I think today is my one year quit-iversary with smoking. Yay Me! I'd 'quit' and slapped on a patch around the first of February in '06, but I was out in Oklahoma visiting a friend at the end of the month when I grabbed one of her husbands cigs and went out back to 'enjoy' one with my glass of wine. I remember gagging and being grossed out and by the sixth puff this little voice inside (the devil, I'm sure) was saying, "Just hang with it...you'll start lovin' it again any second now." Yikes! I threw that sucker down and have never once turned back. For most of this year I haven't said "I quit smoking" because I knew how I might lose the battle and go back, but with a year under my belt I'm feeling pretty confident that I'm done. I am pretty proud of the accomplishment, but after 33 years of countless failed attempts, I honestly can't say why I was able to do it this time. Maybe, like I always say about people in general , all (most) relationships have a timeline and mine with cigs was 33 years. Then it was over. Period. I'm glad. Hey...if you wanna get grossed out, google "quit smoking" images. Egad on the overflowing ashtrays and bloody lip and throat cancers!
I've been pretty productive so far this week. Here's something I bought a few months ago when the local kitchen gourmet shop was going out of business. Once they finally got down to selling the fixtures, I got this for five bucks. Had no idea what I was gonna do with it, just knew it looked pretty handy for five bucks.
I think it must've held marble trivets or coasters or something. Well, I bought some 10/$1 card packs at Michael's with the intent of 'repurposing' them for some button cards I've been making and they just so happened to fit perfectly!
I really couldn't be more pleased with it. I'm having a booth at an antiques & collectibles fair in mid-April and then a craft fair in late April and will take this to both. By the way, I've already credited Connie Stuart for the button people card in a previous post and the idea for the cards with the pink buttons was pretty much copied from a gal named Stacey Bear. I thought it was a pretty cute idea for displaying vintage buttons.
I guess way back when I was a) getting heavy into beads and jewelry making and b) getting more serious about having my webstore built, I ordered a case of small and a case of largish kraft jewelry boxes. Before Christmas I covered a bunch of tops in holiday paper (what and where I thought I was going to sell so much of I have no idea really) and my purpose in showing you here is a good example of BE CAREFUL WHICH ADHESIVES YOU USE FOR WHAT! I just ran the blue Tombow permanent adhesive along the edges and look at how they all popped up in less than three months.
Yikes! Imagine if any of these had actually been sent to someone. Seems I just never quit learning these lessons about adhesives and their long-term abilities (or lack thereof). Well, I thought I'd crank out a batch of much prettier boxes so threw these papers away, pulled out the GOOD glues, and made these between last night and this morning. I've been trying to work FAST just for the exercise of not being so 'precious' about it all ( I always remember Claudine Helmuth lecturing us about that).
I may sell them for a couple bucks at the craft show or maybe offer them to some local retailer who does jewelry. Was fun working with paper again.
I'll leave you with one last photo. Remember how I showed you a pic of Mia in her nightly paws UP! pose in front of the fireplace? Last night John and I stood talking in the kitchen for quite a while, and I eventually looked down and saw Mia at the doorway between the fam room and kitchen like this:
We laughed and laughed, went into the other room to get the camera, and still she maintained the position. Gosh, she just cracks me up.