Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Where Were These Hotties When I Was Single?

My guest designer spot at Gauche Alchemy is coming to a close and my last layout is posted on their blog. I had so much fun designing for them and using their fabulous kit.

I Mod Podged pieces of the sewing pattern my kit was wrapped in to the patterned paper and then added some red acrylic paint. I also used pieces from Gauche Alchemy's Wedding Night, Lady Marmalade, Blue Streak and Red mixed media color kits.

You know, I tend to poo poo the 1980's (I think it's due in part to the overdose of Aqua Net and blow drying I experienced) but it's things like this that make me smile...and then thank God the 80's are over. Please to enjoy "Video Dating...80's Style":

Monday, September 28, 2009

Family Pictures: Album One

You might recall in a previous post I mentioned that we came back from New York with a box full of my hubby's family photo albums (11 to be exact). My ultimate goal is to scan all of the pictures and burn them to cd for future generations as well as move them to albums that won't ruin the original prints.

But for now I've scanned in a few from each book to share with you. :) I have no idea who any of these people are unfortunately and no relatives on hubby's side to help figure it out. Though some have names and dates written on the back, at one point they were apparently glued into a black page scrapbook and then taken out again so anything that was written is now covered by glue and black paper. Boo! But at least I have the pictures so that's something! (I do know that they came from a Great Aunt after she passed on so I'm assuming the little girl is her)

At any rate, here are some pictures from the first album. It is mostly baby and kid pictures (it does look like the albums are organized and numbered chronologically thank goodness). I love the dressing up shots! There are a few dress up shots, it looks like the family loved to have fun and put on shows. I'm not sure of the date of these pictures but I'm guessing 1910's-1920's.


**I'm sure it goes without saying that these pictures are not to be posted anywhere or used in any way without express permission from me. Period. I can be contacted at katamommy at gmail.com. I promise I don't bite! :D**

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday Night Fab Five (On Saturday)

"S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y! HEY!"

"S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y! HEY!"

Bay City Rollers anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Allrighty then, ahem...

Welcome to this week's Friday Night Fab Five...On Saturday! Sorry about the delay but you know, sometimes you blog and sometimes the blog blogs you, know what I mean? No? Hmmm...let's move on...

I enjoy cooking quite a bit however with the hubby being on a retail schedule, my visions of wedded bliss served on paper doilies and silver trays every night at 6:00 does not happen that often. But I still love cooking entire meals when I get the chance and if I can fit some baking in with it, even better!

I do tend to latch on to a couple of key ingredients that I used in almost everything for a while until Chris begs me to stop. lol So this week's Fab Five is my current top 5 ingredients I love to use in the kitchen.

1. Onion

There are so many varieties of onion but I try not to go without at least a yellow onion hanging around (and I l-o-v-e using green onions!) One onion typically lasts us a week, I just cut it in fourths and use as needed. I use it in meatloaf, pasta/potato salads, eggs, soups, anything I can think of! I know that some people don't like onions but I think they really add flavor to my dishes.

Did you know: In Blue Hill, Nebraska, no female wearing a “hat that would scare a timid person” can be seen eating onions in public. (foodreference.com)

2. Instant Coffee

Whether or not you drink coffee, a little jar of instant coffee is handy to have in your cupboards. I use it to make red eye gravy (make a cup of instant coffee and add to your country ham drippings to make red eye gravy) and I love adding instant coffee powder to my brownie mix before baking, adds a nice flavor! You can also sprinkle it on top of ice cream or throw it in a blender with ice and milk and make your own iced coffee or Frappuccino.

Did you know: In Sumatra, workers on coffee plantations gather the world's most expensive coffee by following a gourmet marsupial who consumes only the choicest coffee beans. By picking through what he excretes, they obtain the world's most expensive coffee -'Kopi Luwak', which sells for over $100 per pound. (from The Trivia Barn)

3. Garlic

Not just for repelling vampires anymore, garlic is a staple of my kitchen and I always look for new ways to use it. Like onion, I put it in almost everything and I love eating cloves whole. Yum! I love mixing minced garlic with butter to make my own garlic butter.

P.S.-My all time favorite dried garlic spice to use is from Garlic Festival Foods. I get some every year from my local Renaissance Festival around this time (we go every year for my birthday) and I use the crap out of it.

Did you know: Unlike many other spices, garlic will come out of your pores when eaten. This is one of the reasons garlic works as a mosquito and vampire repellant. So, eat up and feel safe at night. (from Garlic Festival)

4. Cocoa Powder

Yeah, this stuff lasts forever and is a savior when you need a chocolate fix and there's none to be had in the house. I love using it to make from scratch cakes and brownies and it makes the best "from scratch" hot chocolate. And if you're dying to make that recipe that calls for unsweetened baker's chocolate squares and you don't have any: mix 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to one tablespoon of cooking oil and ta da! One square of baker's chocolate already "melted"!

Did you know: Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate every day. It was thick, dyed red and flavored with chili peppers. (from The Trivia Barn)

5. Saltine Crackers

Although not as cheap as they used to be, saltine crackers are still my cheapest, easiest go to for a number of different recipes. I used crushed crackers as a substitute for bread crumbs and as a coating for chicken. Upset stomachs, added to soups, chili or eaten with cheese and tuna fish, saltines are a quick, easy thing to have around.

Did you know: It’s a commonly held belief that a person can’t eat 6 saltines in a minute without a beverage. (from chefsbest.org)

Do you have a "can't live without" ingredient in your kitchen? I'd love to hear about it so feel free to share your ideas and tips in your comment!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Inspiration Is Everywhere!

I'm always been inspired by the blogs I visit and the people behind them (that would be you) and wanted to share a couple of of the ones that have (inadvertently) added to my mile long "To Do" list. (This is a good thing by the way) So be on the look out for future posts on these topics:

1. Jessica at Chronically Vintage has a weekly snapshot post where she shares vintage images found on Flickr. This has inspired me to scan in and share a few of the hundreds of family pictures my in-laws gave me during our recent trip to New York.

2. Carmen at Whoopidoo...ings recently posted about going back to her scrappy beginnings. This post really inspired me to refocus my scrapbooking on the pictures, not the paper and embellishments.

3. Lemondrop Marie at Lemondrop Vintage wrote a lovely post on coats recently. This got me thinking about 3 particularly fabulous vintage coats I have in my possession so I'm going to get them out and try a little photo shoot. :D

4. Molly at A Bit O' Shine posted about her recent creative (and cheap) closet makeover. This got me looking at my clutter in a whole new way and I hope to get more creative in my space very soon!

So what has inspired you lately? Do you have enough links to share with the rest of the class? Share them in your comment, I love finding inspiration!

And now for a little fun. For all of the "Mad Men" fans out there, here's one for you courtesy of Saturday Night Live:

"Don Draper's Guide To Picking Up Women"

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Circle Journaling

First day of Fall! First day of Fall! First day of Fall!

WOO HOO! You know what that means...Too much sugar, too much commercialism and too much turkey...I am so ready for this!!!!

*deep breath*

Anyhoo, more of my work with the Gauche Alchemy "Hot For Teacher" kit can be seen on their blog but here it is, live and in person for your viewing pleasure. :P This time I used their fabulous kit to dress up the sign in pages for my Gauche Alchemy Circle Journal...uh...journal:

First the left side:

Every so often, I love using masking tape on my projects...

And the right side where everyone will put their sign in tags:

I made the pocket using packaging from cardstock, covered it in some grading paper from the kit and I then attached it to the page using masking tape. :)

By the way, if you check out the Gauche Alchemy store you'll see tons of newly added materials for you to get your art on! Tons of cardboard, paint, beeswax and Distress Inks. Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments and support during my guest spot at Gauche Alchemy, it's so appreciated! Have a great day everyone!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Night Fab Five: Bookmark This Page

Hello everyone and welcome to this week's Friday Night Fab Five! *pause for applause* As I was thinking of what I was going to do for this week's five, I started to flipping through my bookmarks tab. Now, I tend to bookmark the crap outta websites. Things I want to read but don't have time right then, cool projects I want to try and fun things I don't want to forget about, of course most of these bookmarks are fellow bloggers.

So this Friday Night Fab Five is 5 cool bookmarks of mine that I'm sharing with you fine folk. Maybe you'll discover some new places to haunt. Enjoy!

1. The Vintage Housewife takes us on a tour of her super fab 1950's all pink cupcake trailer! Click HERE. (I so want a trailer! *drool*)

2. Over at Sutton Grace, Erin repurposed an old entertainment center into an awesome play kitchen for her little girl. (I so need to do this for Toot!) Click HERE.

3. Something else I want to make for Toot (once I figure out how to vanquish my sewing machine), this felt lunch set from Skip to My Lou. Click HERE.

4. I'm thinking I'm going to make this cake of Paige's for my birthday next month...and then eat it all myself. What? It's my birthday after all. ;) Click HERE.

5. I so want this cupcake set from Twinkie Chan. Click HERE.

And just because I love you all so much, here's a bonus blog, the cutest thing you ever did see: My Milk Toof.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Got It Bad Got It Bad Got It Bad, I'm Hot For Gauche Alchemy

Well the new kit was announced at Gauche Alchemy yesterday and the theme is "Hot For Teacher". This kit is full of school themed goodness including yearbook pages, grade book pages and tons of fun vintage-y crafty fabness.

And if you were to check out their blog HERE, you may just see a layout from yours truly as I am this kit's guest designer! More things to come but this layout has been posted to the GA blog:

I used the Hot For Teacher kit as well as some odds and ends from the Blue Streak and White mixed media color kits. The left flower and fringe for the journaling block were made from the sewing pattern my kit was wrapped in. (GA has the best wrapping on their kits, its all usable!)

This kit was fun to work with and really stretch my imagination since I have no kids in school! lol But it just goes to show how versatile the kits at GA are, inspiration around every corner!

Thanks to GA for letting me play with their kit!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tootie In The Sky With Ice Cream...And Lies...

Over the weekend, we had my mom and her best friend of many many years over to play The Beatles Rock Band. Both of them love The Beatles and even came dressed for the occasion (my mom is on the left and the hat her friend is wearing was one she wore in the 60's. Very groovy...)

I of course told them that they had to take at least one picture of them rocking out and this was what I got:

What can I say? I get it honest! Speaking of my mom, she sent me this video from You Tube and I thought I'd share:

I also have a layout to show you. I love the story behind this one: Basically ever since Toot was born, my Granny has been trying to give her sugar. I'm talking cookies, cake, ice cream, didn't matter what, she thought Toot needed to be eating real food from the beginning. Well, I've been able to keep her from giving her anything until we went to her house to celebrate her birthday.

I turn my back for one freaking minute only to come back to the table where Toot is sitting with Granny...covered in chocolate ice cream. When I accused Granny of giving her the ice cream, her response was "I didn't give her any ice cream!" When I then pointed out that my child's face was covered in evidence, she scoffed and gave me some song and dance about "the baby grabbing ice cream and putting it in her mouth before I could stop her." Yeah right...

I used the September kit from LPS which I am totally in love with! I also added some vintage buttons, sequins and of course an arrow pointing out my Granny's shame shame I know her name.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, September 14, 2009

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

Welcome to this week's edition of Craftoholics!

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This week's Craftoholic is the fantastic Danielle!

Please list any crafts you enjoy making. What is your favorite?

"I am a great lover of paper. I love the feel of it, the smell, everything about it. So, I enjoy all paper crafting. I am mostly a scrap booker, but I make the occasional card too. I am recently into making collages from paper, and other items. One of my favorite things I picked up along the way is altered items. I love altering!! If I can put paper on it, I will alter it!!"

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

"No reason. I was actually watching QVC one day 6-7 years ago, and they were selling scrappy stuff. I was intrigued. Then, at work, some of the ladies were having a “Stampin’ Up” party, and I went. It was so fun playing with paper and ink. SOOOOOO, I placed an order with QVC, and just started playing in my spare time.!!!! Lucky me!!!"

I love this altered box!

What do you like to do when you aren't crafting?
"I LOVE spending time with my Boys. They are my heart. So, we chat, play games, watch movies, and I enjoy their company so much. Of course, DH is ok too!! But, just for me, if it isn’t crafty, I would say reading. I always have a book or magazine with me at all times. I love food network too. I love seeing what they will come up with!!"

What makes you a craftoholic? What drives you to create?

"It is in my head all the time. I am always thinking about how I will make a lo, or how I will alter something. I see items either outside, or inside, and I am thinking about how I could use them!! The pictures of my boys, or my dog. Leaves on a tree, these are the things that drive me."

This project is so fun!

What is your favorite food?

"I love California rolls with ginger and fried rice!!! YUM!!"

What food do you hate to eat?

"I HATE lima beans!!"

How long have you been blogging?

"I started blogging January of this year."

What do you like best about blogging?

"The people I have met along the way. Scrappy/crafty people are the nicest people in the world!!"

I love Danielle's attention to detail!

What craft have you always wanted to try but, for whatever reason, never have?

"Great question!! I don’t really know. I would say sewing. I sew on paper, and even have a little sewing machine for that. But I have always admired people who can make clothes, and things like that."

Oh no! You've been ship wrecked on a deserted island! (Luckily you grabbed your adhesive and scissors before you jumped ship!) Name 3 other crafting supplies that your creative survival depends upon! (Note: Capt. Jack Sparrow is not a crafting supply!)

"I LOVE JOHNNY DEPP!!!!!!!!! HOW COULD YOU NOT LET ME HAVE HIM!!!??? OK, OK. Seriously. I would have to grab patterned paper, sandpaper, and spray ink.
HAHA!! Capt. Jack was already on the island!!!!"

Thanks for letting me interview you Danielle! You are such a Craftoholic!

Craftoholics will be taking a little break. If you are interested in being interviewed, please check out the post linked at the top and feel free to e-mail me. Thanks!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Night Fab Five: Sometimes Its Good to be Droopy

Being a big believer in "background noise" I started playing "The Long Long Trailer" with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Looking at the (teeny tiny amount of) special features, I came across "Dixieland Droopy". A Droopy cartoon?! SCORE! I may not have been around when Tex Avery's Droopy first hit the scene but when I was a kid, I couldn't get enough of this slow, quiet, clever little pup. Come to find out what I really couldn't get enough of was anything created by the amazing Tex Avery.

From his entry in Wikipedia:

"Frederick Bean "Fred/Tex" Avery (February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980) was an American animator, cartoonist, voice actor and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. He did his most significant work for the Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, creating the characters of Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Droopy, Screwy Squirrel, and developing Porky Pig and Chilly Willy (this last one for the Walter Lantz Studio) into regular cartoon characters. His influence was found in almost all of the animated cartoon series by various studios in the 1940s and 1950s.

Avery's style of directing broke the mold of strict realism established by Walt Disney, and encouraged animators to stretch the boundaries of the medium to do things in a cartoon that could not be done in the world of live-action film. An often-quoted line about Avery's cartoons was, "In a cartoon you can do anything," and his cartoons often did just that. He also performed a great deal of voice work in his cartoons, usually throwaway bits (e.g. the Santa Claus seen briefly in Who Killed Who?), but Tex did fill in for Bill Thompson as Droopy, although the individual cartoons where Avery did this have never been specified."

Seeing his work now is even better, now that I am old enough to catch most of the jokes that flew over my head as a child. *grin* So for this week's Friday Night Fab Five, I thought I would pick 5 of my favorite Tex Avery cartoons. And believe me, picking only 5 was a pain in the butt. Big time. I highly suggest a further Tex Avery search on You Tube. His cartoons never fail to make me happy. So without further ado...

1. Deputy Droopy

Holy crap, when the two bad guys go running up the hill over and over in an effort to keep from screaming and waking up the Sheriff, I still laugh till I cry.

2. House of Tomorrow

Any of Avery's "of Tomorrow" cartoons are priceless in my mind. It was hard to pick just one.

3. The Cat That Hated People

Sometimes I'd loved to blast myself into space to get away from it all. hee hee But not if it meant going to this planet straight out of Wonderland.

4. Billy Boy

I love this good 'ole boy of a wolf. When I was a kid, this is what got me believing that goats ate everything in site.

5. Little Rural Riding Hood

No Avery collection is complete without his infamous Red Riding Hood...

I hope you enjoyed watching these and that they brought a smile to your face! Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Worth Her Weight In Salt

This post has something for everyone so step right up! If you're crafty, you'll love my newest project and if you're into babies, you'll love Toot's newest video. See, win win! (Unless you hate crafts and babies in which case...uh...this post will be really boring...)

The first is my new favorite crafty idea which unfortunately I did not think of: altering empty salt containers.

*gasp* What did she say?!

I think she said altering salt containers...

But that's madness!

Yeah well, she's nuts. We knew that going in...

Hey you guys, I'm writing a post here! Oh, sorry... ANYWAY, I found this fabulous little idea over at Altered Art Junkies. (click HERE to see the original post!) Here's what I started with:

I then took the paper off the container, cut the top off and then cut a window out of one side and then through the power of Mod Podge and seed beads...


I covered it in patterned paper, one side says, "Once upon a time" and the other has a couple of frogs wearing a crown which I covered in Stickles. I put pink tulle inside the container and added a picture of yours truly. I don't remember how old I am in this picture but when I was younger I used to wear my dress slip, tights and dress up shows and pretend I was a ballerina. :D

I strung some beads on wire and then Mod Podge to covered the bottom and top with dress pattern pieces and accented them with Stickles. I'm not actually sure its quite finished yet so I may add on to it but until then, yay! lol

And now, may I present....

"The Toot That Was Suppose To Be Napping" In Color!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

It's Maddening...

So finding the first season of "Mad Men" on Blu-ray at 50% off brought the price down to a point I couldn't resist. I've never seen the show and have only been able to watch the first two episodes so far but it's pretty good. (Although I find myself paying more attention to the clothes than the plot.)

One thing that has struck me about the show more than anything is the amount of smoking. Most of you know by now that I used to be a heavy smoker before quitting a couple of years ago. Now seeing this much smoking doesn't make me want to light up again HOWEVER should time travel ever be possible, I'm totally going back to the 50's/early 60's and chain smoke like there's no tomorrow. Ah, the days when they had no idea of the consequences of their actions...Why oh why did I have to be born in a generation built on awareness and responsibility?! BOO! HISS! lol

Where was I? Oh yes! So I've started watching Mad Men and since it's raining here today which dashes all my hopes of taking pictures of my current projects to show you all, I've been "Mad Men"-ing myself.

Allow me to introduce...my Mad Men avatar self! Ta da!

Aren't I fabulous?! If you'd like to Mad Men it up on your fabulous self, just GO HERE. A word to wise: 1. It's addicting so watch out and 2. Turn down your speakers because the "da DA da, dadadadadadaDAda" will get to you after a while...trust me...

P.S.-Have you seen the amount of blogs already signed up for Vanessa's Halloween blog party?! (Check out the list in the left sidebar) Holy smokes! If you haven't already arranged to get the day off or get a babysitter you better start planning now! It's going to take weeks to get through all of these fabulous parties! lol

Monday, September 7, 2009

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

Welcome to this week's edition of Craftoholics!

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This week's Craftoholic is the fabulous, Lisa from Georgia!

Please list any crafts you enjoy making. What is your favorite?

"I enjoy sewing, crocheting, jewelry making."

I love this necklace!

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

"My parents gave me sewing lessons as a Christmas gift when I was pregnant with my son. And I took off from there. My mom has been crafting since my sisters and I were little, so we were always around “crafters”. My mom had a craft store and a craft business so we have been influenced very much by her."

What do you like to do when you aren't crafting?

"I love to cook (old family recipes and try out new ones) and read—although it takes me MONTHS to finish a book!"

What makes you a craftoholic? What drives you to create?

"It’s cheaper than therapy (NO! Just kidding!). I love to try all different things. Once I tackle that, I’m ready for something else. I am very stubborn, so once I get an idea in my head I go for it and hope for the best. There’s just something within me that wants to create something that will make my life better or someone else’s life better. My original thoughts and ideas almost always never come to fruition when I’m creating something...my final outcome turns out different during the creative process and I end up with something totally different than what I first pictured. I think a lot of people go through this. We’re constantly thinking how to improve or make things better, prettier, function with more ease, etc."

The cherries on this purse are too cute!

What is your favorite food?

"My dad’s lemon chicken is the best!!"

What food do you hate to eat?

"I am not really a fish eater. I love shrimp and lobster, though."

How long have you been blogging?

"I’ve only been blogging since May and I’m HOOKED! My husband calls me a stranger because I’ve substituted watching TV with him, with blogging."

What do you like best about blogging?

"I love when I get a comment! Also, when I think I have a good idea I love to share it in hopes that someone may find it helpful, or even be inspired to try it. I love how you can reach the entire world."

I love the ribbon closures on these necklaces!

What craft have you always wanted to try but, for whatever reason, never have?

"I’d love to learn tatting and basket weaving."

Oh no! You've been ship wrecked on a deserted island! (Luckily you grabbed your adhesive and scissors before you jumped ship!) Name 3 other crafting supplies that your creative survival depends upon! (Note: Capt. Jack Sparrow is not a crafting supply!)

"I will have to have my yarn and crochet hook, and my sewing machine—hopefully I can discover electricity out there so I can power up my machine!"

Thanks for letting me interview you Lisa! You are an amazing a Craftoholic!

Be sure to check back next Monday when another lucky victim...ahem, I mean crafter will be added to the Craftoholic family!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Night Fab Five: Sunshine Day

You know, around this time of year I get super happy. This is mainly due to the change of the seasons. Stupid hot humidity for jerks hits the road and in comes blessed relief in the form of cooler breezes and the...anticipation...of...



Oh snap, they're coming they're coming they're coming WOO HOO!

(I'm slightly okay with the holiday season if you hadn't noticed.) It used to really bug me that stores put out holiday decor halfway through the Summer until I thought, "Wait, I love the holiday season! What's better than a little bit of early ho ho ho?!" I still don't buy anything that early but I do love to cruise the aisles and take in all of the glued on glitter overpriced wonder.


Wait, where was I? Oh right, I've got a Friday Night Fab Five to do! So anyhoo, because of this exciting happy fun time I love so much (Fall! Fall! Fall! Fall!), this week's Fab Five is all about 5 things that make me happy. And not seriously important things like family, country, blah blah blah. I'm talking totally frivolous things that for one reason or another just make me giant grin stupid face happy...so happy in fact that I'm posting this week's Friday Night Fab Five before five! I know, crazy right?

1. Blogs that have word verification turned off: Yes, I know that most people are afraid of spam and what not but there's nothing better than being able to hit "comment" without that stupid box popping up. Plus half the time I get the stupid word wrong and then have to do it again and for some reason the second word is harder than the first one! So I keep getting it wrong and wrong and wrong till finally the system says, "Enough already!" and gives me a verification like, "is" or "me". And from personal experience, I've never gotten one spamish or funky comment since turning it off on my blog...so you're welcome... :P

2. On days like today, when the sky is clear and bright blue, the sun is out and the temperature is perfect you can count on me singing this song and dancing my way to the car (Ask Chris, it's true!):

3. I took this picture today, it makes me happy:

4. The Monkees: Okay, y'all don't even realize the extent of my love for The Monkees. I've seen them in concert three times (all reunion tours obviously) and met Micky Dolenz once. Anytime I hear their music, it doesn't matter how bad my mood is, it never fails to put a smile on my face! This is my all time favorite Monkees song:

5. I'm happy because it's Friday and tomorrow is Saturday and hubby is off of work which means we will be going out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary...while Toot is at home with my mom! Woo hoo!

And that's it for this week! Have a great long holiday weekend everyone! :D

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Circle Journal: My Vintage Bling

So my circle journal is off to the West Coast to meet its first recipient. My theme being "Vintage Bling" I went back and forth about what I wanted to do for my double page layout. I decided to do a boy/girl matching layout using pieces from the Gauche Alchemy red, white and pink mixed media color kits and some vintage ads I found online. The pictures are actually a couple of my family members on hubby's side. I got my scanner hooked up so I scanned them in and printed them out on paper.

All in all, I think they came out pretty well. What do you think?

The left side:

And the right side:

P.S.-The Ronald Reagan ad with him giving cartons of cigarettes as Christmas presents is too funny!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

If You'll Indulge Me...

Today is my 2nd wedding anniversary and since last year I was wicked huge pregnant we didn't really do anything to celebrate and since this year hubby is away on a business trip, I thought maybe y'all would like to celebrate with me, right gang?! *crickets*

My fingers are crossed that we will actually be able to do something for our 3rd anniversary...third time's the charm, right? So if you don't mind indulging my nostalgia as I reflect a little on the past couple of years...

This was us the weekend he proposed in early December 2006.

I had gone up to NY and he was sick as a dog. He had planned a big to-do proposal around Christmas but through a flu induced fog of inspiration proposed while we were watching "Wedding Crashers". First I couldn't stop laughing, then I couldn't stop crying.

We may have done the whole official engagement portrait thing but we did it in style...Xbox style that is (it is what brought us together after all...)

Us after our wedding ceremony:

And us being goofy at the reception:

Thank you for sharing this day with me and honey, I miss you and next year there better be a party or at least cake :P happy anniversary!