Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Get 'er Done, Done Did!

Put the items you've done in bold. I've italicized things I want to do.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (Campfire Girls' mints and peanuts)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chicken pox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Kids were out of school today. It was enjoyable. I actually spent the day doing laundry and cleaned out the frig. I baked an apple pie for Thanksgiving. My daughter and I prepared dinner together and then baked some pumpkin bread. My daughter, my husband and I watched Polar Express for the jillionth time!

As crazy as it sounds, it was a great day.

I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow. Wish our son was going to be with us, but he is spending it with his mom. We have invited our neighbor to spend Thanksgiving with us because she was going to be spending it alone.

Here's to wishing everyone a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 24, 2008

"Are you Afraid"

"Say it, say it out loud"....."Vampire".










Yes, I am a Twilight freak! This weekend my youngest daughter (11) and I went to Nashville to meet my other daughter (24) to see the premier of Twilight. We went to the 7:00 p.m. showing and it was sold out. We arrived one hour early...got in line and our group took up almost a whole row.















The teenaged girls at the theatre cracked us up! They were screaming and carrying on whenever Edward's or Jacob's face came on the screen. So hilarious.

I think they did a great job choosing the cast for this movie. Even though it was impossible to do the book justice - the movie was still great. I really loved it. I loved the humor they put into the movie as well.

I am looking forward the New Moon. As you Twilight junkies know, the next one is in the works. Can't wait!!!!!

We had a great girls weekend. We spent Saturday shopping....trying to get some ideas for Christmas, bought some wonderful bagels at Panera Bread - yum. That evening we watched the movie Wall-E with the grandkids. It was a really cute movie. Sunday was spent at my daughter's inlaws' house for lunch then we made the drive back home.

It sure was nice to sleep in my own bed and get a good night's sleep. Then back to reality and work!


All in all a great weekend spent with my two favorite girls.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What are you waiting for?

Have you gone to the Vanilla Joy website? You don't want to miss out on this wonderful giveaway...it is a scrapbookers dream. Go now and you might be the lucky winner! (However, I really hope that I am the lucky one to win this sweet prize!).

This Mini Box by the Original Scrapbox (TheOriginalScrapbox.com) is what every scrapbooker needs. I am a real hoarder of scrapbooking product. Mostly because I put it in a place where it belongs...however, I then forget about it. When I get ready to scrap a page...I forget what I have and therefore don't use the wonderful products that I have purchased. I also end up buying product I already have because I forget that I purchased it before. Not good! This wonderful Mini Box would be the answer! I could have everything right in front of me in one place in clear containers, so I could easily find what I needed and start using up some of the wonderful items I have in my stock.

I hope, wish, pray that I am the ONE!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Another Give-away at Vanilla Joy









Vanilla-Joy is having another wonderful giveaway. You can click on this link to find out all about it vanillajoy.com.

You can read all about it here as well. She is giving away an $800.00 The Mini Box by The Original Scrapbox. It is incredible. It gives you so much storage. You could use it for sewing, crafting, anything. This contest runs from September 15 through September 21st. So don't miss out...check it out now.















Here are some keyphrases from Vanilla Joy:
kids face painting
family fun
obaji skin care
creative date ideas
discipline for children
take surveys for money

Don't forget...visit Vanilla Joy!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Mandarin Pixie going out of Business

Just to let everyone know that Mandarin Pixie is closing their doors. Their prices are unbelievable on their remaining stock. You can also enter for a giveaway to win one of everything left in their store, plus free shipping!!!! Go to their website for the details: http://www.mandarinpixie.com/

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Vanilla Joy Giveaway - Thursday

Another great giveaway today from Vanilla Joy. This is what the giveaway is today:
The Fiskars portable trimmer 12" with extra blades, wave, deckle, scoring and pinking.
















The next item is the Fiskars 12" portable personal trimmer with 2 pack replacement blades - straight and scoring.



















Next is the Fiskars 45mm Comfort Grip Rotary Cutter. It also includes replacement blades.












Next is the Fiskars 6.5 x 24.5 Acrylic ruler and a 6.5 x 6.5 Acrylic ruler.
















And last but not least is a 24 x 36 rotary mat by Fiskars.













This is a great giveaway and it is all free from Fiskars. Be sure to stop by and enter!






Also here are some keyphrases again for Vanilla Joy:

kids face painting
family fun
obaji skin care
creative date ideas
discipline for children
take surveys for money













Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Vanilla Joy Giveaway


Vanilla Joy Giveaway










Click on the image and it will direct you to Vanilla Joy. The giveaway today is the following - see for yourself.

















The Ultimate Trimmer by Purple Cows. Next...
















The Sizzix Sidekick. And last but not least...

The Portable Ribbon dispenser by Creative Options.
What a wonderful giveaway. Click on the link above and enter for yourself. Hurry before it is too late...you can now enter for the past two days giveaways as well. You don't want to miss out.
These are some keyphrases to link to vanilla joy:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Vanilla Joy

Vanilla Joy "vanillajoy.com" is hosting a wonderful giveaway. All you have to do is post a comment. You can also earn additional ways to win prizes. By doing the following. You post these keyword phrases and earn an additional 10 entries per link. Such as kids face painting. You can also use the keyword phrase family fun. Or maybe you would rather use the phrase obaji skin care. Then there is this phrase creative date ideas. Or if those phrases don't do it for you, you can try these, discipline for children or take surveys for money.

Visit her site, you will enjoy it!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Yea August

I am so happy that August is here. Our kids started school August 7 - which makes me very happy (and them as well). They had to come to work with us a lot this summer which was not so fun for them or us! LOL

My daughter finally got into contacts...she is so excited about it. It is amazing how grown up she looks now. She began Middle School this year and is loving it. She also has her first boyfriend! It is so cute.

My son is in football. He has been working really hard at it. And, I taught him to water ski last weekend. He is so thrilled with it! Now he can't wait to get back to the lake to do it again.

I have been selling a lot of my jewelry lately. I am so excited about that. I am considering an Etsy site to sell my wares...just not sure yet. I am considering selling some handmade cards, some purses, and jewelry. We will see. I may even get to the point of selling some quilts...now that is ambitious isn't it?! LOL

If anyone reads this site...I would like to recommend a site to you if any of you sew. I found the site http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/. She has a wonderful pattern for a purse and you can also buy the fabric squares to make it as well. It is a quilted purse and is adorable. I can't wait to make mine. I must also mention she is a joy to work with...I would definitely recommend her!
I will post my purse when I make it.

Well, must get to work...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Leah Fung Blog Contest


I have tried two different links and they just aren't working so, here is my project. Crossing my fingers that I win this. I need it soooo bad! Thanks for the opportunity. You'all are the best!

Friday, April 18, 2008

SORRY IT HAS BEEN SO LONG!

I know it has been a long time since I blogged last - sorry. I have been swamped. So, let's catch up.

Scott and I went with his parents on a Western Caribbean cruise on the Norwiegan Sun. We left on March 27 and returned on April 6. We spent a couple days in Ft. Lauderdale prior and after the cruise. We met some really nice people in Ft. Lauderdale. I really enjoyed Florida. We ate at a great restaurant called the Whale's Rib.

We had a great time on the cruise with Mom and Dad. We spent time in the casino, ate A LOT, shopped on the ship, drank A LOT, and visited some really nice ports. Our first port was Roatan, Honduras. I wasn't terribly impressed, but I found out we didn't get the true experience. Had we taken a taxi and gone to the beach and taken a tour, we would have loved it, but the area gave me a really bad feeling...had I been in a larger group, I would have taken a taxi...but not just the two of us. Our next port was Belize City, Belize. We loved it there. We did some shopping and visited with some of the locals...one of them being Gilly Williams who was a tour guide there. He has lived there all his life and knows every nook and cranny. He showed me a map and gave me a "verbal" tour. Next time I will look him up and take his tour; I know it would be very memorable. Next port was Cozumel. Great shopping. We bought some jewelry and got some great pics holding a large parrot. The parrot was trained to take a sunflower seed out of between your front teeth. I will post some pics - they are great! We then went to a beautiful beach with crystal clear water. We met a great couple there. We then grabbed a taxi with them and went to Senor Frogs and had some beers - then it was back on the ship to our last port - Great Stirrup Cay. This was just a beach day. We rented a large floatie, snorkel gear and enjoyed the beautiful clear water there. We looked at some beautiful fish and live rock. Enjoyed some daquiris, LOTS of sun and great fun. We toured a little bit of the island...it was beautiful. We had hoped to see some iguanas and get pics but no luck. Then back to the ship and some time at sea. It was a wonderful time, and I can't wait to do it again.

Once back home it was time to play catch up at work and home. I'm still not caught up. of course I am so wrapped up in my new obsession that I don't want to do anything else....I know I mentioned this new thing of mine - JEWELRY MAKING! I have made so many things, and I go crazy if I don't have something to work on. I have made many necklaces, earrings and a bracelet. I need to post some of my lastest work. I know I am bad at posting pics, but I will get these pics posted.

This weekend we will be heading to Nashville to attend the Stanley Cup playoffs between Predators and Redwings. It will be a great game. I am also going to get to see my dear friend Stephanie. Of course I will be staying with my daughter, Danielle and her kids. So, I can't wait to see them.

Oh, I forgot to mention that last week Danielle was here with her work. Her company, RJ Young, had a crawfish boil here and Scott, Kaylee and I went. We ate some great food and entered a couple raffles...well, I won one of them - a grill for my husband. It is really nice, and I was so excited! We also brought a couple live crawfish home. We fed them and kept them for a while, but then the larger one starting picking on the small one....cutting off his legs and fighting him....so, I cooked them both! I know, that is mean, but I was putting the one little guy out of his misery (he wasn't doing very well) and I made the bigger one pay for being so MEAN!

Well, can't think of anything else at the moment, plus I need to get to work. Be back soon to post pics.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

One Year

It was one year ago today that I lost my mom. When I first woke up this morning my mother was on my mind...then I remembered where I was one year ago today. I was sitting next to her bed, my head laying on her stroking her arm and holding her hand as she struggled for her next breath. With each pause of her breath I would jolt my head up and look at her, hoping she would breathe again, yet wanting her to be at peace. Then came a pause....she was at peace.

The selfish side of me wants her here so badly. I miss her every day, and I wish she was here to share in my creative interests. She is the one that got me interested in working with my hands. She started me sewing at a very young age. I can remember making Barbie doll clothes. Then she bought me a toy sewing machine for Christmas one year, but it never worked very well...I continued to just use her machine. Then as I got older I tried my hands at many crafts - macrame, tole painting, oil painting, fabric painting, wreath making, crocheting, knitting, ceramics, quilting, jewelry making...you name it, I tried it. My mother used to sit and watch me as I created. Sometimes she would join in, sometimes she would accompany me to classes, and other times just watch. One time she even came with me when I had a booth at a craft fair...she just sat there and kept me company. Then the last few years I have found the art of papercrafting. I made my mother many cards...decorated a tin for her to store them all in. She loved it very much - she loved sending out cards, and she was my biggest fan. She thought everything I did was magnificent - just as I do when my children make something. Thanks mom for introducing me to so many crafts and developing my love for creativity.

I also miss having my mom to shop with. We used to get up and be at the mall before the stores opened. We would shop, have lunch, shop, eat supper, and then shop until the mall closed. We had such a great time doing that. We could look at everything in every store and come home with not one thing!

So here I am today on a dreary, rainy day, missing my best friend...my beloved mother....

Sunday, March 2, 2008

LOOK WHAT I DISCOVERED

JEWELRY MAKING!!!!! I met the most wonderful lady the other day. My best friend, Stephanie, and I decided to go to a local beading store, Beadazzled. We met the owner, Jeanette. What a wonderfully nice lady. I wanted to make some earrings, so she steered me in the right direction to make a pair of earrings. Then she showed be the most amazing earrings...I just had to make them...so I got the items to make them as well. She wrote out a few instructions, encouraged me that I could do it, and off I went. Check out the wonderful pics and see what I did!!! I'm loving it!






























Monday, February 25, 2008

AFTER THE CLASS

I taught my first class at a scrapbook store Saturday. The picture of the project is below. The class obviously is one that Leah Fung taught with a few modifications made. I taught the class with her blessing of course.

The class went really well. I had a great time and so did the ladies that attended, which was wonderful! They all were wonderful. The class lasted around 3 1/2 hours, which was pretty much what I had planned. We will be holding the class one more time. I will post when the date is decided upon.

I am in the process of planning a Heidi Swapp project. I absolutely love Heidi Swapp products!!!!!!! I will post this project as well. Most likely will be a two-page spread. I would like to do an altered clock at some point, but we will see.

I didn't do a whole lot else this weekend. I was tuckered out after finishing on Saturday. So, today will be a day of creativity, I hope. I am looking forward to getting into my studio.

Oh yea, I had a Stampin Up class on Friday in my studio. We had a great time! We made a couple of cards. The ladies really liked them.

That is about it. See ya later.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

FAMILY NIGHT


Last night our family had family night. What a great time we had. We used to do this before, but everyone seemed to have so many other plans that no one would be here for family night. Our son is in sports, my daughter in dance...so it is hard coordinating. However, we are giving it another go.

Last night our family night began at 5:30. We cooked supper for all, stir fry teriyaki chicken, and sat down to the table for good food and great conversation. The conversations some how lead to "sex education" classes the kids have had at school. Somehow it lead to "protection", and my husband said do you know what we are talking about? to my daughter. She responded, yea, compounds! I thought we were going to fall out of our chairs laughing. Such innocence....it is so wonderful to see that in my daughter.

After dinner we sat down for a game of "Win, Lose or Draw". We had so much fun. There was a lot of loud voices trying to guess what we were drawing, lots of laughter, and tons of fun. Then we decided we would play charades when we finished our other game. It was hilarious. We decided we would use the cards out of the "Win, Lose or Draw" game. It was rather hard. My daughter had a harder time with it all....I don't believe she has ever played charades! Isn't that sad?! I had to act out things like "heart and soul". Now, heart is easy...but soul...that is a little harder to convey. However, I must of done okay, because my son guessed it! Then my son got one "Where there's a will there's a way". Now, how the heck do you do that one? Needless to say, none of us guessed that one!

Then we all went outside to see the lunar eclipse. It was too cloudy, so we couldn't see it very well, but we tried. The kids thanked us for planning a lunar eclipse on family night! LOL

I think this family night thing was a hit, and I believe we will be going to another round next week. I am just glad that we all got to spend time together and enjoy each other. I look forward to next week!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

I'm Teaching A Class




Just to let everyone know, I am teaching a class on February 23 at 1:00 at the Crop Shop in Chattanooga. The class is a reminder rolodex inspired by Leah Fung for BHG. I know you all will love the project,and it is something you will use year after year. You can replace the calendar on each month for the current year. The one we are making has a 2008 calendar. Above are samples of what I will be teaching. I hope to see you all there. The cost of the class is $25.00 payable to the Crop Shop. If you want more information, please leave a comment with your e-mail address, and I will get back to you.