Friday, April 04, 2008


b. January 15, 1929 - d. April 4, 1968
What a wonderful difference his life made!



That's right. Just like the Dad in "A Christmas Story", I value and highly covet major awards, LOL, especially cyber ones. And thankfully, no fishnet leg lamps have to sit in my living room.

I want to thank Tina and Lida for awarding me this in March, and Lynn in April:

The rules for the *you make my day award* are to re-present it to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blog land. Let them know through email or by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times yourself, and if you do, consider yourself really, really loved:
So I'm passing on the award to the following people (in no particular order):
1. Kim L.
2. Kim KT
3. Katy
4. Sandi
5. Vicki
6. Cheryl
7. Jenna
8. Gina
9. Heather
10. Noelia



I've taken lots of photos and collected tidbits of info in the last month to use here on the old blog, but as often happens with me, I either forget to upload them or I'm not in the mood or situation to bother getting into the detail needed to explain. And this past month has been a real black hole for my free time, what with tax returns and policy research.

Well, today I thought I'd try to get some of these out of inventory and into the light where they belong, so to speak.

Some things I've been into lately:

Here it is, April, and I still have not finished altering my 2008 art calendar I started back in January! Argh! I'm using it to keep track of the birthdays and dates of my artsy friends, as well as deadlines for swaps and challenges, and although not having it decorated does not stop me from using it, it still bugs the bunion outa me, so I'm making it a goal item for April.

Back in January, on Flickr's Inspiration Boards group, I saw people making these on their walls to help them keep their notes and inspiring papers out and visual. Soon, this morphed into people using these to show off their little pieces of art or pretty images, whatever, which is also inspiring. I've been wanting to make one for my wall and even decided where it would go, but was a bit shy about sticking the thumb tacks into a pristine wall. One day I just did it, and I'm glad I did. I'm using this one to hang my art after I finish it to "cure" a bit. And I plan to make more inspira-lines in other places. One cool thing about them is they can be as long or as short as you need them to be. And, they are really easy as pie to string up: just start at one end and then the other.

Aren't these pretty? (See? I even strung some more line under my bookshelves over my desk, LOL.) I took an afternoon not too long ago to work on cling-cushion my background stamps, and made up some image sheets for my stamp binder while I was at it.

I keep most of my stamps in VCR tape cases by theme, and these were all thrown into the cases, no rhyme or reason.

I have finally created a system for organizing these case contents. I make chipboard inserts that have glossy photo paper adhered to one side where the stamps cling to the surface, and have sticker paper on the other side where I stamp the images. That way I can pick up an insert and know what which stamp each image belongs to. It really makes it easier to see what I have in there. Only a million more cases to fix up this way, but at least I have a plan now.

Well, this entry is becoming a mile long so I will call it quits for today. Have a great weekend, everyone!


Sandi said...

wheeeeeee! i made someone's day! but then you made mine too. so there, you twin from a different mother, you.

mmmkay, you've inspired me today. it's time to quit thinking my workroom is going to be pristine and so cool and ultra organized that several major art magazines will want to cover it (*snort*), so i shall pick up my digicam and shoot some pictures this very day and post 'em on my blog.

AND i'll post some new artwork.
AND i'll post maybe even post some pictures of a project that i've been wanting to start. but that means i'll have to start it, eh?

hey rocky! watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!


Linda said...

Hey girl! I love your new haircut! And your inspira-lines are cool. I want to do that in my space but dh would have a fit. Have a great weekend!

Gina (frazzledmom) said...

OMG - I ma so stoked and honored to be on your bloglist!! Thank you Aimes - that sure made my day. :)
I love how you store your stamps in VCR Boxes - that is unique and pretty nifty. Your inspira-lines are awesome! I have lots of wall space under a window for that - I should get my A into G and set one up!

Lida said...

Oh that inspiro line is perfect! I gotta check that group on flickr, looks like you have been busy, wish I was not too busy I can´t wait to scrapbook tomorow, thanks for the support and loved the story of the mouse lol.

Lynn said...

Aimes, I just love your inspira-line. I might do that when I finally get that dungeon cleaned out. Love that you use VCR cases for storage I would never think to do that. I guess I need to start looking outside of the box more often. Then again, that is why I have great blog friends. You all just keep inspiring me!

Hope you are feeling well. I have been talking dh into getting a hot tub now! I really need one and he would benefit from it also.

Glad to hear that it was not warm enough to produce an outbreak of mosquitos yet. Keep those suckers away as long as possible.

Hope you have a Terrific Weekend.

Kim said...

Thanks! I'm really honored!
I love reading your blog too, just wish I had more time to blog-hop.

Hey, I've got one of those inspira-lines too for my kids' stuff to dry from because I have a little art corner set up for them in my scraproom. I honestly never thought about making more than one so I could use them too. And it's a great way to use up the old fiber in my stash.

jill said...

Hi Aimeslee!

Love the photos and random stuff! I've been trying to decide how I want to do a inspira-board using a framed cork board. After seeing your inspira-line I really want to get mine done and up :)

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Gabrielle said...

Great tribute to MLK Jr!

Congrats on the award! :)

Look at all those stamps...FUN!

Sarah C. said...

Hey, Aimeslee! :) Love the idea of storing stamps in a VCR tape box. Had to laugh at the calendar. I have a project I've been "working" on since Jan too. *sigh* Just can't seem to get inspired to get it done.