Friday, November 21, 2008
Life has been absolutely crazy. I started teaching at the local community college this semester. I cannot believe the amount of time I have put into these classes. I do love teaching. I am a little disappointed that I may not be teaching next semester. Oh well...the life of an adjunt (part-time) instructor.
And Scrappy Sabatical is about to end. I have over 60 Christmas cards to make, 5 2009 wall calendars and 2 desk calendars to make as gifts. I'm thinking my 12x12 printer will make everything much easier...I can't wait to get back to my scrappy table.
And who knows...maybe after the first of the year...I can get back to my scrappy board friends!!! I miss everyone.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
It all started a couple of weeks ago. We finally got the call for a long awaited referal...finally a son for our family. It ended up we needed to decline the referal. This has just shaken me to the core. I cannot even begin to describe all the emotions and feelings I have gone through with this.
I just attended a crop and a scrappy retreat --> I didn't want to be at either and scrapping just didn't happen...everything was just soo difficult. Can you imagine not being excited about a scrapping retreat? I knew something was wrong.
So...I'm going to take some time off...said goodbye for now to my scrappy friends on the boards and I'm going to take time to heal and become the squeeky wheel at out adoption agency. Hopefully, this sabbatical will not last long!!!!!!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Most materials are MM Noteworthy -- I just love that stuff!! The little quotes came from a daily calendar that I had in '06. I save some of the ones that touched my heart in some way. I really wish I could figure out the lighting in my new home. I really hate the way this photo looks washed out! Sorry!!
We spent a lot of time at our hotel's pool...Kelly was improving her swimming every day! We went to Sea World on what turnout to be the hottest day! But the shows were awesome and Kelly got to go on the big girl ride with mommy and daddy! The ride is called Atlantis and we got soaked!!!! Check out this photo...My hubby is top row left, Kelly and I are in the next row!Then we went to Aquatica --> Sea World's water park. OMG!!! What a blast!!! I'm not a water park fan...I don't really like to get my face wet...I know...I'm weird. But their version of the lazy river was AWESOME!!!! You could put on a life vest and just float...and there were rapids and well we must have gone around at least 10 to 15 times. Kelly had a blast and always wanted to go faster. No pictures from the water park...Just no way to keep the camera safe.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
So...here is a post for you all. I do hope to get some more pictures up of the storm damage (the bucket truck came on Sunday to get the high stuff down), some photos of vacation and Kelly's first day of school. But...it will be a little while longer because I have also gone back to school. I accepted a position as an adjunct instructor for Muscatine Community College on Thursday. I am very busy re-learning and teaching Elementary Statistics for 9 Wilton HS students. Go figure...but I love it and hope that I will be asked back for the Spring (maybe for some other math class!)
So...be patient. I should get caught up and a little ahead this weekend. Then hopefully next week I'll get some photos up. Although...I'm thinking my scrap desk is going to collect some dust for awhile! All my free time is going to this class.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Phase 2 will begin when we get back from vacation. We have to get a tree service to come out and get down the high stuff.
I feel like I haven't scrapped for a month! And vacation is starting in a couple of days...so I don't think I'll get back to my scrap table until the second week of August....hopefully the mojo will be flowing!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Great! Just what we needed! LOL!! Anyway, after 3 days of clean up, I think I finally have a plan. My husband and neighbor cut the wood after work and I haul it up. I think we will create a burn pile and burn the small stuff. I'm looking for volunteers to take the bigger stuff. Another neighbor has a wood burning furnace and will be taking some.
Anyway...here are some photos of what is done after 3 days. Although I got a slow start on Monday and Tuesday. Monday I had chainsaw problems. I bought the last one in town and it did not work well. Tuesday I exchanged it...Yeah! It works...but it is too heavy for me. I could cut for about 15 to 10 minutes, then I would haul wood in a wheel barrow. Tuesday night...Mike and our neighbor got a bunch cut. Another neighbor lent us his cart for the lawn tractor. Today I haulled and stacked all the wood.
There still seems to be a bunch more to do. I don't even feel like we got a dent into it...Check it out-->
This is 2 full rows with a third started. These logs ar at least 4" in diameter...a few are more than 12" in diameter.
This is the second pile of smaller stuff...There are piles all over the yard of smaller stuff that will eventually make it to the burn pit/pile I create.
This is one of 2 whole trees that came down still needing to be cut.
This is the other. It is hard to tell, but at about 8 feet up the tree snapped and fell over.
More limbs to be cut. Again, these are at least 12" in diameter at the widest point. There are at least 3 of these large limbs and many more smaller ones still waiting to be cut.
This is not a good photo...but there is an equivalent of a tree stuck in the tree. I have no idea how we are going to get that down. We have numerous stuck branches in the big Oaks and many of the Ashes have been topped.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Wow...one photo of a 2 page spread is awfully tiny! Anyway the PP, rubons, tags, and stickers are all Daisy D. The circle thingys are MM grommets. One of those tools I had to have and just never used...until now!
I love how this layout turned out...card stock only, ghost letters with rubons, and silver stitching!
Anyway...do you have a tool that you just had to have and have never used it? Which one?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
10 yrs ago: I was still single and living in Carol Stream. I was a system administrator turning into a capacity planner. WOW...a lot has changed since then.
5 things to do today: 1. Balance check book. 2. Pay bills. 3. Vacuum floors. 4. Clean kitchen. 5. Cook dinner. and 6. SCRAP!
Favorite snack: This is a toss up...for sweets --> dark chocolate m&ms. for salty --> pretzel flats with spinach dip.
What would I do if I was a millionaire: I would travel with my Hubby...live in a warm climate year round and scrap, scrap, scrap!
The places I have lived are: Homewood, IL...Champaign, Il (during my college days), Carol Stream, IL; Grayson, GA; St. Charles, IL, and now...Muscatine IA
The 4 people I will tag are: Shannon, Meg, Ally, and Jen
But, what I did find out was that I was forcing layouts to fit challenges and soon got disgusted There is even one layout I want to rip up...but it got lots of praise in the gallery...go figure...bleech! I'm thinking that for everyone one or challenge you do, you get a FREE choice...Maybe that would help with the burn out.
Anyway...I'm one 2 page spread from finishing Kelly's 4th year book!! I should be chomping at the bit to get it done...I LOVE the feeling of a finished book!
Or maybe it is because of the layout that is sitting on my desk. It is left over from the crop challenge...Frozen Yougart...a layout about me. I choose to focus on all my "Battles" that I seem to be in lately...weight/toy pickup/light shut off/project putaway....I'm having a hard time working on this for some reason. Yeah...this is it...I think there is a battle that has not made its way to the page...I'm not sure what it is yet...but it is holding me back. Off to find out what it is!!
So...how do you get your mojo back?
Monday, July 7, 2008
The article basically reiterated the traditional definitions of each --> a scrapper is someone that scraps big events while working in archival mediums (reading between the lines...little embellishing). While an artist use non-traditional mediums (again reading between the lines...lots of embellishing) and will more often scrap everyday type events. Then they had the Masters describe which they are...scrapper, artist, or both.
First off...I would debate that ANYONE that gets selected to be a master is definitely artist in my book. And at least one master was honest and said she treated layouts to be published more artistically than what she does for herself and family. And one other Master described herself as scrapper and created a layout to illustrate her style. I again would debate that this layout would not have been published if it was not for this article. The rest said artist or both.
So...back to my own debate...am I an artist or scrapper? I would argue that as an engineer, there is no way I can be an "artist". But, I do have to admit, that as a member of a DT...I did try to create more artsy layouts. And some of those I really loved! And then, there are those layouts that I create very simply to document the memory I want to save. And then...I am sooo drawn to those artsy layouts! I love the ones that can be artsy and still tell a story. And I sooo want to recreate that style.
But bottom line, I'm just a scrapper that dabbles in art! I love to play with new things and see how they can add to my story, or help me highlight something, or draw attention to something else. I find that if I can find a balance between both, that I become at peace with my scrapping.
So, how about you...scrapper, artist, or both?
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Teresa Matz is one bloggy chick and she won the grand prize which is a RAK from me and a $10 gift certificate for the Boutique at the Scrapperie. I randomly selected 3 more winners from a hat and they were Katie, Ally, and Jen!!! Congrats to all you ladies along with the following people who also received random RAKS during the month of June: Colleen, Teresa, Pat, Jayme, and Meg. I think that is everyone!!!
Anyway...it was way fun to update my blog and visit everyone's blog!! I hope to keep it up!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Well...the Scrapperie did it again!! Hosted another fabulous event!!! There were tons of challenges, games, and much chatting!! I had a great time. You'll have to come and check out the upcoming events. A new Event Coordinator has been named along with another FABULOUS Design Team!!! I can't wait to see all the fun stuff to come!!!
Check out some of what I got done -->
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Journalling reads: This is my NEAR brush with FAME! I didn't actually meet Tim Holtz, but I did win this photo, autographed embossing tin, and his distressing inks at Scrappink 9-29-07
Then I got these 2 birthday cards done for a birthday party tomorrow. -->
I still need to get a couple father's day cards done and 3 thank yous. I really need to have a card stash on hand!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Yet...at times, this trait seems to be such a curse. I always mean well...yet I find myself inadvertently over stepping bounds, saying/suggesting things I probably shouldn't, and damaging relationships. I even think it hinders me as a parent....I totally have to check myself and just let my daughter be. I wish I could find a way to harness the good parts of this personality without allowing the bad aspects to cause damage.
As you can see...I'm feeling a little raw today and at a cross roads. I have damaged yet another relationship and my attempts to repair it have failed. I am unsure what to do next. I wish I could be more like my husband...he'd just brush it off and move on. The problem is I don't really want to move on. What to do, what to do?
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Here is the one that took me a week and well I'm thinking it is a little weak...I changed up the design so many times because I just couldn't get all the things I was doing to work together. -->
Journalling reads: This is me when I was 7. Oh to be young, innocent, and free!
This one is simple but sweet. I don't mind the flowers on this Grandpa page...he would have loved them! -->
Journalling reads: This photo brings a smile to my face. I'm about 18 mths old. Grandpa Bob was a nature lover, great fisherman, and wonderful Grandfather. Her passed away at 55 yrs. old in 1974. I was 10.
Ok...another note. I'm having the worst time getting good phots of my layouts in the new house. I had a great system in the old house that I just can't seem to duplicate. Either I end up washing out the layout or I have dark patches...ARGH!And, while I'm talking about miracles...I ate a healthy lunch today! Lunch is my nemesis! I always seem to be out and about around lunch time and well...fast food is soo convenient! Anyway I had tuna salad on a whole wheat pita with lettuce and tomato. Topped off with Ranier cherries!! YUM!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Then we went up to Iowa City and Coralville to check out another mall and find some more furniture stores. We found a smaller mall with a huge play place in it. Kelly had a blast! She ran around for an hour! But we did not find any furniture stores. Weird...I thought for sure there would be some around the malls...Oh well...we will head up to Davenport today.
Now...I think I'm going to take a LOT of flack from my fellow scrappy friends because I don't have one picture from either of these scrap worthy events!!! LOL!!! I forgot my camera!!! I've been soo busy with moving and everything else that I have gotten out of practice taking and using my camera!! Be easy on me ladies! LOL!!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Then Friday night I went to a crop!!! WOOHOO...It was great to get out and scrap again. Although, I'm becoming an at home scrapper. I didn't really plan what I was going to do and just didn't have what I needed again. Oh well...it was great to get out and meet some new people. I have a couple layouts to finish from that night.
Then my Dad and MaryLou came for a visit. So...we played pinochle, showed them around town, went out to dinner. Plus...my Dad...his generousity is AMAZING...purchased a yard tractor for us. We have almost an acre to cut and our push mower would not do the job anymore! Thank you DAD!!!!! I love you soo much!
We mad them a big breakfast Sunday morning and then they went to visit MaryLou's brother who lives 20 minutes away in West Liberty! Go figure! When we lived in Atlanta, we lived 30 minutes from her other brother! Small world!
Then we had a spontaneous road trip. We decided to go to the mall. It is in Coralville, about 45 minutes from here. WOW...It felt like we were in civilization again! We spent the day shopping and caught a movie...IRONMAN...Loved it...the movie and the day. I think we just needed a family day of just us not doing anything! I do feel a little recharged after that.
Now...back to life! LOL!!!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Colleen has a great blog prompt there today...My 10 favorite smells/fragrances...hmm...
- Lilacs...they are in bloom right now and I LOVE them!
- Fresh home grown roses. I need to plant some in my new yard
- Coffee beans...I hate to drink coffee...but I LOVE the smell of those little guys!
- Issy Miaki...when I wear a perfume...I wear this
- hmm... I'm drawing a blank for more...so here is my top 4.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
All you have to do is blog on your blog and leave some love on other participating blogs that you visit!! Easy-peasy!!
Here are the details -->
Ok Ladies...this is what you all have been looking for! The June Blog Extravaganza hosted by ME! The one that just moved and realized I have WAY too much stuff!!! I'd also like to blog more so here is a win win for YOU!!!
All you have to do is BLOG...read blogs...and leave some love. I'll have a points system and point tracking thread....Get your self a spot in the points tracking thread and just update your points there...This will be an honor system...please be fare. Ok...points are as follows:2 points for creating a blog entry on your blog. 1 point for each blog you leave love on.
If you wish to participate, please PM me with your snail mail addy, things you like to scrap with...i.e. favorite papers/trimmings/stuff/storage...I have a bunch of storage stuff I'm not using anymore also, and your blog addy. Although having your blog addy in your sigi will help also.
I will have random RAKS. You never know which day/days I'll pick...so the more you blog and leave love...the better chance you have of receiving a RAK which I will try to customize based on your favorites. If you love Moxxie products...let me know! And it will be a surprise. I won't be announcing who received a RAK...you'll just get some scrappy mail! LOL!! Please let everyone know when you do get some. I will post that a package went out.
There will be grand prizes at the end of June based on points tallies.
Now...how to play. I will have a thread that lists all the blogs of those participating. But to help everyone that is playing...Please put "I blogged" when you have blogged under Colleens Blog prompt of the day. We can all check her prompts for ideas about blogging and we can see who blogged under those threads also. I'll put up examples.
See...easy. Contest officially begins June 1st. I may also have some extra weekend goodies and games to play! Fun, fun, fun....Get your blogs up and pm's to me if you are interested in playing!
Ok...go visit the Scrapperie...I'll be hosting the blog challenge from there. Can't wait to start sending out some RAKS!!!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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- Online crops ROCK!!!
- Last crop at Endless Ideas?
- Happy Father's Day
- Scrapperie's May kit creations
- Type A personality...
- Get your scrap on!!
- Crop time!
- It is a Miracle!
- Weekend post
- Men and their toys!!!
- The Scrapperie's May kit -- The Birdcage
- Bye-Bye Moxxie
- Scraproom is done!
- June Blog Extravaganza begins!!!!