Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy National Scrapbook Day!!

I am off to enjoy a day of festivities at my local scrabook store with my mom. Lots of crativity going to happen today, my friends. I hope you enjoy your day!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

So much to say...

ok, seriously, this here little bloggy blog has taken a BEATING in the neglect department. I have no real excuse other than I wanted to jazz the blogspot up a bit, make it new and fresh, but got entirely too frustrated in the task and gave up all together. That doesn't mean the blog never came to my just caused anxiety. :) So, with that, I will try to do better. totally taking responsibility here. however, if anyone knows of a great way to spruce this place up (mostly meaning banner part) that will not lead to me wanting to throw the computer out the window or cause severe abdominal cramping....give me a hollar!!

But just because I neglect the blog doesn not mean I neglect my, my friends, I have been creating with fury!! there is just something magical about creating for me....the whole process of making something beautiful out of a few simple items just leaves me breathless.

sewing. I {love} sewing. totally makes me happy. weird how this happened. never took a class, just asked mom for a few pointers and tips, along with some hand holding, but never looked back. handbags, aprons, skirts, outfits for Lexie....digging it all.
fabric is just as cool to me as paper at this point in my life....sometimes I get crazy and combine the two for a scrapbook page. speaking of my numero uno love, scrapbooking, I was asked to be Guest designer for Paper Posies in February.

They have a spectacular kit every month jam packed with the latest and greatest items. That was some serious fun!! I was also published on Scrap 'N Art Ezine for the jan/feb issue!! on top of the world, people!!

loads and loads of other stuff but I just wanted to stop in and "HELLO!" to my peeps...leave me some love so I know you were here :)until next time, gadget!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

16 years and counting....

that I have been waiting to see these hunky beef cakes in person!! and now at just 5 days before my 31st birthday I am seeing them in concert. My lil brother surprised me with tickets for an early birthday present!! Is that dude the best or what?? I tried twice to see them back in the day but they cancelled both times! I kind of gave up on the big dream to see the New Kids. And then all of a sudden, out of the blue, the "kids" come out with a new CD and go out on tour! So, in just a few short hours, I will be on my way with lil bro' heading to phoenix to see my heart-throbs from my early teen years(and some brother/sister bonding time!! {{{squealing with delight}}} The dream is coming true ladies!
This will definitely be a scrapbook moment!! catch ya on the flip side!

Sunday, October 12, 2008


My husband & I went on a date this Friday night. We had dinner and went to a movie. Sounds easy enough, right? This is something that, unfortunately, doesn't happen very frequently for us. But I knew it was well overdue and I hired a sitter to come and made the plans. We had dinner together at El Charro restaurant, a little piece of Tucson history. Can I just say how nice it was to have a meal together, while being able to hold a conversation & not have to stop to take a child to the bathroom or tell another child to sit down and stop sticking their hands in my glass? heaven I tell you. So after having my relaxing dinner that wasn't rushed because I was going to flip out by being in a restaurant longer than 30 minutes with my three children, we went to a movie. Chris & I couldn't even recall the last movie we saw together in a theater.

We saw the movie Fireproof. We had heard from a few friends that this was a great movie for married couples. I had no idea what I was in for. This movie is AMAZING, WONDERFUL, BIBLICAL, and IMPACTING. Chris & I walked out fully aware of our own selfishness & hurtfullness that we can cause our spouse. I knew FULLY that I wasn't giving to my husband as Christ gave for me. wow. humbling. We had a wonderful discussion that is still continuing...this movie sparked a newness in us that I have been longing for. we both have. This movie helped to ignite the fire within our marriage that tends to smolder over time. We know that our marriage is a covenant between us & God and we have seen how God can restore a marriage when HE is in the center.

So, my friends, do something very special for your marriage and see this movie very soon. I pray that you receive the blessings above and beyond what we have.

Friday, October 3, 2008

an escape

Last weekend, i spent my time with a group of women who all love to scrapbook. We were at a scrapbooking retreat hosted by my LSS. If I could imagine just a little what heaven would be, this would be a little piece of it. Imagine scrapping the day away, no worries-besides not running out of adhesive. Stayed up late, slept in, and just surrounded myself with beautiful paper, buttons, and lots of pretty ribbon. I met some really great ladies, spent quality time with my mom, and surrounded myself with lots of beautiful paper, buttons, and ribbon.....did I already mention this? If you get a chance to escape and become one with your paper & glue, DO IT!!! It's a girly good time!!

anyway, so what did I accomplish? I got lots of pages done & a mini-album that I have been wanting to do for a long while now is now complete! These being a few:

More to follow, too lazy to edit all the pics! Besides what would you have to look forward to?

Friday, September 19, 2008


July 29th!!!?????!!! seriously, I haven't been here since then??? What in the world?? Wow, this job thing has really taken a chunk out of my life!!

Since July 29 I have:

-started working part-time at the preschool that my boys attend (2 days a week) as a teacher's assistant in a three year old classroom.

-traveled to San Carlos (Mexico) & Washington D.C.

-sent all three of my children to school

-celebrated the 8th year of marriage to my amazing & wonderful husband, Chris

-taken an awesome scrapbook class at my LSS from the amazing Layle Koncar

-had my name published in the October CK mag as one of the 10 standout readers whose pages caught the eyes of the folks at CK!! HELLO?!!! (So very psyched about this!)

-sewed the cutest darn bag you ever did see

This is the Birdie Sling pattern from Amy Butler. Love it...want to make one in every fabric possible!! This bag holds everything!! It was so much crisper and prettier when it was first completed. Since then I dropped half a cup of coffee all over the outside & had to wash it three times to get it clean!

-finally started my book from our anniversary trip to San Francisco last year! (just before this years trip!)

And now I am getting ready to go on another retreat next weekend sponsored by my LSS. Good times!! So there you have it, readers! Rest assured, I am indeed alive and well, just very busy. I must make a point to be bloggy more. Until next time scrappers!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Confessions & Figure 8's

I have a few confessions to make:

#1- i am ecstatic that school starts in 2 weeks (am I a bad mom?)

#2-even more ecstatic that I get to start working next week at the preschool because there will be ADULTS there to talk with and free childcare for my kids while I prepare for the upcoming school year!

#3-I feel kind of burnt out on scrapbooking right now

#4-I LOVE fabric (see #3)

#5-Really loving reading at this moment (see #3)

Kids are driving me crazy...alone time in the bathroom is unheard of around here, as is the silence to make a phone call. ok, it is quiet until I decide to pick up a phone. uggghhhh!! Needless to say, I am really looking forward to school starting. Even if it means that i am going to start working part-time at the preschool. I am trading in my 3 kids for 15 others. not quite sure about my thinking there. I would really appreciate prayers for all of us in the new school year. :)

So why do I feel burnt out with scrapping? hmmm, a few ideas here. It could be the overwhelming amount of scrap supplies that I have (most unopened) and feel totally perplexed as to how I will use all of it before I die. The amount of paper here in my haven leaves me responsible for a small chunk of forest that is currently missing. Another idea for my sad feelings is that everywhere I look, I see the same designers and their work. Now, don't get me wrong, i think they are talented. I just think it is really hard for a newbie like me to get noticed when all the same people are getting picked for special projects, design teams, magazine calls. Why, yes, I do submit a LOT!! no luck yet, but I will keep trying. Nonetheless, I need to remember WHY I remember my life with my family and to leave a footprint for our future generations. The affirmation of my talent as a scrapper would be wonderful....but it isn't what my life is about.

Also, in my attempt to really stay clear of many of my favorite internet, scrapbooking haunts, (for the purpose of being kind to my wallet) I have found out that I still really love fabric and the possibilities that lay ahead with the help of my trusty sewing machine. Now, before you start thinking about the high cost of fabric, just know that I have an insane amount of fabric that I have acquired in the past 6 mos or so. So I am still saving money. Even if I have to buy just a little something extra for a special project.

So what do you do when you are trying to save money? I say pick up a good book. I have been reading like crazy. The library has never seen so much of me. This is also good on the checkbook....don't buy it if you can borrow it for free. aahhhh, just makes me happy. I have also been really trying hard to have my quiet time with Jesus every day. I pulled out a devotional that was given to me awhile back but I never read. It is the perfect length & always gets me thinking about how awesome God is, especially to me. I think that the very same god that created the stars in the sky and amazing sunsets & magestic mountains created me & loves ME so much that He sent His Son to die for ME!!! Humbling.

On this note, as I type this, my son is going round and round and round and round my scrapbook room. I ask him, 'what are you doing?". His response: "working on my figure 8's". Of course you are sweet boy....keep working.