Monday, May 20, 2013

Coffee Talk -

Hello Friends -
Hope you had a great weekend!

Every once in awhile I just feel like chatting.  Be it over coffee or diet coke or your favorite beverage . . . so thanks for reading.

OK, I go to a hair salon to get my hair done.  It is one of those splurges that I do about 4 times a year and really it is not that expensive.  (Well yes, it is more than going to Great Clips.)

But the salon is a different experience.  Really.  Once I sit down, someone asks me if I would like lemon water, tea or coffee and how I would like it and then it is served in a glass goblet or china cup.  And in between services I am asked again.

The head massage during the hair washing stage is divine.

I am a big aromatherapy lover and the products smell wonderful.

The blow out and finished look garners compliments for the next two days on how great my hair looks.  {I see immense value here.}

And I asked loads of questions.  I have semi-curly thick hair that goes crazy big in humidity.  {I really need to move to a dryer climate for better hair days.}

My recent question was, "How do I not frizz so much and have nicer curls?"  I try loads of products from the mass market stores and some work okay.  But I really want a better look.

Frankie made her suggestion and how to apply it.  I said, "Okay."  But she did not use it because she did my hair straight with a big roller brush, hair dryer and lots of pulling.

I get to the check out and was surprised on this tube of magic's price tag.  {It does have a money back guarantee as long as it is not half gone.}

So my question to you if you care to comment:  Would you spend $25 for 5.1 ounces of product if you know you will have good looking hair for as long as the tube lasts?

I justified my purchase because:
1.  I can take it back and I would if I was not happy.
2.  I spend $25 on a die for my Big Shot if I love it and then sometimes forget to use it or only use it a few times.

So let me know what you think and I will let you know if the magic is real or not.

Happy Day to you -
Mary -

Monday, May 13, 2013

Birthday Wishes -

Hello Friends -
Hope you had a great weekend!

It is a beautiful sunshiny morning in Chicago - finally!

Just a quick card that went out in the mail already today for my niece.

Okay . . . I can admit that I create my own problems that can waste precious time.

1.  I do not clean up my space after card making and cannot find what I need.
2.  I do clean up some of my craft space after card making and cannot find what I need because I put it away which is not what I remember.
3.  I buy single pieces of paper thinking that I have something at home that matches it and I do not.

This card is finally using a piece of 12 x 12 Stella Rose paper that I have had longer than I care to admit because no pieces of paper matched.  Until today.

This is a 4.25" x 4.25" card.

Sentiment {Birthday Wishes Stamp Set} - Iron Gate Stamps
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Pattern Paper - My Mind's Eye and Echo Park (Chevron and Polka Dot)
Embossing Folder - Sizzix through the Big Shot
My Stash - Twine, Scissors, Pearls, Grey Ink

Hope you have a Happy Day -
Mary -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Best Moms in the World -

Hello Friends -
Wow!  Another busy week here.  Hope you had a good one too!

I do know some of the Best Moms in the World . . . this is for you!

Cardstock and Pattern Paper - Bazzill Basics
My Stash - Circle and Scallop Punches, Grey Ink, Seam Binding, Pearls

I hope everyone has a lovely Weekend!  And Happy Mother's Day to every woman that has some positive influence on a child, your community and the Earth.  In my opinion, that is what Mother's Day is all about.

If this is your first time visiting the Tool Shed, please leave a comment and become a Follower to let me know you were here!  Thanks so much!

Happy Day -
Mary -

Blogs that I linked to this week:

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mojo Monday #291 {Part Two}

Hello Friends -
Happy Weekend!

Wow, this was a busy week and I look to the next five weeks as more of the same and then SUMMER VACATION!!  Woohoo!!  {I think I look forward to it more than my children!!}

Okay, so here I go again with this Mojo Monday sketch inspiration {I have the image at the bottom of this entry.}

Oh my goodness am I in love with this Lily Bee Design paper!!  This card was so simple and quick that I will make more cards this weekend to have on hand.  {Those are 1.25" strips for the pennants.  I know.  Sometimes I do not know what the dimension should be.  But this worked out well on the 4.25" square card.}

This is a 4.25" x 4.25" card.
Sentiment - Iron Gate Stamps
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Pattern Paper - Lily Bee Design
Embossing Folder - Sizzix run through the Big Shot
Ink - Staz-On {Timber Brown}
My Stash - Twine, Scissors, Label Punch, Pearls

Happy National Scrapbook Day!  I do not scrap much these days . . . it has to stay all in my head for right now!

Take care -
Mary -

The whole {Birthday Wishes} Stamp Set:

Mojo Monday Sketch #291 -

Friday, May 3, 2013

Mojo Monday - #291

Hello Friends -
Where did this week go?  Hope yours was good!

My brother turns the big 50 this weekend!

I really liked the Mojo Monday sketch challenge - here and you can play along too!  I think I will use this sketch again tonight.

Happy Weekend to you -
Mary -

Here is my interpretation:

This is a 4.25" x 4.25" card.

Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Pattern Paper - My Mind's Eye
Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz through the Big Shot
Ink - Staz-On {Timber Brown}
Punch - Marvy {Oval}
My Stash - Twine, Scissors

The whole stamp set {Birthday Wishes}:

Sketch #291: