Saturday, June 5, 2010

CHAPTER 16: What's YOUR Muchness?

The Mad Hatter said to Alice:
"You used to be much muchier before! Yes, you were much more Alice the last time we met. You've lost your muchness..."
Alice replied:
The Mad Hatter pointed to her heart and repeated "Yes, your muchness..."

We have MUCH MUCHNESS to be excited about today! Not only are we excited about our new June Guest Designer, but Oh, Alice is THRILLED to welcome a few new FULL-TIME place settings to the Twisted Thirteen!
Please welcome:
ERIN LEVEILLE (formerly our beloved Dormouse)
and returning from our April Guest table, KIM HOWARD!
We know these fabulously talented ladies will make a wonderful addition to our already amazing party of twisty-ness :) Please join me in welcoming them!
Our sponsor this week is the sweet Prairie Fairy Designs. Roberta was generous to provide the DT with some digital images to work with and we have a fabulous prize for the winner this week:

Thanks to Roberta and everyone at Prairie Fairy and thanks to Margie for helping organize this!
So, what's YOUR MUCHNESS? We want to know the HEART of your stamping style. Whether it's your favorite embellishment, "signature style", fave technique...we WANT TO SEE the MUCHNESS!

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Yes - we have MOVED! I started this page when we were a mere 165 miles down the road on our move. We had hoped to get a good 5-7 hours of driving in on that first day. We serviced both trucks, had the trailer looked at, thought we were ready. My truck, old reliable Hootie, said "Uh uh." In the middle of the eastern Utah deadlands. On a side ramp. No cell service. No radio. Nuthin. Karl and I had checked the undercarriage and thought the rear gear had sheared teeth. I had all 6 animals in the truck. All of them. Hot, worried, getting dark....
Praying all the time in my head - I looked up to the interstate. The exit we had been forced to take sat below the view of the interstate. The only people who could see us were 18-wheelers (height) and in the slow lane. We watched for a few minutes. We saw an orange truck, different. It was a wrecker!! I waved, jumped up and down, hoped, heck I would have stripped if I thought it would work. He slowed!!! He's backing down the on ramp!! Glory halleluja!
It'll be an hour and a half, ma'am, until we can come back to get you. Karl and I set all the pets out and watch the sun go down. I pulled out the journal and let my mind relax. I drew a ribbon. I began this story. Life is often full of trials and I wanted to record what God had to show me. So, I began to doodle the things around me. Plants, rocks, textures, wishes... We dug in our bags for warm clothes as the sun set, and put the kids back in the truck.
About 2 hours later, our saviour returned with help. They got us loaded and took us to Salina, UT, so Hootie could get an exam. We expected a huge bill. We explored options so that Karl could still reach his jobsite that Monday, and I could come along, alone, later. We worried.
The driver, he was a dear!, dropped us at our hotel so we could get what we needed (and the kids) off Hootie without having to climb up and down. We got things gathered up, and he started moving the bed of the wrecker into the flat position for transport. There was a problem. He tried again, no luck. He tried once more, and all the transmission fluid poured out of the exploding hoses... I think it was near midnight when they got to contemplate dinner and bedtime.
This was the omen of how this trip would go. I still haven't unboxed my studio supplies. We're just happy to be here, and thankful for all the things that happened, those that didn't, and all the wonderful people that helped us or were blessed by getting to know along the way. That, my friends, is MUCHNESS. It could have been simple, uneventful, but then it wouldn't have been memorable or filled with MUCH.
You are one of the people who represent MUCHNESS in my life. You are MUCH in many people's lives, and vice versa. Explore your MUCHNESS with a great big smile! For MUCHNESS takes us to Wonderland every time we allow it!
Ta for now,  ~ky


  1. Hi Ky! this is GORGEOUS! Love it! :) Love your insight about muchness too and am so glad you got there ok after all that drama (hugs) Hope things settle down quickly and sending lots of prayers for you!

  2. Wow, this is just amazing!!!! I love all the things you've got going on!

  3. Oh wow, KY! First, I have to talk about this amazing is absolutely gorgeous!!! So much there and to look at, but it flows and is so pretty! I really, really LOVE IT!

    I also love your interpretation of MUCHNESS! You have an amazing outlook and through all the drama/trials...YOUR muchness shines through! Love ya, sweetie! smiles...

  4. I'm glad that you made it there safely! And your page is awesome, love all of it!! Would look wonderful framed on the wall.

  5. I echo everything Christi said! You are full of muchness and bring so much of this much-ity muchness to Oh, Alice and to my life as our friendship continues to blossom :) Congrats on the move to my old stomping grounds...and GO HAWKS! (heehee sorry had to ;)

  6. I think a zentangle is a very Alice kind of creation, don't you? To me it seems extremely fitting that your story is on the ribbon; it reminds me of when Alice was listening to a tale and imagining it printed like a TAIL in her mind!!! Some of the strongest creations grow from the oddest seeds! Your creation is WONDERful!

  7. This is unreal Ky. How many hours do you think you have in it. I was at a stamping expo and saw a book on Zentangle and thought of you.

  8. Oh, my this is truly an amazing design. I'm so glad I got to see it. Really unique...really stunning!


  9. A-MAZ-ING!! I can't even begin to tell you how inspiring that page is.
    I'm glad you made it to Chicago in one piece sweetie. Hate what all you've had to go through

  10. I'm glad you guys made it through this move with such a positive attitude, you've had so much to deal with. Love this page... it's lovely!

  11. Your zentangle card is gorgeous!! You amazed me with your perseverance and positive attitude throughout your move!

  12. Oh this is just wonderful, hope you are settling in from move. Sandi


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