Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Free Love! (uhh, not the Woodstock kind)

Similar to my first giveaway, there are three chances to receive one package of Valentine goodies! Just leave a brief comment, like the kind you might find on a candy conversation heart, and you're in the drawing. (U.S. and Canada only, please; I do have a budget ;-). Be sure to leave me a way to contact you, or check back here as winners will be posted on Superbowl Sunday, February 1st!

1st prize - February Issue of Country Home magazine, MS heart stickers and heart tin, decoupage ornament and grab bag of valentine tags from Catnip Studio Too, and a semi-vintage "Sweetheart" clothing tag.

2nd prize - February Issue of Country Home magazine, MS heart tin, decoupage ornament and grab bag of valentine tags from Catnip Studio Too, and a semi-vintage "Honey" clothing tag.

3rd prize - MS heart tin, valentine crafting stickers and laser cuts, miniature cream satin bow and rose, and a decoupage ornament and grab bag of valentine tags from Catnip Studio Too.

Monday, January 26, 2009

"Is THIS the Mountain... want to die on?" Just an expression I learned from a wise U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer as he was counseling a callow, young Sailor (me) about how to decide when to take a stand on an issue, and when to just let it go. I discovered, over the years, that there are very few mountains to "die on", that most dramas and upsets were just hills of beans that tumbled away to insignificance in the bigger scheme of things. Once I examined my own motivations and priorities, many seemingly huge issues (mountains) vanished, and I was free to focus on whatever it was that truly mattered to me at the time.

So next time you have an argument, an unmovable position on a topic, a hissy-fit, or a knock-down-drag-out fight (figuratively, I hope) - ask yourself, "Is THIS the mountain I want to die on?"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Este Blog Investe e Acredita na...Proximidade!...

...This blog invests in the riches of proximity! (my rough translation). Proximidade, translated from Portuguese to English, means vicinity or neighborhood.
Sweet Holly at Haute Country Vintage Co. has bestowed Catnip Studio with this special award. I am touched and exceedingly flattered, that she thought my blog worthy. Here's the story behind the award, including some "msn live research" in parentheses:
"This blog invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships. (blogging makes us close by proxy; friendly neighborhoods linked around the world)
Blogs that receive this award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. (effort is made to maintain a quality blog in terms of blog etiquette, response, and audience - just because) *Note to reader: It does not escape my attention that the mere posting of the award is, in itself, a small measure of self-aggrandizement. I never said I was perfect ;-).
Our hope is that when the ribbons of these awards are cut, even more friendships are propagated. (post the award, and grow more friendship by passing it on)
Please give more attention to these writers! (be an active friend of their neighborhoods)

Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."
Following are my eight blog choices (though there are many more that are also deserving), in no particular order, that consistently embody the spirit of kindness, friendship, neighborhood, and warmth for which this award is given:
Please take a moment to visit their blogs and say "Hello, friend!"

Monday, January 19, 2009


After reciprocal ear bathing, a nice afternoon nap!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fog, Frost, and My Aching Back

I've been nursing a back injury (note to self: Mr. Catnip to move heavy stacks of plates and studio furniture) for a couple of weeks, now, and I'm up to my elbows in finished decoupage ornaments as a result of being confined to 1. level surfaces, 2. t.v. chair, and 3. bed. I'm cranky and slow-moving, but I did make the transit across the back porch without further incident/injury to snap a photo of the morning fog and frost we've been having the past few days.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hi, My Name is Kathy, and I am addicted to PAPER...

...and the crisp snap of a craft punch has been known to make my teeth chutter like Hannibal Lecter's on...fava beans.
The caress of freshly cut paper disks across my fingertips can occasion the fantasy of lottery winnings, free poker chips, and what I imagine it must feel like to actually kick _ss playing Monopoly.

The endless array of colors, patterns, and textures teases my eyes - too many papers, not enough time.
The smell of vintage papers and water-based adhesives takes me back to the odors of my early childhood - reading from old books, my kindergarten classroom, my grandma in the kitchen melting waxy stubs in a double boiler (to make crayons with believeable flesh tones, key to my success as a coloring book expert, don't cha know).
Well, that leaves taste - I must admit that I do not eat my craft supplies (not anymore), but I readily recall the salty weirdness of Playdough, crayons that taste like they smell, and the bland slime that is white glue isn't worth your curiosity.
Even more appealing, crafting consistently brings me peace of mind, relaxation, and a sense of personal accomplishment equivalent to receiving a "Brilliant!" from American Idol's Simon Cowell. No shiny kitchen floor can compete with that. Mr. Catnip begs to differ, but he's getting used to my stacks of paper, and, after all, you can eat off of them! Which cannot be said of my kitchen floor.
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