I'm sorry I don't have a card to share so please feel free to click off. I can't believe I haven't made a single card in two weeks and there you are expecting that I've made a stash of them! I thought about posting one I haven't blogged yet, but then I decided to just have a long and waffling chat instead, especially since I've kindly heard from some of you that you've missed me. Thank you!
Here is a glimpse of what's been keeping me away.
I think I told you that my friend Anita showed me how I could use the MISTI in spite of not being able to use the magnets because of my CHF. It happened at the Lake House last October and while my friends were thrilled for me, no one was more thrilled than me! Thank you again, Anita! Because of that I knew I needed to convert those beloved wooden stamps I wanted to keep and I decided it was time to discard the rest so someone else could love them.
Here are the wooden and clear stamps that ended up in the discard heap. All of them have been used and loved and now it's time for them to move on.
I used a table in the garage to separate them. Here are the wooden stamps to donate:
I also purged and reorganized all my dies, but I forgot to take a photo of the purged container of those.
So that's been keeping me busy every day for 13 days, several hours a day. In the end, I've only misplaced one stamp and one die, but they'll turn up somewhere. I'm counting on Hammy to remind me where I put things so I don't spend too much time scratching my head until I acclimate!
Edited to add: Hazel has reminded me of the Evernote app that makes storage of your stamps and dies a breeze. I know many of you already use that system, but if you aren't familiar with it, you can see a tutorial here and there are others to view. I will be using it from now on for all my new stamp sets and dies so I no longer have to take them all apart to organize them. I opted not to spend countless hours using it to go back and enter everything I've already organized, but I may change my mind once I get the app.
At any rate, I was feeling a bit like the walls were closing in on me, so now I feel much lighter from a creative standpoint and I love that everything is clean as a whistle.
Did you know that "clean as a whistle" comes from the sound a sword makes as it swishes through the air to decapitate someone? The first known usage was in the early 19th century, to wit: "A first-rate hit! His head was taken off clean as a whistle."
Well, for heaven's sake, I always equated that expression to the lighthearted and satisfied feeling I get from a good clean! Now I'll have to change it to clean as a ... a what?
Speaking of cleaning, I have not managed a bit of spring cleaning in the big house, nor have I managed to tackle one item in my "Techniques To Try" folder. Sigh. But, hey ho, I've nothing but time. I may not be blogging as much as I continue my quest, but I have missed you and making cards, so I want to get back to it, even if it's not as often.
I should also say that there were occasional distractions in the form of flowers, baby hummingbirds, and lizards, but I'll save those photos for another day except for this lily left-over from last year that just rebloomed itself.
So now you know what's been upping the heaval around here these last coupla weeks. I hope you've been keeping well and I hope to get by to visit you soon!
Enjoy your day! No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse!