Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Fork in the Road

or maybe it's a detour. Either way, my life has changed once again. I got a phone call from the guy I was working with two days a week to tell me he had changed gears and will not be needing more for a while. So, on the plus side that leaves me with two free days in the week, on the minus side that leaves me with very little money coming in. I had already decided that I was going to start back up selling on eBay and this just makes my decision more firm. So, tomorrow morning I have to go for blood work, the a quick trip to Goodwill (it's right next door to the doctor's) and then home to start eBaying.

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An Awesome Week

The past two weeks have been busy and I have enjoyed most every part of them. My Mom was here for a few days which is always fun. We went thrift store shopping, ate well and talked. On Friday (19th) my Dad and I flew to Pittsburgh. First stop was Panera Bread where we met up with my cousin Stephanie and her adorable baby girl, Abby. I haven't seen Steph is years, we can't remember the last time we saw each other. The visit was fun but too short.
Then we went to the assisted living facility that Gammy is in. We spend a couple of hours visiting with Gam. She kept patting my knee and giving me hugs and telling me how glad she was that I was visiting. I got to see her each of the three days I was there for about two hours each day. We talked and talked and talked. She remembers things from summer the kids and I spent with her better than I do. We laughed and cried together. It was hard to say goodbye to her on Sunday but I am planning on another trip in a few months.
Another reason we were in Pennsylvania was to help clear out the stuff in Gam's house. Gam and I both collect head vases and she always promised that I would get her head vases. Here are all 138 of her head vases. I carefully wrapped and packaged each one and they all made it home safe and sound. I have unpacked them and put them in their cabinets and have two boxes of duplicates.
Here is Gam, my Dad and my Uncle Alan. Love this picture!
My Dad's birthday was Monday, the day we were leaving PA. So, we had an impromptu birthday party Sunday night.
Here is my van ready to head back to Naples from Haines City. I thought it look a bit like the Beverly Hillbillies but I got everything home in one trip and didn't loose anything on the way.
Although the trip was too short I really enjoyed seeing everyone. My Aunt and Uncle were awesome hosts and getting to spend time with Gam was awesome.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Reading Thing 2010

I have decided to participate in the Spring Reading Thing 2010. I have made a couple of trips to Goodwill recently and found some good reads that I am including in my list of books I would like to read this Spring.
My list of books in no particular order are:
Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews
Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
Designer Knockoff by Ellen Byerrum
A Girl Like Moi by Lisa Barham
Daughter's Keeper by Ayalet Waldman
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Bright Child, Poor Grades by Barry & Patricia Bricklin
A Kiss Remembered by Sandra Brown

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Scrappin'

So, today is Sunday and time for Sunday Scrappin'! If you are a scrapbooker or crafter please join us here.

My ta-da list is short this week. I have bronchitis and a sinus infection and am not getting as much craft time as I would like. But, I did complete three more weeks on My Project Life.

My to-do's are very similiar to my to-do's for the past few weeks.
  1. Work on Project Life album - I need to send off for more pictures. I have printed the journaling through March 6th.
  2. Work 15 minutes per day organizing my scrapbook supplies - I am not making much headway in this area and I really want to get more organized so I can use up some of the stuff I own. I need motivation!
  3. Participate in and keep up with the Got Sketch 105 class - So I failed miserably on this one. I didn't do one layout in the whole three week class. As a matter of fact I haven't even printed off the PDF's from the class. Need to at least do that so I can at a later date do the class.
  4. Continue playing catch up with My 365 2009 photos.
  5. I signed up for another class Something From Almost Nothing. I signed up a few days late so will try and play catch up today but it sounds like a fun class and I have so much stash I think I could take the class ten times and still not make a dent in my supplies!
Last week's challenge was to make a layout predominately green. I didn't get that done. This week's challenge is to share photos of my craft area. That I can do!

Hope you have a great week and are able to be crafty.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010


So, when I got home yesterday I had two packages waiting for me. One at my front door, one at my back door. I got my pictures and 8"x 8" Holiday in Hand scrapbook pages and some 12" x 12" scrapbook pages from Scrapbook Pictures. Now, I don't get paid to tell you how awesome they are but they are awesome. The quality is top notch, turn around time is great - a few days if you are just ordering prints, about a week with scrapbook pages. Love this company. Found them through Ali Edward's blog. The second box was from Close to My Heart. I got my 10 Studio J layouts and let me tell you they are awesome as well. They have a very nice matte finish to them and they look very professional. I will for sure be doing more layout with Studio J. Every time I order scrapbook pages I am pumped up to do more.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Scrappin'

Today is Sunday and time to share all things crafty at Sunday Scrappin'. This week I got some old stuff done - five double page layouts for My 365 for 2009. I had done so well with photos, journaling and completed pages and then I moved and that slowed me down. I still took photos just didn't update my blog or scrapbook them. So, I am playing catch up.

For my to-do's this week:
  1. Work on Project Life album
  2. Work 15 minutes per day organizing my scrapbook supplies
  3. Participate in and keep up with the Got Sketch 105 class
  4. Continue playing catch up with My 365 2009 photos.
Last week's challenge to show your favorite technique. I think my favorite technique right now is digital scrapping. Although I miss the paper and embellishments, I love how quick digital scrapbooking is and that there is no clean up. This week's challenge is to use green in a layout. Green is not a favorite color of mine but I should be able to come up with something green.

Have a great week and I hope you are able to find some time to craft.