Saturday, December 20, 2008

Scrapbook Saturday

It's been a while since I posted anything for Scrapbook Saturday, but I'm back! If you would like to see more SS participants, please visit MammaDawg.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

This is a first...

12-09-08 Dear Santa
Originally uploaded by primamomma

I actually scrapped a picture of myself. This one is me all snuggled into my favorite blanket on the couch, trying to catch some rest during nap time. I really love my naps, I just wish I could get more of them.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Santa Collage small size
Originally uploaded by primamomma

Credits: Holiday Spirit by Valorie Brown for Funky Playground.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I am in a rut...

I haven't done much scrapping these last few weeks. I think Thanksgiving wiped me out. Now with all the Christmas planning I am exhausted. I guess that's the price I pay for wanting everything to be perfect for the holidays. Oh well.

I have done some scrapbook shopping though. I recently purchased these goodies from my fave store, The Funky Playground. (click on the thumbnails to be taken to their page at the store)

The Totally Eclectic Biggie Kit by Corina Nielsen.

I received this one - Dedicated To Papa by Corina Nielsen - free with my above purchase from her store.

Holiday Spirit by Valorie Brown. So festively sweet!
Heaven & Nature Sing by Krystal Hartley.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Ho Ho Ho Santa's Gone To The Dogs...

We did the funniest thing this past Sunday. We went to our vet's office to visit Santa. You could bring in your pets and they could take a picture with Santa. They also gave the pet a bandana and a treat and had punch and cookies for the humans. It was hilarious!
We are rotten animal parents cause we only took one dog, but in our defense the other one is still a maniac, I mean puppy. So we took the one that is calm and everyone loves to see, oh and our 4 year old son who immediately told Santa that he wanted a Batman cave for Christmas...

Friday, December 5, 2008

It feels like Christmas...

Ok, so I may not be in the mood to put up the tree or decorations, but it does feel like Christmas morning for me today. I was doing a little shopping at Funky Playground, I love to check out the dollar deals they release every Thursday. I found that they have a promo right now; if you spend $2 or more in Lauraskathi's store you get her Evelyn kit for free. Well sign me up cause I just fell in love with two of her dollar deal items.

I bought this adorable alpha...
And this festive kit...
Plus here's my sweet freebie...
I feel like Santa just flew by. I'm sitting here downloading all my new digital goodies with a big smile on my face. :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Not all that wordless, but it works...
Credits: Date tag and journaling block from Kindergarten Crafts from Peppermint Creative, papers, tree, ribbons and apple grid overlay from The Sky is Falling from Funky Playground.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Whew! It's been a while...

Things have been hectic since Thanksgiving. First there was the whole hosting dinner for 18 people thing, then an eye injury and two people in my house getting some puking's been wild and crazy as usual around here. Low and behold during all that, December rolled in. She came in with a blast of freezing wind and a few snow flurries here and there and of course a new desktop for my pc, take a peek....

I downloaded this desktop from Shabby Princess and added a pic of my son and some simple and festive!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sneek peek...

I'm working on some custom calendars for Christmas gifts and thought I would share a glimpse of some of the designs I have made...

These are so simple to make and fun too, I just hope the recipients enjoy their calendars. I think they are really cute!

If you want to create and give photo gifts this Christmas, I recommend Arts Cow.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Make Something Monday

My submission this week is a scrapbook page of dinner with Mickey Mouse at our local Big Boy Restaurant. It is so fun when they offer dinner with different characters in the Winter. Something we can actually do with a little kid and still get a decent dinner out.

Credits: Clubhouse kit by Andrea at Here A Scrap There A Scrap.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

China Cabinet Makeover

Yep, here it is, that time of year again! Hardly seems like it should already be here, but it is.

Although I may not get the tree and all the other Christmas goodies up in time for my Thanksgiving guests this year, I am sure to put out the snowflake dishes and snowmen in my china cabinet.

One side holds my china and the other usually looks like this...
Yesterday out came the...
The plates and mugs went into the freshly dusted and windexed china cabinet...
Snowmen joined their snowflake dish friends and the transformation was complete...
Bring on Turkey Day! If nothing else gets decorated, I am ready!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Scrapbook Saturday

Scrapbook Saturday

My entry for Scrapbook Saturday this week is a page using a quickpage that I only slightly embellished. I really loved the quickpages that go with the Road To Nowhere kit created by Shabby Pumpkin.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Everyone needs a theme song...

The other day my friend Toni posted her theme song for the day and asked that her readers follow suit. It has taken me a couple days to work it into my schedule, lol, but here's mine. It should be the theme song for my life since I am a professional worrier, but it's one of those things I continue to work on and try to improve about myself.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Book Review: The Wednesday Letters

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright is an inspiring story about love, family, secrets and forgiveness.
I was skeptical about reading a story that should be an emotional journey of discovery written by a man. I'll be honest and admit I think there are few men that can describe and reach the emotional levels most women can. I have read stories with the same principles written by women and they tend to draw me in and leave me thinking about the characters long after I finish the book.

I was surprised to find that this author was able to do that as well. Sure the emotional detail was not as deep as it could have been in the situations the characters faced, but it was still captivating.

I enjoyed getting to know each character better throughout the book. I enjoyed the unveiling of each secret and twist of the plot, one or two of which brought tears to my eyes.

Overall I found this to be a great read. Its 280 pages short and moves along quickly. I didn't want to put it down. The ending is sweet, but left a few unanswered questions in my opinion.

I think I'll be looking for Christmas Jars by Wright as well at my library this week. I'm off to finish an old yard sale find first though, True Blue by Luanne Rice.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

The exciting (read dangerous) way to whack the pinata.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Have you read these?

I wrote a series of articles about digital scrapbooking for MomDot. I am really pleased with how they turned out and feel all the effort I put into them was worth it. I love digital scrapbooking and love to talk to other scrappers and share and gain inspiration from them. I hope these posts inspired even one reader to get creative.

Part One: Choosing Software for scrapbooking
Part Two: Digital Freebies
Part Three: Let's Go Shopping! and organizational tips
Part Four: Templates and Quickpages

Also, this week is National Board Game Week, so I used my weekend craft post at MomDot to highlight some homemade board game ideas. I know my family likes to play games together and I hope the ideas I provided will inspire some family fun in other families. Check out this post for information!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Make Something Monday

Make Something Monday
My submission this week is a scrapbook page I made for an album I am making for someone on my Christmas list. I wanted to make one page with a bunch of pictures from the month of July. There were so many great pics that it was hard to choose, but I managed to come up with something I like.

Credits: Papers and elements from Nature Walk, button from Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, word art from 9 to 5 Chic, all from Funky Playground.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

How did I miss this???

There was a post about the Christmas of Dreams at MomDot that I overlooked for some reason. Prolly cause the last few weeks have been beyond busy for me. Anyway, I am glad I found it...

If you are not familiar with MomDot and the Christmas of Dreams check it out. They have all these fabulous and generous sponsors donating a gift to one lucky reader at the end of this month...

Sponsors are (and subject to be adding more as the month goes on):
The Shrunks
Soda Club
Kadi Prescott
Uncommonly Cute
Lollipop Book Club
Silly Monkeez
LA Plates
Natitys Design
Little Black Box
Kidz Sunglasses
jaC Jewelry
Huddy Buddy
Lets Go Strolling
Sassy Baby
Baby Legs
Organic Blankees
Shi Shu Style
Georgie Tees

I will definitely be posting my comments on why my family deserves a Christmas of Dreams, and you should too.

Day Two of the Christmas of Dreams party...

My friends at MomDot are hosting a Christmas of Dreams blog party for the holidays. Have you noticed the button over there---> Day two is sponsored by LaPlates and Lets Go Strolling and Natitys Design. Today's question posted by Alicia is a request to share our family traditions...

A Christmas tradition started a couple years ago by my dad when he gave my son the story "Twas The Night Before Christmas". Now he reads that to him ever year on Christmas Eve after dinner. So sweet!

Another Christmas tradition around here is that Santa does not wrap his presents. He usually hides them downstairs as well. We open Aiden's presents from us under the tree, then we head downstairs to see what Santa brought. We have another tree down there and that is where we have the presents my husband and I bought for each other. While Aiden checks out his Santa loot, my husband and I exchange our gifts. Then it is off to the kitchen for some bacon and pancakes.
Santa brought this last year, it was fun!

We tend to do things the same on every holiday each year. Seems like our little family is carving out their own traditions as we go. This Easter we spent the night at a local Best Western with an indoor water park. I would LOVE to make that an Easter tradition. We had such a great time there. My son really loves to swim and it was hilarious to see him in the pool and playing with all the slides and the lazy river. Hopefully we can do it again next year!

Day One Post is here.