Random Musings

Friday, September 9, 2011

Warning: This is probably the longest post of my life, but it's filled to the brim with all kinds of sweet, delicious, and creative things.  So, I hope you'll put your big-girl/boy pants on and join me!

First things first, I completely forgot to show you all our Wplus9 Design September Release in its fully glory.  Hopefully, you've already seen the Full Reveal post on the Wplus9 Design Blog and/or have been to the Wplus9 Design Online Store to purchase them for yourselves; but just in case, here's what you have to look forward to.  Class Act...
Set of 18 high-quality, photopolymer stamps
1 pre-built journaling card, 5 card-building pieces, 3 images, and 9 sentiments/titles
Size: 6" x 8"
Price: $19

Design Basics: Classroom Backgrounds...
Set of 5 high-quality, photopolymer stamps
5 background-building stamps
Size: 6" x 8"
Price: $19

A Pocketful...
Set of 32 high-quality, photopolymer stamps
4 pocket images, 11 accent images, and 17 sentiment/sentiment builders
Size: 6" x 8"
Price: $19

and its coordinating, A Pocketful die...
Small Pocket Size: approximately 1-5/8" squared
Large Pocket Size: approximately 2-5/8" squared
Price: $9

as well as its companion set, A Pocketful: Halloween, are now available for purchase.
Set of 11 high-quality, photopolymer stamps
4 images and 7 sentiments/sentiment builders
Size: 4" x 6"
Price: $13

It has been an absolutely beautiful week here in our neck of the woods!  We've spent lots of time outdoors just playing, aside, of course, from being busy with school.  Last night, we even got out and enjoyed a few scoops of Baskin Robbins.
Oh!  And look who I got to hold yesterday morning!
This is Noah Samuel Ryden, my friend Kim's four-week-old son; and he is absolutely, beyond precious!  My kiddos thought so, too!
I haven't said anything, here, for fear that it might actually come true; but Adina has been praying for a baby sister, now, for about two months.  I'm not sure that she really knows what she's asking for, but she was absolutely in love with the idea of little Noah.  She wanted to hold him, sing to him, and watch him get changed; and she was in complete concern for his well-being, when he cried.  It was just too sweet for words!  And all this went on while her friend, Brooke, Noah's big sister, played away with the trains, completely oblivious to what was going on, in the next room.
Then, when they had to leave, Adina put herself to sleep crying, "I want my baby Noah!  I want my baby Noah!" and woke up asking for Brooke to come back and play trains with her.  Thanks for a super fun and memorable morning, Rydens!

I also want to sneak in a super, stinkin' scrumptious recipe, from my Midwest Living Magazine, for Gingerbread Pancakes.  Yummy, and absolutely perfect for this time of year!
Gingerbread Pancakes
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup mild-flavored molasses
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Butter (optional)
Pure maple syrup
1 medium Gala, Fuji, or Golden Delicious apple, cored and sliced crosswise into paper-thin slices (optional)

In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.  In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, molasses, and oil.  Add milk mixture all at once to flour mixture.  Stir just until moistened.  (Batter should be slightly lumpy.)  Heat a lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat.  For standard-size pancakes, spoon about 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle.  Spread batter, if necessary.  For dollar-size pancakes, use about two tablespoons batter.  Cook over medium heat about two minutes on each side or until pancakes are golden brown.  Turn over when pancake surfaces are bubbly and edges are slightly dry.  Serve immediately (or keep warm, in a loosely covered ovenproof dish, in a 200 degree F oven).  If you like, top pancakes with butter.  Serve with warm maple syrup.  Garnish with apple slices.  Makes 16 standard-size pancakes or 32 mini pancakes.

And I couldn't resist showing ya'll a few more pictures of our bathroom remodel.  Here's the new light fixture that I just couldn't possibly love any more!  Those little, glass bubbles, in the shades, are completely fabulous!
That also gives you a glimpse of our soft pink ceiling with its new texture and bolder pink walls.  The bottom part of the walls is covered in this glorious bead board.
LOVE the arch to our new, curtain rod for the extra space it gives in the shower.
You can also see the shower curtain, that I showed ya'll a few weeks back, in real life there.  Here's our wall-mounted sink.  LOVE the way it gives the illusion of so much more space, especially since our budget didn't allow for expanding the room.
And take a little closer peek at this beautiful faucet.  Yummy!
We're still waiting on custom cupboards for this wall and a towel rack, that we're hoping to get built this weekend, for the opposite wall, but haven't we come a long way from this?!  I'm beyond thrilled with all our choices and how far it's come.  It's just ours!
Finally, I'm thrilled to share that the first card here was featured, in the Showcase on YOU! post, over at the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker Blog...
this one got me named a ColourQ Courtier...
and this beauty made the Woodgrain CARDS Challenge Gallery line-up over at CREATE:.  I also never shared that this card, as well as the one to follow, which I totally forgot I had never given the details for here on my blog, also, made their Back-to-School CARDS Challenge Gallery a couple of weeks back.  The link for that gallery doesn't seem to be working.  So, just head over to the blog link above and scroll down to check out all the fabulous inspiration for yourselves.  You won't be disappointed!

Okay, so here's that fun, little, featured card I promised.  I made it for my son, but totally even forgot to give it to him.  So, I'll be picking a special day, in the coming week, just for fun, to surprise him.
I started this card by using the Paper Smooches Apple Card Template to print, cut, and piece the apple and its parts from various, color-appropriate, patterned papers.  I then stamped the "WELCOME BACK" sentiment, in Real Red ink, on a strip of Whisper White cardstock; machine stitched with white-threaded straight stitches, twice across its top edge and once across its bottom; adhered it across the center of the apple itself; and dressed it up with a Pure Poppy button, laced with a Baker's Twine bow...
to complete its super CAS design.
Okay, ya'll, if you made it to the end, I commend you!  You're amazing!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous weekend!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Blue Skies (Verve) Paper: Whisper White (SU); red polka dot & brown alpha (KI Memories); green leafy (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Real Red (SU) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Jenni Bowlin); Apple Card Template (Paper Smooches); Pure Poppy button (PTI); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies)


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee everything! LOVING the stamps, the photos, the sweet baby story...and loveeeeeeeeeeee that card! LOVING the apple! :):):):):):):):):):):)

sandi said...

Great pics! Your friends baby is adorable! What a sweet card you made. Perfect for this time of the year!

Stamp said...

Yeah! Pics of the bathroom project! Love it!

Marlena M. said...

Darling story of the baby and your daughter...it's the sweetest and made me smile. ;)

Girl,you're brave to show your bathroom....it's gorgeous! I couldn't be that brave. ;)

Your apple card is so fun-very sweet!

LisiB said...

What a sweet card - so love it. Your bathroom looks great, I wish I could say the same. Living in a rental apartment sucks at times but then again, I do not have the responsibilty and the money to travel!

Andrea Ewen said...

Lots of fun pictures, Jinny...a treasure trove of scrapbooking inspiration! Love that sweet apple card...it's just adorable!

farmhouse-story said...

the baby pics are darling! your bathroom is simply beautiful, jinny! love the bead board and pink! and the cute curtain:) and congrats on your many, well deserved features!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I do think this was the longest post ever on your blog:) LOVED each photo and description though! SUPER adorable little one--congrats to your friends! I still cannot believe your husband allows pink in the bathroom (my dad flipped when my mom did that!). Beautiful apple card and fun post all around:) <3