Friday, February 29, 2008

...happy journal entry...






I have been keeping a "happy journal" - Everyday I write a little comment, blurb, story that makes me happy. I was writing in it this morning, I know I had a happy moment already (what can I say I am a happy person) & was taken back by my happy moment from yesterday = here it is...



Went to the food store to get a few things. While at the meat dept,
there was this little old couple (about 80 or so). The little
lady forgot something & sighed, so she turned
& started to walk away from the cart, I assume to
retrieve the item she forgot. Out of no where,
the little man says "run" - the little old lady turns around
& smiles, he smiles back...

It's that the sweetest thing. Still thinking about that melts my heart. To be that old, to be that happy, to be that youthful. This also made me think about my Grandparents, Gran & Pappy. I could see my Pappy saying that to my Gran. God rest their souls...they passed away 10 mos from each other 2 years ago. They were married for 63 years.






Thursday, February 28, 2008

crazy about notebooks










I love paper. I love patterned paper, card stock, textured paper, mulberry paper, homemade paper, etc. I also have an OBSESSION with NOTEBOOKS. I could never go high tech, I need a notebook, pen to paper. I need to have a list of things to do, things I need, things to buy, books to read (okay I am a list person too!) Well, to get to the point of my blog today - I have finally MASTERED the way to make my OWN notebooks. Check these out...




I got the most amazing tool - BIND IT ALL. I am in heaven. I am binding everything. (My hubby is worried, last time I went on a frenzy like this it was with eBay & I was listing EVERYTHING for sale, hee hee) Here is another little notebook I made & a scrapbook of my daughter's field day last year (been meaning to scrap but I couldn't find an album I liked - now there is NO stopping me, nothing is off limits). Oh I am so impressed with myself (can you tell) - Oh & the best part is I am using "recycled" items to make these books. I'm going GREEN, doing my part. Well a few more pictures for your enjoyment & then off to the make MORE!!!!

The yellow blur in one of the pictures is me trying to block out my daughter's little friends face, I am not very good with my photo tools yet.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Basket for Bob ------



My neighbor, Bob, passed away suddenly last November. His softball team is sponsoring a beef & beer for the family. What an amazing thing, but I shouldn't be that surprised...Bob was an amazing person. I miss him so. He was one of those people that had a great aura...I mean seriously, he was awesome. Every time I talked to him (which was about everyday), you had a smile on your face or you were laughing at the end of every conversation. He was never angry, never mad, never said a mean thing about anyone...It was an honor to have been touched by such a guy. I had so much fun making this basket. I was stressing myself out about it (ask my friend, Carole, she thinks I'm crazy) so many things going through my head. Never been to a beef & beer before so I emailed my friend, Kristin, what things do you put in the basket? Well, I think I now know why I was FREAKING out....cause it is a "Basket for Bob". I made Bob so nervous when I was in the driveway with the compound miter saw cutting 2 x 4's & such. He would say, "can't you wait for Shane to come home?", "give me 10 mins to run my errands & I'll cut it for you", oh I could go on & on...but he was so funny with all his comments, he was so worried about me. He would be laugh at me cutting the grass, fighting with the weed wacker, shoveling the driveway, & so on...Anyway, that is why this basket was so important & stressful for me. Take a peek... I made it like a Backyard BBQ - Have a Large Tub that I put "COLD DRINKS" on it. Then I filled it with Plastic Cups, Plastic Plates, Plastic Bowls, Utensils. I don't know about you but it isn't a BBQ without Smores. So I added metal kabobs, Chocolate bars, marshmallows & graham crackers. Then I thought, you need to capture your memories so I decorated a plain black frame & added "Backyard Fun". I wrapped it in cellophane & added curly ribbon. I needed to do this asap otherwise the Chocolate didn't have a chance.

Friday, February 22, 2008

It's a SNOW day!!!!


I am so excited! I don't really know why since this has NO effect on my day - it's just like any other day. I mean now I don't have any Free time since the girls will be home all day with me, I have to remove all the snow from the cars, I have to shovel the driveway & sidewalks, I have to play "hall monitor" with all the snow clothes & boots...UGH!!! what was I thinking!!!

NAH, Just kidding! I love the 1st snow fall but I am told that this is going to be WASHED away...oh well, school's closed today & I got a picture. Hope everyone else enjoys their SNOW DAY!!!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

more creativity...comes in flashes these days...

a few cards I made the other day...




Happy Belated Anniversary to US!!!!






I forgot to publish this post....



**********************HAPPY ANNIVERSARY*********************************



WOW - 12 years. Sometimes that just blows my mind. I have actually been with my hubby for over 17 years...since I was 19. Oh my - now doesn't that blow your mind too! LOL! What was I thinking - 19 years old & engaged at 21 & married off at 24 (yeah, yeah, I know I gave away my age - it's just a number - for those who haven't got it yet - I'M 36 - anyway back to the story) never mind, I lost where I was going. 12 years, 1996 was a busy year!!!!- We've lived in our house for 12 years, our dog just turned 12, my hubby has been at his job for 12 years, I would have been at mine for 12 if I didn't resign (another story for another post) - well, for all who are still wondering, YES I am still happy & I am glad that I said yes, 15 years ago (I was engaged for 2 years). He is a wonderful man, a incredible father & my best friend. I love you!

my hubby is the most difficult person to buy for...but he sure does love his WAWA - so I got him a collect of gift cards. He enjoyed it!


Monday, February 11, 2008

what to bring????

My girls were invited to a Valentine's party yesterday & unlike a birthday party, I wasn't sure if they were suppose to bring something or not. When I called & RSVP'ed I asked if they needed anything but of course I got the "no, we are fine - can't wait to see you." So now what? Of course I got a BRILLANT idea at the last minute. What do you think?

I purchased a few tin buckets way back "hoping" they would come in handy - left over ribbon - whipped up a Valentine's Day tag card & tied to handle. Then added the best snack in the world...Pretzels with melted kissed & topped with an M&M - I think this is going to be a staple of mine now. So who wants to invite me over? Wink Wink! I think I am going to make a few of these for my 1st show this year at Rancocas. Oh, I forgot I have some left over in the garage refrig...mmmm, yummy! Think I am going to go "sneak" a few. Have a goodie!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

feeling a bit creative today...






a few baby congrats cards I was working on. You never know when these babies are going to decide to "POP OUT" so I decided it is better to get ready now. I am so not a procrastinator. I have to have things done as soon as they are given to me. When things hang around too long without being done (which believe me THIS RARELY HAPPENS) it drives ME insane. I can't handle the stress of an open project. However, I must admit, I don't crack under pressure. It's when everything is done & finish that I crack...now that doesn't make sense but it's the truth. I pull myself together long enough to get the task at hand done & then, well, you get the picture. I don't really need to give you a visual.
Also have been working on my little one's Valentine's gift. I was doing the Mailbox thingy for them & then I happen to see the most wonderful idea on Ali Edwards Blog ( http://aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/2008/01/post.html ) - so cool. I downloaded her templates & then made my own fabric cover...blah, blah, blah. The girls are going to love these.












Tuesday, February 5, 2008

oh no I've been tagged....

It's 1am in the morning. My little one just woke me up & told me her ear hurts. "what?" I don't know what to do...it's too late to call my sisters, so I do the next best thing...search the net. Although, I have this problem, when I get on the computer I seem to forget what I am suppose to be searching for. Some say AADD, I say it is an over-active interest to learn many things in a short time (you know, a fancy way to say "multi tasking") - hmmmm, now what was my point...oh yeah, I was tagged. Never been tagged before so this is exciting. Shirleys cards n crafts tagged me with 7 interesting facts...okay here goes:
  1. I have my girls names tattooed on my neck - hubby not happy & shhh, I want another one.
  2. I have my motorcycle license - one day I will have my own bike.
  3. I have a fake nail on my big toenail, I lost it last summer & it is just FINALLY growing back...thank god!
  4. I have no memory - I have to write things down otherwise I don't remember.
  5. I can not stand clutter, it drives me nuts.
  6. I have NEVER broken a bone (knocking on wood).
  7. I am addicted to wii. No seriously, sometimes when I don't have parental responsibilties to forfill, I race home to kick butt in wii. I crank up the music & PLAY...

wow, that was harder then I thought...now I have to tag 7 people...oh no, I don't know 7 people with blogs. I am going to tag...Theresa.

It is now 1:37am & I still haven't searched what to do about an earache...well, I guess she got tired of waiting & went back to bed...nah, just kidding. I gave her some meds before I got on the computer & now she is just fine playing with her webkinz. Fingers crossed she will be fine tomorrow, I have a PTO fundraiser to distribute at the school tomorrow that I chair - can't miss it.

Monday, February 4, 2008

if you could change the past, would you?




Someone had just recently asked me this question & at first I really couldn't answer that question. However, now after having much time to think about it...NO! I wouldn't change a thing. I feel that I am truly blessed & fortunate for my life. I may not have indisposable income but I do have many things in my life that money can not buy. I don't believe a person can be measured by the amount of money he or she makes, what kind of car they drive, home they live in, brands they wear...but I do believe they can be measured on how they make a person feel. I have had many hardships in my life, all of which seem petty now but I wouldn't change ANY of them. For if I did, I wouldn't have become the person I am now. I've learned from those experiences & moved past them. I have forgiven the people I needed to forgive & I feel so much better now that I don't harbor any ill feelings towards people who once did me wrong. Although, the one thing that I wish I could change - that my Mom didn't die of cancer 3 1/2 years ago. Then I think if this didn't happen, what terrible thing would have taken it's place? I think of my Mom every single day, I ache for her, I need her however again, I was blessed. I had a Mom whom I loved with all my heart, I had a Mom that was ALWAYS there for me, I had a Mom that was my Best friend. There are many people I know that don't have this kind of relationship with their Mom so that is why I am blessed. I wouldn't change the life that she gave me, the values she taught me or the fact that she isn't on earth anymore. I believe my Mom is still with me (call me crazy, I've been called worse) & I will see her again. So my question for you - if you could change the past, would you?

Friday, February 1, 2008

start your day off with a good laugh....

I have received this in an email quite a few times & it always cracks me up. Thought I would share -

20 ways to maintain a healthy level of insanity
  1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a HAIR DRYER at passing cars. See if they slow down.
  2. Page yourself over the intercom but don't disguise your voice.
  3. Every time someone asks you to do something ask if they want fries with that.
  4. Put your garbage can on your desk & label it "IN BASKET".
  5. Put decaf in the COFFEE MAKER for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to expresso.
  6. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for smuggling diamonds."
  7. Finish all your sentences with "In accordance with the prophecy."
  8. don t use any punctuation
  9. as often as possible, skip rather than walk.
  10. with a serious face, order diet water whenever you go out to eat
  11. Specify that your drive through order is "to go"
  12. Sing along at the opera.
  13. Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don't rhyme.
  14. put mosquito netting around your work area & play tropical sounds all day.
  15. Five days in advance, Tell your friends you can't attend their party because you're not in the mood.
  16. Have your co workers address you by your wrestling name, Rock Bottom.
  17. When the money comes out of the ATM, Scream "I WON, I WON!"
  18. When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot yelling, "RUN FOR YOUR LIVES, THEY'RE LOOSE!"
  19. Tell your children over dinner - "due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go."
  20. Do a chinese fire drill at every red light when you are driving alone.

~have a great day!