September 24, 2008

Cell Phone Popper

This is absolutely crazy! If I new how to imbed the video in my blog post I would! You have to see what these people did with their cell phones.

Cell Phone Video Link

If cell phones do this to corn, what does it do to my brain?

ETA: So, I did check out SNOPES before I posted this. I don't usually fall for crazy claims. SNOPES does have an article about cellphones cooking an egg and it is proven false. But, I didn't see anything about the popcorn. But, okay, I'll admit, I assume it is fake. But, how did they do it?

Talk to you soon,

Amy

September 20, 2008

Boo to You!

As Jenn and I started crafting, the first thing I wanted to make was a decoration I saw in the papercrafts magazine. It was really a quick and easy project.

Isn't it the cutest? I bought 3 clay pots and painted them black. I also bought a dowel, cut it in thirds and painted it back too. I bought some white wooden letters from Provo Craft that have small magnets ont he back. I didn't need magnets but those are the only small letters I could find. I painted them orange.

Next I cut 3 squares of gable green cardstock and spritzed them black ink. I cut glued the green paper to the stick with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. (I love that stuff). Next, I cut 3 squares of black paper and stamped the ghost image in white craft ink on two of them. Then, I glued the dry letters on the black paper. I put think foam dots between the black and green paper so that the back would stick to the green and so there would be room for the dowel in between. I also put some glue on the dowel so it would stick to the black paper. I stamped one more ghost on black and cut around it. I cut around a second piece to use as a mat behind the ghost. I put some wire in between the two pieces and glued to together. I stuck this ghost between the black and green paper on the "B" square.

Next I cut some floral foam and put it into the pots. I stuck the dowel in the foam. I coverd the foam with spanish moss. For the finishing touch I added some ribbon around the dowels. I love this project. It will be hard to sell at the craft fair. Do you think it will sell? Craft fairs are funny. I make a bunch of stuff totally not thinking it will sell. I've only done one, last year and it was a success. Jenn tells me I need to think positively. Okay, I will.

Talk to you soon,

September 19, 2008

Bring it on Ike - We're ready for you!

Well I told you that I had gone to Micheal's to get Hurricane supplies and so had Jenn. Before she lost power last Friday night she started crafting. She started before I did so I thought I'd show you some of her creations. I took these pictures on Monday when we went to clean out her fridge. This first picture is of the 3 garbage bags of food we had to throw away from her fridge and freezer. So sad. But, it is a good chance to get rid of the mystery condiments that probably need tossing anyway and a great time to clean that fridge!
First up is this "oh so cute" Christmas journal that she made. I loved it. She used the bella rose paper and a retired stamp set. It is just adorable.
Next she started in on Halloween. She and I are going to be in 3 craft fairs and so we have made a ton of these bags in a box. She made several Christmas ones too, I'll save those and just show off these cute Halloween ones. We found this paper and ribbon at Micheal's and she made the handle with the scallop circle punch and an inch circle punch.
Next us is the Halloween card. She got this stamp at Micheals and the ribbon too. She used all Stampin' Up! punches though. The inside shows the whole stamped image.
Finally, here is what we are doing, STILL. We have been crafting at my kitchen table since Jenn got here on Saturday. Although I really want her power to come on I am going to hate having her go home. :( It has been a ton of fun.

Talk to you soon,

September 17, 2008

Now you can Order Online!


Stampin' Up! made a very exciting launch this week... ONLINE ORDERING!
That means 24/7, anytime you want!!!Click HERE to start shopping!!!!!!

You can place your online orders from anywhere within the United States and have it shipped right to your door! It's so easy to get started:
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Click on customer login to set up your own personal shopping account (be sure to save your password in a safe place).
Have fun shopping!

September 16, 2008

Hurricane Ike Update

Hello! I just wanted to send a post hurricane update from Houston. Things are really crazy here but Brett, Zoe and I are very blessed. We had minimal damage to the house. We lost some shingles, have some fence damage and our front 3 year old tree is leaning in a major way. We lost power at 8pm Friday night and we were surprised that we lost it so early. We had some pretty gusty winds early in the evening but we woke up at about 2:30 to crazy wind gusts and it was scary. It was raining but the rain wasn't as crazy as the wind. Zoe woke up at 4pm and she was scared. It was REALLY noisy.

So, the three of us slept in the guest bed (kind of slept). At 7am Zoe was hungry. We woke up to a cloudy, humid day but the day was calm. We were not sure what to do with ourselves. We thought about evacuating because we heard that we might not get power for 2 weeks. That was a scary thought. We took a drive to my school to check on my classroom. It is an outside room in a trailer and I was worried but it was fine. I don't even think it lost power! Geez. Our trip to the school was a little crazy. Since our neighborhood is new it was clean and there was some roof damage and a lot of fence damage but in areas with trees it was a different story. People lost trees, everything was a mess. We felt VERY lucky.

Miraculously our power came on Saturday night at 5pm. We immediately called some friends and invited them to come over. Bill and Jennifer headed right over with their two sons. They have been here since Saturday. It is nice to have them. We all get along really well and so we aren't having trouble. Jenn and I have been crafting and the guys have been skating and the kids are doing just great. We went yesterday to clean out her fridge. Her neighbor had a tree through his roof but they didn't have damage like that. Just a downed fence and they lost part of their tree.

Sunday, we had a little church service at home. We sang songs and read scripture and prayed. It was really great. When it was time to sing songs, Zoe chose the ABC song. Funny. We had lost power again Sunday morning but had it back again by 2 pm. *phew* Sunday night my friend Laurie came with her kids to sleep over. It was just so hot and it was hard to sleep in areas without power. Her husband stayed home though because people are worried about looters. It was great to have a housefull of people.

Friends around us have slowly been getting power back. Each neighborhood is a victory for us. There are still 1.5 million customers without power out of the 2.1 million. FEMA has set up 17 places people can pick up ice, water and military MRE's. Crazy. A "cold" front has moved in and it has made all the difference. It has been cool and breezy at night. In the daytime only in the mid 80's and this is so much better than what it has been and what is was Saturday and Sunday.

Today I saw a comment online to a news article and it made me mad. Someone said, "It is hard to have sympathy for people that were told to evacuate and didn't." Well, I just want to make it clear that in Houston, we were not told to evacuate. Only a few zip codes were to told evacuate. Most people did. I agree with the commentor that it is hard to feel sorry for those that didn't and were supposed to but keep in mind, the 4 million residents of the Houston area were told to stay. Most did. We are helping each other. Neighbors are meeting in the street and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for each other as their food threatens to spoil. Neighbors are helping each other cut down tree limbs, clear yards, and clear trees that are blocking streets. People are opening their homes to strangers so that people can have relief from the heat of Houston. Neighbors are powering their neighbor's refrigerators with their own generators. These aren't just stories on the news. This is what my friends are doing. So, that is my little rant. We didn't stay because we were stubborn. Geez.

But, I wanted to send this to everyone to let them know we are fine. So far I don't have school until Thursday but other districts are closed until Monday so we'll see. Lots of schools still don't have power and they are having trouble getting food for the cafeterias and gas for the busses. (The regular gas stations that are open have lines about 15 cars deep). So, I'm home. Feel free to email or comment to say "hi"! I'll post pictures of my creations when I get some photos taken and get them done.

September 12, 2008

Hunkerin' Down and My Husband Rocks

Hey ya'll! I know you didn't hear from me this week. Geez, I just dindn't make time to blog!

Well, I'm home today, school was called off because of hurricane Ike. It hasn't started yet. In Galveston the water has already come up over the sea wall and the end of the island that doesn't have a sea wall is flooding already. Crazy and the outer bands of the storm haven't even arrived!


We are at home. Brett (it is Friday and he does rock!) went to help our older neighbor with some plywood cutting. (They asked him to make "a" cut). Hey was there for over 2 hours and they got all of their windows coverd with plywood. No complaining from my man. That's why he's awesome.


We took everthing out of our backyard and put it in the garage and we are taking the screens off the windows so we don't have to replace them. We are expecting winds between 60-70 mph for 12 hours straight with gusts between 70-90 mph. I can't really imagine thatWe think the worst thing we'll experience will be losing power. Yuck. But, it is a lot better that what we are seeing on the news.


Okay so what did I do today? Well, I went out to get some hurricane supplies. At Michaels. Hee hee. I got some things to work on for the craft fairs coming up and I got Brett a model. He decided that he is going to start being crafty too. :) What a man.


So, maybe I'll made some wonderful things, until we lose electricity! So, this is us, home for the weekend.


Say a prayer for us in Texas! I'll keep you posed!

September 5, 2008

My Husband Rocks! (He lets us be us)

"I love you just the way you are" (I can hear the tune playing, can you?) I truly am a lucky woman. I am so not perfect. My daughter is not perfect. My marriage isn't perfect. My husband loves me anyway.

One of my male blog readers (you know who you are Mr. Zorro) called me the other day to visit. He and I used to work together. Toward the end of our conversation he told me that he liked to read the nice things I had to say about Brett on my blog. I told him, "Well, I am pretty lucky to have a guy like Brett." He replied, "He is pretty lucky to have you. You guys are perfect for each other and Zoe is lucky to have you as parents. You guys are like a Norman Rockwell family." Well, that was so sweet. I thought about it quite a bit after that. I even talked to Brett about it. It is funny because I do choose to share great things on Fridays about my husband. On my blog I don't share the squabbles we have about this and that and I don't share about our "budget discussions". I don't tell you that I am pretty lazy when it comes to house work and that makes Brett feel stressed and causes us some grief. I don't talk about the idea that we are too busy sometimes and we get so caught up in the day to day and it eventually leads to a bump in our road about who needs to quit what "extracurricular" activity. I guess I don't share that stuff because mom always told me to just share the stuff I want her to remember about Brett. Honestly, I try not to hold on to that junky stuff either, it really weighs one down. We aren't a Norman Rockwell family. I think his families would't have dirty carpet and rooms of the house full of unpacked moving boxes. His family wouldn't have unscooped dog poop in the yard. I guess I just need my readers to know this. We aren't perfect. But, we do have God and he holds us together and makes our relationship new and perfect everyday. We aren't anything special. But, because we know Christ our marriag is special and unique. It is not like a lot of marriages in the world.
So, how does this relate to Brett? He know about these imperfecitons and loves me anyway and says he coulen't imagine life not married to me. He tells me about his day and asks about mine. He lets our marriage be what it is and at the same time finds ways to help us make it better. He really is just perfect for me.
I guess Mr. Zorro was right. :)


Here are pictures of Zoe in her Cubs cheerleader outfit. Totally not related to this post but oh so adorable!






September 4, 2008

Cougar Kindness

I was telling you yesterday about the board at work for positive notes. It is called "Cougar Kindness" (hence my title) and I also made some of these little notes to put up. These are also made using the Big Shot and this exclusive Stampin' Up die cut comes in the starter kit. It holds a teeny tiny 2" x 3" note. So cute. I have also seen that they also look cute used on the front of a card and I'll have to try that out.
Because I am using these at work and not for a workshop or something I used all retired papers. (I am on a rampage to use that paper up! Any ideas?)

I figure I can put the name of the person I am sending the note to so it can be seen on the top of the note and then write the litte note below.
The fun thing about the Cougar Kindness board is that at the end of the month all the notes are taken down and they give a little gift to one person that was recognized on the board.

People better start doing some nice stuff for me so I can use these little notes! Oh alright, I guess I should say that I should start looking for the good in people so I can use these little notes!

Have a happy Thursday! Talk to you soon,

September 3, 2008

I think you're Tops!

Hello ladies and gents,
How did everyone's Labor Day weekend go? We had a great weekend. Sorry I didn't post the last couple days. I warned ya! I learned the history of Labor Day at church on Sunday and didn't know it before. We sure take for granted our privilege to work an 8 hour work day. I often whine about my situation but jeez, I've read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair and we don't have to endure anything like that. Can you imagine what Americans 150 years ago would think of our lives today?

Anyway, before I get all caught up in that, I wanted to share the cutest little notes I made Sunday. I actually stamped! It was glorious. I used my Big shot to punch out several of these Top Note dies (the white piece you see on these cards). At work we have a cool bulletin board to post notes to thank or acknowledge co-workers. I thought that I would make mine cute, you know, beyond the normal sticky note. So, I made up some of these bad boys, or good girls, depending if you check out the pink or the blue ones. They were soooo easy and if I do say so, so stinkin' cute! I used upsy daisy on the 3 that look the same. I stamped in one color and took a little dauber with a darker color and highlighted parts of the flowers on the rubber before I stamped the image. Very easy and I like the effect. I used the Eastern Elegance stamps for the blue on on the right. That pacific point is a really nice color I think.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed there. (really, because you are going to see several like it over the next few days as I show off what I made Sunday!)

Talk to you soon!

On a Personal Note: Saturday I took Zoe to the swimming pool. She and I were the only ones there and the two lifeguards on duty were sleeping in lounge chairs in different corners of the patio (not kidding). Anyway, we are floating in the baby pool and she comes up and flings her floatie clad arms around me and gives me a great hug. I said, "Thank you for the hug!" she said, "I love you (I wuv ooo)". I said (trying not to tear up), "I love you too." She said, "I wuv ooo, too".
It was great. Her first unprompted I loved you and it couldn't have been more perfect.