Red Hatter Club Crafting with Wine Corks

Today I attended my Red Hatter Club’s monthly meeting at our “Queen’s” house. We were crafting with wine bottle corks, and I was the “leader” of the craft. Essentially that meant that I was the “main” person responsible for helping everyone understand the directions for the craft. Luckily through a group effort we had accumulated most of the supplies over the past several months, and little money was spent.

Since I’m not supposed to drive, out “Queen” came over to my house and picked me up to take me to her house. We got there several minutes before the rest of the ladies arrived, and I had time to figure out the directions for the craft before most of the people arrived. There were a couple of early birds, and they helped me to figure out the directions, and helped to pre-cut and pre-tie some of the ribbons and bows, which made things go a lot smoother.

One of the ladies brought a dessert to share called “Lemon Lush” that she got from a cookbook called “East Dessert First.” The dessert was essentially a lemon pudding with a topping that was made with cream cheese and Cool-Whip. Another lady brought in a pistachio flavored cake that was sprinkled with confectioners sugar in place of frosting. Both were delicious! We all had the chance to make several ornaments, we helped each other out from time to time, and we had a good time catching up with each other’s lives. I always have fun when we get together! After it was all over, we helped clean up, and the “Queen” drove me back home again. Next month we hope to go to the movies together, but we don’t know yet what movies will be playing. Hope we go to a comedy! I can always use a good laugh to lift my spirits!

Here are some photos of the ornaments that were made during the club meeting! Aren’t they just adorable!?

I Love Decorative Painting

Back in 2002, when I started teaching classes in One Stroke Decorative Painting, I was quite surprised that the One Stroke organization did not have pre-planned courses for their One Stroke Certified Instructors to teach, along with supply lists, and step-by-step instructions. As a newly certified instructor, I struggled with planning the classes, and demonstrations, that I was holding at the local Michael’s Arts and Crafts store.

Perhaps if I had been painting for a number of years before becoming a certified instructor it would have been easier for me to plan the classes, but I really had only been painting less than a year before I became an instructor and landed the job at Michael’s.

I had been given the impression that I was going to get a lot more help with planning and executing the classes, and demonstrations that I was expected to hold. Because of this, I found myself spending at least eight hours planning and conducting a two-hour class, and getting paid very little money for the time I had invested.

To be honest, if I didn’t love decorative painting, and sharing what I had learned, and the great students that I had coming to classes, I probably would have thrown in the towel. But decorative painting is a lot of fun, and I didn’t want to give it up!

One of my favorite demonstrations that I did at the store, was with the Outdoor Paints that had been newly released by Folk Art Paints. The demonstration was done in only one hour, start to finish, with a wooden birdhouse. The photos above are the result of that demonstration that I had done. I can’t remember for sure what year that was (I wish I had written the date on the project) but I think it was in 2002.

I get a lot of compliments (and offers to buy) that cute little birdhouse! A few people have even commented that they think it is cute enough to be sold online on websites like YardEnvy.com. I considered selling it on Etsy, but my hubby insists that it is “his” birdhouse and he won’t let me sell it! It seems that every time I make something and talk about selling it, to generate a little bit of extra income, my hubby “rescues it” and claims it as “his” so it ends up staying home with us!

Things not to say to your wife

Earlier today I was repairing some broken links on one of my blogs. One of the broken links was for a YouTube video from Jim Stafford’s song “Spiders and Snakes.” While I was trying to find a working video to use to replace the broken link I came across this funny video titled “Things not to say to your wife.” Well, I just had to listen to it, and it made me laugh. I thought I’d share it here, hoping it might bring a smile to the face of anyone who might stumble across my blog and give a lookie-loo. I hope you enjoy it!

My family loved to play Spoons

spoons (free clip art)
spoons (free clip art)

When I was a kid growing up, my family loved to play a card game that we called “Jackass.” Eventually I learned that the “proper” name of the game is “Spoons” and when I teach it to people nowadays, that is what I call it (in polite company, of course!) But in my heart I will always think of the game as “Jackass.”

These are the instructions of how to play the game:

The object of the game is to see who LOSES several hands.

Before the game is started, it must be determined what word will be spelled out, and if there is any “penalty” for losing. (Like maybe singing a song or doing a little dance or something like that.)

deck of cards (free clip art)
deck of cards (free clip art)

Use a standard deck of cards, and 1 less spoon than there are players. (4 players = 3 spoons)

For each player, use all four cards of same face value in different suits. (4 players = 4 Aces, 4 kings, 4 queens, 4 jacks) All other cards are put aside.

Place all spoons in center of table.

Dealer shuffles cards, and deals out equal number of cards to all players, so that each player has 4 cards.

When everyone has looked at their cards the dealer calls “pass.” Each player passes one card to the player to the right, and then picks up the card from the left. The dealer calls “pass” again, and repeats until one person grabs a spoon (signaling that he/she has 4 of a kind.)

Each player is trying to get 4 of a kind; when a player gets 4 of a kind then that player grabs a spoon. (It can either be slyly or with much ruckus.) The remaining players also all try to grab a spoon, but one player will be left “spoonless” thus losing the hand.

family playing spoons (free clip art)
family playing spoons (free clip art)

The one who loses a hand gets a letter written under his/her name on the scorecard. When one person has the entire word spelled out, the game is over; you have a “loser.”

Following is an example of a scorecard, assuming that Dad has lost the game:

spoons-scorechart1
spoons-scorechart1

The only thing is that when I keep “score” I don’t bother to put the “round 1, etc” numbers off to the side; that’s just an extra detail I put in hoping it would help to make it clearer. The “real” scorecard would look more like this:

spoons-scorechart2
spoons-scorechart2

And of course, you can use a different word. When we played it as kids we used the word “Jackass.” The standard penalty for losing the game of “Jackass” was “The jackass run” – the loser had to crawl rapidly around the house braying and kicking up their heels and making “ears” with their hands and wiggle them around and saying “I’m a jackass, hee-haw, hee-haw” or we’d make the loser perform the “jackass call” – they had to use the telephone and call someone they knew and say “I’m a jackass hee-haw, hee-haw.”

Donkey kicking (free clip art)
Donkey kicking (free clip art)

We had the option to dream up different penalties but those were the two penalties used the most. Boy, if only we had cell phones with video cameras back then! With that in mind, before you play the game it’s a good idea to agree BEFORE the game what the “penalty” for losing is! Now that we are all “grown-up” we don’t bother with penalties….but maybe we should revisit that thought the next time we have a big family gathering here and decide to play some games!

One time the whole family was playing “Jackass”, and my oldest brother lost. He was eighteen years old and had a REAL girlfriend (as in REAL dates and hugs and kisses and all of that yucky stuff that teenagers do on REAL dates) at the time. The family decided that the penalty for losing the game at that point in time was that he had to call his girlfriend (right then and there) and when she answered the phone he had to say “I’m a jackass hee-haw, hee-haw” and then hang up without saying anything else! Boy the entire family laughed so hard when he good-naturedly actually DID make the phone call! But to be honest I really can’t say that I remember him ever playing Jackass with us again!

telephone call (free clip art)
telephone call (free clip art)

Another time I had accepted a blind date from a match made by my best girlfriend. When he arrived at the front door to pick me up my father answered the door and invited him to come inside. My father introduced himself, shook hands, and then told him that the family was getting ready to play a game of “jackass” and would he like to play? I exclaimed “oh no, don’t say yes!” but my date smiled and replied “Sure.” Of course my date lost. And even though I tried to intervene on his behalf, he did, in fact, do the “Jackass run.” He was very good-natured about it, laughing and laughing, and we did end up dating for several months afterwards.