Friday, September 24, 2010

Tickle Me page & punch storage

So, the first thing. Here's a page a made last night. I'm so happy when I get them done and photographed that quickly. This was made with Studio Calico's Summer Camp kit. 

And this. Punch storage. The girls were talking about how they store their punches so I thought I would take a photo of mine. I got these black floating shelves at Lowe's. They're pretty deep as far as a wall shelf goes so I used these two tier chrome stands and stacked the punches on them. The Martha punches sit so well so they aren't wonky and fall off all the time. As you can see, I need just a few more Martha punches   ; ) That's good cause I've been daydreaming about her new doily border punch.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Building Scenes

This is a page about my son's favorite thing to do - set up scenes all over the floor with his superheroes and villains and dragons and whatever else he can throw in there. He lines the bucket of army guys up from Toy Story and acts like Twitch is the bad leader over everyone. He pretends like his huge octopus is about to eat it all. Then he insists we/he leave it up for days while we all have to walk around it. I used to do that when I was little, only it was with farm animals and pens/fences.

This was made with Studio Calico's Back 40 kit.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

His Own Person

I made this page about my son's zest for life ; ) He is something else. The journaling talks about how he's loud, independent, a bit aggressive, head strong, fun, very excitable, not afraid to be who he is. Sometimes these traits can drive one to pull their hair out. Sometimes these traits make one worried to go pick him up at school for fear of what he may have done or said that day, lol. Just the other day he turned around and yelled, "STOP saying that!" to a kid who was telling his mom that Zane tried to put pretend handcuffs on him during recess. And I mean yelled. He just doesn't know how to control it all yet. But at least he's not worried about how he looks, he wants to make friends and have fun. He likes to just walk up to whatever kid is walking into school and start talking or trying to play. I know he'll probably grow out of this out-going-ness, that is if he's anything like his mom and dad, but wouldn't that be great if he never did grow out of all those things that make life fun? To never get disappointed with life? Just to learn to curb all that enthusiasm and determination but still live life fully. I don't guess a mom can ask more than that.

This was made using Studio Calico's Continental kit.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Some serious scrappy sessions

Have been going on in this household. Adam says it's been intense. I'm just kinda like that. I don't want to make anything for a while, just read or walk in my free time, but then I get the urge and go no holds barred for a few days. Here is the first page for your consideration : )


I just love it. It's wicked busy but I don't think I've ever had so much fun making a page. I just loaded it up with stuff I love and didn't worry about not making it busy. And it came together so quickly. This is about all the totally cute things she does. This page ended up being pretty special with all that journaling.

 This is about my son's first day of school. I made this page back when this kit came out, oh like in Feb. or so and was saving it for his first day. The first photo is the finished product. The second photo is the one I thought I was done with but after I photographed it I realized it needed more pops of red. I think it's interesting to see the comparisons. His first day was a non-event for him. He's already so used to school - last year and summer fun thing - that it was just like going back.


The next one, it's kind of modern and vintage at the same time. All the circles were cut by hand without trying to be exact. So that part wasn't as hard as it might seem. I have a thing about connecting circles - sound weird? I bet you understand. This is Ava on our little vacation. I did not pose her with those sunglasses on either as adorable as she looks, she wanted them, lol, just like her mama.

 The next one, I've had the idea in my head since this Hambly transparency came out. Just never got to it. It's a white overlay on cream paper. It's hard to photograph that subtle color difference and the reflection the transparency gives off. I was wanting to do all blue and white, but it just needed some red. Just a bit. This is about how thankful I am to have a daughter to do things with since I did not have a mom to experience all those things with when I was little. So I guess the journaling is pretty special on this one too.

And this last one. Oh this baby has been haunting me for about a year. I'm kinda ashamed and astounded at the same time to tell you that. I made the flowers when this kit came out at SC. I thought they were so special that I could not bear to put stuff on them that I didn't know was perfect. I knew I wanted to use these photos since they are the best of my daughter at that age that I have. But then I just didn't want to not do proper justice to them ; ) I just finally made myself do it. There is no pattern to the flowers, they are just drawn and cut by hand based on a pillow design from Anthropologie a few seasons ago. The stitched flowers are  just wild random turnings of the sewing machine then I watercolored them for subtle color. Then I went crazy going around them with more stitching to "connect" the pages. And yes, it took a darn long time ; )

Well, phew. Now that only leaves one page that is still unfinished that is really calling to me. I need to finish that and get started on a travel journal.   Ahhhh, to get all these pages made, photographed, and posted online. Sweet.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hey look

It's my very own blog design! I can't believe I finally figured out how to do this! These are all images of wallpaper that I took with hipstamatic then did a bit of tweaking in photoshop. Hubs thinks it looks professional, lol, but what does he know about it anyway? ; )

Friday, September 3, 2010

Makin' Stuff

I've been scrapbooking. This is the result. It's about my daughter squirming and running all around when I was trying to taker her photo, getting too close to the camera. She thought it was so funny. How is it she's cute even when she's blurry? She really does melt my heart everyday. She can be a touch onery but she's just the sweetest most adorable little soul.

I've also been on my fall decorating kick like I was saying so I re-worked the wreath for the door. A lot of the stuff had faded from last fall. I found those shiny pumpkins at Hobby Lobby and I just love the way it turned out. I started with a pre-made wreath last year but it was pretty skimpy so I added most of the good stuff. I think it's going to look really good on my dark rust door. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Vacation, first day of school, fall decorating

Not a very exciting title, huh?

We've been busy this summer and never really planned anything grand in terms of a summer vacation. So we decided to do our usual little getaway and take the kids to Dallas for a few days. We went to Six Flags, the Dallas Aquarium, and Great Wolf Lodge for the indoor water park. The 3 hour drive went pretty quickly with a newspaper and I seem to remember a small amount of singing.

So the first day was Six Flags. I'm from Oklahoma so I know what heat is ; ) We knew it would be hot. I even had these little water fan things that run on batteries for the kids but they were just no match for the temps. We spent a few hours there and decided it was enough. I was surprised in the amount of time we did spend there that my son was not afraid of the big swinging boat thing. I was. We missed the trolley back to the hotel and decided to walk what was a straight shot but Adam insisted on the wrong way and we had a slight detour (even though the way I wanted to go was right and I made sure and tell him about it). In 104 degrees I might add. Zane was exhausted before we even set out on the way back and Adam carried him piggy back or on his shoulders the full walk probably a little over a mile. We were cranky when we got back.

The next day was the aquarium. Zane was mad because we actually stopped to eat lunch in their restaurant before we went it. And it was the best meal we had while we were gone. I still fantasize about that taco salad. Anyway, he talked non stop about the crocodiles and sharks. We saw an anaconda and I actually felt sorry for the beast in the small cage he was in. The sharks were in a tank that made an arch over the walkway. There's probably a name for that. We stood/sat there for an hour watching all these different varieties of sharks swim overhead. He really loved doing that.

The last day of our trip we went to The Great Wolf Lodge since they have an indoor water park. We haven't been doing a lot of swimming so this was great excitement for my son. I was happy he was happy to stay in the little kids area and keep going down the same slide over and over. As we were leaving he remembered how the day before I said he could have a styrofoam sword. I was hoping he would forget that. And so you know how it goes with two kids - gotta have two swords. And they hit each other all the way home with them which would have been funny except my two year old couldn't decide whether she liked it or not, half the time laughing, half the time crying.

 So that brings us to the first day of preschool for my son. He went the same place last year so this wasn't an ordeal for us or anything. He was happy to go. And she's going to mother's day out two days a week. Here they are in front of our front door. I took his photo in the same spot last year. The idea is to do this every year to see how he's changed, grown, you know.

And fall decorating is in FULL swing around here. I'm not waiting any longer since we're going to be gone a week and a half in Oct. I got these cream pottery vases, glass vases, wrought iron candlesticks, metal pumpkins for outdoors, shiny pumpkins to update the fall wreath, three nice heavy weight amber crackle glass candle holders, more fall floral stuff including these orange seed pod things (in the vase in the dining room with stuff lined up to be hung on the wall), cute black metal three tier stand for 10.00 that will be perfect for Halloween cupcakes --- all for half price at Hobby Lobby. All of it. And well, pottery barn stuff too. I think I should call this blog "stuff lust". I'm joking, I hope I don't seem that shallow but . . . well . . . And a new dining table and chairs from Restoration Hardware (going in room below).We've only been living here a year after all ; )

Ava's been getting "dressed up" in her pretend heels, mardi gras beads, sunglasses, and hello kitty bag and saying she's going to work or to the bookstore (not sure where she got that one) and then she says bye bye see you later and gets on one of their toys with wheels and acts like she's driving off.

He's into building these elaborate set ups with caves, cages, castles, pirates, superheros, squishy snakes and bugs, those army guys from the bucket from toy story, and sometimes he throws one of her dolls in for good measure. Got to get some more pics of this - all the ones I have, he's either in his undies or they're blurry. 

Just a bit of everything.