Friday, September 28, 2007

Quick Hello

and off I go cause it's Friday! Tons to do at the office; tons to do after work and then hopefully scrapping along with Happy Scrappin' Scrapbooking! Hooray! Of course, I planned on just scrapping all weekend - no outside distractions, but I have a stop to make after work tonight, a candle light party Sunday afternoon, company tomorrow. It's always like that when I plan. So, anyhoo, I hope everyone has a fun weekend!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Their 50th!

This is my Mom and Dad. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on the 14th. Congrats Mom and Dad.

Tough day at the office. Whew! And now it's getting late. I have one load of laundry to finish and then I was hoping to get to the Dares' challenge 1, but I'm not sure I have the energy.

Man, there is so much on TV at the same time that I wanted to see. We settled on House. Kayla and I dig that show. I can't believe he is interviewing a new team and that the others aren't coming back!!!!! Or are they????

Okay, I've got lots to do and little time to do it in. Good evening!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007


Just look at those cheeks. We took the girls (3) to Eat n' Park for lunch and I just wasn't feeding this one fast enough. Six months old and she grabs the spoon and proceeds to shovel it in. I just love those Michelin Man arms!! She's a cutie!!

It's Friday!!! Hooray!!!!!!!! I am counting the hours. I have no plans this weekend (scary) but to scrap the 3 Bugs Sketch and Scrap Challenge, do laundry, scrap the BG sketch, move Kayla's room upstairs (you may have read that a few times, but for real this time), scrap generally, bake, clean out the cellar, scrap.

And it's gorgeous here in Pittsburgh. The high's are in the 80's and will be this weekend. So, I think a trip to the park needs to be included.

But right now, I am putting together brochures for a seminar the Firm is attending next week. And thinking about all I want to do this weekend. And reading blogs! And visiting the Boards! And . . .

Happy, happy Friday!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Here Comes Trouble!

The shirt says it all! Ben was at the house when I got home last night. I got a loud whoop and a hug. He'll be staying over in two weeks. I am so looking forward to it. He is such a darling little man. Still can't understand a thing he says, but he is adorable!!!!

Yesterday's scraplift challenge was Veronica Jennings. Here is my version:

A neighbor brought their granddaughter over last night to play with Kayla for an hour. We sat in the kitchen and caught up with each other. I hardly ever see my neighbors, my work days are too long and I'm always running on the weekends. But sitting there I realized I really need to get into some sort of clutter control mode. I have stuff everywhere!

It's warming up here in Pittsburgh. The high is 80 today and I hear the weekend is going to be gorgeous!!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Normally, I do not scrap lift layouts. I just don't. But yesterday's Scrapbook Takeout scraplift challenge was of a layout by Breanne Crawford, the newest member of Scrapjacked. Here is my take:
Personally, I love it! First off, it didn't take me four hours, I didn't cover every surface and I only used one 2 sided sheet of pp. Of course, I was scrapping this at 1:00 a.m. cause there just are not enough hours in the day for me.

Kayla wasn't feeling well, came home from school and crashed, so I popped in our latest Netflix arrival: The Departed. OMGosh! It was good and frustrating and I so wasn't expecting the ending.

Heard there was a bomb threat in town this morning. Passed the police cordoned off street while on the bus. Haven't heard anything else. People are nuts.

The Embellishment Studio announced that September kits have gone postal! Woo Hoo! I can't wait to use all that yummy vintage ribbon and lace!

The countdown has begun for new scrap site Dixie Pieces. It will be going live 9/30/07. There's a promise of a tantalizing Happy Harvest Kit for October.

I ordered a Think Pink scrap kit from Happy Scrappin Scrapbooking. All proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I will be using the kit during their Think Pink weekend crop September 28 - 30th. You can check out the details here. You will need to pre-register for the crop to participate. Remember, it's for a good cause!

Okay, so have a Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


The latest LO to be accepted into BG's gallery:
This is my third to be accepted. However, I realized that they apparently bump a previous one when they add a new LO.

I completed my GDT assignments for Scrapbook Takeout and submitted them this morning. September's Works Kit was "Alphabet Soup" so I used a Back to School theme for my submissions. I'll post those in a few days.

I will be virtually cropping the weekend of September 28-30 at Happy Scrappin' Scrapbooking. The theme is Think Pink and is for a good cause! ( I LOVE on-line crops!) I hope to see you there!!

Tonight The Biggest Loser is on. I am attempting to lose weight along with them. For real. Excuse me, I just got an e-mail that says pastries in the kitchen.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Got A Toot!

I uploaded my Playful layout to the Basic Grey Gallery this morning and got an e-mail this evening that it has been accepted into the Gallery!! Woo Hoo!

Happy Monday!

Thank you Kostas for the Happy Monday bear. And a Happy Monday to you!

The folks anniversary breakfast turned out real nice. The food, service and company were excellent. I think everyone had a lovely morning.

I had to turn the heat on. It's only September!!!! I will be working to pay the gas bill this year! But it was colder in our house than outside, and heck, it was cold outside!

Got alot of scrapping done and now I am in an 'enter every DT call or contest' mode. Happens to me about once a year. Around this time, too, I think. Ahhh, but it is all in fun.

Here is a fun one:

This is my KayBear. It's title GOT CHOCOLATE? Cause you always know when she's been eating it; it's always, somehow, on the tip of her nose! Don't know how she does it.

I hear the Steelers won yesterday. Go Steelers. Okay, I don't watch, but I can still root em' on.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

So Much To Do . . .

. . . and where am I? Here, getting lost in cyber space. I have on my list of things to do today: 2 projects and 2 layouts that I need to get sent in by Tuesday for my GDT stint this month. A pile of laundry that needs done, grocery shopping and I need to start getting Kayla's bedroom moved up to the third floor. Yep, she is coming back up next to me and her room will be the nursery/play room. Some day, some day, that room is going to be what it originally should be - a dining room. Okay, I am procrastinating. It's cool and brisk, but sunny here today. Perfect day for a sweater and a hike.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Closer to Friday!

Hooray! Ahhh, my Amanda fell yesterday. Scraped her knee, hurt her shoulder, but protected the baby. She's sore today. Kayla is doing well, loving school, so far. We have done research on homeschooling and it's something we are keeping in the back of our minds. If we stay where we are living now, we will definitely be homeschooling for the upper grades.

I have so much scrapping to do!! I received my winnings from Scrapbook Takeout's Short Order Cookoff Contest - so much good stuff, I can't wait to use it! Also received The Works kit from Scrapbook Takeout. Now I need to scrap!!! And there are so many projects on my list!! I will be scrapping tomorrow night at our LSS. Looking forward to it!

It's gorgeous here today! Cool, crisp, blue and sunny!! No changes at the office yet. It's been 4 weeks since the guy I worked for left and I am still waiting to be reassigned. Don't get me wrong it's been stress free and relaxing, but I've had enough. It's hard to look busy all the time!

My folks 50th wedding anniversary is, oops, tomorrow! We are celebrating it Sunday at the Steelehead Grille.

It's time to go read some blogs (my new favorite pasttime!). Have a happy Thursday!

Monday, September 10, 2007

I had a lovely weekend . . .

scrapping with Jeannette and Terry at Kelli's Queen of the Crop weekend getaway in Austintown, Ohio. I created six layouts, and I love each and every one of them. Kayla stayed at her Pappy's for the weekend, which left our Amanda all alone. Sorry, Amanda!

I am so excited! I got notice that I will be receiving Scrapbook Takeout's September The Works Kit this week and as I am guest designer for the month of September (woo hoo!), I'll need to get crackin' on using this fabulous kit as my deadline is the 18th. You know how bad I am about deadlines. BUT I will make it!!!

Over at Bad Girls, there is a fabulous Top Designer Contest going on. It's a school based theme, which is so much fun and will run for six weeks. The first week's lesson is Color Theory. Here is my entry:

And here are the details behind my color theory:

As the subject of my photos are the girls studying nature, I wanted to invoke the feeling of freshness and youth. I chose the color green to represent nature. I love the splash of orange as it brings warmth and energy. The brown, the color of earth, was used to ground the layout.

The gallery is hopping with amazing talent. Check it out.

Happy Monday!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

On My Way to Austintown . . .

. . . will miss the kiddies, but am looking forward to it! Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Another Layout Accepted by Basic Grey!!!

Woo Hoo! Got an e-mail that the "My Girl" layout I submitted, JUST YESTERDAY, was accepted into Basic Grey's on-line gallery. That excites me to no end!!! And here is where it all takes place. That is my scrap space. A converted sink. This sink is up on the third floor. Don't know the history behind it, hmmm, that's a subject for the future, but it is the perfect height for me to stand at and scrap away.

Spent a glorious weekend with my family. The weather was fabulous! Saturday, Kayla went to Uncle Joey's early, so Mom and I went to Lowe's and bought flowers for our porches. These are mine:

It really looks so nice and autumny. I am not one to rush the season, but these next 4 months are my absolute favorite of the whole year and I want to enjoy each day to the fullest.

Getting packed for a weekend crop. And so much going on at the various Boards I am totally addicted to. I've gotten some great mail lately, totally makes my day!!!

My biggest project today - fighting the Borough. WHAT a pain they are!!! So wish me luck and have a fabulous Wednesday!!!