’s first class VARIATIONS ON AKIM and it was great fun and I am still playing and trying to improve my swoops…so I am looking forward to this class as well since it looks like lots of fun too.

The next class in on the 17TH and its taught by AMITY PARKS…and its all about the BISTER INKS..and tools etc… i have signed up for it as well and really looking forward to more discoveries.

Amity Bister Online

sorry I am late with these but I started cleaning out files and you know what happens when you do that..and since many of my fellow detainees are calligraphers I thought and hope that you have seen about these classes thru another source…

SOME EYE CANDY….

this Clematis is from my back yard  in WA…and was sent to me by my neighbor/friend Shannon as was this image of my Red-hot poker…

The rest of these are from my friend in Chehalis Craig… he has lovely flowers.

 

And this as you an see if from the WOC newsletter… and i love this sea pen… wonder what kind of letters it makes.

 

Hope you are all staying well and that your worlds are slowing coming back into focus..

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…..wireheaded cyber toad aka kath

 

MAGIC AND DEJA VU

HELLO AGAIN fellow Detainee’s

THE Magic here is the launch of the SPACEX  DRAGON space craft which was built and launched from the US.. First time since the last launch of SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS. BOB said it was definately a Dragon ride up to orbit… huffing and puffin little more bumpy than the space shuttle had been.  They made the trip in 19 hrs and connected to the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION for the first time in 9 yrs.  Really exciting and I had hopped that I would see the launch from my lanai across the state ( but it is a very flat state) however the weather did not cooperate and while 9 yrs ago I was able to see the launch of Atlantis once it was air born and then see the contrail but not yesterday. Below are the photos that I took and the color is a little off due to fact that I am using my i phone 11 pro to take photos off the TV… which makes the color a bit wonky.  If you go to your TV and type or say NASA you will see a complete set of photos and videos of the launch and the entering of the ISS…

this is the launch

the crew from left to right are BOB AND DOUG ….

this is the dragon that was on board the SPACE X DRAGON note the logo in the previous photo

Bob coming aboard the ISS

Bob and Doug and  Doug is whipping at his head as he hit something coming aboard and apparently was bleeding a little.

the complete crew two Russians and 3 Americans now on board the ISS.

Incase you can’t tell space is another of my passions and I am trying to figure out how I can send them a weathergram or several WEATHERGRAMS to hang in the ISS…can’t hang them out side but maybe they could just let them go outside… and float around in space…till they dissolve… bet Lloyd would love that..ok moving on.

NOW FOR THE DEJA VU

The following photos are of cards I made this past week using the same format that Janie the Card Princess used to in my previous post of One SIMPLE FOLD.

FOR some reason I am into making small cards and I stumbled on some tiny pieces of stamp art and watercolor that I had done and they worked with this smaller size which is the size that DAWN uses for her thank you etc.  It is basically ½ of standard size card which is normally  8 ½ x  5 ½ folded at 4 ¼  and then it can be either vertical or horizontal.

But the ½ size is 2 3/8 x 4 ¼… I have lots of cards that I have purchased in various colors so I just cut them in half and the proceeded with the double fold on one half of the card ie just like Janie showed with the standard size then a couple of them were actually the standard size…so here they are and have fun with any size you want to use..good way to use up scraps and you saw at the end of her video how tiny you can go…. so just get in there and PLAY…

this is one of the easel type cards with the center being taller than the folded section and it is the 2 3/8 x 4 ¼

again same easel and same size but this time the easel part is a full 4 ¼ tall and only adhered to the bottom of the fold… so it will lie flat to mail and stand up as an easel .I was motivated for this own by friends in WA telling me how lovely the weather was….

Ok this is Based on DAWN’s SIMPLY SWEET  Z or what I call the double easel card and it was also smaller being only 3 x 4 ¼ ...

these last two are both standard size 5 ½ x 8 ½ folded at 4 ¼ then they are done in again what I am calling Double easel and DAWN calls her SIMPLY SWEET Z fold….ok now I have given you  so ideas for making the cards a different size now it your turn to go and play…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY  .…wire headed cyber toad ..aka kath

 

 

 

POSITIVES TO THE VIRUS

Greetings Fellow Captives

Initially thanks to the media we have seen very little that is positive about this dang virus…( you will note that I will not use the name of this virus as I feel it has gotten way to much attention already….) but EARTH DAY was terrific almost every where this year….. VENICE had canals there were so clear you could see all the way to the bottom for the first time in years….LOS ANGELS had clear skies so that you cauld see all of downtown skyline …something that handn’t happen in about 30 years I think….

Italy canals after lockdown

Los Angeles skyline fully visible…

Lions in africa on empty roadways

DUKE our favorite Gopher turtle

In addition my husbands family owns property that has been in their family since 1910 and we have had gopher turtle on the property for at least 35-40 yrs….maybe not the same one but he is still using the same hole… Gopher’s are protected in Florida and I have recently been sending lettuce, carrots etc up with my hubby to toss out near his house..

Tuesday we were rewarded with him paying a visit to edge of the road and I took this video below…We have decide actually guess I decided to call him DUKE, and no Idon’t really know if he is a male or not . After I took the video he wandered out of sight kinda behind the car so I go out to see where he was and he was right behind the back wheel so. I picked him him and moved back to side of the road where one of his other entrances to his home is located…. as we drove away my husband looked at me and said that I had probably ruined Duke’s afternoon delight because Ray thinks there is a female on the other side of the road…

I also found a lovely duck pair taking a quick bath ( I say quick because an hour from now the water will have evaported) in a puddle across from the grocery

AND while I am stuck here in FLorida due to Mom (94) getting the virus and then testing negative after 25 days in hospital she was due to be released yesterday and they found that her potassium was going down so now probably there till monday., and while the heat Is worse then ever and now we have the love bugs too nasty little guys that don’t bite but fly around in tandem like they are brain dead and really mess up your car….

I have had lovely thunder stoms for the last two evenings just before sunset… and there are lots of lovely trees in bloom here the Ponciana( red to orange0 , the Jacaranda,(Purple) and the Goldenshowers… I have posted photos of them below..

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Remember that My hubby thought DUKE was crossing the road to have a little afternoon delight…well we found proof… below are pictures of DUKE’S FRIEND…we don’t know if its a she or he as we don’t really know what DUKE is so we are just going to call this one CLYDE after Sherlock Holmes turtle ( even though his is a box and ours is a gopher) in any case CLYDE was spotted two days in a row and appears to live on the other side of the highway and about half a football field away…we are attempting to supply each of them with fresh ( semi fresh) veggies…so we’ll see what happens…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY.... hugs the wire headed cyber toad aka kath

 

EPISTOLARY FRIENDSHIPS

YES, many of you are EPISTOLARY friends,

Yes that is a word… and it means that you are in a friendship that is basically just writing.. ie you haven’t met the other person so it sounds so much more grown up than pen pal…I have had an epistolary friendship with Janis Blevins for 22 years… actually it might be approaching 23 yrs but this past February she and her hubby came to Florida sightseeing just before everything went haywire but still it was in the middle of the height of tourist season and they were in there RV and looking for a place to stay that was close to where we were so  we could finally meet…. and amazingly they found one just north of us and so we drove up to spend a delightful afternoon with them and eat an early dinner… it was hot but we had nice shade and breeze and while you might think that since we had never met it might be a bit awkward but after 22 yrs we picked up right where we left off in letters, emails and exchanges… Our husbands found something to talk about also and it was great finally meeting her but it was like I always knew her.

Now lots of our e mails /exchanges are about card making and stamping so I recently got a link from her regarding this web site about 5 CARDS you can make from one fold… well you probably know from my older posts that I hate to just fold a card in half and decorate, I like to make it interesting and this YouTube video did just that … so a huge shoot out to Janis for share ONE EASY FOLD by Janie the Card Princess.  You may find that you are familiar with the fold but she makes it a lot easier then some of the other times I have had to look up measurements and scoring lines etc… in any case check it out if you are interested..

As I said you may recognize this fold as an EASEL , OR A Z FOLD ETC…but she has some interesting ideas and the best one is that you can make them any size at the end of video she even fold up a sample that is only about 1 ½ inches and suggest you use it for a place card …. so its worth a look and like most of YouTube you can subscribe to her site and see lots of other ideas…

I haven’t given up on DAWN..and her video that I just watched could have been part of this one as I would call it a double EASEL.. but she calls it SWEET EASEL Z FOLD.  IT is similar to one of Janie’s but I like it a little better as a way to make it stand up it needs that extra support and Dawn’s is little more refined.

Told you these posts would not be all about cards so I want add some more photos of a very lovely plant that my brother in law has that has TRUMPET shaped flowers and I have also seen these in Victoria as unfortunately by the time I got to visit him they were pretty far gone due to the HEAT…but I am not complaining…LOL opps forgot photo … f

OK well that’s all for this post.  I know i use to sign off with THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY but times change and for now I’ll just STAY SAFE AND WASH YOUR HANDS…

HUGS kath the wire headed cyber toad