Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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Monday, August 25, 2008
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Sunday, August 24, 2008
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Saturday, August 23, 2008
A little bird told me that Katie is giving away the first of several pieces of blog candy, courtesy of Alma at The Cat's Pajamas!! Hop over to Katie's blog and get your entry in!! The rest of us DT gals will have candy throughout the week, so stay tuned for your chance to win one of the super new sets being released on Friday! Yeah!
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
My card was made with - one of the new sets being released in just 10 days! Yeah! ENJOY!
If you play along, please post a link to your card as a comment to this post. Then I can scoop up all that creativity for Alma's Holey Moley Monday slideshow :) If you're posting on Splitcoast Stampers, be sure to use the keyword TCPTUES21 so that we can find your fabulous work!
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Monday, August 18, 2008
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Sunday, August 17, 2008
Here's a layout and a card made with some of this month's releases from My Favorite Things. I know my friend Sue will love the images in these sets. The two sets used in these pieces are called "Nature Calls" and "What's Your Sign?". The patterned and embossed papers are by KI Memories ("Forrest" collection), and I colored the images with colored pencils, then blended with Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits).
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Saturday, August 16, 2008
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We were all up bright and early on Friday so that Nattie could catch the bus at 6.25am (yikes! that is so early for kiddos to be up every day!). We could see she was nervous, but she did a great job keeping it together. Only the 6th graders were at school for that first day, so they were able to get another tour of the school, figure out their lockers, etc. They were split into groups of 10 and were accompanied by 8th graders for the whole day. When Nattie got home she was excited to tell us all about her day - which is a great sign :) On Monday all the kids go back to school, but it'll still be a pretty easy day for the 6th graders since they spend the whole day in their homeroom. But on Tuesday the full schedule starts, with the kids moving around classes throughout the day. We are really proud of how her first day at middle school went!
And I had a great day too :) I spent 2 hours working with the 5th grade teachers, getting supplies ready for the first day back. They really are an awesome team; I could tell that they are all very enthusiastic and that the kiddos in their classes are going to have a terrific year ahead. I also had lunch with all the other paraprofessionals and the principal. Everyone was so welcoming and happy to help; I think I am going to really enjoy the position. After lunch I went through a brief orientation, was given my key, whistle and other supplies for keeping the kiddos safe on the playground. Monday will be my first day with the kids :)
What are your weekend plans? We're having our neighbors round tonight for drinks and appetizers; so far we've had a lot of RSVPs so it looks like it'll be a full house! On that note, I'd better go and get busy cleaning and prepping food - enjoy the rest of your weekend, whatever you're up to!
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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Nattie will be starting 6th grade at a new school - middle school - tomorrow. She is nervous but excited; she spent the whole day relaxing today, making the most of her last day of summer break.
And tomorrow will be my first day at my new job! I went to orientation on Monday and got all the HR paperwork done; tomorrow I'll be working with the 5th grade teachers for a couple of hours, doing whatever I can to help them get ready for the first day of school (Monday). Then all the paraprofessionals are having a lunch meeting with the principal, which I am quite looking forward to. It'll be nice to meet all the others before school starts.
I'm nervous too, but I know I will thoroughly enjoy it. Have a great evening!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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Monday, August 11, 2008
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
How long have you been married? 15 years on September 15th
How long did you date? 2 1/2 years
How old is he? 41! Hey - I'm too young to have a hubby in his 40s! :)
Who eats more? Ummm...probably me. It's an emotional eating thing...
Who said I love you first? I believe that was Iain.
Who is taller? Iain is, but only by about an inch. We're both short Brits.
Who sings better? Of course, that would be me :)
Whose temper is worse? Iain's by far. I'm pretty calm and it takes a lot for me to "lose it".
Who does the laundry? Me. I do it the right way.
Who pays the bills? Right now Iain does. We had a time when I did; it seems to go in phases.
Who cooks dinner? Mostly me. Iain does all the grilling and picking-up of take-out, though.
Who mows the lawn? Neither of us does that now that we live here in the mountains. It's all just rough scrub and doesn't need mowed. In California, though, it was Iain's job. He was very particular about it, too!
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I hope you're having a fabulous weekend! We've had some bizarre weather here over the past few days...on Friday night it rained for over an hour and we got several inches of rain all at once...there was a stream running quickly down the hill around our house; also the drain at the end of the driveway (like a tunnel under the road) got blocked with rocks, sticks and gravel, so Iain spent 2 hours on Saturday morning unblocking the drain - just in case...
Yesterday I got some stamping done - I've been using the brand new stamps from My Favorite Things' August release, so I'll have those for you tomorrow :) They are sooooo much fun!
Enjoy your Sunday :)
Card details: Stamps: A Muse; Patterned Paper and Fiber: Basic Grey "Boxer" collection; Nestabilities dies
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Saturday, August 09, 2008
Well, it's been a while since I had regular paid employment, but I'm going to be working at Jamie's school as a paraprofessional for the 5th grade team :) It's only for a couple of hours a day, but that works well for me so that I can still continue with Weight Watchers, going to the gym, working on my own school work, and of course my DT projects!
I'm going to orientation on Monday, and will start on the same day as Jamie - Monday 18th. I guess I'll have to go shopping - I don't think I have many stain-free clothes :) LOL!
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Thursday, August 07, 2008
A blog reader called Sylvia (in Canada) asked about the paper piecing I did on the MFT cards earlier this week.
What I do is stamp the image on white paper and patterned paper, then cut out what I need from the patterned paper and place it over the image on the white paper. It's kind of fun, like a puzzle, and the layers of paper add to the dimension of the image.
Also, some readers asked about the paper on the Flopsey "Cream of the Crop" card; I didn't emboss it; it was already embossed when I bought it. I may be wrong, but I believe I bought it in a pack at Michael's or Hobby Lobby :)
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008
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Monday, August 04, 2008
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Sunday, August 03, 2008
I know, I've posted photos of bear footprints, and last weekend my hubby scooped not only dog poop from our yard, but elk and bear poop too. But still, I hadn't actually seen a bear, so I didn't quite grasp that these (large) animals really do roam around the mountains here. At night. In our yard.
About 10 minutes ago, though, I was sitting here in the family room finishing up some email before bedtime. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a shadow, and my immediate thought was that our friendly neighborhood fox was out for a nighttime stroll. Then I looked again and realized that this "fox" did not have a big, bushy tail and was somewhat larger than the average "fox". To quote Shaggy from Scooby-Doo: "Zoinks!"
Our garage door was still open and I saw the bear go in the garage, at which point my heart started to race at about a gajillion beats per minute - especially since there's a door that goes from the garage to the family room. I got the car keys and turned on the car alarm, thinking that the noise would send the bear rushing down the driveway in terror. Nope. The bear wandered out of the garage and stood on the front lawn, just 6 feet in front of the window where I was watching from! I couldn't believe it. I'd say he was about 3 feet tall from paw to shoulder - very stocky and slow-moving.
Then he (I'm just calling the bear "he") went back into the garage another 2 times before finally ambling back down the driveway into the darkness, taking his time about it. Determined little (actually, big) guy!
When my heart rate was somewhat controlled, I went through the living room to the garage to shut the garage door, while honking the car alarm - just in case. I noticed that Tasha's new bag of (unopened) dog food was pulled halfway out of the garage! The bear didn't want our trash, like we hear about - he wanted a big ol' helping of Purina!
Anyway, the garage is now secure. All doors locked. All windows closed. I'm heading to bed but am not sure how much I'll sleep! What a rush!
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Saturday, August 02, 2008
The rules for the "Brilliante Weblog" award are:
The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
Link to the person you received your award from.
Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
Put links to those blogs on yours.
Leave a message on the blogs of the people you have nominated.
So, in true blogger fashion I am giving the "Brilliante Weblog" award (left-hand side) to the following bloggers. Check out their blogs and enjoy!
The rules for the "Blogging Friends Forever" award are:
Only five people allowed
Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog
One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog or live in another part of the world.
You must link back to whoever gave you the award.The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
Here's my list for the "Blogging Friends Forever" (right-hand side) award :)
5. My "recently new" blogging friend, Emily
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