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


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 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!

I'm well, I'm well!

If you've been following what's been going on with me, I have finally reached the end of the medical trail. From September '08 through January '09 I had been suffering with what we thought were migraines...actually one long migraine that never ended! Finally another round of MRI's revealed the culprit...bleeding vessels behind my right eye. This is sort of uncommon and can go undiagnosed for quite some time as it often looks like a migraine. I have some amazing doctors that were totally proactive in finding the problem and I am grateful.

Well, long story short, after a few angiograms and medical procedures, I am as good as new!

Thank you so much for those of you who prayed and sent encouraging messages throughout my long journey.