Wednesday, March 31, 2010
If you want to buy SCAL (a program to allow your cricut to cut fonts from your computer), it's a great chance to save a few bucks. There is a link on the right --------> click the red shapey thing that says "Want SCAL?" then use the code. It's the best price around........(and no, you don't need to buy it on cd, buy the download, then back the program up like you do all your other documents. You can reinstall it if you ever need to. I've done this before).
Here's the code: 8774959 It's an excellent deal, the total is 53.95 a savings of $21. Valid through 4/12
Well, in honor of our wonderful (*cough*) meteorolgist who has said we would have snow the last three days, I'm sharing a little snow. Yeah, we keep waking up to dirt. Nothing white and pretty. But, I'm not too concerned.
So here's a little snow in honor of Spring!
The little girl who was terrified of snow, finally decided it wasn't so bad. It only took her 3 1/2 years to do so. LOL!
(I cut the "snow" out on my cricut with SCAL).
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
We were at a park just outside Yakima, the weather was beautiful, and there was a suspension bridge painted a great teal color. Made an awesome backdrop for some photos.
Only problem.........I left my camera set on AV priority from some wild flower shots I was taking.......so the pictures came out extremely overexposed. After about 5 minutes of editing, I was able to salvage it to about this. After converting it to black & white, I decided I liked it. Has a very artistic edge to it, but kinda neat.
(and that is the reason I don't use my manual settings often because I can't even tell you how many times I've ruined a great composed shot because I had left the settings set for the previous shot with completely different lighting/action.....urgh...... - I need a camera with a "ditz alert" on it)
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Cody drew a map to get to the hotel.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Now, onto pictures!
Well, I've only spend about 3 hours this morning editing pictures from our trip. But it was very worth it. I won't share them all here, because there is over 175 pictures, but I'm uploading them all to facebook if you want to see them all.
Great Wolf was awesome! It is an absolutely family friendly place for families of all ages. If you plan to go, just remember everything costs a little more. It would not have surprised me if the prices were higher, but they were still higher than average. The food was excellent and a great variety as well as some healthy options also. That was very nice.
I have lots of pics to come, it's a picture heavy post. But I just wanted to share two thoughts if you plan to go. First, if your children are under 6, bring your own life jackets. The lodge provides lifejackets that are fabulous, but all the children wear them. It was very nice to have my two kids in their own bright colored jackets. They were so much easier to spot in the crowds an chaos (even though they were just a few feet away) than the kids who were with us who had the lodge jackets on.
Secondly, please please please put your children in lifejackets. I don't even know how many times I saw parents with young ones (under 30 months) have panic moments when their kids got pushed under the water w/o life jackets on. One mom was even yelling at her other child and other children because they kept dunking her probably 18 month old girl. But watching the kids with lifejackets on, they didn't have nearly the problems being pushed underwater as the ones without.
The rule in our house, is if there is more than 6" of water, you MUST wear a lifejacket. Please use them if you have little children.
Okay, off my soap box now, here you are!
I just loved the candid expressions when they were going down the slides.
Now for the risky stuff.......I was trying to get some good splash pictures, so I was sitting in the water at the base of the slide. The camera only got soaked once! I figure, what good is a good camera if I don't use it right? I'm sure Robert thought I was crazy and very mad at me. But it lived :D Besides, he can't get too mad. He dropped it a few months ago and broke the lens I was using in two pieces.
Friday, March 26, 2010
So here's a tease until tomorrow when I can edit and share more pics. The kids all had so much fun playing together since they're all really close in age.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I also made this banner, using my cricut, SCAL, some paper and ribbon. (Patterned paper was by October Afternoon "Ducks in a Row" line).
Here's a link to the cut files for the banner.
If you are interested in knowing more about SCAL, ask away! I use it and LOVE it. If I couldn't use it, I'd gladly give my cricut up. I love the control and versatility it gives me. There is a link on my side bar --> if you're interested.
**ETA - please forgive me for being a total ditz previously and forgetting to share the inspiration. I was inspired for this idea by the incredibly talented Joscie.
Alright.....here it is.....the last giveaway.......and it will be something shiny!! Leave your name and an e-mail and I'll announce the winner on Monday with the rest of the winners :D
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wish I could really share them, but at least this way you get the calorie free version!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Let me explain why.....you see, anytime we go anywhere as a family, I always take my big camera (my SLR). But it's pretty bulky and sometimes, like when we go to the rodeo or street fairs, I don't like to tote both my camera and purse. But my camera is always on my body. So I wanted a strap with a little pocket in it for my id and some cashola.
Well, after using a *little more patience* (not always my best strength), I was finally able to make one that was both functional and pretty! Here's the result!
And the secret pocket:
Only bad part is, silly me, I put it on the camera before I took the pictures. Oops! Made it a little hard to get a good quality photo! Oh, well, you'll just have to live with it :)
So, for another giveaway........today.......someone will win a camera strap with a little money pocket on it!
You know the drill, leave a comment with your name & e-mail or MB name and I'll announce the winner on Monday!
Monday, March 22, 2010
The paper is October Afternoon "Ducks in a Row" line. Don't remember the exact sheet name. October Afternoon is one of my favorite paper companies. I designed the buggy and cut it from SCAL on my cricut. (a freebie link is below).
As a little freebie, here is a link to download the carriage if you'd like to use it! Baby Carriage SCAL file
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I have pictures of the decorations I'll share later, but for tonight, I just quickly wanted to share my punch recipe. Then get to the good stuff ;)
Super easy, affordable and yummy!
I don't like sweet punches, so I've made my own recipe that I really like. Simple, three (okay, 5 ingredients)
For 10 ladies, I used one pink lemonade frozen concentrate, one cranberry frozen concentrate and one bottle club soda (be sure to use club soda, tonic water and gingerale both have sugars and syrups added).
Mix the lemonade and cranberry juice with 2 1/3 cans of water (just like you do when you make the juice)
Add the bottle of club soda.
Add ice and for a pretty garnish, float frozen strawberries (I prefer raspberries if they are on sale) on top.
Looks very pretty and is very yummy!! If you really like your punches sweet, you could use 7-up or sprite instead, but I'd rather save my calories for a piece of chocolate ;)
Oh, and since I don't have a punch bowl, I used my parfait dish. It only held half the recipe, but it was much more than I thought it would hold.
Now, for the fun part!
As promised last week or so, in honor of 20,000 blog hits, 2 years & almost 400 posts -
A giveaway for you :)
Today, I have a page kit of My Minds Eye products (with some extra embellishments like ribbon and flowers). So leave a comment here and I'll draw winner on Monday!
Also - to celebrate, I'm doing half price shipping on the MemoryWorks Simple Stories kit! (shipping is normally $8.45, but until 3/23, it will only be $4.20. That applies to the kit, the page protectors and the matching cardstock. (if you would like to order additional items, please let me know, I can include anything but albums and tools in the half price sale).
Here is the post with catalog information.
The fine print: because this will be a group order, the shipping time may be delayed by two or three days. Please e-mail me if you would like to order anything, I accept paypal. You cannot order directly online, it must be through me. Also, this sale is only applicable through me.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Good night everyone! I'm off to relax after a busy day getting the house all ready for a baby shower tomorrow (have I ever said I ♥ being a hostess? and this time I got off easy too because all I had to do was get the house ready, no cooking involved :D).
Thursday, March 18, 2010
But I just wanted to take a second and share a couple pages with you. I'll have more to come later (oh, and I'll have my baby shower decorations to share as well as a freebie :D)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Registration is open immediately & I can accept either a check or a payment via paypal.
I will have all my tools available at the event, as well as products for purchase from MemoryWorks.
Any paid guests received by April 1 will receive free shipping on their next MemoryWorks purchase (must be purchased through me). Registration received after April 25 is $30, so please register promptly.
Have a friend who might be interested? After you have both registered, you will both receive a $5 product credit at the event. (must not have received original e-mail)
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Unfortunately, as this event is planned to be a girls day, please make arrangements for childcare).
Looking forward to some scrapping & chatting!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Until then, I wanted to let you know that the new MemoryWorks catalog is available for online viewing! (I won't have a hard copy until at least late next week). It is full of yummy new stuff!!
Here are the links:
Simple Stories Catalog Section
MemoryWorks Catalog 1
MemoryWorks Catalog 2
MemoryWorks Basic Essentials
(You cannot order online, but I'm happy to place an order for you :D)
I will be doing a show on Thursday, so if you are in the Omak area, I would gladly order then. If you need your item shipped, I'd still gladly help you place the order, but timing doesn't matter :)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Thank you for 20,000 hits
Thank you for reading 380 posts
Thank you for sticking with me for 2 year
Thank you to my followers
And I said I'd have a surprise. I'm working out the details so I can't announce it right now, but I am working on another giveaway and other stuff.
So check back in the next day or two and I hope to be able to have a celebration surprise posted :D
Monday, March 8, 2010
Supplies: Pink Paislee (paper), Fiskars (punch), misc (flowers, button, twine)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Usually at least once a month I make up a pot of chili from scratch. Yum-O! It's a good one in our house. Unforunately, I don't have a recipe for the chili (it's a little of this a little of that until it tastes right, and is not usually the same twice). BUT, I have come close to perfecting a corn bread recipe. It's slightly sweet, and light and fluffy (not heavy like really corny ones (no pun intended LOL).
Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Beat together 1 egg & 1 cup milk. Then add 1 Tbsp honey & 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (double the honey for really sweet bread, if you don't have REAL syrup, then use 2 Tbsp honey) & 3 Tbsp olive oil. Beat again.
In another bowl, whisk together 1 1/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup corn meal, 3 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp sea salt. When mixed, gradually stir into wet mixture. Stir until just moistened.
Pour into 9x9 pan and bake approximately 20 minutes (or until pick inserted in middle comes clean, may need longer). Check after 15 minutes, but may need up to 25 minutes.
Let cool slightly, cut and serve with butter and drizzled honey.
I'll take a second helping thank you! :D
And keep watching this week, because I'll have something special happening later this week!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
When we went back to photograph this job, I was blown away at how beautiful they were when the puzzle is complete. Simply stunning. These were for an incredible family. Very wonderful people in every aspect. It was a pleasure to work with them.
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