Saturday, January 31, 2015


Last Saturday my sons needed to get to Philadelphia to a concert of Reel Big Fish.  As I had a few hours to kill waiting for them I looked for something to do.  I saw a beautiful clock tower and went to investigate.  There I discovered Rothman Rink at City Hall.  I have not been ice skating in many years and I have not fallen on skates in over 40 years.  I am used to skating in figure skates and with heavy socks.  As this was impromptu and required rental skates and I was not wearing heavy socks. I neglected to tie the ankles tight enough.  A few steps out onto the ice I landed HARD on my left butt cheek.  Needless to say, I was determined and I went to the bench, tightened up the laces around my ankles and proceeded to skate for well over an hour.  When the rink closed I sat on the bench to remove my skates and OUCH! For several days it has hurt but I saw no bruise.  Then, an extremely dark purple to black bruise developed from my tail bone all the way down my left leg.  It is a week later and it still hurts to sit!

Last night I created a layout using a few photos from that night.

I started with the sketch from Let's Get Sketchy Team B Week 4.

OOOPS!  Did this post when I had a migraine!  The sketch I actually used was for Let's Get Sketchy's magazine called Let's Get Inspired.  Here is the corrected sketch -

The January challenge over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous was called Choose Your Challenge. The challenge was to incorporate at least one item from each column in your creation.

Here is the board -
Coloring Medium

Twine or Cord
Coloring/ Watercolor

Sandpaper or Distressing Tool

Ephemera or Found Items

Markers or Colored Pencils

Fabric or Lace


(heat, dry, paste, etc.)


Spray Mist

Ribbon or Seam Binding
Die Cutting or Punching




Burlap or Canvas
Folding and Scoring

Wood or Glass

Brads or Eyelets

Chalk or Pastels

Yarn, Thread, or Floss
Mixed Media
Metal or Wire

From this board I chose the following:
Coloring Medium - Ink, Markers
Fiber - Twine, Fabric (snowman is felt)
Technique - Die cutting or punching
Texture - Distressing, Metal
Embellish - Ephemera, Bling

Here is my layout -
Here are some close-ups so that you can view the required items better -
 Fabric, Bling, Marker
 Ephemera, Twine, Metal, Inked edges
I am also entering this layout in Stacy's January 2015 Stash challenge at Sketches4all calls for using blue. 

I hope you have enjoyed my story and my creation.  This layout will also appear in Soul Scrappers on February 2.



  1. How nice that you documented something about yourself. Your page is really fun. thanks for plying at LGS

  2. Love your touches of bling. Thanks for playing along with us at LGS!

  3. wonderful page lovin all the blues!!! Thanks for joining us at LGS :) and thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anon!!!!

  4. What a great layout! I love the photos and the touches of bling and your colors are amazing! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for the January Challenge!

  5. Sorry to hear that you are still in pain, but I love the layout and pics!!!

  6. Awesome page, love the bling! Thanks for joining us at LGS :)

  7. Nice layout, glad you had the courage to go ice skating. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. Wonderful layout. Love the ideas you pulled from the grid and fun story to go along with it.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  9. Fabulous layout...Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  10. Wow! I love the bits of sparkle! And....ouchie! I hope your bruise is better by now! You were brave to keep on going! I hope it was fun, at any rate! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!