Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I've gone ahead and entered myself in this challenge. It's going to be tough trying to keep up with all the talent over there at Urban Anthology, but I'll put my best foot forward.
Challenge #1: Sketch-and-Style Showcase
Use the sketch as inspiration to create a layout showcasing signature aspects of your unique style.
Here is my entry for the first challenge... "SURPRISE" I played it safe and kept the sketch as is. I would usually turn it or find some other way to make it my own. Maybe that's what I should have done??? Anyway, it's done - there's no going back. They always say that hindsight is 20/20.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
A layout I did of my nephew at soccer camp last summer. I've called him Kolby-Pie since he was a baby because he was always (and still is) cute enough to eat - like pie. Kolby is a unique little boy, so much so that you can't help but love him for the way he does things. At soccer camp, he didn't really like the drills the coaches made them do, so he came up with his own. That's my Kolby-Pie: his game...his way.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
"One day a first grade teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class. She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to accumulate the building materials for his home. She read. ..."And so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and said, Pardon me sir, but may I have some of that straw to build my house?" The teacher paused, then asked the class, and what do you think the man said? One little boy raised his hand and said excitedly, I know! I know! He said, Holy Shit! A talking pig! "
Friday, March 27, 2009
Over at Vintage Plum (a GREAT monthly kit site...check them out) they have weekly challenges. This week's challenge was to scrap your favorite quote from a book, movie or song. I chose to use the song "You Are My Sunshine" because I'm always singing it to my girls (as they plug their ears). I used a picture of my middle daughter, Madison, with her hair all wrapped up in a towel after her bath. She looks so adorable.
My fingers are crossed...wish me luck, and stop by Vintage Plum to view the other gorgeous entries!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I haven't done a layout in such a long time. I've been wrapped up in cards and albums. It was nice to actually create something using pictures of my beautiful girls again. I've got tons of photos from my youngest daughter's third birthday that I have yet to get started on. This has given me some momentum.
You should stop by Creatively Yours and check out their other entries...gorgeous layouts!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
You know, I really couldn't tell you how many "cups" - my "cup" is more of a jethro mug...
I can tell you with complete certainty that I make 3 (12 cup) pots of wonderful hazelnut coffee every single day, and my husband has maybe 3 cups - IF he's feeling lucky.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
“As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:
A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, 'What are you thinking?' She doesn't care what you think.
If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting.
Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it.
Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated.
Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40.
Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart.
Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her.
Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress.
Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, 'Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Here’s an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage! “
I have to say that as I approach *gulp* my 40th birthday this year, it's nice to know that there are still men out there who appreciate a woman with a little "experience", and by experience I'm talking experience that causes wrinkles, stretchmarks and a great comeback in an argument!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here are a few of the memory album pages I did for my ex mother-in-law. She doesn't get to see the girls as much as she used to since we moved, so this was a way for her to see how they've changed over the years. Sorry for the picture quality...I was in a bit of a rush. I'll be sure and post the rest of the album sometime tomorrow when I have a bit more time. Tuesdays are busy for me...I visit my grandparents for coffee, oldest to chorus rehersals, then we're off to Girls Scouts. Have a great day everyone!
Monday, March 16, 2009
All was going well. We had Kenzie's favorites (salsa, sour cream, nacho chips and of course birthday cake) all set out and ready to go. Family begins to arrive and Kenzie is looking all confused. She asks, "When are we leaving?".
"Where are we going?", and her reply is a bit impatient. "Swimming!"
Let me just say that swimming in March (in Maine) is reserved for those lunatics who haven't taken their meds. We're closer to the sane end of the scale as far as families go. Besides, snow on the ground should be clue enough for anyone (even with barely an IQ) that swimming is out of the norm and could be grounds for a nice white coat.
"Why do you think we're going swimming?" "Because I want to!" "Well, I'm sorry. We're not going swimming, honey. Everyone is here for your birthday party. Don't you want to eat some cake and open some presents?" A logical question...or so I thought.
Friday, March 13, 2009
That all changed minutes after our daughter was born three years ago. She arrived on March 13, 2006 at 11:35pm. He went from complete joy to panic in seconds. The realization hit him - there was no getting away from this momentous occasion eventually falling on a Friday somewhere down the road. He smiled nervously, took my hand and asked (in all seriousness) why I couldn't have waited just 26 more minutes before letting her out. Letting her out? Like I had a choice. If I had had a choice, she would have been out 11 hours earlier - saving me the extra 10 hours of beautiful natural labor! Needless to say, he never mentioned the inconvenience of Mackenzie's birth date again...until today.
"Do you realize that today is Kenzie's third birthday AND it's Friday the 13th?" "That's month 3, on the 13th day and she's turning 3!" "That's way too many threes." I hadn't realized that threes, in general, were bad luck.
My first belly laugh for today and at 7:00am! Lovin' my husband!
5dollarfrenchmarket! Please visit Etsy sometime...buy and support handmade!
Well, I'm on my way to pick up my two oldest from school. Have a great day, and remember to laugh at least once!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Time for Spring
Monday, March 9, 2009
Got a surprise visit from my Dad and Stepmom. They were only a week early for my youngest daughter's birthday party...lol. It was nice having a coffee and getting caught up, and I'm ashamed to say that we don't see them nearly as much as we should.
I was able to make at least one card yesterday in the midst of my Girl Scout cookie chaos. My office is overrun with boxes!!! I actually used a piece of that little brown barrier sheet that comes in a box of chocolates. I love the dimension and texture it adds. I've posted it to my Etsy store. Enjoy!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
What fun that was! It was a way for the team to get the word out - BUY and SUPPORT HANDMADE. You should make an effort to visit their site...lots of talent! Let me know what you think and what you bought!!!
Friday, March 6, 2009
I'm thinking that the first logical step would be to introduce myself. My name is Mandee and I'm addicted to paper! There, I've said it. I've been creative ever since I can remember, but scrapbooking and card making have only started to take over my waking hours for about three years now. Before that, I would draw or dabble in painting. I was lucky enough to have a few of my drawings hanging in a local museum during a special showing for the school of art I was attending at the time (many many many years ago - you probably get the point). I have to admit that I really didn't believe that I belonged there. I was just amazed at some of the talent, and then there was a drawing by little 'ole me...didn't seem to fit in, but I guess we all feel that way sometimes when we've put ourselves out there like artwork does.
I'm a SAHM to three beautiful girls who range in ages from 3 to 9. I'm married to a wonderful man who is recently retired from the Navy after serving 20 years. He is now employed with a government contractor and is starting on his second career. I have this fantasy that one day my paper obsession will pave the way for him to retire a second time a little earlier. We can dream, right?
Anyway, I still love to draw, but I need to be in the right state of mind in order to start something (and with three young, active children that doesn't come easy); whereas in paper crafting, you only need to sit down with the right patterned paper and ideas just flood in.
I've included in this first time ever post a couple of cards I just finished for my Etsy store. I certainly hope you like them.