Tuesday, August 28, 2007

End of Summer Blues

Oh my goodness its been forever since I blogged. I am so sorry for that. This summer is passing so quickly. I am trying to fit as many things into it as I can. Sadly though its about to come to a end. Its been a fantastic summer. I have had lots of scrapbook time with my friends which I truly have enjoyed. I have gotten my house cleaned and somewhat organized, we have done some home improvments, and I have had a great summer doing fun things with my family, like swimming, picnics, movies in the park, movies in the theater. It is for sure one that will be remembered well. School will be starting very soon and the lazy days of Summer will soon be no more. (boohoo) Hey, but Fall is around the corner and that is one of my most favorite seasons. I just love the fall. All the fall activities and fun decorating. I will soon be digging out my scarecrows and doodding up my porch.

What have I been doing scrapbook wise. Well I have been working on cards and I have managed to make a few pages. I also have been shopping. What have I been buying? Well Bella's of course. What else!!! I am slowly building my collection and loving it. I actually started a card using Cosmo Bella. She is so cute. I have not finished the card yet, but Bella is done and ready for her place. I stamped her twice. Once on pattern paper and once on white cardstock. I then cut her pants out of the pattern paper and glued them back in place on the white cardstock.
I got this great idea from one of my favorite blogs http://inkinitupwithkendra.blogspot.com/
You must go visit this blog. This girl, Kendra, is super talented. I love her cards. Thanks Kendra for the wonderful idea. Ok so back to Bella, I put stickles on her shirt, belt and shoes. She has lots of bling. I will upload the card later when I get it finished. I just had to show you Cosmo Bella.

I also managed to get a few layouts done. I took all of my DD bath photos and decided to get those completed. Here are the results

I used sketches that I found on http://www.scrap-maps.com/ to make these layouts. I really do love using the sketches for my layouts now. It was not something I liked doing in the past, but now I cannot seem to do one without a sketch.

I also did a special layout of one of my friends. I have not had the chance to do many layouts outside of my children because I am so far behind on their books, that rarely do I get to work on anything else. However, these pictures were so awesome that I felt like they deserved priority attention. So here is my friend all dressed up in her Geisha outfit. This layout was also done using a sketch. I am waiting for her to journal about the pictures, because they were taken on her vacation and I absolutely no nothing about them, other than they are the coolest ever. Remember a few blogs back when I told you that I have been working on some gifts for friends. At the time I could not share pictures with you. Well I have finally given all the gifts out and so now I can share photos. The gift was a Starbook. I found the instructions on this video. This was a very fun book to make.

Here are photos of the books I have made for my friends. They were so much fun and my friends really enjoyed recieving them!!!!

Now this last one I did a little bit different than the video. I made it larger by changing the size to 6x6. This made it easier to work with embellishments, plus it kept paper from wasting away. I totally recommend doing it in this size.
So that is it for scrapbooking thus far. I am still working on my flip flop books. Hopefully I will get those all finished very soon.

Now on to what I am up too this week. Some of you know that I am a totally Raggedy doll freakazoid. I just love, love them. I love to buy and collect them and I love to make them. My entire kitchen and dining room are devoted to my Raggedies. Most of them I have bought from other crafter's, however I have actually made a few myself. . Here is one of my last creations. Her name is Gracie.

I made several of her, to give to my friends for Christmas a few years ago. I just absolutely loved making her. I found the pattern online at http://www.raggedyhollow.com/. Anyway, its time for me to make another. I am now online looking again for that perfect pattern. This week I have surfed and surfed the Internet,and now I think I have found what I have been looking for.
This lady has the cutest Raggedy patterns I have come across yet. http://www.bowls-n-annies.com/ I am not sure, which one I plan to purchase, but you can bet one of these little darlings on this website, will be my next creation. While you are on the website looking, take a look at the fabulous bowls that this ladies husband makes. What a wonderful craftsman he is. He shows you the complete process of making the bowls. I am so amazed at this mans work. Just fantastic!!!
Anyway, I will be talking a lot about my Raggedies in future blogs and sharing pictures, because I plan to get busy making my next doll for Christmas gifts. I really do hope my friends like Raggedies, cause that's what they are getting. SHHHHH!!!!! Its a surprise. (wink,wink)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

This, That and Another!!!!

What a busy summer I have had. Its not been so busy running about or anything, but just doing things around my house. Things that I did not have time to do during the school year. I have been cleaning, cleaning and cleaning some more. For some reason it just never feels clean enough though. Have you ever felt that way? Last 2 weeks I have just about wore myself to a bone vacuuming, dusting, doing laundry, organizing ect..... I never saw so much dust in my life. LOL!!!! This week I am just trying to maintain, so that I do not get behind again. I never want to have to clean that hard ever. To reward myself for all my hard work, I went out and bought myself a new comforter, curtains and rugs for my bedroom. I moved all my Boyd's Bears into my room and so I decided I needed a brown comforter. I found the most beautiful brown velvet comforter and curtains. I just love it. So besides cleaning my house, I have been doing my usual scrapbooking/cardmaking. Never to busy to fit the fun stuff into my life. I have been obsessed with making flip flop books. They are so darn cute. Here is my most recent one. I just adore it. I think its the colors I used. I used my favorite papers to make it. I also did the front and back this time. I truly do love them. I cannot wait to get photos in it and display it in my scrapbook room.

When my friends and I recently cropped at the Scrap bucket, I saw the cutest card idea. I just had to make it for our next card swap. So I bought all the stuff and here is the resultsMy husband the poker fanatic just loved them. I used my Cricut to make the scalloped edging and just printed my little title. Ribbon, stickles, dice pattern paper and my little card embellishment that I bought at the Scrap bucket. If you would like to make this card, you could just use a real playing card and just make them long rather than round.

I have been making some other things, but they are gifts and so I cannot post about them till I get them finished. In due time I will tell you all about them.

Oh and we have a new member to our family.

His name is Mr. Nibbles. He is "Oh hairless One" Yes that's right, a hairless rat. My little girl just had to have him. Well actually she wanted a hamster, but all the hamsters were sickly acting and so we decided on getting Mr. Nibbles. He is really a fun little critter. She has really enjoyed playing with him. Rats make very good caged pets. Very clean and easy to care for. They will eat just about anything you give them. He resides in my scrapbook room right now. That way he can be around the family and become more social with us. He is just a baby, so he will still nibble your finger if you stick it in his cage. Yes Mr. Nibbles will nibble!!!!

What else did we do this past week? We went to the Water Park and Kadie had a grand time with her friends Daisy and Rocket. Of course looking at this first picture you would not think so. Rocket was mad that his sister Daisy whom insisted in putting her arms on his shoulder and as you can see his insisting she did not and her insisting she did, made for a unhappy photo. Of course Kadie was just happy go lucky in the middle. Nothing could make her frown!!!
We also went to see our nephew and his 12 year old son be baptized this weekend. It was a very heart felt moment to see father and son surrender their lives to Jesus at the same time. My nephew has suffered for many years with a drinking problem and now he is free from that burden. I cried (actually blubbered) in joy for his freedom and new found love in Christ. I cannot think of anything better in this life than someone being born and then reborn again. What a joyous day.
Our family really did need this good thing to happen. We are all going through some family difficulties right now, so this was a very good day for all of us.
God is so Awesome!!!