Sunday, October 17, 2010


When my sister and I were growing up, we went to a crazy church. Non-denominational, I guess you could call them evangelical Christians. I say crazy because they were very controlling and everything secular was the devil. So you can imagine what they thought about Halloween? Well you might as well be worshiping the devil himself. We weren't allowed to dress up, attend the Halloween party at school, or go trick-or-treating. Here's an article about the Pagan origins of Halloween, basically this was their platform.

I should mention also that we weren't allowed to have a Christmas tree, because that used to be a Pagan tradition too. Good God, help us.

Of course now that I am an adult I can choose what I want to believe, and I don't think that any part of dressing up for Halloween or having a Christmas tree makes me a Pagan.  So this year we'll be dressing Keira up as an Iowa Hawkeye cheerleader and having a Halloween party for family and friends. No sacrifices, no witchcraft, no sorcery. Just a time to make fun food and decorations and spend time with one another. :)  Adam will be making smoked barbecue chicken and I'll be making lots of fun sides and desserts.

I took a tip from Michelle Wooderson, and created my very own Halloween "inspiration station" with products from my stash. I love doing this because you get to go through all your products and just pick out the things that are appropriate for the holiday, whether they are Halloween-themed or not! All the stamps are by SU, except for the 'boo!' stamp which is by Inkadinkado. I picked up the chunky orange glitter at Wal-Mart yesterday in the Halloween section for just $1.97! I have plans for a spooky banner with this stuff. I also included my orange and purple glimmer mists, as well as patterned paper from SU, Scenic Route, Reminisce and The Girls Paperie.

Here's the invitation I sent out for the party. I used patterned paper from The Girls Paperie, as well as a bat cut out with my Cricut.

I stamped the boo stamp on lined patterned paper, then punched it out with my new SU punch and splattered it with orange glimmer mist. I also added some stitching and some black lace ribbon.

That's all for today, although I should have some more Halloween decorations to post soon! I've got an 8x10 creation I need to frame and photograph, as well as a banner I'm working on and some ATCs I'm planning on displaying with this.

This morning I cleaned the house with a toddler in tow....which is pretty much like pissing into the wind, don't you think? :) I swept and mopped the floors, vacuumed the carpet and the stairs, dusted, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher and laundered the curtains. My logic there is that if I do that all while she's awake, then I can do something more fun while she's napping! :) I still can't believe I got that floor mopped without her tromping though the kitchen though, thank God for small miracles. Oh, and I just realized this is the first time I've laundered the curtains in 4 years. Awesome! ;)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

{more on magazine inspiration}

Here's a few more pages that I took inspiration from to create the layout below:

For the layout, I used the page on the left, then I created a heart filled with buttons, brads and pearls like the layout on the right.

The chipboard heart frame is by Heidi Swapp; I painted it with an olive green acrylic paint dauber, then backed it with a piece of kraft cardstock. Then I arranged my buttons and such inside the best I could to fill the space.

I printed off computer journaling onto light yellow patterned paper then cut it into strips. The patterned paper is by American Crafts, as are the thickers. The white lace paper is KI Memories, I believe? It's been sitting in my stash for so long I'm not sure anymore :)

Here's a layout I did all by myself, no magazines involved! lol ;) Keira is just about obsessed with Sesame Street, and that was also the theme at her first birthday party. She got this coloring book as a gift and even though she can't really color yet.....she has fun trying and looking through it.

I actually took a page from the coloring book and colored it for the layout. Now if you're concerned about everything on your pages being archivally safe, you wouldn't want to do this. I know the page will yellow and age with time, but I highly doubt it's going to disintegrate and fall of the page before Keira grows up. Heck I have boxes of pages that I colored from when I was a kid and they're still intact :)

I used some Jenni Bowlin banner stickers, as well as a journaling card and some October Afternoon stickers as well.

I thought it would be fun to use an actual crayon on the layout, so I took one out of the box and adhered it to the page with some Scor-Tape. This stuff will stick anything on a page and it won't go anywhere. It's what I use to adhere buttons too if I don't sew them on. (this tape is also similar to the red sticky tape that you can get from Stampin' Up or at Hobby Lobby/Michaels).

Hope you have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by! Come back tomorrow for some Halloween goodness ;)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

{scrapping your blog posts}

Sometimes I write blog posts with the intention of scrapping them later, like I did with this post. Seems like an everyday thing, but I wanted to remember it. (Especially the part where Keira yells "pop! pop! pop!"). lol ;)

I'm sure you've heard of the Sketchabilities Blog? It's a great starting point for a scrapbook page if you want some inspiration. I decided to play along with the latest sketch and scrap about our day.

Instead of using two photos, I created a photo collage by starting with a piece of cardstock, adhering my photos, and trimming the edges. I'm really not into Photoshop. I have it but it is VERY cumbersome for me and much easier to create collages with paper and adhesive :)

I adhered my ribbon to the page first, and then stitched over it with my machine. The brad is from one of the new My Mind's Eye collections.

Instead of using flowers, I decided to go with some punched butterflies. It's a great way to use up all those little scraps of paper you have lying around. I love the vellum look too with the gems in the center. Inspired by these Jenni Bowlin butterflies, but much cheaper to make your own!

I paraphrased the journaling a little from my post, just because I wanted it to fit in the space here.

Thanks for looking and if you decide to play along with the sketch too, you can link yours to the end of this post over at the Sketchabilities blog.

Back to work for me tomorrow as long as my doctor clears me, so until next time I'm working on something spooky.


Monday, October 11, 2010

{my newest crafting friend}

I heard from a bird that these were on sale at Michaels now for a new price.....$39.99 to be exact! After a few trips and some hunting around, I brought home my new ATG gun with a 40% off coupon and have been loving it ever since.

Previously I have used the Tombo Mono adhesive, but I do find that when I scrap a lot I go through it very quickly and it gets a little pricey. For example, one Tombo adhesive runs $3.99 for 39.3 feet. The ATG refills are $5.99 for a TWO pack of rolls that each have 36 YARDS of adhesive. That's a lot of savings! Even more if you use your 40% off Michaels coupon.

I will say that loading the ATG gun is a little tricky; you do need to pay close attention to the instructions until you get the hang of it. Of course with the longer length of adhesive, you don't need to change the rolls out as often. I've used it now on a card, several scrapbook pages and two minibooks, and the strength of the adhesive is fantastic. Don't be scared away by the size of it (because before you use it, it does look a little large!), I have gotten used to it just fine. Go get yourself one!

Short post tonight because my computer has been giving me fits all day and I'm about to chuck it out the window, but I did make these scones today.

Good lord, these pumpkin scones are DEEEELICIOUS. I can't wait to enjoy one tomorrow with my morning coffee although I may or may not have already enjoyed two today.

The only changes I made were to substitute white chocolate chips for cinnamon chips, and I also only used the spice glaze and omitted the plain glaze. Even so they were still plenty sweet for me, but I'm not one for super super sugary sweet things. So if that's your thang then try both! Adam proclaimed it, "the best thing I've ever made." Which may be an exaggeration, but I think he has a bit of a problem with long term memory. HA. ;)

Hopefully my surgeon will clear me to go back to work on Thursday so I can get out of this house and on with life! Being home once in a while is fine with me on a day off but I don't think I could do it every day! Kudos to you if you're a don't get enough credit :)

Until then I'll be watching this....I've been recording every episode on the DVR and watching it while I'm laid up. Not a new concept to me as I do a lot of my cooking on Sundays anyway, but if you know me at all you will know that I have LOVED Rachael Ray from the start. I started watching her on the Food Network all the way back in 2001. I have all of her cookbooks, her knives, some of her dishes and pots as well. Adam once told me if she wrapped up a turd and gave it to me, I'd be delighted. I think he might be right.

Anyway, don't stage an intervention any time soon (although I do have a few RR magnets on my fridge....hahahaha) and if you're a RR hater I don't want to hear about it!

Nighty night.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

{boo for surgery}

I spent last Monday and part of Tuesday in the hospital getting my gallbladder taken out. All these years of what I thought was bad heartburn or the flu were not! The surgeon said it was pretty inflamed and scarred....probably from years of stones. So even though the recovery has SUCKED (ps how do women have c-sections and then go home and take care of their babies!?!?) I'm glad to have it over with and be done with those problems from here on out. The worst part about being home has been not being able to pick up lift her into her highchair or crib or changing table.....even bending over hurts. So I have been trying to be good and stick to my 10 pound weight restriction and just rest. But I am a busybody so it's a little hard for me :)  Planning on going back to work later this week; I'm feeling better and better every day.

I still have a lot of pictures of layouts to share, most from my trip to Rockford. This one is one of my favorites.

This trip I focused a lot on getting inspiration from magazines. I keep a binder full of page protectors with layouts to 'scraplift', and for some reason this time I chose to pull it out and use it for once. I'll do another post this week with the rest of my layouts and inspiration photos.

I chose to make this page 12x12, even though the inspiration page was 8.5x11. I don't usually scrap that size because it's too small for me ;)  I used a sheet of old hymnal music and adhered a piece of cardstock behind it for strength since the paper is so thin. Then I stitched zig-zag stitches with green thread and hand sewed on a bunch of different colored buttons.

 The patterned paper I used is by October Afternoon, and the date stickers are by 7Gypsies.

For the title, I used a Jenni Bowlin journaling card, along with some computer wording, AC Thickers and a Heidi Swapp chipboard heart. I'm not sure if these hearts are available for purchase anymore, but I LOVE them. A few years back I bought about 6 boxes from someone on eBay and I've been lovingly hoarding them ever since....

That's all for tonight, hope you have a great weekend and get some scrapping done yourself! (That is, if you're into that) I'm planning on making pumpkin scones tomorrow and maybe talking my mom into taking me out for lunch :)

PS -- I also made these last week before I had surgery, the only thing I did different was to bake them as a bar cookie instead of individual ones and they turned out great!

PPS -- I guess while we're on the subject of pumpkin, I also want to make these. How could you go wrong??

{at 17 months}

You are becoming quite the picky eater at times...but I can always get you to eat fruit and cheese for the most part. :) Oh, and hot dogs. You LOVE hot dogs.

You can point to your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and head.

You are wearing mostly 3T clothes, still some 2T depending on the brand.

You love taking your bath at night. When you hear me filling up the tub you come running, yelling "Baff! Baff! Baff!"

You can point to a lot of things in the books we read....we have a book that you can point to the ball, book, clock, bed, shoes, etc. You can also point out your favorite Sesame Street characters -- Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Zoe, and Bert & Ernie.

You know what sound a doggie makes. "aaaaah! aaah!" Ok, so it's more like a scream but you get the point. :)

Right now you are really into looking at my scrapbooks. You pull them off the shelf in the living room and flip through them every day.

You love watching Blues Clues. It's one show that you'll sit and watch almost the whole way through.

At bedtime you say, "niii-niii!!" (Night-Night)

You are really enjoying playing outside right now, on the deck with your rocking and riding toys. And you also love your slide.

You call your stuffed animals "beeebeees" (babies) and try to give them bites of your snack, drinks out of your sippy cup and put them down your slide.

You love stickers.

You somehow have still not mastered the word "yes"


I wish I could freeze time and keep you at this age for awhile, because it is just magical.

Love you Keira Nichole ♥