Saturday, June 12, 2010

I have moved

I have decided to change things up a little. Lots of plans going through my mind. Lots of things I want to accomplish in the next months and I thought a move was in order. It's still pretty bland, using a template, but hopefully that will change in the near future.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Join Me for Some Sweet Talking!

We’re kicking off a month-long challenge at one of my favorite sites today … the Sweet Talk Journaling Challenge at Log Your Memory!

I hope you’ll come on over and check it out today … there will be an entire month of scrapbooking challenges with a focus on “real life” journaling, plus the chance to earn points and prizes along the way! And if you’ve never visited before, you’re in for a treat! We have a wonderful group of friendly, helpful scrapbookers just waiting to say hello and show you around!

Get started by visiting the Log Your Memory Blog HERE and get ready to journal your way to becoming a Log Your Memory Sweet Talker!

(And tell them Winkasheart sent you!)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Life in Limbo

Ever feel like you are in limbo? That is how I feel right now. I am still looking for my own apartment. I am still waiting to hear when Niki and Rocky will be home. I am still waiting to pack up my stuff, the things I use daily. I have been cruising around the web today, checking out blogs and all the wonderful things people are creating and I want to play! But I can't, not really, because most of my crafty things are all packed up in the garage in the freezing cold and I just don't feel like going and hunting. And have you ever noticed that whatever it is you are looking for is always at the bottom of the pile, the last box you look, or just plain hiding on you? I can not wait to have a whole area again just for all my pens, paints, papers, books, inks, stencils, ribbons, scraps, and other fun things. Whether it is a whole room, which is my wish, or just an entire wall, I can't wait! I want my table to be full of papers, glitter, glue, scissors, rubber stamps, and other fun finds I have out, waiting to be used or in the process of drying or just waiting for inspiration. For the most part this past year I have not done a whole lot of things in the real, touching the paper kind of craft and I have missed that. I have done a few hybrid items for the Daily Scrapper, but that is about it and I am ready to play again!

I am working on using my Memory Log Book and that is the closest I have come in a long time to putting pen to paper, or ink and paint, or cutting and pasting, or adding tid-bits to a journal and I am loving it! It is actually pretty boring still, but I plan to change that in the next few days, once I find my colored pencils and water colors. By the end of the month I want to see little parts of my life when I open that book, like I have done in the past.

I have always loved putting the things I pick up when out doing something during the day into my monthly planner, and now I have a daily one with the Log Book, and it has so much room to grow in. This book will be a treasure trove of ideas for scrap pages and I should never again have a problem remembering the moments I want to scrap again.

And on that note, here is my latest from one of the sparks in week 2 of the log book. I used Captured mini kit, Paper Perfection vol.6, (and today is the last day to get these 2 for only $1.00!) and Glittersplat Frames for this one, by Karen Lewis Designs at GP. I really love that little date stamp in the corner.

I am doing good with P365. Kind of, lol. If I miss a day, I make up for it the next day or I use a picture from one of the other days. I am actually trying to get in the habit of just taking photos so there have been a few days when I have taken a few pictures and then I have to choose which one to use for THE photo for the day, but I like that. And the others I can use another day or print out and put in my log book. Having a choice is freeing and fun. I thought I would share the Gotta Pixel blog with you also, the link will take you to the 365 category. I found this today and was thrilled! I have not seen anyone else doing a daily photo prompt like this and having this to go to when I am clueless as to what to take for the day, I will have some inspiration, and that makes me happy. Already there are 12 photo prompts and I am going to go and read each one and add them to my list.

Also, another link for you. If you haven't checked out the forum yet at Log Your Memory, then get clickin' and check it out! We even have a section for people doing Project 365 with a couple of freebies so far and more to come as we go through the year. We have also started a flickr group to post our photos and that is another great resource for ideas if you are stumped on what to snap for the day. That is where you will find my P365 photos. I knew I wouldn't do well making a separate blog for that, I can barely keep this one at a weekly post, so Flickr seemed the easiest thing. I can post a comment if I feel like about my photo so it is there when I am ready to make a page and want to remember why I took it, lol. And as soon as figure out how to post my photo stream here, it will be up.

I want to leave you with this: don't worry about what other people are taking photos of or how awesome their pictures are. Just keep taking them, at the end of the year it won't matter how good or bad they are, you will have a fabulous slice of your life to look back on, even if they never get onto a scrap page.

Have a great day!

Friday, January 1, 2010

One Word

I have had a hard time deciding on my word for the year. A few days ago I thought I had it and I was going to go with believe and I even wrote this as a comment on Ali's blog:
My word for the coming year is Believe. I need to believe in myself, that I am good, that I can accomplish what I set out to do and also to believe that God will provide for me and lead me in the right direction. If something doesn't work out how I had envisioned, to accept that, knowing that God is working in my best interests. So I need to keep remembering to believe and not doubt.

And then the past few days so much has been going through my mind and I have had a hard time deciding where to start, what I want from this new year, will things work out as I want them to, what to do, where to go, and so on. Then I thought maybe my word should be focus. I really need to learn how to do that, take things one step at a time. Make a plan, lists, whatever it takes to stop this going around and around in my mind and therefore getting nothing done.

But then I re-read what I had posted as my word and I wasn't sure that was it. But I think I have finally found it, Faith. Which is almost the same as believe. Almost. I am turning it around and starting with the second part of what I wrote above and changing it slightly to this: Faith in God, that He will provide for me and lead me in the right direction. Faith to know that when things don't go as I had envisioned to remember that He is working in my best interests and this is how it should be, no matter what. Any and all obstacles are just a learning process and happen for a reason, and there is something I need to learn from it. And with this word I believe the first part of what I wrote about the word believe will follow. I will have the belief in myself to do the things I want to do, I will know that I am good, and I can accomplish what I set out to do.

I also think that by having this be my one word, the focus will come. I have faith that it will.

I am also going to do project 365 again this year and this time I will finish it. Last year I kind of fizzled out around summer time. I have a folder on my hard drive with just my pictures from those days and I love going through it and looking at the pictures. I also did about 4 layouts with a couple weeks using some of those photos and it saddens me I didn't do more with project 365. So this year I am going to do the photos and the weekly pages so that at the end of this year I can have a whole book to look back on. I know I will enjoy it so much.

I have my Memory Log Book open and ready to use starting today. This is something else that will help me to accomplish project 365 along with getting things down that I want to remember such as photos I want to take, pages I want to create, and just tidbits of the days as I go. One place to put all this...amazing! If you haven't gotten one I really suggest that you do, you won't regret it.

So I leave you today with my first photo in this year long project. I worked yesterday until 8 pm. I had plans to join my sister and go out and paint the town red. But then I went home to get something to eat and change and it was just so cold out and I got all nice and warm that I decided to stay in. Plus I had been up until 2 am the night before reading Angels and Demons, lol, so I was kind of tired and really had a hard time keeping my eyes open until 12 am last night. However, I did stay awake that long and celebrated the old year ending and the new year coming in with the kitties. I even put on the head bands I had purchased for the night and took a photo. And then I went to bed, lol.

My wish for everyone in the new year is love, joy, laughter, and adventure!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fun Times..but it always is when Niki is around

Gosh, it has been almost a month since I posted last, time has just flown, and I have been so busy. I was going to post my fantabulous news about 3 weeks ago, but then the news arrived and she kept me very busy for the 2 weeks she was home. Yes, my daughter decided she needed to come home, so she checked to see if there was any leave time left, signed up, and it has been a little over a month of keeping quiet about it because she wanted to surprise a few of her friends. Let me tell you, it wasn't easy! But it was well worth it, the reaction of one in particular was just priceless.

We (including my Mom) went to dinner at Sloopy's, which is where she bar-tended part time before she left.

As we walked in, I said, hey look what we found! Everyone was so surprised to see her, not expecting her back until late January. But there were a couple people still to come in to work, so we sat and ordered dinner and waited. A little before they were supposed to start, Niki pulls up her hood. Since they know my sister and me, they came up to say hi. Talked with us a few minutes, glanced at Niki, and then started to turn to get to work....Niki pulls her hood down as she slaps him on the arm, hey! He turns back, and I just can't tell you how funny the look of surprise was on his face! All of us laughed and every head in the bar turned to see what was going on. If I wasn't trying to be nonchalant about the whole thing, I would have had my camera out and maybe been able to get it on film, but it wasn't to be. But we did get a few shots from the night, they made her have a shot of Polish which she hates, lol, but she did it, and then just a couple random shots of her.

We waited to have Thanksgiving until that Sunday so Niki could have turkey dinner with us and then we went and checked out the Christmas lights put up by the Rotary Club (at least I think that is who does it), down by the river front. It was beautiful and we just did the drive through, but I still plan on going back and walking trough it and hopefully getting some decent photos.

Then we headed to Racine and Gma's for cookie making. I was so happy we were able to d0 this together this year. I sure wasn't expecting to be able to, that's for sure, but it was one of the things she wanted to do while home. Although on the drive there we had to stop at Culver's for a burger and get a pic because she has been craving one of those for awhile now, lol.

We made her and Rocky's favorite ones, peanut butter kiss and the cut outs.

Oh, how could I almost forget...we went to see NEW MOON! I waited for her to come home before I went and saw it. Specially since she is the one that got me hooked on the books and movies.

And then while she was home we had our first snowfall of the season and it was a dilly! 16 inches by the time it was done. And while I always love the first snow of the year, specially when it comes before Christmas, since she was wishing so much for snow, I let her do most of the shoveling, lol. But really, I think we did an equal amount.

The Friday before she left, she got a party bus together and we all pitched in and went of all places, to a strip club, lol.

I have to say my daughter sure has fun in life and I am so thankful she lets me in on most of it. I think the guys in the bus enjoyed it more, but I do have to say it was quite the experience and loads of fun! Of course we made a couple stops along the way at a couple other bars, and it was kinda fun riding in the limo/bus. Then we ended at a bar that had karaoke which she loves to do. And since I didn't drink that night, I drove us home.

She has such a joy for life and lives it fully!

The 2 weeks ended all too soon and we had to take her to the airport for her return flight, and it was a little hard, but I just kept telling myself, she will be home for good in a little over a month, and that helped. Sigh, and now I am recuperating and missing her so much.

If you have made it to the end here, I thank you for joining me on remembering the fun we had and please forgive the quality of the photos. I haven't had time to edit. I was going to post some pages I did, but this has become so long that I will be back a little later to do that!

Monday, November 23, 2009

On a High...

I am flying high today! So much good news to share with you all today. First, I actually made it to week 3 of My Scrapboook Art's Ultimate Artist Challenge! I truly was shocked to see my name up there saying I was moving onto week 3. So thank you to everyone that voted for me! I am still doing a little jig and I checked first thing this morning, lol. And I am making the template I created for the layout available to anyone who wants it, just read a little farther.

As I said yesterday, I am now a calendar girl for Log Your Memory and I did get my page finished for the first weekly prompt in the December Log Book and I posted it today around digiland. Then I went to work. I got home about an hour and a half ago, and was checking my email and saw some new comments had been made on this page at DST, one of which said, Congrats your layout has been featured on the Gallery Standouts blog! Can we say knock me over with a feather? This truly made my day complete and it's so hard to explain how excited I am over all this. How happy this makes me feel, how much it means to have someone else like my pages, someone that isn't family or friend. Anyway, enough gushing, but I just had to say it. So here is my page, and it is linked for credits.

I wouldn't think this week could get any better, but I know it is going to and can't wait to tell you what is happening later this week, so stay tuned! And as promised, here is the template for you. Just click on the image to be taken to the download. Thanks for stopping and if you like the template please leave a little comment, I love to read them! And to those that celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving!

If you have any problems DLing, just let me know in the comments and I will get it fixed.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I'm a Calendar Girl!

I am so excited that I was chosen to create this next year with 11 other wonderful ladies at Log Your Memory! I can't wait to get started on creating some pages. And what's even greater is Kristin created a book just for this December so everyone doesn't have to wait until January to get started saving those memories. And the thing I love most about the whole concept at Log Your Memory? It's prompt and calendar all in one, so you can record all the little and big things that happen during the year, so all the information is there in one spot for you, for when you are ready and have the time to create layouts. However, for those of you that don't really want the calendar part, today there is a new book in the store, just the 52 weekly prompts. Read about it here. I have to work a little later, but hope to get a page done for the first weekly prompt in December, sometime tonight. So anyway, check out Log Your Memory and come join in the fun! The link is in the sidebar.

I decided to join in the fun at MSA last week and try my hand at the ultimate artist challenge and to tell you the truth, I did not think I would make it past the first week, but I did! I was happily shocked to see my name on the list of people going on to week two. Do I think I will make it into week three? Not really, but I am having fun and making some pages which is what it is really all about. I do want to share my page for this weeks challenge and if you haven't already, head on over and check out all the awesome pages in the gallery over there. There is definitely some stunning layouts created. And make sure you cast your vote for your favorite page! Here is what I did. It is linked for credits.

And that is my post for today. Although I am thinking of giving away this page as a template sometime this week, so be sure and check back! Have a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping and if you have a minute leave a comment, I LOVE reading them.