Friday, September 15, 2006

Poppy Ink! *drool*

Okay, I'll put this simply.....if you don't get the Poppy Ink kit, you're CRAZY!!! I *almost* feel silly for being this excited about paper and embellishments (notice I said almost...), but man, Heather just comes up with the coolest combinations of supplies! All my favorite pages have been made using Poppy Ink kits. I just got my September kit last night (I was too lazy to take pictures of mine):

And check out these awesome add-ons we had to choose from. I got the top one, although I kinda wish I had gotten them both! I just had to get that monthly stamp.

October pre-orders will be starting around the 20th of this month. It's going to be a FLEA MARKET theme (peekies can be seen on Heather's Blog)! She has said that soon they will have to put a cap on subscriptions and start a waiting list soon, so if you're interested, make sure you get a pre-order sub in...all current subscribers are locked in for the future!

On a COMPLETELY different note, another of my happy obsessions that I haven't mentioned here yet: BELLY DANCING! A month ago, my friend and I started taking Belly Dancing classes at a local studio as a fun form of exercise. Man, it is ever a BLAST! Well, of course that means our Halloween costumes are decided! We'll eventually need all the costuming anyways, so why not start now?

The whole reason I brought this up is because I found (and bought) this GORGEOUS skirt today. One glance and I was in LOVE! I just got the bra. I'm not really into showing my belly at this point! I'll wear a nice tunic with bell sleeves and my hip scarf with all the coins.

We started learning walking shimmies yesterday, and I'm determined to get some form of it down by Halloween. I can do a few other things pretty well, but I'm still not all that great at the basic chest and stomach circles. I'm better at the hip and arm stuff.

Well, have a great weekend everyone! I have that all day crop I'm going to on Sunday, so I'll have some new stuff to post next week!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

New Scrapping Friends.

On Thursday, a fellow Pea emailed me and invited me to join the Southwest Florida Scrappers group. I'm so excited! I'll finally have ladies to scrap with! None of my friends scrap, so this will be fun. I've only ever been to one crop, so I am looking forward to our September crop on the 17th. It is going to be at the local scrapbook store that I shop at (when I get out that way).

So, I figured it wasa a good time to go get one of those cute tool totes from Michael's that everyone has been talking about! Mine only had the black one, which is fine, because my big tote that I already have is black. They were 30% off, so I got it for $13 and some change. Of course, I had to decorate it, so I dressed both bags up with some flowers and bazzill brads. I also tied ribbon to all the zippers on the tool bag.

My paper rack also came in yesterday. It's nothing fancy, but it works great for the paper I have. It looks like so much less when I spread it out this way! I tied ribbons to the side to show what color of paper goes in that slot. Patterned paper is in the upper section, and cardstock is in the lower section.

I noticed how crooked it looked when I loaded this photo onto the computer....apparently I didn't tighten up one of the wheels all the way, so it's fixed now!

I also got a little metal magazine holder that sits on the floor next to my chair. To fill the space where my old paper trays were, I placed an old white metal bread box that belonged to Chad's Great Uncle. I painted flowers on the front, and put my foam alpha stamps in there. It turned out cute! My camera battery is dead right now, and I'm too lazy to go recharge it right now. Hehee. I'll take a picture of it later!

Well, I'm off to work on some rolodex cards for a swap. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Monday, September 04, 2006

A Birthday Card.

This is a card I made for Becca, bigsunglassesrock on Two Peas. She is hosting the swap I'm in, the Sassy Secret Sisters. Becca, if you read this, have a great birthday!

We did all the shopping for the cookout yesterday, and all our friends are coming over about 5 this evening. It's gonna be a great time! Chad got me a Key Lime Cheesecake as my "Birthday Cake" and he even got number candles (as a joke). He said he was going to get the black 'over the hill' candle, but then decided against it. Gee, thanks, honey! I'd hate to know what you think when I AM over the hill! He's just a goofball like that. Hehee.

Man, long weekends are the best! That means the work week goes by faster, too. Have a great Labor Day, everyone!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

My scrap/craft room is finished!

I came home on Wednesday, and Chad had moved all the stuff out of the larger guest room and painted and installed the new ceiling fan. The yellow turned out AWESOME! It's so warm! I started moving some things in on Thursday, and on Friday Chad put together the big storage cabinet and put up the shelves. Friday night and yesterday I finished moving in, and we got the guest room set up in the smaller room. I'm so happy with both rooms! I think the guest room is actually cuter and cozier in the smaller room

View from the entrance. Computer area, small printer (the big one is in the cabinet), and all my scrap supplies. On the top shelf is all my embossing powders and cans of craft spray paint. On the bottom shelf are my bottles of Primas and tins holding ribbon. The picture over the shelf is a painting of the sun rising over a green hill that my sister did for me when she was little...I've displayed it ever since she gave it to me.

Sitting area and sewing table. The baskets in the window hold layers of silk flowers. The chair goes to our living room set, but we didn't have room for it in the living room when we moved to this house. It's so comfy, and I love having a reading area!

Closet and storage cabinet. We put daylight flourescent bulbs in the ceiling fan, so it is nice and bright at night. No desk lamp needed! Lighting was a big problem in the other room. I was able to stack all my mounted photos (for shows) on top pf the cabinet. I had to put them in their boxes under the table in the other room and I was kicking them all the time. I was determined not to have ANYTHING under the tables in this room.

Sewing table and entrance. I used the top shelf over the sewing table to display artwork, and I have my patterns and some fabric on the lower shelf. I had Chad leave the door off the room. I just like it without it, and it gives me an extra wall to put up some artwork.

I still have a few finishing touches that I need to add. I want to get cute curtain valances for the windows, or make something to add some color over those blinds. I have a big paper rack that stands on the floor ordered...that should be here around Wednesday or Thursday. Then I'll put my foam stamps in jars and put them in the place where I have my paper trays now. I also saw a cute wall-mounted magazine rack at Jo-Ann that I'd like to put up next to the chair. I'd like to get a couple 12x12 clipboard to put on the doors of the storage cabinets to display my latest pages, too. I just love being in this room! It's so much bigger and happier.

We're having a cookout/party tomorrow and having friends over for my birthday, then Chad said he'd take me out on Tuesday, which is my actual birthday. It should be fun! I love entertaining, and we don't get to do it that often during this time of year. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!