Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
CK did a little editing, but my original submission is below:
My husband, Allen, and I met in college while working at a department store. He thought I was a shoplifter, and I thought he was like a bull dog!
Allen had just transferred to our loss prevention department from another store and didn't know all the employees yet. I worked in the dress department and normally dressed up for work. On this day, however, I was bringing new merchandise out on to the floor and was wearing whatever street clothes I had worn to classes earlier that day.
Because I was moving clothes around, I was practically standing in the middle of the racks and looking all around the floor to decide where to place everything. All Allen saw was some college girl hiding in the racks and looking around. Later he changed his story to say that he thought I was hot and was only checking me out!
Eventually, another loss prevention officer told him that I was not a criminal. He introduced himself to me, and now, 13 years later, we are married with two beautiful girls!
Friday, December 21, 2007
The first step is admitting you have a problem.
Here's my work table. It's built in and quite large, so that's good. The bad part is that it leaves a lot of space to collect stuff that should be put away.
This is the area right next to the work table. Note the Christmas garland on the floor that I was supposed to repair three weeks ago. I guess it will not be ready for this Christmas! The large bus tub (used by bussers in restaurants) is supposed to hold things that need to be put away. As you can see, it has been a long time since I cleaned it out.
Finally, this is the large rubbermaid storage thing (about six feet tall) that used to be able to hold all my stuff. My buddy, Airborne, is also in the photo. He hangs out with me a lot when I'm scrapping.
Oh yeah, and here's even more stuff that I bought on Black Friday and just can't find a place for. I wound up shoving it into the closest that is supposed to be used for our Daisy Troop.
And away we go! Here are some photos of the installation. I'm not going to lie, there was a lot of cursing initially. The screws that were included really were useless. Allen found some 1-5/8 inch screws in his stash (luckily, he's a tool guy) that worked much better. Here's my favorite quote from the installation:
Allen: You're not doing a very good job at holding them level.
Me: You're not doing a very good job at being nice.
Still, in the end, Allen told me to order a few more. It's a good system if you get the right screws.
And finally, here's what I've gotten put away so far. I'm off to do some more and then to order some more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This may be my last post until after Christmas. If that is the case and you are still reading (thanks, btw), then have a Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Look! Even my 3-year-old wants to open it! I'll wait. At least I'll try. Maybe he'll let me go ahead and open it since it's here and all ...
Sunday, December 16, 2007
They are not how I had originally envisioned them, but I really backed myself into a corner time-wise. So, they are what they are.
Now I just have to get them mailed. It would probably be bad form to just leave them in my mailbox with the flag up, wouldn't it?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Even though I make a great big mess when I'm in the middle of a project, I am crazy about being organized. It's my OCD (obsessive compulsive DiSoRdEr) I cannot wait for this to arrive. I ordered enough stuff to fill five rails. I hope that will be enough! Of course, I still have the 7-foot rubbermaid storage cabinet and the wall shelf to store things. Oh what fun I will have once it arrives!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Whew! I made eight sets of six cards yesterday and today. I pride myself in not making duplicate cards (except for Christmas cards) so the set pictured here is just an idea of what they all look like. I packaged each set in a green-striped cello bag with gold tinsel and candies inside.
Check out what I did with my current obsession - STICKLES! On the blue card, I added it to the felt flowers. On the pink card I "inked" the edge of some torn paper with it. I'm thinking that technique would be so cool for a winter layout.
So, tomorrow I actually make my Christmas cards. At least that's the plan. First, I have to put the mess I made today away ...
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I am making sets of cards to give as gifts for Callie's teachers and for the White Elephant gift exchange at the SOM Moms group that Audrey and I attend. I'm making them assembly line style as I thought that would be the most efficient. Until I found the card in the photo to the left on the bottom of a pile. It got all inked-on. Oh well. I will probably save it and find a way to cover up the goof or pull the embellishments of and reuse on another card.
Still, it was such a shock to my mojo, as I was cruising along feeling pretty good about myself. Then, BANG! Messed up card. I suppose I'm making too much of this.
Oh well, I have 8 sets of cards to make. I cut and score 8 at a time then cover with paper and add embellishments. Finally, I add some sentiment and then move on to my next set of eight. It's actually a good system. I hope to hall all the sets complete tomorrow.
I'm also going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to look for some inspiration for my HOF crafty combo. I have a few ideas, but I've yet to find one that really screams, "PERFECT!" Maybe wandering the aisles at HL will help. I love what Allison Davis did for hers last year. Check it out here on her blog. Gee, I wish I could figure out a way to use my cake decorating as my crafty combo. HMM ...
Monday, December 3, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Here are my 7 random facts:
- After nearly 4 decades, the best friend I found at birth, Jennifer, is still my best friend today. I'm pretty sure she still claims me too! Today (11/26) is also her birthday.
- I used to own my own meal preparation business called, "You're the Chef," in Flint, Michigan. We closed a little over a year ago due to the economy.
- I am a huge fan of the stage play Annie (not so much the movies though). My two daughters are following in my footsteps.
- I studied musical theatre in college and did one regional commercial for a home improvement store the summer after I graduated. It was my one and only professional credit.
- I have a masters degree in public administration (I am a master bureaucrat).
- If I could, I would be happy to survive on a diet of pizza, gyros and Halo Burger.
- My husband and I pulled off a military wedding just 4 days after 9/11. Our honor guard dropped from six to two, but I still walked under the sabers and Allen was not ordered to report (we even made the Hawaiian honeymoon)!
- Julie - not me, another Julie; and
- Artsychick - a new Memory Makers Master!
Friday, November 23, 2007
I hope you all have a great day and find deals galore!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I did get a new Canon Power Shot this weekend. It was an early Christmas gift from my parents as Audrey dropped my old one last week and Allen's just seemed to poop out on us. My Mom found it on sale at Best Buy, and nabbed it for me. This time, she got the extra warranty that covers it even if I run it over with my car. With the way our other two were treated, that's a real possibility! Thanks Mom!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Ok, the ticker stays, but it is really going to bother me!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I think I might "cheat" and order a card kit this year. I'm going to do some looking around to see what I like. Any input would be appreciated!
Monday, November 5, 2007
So anyway, I have all these plans for HOF, but for some reason, I'm just not doing them. If anyone has some scrapping mojo to send my way, please do so. I think a big part of it was getting through Halloween and then getting through the first Daisy meeting (it was tonight). I now have two weeks until the Daisy's meet again. I also have a great co-leader and a few more Moms that want to help out, so I'm in good shape there. I do have Callie's birthday party in couple of weeks too, so that will take up some time. However, if I keep focused, I really have no excuse.
So that's it: No excuse. I need to start making that counter to the right move. No excuses. Except that right now it's time for bed. No more excuses starting tomorrow.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
This is my first time going to Scrap-A-Faire. I have not registered for a class yet. Please take the poll to the right and tell me what you think.
Callie would not let Audrey participate in her school Halloween parade (she's just a pre-schooler after all), but Audrey still had fun watching! This photo cracks me up!
Have you been to scrapbook.com? What a resource! Let me know if you've been there and what your name is there so I can look you up! My name (if you have not guessed already) is Scrapperdays.
Here's a photo of Callie in her first school Halloween parade. She was dressed up as Barbie Island Princess. If I had of know that they were just putting the costumes on over their street clothes, I would have dressed her in blue instead of brown!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
As much as I love Halloween, I'm glad it is over! Between dance class parties, school parties and trick or treating, I'm pooped! Not to mention the late nights because the girls were buzzing on sugar. Yes, last night I found them hiding underneath the dining room table shoving as much candy in their mouths as they could! They also chose last night to break my will in regards to re-brushing their hair before we set out trick-or-treating. At least I will have fun scrapping this!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I did ask the owner of the LSS if she is looking for instructors, and she said she is. I'm going to take in some of my pages along with a resume. I think I'd really enjoy teaching classes.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Today I will start on my first CK HOF project (see plan in the sidebar). I'm not sure which one I'm going to work on, but I'm excited! I also have to put out Halloween decorations and set stuff out on the curb for junk day. Luckily, it will be in the mid-70's today! I'm going to give the girls some rakes and let them play in the leaves!
Happy Fall, Y'all!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Whee! Today I'm going to work on the Becky's sketch for April. I hope to start and complete it today.
I've also mapped out my plan for completing HOF. It's more like a rough outline, but it's a start. If you're interested, you can track my progress on the ticker to the right. I actually put it there to keep the pressure on myself.
I went through my calendar and figured out which weeks I can work on HOF, and which weeks I'll have too many other things going on to devote the appropriate attention to my entry. I tried to give myself at least one week on each assignment. This should also give me time to work on other non-HOF LOs.
Basically, my idea is this:
- Sundays -- Decide which assignment to tackle. Make list of what I need.
- Mondays-Wednesdays -- Gather materials, work on sketches, begin actual work if possible (these days are kind of busy around my house).
- Thursdays -- Get my hands dirty putting it together.
- Fridays -- Tweak.
- Saturdays -- Come to terms with the finished project.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Vegas was great. In fact, it was probably our best trip yet. Now that I'm home, it's time to get back to work. I have a few projects around the house (some bigger than others) and I need to get moving on two big tasks:
- Setting up our new Daisy Scout troop (I've been given the go-ahead from the Glowing Embers Council), and
- Making a plan for completing the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame contest.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
I finally got to take my older DD, Callie (5 in November), to see the national tour of Annie last night. It was a thrill for her as she loves Annie and she sat on the edge of her seat during the orphanage scenes. She also shushed me every time I laughed. It was a thrill for me because I still remember my Mother taking me to see the tour twice during the original broadway run. as you can see, Callie was thoroughly exhausted after the show and fell asleep on the living room floor!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I've never entered anything like this before, so my goal is just to be happy with my entry (and to get it in with time to spare). I have a progress counter to the right of this page, to keep myself motivated. I also put an estimated date of completion to be February 1, so that I will have plenty of time to get the entry shipped to the powers that be at Creating Keepsakes.
Wish me luck. I'm really excited about this challenge. I love having a goal!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I'm back to scrapping! I did this one a week or so ago. Now that I look at it, I would change the placement of the photo, but I am a firm believer in not changing LOs after I've declared them finished. So much more to catch everyone up on, but it's late, and I have to get Callie up early for school. I will catch up later!
Take care, and thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I just pulled the supplies to do my first LO now that I'm back in my house. I'll post it when my camera is working. My DDs took it in to the bathtub when I wasn't looking. ARG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Whew! It's been a busy couple of weeks:
- Allen returned home;
- We all moved back in to our house;
- Callie started kindergarten (sniffle, sniffle from Mom);
- Both girls started at a new dance and gymnastics studio;
- So much more!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Please look for me to return to the internet after . Have a great holiday everyone!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Here are the rules:
1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.
2. Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of their middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had. ***IF you have already done your middle name than do the State that you live in with new adjectives!*****
3. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog-post containing your own middle name game facts. ***Or state if you have already been tagged before!***
4. At the end of your blog-post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.Here is mine:
A: Anxious - For now anyway. My husband is on his way home from a 15-month deployment. He should arrive in Michigan by the end of the week. I'm anxious because we will all be moving back into our house (the girls and I have been staying with my parents while Allen was gone) and jumping right back in to the family thing inluding Callie starting kindergarten and Audrey starting pre-school in a few weeks. The girls will also be going to a new dance studio. A lot of changes, but all for the good!
N: Nice - At least that's what I hope I am!
N: Nurturing - Hey, I'm a Mom, it's what I do!
OK, I'm off to find three people to post!
2. IamDerby aka Derbylia
Thursday, August 16, 2007
...Meaning I did a layout without the typical 1/4-inch photo mats and the like. I tried to go with the new trends I'm seeing on the galleries. You be the judge. Does this LO work for you? What would you have done different? Please let me know. I'm trying to grow as a scrapper, so I want honest assessments.
In case you're wondering ... I'm the redhead that is standing. Next to me is Tracy. Seated from left to right is Jaime, her mother Tammy and my mother Fay. Sometimes Tracy's daughters join us, but rarely. They're both in college and probably find us to "slow them down." They're good young ladies. We are all friends with ties to a certain business to which will not be named just because ... We try to meet up once a month for dinner and a couple of cocktails. None for my Mom though as just one drop of alcohol makes her sick (even when it's been cooked).
Monday, August 13, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Off the top of my head, the projects needing attention right now (aside from most photos and events from July 2004 - July 2006) include:
- Allen's deployment book (all the things that happened while he was deployed)
- Callie's Kinder-Camp book
- You're the Chef
- Tabby Cat tribute
- Last year's trip to Orlando
- Smaller Projects/Pages
- Audrey in the newspaper
- Getting my groove back
- Girls' Night Out
- Callie's dance recital
- Callie's dance camp
- Signs of no more babies
- Girls at concerts in the park
- Summer fun - swimming and chalk
- Yard work
- Audrey's wanderlust
- Splash pad
- Callie and Audrey at the cabin
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I took my Mother and two DDs shopping at the Prime Outlet in Birch Run, Michigan today. Though she has lived about 30 minutes from the nationally known outlets for about 20 years and though she is a true shop-aholic, this was my Mom's first trip there. I have created a monster. Petite Sophisticate now has a new life-time customer. Sorry Dad! She did get a lot of great deals though. Plus, it is difficult to find clothes that fit her tiny size 2 frame.
I finally finished the LOs for Audrey's 2nd birthday. I had to do three: one for her babybook, one for her yearly book and one for the book of everything that we did while Allen was on deployment. This LO is the first one I have ever done with a hidden photo pocket.
Tomorrow, I will set some goals for myself for projects for the coming weeks.
I've been thinking a lot about autumn photos lately. Seems odd since we're going through a heat-wave! Maybe it's the school shopping and the way the pumpkins are already turning orange. I just can't wait to get those kiddies dressed in fall clothes and get them outside in the leaves again. Here's a LO from last year.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Ok, I'm starting to get the hang of this blog thing. I hope to use this to keep myself organized with all my scrapping projects and my writing. I am so, so, so hoping to get back in to writing. I wrote for a newspaper right out of college and then just got away from it. I recently sent out a few article queries to my two favorite scrapbook magazines. I have a few more ideas to send to other magazines too (not all scrapbook related).
I don't know if people will actually read this blog or if I'm doing it just for myself, but if you are reading this now: HI! Check out the photo of my DDs getting relief from the hot sun at a local splash pad. What a fun day! Gee, I'll probably scrapbook that photo and 73 others I took along with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!