Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Happy Birthday, Bev!

My awesome sister is 18 today! Wow, I can't even believe it. I feel old, and I'm not even OLD! Here's the card I made her:

Bev, I just wanted you to be able to see it in case it didn't get there in time. Have a great day, and I'll see you in a week and a half!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Chad's Mahogany Chair

So, this is how it started: Last year when Hurricane Wilma hit, one of the trees that came down in our park was a Mahogany tree. Instead of putting it through the chopper like the other debris, Chad drug it over by our house, where it had been 'curing' for the past year. All the bark fell off on its own. He finally decided that he wanted to make an Adirondack chair, so he got a pattern, and went to work on the log.

Here's how it started. He cut it into rough planks with a chainsaw. We didn't have the means (or a place to take it!) to get the log to a mill and cut into planks...not to mention the outrageous expense we would have had to absorb!

He then cut the pieces roughly to size and planed them down into boards.

He cut out all the pieces, sanded them smooth, and applied Tung Oil to everything. This stuff is awesome, because it brings out the grain in the wood.

And here's the finished product! Isn't it gorgeous? It's so comfortable, too. Chad is going to make another one out of Cedar. I'm loving this awesome stuff he's making!

Now I need to get to work on a scrapbook page about this...you will be seeing a very rare multi-photo layout (POSSIBLY even 2-page!) from me in the very near future.

Monday, November 13, 2006

New Layouts.

I went to a great crop on Saturday, the monthly crop with the scrap group I'm a part of. I just wanted to share the layouts I did. Believe me, 4 is a high record for me for one day!

I had so much fun doing these pages, and so happy with how they turned out. They all started kinda slow, but came together in the end. As you can see, my obsession for the week was tickets and scalloped Bazzill borders.

Tomorrow, I'll post pictures of the mahogany chair Chad made!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Birthday Invites

I just wanted to share the invites I made for my sister for her 18th birthday party. She's having a fall theme, and I wanted to keep them somewhat simple so they wouldn't cost my parents a fortune to mail! I didn't know if I was too thrilled with the design I came up with, but I think they turned out really cute. I hope she likes them!

Hopefully I'll have some more layouts to post by the end of the day. I still need to take a picture of Chad's chair, and over past two days, he built a small smoke house out of cedar! He's making a smoked pork tenderloin and beef jerky in it today.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Friday, November 03, 2006

My latest Layout.

I just noticed, this is my 100th Blog Post! Happy 100th post to me!

Anyways....back to business! I did this layout over the weekend. I have been wanting to use this paper and a newspaper flower since I got them in the Jenni Bowlin September kit. This is another photo I came across whem my Mom and I were going through pictures when she was down. This is my kitties that I grew up with, Smokey. He was almost 20 when he passed away last year....hence his nick name 'old man'. I just love this photo!

Man, I sure do love Scenic Route paper. I could scrap with nothing but that and American Crafts paper and not miss anything.

This weekend, I'll be making the invitations for my sister's 18th birthday party, so I'll post those when I'm done. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Okay....finally, half a week later, I'm getting around to posting a couple photos! We actually went out to a party at a local sports pub on Saturday night, because all of us have to work during the week, so going out Tuesday night was out of the question. Anyways, here's a close up of my hair, tiara, and the awesome eyelashes I had. I was a vampire, but I really just wanted an excuse to wear a tiara! Yes, that is my hair....I just puffed it up with hairspray and sprayed white iridescent hair color on it. (Sorry about the cleavage shot...I'm trying to pin my cape in place here!)

Oh, and FYI...when Maybelline says SUPER COLOR STAY on the lipstick, they're not kidding. I finally had to use fingernail polish remover to get it off! Ouch!

Now, here's our group. Friends of ours that dressed as Shrek and the Ogre Princess Fiona, me as the Vampiress, French Maid and Fat Elvis, and Chad dressed as Larry the Cable Guy (he had the exact hat with the fish hook clip and everything). Shrek (Kirby) actually won the costume contest...we knew he would! Everyone got a huge kick out of it. We couldn't even look at him without cracking up!

I do wish I had a better view of my whole costume. My dress had black crinoline underneath, and I had red and black striped tights with these huge shoes on. I also had opera length black gloves on with a huge red stone ring. My cape is floor length. Other people were taking pictures, too, so I'll have to get some other ones. I didn't get a great photo of my teeth, either....they looked real!

I also have a new layout to post, as well as the awesome chair Chad just got finished making out of Mahogany. I just need to photograph them, so that'll be coming up.

Have a great Thursday, everyone!