Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What a week...

You wouldn't believe what a busy and crazy week it has been. I've done very little in the way of projects this past week. However, I have been working on another mini digital scrapbooking kit for you. I just don't know when it will be done.

In the meantime...

I managed to get another group of great shots of my grandchildren. This means, of course, it was time to change my laptop background. I decided to go with more of a scrapping background this time.

I liked it so much, I turned it into a template to share. This one has lots of layers, so be warned!

Here's a sample of it. I traded out my grandsons pictures for my dogs pictures. I find it strange that I feel comfortable posting their pictures on facebook, but not on blogger. Go figure...

(Remember, the white outline around the outside of the image is a blogger thing. It is NOT in the template.)

Any problems or questions, feel free to contact me. 

If you like it and want more, feel free to contact me.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Computer Background Template

If you're anything like me, you like to change the background on your computer fairly regularly.

I have toddler grandchildren, the toddler part is important because that means getting one good shot of the two of them side by side is nearly impossible. So I typically take hundreds of photos of them at play, in the hopes I can get a few good ones of each.

Anyhow, I made this template for my latest background and thought you might like it also. I have all my shortcuts on the left of my screen and color notes in the open space at the bottom. So this works very well for me, for now.

It's 1366 x 768       if you'd like it in a different size, just let me know.

(The template does not have the white outline. That's a blogspot thing.)


Monday, August 12, 2013

Embrace your craft

Sorry, there's no picture or a scrapbooking freebie in this post.

What I do have is a link. I know, you're thinking, a link, what fun is that... Trust me, there's lots of fun to be had with a good link. Let me explain.

I joke to my friends, family, coworkers, random internet people, that the decorating gene skipped me. My mom has it, oh boy does she have it. Every room in her house is perfect! Every room has a color scheme and matching decorations. Her walls are lined with pretties and perfects.

Not me though. An interior decorator I am not. I once thought it was because I had small children. I wasn't going to museum my house and make it uncomfortable for them. Nope, that's not it. While I do recognize 'oh pretty!' and have a few of those things in my home. That awesome decorating gene did skip me.

But that's okay. The crafty gene skipped my mom and hit me full blast. I love to crochet, I once knew how to knit. Yes, I'm one of those people that literally can forget how to do things and have to relearn it all over again later. Knitting is not like riding a bicycle for me. Then again, I never did really learn how to ride a bike.

So anyway, I crochet. I love to sew. Now I don't mean sewing rips in clothes. Though that does satisfy the mom gene in me. I like making stuff. Though my blog is small, you can see some examples of things I've done.

When my children were younger, before mega internet, we were always doing crafty projects. A few weeks back, my oldest grandson and I were coloring when my oldest son came in. His face lit up when he said I should teach my grandson how to draw around his hand and start a project with him. Now, mind you, my oldest grandson is only 3. But boy did that warm my heart. My oldest son had an accident when he was younger, he lost his memory because of that accident. So most of his early childhood memories are just gone. That our projects stayed was wonderful.

Anyway... I used to be upset that I didn't have the decorating gene. I cannot pull a room together to save my life. I am not the one to call to ask if this would look good there. I see things in regards to their function and comfort first.

But now, I'm learning to let go of that missing gene and embrace my crafting power. As I'm writing this, I realize even my crafts are comfort based. Baking and cooking provides my family a level of comfort. Ever hear the term 'comfort food'. Well, there you go. Crochet is comfort. The things I crochet say I love you and I'm thinking of you. I'd rather not dwell on what all the unfinished crochet says.. let's hope it means mom's hand cramped or it got too hot... The fleece blankets for my grandsons, that's a powerful grandma loves you.

I bought my first sewing machine for the sole purpose of hand making my daughter a halloween costume. Granted, the cute little drawstring bags I sewed were solely for me. I did make some for my daughter. The bandanas for the dogs, again, something for me. But the stockings on my to do list. Well, that's for me too, but my grandsons will benefit in that they'll have awesome stockings that match the rest of ours.

I bought a little laminator/sticker/magnet maker for my grandsons. It's perfect for their flashcards. I used the magnet part to print 2x2 photos of family members. They absolutely adore playing with their family. I have tons of crafty things I want to do for them/with them. Reflecting on all this, I'm okay with not having the decorating gene. Sure, I'd love for my  home to be 'pulled together' like in a lot of other peoples houses. But hey, just like my family, as least we put the fun is dysfunctional.

I keep looking around for bigger and better things to do for the grandkids. I've started digital scrapbooking. Not only is it really pretty, but its a way to tell the stories behind the photos, behind the family, to the boys. 

Now, while I do consider myself creative, I need a starting point, a recipe, a pattern. Thanks to pinterest and google, its all there and easily found. It was while browsing pinterest that I found this link, I think. It might have been a link to a link to a link. You know how it goes. It's probably how you ended up here.

Anyway, this blogger has amazing creative and decorating genes. She's given me some wonderful ideas for my home, for my grandsons. She's reminded me of other ideas I've had and just hadn't gotten around to. I present this link to you now, hoping you get as much joy and thought out of this as I have.

Here it is The Homes I Have Made

Go, enjoy, drool, get inspired, get creative! Warning, make sure you have the time. I lost nearly an entire night of sleep browsing her site.

Now, no worries. I'll be back soon with pictures or freebies. A few days after my photo session of my aloes, I managed to find the time to do some work with them. I think they look a lot better now. Mama aloe is even kicking out another baby now.

Oh and yes, I'll be back with the start of what project I've been inspired to do. I'm hoping to keep it small though. Just a little get my toes wet type thing. I'm working hard to avoid adding more unfinished projects to my lineup.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Some Grunge

Well, I was playing around making grungy type papers and I liked these so much I decided to share. Hope you enjoy!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

2nd Add On

I really did have fun playing with this. So much so, I have another add on for you.


Download here!

Friday, August 2, 2013

At The Beach Add-On

These colors were just so much fun to work with, I had to play some more.

Here's a few extra things for your scrapbooking enjoyment!

This add on has:
                       6 papers
                       22 elements

Again, I'd love to see what you do with them.

Come back tomorrow, there's more!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

PixelScrapper August Blog Train

The theme this month is "At The Beach".

The kit includes:
            8 papers
            23 elements
            and an Alpha, A - Z and 0 - 9 only.

I hope you get as much fun using it as I did making it.

This was a lot of fun to make and I'd love to see what you do with it!!

Come back tomorrow, there's more :)

Friday, July 26, 2013


Remember back when dollz were the thing to do??

Well, I was browsing through some of my backup files and found a bunch of them I had done. I just had to put them together and post them here. I thought they were oh so fabulous at the time. (Then again, I also loved my fashion style in the 80's...)

Anyway.. here they are

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

End of an era...

We said goodbye to my car today.

We replaced her months ago. But I still held out hope that we could repair her. Even though her repair costs would have been way more than any average person would've sunk into a '95 car. Under different circumstances, we would've repaired her. But it wasn't meant to be.

She was a good car. She did everything we asked of her and more. From 1997, when we bought her used, to 2013. All of our road trips with the kids, the grandkids, the dogs, just hubby and me.. the memories are all wrapped in that car.

Goodbye sweet girl, you were loved and will be missed.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Aloes

Years and years ago, I bought one of those baby aloe vera plants from Home Depot. It died the same year. The next spring, I tried again. That one grew, and grew, and grew. As far as I knew aloe's were low maintenance and that's what I did. I watered it once a week and thats it.

Then she flowered. I wish now that I had taken a picture of it. She only flowered that one year. After she flowered, she started kicking out babies. I'd wait until the babies looked big enough to survive, then move them to their own pot. I kept her first two offspring. I've been waiting years for them to either flower or give babies. They haven't yet.

Momma Aloe though doesn't stop. I've replanted her babies and given them away so often. For reasons unknown to me, the babies keep dying at other people's houses. Last year, I started raising two babies for two family members. I decided to hang on to them after the stage where I would normally give them away. Well, they're not  growing well here either.

This year is the worst though. They all look so sad. I'm not really sure what to do...

The aloe in the shiny green pot is one of the original daughters.

The aloe in the middle there, in the flowered pot, is the other original daughter.

The planter on the left holds the latest batch of children transplanted in 2012. See, they're not growing well either...

I'm hoping these are going to be before pictures. I've looked up what I need to do and hope to be able to bring them all back to full health.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The lily, again!

A while back I posted about the lily my mother had planted by surprise. Alright, it was more than a while back, it was actually two years ago.

Well, last year, I dug up the lily and got rid of it. The way it was growing was affecting the rose bush and I wasn't having any of that!!

If you think you know what's coming next, you're only partially right.

Yes, the lily did grow back this year.

But, I bet you didn't guess that it brought friends with her.

Yes, lily and babies are growing in the planter now. I give up, for this year at least. I'm inclined to think that someone is repeatedly replanting lily bulbs just to mess with me. I *did* make sure to remove all the bulbs AND turned the soil when I dug it out last year. I just don't see how it possibly managed to come back this year with more friends?!?!?!?!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Yo Gabba Gabba

My grandsons love watching Yo Gabba Gabba. So much so that we now have to record episodes on the DVR.

During coloring time, the oldest repeatedly asks my husband to draw things for him. I'm happy to say he's getting good at this!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Flowering Sage

I've been growing sage for years. This is the first time it's flowered on me. I just figured since I'm not exactly the most hands on gardener around, I would never get to see it. But this year, it flowered.

You can ask what I might have done differently. Well, the answer to that is nothing. Absolutely, positively nothing. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've done less this year with my flowers and plants than I ever have in the past.

Isn't it pretty!!! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Secret Santa

Back in December, I got the cutest dog head shaped shower caddy during a White Elephant/Secret Santa gift exchange at the training center. I knew the second I saw someone open it that it would fantastic in my bathroom.

Now, we're not going to talk about how long it took to actually be put up on the wall. This is the same family that took 2 years to put a simple shelf up... We're just a little weird about things like that. It can take 2 years or we can think of it now and have it done in an hour. It's a toss up really.

Anyway, on to the picture :)

Isn't it cute?? I would say that I'll take another picture soon of it empty so you can see the dog head in all its cuteness. But we know that could take a while, so I won't promise.  

It holds only some of my dogs supplies...  

Friday, April 12, 2013

Barbie Cake

Well, I know I have a picture of the actual cake somewhere in the albums and/or boxes of photos I never got around to putting in albums. But look what I found while rummaging through my recipe files.

I can honestly say this was one of the more difficult cakes I made for my children. Mainly due to the individual stars I had to make and the color variations.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Making learning fun!

In our never ending quest to increase our grandson's verbal skills, we picked up these alphabet foam letters at WalMart.

They're actually a lot nicer than I thought they would be. The boys love playing with them. I'm sure this is going to work out quite nicely.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Birthday time!

I just had to share the awesome looking Yo Gabba Gabba cake my daughter made for my grandson's first birthday!

Why they don't make cake pans for Yo Gabba Gabba, I'll never know. But I think this came out very well and it tasted even better!