I am so bad about using kits, even nice ones from like Amy Tanegrine or Studio Calico. I seem to put them aside to use in a minute, then months later I open them up, only to discover the treasures inside. This is a Studio Calico kit from I think early summer. I used it for a simple photo I snapped of a book while in California in July.
Does anyone know the name of this kit? Hope everyone has a great weekend!
I am thankful for so many things this year. My husband and best friend, who works so hard for his family and after 18 years still brings me a Starbucks often just because, or sends me sweet emails to say hi while he's traveling. My daughters, each so different in so many ways, yet both so sweet and caring and genuine. My extended family, I miss them often, but am thankful they are all healthy and I look forward to seeing them during winter break. My wonderful friends, each I enjoy to share a cup of coffee with or instagram post. I am thankful for my health, my families health and for the help we have received from my youngest's therapists for her dyslexia. She has come so far this school year. I am thankful for the traveling and life experiences we get to have in this amazing, lovely life. I am thankful for the freedoms and opportunities afforded to my family and for the roof over our head, the food on our table and the warmth in our beds.
Yes, very thankful.
I know, it's fall and Thanksgiving, but I just finished the Amy Tangerine summer mini book that we put together when she came here a couple months ago. She taught a series of classes at the LSS and I was so excited to see her again and make something from her awesome line, as well as just catch up with my old friend.
I left out a few pages, but you can see Amy put together a great mini kit, right? I love mini books, they are so fun to look back at a certain time like a vacation or day. As you may can see, I underestimated the amount of pictures I took over the summer and so I made many fold-out accordian style pages so I could add just 5-8 more each page. San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Portugal, friends, family, birthdays, bbqs, swimming, beaches, it was a good summer!
I don't now about you, but watching the news on tv and the internet, I am brought to tears at the incredible devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Living less than 2 years in south Florida now, I have heard many stories about hurricanes and their powers, but this blows my mind. I feel so deeply for the millions affected, my heart aches for them. Please donate whatever you can now to the American Red Cross to aid people with food, water, medicine and the essentials so they can start, ever so slowly, to rebuild. (to call the # is 1-800-HELP NOW or text RedCross at 90999 to make a $10 donation)
We had our annual Halloween party last night. Themed spooky foods, spooky music and trick or treating. It was so fun. We love our new neighbors, the girls have become fast friends and we had two other families join us. I also included a couple pictures of the girls and Dave carving pumpkins the day before Halloween. The last picture is the girls and I, big sis is Big Bird, little sis is Dorothy (don't you love how her hair kept falling out...) and I am a forgotten doll from underneath your bed, hair matted, dirty faced...and I am angry you have forgotten about me...very angry.
It was a good time.
Another autumn spent here in Florida, our second, and I think this fall festival was better than the last. We went up to Boynton Beach/Delray Beach to this cute farm stand that had quite the nice fall festival. The wind was out so it cooled it down a bit, making it feel almost fallish. Hurricane Sandy is heading up the coastline so we've had little humidity and I can tell you I LOVE IT!!!
Apple cider donuts, pumpkins and scarecrows, corn mazes and crafts, reminding us of the northeast or western US fall festivals, it was a good day. Any good fall festivals around your area?
I would have loved this as a child.
Living in south Florida in my opinion is not easy in the summer months. I do not love the heat and we're used to getting out and about and get to know our city or nature areas, however here, 7 months out of the year it is so freakin' hot unless you are submerged up to your eyeballs in water, it's just too stifling. Living here now a year and a half, I can see come October it does start to cool down just a bit. Last weekend we decided to see a nature area, little sis is 100% naturalist in spirit. She loved walking through the mangrove trees and acres of ferns, tiny creepy crabs scouring across the path, butterflies landing on delicate daisies, Secret Woods Nature Area beautiful place.
What a lovely place and a lovely day!
Two years ago when we went to Paris we visited Notre Dame Cathedral and saw an older woman feeding the birds in the front courtyard. The girls naturally found it charming and much like the scene from Mary Poppins. The woman obviously spoke French, but we communicated through gestures and smiles and she shared her bird feed with the girls. She even poured some over little sis' head and the birds flew all around us and a few landed atop her head. Big sis and I laughed with delight, but Dave, always the germaphob, was worried that the birds would give little sis some weird bird flu. :)
After I was all done with these two layouts I realized I put pics of the Eiffel Tower... I should have put Notre Dame..duh. I made two almost identical layouts, one for big sis' and one for little sis' albums.
What an amazing performer!! Dave and I went last week to see Florence and the Machine. I have loved her since she became popular a few years ago and I think she has probably one of the prettist voices of any singer today. She is dramatic and beautiful and opulant. She seems so very grateful for her fans when she often spoke to the crowd and seems to really love what she does.
If you have a chance, it's a show well worth the money.
A month or so before we moved from Mexico City we went up to Valle de Bravo which is about an hour and a half away in picturesque mountains, and there is something magical that happens once a year. Millions of monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles from Canada to Mexico and we were so excited to see it. Dave and I hiked the steep path up the mountain and the girls rode horses until we reached the crest of the mountain where suddenly clouds of yellow-orange wings fluttered about. It truly was magical, butterflies landing all over your body, so many butterflies on branches of the trees overhead their weight actually made the branches bend.
(That's Portuguese for "it was beautiful!")
Finally I uploaded last month's trip to Portugal. This summer was wonderfully delicious with so many awesome travel experiences and seeing old family and friends and making new friends, I neglected crafting and blogging. But I felt as the days whipped by at light speed, each day was a joy.
First off, the Portuguese are lovely people, warm and friendly and the area we stayed was serene and smelled of the sea. Estoril is about 20 minutes from Lisbon and each day we walked along the cragly stone walkways that frame the coastline, past many shops and beaches, past cafes and kiosks selling local novelties. The last 3 days we rented a little Fiat and drove to Lisbon and other days up to Sintra where we hiked forever it seemed to reach an old Moorish castle and sat in the town center people watching and having a foamy cappuccino. Cascais by the sea is quaint with it's narrow streets, paved with bluish-grey and white tiles designed into waves that are lined with brightly painted storefronts and restaurants. And the countryside up towards Spain is something from a storybook with vineyards, small villages and orchards dotted along the skinny two-lane highways. I felt at times like Clark and Ellen Griswold from National Lampoons European Vacation when they rented the small car and drove through parts of Europe. Dave drove like he was on the Audubon, zipping past old men weathered from the sun selling fruit on the side of the road in huts or children playing soccer in an open field. Every once and awhile we'd climb over a small hill and get a glimpse of the sea below, then quickly turn away and headed north. We ate at smallish family owned restaurants with handmade rolls and garlicky shrimp and chicken. We ate two nights at a yummy Indian restaurant (Indian you say in Portugal? But I was smitten.), and there was the nightly espresso and lemon gelato...
Dave had 3 days of work and I met a couple of the other wives there with thier hubbies, lovely ladies who I can't wait to see again. Then the last 4 days was just Dave and me, it was our Luna de Miel... we got married when we were very young and nver had a real honeymoon, so we made this our luna de miel (honeymoon in Spanish). Foi bonito!!
Hello there!! Are you still talking to me even though I have been absent? This past couple months have been awesome, full of loads of great adventures and travels, but I have neglected crafting, blogging and keeping up with regular life... But now back to reality, the girls are back in school and last weekend was our last summer hoorah in the beautiful Paradise Coast ( Naples and Bonita Springs, southern Gulf coast really). We went for the 3 day weekend to celebrate little sis' 9th birthday (today!! Happy birthday big girl!!) and enjoyed days at the beach, mini golfing, jet skiing, shelling and lots of yummy food.
It was a good weekend. Happy birthday my little one, I love you so much and am so proud of you. We wish you a year full of lots of love, safety and good times. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Hey everyone, we've been traveling around the western US for 3 1/2 weeks enjoying seeing family and friends, being here makes me miss them all like crazy. Lake Tahoe beaches, rafting down the Truckee River, lots of meet-ups with old friends, a day trip to Virginia City, staying up late, sleeping in, walking around San Fransisco (de Young Art Museum one day, California Academy of Sciences another, Golden Gate park, clam chowder on the wharf), high school reunion, big sis' 12th birthday, water park, shopping in SF, Saturday morning farmer's markets, and much more... Soon we will return to Florida, but this has been a great summer vacay so far.
We have loved seeing old friends, visiting old stomping grounds, feeling the cool California and Tahoe breezes, and of course being with close friends and family. It had been too long.
Now, 3 days back in Florida before we're off to Portugal and Spain!
How has your summer been so far?
Using most of the October Afternoon 9-5 line, I made this for an older pic with my hubby and me. We were at a concert in a park in the bay area. He's my best friend, my confidante, makes me laugh, makes me feel safe, makes me proud, frustrates me, makes me smile when I see him with my girls, and we truly enjoy each others company even after all these years (almost 20!!)
Yesterday we spent the day in the everglades for Father's Day. The girls thought it would be a fun outing with their dad to do the whole airboat thing and see an alligator show. We've lived in south Florida for a year now and haven't ever been on an airboat or seen an alligator show, so it sounded like a good thing for dear ol' dad. The everglades are huge, and as beautiful as it is, it is also very dangerous.
The weather was beautiful, not as hot as it usually is in June, and the captain of our airboat gave us a great tour of the beautiful everglades. We saw 3 alligators and many different species of wildlife. He explained about the exotic vegetation that grows there (most of it is dangerous), the insects that live there (most of them are dangerous) and to never put any body parts over the edge of the boat or in the water (also extremely dangerous). The alligator show was interesting, although it's not a career I'd fancy,it was pretty cool. The show on Animal Planet Gator Boys is shot there and our gator show entertainer J-Mart is on the show. We held a small baby alligator, and while it used my hand as a diaper, the little gator dude was pretty neat, too. It's crazy to think all of this is literally in our backyard, like our house was the everglades at one day long ago. We often have gators found in residential areas, and it's not strange to hear about people finding gators in the small lakes behind their homes or even in their swimming pools. One thing is for sure, the everglades are beautiful, mysterious, and for sure someplace you do not want to get lost. (or run out of hand santizer).
I found these pictures the other day from when we were in Bodega Bay, California. I don't know why, if it was because it was our big summer break from Mexico or what, but I love this summer's pictures. We came back to the States for like 5 weeks and 12 of those days were spent seaside camping in my parent's RV. It was a great summer full of really wonderful memories, so when I look back at these pictures, it makes me feel sorta sad and wistful. Life here in Florida has been good, but not like these days in these photos. I want to go back.
Luckily we're going to California and Lake Tahoe for 3 weeks this summer. 2 weeks at my parents, 1 week in San Francisco and then Bear and I have a week in Monaco and Nice, France! Hopefully make some new, lovely memories!
( btw, I used the Studio Calico So Cal kit.)
I got the new Studio Calico So Cal kit last week and made this yesterday. This picture is from our week seaside camping last year in Bodega Bay, Cali. I loved this picture of big sister between some huge rocks on the beach. This picture mirrors her personality, too, sorta deep, thoughtful, sensitive, sometimes dark and stormy. (especially in these tween years), yikes...
We went to see the Bon Iver concert last night at the Fillmore Jackie Gleason theatre, omg. I have no words, so better than better. I was blown away. He's already one of my favorite performers, but it seriously made me smile from ear to ear. Just beautiful, magical, seriously.
The Jackie Gleason theatre was so cool, too. I love the art deco style of that part of Miami Beach/South Beach, and this retro theatre was so lovely. Bon Iver played many of his more popular songs, and some less popular, but each was amazing. His fluent, elastic lyrics are weaved so beautifully with all the different instruments.
I am tired, by the time we got out of there, through the traffic and construction and the 14 miles home it was midnight. Then I had to help Bear pack for his trip to Argentina this morning at 5:00 am and I had to did the last Book Exchange room this morning at 7:00 at my youngest's school. The night before the girls and I went to The Lion King in downtown Miami, too, thank god it's summer vacation starting tomorrow!
Do you have any summer vacation plans?
Love me some cinco de mayo, I rarely have a picture of me, rarely alone either. Big sis snapped this picture while Dave was making me laugh when we were enjoying some Mexican food in a new restaurant on Cinco de Mayo. I thought I should add it to the PL. Other good things; big sis and her new friend Emily have graduated officially to mall rats when we took them shopping at the Boca Mall. Little sis had the cutest show at school where they learned sign language to 2 songs. I.am.going.to.eat.her.
It was good times.
My lovely, sweet friend Vee invited me to come stay the weekend with her and I jumped at it. It had been almost 2 years since we first met face to face, but for awhile before that we'd been blogger pals. She is such a good person, kind, funny and of course talented. We hung out at her house and had cocktails at happy hour at TGIF, walked around DC Saturday and drove through Virginia and had her yummy chocolate chip pancakes Sunday. Her children are wonderful, polite and I look forward to when our kiddos can all get together. ( and I got to sit in the Vee craft space...pretty rad.)
Smithsonian American Craft exhibit, (taken by Vee)
Can't wait to see her again soon!
The challenge for the month of May over at the Creative Type is to use the word empowerment in your layout. Whether you use the word or a phrase about your own personal empowerment, it's all about how you have learned to overcome or appreciate something about yourself or your life that used to make you feel self-conscious, weak, embarrassed, but now you don't give two shakes about it.
Mine was titled Keeping up with the Joneses. I think when my girls were really young I worried about how they are doing in comparison to other kids, how my house looked, how I appeared to others. I won't even pretend that I don't occasionally feel self-conscious, I would be lying to say such a thing, but I definitely have lightened up and don't get so preoccupied with myself or things like before.
So come play along with us! Vee Jennings is the guest and has so generously donated the prize, a pdf of her popular misting class! So go play!
I love the concept of Project Life, but I must say that I have a hard time staying caught up. I love looking over the pages of the weeks past though, the faces of family and friends makes me smile, so I'm going to stick with it. Even if I am a little behind.
And I added a 3 picture insert.
Hi ya all! I am getting worse and worse about blogging.
Just wanted to share with you a folding accordion style book I made my mom and mother-in-law for Mother's Day. Inspired/copied from the talented Marcy Penner, I just loved this book! She used most of the same American Crafts papers and stickers, and I thought it was so sweet.
I made one in light green for my mom (this one is my mom's above) and light blue for my MIL using the same papers and embellishments for American Crafts. I think they'll love them and I wish I was able to spend the day with them, but I hope when they see these they'll know how much they mean to me.
Hi there blogworld. Are any of you findng it harder than before to keep posting? I don't know where time goes ( laundry, homework, carpooling, soccer practice, etc...)
Weeks hightlights; my mom was here visiting, we love having her around, Easter egg dying, Easter candy and Easter egg hunts, Naples beach walks, Ava's spelling test=A, took another class at the Apple store, lots of fun playing board games and movie watching.
I have quite a few scrapbookers I admire and enjoy their artsy style. But this month's challenge over at the Creative Type was to pick just one scrapbooker or artist whom you admire and do a layout in their "style." I picked my friend Vee. We met almost 2 years ago for a girls weekend with some of my other favorite ladies, we've remained good friends and I'm so excited to fly up to D.C next month to hang out with her again. I LOVE her fun and funky style, she really has a unique sense of design unlike anyone else, I think. I had actually started this layout over a month ago and wasn't really trying to copy Vee, but I'd laid it aside to finish later. When I saw the challenge was to pick someone else and use their style in your layout, I knew I could use this page with the teal paint steaks and stamped image to emulate a more Vee-esque page.
just a little behind...
week 12 was mellow, but good. I finally broke down and bought a MacBook Pro, the girls started soccer season, I worked out 3x and did yoga 5x, and we went with friends to the concert in the park to see Blue Oyster Cult....could have needed more cow bell. ( the picture above of little sis and her friend with Dave holding them up on his shoulders was taken also by a reporter for the local paper and the following week their picture was in it. Little sis and her friend thought it was so cool!)
week 13, finally broke down (again) and bought the Canon 5d mark II I've been drooling over, plus the 24-70 mm lens, little sis stayed home from school one day because she was "sick" but luckily was able to work on her fairy houses out back, started getting the guest bedroom ready for my mom, and got supplies gathered for the EB baskets. Life is yummy.
Wanna take a great class??? When I got this email I signed up immediately! I just bought my new MacBook Pro, PS CS5 and my new LOVE, the Canon 5D Mark II, along with this lens. Yep. Now...just to learn to use them better. I almost always shoot in manual, and before my old computer got a weird virus that wiped out my CS5, I was getting okay at that, too. But now, I feel like this class has some of my most admired photographers ( I die.) and it's so affordable!! It was meant to be.
Come join with me!!!!!!!!!
I used some clear packaging from some scrapbook supplies to make a page insert. I sewed 2 pockets for each 5x5 page, plus I sewed a side tab and filled it with green confetti and little paper banners I typed out on the different things we did over the week.
St. Patrick's Day, started the day with the pesky Leprechauns making a mess in the kitchen with spilled flour and cocoa powder all over, peed green in the toilet ( agh, gross.), but they left a bunch of gold chocolate coins and some other small trinkets. Went to a small parade and later adults-only pub time. Spring break, lots of day outings, beach, park, movies, swimming. Made my flight to go see Vee in May, whoop! A good week!
Hi there all, how are you?
I've been using this kit a lot, which is not like me. I have a hard time sticking to just one kit. Here, the Studio Calico Storybook kit is mostly what I have, then I used a picture I snapped a few weeks ago of my fave chair and crocheted throw.
Just a few pictures from yesterday's St. Patty's Day. The leprechauns left a bunch of gold chocolate coins, some glittery, rainbow colored pencils and some minty chapstick for the girls. They also made a mess in the kitchen, poured flour and cocoa powder all over the floor and counters, geesh... Then we took the girls to the town center to listen Irish music.
A good week really. Big sis got 3 A's on really hard tests (she studied a lot!, good chica), I had lunch Amy Tan and Kelly Purkey in Miami Beach while they were here for a couple days( so nice to see Amy again and meet Kelly), little sis got on a soccer team and we made some cute little candy bags for her to hand out to her classmates since this week she's on Spring Break.
Are you doing a Project Life? How's it going for you?
I loved this picture of little sis in one of her favorite shirts. Then I saw an October Afternoon sketch from a couple weeks ago and I thought it would work well with these 3 pictures. I also used the latest Studio Calico kit, Storyboard. I have a couple other pages in the works, plus last week's PL, so I shall return.
The March Creative Type challenge is to use either the front of a magazine, ad or article spread as inspiration. I saw this lovely picture in Somerset the other day and knew this would be a fun one to use.
The talented Rahel is out guest designer and is donating a stamp set for one lucky winner! Go play along with us and win this stamp set!!
We went to a large Renaissance Festival this past weekend in Deerfield Beach. It was very well organized and had a ton of fun things to see, eat and do. Having lived the last couple years in Mexico City, where Renaissance Festivals and Faires are not popular, we missed these types of fun and quirky events.
and Kiss? Who knew they were around in the 1200's??? Well, whatev. ( P.S., look at the tongue on little sis, givin' Gene Simmons a run for his money...)
Turkey legs, henna tattoos, bountiful bodices, sword fighting soldiers, cackling wenches, throwing tomatoes, men in tights. It was a good day.