Thursday, September 29, 2016

Story Time #2

Time to dust off your keyboard and get your creative juices flowing because it is story time!   I can't wait to read your short story!

Writing Challenge: Write a short story using the 5 words below.

You can either post your short story in the comments below 
or link up your blog here: 

Rules:  Please keep the story clean-ish.

Here is my short story:

I was envisioning an agonizingly long waiting room experience where all I could do was sit and watch my anxiety fester and grow with each ticking of the clock.  I knew once I was in that doctor’s office what was going to happen next.  He would smile at me and say “You are going to feel a sharp pain and then it will all be over with.”
Then he would jam a 6 foot needle into my arm so hard that the tip of the needle would scrape against the bone in my arm.  Well, that is what my imagination conjured up as to what it would be like if I had to go in for a tetanus shot.
Oh no!  Not going to happen!  A tremor of excitement rippled through me when I realized my search was over.  Da-ta-da-da! A hammer!
It was time to show my muscular strength and diy skills.  That protruding, sharp, rust covered nail was not going to be the death of me!  It was hammertime!  Oh-oh oh oh oh-oh-oh!  I then proceeded to try and dance like MC Hammer.  Now that just might get me a hospital visit!
With just one WHACK, I dispersed the horrifying images of a doctor visit that my vivid imagination conjured and drove that menacing nail back into its place.  That nail would no longer be a threat to my soft, unprotected flesh or my insurance policy!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Have Fun! - A Repurposed Altoids Tin

I have a love/hate relationship with Altoids mints.  I love them but I hate that they keep my dentist living the good life.  Turns out these delicious little mints are not the best thing for my teeth. 

The only reason I ever bought my first tin of Altoids mints was because I loved the tin!  As soon as I had that little tin in my hand, I had all kinds of ideas to repurpose that tin.  I started popping mints like crazy just to empty the tin so I could use it.

Maybe I should scour the internet and Pinterest to find another use for the actual mints because there are tons of ideas on how to repurpose the tin.  Who knows maybe the mints could be used to keep away some rare bug or to clean my toilet.

Anyhoo, here is my first repurposed Altoid tin. 

The idea came to me when I was walking around the Dollar Tree (best store ever for crafting) and I happened across Goofy waving at me.  Of course, I waved back and then I thought you are a friendly guy…you should come home with me!  To my delight, I found that Goofy fit inside an Altoid tin.

I designed and printed out both the “Always Remember To” and “Have Fun” sayings and then cut them to fit and used decoupage to attach to the tin.  I also decoupaged the background papers in the inside of the tin.  I then hot glued Goofy inside the tin.

I had my mom in mind while I was making this tin.  She has had a hard couple of years and, like all of us, life & responsibilities sometimes get in the way of having fun and enjoying life.

I hot glued magnets to the back of the Goofy tin so Mom can hang it on her fridge. I wanted her to have a reminder to have fun and for her to know that I am thinking of her always!

Challenge:  Show me your repurposed Altoid tin!

You can add your link here:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Why Do I Blog?

It has been almost 2 years since I have started this blog.  2 years!   This really blows my mind because I am not one to stick to one thing for any length of time.  I am flighty and easily distracted. Oh look! My favorite!  A butterfly!  I have to give myself kudos because 2 years at sticking with something is HUGE for me.

So there is something here.  There is a reason that I have stuck with Percolating Spark even if I haven’t fully realized the reason yet.

My intention when I first started blogging was to inspire, share and encourage creativity.  If I am being completely honest with myself I have been doing more sharing than inspiring or encouraging.  This blog has just been Meh.   

Truth is, I have just been sharing fluff and not anything personal.  I was scared to let the woman behind the curtain be seen.  I wanted to be seen as the Great and Powerful Ozzette where everything is perfect and I could control how others saw me.  Well, of course, that is boring!  People want to see the good, bad & ugly, otherwise, why the hell would reality TV be so popular? 

Well, my friends stay tuned for changes.  Now don’t panic.  I am not going to be giving a blow by blow on my meals and bowel movements for the day…only my closest friends get that privilege.  I will, however, give this blog the fun and personality it is so craving.

I have decided to take a break from being on the design team for Hiding In My Craft Room.   I will still be making cards just not on a weekly basis. Being on HIMCR design team was a wonderful opportunity for me to challenge myself and was such a fun experience.  I loved that a group of us were given an image and theme and we had to come up with a card.  It thrilled me to see the different techniques, colors, and creative expressions that the other design team members came up with.  

I am enamored with challenging ourselves to see things differently. That is why I want to change my focus to art journaling, repurposed art and writing challenges. I would like to share thoughts about our creative journey and do creative challenges so that we can explore and brew creativity.  But most of all have some FUN!