Saturday, May 30, 2009

Library Time

We finally made it to the library today. I never turn my books in on time and we check a ton of them out. Of course, I get there today and owe almost $27. Crap, do you know how many coffee's that would have bought me? At least 5 maybe 6. The little guy is too excited and has been reading since we walked out the library's door. Literally. So I won't complain. At the rate he is going, he will be done with all 7 books that he picked up by Wednesday. At least they won't be late!
My husband and I will be celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary this year. I think back to when we got married and it was so simple. Almost another day for us. We got married, went home and changed than went about out day as if nothing special happened. I love to watch the show Platinum Brides, and I always wonder what it would have felt like to have a big production. When I think about us, I realize that we really deserved to. We did it right the 2nd time around and we really should have celebrated it more. I still love him as much, actually more than I did the day we met (14 years ago) and I cherish how we have spent our time together adjusting to each other and learning to honor our differences. I have a lot of respect for him and am glad that I gave love & marriage another chance. He was so worth trusting with my heart and my children. If you are reading this, I love u babe. Not in love with the photos or the lo but thats okay, I love the concept.

In other news, I have been working on a couple of new classes and am so excited to reveal more details about them. One is so different and not really even a scrappin class. It is an apron class! Here are a couple of the fabrics that students will have to choose from.......

We are going to make several of those big frilly fabric flowers to go on it. And we are going to use vintage buttons & jewelry to decorate. And we are going to add a monogram. I could just go on and on about it but I won't. I should have the description and teaching locations up in the classroom section soon.

Well thanks for stopping by and blog you later!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Wanted. Accountability Partner

I have been watching the show "So You Think You Can Dance" and even though I know I can't, I forget. I find myself saying "Wow, I can do that." Who the heck am I kidding? So if you are willing to be my partner, all you have to do is call me up on Wed & Thurs night and say "Shere, you're nuts if you think you can do that and I will seriously hurt you if I ever see you on the show." That's all you have to do. Give me a quick reality check.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Meatballs Gone So Wrong

So last night I get inspired to make a good old fashioned comfort food dinner. I visited my dad over the holiday and got some delicious fresh veges from his garden. I decided that we would have meatballs and mashed potatoes with them. Yum. I only had ground turkey on hand which always, always, always makes dry meatballs to me so I decided to ensure that they were moist and delicious. Um yeah that did not turn out so well. They were too moist and would not hold together, even with the egg I added. You can't just throw it away, that would be wasteful. I got the genius idea to make a meat sauce with them. Turned out to not be so great of an idea and what I got looked a lot like slop.

And yes I served it to the boys. The little suck ups said that they loved it. Yeah right, I had to hide it under everything else before I would eat it. If I don't see what it looks like, I can't get quesy. There is no way in heck the girl would have eaten it. Next time, I will throw it out!

A lo about my neice when she was a baby. She is 7 now. Such a big girl.

I have been working on this layout for about a month now! I got a great idea to place 2 papers together and sew a circle in the center than tear the circle out to reveal the paper underneath. It works great and I love it but I lost all motivation with it after that.

Well, thanks for stopping by and blog you later.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Facebook? Undecided

I finally opened a facebook account yesterday and while I am interested in how it works/why so many people love it/making new friends, I am still undecided on whether or not me likey. I am a total techno-dummy. Texting-have yet to send one. Twitter-don't even know what the heck it is. Myspace-umm, no. My cell phone is older than my kid! So my facebook friends, please be patient with me.

I added a new blog to my link list. Her name is Anna and we met at inspired. She was a riot & very, very straight talkin! Her blog is exactly like she is so consider yourself warned if you go meet her.

A lo that I did for Noel Mignon's contest. Love her kits and may be investing in one soon.

I signed up for 4 (yikes) classes. I am going to start all over again. With the exception of my basic english and math credits, I am junking them all. I completely changed direction with my major but am happy with what I am doing. I like the fact that I can take the classes that I want and tailor my degree to what I want it to be instead of trying to finish as fast as possible and shuttling all of my prior credits to the electives. I start next week. Homework, yeah. Maybe I can show my kids a thing or 2 about straight A's and turning my homework in on time. I was at the mercy of extra credits when I was last in college because I was working with 2 little ones (1 & 4) at home. I so don't recommend that, but you gotta do what you gotta do!

Monday, May 25, 2009

What a Fantastic Weekend!

I love, love, love my family!!!!!! I'm sorry that I haven't commented on the post or posted on commenters blogs but I have not been near my computer since I left on Friday Morning. When I am with my family, all I want to do is spend time catching up, talking and just plain being around them. They make me deliriously happy and I smile the whole time I am with them.

We visited my Granny, picked veges from my Dad's garden, fed his horses, picked wild berries, went fishing, bbq'd at my sister's new house, spent some time with my mom, loved on my adorable new nephew, visited my aunt (who was very happy to have company and it was so good to talk to her and to look at her photos and collections), went to the flea market (apparently, goats are in because there were so many for sale) and last but not least had dinner at my daughters apartment. The boys (Q and my 3 nephews) were completely fascinated by all the animals for sale. Fat geese, lots of biddies, puppies, roosters, pigs, rabbits. I said "no" more than I have in a month. Mom can we get a rabbit, mom this puppy sure would be happy with us, mom can we get a duck, mom can we take home a biddie and keep it until it is big enough to release in the wild. Wha? Release in the wild? Where does he get this stuff? He was so busy the entire time we were gone, that he fell asleep before his head hit the pillow almost every night. As soon as we got home tonight, he went straight to bed. Didn't fight me on it or anything. We haven't watched more than 30 minutes of tv (except for the movie marathon Sunday night) in the last 4 days. That's a good thing because we watch a lot of TV.

That's all I got today, no pictures because I am a slacker. I should have taken some of my dad's gorgeous horses. They are such beautiful animals. And one of my uncle's alien dog. He has a lump (tumor?) on his head that they can't figure out what it is. He looks like a unicorn. I hope they don't have to put him to sleep. I wouldn't let the kids play with him at all.

Thanks for stopping by and blog you later!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Finally Friday

Finally. I sure wish that school was out. We still have 2 more weeks. Oh well, I guess I just have to find a way to enjoy the last 2 weeks of quiet days.

Been workin on some new classes and on stepping outside of my box. I have been invited to teach at a couple conventions but I don't think I am going to. I have had a few people that took my classes last year email to ask if I was going to be there this year and I gave a definite no. I thought I was thinking about it but I guess I'm not. I want to focus more on local, small classes so that I don't have to get someone to come in and keep my boys. Yes I know A is 17 but still, leaving him & Q alone to fend for themselves for 4 days. Not ready for that. So say a prayer for me that my new venture works out. I love teaching and have been told that I am good at it so I want to keep doin it for as long as I can.
I found this crazy patterned paper. Crazy patterned. And I bought it. I knew that I would never use it as it was, I really loved the flowers. So, what's a fussy cutter to do? Cut the flowers out and make a bangin (if I do say so myself) simple layout.

Crappy picture I know but I just had to post this. I have had this paper for years, years (especially the K&co at the bottom. I don't think you can find that paper anywhere but in someones stash now). But hello, the layout. Yeah I like it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Conversations With Q

Q: Mom, guess what I found today.

M: I have no idea. What did you find?

Q: A tick!

M: (shocked/grossed out/worried about lime disease) A tick! Where and why didn't you tell me earlier?

Q: I found it on my arm at school. It was crawling out of my jacket.

M: Have you been in the woods with your jacket on?

Q: Of course.

M: Why didn't you tell me earlier (it was about 9pm) and where is your jacket now so that it can go in the wash?

Q: I don't know, I forgot and my jacket is on your bed.

M: Crap.

Guess who got no sleep last night because they kept waking up feeling like something was crawling on/biting them?

Monday, May 18, 2009


Happy Monday Everyone! I hope that you all have a fantastic week!!!!!!
This lovely lo is all about a fair trip. I used the unity stamp from the inspired event literally all over this one. I love the stamp and can see why Donna talks about/collects them so much. I see more of them in my future.

Remember to.........

and enjoy the rest of the week. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Class was a Blast

I didn't think I was going to make it. I didn't think Andreene was going to make it. I didn't think Lee was going to do a bumpy page. Lorna skipped out on a baby shower that she was cooking for (ok, only some of it). Michelle sat thru the whole class and actually finished her album. I don't have pics, but as always her project was fan-tas-tic. I love her work. I had so much fun and I ate way to much of the gourmet meal cooked especially for us by Publix. LOL. Didn't quite get to the La-ti-da meal but let me tell you, it was still really good.

Kind of sad, this was my last class here before I move. Hopefully there are some stores in DC that will entertain the idea of me teaching there. Can't believe we only have a couple more weeks. Hopefully, we will actually get to move when we planned. Right now it is not looking so good but I know that God has a plan and a timetable to go along with the plan so I will be patient. I really miss my husband though!

Been Scrappin -

When we lived in Okinawa, we took the kids on a hiking trip to Higi Falls. It took us 3 hours thru the jungle to get to the falls. The kids were exhausted and the water was so cold that they only got in once. Don't ask me where I got the huge walkin stick. It was probably something CJ found. I can't believe my kids are so little. They are Q's age. Where has the time gone? The girl is starting her 3rd year in college and the boy will start his senior year in HS. Wow.
These cutie pies are my cousins. About 6 years ago! They look nothing like this now!!

Got the paper, loved it and made a lo. Will put picks about my dad's garden on it. Going to visit him soon as he said some of his vegetables are ready for pickin. Yum, home grown veges. He doesn't use any pesticides or fertilizers so you can eat what he grows right in the field.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wolverine is Calling Me!

I love, love, love the X-men series. I must go see it! Must. But not tonight because I still have to tweek my kits for tomorrow.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

So Whatcha Doin?

I have class this weekend so I am preppin kits. I love to teach but I hate to prep kits. It is so much cutting. And what was I thinkin? Making a patchwork page. Am I crazy? Look at all the little blocks!

I love this page. It is so summery and fun.

This though is still my all time favorite.

And what can I say, I never get tired of making paper bag albums. Not like the acrylic. After making 6 or so of those, I am done! But the PB albums, I still love making them as much as I did my first one. I still like acrylic, I just can't seem to get past my creative block with them. Here are a couple of pages from the album we will be working on this weekend. Fun.

(my favorite page! Love the little birdie)

I am so looking forward to class this Saturday. Andreene and Lorna are taking both of my classes and they are both so much fun. I finally smartened up and added more time to the project and I am providing lunch. My plan is to cook a homemade gourmet style meal (Braised chops with creamy corn sauce, layered salad and creamy mashed potatoes. My dad-in-law says that my mashed taters are the best he ever tasted) but we will see how that works out. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Leftover Kits

I have some leftover kits from inspired 4 of each class to be exact and will post them on ebay. I had a couple of folks tell me they were interested. There is a link to the right. Here is what I am peddling-
It's A Wonderful Life Scrapbook in a Frame Class. Comes with everything including instructions, frame and full packages of rub-ons, alphas etc. Well worth the price

Accordian album with matching box kit. Also includes everything to make the project. Box, album, full sticker sheet, a full stack of DCVW La Creme paper. Everything is cut so all you have to do is put it together.

The album has 10 pages so these are just a couple of examples. Thanks for stopping by! Blog you later.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Oh My, What A Time I Had at Inspired!!!!!

I didn't take any pictures (again waaaaa) but I had a blast. I have to say that this was one of the best experiences that I have had in a long time. It was so laid back and the ladies that I met were so freakin nice. So freakin funny. So freakin talented. Everyone was kind and not stressed out a bit. I loved it so much that I am going back next year as a student! Happy Mother's day 2010 to me. Saturday, I stayed until about 2am yackin my trap. And I was not in the least bit grumpy. I just had so much fun. Can't say that enough.

Friday, May 1, 2009


I found myself in the bookstore (which is not unusual) perusing the books in the diet aisle. While I was flipping thru the Biggest Loser 30 Day Jumpstart book, it hit me. I was eating a sugar cookie and thinking about what I was going to order for lunch from McDonald's. hmmmm, maybe I should pick this book up after all.