Dec 30, 2008
Here's my gripe today....when are people going to learn? Do they turn the page & just forget the last chapter they read? What am I talking about? I'm talking about people who have returned to their high speed driving habits now that the price of gas has dropped to a more reasonable rate. Did you all forget how we got (partly) where we were just 5 short months ago? I ain't saying that the price of gas went up because everyone was driving like their house was on fire & they had to get there to put it out. Oh no, that's NOT what I'm saying! I believe that the sky rocket price of gas was just plain & simple GREED BY THE GAS COMPANIES - in my opinion it was government allowed TERRORISM (that's a whole other chapter). What I am saying is that I have continued to drive the speed limit & sometimes even a little slower to do my part. It still saves ME gas in the long run anyway, but I am usually getting left in everyone's dust on the highway. Obviously all of these people still have a job to go to, right? Why else would they be in such a freakin' hurry? Now, don't get me wrong, I was a lead footer up until about a year ago, so I have been guilty of the same crime. The difference is that I have not already forgotten what our gas expense was back in Aug. - almost $500 in one month & I don't go to a job & my husband has a company vehicle & gas card, so we don't really have to pay to drive to a job everyday. I rarely wandered more than 15 miles from home. This was $500 for going to Walmart people! This month our gasoline bill was $145, the first time in, well, ever. The flip side to this story is now my DH has had his hours cut & I pray they don't go any less than that. I am now trying to look for work, just in case he does get his hours cut more, but I'm not counting on finding one with the the job hunters flooding the market desperately looking for work. I'm not asking you to cry me a river, because I have been very blessed this year. My husband still has a job, but his employer is struggling, like so many others. But, I digress...
So, if you are one of these guilty speed people, then shame on you! If you are one of the guilty ones & you're reading this & getting mad at me, then I say Good - we're even, because I'm just as f**ing p!ssed at you as I am the gas companies, for wasting everyone's gas unnecessarily & possibly causing the price to go back up, because it just did here yesterday!
I believe the price gouging we've experienced in the past 4 years was a truly needed wake up call for all the driver's of the world, although it was much too excessive, but once we got the price back down, some of you fell asleep at the wheel again.
Quit sniffing the gas fumes from constantly filling up your tank & do YOUR part! I'm not doing my part just so you can have more!
I wish I could say that speaking my mind here has made me feel better, but it doesn't. I know I'm gonna get p!ssed off again the next time I get passed on the highway by a dozen people hurrying to get to the gas station to fill up - for the 3rd time this week.
I don't normally get a big following on my blog, so I doubt that I will spark much rage among those few that do visit. BTW-thank you. But perhaps, someone different will see this & if I make a better difference with just one person, then I can say I'm doing my part even better. Knowing my luck though, I'll probably have the Feds beating down my door for using the word Terrorism.
God Bless & have a cheaper fuel day while it lasts!
Dec 19, 2008
This is my rooster windvane that got refurbished as a garden ornament. He's a bit icy this morning, but doesn't it look kinda cool with the little icicles dripping off it's tail & the arrow? Even the dead Hibiscus stalk looks a little more interesting with some icicles dripping from it's tip too!
Dec 18, 2008
This is the front & back of a simple little tag I made that doubles as a photo ornament for Brooke's preschool teacher. I thought it turned out pretty cute. I hope she likes it, whenever she gets it.
These are a couple of jars I made up for two of our neighbors. They both have a country/primitive decor, so I was trying to decorate the jars to fit their style. I made them alike because they're also sister-in-laws & live across the street from each other. I thought the jars might be cute to use later & filled with pinecones.
Other than that, most everyone is getting homemade candies & cookies. Brooke & I have been working on more sugar cookies tonight, since they can't seem to last long enough around here to give out as gifts. I made some Date Balls the other day, and I am addicted to them! They are not going to be good for my pending diet. *snicker!*
I'm keeping it bit short tonight, I'm wanting to keep an eye on the weather as the ice storm approaches.
God Bless & take care!
Dec 11, 2008
Our schedule is filling up rapidly. Alan, my husband, is trying to figure out when to finish up his shopping. He said he went to stop somewhere on Wed., but the store was closed by 6:00 p.m., he got there at 6:15. He thought that maybe they might have extended hours for the holidays, but that was not the case & was disappointed. He wants to go shopping on Sat., but we plan on taking Brooke to see Santa that day & who knows what kind of lines we'll run into there! Can't really go on Sunday because we are visiting one of the local nursing homes to take them treats & visit with them. Then, immediately after that, I have a design team meeting that I have to go to.
I really shouldn't be on here either. I need to be signing cards, baking cookies & getting presents wrapped. Getting presents wrapped wouldn't work though, since my daughter is here. I have to wait until she's at preschool to get that done. Good, I have an excuse as to why I'm not doing that right now. *snicker*
Here are a few things that I have made this season that I wanted to share. Hope that even if you don't like them, that they inspire you to create something that you DO like!
This is a candle jar that I decorated using the latest Making Memories Christmas line of papers, vellum & stickers. I tried to stamp on the sticker though & realized that it must have some sort of waxy coating that made my ink blur. It wasn't the look I was going for, but I almost like it anyway.
These are a small stack of 8 Christmas cards that I finally made this year. First of all, it was amazing that I even made ANY, let alone 8 of them. 2nd of all, I've had that Angel paper from Daisy D's like forever! Had them cut out since I brought the paper home, didn't know what to do with them after that. I can't believe they're still in decent enough shape to even use now. LOL!! I guess I was supposed to wait until now to use them, because I love the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder that I used & the Cinnamon colored Stickles really set the whole thing off, even though they're vintage looking. I added some White Lace stickles to the wings of the Angels to add a little festive sparkle, as well without taking away from the look. The reason the one card has a darker brown ribbon is because I ran out of the lighter colored ribbon on that very last card. I don't know which one I like better, but it doesn't matter now. I did it & they're done! YAY!!!
Well, I guess I should get off here and start getting the meatloaf ready for dinner. I love meatloaf with brown gravy. Mmmmm....mmmm!
God Bless & have a great day!
Dec 8, 2008
Here is the article on their blog:
Bloomin Scrapbook's Flower Challenge
Now on to other news that's probably more exciting to me than to you guys, but bear with me if you will. I don't think I mentioned that I am going to soon be a proud new owner to the Cricut Expression! I can hardly stand the wait for it to be shipped to my local scrapbook store!! I currently have what is affectionately called the baby bug, otherwise known as the original smaller version of the Cricut. I do love the little guy, but quickly understood the want & desire for the larger, more expanded version. The bad thing about getting a Cricut (in any size) is that you will constantly want the extras that make it even more exciting. I guess that's why these companies make these things, right??? I'm really glad to see the price of the Expression coming down quite a bit from even a year ago. We got a great deal from my local scrapbook store, The Memory Zone, even though it was slightly more than the Walmart's Black Friday sale, I'll stick with trying to keep my LSS in business! Their deal also included a free class on how to use your new addition, so I felt that was worth the extra & they offer the best customer service around, even a year after the sale!!! I just wish I knew how much longer I'm going to have to wait.....
Dec 3, 2008
Nov 25, 2008
Here's how it works. Change the items to bold that you have done in your life.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland /world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped (No! I want to live to be able to do the rest on the list!)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child (Do Cabbage Patch Kids count?)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice ( does it count if it was in Vegas?)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (at times)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (is 5 enough?)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (twice)
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved some one's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one (I've lost grandparents, but I wasn't very close to them)
94. Had a baby (twice)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
Gee, it looks like I have a lot more to do, but then again, don't we all??
God Bless & take care!
Nov 17, 2008
This is a picture frame I did as one of my projects at the beginning of the year for the design team. I'm posting it on here, even though it's still in the store on display, but it's been several months since it was first turned in & I don't even think they have these things available anymore.
This is a card I made after I first got my Cricut. I used the George cartridge on the sillouette setting for the flower & cut one out of a Hambly transparency. I thought it looked pretty cool with the vinyl rub-ons!
These are some Disney projects I made using the ever growing line from Reminisce. I added some memorabilia from our room at the All Star Movies resort to the layout. I tell ya, being a part of this design team has really made me get some things accomplished that have been a long time coming. I'm no where near where I should be (are any of us?) but I'm much further ahead than I would have been without it.
Nov 3, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
I finally completed the 2 page spread in memory of my in-laws that was supposed to be turned in 2 meetings ago, but it was a hard one for me. I never met my father-in-law & only knew my mother-in-law for 2 years before she passed, which was 2 days after 9/11.
Then, I finished my Family Memories photo CD/case this morning. The challenge presented to us on the Memory Zone design team was to use only old products still left in the store, with maybe a hint of some new stuff. We're also supposed to be working on projects that can be made for gift giving at Christmas time or birthdays, or whatever. I chose to make a year in review family photo CD because it's pretty verstile & I didn't want to make it Christmasy, so I used some Making Memories paper that still had a whole stack left. I wouldn't say it's anything exceptional, but it's definitely an attention grabber & I even added some elements of surprise to it. You'll just have to check back to the Design Team Gallery at the Memory Zone later to see.
My next project is supposed to be doing a page that humorously depicts an object in my everyday life. I knew the object that I wanted to do the page about, but I got my real inspiration for it from my fellow DT sistah, Kelly Crowl. With her permission, I came up with a cute idea & now I just need to dwell on it more for the best design. I better take some pictures, but that might have to be on another day.
I have a few more projects up my sleeve, but I'm beginning to think I'm over booking myself. Perhaps I should step away from the computer. I might get more done....
On that note, I think I'll go start on my next project!
P.S. I want to thank Rose for her kind words about my blog header! BTW, you might be seeing more of those pictures in the future!
God Bless and have a great day!
Oct 28, 2008
First, I'm mad because I had the accepted potential to be published in the Nov/Dec issue of ScrapN'Art ezine. You would think YAY, right? Well, you would be right IF you would have responded back to them by saying Yes, you are accepting their acceptance! Today, I was going through my old emails & decided to check that acceptance email & seen further down in all their mumbo jumbo terms of agreement that you had to respond by a certain date, which of course, has looooong passed & I hadn't, cuz I double checked my outgoing mail, and you KNOW I did. I think I miss out on opportunities like this because of stupid oversights like that & it really is more than just aggrevating, ya know? Am I NOT the one who's whining, crying, snortin & bawling about how I can't get published? It's quite possibly my work that isn't making the grade & I can live with that, but it could very well be that I simply can't follow instructions & that really irritates me when it comes to my own stupidity.
But, there is happy news! I AM getting published in the Scrapbooking.com monthly newsletter of their December issue for my "Winter Cold" page. I tried really hard to make sure I followed all their very detailed instructions and they were VERY detailed, but that actually made it easy for me, because I didn't have to wonder if it was the way they wanted it & their instructions were actually easy to follow - even though at first glance, I thought Holy Cow!
I don't know how much I'll get to be on here in the next few weeks. I have several design team projects that I need to complete still & I'm trying to get some more things made for the craft show I'm in on November 8th. I really shouldn't even be on here now, but I just had to share the news, bad and good.
So, God Bless & have a great day!
Oct 21, 2008
Oct 17, 2008
Today is my son Jordan's 16th birthday! What?? When did that happen that I have a teenager that is old enough to drive (soon)? I can hardly believe it. I still frequently think back to when he was 4 & 5 & miss those days of sweetness. He's still a sweet kid & still tells me he loves me when he's on the bus back from a football game with his team mates, & still gives me a kiss goodbye or goodnight. It's just different from when he was 5, ya know what I mean?
Then, last night, Brooke lost her 2nd bottom front tooth, but luckily for the tooth fairy, she forgot to put it under her pillow. Gonna have to remember that tonight! I can't believe she's already losing teeth.
Brooke also has her Harvest party today at preschool, which I TOTALLY forgot all about! Thank goodness I didn't have to bring anything, but I'll be making up for it next week when we have treat duty & I will be bringing stuff that's extra special, since it's HER birthday next week. At least next week is a short week, since they have Fall Break on Thursday & Friday.
I have a friend that is supposed to be coming over on Sat. She hasn't been here in a couple of years, even though we only live about 30 minutes from each other. We can thank the high fuel prices for that!
Well, I have some cleaning & laundry to do, so I better get some more of that done before I have to head back to the preschool for Brooke's party.
God Bless & take care!
Oct 14, 2008
There were lots of flea markets & yard sales all along the routes between the towns where the festivals were at. We like to stop at theses sales instead of all the hubbub in town. I found some Rusty Pickle scrapbook paper that I hadn't seen or had for 25 cents a sheet. I was trying to save back some of my money for a vintage door knob to put on my vintage door to put on my garden shed (that Alan & Beth built). I only purchased 4 sheets of that & 4 sheets of some Holiday Basic Grey paper that I already have, but are some of my favorite ones. I was going to go back later after not finding my doorknob, but they were closed already. I guess I didn't need anymore than I already had.
We were going to stay until Monday, the 13th, but had to cut the trip a day short because just the week prior, DD's preschool decided they would take their Pumpkin Patch field trip on that day. Needless to say, we paid for that day, but didn't get to use it. Then, DD gets a nasty head cold on the day we left too. We get home kind of late & we're tired after the 4 hour drive, so we pretty much just head straight to bed. I had to get up early so I could get my shower, because I'm also supposed to help be in charge of this field trip, due to a death of a family member of one of the preschool teachers. Then I'm getting DD ready & we start to work on brushing her teeth, but she has 2 loose teeth on the bottom front. Well, guess what? One came out, so looks like the tooth fairy is going to be making a pit stop at our house tonight, but she can't find the tooth! She leaves the fundage anyway, because she can't sleep at 3:00 a.m., & hopes to retrieve the little gem later after the princess child awakes. She SCORES! She takes her precious gem & flutters outta here before she can have a chance to get spotted by the over-attentive tot! Whew! That was a close one. BUT! She will probably have to do this again in just a few days, because there is another precious gem just waiting to break free and be carried away in a cloud of pixie dust.
OK, enough from Never Never Land. Hope that was enough information about MY exciting life to last you until I find more pixie dust to vacuum up!
God Bless & take care!
Oct 10, 2008
We're off to the Covered Bridge Festival now, but I wanted to touch base with anyone who might be interested in who won the Reminisce contest.
Oct 8, 2008
Well, here's how the story goes...I pick up DS from school yesterday & he asks me if I have any authentic Mexican recipes, but it can't be tacos. Ummmm...I'm about as far from being Mexican/Spanish as they come with my pasty white (except for the freckles) Scottish/Irish heritage skin. So, the answer would be No, I have no authentic Mexican recipes. Why do you ask? He proceeds to tell me that he has a Spanish class assignment where they have to prepare an authentic Spanish/Mexican dish, take a picture of it, bring in the recipe & write a report on how they liked it. It's due this Friday & his dad & step-mom wouldn't be dependable enough to help him properly. Don't even ask me why he wants to live there...anywho- so I check online to see what's "authentic" that I can make & I have all the ings. on hand. Doesn't look like it will be a main dish with all those peppers & spices! Maybe Mexican Wedding Cakes? Possibly, but wait! Here's a simple recipe for Flan. I think we can do this! Well, never let an almost 16 yr. old boy stir melted sugar until it's golden brown, you'll get scorched dk. brown hard rock candy! My first mistake was not having the custard mix already prepared & leaving him to handle stirring the sugar while I mixed the custard portion. Nor did I expect the sugar to start melting down so fast! Anyway, the flan turned out pretty good, as long as you don't eat the burnt caramel. It looked pretty though & that's what we needed for a good picture.
Not all the brown you see is the burnt caramel. I placed the dessert on a brown drip plate, the caramel is actually just a small portion around the custard.
I might consider making it again, but it doesn't sound like something the rest of the family is raving about. I might just need to make it again without burning the caramel, just so I can redeem myself. Or, maybe I should let sleeping dogs lie & know that this will be one less dish I will be requested to make! I think I like the 2nd option better ;)
I have lots of things to do to get ready for our camping trip to the Covered Bridge Festival in southwestern Indiana, so that's it for today.
Oh, and so far nothing for any of us Memory Zone girlz on the Reminisce Design team....
God Bless & have a great day!
Oct 7, 2008
I hope those of you that are following my blog are liking the recent changes. I know I do, but I'm still working on that header & a few other color changes. My background is supposed to be a bit different, but the instructions tell me to select "minima" somewhere & I can't figure out what in the world they're talking about.
I did get back a journal book I altered a while back. I just had it returned at my last design team meeting from the Memory Zone scrapbook store from being on display there. I used the fun papers from Cosmo Cricket & some bits & pieces from the Creative Cafe line. It was originally inspired by a wonderful designer by the name of Brittany Dixon who made a card using these papers. I put a different twist on it, but thought it turned out decent.
I have got to get my butt in gear & get some inspiration for lots of projects that I want & need to complete. I get going OK, but follow through tends to be an issue with me. I'm a slow scrapper & if I'm in a hurry, the end result tends to reflect that. I know this. I can't help this, as much as I try to fix it, it just seems to be that way for me.
Now, there's quite a few girlz on the Memory Zone design team that can whip them projects out like nobody's business & I idolize them cuz they always look great & make my jaw drop. Seriously!
I'm thinking that I'm gonna have to do a RAK here soon. I've got lots of stuff that I've cleared out of my stash & picked up a few extra things just for that. When I come up with a challenge & gather up everything for the RAK, I'll post it here. Keeps your eyes open for this! It just might be worth it....
Have a great one, God Bless & take care!
Oct 6, 2008
They've included an additional Runner-up spot & I think that's very cool of them to do. They even had a tie for the 4th runner up & lots of Honorable Mentions, another cool thing to do. However, they're only going to announce one Runner-up spot each day until they get to Friday for the HUGE announcement. It was killing us to have to wait until Monday & now we have to keep waiting (unless we're one of the runner-up winners). I know they just love to torment us, but I'm sure they have to keep building the interest.
I thought that maybe they'd send the winner an email ahead of time, just prior to the announcement, but now I'm thinking that just might not be the case. What's a girl to do, but sit & wait each day (fingers drumming, drumming, drumming...)
There are 6 of us Design Team girlz from The Memory Zone that submitted to this call & I'm wishing each of us buckets of luck, but none of us were mentioned in the 4th Runner-up spot, so that leaves 4 spots left to win.
Well, now on to a subject that has been kinda consuming a lot of our time here. My garden shed that my DH is building for me. It's coming along very nicely, if I do say so myself. My hot hubby is so handy I just can't believe what he can do & I'm so glad he's all mine! We found some really old double barn doors, thanks to a friend of mine giving me the lead. And wouldn'tcha know, at this same place, I found THE door of all doors that I was looking for, as well! I was tickled & the barn doors were only $10 & he threw in an extra one & the dream door was only $20 & the windows were still perfectly in tact too. DH had to cut down one of the barn doors to fit the shed opening & it's perfect.
Next, I had to pick paint. Easier said than done apparently. I know the color I want, finding a sample is another story. I thought I found it at Lowes & for $26 I basically got an expensive turquoise primer. hmmm...... Way too bright for what I had in mind. I don't want my shed to look like a dollhouse. So, while I was at my Design Team meeting at the Memory Zone last night, I found a piece of colored cardstock that was close to what I wanted, but just a little darker. So, I take my cute colored piece of cardstock with me to Walmart today & get it matched & she adds a little bit of white to it, but not quite enough and she can't add anymore or the can will be too full. OK, it's better than turquoise & I might even be able to add more white to it here or even try mixing it with the turquoise for a look I might like. We'll see.
Oct 2, 2008
I know I'm up against some extremely talented competition - especially from my fellow Memory Zone DT sistahs, Heather W, Kelly C, Rebecca S & Charity S. These girls are all just dripping with talent! I'm hoping at least ONE of them gets something out of this. There isn't any of us that doesn't deserve to get something out of this deal, but I feel my fellow DT members deserve it more than I & I'm keeping my fingers crossed for them! Good luck!
Well, enough babbling on about Reminisce & I don't really have much else to post about, so today's posting will be a bit shorter than the last couple.
Oct 1, 2008
I was feeling a little hopeful before, but I think I'll just try to think of a way to say congrats to the winner & wish them lots of fun in their new endeavor for the next year & maybe try to work on some stuff for when they have another call!
Another "somewhat" disappointing note to add: It looks like I no longer have my one night of cleaning work to earn a little bit of spending cash anymore. My friend, who has a cleaning service decided that the company that I clean for is not financially sound enough to keep on as a client & they couldn't work out a suitable agreement for payment, so she withdrew her (our) services. Not that I will miss having to clean nasty men's factory bathrooms & break areas & all the little cubicles that had full cups of coffee & pop cans in the trash cans, not to mention that I was expected to spring clean those babies every week. NO! I won't miss that one bit! Then to have them call my employer to accuse me of something that I didn't do (more than once). I won't miss being the scape goat for THEIR blunders & I wasn't anyway. At least now I don't have to defend myself. The only thing I will miss is the small amount I got paid to put up with all that. I'm not heart broken, or even really disappointed by any stretch of the imagination. Iwill miss the scrapping money tho. *sniff-sniff*
Of a different note now. I have to apologize for how UGLY my blog looks! I don't like it, but oOne of these days, I won't be so blog illiterate & I'll figure out how to make my blog more pleasing to look at. I was trying to change my background, but I kept getting an error message in doing so. I HATE that! I don't have the patience or the time for codes to not work when they're supposed to be simple. I do want to work on making a prettier header for my blog though. This one isn't as pleasing as I once thought it was. What was I thinking????
Well, my blogging tends to ebb & tide in frequency. Apparently, it's at high tide right now! LOL!!
Have a good one friends & I'll keep you posted on the Reminisce news as soon as I find out.
God Bless & keep you well!
Sep 29, 2008
OK, I've kind of kept it a little bit of a secret to most & I've never done this with a manufacturer. I've submitted to the Reminisce Company in hopes of being picked for the only open spot on their Design Team. What a fantastic opportunity this is for ANYONE!
I don't know how much of a chance I have, considering some of the people that have submitted as well. I can only hope they see enough in my work to think I'm worthy. I'm also in great company of submitters cuz 2 of my Memory Zone Design Team sistahs have submitted as well! That would be so cool if we all 3 took the top spots for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place! The deadline is at mignight on September 30, 2008. I wish all the girls that have entered lots of luck.
Let's see if I can get my Reminisce submission gallery posted on here for you to see.
God Bless & have a wonderful day!
Aug 5, 2008
I know they "claim" they ain't making that much of a profit because "they" aren't the ones setting the price/barrel, BUT THEY are the ones setting the price at the PUMP & THEY are the ones stating that they made a profit of multiple BILLIONS in only 3 months time. What part of a multi-billion dollar profit, is not that much? That's just ONE company & they're all making that claim! Is there any other business that can make that claim? Does Microsoft make that claim? If they are, it's because we CHOOSE to buy a computer, not because we HAVE to.
all that brings me to my latest hissy fit - my Phillips 66 bill that I have coming due. Mind you, I was at fault for not getting it paid on time last month. Somehow, it slipped out of the stack of bills I was putting into the mail drop off at the post office & it fell in the door pocket of my van without knowing it until I cleaned it out a couple of days later. Needless to say, my bill was late & now I'm hit with a $8.79 Finance charge (I always pay off my bill each month so I don't get a FC) AND a $39 late fee!!!! That's nearly $50 EXTRA for a $279 fuel bill. I don't dispute that I should pay a late fee, I'm not arguing that - it's that it's $39 - that's 14%!! Isn't it bad enough that they're gouging us at the pump & now they're gouging us on our bill. Last year, I mistakenly made out one bill & forgot to include 5 cents & I was hit with a $5 Finance charge for a friggin' nickel!! When I call them about it, I was basically told "Sorry about your luck, be more careful from now on." I have told my husband about this & he says dump them! We've been great customers with them for 20 years & that loyalty means nothing, then they'll get nothing from us. We have a Shell card now & we even get a fantastic rebate on their card and they're just as competitive in our town as the Phillips 66 station down the road. I think it's time to get rid of one too many fuel cards, don't you think?
OK, I'm done with this vent session for today, but don't be surprised if this subject rears it's ugly, and I mean ugly head again.
Jul 28, 2008
Then, later today, I got an email from Reminisce telling me that they would love to put my French Kitchen Recipe Box set on their online gallery! How exciting for me!!
I know not to get too overly excited about all this good news, because I've been let down by a DIFFERENT eZine just recently that said they wanted to publish something that I altered for one of their calls, but they never ended up putting it in the ezine after all. I never got a reply from them either when I asked them what happened. Not sure that I appreciate not even getting an "Oops, sorry about that..."
Enough about my prior disappointments (there will be many more, I'm sure) so I'm onto another topic - Photoshop Elements 6. I just purchased it & haven't had a lot of time to play with it too much, but it seems a little overwhelming for me & I'm not really stupid when it comes to computer programs, so I'm not sure what my problem is. I'm sure I just need a good nights sleep & a chance to read more about how it all works. I think maybe I've been out of the office workforce long enough that many things I've learned have left me over the past 6 years. I used to know how to make websites too, but don't ask me anything about it now! That is soooo sad too.
I found this cool website http://wordle.net/create I used it to make my Header for my blog here. I thought it was really neat. Now I don't know how to get that darn thing to load into my blog, so I ended up just printing it out & taking a photo of it & adding it that way. Kind of the long way around, but the other way wasn't working for me. Like I've said before....I'm blog challenged!
Well, DD is getting hungry for dinner. Doesn't she realize that I have internet things to do???? JK!!
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
OK, how lucky was I that I got to go to Chicago for the Craft & Hobby Assoc. Trade Show (CHA) on the 19th! I have to admit that I was excited just to get to be able to go, thanks to the WONDERFUL store owners of The Memory Zone Scrapbook store that I design for!
There was so much to see & do that you couldn't help but get caught up in it all. The make & takes were nicer than I expected & the freebies that they handed out were pretty cool. I had no idea this kinda stuff went on there! I'm really glad that I got to go this year, because I understand that it's in Florida next summer! I could possibly still go, since they're talking about allowing the public to attend & I do have an uncle that lives near Orlando....I just don't understand why it's in such warm climate in the hottest part of the year?
Well, this is my update for today, stay tuned for more reviews & pictures of CHA 2008!
Jul 22, 2008
In case you're wondering what happened to my blog in it's appearance, it's kinda under some reconstruction right now. I'm not the greatest blog techy out there, so some of the updates I'm trying to do on my own aren't exactly working the way I thought they should! So, if anyone is actually reading my blog, please be patient in the way it looks & I will try to do some more updating of my posts soon. Thx & bear with me....;)
Apr 7, 2008
Although I wasn't close to my uncle by any means, I still am saddened to hear that he's gone. Maybe it's because it could very well be my own father, since my dad is the oldest of the siblings. I haven't talked to my grandma yet, but I'm sure she's taking it hard. She was when he was in the hospital last year. She's talking about moving up here now. She lives west of Lafayette, IN & across the street from my uncle. She doesn't feel there's any reason to stay there now. Her other 3 kids live in southern states. I would like to see her move up here. I have been much more closer to my grandma now than I have ever been growing up. I think she's realized that I'm probably one of the best grandkids she's got (including the one she raised herself). I am the one that is most like her in her skills & abilities, nor have I ever asked her for money or caused my family any grief or embarassment (so far). I'd like to keep it that way too.
I've contacted my sister & called my son so that they are aware that I will be getting them for the funeral. I'm trying to give them as much possible notice as I can so no one is rushing around trying to get themselves together for this. My sister has laundry to do & I'm sure my son will have to get his school work together & at least make his teacher's aware of the situation. He's not at all familiar with who my uncle is, but might remember him from a couple of Thanksgivings back.
Mar 30, 2008
I also seen that the new Fancy Pants stuff is in as well & I seriously don't think my budget is going to be able to handle all the stuff I want. I do plan on getting the Big Bite from Crop-a-dile though! It is a must have tool on my list! I picked up a Cricut font cartridge the other day & can't wait to try it out! No, I don't have a Cricut of my own, but am allowed to use the one at The Memory Zone for Design Team purposes. One day I'll get to learn to use the Cricut Expression & also the Silouette from QK! What a wonderful learning experience this has been already for me & I still have 9 more months of it!!
Here is a simple Thank You card I finished yesterday. I actually made a card from my scraps! I NEVER do that! I don't think it's anything to brag about or try to submit to a magazine for, but I wouldn't be embarassed to send it to someone, should the need arise.
I have been getting a little more use out of the circle stamp I used on this, so it was worth the purchase I think! Stamps can be quite expensive, in fact, everything for scrapbooking is getting VERY expensive! The price of gas is pushing that along, I'm sure! Let's not even get me started on that subject either, it isn't pretty....
I got a message from Kristy Lee of UT saying that the darling altered bucket I won from her Bingo game on KT Crafts is going to be a little late & if I minded that she picked up a few other things from We R Memory Keepers to add to it. Ummmm....are you kidding?? She's a designer for them, so I guess that's a huge "Go right on ahead with your bad self, girlfriend!" he he he... I've gotten to know her a little better since she joined the forum at KT Crafts & she is so fun! I will be sure to post the goodies when they arrive.
Well, I'm supposed to be altering some stuff, but I seem to be at a stand still with a few of them. I've kind of been holding off a little in hopes that I find something in the new CHA releases that will make the progress a little easier. Keep your fingers crossed friends that it's worth the wait!
So, on this gloomy spring Sunday, I'm going to end this bull session to go spend some quality time with my daughter & maybe get a little motivation to scrap before my DT meeting tonight.
Mar 24, 2008
The finished results:
Mar 22, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
I stopped in at the store a couple of hours before the meeting so that I could shop around at my leisure without a 4 yr. old daughter asking for every paper & sticker known to scrapper, or a 15 yr. old son calling me on my cell phone every 10 minutes from the van asking me how much longer am I going to be. Tsk! This time was wonderful! I got to visit with a couple of the ladies that work there & see Barb in action as she was creating her fantastic Batter Up page. She says her stuff is "boring" WHAT???!!! I have always loved her work! It's always so perfect with clean lines & never looks cluttered. Her pages have the best pictures & her layouts perfectly focus on them! How can THAT be boring?
Everyone is getting the Winter CHA fever as stuff starts to slowly trickle in. I heard that the Glimmer Mist, Tim Holtz Crackle paint & die cut Grungeboard shapes were in the store. Boy, you gotta be quick! There was only one bottle of the Glimmer Mist left in a Black Cherry, but I let Becky have it because I'm holding out for Coffee Bean first. I did get some of the Grungeboard shapes that I've been dying to get my hands on!! YAY!! You should feel these things, they feels like suede, but smell terrible when you first open the package! There's lots of sheets in the package with several different "themes", so lots of project ideas are covered. I got the swirls & it comes with brackets & hinges, butterflies, hearts, wings & pirate-like stuff! The ideas are just swimming in my head!
Here is a little Thank you card I made the other day with some left over papers I had. It's pretty simple to make but makes a big statement, I think.
Well, that's all for today, but if you want to see more of my Design Team work, just click on the TMZ DT Gallery link off to the right & a have a great day!
Feb 25, 2008
Poor Alan, he got up & washed & dried Brooke's sheets in the middle of the night last night because she got a little sick too. Then he had to get up a couple of times to tend to her. Yet, he still went in to work today. Bless his heart! He brought her into our bedroom & let her sleep on the floor. Now she'll probably want to sleep there all the time! She laid there during the day today too while I was in bed. She got in a good nap at least. She doesn't seem to be as bad off as me, which is good! We got sick because Jordan was still sick & I brought him home for the weekend. I wish I had know he still didn't feel well or I would have skipped getting him this weekend too. He's been sick since last week, so I passed on bringing him home then. I knew he was sick when he didn't want to play his online video game that he LIVES on when he's here.
I don't really have anything more to chat about today, we're supposed to get some rain, freezing rain & snow tonight & tomorrow. I just may keep Brooke home from preschool tomorrow just to be sure she's not going to pass it on.
Have a good one!