Friday, February 26, 2010

A Door County layout

Don't forget about the BLOG CRAWL next week! Check out Bella Blvd. for more details, and check back here Monday for a couple of sneak peaks of what I'm going to be giving away!

Below is my final layout I did for the Creating Keepsakes blog last month. I used the All Inclusive line from Bella Blvd. I love all the bright colors in this line. This is a layout of my daughter, Alyssa, taken in Door County last summer. Looking at this layout makes me anxious for summer!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

HELP!! I Just Don't Get It!

So, I've been dealing with a situation for the past 25 years, and I just can't seem to get it! Don't get me wrong, I love my husband dearly (most of the time), but I'm STILL trying to figure out why, after all this time, I feel the need to repeat myself over and over again. I can tell him something, and an hour later, when I bring it up again, he looks at me like I'm some kind of alien and claims I never told him.

I've gone over and over and round and round in my mind and can't seem to make heads or tails of it. I used to think maybe he suffered from short term memory loss, but ruled that out because if I tell him something like "hey, let's watch the game tonight", he'd nag me and remind me of my commitment right up until kick off or tip off or what have you (this is solely a metaphor. I would never really ask him to watch a game). I also ruled out that he did too much acid in the sixties, since I realized he would have been a very small child then. Maybe he just doesn't give two hoots about what I have to say? I can't believe that could be, since I consider myself a person who has plenty of interesting things to say...hummmm...maybe I'm the only one that sees myself this way.

I don't know. I need help with this because it's very frustrating. Most of the people that read my blog know, I've worked at the Scrapbook Store for the past 7 years and pretty much work with the same people, and talk about them ALL THE TIME, yet, the other day when I told him Debbie and Donna were in charge of the weekend krop that the store put on last weekend, he said, "Really? Who's that? Oh, Debbie works at the Scrapbook Store?" I wanted to hit him right there and then...REALLY HARD! I've been talking to him on numerous occasions about this, because I usually run the krop, and didn't have to this year, and Debbie has worked there for years. What the hell??? Another good one was when after we were talking about Bella Blvd a few weeks ago, he says to me, "Tell me again exactly what "Bella" is". WHAT???? I've only been working and doing projects for the company for the past two years! What really kills me, is he can come home from work (he's got about 400 employees) and tell me a story that includes several people, and if I don't remember everyones name, rank and serial number, I'm accused of not caring about him and what he goes through throughout the day.

Sorry for my rambling, but I just don't get it!

Here's another gem. I tell Paul this past Monday that I had to go into the Scrapbook Store to drop something off and I said I'd be back within the hour. I get to the store and my phone rings. Guess who it is? And guess what he wants? Yep, you guessed it. He wants to know where I am. I wanted to reach through the phone line ( I guess I mean cel tower) and strangle him. I hang up the phone and tell my friend, Cheryl my situation and she proceeds to tell me this:

She said she purposely waits until the last moment to tell her husband anything, because he won't remember. She says, "I held off and didn't tell Jim until Thursday night that I was going to be gone at the weekend krop Friday afternoon through Sunday because I knew he'd forget. Then, what does he do? Friday comes along and he asks me if I wanna go to a fish fry."

So, I guess I'm not the only one. And I guess I'll still be looking for the answer 25 years from now, if he lives that long.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Goofy Evan!

Here's another layout I did for the CK blog. I loved working with the Man of the House line, because I don't do many masculine layouts. This is a great line. I had a tough time choosing what product to use because there's so much to choose from. This is a layout of my nephew, Evan. He's such a goof and really knows how to make a person laugh!

Monday, February 22, 2010


This is going to be so much fun!!

On March 5th, Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup and Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker are teaming up and there will be large product giveaways from each company! Crawl from blog to blog to be eligible to win! It's easy. There will be more info to follow to see how it works!

And it just gets better and better!

Oh My Gosh, if you go to the designer blogs from these three sights, you're in for a ton of more surprises. Many of the designers are also offering awesome giveaways including Yours Truly. I know that's a lot of blogs, but not to worry, you have a whole week to hit all the blogs. So check back to see what you can win!!! And tell your friends to do the same!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Little Girls are Heaven's Flowers!

I just can't decide which of the new lines from Bella Blvd is my favorite. I love Estate Sale because it's so versatile. This layout is of 3 of the adorable little girls I watch at the daycare, Karlei, Samantha, and Grace. This is one of the layouts featured about a month ago on the CK blog.

By the way, be sure to stop back Monday for a very special Bella announcement!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Simple Card

Here is a card (actually the only card) I made for the Bella Blvd. booth at CHA last month. I'm not really too much of a card person. I don't know why. It just seems like they never look as good as the vision in my head, or as good as most of the cards I see created by other people. This one was made using the Man of the House line.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to my BFF!

The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've ever had. Love you, Carole!! Have a great Birthday!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Here is a layout I did using a little bit of Bella!

Monday, February 8, 2010

I've wanted one of these little guys for quite some time now. Since I am highly allergic to dogs and cats, I thought this would be a fun alternative. Royal Dandie pigs are extremely clean, intelligent, able to be litter trained, non-allergenic, and not to mention, ADORABLE. They only grow to be a maximum of 20 pounds and unless you leave food around, they pretty much stay out of trouble. I've done much research on these little guys and am in love! Just one problem (besides the fact that Paul is not too thrilled with the idea, but he can be swayed), there is a "No Swine" ordinance in the city of Milwaukee. I was told it was not going to be changed unless they could be classified as a "house pet". While the popularity is growing in other places, not so much in Milwaukee. I was told to keep checking back to see if and when the ordinance will be lifted. So here I wait. In the meantime, I've invested in this guy. While he may be quite boring, at least he's pretty-much no maintenance.

Meet "Jaws".........