Sunday, March 20, 2011

JBS March Kit

Here's three pages I made with the March kit. I got two days all to myself over spring break while the kids stayed at their grandparents - so, this is what I did.

This is my grandma in 1941, her first grade photo.

I didn't really know where I was going with this one. But I do like the banner flower and I really like these photos of us together - self portraits : ) This may get another little red heart on the right side next to the silhouettes - I can always tell what my pages need better after I have them all photographed and put online - annoys the dog outta me.

This last one is about how my grandma and grandpa didn't have enough time together before he was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. He was only 23 when it happened. My grandma is a strong lady. They had my dad, who was three at the time of the accident. But before that they had a 9 month old baby who died and when Kenneth was killed she was pregnant at the time. That baby was stillborn. So my grandma lost 3 people in her family in about 2 years. She's been a farmer pretty much her entire life (she is the oldest of 8 kids) and was a teacher for 40 years. She's a special lady. But she remarried a special man of whom I am very thankful for. It's too bad this photo is a little blurry but it's so important in telling their story.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I won the guest spot at JBS!

I won it! I won the April guest design spot at JBS Mercantile! I really thought my eyes were deceiving me last night when I checked, like I was wishing it was me so maybe I was reading it wrong, lol. I posted a few days ago with the projects I made during the crop. I'm so excited. I think I slept with a smile on my face : ) And thanks to all you well wishers at SC - it was so nice of Debbie to start a congrats thread! (I feel like I'm making an Oscars acceptance speech, ha!)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Eye Candy

Here is some eye candy I found while looking around at I Love Typography. Designed by Seb Lester. He designed the logo for Liberty of London. It's fun to just look at his website. You can purchase a print at Keep Calm Gallery.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Valentine's Happenings & February Life

So, a little late on this post but so what right? This was without a doubt the best Valentine's Day of my life. I've never liked Valentine's much. Neither has Adam. I think last year we just agreed not to do anything. I know how boring that sounds, but wait, we made up for it this year : )

For starters, one day on the way home from work, he went out of his way and fought traffic and went downtown-ish to a great florist called A Date With Iris on Western. He ordered a very modern arrangement for my first Valentine's surprise.

Adam took me to eat in our neighborhood's new restaurant, The Rose Trellis. It was pretty nice. I already knew he had a very very special gift for me because he can't keep a secret. He had been fishing around for too many details of what kind of ring I might like so basically the cat was out of the bag (and he had planned for my grandparents to come up and stay with the kids). We went out onto the terrace and I opened the gift, which had been wrapped by the jewelry store and had been sitting in my kitchen for an entire day tempting me. I knew I was in for something pretty fabulous. And I opened it  . . . and I was in awe. I just couldn't stop smiling. My 10th anniversary ring was to die for! He had spent a long time picking out the perfect ring and they had told him I could bring it back and exchange it for something else but there is no way in the world I would dream of it. He was so proud of the job he had done and so was I. He spoils me rotten for sure and I love him. Hey Adam, if you're reading this ; ) I love you! (sorry to be so mushy girls, but, that's what Valentine's is all about right?).

So, a Valentine's tradition from my father-in-law . . . The Giant Candy Heart. Several years ago, even before kids, he started going down to the drug store and ordering a giant chocolate heart for my mother-in-law and I for Valentine's day. When Adam brought it home this year I knew the kids were going to get a kick out of it.  We ate almost all of it in no time. I always get the caramels. Adam gets the dark chocolate. Ava wanted the strawberry. And Zane, well, he just didn't care as long as it was chocolate ; )

The prerequisite holiday cupcakes. I find a way to fit cupcakes into my life. Next is St. Patrick's cupcakes. I like this tradition, don't you?

This is Ava before mother's day out on Valentine's Day. It was pajama day and she had just gotten her Valentine's surprises from me. Pic #2 - just combin' some pizza, you know. What a love bug : )

And this is just a cute pic I wanted to include. Zane is 5 years old. I feel like before I know it he will be too old for stuffed animals. I was never really into stuffed animals so I don't know how long it will last. But anyway, he sleeps with all these things: Blankie, Tiger, Bob the Dino, Shark (whom he just took to the pre-k "Pet Show" and won sharpest teeth - Zane was so proud - even let all the kids try out the puppet pocket part), Turtle, Alligator, & Octie (hmm, not sure how to spell that one). When we go back to Carnegie we take many of these fellas with us. Blankie and Octie have been around since he was born and Tiger since he was 2. So I just wanted to get a picture of him with his friends before I forget and he gets too old. He's at such a sweet age right now.

Pics of the fun they got to have as a result of our February snow storm. You won't see Ava in any of these photos because she has a snow aversion. We had to watch from the window.

What Grandma and I are working on - a quilt for Ava's room. Well Grandma is. I just helped her cut it all out. But I did a good job, those squares are accurate, now. And well you know, that MUST be an important job.

And finally a pic only the scrappy girls will appreciate - huge piles of color sorted ribbon. I got tired of my ribbon all being on spools. It just didn't look pretty that way and I think I wasn't giving a lot of it a chance to be loved thinking half of it looked dated - how can ribbon be dated I asked myself? I spent one evening taking it all off the rolls. I put it all in iris containers by color for now. I will never know who the maker of it is now, but so what, at least I will use it better this way.

And one more thing, I never wished my fella a happy birthday in January. Happy 33rd Birthday!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Jenni Bowlin's Online Crop

Jenni Bowlin and the designers at JBS Mercantile held an online crop this weekend. I participated in 5 challenges - and all in two days, phew, that is major for me, major I tell ya! I made a page for Wilna's 1 hour challenge. I thought it was going to be sketch and I had my photos and kit all laid out and ready and then she said to make a page with your favorite quote. Blood pressure increasing : ) I guess it took me 5 minutes just to pick a quote. That project I am not sharing with you today : ) It wasn't bad for 1 hour with no clue on what to expect. But still, as Valerie says, I don't want the "scanners" to think that's what I think is quality work, lol.

So the first challenge I did was Dina's about me challenge. I started out misting then I put it on charcoal and nothing was making me happy. Too many muted colors. I didn't like it until I decided to add the washi tape and touches of deep pink - that made it come to life I thought. And since it needed a little more funky I tried to make the journaling a cool-ish design element.

So it says, not in this order (and I'm thinking about adding, "I don't watch TV"): 

I am a Christian. I am left handed. I was raised on a farm.
I have a degree in merchandising. I love to decorate, especially seasonally.
I lost 53 pounds between Sept. ’08 and June ’10 by learning to eat properly, walking, and doing pilates.
I am a mom. I have a son, Zane. I have a daughter, Ava. I am a homemaker.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Adam, for 10 wonderful years.
I love to scrapbook.
I love to read. I’ve read 29 books in 9 months. My fave book is The Pillars of the Earth.
I collect many vintage things: mirrors, plates, costume jewelry, ephemera. Old stuff is the best stuff.
I drive an H3 that I love.
I always have my camera in my handbag. My handbag is always Coach.
I don’t care much for cell phones.
I love floral patterned paper.
I will be 31 on March 21, ’11.
I think these are probably the best years of my life.
I want to be a more spontaneously creative parent.
I want to spend time with my grandparents while I still can.
I went to Hawaii for my 10th anniversary and it was the best trip of my life. I love old movies.
I blog at

The second challenge I did was Lisa Dickinson's turquoise, brown, and ivory color combo challenge. This was indeed a challenge for me for some strange reason. In Lisa's example she had all turquoise and  brown but her daughter was wearing pink and the photos just really popped that way so I decided to use these pics of Ava wearing a pink coat in the snow. I used my Cricut for the damask element inside the JBS die cut. I thought it might be overwhelming but I ended up really liking it.

She did not like her first snow. She didn't like it touching her shoes. She lasted about 5 minutes then we went in and watched Adam and Zane build a snowman from the window.

The next challenge I participated in was Rangini's bingo card challenge. You had to use at least one bingo card and a punch. I don't know how I ended up with Christmas but I did. I guess that was just where my vintage elements led me. But I like it! I've seen Rangini and Keisha both take a circle punch and just punch out the edge of a piece of paper so that's where I got my circle punch idea.

And finally I squeezed this one in at the last (Keisha's garland challenge) and it only took me a little over an hour!

So there you have it. I'm glad I participated in the challenges (wish I had time to do more). I just can't believe I made all these in two days. Yeah, I admit, we had take out a few times over the last two days : ) And thank goodness for the crock pot.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pretty stuff around the house today

Most rooms are kind of kid/toy trashed. Once a week I get it absolutely all picked up. But two days later it's a sea of toys again, except for my dining room, one of my favorite rooms. When we moved in our house had been in foreclosure before we got it and the light fixtures had been stolen. It took me a year to find the perfect chandelier but I finally did. Every single day I look at it it makes me happy, very happy. All I need is a rug now but I'm just as picky about that as I was about the chandelier. And some stuff on either side of the mirror, maybe just white plates. Adam just recently surprised me with the mirror. He knew I wanted it and when I decided it wasn't going to happen I threw the catalog in the trash. Adam got the catalog out later and ordered it for me. Did I mention he's the best? Wait til I tell you what he did for me for Valentine's day.

The other photo is my grouping of vintage frames and botanicals mixed with a tole tray and two of those sweet little floral photos like those silhouette ones you see so often. Two of the prints came from ebay for 3.00 a piece but one of them is pretty old supposedly, around mid 1800s, and it was 20.00 on ebay. So, this is my decorated mantle for spring (guess I need to take the metal "Merry Winter" sign down, lol).

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Side By Side

This is a page I made about how quickly time passes and how I remind myself all the time to enjoy the little moments. Cliche sounding? Yes. But oh so definitely true. These pics show the kids in the same pose but two years time difference. And these photos are real gems too because he isn't usually lovey dovey with her. I remember a quote I heard once, "With kids the days are long but the years are short." That's true too but it's getting to where the days aren't even long for us anymore now that they spend so much time at school or mother's day out or speech or dance or going back and forth to Carnegie. I wish I could freeze them right where they are forever, they're so innocent (overall, I mean), they always want to be with me, they're just happy (when not in tantrum mode anyway).

I made this page using a lot from Studio Calico's January kit. I added all the vintage stuff, most of that from Paper Valise or Ebay. I do adore the metal/beaded bouquet at the top.

Also, as you can see I'm working on a new blog look. Work in progress, bear with me. I got the header (wish I could get that thing centered) and the vintage typewriter from Shabby Blogs. The little metal rimmed tag is by Michelle Underwood. I noticed in the header I got from Shabby Blogs the  little banner looks like Michelle's as well, don't know how that works but well, I'm just trying to give some credit here.