Friday, October 30, 2009

First Day of School 2009

Morgan was very excited on the first day of school this year. She jumped up on the bus so quickly that I barely got a picture!   For this layout I paired basic kraft, black and white with cute school-themed paper by Creative Imaginations. I also used butons, ribbon, CM star punch, Sizzix alpha dies, and a little star button from my stash.
Thanks for looking, and have a great weekend. Don't eat too much candy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Random Dozen Meme 10/28

It's time for another Random Dozen over at 2nd Cup of Coffee...
1. Tell me something about your favorite teacher.
Mrs. Smith was my senior English teacher. She introduced me to my all-time favorite author (John Irving), played Simon & Garfunkel in the classroom, and encouraged me as a writer and critical thinker.
2. Tell me about one pivotal moment in your life.
In January 2000 I was diagnosed with Relapsing Polychondritis, a rare autoimmune disease. The actual diagnosis was a blessing, since it led us towards treatment. I am not a super-religious person, but I do thank God for sending Dr. Avis Ware into my life. She recognized my symptoms, which had been worsening for months. I truly believe she saved my life.
3. About favorite colors--a lot of people will ask you what it is, but I want to know why it is. What feeling or memory does it evoke?
Purple, ever since I was a little girl. I think I always liked it because it was kinda like pink, girly and princess-y, but just a little funkier.
4. What's a sure sign that you're getting older?
Too many gray hairs, which I color regularly!
5. Please don't sermonize, but Halloween--is it a yes or no for you?
Yep! Just for fun!
6. What's your favorite musical?
I think it must be Godspell, although I like several.
My high school boyfriend’s school did this production, and I knew a lot of the actors and musicians. Very moving, the first and only time I have cried at a high school show!
7. Are you more of a city mouse or country mouse?
In my heart of hearts, country mouse. I grew up on a farm. However, I now live in a city, and can really appreciate a 24-hour pharmacy right down the street, especially when a little one wakes up in the middle of the night with a fever!
8. Did you know that it is possible, for a small fee, to name a real star after someone? (It's true! Google it!) If someone were to name a star for you, would you appreciate it for its whimsy and romance, or would you say, "Are you kidding me? For $19.95 we could have gone to the movie and actually bought popcorn."
Hmm, that might be kinda cool. Definitely something to talk about when you’re stumped for a conversation starter.
This question comes from Paula at His Ways Are Not Our Ways.9. What's the craziest thing you've ever been doing and texted during it? I only thought of this b/c I was about to try to text during my walking video but I didn't.
I can’t stand texting!
10. "It's not a party unless _______."
Four elements: good friends, good beer, good food, and good music! Any time, location, or reason (or no reason) will do!
11. When you're stuck in traffic or a waiting room, what do you do to pass the time? PS: There are no magazines available.
List blog ideas, list scrapbook ideas, make a grocery list (I’m a list person), balance my checkbook, listen to my MP3 player.
12. If you weren't yourself, would you be friends with you?
I think so. I gravitate towards crafty or creative people who like to read and have an interesting sense of humor. I like to think of myself like that!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall into Flavor Week 2

(ok, so I missed week 1... if you are following this recipe "hop", start at Linda's blog).

Warm and comforting... equally good for brunch or dinner. I like to serve it with fruit salad and flaky biscuits. This recipe was given to me by my grandmother, who got it from her high school friend. You guessed it, her name is Marebelle.

Marebelle's Casserole

1 lg onion, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1/2 lb. mushrooms, chopped (may use 2 cans, drained)

Saute the above in 3/4 stick of butter.

Brown 1 lb. sausage and drain. (may also use 1/2 lb. sausage & 1/2 lb. ground beef)

Prepare 1 box Uncle Ben's Original 23 Herb rice according to package directions.

Mix everything together with 2 cans of cream of chicken soup. Bake in a 9x13 baking dish at 300 degrees for 45 minutes.
You may also make this ahead of time and freeze prior to baking.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Mojo Baby Card

Short and sweet-
This card is for a friend who just had a baby girl. I used Mojo Sketch 109... all papers and embellishments were pulled out of my scrap stash!

A Second Chance Challenge on a Friends with Flair Friday!

Welcome to Unity's Friends with Flair Friday! If you haven't checked out Angela's blog, start here.

This layout was created using the guidelines for Sketchy Thursdays 2nd Chance Challenge- use mainly browns and oranges, must have a fall/family theme, and use a pop of teal or pink. The stamps I used were all...UNITY of course! I also used Sketchy Thursday's sketch from last week, 10/15.


paper: brown bg (Jillibean Soup); orange crosshatch (CM); misc. scraps
stamps: Unity Sept. KOM

ink: Staz On Timber Brown; versamark, Brushed Corduroy (TH)

other: gluepad, teal glitter, border punch (all Martha Stewart); white EP, ribbon, paper crimper, CM cutting system, staples.

Thanks for looking, and enjoy your weekend!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Dozen Random Things...

Wow, second post in a day. Must be all the extra time I have on my hands, being home with a sick kid and all... Anyway, my friend Dana introduced me to Linda's blog, and on Wednesdays she has a fun little list of random questions... so here goes...

1. Candy corn: Your thoughts?
Disgusting. Seriously. In the words of Moose A. Moose (a Nickelodeon character, for those of you not in the know, “I don’t like candy corn. No I don’t like candy corn. I like lots of other things, but I DON’T LIKE CANDY CORN!!”
2. Briefly, what was the first conversation you ever had with your spouse? (or best friend, if you're not married.) (Or someone significant, like your librarian.)
Probably something about the Grateful Dead or other music topic. We met on a camping trip with mutual friends, and as he walked across the street when we picked him up, I thought to myself, “What a weird little dude”. Long curly hair, guitar case, hippy clothes. Love at first sight.
3. Could you ever become a vegetarian?
Nope. Grew up on a beef farm. It’s in my genes.
4. Have you ever dressed up your pet in a costume?
No. Somehow I don’t think Luna (cat) would tolerate such nonsense.
5. Name something about childhood that you miss (like Clark Bars, Teaberry Gum, Malibu Barbie, cracking fake eggs on people's heads with your fist and "It's the Great Pumpkin" airing only once a year).
The feeling that 9pm was REALLY LATE. I knew I was a “big kid” when mom let me stay up on Friday nights to watch “Dallas” with her and eat popcorn.
6. Have you ever won a trophy? If not, what do you deserve a trophy for?
I’m not sure about a trophy, but I won several plaques for geeky stuff, such as reading the most books during the M.S. Read-A-Thon.
7. When do you think is the appropriate time to begin playing Christmas music each year?
Not until after Thanksgiving.
8. What's your favorite board game?
Hands down, Aggravation. It’s a marble game that my family has played fiercely for years. My grandparents were the only owners of a proper playing board for years, until I got one of my own, handmade by Papo! Watch out if you play with Mamo, she cheats!
9. How do you feel about surprises (receiving, not giving)?
Love it! I usually don’t get surprises. I even give my husband a list for Christmas. But every once in a great while (like every couple of years or so), he brings home “no reason” flowers or the like.
10. Is it easy for you to say, "I'm sorry?"
I don’t mind saying it, but sometimes I forget in the midst of explaining myself!
11. What is your favorite candle scent?
Depends on the season and/or location. Right now I love Pumpkin Spice in the kitchen. I was gifted a “Fruit Smoothie” candle last year, which was yummy and not something I’d normally choose. Fresh Rain or Baby Powder are always good in the bathroom.
12. October is traditionally "open house" time in public schools. If you had a literal open house in your home (like a reception) what light snacks would you serve visitors and what would you show them (as in art projects, graded papers) that would uniquely represent you?
My daughter’s school Open House is actually during the first month of school. Let’s assume mine is closer to Christmas…Food: mulled cider and coffee, sugar cookies, the new recipe I just tried for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread, and a cheese and cracker tray. Music: Holiday music, my favorites are Christmas albums by Peter, Paul & Mary and Harry Connick, Jr. Activities: make and take craft station for the kids, and maybe one for the adults, as well; scrapbook albums out everywhere; some sort of photo op (backdrop, props, etc); of course the Christmas tree would be decorated, and I love to tell stories about where each one came from; maybe traditional Christmas cartoon shows playing in the girls’ playroom

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Ok, this is seriously good! The best of fall flavors combined with chocolate! Try it warm with a glass of milk or hot tea...YUM! All credit for the recipe goes to my college friend Emily Cotton Riepenhoff, who sent this to me via Facebook.

3 cups sugar
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
4 eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 TB cinnamon
1 TB nutmeg
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 loaf pans.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, oil, water and eggs. Beat until smooth. Blend in flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill pans 1/2 to 3/4 full.

Bake for 1 hour or until inserted knife comes out clean.

NOTE: I personally made these in mini-loaf pans and baked them for about 15 minutes. It made 27 mini loaves.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Parade Pictures

Can't beat Target $1 Spot scrapbook papers! I used some, plus a handmade chipboard arrow covered in white EP to scrap these pictures of my daughters and my dad getting ready for the 4th of July parade this year. The DP squares on the right of the layout are from OTC, and I used a CM star punch for accents.

Thanks for looking!
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sarah's Baptism

My niece Sarah was baptised last weekend, and I made her a chipboard album for the occassion. I used products from Me & My Big Ideas, as well as scripture quotes on vellum from CM. Here is a shot of the cover, as well as a picture of the sweetie herself!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sweet Sundaes with Flair!

Welcome to Unity's Friends with Flair Friday! Just a quick post showing off the June KOM. These pics are of my girls and my grandmother. She loves to spoil them, and always makes them sundaes in "fancy" dishes for dessert.


stamps: Unity June KOM

paper- Prima, Me & My Big Ideas

ink- Unity burnt umber

other- watercolor pencils, aqua pen

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Papo's 80th Birthday

A layout from my grandpa's 80th birthday party. He is so cute!
paper- CM
cardstock sticker- Karen Foster
transparency- OTC
ink- Antique Linen (Tim Holtz)
other- Sizzix die cut machine

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friends With Flair 10/9

Happy Friends with Flair Friday!
I dug out some old pre-embossed cards and pre-cut mats from DCVW, and this is what I came up with...
First card uses a quote from "Birdie Inspiration" stamped in So Saffron. A little scrap paper from Me & My Big Ideas and dollar store ribbon finish it off.
The second card was made using the Aug KOM and Tim Holtz distress inks in Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, and Fired Brick. Easy peasy!
Thanks for looking, and have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

But I Need It!

What a cute little sentiment for a birthday card! This one measures 5.5 x 5.5 and uses DCWV pre-cut backgrounds. I colored the image from Hanna Stamps with Prisma pencils and Gamsol. The strip across the middle was made by masking and inking with Tattered Rose distress ink. Other supplies include CM cutting system and glitter glue by Studio G. Thanks for looking!
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Even more Cancun pages!

Here are the last of the honeymoon pages I am going to post...

Page 1- paper (Me and My Big Ideas); CM cutting system; Sharpie; chipboard flower & alphas (M & MBI);

Page 2- paper (Me & My Big Ideas); CM cutting system; stickles; letters (Making Memories); photo corners (Darice)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

More honeymoon pages...

More pages from my honeymoon album...

Supplies for first page: paper (Me & My Big Ideas); ink (Staz On Brown); stamp (Autumn Leaves); chipboard (Me & My Big Ideas); other- Sharpie, CM corner rounder

Supplies for second page: paper (M & MBI, Prima); ribbon (Basic Grey); stamp (Unity); ink (Wild Wasabi); other- CM circle punch

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cancun Fun!

I finally completed my honeymoon album, just before my 9th anniversary! Here are just a couple of pages from the album, more to follow this week. All products are from Me & My Big Ideas "Fashion District" line and Prima. Enjoy!

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