Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wow! A month!

I can't believe it's been about a month since my last post--where does the time go?! I swear once the election is over I am taking back control over my life and I will get back to this blog. I started it to force myself into creating and using the things I have hoarded forever, so that's what I'm gonna do! Now if only those pesky holidays don't get in the way... ;)

Here's the "short" list of what I've been up to:
  • Buying a new Honda Civic
  • Seeing the Cheetah Girls in Concert with my little cousin
  • Working...working...and more working...
  • Volunteering lots of hours at Republican headquarters here in Slidell
  • Visiting the fam while they were in town for my cousin's baby shower
  • Seeing New Kids on the Block in concert--so GREAT!
  • Going to the Macy's Grand Opening and meeting Tommy Hilfiger and Gavin Degraw with my 'beautiful life' friend Robin!
  • Seeing Gavin in concert afterwards
  • Going to the VooDoo music experience and seeing awesome bands like: Angels and Airwaves, Nine Inch Nails, Dashboard Confessional, Cold War Kids, I could go on and on...
  • Reading the Twilight book and LOVING it! I'm onto the second one--I can't believe my cousin sucked me in!
I'm beginning to see where the time went!! The four concerts in three weeks is impressive though, right...I guess it really is the 'beautiful life' that I'm living!

Well, now onto the good stuff...I made these cutie wootie ornaments at Scrapfest and just finished them. I did case the idea from someone's blog, so whoever is genius, please let me give you credit! I can't remember what blog it's from! Anyway, I used the clear top tins and stamped a snowman image and put it in the inside. This image is a CTMH image from one of the SOTM sets. I raised the snowman up on dimensionals to add a little depth. To get my 'hanger' I used my trusty cropadile to punch a hole and then added the ribbon loop. I then added clear irridescent 'snow' and glued the tin closed. I'm giving these for presents to some people at Christmas, so I hope those people aren't reading this! Here's the finished product:A look at my Christmas inspiration station/chaos:
I'm working on snowflakes right now for my Christmas, ask me if I have a, no...why do I need glittery snowflakes? I'm not sure but they're really cute! lol Hopefully next post you'll actually see a completed card with these snowflakes...that would be great, right?!

See ya'll soon! :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Finally, I'm back!

Sorry for the delay in posts...Gustav came through Louisiana and gave me a week long hurrication (that's a combination of hurricane evacuation and vacation for those of you who aren't familiar with the term) in the Great Smoky Mountains. Ike hit a few days later, causing me to evacuate again to higher ground, since I live on Lake Pontchartrain and the water kept rising and rising and rising, luckily sparing me any damage (a few feet more and that wouldn't have been the case!). Losing the week of work caused me to work a LOT of overtime to prepare for our accreditation site visit. Finally, that's over with and hopefully, now I can take a breath!

Now, don't think I didn't find time for a little fun in there--Scrapfest is a 3 day, 45 hour crop that is held in Mandeville, LA each Spring and Fall. They have lots of giveaways, vendors, classes--all the fun things you look for when going to a scrap retreat! It's such a blessing to be able to meet up with my friends each time, sometimes not having seen them for a whole year in between, and just really relax and work on projects. I am happy to say that I created over 100 things while I was there--45 baby announcements, and over 50 Christmas gifts, which I can't really talk about since some people who stalk my blog may be getting those gifts! It was alot of fun, needless to say!

I made a big Papertrey order before Scrapfest and finally got the Quilter's Sampler set...let me tell you, I LOVE IT! I'm on a quilting kick, since Mish got me all stirred up and into it with her lovely card creations, and her suggestion to read the Elm Creek Quilt novels. I am so into those books and of course, when you read them, you totally want to quilt! I am NOT getting another hobby, but I will continue to make some cute stuff with this set, I can promise you that! I missed making cards yesterday for WCMD, but I am sharing one that I made during Scrapfest.
Sorry for the bad picture, but I used the pink patterns 6 x 6 paper pad from Papertrey, along with the new Quilter's Sampler set. The ink colors were Berry Sorbet and Sweet Blush Palette ink. I paperpieced the quilt blocks and added some button accents...don't you love it! I found that mini ric rac at Scrapfest and had to buy a bunch in all sorts of colors just so I'd have it to tie through those clear Foof-a-la buttons since it turned out SO CUTE! I have more to show you but my picture software is acting up so I'll try again tomorrow.

Hope your Sunday is restful--I'll be doing laundry and going to church later--no big plans thank goodness!