Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Reflections on the English Language

Why the English Language is such a joy to learn.

(1) The bandage was wound around the wound
(2) The farm was used to produce produce
(3) The dump was so full it had to refuse more refuse.
(4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
(5) He could lead if he could get the lead out.
(6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
(7) They were too close to the door to close it.
(8) The insurance was invalid to the invalid.
(9) I did not object to the object.
(10) After a number of injections my jaw got number.

I could go on, lets face it - English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburg.
English muffins weren't invented in England or french fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet are meat.

We take the English language for granted, but if we explore it's paradoxes,
we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig
is neither from Guinea, nor is it a pig.
And why is it the writers write but fingers don't fing?
And if the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?

Dosen't it seem crazy that you can make amends, but not one amend, that you comd through
annals of history but not a single annal?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If a retired teachers taught, did retired preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
In what language do people recite a play, and play at a recital?
Ship by truck, and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run, and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
How can overlook and and oversee be opposites, while quite a lot and quite a few are alike?
How can the weather be hot as hell one day, and cold as hell another?

Or Have you ever noticed that we describe certain things only when they are absent?
A horseless carriage, or a strapless gown.
(Have you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown?) Or met a sung hero, or experienced equited love?
Have you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or peccable?
And where are all those people that ARE spring chickens or who would ACTUALLY hurt a fly?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which you fill in a form by filling it out.and an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race( which, of course is not a race at all).
That is why, when the stars come out, they are visible, but when the lighta are out, they are invisible.
And why, when I wind up my watch it starts
And when I wind up this this essay It ENDS.

Author Unknown

Just some food for thought.
Have a great day

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Thought I'd do a few Halloween cards too, since it's right around the corner.

Painted tissue paper on gold c/s, dry stenciled the happy halloween, the fence, and the tree I did 2x's so it would stand out from the fence. The little plastic pumpkins were in a card I got last year, so I added pop dots to them too.

This card could be for thanks giveing or halloween I think. so no sentiment yet

Again no sentiment, but it will when i give it to someone.
I did the pumpkins on vellum. and stamped the brown background.

Good thing witches are ugly, because this one sure is. She is done on orange vellum and water colored. I mounted this on a lighter orange c/s, then a green card base.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The end is in sight.

Well......... I can almost see the end to all this X-Mas card makeing.
This was a quick one, I stamped the image, chalked it, added the silver rik-a -rak, added brads to match the colored stockings.

The baubbles are free (4 Digital kits were available) from http://www.papertreyink.com/ , as a world card makeing day bonus.
I just printed and cut them out, added ribbon and those cute red and white embellishments.

Another cute stamp from http://www.faeriesong.com/ .
I added som stitching and beading to her and the sentiment,paper pierced then highlighted that with my glitter gel pen.

This last little one is also from faeriesong,(Site above) and is the last note card for my friend.
I was going to cut out her wings like with the other fairies, but decided to just cross hatch the wings this time. I added (of course) some sparlke too.
All water colored except the wings which is done with prismacolored pens.
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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Got a few

of the holiday cards done for Dan's parents.
Simple cards are the trick, If I can just stay to that I'll be done in no time. RIGHT? hehe

This card is just that,
Black c/s base, printed vellum added to white c/s with 4 brads, grossgrain ribbon.

Gold c/s mounted on white base, "Joy" printed c/s on that, Added a bit if stickle to centre of the 'O's,
added red and black sheer ribbons.

white c/s. cut the inside of an envelope, added stamped image to that, and a few small strips of the envelope to enhance the sentiment, Dainty ribbon, and all done.
Stamp from: http://www.mftstamps.com/

Ok........ I got a bit out of the fast and easy with this one.
But to my credit I used up all the leftover c/s. wrapping paper and a small pc. of c/s
from other disastrous Attempts at cards.
So all I really did here was adhere them all. stamp and color the image, one of my cutsie Bella's, add glitter and dimentional paint foe the snow.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Something a bit different 3D Cards

Thses are a few cards I did while on my long absence from blogland.
I was doing, and am still in the middle of doing a few more stitch cards, but I wanted a break.
I have had these cards in the makeing for a whole year, YUP, you read that right, A WHOLE YEAR.
Now I know one thing about me, and that is I usually finish whatever I start, but I am shocked that it took me this long to do these cards. And being the dunce that I am, I have forgotten the designer of these 3D card patterns, but as soon as I find her name I will edit this post. I do know that I got them from http://www.irisfolding.circleofcrafters.com , a very wonderful and shareing group that I joined last year.
On this first card I did a wax resist n the background c/s in a leaf pattern, did a border punch only 2 sides, added stickle to her ring, ear lobes and her dangling head wear, and a few drops of dimentional paint to the pecock feathers to enhance them, and lastly I added two diamond dabbles for her earrings.
I see it's hard to tell that it is 3Dimentional, but I tried to get a good pic from the side, Photographer I'm not. Sorry.

This is another 3D card. I just mucked a few different drops of perlEX with embossing powders, and got this effect. Done on gold c/s.
And again you can't see the 3D effect.
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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Just when you think

that you have a handle on all your Christmas cards for the year, you get a request to make some for someone else.
I had made a card for Dans mother and father's anniversary,Oct 1st, and a card for his mom as that day was also her birthday. (Dan was going out to buy their cards, then left it too late), sooooooo... I thought I'd make them. They were last minute cards, so sorry no pics.

Anyway, Dan took them over with their presents, and before he got back home I got a call. They were thrilled with the cards and wanted to ask me if I would make them some cards for Christmas.
The conversation was totally forgotten (by me anyway), But today we went to his sister's house for Thanksgiving dinner and they asked if I had made any cards for them yet.
Are you getting the drift of where this is going yet?

I was totally shocked at first, then I thought they were just kidding me, then when they convinced me they were serious, I went into panic mode.

So I guess that's what I'll be doing for a bit longer now.
Whew! This feels funny venting on here, so thanks for listening.

These cards are not one I made for them , just some of the last few I have been doing lately.
I watercolored this little guy on clear vellum.

This cute fairy is from www.faeriesong.com
I cut out her wings and backed them with some pretty blue and silver ribbon.

I attempted a shaker box here. I have tried these before, and they never worked, this one is no different. Well, I didn't make it deep enough so those yummy snowflakes (yummy, because they are cake decorations, and boy do they smell good) can move around properly. Although a few do shake. LOL
I sprinkled purlex all over the card, so it's really nice and shimery.

Frosty here really needs not explanation. I did him with my prisma color markers, added that same blue and silver ribbon I mentioned on the fairy's wings, and all done.
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