Friday, November 27, 2009

Winter Wonderland

Hey y'all! (I'm channeling Paula Deen.) Happy Day After Thanksgiving! I meant to post yesterday, but I spent most of Wednesday doing absolutely nothing... at least not craft wise. I did, however, scratch 6 or 7 things off my to-do list, and I finally watched the movie Twilight.

I didn't hate it. Okay that might sound terrible to those who are huge fans of the books and movies, but it really isn't. I'm just the wrong demographic. But I do appreciate that it very likely stayed true to the book, and I do think they cast the movie very well. Lots of unknown actors, but (I think) perfect for their respective rolls.

That actually got me to thinking about whether I've ever been wild for something the way folks are for Twilight. I honestly can't think of any such instance. The closest I could come was my crush on Donny Osmond when I was about 13. (Who, by the way, I hear just won Dancing With the Stars. I saw a couple of commercials for the show, and I must say Donny is looking good for a guy in his early 50's. So don't count us middle-aged folks out just yet!)

Anyway, that led me to thinking about who during my generation would have played the Twilight characters well. I came up with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere as Bella and Edward, George Clooney as Carlysle, maybe Angelina Jolie as Esme, Brad Pitt as Jasper, Madonna as Rosalie. I have the perfect person in mind for Alice, but I can't think of her name to save my life. Am I onto something or what? Hahaha! Edited to add: It's Meg Tilly I was thinking of for Alice. And perhaps Demi Moore instead of Angelina Jolie for Esme... Demi is a bit more innocent looking. Ha!

But I digress, as usual.

We had a good Thanksgiving, just the six of us. It's the first time I've ever done the entire Thanksgiving dinner without the help of my MIL. I'm usually her sous chef. This time Paul was mine. We actually did really well. Everything came out hot at the same time and was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. I guess helping Jo all those years taught me more than I realized. Oh, and thanks Nancy for the excellent Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Filling recipe. We loved it!

Now I'm trying not to panic over the fact that Christmas is less than a month away. Here in California, we're having Spring-like weather, so it's hard to "feel" Christmassy. I made a wintery card for inspiration!

Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge 49 is perfect for the images found in Winter Fun With Sam and Gretchen by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I decided to add a little whimsy by having the bird pull Gretchen's sled...wouldn't that be something you might see in a winter wonderland?

That is, of course, Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP, and Prism cardstock. I put a little White Sparkly Fluff along the bottom of the sled, and then punched and glittered a snowflake for the finishing touch.

You might be wondering where my sample is for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. Well, because of the holidays, Taylor is taking the week off from the sketch challenge. Instead, she's running a HOT Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale:

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (the two biggest shopping days of the year!), Taylored Expressions is offering 15% off everything in the store! Just use the promotional code TEBlackFriday upon checkout to receive the discount. You don't want to miss up to 50% off all JustRite products, Buy 2 Get 1 Free on Tiny Twinkles, and the new TE Shirts & Aprons!

I don't know about you, but I'll be filling my basket for sure! Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kits? And did you know Taylor carries Copic markers, lots of Spellbinders, tons of rhinestones and other embellishments, ribbon galore, and the cutest darn stamp sets? The list goes on, my friends. And I can't wait to get my hands on one of the new t-shirts!

I hope you have a wonderful Friday. Are you getting out amongst them at the stores and shopping malls, doing your part to stimulate the economy? Me, I'll probably lay low and do some on-line shopping. There are still so many things I want to get done before going back to work on Monday, and time is slipping away so quickly...

Thanks for stopping by!


Cindy Haffner said...

Fabulous job on the sketch, Lisa!! I love those colors.

NinaB said...

I haven't read Twilight nor seen the movie. A good friend hated the book, so I didn't bother checking it out. It does pique my interest, though, that so many of my crafting friends seem really into it. I may give it another chance. So glad to hear you had a great Thanksgiving. We spent it with some friends here with all the trimmings! Yumm-o (I'm channeling Rachel Ray) :-).

Kristine said...

Cute cute card Lisa! And happy day after Thanksgiving! :) We enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner (lunch) at my parents, stayed for about 3 hrs. and then went out to my MIL's. There were 18 of us and stayed for the rest of the evening. It was a good time seeing most of them again. The kids had great fun with their 1 yr. old cousin :) Well, hope you have a fun rest of your BIRTHDAY weekend!! (I know you will!) :) Love!

Natalie said...

Your post today made me laugh!! I love your take on the Twilight "thing" I guess I'm out of the age bracket to appreciate it. Although I'm not a fan of the "dark" side of things (spiritually speaking!) Your card is adorable and I hear you have a birthday coming up this weekend!! Happiest of birthdays to you!! God bless.

Naoual said...

Hi Lisa, your card is gorgeous!!
Even though I'm a TwiHard, I have to say I didn't love the first movie, I've watched it a few times though, because I do LOVE the books and know all the background stories. If you read the books I'm sure you'll appreciate the movies more, especially the new movie 'New Moon', WOW! ;o)

Oh, a little birdie told me it's your birthday this weekend! I want to wish you a very, very, happy birthday. I hope you'll have a wonderful day with your loved ones and get lots and lots of crafty presents!!

Big hugs, Naoual xx

the whimsical butterfly said...

LOVE this post-ok you have to go to my blog to see the pic of Paula Deen w/ my DH! Too funny! I also got a HUGE kick out of your version of the Twilight cast as I have to agree, LOL! Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving, Lisa!

Danni said...

Fun card!!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Lisa, this is beautiful!!! Love the colour combo!


jo said...

Fabulous card Lisa! Perfect for the winter!

You're right, it's hard to get into the Christmas spirit when we live in California! We have to drive an hour away to cut our Christmas tree down!

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

I love your card! You did a fabulous job!
I'm in southern California & I'm with you.........I'm having a really hard time getting into Christmas this year with all of the warm weather we've had. It's cooler today so I'm loving it.

Huggies ~
Sharron ♥

Kathy Winter said...

awsome card Lisa. Love the colors. And your header is terrific and festive.

Nancy said...

Beautiful card, Lisa.
I just love those colors you used!

Mercy said...

lisa...this is just the cutest! great papers, coloring...and i love the way you have the little bird pulling her sled!

thanks for playing along with my sketch for this've done an amazing job! :)


Stamp and Smile said...

Fun colors for the holidays... and you know how much I LOVE snowflakes! WE may see some this week... to start our winter wonderland! YEAH! :)