Several years ago -- pre-kids, which feels like a different lifetime -- DH and I stopped by Graceland on one of our cross-country road trips between Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. Have you ever been? It's fabulous -- so kitschy and nutty! So much crazy goodness in one place should be illegal. I'm not sure what my favorite room was, but the TV room in the basement ranks in the top three. A mirrored ceiling, three TVs set into the wall, a wet bar covered in Yo-Yo Yellow vinyl, blingy pillows, that jacked-up monkey on the coffee table; I ask you, what is not to love? The pièce de résistance, however, has to be the lightening bolt mural on the wall.
For those of you unfamiliar with the King's personal philosophy, the lightening bolt was symbolic of Elvis's slogan, "TCB," which stands for "Taking Care of Business." TCB + the lightening bolt = Taking Care of Business in a Flash. Elvis and Priscilla created a logo for this creed, and even had a TCB Oath that members of his Memphis Mafia had to take (the last line of which was "freedom from constipation" -- I kid you not. Clearly, Elvis had a sense of humor. Still, freedom from constipation is a worthy goal...). The TCB logo was emblazoned on everything from his karate uniform and jewelery to the tail of Elvis's private jet, the Lisa Marie.
For some reason, that logo cracks me up. I don't know why -- it just makes me smile. And I also like that it kind of looks like CTB (my initials). I'm not really the tattoo type (nothing wrong with 'em, just can't bring myself to do it. Although every time I go to Vegas and knock back a couple of drinks, I threaten to get one), but if I was, I would totally get the TCB logo just for kicks and giggles. Apparently, this is not an original idea by a long shot.
So why am I telling you all of this? Well, I'm taking care of some business these days, but nothing I can really share because it's either for an upcoming release or I'm only half-way finished with it. Additionally, I'm trying to prepare for the Arlington Shoebox Swap next weekend, and that's a little time consuming. And by the way, when I TCB? It's hardly in a flash. I'm slow. I wish I wasn't, but I am. About the only thing I do in a flash is eat.
I do have one thing I can show you, though, that has not yet graced ye olde blog. I made this for last week's color challenge to use Groovy Guava, Basic Gray, and Blush Blossom. Isn't she adorable?
Supplies used -- Stamps: Ohsopretty Bella by Stamping Bella; sentiment by River City Rubberworks, Cornish Heritage Farms Pretty Pattern Backgrounder, A Muse oval; Paper: Groovy Guava, Basic Gray, Blush Blossom, Strathmore Bristol white cs, Afternoon Tea dsp, gray dp by Creative Memories; Ink: Brilliance Archival Graphite Black, Basic Gray, Blush Blossom; Accessories: Copic Sketch & Spica Markers, Art Glitter, sewing machine, ribbon, Bella Baubles, Dimensionals.
Oh, and I still have to show you the cake from Sean's Birthday party last weekend! Hee hee!
Pretty funny, huh? They definitely got the eyes right, but in real life his eyebrows don't go down to his nostrils. (Not quite.) Well, since I'm lifting photos left and right for this post, I might as well just let you judge for yourself. Here's my cute 40-year-old hubby, Sean:
And last but certainly not least, the new Verve Visual sets I was telling you about yesterday (Father Figure and Great Expectations) go on sale today -- AND -- Verve is having a Star-Studded Sale where you can get 15% off all star-themed sets (and there are several) between now and May 15th! Again -- perfect for making those graduation themed cards.
Elvis would approve.