Wednesday, December 26, 2007

No wonder I'm twisted!

With parents like mine, that is. LOL

When Mom & I went Christmas shopping, she kept looking at these novelty boxer shorts and asking me if I thought she should get this one or that one for Dad. First it was a Santa pair then something else and then the Grinch. That's when I couldn't take it anymore and told her to STOP! The images she was putting in my head, I was trying VERY hard not to see. Did she want me to end up in therapy??

I kind of forgot all about it because she didn't buy any.

So after the kids opened their presents, Dad handed out cards to my brother and his gf. Hmm, he's holding mine...WTF? My brother and his gf each got gift cards and, since I didn't have many gifts, I thought maybe mine was bigger or something.


Really sweet card..then I opened it. Stuck inside was a picture of my Dad in the boxer shorts, bent over so I could read the HO HO HO across his ass.

I dropped that sucker on the love seat and started screaming "NO! NO! NO!" "That's just so wrong! That's wrong on so many levels"

Turns out there were TWO pics in there....Mom got a "Santa" outfit too and they posed together for me.

Seriously, can you SEE the years of therapy ahead for me after seeing that???

Oh, and of course, Mom videotaped the whole thing! lol

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Favorite Christmas picture

Can you tell what our challenges have been this month? lol

I love this pic of the kids "fighting" before they opened their stockings at Nana & Papa's house last year.


Favorite Christmas song

Hoping this works! I absolutely LOVE Nat King Cole's version of The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).

Ok, it works. You have to actually click on the play button to see it. (Silly me, I kept waiting and waiting for it to load before I thought to try that, lol.)

Favorite Christmas recipe

Granted, this one is strictly Christmas like the challenge called for but she said we could post anything we make at Christmas time.

Since I only allow myself to have fudge at Christmas time, it's a Christmas recipe to me.

Fantasy Fudge
3 c. sugar
3/4 c. butter or margarine
1 small can evaporated milk (2/3 c.)
1-1/2 pkg. chocolate chips
1 jar marshmallow creme
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 tsp. vanilla

Line 9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan, set aside. Place sugar, butter and evaporated milk in large heavy saucepan. Bring to full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 4 min. or until candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.

Add chocolate chips and marshmallow creme, stir until completely melted. Add walnuts and vanilla, mix well.

Pour immediately into prepared pan, spread to form an even layer. Let stand at room temp 4 hours or until completely cooled. Cut into 1-inch square pieces.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Oh yeah!

Our challenge for this week is to post holiday pics and I eventually hope to get to that...sometime.

Right now I'm so excited because I will, sometime today, have a new "nephew." My BFF, Mandi, is being induced this morning and the little man will be here soon!

I'm so glad that she & her DH agreed to send me a PIX message so I can see him right away. I have to be out running around today and wouldn't have gotten to see pics till late tonight on the puter.

And, Mandi took the plunge and finally set up a blog of her own. I bet you'll be able to see baby pics over there soon! Check her out at (sorry, it wouldn't let me put in a clickable link.)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

All I want for Christmas is....

Christopher home again.

If I can't have that, I'll settle for a day to just spend time with him without having to deal with "other" people.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Blog challenge #17

Katie challenged us to scrapbook something blue this week and post about it.

I did this for a Dormitories challenge on ScrapbookPlayground. Without going to check, I believe the challenge was to use the color of your bedding. Mine is light blue jersey sheets and a white down comforter so it was fairly easy to scrap with.
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Other layouts and cards I got done this week for challenges on the playground:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Short & sweet (I hope)

Finally got pics of some recent purses.

Last one, for now, for my gf's shop in Florida:
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I love the DCWV Glitter Stack!

For another friend, Anna:
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The ribbons hadn't been trimmed yet when I took this pic but the camera was out, it was mostly done, so I took the pic anyway.

Now I'm off to link some layouts I got done AND look for a cheap Halloween craft for Jason's class to do at the classroom party in 15 minutes.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Long overdue update

The crop was AWESOME! As predicted, everyone wanted to know when the next one will be and the only complaints were minor ones. (Have music in the crop room, for example. Found out afterwards that there's a system at the B&B so a few won't get blasted by the boombox while others can't hear it at all.)

Mandi & I were discussing it again last night and it looks like there's going to be one in the spring!!!

Everyone had such a great time, TONS of food (that's one of the changes, lol....some will be "assigned" snacks and others drinks so there isn't as much left over at the end), SOOOOO many goodies! If I ever get around to unpacking my stuff, I'll snap a pic of the goodies.

Of course, I wasn't lucky enough to win one of the 15 big prizes and I hated that part of it because they were soooo good! Mom won one though and she was tickled.

It was great to see some online friends again AND to finally meet some IRL for the first time! (Hi Brigette & glad you both made it and we finally got to meet!) Just wish that Katie's work schedule hadn't been so nuts so she could have been there more than just one day.

In other news, I should have a couple more purses to show you by, hopefully, tomorrow night. Of course, that will depend on if I get all my Cub Scout stuff done today for tonight's meeting so that I can finish them up today. I was suppose to grocery shop today but Jason's "feeling puny" (his words, lol) so I guess I shuffle my schedule and work instead of shop today.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Only 3-1/2 more days!!

And I'm so not ready to go, lol. well, mentally I'm ready but the only thing I have packed for the crop is my table treats & white elephant gift. If I ever get the stuff priced for the "yard sale" then I might actually get to try planning what to bring to scrap. Shoot, who am I kidding? I'll end up bringing my photo box, throwing all my paper in my CIS Paper Taker, grabbing a bunch of embellishments and HOPE that I actually get some scrapping done, lol.

In other news, my gf's shop opening got delayed till next month :( But other orders are still trickling in for purses and I still have some that I want to do "just for fun."

Jason has now gone to school 6 days in a row without any problems! (Picture me jumping up and down here. Ok, don't because it's really an ugly image, lol.) His dad spilled the beans early about me being gone this week-end but they're going to be really busy with golf, Jason's flag football game, fishing, going out to eat and just *maybe* going to stock car races.

Speaking of DH, he's postponing his least, that's the latest word. He finally realized that he'd be cooped up in the house if he retired in the winter (DUH!) and he really wants to be able to go fishing & golfing. So now he's decided to wait till March 31 for his retirement date....we'll see if it changes again.

That's about all the excitement in my life right now. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to posting some purses again...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

You'll never guess what happened....

For those of you who know the drama with Jason lately.....

He actually went to school this morning with no tears or whining!!

I'm hoping this means we're finally coming to the end of his separation anxiety issues but won't be surprised if tomorrow is bad again. See, after never using a babysitter, DH has decided that we can get one tomorrow night so we can go out to see some of his golfing friends. (It's one gal's birthday so we'll be heading up to her boyfriend's bar to celebrate with her.) What a time for DH to finally give in on using a sitter! Wish us luck that he doesn't have too much trouble with it so the sitter is willing to come back another time.

And for those who know about Dh: You can understand my excitement about actually getting out! lol He's such a homebody that we don't usually even go out to eat....and when we do, it's like this: Leave at 5:00, go eat, maybe run one quick errand and home again (usually no later than 7:00). Tomorrow night will make TWICE in a week that we've gone out! Monday night was the last night of golf so everyone met at the bar (different than the one tomorrow night). A collection had been taken to present to the bar owner for all he'd done to organize the league and as a thank you for the party he put together last month (tons of food, beer and prizes....all out of HIS pocket). Dh actually stayed out till 10:30...and his "bedtime" is usually 8:30, lol.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Off-topic but getting excited!

There are only 25 days till the best danged crop ever! Seriously, my friend Mandi has put so much working to making it awesome and I can't wait to get there.

Twenty-nine ladies are in for the most awesome week-end! For $105 we get 2 nights in a B&B, ALL meals *and* snacks/beverages, door prizes worth $12-15 each, goody bags, AND chances to win entries in the big drawings....15 of them so far, priced between $40-100, if I remember right. Seriously, *everything* for that $105...can you believe that?? Mandi's done such an awesome job. At one point, she said she'd be "making" a whopping $0.30 off it but I know she's bought some stuff out of her own pocket so that $0.30 is long gone, lol. (And she even paid the $105 too and figured that into the amount she spent on prizes, food, etc.)

And I get to go take a sneak peek of all the goodies on Thursday! Well, I've seen a little bit since she ordered CTMH through me and I saw something cool in the Joann's ad that I passed on to her last week with her CTMH order...but I get to snoop through all the rest of the goodies then.

I keep warning her that everyone is going to be asking when she's planning the next one. Good thing she's had such a great time planning this one, lol.

Monday, August 27, 2007

well, what do you know?

I finally remembered to take my camera upstairs! At long last, here's the Palm Trees purse for my gf's store in Florida:

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Both sides are the same paper then I was able to use the scraps for the sides. Blue, green & clear beads for the handles.

And a Red Hat purse. This was actually my second choice of papers but the first one got ruined and I haven't had a chance to get back to that store. When I started it, I didn't have any purple ribbon so I thought I'd be slick....dyed some white ribbons with my CTMH inks! That ended up not being such a good idea as the ink ended up bleeding through all over the purse so I had to throw it away.

So here's my second attempt at a Red Hat purse after finally finding the purple ribbons that I wanted. (Well, almost....I actually had a darker purple in mind for the organdy but this is what was available.)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007


With Dh on vacation, my puter time has been limited (not to mention my purse-making time!).

did this one for my almost-8yo niece's birthday. It's smaller and more appropriate for a child, I think, at just 6"x6".
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Sorry this first pic is blurry. I took it and retook it at least 1/2 dozen times and couldn't get it any better for some reason.

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And this is one that is going to my gf's shop in Florida after it opens in September. Again, sorry about the one blurry pic. I don't know why it'll take it just fine one minute and won't the next in the same spot, same lighting, etc.
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If it all works out, I should have pics of at least 3 more purses in the next 2 or 3 days. Two purses are almost done except for needing to pick up ribbon tomorrow to finish off one (2 of the spools didn't have enough on them) and the other needs a handle that I'll get on Thursday.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

It's been awhile....

but here's a couple more, finally. Last week was just nuts and I couldn't find much time to get these done.

Both of these were just for fun.

CTMH papers
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I *will* be fixing the handles on this one. I just have to remember to ask DH to squeeze them closed because I couldn't do it, no matter how much I tried.

Pooh...wish now I'd thought to take pics of the sides. Instead of cardstock on the sides, I used more of the Pooh papers so it's the same all the way around.
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For the ribbons, I used an orange-yellow grosgrain to match Pooh, a red organdy to match his shirt, blue grosgrain to match the bees' wings and a light yellow organdy to (almost) match the bees.

What do you think of the "bamboo" handles? They kind of look like bamboo but they're big beads!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

A couple more done

This first one is for my "other DD" (Kirsten's bff, Elaina). She picked out the paper from the DCWV glitter stack and pretty much left the rest of it up to me. I hope she likes it!
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Both sides are the same so I only took one picture.

Then I made this one for my mom. She's been great about running here and there to get stuff for me to work on all of these and, so far, hasn't asked for anything (and I'm kind of scared to see my bill for supplies, lol).
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Sorry that side 2 is blurry
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Now I'd better get moving. Need to run a couple errands before I tan then I'm taking Jason and some friends to the park for a 'picnic' lunch and playtime. Good thing I can cut ribbon anywhere since I'll probably work on that, and some other purse stuff, while they're playing. (Gotta keep working. Still need to get those 4 done for the new store and she called last night with several more ideas for later on.)

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Getting bored yet?

I decided that I needed to make another one for myself and don't know *why* I didn't think about making a Mickey Mouse one in the first place!

This will definitely be the only one I make exactly like this because I can't remember where I got the black Mickey paper, lol. I *think* I got it at one of the stores during last fall's Indy crop but I'm not sure. All I know is that I really liked it and, even though I didn't have a "use" for it, I bought it anyway...then hung it on the bulletin board in my scrap room till I decided to make this purse.

So, Stephanie, think your mom will be jealous? I kept thinking of her the whole time I was making this one.

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Almost done with the HUGE one that was ordered. All I need to do is trim the ribbons and I can deliver it tomorrow. And, at some point, I guess I should make some cards to hand out to people. We stopped in a grocery store on our way home tonight and I was wishing I had something to hand her since she seemed so interested in the purse. (And no time to write it down for her because she had another customer behind me.)

Friday, June 22, 2007

Just for fun...

I wanted to see how the DCWV Glitter Stack papers would work for these. And I decided to try a different size...this one is 6x8 instead of 8x8. It's a little closer to the size I would actually carry and maybe some of the younger girls would want.

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Oh, and a different handle too since I figured the smaller purse needed a smaller handle. This one came with BIG (ugly!) wooden beads on it but I stripped those off and just redid it with pearly grey & black beads. also, I thought just the black and grey/silver ribbon was getting kind of drab so I took it apart again and added some blue. What do you think?

Oh Stephanie!

What do you think?
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The striped paper is CTMH and the "swirly" is the older Alfresco papers (was that Paper Adventures? I can't even remember anymore what the company was but I *loved* this paper! It's all textured and just soooo cool.)

Monday, June 18, 2007

All done...

and she said I picked the perfect colors for the Colts. (C'mon, you Indy gals, let's here from you if I got the right ones!)

I absolutely LOVED the Moonstruck B&T papers from CTMH for this purse! Ok, I'm partial to this shade of blue anyway but that's beside the point, lol.

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While I was waiting to get the purse handles from Mom yesterday, I decided to try making a "game" purse. I picked up this Chutes & Ladders game when my neighbor was having a yard sale last Friday. Actually, I was over there Thursday morning and one gal said she *might* have some games at home to bring over later. This one was basically just the board in the box but that was all I really wanted anyway.

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You can't really see it in the pic but "Chutes & La" are across the right of the top then "dders" is on the right side. The ribbons get in the way but the whole title *is* there.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Another purse

here ya go, Stephanie! I got it finished up yesterday afternoon and almost forgot to take pics for you. I'll be taking this up to the tanning salon/laundromat owner pretty soon.

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Now I'm off to post some papers and get help figuring out which is closest to "Colts blue" so I can make another one that was ordered. (Well, actually I won't be staring the purse today because I get to go meet Mandi, TY and Olivia for a picnic at the park halfway between us.)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

It's done!!

I finally got my new purse done. Too cool using scrapbook supplies to make a REAL purse! Only a couple things I would change about it: I'd make the small sides a little bit bigger (although it's big enough right now for me) and I would put paper on the inside too...or at least remember to put the white side of the mat board on the inside of the purse, lol.

As soon as I finished it, I ran across the alley to show my new hairdresser's mom. When we were talking last week, she said she wanted to see it since she collects purses. Well, she looked it over and suggested lace in place of the ribbon....then asked how much I would charge to make her one! And I'd only been hoping to get enough people interested in doing a workshop to make their own.

So, what do you think of it?
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Oh, and I found the purse handles at Hobby Lobby but they didn't have any colors to match the papers I wanted to use. After trying and trying to find some other CTMH papers to use to match the handles, I decided to see if the ends of the handles would come off. So, a quick trip to Walmart for new beads and I had a pretty pink handle to match the papers I really wanted to use.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Busy, busy

I haven't forgotten about this...just got busy and didn't want to bore you.

Grocery shopping & errands lead to working in the yard (because of the errands) over the week-end. Then I realized that I hadn't bought laminating sheets so I could work on my purse so that got pushed aside.

Yesterday I finally got all the holes punched on the purse and it's just waiting for me to pick up the laminating sheets when I go to town today. Oh, and some beads to match my paper! I found out the end of the purse handles screw off so I can swap out the red or black beads (one set of handles in each color) so I can make it match my pink & brown papers!!

I got a wild hair yesterday and decided to start cleaning up my scrap room. A *bunch* of baskets that were under my table went out in the trash...with the better ones going in a bag to take to mom on Friday. (I should have known better than to say what I was doing while on the phone with her, lol.) And I actually found my table top again!! It was so bad that I couldn't even work on an 8x8 project without laying part of it on top of other stuff. Just a few things left to put away on the table then find somewhere to put paper that's in one bag. Not sure where to put the papers I got in a RAK or my Glitter Stacks... Guess I could tear them apart and sort them by colors?

So today is finishing up the grocery shopping & picking up a couple things for DH so they can straighten the garage up. Have to pick up DD this afternoon from her Dad's. Back home to tan then see what DH has in mind for this evening. Once he goes to bed, I'm off to my scrap room to either do some more organizing or start putting my purse together. Hopefully I will have something to post here soon!

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Can't wait to get in my scrap room again!

I got the cutest purse handles at Hobby Lobby today and picked up the mat board at Michaels' (where the guy was nice enough to do all the cuts for me at no charge since they weren't very busy right then). TammyScrapper (on IDOS and another CTMH consultant) made one over the week-end and used one of these handles but the pic didn't show how stinking CUTE they are! They have the sweetest little heart *locket* charms hanging from them, amongst the different beads.

Now WHY do I have to go grocery shopping and to Big Lots to pick up the mattress and boxsprings (although I *do* get to check for more albums while I'm in Big Lots) when I want to go put my new purse together???

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

More by Laura

She's been a busy gal! When she came to the CTMH workshop I did at Mom's last week, she brought me these pages:

And tomorrow I get to meet up with her again to get the last of the pages from her! Hmm, maybe I should take her some more pics so I can keep meeting up with her..... lol

Laura's such a sweetie!

Check out these pages she did for me! (Ooh, I'm loving that Photobucket has a slide show now!)

When we went to the Indy crop, she said she had her projects figured out and hoped they'd keep her busy. Jokingly, I said that I had plenty of pics and paper if she ran out of stuff to do....and she was determined to scrap some for me! So on Sunday morning, she went through my pics and took several home with her. These were in the first batch that I got back from her. (Second batch in the next post.)

Big Lots

Since I mentioned the scrapbooks at Big Lots, check this out:
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That's the album I snagged on my way back to the furniture department Sunday night to get Jason's new mattress and boxsprings. (They were out of the box springs so I just put a hold on them to get the $50 off deal and they'll call when they come in today or tomorrow.)

Can you believe it? A K & Co album like that and it was only $8?? There was only one other K & Co album and I didn't particularly care for it so I left it. Ever since, I've been kicking myself...that would have been a good white elephant gift! Wish me luck that it's still there when I go to pick up the bed stuff ;)

Let's try this again

Yep, I've had this thing up then took everything down and redid it. Took all that stuff down and this has just been sitting here for quite awhile.

Since I'm finally starting to do something with my scrapbook and CTMH supplies again, guess I can post that here...right?

Here's what I got completed over the week-end:
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Isn't it adorable? And soooo simple! It's a kit from CTMH this month that comes with all the supplies AND the directions for cutting everything. Took me less than 1/2 hour to cut everything then I had to wait till I got some pictures picked out....then figure out what ones I needed to print still. It even comes with all the embellishments and directions on exactly what length to cut the ribbon & waxy flax and what other embellishments to put on there (still in the kit).

After I get to town tomorrow to get a few things, I'll have something else cool to show you. Hopefully I can get it done and post Friday sometime. It might be Sat. though if I have to go grocery shopping and pick up Jason's new mattress and box springs on Friday. (really hoping *I* get to pick that stuff up because Big Lots has a bunch of great scrapbooks for just $8 each! And I think I want some of the 6x6 albums that they have for $4)