March 29, 2008

Spring 3x3's

I was so excited to get the paper from the Occasions mini catalog from Stampin' Up! I LOVE cherries and this paper has some. I wish I had more than just two sheets of it! For this little set I used the sale-a-bration rub ons and the summer picnic paper. I based them on the weekend sketch challenge #38 from Beate at Fresh and Fun. Her challenges are great but I never get them done on time. But I really appreciate her putting them together for us.
I used a template that I bought at Target for the little pouch. It came with a 3 inch and a 4 inch one.
The cards are all a little different but they are just so cute! I need to make some more because I already gave these away to my Aunt Kendra to thank her for her hospitality. Zoe and I went to Dallas to stay with her and visit during Spring break.
So, I hope you like these too!



On a Personal Note: During Spring Break, Suzanna, my friend and realtor, came over. We had fun. For the first part of the day we looked at paint samples for my walls. The second part we made birthday invitations for her son and husband's birthday party. It was a great day. We are planning to paint the house to help it sell. Some have wondered why because our house isn't old but we want to do all we can to help the house sell quickly and for the best price. If it doesn't sell we don't move so I really hope that we can make the house great.

Brett and I have packed about 20 boxes (which seems like nothing). We have sent several bags of clothes to a second hand store and I have sorted lots of other things to give away and for the trash. We are tying to pack up anything that is not necessary for the next few months and get it out of the house to make it look bigger and tidier. It is a big job. I am trying to not be too sentimental and get rid of as much as I can. We'll probably move the craft space back upstairs to the craft closet and that is a little sad. I have really liked hanging out with Brett and crafting in the evenings in the office. It is so hard to just pack up what craft stuff I think I'll need. Anyone have advice on this? I have already dug through boxes looking for stuff. We need to get them to the storage unit so I'll quit doing that! Other projects?

1) Flooring: Get the carpet cleaned - if the office doesn't clean up well, replace the carpet with wood laminate flooring.

2) Landscape: Re-sod some of the back yard and add soil to make it level. Mulch the front flower bed and tree.

3) Painting: (This is the priciest thing) Paint basically everywhere.

4) Move out excess furniture to open up the space.

It is really a lot of work. But, we are plugging away. I kind of worry that it will stress Zoe out. I guess babies are resilient but it just seems like it would be challenging for her little world to keep changing. Has anyone out there made a big move with a toddler? How did they adjust?

Well, I guess that is all for now. Only 10 weeks of school left (Praise the Lord) and then hopefully a busy summer of moving. School has been so hard this year! Can I keep it up for 10 more weeks? Of course I can.

Talk to you soon!

Lots of love,

March 28, 2008

Food for a Week

Hey all!

I know this is totally not stamping related but it just amazed me. It is a comparison of a weeks of groceries between several families.

Click on this link

And then scroll through the pictures.

How do you compare? We spend about $100 or less on groceries per week and 30-40 eating out. But, definately not as green and leafy as some of the diets pictured!

Have a great Friday!

Lots of Love -
A.

March 25, 2008

7 Random Things about lil' ol' me!

Well, Rochelle Wick at Impressions, whose blog I ADORE tagged me! I was so excited to get tagged! Isn't that silly? I see other people getting tagged and I look at who they tag and always feel a little left out. But, today I got tagged in this little game and it made my day. It made me feel like a real blogger. Okay, this sounds like a dumb high school click saga but I am just keepin' it real for ya!

So, I am supposed to tell you 7 random things about me (besides telling you I am obviously a bit insecure - see above):

1) I am an only child. Sometimes I feel sad when I see others interacting with siblings (like my mom and her 5 sisters) or I think it is too bad that Zoe won't have cousins on my side of the family. but, I do like getting all the gifts (or I used to before I was a wife and mom) and I don't have to worry if I'm the favorite!

2) I have 30 first cousins. On my mom's side I am the oldest of 15 and on my dad's side I am the youngest of 15. Weird huh?

3) I'm a white chick that teaches Spanish. :) I only learned Spanish in school and started at age 15. I have been teaching high school for 11 years. I wanted to be a teacher since kindergarten when I would teach my dolls things but my high school Spanish teacher Mrs. Byerly inspired me to teach Spanish. (She was white too).

4) I really want to get pregnant and have another baby. We haven't started trying, just practicing ;)I would like to lose weight first but don't feel motivated to do it. I know I don't have to lose weight to have a baby but I think it would be better for me and the baby. I have a lot to lose overall and don't need to lose all of it before but some would be nice.

5) In high school every summer I took at least two out of state trips trips not with family- one mission trip (Philidelphia, Mexico and the Virgian Islands) and one choir tour trip (I sang alto and played the handbells). I have been to about 35 states. I'd like to go to all of them eventually.

6) I have visited 8 other countires; Canada, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Brasil, Spain, Italy, Morroco and the US territoris of the St. Thomas and St. John. I've landed by plane in Germany, brussles and England but I won't count them since we didn't leave the airport!

7) I have a pig collection. I used to be an avid collector and now I don't know how many to keep and how many to give away in the move. I also love pig stamps but rarely use them!

Okay, that is it for today! If you actually read my blog and have one yourself then consider yourself tagged! :) I know that sounds weird but I read so many blogs and often wonder if I get read. Ya know? I must be having a words of affirmation kind of day!

Talk to you soon -

Lots of Love,
A.

March 23, 2008

An experiment - turned useful

Well, I made this very simple card at the beginning of March because of these reasons:


1) I wanted to emboss some river rock cardstock.


2) I wanted to use this embossing folder


3) I wanted to play with something from the pretties kit.


So, I used an aqua painter to transfer some blue bayou onto the flower and used a flatback pearl. (Those are cool).


I left a blank strip on the card so that I can use it for whatever I need to.
It wasn't my favorite card of all time but I wanted to post it because someone might like it or it might spark something in someone's creative mind. Once the little strip across the front it may look great...ya know?

ETA: I worked on the card a bit more and added a with sympathy to it and like it alot. Unfortunately there was a need for a sympathy card though. That is never enjoyable.

Okay, that's all for now.


On a personal Note: Zoe has her first perscription to take. She woke up with her eyelashes very matted and crusty. She had a runny nose too. They eye thing kind of wierded me out so Brett took her to the doctor. (I have an amazing husband). She has one red ear that may be an ear infection but no pink eye or anything yet. So, they gave her antibiotics. She and I are taking a mommy and me road trip to Dallas this weekend so hopefully she will feel fine to go.


ETA: I wrote this and never got it posted! Geez! But, we did go to Dallas and had a wonderful time. I saw family and my great friends. It was a great get away. Zoe and I did well by ourselves and she is feeling good too!


Talk to you soon.

Lots of Love -

Jesus Christ is Risen Today!

Ha -ah-ah -ah -ah - le -eh - lu - u- jah! I think that is my favorite Easter hymn. :) We didn't sing it at church today but that was okay. We had some great music and a great message. Brett puts all the messages online from our church and if you ever want to hear one you can go to http://www.houstonsermons.com/.
Today's was great and was about the men walking on the road to Emmeus (Luke 24) when Jesus came and walked with them. The guys were discouraged and disappointed. Jesus and died and they had expected Him to be the savior. Most likely there were expecting a different type of Savior, one that would save them from Roman opression but instead they got one that saved them from themselves and their own sin, in fact we all did. But, Jesus asked them what was wrong and really listened and then He didn't just tell them, "Hey, I'm Jesus" (because they didn't recognize him) but he shared scripture and told them of all the references to him in what we now call the Old Testament starting with Moses. (I wish Luke would have recorded what he said to them, I bet it was awesome).
Anyway, I have been really in a depressed funk lately and the point that stood out the most to me today was that when we are down Jesus is always walking with us, even if we don't recognize him. I really needed to hear that.
If you are interested in the other points you can go and listen to the sermon! :)

We had some friends over for Easter lunch today. That has been one nice thing about being in Houston; I get to cook meals on the holidays. If we move to Colorado then we generally will be at Gramma's for the holidays - which is great - but I do love to be the hostess! I made a big yummy ham and a cake that I was really proud of. Here are some pictures of coloring eggs with Zoe, her Easter basket and the cake. I got the cake idea from Lexi at craft critique. She suggested using Jello in the layers to color them. It worked great and the cake was delish!

Zoe coloring Eater Eggs. She really liked it alot. I as so glad!



Daddy doing the same. He had fun too!



















Zoe's "I do it" egg. She did it all herself with no help or suggestions.

She was very excited to see her Easter basket. The sand toys were a hit right away but the giant bubble maker won over all. The clothes were not a winner at all "easter bunny".


Zoe was making her mark on the world - or the patio, whatever.

Zoe and her Easter dress that came with a matching baby doll dress! It was adorable and she loved having a matching baby. Thanks for the dress Suzanna!

My pretty Easter cake.

The end of the Easter Egg and carrot hunt!

Thanks for looking! Talk to you soon.

Lots of Love -

March 13, 2008

Doesn't Easter seem early?

Here's a little "tidbit" you may not know about Easter:Easter is early this year.

Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st fullmoon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easteris based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover,which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.

Based on the above,Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.

Here's the interesting info. This year is the earliest Easter any of us willever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our populationhas ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us haveever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!

Here are the facts:
1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) willbe the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around forthat!).
2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in theyear 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818.

So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year.
--This was from an email. I am not the original author.

So, I better make some EASTER CARDS huh?

March 7, 2008

I've really got some Verve!

Well, I had been eyeing stamps from Verve Visual for awhile and finally ordered some. I am just so amazed that Julee Tilman was an everyday gal that just started making her own stamps and has a business now. Wow! I can't even imagine being that brave. Way to go girl. I am putting you on my hero list.

Anway, she had issued a challenge and I made a card for it, even by her deadline but never had a chance to post it in time. Silly huh? Well, here is the card anyway. I love the sentiment I chose for it."Reaching for the stars we find our greatest self" Did you write that Julee?
Anyway, here are the pictures.


Stamps: Seeing Stars, Thoughtful florals, starlight starbright

Paper: Textured purely pomegranite, pretty in pink and Berry Bliss DP all by SU

Ink: chocolate chip and pomegranite

punches: large oval, word window

Accessories: brads, dazzling diamonds, heat and stick powder and crystal effects. Also rose micro beads Art Accentz by Provo Craft. Man, I sure couldn't get those to stick and that is why crystal effects is in the list. They still didn't look perfect but I wanted to use them.


Cutting out the stars was a bit time consuming but I like the outcome. Now who to mail it to?

On a Personal Note: We had our realtors come to the house Monday to give it a look and tell us what to do to get it ready to sell. It is a little overwhelming. Basically we need to pack everything so the house looks big, empty and clean. That is a challenge for a pack rat like me. I am in the mood to throw stuff away so I need to take advantage of those feelings!! My only real dilema is what to do with my craft area. How do I know what I will need over the next few months? The wife realtor says keep your stuff out but tidy up and get pack what is not necessary. The husband says put it all away. Well, I can't really put it all away since I still have stamp clubs and stuff. I guess we'll just have to see. Please pray we can sell quickly and for a good price. We have to sell with a decent profit in order to pay the realty fees and pay for the sprucing up we need to do.

We are really hoping my grandparents can get more for their business than we can offer so right now we are not thinking we will be buying the business. I am really disappointed but I am coping. The challenge now is for Brett to find a job that he can be happy with. As a teacher I never really have to "job hunt". I just have to find a position. I can't imagine really searching for a job when you are qualified to do many, many things. It seems overwhelming to me. Please pray for him to find a job.

Anyway, that is what is going on here. I am not sure how it will all get done but it always does, right?

Talk to you soon.

Love you lots - A.

Chipboard Challenge

In February when we had our stamp club, my upline and co-demonstrator Angie at Dragonpynk gave us all 5 chipboard coasters and a challenge to make them into something. I have seen several of you make pencil boxes and post it note holders and I wanted to jump on the bandwagon. So, I used the East Coast Prep paper, striped grosgrain ribbon and the "So Many Scallops" sale-a-bration set and made this. I wasn't too crazy about the post it note thing. It definately needs something. Any ideas? Anyway, I haven't done much with chipboard so this was fun. It makes me want to do some more stuff.

After our stamp class Saturday I'll show the cards we made this month. They are awesome. Angie was in charge this month and I was so impressed. Can't wait to show you the goods. :)

Birthday Cards from Splitcoast

I received to BRAKs (Bloggers Random Act of Kindness). Deb Albright of TurtleChronicles has been doing a great job reorganizing the BRAK list.



Deb sent me a beautiful card made with the stylized flowers emobssing folder. Then she colored the flowers somehow. It is a great card.



The other card is from Jeanne Collins, flyfishchef on splitcoast. She must have used a cool background technique on this card. I have searched for her on splitcoast but don't see her anywhere. Anyone know her?



I just really appreciate the ladies that take time to send these cards to strangers like me. (Well, I'm not a stranger to Deb but you get my drift.)

Talk to you soon!

Love you lots - A.

March 5, 2008

A Musical Party


Well, my baby is two years old. I can't really believe it. It was just yesterday I was in awe of the precious new addition to my life and it has just gone so fast! Everyone said it would.




Well, first is a picture of the invitaions I made. I copied this idea from Stampinsars. She made a similar card almost a year ago. She used A-Muse stamps for hers and mine is not as detailed. I wanted to make mallets for the xylophone but had trouble finding beads that would fit on a matchstick. I hav had a picture of the card she made saved in my computer for all this time because I loved it then and now it inspired the whole birthday party for Zoe! I used the SU Sale-a-bration set for the sentiment. I have no note stamps and now need an idea for Thank You "notes". Any suggestions?




Next you will notice this AMAZING cake that my friend Jennifer made. She is so creative. I just couldn't believe it. She covered each "bar" of french vanilla cake with a different color of homemade fondent and used mentos. The mallet was a fondent covered marshmallow. The cake was amazing and delicious! What a frined huh?




For the party my friend that is a Kindermusik consultant came and engaged the kiddos in musical activities with shaker eggs, tapping sticks, musical balls, jinglebell sticks and a percussion play box. It was just so fun. Zoe loved it. The same day as the party I found a play Little Tykes slide for $10 at a garage sale. They are $60-70 at the store and we have been wanting one. Zoe also go a sand and water table and that was a blast. Thank goodness the weather was so beautiful.


Well, if you would like to see more photos you can use this link through KODAK.


Here are a few of Zoe playing the maracas and drums, Zoe enjoying cake at her new Dora table, kiddos loving the sand/water table, and Zoe showing her excitement over her new Dora doll. She got a Diego too that she loves.




Have a great week and talk to you soon!




Lots of love...A.