July 29, 2011

July 28, 2011


I was just reading my Thursday Thoughts from 2005 and 2006 written before blogging and sent via weekly emails to my family and friends.  I always had a new surprise in there for you.  Either a motivational piece, a recipe, a goals scorecard, a joke, etc.  I would like to get back into that habit. 

I was curious ... what was I doing exactly 5 years ago?
I was attending my very first CHA in Chicago!!!  I met Tim Holtz for the first time.  I was successful in getting sponsors for our review team and having a blast meeting new people and was completely out of my comfort zone.  I woke up at 6:00 AM one morning and emailed Kevin my deepest thoughts about feeling overwhelmed and the need for decompression time.  I ate an early breakfast on my own, read the paper and journaled my feelings.  I also flew to Orlando for some work training and enjoyed a bit of time shopping in Downtown Disney.  I came back feeling overwhelmed but confident in myself.  I felt it was only a matter of time before I realized my dreams of writing and scrapping professionally.
I haven't achieved either goal but I still feel like they can both be a part of my life.  After taking a long break from scrapping I just rejoined Studio Calico monthly kits and am super excited to get that box of new goodies every month.  There is something so inspiring about receiving the new goods on a consistent basis.

I am also planning on doing some more submitting.  As far as design team work goes, the right opportunity would have to come along and not require a huge time commitment. 

My head is bursting with creative ideas for my shop and for a new novel.  I have a great concept in mind for what would be a third novel-in-progress.  I am going to hold off on starting that one and focus on finishing my other two first, at least have a first draft done.  My writing time so far has been zero, but I am trying to approach the process as a second job of sorts that requires regular writing time.  I am excited and will share my progress in weekly Wednesday posts.  

As far as the family goes, everyone is doing great.  My son has his last day of summer school tomorrow.  My daughter is now trying to learn the guitar after my son has pretty much abandoned his progress.  I also am interested in learning a bit of guitar so we may start having family guitar nights. 

I am also making sure the kids do lots of reading this summer and doing book reports on them.  The summer seems to be flying by!

Quote for the week:
“Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.”

July 25, 2011

LAYOUT - Be Yourself & Shine

I used a ton of older products on this LO.  Bunches from the Scarlet Lime kit club, Dear Lizzy, my circle punch and BRADS!  Also score for using multiple tags, gray cardstock and glimmer mist!

Also featured on this layout, a new offering in my shop...the smiley face Polaroid style frames available here.
Title:  Be Yourself & Shine

July 22, 2011

FABULOUS FINDS - Authentique

There's a new scrapbooking company on the block that is making huge waves and I can see why.  Check it:  Authentique

I especially love the pops of bright pink in their Blissful collection.

The Gifted patterned paper from their Uncommon collection.

And the playful mixture of pattern and color in their Splendid collection.

They are gonna be HUGE!   I had crazy ideas about designing for them.... *sigh*  Maybe, maybe....I guess time will tell!

July 18, 2011

LAYOUT - Beignets . . . YUM!

This is a layout I did about my trip to New Orleans last year.  Do you notice how I used my "3's" as "E's"?  I also pulled out my tiny slot punch which hasn't seen daylight in ages. 

Title:  Beignets . . . YUM!
Cindy and I enjoyed fresh beignets twice at the famous Cafe du Monde while we were in New Orleans.  They are constantly busy day and night.  The beignets are hot and fluffy deep fried dough covered in a pile of powdered sugar . . . yum!  10/10

July 12, 2011


I've been creating polymer clay pendants for awhile and finally got my first one listed in my shop this week.  Enjoy!

Click here for more details or to purchase.

July 8, 2011

FABULOUS FINDS: Oh my elephant!

I am having a serious love of all things elephant-y right now.  Isn't she adorable?
$8.00 for a .pdf pattern on Gingermelon's Etsy shop.

July 7, 2011

THURSDAY THOUGHTS - Celebrations Galore!

It was another weekend full of celebrations. 

On Friday we drove to Pell Lake, WI for my niece, Kayla's, high school graduation party.  She will be heading to Nashville to study music and further her career.  It was nice to see that part of the family again.  It certainly made me miss my sister as well.  She has missed so much in the past five years.

We spent the night at my father-in-law's house for a belated father's day get-together.  We watched Despicable Me on Saturday morning, had a wonderful scrambled eggs and bacon breakfast and then a quick lunch at Pizza Hut before heading back home.

Saturday was my son's 10th birthday so we gave him his gifts once we got home - a Bakugan DS game and a pencil drawing instructional book and sketch pad.  He had requested breakfast in bed for his birthday.  Since we were out of town we granted his wish on Sunday morning.  I made pancakes with some chocolate chips sprinkled on top, sausages and a glass of oj.

Monday we just hung around home and went to the Monona fireworks in the evening.  They were amazing!  Unfortunately we were two blankets away from a very interesting group of people who appeared to be very high on something and taking pleasure in self-asphyxiation.  It was quite disturbing to say the least and an uncomfortable sight to explain to the kids   We alerted the police but the people explained their strange behavior as an asthma attack and the cops went on to other things.  I'm curious as to what the heck they were doing and if self-asphyxiation is the "in" thing right now? 

Tuesday was my daughter's 13th birthday.  She also requested breakfast in bed.  I made her chocolate chip muffins and a fruit cup.  She had wanted her room painted so we worked on that all day.  She picked out a bright teal blue paint color.  Her room looks so different and I was so sore by the end of the day! 

This weekend we'll be off to the last of our graduation parties this summer, but then have our kids' birthday party the following weekend. 

July 1, 2011

FABULOUS FINDS: Artist Sabine Gebhardt

Her site is fascinating.  The lines and color of her pieces completely captivate me.  Here is my favorite:

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