Sunday, July 23, 2006

Totally Scraplifted, well, mostly...

Believe it or not I wasted two whole days on this! Yikes. But, it was fun. And nice to be scrapping. (Since a headache ruined most of last week and a cold ruined the week before that!) My printer must need new ink because the photo was supposed to be black and white so I could use any colors I wanted with it. I like the red, but it defeated the purpose. Anyhoo,
why two days? Because I wasn't happy with the way it turned out the first time. I didn't like the colors I used for the 'thoughts' coming out of my head, and it seemed incomplete. Then I saw a layout that had the crown, scrolls, checkered doodles down on the border, a large letter in the journaling area, and three stars at the bottom of it. So... I changed the color of my 'thoughts' and added the other embellishments. Was it a waste of time? Maybe. But, I'm much happier with my layout now.

What a crazy week I had. I went to Rachel's Monday and spent the night. The boys had a great time dancing on the bed for me in morning! So much energy! Wish I could tap some of it. After we did some power cleaning, Rachel and I went to lunch at Mon Ami in Florence. I was looking forward to having Tea, but found out we needed reservations for that. I did get a pretty sterling silver sugar tong. Cost a pretty penny too. But they are hard to find so I didn't want to pass it up. Hmmm, maybe I should check out eBay for more...

I set out for home at 4:00. Still had the headache I woke up with. In fact, I had the darn thing four whole days! I didn't get anything done the whole time. Now we are in the middle of a HEAT WAVE and boy is it HOT. 100 plus degrees. 78 degrees inside with the AC running non stop. Made it to church this morning, but staying indoors as much as possible.

Speaking of church. I love that place! It is one of my happy spots. I love our worship team. Jamie and Josh led it today. I could listen to them forever. They have voices like angels. I can't sing one little itsy bitsy bit, but I love to sing. The songs the team choose always help me focus on God, and when I focus on him I'm filled with peace and joy.

{To keep your lovely face ever before my eyes, this is my prayer, make it my strong desire: that in my secret heart no other love competes, no rival throne survives, and I serve only you. ~Graham Kendrick/Thank You Music}

Monday, July 17, 2006

Note Writers

We all are

The whole family

I love it

This one's from my 'baby'

She's 24 :)

She was just passing through

But she left her mark

As usual

Love it...

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Freestyle Challenge #12



OK, here's my challenge LO. It doesn't look like it, but, it took a little longer than an hour. That's still a lot less time than I usually spend on a LO. I painted the chipboard letters and stamped them with script in VersaMark ink. I struggled with what to journal for way longer than I should have. I finally decided that the pictures really speak for themselves. Unless you have no idea who's in them. Which you would if you saw them in the context of an album...

Rachel, this is for you!

Rachel with her boys in 2006Rachel with me and her dad in 1980
I had quite a productive day today. I love it when that happens!

I cleaned the shower and ceiling in the bathroom

Went to the store

Cleaned off my dresser that has been needing this way too long

Did laundry

Put clean sheets on our bed

Paid the bills (my #1 most dreaded chore!)

Did some watering

And...

drum roll please...

I scrapped a 12x12 LO of the two pictures above!

I have been wanting to scrap them for a while now and was motivated by the Freestyle challenge to set your timer and scrap something in an hour or so. I didn't set my timer, but I did try to let go of my perfectionism and just do it...

I am happy with the way the LO turned out and it didn't take very long (for me). Maybe I'll take a picture of it and post it tomorrow

Right now, I'm off to bed...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Freestyle Challenge #11

Zina's challenge was to scrap in a way that is totally different from your usual style. I don't really have what I would call a style. I scraplift quite a bit, (although I do come up with some cool ideas of my own once in awhile!) therefore my pages tend to be pretty eclectic. I suppose if I looked close enough I would find a trend... I am a very slow scrapper and think way too much about every little choice to make. So... for this challenge I decided to try and not think so much. to just do it! And ya' know what? I'm pretty pleased with the results. I actually made this 8x11 LO for Macs last night and another similar 12x12 LO for me this morning. There is more journaling on mine. It says:

"Why Not?" is a slogan for an interesting life. I don't know who wrote that, but I like it and I like that Macs likes it. Well, he's never even heard it actually. But, he KNOWS it, and he LIVES it. I think I may have known it too, when I was young, but, somewhere along the way to "grown up" I forgot it. The "Not". I began to ask "Why?" instead, and I started to worry about what people might think. Thanks, Macs, for reminding me to ask "Why Not?"

This weeks Freestyle Challenge is to speed scrap. Set the timer for an hour and just let go and do it. Except for the timer thing it sounds a lot like what I did for #11. ASAP I plan to set mine and just let go and do it...

Friday, July 07, 2006

Mini Albums



I love all things miniature, so it is not surprising that I am starting to make mini scrapbook albums. These are made from coasters I got at The $Tree. The filler pages are little paper bags.
I made a few of the red ones for our Red Hat Luau this Saturday and the blue one is for my friend Jill's cat, Stuart.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

this is it, I promise!





and a few more...





as promised, more pictures...





Summer in My Garden

Yesterday I finished planting in the garden and this morning I took a bunch of pictures. I was having trouble locating them to load them through Blogspot and Picasa wouldn't let me load more than four, so I'll have to add more later.

This pretty Hibiscus must have liked the spot I picked for her because she bloomed this morning.

This funny little guy sits on my patio table and waves to me every time I look out the kitchen window.











Both John and I like whimsy, so you'll find a lot of little suprises hidden, and not so hidden, in our garden.











This is the view from a little sitting area hidden beneath our Flowering Plum and Douglas fir trees. Before the FP, we had two Douglas firs. We planted them in the early 80's when the girls were little. Ian and I kept cool on a blanket here when he was little. I was so heartbroken when one of them died a few years ago. We replaced it with the FP and fortunately it has grown quickly and provides us with shade and this lovely view. Posted by Picasa

Happy Independence Day

My dad took this picture of me, Rachel, and John, back in 1979...

I took this picture of Ian, Macs, Rachel, and Josh last month. How cool is that? I'm so glad my love of reading to my girls is one of the 'traditions' Rachel is passing on to her boys. Lots of happy memories there. Reading at bedtime, reading for home school, reading in front of a cozy fire in the winter time, reading on our trips to the coast (and always a trip to WinterRiver for new books), and always hearing, "just one more? please!"

I still love to read. Besides trying to read my Bible daily, most of the year I read my many scrapbook magazines. I read them from cover to cover and I start at the beginning. No cheating. Well, sometimes I cheat. But usually I don't. I didn't used to like fiction. For most of my life I have pretty much stuck to books about growing spiritually, or relationships, or books by or about people who have made the world a better place for all of us. Just recently summer time has become my time to read a little fiction, twaddle, fluff. Last week I read two books, but both of them fall into my normal reading habits. They were:

Night by Elie Wiesel.

Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks.

These are the other books on my Summer Reading List so far:

For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn

The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints) by Kathy Lette. I can't find this one, and I'm not even sure what it's really about, but it sounds interesting, and I assume funny. Does anyone know where to find it?

So tell me, what's on your summer reading list?