Saturday, August 22, 2015

Thanks and Birthday, Vacancy and Vans

After our Merry Fishmas party I wanted to thank our guests for being there to share the day with us and since I had recently gotten this Impression Obsession Beach Wreath stamp in the mail, figured it would be perfect.  I stamped it in Memento Black on watercolor paper and used my Zig markers and aquapainter to color it.  The background is SU's Hardwood stamped off once and then on Whisper White.  I fussy cut the wreath and then just centered it on the "wood wall".  I didn't add a sentiment to the front but rather wrote my note on the inside.  I think this stamp would make a nice ornament for the Fishmas tree next summer.

And to celebrate my sister's birthday last weekend, I put this together using my SU floral EF and Essentials by Ellen dies, along with a Happy Birthday sentiment die and some little felt flowers from a past Mike's $1.50 bin.  The flowers are in shades of yellow and the leaves are Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.  It looks a little dull in the picture but IRL it was much prettier and she loved it.

Our Beautiful World's theme for this week is VACANT.  This is our faculty room - vacant save for the vending machine (too heavy to move) while the floor was waxed in preparation for the new school year quickly approaching.  It will be filled with two refrigerators, three tables, about 12 chairs, a microwave on a cart, a desk with a phone, a watercooler and jugs of water, and recycling and garbage cans. All in that small room (which does extend only a little to the left of the magazine rack).

I think I've mentioned that the front of the school near the office is undergoing construction.  Well, after they jack-hammered away the concrete pad in front they filled the space with gravel and rebar and metal fencing in preparation for the pouring of the new pad.  They put up barriers to keep people out of there, but that didn't seem to stop some.  This van pulled up to the school - after the day custodian left and with just the secretary, myself, and the evening custodial supervisor there somewhere cleaning.  Watching through the window in the office we couldn't imagine what to expect out of this van with the window covered over in tape and plastic. We saw two guys get out of the van and open the back of it.  One grabbed a box out of it and then disappeared from view.  Well, the reason he disappeared was because he was tiptoeing across the blocked off area and just walked right into the school because apparently they have been forgetting to look this door at night.  We asked the guy what he was doing there and he just said that he was making a delivery.  That was a little suspect due to the condition of the vehicle.  We've never had a delivery like that before.  

And this van we spotted on the Garden State Parkway on our way to Cape May.  

Hope you have a wonderful weekend - I've got many pictures from last night's sunset that I have to go through - it was stellar!


  1. Thanks for sharing the story behind your photo this week at Our Beautiful World!

  2. I love your beach wreath .. dresses your cards beautifully! Perfect for your Fishmas!! Oh I cant believe you are talking about the beginning of your school year!! We are well over halfway through ours ....and it ends in mid December.. I cant wait! Bring on Summer! How different are we! Thanks so much for sharing with Our Beautiful World!

  3. Nice artwork and most I like the photo of the reflecting lights.
    Greetings from Germany

  4. Beautiful cards and beautiful photos! Thanks so much for sharing at OBW!

  5. That's a lovely wreath on your cards. As to your story, I'm glad it was just a delivery and not someone breaking into your school building. Blessings!

  6. What a lovely beach wreath!
    Neat pic of the decked out van. School so soon. My time flies.

  7. LOVE the Fishmas card!! So pretty and clever.

  8. Oh my, that beach wreath is just so lovely! And the weathered wood background is a perfect setting for it.

  9. Checking out your OBW photo - funny how many of them are more like waiting than empty, including yours. Love when the floors are freshly waxed!


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