Friday, August 23, 2013

the story

it has been a busy summer! I can't believe that it's almost over and September is 9 days away! it really is true, the older you get, the quicker the days fly by, cause I'm thinking I just took my Christmas decorations down last week and it's almost time to get them back out!
it's been a good summer though. we had that pool party, and I was a little OCD like I said I'd be, BUT!, my yard has never looked so good! I was tired after it though, so tired I stayed tired all during the week, and last weekend, I never got out of the chair! haha It went so smoothly though, and was a lot of fun, so much so, that I said I'd do it again. I think though maybe I'd had just a little too much rum & coke!
Jessica is starting her second year of teaching next week. she's met most of her students and it is just awesome to hear the excitement in her voice! I hope it's a good year for her, even if she has spent the better part of the summer telling me I am crazy and blaming me for all that is wrong in her world. I think she needed more spankings as a young child.
it's been a bit of a strange week this week. I always turn on the tv and listen to the today show while I get ready for work, and to hear them talking about our quiet little town, it's just surreal. you pull up yahoo and see Oklahoma shooting as #3 or #4 on what's trending now. it's still hard to believe that 3 teenagers just on a whim decided to kill someone, and that it happened right down the street from my office. I knew something major had happened when all the police cars went flying by, but never imagined it would be something like a 23 yr old being shot in the back just because he happened to be jogging down the street. It's sad and tragic, and hard to wrap your head around. then a bit later I looked up and noticed two patrol cars out in our parking lot talking and you could see patrol cars driving around the area. I remember thinking it's like they are looking for someone, but still never gave it another thought. until I saw it on facebook later that evening, and then the local news. and this week, everyone in the country, and other countries, have been talking about it. there was a fund set up, to raise money for his parents to come to Oklahoma I think, they people responsible for it had hoped to raise $15,000.00, last I looked, it was over $100,000.00. it makes no sense how something so horrible can happen when there are so many kind and caring people in this world, and raising that amount of money is just proof that there is still good out there, and lots of it. I for one am cheering for the good to keep shining through.
the story
this picture was taken out at my parents a few years ago, at least 4 if not 5. It was shortly after my mom had her first back surgery and she needed help putting out all of her Christmas decor. off we went to help, and at some point, Matt was trying to stress to her that she was over working him and he was to tired to do anymore. when she wasn't buying it, he put on her back brace and took her walking cane/stick and hobbled into the kitchen, like a 90 yr old man, to sit at the table in peace with my daddy. my daddy just looked up at him, shook his head, grinned his sideways grin, and went back to just sitting. there they sat, just sitting, no words, just sitting. it warms my heart to look at that picture of the two of them at the table.

I did lots and lots of stitching on this one. I like it, but it reminded me why I don't like to sew. it was almost like sewing a dress, all the stitching. ha wishing you all a great weekend. I'm headed down Dallas way tomorrow to spend the day with my posse of girls! We are going to a cocktail to colors event in Bedford. I'm thinking Bedford will never be the same again!

Monday, August 5, 2013


Can you believe it is August 5th, already! It's almost time for school to be starting back, winter clothes are now all over the stores, and we are still having 100+ degree temps, which makes it hard to think about coats!
But, I must get in the mind frame of winter/coats/holidays, for I really do plan to make some Christmas Presents this year! It's something I've thought about for a couple of years, and before the unthinkable happens, I want to get this done. So, I need to get busy!!
Not this week though, my darling husband, he's really been wanting to have a get together/cook out/pool party, and in a weak moment I said you should go ahead and plan for one. He jumped ALL over that! What was going to be about 8 people, has now turned into 16 and counting. My thoughts, if I've got to clean for 2, might as well make it worth it my time and be 20! And because I'm just a little to OCD, with an outside party, you have to do the inside and outside. This girl has been busy! The yard is looking really good though. :)
 Here's another layout I created this past week. It was for another challenge, while I had it completed by the deadline, I did not get it uploaded, and it's ok. I still posted it on thier site the next morning saying I just wanted to share. Our little cupcake, in the pool, appears to have turned her head and be fussing at someone, and this little caption just came to mind when I saw the photo. She is a mess and I'm afraid going to be really spoiled, but by her Aunt Jessica, not me. The layout, it was a lift a member challenge, and you can see the blog post here if you like along with a link the the member I lifted in the comments section.Gossamer Blue Member Lift
I really liked this layout, and now that I've lifted it, have to say I love it! So many great layers.

Wanted to include a little picture of our cupcake, to mark time, for when I look back on the blog. By the way, have you all noticed that there is not near as much traffic on your blogs as there was once before. I know people are still blogging, so we are all still out there, guess just not many leave comments anymore. AND, blogger is not my friend this morning, so please forgive everything being all together, with no paragraphs. Some exciting news for me, I've been wanting to take Karen Russell's photography class! I have such a crush on her and her style, I finally signed up. It starts next month, and I'm super excited! Wishing you all a good Monday, and great week!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dream Weaver

Can you believe this little beauty is almost 4 months old and this is the first layout I've made with the 2000 pictures I've taken of her.

This layout was created with Fancy Pants Wonderful Day Line.  I'm entering it in the Fancy Pants/Gossamer Blue Guest Design Team Spot.

There are lots of layers going on with this one.  I even used vellum to create a layer and a softer dreamy feel.  I stitched a few things down, and really like that added touch, and of course there is some misting.  This is the first contest I've entered, so wish me luck, and even if I don't get picked, I've still got a really nice layout completed of Cupcake!

I think this is the first layout I've completed in some time now, still staying pretty busy with the yard, and of course the baby, but I have to say, this was fun.  I realize how much I miss playing with paper!

Thanks for taking a minute of your busy day to stop by! Have yourself a wonderfully fabulous day!