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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":

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 do…

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 u…

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…

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 m…

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 …

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!

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 s…

Her Name Is Danielle 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 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 Q…

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 …

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...

TA DA!



I covered it in patterned paper, one side says, "Once upon a time" and the other…

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 raini…

Her Name Is Lisa 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, 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 thera…

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...

THANKSGIVING!

CHRISTMAS!

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.

*sigh*

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. An…

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!

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…