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Friday Night Fab Five: Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

This week's Friday Night Fab Five is so simple...I'm on vacation and thought I'd do my top five vacation movies! Here they are, in no particular order:

1. National Lampoon's Vacation



I can so remember torturous summer vacations like this. Well, we never dragged a dog behind our car or ate pee-pee sandwiches but still...

2. Dirty Dancing



I have to be honest, I have a lot of problems with this movie. The primary one being a 1960's setting with mostly 1980's music. However, despite the out of place music and questionable acting, it does draw you in and what is more alluring than going on vacation with your family and meeting 1980's Patrick Swayze...

3. Only You



Another movie I remember watching with my best friend when we were younger and we just thought it was the most romantic thing ever. Jetting off to Europe and falling in love...*sigh*

4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall



Despite the movies on this list, I am not usually a typically "chick flick" kinda…

Emmy Award Winning Knitting

Some BIG news!

You will never believe it, but I am going on VACATION!

"But Maggi, that's madness I tell you, MADNESS!"

Oh but it's true! Yours truly, who has not been on a vacation since her honeymoon (?!?!) is leaving today to go on vaca! Hoop-Dee-Doo! In your face, Maggi's House! Woo hoo! I will be gone for 10 days, 10 glorious not at home days!

What??? No, don't cry! I'm not leaving forever my darling readers, please control yourselves! Yes, through the power of auto-post I will be with you the whole time! Plus, I may just post some pics from whatever exotic locale I happen to be in at the time.

One last thing before the real post begins: there is a special Craftoholics interview this coming Monday that you won't want to miss! Muwahahahahahaha...

So be sure to miss me tons and NO posting anything cool on your blogs while I'm away! (Although if there's a computer anywhere near me I'll try to make an appearance or two!)

Now, on wit…

When They Say 6 Inches, They Mean 6 Inches

I absolutely adore Jimi Hendrix (and his music isn't so bad either) and one of my favorite songs is "Manic Depression". I found these four little pictures of Hendrix and decided to make a set of ATCs inspired by Hendrix and "Manic Depression".

So let me just say that these four little ATCs took me about 3 months to do. It was one of those projects where I'd pick them up, get stuck, put them back down. Pick them up, move them out of my way, put them back down. Pick them back up...well, you get the idea. At one point, I painted them in different colors and then used Elmer's glue to make a crackle effect which was a technique Gabrielle (on the LPS Design Team) taught us at the message board.

The effect was really cool but I was still at a loss on what to do with these things. Then I got some Maya Mist from LPS and it got me thinking about how I could try it out on these ATCs (I was a Mist Virgin you see). So I glued Hendrix to the cards, set them on…

A Toot World Premiere and Extreme Blog Makeover

Okay, I about busted a gut trying to contain my excitement at announcing the winner of the blog makeover. How in the world was I able to wait so long?! I've had the winner's name in my hot little hands since this morning (around 1:00 in the morning or so) and have been choking on my secret ever since. (Don't ask me why I didn't just post it with my pin-up ATCs, I've got no clue other than I was trying to extend the suspense and come on, that's just dumb. :P)

I hate posting more than one post in a day because I don't want ya'll to miss anything but I can't hold it in any longer!!!!! So if you missed this morning's post, please scroll down, thanks!

So without further ado, the winner is...oh crap!

Sorry about that y'all, I looked over and Toot was biting on one of Lebowski's dog toys...flipping fantastic...Yuuuck!

Anyhoo, where was I? Oh right! Check it out, Toot made You Tube! Let me explain a little bit here. For some reason, Toot …

Caution: There Is A Very Bad Word In This Post!

What a fabulous weekend and blog party that was! Anyone ready for the next one?! ;)

As for the winner of the blog makeover giveaway...don't rush me! I haven't drawn the winner yet but will make the big announcement in my next post, I promise! (Or do I already know the winner and am just dragging out the suspense? Hmmmm....)

Until then, feast your eyes upon the sweetest little ole eye candy you ever did see! As I mentioned before, I am hosting a vintage ATC swap over at Life Preservers Scrapbook Club and I don't know if it was because I'm the hostess or what but somehow, in between the mountains of Christmas party merriment, I finished my 12 ATCs in record time! And of course was so excited about them that I couldn't wait to post them and see what y'all think!



I used pages from an old book (the book was falling apart and in horrid shape so I felt no shame in gutting it. :D)



I used some pin-ups, various goodies and punchinella from Gauche Alchemy and LPS. The…

Christmas Hangover...

Well, the presents have been unwrapped and I think I may have drank a little too much egg nog. Anyone else feeling the effects of yesterday's blow out?? I don't know about you, but I had a blast!

I have to take some time and thank all of you, from those that hosted parties to those that visited with us and took time to leave some love. I appreciate you all so much and am still reeling from such a wonderful response and from attending some majorly fabulous parties! Wow! I saw Santa, had some rum, sang "Dominick the Donkey", helped decorate for a Pink Christmas, had some rum, watched "A Christmas Story" over and over (it never gets old), got about a dozen new recipes to try, had some rum, found some new craft ideas, shared the fun of family traditions AND I had some rum! *hiccup*

P.S.-Thanks Melissa for the rum!

Thank you so much for making my first run at hosting a blog party so successful! All of your parties were beyond marvelous and you all deserve a h…

I'm Dreamin' of a Blog Christmas...

Ho ho ho!
What's that I hear?
A sleepy village
Full of Christmas Cheer!


Seasons Greetings and Merry Christmas!
Welcome to my Christmas in July blog party!
I'm so glad you could join me, do come in!


A jolly wreath adorns the door and Chris has been working hard to make a special treat just for you!


Pierogies!
We make both sauerkraut and potato pierogies and love eating them for breakfast on Christmas morning (although the Southern girl in me makes sure they are deep fried! :P)



Chris' family has been making pierogies on Christmas Eve for generations. His grandmother used to make over 100 pierogies by hand-by herself on Christmas Eve morning. We carry on this tradition in our home during the holiday season.

What's this? Another family tradition, making delicious oladyi which is a Russian yeast pancake. We eat them with cloves of garlic.
They are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
(Sugar Addicts note: they are even better douse in powdered sugar instead of garlic!)


The table is set, let's dig i…

Twas The Night Before Partying Our Fingers Off...

How can I possibly focus on a Friday Night Fab Five when there are so many things to do??? I've got so many things running through my mind I'll probably edit this post about a dozen times today so just check back with me every five minutes! :P I've got food to make, decorations to hang, presents to wrap! Oh...it's too much...I can't...getting...weak...need an elf to...help....me....

Oh here's my elf now!



Okay fine, that's not an elf. That's Toot from Christmas last year. She was only a month old when this picture was taken. Awwwwwwwww......

Okay seriously folks, I am so EXCITED for tomorrow! It's just like Christmas Eve when you're dying to open presents and you're praying Santa Claus brings you that pair of roller skates with the pink glitter pom poms and then you can't get to sleep and then your parents tell you if you don't go to sleep that Santa won't come and that scars you for life because how can you possibly make you…

Blogging A.D.D.

Oh lawd y'all, I've got so much to share today I had to make a blog list on my iPhone in the middle of Target this afternoon. (You can laugh but I bet Christy and Ally know what I'm talking about! :P) Anyhoo, y'all ready?! Here we go!

First of all, my husband thinks he's soooooo funny...



And isn't he so dashing in his new haircut? Actually, I don't know what's worse...him feeling up a paper doll or me taking a picture of his smarty pants-edness.

Next, the fabulous Lola tagged me with this:



So this is what I'm suppose to do:

1. Collect the book that you have most handy
2. Turn to page 161
3. Find the 5th complete sentence
4. Cite the sentence on your blog
5. Pass it on to 5 other victims (Oops! bloggers)

And here is my sentence:

"She lugged the books everywhere, as well as a copy of the greatest Victorian writer's letters which Alexander Woollcott had sent her as a wedding present."

From the book "Vivien: The Life of Vivien Leigh", wh…

Say Say Say

Gauche Alchemy is currently having a contest to name their pink kit! So put your thinking cap on and make your suggestions here! Tell them I sent ya! (I helped named the blue kit, "Blue Streak" yay me! lol)

Update "Christmas In July" blog party:

Wow, have you seen the list over to the right there? I was praying I'd get 5 people to party with me this Saturday and we're over 40 now! That is so awesome! Thanks to everyone that's going to celebrate Christmas with me this weekend. Please make sure you actually post on Saturday if your blog is on the list! (You of course have the option to post your party on Friday if you'd like to get a head start!) If you've decided that you will not be able to participate please e-mail me and I will take your name off of the list. If you want to be on the list and do not see your blog, please e-mail me ASAP! I've tried to make sure I have everyone listed. katamommy at gmail dot com

If you cannot host…

Her Name Is BunnyKissd 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 Craftoholic is the fabulous BunnyKissd!

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

"It started with scrapbooking and painting, then moved into polymer clay and drawing, now I am starting to get into making dolls and sewing! I’d say my favorite is painting things though, making the colors flow and blend into the perfect image..."


From BunnyKissd: "ManyOceans Pendant – I lovelovelove how the background came out on this and ManyOceans was so happy with how her cat was depicted. I get warm fuzzies every time I see it!"
When did you start making crafts? Was there a particular reason or event that got your started?

"I’ve always been a crafty kinda girl: my grandmother got me started with crayons and paper and scissors when I was little and it’s just grown from there."

What do you like to do when you aren&#…

Harry Potter and the Totally Awesome Altered Book

Happy Sunday everyone!

Well the crop over at LPS is going strong and I've got squat to show for it! lol Friday was pretty strong but yesterday included a visit from my mom and going to see "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" with a friend. (Note: final verdict on the movie-Half Blood Prince is excellent despite being a half book movie.)

I'm hoping to get some more of the crop challenges completed today so I'll save my crop creations for later this week. In the meantime, I do have a couple of new pages from the 3x4 altered book to share with you:



Among us gamers, there's usually some debate on whether video games can be considered "art" which is what this page is referencing. When I got to this point in creating this page, I thought it needed something but I didn't know what. I was wrestling with it because essentially all I did was glue patterned paper to the page and add a title. Then I decided that leaving it simple made the title hav…

Friday Night Fab Five: Made In China

When I was a little girl, I got this Barbie Dream House for Christmas one year. This house was H-U-G-E and I loved it so much! It got sold in a yard sale but I've never forgotten it and now that Toot is here, well it's all coming back to me! Lately I've been thinking about all the neat toys I had as a kid (because quite frankly I think most of the toys out there today suck! lol).

So for this Friday Night Fab Five, I thought I would share some of my favorite 80's toy memories. Yes, it sounds materialistic but don't blame me. This was the 80's. I was living in a material world and I was a m-m-material girl. So without further ado, please to enjoy...

1. Barbie and The Rockers.



Yes, Barbie was in a band in the 80's! Notice near the end of the spot where Ken says, "When Barbie asked me to join the band, (he said,) 'That's cool.'" and then Barbie says, "Now I dance with my man!" Oh brother...


2. Cabbage Patch Kids



I did n…

A Funny Thing Happened To Me On The Way To Poison Control....

The funniest thing happened to me this afternoon! Okay, so Toot's in her crib, taking a nap and she wakes up. Now sometimes she wakes up in a good mood and sometimes she wakes up on the absolute WRONG side of the crib. I'm not sure what makes the difference...

Anyway, she starts crying and I go in her room to get her. I pick her up and whisper soothing "Mommy of the Year" type things in her ear and then to jolly her out of this bad mood, I do something that never fails: I bury my face in her onesie covered baby tummy and proceed to give her kisses on her belly. lol Isn't that the funniest thing ever?!

It's not? You mean you don't think that...*rereading what I've written so far* Ah, I see now. I left out the part where HER DIAPER HAD LEAKED AND I DIDN'T NOTICE AND I BURIED MY FACE INTO TONS AND TONS OF PEE PEE!

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

And we're talking freshly peed too. Not dry or sort of drying...soaking wet an…

I Heart Tombow Glue...

First I have to thank all of you for your sweet comments about Toot. She would thank you too but she's currently trying to eat my couch. I also have to thank my dear friend Karyn for this. You are awesome Karyn!

My mom is addicted to Pier One so whenever we're together, we usually end up there at some point. And so it was this past Saturday after Toot's portrait session we found ourselves at Pier One and I found this little 3x4 blank journal on clearance for $1.



It doesn't look like much, I know. The pages inside are those blank, natural looking parchment like pages and being 3x4, there's not a lot of room. I nonchalantly made some comment about using it as an art journal of sorts and that was that.

So I get it home and start thinking about what I could do with it. I have to say that I've since become obsessed with this little book. Here are a couple of pages with luckily have fit the bill for two challenge blogs this week. (Go me!)


I used part of the whit…