Freebie Part 3 Collab with Miss Edna & Stuff

Good Monday, everyone!  I trust everyone is getting geared up for Turkey Day.  We’re doing the family dinner here this year.  My DIL and son hosted it last year and it was nice.  This morning, I’m getting Kaleb while she does the shopping.  He’s such a happy little guy!  His daddy, my son, was like that.  That boy sat around smiling all the time!  It was unnerving almost!  LOL  You know the statue of the happy Buddha?  That was my son!  LOL  We used to call him Buddha.  So all the happy Buddha’s and the rest of the gang will all be together on Thursday.
On a bit of a personal note, but, one I can’t hide from, I will have to start with some medical treatments soon, after the first of the year.  I really don’t know how things are going to be for me, but, my hopes are to keep up with my creativity and my blog.  Hell, my ultimate goal is to be able to live longer.  So, I guess, anything would be an improvement.  I kind of hope to share my experience, but, we shall see.  I really don’t know how it will be and I’m scared.  I’m scared stiff!  But, this chick isn’t ready to go in the oven just yet.  LOL
I only have time this morning for one link, before Kaleb-Ethan (pronounced ‘collabathon’) gets here.  I would love to let you know about the newest scrapbook freebie site.  My friend, Jodiann, Get Your Pixel On, and some friends of hers, have started up Freebie Scrap Garden.  If you have a freebie, you submit it to them and it gets posted with the other freebies each day.  They have a very nice selection of goodies!  Jo-jo is such a hoot!  If you’ve ever read her blog posts, you’ll see what I mean.  Give both links a click.  You’ll be a changed person.  LOL  
Today is the third and final part of “All Aboard”.  If you’ve missed the earlier parts, we still have them up so not to worry.  Miss Edna and I are working away at a pretty Christmas kit for you.  It’s looking loverly!  Next week we will both be bringing you the Gothic Inspirations Blog Train for December.  The week after that we will start with the new Christmas kit, “Visions of Sugar Plums”.  As a youngster, I had the book, “Visit from St. Nick”, or “The Night Before Christmas”, as most folks know it.  In the picture for the part, “Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads,” there was a picture of children sleeping in a big bed.  Above their heads was the grandest assortment of candies, fruits, sweets and ‘sugar plum’ I had ever seen.  Still is!  LOL  That is where we got the inspiration for the kit, so, there’s a clue.  So, here, then, is the final part to “All Aboard”.  The links to the two parts follows the preview, then, click on Miss Edna’s preview to go to her blog to collect her parts, too.
Miss Edna’s:
(Click on preview to go to her blog)
 There ya go!  Ya’ll have a great week!
SMILE!
Hugs,
Su

SU CheshireCat

Freebie Collab W/Miss Edna Part 2, links & My Granny’s Pretties

Last week was Veteran’s Day here in the States.  Anyone serving in the armed forces is honored, one restaurant chain even giving free meals to vets.  While it is hard for me to get my head around what it must be like to, at a young age, go to a foreign country and shoot people, I can’t dismiss what these folks have done.  “Thank You”, Veterans!  Thank you for this day.

Now, on the granny end of it, it meant a day for the children to stay home from school.  Day care was closed, as well.  The banks and the post office were also closed.  With the day being a busy day for my daughter at her work, though, I got to keep the little darlings.  Heh-heh.  Overall, the day was okay.  We started the day with “dress-up”.  The grandchildren love to come into my room and explore.  I not only save anything and everything, but, I collect stuff, too.  My jewelry ‘collection’ is massive.  None of it is really worth anything.  It’s just pretties I’ve bought or been given through the years.  I also collect little purses, long skirts, scarves and accessories.  Among my goodies are hand-woven belts, gloves, a few hats and a hand fan, many of them antiques.  The little ones’ curiosity is always piqued by my purse collection hanging on the wall by my old dresser.  The jewels, beads and embroidery, tinsel and buttons, scream for their attention.  I would be intrigued, but, then, that is what drew me to them in the first place.  We got down some of the purses and got out a few long skirts and had fun.  Jaela was in her element!  She loves dress-up and spends a lot of time trying on her own clothes.  She is particularly fond of skirts.  Mine were just a wee bit too long.  LOL  Jewelry, a scarf and the very tattered hand fan and we had an ensemble.  LOL 

While the children were playing and trying on different items, I couldn’t help but think about what memories these little ones would keep of times like this.  My own grandmother and my memories of her, ironically, are of her perfume, her big, gaudy costume-piece brooches and her hats.  I realize, then, that my cherished treasures were some of the same type things my grandma held special.  She loved to fancy herself up.  She never left the house without her make-up or a hat.  Though she lived in another town with my aunt, we saw her often and she came to visit.  Even at our house, when she got herself ready for the day, she had on stockings and was dressed nice.  Grandma passed on this love of ‘accessorizing’ to me, evidently, and, now, it appears that I am passing this along to my own grandchildren.  I never really thought about it before, but, my granny had her own influences on me.  Thanks, grandma!

We all have certain memories we keep with us from our childhood.  I only knew this one grandparent – the others had passed long before my birth, but, I was born late in my mother’s life.  Grandmas, as far as storybooks and tales go, are shown to wear aprons and bake cookies.  That just wasn’t my grandma!  Granny made some mean salt-water taffy!  And, she healed my hands of warts in one fell swoop!  But, for the most part, I remember my grandmother as pretty and very much a lady.  I recall her eyes, closing demurely, whenever she would meet an older gentleman.  She was such a flirt!  She even held a lace hanky, or had one tucked in her bosom, most of the time.  Most of all, though, I remember my brother and I playing with Grandma’s brooches while we were going someplace, or another, in the family car.  She always sat it the back seat with us kids, so, we would take turns, turning the brooch this way and that in our hands, marveling over the beautiful spray of ‘rainbows’ on the ceiling of the car, which resulted from the sun hitting the cut-glass gemstones like a prism.  I was mesmerized, myself, I don’t know about my brother.  Now, seeing the grandchildren feeling so privileged to rummage through my own pretty things, I recall how special our time together was and how it affected my life.  She cherished her pretties.  Now, I know where I got it.  And, now, I hope, I am making those special memories for my own grandchildren.  Awesome!

So, anyone want to make a wager?  LOL  I’ll bet ya all that I am the only one around here who has a steamroller in her driveway!  And, it’s ‘steaming’ and ‘rolling’.  LOL  I showed you some photos in this post where the city is doing road work and are using a field across from my house as their center of operations.  It’s wall-to-wall Caterpillars over there!  LOL  There are advantages, however.  You know?  Construction workers?  Flirty!  They are repairing the humongous hole at the end of my driveway.  This morning they put more limestone on it lo fill it in and to smooth it out.  They just finished ‘steam-rolling’ it.  There was a big ol’ mud-puddle at the end that was so deep you could mess up your car’s alignment just pulling in.  Not any more!  Yay!
I have been meaning to tell you all, if you don’t already know, that Gunhild Storeide is retiring from blogging.  If you aren’t familiar with the name, she is a wonderful lady who works in and experiments with PSP and gives away her goodies.  She also gives a ton of tips and tools to use in digital scrapping.  When you click on the link to her blog, scroll to the bottom of the most recent ‘freebie’ page, page 11, for the post about retiring to spend more time with family.  She deserves it.  She will leave her links up for a while, but, says that eventually they will come down, so, go get them  ASAP!  There is not much she hasn’t posted in the way of scrapping stuff.  She offers templates galore, a gazillion element packs of all kinds, links to free places and stuff, ribbons, beautiful antique plates – goodness, all kinds of things!  She is always giving out directions to get a desired effect for yourself.  Or, you can download her ‘experimental freebies’.  She uses PSP, but, by following her tips you can figure it out for most any program and her downloads are standard for all.  LOL  Go see Gunhild!  You will not regret it!

Also, there is a new “freebie site”!  Jodiann, from Get Your Pixel On Blog and several stores, along with a couple of ‘secret friends’ started their own freebie site, Freebie Scrap Garden.  You submit your freebies and get great exposure.  Or, you can go peruse each day’s freebies, all in one place.  Give it a whirl!  You might just find something special!

If you’ve been keeping up, today is the release of the second part of my three(3)-part collaboration with Miss Edna.  This kit, “All Aboard”, is train-themed, with some playful elements as well as some elegant papers and elements.  It’s real nice!  It would be great for travel pics!  The links to my two(2) parts follow the preview.  Below that, Miss Edna’s preview is linkable to her blog so you can go there and collect her two parts.  Next week will be the third and final part and you’ll have the entire kit.  Don’t fret if you’ve come in in the middle of things, both Miss Edna and I keep our links up for a while.  The first of December we will both be doing the Gothic Inspirations Christmas Blog Train.  You don’t want to miss that.  Then, the second week of December, we’ll start giving away our Christmas special kit.  We’ll do something different with the parts we give away, though, since this will only leave us a couple of weeks before the big day.  Maybe, we’ll do the “12 Days of Christmas”, or something.  You’ll get all of, do not worry.  It will be fun and very pretty, from what I’ve seen so far.

“All Aboard!”

My Preview
(Compliments of Miss Edna!)

LINKS:

Part 3

Part 4

Miss Edna’s Parts
(Click on image)

Have fun and enjoy!  Thank you, too, for all the sweet comments!

Hugs,

Su

SU CheshireCat

New Freebie Collab With Miss Edna, “Scarey” G-Kids & Unruly Furniture

Cheerio, everyone.  I trust your hard drives are full and your bank accounts not.  LOL  The iNSD celebrations all over the internet the past few days have been fun!  I found some ridiculously low prices on goodies I had been wanting.  I loved it.  I was also able to use several coupons.  I read the fine print in the newsletters, too.  LOL  There’s quite a few writers of them who are notorious for hiding little gems throughout their newsletters.  That’s how they make sure we read the whole thing.  Right?  It works!  On me, anyway.  LOL  Now, do you see why I am always backed up with my e-mail?
I got to tell you about Halloween!  For starters, I have some photos of the two g-kids that live with me.  Granny has to brag a little.  LOL  I have to warn you, though!  These images may be frightening!  Try not to be scared.  LOL
“Grrrrr……….?”
In order to view the next image you have to swear you never saw this Ninja!  LOL  His identity remains a mystery!
They brought home lots of goodies!  They weren’t even out that long!  We had a jack-o-lantern, too!  With some cute door decorations and the ‘bone-chimes’, our house was darned frightening!  We still had trick-or-treaters.
Next, I have to tell you about Kaleb.  I got the extreme pleasure of keeping him last Thursday while mommy took some time to shop and do stuff.  He’s not quite walking, yet.  Almost.  He has 4 older brothers and a sister.  He doesn’t need to walk!  LOL  He scoots around fabulously, though, and pulls himself up on everything.  He’s very good-natured, too.  He makes these ‘sounds’ in his first attempts at talking.  They come out as some sound I can’t spell.  LOL  It’s like an exclamation of pleasure.  And, he shakes his finger at things and ‘reams’ them out!  It is so funny.  He’s see his family scolding him and one another and he does it, only to inanimate objects.  It is common for him to give the sofa a good talking-to.  
Well, when he was here the other day, he was trying to get in to a metal cabinet that sits in our laundry room.  There’s all kinds of things in there for him to get into.  It holds casserole dishes that are seldom used and some random appliances and gadgets for the kitchen.  I just don’t use it very much.  I had to scold him to make him not get into the cabinet.  It was with me sitting right there, telling him “no”.  Well, the next thing I observe is Kaleb scolding the bad cabinet.  How dare it lure him in!  My goodness!  Bad cabinet!  LOL  I got photos!
Look at the nice cabinet!  Oooh!   What’s this?
Such a nice….  Huh?
  
OOPS!  Look, Granny, the cabinet just jumped open!
Bad cabinet!  You just SHUT!
And, STAY SHUT!!

Yaawwwnnnn…Boy!  Keeping the furniture in line is hard work!  Isn’t it nap time, or something?
With that big yawn, he came to me, put his arms out, climbed up in my lap and, with his bottle, went to sleep.  Just like that!  He’s so much fun to keep!  I enjoy his antics and he naps so nice!  It gives me a chance to catch my breath.  LOL
I haven’t really said a whole lot about this new kit from Edna and I.  Keeping the name and topic mum is a cheap thrill of mine.  LOL  It is so gorgeous!  I don’t know if you have ever traveled by train, but, the rail cars have their own unique style.  Everything is tailored and sized just right to fit it all in the narrow width of the car.  So, what they do with the limited space is make it plush and comfortable for the passengers.  A long time ago, when rail travel was so commonplace, the designs in some of the cars was sheer elegance.  In more recent years, things were trimmed down considerably, with lower-maintenance accommodations.  Use of economically better, more durable fabrics and surfaces became more common.  Rail travel had dwindled quite a bit after WWII, so, it was more economical to go for ‘industrial-strength’ decor.  LOL
Anyway, I was reminded of the old, plush, passenger compartments such as the likes of the Orient Express, when Miss Edna sent me the logo for this kit, “All Aboard”.  At first, I thought she was planning a blog train.  LOL  I didn’t go quite as fancy as James West’s rail car in “The Wild, Wild West”, but, it was fancy for me.  As with the last kit, we will give away two parts each and every Monday.  Both Edna and I participate in the Gothic Inspirations Monthly Blog Train.  It comes out on the first of each month.  For that week we will not post any part of a kit.  Then, the other three weeks, we’ll have a part of a kit until you have ALL of it, like this vintage, yet kinda fancy kit.  I used quite a few ‘vintage rail’ memorabilia from searching the web.  I want to give my thanks to http://rrhistorical.com.  Others were from clip-art sites around the web.  Use them for your own personal scrapping, please.  So, there ya are!  “All Aboooaaarrrrddddd!!!!”  LOL
The first previews are for my part, linked to take you to MediaFire for download, followed by previews for Edna’s, which link to her blog.  Though the images are split into elements and papers, each download is a combination of each and consists of two files.  The files are also all under 30mb each so they don’t take so darned long.  That is why there are six(6( parts/files total.  Click on my two previews for two downloads.
Elelments:
Papers:
And, next, Miss Edna’s part:

Isn’t it the coolest?!  Toot!  Toot!  Please, enjoy!
I saved the absolute best for last, though!  You, the reader/visitor.  I want to thank each and every one of the good people who read what I write and those who have left me such kind messages.  I see what all the hubbub has been about.  It is nice to open an e-mail and there be even a simple, little note that says, “Thanks!”  Now I know what everyone meant!  LOL  You are all too kind.  There have been some real nice comments, too.  Ya’ll make me blush.  You don’t have to do that.  (But, don’t stop!  LOL)  I’m not trying to win any awards or make a fortune even.  Essentially, I blog for the hell of it.  My blog costs me $10 whole dollars a year so that I don’t have to have “blogspot” in the addy. 
Creating pretties and all kinds of art, taking part in both the scrapbooking community and the delightful community of ‘cottage industry’ artists of all kinds, is a passion.  I can’t believe I waited until recently to learn digital design and art.  I’m glad I had the ‘hands-on’ experience of painting and making things with my hands, of course.  But, the possibilities with digital are so wonderful and plenty and much cleaner and neater!  LOL  So, I get to do this all day, share what I do, like giving away presents, and then, some really nice folks come by and say “Hi!” and “Thank you!”  Who could ask for anything more?  Hmmm?  I ask you!  LOL
Thank you!  Thank you very much!
And, don’t forget to smile.  Smile pretty, now.
Hugs,
Su

SU CheshireCat

GI November Blog Train – Oodles of Freebies!

It’s HERE!!  The November Gothic Inspirations Blog Train!  This is not your typical Thanksgiving goodie.  No, Jess would never go for that.  LOL   “Horror Whorez” is this month’s theme.  You are in for quite a treat, too!  Have fun and don’t forget to say a few words of thanks to the designers for all their hard work and generosity.
Sam, Jen & Jess with: 3 P’s in a Pod Designs
Nita with: A.S.D. Graphics
Lisa with: Arty-Pharty
Kelly with: Angels Designz
Annette with: AW Design
Elisabeth with: BlueCat
Crystal with: Crystal’s Creations
Stina with: Designed By Stina
Sarah with: Designs By Sarah
Sharon with: Designs By Sharonb
Dianna with: Digicats (& Dogs)
Conchi with: DNScraps
Trish with: Dreamland Designs
Miriam with: Ellanoir Design
Foxy with: Foxys Designz
Vicki with: Gemini Creationz
Jessica with: Gothic Inspirations
Hezalin with: HezaScraps & Tags
Laura with: Laura’s Designz
Victoria with: Maitri Scraps
Edna with: Miss Edna
Justine with: PSP Addict
Su with: Suruha-Freespirit <———–You are here
Rieka with: Rieka Rafita
Marie with: SkyScraps
Tyger with: Tyger’s Tidbits
For anyone who may be looking for Part 3 of “Miss Edie”, please see yesterday’s post.  We posted a day early because of the Blog Train.
I sure hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween!  I spent the day playing games at Digital Whisper.  I’ll have to tell about it at a later time.  I’m tired!  LOL  I have been busy all day and now I must rest.
Til next time…
Smile!
Hugs,
Su

SU CheshireCat