Sunday, December 21, 2008
The Rakkido Giveaway
also check out
and this one
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
My daughters hair is ALWAYS in their faces, I am constantly having to buy hair pretties, so I was happy to stumble upon this giveaway to win a $20 worth of product and free shipping from Bitsy Bows, they have the cutest stuff!
today was my oldest last day of preschool before Christmas break, they had a breakfast for the two classes, with families. There were 9 of us, including my daughter, there. She made like 10 things, 3 ornaments and multiple wall hangings, and I got a homemade calendar for Christmas from her, it is really beautiful. The teachers had it binded and all that. She is so artistic and creative. She loves anything to do with arts and crafts, she even has her own desk and area in my studio. WHich I still need to relocate, but myabe after the holidays...
So that has been my day so far. OH, it snowed, or iced is more accurate, the ground is all ice, our back deck and porch is a solid sheet of ice, it is really hard to walk down to get to the van. dangerous!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I have decided to keep a "weekly blessing journal" in 2009. I am going to do this in Microsoft word, this will be new for me, because I have never kept an online journal of any sorts. I don't really count my blog, I am not sure why, I guess to me it isn't so much a journal, but a peek into my world for the public, a place to market myself and my art, to show who I am without delving too deeply into my psyche…
I have always kept a journal, actually I cannot remember a time when I did not. Ever since I was a little girl I have loved writing and did it often. Writing of any kind, lists, stories, poems, plans, ect… just the act of putting the pen to the paper and producing words was and is very cathartic to me. It feeds my soul. As a matter of fact, writing and publishing a novel is on my bucket list, that is actually something I need to write out. As of now, it is only in my head. I am getting off track though, so I love to write, including writing in a journal. I probably have 10 journals that are not quite filled, about 20 that are, and 10 that are blank, just waiting to be written in. I also have a few different types of journals, of course I have my personal journal. I also have a "house and home" journal, a "creativity" journal, a "food" journal, a "Christmas" journal, "Gratitude" journal (that was one of the unfinished ones) and a few more that I cannot think of right now… so this will just be an addition to my countless journals, I suppose this is similar to the gratitude journal that I started and never finished. But it will be different too, the main thing, is that this will all be done on the laptop, which like I already stated. Is a first for me. I guess we will see how it goes. Do any of you keep online journals? This is the Question of the Day, I mean, besides your blog…Let me know. Does anyone keep a Blessings journal? We will see how I do with it, I should do fairly well, I only have to write in it once a week and after a few weeks I should be in the habit. Maybe I should write it on my calendar for the same day each week so I don't forget, because that will be the reason why it doesn't get finished is that I forget about it. But I hope that doesn't happen, because I would really like to take all of the entires and make a really beautiful mini book out of them….this seems like a good idea to me. I have a lot of blessings in my life. Four of them are upstairs taking their naps right now.
Friday, December 5, 2008
You can go and buy it on amazon, and if you are on the fence about it, you really should get it, it's amazing!!!(I have not read it yet, but I am going to and I have read reviews, plus with the artists that are in it, it has to be good)
http://tinyurl.com/64h9tm <--Amazon- click to buy and read reviews
Or if you are cheap or broke, Susan is giving one lucky, lucky lady (or man) a copy...but I am counting on this being me since I am in the second catagory mentioned above at the moment...:)
Go to her blog, Ilka's Attic, and enter to win...simple huh??? YOu really need this, you know you do!
SO on to the question of the day, if you visit, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with your answer, comments make me SO HAPPy!!!
QUestion of the Day 12/5
What is your Christmas wish this year?
Well here are some bloggity blog candy giveaways for the day...be sure to go and see what they are and enter to win, and if you do win, remeber, I'm here, the big Loser, pass on the LOVE:)
Merry (almost) Christmas
*They give away a new stamp weekly and they are super cute, so check back with them weekly:)
This one is going to be DAILY until Christmas!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
5 days of giveaways!
You only have until tomorrow so hurry over and check it out!
amd here you can win a flip camera
Shauna Rogers is giving away some beautiful things, go there to see what they are, perfect for your little girls :) She also has a fab. etsy shop so you can shop there for your holiday gifts.
Here is the link:
This is another to check out, you can win AVON products, if you dont know, Avon is a wonderful company, I love it, their makeup is all I wear:)
With the one above, you can win the cutest little plushie!
A chance to win a very cool thing, but you have to go see it to find out what it is, but it is VERY WONDERFUL
REMEMBER- Support artists, SHOP HANDMADE
This lady is SOOOO awesome, I love her blog she tells you all these ways to save money and get FREE stuff, seriously, she is like my money idol, I wanna be just like her:)
So anyways she is giving away a wallie world giftcard, perfect for your holiday shopping, so go and enter:) NOW
SHe is also giving away a $15 Subway gift card here:::
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
So stick around and check back here and there to find out... and please, give freely, your time, your kindness, whatever you have to give...
Feel free to make these yummy cookies, I made these as a challenge over @
She is having a cookie exchange and knowing how I lOVE to bake, I was in, here is the recipe for
CHEWY CHOCOLATE COOKIES
Time from prep to in your mouth about an hour...
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 large egg whites
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped and melted
1. Position rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer until foamy, about 1 minute. Beat in granulated sugar in a slow, steady stream. Scrape down the sides, then beat in brown sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla and melted chocolate. Stir in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon until just incorporated.
3. Drop the batter by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart.
4. Bake the cookies until flat yet springy, with slightly cracked tops, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Let the pan cool for a few minutes before baking another batch; replace parchment paper if torn or scorched.
You can add in nuts, fruit, or dried fruit, or more chocolate chips!!! Whatever you would like to add in!1
Here are two methods to melt chocolate, I had some trouble with this the first few times I made these so you may want to read this and follow the tips!
1. Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a double boiler set over medium-high heat, then place chocolate in the top pan. (Alternatively, to improvise a double boiler, place chocolate in a heat-safe mixing bowl that fits snugly over a pan with 1 inch of simmering water.) Stir until half the chocolate has melted. Remove the bowl and continue stirring until the chocolate has fully melted. Cool for 5 minutes at room temperature.
2. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir well, then continue microwaving in 30-second increments on High until two-thirds of the chocolate has melted, stirring well after each heating. Remove the bowl and continue stirring until all the chocolate has melted. Cool for 5 minutes at room temperature.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I made my book on November 30, I finished around 3pm, on December 1st, I brought down all my supplies because my studio was too cold, so the kitchen table looked like a disaster area, not to mention that my children WOULD NOT leave me alone, Lily kept trying to take everything, and whenever I told her "no" which earned me the name "Bad Mommy" yes, that is a title i get whenever I am being "mean" which is usually when she is not listenin or doing something wrong.
Emma also would not leave me alone, she kept trying to touch everything, including my scissors and MM circle cutter that has a very sharp little knife...But I am done now and it is all cleaned up.
What is a December Daily?
Ali Edwards made one last year and is doing it this year as well, basically it is just an album (kind of ) that you use to document the days leading up to Christmas. Some people make their album go all the way to the new year, and others just have 25 days, that is what mine is, just the 25.
So each day you add a photo or some words about what you did, maybe a movie stub or a reciept for something you bought that day, it is just a daily record of your december.
WHy? Decmeber is a magical month, it is the last month of 2008 and it has Christmas. and christmas eve, seeing santa, decorating, caroling, lots and lots of activities and good times and it is just a fun way to document them all.
SO I made mine on 11/30 and I am so excited about it, I think it turned out SO BEAUTIFULLY, one of my best projects, I used a lot of different things for the pages and I made some pages just for decor, for example, on the 24th, I made a beautiful gold glittered page with a 3-d (Jolees) image of the Nativity, it looks amazing, I also decorated envies for each member of my family, for their CHristmas wishes, I even made one for my (almost) 3-mo. old baby!!! that is what I did yesterday. I am thinking about what I am going to do for todays page, I may wait, because we might go to "jolly Days" @ the children's museum, One night a month it is free afmission and since it typically costs over $60 for all of us, that is a real bargain, only problem is I can't remeber if it is the First Thursday or Tuesday of the month, so I wil need to check before I make any plans. More later.
Question of the Day
What is your fondest childhood Christmas memory?
Scrapbook Challenge of the Day
Make a handmade embellishment and use it on a layout or card.
So, she is giving away three of these babies, that the queen of craft (Martha) actually took home with her. So they have been "blessed" and maybe if you win and touch them the CREATIVITY BLESSING will rub of on you :)
So go here and enter to win, then watch the video and make your own, and then read all her past blog posts, cause this is one super talented chick... Believe me, she got bookmarked in my "Super-Dupe Talented People" Catagory in my Favorites, and that one only has like three people in it, you gotta be real special to win one of those spots, so you should really check it out.
Here is the site
Monday, December 1, 2008
and another one, this one is really good
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
There are FOUR prizes and they are cool@!!!
Here is another wonderful prize at an even more wonderful blog
and here is another
and this one
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
But, Thanksgiving is verrryyy soon, we have two family gatherings to attend, and they always happen almost at the same time. I wish one was early and the other lates.
I have not even begun any prep for Christmas, but I should, I still have to HANDMAKE cards, and lots of gifts, hopefully I can take a whole weekend or something and slam some things out rather quickly, if I can get an assembly line type thing going I will be alright
OH, and I have to make 30 cards for a swap I am in too... I forgot about that...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
and thought I would give it a go...
so here we go!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band ....at school
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland /world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo IN MY SHOWER!!!
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
there you go, not too bad, eh'? I wish I could mark them all off, there are some of those on this list that are on my bucket list. Maybe I should post that one on here too,
I do believe in God, but I am not a religious person, I grew up going to church and I have lots of pastors in my family, but personally I do not go to church. I just don't feel worthy of it or something, like a hypocrite, "here I am in church, pretending to be good, but as soon as I leave I am going to go outside, light a cigerette, cuss a bit, and generally sin, at least until next Sunday" I feel like I need to totally devote my life to God, read the bible, pray, all that and unless I can give that 100% then I can only give it 0%. Does that make any sense at all? There was a time in my life when I was "on fire" for the Lord, but that was a long time ago and alot of bad shit has happened since then...
I don't even know why I am writing about this, I don't even think about religion or GOd, let alone write or talk about it. Mysterious.
Scrapbooking, rubber stamping, paper crafts, creativity.... I love all of these things, but I have not made anything in so long, we moved in AUgust, when I was almost 9 months pregnant with my fourth child, I only just got my studio in order, but I still have some stuff to do and I cannot sit down and create until everything is put away and perfect. I think I have OCD or something, or maybe I am a messy neat freak...oxymoron isn't it?
Well what is everyone making in the way of Christmas crafts? I have not started on anything YET but I have a million and one ideas dwelling in my noggin' tyring to get onto paper. Maybe I will write them all on here and someone else may get some inspiration out of them.
Have you ever heard of badgirls? It is a totally kick ass, and even better, they are having all these christmas classes and workshops. It is AMAZING, and FTRRRRRRRReeeeeeeeeee...