Monday, December 15, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
I have a few excuses as to why I've been so deficient in the blogging/anything related to computers realm:
1) Our computer has "issues." (This thing is 8 years old. Almost extinct in computer years.)
2) In order to remedy the old computer problem, we had to shop for a new one. Oh, the horror!
3) My poor bro-in-law (our family's techie go-to guy) had to withstand several hour-long conversations with Fred (my hubby, the not-so techie guy) so that we could get the computer of our dreams. (All I want is to have enough space for Photoshop...or even just a photo.)
4) After finally deciding on the 45,000 options we wanted, Fred decided to wait until Black Friday to order it. Because, as poor farmers, we take any discount we can get!
So there you have it. I'm still using this dinosaur for the next few days but believe me I have a date with the internet once we figure out how to get the new thing up and running.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I had nothing to do with this cake (except for the consumption of it..YUM). I added a butterfly and bird from a template I (frustratingly) hand-drew. I used some Stampin' Up! and Amy Butler paper and added a little ribbon to some Wilton lollipop sticks I bought from Walmart.
Isn't she a hot mama?
Monday, October 13, 2008
My preschooler has had a great time exploring the different shapes and sizes of pumpkins, leaves, walnuts and other natural things on our pumpkin patch adventures.
On Saturday, we went to an apple/pumpkin farm called Abel's Apple Acres in Apple Hill (outside of Placerville, CA). We had an absolute blast with the pony rides, photo opportunities, apple goodies, etc. If you live anywhere in Northern California, go there and have a great time! I would highly recommend taking a trip during the week because the traffic and crowds can be unbelievable!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Unfortunately, I was out of ruby red, so I substituted rose red instead.
Here's the fun card I came up with:
I had fun doing a little bit of embroidery on this card...so simple!
Stamps: SU! Unfrogettable and Full of Life
Ink: SU! Craft White, Old Olive and Summer Sun (for contrast on the paper)
Paper: SU! Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Ballet Blue, Cutie Pie patterned paper
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I decided to make the invitations with the bedding in mind because a baby bird theme is so fun and birds are so hip right now. I'm going to use feather boas as table runners and make some paper butterflies to hang around. I have a ton of milk glass vases and cups to fill with fresh flowers. Here are the invitations I put together:
Friday, October 3, 2008
And here's my dual-purpose design challenge and wedding card creation:
This was quite the conglomoration of supplies (don't you just LOVE the word conglomoration..it rocks!) but I got a design challenge and a wedding card done all in one afternoon! Go ME!
Stamps: Studio G $1 stamp from Michael's (WOOT!)
Ink: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip
Paper: SU! Very Vanilla and Pumpkin Pie and K & Company Amy Butler patterned paper
Accessories: SU! Twill tape, Self-adhesive die cut from SU! Tie the Knot Simply Scrappin' kit, wired seed beads, and pop dots
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
One other product I was dying to get my hands on at the expo was a Klean Kanteen! These awesome bottles are founded from a local company and are responsibly made in China. If you haven't jumped aboard the BPA-free water bottle train, you should. Here are a few facts about them (from their website):
•Better Health: Klean Kanteens are made from #304 stainless steel, the material of choice in the food processing, dairy, and brewery industries. Stainless steel is easy to clean, durable, inert, sanitary, toxin-free, and non-leaching.
•Hydration: It’s vital for life.
•Environmental Responsibility: Klean Kanteens are the stainless steel alternative to plastics. Plastics in landfills and oceans are one of the most alarming of today’s environmental stories. (They are also recyclable.)
What kinds of local products are you excited about? Give your local companies a "shout out" and post something on your blog. Go local!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
4 Things I was doing 10 years ago (1998)
1) Taking finals at the end of my freshman year of college!
2) E-mailing and calling my new "love." (Guess what, he became my hubby!)
3) Working at a local body and bath shop. Pumping lotion and cutting soap...no brain activity required.
4 Things I did yesterday
1) Took Kira to preschool.
2) Got to have a peaceful lunch out with the hubby and Mr. Marcus Man!
3) Bought some new underwear...ooh-la-la!
4) Went to a friend's Tupperware show....no longer a virgin in this department! Yikes! I'm broke! (And now officially a housewife!!)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
"The grand essentials of happiness are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.--A.K. Chalmers"
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy - they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. --Marcel Proust"
Friday, May 16, 2008
Title provided by Jack Johnson's "Inaudible Melodies."
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Here's what I came up with:
My photography skills are *terrible* less-than-stellar. Thanks to the economic stimulus check we should be getting soon, I'll hopefully have a new computer and Photoshop to edit my pics!
Friday, May 2, 2008
I'm cheap. I'm a stay-at-home-mom. I can't help it.
I despise renting a movie for almost $5 when I could practically buy it for the same price. Netflix sounds fabulous, but sometimes we just don't rent all that many movies in a month because there isn't anything good out there.
Enter my new best friend, REDBOX.
Redbox is every mom's dream...you rent a movie at the (literally: RED BOX in the) GROCERY STORE for ONE DOLLAR. Return it the next day by 9PM, otherwise it's another dollar. We just watched Juno last week FOR ONE DOLLAR and then I took a peek at the Redbox website and saw that if you signed up for updates that they would send a code for a free rental to your email. So, we got to see Dan In Real Life for FREE! (Both great movies, by the way!)
Check out Redbox and find out where they're located in your area. I know you could use a night in with the hubby!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I love my kids to pieces and I would do anything *no ice cream sharing here* for them. Sometimes I wish that when baby #1 was born, I would have developed the DUN-DA-DU-DUNNNN....MOMMY SHIELD *instead of saggy boobs*. This fantastic contraption would be an invisible shield from all of the bugs, viruses, bacteria, crud, vomit, phlegm, poo, *insert any foul noun here* crap that might come my way.
There is a vacuum that can clean your ENTIRE house BY ITSELF AND put itself away. Am I asking too much?
Little Mr. Bubs got croup this weekend. He WAS crawling on the floor at Round Table while I attended a local Mothers' Club meeting...coincidence??? I should be glad that he's still alive. Although my tough guy's spirit hasn't been weakened too much, he has contracted the ability to bark like a seal and wheeze like the Marlboro Man himself. Although these sounds may be music to a chain-smoking carnie's ears, they make me cringe.
The Mommy Shield in non-operational.
Resistance is futile.
My throat hurts!
"Does a seal sound like THIS?"
Monday, April 21, 2008
I've recently subscribed to a fun blog called Seven Dogs and A Baby. Angela is a 29-year old mama to almost-one-year-old, Connor. If I met Angela at a park somewhere locally, I'm sure we'd have some stories to share because I am also 29 and my little *almost* birthday boy will turn one on May 3rd! Since Connor is turning one, Angela is throwing a blog party with fun and prizes galore! Head over to Seven Dogs and A Baby and join in the fun!
(I did not make this cake. Alana Hodgson did.)