Friday, September 9, 2016

Picnicking With the Pops & TBDBITL!


Well it's September already.  I love Fall (and hate the heat/humidity!)  This is by far the best season in Ohio with the weather and all the wonderful activities.  I am going to a couple OSU games to watch Taylor and to several Skull Sessions.  The Skull Sessions are pep rallies in St. John's Arena.  The band performs favorites, Urban and the team stop by as well as other high profile speakers or performers.  It is free, so the seats fill quickly.  Skulls are two hours & 20 minutes before the game.  The only real issue is parking.  You will pay big bucks and have to walk a long way.  I will take you to one in an upcoming post.

But, I am writing this to tell you about Columbus Symphony Orchestra's annual "Picnic With The Pops" series.  This summer series has been going on for decades bringing music and culture to the general public in a relaxed atmosphere.  They invite celebrity guest artists and play "less stuffy" music.  I remember taking the kids in a playpen 20 years ago.  They have season passes, but individual tickets are $25 unless you want to reserve a whole table upfront for a few hundred dollars.  For the rest of us it's lawn seating-  bring your own food, drinks, chairs.  They have snacks available though.  It's now at the Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus, OH.  Parking and exiting used to be an issue, but now is a piece of cake.  It's next to the statehouse parking garage.

They invited the OSU Marching Band to join them and play John Williams music, so Audra, Sis-in-law Mary, Niece Abby and I went to see Taylor perform.  Well, we didn't really see that part as we were pretty far back.  The night before they did the same concert and the cameraman camped out by Taylor and he was on the jumbo-tron a lot.  But not when we were there.  The weather was unusually perfect and we had a great time.  Since it was the season finale, they had fireworks that rivaled our Red, White & Boom!  Unfortunately, I can't get the video to transfer...

Here is a link to OSUMB's entrance to the concert:  Entrance

Columbus Commons Stage

A neat sunset.  Lots of parties going on in those condos to the left!  

Taylor (left) brought over some of his section to meet me.  Really smart and polite young men.

Well, time to say goodbye for now!  See you soon!  Be sure to visit the upper right corner's index by topic or search feature for more OSU band posts!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gale's Gallery XXV: Six More Random Cards + Giveaway!


Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Large Scripty Greetings stamp, Versafine Black Ink-clear embossed.  Circle cut from Lawn Fawn (LF) circle stack, center circle on black fun foam, to raise image.  Distress inks:  Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass, blended then sprayed with water.  Pretty Pink Posh (PPP) droplets.

I am slowly making my way to the craft room, determined to put it to use!  Recently, Wanda, Elesa and I went again to the Stampaway convention in Cincinnati, OH.  We bought some things, there weren't a lot of new products and most things were full retail.  So we walked around and looked for interesting techniques.  Comment below on which technique you like best and be eligible for a random drawing for 25ish unmounted rubber stamps and a sheet of E-Z Mount to get you started!  If you are industrious, you can fit a ton of stamps on just one sheet:)  I will announce the winner on Labor Day, so check back!

SSS Vented Star die, LF Scripty Hello die, black cardstock spattered with Copic Opaque White Ink on top of Ellen Hutson Gold Vellum. Card base is Neenah Solar White 110 ib. Tiny gold stars from PPP.

Neenah Desert Storm 11lb. cardstock base.  Layered Lily by Altenew Stamps.  Versamark ink on red card stock with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink.  Spectrum Noir clear glitter marker, border from My Favorite Things (MFT) Die-namics, twine and Nuvo White Drops.

SSS Ice Cream Cone Plush die, various Distress die shaded backgrounds, PPP sequins

MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangles, Galaxy watercolor painted background, silver thread, PPP gold stars,  stamp unknown.

Neat and Tangled Heart of Gold die cut from alcohol inked glossy card stock and purple card stock with inset technique.  White Nuvo drops and Hello stamp from Ellen Hutson.  Wink of Stella clear colored on heart for shimmer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to click on the comments link below saying which technique is your favorite so you'll be entered in the drawing!!!!

Until next time,