Sunday, February 21, 2010

February Is A Busy Month

Superbowl...Valentine's Day...President's Day...Mardi Gras...Lent...and now that the Lenton Season is upon us I have reflected on the past several months and it didn't take me long to decide what I would be giving up for Lent. Drew and I were having lunch the other day at one of my favorite local restaurants, Chris's Poboys, and he asked me what I was giving up for Lent. I told him, that I have realized that for the last year I have been so wrapped up with life and work that I feel as though I have put my family on the back burner and it's time to get back on track and realize that my family is the most important thing in my life. So I've decided to give up anything related to work, which includes the many hours spent on the computer and phone calls. When they get home from school it will be ALL family time until they go to sleep. That means I will be busy preparing dinners, doing homework, bath time, playtime and so much more. And it's not that I wasn't doing all of that before, but my heart was not in it because I was so wrapped up in what I needed to do. I will say... giving up the computer is a hard thing to swallow, but in the long run when I see happy boys running around my will be so worth it!

Speaking of happy boys, here are a few pictures I captured on Valentine's Day morning. I have for the last several years had a Valentine's Dinner, and being that it fell on a Sunday this year, I decided to have breakfast...which included heart shaped pancakes, heart shaped butter, white chocolate covered strawberries, pink grits, eggs, bacon and of course pink milk. And believe it or not the boys LOVED the pink grits! But unfortunately after breakfast I was off to the walk in clinic, because I just have not been feeling well. All in All it was a great day spent with my loved ones!

Whether you are Catholic or not, please take the time if you are a scrapbooker or not a think about the time you spend with your family. Is it true quality time? If not jump right in and do what I'm doing...I challenge you to grab your family back and have some fun! Summertime is right around the corner (I can't wait) and it will be time to start playing outside with the kids. Run and be silly, have fun with your children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews because they grow up to fast. And before too long my little boys will be teenagers and then young adults. I want to see every moment with my eyes WIDE OPEN.

Until next time...and yes it will be posted when they are at school or in the wee hours of the morning!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

3 Posts in One Weekend!

I have been whipping them out this weekend. I completed several for my clients and 1 for myself! It's not embellished too much, but when you just need to get caught up...then to heck with all the extras!

Which brings me too this subject...where is scrapbooking going? I almost miss the old days of flatness! This might just be my thoughts for the month, but I do love that anything goes in scrapbooking, but I think many times I feel like I need to add so much "stuff" to my layouts, because that is what is expected of me. I've come to the conclusion I am a simple takes me about 1 hr or so to crank out a layout , I just don't have the patience to work on a layout for anything longer than a couple of hours. I do find myself adding things now and again but for the most part...I just want to get it done and make it nice at the same time!

I must thank Aphra for inspiring me. I just love her style and I must say I just love looking at her layouts...they rock! Thanks Aphra!

P.S. And one other reason that there are not many embellishments....I've looking through every bin that I own for my "snow stuff" and couldn't find them anywhere! I just hate when that happens.

Sneaux & Shopping

I could not believe my eyes yesterday morning. I don't think we were suppose to get snow. And, we didn't get as much as my friends in Texas got or even my friends in Alexandria and Shreveport, but we did get some HUGE snowflakes. The day before I was working with a lady in OHIO on an order of chipboard for my upcoming class and she told me there was so much snow she had to go shovel it up to get to the mailbox to mail my package. Okay that comment was hard for me to grasp...because I have never had to shovel snow. I can't imagine how that must be, but I would love to have that much just once to see what it's like.
As you can see my picture came out aweful. I couldn't get my camera to work outside. So I was a bit frustrated that I couldn't get any good pictures of my boys enjoying the snow, so I was off to bring the camera to the shop. They gave me the bad news that the auto focus is not guess what I need a new lens but don't have the money to fork out to get a good one. They did tell me they will be getting a Sigma that is 15-200. Does anyone know about this lens...will it produce cruddy pictures? It's only $200, but I know you get what you pay for. Any suggestions on this is much appreciated! Oh and my watch broke too! What else???

Well, I'll tell you what else...I got to my hair appt. and my hairdresser was running HOUR late! So the quant little town that I live in has antique shops all around. I never have time to go look in them because I'm always busy with the kids. Well, it did give me time to go look around and here is what I found.
I can see the little seed packets on a gardening layout and the milk caps, well in the center of flowers or just clustered on a boy layout. Oh and then when I got to my doctors appt...they ran an 1 1/2 late! WHAT A DAY!!!

How About Them Saints!

It has been a whirlwind around this place with the Saint's going to the superbowl. I was even excited and I don't watch a whole lot of football. I did get into the spirit of it all for my boys. I'm outnumbered in my house, but I look at it as being the Queen of our castle. Usually when football games are on and they are all watching the games I'm in my office scrapbooking away or blog surfing for wonderful inspiration.

My boys were lucky enough to get Drew Brees' autograph...which is a very exciting and lucky event. My brother, the one that got in a wreck, is dating an old high school friend and her best friend is Drew's aunt (which was like his mother). By the way, many of you followed my story of Troy and his recovery...well, I will report he is really doing well, the brain trauma was very bad and has left a lasting effect on him, but overall he looks different but he is in good spirits and happy to be alive and he seems to be really happy dating and in love!

Okay enough of the writing....let's get to the photos.
I even got a fleur di lis cake pan for the game, which made a beautiful cake. I am actually very excited about the pan because I can use it for Mardi Gras and UL too! You can freeze punch in it and put it in a big punch bowl...endless possibilities!
This Saint's layout was part of the Kitz 2 Go. I created this Saint's inspired layout and Janet created the Mardi Gras layout. We did sell out of them, but we are making more to bring to Scrapfest. If you have any questions about the kitz please let me know.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

We all go through periods of time that keep us from blogging. I have actually gotten emails wondering if I'm okay because I haven't posted in a long time. That makes me feel good to know that I have followers and that some of you really enjoy checking out my work. I have been really busy with life I guess. I am scrapbooking for about 6 people, making kitz for Kitz 2 Go and getting prepared for classes. This upcoming class I was a little nervous. I couldn't make the layout because we were waiting for the brand new Prima papers to make the layout. They were suppose to ship much earlier and guess what??? They didn't. I just got them and we have about 9 days until the first class, so I had to get busy busy busy! This is what I came up with. Unfortunately my Prima flowers that I was going to use didn't come in, so I had to make due. We will be learning to make the faux scalloped pleating that Aymee Gandy (guest designer for Kitz 2 Go) made in one of her layouts. We will also learn how to make roses, use the cuttle bug and many more techniqes. So if you have signed up for the class I will see you soon. All three classes are full, but if you'd like on the waiting list please email me at I hope to work on a few of my own projects this weekend, so maybe I'll be posting again soon. Until next time......