Thursday, December 31, 2009

So long 2009

This is it my last post for 2009. Overall it has been a good year for us...we have our health, we both have jobs and our children are doing well and having fun being kids. Really what more could one ask for?

No big plans for us tonight...just had a nice family dinner including MIL (who leaves tomorrow) I tried a new recipe... Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Bananas with honey. I saw it on the FoodNetwork at Thanksgiving and have been dying to give it a try. It was delish!!!

Other than that it has been a dreary day...a mix of snow & freezing rain which appears to have finally stopped. It was a great day to spend a few hours working on some scrappy stuff. Got another project with the Confetti kit done and I'll give you one last peek for 2009....

It's all kit accept for the black cardstock, MM Tiny Alphas & the MM Glitter Bling frame. The Glitter Bling Frames are available as addon's this month over in the store at Coordinates Collections....and see a frame doesn't always have to hold a picture. Here it highlights my title.

Well that's all I got for now...Talk to you next year!

Sunday, December 27, 2009


A nice "normal" Sunday and after the last few hectic weeks my mojo returned to full strength and I played in my scraproom. I got a 2-pager done with the January "Confetti" kit over at Coordinates Collections. So that's 2 projects down and I got ideas for a few more. Can't wait to show them to you on reveal day.( Remember because of the holiday and the fact that the DT didn't get kits until late...the official date has been moved back to January 5th)

Here's a little peek...

The yellow pattern paper is from the addon and the Heidi Swapp snowflake & Pink Paislee fashion script letters are from my stash.

I'm off to work tomorrow. Just working 3 days this week...since I didn't have any travel plans I volunteered to come in so others could travel. MIL will be arriving tomorrow night for a few days, so we are still in the throws of celebrating Christmas. One more round of gifts to open on Tuesday night.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas everyone...I hope you are enjoying your holidays and time spent with family & friends. Our festivities began early yesterday evening with the 5:30pm Children's Mass.(Dan nearly missed due to his EMT duties apparently around 3:30 a rash of calls start going out and everyone available was paged...he called from the hospital at 4:45 saying he'd meet us at church)
Here's a look at my angel before the service...

And here is a shot of the angels looking on as "Gabriel" speaks to "Joseph".

I can say that all the little "angels" played their parts perfectly...they were so "angelique" and cute. Now all the little shepards were not so well played... I think one almost brought down one of the candles at the end of the pew.

Due to our connections with the local fire dept. we found out that Santa had just passed by our house before we got home. When they found out we were home, they drove back to our street to deliver the 1st presents of the night. Everyone was pleased as you can see here...
Fritz received a "paintball" game for his Playstation and Becca received the Tinkerbell movie which included a little treasure box & necklace. We had a delicious meal of filet mignon with redwine hollendaise sauce, mashed potatoes, and spinach souffle.

Surprisingly Dan & I were the first up this morning, but by 7:30 we had 2 children bouncing beside our bed eager to go down to see what Santa dropped off.

Fritz's big gift was a new improved paintball gun and this picture is Becca showing off the Precious Moments figurine Santa left for her. Behind her is a dollhouse which she has played with all day. She really wanted something for her Barbies and this does the trick! To top it off it was 1/2 the price of the Barbie house and is built much better.

Dan is now putting in a few hours at the Rescue Squad(they are normally 12hr shifts, but on the holidays they break them up into small sections so that people can spend time with their families...if only the PD could operate that way too.) Tonight is just the 4 of us for dinner we will be having lasagna. Tomorrow we will travel to my Dad's for a big family dinner/gift exchange and then next week my MIL & SIL will be here for a few days.

So that's what we've been up to the last 24 hours.

Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I am officially ready

I took today off, ran a few errands this morning. Picking up candies at the local candy store, buy extra tape and wrapping paper at CVS, running to the grocery store for a few needed ingredients for the upcoming meals, etc. Then I came home and wrapped. By the time the kids got home everything was done.Whew! Cranked out some of that Bacon Bleu Cheese dip from Thanksgiving and passed out containers to a few people to enjoy over their holidays. (Lisa, if I had a way you would have gotten one :wink:)

Going to just chill with the family tonight knowing that I'm ready.

The only thing on the list tomorrow is a little prep work in the kitchen for dinner tomorrow night and on Christmas. That way when we get home for the Children's service tomorrow night it won't take much effort to get dinner on the table. I think this is the first year that I won't be wrapping on Christmas Eve. Someday (probably in another life), I hope to be one of those super organized people that have it all done well before the big day.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

14 inches later...

I know for some of you it's not a big deal, but here along the southern NJ coast it is. Especially since it isn't even winter yet.

Dan left his car at the end of the driveway so we were able to get it out relatively easy this morning and get to church at 10am (not many people were as brave as we were) Once we came home we now had to dig everything out.

Luckily for us our neighbor came over with his tractor and plowed out our entire driveway before we got to far into the manual digging process.

This left me free to do laundry and scrap this afternoon. Have you seen the January kit's yet??
They are called Confetti & Champagne. Such great names and so very fitting. I'm working with the Confetti kit this month.

A mix of papers from Bella Blvd "Flirty", American Crafts "Teen" and Basic Grey "Sugar Rush". Add in some goodies from Prima, Hambly and Pink Paislee you get a totally rocking kit! So very bright and fun. Here's a peek at a layout I did this afternoon ...

The green Prima "Sprite" & the Doodlebug "Shin-Dig" letters that you see in the picture did not come with the kit but you can pick them up in the CC store.

This kit is so fun and versatile...parties, girly layouts, and any other thing you might want to add a fun pop of color to. I'm even thinking of using some of this weekend's snow pictures with these papers.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow Bound Saturday

This is the view from the front door about 8am this morning at that time we had about 3 inches.

It didn't take long for the boy to decided he needed to be out in the snow. Here I caught him throwing a snowball...just waiting for someone to come out and join him.

My plan for today was my annual cookie baking with a close friend and our daughters. Drinking my morning coffee and listening to the forecast I knew I'd be on my own baking today. I did manage to bake 4 different kinds of cookies and add that to the 2 varieties I baked during the week, I'd say I got enough for some cookie trays to give away. Here's a picture of some cookies that I made from a new recipe I found this year....

Coconut Lime Shortbread cookies. MMMM, the smell was heavenly when grating the lime peel. This is a shot of them right after I spooned the lime glaze over them...they were draining over the sink(love easy clean up :wink:)

So after I heated up soup for the family as todays lunch du jour, I headed of to my scrappy space. Last weekend I mentioned that I printed out some pictures to scrap. Well I got as far as choosing the pattern papers and cutting a few pieces to size...then it sat all week! Band concerts and other holiday activities interfered.

Due to the weather conditions I had a hard time getting a good picture of the layout.(sorry) Used some Pink Paislee stuff on this...mostly stuff from the Mistletoe Collection, but there is a small piece of paper from the "Vintage Moon" collection too (remember that cool blue & silver pattern?). A few clear Prima crystal swirls, a chipboard piece from the "Enchanted Collection", some ribbon from my stash and Pink Paislee Expressions chipboard letters & whimsy stickers.

After finishing this off I cleaned up my table and I'm already to get started on my January DT projects for Coordinates Collections. My kit came in yesterdays mail...perfect timing!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Finally...'s beginning to feel like Christmas at our house. Got all the decorations up and most all of my shopping complete. Whew!

Yesterday the "big" cut tree in the family room went up...completing the decorations.

Yes it's big....close to 9ft. I had to trim a bit off the top to get the angel to set properly. So many fun ornaments on this tree. Handmade stuff by the kids, a picture of Becca from each year at dance(these are so fun to look at...seeing her change), ornaments from my childhood, some old glass ornaments from my grandmother and even a few from my great grandmother's home. Lots and lots of memories.

While out shopping this week I found some cool glass candy canes at Pier 1. These suckers are big (and they even had some bigger). I decided they would be cool placed in a clear glass vase/ container in the kitchen.

So here's what I have on one end of the kitchen island.
(The brushes used on both of these photos are by Ali Edwards...purchased @ Designer Digitals)

Taking a break from the holiday madness and just printed out some pictures from the "Tree Lighting Ceremony" that Becca danced in earlier this month. Hoping to find time to scrap them soon. Stay tuned.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mixed Media Album

So, so very glad I bought a few of these albums earlier this year! Yesterday was a rainy, icy, snowy day ...great for finishing up this album. Now I can get it out in the mail this weekend. I'm sending it to my brother and his family. So I started with the Fancy Pants Mixed Media Album and the pulled out the scraps from the "Oceanside" kit (I think it was just this past July's kit over at CC)...lot's of Fancy Pants Summer Soiree and Cosmo Cricket Snorkle. I then added in some more FP Summer Soiree and loads of other stuff like Jillibean Journaling Sprouts, MM cork letters & Tiny Alphas, Creative Cafe embellishments, some Pink Paislee letter stickers and some other stuff.

Well after taking pictures today I sorted more pattern papers as I am arranging the new space. I have a nice donate pile going...I know some of it will be going to the school real soon. Also got some of the Christmas decorations up. It's finally beginning to feel like Christmas around here.

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend.

12 Giveaway's of Christmas

Check this out...

Lot's of fun stuff being given away each day...even a cool kit from Coordinates Collections.
Go check it out!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Where is the time going? I have started shopping, but the decorating has to be done soon! Boxes have been drug out of the attic...just need to get it all up.

Well it is the 1st of the month so I can finally share my work from the South Pole kit over at Coordinates Collections!

This layout uses papers from the kit and the diecut paper is from the pattern paper addon and so are the chipboard pieces. The chipboard letters are leftovers from last months Pumpkin Pie kit.

This layout is a quick simple one using product from the kit. The only addition from my stash were the Pink Paislee Whimsy letter stickers (gosh I LOVE those things!)

So that's 2 of my layouts for the month...the rest are all uploaded to my gallery at CC.

Heading out to a "Tree Lighting" ceremony. Becca's dance class is performing a tap routine to "Here Comes Santa Clause"...hoping I get a good picture or two. My photo skills at night need some work;).

Friday, November 27, 2009

{an awesome giveaway}

have you seen Donna Downey's blog today?? Besides a great sale in her store; there is a giveaway going until 10pm EST tonight. The Quikutz Epic6!!!! Now wouldn't this be a great addition to my new scraproom???

No shopping for me today (well maybe a little internet shopping later tonight), just stayed home and finished up my DT projects. Loved, loved, loved the South Pole kit over at Coordinates Collections. I cranked out 2 more layouts & 2 cards this morning!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well I have my cooking done for the day. We'll be eating with my family so I only had to prepare an appetizer and a side dish. Trying a new bacon blue cheese dip and the old stand by side dish of glazed carrots. We are leaving shortly for a day of visiting with family.

As promised here are two peeks from the December South Pole kit over at Coordinates Collections.

On this layout I added in a few of the chipboard letters from last months kit...I inked them a nice dark brown. I also highly recommend the Crate Paper-Season chipboard shapes that are available as an addon this month...I've used them on both layouts so far!

Well that's all for everyone celebrating Thanksgiving enjoy your day and don't eat too much turkey!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


...still no pictures for you. The weekend just flew right by and I hardly spent anytime at home. None of which was during daylight hours when I could take some pictures to share with you.

On Saturday Fritz's team lost their game, but Becca's won their game. On Sunday the boys tied. This actually dropped them from 1st place in their division to 3rd or 4th (we'll have to wait on the outcome of a few makeup games to be played by other teams) Becca ended up having an assist on a goal and even though they still have to makeup a game they are the winners of their division!! I'm sure in the spring they will be seeded in a much tougher division.

The last 2 nights I've been playing around with my South Pole kit from Coordinates Collections. I've gotten one layout done and have ideas for 3 more layouts and a card or 2. Just hoping I can get it all accomplished by Saturdays due date.

Stay tuned for some sneak peeks in the near future.

Friday, November 20, 2009

So I've been slacking again...

...sorry :(!

Anyway...not much going on creatively. I have done a few pages in the mini album mentioned in the previous post. Maybe tomorrow in the daylight I'll get a few pictures so I can share.

Yesterday this arrived in the mail....

This is the "South Pole" kit being offered in December over at Coordinates Collections. The other kit is called "North Pole" and is a great Christmas kit(It may end up at my house soon too!) I'm hoping to get started with it on Sunday.

Guess what else arrived today???? The chair for my scrappy room. It is a bit bigger than I imagined, but it is comfy.

Tomorrow I have 2 soccer games & then 1 on Sunday. After this weekend soccer is officially over for Fritz(until March). Becca still has a makeup game to play...I think it will be played the weekend after Thanksgiving. Then, just then, I may have a little extra time to create and share.

TGIF and enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Starting a new project

in the middle of my moving project.

Remember last winter when I raved about those Fancy Pants mixed media books??? Well I stocked up on a few and had a chance to use a piece of one in a kit over at CC in July. Do you remember the wall art I made? (It will soon be hanging in the new room :wink:) Otherwise these books have just been sitting in a basket waiting to be used.

Today was the day...

I finally broke out one to create a mini-album as a Christmas gift. This will be a summer/vacation themed album. I'll be using the remnants of the "Oceanside" kit from last June I believe. (It had some Cosmo Snorkle & Fancy Pants Summer Soiree as the main elements) I also have the Summer Soiree Notebook Journal and some other fun stuffed pulled out to can see a red Jillibean "Sprout" already. I'll keep you updated with the progress, but I would like to have it done by the end of the month so I can get it mailed off in time for the holiday.

Otherwise it has been a pretty productive day. Got out this morning before the weather turned nasty and got a start on my Christmas shopping. :smile: Stopped and picked up a blind at Home Depot for the window in my room. Started sorting/organizing again which when I ran across some summer/beach themed embellishments, made me decide to stop and get to work on this gift I had planned to make.

Today is Veterans Day here in the USA I want to just take a moment to say "Thank You" to all who have served and those who are presently serving our Country. I am very grateful for your service.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Well you know I've been moving,sorting, and reorganizing my stuff this weekend...I found a picture a friend gave to me to scrap still in the envelope. Now just a little background...when her daughter was a senior she asked me to do a book of school pictures for her kids. I finished said book with the exception of her son's Senior Year portrait and "First Day of 12th Grade" picture. Shortly after she got his Senior Portrait, she gave me one to scrap. I waited almost 2 years for his "First Day" picture. When she gave it to me in June, she said "I know it's late and I know your busy...whenever you get a chance " Well I put it aside and it got buried in the chaos of my life until last night.

So today after soccer (which we won :)) I scrapped instead of moving, sorting, & organizing.

Won't she be surprised when I give it to her this week.
I was sort of inspired by my last layout with the progression of pictures across the page, but since I had just one I made copies of it in a slightly smaller size...leading up to the big picture. This idea sort of came from a recent layout done by a fellow DT member over at CC, Kimberly Madrid. She used a series of wallet pics across a page with a few embellies it was totally awesome. You can see it here.

Speaking of the upcoming week...I have to go back to work. Ugh! Thankfully Wednesday is Veterans Day (ie a Holiday for still will be in school).

Have a great week.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I'm slowly getting there. As I'm moving stuff into the new room I'm trying to think about how I scrap. What should go where? What are my go to items? Should it be in the desk drawers or can it be else where in the room? I have 3 drawers down each side of my work unit. I had already decided that the right side would be devoted to holding supplies...pens, paints, pencils, brushes, glitter, punches, etc. Moved all that stuff in almost right away. Today I spent contemplating some of my embellishments.

I got this really cool container the other day and proceeded to fill it almost completely.

I love all the little compartments and the fact that it is clear. (Now when I'm working on a project I can just pull this out and see exactly what I have) I filled it with brads, photo corners, and photo turns. I got rid of so much packaging!!!

So the top drawer on the left side has my inks in it.

Then here is a look at the middle drawer.

And then this is the bottom drawer on the left hand side.

I figured most of this stuff gets used quite a bit in my scrapping and it fit nicely into small bins/ wire baskets which line the drawers.

Slowly I'm getting there!

My chair will be delivered on November 20th and then I can finalize the placement of the shelves to hold my papers.

I have some more organizing and sorting of embellishments tomorrow afternoon once we return home from soccer.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mission Accomplished

All that was planned for today got done...WooHoo!

Becca woke up today feeling much better and no fever (kept her home just to be safe), started a beef stew in the crockpot, headed out on my shopping mission (by myself I might add...Dan stayed home with B), came home put away everything that was purchased (new kitchen glasses(we were down to just 3 from the original set plus a bunch of mismatched oddities), a pair of new shoes, a new shirt & sweater, some socks, and a bunch of storage items from the Container Store), voted, and then came home and got pictures of my projects from yesterday.

So here they are...

The Scrapbook Cafe provided me with some papers from the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses line and everything else you see here on the layout except for the cardstock, letter stickers/foam Thickers & the chipboard heart. On my 4x6 picture I used an Ali Edwards digital stamp.

When I have time (which is very rare anymore) I like to take my time and wrap my presents creatively. Here's a look at what I came up with using some more of the BG papers.

I just wrapped my boxes in plain brown mailing paper and then cut a strip of paper to make a band around the box. On top of each band I placed a paper flower. The big flower I recently saw directions for on the internet. (Basically it is a large scalloped circle wrapped around a large button or brad and then pleated to make the petals) I then glittered the middle of the flower. the flower on the small box is layered diecut flowers in 3 different sizes and the centered is a fringed piece of paper that you rollup, glue, then un furl the edges.

So that's creativity from yesterday and a very productive day today.

Monday, November 2, 2009

{a new phone}

Well the phone fairy must have heard my wishes about getting a new phone because today while I was holed up in my room "creating"...3 Verizon bags appeared on my kitchen table.

Our contracts were up and we got new phones!!!! I am now the owner of a Blackberry I need to figure out how to use it. Good thing I'm on vacation and maybe able to take a few minutes and read the instructions.

So yes I did do a little scrapping today. I made 2 projects with some of the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper (and some other goodies supplied to me by the Scrapbook Cafe). Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to get some pictures and then I can share with you.

Speaking of tomorrow, Dan & I had planned to go out on a little shopping adventure. I was hoping to get back to the Container Store, Crate&Barrel and a few others that hold absolutely no interest to my children. Plans have changed...I was picking Becca up from school today since she has Dance right afterwards. One look at her and I could tell something was wrong. Out in the car she announced she didn't feel well. Achy & an upset stomach. I took her temp when we got home...101.8. She's now Motrin'ed up and resting in bed. Dan told me he'd stay home with her so I could go out...hope all is well in the morning and I can get a little retail therapy in. It has been ages since I was out shopping by myself.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

{poor neglected blog}

Yep, I've been neglecting the blogging world lately. So many blogs that I have to catch up...sorry blogging world. As you all know life is just crazy busy sometimes and my blogging time has suffered. To catch you all up my life is just full of running kids here, there and everywhere. You want your kids to be active and social, but at times I feel like I've gotten a full-time job as chauffeur. Thank goodness for car has truly saved me some nights. Now if I just got a phone with internet abilities...maybe I could blog while waiting to pickup kids after practices :wink:

So it is the first of the month (November...can you believe it?) and I just finished posting projects over at Coordinates Collections as well as updating some contest info on the message board.

I told you I picked up a couple bottles of Maya Mists this month and was having fun playing with them. Here are a couple of projects using the Pumpkin Pie kit and some Mists.

Really most of this card came from supplies in my stash. The idea I had when I started this card looks nothing like the finished card. Originally I was going to spray the Maya Mist as a background...using some HS acrylic butterflies as a mask for my background, then piece together a flower out of pattern paper in the kit. Well I sprayed the mist and then put it aside to dry while I worked on some other projects. When I came back to this card I had just finished using a Prima felt stem on another project and still had the peel-off backing lying on my desk. Ah Ha...that white backing looks stunning... I wish I had used it as a mask! Well I did the next best thing...I glued the backing right onto the card. With the addition of some Pink Paislee letter stickers from my stash I created a simple elegant card...all the while recycling too!

Now here's the layout I gave you a sneak of in last post:

To start I laid out some fern leaves on my cardstock and sprayed with pink Maya Mist. Layering the pink over the orangey cardstock just intensified the color and when I removed the leaves I had a nice subtle background image. Everything on this layout was included with the kit except for the small Jenni Bowlin stickers"Gettysburg" and the Jillibean Soup Journaling spot(which I inked to tone it down so it would blend into the layout). The Maya Road chipboard letters which were included with the kit were sprayed with the blue metallic Maya Mist.

Well that's all I have for now. I'm on vacation this week, no trips involved. Just staying at home...maybe doing a little shopping, working on moving more stuff into the new scrapbook room, have a layout to do for the Scrapbook Cafe(hope to do that tomorrow), maybe just enjoying being creative in my new room and quite possibly finding sometime to blog.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Playing with my pie

My "Pumpkin Pie" kit arrived earlier this week and the last day or 2 I have been playing with, so, very yummy! I picked up a couple of bottles of the MayaMist offered in the CC store so as soon as my box arrived I began spraying the mists on different surfaces (ie paper, textured paper, cardboard, chipboard) to get a feel for it. I really think I like these. So far I have a card and a layout done with the kit.

Here's a little peek at my layout:

Do you see a subtle pattern on the cardstock? Just a little something I created with one of the mists. The journaling spot is actually a white based Journaling Sprout from Jillibean Soup that I added from my stash. I inked the sprout to make it blend in with the neutrals of this kit.

We also managed to get a soccer game in today during the drizzle...

Here come's the offensive line bringing the ball up the field. They ended up winning 7-2.

Hoping to get another layout done tonight. Tomorrow we have a home game right after church and then I'm hoping to get a little more scrapping time in. I've got ideas brewing.

Happy weekend!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Coming Together

Well it's been a very rainy wet weekend here in southern New Jersey. The Soccer League canceled league play this weekend due to the poor field conditions. We had a free weekend...yay! Bad news...we will be now playing makeup games the 1st weekend of December (brrr!).

We went out shopping yesterday. Fritz was in desperate need of new jeans, so we went to Old Navy and then we also made a trip to Target & Borders...then Dan offered to take us all out to lunch.

In the afternoon we decided to put the drawer pulls on the cabinets and install the countertop in the new scraproom. A little sidenote about this week...said countertop was hanging out the back of Dan's SUV when he dropped his keys. He bent down to pick up the keys and yes you guessed it...caught the side of his forehead on the edge of the counter. He called me at work and off we went to the ER. Luckily, no stitches were needed. They just cleaned and taped it up.

Now last week when we began to position the cabinets my inital plan to wrap the counter around both walls was thrown out the door. This would have just taken up too much space in this little room. So I then decided to just run it from the window down to the corner. After installing the countertop this is what it looks like right now.

I've begun filling up some of the drawers with tools and supplies. I know it will take me quite sometime to get it completely organized to my liking. I have to get Dan to hang the dark brown floating shelves on the wall above the counter. Probably the jars of ribbon and Creative Cafe embellishments seen here sitting on the counter will go up on the shelves. (He also has to still install the baseboard too, then his work will be finished)

I bought these at Target yesterday:

Thought they might be fun for organizing stuff. Pat has these little tin baskets/pails at her shop...

They come in a variety of colors (I'm taking my fabric swatch up with me on my next visit to find something that matches my decor). This might be a fun accent on the counter top holding some of the things I use all the time.

Well I don't think I will share anymore pictures until I get the room all finished. Got a chair on order, some pictures to hang, etc. So stay tuned. It's finally coming together.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A quick weekend recap

We left Friday and came home on Monday. Most of the weekend was spent in South Central Pennsylvania at the Dillsburg Soccer Tournament. 250 teams over 18 different field sites...that's a lot of soccer action. Saturday and Sunday was spent either playing or waiting to play a game.

He's now playing the striker position, so this is a shot of putting the ball into play the beginning of the 2nd half of one of the games. On Saturday he did shoulder in a ball scoring a goal...of course I didn't get a shot of that.

Then I snapped this picture of the team laying together along the sideline watching another game. There were 24 teams in the U12 division and our guys ended up 8th. I don't think they cared where they placed...they just enjoyed the fact that they all got to stay in a hotel for the weekend together.

We were done our games by 1pm on Sunday and decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall day and the fact that we were within a 1/2 hours drive of Gettysburg.

After watching a film in the visitors center we headed out on a car tour of the actual battlefield. I took A LOT of pictures. It really is unbelieveable how little these rolling hills have changed since those 3 days in July 1863. This is a picture of a row of cannons located at the beginning of Seminary Ridge (the Confederate Side) if I remember correctly one of the regiments from Virginia was stationed here. We drove down along the top of Seminary Ridge, around thru Round Top and Little Round Top and then across Cemetary Ridge. From every angle the views were amazing and you could almost picture the battle going on before you. A very moving afternoon indeed.

More stories from the remodeling/scraproom front, but I will save them for another post...with maybe a picture or two. However, tomorrow is the 1st game of the NLCS I maybe preoccupied :wink: Go Phillies!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pumpkin Pie or Lemon Meringue?

No not the pies (but they are both good)...I'm talking about the November kits over at Coordinates Collections. (Love these names!) Here's a look at the kits...

The delicious "Pumpkin Pie" preview...featuring stuff from BoBunny, Little Yellow Bicycle, Maya Road and SEI to name a few.

and then this is the equally delicious "Lemon Meringue" featuring Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Maya Road and Prima I believe. It was a tough choice for me this month, but I'm going with Pumpkin Pie (it was my baby from the "1st ingredient" back in July/August) So now I'm waiting for my box and hoping to get some fun fall pictures of the Pennsylvania countryside when we are at our soccer tournament this weekend.

I was off today (actually took a little vacation time...will not be going back to work until next Tuesday...Yippee!) and Dan & I headed to Lowes while the kids were in school. Guess what I got? Yep...we picked up the cabinets, countertop, and a new ceiling fan for my room. I purchased unfinished cabinets because I decided I wanted to paint the base cabinets a taupe color(to match a stripe in my valance & it will be a nice contrast to the dark floor) I spread a tarp on the back deck this afternoon and managed to get 2 coats of paint on the cabinets.
The color of the cabinets is called "Lyndhurst Stone".

So this is what our back deck looks like right now. I may have to do a bit of lite sanding on the drawer fronts tomorrow morning, then a quick 3rd coat of paint. Hopefully by late tomorrow we may begin the installation process. (fingers crossed) My other plan for tomorrow morning is to finally head up to the Scrapbook Cafe to see all the changes & to drop off my projects.

Oh yeah and the Phillies won this afternoon...Yippee!!!!
It was a good day.