A Little Weekend Fun

Sunday, January 31, 2010

We had another full weekend.  It all started Friday night, when I got to get away to scrapbook club.  It was so nice to have a little, girl time, doing one of my favorite things.  Here's what we did.
I pasted all the patterned papers, from SU's Sweet Pea collection, on the Basic Grey cardstock, at club; but the rest was done at home, when I had pictures in front of me.  First, I machine stitched a white-threaded, zig-zag stitch between all the paper connections.  Then, I was ready to get started.
The top picture, of Adina, was framed with a piece of Taken With Teal cardstock, provided by Kim.  I just trimmed it down, slightly, to fit my picture better.  Before leaving club, I, also, punched out, with SU's 1-3/8" and 1-3/4" Circle punches, several, coordinating circles from that same SU Designer Series Paper Pack.  One was tucked under the right side of the top photograph and labeled with the Jan. '09 date.  A couple more helped frame that gorgeous, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt flower I got to use.
Others, from club, got to use some designer brads, instead; but I've got to tell you, I felt like the lucky one with that pretty embellie :).

On the second page of the layout, I added some glitter, letter stickers, from K&Company, just above the pink and white, polka dot, patterned paper, to form the "My Angel" title.  I, then, trimmed the other, Old Olive, photo mat, that we got sent home with, with the Taken With Teal, cardstock piece, that I trimmed from the first page; again, machine stitched them together with a white-threaded, zig-zag stitch; and wrote 2-1/2 months, vertically, up the right edge.  I, then, used the mat as a text box.  It reads, I just loved dressing you in this gorgeous, sweater piece.  I don't know if it was a baby gift or where it came from, but you always looked so angelic in it.  That is, until your brother tried to clean his dry erase eraser on your belly, while you were in it.  It was ruined.  I finished this page up with a couple more, punched circles, layered one on top of the other and topped with a Kraft, Corduroy Button from SU.

Ezekiel made his first basket, for his team, at basketball, yesterday.
He was so excited, and we were so proud!  Here's a couple more pictures of him learning the game and having fun...

and one of my beautiful girl, watching the game with her Daddy... and sucking on a tube of lip gloss :).  Whatever makes her happy!
On the way home, from basketball, we picked up a few things at Wal-Mart.  Then, while BJ ran into Lowe's, I stayed in the car with the kiddos.  Adina was wiped out and getting tired.  Ezekiel decided to try to calm her down by singing her a little lullaby.

It was, totally, made up by him and went like this, "Go to sleep, sweet Adina.  Rest your head.  Go to sleep, sweet Adina.  Rest your body.  Don't cry.  Go to sleep, sweet Adina."  It worked!  She was sound asleep in minutes and, even, stayed that way through her transfer from the car to her crib.  What a good, big brother!

Today was just another day of teaching Sunday School, at church, and spending some time, together, as a family.  I'm off to give my baby girl a bath.  Then, we'll watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and wait for the boys to get home from Awana.  Until tomorrow...

Pencil Lines' Sketch 171

Friday, January 29, 2010

I've got Pencil Lines' Sketch 171, for you, today.  This one is brought to us, again, by Pencil Lines' founder, Anna Bowkis.  If you get a chance, you should, really, pop in over at her blog.  She is so full of papercrafty inspiration and has taken on Project 365 with gusto and finesse!
Here's what I came up with.
I started this layout by layering a strip of Always Artichoke cardstock, punched, along the bottom edge, with SU's Scallop punch, down the left side of my Rose Red, cardstock page.  I, then, added all those gorgeous, patterned papers from DCWV's Nana's Nursery: Baby Girl collection.  I cannot stand how cute that laundry line paper, filled with baby things, is!  It says "Onesies and blankets and diapers, oh my!" over and over.  It's just right for a little girl, playing in the laundry bag, page.  The glitter, letter stickers, from K&Company, form the "bundle of JOY" title.  I didn't crop the pictures at all.  I thought that they were just perfect as is.  Don't you just love that cute, little face?!  Sorry... The Mommy's talking again :).  The little strips of white cardstock, above the pictures (I, also, wanted to be sure that at least one row of laundry was in plain sight.), created the perfect place for a little journaling... Curiosity about the laundry bag led me straight to here.  I'm such a cutie pie!  Apr. '09  The last thing I added were a few, green and pink, glittery butterflies from Target's Simply Shabby Chic line.

Baby girl hasn't been feeling very well, this week, and has been super whiny; so, I'm looking forward to a little reprieve at scrapbook club, while Daddy watches the kiddos, tonight.  Hopefully, I'll have another layout, brought to us by creative force and SU demonstrator Kim Ryden, to share with you, early next week.

I'm off to try my hand at making doughnuts for breakfast tomorrow morning.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Oh!  And I got my order, for topless undershirts, placed to Blush this morning.  Rachel replied to my email, questioning availability, within a couple of hours of my sending it; AND she let me know, via email, just this morning, that the ones I wanted were back in stock and ready for ordering today.  Now, that's customer service!  They'll soon be on their way to my house.  Yea!

Embellish's Stripes Color Challenge

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I've got a birthday card, that I made for my brother-in-law's birthday, inspired by Embellish Magazine's Stripes Color Challenge, for you, today.

I've got to be honest and say that I wasn't just loving this color combination, but I'm, always, up for a challenge.  So, here's what I came up with.

I started this card by stamping the rough stripes, in Elegant Eggplant and Chocolate Chip inks, down the right side of the kraft, cardstock, card face.  I, then, rounded the top, right corner with SU's Corner punch and added a strip of chocolate and kraft-colored, Playful Typing Test, patterned paper, from KI Memories, which I machine stitched with a wavy, deep-brown-threaded stitch, over the left side of the card face.  A strip of Elegant Eggplant cardstock and Terrifically Tacky Tape, covered in brown glitter, were applied, vertically, between the two surfaces.  I, then, wrapped a chocolate brown ribbon, horizontally, around the card face, twice; secured it with a couple, mini glue dots; and added a couple staples over the lower ribbon and Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  Finally, I stamped the "MAKE A WISH" sentiment, in Moonlight White, Brilliance, archival, pigment ink, between the stamped lines on the kraft, card face and embellished with a few, purple, Paper Studio buttons threaded with white string.

100 Days of First Grade

Today was Ezekiel's 100th day of first grade, so we had to do a little something to celebrate his achievement.  First, I made him this ribbon.
I got the idea for it in the February 2010 issue of Parents magazine.  It was made by gluing together three different sizes of cupcake liners.  I, then, punched out, with SU's Scallop Circle punch, a computer generated "HAPPY 100th DAY!" and glued it to the very center.  The ribbon was adhered, to the back, with mini glue dots; and a safety pin, for attaching to his shirt, was threaded through the ribbon loop.
This was so fun and easy, that he could've done it himself; but I wanted him to find a little present, with his seatwork papers, when he woke up this morning.  We, also, made "Hundred Day Hash", or so we've come to call it.  It's become a little, 100th day of school tradition for us.
We, literally, raided our cupboards to come up with ten things for our hash and counted out ten of each thing to equal 100 goodies.  This year, we added milk chocolate chips, pretzels, Craisins, marshmallows, Hickory Farms' Mini Mint Melt Aways, walnuts, Cheez-Its, Rice Chex, Cheerios, and raisins.
Yum!  Yum!

I'm off to listen to an A Beka Book (Ezekiel's homeschool curriculum) Webinar presentation.  Have a fabulous day!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Last week, a water main broke on our street.  Adina had the most fun watching, from my bedroom window, all the trucks and workmen, laboring to repair the leak.

It took several days, so, perching in the window, after getting dressed, quickly, became a part of our morning routine.  This week, we sure have missed all those noisy trucks!

I have Pencil Lines' Sketch 170, provided by founder Anna Bowkis, for you, today.

Here's what I came up with.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Ezekiel and myself and was taken just a week before Adina was born.  I started this page by layering on the strips of patterned paper and cardstock near the bottom of the page.  The green, leafy, and yellow, polka dot, patterned papers are both from SU, and the Really Rust cardstock was punched, across the bottom edge, with SU's Scallop punch.  Before adhering the gold and yellow, patterned paper, from Heidi Grace Designs' Wild Daisy Road collection, framing the picture, I stamped, in Old Olive ink, on the Old Olive, cardstock page, a trail of leaves and dots.  I, then, added a bit of shine to the dots with my Gelly Roll pen.  The "wonderful, cherish} YOU" title was stamped in Old Olive ink and embellished with an adhesive, chipboard heart, again, from Heidi Grace Designs' Wild Daisy Road collection, and colored gemstones from Marcella and Paper Studio.  Finally, I punched, with SU's Photo Corners punch, a photo corner, in the lower, left corner, from a rust-colored, floral, patterned paper from SU and added Fresh Paint, fall, adhesive, glitter embellishments and a few gemstones from Marcella and a few more gemstones from Paper Studio.

The above page became this layout.

I used the same leafy, trail stamping; cardstock; scallop and photo corner punching; patterned papers; gemstones; and adhesive, leaf embellishments on this page... nothing new, except for the gorgeous pictures of Ezekiel, just being a kid, in the fall leaves.  These pictures, always, make me smile, and sometimes, make me long for the simplicity of the days with just one kiddo.  Don't get me wrong, I'd never change a thing.  I love Adina with all my heart, and she really is the best thing that ever happened to our little family of three.  Some days are just tough for this Mommy.

One more thing, before I take off today.  Becca, over at Blue Cricket Design, is having a giveaway for a free undershirt from Blush.  I, sooooo, wish that I had discovered these when I was pregnant...

but never mind.  Those days are over.  They're still perfect for this long-shirt and layer loving girl!

I, totally, would have an order on the way to my house, right now, if the white and the black undershirts were available in my size.  I've, already, contacted the ladies behind Blush to find out how these fabulosities can become a part of my wardrobe ASAP!  Anyway, if you'd just love to have one for FREE, go to the Blush website; pick your favorite color or print; and leave a comment, for Becca, on Blue Cricket Designs' Blush Undershirts post.  Good luck!

Meet Speckles, Turk, and Queen

Monday, January 25, 2010

I just realized, that I never introduced you to Ezekiel's, new, tank gang.

The fish swimming near the water plant is Speckles, and the one below the filter is Turk.  They are both fancy guppies.  That little, golden lump, under the filter, is his snail, Queen.  We really tried to get a good picture, but they weren't cooperating very well.  Have you ever told a fish to hold still?!  It doesn't work!  They get along really great, though.  I couldn't help showing you this snap of their little, fish kiss...

and Ezekiel just loves them!  I cannot tell you how much easier and CHEAPER these guys are than the ones we had in our 55 gallon, saltwater tank, years back.  They were gorgeous but, absolutely, not budget friendly!  Maybe when my husband gets his college education paid for, he can have his saltwater fish, again :).  First things first!

I have a layout, for you, today.  It was inspired by Pencil Lines' Sketch 169, provided by guest designer Susan Dupre.

Here's what I came up with.

I started this page by lining up my pictures; determining where I wanted my hand stitched circle to go; using a bowl to, carefully, sketch out the perfect, overlapping circles I was going for; punching the holes; and stitching the circle, into the Brocade Blue, cardstock page, with red, embroidery floss.  I, then, lined up my "4th of July" title, created from Stickopotamus' Red Bandana Brush Letters, around its top and layered the star, patterned paper, from Basic Grey's Oh Baby! Boy collection, and the blue and white checkered, patterned paper, from my stash, across the bottom of the page.  The pictures were then stacked, across the middle, and embellished with stamped, in Brocade Blue ink, and hand cut, photo corners.  One picture was replaced with a Real Red, cardstock, text box which reads, Ezekiel didn't seem to mind staying home on the 4th.  He was happy with a full tummy and his sparklers and poppers, while BJ worked on our new patio...  I, then, added a little strip of the same star, patterned paper, punched, across the bottom edge, with SU's Scallop punch, near the top right of the page, and a red button, from Jesse James and Co.'s Grandma's Grab Bag and laced with white string tied in a knot, over the top of it.  Finally, a double-stitched, red ribbon, dressed up with lots of other blue, red, and white ribbons, twill tape, and string tied in knots, was wrapped around the bottom of the page, over the patterned papers, for the perfect, finishing touch.

I, then, turned this page into this layout.

The only new goody you'll find on this page is that coordinating tag, also, from Basic Grey's Oh Baby! Boy collection.  It was dressed up with several of the same ribbons, from the previous page, and reads, ...BJ not so much.  Keep smiling!  BJ was pouting all over the place, trying to get this patio finished up before Ezekiel's fifth birthday party.  I'm surprised that I caught a picture of him smiling, at all!  He had procrastinated and was paying the price, but we sure have enjoyed the fruit of his hard work.  Thanks, baby!

Hope you all have a wonderful week and that your work, whatever it may be, brings you joy!

My Birthday

Sunday, January 24, 2010

It's been a couple of days since my last post, because we've been partying!  My parents came up, on Friday afternoon, to watch Ezekiel and Adina, and BJ took me here for my birthday dinner.
Oh, my goodness!  It was, absolutely, delicious!  He even purchased the birthday package for me, so I went home with a souvenir picture and milk chocolate, fondue bar to add to the other gift he got me.

I cannot wait to find the perfect place, this spring, to plant my gorgeous, Cycleman plant!  Afterward, we went to Borders; picked out a couple, Valentine's Day gifts for our kiddos; had a little coffee; and chatted with some friends from church.  It was such a special night!  Thanks so much, BJ!  You're the best!

I cannot say thank you to BJ, though, without thanking my parents for watching our kiddos.  It was so much easier to relax and have fun, knowing they were in such good, capable, loving hands.  Thank you, Mom and Dad!

They, also, brought me this gorgeous, Marie Osmond, La Rosa tote...

and stayed overnight until Saturday afternoon.  So, they got to watch Ezekiel play basketball, and Mom and I got to do a little shopping.  She was looking, specifically, for special accents for their re-purposed barn (It used to be for storage and has, now, been converted into a little house, complete with kitchen/dining/living room space, bathroom, and bedroom loft.  It's so cute, and a great place for us to stay, when the house is full, which doesn't take much doing.  I've got four siblings, and almost everyone has kiddos.) and is putting me to work on a little, sewing project.  So, we hit up Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics, and would you believe it?!  I only came home with a package of purple, construction paper, for Ezekiel (It's one of his favorite colors and doesn't come in a regular, mix-color bundle.  Crazy!), and these spools of gorgeous, 50% off ribbon.

Thank you to everyone else who made my birthday so memorable with special gifts and well-wishes!  It was a wonderful day, and you all will not be forgotten!

Oh!  BJ made me my favorite Apple Crumb Cake, with warm, butter-base sauce, too.  It's become a birthday tradition in our house.

Yum-O!  Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

Random Thoughts

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My brain is cluttered with all the things that I've never got around to putting up on my blog.  So, today, I thought that I'd unload.  If you're too busy or your brain is already on overload, you, totally, won't hurt my feelings, one bit, if you move right on to your next, blogger post.

The week of Christmas was super, crazy busy; and the week after, I was busy giving you the low-down on all our homemade, Christmas gifts.  (For those of you that missed them, check out my Christmas Gifts Reveal, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 posts.)  So, I never got around to showing you the pictures we took from a dinner date with BJ's cousin and his family.

From left to right, this is Donna, Ella, Brett, and BJ's cousin Dave.  They used to live super close to us in Olathe, KS; but a few years back, they moved to Naperville, IL.  So, we only get to see them, around the holidays, when they're home visiting family.  Lucky for us, they took a little time out of their, already, busy schedule to go out to dinner with us.  Here's a silly snap of their kids with Ezekiel, trying so hard to sit still enough for me to get a decent picture :).  Gotta love it!

I, also, couldn't resist showing this adorable picture of my baby girl, getting her hands washed by Daddy...

this one of her eating a yummy, chocolate-covered, Christmas, pretzel gift...

and a few, more sweet ones of her catching some z's, just because she's so, darn cute.

I, also, made a card for another of Jennifer's Cards for Kid's kiddos.

I started this card by machine stitching a pink-threaded, zig-zag stitch between the striped, patterned paper, from Basic Grey's Oh Baby! Boy collection, and the torn, across the bottom edge, turquoise cardstock.  I, then, punched the top edge of the patterned paper with SU's Scallop punch and stamped the turquoise cardstock, in Moonlight White, Brilliance, archival, pigment ink, just below the stitching, with the the "hello..." sentiment.  Both papers were, then, adhered to the lower half of the Pretty in Pink, cardstock, card face.  I used my Moonlight White, pigment ink, again, on the top half of the card face, to stamp the polka dots and rounded the top corners with SU's Corner punch.  Finally, I embellished it, just above the patterned paper's scallop edge, with another one of my fabric flowers.  (For those of you that missed the last one and the "how to", check out yesterday's Happy Birthday, Kim! post.)  This time, I used a worn-out, turquoise t-shirt; pink stitching; and a glittered, heart button from Jesse James and Co.'s Grandma's Grab Bag.

This one is for Emily.

According to Jennifer's blog, Emily is a beautiful, six-year-old girl that has a very rare disease.  She is one of four people in the US that has Schimke Immuno-osseous Dysplasia (SIOD), one of the rarest forms of Dwarfism.  Only 45 people world-wide have this disease.  Only one in one to three million get this genetic disease.  She will have a shortened life span with [possible] stroke, hip replacements, kidney failure, and infections.  This disease is detected by growth, appearance, illness, and x-rays.  Emily has rounding of the spinal vertebrae and classic characteristics of hip dysplasia in the pelvis and thighs.  Emily experienced kidney failure, in spring 2008, and received a kidney transplant from her father, Joe.   A side effect of the transplant, the anti-rejection medication, caused Lymphoma.  Emily is in stage three and has endured chemo. Recently, a fungal infection was discovered in the donated kidney; so, she has been on anti-fungal medication.  She has suffered from constant fevers; vomiting; headaches; and most recently, seizures.  She has had over 37 surgeries in the past 2 years.

Gracious!  How about something more uplifting?  Little Birdie Secrets is having a giveaway, sponsored by The Vintage Pearl.  Go visit their website; pick out your favorite item; then, go to Little Birdie Secrets' Vintage Pearl Giveaway post, to comment which one it is, before Monday, January 25, 2010.  I really love names around my heart...

but I think a flower and a circle is my most favorite!  Good luck!

Finally, (and this is my last random thought for the day... Promise!) this morning, I ran upstairs to check my email and came down to find this on my bed.

I got bit by the Love Bug!  Our rules are to do something nice, in secret, for someone else; to leave the Love Bug on their bed; and then, after the discovery, they have 24 hours to do something nice for someone else.  Ezekiel had made my big bed, all by himself, today!  We saw this idea, only they used a pillow, on The Idea Room blog here.  Then, Ezekiel came home, from Awana, with a paper heart and instructions for something, super similar.  I decided to jump on board, wholeheartedly!  I mean, really, we all could use a little more kindness in our lives... Right?!

Thanks for reading!  Hope you have an amazing day!