Thursday, October 25, 2007

Vacation pictures

I have been working hard making cards the last few days. I have to scan/take pictures so I will show them later. For now here are a few pictures from my trip to share. My vacation was packed with seeing friends/family and hanging out with them.

I got to take my niece to the zoo. We went with my parents. She is at such a fun age! I love talking to her. I think her favorite animals that day were the elephants and the giraffes.
Meeting my SCS friend Debra is an experience I have waited a long time for! This lady is so sweet online and even more so in real life. We decided to meet up at an apple orchard since I was going to one with my family that was halfway between my parents house and her house. She helped my family pick 550 lbs of apples! (My family makes their own applesauce)

And here is a pic of 2 of my cousins and me. Can you see the family resemblance?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

California Fires

I am sure that most of you have heard about all of the fires going on in Southern California. You can't turn the tv on here without hearing the newest updates or about another fire that has started somewhere else. I think everyone who lives out here has been affected or knows someone who has been affected by these fires. So many lives have been altered. I don't live super close to any of the fires, but when I walk out my door I smell the burning smell and see the ash floating in the air and on my car. It is a reminder to me of how in the blink of an eye everything that people have worked so hard for can be gone. This makes me look at my priorities and think about what is really important in life.
As I have been thinking about this a song I learned a few years back keeps coming to mind. It is called Knowing You.

All I once held dear built my life upon
All this world reveres and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now compared to this

Knowing you, Jesus, knowing you
There is no greater thing
You're my all, you're the best
You're my joy my righteousness
And I love you Lord.

Now my heart's desire is to know you more
To be found in you and known as yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All-surpassing gift of righteousness

Oh, to know the power of your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like you in your death, my Lord
So with you to live and never die

(I think the song is by Graham Kendrick)

So take the time to hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight (or give them a call if they live far away), be thankful for what you have, and remember to build your life on what (who) really matters.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Cookie Lee

Sorry I am not sharing a card today. I am too busy cleaning and scrubbing my house. I am hostessing a Cookie Lee jewelry party tonight. When I was a Stampin' Up demo I had people over for classes, but I have never been a hostess for anything. I am a little nervous--what if people don't come? What if nobody buys anything? Why did I agree to this again? I am sure it will all be fine, but today will be a long day!
I know that some people dread going to parties for different things (pampered chef, tupperware, cookie lee), but I love going to them. I have to admit I am not usually a big buyer, but I love looking at all the new stuff and I usually end up finding something I can't live without. I am one of those dorks that thinks tupperware is cool.
Any local friends that are reading this--if I didn't invite you it wasn't on purpose. So come on by if you are free tonight! ;)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Movie Monday--The Mom Song Sung to William Tell Overture with Lyrics

A couple of months ago I got to go to a Women of Faith conference. I only went to the Friday session, but it was so relaxing and uplifting! I didn't get to hear Anita Renfroe's Saturday talk, but this lady is hilarious! Here is a song she sings about all the things moms say in a 24 hour period. Make sure there you aren't drinking anything when you watch it or you will spew it out.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Can't get enough Pollen Dust

I have these 2 cards to share today. Problem is I can't remember all the details for them. I think that both of these layouts are from challenges (Not sure if they were splitcoast challenges, blog challenges or what). I made them over a month ago and I didn't have a chance to take pictures and post them at the time. So please forgive me for my lack of details.

Both of these cards use Pollen Dust by Fancy Pants (the sentiment is not from that set.) Fancy Pants has two relatively new 12 x 12 sets that you have to check out if you haven't seen them yet. They are called "In my words" and "From the Garden"

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Hey Cubs!

I am posting this song in honor of my Cubbies. So sad that they are out of the playoffs. Being the true fan that I am I have to say next year will be the year! Actually next year will be 100 years since they last won the World Series in 1908--that would be cool! Although part of being a Cubs fan and part of their charm is that they always lose...

Monday, October 08, 2007

Sneaking back into my blog

So I kind of just stopped posting on my blog for a few weeks. I actually went on vacation to visit family. I didn't bring my laptop, rarely checked my e-mail, didn't look on facebook, didn't update my blog--a true vacation ;) It was nice to just forget about life for a week and enjoy the people I love. When I got back life was crazy. I have tried to keep up a little of the simple life of not being on my computer all the time--such a freeing feeling!

Here is a card I made before vacation. The cupcakes are from the SU! set called Figures of speech. It is a set with small images with words formed around the image in either a circle or square shape. I was having trouble inking just the cupcake so I tried something a little different with this set. I cut the images out and made them into unmounted images that I can use with my acryllic blocks. I left the word circles/squares on the blocks to use them mounted. I should take pictures--it actually worked quite well and I like how it all turned out.

sets: figures of speech and paisley (Stampin' Up), snap stamps (Karen Foster)
ink: rose red, basic black ink pads and pretty in pink, so saffron markers.
paper: whisper white, pretty in ink, rose red


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