Thursday, September 25, 2008

And I Won!

The fabulous giveaway at KraftGirlKits blog on September 23rd. Check it out! And comment, you could be a winner, too. Just counting the hours til I can get home and start packing up my gear for a Pittsburgh Crop-A-Way this weekend at the Marriot Springhill Suites at Pittsburgh Mills. I am not going to over pack like I usually do. Really. I've got the photos ready, and the papers chosen, and even the embellishments. Now, I just have to pack it all. I am so looking forward to it!!

Little Ben has one heck of a swollen gland and a fever. He was so ill last evening. His parents are taking him to the doc's today. I hope they call me soon. I want to know that he is okay. EDIT: Well, the little man as Strep A. He's on meds now and will hopefully be feeling much better soon.

My sister is stopping over for dinner tonight. I hope she likes scrambled egg sandwiches cause grocery shopping has not been high on my priority list now that the girls aren't living here. (Saving money, though!)

The girl - she is all that. Supplies: Bazzill Basics Cardstock and Brads; Patterned paper: Daisy D's and Sassafras Lass, Hambly Screens Transparency (Brocade), Making Memories Paint, Prima Flowers, Orange Juice Rub-On, Heidi Swapp Jewels, Vintage Button and Ric Rac, Chipboard Unknown

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Awesome Giveaways

If you haven't already done so, hop on over to Kraft Girls. There are 8 days of fabulous giveaways to be had. Just leave a comment.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Double Tagged

I have been double-tagged by Suzanne. So, here goes:

Here are the rules for the 1st tag:
1.) Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2.) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3.) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4.) Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

7 Facts About Me:
1. I love a good scrap challenge and enjoy entering contests. (Don't need to win, just enjoy it).
2. Though I fought it at first, I am enjoying this "empty nest".
3. I truly love my job (paralegal/admin asst.). I do! I do!
4. I prefer vegetables over fruit.
5. I have lists for everything. I can tell you what books I've read since 1981.
6. For me, shopping is a necessity, I don't do it because I enjoy it.
7. My favorite candle scent changes with the seasons.

Here are the rules for the 2nd tag:
Rules: Each player answers the question themselves. At the end of the post the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves them a comment letting them know that they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person that tagged you know when you've answered the questions on your blog.

THE FIVE TAG
10 years ago I:
1. My first grandchild was born.
2. I was 39.
3. Was dating.
4. Had visited Las Vegas.
5. Was working for a different firm.

5 things on today's "to do" list:
1. Dust the living room
2. Wash a load of laundry
3. Begin packing for weekend crop
4. Exercise
5. Clean out baby's dresser

5 snacks I enjoy:
1. Popcorn
2. Pepperidge Farm Raspberry Milano cookies
3. Frosted brownies
4. Apples with peanut butter
5. Roasted pumpkin seeds

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire:
1. Build a new house
2. Pay off all debts
3. Tour Italy
4. Open trust funds for each grandchild
5. Buy a new car

5 places I have lived:
1. Wilkinsburg, PA
2. Penn Hills, PA
3. Murrysville, PA
4. Plum Boro, PA
5. Wilkinsburg, PA

5 jobs I have had:
1. Retail - Zayre's
2. One Day (Blackroom)
3.. Church Secretary
4. Legal Assistant
5. Paralegal/Legal Assistant

I AM TAGGING: Stephanie, Nicole, Pinky, Tammy, Amy, Jana,

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Signs of Fall

I didn't see any. Signs of fall that is. Though the weather is much cooler here, the trees are still green, the flowers are still in bloom. I did, however, find a delicious pumpkin cake treat at Starbucks last evening, but I didn't photograph it, I ate it. Maybe a drive to the mountains this weekend would be in order. But probably not. Kayla is sounding too good, she has one heck of a head cold and she and Brendan are staying over Saturday night. Ben had a fever last night but he was going home today. It's the weather. And my furnace still needs fixed. Geez.

Here is a door hanger Kayla and I collaborated on together. I crocheted the bottom edge using a shell stitch. Kayla laid out the buttons and added the flowers.



I stopped at B&N after work last night and bought the paperback of "Wicked". Started it this morning and can't wait to get back on the bus to read some more.

Things that need done today or, as I am a procrastinator, need to be done soon: Call Ortho for Kayla's follow-up appointment. Call Eye & Ear for Kayla's initial appt. re her tonsils. E-mail VA for pick-up. Clean out fridge. Put out trash. Mop kitchen floor. Think about how scrapbooking has changed my life for layout. Hmmmmmm.

But first update this pleading index. Then go to lunch. Priorities, priorities.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Scrappin' Happy

Sassy Scrapper's Mother Goose Crop was this past weekend. I had Ben and Kayla for the most part, but was able to come up with these two gems:



I was astonished to see that I made it to Round 2 of Bad Girls Top Designer contest. I'm there for the lesson and to learn. But I always enjoy a good challenge! Anyway, this was my entry for week 1's assignment which was layering:



This week's assignment is mixing patterned paper. Mixing papers is not my thing. I usually stick with the whole line. Anyway, my submission is in the Bad Girls' gallery if you'd like to check it out.

What to scrap next? I have a crop retreat at the end of this month. Woo Hoo! I seriously need to start sorting and packing. The good thing about this one is it's close to home sooooo, I can always go home for something forgotten.

Do you Netflix? I just love the instant movie queue they have. I've watched so many on my pc lately. Les Miserables with Liam Neeson, Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon and Much Ado About Nothing with Emma Thompson are really good. Over the weekend, we watched The Bucket List. That was pretty good, too. With the kids gone, I have so much free time in the evenings (not complaining anymore - free time is a good thing).

New season, new TV shows. Tonight is The Biggest Loser and I think, House. I have to check. I'm not very good at remembering what is on when. Ha! Ha! But last night, I was watching a movie on the Disney Channel. Kayla called and was like "Grandma" with total exasperation. Oh, well, after years of flipping between Nick and Disney, it's hard to kick the habit.

Okay, I've rambled enough. I'm going out to photograph signs of fall. Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

One Week and Counting

After a rocky start, the girls and boy have officially been moved out since August 30th. Looks like it might work this time. Funny how minds/bodies adjust. At first I thought it was the end of the world and now, wow, do I have alot of time to play. And I have played.

I have to put a photo of Ben here because he loves seeing himself on the net. Here he is with two of his favorite toys. That's his Daddy in the background:

And when you think she's lost them all another falls out:

I am in such a creative mood and want to get started on a few of the challenges issued at Sassy Scrappers' Mother Goose Land Crop (starting Friday), but we have been Ben tonight so I don't know what I'll be able to get done. Anyway, some of the challenges are already posted. Check them out! and stop by this weekend, it's sure to be a good time!

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Is it September already? and the Empty Nest Syndrome

Gosh, time does fly! And we have been busy! There was K's operation and our vacation in Daytona, the girls and boy moving into their own home, a bigger load at the office, and just so much! It's been a whirlwind. But I have scrapped. Really. And I've taken tons of photos. And I've stalked blogs and participated in contests and we discovered that we could watch videos on our pc and Netflix has tons of instant viewing films in their cache, though Kayla is totally obsessed with Jeff Dunham and we watch two of his performances over and over again. Or we did. I am going through an empty nest syndrome. Well, partially. Jayme is still here and we get Ben on Wednesdays and every other weekend. But my baby, Amanda, moved into her new home (with Jerry) last Saturday and Kayla went on Sunday. Well, this is the second try. They moved in the week before on Sunday and came back home Wednesday. It's been a rough transition but I think we'll all get settled into a nice groove soon enough.

I've scrapped:





I've taken pictures:






We were in the middle of our vacation when Tropical Storm Fay hit. It was a very wet vacation. But we still had a blast!

Currently, I am participating in Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day class. This is my second year and she really gets me motivated. Also put my name in for the contest going over at Bad Girls. I participated last year, I am so out of my league, but I have a hard time passing up a good learning experience. Ooh, I hosted my first weekend crop at Sassy Scrapper's. I was so nervous, but it was so fun, I can't wait to do it again. Lot's of crops, monthly bingos and other good stuff happening there.

Hmmm, I feel good. Hope you are having a wonderful day!