Monday, August 31, 2009

Unscripted Sketch #21

This is my first time playing along with the Unscripted Sketch Challenge. They have some really cute sketches, and I love the format of the sketch image:

I mean with the graph paper and the little pink flower? It's hard to resist! Here's another Christmas card.

I used scallop lace for the scallop trim. I debated on whether to go with buttons or pearls at the top, as you can see, pearls won. And yes that is more postage stamp paper. I do have sheets and sheets of it...

Details:

Paper: polka dot (SEI), stamp (DCWV), red print (stash)

Ink: Chocolate (CTMH)

Other: lace (HL) pearls (CTMH), sponge dauber (CTMH), terrically tacky tape

Sunday, August 30, 2009

CTMH September Workshop

This month's theme is Back to School...or at least back to school memories. Our layout will feature the chalkboard technique. {which is basically rubbing chalk over white pigment ink} I know the new catalog has an "oh snap" layout, but I promise I have been planning that title for months. We watch That's So Raven around here and I've been know to throw out an "Oh Snap!" every once in a while.


And I think after seeing that picture of my mom decorated by Little d I think you'll agree it was the perfect title for this layout!


Little m decided to copy Mimi and she took a blue marker later that day and colored on her eye. You may not be able to tell here, but it does show in the picture.


Our next project is all about staying hydrated when you get back into the school groove of here, there and everywhere! These handy little bottle tags that hold single drink mixers were on the bulletin boards last year and I just loved them! I am just now fitting them into a workshop...



This last project is another one I've been hanging onto for a while. In Papercrafts (about a million years ago) they had a cute little drink tote that they filled with apples and caramels and had a caramel apple recipe tag attached. I have no idea how to get those drink totes, nor would they be feasible for a workshop, so I decided to improvise with a kraft colored bag.



I found a template for the apple online and cut it up and traced it onto cardstock and stamped it with background stamps and inked the edges and reassembled it into an apple. Voila!



Here's how I cut the template. I think I had to print it three or four times to have enough. HERE's the template.




I haven't done the recipe card yet. I may just copy it onto red cardstock through the printer and round the edges.
If you have any question just let me know and I'll try to explain stuff in more detail. ;)
Details: all CTMH unless noted

Layouts:
Paper: colonial wht cs, olive cs, desert sand cs, bella b&t,
Ink: white daisy, desert sand (ink and marker), creme brulee, hollyhock
Stamps: Believe Lowercase, Tickled Pink (summer promotion), Journaling Jots
Other: antique copper bitty brads, hollyhock photo clips, white chalk and q-tips


Bottle Tag:
Paper: colonial white cs, perfect day b&t, unforgettable b&t
Ink: cocoa, sorbet, tulip
Stamps: Inspiration, Thank You
Other: colonial white brads and ric rac, coluzzle circle (i'm so going to miss that), sponge dauber


Apple Bag:
Paper: new england ivy, colonial white, cranberry, chocolate cardstocks
Ink: new england ivy, cranberry (+marker around stem), chocolate, desert sand
Stamps: Intrinsic Backgrounds, Spot On Backgrounds, Weathered Backgrounds, Annotations
Other: online template, gingham fabric (HL), kraft gift bag (HL) cranberry brad, sponge daubers


Whew! I think I listed it all!!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


I've started humming Christmas tunes when I rock Little m at nap time. Is this in direct correlation to all the Christmas cards I'm making? Current count: 16 made.

Sparkle challenged us this week to use something from nature on our cards. I settled on this treeline rubber stamp I had from years ago. I went for simple and glitter:



The CPS sketch this week immediately made me think of a snowflake!

I bought a silver and gold pen set at Hobby Lobby the other day. I have become quite comfortable (or is it lazy) with hand written sentiments of late.


Thanks for stopping by y'all!!
Details: all CTMH unless noted
Treeline Card:
Paper: white card base
Ink: Topiary
Stamp: treeline (? there is no label on this clearance bin stamp from HL)
Other: bonding memories glue and Prisma glitter
Snowflake Card:
Paper: burgundy from stash, HP glossy paper
Ink: Versamark, silver pen (Pentel)
Stamp: Holiday Trinkets
Other: silver brads, snowflake sticker (HL) clear ep.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Inspiration Challenge

You all have heard me gush before about Traveling Mama. First when I came across her blog back in February. Then when she started her Traveler's Inspiration Challenge this summer. Now I am hoping you again take the time to check in as her Traveling Tribe starts a new adventure. They have started an Etsy shop to raise money for a school in Morocco. You can learn all about it here on her blog.

Her recent challenge was to create something inspired from a series of pictures taken at a market. I was inspired by the little old man leaning over his sewing machine. I have wanted for over a year to use my machine to sew on paper. But I've been too intimidated.

But today was the day. Today I would be inspired to put that machine to use again. This time on paper. It was so excited to watch the stitching create the card. I have tackled my fear. You know what that means??? You'll be seeing more sewing from me in the future!!

Details: CTMH unless noted

Paper: red pattern (stash), Bamboo pattern Serendipity Collection

Ink: Black

Stamp: Say It In Style

Other: Kenmore sewing machine and white thread

Friday, August 28, 2009

Polka Dot Hi card

I felt like doing something a little creative today. I started by staring at my patterned paper stash. I thought this polka dot paper was so FUN! Next I thought it would work with a really bold ribbon--Cheeeeetaaaahhh!

I was originally going to use a flower stamp, but it just didn't look fierce enough. {Hehehe "fierce" like I'm on Project Runway.} Anyway I remembered that Penny was doing a flourish challenge, and I thought a flourish would look fierce...

Thanks for stopping by!

Details: CTMH unless noted

Paper: black cs, dot paper (SEI)

Ink: Versamark

Stamps: Key to My Heart, Believe Lowercase

Other: black ep, ribbon (HL)

Moxie Fab Vintage

I've never entered one of the Moxie Fab contests before but I couldn't pass this one up since I am so hung up on vintage right now!!





I really struggled to do this card. I wanted it to be so perfect. I started with the postage stamp paper, then the brown rusched ribbon. Then I went straight to my stash of ivory estate sale buttons. The Colonial White embossed paper was an idea I had that I was so proud of...although I'm sure someone has thought of it before me! I love the effect! I used the damask embossing plate through the Cuttlebug, then I used my bonding memories glue on the raised area and then hit it with the Prisma Glitter! In person it looks so neat, y'all!!




Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the Moxie Fab blog for some fantastic entries!

Details:

Paper: Bamboo Textured CS (CTMH), Colonial White CS (CTMH), kraft (stash) green (stash) postage stamp (DCWV)

Other: embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Bonding Memories Glue (CTMH), Prisma Glitter (CTMH), edge distresser (CTMH), Sanding Block (CTMH), ribbons (HL), button (estate sale)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

$50 Cookbook


My cousin in law at in all weathers recently posted a book review that reminded me of a cookbook a bought a couple of years ago.

When I was little my mom made the best pancakes and waffles. Although, waffles, not often enough...ahem. Anyway. She also made amazing cornbread. My favorite! All her recipes came from this one particular cookbook titled Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. It is a binder style book and the front cover looks like a red and white checkered picnic blanket.




Once when my parents were on vacation, their trailer caught on fire. {My uncle had a grease fire while he was staying there, but he was able to put the fire out and not get hurt thankfully} In the fire pictures melted off the wall, and this cookbook was charred. So every time my mom brought out this cookbook to make a recipe she would carefully turn pages so that she wouldn't damage the book further. And it was always "it's in the burnt cookbook" or "hand me the burnt cookbook". That's how we identified that book.

As I got older, I would even make some of the recipes. The cornbread, much to my delight, is so easy I don't know why anyone would buy one of those awful box mixes. {I'm quite the cornbread snob.}

When I was moving to our house in college, my mom wrote out some of the recipes for me to take. I really used them after I got married and moved into this house. I treasure these recipes not only for the memories, but also because they are written in my mom's hand.

Favorite Pancakes!



Everyday Waffles {and yes you should eat them everyday!}



A few years ago, probably when I realized through scrapbooking that damaged paper is not going to survive archivally-speaking, I decided to look for another copy of this cookbook to have. And also just because I really wanted my own copy. Needless to say, it was hard to find. BH&G has put out this cookbook several times! And I think there is even a brand-new New one floating around. But I wanted the old one with the old recipes and the old pictures. In the binder style. Finally I found one (with the same copyright date) on some old book site. I could buy it along with a BH&G Garden Book for fifty dollars. I ordered it. I am glad that I did, it's in really good shape and it brings back so many memories, even though the edges aren't torched.

A few weeks later of course I found one for three dollars at a garage sale, but who's counting?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pink Elephant #29

What? Two challenges in one day? I must be goofing off instead of cleaning house! This card is for The Pink Elephant Challenge. This week their sponsor is The Little Paper Shop and I just happen to have one of their stamps. I bought it last spring because my plan was to do snow globe cards for Christmas. And the set includes a house to put in the snow globe and I really thought we would be sending cards from our new house..blah blah blah...here's the sketch:



And here's the card.




For your information if you use the heat gun on HP paper it will curl up. But I just hit it with heat a couple of seconds at a time and it never burned! So that's what the globe is made from and it had Liquid Applique and Prisma Glitter on it. And I just realized I was going to put google eyes on the penguin...may have to go back and do that later.

Details: all CTMH unless noted
Paper: HP photo paper, Aspen Level II, Desert Sand cs
Ink: Twilight (second generation), White Daisy, Black and Creme Brulee markers
Stamp: Global (Little Paper Shop)
Other: Liquid Applique, Prisma Glitter, glue pen, heat gun, DMC floss

Raspberry Suite #15 [a late grad card]

It's been a few weeks since I've played along with Dawn's challenge, but today I found time to use these yummy colors!



I really needed to make a graduation card. Since the recipient just moved into her college apartment! Hopefully she'll forgive me!




I think my all time favorite cardstock from CTMH is vanilla cream. Or maybe sorbet...who can decide? On this card I used the dot embossing folder, but I used adhered the cs dot-side down. I thought it gave it a little different look.

Thanks for stopping by y'all!

Details: all CTMH unless noted

Paper: Sorbet cs, Hollyhock cs, Vanilla Cream cs, Sweet Leaf cs

Ink: Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf

Stamps: Dream Big, Fringed Phrases

Other: cream ribbon (HL) Cuttlebug, scallop punch (SU!) foam squares

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I had a dream...

And so it begins. I have this funny little pregnancy symptom that keeps my family entertained. Dreams. Weird, bizarre, vivid dreams.

With Little d I remember the first one I had. It was about the saltwater rabbit. What? Didn't you know there was a difference between saltwater rabbits and freshwater rabbits? I remember that in my dream the rabbit in the aquarium died because it was not a saltwater rabbit and it was in our saltwater tank. Ironically I had this dream before I even knew I was pregnant. It's ironic because the rabbit died. Get it? The rabbit died? That means you're pregnant, right? I couldn't make that up if I tried.

So this afternoon I took a nap. A luxurious two hour nap courtesy of my husband and kids. I slept so hard, and of course I had a bizarre dream. I was cutting up barbie dolls, with scissors, because Little d wanted to play with them in pieces. Now before you say my God woman, what do you let your child watch on TV? Let me explain. Little d has a very vivid imagination, and she loves to play with bits of paper and ribbon (that she cuts into small pieces). She makes them into characters and they act out stories. So it's really not a big stretch that she would want things in pieces, of course she would NOT want me to cut up barbies but you know how crazy dreams are...

or at least mine are.

{PS I just did spell check and it said No Misspellings Found--that never happens!}

Two more Chrismas cards

I'm still on that mission to get Christmas cards done. Current count: 11 made, 17 to go.

This first one was made using this week's Mojo Monday Sketch #101.



I worked for hours to get an ornament to hang in the rectangle but couldn't get an ink to match that paper. In the end I scrapped the ornament idea and stamped Santa!



This next card was made for Sparkle's weekly Christmas card challenge. This week she used a sketch. I'm actually really happy with this monochromatic card. I may make another just like it since I have a couple of blue lovers on my card list.

Thanks to all you who gave me well wishes and offered prayers for my spilling the beans post. I am still on cloud nine. I had the blood work done today and am just waiting on a call from the doctor on the results.

Details: all CTMH unless noted

Santa Card:

Paper: green cs (stash) red pattern (stash) green pattern (stash) tan cs (stash)

Ink: Holiday Red

Stamp: Holiday Joy

Other: antique copper brads

White Christmas Card:

Paper: white cs (stash) Aspen Level II

Ink: Twilight

Stamp: Christmas Melodies

Other: corduroy brad, white ribbon (HL) scallop punch (SU!) adhesive pearls

Monday, August 24, 2009

Spilling the Beans

Okay so all the key players have been told.

And the official laboratory has been consulted with the home laboratory results confirmed.

So it's officially official.

I'm pregnant!!!!

For now I'm due April 29th. {give or take}

Since I've had a previous miscarriage, my doc takes some extra precautions. I'll be going for blood work tomorrow and when my numbers reach 5000 I get an ultrasound. I'm hoping that will be within a week. I also get to take a progesterone suppository. Lovely. {and by a suppository I mean one per night until I'm twelve weeks.}

I'm already tired.

We're already discussing names. I am totally and completely decided. Now to convince my husband.

The Chinese Gender Predictor says girl. And it's been right twice before.

I'm worried as usual. I'll feel better, but not relieved when I pass the point where I had the miscarriage before.

Today I delivered an order, and passed the hospital where I delivered my two babies. And I got excited.

Really really excited.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

CPS 130 (act surprised it's a Christmas card!)



Love this week's sketch at CPS. And remember I'm on that mission to do all my Christmas cards. This year is the first time I am doing a different card for everyone on my list. So when it comes time to send it out I'll be the anal retentive one in the corner trying to match the card to the recipient. It'll be like second grade Valentine's cards all over again!


The green ornament and the sentiment are both covered in clear ep. I used a sponge dauber and covered the ornament with Versamark and then covered it with clear ep. Then as soon as I finished heating, I covered it again with more clear ep while the first layer is still hot and sticky. I heated it again and it really gives it a nice clear coating. It's kind of like the effect of a very thin coat of Liquid Glass.


Thanks for stopping by!


Details: CTMH unless noted


Paper: red cs (stash) burgundy cs (stash) vanilla cs (stash) patterned paper (DaisyD)


Ink: Garnet, New England Ivy, Cranberry, Versamark


Stamp: Holiday Trinkets


Other: clear ep, foam squares

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Penny's Sketch Challenge (and a cloud picture)

I just now realized that Penny was doing a challenge blog. Can you say slow? I thought her sketch was so cute! And beware I am on a mission to get all the Christmas cards done that I can! Here's the sketch:



And here's my card:



I finally opened that santa suit ribbon I bought a while back. And I thought I would have a little fun with the sentiment. Now...who on my list gets this one???

Guess what? We actually had a little rain! Here's a picture of the weather rolling in yesterday evening...



Details:

Paper: HP photo paper (works great for glossy cs)

Ink: Holiday Red marker (CTMH)

Other: red and white ribbon (HL), black ribbon (HL) silver brads CTMH, foam squares

Friday, August 21, 2009

Not-so-merry Christmas card and some blah blah



I had this plan to do the non-traditional colors on a Christmas card. Hmmm. Not entirely happy with it. Blech. And yet I'm posting it anyway...aren't you happy about that.

Let me entertain you with something else. Nope, I got nothing. My life is a little mundane right now. Not that I'm complaining, it just doesn't make for any blogging excitement.

Let's see....scrapbooking-wise I'm almost done with my projects for my September workshop. I'll post them when they are all done. I'm also contemplating doing a Christmas card workshop, but I'm not sure how to do it. I want to do four different designs with some embellishments and techniques, but I also want something I can do with newbies. So I need to have a workshop that will be easy for me to explain and float from table to table. Boring stuff I know...

Oh I know something I can tell you. I bought some remnant fabric at Wal-Mart today to give Little d for her birthday. She is so into fashion and cutting paper that I think she will have fun cutting real material (and it was cheapo-bonus!) And while I was there, ahem, I, uh, you know, bought some cute buttons for myself. Ahem.

Politics. Bleeeeecchhh. Seriously I am so tired of it I could scream.

Top Chef! Woo-hoo!! It's back on and I am loving it!! Speaking of fun stuff to watch. D and I are thinking of joining one of those movie club thingys like Netflix. Do any of you have any opinions about which one is the best? We only would probably watch 2-4 movies a month. And we're cheeeap! Ha!

Pregnancy tests. I bought one (pack of three) today. Just in case. You'll be the first to know. Ha, okay no you'll be like the sixth or seventh, but considering how big my family is, that's pretty high up there! Yeah and I'm not one of those people who can wait until the first trimester is over. So I pretty much blurt it to everyone as soon as the test shows up. I didn't learn my lesson from having a miscarriage. I figure the more people that know about it, the more people that can pray everything goes well, right?

Remember my post on faxing John the Baptist? Well I called to set up the date for the baptism and guess what other thing I am required to do? Pay $20. It's a registration fee. For a sacrement. I hope they don't require someone on their death bed to fork over a fee before performing last rites. And since with Little d we gave the priest a gift of $50, I guess this time we can just consider the fee his gift, right? Oh and PS I only paid $26 dollars for Little m's dress.

Okay I guess that's all the randomness I can stuff in one post for a while. Thanks for all your sweet comments on my MIL post. Sorry to hear there are so many of you going though MIL drama as well.

Card details: all CTMH unless noted
Paper: Hollyhock cs, Bella Level II paper, white cs (from stash)
Ink: Juniper, Hollyhock
Stamps: Merry Trinkets
Other: Hollyhock ric rac, adhesive pearls, staples (other)
ETA: Thanks Sarah! That is Unforgettable paper, not Bella. I am always getting those names mixed up!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Butterfly birthday card {in purple}

My aunt has had a rough year with her surgeries and recovery. Her birthday is coming up, so I wanted to send her a card using her favorite color purple. She also has a backyard full of birds and butterflies, so I thought she might like a butterfly on her card.



And yes I am still hooked on the folded paper ribbon. My daughter saw this and said "why didn't you use real ribbon?" Oh well, I still like it.

Details: all CTMH unless noted

Paper: Colonial White cs, Paper Garden Level II

Ink: Petal

Stamps: Butterflies, Happy Birthday

Other: purple brads from stash and edge distresser

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Great Blow Up of '05 (otherwise known as the longest post in history)

Okay you all have been waiting months and months for this post right? I'm going to try to make it as short, yet as explanatory, as possible.


It mostly started with the birth of my daughter. I was a new mom and in case you missed the title of my blog...fiercely protective of her. I never knew what a mother's instinct was, much less how it would just completely take over my life. My husband, God bless him, finally got it. It took a little adjusting for him to realize that I was a completely different person. No longer did I care if his dinner was waiting on him when he walked in the door-perfectly timed everyday. My new purpose in life was to be a mom. Don't worry, our marriage is stronger than ever. I've also learned to divide myself into neat little compartments. Mom. Wife. Self. Pretty much always in that order. And Self usually gets the leftovers, but Self loves being a Wife and a Mom, so it works out.


My mother in law (MIL) is... Whew. Well she can be a bit of a drama queen, but I overlook that because my dear Memaw is one as well. So I'm accustomed to it. She's also one who thinks she knows the right way to do everything. Please tell me you know someone like that. I know a few myself. And I am quite happy to nod politely and ignore her advice.


Then there is my future former sister in law. Hmmm what initial should I dub her with? FFSIL? 'kay. She is a piece of work. Here's a little story about the first time I met her.


It was Christmas at D's parents' house. The year we got engaged. D had talked to his brother and his brother told him that we were not going to exchange gifts with them that year. No problem. I-all susie homemaker like-baked sugar cookies for them.


FFSIL walks in with armfuls of gifts and starts handing them out. D says 'hey I thought we weren't giving each other gifts.' She says...and I'm not kidding...'oh I'm not the kind of person that can just NOT bring a gift.' I knew in that very instant who she was.


Now that you know the players, here's the back story:


D and his brother are not close at all. They talk to each other maybe twice a year. We see each other usually only at Christmas. It's like far flung relatives who don't really see eye to eye very much. And well FFSIL and I could not be more different. She is completely career oriented. She travels out of the country on business (whether her kids are sick or not.) "I'd go crazy if I had to stay at home with my kids all day," has come out of her mouth. I very diplomatically did NOT say 'yes and likely they would too.' On a side note: Do you find that people who proclaim themselves to be very open minded are usually not really open minded at all?

MIL and, for that matter, FIL fell in love with her. They thought she could do no wrong. MIL talked incessantly about FFSIL this and FFSIL that. When grand kids came along it was no different. A (the firstborn granddaughter) was the constant topic of conversation. When MIL came here she would actually interrupt a story I was telling about Little d to tell one of her own with A. {It was so bad that until recently Little d thought MIL was A's mom.}


Little d began getting carsick at nine months. Now I guess to some moms that's no big deal. Some moms would just hand their kid a bucket and go. Suffering kid or no. I don't have that in me. And it's not just because I don't like cleaning Spaghettio chucks out of upholstery. Why would I want to take a miserable child on a two-plus hour trip (one way) when she is eleven months old and has no concept of why she is dry heaving for two hours (one way) in the car? There you have the reason why we didn't attend A's second birthday party.


And now we are at the start of the Great Blow Up of '05.


MIL tells D that R (that's his brother) is so upset that we are not attending A's party that he is crying about it. Crying...and to his mother no less. Instead of calling D and venting or handling like a normal adult sibling would do. Speaks volumes, doesn't it?


I decided to talk to FFSIL about it mom to mom. I mistakenly thought she would understand if I just explained it myself. So I composed an email. She was in Guatemala on business so it was the best way to reach her. I just explained that I wanted to speak to her mom to mom and to explain that I didn't feel it was fair to Little d to take her on such a long trip with her issues in the car.


Talk about your poking a hornet's nest.

She waited a week to respond. (Her reason: she was busy at work with late dinner meetings and what not.) She attacked me on so many points for over two pages of single spaced type that the carsickness issue only took up one paragraph. She attacked my IBS, she attacked the people "I surround myself with", she attacked my parenting skills, she attacked my relationship with MIL...the list went on and on. The big headliner though was the way we handled her nephew's death. (More on that later--Just know that he was killed in a car accident two days before I was induced with Little d.)


Well let me tell you people I was pissed. One, this is someone who , at that time, had seen me in person a grand total of maybe 10 times. Two, if you leave the country when your infant daughter is ill, you have no right to critique my parenting skills. Three, if I had my nose as far up my MIL's butt as you, there would be no room for you.

So I sat down to retort. D was so furious that he said it would not be wise at all for him to respond to her. Even though he really wanted to. And gosh I just re-read my letter back to her and it is juicy. I really should post it some time. Here's the portion about her nephew's death. (She felt that I sent the sympathy card too late.) Warning: it's a little graphic and long winded...

"The most important issue you raised in your letter is that you feel I was completely insensitive to ( ) death. If you think for one second that I was not thinking of your trauma and keeping your family in my prayers than it is clear that you do not know me at all. I am very sorry for what your family went through and continues to go though. I am sorry for not responding in the way you thought was proper. D spoke to his mother and asked where we could send flowers to the funeral and she insisted that she would handle it. Now should I have gone behind her back and sent the flowers anyway? I didn't want to offend (MIL) by ignoring her. The only explanation I have for the thank you note being late is: yes, my labor was easier than most people I guess..."

okay I decided to leave out the description of my birth story scares and my yucky infectional six month recovery to spare you endless reading. I described it for her because she had stated in her letter that since I had an easy delivery I should have been more on the ball with writing my sympathy note. It actually was not a 'thank you note' as she called it since it devoted one line to the thank you for the flowers and two paragraphs to sympathy. OK back to the letter...

"Add to that sleep deprivation and the pain of breastfeeding and the only thing that kept me sane was looking at my beautiful daughter. Sometime during this I sent you a thank you card. If it was during that first month than I think even Emily Post would agree I at least tried to come in under the wire of good taste. If you became angry over this than I am at least thankful that you had somewhere tangible to direct your anger during your time of grief."

Uhg. This is like only half the story. Are you still reading? Do you need a potty break? Get up stretch your legs...I'll wait.

So she didn't respond to my response. This is how I ended the letter...

"I'm not sure how you want to resolve this. We will never have the same views on many things, I accept that from you. In that vein I guess we can adopt a live and let live attitude. I have no problem with that. I have tried to apologize for offending you and angering you and I do so with sincerity. If you feel you can accept my apology and let go of the anger you've had for so long then I guess we are kind of starting with a clean slate. If you or R want to begin contacting us you are welcome to do so. If you are still too angry and need time that's okay too. We'll let you set the pace."


Alright. So now you know why me and ol' FFSIL are never gonna be BFFs. Ever. Never.

Entre vous, MIL. That's right. You didn't think she could NOT butt into this did you? She proceeds to tell D that not only are we not good parents, but she attacks my mom and dad. WTF? She says my mom eavesdrops on her and FIL when they are at my house. Oh man if you knew my mom you would laugh out loud at that. My mom spent a lot of time here helping me during my recovery from childbirth and when D's parents would come to visit (every two months or so) she would go upstairs to give them time to spend with us. MIL thought she was listening in. Ludicrous. I mean for starters, all they talk about is deer, rain, and cattle. Oh and the other granddaughter. Who would want to listen to that? And second, you can't hear what's going on downstairs when you are upstairs and THIRD MY MOM IS NOT A BUSYBODY!

She attacks my dad by acting like his job is so leisurely that he golfs all the time. Again I say WTF? First, when their gas station began slipping financially, he gave up golf. Now that he has another job, he only golfs because my uncle bought him a gift membership for Christmas. Not that it's any of her damn BUSYBODY business.

Plus she had acted so heinously during Little d's first birthday party and made everyone so uncomfortable that I was enraged. And I sat up until two in the morning of Little d's party and wrote her a searing letter. I am not going to type in that whole letter right now, so here are some highlights:
  • As you told me numerous times before D and I were married, if you ever interferred as your MIL did, that I should tell you to butt out. Now I'm telling you to butt out.
  • You told me that grandchildren will be spanked when they are at your house. No one will spank my child without my permission.
  • You think my parents are spending too much time here. The only person who needs to approve that is D and he enjoys spending time with them.
  • I cannot believe that you have sunk so low as to make personal attacks on my family.
  • I am also tired of your obsession over needing to be alone with Little d. My parents are happy to visit with us while playing with her and still she knows them well.
  • I am close to my family and will not change that for anyone. And if you hope to salvage any relationship with me whatsoever, you can accept that about me.

Thus began the great chill. I lost all respect for her. She did not apologize or even respond. Really and truly I will not only never trust her, I don't have respect for her. Here are some things she's done since.

When they were adding onto their house, she said something about me coming over to paint. I said I would as long as I weren't pregnant (we were trying for number two at the time.) When D called her to tell her I had the miscarriage she said "oh now she can come over and paint." Wow. Doesn't get much more cold hearted than that.

When I had my biopsy surgery, she wanted to babysit Little d. I had already arranged for my dad to do it. At the time Little d (18 mths) was extremely attached to my dad. {Little m is exactly the same way now.} When she found out we didn't need her babysitting services she became pissed and went to Houston to stay with R and FFSIL rather than come sit in the waiting room with her son whose wife was having a breast biopsy. She's a waaaarm fuzzy, that one.

There are other things, but those two in my mind are pretty unforgivable. Forget me for a minute. She has caused my husband so much grief in his life it's ridiculous. It's probably why he's so close to my parents.

But now. Oh lovely readers, now. I am the Golden one. FFSIL has hurt the favored son by divorcing him and suddenly MIL thinks I'm just peachy. FFSIL now can do no right. Everything and I mean everything is wrong with her.

Flip-flop.

It's funny because I've been at the party for hours, talking, popping hors d'oerves and mingling with the guests. R, MIL and FIL just got here.

Thanks for reading. Now go grab some Visine for your eyes!

Deja Vu?

I know this card is very reminiscent of yesterday's card, but I couldn't help it. The formula worked for me.





I needed to make a thank you card for my mother in law and since she likes blue and antiques I knew this paper and image would work great.

For the last seven years (save one) my mother in law has sent me a gift book. It's a Country Woman Christmas book. It always arrives at my door in late summer/early fall. She said she knows how much I like crafts so that's why she got it for me. And every year (save one) I've sent a thank you note.

I'm working on a post about the Great Blowup of '05. I think it's time you all knew what went down with my mother in law and future former sister in law.

Oops! I almost forgot to tell you the inside is going to say "Thank you sew much!" Get it? Sew? Hahahahahahaaa...

Here is something else pun-y for free. On today's Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)Harper (Alex's friend and quite the quirky dresser) was wearing some bright green Crocs adorned with stuffed frogs--I told you quirky dresser. I said "Hey look at those green Crocs! No wait they have frogs on them...they must be green Croaks!" It was completely lost on Little d. And no wonder really...pretty lame joke!

Details: CTMH unless noted
Paper: Vanilla Cream cs, Juniper cs, rose print and stripe (K&Co.)
Ink: Tulip, Desert Sand
Stamp: Puns from the Past (SU!)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Baby Buggy Card

Leslie asked why I would ever use a rubber stamp. And I have to agree, I love my acrylic!! When I was deciding to sign up as a consultant I looked online at Stampin' Up products, and admit that their stamp images are divine. I love the style and the variety. BUT, acrylic is the only reason I ever got into stamping. When my BFF would drag me to these CTMH workshops I would groan every time we had to stamp. (I'm sure the consultant just loved me.) Then one time we used the clear stamps and suddenly I was hooked! I started buying stamps and bought a set of acrylic blocks off of eBay. (Little did I know that CTMH blocks are SO much more comfortable for stamping!)

But still I am drawn to some rubber stamps, so occasionally I buy some. Especially if it's in the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby! HA! But just a couple of days ago I saw this post by Diana Gibbs about using tacky glue to make rubber stamps adhere to acrylic blocks. She has a video demonstration. And you should check out her blog if you don't already, not only does she have great tips and cards, she's always sharing funny little anecdotes! Anyway, I'm thinking about trying her idea...have any of you ever tried it?

Oh yeah, the card... I made this using my new Puns from the Past. I put Scotch tape over the sentiment, inked the stamp, and then pulled off the tape. Then I stamped it onto my Vanilla Cream cs. Next I stamped Congratulation from another stamp set on that same piece of cs.


The ribbon is actually folded paper. I found that after I made the pleats it was better to crease them with my bone folder.


And how yummy is that K&CO. paper? Okay off to play some more...

Details: all CTMH unless noted
Paper: Vanilla Cream cs, Colonial White cs, both patterns (K & Company)
Ink: Tulip and Desert Sand (for inking edges)
Stamps: Fringed Phrases, Puns from the Past (SU!)
Other: foam squares, sponge daubers

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dream Home

Last year D and I were on the fast track to building the old dream home, but if you're a long time reader (hehehe I haven't even been blogging a year) then you know the story. Anyway, while goofing off and reorganizing my desktop, I came across some pictures of our house plans. You wanna see them?

Sure you do! You love to spend your free time deciphering complicated "Not For Construction" preliminary house plans right?

Here's what the artist rendition of a similar plan would look like. We weren't going to use brick on our exterior, and our garage will be flat across the front, not stair step like this one...






This is close to what the interior will look like. We are going to push the back wall out to equal what the porch on this one shows, and are making some changes in pantry and kitchen area.



These are our plans.



Here's a close up of the main living area and kid's bedrooms. The kitchen is in the center of the house.




This is a close up of the other side of the house, the kitchen and master suite and the guest and laundry area.



Here's the front, rear elevations, and the roof top picture.



Ah. Some day, some day. :)

Now my hands smell like cinnamon!

This week at Sparkle's Creations, we were challenged to use hot chocolate, tea or coffee imagery on our Christmas card. I loved that idea! Nothing reminds me of warm cozy times more than hot cocoa!

My mom used to get us a Christmas mug every year and we would drink our hot chocolate in it for our Christmas breakfast--while waiting impatiently to open presents! Here's my warmest wishes card:

It's so hot here in Texas (and dry...did I mention?) that it's hard to think of cozy winter mornings, but I did try my best. I even sprinkled some real cinnamon into the Liquid Applique 'whip cream'. Which explains the title of this post...

Thanks for stopping by!

Details: all CTMH unless noted

Paper: stripe, snowflake, and plaid from Aspen Level II

Ink: Outdoor Denim, Versamark

Stamps: Sweet Treats (for sentiment), All Decked Out (for snowflake 'steam'), Coffee Shop

Other: White Daisy ep, Liquid Applique, cinnamon

Saturday, August 15, 2009

All kinds of goodies...

First I'll show you a card I made last night for my neice's sixth birthday. She is into: the solar system, bugs, and all things rainbow. Hmmm. Rainbow rocket ship anyone?

Details: All CTMH unless noted
Paper: black and white from stash, Holiday Red cs, Orange cs, Buttercup cs, Citrus Leaf cs, Star Spangled Blue cs, purple cs from stash
Ink: Black and Versamark
Stamps: Reach for the Stars
Other: silver EP (Ranger), White Daisy EP, embossing pen, foam squares, black brads (Paper Studio)
Little d also made a card for her cousin...

Okay on to the goodies. I order some Stampin Up! stuff from my blogging buddy Katie Brooks.
This is Fifth Avenue Floral. {I have to tell you I still have a panic about lining up the rubber on the blocks.}

Here's a stamp I have wanted for so very long called Puns from the Past. I know I will be using this one very soon. I love the images!!


Another thing I've wanted forever...the spiral edge punch.




And to top it all off Katie made this lovely card for me! Isn't it beautiful!!