Friday, June 27, 2008

Early Morning Packages and Such

So....I awoke to a package on my doorstep from UPS. You know you are sleeping to late when UPS has already been at your house before you roll outta the sack. Anyhoo...if you are a scrapbooker you know THE BIG SHOW is coming up. Which means the companies are going crazy trying to get ready and so the early morning package...from AccuCut!No, I can't share yet, but these are just darling! Also, in the box were 6 bottles of Creative Cafe glitter glue. So, being all hopped up on the smell of scrapbook paper in the morning, I took their picture by my sock monkey (who scares my 4 year old, so he scraps with me). The other picture shows you how enthused my dog was over the entire situation.

Taking the kids to see Wall E
today. Can't wait! Happy Friday everyone!

Monday, June 23, 2008


Today I am all alone. Buried in Creative Cafe projects...I guess that is something good to be buried in. Pledged to stay in my jammies and work on this stuff until I go to dinner tonight with a friend. I figure if I'm going to promise myself something it should at least be achievable.

Thought I would post some pictures from my favorite place in the house...a place for naps :)Kind of looks like Rainbow Brite threw up, but I love it. Also, I heart the green dresser. One of my coolest, sweetest friends donated it to me when I moved out. It was brown with some older hardware, but in great shape. I painted it green a couple of months ago....Allbymself I might add. Hope you are having a wonderful sunshine filled Monday!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2008


I know my ex-husband has a list of things he never thought I could manage without him. A few of these things would be emptying the lint trap on the dryer, getting the trash to the curb before pick-up and returning movies ON TIME. However, my lint trap is currently clean as can be and even though the trash fairies have yet to make their appearance, somehow I have managed to drag that big blue bin out to the curb once a week for months Allbymyself. The latter I am still working on, although it seems to be a better plan (if I actually have any adult time) to invite a friend over and ask them to rent a movie on the way. This way I am not responsible for The Return. Who needs to rent movies for children time because they would rather draw with sidewalk chalk in the driveway or find another way to harass tired mom.

I'm sure his list is much longer than this, but these are prolly at the top. The one thing neither of us thought about was Gardening. I'm not talking about yard work, which was prolly on The List. I have somehow been able to work the mower and the weed eater and my house has not been overtaken as of yet. I'm talking about all the purty things I used to have in my yard as a married gal. You know...rose bushes and that sort of thing. Turns out I can't grow anything green that also Flowers. I realized I do need these things though. So....I started a small flower bed and planted lots of miscellaneous things....things I dug up from my dad's, things people who did not know I could not grow things gave me, and also some seeds I sprouted Allbymself. As in flower bed I mean...this row of grass I dug up along the back of my house. Too lazy to even put those wonderful stones along it to make it official or anything. It is a start.

So I had few things growing and a few things dying, but overall just proud of myself that I am trying. All of a sudden I think I have hit the mother load because I have green things growing knee high. After all the randomness of planting I'm not exactly sure what they were, but just praying for some flowers any day.

I have to say deep down in my sad little heart I knew these were not actually flowers, but Yippee-Yee-Haw I am growing something. Then my disappointed gardening mother shows up and informs me I have a monsterous crop of weeds going on. She put on some gloves and pulled those babies up. Just chucked their weed corpses onto my freshly mowed lawn. Also babbled on about did I not know the difference in a weed and a flower....yada yada...well, apparently not. So, I was a little sad as I looked at my very naked flower bed with only a few sweet little Actual Flowers left. Very nice and all, but left such an empty space. The ones left are recovering well after their near death battle with the weed canopy.

I just started thinking after seeing all that empty space that maybe I have been growing some weeds in my very own personal life. And all the time I am telling myself...At Least I Am Growing Something. Actual Flowers take time and care to grow, but weeds are quick. Weeds can make you happy if you tell yourself things like....I know any day these babies are going to BLOOM! Then, eventually, you have to admit they are weeds and do the painful thing of pulling them. Then you have to deal with the empty spot they have left and be thankful for the flowers still growing and start nurturing those. So, now I am growing my backyard and in my life. Going to keep those weeds pulled. :) So Happy Happy Saturday! Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Oh Brother!

First, there was this....sweet little four year old boy with a broken wrist. Apparently, he thought riding the tire swing with one arm was a good idea. He is taking it like a champ. Big sister is a little miffed since she broke her finger during her sleepover birthday party and little brother has gotten lots more attention over this shenanigan. Of course it had to be his right arm, so he thinks he can barely feed himself or do a whole slew of other things. It has apparently affected his feet, since he needs carried a whole lot more now.

It doesn't seem to matter how long I am on this design team...every time I get a box of goodies in the mail it is like Christmas. This time I got some of the new Creative Lifestyles stuff from Creative Cafe. Getting a new box is also so inspiring. These bracelets are sooooo much fun and super easy to make. My daughter could have done this one easily. These would make great gifts. I found them available at A Million Little Things. Also, one of my favorite on-line stores. They always have a great selection.

Here is another project I made for fun. I'm not usually big into 4th of July decorations, but my house has just seemed so boring lately. Also, super easy project to make. I just painted the Styrofoam ball and started adding Creative Cafe buttons, chipboard, and brads. I also used stick pins to hold some of it on. I painted a regular $0.67 pot from Wal-Mart to put the little guy in. That is all for now. Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!!

Monday, June 09, 2008

The Start to Our Summer!

Not a great picture, but my little girl is going off the diving board for the first time....the high dive no less.

We went to the zoo with friends this week. It was a beautiful day!

A Creative Cafe Hampton Art Layout!

Another Hampton Layout.

A quick Creative Cafe layout!

These captions will not line up, but I'm sure you can figure it out!! Happy Monday!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Creative Cafe Chipboard

Creative Cafe has a new blog! You can check out great inspiration from all the girls here.