Monday, May 9, 2011

What in the WORLD?

I have a typically random assortment of things for your amusement today.

First - just a ponder I had yesterday. My sister and I were having a conversation about a third world country, and it occurred to me that we appear to be missing the SECOND world. When you talk about third world countries, everyone knows what you mean. They also know that by comparison, non-third world countries are considered "first world." So what is the second world? Is it something like the dream world from Inception? Is it the Matrix? I'd like someone to get right on this and let me know. It could be that there are FANTASTIC opportunities for entrepreneurs in this mysterious second world. What if they don't have Hello Kitty yet? Or Iphones? Are you starting to see how important this is?

Second - we had major festivities yesterday - Mother's Day brunch followed by a combo birthday party/retirement party for my dad.

We had a high old time, including this rousing rendition of Happy Birthday that we all played on kazoos:

If you don't see this hilarious video above, click here for Kazoo Birthday. It may surprise you to know that is is actually more melodious than all of us SINGING it would have been. :)

Also, we played Boggle, which I've never played before and it is HARD! I love that game. I downloaded the Boggle app so that I could improve my skills.

Nursing my Boggle defeats, I retreated to something I know - STAMPING!! I made this card using the Texting Skills Challenge from CAS-ual Fridays, and a bleach technique I'm teaching in a class on May 28th - let me know if you want to sign up and make this card and two others!

Stamps: Texana Designs Poppy, Because I Care Ink: Basic Black 
Paper: Whisper White, Newsprint, Poppy Parade 
Accessories: Derwent Inktense Pencils, Derwent Blender, Bleach, paintbrush

I hope you all had a fabby weekend! I'll be drawing my winner of the Big Shot Scalloped Squares die and other assorted goodies tonight - so stay tuned!


  1. The kazoo birthday tribute had me cracking up. It sounded like a bunch of honey bees trying to sing.

    Love the card! Hope that you have a great week!

  2. Love that poppy image! Glad you had a wonderful time with your family this weekend! Hugs!

  3. Awesome! Love that amazing poppy image and the way that it just pops right off the page, with that yummy texty background. Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!! Hope you'll share more of your beautiful work with us again!!

  4. :D - I've seen Christmas crackers with a set of pitched kazoos in them - remind me to avoid them, but I am sure that it was totally fun. Give me my flute where you know what note you'll get instead of hoping!!
    Boggle - goodness, haven't played that in years. We had friends who played it a lot, but they emigrated to one of your 3rd world countries - Mozambique, still just in the death throes of its civil war at the time.
    I love your poppy on kraft :D, red makes me happy.

  5. You've achieved perfect balance and colors on your card, love that strip of text too that grounds the card. Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays! PS-I never thought that we don't reference a second world. Weird.

  6. Hi Lydia! Your video gave me a good chuckle! Love the card, too. I am hoping my husband isn't working that weekend so that I may be able to attend your class. RE: Second world. It refers to the Soviet Union. When the US and the Soviet Union were the two biggest powers, the US was referred as the First World and the other was the Second World. Since its disintegration, the term is seldom used. The term Third World was later used to refer to underdeveloped countries. :)

  7. Gorgeous card! Love the pretty colors and text in this! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays! Hmmm... now you also got me thinking about 1st, 2nd world. (I was told by my college daughter that 3rd-world country is not a politically correct term any more-hm!)

    Just Googled and found the link: (you can find 1st and 2nd from the link). Now I learn something, too! Thanks!

  8. Love the composition of your card and the striking colour of the flower :)
    Jenny x

  9. loving the strip of text! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  10. Lydia, this is a fantastic post I LURVE you CAS card! To answer your question, 2nd world countries are lesser-industrialized socialist countries. Think Venezuela, Columbia, etc.

    But they probably already have iPhones (well, cell phones anyway) since most of these countries can't afford the infrastructure for land lines so they have approximately one billion cell phone towers. But the Hello Kitty thing is possibly lucrative...


  11. Super pretty card!!

    And on a weird note, or you can call it a small world, at 4 pm today, while my homeschooled kids were doing their work, I sat at the "teacher's desk" (aka my stamp desk), and wrote this: "Old World
    New World
    Third World"

    Now I've got chills!

    I thought I was working on a sketch of a time line project, but maybe I was answering your question. Spooky!

  12. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with friends and family.
    Love the card, clean and simple. Which came first, the flower or the text? I know it isn't talking about the flower, but it is a great match.

  13. Lydia this is so pretty!
    Thanks for playing at CAS!

  14. This is so pretty! I love how that red flower just pops! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

  15. That flower really looks great with all your neutral background stuff. Thanks so much for playing along with the first ever CAS-ual Fridays challenge.


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