Thursday, December 4, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? wrapping paper (except, of course, in obvious exceptions)
2. Real tree or Artificial? Fake (Thank goodness for Yankee Candles that smell like evergreen!)
3. When do you put up the tree? The day after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? The day after New Year's -- Jan. 2.
5. Do you like eggnog? Hmmm...because I was pregnant so often at the holidays (I'm ALWAYS pregnant at the holidays) I keep forgetting that I can drink it on the years I've NOT been pregnant. So...maybe next year I'll have an answer because I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT IT TASTES LIKE!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My great-aunt gave me a beautiful hard-cover copy of "Little Women". I took such care of that book, and now I still have it! I know there are other gifts I've loved, but this one sticks out.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My dad.
8. Easiest person to buy for? My sons....think TRACTORS and you're all set! And Samantha is easy, too -- she pretty much tells you all year long what she wants (which is everything she sees, unfortunately -- her brothers even see things and say, "Can you put that on Samantha's list?", even when she's not there!)
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes--it was my mom's. It's ceramic and small and sits on our bookshelf. We also have several nativity statues. One of these years I'm going to get the Little People Nativity so my kids can be hands on with the Christmas story!
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? C'mon people. I'm a "paper-crafter". Mail. (Although, sometimes, I have to confess, I HAVE sent email cards.)
11.Worst Christmas gift you ever received? There is no such thing.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? White Christmas (the old one with Bing Crosby....I LOVE it!)
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Oh wait, we're supposed to have started by now! Just kidding -- we have been buying things off and of since the beginning of November.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? yes. :)
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses, Bavarian Mints, any cookies my mom and mom-in-law make, oh the list goes on and on!!!
16. Lights on the tree? That's not the question -- the REAL question is white lights or multicolor! (It's a debate at our house this year, so we have blinking white lights.)
17. Favorite Christmas song? I ALWAYS tear up at Silent Night, but I'm a big fan of Oh, Holy Night, and classics like The Christmas Song.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home. (We've done the travel thing....glad we're not doing it anymore.)
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and RUDOLPH. (Did I do it?)
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? We used to have an angel, but our poor tree no longer supports it. So we have a simply star.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We get to do both. But our presents to our immediate family are opened on Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? That it starts at before Halloween now!
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Our tree is covered with ornaments given to us by other people -- so each one of them is special to us. If I were to have a themed tree, it would either be red and gold in color, or blue and silver. Someday!
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Smoked salmon. Yum.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A waffle iron. :O)
Your turn! Leave me a comment so I can come read your answers!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
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Enjoy -- and Happy Monday! (And now I must get back to finishing the john deere tractor costumes I promised my boys.....what was I thinking?)
Monday, October 6, 2008
In the midst of all of these special days and lives that we celebrate, we also celebrate the lives of three women in my family who are survivors. When I was pregnant with my oldest child, my grandmother (mom's mom) was diagnosed with breast cancer. They caught it early, and fortunately she did not have to undergo radiation or chemotherapy. They were able to treat it with a mastectomy and prescription medication! But immediately we knew our lives had changed dramatically. Grandma is still alive and kicking!
In August of 2005, when my second child was 4 months old, my mother was diagnosed breast cancer. She was also lucky enough to have caught it very early. A mammogram truly saved her life. Because she'd fought lumps (called fibroid cysts) for years which put her at a higher risk to begin with of developing breast cancer, she and her doctor (along with the support of my dad and my siblings) decided that it was best to undergo a radical mastectomy. 5 months later, she underwent reconstructive surgery and looks better than ever. We are so lucky they caught it early. Mom required no chemo, radiation, or other form of medication. We praise the Lord everyday for her survival. But don't assume she had the easy way out -- a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery is no easy path. I saw first hand while caring for my mom that it is painful and crippling, and it takes away your independence for a while. She is now, 3 years later, starting to get back to "normal".
Less than one year later, my dad's sister, my Aunt Barb, was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. This was a whopper. She had it in her breast and also in her uterus. She chose to have a partial mastectomy and underwent chemo and slight radiation (if I remember correctly). It was not an easy fight, but she, too, is still alive and fighting -- now cancer free! We found out that her grandmother (my great-grandmother) had died of breast cancer years earlier.
The family implications of breast cancer in my life are obvious. The chances of me or my sister developing breast cancer, or my daughter, are drastically higher than for other women we know. It will always be a part of our lives, and we will do what we can to find a cure, to catch it early, to make sure women know that they are in charge of their health and their bodies and they don't have to die as a result of this horrible disease! It's no longer a death sentence.
Yesterday, two of my kids walked with my mom, dad, and I in the Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure to raise money for research. This month is breast cancer awareness month. In all three of my family members, a mammogram caught their breast cancer and saved their lives. So I'm asking ALL of you to click on the title above (Save the Ta-Ta's) or here to go to The Breast Cancer Site. Every click provides sponsorship money to give mammograms to women who can't afford them. I click every day because I know how important this is in my life and the lives of other women!
And don't forget to do those self-breast exams, ladies! If you're not sure how, go to www.breastcancer.org for the correct steps!
Here's to you, Mom, Grandma Jackey, and Aunt Barb, along with countless others!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The roar of a tornado that we've now learned was within a few hundred feet of our home had us running to our children to get them into the basement. We are pretty sure that we did not get in the basement before the storm was past us, which is scary enough, but thankfully not something we have to regret because there is literally not one shingle missing off our home. And we do not have trees, otherwise we'd be cleaning up some major limbs. Our neighbors across the street were not as lucky -- there is roof damage on more homes around us than we initially thought, and our 20+ year old neighborhood will certainly not look the same without the trees that we've lost. Nearly every family in the neighborhood lost at least 1 tree. It was devastating, but could have been SO much worse.
When we lived in the country, I was always terrified that I would not have enough warning to get the kids in the basement because we ALWAYS lost power during storms. And I just knew it would happen during the night. It is so ironic that exactly what I always feared there has happened in a highly populated area, and we once again lost power and had absolutely no warning.
I've learned one thing...and maybe learned isn't the right word. This is something that I've believed for all of my life, and this storm has just confirmed my intuition. As a child, I used to ask my parents if I could sleep in the basement when severe weather was coming. Sometimes they gave in, but usually they said I didn't need to worry. Who can blame them? I said that last night to my daughter (and she has every right to be terrified). And there were times when we lived in the country that, because of our situation (our kids slept on the 2nd floor, and the master bedroom was on the main floor, and my husband was gone 100 nights a year), I would put our children to sleep in sleeping bags in the basement or in bed with me so they were close. My entire life, I have believed that you cannot count on others to warn you when a storm is coming. It's your responsibility to pay attention and be aware. There is no law that states that you must wait for a tornado warning to head for cover. We were not in a tornado warning until the tornadoes were over. I will ALWAYS follow my gut feeling in the future and not worry about what others think of my choices. My family is my responsibility, and I will never put them in harms way simply because everyone else thinks that it is silly to be aware that severe weather is on the way. We have a saying in Nebraska...."If you don't like the weather, wait a minute and it will change." It is true true true.
Okay -- I'm off my soap box. Thank you so much for the concerned emails. We are so blessed, and just feel like God must have surrounded our home (and the homes of our family members) with a bubble of safety. Please please PLEASE pray for the members of our community whose homes are uninhabitable, and who have so much loss facing them. And with the recent rash of severe weather has come torrential rain. Flooding is a major problem in parts of our state, as well as in Iowa (where I have many family members) and other states in the Midwest. Please keep these people in your prayers.
I've been busy working on lots of projects, and hope to get them posted this week!
1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
In 1998, I was in college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I was performing with the Scarlet and Cream Singers (oh what a blast that was!), and majoring in communications. I had yet to meet my husband (although I would be lying if I said I didn't keep one eye open looking for him).
2. What 5 things are on your to-do list for today?
For Wednesday, (1) make a grocery list, (2) schedule Hunter's 2 year check-up, (3) take the kiddos to Vacation Bible School, (4) run, (5) try a new recipe
3. Snacks you enjoy?
chips and salsa, Reese's peanut butter cups, kettle corn, wheat thins and hummus, fresh cut pineapple
4. Places you have lived?
I'm boring -- I've only lived in Nebraska (but I've traveled a lot!)
5. what are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire?
give to those who need it
completely remodel my house
buy a baby grand piano
use it for RAKs
I'm tagging anyone who reads this and wants to share!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
In the card above, I used the rock'n'roll technique on the "You are My Hero" image from the stamp set, Just Like You. I had Father's Day in mind when I bought this set in January. And then came this awesome SOTM. I used Twilight ink to stamp "Father's Day" on the twill ribbon, and used Chocolate ink to stamp "Sending my love" on the chocolate cardstock. It was fast, simple, and perhaps the most masculine card I've made in a while, if not ever!
Stamps: Say it In Style (May 08 SOTM), Just Like You
Ink/Paper: Chocolate, Twilight, White Daisy
B&T Paper: Good Times
Accessories: Twill Ribbon
*All CTMH, of course!!!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Here is what I came up with:
Stamps: Baby Steps (CTMH)
Paper/Ink: Key Lime, Chocolate, White Daisy CS
Accessories: Chocolate Polka Dot ribbon from HL (sorry CTMH -- I didn't have enough of my cocoa ribbon rounds!!!!)
Tools used: Blending Pen, Colluzzle, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, my computer (to do the inside of the invitation)
The inside reads: "They're expecting a baby, a new bundle of joy, A very special gift, be it a girl or a boy."
This card was inspired, again, by Lisa. She always has amazing ideas -- thanks, Lisa!!
Hope you're having a very blessed Sunday, and that you're week will be off to a great start tomorrow!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Stamp Sets: Angel Whispers, Simple Beauty (March SOTM); Ink/Paper: Blush, Baby Pink, and Hollyhock; Accessories: White Daisy grosgrain ribbon, scalloped circle punches
Stamp Sets: Star Struck, Sans Alphabet, Delightful Alphabet; Ink/Cardstock: Outdoor Denim, Crystal Blue, Twilight, White Daisy; Accessories: Pewter brads, corner rounder (by EK Success, I think)
Stamp Set: Soul Mates; Ink/Cardstock: Cranberry, Barn Red, Garnet, white daisy; Accessories: Cuttlebug, Cranberry grosgrain ribbon
Tomorrow, the kids and I are headed to at least one, maybe two Easter Egg hunts! I'm very excited -- they are all at that age where it will be fun but not "dumb" yet! Thankfully! And I already have a layout done just waiting for pictures!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
First, the birthdays. On February 2nd, my husband turned XX years old (I told him I wouldn't share....but he's still got 17 years to go until he reaches his half-century mark!), and on February 5th my nephew, Dawson, turned 1!!! (I can't believe my baby sister has a 2 1/2 year old AND a 1-year old!!!) Finally, my little guy, Hudson, turned 3 on Saturday, February 9th. Now if you know Hudson, you know that this kid lives and breathes for TRACTORS!!! (Must be the 2 years we lived in the cornfields -- I am DEFINITELY a city girl!) I always make my kids' birthday cakes....whatever they want! Last year he had a train and Samantha had a tea cup set (that was interesting!) Sometimes they look awesome, other times, well...it's probably better on those days that I'm NOT a cake decorator by trade! This year, Hudson had to have....what else?....a TRACTOR! And not just ANY tractor. It has to be JOHN DEERE, because by gosh John Deere is the BEST! So....he got a tractor cake....
This stage is so funny -- he really is smiling in this picture! (He's in the midst of saying CHEESE! and those smiles are always entertaining!)
It's unbelievable to me that Hudson is 3, Samantha will be 5 in just a few months (and um, Kindergarten Round-up is in a few weeks...oh my goodness....I am quietly screaming that my baby is going to Kindergarten!!!), and Hunter is going to be 2 in July!!!! Is it possible that the endless diapers that started 5 years ago could end in the next year?!?!?! Oh my!
With the arrival of our big birthday month comes the arrival of Cupid! This is such a fun time for me to create sweet little things for all the people we love and who love us! Such a blessing! This morning, I was blessed to lead the craft at my weekly mom's group, and in addition to a few cards, we made this cute goody bag. Another CTMH consultant, Maria Bell, posted these on her blog, along with a tutorial......they are SUPER easy and just so darn cute. Follow this link to see the tutorial! http://www.cardinspired.com/GoodyBagHolder.html And here's my version....
Stamps: All My Love (CTMH)..in chocolate ink
Paper: More to Adore, Chocolate Cardstock, Blush Cardstock (CTMH)
Accessories: Walmart pink sheer riboon, CTMH Waxy Flax in Colonial White, Colluzzle circle, scallop punch
Hopefully I'll be posting more frequently again now that our "remodeling" is winding down....updating your home is so wonderful when it's done, but it is certainly time-consuming, messy, expensive, etc.....but I LOVE it and we are very lucky to have family that helps us so much!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Paper: White daisy CS, Amethyst
Stamp Sets: Simple Beauty (March 2008 Stamp of the Month), Delight in Everything
Ink colors: Petal, Lilac Beauty, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup
Accessories: White organdy ribbon (I intentionally went light on accessories because in person the colors are so much for vibrant....I didn't want to take away from anything.)
Okay, so practice makes perfect...this one is better than the last I think!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Paper: Chocolate, white daisy, baby pink cs (CTMH)
Ink: Chocolate, Hollyhock, Blush, Garnet (CTMH)
Stamp set: All My Love
Accessories: Scallop circle punch, white organdy ribbon
Techniques: Edge distressing (gotta love CTMH's white core CS!), and Emerging COLOR!
So there you have it, SBS10 -- I think I might trying to do this with some light blues, greens and yellows in a flower pattern! It's fun, and practice makes perfect....back to practicing!
|What Alyssa Means|
You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.
You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.
You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.
Oh I wish this all true -- especially about being the total package and not getting worked up easily. These are things I have to work on! Type "A" personality -- yup, that's probably me. And I'm definitely a perfectionist! Oh well -- thankfully this world takes ALL kinds!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I know, I know -- I promised I would post something everyday...and I missed yesterday! What can I say? It happens. But I'm back today with something that is kind of fun and spur of the moment. We found out last night that some of our friends are expecting their first child. So of course I went in "card mode" and my brain started cranking out ideas. The card I ended up with is not I expected to end up with, and I still don't know if I will send it to them, but it certainly allowed me to play with a few new stamp sets.
Paper: Sweet Leaf, Blush, Buttercup, Crystal Blue, White Daisy
Stamp Sets: Serendipity, Angel Whispers, and Baby Steps
Accessories: White daisy organdy ribbon
Tips? Suggestions? Criticize away! I want to hear what you experts think!
That's all I have for now -- tomorrow, I plan to alter a few darling mailboxes for my kids...my plan is to do them for Valentine's day, but we shall see what I end up! A mistake might turn into a happy surprise! Look forward to that post tomorrow night!
Happy Sunday, and as always, blessings to you and yours this week!
Friday, January 25, 2008
In this last picture, I was showing that I made a pocket between the mat and the bamboo cardstock to put more pictures. The little circles at the tops of the pictures are to pull them out with. (Everything below is CTMH.) This layout was from CTMH's "Imagine".
In April 2007, a friend of mine (Thanks, Tricia) introduced me to Close to My Heart, and I was hooked. I've been scrapbooking for a very long time, but I'd never tried stamping before. I was too chicken, to be perfectly honest! I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I was never able to get stamps to line up the right way. So Tricia showed me how CTMH's acrylic stamps work, and I was literally hooked. I joined as a consultant a few weeks later, and I've become a stamping machine! Now I make cards and other papercrafts, too, and I am so excited by all the things you create with stamps! So while I'm probably a "baby stamper", I love it and I learn quickly. And I'm NO LONGER AFRAID TO TRY ANYTHING!
So that's me in a nutshell -- mom, wife, scrapbooker/stamper (so SCRAMPER). I LOVE MY LIFE!!! I'm excited about this sisterhood thing! FUN FUN FUN!! (And please be honest -- I love comments, good and bad...it's the only way I improve!!!)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Paper: Enchanted, Autumn Terracotta CS, Sunflower CS, White Daisy CS, vellum (all CTMH)
Inks: Pansy Purple, Autumn Terracotta, Garden Green, Sunflower CS (all CTMH)
Accessories: Twill ribbon, garden green brads, colonial white spiral clips, colonial white waxy flax, friendship dangles, chocolate ribbon, copper photo hanger (all CTMH)
Stamp sets: Goodness of Life, Rustic Alphabet, Autumn Splendor (all CTMH)
Samantha....We are thankful for your 4th birthday this year. We are thankful that you have been blessed with two wonderful preschools and an exitement to learn! You are learning to read and you even taught yourself how to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the piano this year! You are our blessing -- how we love you!
Hudson...We are thankful for your 2nd birthday this year. We are thankful that you love fiercely and passionately (tractors come to mind!). We are thankful that you gave up diapers early this fall, and we are thankful that you love to help daddy work outside. You are our blessing -- how we love you!
Hunter... We are thankful for your 1st birthday this year. We are thankful that you learned to walk. you love to read (I've never known a child who loves to read so much!) -- may you always be thankful for books. You are growing into a funny, energetic and "ambitious" delightful little boy. You are our blessing -- how we love you!
Six years later... We are thankful for the blessing of our sixth wedding anniversary this year. It's hard to believe we've been married for six years, and yet has it only been six years? I don't remember life "before". Six years and what do we have to show for it? Three beautiful healthy children.
Our family is a blessing. How loved we are!
So there you have it -- just a few of the things we're thankful for!
See you soon!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Paper used: Cranberry Cardstock, Creative Basics Silhouette (CTMH)
Stamps: All My Love (CTMH)
Accessories: Creative Basics Silhouette Ribbon, scallop circle punch
So there you have it...next time I will ink the edges of my white core cardstock, and I'll try a wider variety of colors. But I had fun, and my daughter thinks it's neat! (I think she just wants the Hershey's kisses that I put inside! Ahhh...a girl after my own heart!)