I'm not going to lie. It's been a crazy-weird, very frustrating week.
So, before I blog about what I'm really here to blog about (the image on the left is a nice little hint) I have to recap. I'm hoping the brain dump will allow me to properly move on to a perfectly uneventful day.
It started with our minivan. Because all good farces start with a minivan.
The electric door stopped working this past summer, and part of its breaking down process was to beep-beep-beep at a high-pitched, face pace, whether the door was open or not.
Fun way to drive. My dad (who is a mechanic) disconnected it and we thought we were home free. An old school, but still working, non-beeping door.
Then Monday happened. The beeping started up in the carpool line. I'm no expert, but driving with a constant dinging could be worse than waterboarding. Earplugs, loud music, iTunes... nothing made much difference.
Tuesday I met my mom to switch cars. I got her nice, quiet, smooth riding Equinox with crazy giddy-up that allows me to win any and all passive aggressive road races, and she took my alarm clock of a van back to my dad.
Then I picked up Sam. His teacher told me he stuck a bead in his ear during rest time. I refuse to relive the three different doctor visits, three different attempts to get the stupid thing out of his ear, but suffice it to say, there was a papoose, a screaming child, weeping parents, one too many medical decisions, a long pair of metal tweezers, a waiting room of wide-eyed patrons wondering what they were doing back there to my child, a strip of Green Lantern stickers, a bit too much eating out, a Dr. Pepper in a moment of weakness...or maybe two...and finally, eventually, a little green bead pulled out by a handsome doctor on a Wednesday afternoon.
As if that weren't enough excitement, yesterday I discovered a mouse in my house. Just sitting on the landing of the stairs staring at me like he wanted to be our pet.
He didn't really. He just wanted to scare the living daylights out of me. And he did. I'll just tell you, he didn't have a very good night.
This morning I went over the many things I have to be thankful for...and there are many...and it made me feel better.
Things like, being included in a fabulous publication like CK's Mixed Media Volume 2. I don't do a lot of scrapbooking anymore, mostly because I've been writing and focusing more on mixed media and my art classes (did you know I have a 20% off coupon in my etsy shop right now? Read more about it here on Shannan's blog.)
But this special issue of Creating Keepsakes is all about mixed media techniques. I love mixing different techniques into my artwork and love how easily you can pull that into your scrapbooking. For this assignment, I got to work with glass beads...here's a peek:
Typically, I shy away from glitter and beads because they can be kind of messy, but once everything was glued down nice and tight, I realized I've been missing out and I kind of love this whole look!
I love CK's special publications because they're always packing their issues full with sooo much talent. In this magazine, you're going to find some serious inspiration, many of whom are blogging about their projects yesterday and today.
Here's a list of awesomeness for you to check out:
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
I love these girls and their work (and their blogs) are so inspiring. If you're looking for some new ways to incorporate Mixed Media into your scrapbooking or other art projects, this is a great place to start!