For the Love of Books

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Happy weekend, y'all!  So, I promised, in yesterday's Friday Faves post, that I'd be back today to share this month's For the Love of Books pick, and I'm here today to deliver.  I also mentioned yesterday that we've been out and about enjoying our carefree summer schedules.  Well, with that absence of routine also comes lots of ornery behavior, especially from one, little, young lady, from my household, in particular, which is what drew me to share another fantastic book by one of my all-time favorite authors.  It is written for children ages four to eight, and I'm sure all you moms out there, who have cleaned up spilt milk, wiped toothpaste off the walls, or swept up the contents of the dog's overturned dish for the tenth time today already, maybe even learned to creatively disguise a DIY haircut before 7 am, will be able to relate with me on this one.
Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Marla Frazee, is the story of one pesky Harriet Harris.  Of course, Harriet doesn't mean to be pesky.  Sometimes, she just is, but she's always very sorry.  Unfortunately, one mishap after another follows her throughout the course of one exhausting day.  Her mother didn't like to yell.  So, instead, each time, she responds with a "Harriet, my darling child."  But when a thousand pillow feathers end up flying all over the room, while Harriet is supposed to be napping, her gentle mother yells and yells and yells.  Sometimes, she just does; but she, too, is always very sorry.

Aren't we all?  Thanks for taking the time to read, friends!  Have a good one!

Friday Faves

Friday, May 30, 2014

Happy Friday, friends!  So sorry for the silence around here.  We've been lounging by the pool, playing baseball, and just enjoying the summer sun.  I haven't meant to leave you all hanging, but that's exactly what I've done :(.  I do have a few projects to share early next week, and I'm going to sneak in my monthly For the Love of Books post tomorrow, seeing as it's the last day of May.  Oops!  But, for today, I've got a lineup of fabulous goodies that have caught my eye this month.  Let's start with these Summer Wood Veneers from Elle's Shine Collection, simply because they ooze summertime.  Aren't those little Popsicles just the cutest?!
I picked up a package of this Gold Star Confetti, from Pretty Pink Posh, a couple of months ago and just love it to bits and pieces!  Paulina's got just about every color of confetti bit/sequin you could think up from marshmallow to orchid.  LOVE!
Speaking of sequins, this Small Sequins stamp, from 3rd Eye, is on its way to my door even as we speak.  Can't wait to be able to stamp them to perfectly match all of my papercrafted projects!  Plus, don't you think they'll layer well with the real thing?!
I've got a keen eye for everything bunny related, simply because my baby girl loves them so.  So, the bunny in the next two items is what caught my attention about them.   Paper Bakery's Bunny Clips are just darling...
and these Forest Animals Ceramic Cups, from The Zakka Man, are too fun!  There is a bunny in the lot, but I think it would be difficult to hold.  The funny thing is that I had a brown version of the squirrel below, when I was little.  I'm sure it's still tucked away in my Mom's cupboards someplace.
And finally, this I Am Brave Typography Word Art Sign, from Barn Owl Primitives, too, has my daughter written all over it.  Sigh.  What a beautiful, daily reminder this is!
I just had to throw in their You Are My Sunshine Word Art Sign, too.  When I was growing up, I used to wake my little sister up with this song.  I don't think she's quite as fond of it as I am ;).
That's all for this month, folks.  I hope you found something to love here, too.  Thanks so much for peeking in, and have a fabulous weekend!  Hugs!

The Studio Selfie Challenge

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in to share my take on The Studio's latest challenge.  We want to see pages boasting your selfie pics this time.  There may be other people in your photo(s), as evidenced by my newest cutie below; but, of course, you must also be in it (them) and have taken it (them) yourself.  Here goes.
I started this page by smudging Patina Glimmer Mist on the notebook, patterned, paper, base page, as well as rubbing it, through a couple of stencils, with Barn Door and Pumice Stone Distress Inks.  I then stamped it, in Lucky Limeade ink, with the starburst medallions, before layering lots of color-coordinating, patterned papers, as well as a Cameo-cut bit of "XOXO", lace vellum, behind my selfies, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock.  The pie chart was created with a trio of other patterned papers and anchored, with navy-threaded, straight, machine stitches, behind the top edge of my photos.
I then grounded my photos with my "the best PART of me is YOU" title, which was created with gray and red Alphabeans, as well as ivory, shadow alphas and a "me" and "YOU" cut, with my Cameo, from Whisper White and glitter cardstocks.
The April 27, 2014 date was then etched upon a gray, chevron, file, folder tab and tucked in behind my right selfie.
A couple bits of flair, as well as a wood veneer camera and stamped, in Jet Black ink, on vellum, and hand-cut arrow, which was secured, to the page, with a simple staple, round out the bulk of my design.
Another arrow, created in the same way as the previous one with the exception of a little, Baker's Twine bow, as well as a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on Oatmeal cardstock, frame, which was filled in with the stamped, in Real Red ink, "so sweet" phrase and hand cut out, dress up the top edge.  A handful of green and gray brads, as well as a couple of gray, enamel hearts and lots of little, black, painted splatters, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this layout came from My Mind's Eye's May Sketch Challenge.
Please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to get all your challenge details, as well as to be thoroughly inspired by this talented team.  Thanks so much for stopping by, friends; and to those of you living in the U.S., have a safe and blessed Memorial Day tomorrow!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Indie Chic Ginger "Pictures" Stamps (MME) Paper: all patterned - Collectable, On the Bright Side, Winter Wonderland, & Now & Then collections (MME); vellum (Paper Studio); Whisper White & glitter (SU); Oatmeal (Wplus9) Ink: Lucky Limeade & Real Red (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); Jet Black, Pumice Stone, & Barn Door (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: navy thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); heart template (Heidi Swapp); chevron & pie chart templates, "April 2014" & " This is my happy face." flair, & ivory shadow alphas (JBS); "XOXO" cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); brads (MME); heart enamel stickers (October Afternoon); Pure Black acrylic paint (FolkArt); staples & stapler (office supply store); gray & red Alphabeans (Jillibean Soup); gray chevron file folder tab (Chic Tags); Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); wood veneer camera (Studio Calico); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); doily (unknown)

Family Update

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Morning, y'all!  Gosh, I cannot even begin to explain what a crazy couple of weeks we've had.  Then, on top of all the busyness, we've had all kinds of issues with our Internet.  One minute it's working, and the next, it's going all haywire.  Sigh.  So, I apologize profusely for my lack of visits.  I just got caught up and have, once again, fallen terribly behind.  I don't know how all you creative people keep up.  I refuse to throw the towel in the bucket but have to admit that I'm stressed over it.  Anyway, I wanted to quick pop in and share a few pics of what we've been up to.  It's been warm enough for my kiddos to have their first romp in the sprinkler.
Last Saturday, we closed out another semester of band with Ezekiel's spring concert.  I just love how brave he is!  I played the piano growing up and always hated concerts.  I could play a piece perfectly at home but then totally flop in front of an audience.  It was a completely different story, however, when it came to talking ;).  He has so much to be proud of and loves playing the clarinet.  Not to mention that he has improved leaps and bounds this year.
After church, on Mother's Day, we picked up some sandwiches and went for a picnic in the park.
I sat down on a bench, in the shade, to nurse Kaden, when Ezekiel pointed out that it was engraved with this quote and how perfect it was for that particular day.  We've been to this park hundreds of times.  I've even sat on this exact bench before, but I had never noticed its engraving.  LOVE!
It was such a great day, and my family totally spoiled me with a HUGE book about gardening, a coffee mug boasting lots of pics of my cuties, and this gorgeous chain from The Vintage Pearl.
Told you I was spoiled ;)!  We also stopped by a flower shop and picked up lots of beauties for my gardens, which I've been having so much fun digging up.  I meant to take a picture of all our purchases together, but when I finally had a quiet moment to get them planted, I was so excited, that I completely forgot.  Here's how a couple of my planters turned out, though.
The rest of the plants were dispersed throughout my gardens, along with this little guy.  I think it'll work well for bathing AND feeding.
Then, last Wednesday, we took our kiddos to School Day at the K (K is for Kauffman Stadium.) to watch the Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 3 to 2.  I have to be honest and say that I was cheering for the Rockies, too.  Growing up in Kansas, the Royals ALWAYS lost every game I got to go to, which wasn't very many; but needless to say, they didn't win over my heart by any means.  It was the opposite story with the Rockies.  BJ and I went to every game we could, when we lived in Colorado, and they nearly always won.  I fell in love with baseball again and, in turn, learned to love our hometown Royals, too.
It was Kaden's first game.  He was even given a first game certificate.  So fun!  It was such a beautiful, spring day, too.
This past weekend, Ezekiel and Adina had an Award Ceremony for their Awana club.  They both finished their books, meaning that, during this club year, they memorized 145 Bible verses combined, and we couldn't be any more proud.
Even though it's not great, I couldn't resist sharing this pic of my little ham.  She's ALWAYS like this :).
And Kaden just chilled out on Daddy's shoulder the entire evening.  If you're thinking that his hair looks a little red, it does.  I keep thinking it's going to wash out.  LOL!  I don't know if it will stay or go.  My aunt and cousins have red hair, so it staying is a definite possibility.  I guess only time will tell.
He truly is the pride and joy of every member of our family.  At three-months-old, he is nursing exclusively every three to three-and-a-half hours through the day and taking five hour-and-a-half to two-hour naps.  He still gets up once at night to nurse, usually around 4 am, but he goes right back to bed after.  Both of my other kiddos were sleeping eight hours through the night by now, but everything about Kaden has been completely different.  So, we're just trying to give him all the time he needs to grow.  He is full of smiles and laughs out loud when someone does something silly or he gets tickled.  It's completely contagious.  He has a lion Taggie that he loves to hold and mouth, enjoys his swing, likes the movement of his Lulla-Vibe, and doesn't even mind his car seat.  He has a such a sweet nature and happy disposition.
So, that about sums things up.  We finished our school curriculum last Friday and are enjoying a break from our normal routines.  Ezekiel starts baseball tonight and has a little trip planned, with Grandpa and Grandma, to Omaha, next week.  We're also trying to work in swim lessons for Adina and lots of little days out just enjoying all that Kansas City has to offer.

Oh!  And for those of you who have been asking, we haven't yet sold our house.  We fired our realtor.  It just wasn't working out.  Now, we've listed for sale by owner just until we've been off MLS for 90 days.  Although, in the first week, we had more showings than we did, in nearly five months, with our realtor, and they've been steady ever since.  If we don't sell by the middle of June, we've got to decide if we want to just call it quits for now or list with another agent.  It would be okay if we had to stay.  There are still lots of things that we want to update, and with my hubby's new job, we should be able to get them done in the next year.  Then, we could maybe... MAYBE... try again next spring.  Regardless, this whole thing has been a real roller coaster ride, and I'll wholeheartedly admit that it's not one I ever want to be on again.

Thanks so much for checking in on us!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!  Big hugs!

Some Exciting Scrappy News

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Morning, friends!  I'm super excited to finally get to tell you all that I've been invited to be a part of the Color Me Scrappy Design Team and accepted!  You can read the announcement here.
You all know how much I love playing with color.  So, being as CMS is a twice-a-month color challenge blog, I think this is a perfect fit for me and am so excited to share what I've been working on for the June challenges.  LOVE to have you stop by and join in the fun!

Stuck?! May 15th Sketch

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Morning, friends!  I've got my take on another, yummy, Stuck?! sketch to share, with you all, this morning.  Here goes.
I started this layout by smudging Pink Bubblegum and Patina Glimmer Mists onto the white, cardstock, base page.  I then stamped it, in Melon Mambo and Peeled Paint inks, with the hash marks and irregular grid design respectively, before inking it, with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, using a stencil, with lots of little raindrops, which were later glittered.  That set the stage for all the playful and colorful, patterned papers across the top of the page and behind my photos, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock.  The majority of the papers were anchored with bright-pink-threaded, straight and/or zig-zag, machine stitches.
My photos were then grounded with the "Let it rain" title, which was created with a Cameo-cut, from Lake House cardstock, "Let it", which was glittered, as well as white, Remarks alphas.
The sun was then stamped, in Daffodil Delight ink, on Whisper White cardstock; hand cut out; adhered just above the right photo; backed with a large, white tag, laced with a length of Pink Sorbet Twine, tied in a bow; and topped with a chipboard cloud.  A chipboard, heart tab, to which I gave a little shine with Crystal Effects, and cardstock hot air balloon guide the eye to the top of the design.
There you'll find one more chipboard cloud, as well as a little, pink, heart button, laced with white string.
A "TREASURE" sticker and stamped, in Jet Black ink, "ON THIS DATE: AUG 25 2012" date complete the look.
Here's your May 15th Sketch to get you off and running in the right direction.
This sketch's fantastic sponsors are...
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So, please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to find out what you're playing for, as well as to see how the rest of the team has interpreted the sketch.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Sent With Love & Off the Grid (SU); A Pocketful (Wplus9); date stamp (Dear Lizzy) Paper: Whisper White (SU); White (Bazzill); Lake House (Wplus9); multicolored stripe, pinwheel, & green polka dot (Echo Park); multicolored polka dot & green text (JBS); yellow polka dot (October Afternoon) Ink: Melon Mambo & Daffodil Delight (SU); Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, & Jet Black (Ranger) Other: bright pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); raindrop stencil & tag (JBS); chipboard clouds (October Afternoon); button (Buttons Galore & More); white string (Hobby Lobby); Pink Sorbet Twine (The Twinery); Dazzling Diamonds & Crystal Effects (SU); Pink Bubblegum & Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); chipboard heart tab (Bella Blvd.); cardstock hot air balloon (Pink Paislee); white Remarks (American Crafts); Cameo (Silhouette)