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Friday Night Fab Five: I Want It Now! Edition

When I was younger, I sometimes resembled Veruca Salt from "Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory" whenever I would act...well, let's just say not as patient as I should. I admit that I am not one for delayed gratification, but I'm working on it! So this week's Friday Night Fab Five is all about things that I "don't care how, I want it now!" LOL Well, maybe not now but if I had a ton of money to blow and time on my hands, here is where they would go:

1. Atomic Cheesecake StudiosStacey Barich a.k.a. Action Girl has a home studio in Maryland and she specializes in pin-up, Hollywood Glamour and similar style photo shoots. Her motto is "Celebrating the tradition of the Great American Pin-up" and her shoots look like SO MUCH FUN! She does hair, make up and wardrobe and come on, who wouldn't want to be a pin-up for the day? I've asked Chris if I could have a photo shoot here for my birthday, Christmas, Arbor Day and whatever other hol…

Where I Am? Who Did This? Huh?

So I've started to notice that since I had Toot, my mind is shot. 1. I've got no attention span (although I think the video games started me down that path way before Toot came along) and 2. I tell my friends the same stories over and over again though they don't call me on it because I never finish the story (see #1).

All that to ask, did I post this layout already?I did it a while back but was too lazy to look through my posts to see if I already blogged about it. If I did, please do one of two things:

1. Be kind enough to act like it's the first time you've seen it and comment accordingly

or

2. Be kind enough to tell me how to get my wits back together.

Either way, it's win win for all of us, yes? lol :P

EDIT: I'm back, I forgot to tell you something! (see what I mean?! LOL)

First of all, my friend Mel bought me this bag for making a scrapbook for her, how cool is this?!Second of all, how freaking cute would Toot look in this hat?!?!
Okay, I think that…

Swapping Goodness and Walk the Layout

Well the Favorite Things Swap at Dandelion Wishes is winding down and with boxes criss crossing all over the country, I got my Favorites box from my partner Renee today! Even more amazing, she got her box from me today too!

So here's the box she sent:I wonder what could be in it?!?!Another box! Ooooo mysterious...

Quite frankly I would have been happy at this point had it only been this box. Hello, it's pink and black and cute! lol But I had to press on...So with trembling fingers and nervous glee (think Ralphie from "A Christmas Story" opening his Red Ryder) I opened the fabulous pink polka dot box and discovered a treasure trove!!!!Holy smokes! Knee socks! A gossip mag! Whoppers! A mini sewing kit! It goes on and on and on! I wish I could get a better picture to do it all justice. All I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH RENEE! What a fabulous treat to get in the mail and you have some awesome favorite things for sure!

In much less exciting news, here is the la…

In Your Face Crochet!

I did it! I cannot believe I freaking DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, let me back up...

Remember this post? It was the post about me buying this amigurumi pattern:

This is the Prince character from the Katamari Damacy series of video games. I admit that I have not had much luck crocheting any and all amigurumi. I further admit that I am the type of person that gets fabulously and most dramatically frustrated when I attempt something for the first time and I am not instantly fantastic at it. Grrrr...

But I've been trying to "keep moving forward" and not give up so quickly and would you look at this! Patience and perseverance actually work?!?! What kind of madness is this?!?!I did it! I did it! I did it!Now he's not perfect but who cares?! I finished him AND he looks somewhat like he's suppose to! Woo hoo! I was so excited I decided to attempt another cupcake:Yeah, this cupcake isn't quite right yet either but hey, it's better than my first attempt!

Now i…

Her Name Is Christy And She Is A Craftoholic...

Welcome to this week's edition of Craftoholics!No idea what the what I'm talking about? Go here to find out more!This week's Craftholic is none other than the fabulous: Christy!
What crafts do you enjoy making? What is your favorite?

"A new craft that I enjoy making is altering paint cans. They are so much fun and they can be used for so many different things. They are great for childrens activities, storing arts and crafts, or organizing an area in your house. I also enjoy making cards as well as scrapbooking!"

When did you start making crafts? Was there a particular reason or event that got your started?

"As long as I can remember I have been making crafts. When I was a little girl I always made “friendship bracelets”! My mom was always buying craft kits at the store. I enjoyed making anything. In high school I was able to take a crafting class (YES that was an elective at my all girls’ high school!) In that class we did all kinds of crafts such as …

Friday Night Fab Five: I Still Love Lucy Edition

First things first, Traci at Sweet Cheeky Designs is giving away a free blog makeover to someone that she finds inspirational! (Or you could just be a kook like me, she likes that too! lol) She is the artist behind my new look so go check out her blog to learn more!

Now on to this week's Friday Night Fab Five! This week (in my humble opinion) is the most fun week yet! Let's get to it!

I felt like going "vintage" for this week's Fab Five for some reason and what could be more of an icon for vintageousness (yes, I just made that word up) than "I Love Lucy"? The clothes, the furniture, the physical comedy and one liners that still make me laugh till I cry! It holds up so well to the test of time and isn't that what vintage is all about?

1. On their way to Hollywood, Lucy and the gang make a stop in New Mexico, Ethel's home town. Unbeknown st to the others, Ethel has been telling everyone back home that she is the star and decides to put on her…

Postpourri

Before I get into everything here, Callista is not well and is currently being treated in the hospital. Please keep her in your prayers today! Thank you so much!

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Yesterday Chris had a day off after working two doubles in a row, it was really nice to have him home! And leave him there apparently, LOL because I snuck out to a scrapbook store that is closing and grabbed a couple of things for 40% off including a pair of really nice heavy duty Fiskars fabric scissors for $4.99. I thought that would make a good addition to my new sewing paraphernalia. While I was out and about, a friend met up with me and surprised me with this vintage Disney story book:Awesome! There's all sorts of stories from different Disney TV shows like Zorro as well as some of the usual fairy tales. So cool!

Later, Chris and I ended up taking a field trip to the mall and I finally pulled the trigger on this Hello Kitty necklace:I've been eyeing this thing fo…

I'd Like To Thank The Academy...For The Bachelorette

First of all, Toot woke up at 6:00 this morning (no!!!!!!) so I dragged my tired butt out of bed, fed and played with her and now she's asleep again and I'm wide awake! Where's the justice here?! :P

Anyhoo, I got some awards! And I have been a very bad girl in delaying to post about these so by now these awards may have been taken away from me, yes? lol ;) *holding them to chest protectively* I have a great excuse though! You see, there was this bird and...no, that won't do. Well, the sun was in my eyes and...no, not that either. Okay, so I have no excuse, happy now?! lol :P

This was given to me (a while ago, eep!) by my fantastic friend, Callista. Thanks Callista!

By the way, Callista is still very sick. If you think about it today, please say a little prayer for her! Thank you!

This award was given to me by the very talented Whitney! Thank you so much Whitney!And then I got two lovely surprises from Melissa!Wowowowowowowow thanks Melissa!

I think between all…

Oh The Places You'll Go...And Sew...

Please join me in welcoming the newest addition to the family:

Isn't she gorgeous?!?! And look what I made with her this morning!
Okay, that was a lie. This is actually a vintage 1935 beaded satin gown with ostrich plumes, courtesy of thefrock.com. Anyone have a spare $6,300 dollars lying around they can loan me? I would look fabulous in this! ;)

I haven't really made anything with my new darling yet but I have high hopes of making a quilt out of Chris' old video game t-shirts. He has like 3 billion of them so I don't think he'll miss one or two. lol

Now on to something I actually did make: I finished my Spring ATCs for the Life Preservers Scrapbook Club swap! I...am...AWESOME! lol Okay, maybe not awesome but I was starting to get a little stressed that these things were never going to get done! My creative mojo just hasn't been there but for some reason yesterday morning, it came to me like a flash and woo hoo!I'm not sure about a couple of them …

Her Name Is Melissa And She Is A Craftoholic...

Welcome to this week's edition of Craftoholics!No idea what the what I'm talking about? Go here to find out more!This week's Craftholic is none other than the extremely talented: Melissa!

What crafts do you enjoy making?

"Scrapbooking Layouts, Cards and I'm starting to try mini albums and altered items."

I'm still trying to get the hang of mini albums myself! lol

When did you start making crafts? Was there a particular reason or event that got your started?

"I started scrapbooking when my son was born, but my LO's were very basic as I just had a Winnie the Pooh kit from a friend and some edged scissors. It wasn't really my thing, but I forced myself to get through my son's first year...in November of 2007 I decided to give it another go and fell in love. I found a bunch of online avenues to express myself with scrapbooking and met a lot of other women who shared my passion."
From a Winnie the Pooh kit to this? Wowzers!

What do you like t…

My Blog Feels Pretty, Oh So Pretty...

Well well well...looky look at the new digs around here! I'm so happy with the way the blog turned out and can't thank Traci at Sweet Cheeky Designs enough! You ROCK Traci! I'm still working on what I want to do about a giveaway so stay tuned! Muwahahahahahaha!

Well my friends from Canada are with us and we are having a blast! I was pretty sure I would like my friend's girlfriend but nothing could have prepared me for what she brought with her: a Cricut! Yep, she brought her Cricut with her for me to play with: I've always wanted one but that's not in the financial cards for me at the moment (I keep spending all my money on Stickles, LOL). How am I going to let it go??? lol

Anyhoo, we've been playing with that this weekend and she also showed me a couple of things on my new sewing machine, this girl is awesome! I'll make sure to post pictures later this week, until then I hope y'all are all having an amazing weekend (tell me all about it!!…

Friday Night Fab Five: Best Day Ever Edition

Wowowowowowowowowowowow this is the best day EVER! Wanna know why???? How about I give you five fabulous reasons why on this week's Friday Night Fab Five:

1. A good friend of ours from Canada is coming down for the weekend from Toronto! Woo hoo! I haven't seen him since I was pregnant and now they get to meet Toot and we can play video games and drink beer and break it down! Oh yeah!!! lol He's bringing his girlfriend who I am ready to grill...my first question, "Just what are your intentions, hmmmm?" lol

2. Today I received a box in the mail from a certain special someone and my exact words upon opening the box were, "Holy smokes Jocelyn!"
Can you believe this?!Seriously, I am the luckiest person in the world to have such sweet friends that think of me like this! Thank you so much Jocelyn, you are such a beautiful person inside and out and I am so lucky to have you in my life!!!

3. AND I got my new fabulous Etsy Japanese coin purses in the mail …

I Hope My New Blog Look "Stirs" Your Imagination!

Okay, right now Traci at Sweet Cheeky Designs is working on my blog like a fabulous madwoman and listen, I know that I'm prone to melodrama and I hope I do not build this up too much when I tell you that you are going to LOVE the new look around here! Please let them love it, please let them love it!) lol Also the new name! Well, there's hint #1 in the header space and hint #2 is in this post title...Ooo intrigue! :D

If you are looking for someone to give your blog a new look, I'm telling you right now that you will not be disappointed with Traci's work. She is amazingly talented (affordable!) and fantastic to work with and because of that I'm...let's see...90% sure I'm giving away a new blog redesign created by her to celebrate the changes around here. Anyone wanna convince me through that last 10%?! Huh huh? lol :P

I've been so busy drooling over Traci's work that I have made squat lately! Boo! lol But my kit from LPS is on it's way…

The Etsy Bitsy Spider Ran Up My Credit Card

I've looked around Etsy on and off in the past, mainly by following links of friends to their various shops or finds. I never really investigated the site thoroughly as I am a notorious "skimmer". But the other day, Etsy and I were brought together under tragic circumstances...

Years ago I was in St. Louis and found a hippie shop that sold these cute patchwork coin purses made from old clothes. I got one and have been carrying it with me as my wallet ever since. That was until....my dear sweet innocent husband went to get something out of it and promptly broke the zipper. All his talks about fixing it and the subsequent battles with "the light", hammers, chainsaws and blow torches and still...broken coin purse zipper.

Unable to say goodbye, I've still been carrying it around (fully open) praying my ID, credit card and pocket change don't try and jump ship. I finally cried uncle and since I'm not planning any trips to St. Louis in the near future…

Out With The Old (Pictures) and In With The New (Book)

First things first, a little business to attend to I believe:


My very first scrapbook layout!I was tagged by Jocelyn to post my first layout and there it is! I betcha can't guess what party I was at when I made this beauty, eh? LOL ;) Check it out (top left corner), I still haven't journaled on this page! lolIf anyone else would like to post their first layout(s), let me know because I'd love to take a peek!

In other news, I bought this book earlier this week:It's a basic information on Japanese cooking along with some health statistics. Very interesting so far and we love Asian cooking so I'm excited to try some recipes out!Speaking of cooking, I inherited this 1960s Better Homes and Gardens cookbook from my grandmother:
Check out all of that food! lolThere are sections for meal planning, entertaining and how to make your house presentable. Well, one out of 3 ain't bad, right? (I'll leave it up to you to guess which one! lol)

And that reminded me th…

Buckle Up, It's Going to be a Bumpy Post

There are so many things in this post so I hope you're ready! lol By the way, if you missed my interview with Jocelyn, you can catch up here!

*deep breath*

1. I am a bad bad Stickles mother because I still have them sitting on my bar instead of upside down like a good little crafter. So one day I notice I'm missing a couple of them and realize that they have tipped off the bar and gone right into a baby formula jar. (Don't ask me how they both ended up in there!) So I go to rescue them and instead they get caught in this jar like some sort of fingers cuffs (remember "playing" with those as a kid? I could never get out of those things!) and I ended up having to break the glass to get them out of there! So the lesson here is store your Stickles correctly or they will do it for you:
2. Thanks to LL at Paper Princess, I am now determined to save my pennies and get Toot one of these fabulous dolls! Who needs American Girl when you can get a handmade custom Bamb…

Her Name Is Jocelyn And She Is A Craftoholic...

Welcome to this week's edition of Craftoholics!No idea what the what I'm talking about? Go here to find out more!This week's Craftholic is the one of the sweetest gals around: Jocelyn!
What crafts do you enjoy making?

"I love to scrapbook and make cards!!!! I have been doing this for about 11 years. I also love to cross stitch! I love to alter anything I can get my hands on, from old picture frames, to bird houses and even my mail box!!!!"

Wow, I never thought to alter a mail box!

When did you start making crafts? Was there a particular reason or event that got your started?

"I started cross stitching about 20 years ago and then came the scrapbooking addiction!!!!! My Mom had brought home a cross stitch kit for me from North Carolina and I taught myself how to do it!!! I only do counted cross stitch and have made so many beautiful pieces for family, friends and myself! My Mom and I joined a Stamp Club about 11 years ago and we just loved making handmade cards …