Thursday, May 28, 2009

All in a day

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. My oldest daughter was in our small town parade marching with her Girl Scout troop. It was nice to see them honoring our service men and women at each memorial throughout the town. My own Great Grandfather, Grandfather and Great Uncle were each honored with plaques at one of the memorial walls. I've never been so proud. The speaker asked each and every one of us to personally thank anyone we knew who has served or is still serving our country. I turned to my husband (now a retired veteran) and hugged him. Those around him shook his hand and expressed their gratitude. It was humbling.

I was able to sit down and make my cousin a Grandmother's journal and a card for her birthday. She's Molly's Godmother, so we try to get her something every year. This year, I chose to make her gift...a little more special and sentimental. I think she'll love it.

I mostly used the Making Memories "Whimsy" collection along with the K&Company "Questions to Ask" card stock stickers for the inside. They have inspiring questions for getting you started on writing about your family history and what your childhood was like. I also left a lot of blank pages so that she can write about special occasions with Lydia. Once she's finished filling in the journal, she can pass it down to her Granddaughter, Lydia, as a keepsake.

For the card I used Jenni Bowlin and Making Memories paper. I downloaded a vintage picture of the "Fountain of Happiness" to top it off. It has a birthday message right on it. I love the color combination of red and light blue.

Well, I have to start on my Father's day gifts. I've decided to make my Dad a mini album of his Grandchildren. I'll be sure and post some pics when I'm finished.
Have a great day!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Scraplifting welcome and a prize to boot!

There is a little place on the internet that welcomes scraplifting! They provide TONS of inspiration in their sketches and they turn 1 today! Little Shop of Sketches is having a birthday competition for the new Garden Grove pack from Scenic Route which includes 10 sheets, 2 die-cut sheets, 2 sticker sheets and 1 pack of chipboard shapes. Sponsored by Stampin' Scrap.They will be looking for the best layout designed around one their sketches. So, stop on by the site for the sketch gallery, take your pick and get started!

Here is my take on sketch #23.


I've been scrapping the last couple of days. Rearranging my office has given me a bit of inspiration. I finished this layout of my DH and thought I'd share.

Maybe I feel bad for my rantings the other day. I'm not saying I was wrong to feel the way I felt, but maybe I shouldn't have blogged about it. I love my husband and he takes great care of his family. He may not be the richest, the strongest or the most handsome man in the world, but he's perfect to me.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. Remember those who have served and continue to serve.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Looks like a lawn sale

I have to be honest, my weekend completely sucked! My girls were with their father (he's finally back from Louisiana after over four months, and they missed him terribly), so I was home with my husband and my youngest. I had plans to do some planting in the flower garden - good thing I didn't because we actually had a frost a couple of nights ago - and catch a movie. Neither happened. Instead I had to deal with a delusional husband. Let me tell you, if we weren't married and I wasn't a sane woman, I think I would have knocked him out and tied him to a tree somewhere deep in the woods for mother nature to take care of. I can not even begin to fathom where he's going to go next in his warped mind. Don't get me wrong, I love the man to bits, but I sometimes do not like him at all. I know you can relate.

Anywho, I spent a good deal of time cleaning and rearranging furniture. Yup, that's what this gal does when she's either stressed or upset. I was both. I did the girls room, the living room and my office (for the second time in less than a month)! I have a pile of junk - or another's treasure - for a nice huge lawn sale. Maybe I'll make enough for a vacation somewhere far far away.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy Friday!

I finally got enough of a mojo momentum going to finish a project. It's a birthday gift for my cousin. A couple of pictures of her granddaughter (back-to-back) to hang from the rear view mirror of her car. A little something to remind her of Miss Lydia whenever they're apart.

front side

reverse side

TGIF!! I have to tell you that this week crawled by. I was extremely busy with Girl Scouts and the usual daily things, but I didn't think that Friday would ever get here. Now that it is, no more housework or rules! Weekends are for fun. I'm thinking I'll get some flowers planted along my fence and maybe catch a movie. Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Hard Lesson Learned

Everything was spiraling out of control...out of MY control anyway. I know it's been said a hundred thousand times before, but there are never enough hours in a day to complete all that NEEDS to get done. We won't even discuss the WANTS. The shitty part of it all is the things that I enjoy get put on the back burner...a sacrifice I willingly make because we're talking about my family, but I don't necessarily have to like it all the time.

My blog has gone neglected, my scrapping supplies have gathered dust and my laundry pile is so huge that I might have to file a flight plan just to get to the top of it. I love the first two and they tend to go by the wayside whenever life overwhelms. The third - laundry - I absolutely HATE doing, so it's always last on my list anyway. My children have to complain about not having underwear before I trudge down those steps to the "bitches" in the basement. A term of *ahem* endearment for my washer and dryer. They're beeping reminders force a personality change in a normally sane and delightful person. I hate them so!!

You say "out of control"? Well, let's see, my youngest was hospitalized with pneumonia for a week, I was then the lucky winner to host the pneumonia virus for over a week, my oldest turned nine in there somewhere and so a party had to be planned and executed, my middle daughter fell off her bike and nearly lost her two front teeth and a pinky toe, my husband was sent to Alabama for four days on business, I had to continue to watch my two nephews before and after school, meals for the kids (people tend to look down on not feeding your children), Girl Scouts and swimming lessons....oh, I could go on. The point is, I'm one person with lungs full of yellow sputum trying to survive. And I did!!!

My life is back to normal - well, except for the laundry. Now I'm just scared of it. I finally have time to just sit down. Don't get me wrong there are still dishes in the sink that need to be done, and dust you can actually play tic-tac-toe in, but I'm okay with that. I've learned that what is important is to enjoy each and every day as if tomorrow might not arrive. Prioritize. It will all fall into place eventually.