Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I get too Many!!!!

I am being prompted to catch on up on my blog posts! HA! This one is for you Tammy! I currently get about 6 different magazines. Two of them are non scrapping related and the other 4 are for scrapping and card making. I FAITHFULLY wear out my Memory Makers and my Simple Scrapbooking magazines. The two card making magazines that I get, I flip through but I do not READ them. Every once in a while, I will actually see something that picks my interest and I will actually read it! Southern Living usually stays in the plastic cover....unless there is something on the cover that interest me. Adventurer is actually my husbands, but I do look at it from time to time. Oh- and then there is TURTLE that comes for my grandson and that one ROCKS!!!! We read something in it every night! I keep telling myself that it is more for his benefit than mine but who am I trying to convince? HA!

And WHO can live without the WEEKLY READER???? This one has been around since I was in school and it is another one that ROCKS! We just started seeing this one again since Alana started school.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A lighter note...

Just got back from a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the old homestead. DH and I went to Biloxi and spent the night at the Treasure Bay Resort and Casino. We were celebrating our 29th Wedding Anniversary! Yep...29 years of wedded bliss! Would i do it over again? YES
With the same man? YES Would I change anything? @$%# YES...lots! HA! But I am sure that he would too!

Anyway, we had a great time. We played in the casino a little bit...didn't win anything, to speak of but it was fun and something that we haven't done in almost a year. The last time we went to this hotel and Casino was on our anniversary in 2005. That was the weekend before Hurricane Katrina hit on Monday. The casino was completely destroyed by the tidal surge of the hurricane and the hotel was not much better. But they rebuilt and I have to say that I REALLY like the new look. It use to be a Pirate Ship that set in the water on the opposite side of the highway from the hotel. Now the casino is in the hotel and it is done in Tuscany. It is really beautiful!

I have photos of the casino before the storm and some photos that I took this morning of the area that I intend to post in a layout soon. I have to get my scrapbooking mind back before I can do that though! I thought of Amanda while I was there! I was standing on the balcony outside of our room remembering the Pirate Ship photos that I have and thought about Amanda and how she would have loved that have to do a layout for her!

Anyway, we had a great little get away and we are home now, mkaing hamburgers and listening to the rain outside. DS took the kids to a birthday party so it is quiet bit I know that won't last long!

Off to wash clothes and get ready for another work week, school week, and fight about doing homework week!

Heavy Stuff!

Ok...Going back to my last post about the baby chicks.....i was at work on Friday when I received a phone call from my DH. One of the baby chicks had died and the other didn't look like it was going to make it either. By the time I got home Friday evening, the other one had died. When I pulled up in the driveway, I could see my son out back with the shovel and both of my Grand Children were standing closeby with their heads bowed in great sadness. They were both crushed! I HATE it when things like this happen but this is, after all, how likes lessons are learned. I just know there is a lesson in there some where for both of them.

Needless to say, it was a very sad day.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Baby Chickens

For the past several days,my Grandchildren have been watching my neighbors hen walking around the property with three of the cutest little chickens! Everytime I turn around, they are talking about catching them and keeping them in the house! Wee, of course, I am telling them that the mama will chase them and she will be lonely if they take her babies away from her.

Today, when I got home from work, guess what is in my dining room in the cat carrier box? TWO BABY CHICKENS!!! Those two little bugger went outside and chased that chicken down to catch her babies!!!! Now, I am trying to talk them into letting them go back to their mama!

What am I going to do? Their Daddy thinks its just grand that they have two baby chicks in the cat carrier!!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Lazy Weekend! (for a change)

I have been having the most GLORIOUS LAZY weekend! Right now, it is Saturday afternoon about 5:30 pm. The only sound that I can hear is the TV in the livingroom. I have the weather channel on trying to keep an eye on the storm, DH is gone to play golf with his brother and I have the whole house to MYSELF!!!! Grand children are gone to spend the weekend with their mama and my son is off in his bachelor glory - God knows where!

SO... I have been sitting here putting a few scrap kits together and trying to learn how to do something new! I receive an e-mail three times a week from Ellie at Ellie's Treasures. She shares photoshop tutorials and tubes, also allot of download information from other folks around the web. Well, I went to her site and found a really Kewl frame that she had made so I made one!

I think I did a pretty good job with it! I also got some FANTASTIC FREE plugin filters in the process!!!! I created a layout with this and I have posted it to my gallery at 3scrapateers and MooTwo.

I am off to fix a bite to eat (since I haven't eaten all day) and create a few more things for one of my new kits!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

It's Elvis Week!!!!

OK...I have a challenge up at 3Scrapateers this week in honor of my FAVORITE of all time....ELVIS! It is Elvis week this week, all accross the nation, but if you head on over to 3Scrapateers and get in on my Odds and Ends Challenge, you will get a Fabulous Freebie just for posting a layout. And I don't mean just any layout! It's got to have something to do with Elvis! Use a Movie Title, or a Song Title, use of photo of the King, or pics of Graceland, the front of an old album or scans/pics of any Elvis stuff that you collect! long as it's Elvis!

Post your layout to the "Odds and Ends Challenge with Carla" Gallery by Midnight, August 19th.

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Ok...I am still haveing a hard time of it here. Maybe I will have a better chance to think things through while DH is gone for a few days! In the mean time, I have been designing a few things, but nothing that goes together!

I need to have a kit ready by the end of the month, and I am about halfway there. Another one for my Grandson. I am just having a hard time focussing on it with all of the noise around here.
But I did get a few things done and I am happy with them.

I have been thinking about starting on some things for Christmas. I know its early, but the way things are going, it will take that long to get them done!

I actually did send Gloria a RAK this week! Can't say much about that though. I love giving people things and RAK's are GREAT! I just hate being limited to what I can do for other folks! ARGGH!!! Delimia!!! indecission!!!!

Oh well, it will all come together, maybe.....I hope!

California, here he comes!

ARGGG! My Husband found out yesterday that he has to go to California tomorrow! LOS ANGELES here he comes! He leaves at 6:00 am from the airport! He has been to California once before, a very long time ago. He went to San Diago for about two weeks. This time, he is armed with the camera and has been given instructions!! LOL!

The last time he went out of town was in April. He went to Portland, Maine for a week. Got stuck in a snow storm, missed two flights, had to spend the night in Atlanta and got home a day late!

Well, at least he will be back by the end of the week. Even with the kids here, it gets lonely without him!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Today has not been a good day at all. I have had a few things come up and I need to make some big decissions. I am torn between something that has been a major part of my life for over two years and something that I have only just met. Not a person...more like a place. That probobly sounds stupid, but I am having some issues with it. The last time I had a change like this, it was not a hard decission to make and it was for the better. This time it is a really hard decission and I am not sure, at this point, if it is a betterment or not.

My life has gone crazy over the past few month, since the kids moved in and I just don't have the time or the brain power that I had several months ago. With school having just started, I know that it is going to get worse. I need to help "Lady Bug" with her homework and other projects and that takes time away from my designing. When I do sit down to design, I have the kids in the room with me. I can not find my quiet space anywhere...I can't think! It is really having an effect on me and my designs. I don't like the way it is. I am not designing because I want to, I am designing because I have an obligation to....and I don't like that.

I don't know what I am going to do but I can't continue the pace that I have been going. If I were at home all day, things would be so much different. But I am not, I work 12 hours a day outside of the home and do all of my designing at night and on the weekends!

STOP THE MADNESS!!!!!!! I need a break!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

How I relax???

Most of the time, when I have had a totally rotten day, I grab a cup of coffee and step out on the deck under the old oak tree and just listen to the birds chirping or watch the hummingbirds fly around the feeders. Nature has always had a way of calming my nerves and giving me that restoration that I need so desperately!

On the days that my Grand Children are not around, I will take a walk along the back fence row and talk to my neighbors horses that reside in the field behind the house or I will get on my bicycle and take a spin. I have a stationary bike, so I can go just where ever my heart desires! Right now, that seems like a fantastic idea! Catch you all later...I am of to the lush, green countryside of France...maybe do a little wine tasting!

Journaling 101 at

My journaling class is in the store and it's on sale for a limited time for just $15.00! If you are afraid of journaling or just have a hard time expressing how you feel on paper, then this is the class for you. We cover several different journaling styles, as well as, fonts and font families and how to use tem! This class has 4 lessons and will start September 1st. It is self paced so that you can take your time! You will also be able to get help with your lessons from me in the special class forum and in the chat room and be able to talk to your other class mates, as well!

For everyone that signs up for the September session, I have a special Journaling Scrapkit ready for you to put to use. But the only way to get it is to sign up for the class!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

By The Sea!!!

Here is a layout the didn't really need any journaling! Made with my "By the Sea" scrapkit available at 3Scrapateers! I LOVE journaling! It just adds so much more to the MEANING of the layout when I can journal about the photo or what is going on in the photo! Sometime it's what I feel when I look at the photo and that is very hard to put into words, even for the most accomplished journalist!

Journaling should be personal and meaningful to you and the people in your life that you are leaving your legacy of layouts too! Next time you start a layout, don't forget to leave some words of expression and love on it before you are finished! It will mean SO MUCH to someone else later in time! Leave a legacy of photos, but leave a little bit of yourself too!