Friday Faves

Friday, June 27, 2014

Evening, y'all!  We've had a busy day, and Ezekiel had a late baseball game tonight, so I'm coming to you a bit later than usual with this month's Friday Faves.  Plus, I'm watching Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer with my hubby and am completely distracted ;).  But it's still Friday, so let's get right to it.  I was lucky enough to be the fortunate winner of My Mind's Eye's Market Street Ashbury Heights 12x12 Collection this month, and y'all, I'm completely in love.  Sigh.  I adore all the different shades of blue and pink with stunning pops of gold, and the foil bits, polka dots, and girly florals are absolutely delish!
On the flip side, I also love Crate Paper's Boys Rule Collection for its fun and funky, updated retro vibe and bold, happy colors.
As soon as I saw this Custom Cross Stitch People Portrait from Uncommon Goods, I was in love.  Now, don't get me wrong, the price is beyond ridiculous.  It won't ever be arriving on my doorstep, but I'm thoroughly inspired to create my own.  I was pretty good at cross stitching back in the day.
Sweet & Simple's Small Antique Silver Post Earrings with Vintage Turquoise Rhinestones have me all over them.  They're just simple enough for everyday wear and yet classy enough to be that perfect statement piece.
And to round out my brief lineup, I've got this gorgeous Mint Druzy-Sky Blue Topaz Quartz-Opalite 3-Piece Bangle Set from Stia Couture.  What's not to love?!  But if this palette isn't your cup of tea, she's got just about every semi-precious gemstone color under the sun in both sterling silver and 14K gold.
That's all, for this month, folks!  Thanks for taking a peek, and have a truly wonderful weekend!  Hugs!

Father's Day Candy Bar Wrapper

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Morning, y'all!  So, in hunting for a little, extra special inspiration to inspire my oldest to make a Father's Day card for my hubby, I came across The Idea Room's Father's Day Gift - Candy Bar Wrappers post and knew that it would be a perfect fit.  Unfortunately, we're not on Facebook, so I couldn't download what I think is her Father's Day Candy Bar Wrappers cut file.  It may just be a printable.  It was a bit unclear, but no never mind.  Ezekiel and I winged it, and I think we did just fine.
We started this project by folding, clipping, and rounding the bottom corners of a piece of Brocade Blue cardstock to form the jacket.  Ezekiel then stitched on three white buttons with white thread, and we tied it snug with a color-coordinating length of plaid ribbon.
We then tucked a piece of Whisper White cardstock, with its top corners snipped and folded, around a die-cut tie, into a shirt collar, in it.
The bottom of the shirt piece was stamped, in Brocade Blue ink, with the "Happy Father's Day" sentiment (This would've been a great place for my big kiddo to have written a little note to his Dad, too, but he's a boy of few words ;).)...
and formed into a pocket to house a Mr. Goodbar...
wrapped in Skip to My Lou's Printable Candy Bar Wrapper for Father's Day.
My hubby loved it, and it was just simple enough not to frustrate Ezekiel.  Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!  Have a blessed day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Woodgrain Silhouettes (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White, Brocade Blue, & argyle (SU!) Ink: Brocade Blue (SU!) Other: buttons, plaid ribbon, & white string (Hobby Lobby); Tie die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Family Update

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hi, friends!  I'd love to take today to share a little of what we've been up to over the last couple of weeks, if you're interested.  If not, I'll be back tomorrow to share a fun project my big kiddo and I made, for my hubby, for Father's Day.  Have a wonderful day!  Now, for those of you who are continuing on with me, I'll begin with a photo of my hubby on his birthday.
I don't have any pics of him opening his birthday gifts, because I told him to pick out a new phone for himself.  I'm not as technologically savvy as he is and would've been completely lost doing it on my own.  Plus, you should've seen how giddy happy he was when he came home with it.  He also bought himself a pricey speeding ticket.  Ugh!  But you know I spoiled him with his favorite carrot cake, which we shared with our neighbors (Those cakes are just too big for the five of us.), and even a scrumptious breakfast.
We also met him for lunch with a big bouquet of balloons.  Then, for Father's Day, we took him out to Olive Garden.  He got a gift certificate, in the mail, for his birthday; and they seem to be on their game, as far as service goes, on holidays.  We also picked out a big bag of fun, new things he's been needing for awhile, and my big kiddos took him to see How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Although, my girl says, "It's a bad movie."  She loved the first one (We all did.), but I guess the second is much scarier.
Aside from all the celebrating, my kiddos attended a week of Vacation Bible School at the same church where they go to Awana Club.  I totally forgot to bring my camera to the family program at the end of the week, but my hubby got a few with his camera phone.  (Ezekiel is in the stripes in the center of the first photograph, and Adina is in green gingham to the far right of the second.)
Speaking of, he also snapped this one of our littlest dreaming of his first bite of a Chipotle burrito.  LOL!
We've been blessed to get to spend a few precious hours with some dear family friends who relocated overseas three years ago and are home visiting for the summer.  Unfortunately, I haven't yet gotten pics of everyone, but I did snap a couple of their son spending some time with my kiddos.  Gosh, we've missed them so!
Ezekiel's been enjoying his season of baseball.  They've had a bit of a delay really getting into the swing of things due to lots of rainy weather, but his team has got three games under their belts and are the proud winners of two.
He also had the rare opportunity to attend the Kansas City Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic at Kauffman Stadium.  It was hot and sticky, and there were a ton of kids to share his time with, but he got playing tips/instructions from five KC Royals Hall of Famers and got to show his moves on the field.
On top of keeping busy with baseball, he's graduated to the Junior High in our church and has enjoyed some of their scheduled, summer, group activities.  He and Adina are also enjoying trips to our newly renovated city pool.
Kaden isn't a fan.  He doesn't like the chilly water and would much rather just nap.
Adina has been beating the heat in the wading pool, right in our own backyard, too.
I got our DVD cabinet alphabetized out of the blue (I wish all of his "I'm bored." moments were this productive.)...
and all of us celebrated the first day of summer by planting a few shade plants under the swing set.  Since we couldn't get grass to thrive there, it sure beats the weeds that had made it their home.
I also couldn't resist sharing a couple of pretty blooms from my gardens...
or this precious pic of my kiddos just enjoying one another's company.  These are the moments I need to remember when they're arguing about who's touching who or who's turn it is to pick out a movie or who's not sharing a toy with who or who won't get out of the other's room... I could go on, but I'm going to choose to relish in this one single moment in time.  They really do love each other.  Matter of fact, hardly a day goes by when somebody isn't thanking me for having another baby.
Did you make it through ;)?  Thanks so much for taking a few minutes out of your busy schedules to check in on us!  Have a blessed summer, y'all!

For the Love of Books

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I've got a packed-to-the-brim Family Update post coming your way tomorrow, but being as we're already into the last full week of June, I've got my monthly For the Love of Books pick, for you all, this morning.  This book is written for children ages four to seven and is both a 1997 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and 1998 Caldecott Honor Book.
The Gardener, written by Sarah Stewart and illustrated by her husband, David Small, takes place during the Great Depression.  It is the heartwarming story of a young girl, named Lydia Grace Finch, who is sent to the big city to live with and work for her Uncle Jim, a baker who has developed a permanent scowl, "until things get better".  Lydia Grace is an avid gardener and excited about learning to bake.  She makes it her mission to conjure up Uncle Jim's smile.  She also gradually brings light and life to the bakery and her neighborhood by filling the once-empty window boxes, as well as containers brought to her by her neighbors, with a variety of flowers and vegetables from seed packets and baby plants sent to her by her Mama, Papa, and Grandma in the country.  But it's the spectacular rooftop garden that she's hoping will bring back Uncle Jim's smile.

I hope you all are having just as much fun with these monthly books as I am.  If you've read or are off to pick up or borrow a copy of The Gardener, or any of my monthly picks for that matter, I'd love to hear about it.  Reading and creating a love for good children's literature has been a passion of mine for some time, and to know you and your family are enjoying my picks would just put a huge smile on my face.  For your convenience, I've tagged each of these book reviews "for the love of books".  You can also click on the For the Love of Books page tab, to the right, to see nearly two years of great reads.  Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to stop in!  Be blessed!

The Studio Triangles Challenge

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hey, y'all!  Here I go again waiting an entire week before posting anything.  I promise to sneak in a couple of extra things, as well as a family update, later this week.  It's just been a busy time for me.  My hubby is working tons and not as close to home as he used to, so a lot of extra stuff is falling on my shoulders; and while I'm doing my best to get it all done, my house is always dirty.  The laundry is always piling up.  My kids are always asking for something to eat or to watch a movie or hold Oreo (our hamster) or play on the computer or read a story or go to the pool or the library or the park... Well, their asking just never ceases.  I'm going to be so ready for school to start this fall.  LOL!  And while Kaden has figured out how to sleep nine hours through the night, and my sleep deprivation is becoming less and less (Woohoo!), I'm still nursing him, for about 30 minutes, every three hours throughout the day, not to mention that he's already gained a bit of an attachment to Mommy.  So, I feel like I'm getting nothing done, and what I do accomplish takes three times as long as it used to.  Sigh.  Breathe.  Just breathe.

Anyway, you didn't come here to read my woes.  I've got a page, for The Studio's latest challenge, to share, with you all, this morning.  We want to see pages with lots of trendy triangles this month.  Triangles are my second favorite geometric shape to scrap with, next to circles.  I've managed to tie both into my take, which was inspired by a single sheet of patterned paper from Crate Paper's Open Road Collection.  Enjoy!
I started this page by stamping the multi-colored, triangle, base page, in Jet Black ink, with the triangles, as well as, in Pistachio Pudding inks, with the looped circles, sketch marks, and drips.  I then anchored a number of vellum circles, throughout the design, with linen thread.
A trio of vellum seals were thrown in as well, and all were cut with my Cameo.  My photos were then matted with Whisper White cardstock and secured in their respective locations over the top of a cluster of deliciously textural goodies, including a mini envelope, Bingo card, circle tab, and kraft tag off a new pair of Ezekiel's shorts.
It all was then topped with a stitched bloom, flanked by a couple of gold, sequin leaves; transparency frame, stapled in place; and "ONCE UPON A TIME", word bubble sticker.
A jar, cut from patterned paper; stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Life is Beautiful" sentiment; and smudged with Dazzling Details (What is it with me and glitter?  LOVE!) frame the left side of the design...
and ground a blossom transparency, as well as a couple of cardstock stickers, popped up with foam tape.  A Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 tab, as well as a couple of sticker people draw our attention to the bottom left corner of the layout...
where you'll find a cardstock, sticker, "LOVE" arrow, embellished with another stitched bloom, dressed up with a couple of gold, sequin leaves, and "REMEMBER" and "YESTERDAY", cardstock stickers.
In turn, the cluster above points to the "Freeing CHARLES" title, which was created with Cameo-cut, from Whisper White cardstock, and glittered letters, as well as black, foam, glitter Thickers, and grounded with my journaling, which reads, Charles has been with us for about a month, but he has quite the appetite, making it difficult to keep dinner on the table.  Plus, with winter being right around the corner, our bug pickin's would be slim.  So, we decided it was best to set him free.
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!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Just Geometrics: Triangles (Wplus9); Simple Salutations (Market Street Stamps); Sanna's Frames & Coffee Stains (3rd Eye) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); triangles (Crate Paper); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Pistachio Pudding (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: mini envelope, "LOVE" cardstock sticker, leaf tag, & transparencies (Basic Grey); kraft tag (Ezekiel's pants); "enjoy every moment" tag (Elle's Studio); stitched blooms (Sassafras); staples & stapler (office supply store); "ONCE UPON A TIME", "FIND YOUR ADVENTURE", "REMEMBER", & "YESTERDAY" cardstock stickers (MME); linen thread, Dazzling Details, & Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); jar (Dear Lizzy); "WANT THIS." cardstock sticker, seal cut file, leaf sequins, & "SEPT" Bingo card (JBS); circles cut file (Diana Fisher); Cameo (Silhouette); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); people cardstock stickers (Jillibean Soup); black foam glitter Thickers (American Crafts)

Color Me Scrappy Challenge #64

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Note: This is my second post for today.  Love to have you scroll down to check out my Stuck?! June 15th Sketch post below.

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in again to share my take on Color Me Scrappy's latest palette.  Here goes.
I started this page by stamping the dingy, floral, base page, in Jet Black ink, with the butterflies.  I then anchored five strips of varying, patterned papers, across the vertical center of my page, with orange-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before topping them with my photos, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock.
The left photo was also wrapped with a length of white string, tied in a bow; topped with an orange, chevron, April 16, 2014 tab; and further dressed up with a green, polka dot, butterfly die cut, backed with a calendar card...
and embellished with die-cut, from Chocolate Chip cardstock, leaves; a "Where does the TIME go?", cardstock sticker; and a bunch of stamped in Jet Black ink, colored with pencils, and hand-cut poppies.
A typewriter flashcard...
as well as a few more poppies, created in the same way as described above, and a "NOTES" tag, which reads, It's so exciting when our new school bks. arrive.  This yr. you're most looking forward to science, were tucked under the right photo's right side.
It was then grounded with "one of a kind" and "science", cardstock stickers; "etc", arrow, and "BEST DAY EVER" transparencies, anchored with staples; chipboard "student"; and a fuzzy, "WORD." rubon.
A bit of school flair; "RADIANT", cardstock sticker; and fuzzy, arrow rubon, as well as the stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a vellum, banner die cut, "Movin' on Up" title, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Let's Capture Our Memories' Sketch #75.
And here's your Challenge #64 to get you off and running in the right direction.  This go around, we're also asking you to use some floral patterned paper, in combination with the color scheme, on your layout.
You have until the 28th of each month to link up your takes and are playing for the opportunity to guest design with our talented team.  Speaking of, please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how they've interpreted the challenge.  Thanks so much for peeking in, and have great day, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Flora & Fauna I & Hope Seed Co. (Wplus9); Simple Salutations (Market Street Stamps) Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, & green polka dot (SU); White (Wplus9); orange star & dingy floral (JBS); woodgrain (October Afternoon); green triangle (Glitz); orange medallion (Close to My Heart); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: orange thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Foliage die (Spellbinders); Banner Trio die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Peach, Pale Vermilion, Poppy Red, Dark Green, & Dark Umber pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); fuzzy rubons & arrow & "BEST DAY EVER" transparencies (Basic Grey); "RADIANT" & "one of a kind" cardstock stickers (MME); "Where does the TIME go?" & "science" cardstock stickers, "etc." transparency, & "student" chipboard (Crate Paper); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); chevron file folder tab & "NOTES" journaling bit (Chic Tags); flair, calendar flashcard, & polka dot butterfly (JBS); staples & stapler (office supply store); typewriter flashcard (Pink Paislee); white string (Hobby Lobby)