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September 29, 2012

CASology #12 ~ A Shoe In

And we're back around to Saturday ~ Whoosh!
I had to say that since I missed saying it yesterday like I normally do on Fridays.  I thought this week was set out in normal little week-name squares seven abreast, this being the last string of squares in September.  Apparently, however, when I bent down on Thursday to get a closer whiff of that delicious fresh-mown-grass smell, Friday was handed out, and by the time I stood up, I had missed it.
It's so conflicting to stop and "smell the roses" while keeping your eyes skyward so you don't miss anything.  And besides that, it's a good way to inhale a bee or prick your nose on a thorn.

So Hi!  Hope you had a great Friday and you are enjoying the beginning of your weekend!

I made a card, finally, for this week's fun CASology challenge.  The cue word this week is "SHOE."  Yup.  Yuppers.  Shoe.  I wished I'd had one of those stinkin' cute witchie shoes, but I don't.  You should check out the witchie-boot cards that are linked, so perfect for this time of year.  The other non-Halloweenie cards are really great, too! 
Speaking of CASology, I want to take a moment and announce that the creator of this unique and delightful challenge blog has joined our party as a follower!  Please welcome and visit Melissa at her CASology and Oh! Smudge! blogs.  Her creations are fabtastical!  Thank you, Melissa!
So, here's the thing.  My shoe stamps are few and teeny, so I was really stumped by this challenge word until I remembered a rarely-used great big boot-scootin' cowboy/cowgirl image I have.  It's so rarely used, I'm not going to pretend it was easy to find in the Playhouse.  Or defend why it was so difficult considering it ended up being in it's own case, labeled "Cowboy Boots," smack dab front and center in the row of stamp cases, Alfa Betty.  Slap.

That boot image is amazing, isn't it?  Even if you weren't country, who wouldn't love these?


Some of you might remember the time one of the neighborhood squirrels went cray-cray and chewed clean through a big branch of one of our potted jade trees, thus, the dirty rat:


That was a big 'ol chunk.  Well, DS said it might work in the ground, even though we have to over-winter the potted jades in the garage.  "What do you have to lose?" he asked, tossing back at me a phrase he's heard me say a bazillion times in his life.  As it happens, I had a place for the jade, so I stuck it in the ground.  I thought you might like to see how well it is thriving two months later:

Fingers crossed that it survives the winter, but I'm so tickled it's living now.
"What have you got to lose?"  "What's the worst that can happen?" 
Such great self-talk phrases to have up one's sleeve for those times when we get stuck on inaction by over-thinking and over-analyzing.  And isn't it interesting that the word analysis contains the word anal?  In my case, I tend to over-simplify the problems of others (to get to the bottom line), yet I anally over-analyze my own problems. 
Hmmm, I think I'll have some hot mulled cider and mull that over.
Okay, I'm down mulling.  I'll leave you with a snickerdoodle, my fellow crafters! 
Hee-Hee.  To be honest, I didn't turn DS's room into a craft room, since I was situated in the garage, but I did turn it into a home office PDQ. I don't think he had even found the college cafeteria by the time I began ripping down the iconic all-boy-all-sports wallpaper in his bedroom. When he came back home that first Thanksgiving, it was quite a shock for the poor boy, having to sleep in the guest room!   He is still in analysis because of it.
Enjoy!   As always, thank you for stopping by to visit.   Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!

Paper:  PTI kraft; DCWV bp;
  Stampland glossy
Stamp:  Mostly Animals 904-S8,
  "Kick 'em Off
Ink:  Markers
Misc. twine, star, pop dots


Ardyth said...

Those are some boots, my friend! Love the tie in with the twine (is that jute? I never did learn my natural fibres!) and the star! So glad you played along again this week, Darnell!

Susan said...

Those are pretty cool cowboy boots! I have a daughter that would wear them every day! Those nasty little varmints have been chewing on our house again....so we've purchased a squirelinator. Once they're trapped, we can cart them across town and dump them in someone else's yard ...oops, I mean in the woods on the university campus...the nature preserve...yes, that's what we'll do!

Redanne said...

Oh yes, those boots are fabulous, would not mind a pair of those......great news about the jade plant, your DH clearly has green fingers. The cartoon is great - don't we all do the same thing? Crafty hugs, Anne x

Bonnie said...

Now these are some fantastic cowgirl boots, Darnell! I'm glad you could save the Jade plant that the varmint chewed off! Hopefully it gave him a tummy ached and he won't return for more!

Carol L said...

Oh my gawd, I'm cracking up over your completely re-vamping your son's room! Still in analysis! ROFL!!
I love those boots and how you colored them, and way to save the life of that jade plant!

Deborah Frings said...

Hi - this is my first visit - it won't be the last! I've had such fun reading various of your posts. Gotta say that I love these boots - I can almost imagine line dancing in them!!!!

Love the cartoon - made me laugh out loud - even my hubby liked it!!

Tracey McNeely said...

I reckon they look plenty comfy! Fun fun card Darnell. Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology!

stampwithsandy said...

Those are some smokin'-hot boots, Darnell! Now you've got me thinking, I don't think I have a shoe stamp in my lot. Off to go look...

The-crafty-corner said...

Loving those Honky Tonky boots Darnell You know when a song sticks in your head and you end up humming it all day long? that's going to be me now after seeing your fabby boots.."These boots are made for walking"....hmm,hmm,hmmm,hum,humm ! :) x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, Great card the challenge. Love your colourful boots and the star, jute & layout are perfect with them ! I also had such a chuckle from the cartoon, too funny :) Have a great Sunday! Shirleyx

Marybeth said...

Love the boots and the way you colered them and then the twine! Love this one Darnell! Your poor son..Smile. Loved the cartoon ! Thanks for the smile before my coffee! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Benzi said...

Yep, great minds.......love your pretty boots even if they are in competition with mine. LOL

I sure hope that jade plant makes it. It sure is looking healthy at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous post as always and I love those rootin tootin boots just fab and i would totally wear them. In fact when i had my first born lying there in my hospital bed looking at the new mothers receiving gorgeous gifts of jewellery from their men folk, well guess what i got a gorgeous pair of cowboy boots !!!!I was so happy but the other mothers felt sorry for me but little did they know i own a jewllery shop and the boots were a special request lol ! Hope you little branch survives the winter .


Laurie Unger said...

Love the cowboy boots - makes me want to unearth my stamp and give it a go! BTW - now I want a real snickerdoodle! LOL

Lucille K said...

Oh my word, just love your beautiful cowboy boots, just love them. Great card :)

Kim Heggins said...

Your cowboy boots are a stunner! So much wonderful detail too, and those colors, so bright and vivid and that sparkle star just the perfect finishing touch. I love that comic, just too funny!

Jean said...

Love the cowboy boots and your coloring is SUPERB, as always! The twine and star are a perfect finishing touch for this great card!!!

Judy1223 said...

Darnell, I don't know what I enjoyed more...your awesomely funny and amusing POST, or your awesome cowboy boot card?!?! You have my kind of sense of humor, girl...(I mean, you said "cray cray" and I say that to my kids all the time! "Why you ackin' so cray cray?") I also love that, like me, you did not have a witch shoe stamp to play with and came up woth another idea. I LOVE this card and the twine and star are the perfect finishing touches!

So glad the jade re-plant has been successful...darn squirrels! Good for you, taking a stand!

Rosemary said...

that is one mighty fine set of boots, missy!! the twine and star are the perfect additon...i always enjoy seeing what you come up with for each week's cue word.. it always delights!

Jules said...

Hi Darnell

Those are one special pair of boots .. .. how did you manage to misplace them LOL!!!

Fabby entertaining post. I enjoyed reading it!

Hope you had a good weekend.

Love Jules xx
Love Jules xx

Unknown said...

Wow Dippy - those boots are something else!!! Love the way you've coloured them and was most impressed that the stamp was actually where it should be!!! lol This is just a quickie as we've been away this weekend and I must have caught your bug as I keep thinking it is Sunday today instead of Monday - doh! Got all cracked up, as per usual, reading your post. I think a dose of your postings should be given on the National Health as a tonic!


Karen xxx

shirley-bee said...

Love those boots, Darnell! The twine and star finish the card off perfectly.