Sick Sick Sick….

I am tired of being sick. I am on day 10 of mucinex and sudafed. Not getting much out now….just all that pressure. Methinks that is not a good sign. I also got a fever today. How irritating! We have NYE plans with mamakimberly and her family. You know…..the kids camping out in the toy room in a tent, lots of glow sticks, sparkling cider…the works! (we like to live on the wild side, don’t we?)

But right now, I am feeling SO yucky! Of course, cause the dr is closed til Tuesday. I can go to urgent care…..but it’s a $50 copay instead of $20. I think I’d be fine if it weren’t for the fever. It’s gonna cramp my party plans.

At least we don’t have karaoke this year….I am not a good singer on a normal day, but I’d be terrible right now, lol!

Hope y’all are having a better New Year’s Eve than me!

Now that Christmas is over….I can share this! …

Now that Christmas is over….I can share this! I made it for my Mom and Stepdad. I wrote a lot about the year+ that we lived with them while my husband was deployed to Iraq. I wish that we still lived close to them instead of several states away. We really enjoyed their visit this week, but it is never long enough.

I used Basic Grey fruitcake papers on this. Along with primas, mini brads and Basic Grey Wholy Cow rub ons. I think they really liked it.

Hope you are all enjoying the last of the holiday break. I am still sick……I think it might be time for the doctor. After 9 days on mucinex and sudafed every 4 hours, shouldn’t I be better? I don’t think I should still feel like my face/head might explode from all the pressure. Of course, the doctor isn’t open until Tuesday. So I’ll have to wait until then. Or pay a $50 copay to go to an urgent care place…I think I can wait it out!

Pink! Isn’t it pretty!

So this is totally not stamping related. But I got a pretty new pink phone! Mine was making weird noises and we were due for a free upgrade. So here it is! It’ll be here Tuesday and I can’t wait! It’s the Motorola L2. I could have gotten the L6 version….but it was boring black. I loved the pink, it doesn’t have a camera…..but I never used that anyway!

So that’s my news for today. I promise a project….maybe I’ll even *gasp* stamp a card!….tomorrow! I hope you are all geared up for New Year’s!

CONTEST winner!

Well, I totally forgot to announce this on time! There was only one entry before the deadline, so the winner is MaryR (this is her SCS name)! Here is her book:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=427652&cat=6640

Please email me your address and I will mail you your goodies, Mary!

Also, there was another entry that was just past the deadline. I’ve got a goodie or two for you, just for participating! So frannyb, please email me your address and I’ll send you a little something as well!

Thank you so much for playing…..and for reading!

Apple Pie….YUM!

I love apple pie. A warm slice with ice cream….it’s the best! I made two for Christmas dinner dessert. I use the pillsbury pie crusts, I made my own before….and it’s just not worth the effort! They taste pretty similar, and it’s so much easier! Last year, my dad got me the Pampered Chef apple corer, peeler, slicer thingie. I love it! It makes apple pie making a snap!
Here’s the recipe I use….it’s from my mother.
Apple Pie:
1 1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 T flour
salt
1 t cinnamon
Put bottom crust in pie plate and poke with fork. Combine all ingredients and mix. Add 5-6 granny smith apples (6-8 small ones). Mix together and pour into pie crust. Put top crust on. Brush with milk and sprinkle sugar on top.
Bake for 10 min at 425. Then lower temp to 350 and bake for 45-50 min.

Music…..

So I added music to my blog today. Is this annoying? Please share your thoughts. I don’t wanna make my blog irritating to pull up. Thanks!
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Okay, music removed. Thanks for the feedback!

So are ya shopping today??

I am a true glutton for punishment….I took the 3 boys out shopping bright and early this morning. We got all the sale Christmas goodies. Lights for the house, wrapping paper, ornaments, etc. The boys each got something with a bit of their Christmas money. They were really really good too. And poor Adam was even a good sport about it. He tripped and fell into a dining room chair last night and bit almost through his cheek. He’s ok, just a little puffy today. Really freaky though, you know how mouth wounds bleed so much.

Anyway, I had another Christmas gift to share with you all. I made these for my stepmom. I had intended the C to be for her office/stamp space at home and the H to be for her classroom at school. I made them with paper from the same line in case she wanted to display them together (which she said she does, so I am glad I did it that way!)

They were plain white wooden letters I bought at Michaels. I traced the letters onto the back of the patterned paper. Cut them out and modpodged them on to the letters. I sanded the edges and then sponged classic ink on to them. (I used vintage violet for these.) Then I sprayed them with sealant. (I use Plaid clear acrylic sealer – matte.) After that I just decorated with ribbons and flowers.
Please remember the diamond fold book contest ends tonight at 10pm CST. So far there is only 1 entry!
Okay, I am off to take my cold remedy cocktail again….I am really tired of being sick!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! We have been up since 6:30am….the kids were a bit excited! We’ve had coffee cake, opened presents and now we are watching the burning log channel (the boys find this very boring – they do not get why we like it, lol!)

I thought I would share another Christmas gift today. My Dad asked for something to keep his cards in (I am always giving him extras from stamp camp, etc for him to use). Of course I had to make him a tin! Now, I’ve never made a Man tin before….I really didn’t know where to start! I picked some “manly” basic grey papers and painted the top navy blue. I put ribbon around the tin, but use a bit of hemp as well. I also knotted hemp on the handle instead of lots of ribbons.

I’ve never done dividers for inside a tin, but I whipped these up late the other night. Very, very simple. I cut cardstock to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2. Then I used SU’s large oval punch. I wrote the category on the oval and glued it one the cardstock. Quick, easy, and serviceable.

I am going to take my cold cocktail (mucinex, sudafed and tylenol – yes, I am still sick) and then start on some of the cooking. I promise to wash my hands lots and lots. I’ll make Matthew make the stuff I actually have to touch.

Merry Christmas Eve!!

and I’m sick! My face hurts from the sinus pressure. I am going to try and take it easy today and rest so that I’ll be ready to cook tomorrow.

I thought I would show you one of the smaller gifts I made yesterday. My sister/blogmaster/digi-guru, Kimberly, asked me for one of the mini notebooks I make. She wanted one to carry in her purse and she asked for pink and turquoise. Well, I hope it fits those colors, because I think it’s really cute!

I make these by using little notebooks that come in a two-pack at Target. I modpodge the notebook, put paper on, and then modpodge over that. Embellish as you like! I wanted to add a K to hers, and I think I made this way harder than it had to be, lol! I stamped the K in versamark on the paper I wanted to use. Then I embossed it with clear ep. I cut it out and ran a chocolate chip marker around the edges. Then I modpodged it onto the notebook and modpodged over the top. There is definitely a better way!

I also made a little beaded RSVP pen to match. Cause who doesn’t want a matching set? For these, I cut a strip of paper and put red liner tape (or o’so sticky strip) on the back – one strip on both sides. I unstick them and then adhere them to the outside of the pen. Then I cut a piece of o’so sticky paper and stick that around (very carefully!) the patterned paper. I rolled it in mini micro beads (from queen pennywise) and then I sprinkled glitter over it to fill in any gaps. This makes it beaded AND sparkly!

Make sure you take time today to think about the Reason for the Season – it’s not ALL about the presents!

Merry Christmas Eve!!

and I’m sick! My face hurts from the sinus pressure. I am going to try and take it easy today and rest so that I’ll be ready to cook tomorrow.

I thought I would show you one of the smaller gifts I made yesterday. My sister/blogmaster/digi-guru, Kimberly, asked me for one of the mini notebooks I make. She wanted one to carry in her purse and she asked for pink and turquoise. Well, I hope it fits those colors, because I think it’s really cute!

I make these by using little notebooks that come in a two-pack at Target. I modpodge the notebook, put paper on, and then modpodge over that. Embellish as you like! I wanted to add a K to hers, and I think I made this way harder than it had to be, lol! I stamped the K in versamark on the paper I wanted to use. Then I embossed it with clear ep. I cut it out and ran a chocolate chip marker around the edges. Then I modpodged it onto the notebook and modpodged over the top. There is definitely a better way!

I also made a little beaded RSVP pen to match. Cause who doesn’t want a matching set? For these, I cut a strip of paper and put red liner tape (or o’so sticky strip) on the back – one strip on both sides. I unstick them and then adhere them to the outside of the pen. Then I cut a piece of o’so sticky paper and stick that around (very carefully!) the patterned paper. I rolled it in mini micro beads (from queen pennywise) and then I sprinkled glitter over it to fill in any gaps. This makes it beaded AND sparkly!

Make sure you take time today to think about the Reason for the Season – it’s not ALL about the presents!