Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Neglected Once Again!

So I see that I achieved my New Year's Resolution of posting to my blog more often for approximately 6 days!! Whoa!! WTG Amy! And you would think given the type of coffee I am - I would stay on top of it better.

Anyways, I took the SSD Blog challenge quiz this week. I was somewhat surprised by the answer honestly. Here's what it said:

You Are a Double Espresso

Hey Energizer Bunny Girl! Do you ever slow down?
You're a mix of high energy and ambition, perfectly matched with strong espresso
When you want something you get it - by any means possible
You're driven, determined, and no nonsense. Which is just how you like your java.

I would definitely say it was true in my pre-kid years - guess some things never change though!

I am going to hopefully come back tomorrow and update with new products and an RAK or two! In the meantime, thanks for visiting! Have a great night!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Good morning! It is Sunday morning here on the cusp of the first "normal" week we will have since December 1st. I am so looking forward to getting back into a routine with Aidan in school, Zoey at Mother's Day Out and our other regular routines and activities! Right now the kids are coloring, DH is sleeping and I am watching one of my favorite TV Shows - CBS Sunday Morning. I love the culture/art/comic pieces that they have. A Sunday morning doesn't really feel right unless I get to hear the beautiful trumpet solo that is the shows introduction!

This morning I want to share with you my favorite "wall furnishing." Suzanne over at 123 Scrap is issuing weekly blog challenges and the first challenge is to take a picture of your favorite wall furnishing and to write about it! My favorite is a mobile that I had made for our wedding. Rather than a unity candle, I liked the idea of having a more permanent representation of our union so I asked an Austin artist to make this mobile.

and here is a close-up of the "people."

It makes me happy everytime I see it! If you want to know more about Suzanne's challenge, check out her blog here.

Here's a couple of layouts to share with you from CT kits that were released yesterday. The first is of poor Zoey this week when she was really sick. It is for the Paper to Digi Challenge at Sweet Shoppe Designs. The kit is by Heather Roselli called "Sweetie Pie" also at Sweet Shoppe.

This layout is of my wonderful daughter Zoey at Sea World the other day! She was climbing the ropes at the pirate ship and I happened to capture this picture which I totally love. The kit is by Traci Reed - her newest fabulous kit called "Be the Change" at Sweet Shoppe Designs. The shimmer dust is by Kristin Cronin-Barrow also at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Okay well I think that is a long enough post for today! Lots of mundane things planned for today - putting away the laundry, meal planning, shopping, meal preparation and more - all to get ready for school to start and to get back into our routine! I hope you have a great day! Please say hello! I love to read your comments!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Friday Freebie and LOAD!

Just dropping in to share my layout of the day and tell you about the Friday Freebie! No picture yet - unless I want to photo the 8 loads of laundry on my bedroom floor to be done! Not! But here's the layout I did for Day 4 of the Layout of the Day Challenge at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I was so pleased that Eli was willing to go to Santa!

Credits: Sugar Cookie kit by Melissa Bennett; Scalloped Edges by Kristin Cronin-Barrow.

Oh and before I forget - I have the Friday Freebie up at Digital Freebies! It's an add-on to a kit that I have coming out next week called "For the Love of Clover." Here's the preview:

You can pick it up here.

I'll be back with photos of the day and more layouts tomorrow! Lucky girl that I am has a handful of new kits to play with that are being released tomorrow! :) Can't wait to share them with you! Thanks for stopping by! Please say "Hi!" and leave me a comment.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Long Day!!!

Today seemed like a long day! It was probably that we had to take my Mom to the airport and that made everyone sad! The good news is that she will retire in 5 years and plans to move here to be near to us! I can't wait. Overall we did have a good day - read lots of stories, did a lot of painting/crafts and rode bikes.

It's only been 3 days but so far I'm on top of the Layout A Day challenge and the Photo-A-Day challenge. Here are my photos from yesterday and today:

My children are so lucky to have such a wonderful Grammie. Yesterday Grammie was reading to Eli and they were both so content!

I took this today while the kids were riding bikes. It is looking down the center of a palm tree. I'm reading this book called "Learning to Think Creatively" and so when I turned and saw the pine I thought it might make an interesting photo. I think the potential is there but I didn't hit is this time. I'll keep trying.

My Layout A Day (LOAD) layout for today was this fun one of Eli. My Mom took this picture of him sitting at the table being silly. The layout is a lift of my teammate Shannon's Run Play layout for Traci Reed's team blog.

I think I am going to call it an early night tonight - well sorta. My Sudoko puzzle book is calling me as well as another book that I am reading. It's a little cold out so it seems like a good night to curl up and do some reading and puzzles!
Please leave a comment - I'd love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by - have a great day/night!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year!

A day late - I know - late as always! Story of my life! I hope everyone had a nice New Year's Eve! We had a low key one here - sparklers, a movie and a nice dessert. At midnight the neighborhood crazies came out with their fireworks bonanza. It was hysterical - my husband was getting whiplash looking from one direction to another to catch the rockets and other displays. Two guys were running through the cul-de-sac with what looked like baseball bat size sparklers! They were huge! I watched for a bit and then went back to scrapping!

Lots of scrapping lately! I have a bunch of layouts I want to share but first I want to tell you about my new Sketch/Template challenge. I have taken over the Sketch Challenge that Eva Kipler was hosting at Digital Freebies! I am so excited and hope that you join me there - pick up the sketch and create a layout that you love! Take a look at the sketch for the first half of January.

To participate go over to Digital Freebies and check out this thread! Here's the layout I did using the sketch:

Credit: Makin Trax kit by Heather Roselli; Rick Rack by Melissa Bennett; Alpha by Melissa Bennett and Tape by Paula Duncan.

I have lots of scrapping energy these days so I have entered myself into all kinds of crazy challenges. Not sure how long I will keep up but one of them is the Big Picture Scrapbooking's Layout A Day for the month of January. This one will be a huge feat if I do it! We'll see. Here are my 1st 2 layouts:

Credit: All Bundled Up by Heather Roselli; Photo Cluster Frame by Nancy Comelab and Paper Tears by Jen Caputo

Credit: I did this for the Scraplift Challenge at 1-2-3 Scrap; Kit is Makin Trax by Heather Roselli.

And I've decided to do a Photo-A-Day challenge. Go Digital Scrapping is having a challenged called "Project 365." It is obviously daily. And then 1-2-3 Scrap is having a weekly Photo A Day Challenge. I guess that is actually a Photo-A-Week challenge but either way I am definitely going to participate in that one too. Here is my photo for yesterday:

I had to run up the street to get this one. From our house we can't actually see the horizon so I jumped in the car with dinner in the oven and told DH to watch the kids while I went to take my photo. I love having the barbed wire in there. I did that intentionally - it is much more interesting than a straight sunset.

If you all know of any great altered challenges, I would love to know about them. 1-2-3 Scrap has a monthly altered Challenge and I will do that but I'd love to know of others! So link me up if you know of one!

That's about it for now! Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!