Saturday, November 29, 2008

Another week

has come and gone and I haven't sat down once to write on my blog. What's up with that? Well, Monday I went and got a new battery, so I am back in business again. My tire (with the slow leak) just needed reglued around the rim, so that was no big deal. The week after that just flew by, it seems all the weeks are doing that anymore. Now it's going to be even worse with Christmas coming and parties everywhere, school events, shopping to be done, decorating etc etc. I am sweating just thinking about it! I haven't even started shopping yet, no that's not true, I just ordered a couple of things for the girls. Fortunately I don't have too many people to shop for.

Today we stopped at Sears and ordered a new freezer. Yes, I know, I had to spend more money.... My freezer came with the house and who knows how long is has been here. We bought this place in 1986, so that is a long time already. It is probably an antique, not self-defrosting, I hate it. There is so much ice built up in there, I can't even see what's on the top 4 shelves! Anyway, my new one will be getting here on Wednesday, it's a beauty!

For December I am planning on doing a page a day, I would really like to try to keep up with that. I have seen a few examples of what other people have done and I love it! Keep your fingers crossed!

Okay, here are a few pages I have done this week, some I can't show yet, but pretty soon!

priceless roses

treasure-todayJump It-doesn't-matter-... Uncle-Mark Haunted-House Christmas-Blessing-Gab. I really had fun doing the one with the tree. I saw that quote in a catalogue as a plaque and loved it. so I started with that and just got carried away, creating a whole fantasy scene. The idea for the one with Michael jumping was from an ad in National Geographics. That photo was just jumping off the page and I had to fiddle with it until it worked. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, but in the end I got it!

Boy I am loving these days off. Nowhere to go, no Karate, it was great. A couple more days of peace and then the hussle will start! Hopefully I will still have time to create, that is my daily fix :) Talk to you all soon

Oh yeah, credits as usual here. thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another Saturday

That pretty much says it all, just another Saturday, LOL. The week is over again, the kids are off for the weekend. We just had Karate in the morning and then went to visit our friends in Altoona. We had a good time if you ignore the fact that my battery died just as we were leaving Sam's. They were closing and we ran over to Walmart, where the tire center was just shutting it's doors. The girl there was so friendly and gave us the charger, so we were saved! If we had gotten out just 3 minutes later we would have been stranded, well at least until AAA could have gotten there. the whole way home I heard this mumble in the back of the car and I just assumed the kids were playing a game or watching a movie. When we got home, Rachel told me that they prayed the whole time, the rosary and more. We were on the road for an hour! Sometimes they can really make you proud! They were so worried that the car would simply stop and we would be stranded, LOL. My battery must not hold the charge anymore. Another thing to take care of, it just never ends. My tire has a slow leak so I have to have that fixed on Monday, plus I need an oilchange and inspection. Cars are a pain!
It has really gotten cold here, only in the 20s today. That stove is sure getting a workout, but we love it!
Yesterday I received an email about having a LO posted at GSO. that was a first for me and quite a thrill! I don't know how they pick the pages they post. They go through a whole bunch of galleries and just pick some. How cool! I didn't think my page was that great!
Today I received my VA book in the mail, it really looks nice. I picked the 8x8 this time and it really is a nice size. I found a couple of things I don't like, the stamp on the front is still blue, I didn't get it changed and there is a page where the writing is too light, I must not have changed that either. I will check with them, but I doubt that they will fix that. It still looks great. I noticed that 3 other people have ordered my book, which I thought was really weird! What are they going to do with my vacation book? Some pages are kind of nice just per se, but it really is a private book. So strange!
Well, here come the pages as usual, I bet you couldn't wait :) you can find the credits here
Same as always!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Vinnie at Catscrap

Something is wrong with Vinnie's website (PixelCanvas), as you have probably noticed by now. There is some Virus attack going on and the poor girl had to close the site for maintenance, which seems to take forever. In the meantime she has accepted an offer by Dagmar at Catscrap to sell her products there. I think I already mentioned that. It doesn't really change much for us girls, we just upload our pages there and hopefully her site will reopen soon. In the meantime you can find her stuff at Catscrap and she is coming up with some really cute new stuff! Here is a page I made for her store, which is now posted on her blog, so it's probably okay for me to post it here  too.AAM-page-for-PixelCanvas

This was meant as an introduction of her CT members. Here is a list of the credits

She's a doll kit (background, hearts)
Today wordart from Oct. 8 word challenge
Wonderland girls Kit (spray)

Century Gothic
Lewis Orton Effect action

Only because I haven't posted this anyplace yet!

It has really gotten cold here, we had our first snow, way too early! I can't believe we will have to face at least 4 months of this now. The older I get, the more I would like to move south, LOL. Here is a page I just finished with pictures from this morning. Most of the snow on the roads is gone, but it is starting up again and we are expecting a few inches overnight. Most activities have been cancelled for tonight, it's nice to be able to stay in for a change, no running around, yeah!

Let-It-SnowYesterday I received an email from Shutterfly telling me that my Virginia book is going to be featured! I was so thrilled, this is such an honor! All the work, this really makes it worth it, aside from the fact that it is our book and we will love it! (I hope)

I was also chosen as Artist of the month at Designer Digitals and I received $20 to spend. It sure didn't take me long to spend that.... You can find my face on the home page if you scroll down. That was quite a thrill too. I have all this good stuff happen lately, maybe that's supposed to make up for the stupid stock market crashing, LOL. Well, here are some more pages I didn't post yet.

Counting-the-loot Fall-Beauty Memories Moments Pretty-Please Spooks When-we-love

All the credits can be found at Designer Digitals, that is my main gallery. I love those pictures I found in my stash and scanned in. It is hard to even remember the kids ever being that little. They were so darn cute!!! I have to look upstairs, I must have a ton of pictures from before digital that I have to scan in yet. I am thinking about ordering Lightroom. So many people use it to fix their photos, it must offer more than Photoshop. I can get it at a pretty good price, so I might just get it. Okay, time to make dinner!

Friday, November 14, 2008

I'm back

It feels as though I have been missing forever! My laptop finally decided to take it's last breath. It just kept shutting off after 10 minutes. Poor thing, I must have worked it to death! Dealing with Toshiba has been quite an experience. If you are lucky enough to find somebody who speaks english, you still have trouble understanding. I was supposed to still be under warranty by one day, but their registration date for my compy was marked as Nov. 6 07, which is before I even bought the darn thing. I called on the 8th, the last day of what should have been my warranty coverage. After a lot of back and forth and faxing my receipt, I am still waiting for it to go through, so they can finally decide to send me a box for it, after which the long wait will start. Obviously there is no way I could be without my laptop for weeks, so I had to go out and buy a new one. Cute little HP (no toshiba, that's for sure) 4 gb and 320 g. It doesn't take long to fill them up anyway. It took a while to get my stuff back on, fortunately I have a double saving system, so it was just a question of transferring everything. Some stuff I still had on the old one, but I was able to keep it on long enough to transfer the files to my EHD. Phew!
Then I was working on my shutterfly book, which I finally finished this morning. I chose 8x8 this time, but I have 32 pages. That's for a 1 week vacation for crying out loud! And I picked through all the pictures, there were a ton! This is what it looks like and here is the link. all those pages in there are what I have been working on. Here ares some additional pages. All the credits can be found at my gallery at DD as usual.
Did I tell you all how great my Pellet Stove is? I love it, it keeps the house pretty warm, the heat only comes on at night. Of course it hasn't been that cold either, but still. Great purchase.
I spent a small fortune again today over at DD. Their quarterly sale is going on this weekend and of course I can't resist.
Vinnie just put out a new kit too and it is adorable, especially for people with little ones. It has a little crib too. Too cute. I don't actually have it yet, she is still having trouble with her website. She is designing for Catscrap too now, so it will probably be sold there also. Great stuff! Okay, that was just a small update, I have to get busy.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I forgot one

Sorry, can't leave out little Max!!! Again, credits at DD, now I really have to run!!!

Still on Cloud Nine

So far is has been great fun to be a designer. All the cute stuff Vinnie is designing. She has just sent us her latest kit last night and boy, is it ever cute. I think I am allowed to post the page I made with it, it's coming into the store tomorrow anyway. It practically made itself with the cute elements she has in there. Listen to me, I sound like an advertisement agent, LOL. Designer Digitals is still keeping me busy, I am doing a lot of pages lately. They have the CT for a month contest going on, that always gets a lot of submissions, so between creating, leaving comments here, leaving comments there and at different sites it's becoming very time consuming. That's one reason I haven't blogged in a few days. It's fun though. All I used for this one was the new Paradiso Kit from PixelCanvas It really is very cute!

Here are a few more pages

The credits for these can be find here as usual. I have a few more, but can't post those yet. The last page here with the butterflies is from PixelCanvas also, it's a little aetherial (is that even a word?). I was trying my hand on something a little weird, not sure that I love it, but it's done.

The weather here is just beautiful these last few days, the sun shines, it's warm, my stove doesn't even come on, LOL. I am loving it, it could stay like this until March and then get warmer again. I might just have to move to a warmer state, the south is looking more and more appealing to me!

Well, the election is finally over and like it or not, this is what is! We shall see what the future is going to bring, it's all in God's hands anyway. Okay guys, back to posting comments and then rush to Church. The kids Mass is at 10 AM and Rachel is going to be a Saint this morning, so I have to be there and take pictures.

Keep healthy and keep praying!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Grab my legs and pull

you have to get me off cloud nine!!! I just got an email today from Vinnie. I am going to be one of her CT members!!!! I can't even believe it, little me! I never ever thought I would make it, my heart was actually skipping a beat when I saw her email that said CT challenge. Oh my Lord! You can't tell I am happy, can you? Her stuff is just so totally awesome, I love everything she creates! You can check her out yourself, if you don't believe me. I have always admired her LOs, she is very talented.

Plus I am designing for somebody else, but I can't really publish anything yet, 'cause her store isn't open yet. You will see it soon. What a day!

We had a few really nice, warm days here with plenty of sunshine. Yesterday the stove turned itself completely off, we didn't need any heat all day. Give me more days like that! Our little stove is really working well, it runs and runs and I don't really have to do much of anything. I fill it up, wipe the window from the inside and do a little scraping with the special tool. That's it! Maybe once a month I will have to empty the ash bin and vacuum the inside a little. It is so nice to sit in front of it. It is nice and cozy and the fire is so soothing, I just love it. This is one of my better purchases for sure.

Yesterday I went to a baby shower out of town, it was so nice to be with my lady friends. We just went out to lunch and had a great time just talking and catching up. The mom to be is so happy and she really enjoys our happiness for her and hubby. They will make perfect parents!

Here are a few LOs I created since we last chatted

By-the-River Chucky-T. Create-a-book-VA,-page-19 Create-a-book-VA,-page-20 Fly River-Fun Tree All credits can be found at my DD gallery as usual. If you stop by, leave my some love, that would really be great! I am still working on my Shutterfly book. I have to add more pages, I am still at Busch Gardens, we didn't even make it to the beach yet, LOL. I'll get there some time. Okay, guys, DH is calling, it's TV time..... I'll be watching from my seat on cloud 9

Never say Never!

Well, here I am creating my very own blog! I was always very sure I would never get into this blogging "thing", but here I am. I hope you will enjoy finding out a little about my not so interesting life!