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Saturday, December 26, 2009

How was your Christmas?

For Christmas we (my hubby and three sons along with my mother-in-law) traveled to my parents' house in Ocala, which is about 1-1/2 hours north of us. All my brothers and sisters were there with their families - except for my sis in Detroit.

There's always a TON of food. How is it that we are constantly eating? I mean, seriously? We are constantly eating! After we ate once, we had our Chinese gift exchange. OK, this is totally the highlight of our Christmas. Seriously! We each bring a bunch of "useful" and slightly gag items and wrap them up.

We had 20 people at Christmas and we must have had a few hundred gifts. Yes, seriously! Anyway, I am always "in charge" of the Chinese gift exchange, which means I can make the rules! :D We all pick a number that my dad prints off on little slips of paper and we go from 1-20(or 20-1 if I so desire!;-)) and each person picks a present in order. You can steal a present from someone else and then that person who got stolen from gets to open another one or steal from someone else. Once the round is over, that gift is yours.

My parents put in a few $25 Walmart gift cards, so you know that those were stolen many times. But when you pick your number...if you are #20 you know that you get whatever you want out of the opened gifts! The most stolen item was, of course, the $25 gift cards and a Snuggie(as seen on TV, no less!). ??? Yes, I don't get it either, but the Snuggie was a wanted gift! My 20 year old nephew was #20 in that round and landed the Snuggie!! Go figure! :-o

Yes, after that was over we ate again! Then after that we went to my #2 sisters' and ate cookies! I was more stuffed than I was at Thanksgiving! Seriously!

I am home alone today. My hubby and all 3 sons are off to a ski trip in West Virginia with my husbands' brother and kids. Let me tell you that I am in heaven! It's just me and the dog and I am working on the projects for my online classes I am teaching in February. Total fun!

So how was your Christmas?

Monday, December 14, 2009

My Creative Classroom is on FaceBook!

You can now become a fan of My Creative Classroom, the online site where I teach creative art classes. Click the link at the left of my page! :D

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sleep Apnea!

Yes, it's true. I have sleep apnea and will be going back to the sleep lab tonight to sleep with a CPAP machine. They'll regulate my breathing and set it all up. Then a medical company (of my insurance's choosing) will come to the house to "hook me up", so to speak, with my very own CPAP machine. I am thinking it will be like a Darth Vader mask! :-)

Well, I'm really hoping it helps me out with my tiredness during the day...not to mention the fact that I stop breathing while I sleep!! It is a good thing....even though it may take a while to get used to. Oy Vey!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Countdown!

Yes, two posts in one day!

Here's a link to free images "Countdown to Christmas" from Lisa Vollrath. Thank you Lisa. She's such a great sharer of goodies.

http://countdown.tentwostudios.com/

Pink Glove Dance

Check out this YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEdVfyt-mLw

When this video gets a million hits Medline will be making a huge contribution to the hospital as well as offering free mamograms to the community. Lets help them out and check out this video! It's an easy way to support the cause, and who hasn't been touched by breast cancer?

Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm thankful!

I am thankful for the great family God has blessed me with. My husband sure has been a gem all these 22 years. Our anniversary is just after Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for my children...my three sons. They are growing into great young men. I think their future wives will be pleased!

I am thankful for my parents who have been married for over 50 years...can you believe it? You know there were times when they questioned their vows, yet they have remained true to each other. They have shown me what a real married couple should be like. And they have done well raising all 6 of us kids(yes I said 6!).

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It's almost time!

I vow to try and see this movie when all the screaming teenagers are in school. I don't want any extraneous noise when I'm trying to focus on Edward!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fingerprint Friday

There's a great Christian song by Steven Curtis Chapman, The Fingerprints of God. Part of the song says:

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it's true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God.


So look around you...your family, your kids, nature...where do YOU see the fingerprints of God?


Here's where you can join in on the Fingerprint Friday blog hop.

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This is the photo that is outside my front door. My art studio has a big window just to the left of that door, so I can look outside to the East as the sun comes up and this is what I see...and I can see when the Space Shuttle goes off! :D

I am very inspired artistically and spiritually by nature. How can you NOT be? All of nature works together. The birds find food wherever they are. They don't store up for winter. God provides for them. Just look at the veins of a leaf. Remember those Biology classes...how in depth all of nature is? That is Gods greatness...but He is so much more.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veteran's Day is tomorrow November 11th

Here is a lesson that should be taught in all schools...universities, too.

Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

"Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?" she replied, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk."

They thought, "Well maybe it's our grades." "No", she said. "Maybe it's our behavior." She told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."

And so they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon, television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, "Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you."

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

Twenty-seven War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each on carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said,"You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it."

By the way, this is a true story.

Thank a veteran today!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Did you know about Scenic Route???

Did you know that Scenic Route is closing it's doors? I am sad. I love Scenic Route. But you can snatch up some great deals as everything in the Sceninc Route store is on SALE! Get on over there. I already got a ton of stuff. And there's free shipping to the lower 48 states if you order $75 or more...and let me tell ya, that's easy to do!!

Scenic Route Store

Monday, October 26, 2009

Great words of wisdom

I just received one of those emails again. You know the ones....they have a long story and at the end they ask you to email it to 10 other people, etc.

Well this one was a good one. This is what Audrey Hepburn said when asked to share her beauty tips:

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

Good to remember!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Listen Online with me

I am ususally found listening (and singing really loudly!) to the radio station, Z88.3 out of Orlando. But you can listen online to this great contemporary Christian music. Then you can sing along with me! :D

Friday, October 16, 2009

Blog Action Day

In honor of Blog Action Day( OK it was yesterday, so I'm a little late!), I wanted to send you over to Inspire Me Thursday's "40 creative ways to make art without leaving a big ecological footprint in the process". There are some great GREEN ways to craft and save the planet.

Personally, I love using old corrugated boxed as a canvas for art! In one of my online classes at My Creative Classroom we make such a project. Sign up for Mixed Media II: Can't Get Enough! It starts on Wednesday, October 21. We'll be using a few reuseable items for art making in that class and you'll come away with some great techniques and projects to boot!

:D

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Know what I love?

I love it when I am "allowed" to go into my #3 son's room, lay on his bed and talk to him. It's not a long talk, mind you, but he will sometimes put his head on the bed near me and let me run my fingers through his hair.

But only for a moment. And you really have to "be there" and available to catch those moments.

Hey! He's 15...that's all I get from him now and then...but I love it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Alter THIS! Altered Book Techniques class opens today!


Have you ever wanted to try your hand at an altered book? Now's your chance. My online class, Alter THIS! Altered Book Techniques, just started today. You can still sign up for the class.

Why online? Well, you don't need to go anywhere. You can take class in your p.j.'s and fuzzy slippers. You can log into the classroom at any time you want to once class has started. And you can work at your own pace. That's a whole lot of goodness!

At My Creative Classroom our course content is presented with PDF downloadable documents, and either slide shows with audio or video. We have message boards and..get this...real teachers that are online to answer your questions! Yep, it's true.

I love teaching at MCC and I think you will love taking online classes if you give it a shot. So head on over to the My Creative Classroom website and check it out. Sign up for the free newsletter and get in on the FREE class with tons of tutorials prepared by our great teachers.

And get signed up for my Altered Book Class.

I'll "see" you in class!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Morning bliss!



Yeah, I like my "cuppa joe" light and sweet! It's really not a necessity to have caffeine in the morning...it's more like comfort food. :D

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wise Words...

My husband forwarded this to me in an email. He is in the same house as me, yet he will email me now and then. Do I want to go out to lunch on Friday? (of course!) and little emails he gets from his friends. He's cute like that. Here's one he sent today:


In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting...'

Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day.....like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first. The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this: "I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

''I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

''I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

''I've learned th at making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.

''I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

''I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back...(very interesting, I thought!)

''I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

''I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

''I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

''I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

''I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Friday, October 2, 2009

New artwork is up!

I just finished altering this photo album for a friend of mine. It's for her sister's Sweet 16 birthday coming up soon. She is having a vintage theme for her birthday. I thought quite a while on how I was going to do work with this. But I love the outcome! I wish I took a pix of it before I started! But it was just a black and white floral regular photo album.

I sanded, gessoed, painted, collaged, inked and more. Then I added the 3-D items. I love how it turned out. The inside covers are papered and dry brushed with thinned white acrylic paint.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Altered Book Page Spread

Spread your wings and fly...
Here's my latest altered book page spread. there's a tutorial posted at My Creative Classroom in the Free Class, Everyday Moodlings. The MCC instructors have used sketches from Creative Scrapper to show a sampling of the art in our classes we're offering this fall. This is from my altered book class, Alter THIS! Altered Book Techniques. I'd love for you to join me. The class starts October 14. Click on the class title for more info and to sign up.

"See" you in the classroom.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Did you know?

Did you know....A U.S. Department of Education* study has shed light on the effectiveness of getting an online education. The study stated that students who took all or part of their instruction online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through face-to-face instruction.

*The Evidence on Online Education-June 29, 2009 - InsideHigherEd


Well then what a better reason to take an online art class! Head on over to My Creative Classroom and sign up for a class or two!

Here's what I'm teaching this fall:
Altered Frames, Many Styles
Alter THIS! Altered Book Techniques
Mixed Media - Techniques & Projects I
Mixed Media II: Can't Get Enough!
Welcome Little One! Newborn Mini Album

"See" you in the classroom!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Altered Guest Book

My niece got married over the summer and I got to alter her guest book. I was just plain white with a white bow. But my niece's wedding colors were silver, black and red. (Yes, I actually wore a black dress to the wedding!) She loved it the book! :DOriginal book...plain white


Finished book...metallic paint and rub-ons. The photo of the rose is from her bridal shower. I had to work magic to actually make this front window photo in Photoshop...it's not exactly my strong suit! LOL!!

Inside of book. She carried red roses, hence the red rose paper. The front page is stamped and shaded...


...and the last page is stamped and shaded, too.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It's time!

It's September 1st and that means that My Creative Classroom is open for enrollment. You've got to head on overand check out the multitude of classes...you will be amazed! Take a class in your jammies, if you can't sleep at night, or with "bad hair". It doesn't matter. You can log in anytime during the course and learn new art and crafting skills to your hearts' content.






I'll "see" you in the classroom! :D

Friday, August 21, 2009

It's almost school time!

And that means My Creative Classroom is almost ready to accept registrations for the new Fall Semester! Have you checked out the new classes yet? You will very happily amazed!

Boatloads of Cricut classes, Stamping, Mixed Media, Paper Arts, Digital Scrapbooking and so much in between. There's even a FREE class. What more could you ask for?

Online classes are where it's at. Take a class when you want. If you can't sleep...log on in. Bad hair day? No problem. Want to stay in your jammies and grap a cuppa joe? Go for it! All these are fair game with an online class. And you get feedback and support from a real person! Yes, it's true!
So head on over, make a user account if you haven't already done so, sign up for the newsletter and check out the courses...on September 1st everything will be revealed and ready for sign-ups. Will you be ready???

Friday, August 7, 2009

You're gonna love the new semester!

I'm tellin' you right now, if you haven't signed up for the My Creative Classroom newsletter you better RUN and do it now. This site for online art and crafting classes is second to none! We are adding new teachers and amazing classes left and right! What's better than to take a class at your own pace, whatever time you want, and in your p.j.'s?

The new semester starts in September and all classes will begin registration September 1st. If you go to the website right now, you may not be able to see all the classes that will be available. The teachers are still putting finishing touches on them. But there are some titles that you can see. (If you want to see info, press the little blue "i" on the right side of the screen where you see the class titles. That will let you know the course description and all the pertinent info you will need.)

But remember, you can't sign up until the 1st of September. Make sure you get the newsletter if you want the up-to-date latest info of the new courses and teachers. You're gonna love it! I promise!

My classes include: Mixed Media - Techniques & Projects I; Mixed Media II: Can't Get Enough!; Alter THIS! Altered Book Techniques; Altered Frames, Many Styles; and Welcome Little One! Newborn Mini Album

"See" you in the classroom! :D

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Baby Shower Time!

OK, I spent way too much time wrapping this baby gift for a shower tomorrow and making this little embelly, but it is so cute. I used one of those little 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" Bazzill chips and paper, paint, gesso, transparency, stamp, diamond glaze...she better not throw it away!!! LOL!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Snapshots from the backyard

This summer started out with such rain...everyday...like 15 days straight. I thought we were going to have to start looking for Noah to build us an ark...that much rain! It was making me really depressed. But now our weather has settled down and is regular Florida summertime weather. "Regular" for us is a sun shower or thunderstorm usually every afternoon around 4pm. Today and yesterday has been blistering hot in the 90's. I got outside to capture these photos before noon. The sun was already hot on my back as I got up close for the shots.

I almost caught the resident cardinal going for the birdfeeder, but I wasn't quick enough. Then there was the couple of bees that were pollinating the flowers on the trees...but they were too quick, as well. It was fun to watch them do their thing and be able to be up close and not be afraid of being stung. I was less than a foot away from the bees.


Happy summertime! Enjoy your weekend. :D

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED!!!!


I am flippin' out!


Yesterday I received the Summer 2009 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery in the mail. Well, I don't subscribe to that magazine...but I do subscribe to just about every other Stampington mag there is. I know that if you are published in a Stampington publication that they will send you a free issue in the mag that you are pubbed in. So that was my first and only thought as I ripped the plastic off the mag!


So off I was in search of one of the seven mixed media projects I had sent in this past October. There it was on page 12 on the top right! Now I am screaming and my dog is flipping out! So I keep flipping through the mag and find not one, not two , or three, but FOUR of my projects have been published!! I scream at the top of my lungs as I find each of them in the mag.


They are all (except one) from my Mixed Media I class that I teach at My Creative Classroom. Check out page 12 top right, page 88 top, page 108 top left, page 170 top left.



Now, I feel I have accomplished a great goal and am a "real" artist!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Grey's Anatomy Season Finale

I don't know about you, but I am dying over the Grey's Anatomy Season Finale from this past Thursday. Over on FaceBook we've been hashing out all our angst over what will happen next Season, what 007 is all about, the meaning behing Izzy's prom dress and the elevator...all of it.

You can go to abc.go.com and see the whole final episode. But what I want to leave you with is what Meredith Grey said during the final scenes:

Did you say it? "I love you"..."I don't ever want to live without you"..."You changed my life". Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it. But every now and then...look around. Drink it in. 'Cause...this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow.

Friday, April 24, 2009

New online class!!


I am teaching another online crafting class at My Creative Classroom that begins on Thursday, April 30 called "Altered Frames, Many Styles". This is a super cool 3-D wall hanging technique and project class creating interconnecting frames to put your pix on the wall. You've got to see it. This picture in the description only shows one style.
Go to www.mycreativeclassroom.com and scroll to the Home Dec category. You'll flip over the projects and techniques!
Bring some friends along with you and have a crafting "party"! I can just see it: lunch...some sangria...some crafting...everyone getting into their groove...taking pix and posting them in the classroom gallery. I'm lovin' it. Get on over there and sign up.
Can't wait to "see" you in class! :D

Monday, April 20, 2009

Words

I was cruising around blogworld this morning and went to one of my favorite blogs of my favorite artists...Rebecca Sower. Here's a poem she wrote that I adore. I kind of like anything she does...

today...
i want the path in front of me to be clear
i don't want to stumble over
be distracted by
stones that shouldn't be there.
today...
i want to reach up
and grab the warm sky
and wrap it around me
like an old, soft quilt.
today...
i want to work
and pray
and trust
and love...
all at the same time.

Friday, April 10, 2009

more mixed media fun!

Here's another fun piece I made a few weeks back from an old photo of two of my boys and one of my nephews. Everytime I see this pix I die laughing. It is from #1DS's birthday...these guys are so goofy-looking. Looks like nephew on the right is picking his nose. I call the photo, "The nose-picking bunch". Gotta love it!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mixed Media online class...

That's right, my Mixed Media Techniques & Projects I class begins April 20 and continue for 4 weeks. But registration begins NOW! The classroom will remain open for a total of 6 weeks so you will have time to finish your projects. And notice that it is a Techniques AND Projects class. Each week you will get instructions for a project and the techniques that were used. You will be able to gather those techniques and use them as a jumping off point to make your own project.

And I will say that the projects are amazing! I actually sent them in the be published...I have never even dared to do that before!

Head on over to My Creative Classroom to get more info and to sign up. Registration starts NOW!

Monday, March 30, 2009

I may have passed on the artistic gene!

Here's a photo of my #3DS's art collage.
He's a Freshman in HS and is taking an art class. He brings me home some of his work because he knows, of course I am interested. He gets a kick out of my praise for his work. But I love what he does. I think I told him I was going to put it on my blog. It's marker, not paint, but I think it looks awesome.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tag, I'm it!

So I was tagged by a good scrapping friend of mine, Michelle Granger to post a photo on my blog.


Here are the rules:
  • Open your photo folder on your computer
  • Open the 6th folder of photos
  • Select the 6th picture
  • Post the picture on your blog with a description
  • Invite six friends to join the challenge
  • Link your six friends to your blog post

Here is my photo:

It's me and a friend in Oregon in 2005(?) for a long weekend retreat with a bunch of scrappers. I was laughing so hard I was just about to pee my pants...literally!

And the six people I am tagging are:

Lori Hudson

Jen Grant

Dianna

Colleen Schaan

Kylie Hopkins

Elizabeth Bracco

Friday, March 20, 2009

Teaching more online classes

I am going to be teaching online classes again at My Creative Classroom. The first class will be Mixed Media - Techniques & Projects I.

I have actually sent in all the project samples to Somerset Magazine (Stampington & Co.)to hopefully be published. I sent them in October, when I was sick. I figured "What the heck, they will either like them or they won't". But I think at least a few of them will definitely be right up their alley. :D

Anyway, right now I am shooting for mid April for the class to start. I have a few details to figure out before it's all ready. So while you are waiting, make sure you have signed up for the MCC newsletter. It comes out twice a month. Go to the MCC website and fill out your email and you will get all the latest class offerings right to your inbox. It's that simple.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tattooed eyeliner and other medical stuff...

What does tattooed eyeliner have to do with anything medical, you ask? Well, alot. In my medical "travels" this last six months and all the tests I have endured, you get alot of questions asked of you.

One is: Do you have tattooed eyeliner? If so, you can't EVER have an MRI because they use metal flakes in the tattoo ink. Think about it. There is so much a doctor can see with an MRI...if you were ever thinking about getting tattooed eyeliner, DON'T!

Another question they ask is if you've had a tetanus shot in the last ten years. I haven't. I have been asked this question so much that I have made an appointment with my primary doc to get my shot. You need to go get one if you haven't had one, simple as that. I'm glad I was reminded. :D

You know when you are discharged from the hospital or after you visit a certain doctor they always tell you to followup with this doctor and that doctor...well, I wasn't in the habit of doing so. But now I am totally in charge of my health. I am taking the bull by the horns. My heart, my weight, my medications, etc.

If you are of the age that you need a colonoscopy every ten years...go do it. I had one done(and I am not even 50). You are basically asleep and don't know what's going on...it doesn't hurt and then you're good for ten years.

If you have a family history of some disease, go get it checked out. Don't even tell me you are scared of needles...I don't even want to hear that. The tests are nothing compared to living with the disease. So much can be done to prevent diseases. Catch it BEFORE it becomes the disease.

Lose weight, eat healthy, start a work out plan...just start walking.

Your health is the most important thing you have.

Have a fantastic and healthy day!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ali & Donna circa 2007

This is a layout with pictures from 2007, I think(!). My friend Lori and I went to Tampa to take classes from Ali Edwards and Donna Downey one Saturday and I am just now scrapping them. They did a book signing Friday night and classes all day Saturday. I hated the way this turned out at first, but now I like it.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Allergy season is most definitely upon us

My poor DH and #3DS have been having such a hard time with allergies. It's always this time of year...and right around#3DS's birthday :( . The tissue companies must be doing quite well this time of year. Coughing, sneezing, watery eyes...I'd really hate to have the problems these guys have.

It took them a while, but they finally went down to the little clinic at the CVS pharmacy to see if they might need more than benadryl. When they got home they said benadryl was actually making things worse!! They both had a sinus infection and got some good meds and should be on the mend soon. And I hear we should be getting some rain soon, which should get this pollen off the trees, out of the air and on the ground.

So for all your allergy sufferers, I feel your pain, even if it is indirectly.

Azaleas from my backyard

Friday, March 13, 2009

New layouts

Here's a couple more layouts.

Thi first one is with a photo when we were at the Smoky Mountains a few years back with most of my siblings and their families and my parents. We all stayed in a huge house for about a week. Great fun!. I used Bazzill Kraft (and other colored)cardstock, Scenic Route Somona papers and embellies, Fancy Pants felt pieces.

I made this layout sparse on purpose. I wanted to keep the focus on these gorgeous photos. These photos are of son #3. If you could see these colors...they are so vivid. I knew immediately that I wanted to use Bazzill Hillary Trio. I also used a Bazzill blue that matches with Doodlebug, but I can't remember the color name...Swimming Pool?. I used Heidi Swapp ghost letters ("that face") and ghost heart. I really do love using basically "just" cardstock.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Life changes and it's usually hard!

With the medical issues I have had and literally being bed-ridden, I put all my at-home businesses on hold back in November. It was an excruciating decision because I loved what I did. I couldn't see holding on to the consultant-based business...I have a TON of inventory already and I can keep ordering every month just to keep "active" so I just let that go. (If anyone needs ANYTHING scrapbook related, I have it and I will sell it to you!) And FYI, that consultant-based organization just closed its doors for good! :(

But I will continue to teach online classes with My Creative Classroom. All my classes are still online waiting for me to come back and open them up and/or finish adding to them. So I am glad about that. I can continue healing and work from my own home. I have alot of great classes that I will open up soon, so check out the website...or better yet, sign up for the free newsletter and you will be "in the know". We've added even more new instructors. I teach altered projects, mini books, a mixed media technique class, a travel project workshop, etc. So get on over to the website and sign up for the newsletter.

Here's some more pages I've done while recuperating. I was going for rather simple to get 'em done!


#3 son - 8th grade Volleyball


#2 son in Kindergarten(he's a Senior in HS now!)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Spring weather is here in Florida

All this week we are having 80 degree weather! I am so thankful after such frigid weather we had just a week or so ago. Remember I am in the Orlando area and we don't have winter clothes here...we're shorts and flip flop people! I so hope that's the end of the cold.

We have an orange, a lemon and a lime tree in our yard and they are all starting to bloom. When the tree is in FULL bloom, which will be very soon, the fragrance is amazing and the bees will have a non-stop party!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

How about some art?

Well since I have been recovering from my medical procedures, I have had alot of time to scrapbook and make art. I have actually scrapbooked for myself more in the last few weeks than I have in a year or two. Kind of embarrassing, but true!! (insert blushing emoticon)

And I can't believe how many UNorganized photos I am finding. What's up with that? I am talking piles of photos here and there. Yeah, they are all in my studio, and maybe in piles according to child, but that's about it. Not by event or age. Since when have I been THAT unorganized? (Don't answer that!) Well, I have been trying to remedy that one.

But as soon as I come across some good photos, I take a few hours or even a day or two and scrapbook them. Then I get on to the organizing and find some more scrap-worthy photos and scrap some more. I feel so good to get a stack of pages done. And what's funny is that there's some pages I'll scrap and I end up NOT liking them. I don't know if it's that I had been staring at the papers and embellies for so long that I'm bored with them or what?! But when I come back to them later and see the page, I end up liking it.

So here's a few pages I have finished lately.

The kids dressed up for Halloween when they were about 9,7 and 4(maybe 1997)

Goofing around for #3's birthday

#3 in ROTC during competition in 8th Grade...he loved it!