Thursday, January 31, 2008

Get a L.O.A.D. of This

Today is the last day of my layout a day challenge and I am SO happy to say that I did it! I finished a layout for each day of January and completed a total of 48 layouts. My final layout for January 31 memorializes my accomplishment. I love to see them all stacked up like this.

I've been at home yesterday and today cause I pulled a muscle in my lower back. Not fun. The pain was so bad Tuesday night that I could not get a full breath without shooting pain and I thought I was going to pass out from lack of oxygen. Today it is much better after almost two full days of rest. I've been resting on the catch and finally finished the first season of Nip/Tuck and started on the second season. I LOVE that show.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Weekend Progress

In addition to cleaning my room, I got a little bit of my sewing and crafting mojo back and finished up a few lingering projects and finished up a few lingering swaps:)

Here's some sneak peeks at what I accomplished this weekend:

My layouts for Saturday and Sunday - only 4 more days to this challenge! I can't wait to add up all the pages I have completed. What an awesome experience the LOAD challenge has been! Even if I don't win the grand prize it has ALL been worth it!!

Itty Bitty Valentines - two are heading to my partner and one is heading to the host - I won't say which is which right now:)

Owl covered notebooks for a flickr swap:
I made two extras which may make an appearance in my little neglected shop

Pay it Forward gifts finally done:
Little mini (like 12 x 12 ) quilts - aren't they cheerful???!! These will be mailed sometime this week.

I finished up my Hanging Heart swap too - I'll post photos of that after the package arrives.

Up next on my to do list are Valentine's cards!!! I want to send out a whole bunch this year so if you would like one, please email me your address at raeshadrz at yahoo dot com

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Nice Dresser

I deep cleaned my bedroom today - I kid you not, I have not seen the top of this dresser since November. And see those frames on the left? They've been empty for 2 years and I finally put pictures in them! This shot makes me happy, happy, happy and so inspired to keep it this way.

Miss S and I went to see The Game Plan today at the dollar theatre - it was a cute movie and I have to admit I have a tiny little crush on Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. I loved him in the The Scorpion King.

I'm happy to see that so many of us love Psych:) And I've decided to add one more prize - so that will be 3 prizes - one for each 100 posts I have posted:) For the third prize, just leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite crafty blog. I'll draw the winners for all three prizes on February 1.


So who caught tonight's episode of Psych?? Absolutely, frickin hilarious! When they sang the theme song in Spanish I about lost it.

In honor of my 300th post I want to send some goodies to a few readers....tell me which character said these quotes from tonight's Psych and you'll be entered in a drawing for one of two fabulous packages (they are SO fabulous that even I don't know what their contents will be - but they'll probably contain something handmade, something vintage, something new, something sweet...etc...).

And the quotes are.....(insert big drum roll)...
Quote #1 - "You should have a degree in being wrong all the time." (I personally have earned a doctorate in this field of study)
Quote #2 - "Me gusto queso." (Me too...yum)
And here's a hint - both these quotes are from the last 10 minutes of the episode!

Good luck and I'll draw two winners on February 1.

Monday, January 21, 2008

All is Right in the World

Thanks to a new sweet friend a Beatles calendar will be on its way to me:) Thank you SO much Mahala!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008


I am happily plugging along with the L.O.A.D. Challenge. I have 19 layouts done this year so far. Some are single page and some are double page layouts. When the challenge is completely done I will stack them all up and take a picture.
This is the layout I did today. I really like it. You'll note that one of my predictions this year for "self" is I will stretch myself creatively and this layout is one of those "stretches". I very rarely do layouts with out pictures and I rarely use such trendy paper...but like I said, I like it. It was inspired by the January issue of Creating Keepsakes and the column "Album in a Year". I'm going to try to complete the whole year of layout ideas. February's layout is "My 10 Favorite Things". That will be fun. This layout is also my first official layout for 2008 - all other layouts I have worked on are for previous years.

I think if you click on the picture you can get a closer look and actually read the journaling.

So Cute I Could Scream

I found a free little tutorial over here and I just knew I had to make one as soon as I saw it. I started him a night or two ago and finished him up this afternoon.

Inducing Harvey the Owl. Isn't he SO cute! He's just a little guy - he can snuggle just right in the palm of my hand. I love love love him! I'm seriously considering making some postcards of him with cute little owl sayings...."Who-ooo loves you" "Owl's it Going?" "Owl Always Love You""I Give a Hoot"

Meanwhile, I've spent the whole week not responding to emails or comments and feeling completely overwhelmed with every thing I need/want to do. This week will be no better as I have commitments on Tues, Wed and Thurs night...most of it fun stuff, but commitments none the less. So please be patient if I owe you an email or a response. And thank you all for the wonderful suggestions to check for a Beatles calendar! I am definitely going to do that.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


you know I need just any know I need someone....HELP!!!!

Every year for the last 20 years I have had a Beatles wall calendar. Normally I receive one for Christmas...this year I did not and I cannot find one anywhere to save my life. You would not believe how much anxiety this is causing me. I put up another calendar in the office and it makes me cringe everytime I look at it. So this is my plea for help....if someone could please find a Beatles calendar for me and mail it to me! I'll pay for the calendar and shipping too.

And I just had to take a picture of this...

Miss S said "it's Ballerina Bree!!"

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Fantastic Goodies and Soldering Adventures

A few days ago I saw on someone's blog (I wish I remembered who!!) that the Hello Kitty sewing maching was on clearance at Target...I asked hubby to check the store on Thursday and they were already sold out. Well Hubby called me this morning from work at about 6:15 am to let me know that he found one!! YEAH!!!! It was on clearance for $49!! Plus we get out 10% employee discount on it too. I was so excited when he brought it home. I told Miss S that this would be "her" machine and I would teach her how to sew on it. I'm afraid to open it cause I probably will want to keep it for myself:)

And my sweet sister sent me a gift card to Barnes and Noble for Christmas. I went shopping Thursday at lunch and look at the goodies I bought! The Japanese craft book on the left has even been translated into English! I'm so excited! The crochet book is super cool and the softie book is even better because....

Look who one of the artists is - Moki! I called to hassle her for not telling me she was going to be in the book and she was not even aware that she was in it!

I worked today on my charms for the Soldering 101 class I am taking from Kerry Lynn. My two pendants turned out really well - I went to the glass store today and bought a bunch of glass scraps in all different colors to play around with. I also made a little collage pendant but I cracked the glass when I was soldering it:( Oh well - that's why I'm taking a class - to learn what to do and what not to do! I will probably wear one of these pendants to church tomorrow.

My soldering iron is not working right though and I had a heck of a time with our second project - a ring. I love the concept of it and I think that next time I will use a darker glass so you can't see the strip of solder behind it that the ring part is attached too. And I will wear it on my right hand, not my left hand....but I could not take a good picture with my left hand: )

Once I figure out what is wrong with my iron I hope to make another one. For now, though, the solder is not melting quickly and it's causing me a lot of grief so I put it away for today. Tomorrow I will try again:)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Crazy Week

Oh man - this week at work has really kicked my butt! It's amazing how cuickly you can get used to sleeping in while on vacation:)
My awesome pal, Moki, is having a photo contest on her website - I'd love it if you voted for Miss S!! (She's #7) Click HERE to vote:)
I am still cruising along with my layout a day challenge - I just finished up the layout for day 10 and I am almost officially done with Miss S's kindergarten pages - I haven't printed the pics from her very first day of school so that page will have to wait for another day.

These are the pages I have done the last three nights...

While these certainly will not win any awards...they are sweet and simple and done:) I don't scrapbook to have the coolest layouts but I do scrapbook to record our memories and pictures - I consider my scrapbooks to be my journal, of sorts, and this challenge is really helping me remember to keep it sweet and simple.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Sunday Blues

I have the serious blues today...I think it's because I have to go to work tomorrow:(:(

Miss S and I went to the zoo yesterday with my sister in law and her kiddos. It was a little chilly, but not too bad. The animals were SO rambunctious!

Sweet cousins:

Flamingo love:

My L.O.A.D. entry for today:
(another zoo trip!! Though this one was Miss S's kindergarten field trip last year)(and no, the sun did not come out today!!)

And a swap:
I recently participated in a needle book swap and these are the lovelies that I received. Aren't they all fantastic! And the styles are so different. I love them.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

New Hair and New Layouts

My sweet sister in law cut and highlighted my hair yesterday and as a treat she straightened it - since I hardly every wear it straight. I'm anxious to see it today when it's curly:)

The pictures would have been nicer if I had even a stitch of make up on. I've really been taking advantage of my time off and haven't worn makeup since we went out to dinner on Monday night. Ahh....only one more day of freedom them back to the grindstone on Monday.

I've been cruising along on the L.O.A.D. challenge - these are the layouts I completed for yesterday and today. Again - the pictures suck! It has been cloudy the last two days so I just can't get a good shot.

Friday, January 04, 2008

I did it!!

I finally customized my blog - I think this layout is much easier to read and I get to finally feature the fabulous header that Moki made for me. I'm still slowly adding all my links so if you don't see your link yet, give me a few days:):)

8 Things

My friends, Raine and Paula, both tagged me for a meme - I haven't played along in a long time so here goes:

8 Passions in my life:
The Beatles
Jimmy Buffett
John Steinbeck
My faith
and the two most important passions:
and Miss S

8 Things to do before I die:
Go to Liverpool
Be a stay at home mom - at least for a little while
Take a cruise
Travel the world
Buy something from Tiffany's (yes, I do have my shallow moments:))
Live next door to my sister
See Jimmy Buffett in concert again
Declutter my house

8 things I often say:
Gawl dangit!
I'm sorry
I love you
Not tonight
F**k (yes, I know, the "good little girl" image I project is just a facade)(I hope I spelled facade right)
What the heck

8 books I’ve read recently:
I have read almost nothing this year but I just found a little notebook of the books I read in 2005 - 19 total - that's pretty good! So I'll share 8 that I read in 2005
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofrio
Sea Glass by Anita Shreve
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Rumors of War by Dean Hughes
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

8 Songs that mean something to me:

Something - The Beatles
One Particular Harbor - Jimmy Buffett
Don't Rain on My Parade - Barbara Streisand
I Don't Know How to Love Him - Jesus Christ Superstar
Maybe I'm Amazed - Wings
Allison - Elvis Costello
The Dance - Garth Brooks
Not Ready to Make Nice - The Dixie Chicks

8 Qualities I look for in a friend:

8 people I will pass this on to:
Mary Ann
Mary Ann
Kerry Lynn


My layout for day 4 of the L.O.A.D. Challenge. I am finally starting Miss S's school scrapbook!

And look what I finished a couple nights ago! A knit scarf for me. Super simple - I cast on 10 stitches and knit away until the yarn was gone. A luscious baby Alpaca in a color called "blue lake" - it reminds me of Russian Blue kitties. And for how simple it was, guess how long it took me to finish it? Oh, about 5 months. I bought the yarn when we were in Durango in July! Yes, I am the world's slowest knitter.

On the schedule for today - getting my hair cut and highlighted and then to see Bee Movie with Miss S!!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

My Brother in Law Rocks

My one and only brother in law, Rick, is one of the coolest men I know. He is an awesome dad to his 7 kids and an awesome husband to my sister, Ryalin. Aren't they SO cute together:):)

When I firmed up plans to go to Vegas for Thanksgiving there was one thing I HAD to do...visit Quiltique! I've been dying to see some Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt and Heather Bailey fabric in real life and I was not disappointed. Rick graciously drove me there and waited in the car with the 6 kids we had with us while I shopped like a madwoman for 20 minutes. He deserves a gold medal for that:)

Next to the Heather Bailey display.

And my purchases - two yards of Amy Butler fabric (I think I'm going to make myself a skirt with it) and assorted fat quarters from Heather Bailey and Denyse Schmidt and a few other fat quarters I fell in love with. I wanted to buy every single one of Amy's patterns and I couldn't decide on just one so I didn't buy any. Any good recommendations on the perfect one to get? I have her In Stitches book and I love it.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

How in the Heck Did it Get to Be 2008...

doesn't it seem like it was just 2000???

Our New Year's Eve was low key - a delicious dinner at PF Chang's with a friend, then lounging on the couch watching the Jon and Kate Plus 8 marathon, then to bed at 10:30 p.m. I spent the first day of 2008 almost finishing my overhaul of the computer/craft room. What a transformation! I can see 80% of my desk and about 90% of the floor. Even Hubby was amazed. There are a few file folders to still go through but the change is awesome! I should have taken before and after pictures.

With all my wonderful newfound desk space, I created this layout as my first entry in the L.O.A.D. challenge - I hope to post a lot of my layouts here as well as on the challenge website.

So here's to an awesome 2008 filled with love, laughter and crafting. I look forward to spending this next year with all of you!!!