Thank you!

Vitamin C was started in January of this year, so... 1 year down! I want to thank all of you who have visited my blog, and even stuck around to read some things. 

A great many more of you have been here than I ever dreamed of. In truth, it is pretty much due to pinterest. My bleach doodle shirt has had over 2,000 visitors (since July) and the Blackboard of Blossoms has had a bit over 1,000 visitors (since June). 

I feel surprised and honored that so many of you were interested enough to follow the photo back to  my blog. 

Working on my 2012 Vitamin C!

Shake Your Own

Tonight, we got the ingredients together and tried making ice cream in a plastic bag.  You put the ingredients in a small zip lock, and put that inside a larger zip lock full of ice.  If you want to try it, google it. It is all over the internet.

Then, you shake it for 5 minutes or so. Only thing is, it gets very cold.

Niece 1 put hers in a blanket and flipped it back and forth.

It actually works. We had peppermint, vanilla, and chocolate chip.  Tasted good! Not sure we are doing it again...but we might. It would be a good activity for a bunch of kids with lots of energy.

Take your Vitamin C!


Last night was the women's Christmas Gathering at church. For me, it is a nice way to start the Christmas season. Women from the church bring their co-workers, family members, friends, and neighbors. Dinner is catered.  

The hostess of each table sets a holiday extravaganza. They get quite creative. Every table is beautiful.

We get to know each other, eat, and sing Christmas carols.  Last night our speaker was Cathy Tanana who is the women's ministries director at another local church.  She leads a bible study with the Detroit Tiger wives. She told us about her life as a baseball wife.

When I am the boss of Christmas, we will do activities like this in celebration, we will hang pretty lights, eat Christmas cookies, and sing a lot. We will not shop till we drop and spend small fortunes buying gifts.  I will let you know when I am in charge of that...

Till then, find some meaningful, fun, and relaxing ways to do Christmas, and..,
Take your Vitamin C!

Card Recycle

 I received a Christmas present this week from Lee Anne, and this card with it. I really like the card. See the stitching and the glitter?

 Deciding to make a decorative, hanging tag with it, I gathered: watercolor paper for the base, metallic scrapbook papers, and the page in the bible that has Isaiah 9:6 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace.

 I layered the papers, added some seed beads, drew some swirls with Sharpies, and added one vintage rhinestone screw back earring at the bottom of the tag. I glued the inside of the card on the back of my tag, so I will always have Lee Anne's message. I am hanging the tag with the ribbon from the present.

Now it is a piece of art with meaning! Wouldn't it be cool to have a whole tree of recycled card tags?

Use your Vitamin C!

2012 Color of the Year

I turned on the computer this morning to a note from my friend VoteMom about the 2012 Pantone color of the year. Sure enough, I have been seeing the announcement all over the place today, and I just got the official email from Pantone telling me that Tangerine Tango will be king for 2012. 

From the Pantone website:

The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.
“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Now, that is a lesson in writing romance copy.  Did you know someone could say so many beautiful things about orange? I would like these people to write my resume.

My own opinion: hardly anyone can wear orange and look good in it. It is nice in accents, but kind of overwhelming in big amounts. If you study the psychology of color, you know that orange is energetic and used to draw attention. Think hunting gear and traffic cones.

If we review the 2011 Color  and the 2010 Color, and combine them with the 2012 Color, it looks like we are at the beach. 

Vitamin C comes in orange, the 2012 Color of the Year!

Big is Beautiful

 I am working on a big bangle bracelet design.

 Bangle bracelets have been trendy for awhile but as this year progressed, they got bigger and bolder.

 Until they are almost more of a garment than an accessory.

 So, I am getting in on that. I made these segments that are almost 3" tall. They are fabric covered watercolor paper.  Big-ish, but very lightweight. See where I made the holes? They get hooked together there with beads and wire.

 I made 36 bead dangles for this bracelet. I keep a jar of black spacer beads and a jar of silver spacer beads. There are many sizes, shapes and bead materials in the jars. I use black and silver spacer beads a lot, so I throw everything I like and everything leftover into those jars. It beats having to dig up enough beads for each project. Handy.

I wired the segments together, attaching the dangles on the wires. The bracelet wraps nicely around the wrist. And, it makes a statement, wouldn't you say?

Did you notice the one red bead? I had a choreography professor in college (I have an undergrad education degree in dance) who always said, "Give the audience a flower." By that, she meant to add something into the dance that was surprising, unusual, even eccentric...a moment to make the audience say "oooooh."  Since choreography is pretty much design (movement design), I think that advice can be used in other designing. So, I put in one red bead, hoping to give the audience a flower.

Amazing what can be done with paper.
Use your Vitamin C!

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