He looks content in this image though, doesn't he?
Spinnaker is one of three fairies featured in my Fairy Photo Album, the second of my matchbox books for the swap I was telling you about.
The photo doesn't do him justice. The flowers have large clear glitter flakes and his wings sparkle.
I took this photo about half way through the book making process. I still have some finishing work to do before the "binding." But it's coming along.
I feel a little like Spinnaker today though- flightless. My mojo has wilted either due to the triple degree heat or the simple fact that each day brings a new crisis or the threat of one. Little mini fires to keep us running.
Right after I posted last week my new file drawer came apart in my hand! We'll get to that in a minute. Then Friday arrived full of promise, until the nasty red wasp sting which swelled my arm up like a German sausage. Then Saturday morning my son showed me his purple swollen thumb, which I knew had to be x-rayed. So, with my arm swollen to the point of tingling fingers and no wrist, I hauled him off to the urgent care. This time we returned home with a helpful page about sprained digits.
I still had dinner guests on the schedule and a date with our local Fresh Market and unknown to me, a date with the ac repairman! Yes, after the urgent care and the grocery store I returned home to a busted ac. The week can only improve!
Then 3 pediatric doctor appointments this week, one includes three sets of immunizations!
Here's hoping next week runs a little smoother and my creative juices surge.
Okay- Pity Party is OVER! Sorry for that.
Let’s talk nuts and bolts now- literally. You remember how proud I was of all my pretty filed papers? Such happiness. But right after I posted last week I reached down to retrieve some cardstock and the drawer front fell apart in my hands. Really?!
Now, let’s be frank; paper is heavy! Cardstock is even heavier. But shouldn’t a crafting furniture manufacturer factor that into their designs??? I know, I know, I expect too much. So, I spent the next 48 hours or so deliberating whether to return the wimpy thing or beef it up. I shopped around for other options. Apparently everybody else knows that cardstock is too heavy for file drawers because I couldn’t find another file drawer option for 12x12 sized cardstock.
I looked at other options, like paper towers. In fact, I found a very viable option on ebay for a reasonable price. But there were three factors that gave pause to the idea of a paper tower. The first consideration was the numerous packages of hanging files I had already purchased, opened, and tabbed. They COULD NOT be returned. Secondly, a paper tower does not conceal the paper behind a door. After staring at a leaning tower of paper for so long, I have loved not having to look at the visual clutter of paper. And goodness knows, I need all the help I can get de-cluttering! Also, I like having a storage surface on top of my paper storage for those pretty bins that hold my pads.
So, that settled it! I loaded up my tool caddy with a drill, liquid nails, some extra screws and four clamps. I think the drawer will hold for a while. I am sure the second one will fall apart eventually and I will need to beef it up as well. Until then I will use my kid gloves.
Now, I have a fairy photo album to finish, and I think my Circus matchbook still needs some finishing touches. That’s the goal any how.
Keep Calm and Carry On!
|Another one of my fairies. Should he be more modest?? Like Spinnaker, he is a work in progress. I'll share the finished book next post!|