Sunday, December 7, 2008

I missed a whole month, huh?

Okay...thanks to the incompetence of Verizon, I was without internet for some time. I used a family member's computer for the important stuff (like..ya know...getting another internet provider!).

But I am back online and hopefully will have some holiday projects and postings to share. :) In the meantime, check out my post below...

Let's Say Thanks.

So...say it.

Monday, October 20, 2008

How To: Pop Top Project.

For this project, you will need:

  • 1 pop-top can. I used Progresso soup.
  • 1 safety can opener
  • sticky strip adhesive, craft glue, and strong glue that can be used on metal.
  • decorative paper
  • small gift item
  • scissors and/or paper cutter
  • ribbon
  1. Use safety opener to take lid off can.
  2. Peel away label & wash can/lid.
  3. Cut decorative paper to 11" x 4 ¼".
  4. On one end of paper, attach sticky strip.
  5. You may want to use a small amount of adhesive on the paper, to keep it from slipping off the can as you attach the paper. I used paper mod podge. Just a little bit.
  6. Wrap paper around the can, adhere with the sticky strip.
  7. Cut ribbon to 11". Wrap ribbon around bottom of can adhering with craft glue. I used a pencil eraser to help me hold it down and mash it into place a little better. There is a slight lip/indent where the bottom of the can meets the side.
  8. Fill can with small gifts/goodies. (Idea: Use the individual fruit cocktail cans for a kid's class party.)
  9. Use a heavy duty adhesive that works on metal around rim of lid to seal the lid in place - you may want to set something heavy on top of it - dry for about 24 hours.







Thursday, October 16, 2008

Be Mine!

I could not scan this, b/c of the beads & chipboard. So I had to take a picture and I am not sure I like it. But it is here. This was another challenge. I had to use at least 3 different pattern papers and 2 "blingy" type things. I used glitter and beads. I'd like to add a journal spot about where the big pink heart is...but I wanted to type it out and for some reason, I have having issues printing on card stock. Hmm..

Anywho...the pictures are the girls on Valentine's Day.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

You belong in a zoo..

My mom took Jocelynn to Busch Gardens for the day to hang out with my brother, Cully, who is only in town for a short time before his next duty station.

Best freaked out kid picture EVER! Lol...I know I shouldn't delight in my kid's fear...but Jocelynn is afraid of everything...so you get used it. ;) Anyway. She was terrified of these birds. They have NO INTEREST WHATSOEVER in Jocelynn...but she was totally terrified anyway. Lol...it's almost like she's super conceited. EVERYTHING is out to get her. (Jocelynn with my step-dad.)


This is in The Land of The Dragons! It's like a kid play place...mostly for youngish kids. It's really awesome. I used to have a pass to Busch Gardens and would take the kids I babysat...just to get to play in this place!


Cully and Jocelynn in the skyride that takes you above the whole park. See the expression on Cully's face? He's like that all the time...and Jocelynn? Well, her face tells you how she reacts to it. Lol...She gets very annoyed sometimes (but she SO loves him)...and it is hard to explain to her that this is just how boys act. This is what having a brother is like!


This was the morning mom took off to Busch Gardens. I was taking Anicah to her one year check up. So we got a picture of the baby girl with her uncle. This trip to see us was the first time ever that Cully had seen Anicah. He was out of the country when she was born. We got a phone call and a gift shipped from a website...but this is what we were waiting for! I love that my brother loves my babies!


A day to celebrate.

This first photo was the best shot I had of Anicah in her birthday tutu. A lady I was at a craft fair with made this. It's a tutu onesie. (If you think this is adorable and you are okay with spending a lot of money on this type of thing, I highly suggest checking out her stuff: http://polkastripe.com/) This was a gift for Anicah...from the lady.

And here we have the birthday spread! I did a bunch of finger foods and tea party fare. I also made pumpkin soup. It was pretty awesome. I realize this may not seem like typical kid-party type stuff...but we so rarely get to have a super awesome tea party like this, that I take the chance to do it before my kid becomes enamored with some ridiculous character or something crazy. There are mini quiches, watercress & cucumber sandwiches, berry tarts, shortbread cookies, and curry pumpkin soup. The "birthday cake" was little mini bundts, made of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Since I hand made everything else we skimped on the cake and icing and bought box mix and frosting in a can. Neither tasted like carrots or cream cheese. Bleh. But everything else was friggin' AWESOME!


It was her special day.

During the rehearsal for the wedding, I tried to explain to my daughter how important her job was as flower girl, and how she needed to be on her best behavior and do everything we asked her to do. I was basically trying my best to avoid a four year old's total meltdown. They happen. You can't predict them, you can't stop them...but if you explain things in just the right way...you may be able to prevent one from happening at just the right (wrong?) moment. So, after this little speech, she says, "It's MY special day!" We couldn't help but laugh. Even the bride thought it was cute. The flower girl, took it upon herself to make the Maid of Honor the "assistant to the Flower Girl".


Layout: 1980


Found my late mother-in-laws senior photo. She graduated in 1980. The verse on the bottom I found in her yearbook. I used "Enchante" papers from Stampin' Up. Yes, I know there is a shadow on it...I did a digital stitch, and I can't seem to keep that out of there. And I had to darken it just a tad, otherwise you couldn't see anything on the tag.


I'm such a liar.

Yeah...that last blog entry...I totally did NOT do the craft fair. Sorry. Yes, I know my pants are aflame. BUT, I did do some scrapping for a challenge...which I'll share.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Buzz..

I have been and will continue to be SUPER busy. Just an update for September (which is now over...oops!).
Craft fair again - did okay...it was a lot busier and we had a lot more interest.
Anicah's birthday - She's ONE! Had a little birthday party to celebrate with family.
My brother is home - he's finally home from England. He was stationed at RAF Lakenheath for about 2 years. He is just visiting now, but will set off to his next duty station soon. Watch out New Mexico.

Things upcoming:
MORE craft fairs. This time they are a little closer...and also more expensive. Ugh. It's a parking space people...if I wasn't giving you money, there would be a CAR IN IT. Oh well, hopefully they charge more b/c they have so much traffic. That is at the end of the month...My regular fair will be next week...and I have tried to get info about a fair that holds every Saturday in October. No luck. Oh well.

I have also gotten involved in a scrap challenge that lasts for the whole month of October. So in addition to preparing for the craft fairs, I am doing some things of my own. I will get a link to the scrap challenge as soon as I can...I will also be putting some of my work up on the blog. Apparently that's good exposure. ;)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Flower time.

My friend is getting married in October & has bestowed the privilege of flower girl upon Jocelynn. She is SO excited. She is also SO cute in the dress.





Monday, August 18, 2008

Cone of Danger!

May be having some Non-Florida Approved weather soon...I'm a little west of the orange dot.


New shoes!

Baby girl got her very first pair of shoes this week. Dad said she didn't need them b/c she can't walk...but HELLO! She might not be walking b/c she doesn't have SHOES. Duh. Didn't wanna leave big sister out, so she also got a new pair.





Wednesday, August 13, 2008

We Can Bake It!

Wanted to pass this on to those that have that baking gene & wanna share it. I don't think I can get involved with it right now, b/c I'm doing some other projects, but I hope that by sharing I am still helping.

http://operationbakinggals.blogspot.com/

Things I'm annoyed with today.

  • Jocelynn wouldn't eat breakfast until I gave her milk.
  • I have been dealing with a health insurance claim since last Novemberish & am STILL getting the runaround. JUST PAY ME MY $300 already!
  • There is something wrong with the cable box.
  • We don't have a lawnmower yet.
  • I have to attend a bridal shower for a dear friend and I still haven't purchased a gift...and will probably be running around the day before.
  • Poop. Specifically baby poop. The kind that stinks up the entire house so bad you've got to bundle the old diaper in a plastic bag & then take it outside.
  • Spilled rice. It's just so friggin' hard to clean up!
  • Deadlines. ARGH. I need more time to think before I submit an application.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Saturday Craft Fair


I meant to take more pictures, but only took the one, as we were getting set up. Next time I go, I will not have the baby with me, and will have a little more freedom. I tended to stay in the canopy to keep from being in the sun for too long at a time.


For those not in the know, the town of Plant City's Merchant Association started an antique market a few years ago that has grown from being just antiques to be more of an open market with food & organic items last year...and this year they started up a month early (August) to include some additional vendors - mostly arts & crafts.


It was off & on rainy...and a lot of people were totally gone by noon. Also, according to some attendants from prior years, it is usually much bigger. The early start may have caught some off guard & they weren't prepared to set up in August. So...hopefully next month will be bigger. (And I have to think it will be...I have never been to an event at McCall Park that was SO very sparse!)


Directly behind my friend Jeannie is the old train depot. There is a really neat-o museum inside. Oh...and air conditioned, clean bathrooms. :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Update - I made it!

Here is the completed scrapbook...it's just a couple of pages long.



Here is an example of how a tag can be pulled out of the cards. I mentioned before that vertical left side open cards are easiest & nicer looking. Because it gives the cards a sort of order of pulling out tags top/side/top/side.


And here is a tag being pulled from an envelope. If you'll notice, the envelope is going the "wrong" way. What is normally the top, open flap has been glued down, and it's the bottom that is open. I did this on purpose. (No, really!) I used a template to make envelopes with some paper that matched the papers on my cards. When I folded up the envelope the right way, there was a LOT of opening for the tag to fall out of accidentally. With less of an opening (by leaving the bottom open and the top closed), the tag sat in the envelope a little better.

Buy this car!

I would rather sell something at a loss just to have it GONE, than to hang on to it forever to get an extra $50 out of it!

Four people have come by my house & asked if I would sell a car we have sitting in the back yard. It was originally purchased to help my father in law get around and get a job...but he left for Texas before he could even use it.

And those people that stopped? Saw the car at the BACK of an acre. We're not even advertising a sale. So far, the biggest offer we've had is $350, and we can keep the battery (which we purchased new when the old one conked out). That's $50 less than what we paid for it...but I would rather take the $50 loss than have it sitting back there.

I know my neighbors are going to start calling city code enforcement.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Uh-oh.

I do not want to fall into that category of bloggers that does this a few times, then drops off the face of the earth.

I tried to get pictures...I really did. But for some reason, when I tried to load my photos from my digital camera, it kept not loading and then deleting them from my camera. ONLY the craft object photos, though. Not the pictures of my babies or anything...which would have REALLY ticked me off.

Also had a death in the family...and a divorce (not mine!). So things have been a little hectic.

I am also in the process of getting some items together for a craft fair...I was going to say, "I'll post pics!" but then realized I may not be able to. Bleh!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I made it!

I made a cutesy craft thing...I will give the instructions for it now, and hopefully figure out how to do some pictures of it later. But for now, if you want to make a mini-scrapbook out of cards & envelopes...

You will need:
  • 4-5 greeting cards (purchased, handmade, etc...) of the same size, and same theme. It seems to work a little better (technically & aesthetically) when they are vertical cards with the fold on the left.
  • 4-5 envelopes to match cards - they will be slightly larger than the card, but that's okay.
  • Sticky strip or adhesive. (For sticky strip, I buy from pennywisearts.com, they seem to have the most sizes.)
  • 1/4" hole punch. Hand held, or a 3 punch with resizing options.
  • Book rings. (Office supply store, or office supply aisle of a local "everything" department store.)
  • Various bits of card stock, patterned paper, ribbons, staples, brads, etc. to decorate your envelopes & tags.
  • Photos - sized to fit your tags & envelopes. I used all wallet sizes - 2"x3".

  1. Hold your card with the folded side on the left. Use sticky strip or glue to close the bottom & right side of the card. Be sure to leave the top open. Do this for the rest of your cards.
  2. Use a 1/4 inch hole punch to put holes, evenly spaced, in the left (folded) side of the cards. Line up one of the hole punched cards with your envelopes & punch holes opposite the opening.
  3. Make tags to slip into the top of your cards. On the tags you can do journaling, pictures, or reminders from an event (ticket stubs, notes).
  4. To finish the envelopes, glue the flap to the inside of the envelope. Lick the glue strip like normal, but instead of gluing it closed, fold it into the inside.
  5. Put your additional photos or tags into the envelopes.
  6. Stack your cards and envelopes so you have a card first, then an envelope. Alternate until finished.
  7. To secure, use book rings in the holes. You can usually find them in the office supply areas.

I hope this makes sense without pictures! And I will get those up soon. (Hopefully!) I thought this was a cute idea b/c I end up with a LOT of cards being sent to me that I love & want to save...but then end up with a stack of cards that I can't do anything with. And I know my friends have put so much time & effort into them! Or I make cards...but don't send them. I'm really a bad pen pal. I did not use store-bought envelopes for this project. I made my own with a template...so the paper of the envelope matched my cards.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Just playin' around.

I did a little bit of goofing around with some of my settings & layouts. My slideshow doesn't work b/c I'm too new to flickr. I guess I've gotta wait for someone to make sure my pictures are safe! I am also getting ready to share my blog with actual people. Maybe I won't feel so much like I'm just talking to myself now. ;)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

In The Beginning...

...There was blog! This is my first blog.

So far, I just wanna start this up because I figure...It's about time. Blogs have been around for a while, and it seems like I'm the last one to jump on the blogwagon. I don't mind. See, I thought the world was going to end...so why start up a blog if it was just going to get blown to smithereens? Prophecies have so far, been proved wrong. No world evacuations to Mars. Everything is still here. Cockroaches included.

I don't think this will be a themed blog. I have too much on my mind to be consistent. Let's see how things go. I might change my mind.

I'm a momma...a wifey...I could say "stay at home mom". But what's that like? Sit. Stay. Good mom. ? I don't think so. It's not quite like that. I work at home. But not that kind of work that makes money. Just the kind of work that has no pay...unless you get into the whole "parenting is it's own reward" kind of thing. Blahblahblog. Turning rebel infants & pre-schoolers into decent human beings is hard work. That is the work that I'm talking about. And sometimes...in between diapers, nursing, grilled cheese sandwiches, park days, waking nights, & educational cartoons...I get to be myself. Hopefully what I share will be half interesting enough to keep people coming back for more.

That's the David Copperfield of it all. Hope to do this again soon.