Monday, February 23, 2009

Blog Candy Alert!!

Jen has a great giveaway on her blog, check it out :) She is a Close to my Heart rep, and I love their stamps! ...And their paper, and well, pretty much all their stuff LOL!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

TOM garage sale...

I went to the Treasury of Memories garage sale yesterday morning, and got some good stuff!


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These bags were only a $1 and great for carrying my stash!

This was the best find, I have been wanting some Maya Road Sheers for a long time! this whole baggie was only $3!

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Some BG chipboard...

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Heidi Swapp giant photo corners

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Cosmo Cricket 8x8 paper pad

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misc LO kit

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3 Bugs in a Rug pp, 20 sheets and doublesided!

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Tons of chipboard letters...

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These Autumn Leaves stamps were the biggest splurge, at $5, but I really wanted them. The 6x6 album has 20 pages and was $2! And a Paper Salon pad...

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Some ribbon, alpha stickers and another stamp...

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Technique Tuesday stamp set, Heidi Swapp journaling spots, and misc journaling cards...

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and last but not least, American Crafts Christmas felt shapes!

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I didn't do too bad, I only spent $30.xx ;)

Secrets are up!!

I LOVE this site, and wait for it every Sunday morning! Some make me laugh, some make me sad, but I love to read them :)

http://postsecret.blogspot.com/2009/02/sunday-secrets_21.html

Saturday, February 21, 2009

3 photo sketches

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Single photo sketches

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Friday, February 20, 2009

2 photo sketches

It's been awhile since I have done any sketches, so I drew a few up the other night!


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Sunday, February 15, 2009

More Cricut video tutorials!

If you don't already, you should be subcribed, or follwing, the Everything Cricut blog, it it SUPER! I saw this on there today from the CleverSomeday blog...

CricupediaTV!!!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Music

You all are probably wondering WTH is up with my music choices, LOL! Well I went for a long walk on Sunday morning and had my I-Pod on, and discovered that these two songs (Gimme More by Britney Spears and Music by Madonna) have the perfect rhythm for walking. I walk just fast enough to break a sweat but not so fast I hurt myself ;)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Photo prints

I got this in an email today!


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Cute, simple mini book tutorial

I found this from a link on the Everything Cricut blog!

http://scrapbooking.about.com/od/pagestarterideas/ss/pocketalbum.htm

and a fun way to use it as a card organizer

http://scrapbooking.about.com/od/layouts/ig/Card-or-Recipe-Organizer-Book/

Monday, February 9, 2009

Cards with birdies

The last few I made were such a hit I decided to make a few more, with a little twist!


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I cut the birds and branches using the Storybook cart. I cut them out of chipboard and then a piece of cardstock and glued them together. I was trying to figure out a way to give them some interesting texture, and then I remembered that my friend Mallory sent me some Tim Holtz crackle paints about a year ago, and I had never used them! And yes, Caitlin, another thing in my craft room I forgotten was there, LOL! I even had the right shade of yellow/orange for this card.

After it dried the birdies curled up a bit, so I flattened them out under a heavy stack of paper for a bit, and then added some Diamond Glaze on top to make sure the crackle paint didn't flake off. You can also use Glossy Accents or Crystal Lacquer. I like the Diamond Glaze for larger projects because the consistency is thinner and easier to spread out, and the Glossy Accents is thicker. The Crystal Lacquer has a fine needle tip applicator that is great for more detailed projects. Just go slow and steady when applying so you don't get air bubbles. You can pop them fairly easily with a pin but you have to get them out before it dries or they will dry in there. When I was done coating them all I went back and placed a rhinestone for the eye in them when they were still wet, so I didn't need to use another glue.

I decided I liked these birdies so much I went a little crazy yesterday and cut about 2 dozen and this time I skipped the paper layer. I painted the crackle paints directly on the chipboard and then glazed them all. I have about 6 different colors and I will give you a peak when I am all done!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

So how was your day?

You know, the question that usually gets a "Oh fine, how was yours?"

Well, NOT today people! Here's a little insight into the world of a family with Autism for those of you that don't know much about it. Yes, I said FAMILY, because although my son is the one diagnosed with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger's Syndrome), it affects our entire family.

Oh where do I even start?

One of the ladies that I work with has 4 grown children, and she loves little kids. She often babysits for another co-worker, her two dd's, ages 3 and 6. She lives right down the street from me and invited my two and the other two girls over to get out the scissors and glue and make Valentine cards. My ds is 7 and he has met these two girls before, though it had been while. So I think OK, this will be fun, right? All the other play-date disasters are a faint memory and I think this time will be different.

We get to her apartment and it is small, I mean SMALL. It is cute, and decorated very nicely, but with her, my other friend and her 2 dd's, plus me and my 2 dc's, plus 2 other girls that were there? There is tables with cute breakable stuff, oh my... Small warning bells are starting to go off, but I think hey, it's ok, right?

So we all sit around the coffee table with an array of tissue paper, glue sticks, scissors and cardstock. Everyone gets into, and what are my two doing? Fighting over who gets to roll the toy ice cream truck through the 'car wash', which is a tassel hanging from the end of the table runner. Well there is only one, so now there is a kid at each end of the table tugging on the tassels, and did a mention the scissors and glue on the table??

Then ds decides he wants to have juice, so we go into the kitchen, and see all the pizza boxes on the counter... We had eaten leftover pizza from the night before for dinner just before we got there, and he wanted more. So he starts yelling at the top of his lungs that he wants more pizza. he wants more pizza, and getting louder, and he says he is going to keep asking me until I give him the right answer.

Did I mention how small this apartment was? We are around the corner out of sight, but literally like 12 feet away from everyone. The little kids sitting and working on their projects so nice. So now my ds is crying and screaming that he wants more pizza, and I tell him that if he can't calm down we will have to leave, right now. My dd heard me say this and comes running, screaming that she doesn't want to leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeave!! So now both of them are crying and screaming in the itty bitty kitchen. Fun times.


So he calms down after our host offers him something to drink. My dd had already had some OJ, so she goes to get him some, and he starts up all over again that he doesn't want OJ, he wants water, OK fine, he gets some water. He drinks the cup, and fills it and drinks it, and fills it again. By then, we are laughing a bit and cooled off some, so I think, OK, we'll give this one more shot.


so we go back to the coffee table with the Valentine stuff, and he sees dd with the ice cream truck, and it's game on again. He starts yelling that he doesn't want her to play with that and that he is just going to grab it out of her hands if she wont give it to him. The he says that he wants to run away. WTH?? He says he wants to run away from me because I am not nice and sister is not nice, and yada yada. He says he wants to hide, so think OK, I can find a quiet corner and he can cool off and re-group. so he goes around the corner and sits on the stairs for a few, and that is well for a bit. Until dd decides she wants to play on the stairs too...

Both of them are screaming that they want to be on the stairs by themselves and I want the lights on, no I want the lights off. I can feel the eyes of every single person in this little tiny apartment burning a hole in the back of my head.

They know he has ASD, and they know a little about it, but you know how it is with people that aren't family or close friends that don't see first hand. I could tell they were thinking Whoa!

So I maneuvered dd back to the table to make cards, finally, and told ds he had five minutes. He was OK with it and she was happy gluing for a bit. Then I told him he had 4 minutes, then 3 minutes, 2 minutes, and it was all good. When one minute came, then he decided he wants to make cards. OK fine, you can make one, and then we go. Nope, I wanna make a bunch! No, you can make one or we go right now. Back and forth and I said OK, time to go! Dd stands up and put her shoes on right away, which was nice! I turn around to ds and he wants hugs and kisses because you never, sniffle sniffle, give me, sniffle sob sniffle, aaaaaaanyyyyyyyyy!

Hugs and kisses, and then shoes go on, then I turn around to dd, and she has taken both shoes off and flung them across the hallway. Nice. So I get her shoes back on and just as we almost make a clean getway, I hear my ds say to the 3 and 6 year olds "I hate you and don't want to be friends with you!"

OMG

I wanted to die. I said I am sorry to my friends, I am sorry they aren't behaving and I am trying to leave with a shred of my dignity, and I can see that that may not even be possible at this point. I had each one by the hand and said bye and went out the door.

I can imagine the silence that followed our departure! I get about 1/2 way to may car and realize we left all the cards we made inside, but forget it I am not going back in there. A few more steps and I realize I have also left my camera in there. SH*T! So I turn around and open the door, and strangely enough they were both quiet, and I asked ds to apologize to the other 2 girls, which he did. then he reached into his pocket and pulled out 2 hazelnuts (he collects them when we go to the park) and said he wanted to give them each one. I could see they were not sure what to do or say since he had been pretty much screaming the entire time we were there and they were scared!

So off we go out to the car again, and before I even get my keys in the car door I am bawling my head off. THIS is why we don't do play-dates, THIS is why I shop by myself and why we don't do restaurants. THIS is why we don't have any close friends because it is just too hard. No one wants to be around a noisy, obnoxious kid all them time, no one.

I keep thinking after time passes that one of these days he will be OK and we will be able to enjoy being out of our house for a change. I think how nice it would be to go to someone else's house and letting the kids play and not wonder how I am going to get a screaming kid and a preschooler into the car by myself when one weighs 75 pounds when it gets ugly. I want to take them to some kind of music lesson or something, I want to feel like I am a good mother and not one that other people look at with pity or disdain because my kid is acting horribly. They either think I don't care or I am not raising him right.

And even if they aren't, that is how I feel. I have such a thin skin to this and I can't imagine what it will be like on Tuesday when I go back to work and see my two co-workers. I am so embarrassed. And then I am ashamed that I am embarrassed because of how my son acted. I KNOW it is the ASD, I know that. I know he has high anxiety and has to repeat everything over and over and blurts out the most inappropriate things and is rude... He has to have things just so, and I know that.

Our life revolves around him and his rigidity, his routines, his quirks. We do everything to accommodate it and make sure he will have predictability everyday. My husband and I have our schedules set up so that everything is the same, we eat at the same time, he gets the same foods, he wears the right clothes (the Hanes socks with the blue letters on the bottom, because one day I got the ones with green letters and oh what a fun day that was!!), you name it. We do it all. And I feel like it is just the endless cycle of nothing, because he is still obscenely argumentative, disruptive, irritable, rude and so loud all of the time.

And yet other times he is so sweet, and so helpful and every once and a awhile he will do what I ask without arguing and I about fall over because I am braced for this huge struggle, and it's not there! But that is hardly ever, but it is just enough to give me hope...

...And I think just maybe it will be better next time, after this memory fades, and I am sure in about 3 or 4 months we will get an invite to something, and I will try it again.



After I got home I came in and sat at the computer and cried. I took one look at my dh and he took the kids in the other room and got them ready for bed, and away from me for a bit to relax. My son just came in here and handed me this notebook and told me "Daddy told me to write this..."


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I think I was laughing and crying at the same time! Gotta love that man :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Some cards

....I was fooling around with my new Storybook cart and made these this morning! All from scraps too :)


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Friday, February 6, 2009

Valentine Decoration

I got this idea from some SUPER talented ladies on a scrapbooking message board I go to, and decided to make one for Adrian's preschool teacher. Her classroom is all decked out in Valentine stuff!

I got the lollipop sticks ($2 for 50) and the mug ($1) at Michaels, and I also got a small cube of that green floral foam stuff, it was like $1.29. I cut the cube into quaters and put a chunk down in the cup, and covered it with the strips of paper. I cut a piece of scrap pink paper into strips and then used this to make it all wavy (side note - I should have used that first and then cut it into strips, but it still worked!). The die cut shapes are the same on both sides and there is foam tape between the layers so the lollipop sticks fit.

The owl and the swirly heart is from the Storybook cartridge, and the rest is from the Doodlecharms cartridge.


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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Got ribbon??

I got this in my email last night...!!!

Peachy Keen Stamps

I have been wanting to get some of these for a long time, but just haven't done it yet! They are the cutest facial exprssion stamps, and she has even made some to fit specific Cricut cartridges, lik Paper Dolls, Zooballo, etc.

Check it out!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sunrise

The sky was so pretty when I woke up this morning, I even ventured out on my porch in the cold in my jammies :)







More Blog Candy!!

From Shanna on her great blog!!

Click HERE to get to the good stuff!

Monday, February 2, 2009

New Fiskars border punches

I love the Threading Water punch, and now I have seen some more new ones HERE!

My scrap space...

Was starting to get a 'smidge' cluttered, LOL! So I did a little rearranging today...


Before

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After

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

More print deals!

Here's another from Walgreens


Picked up a few things....

I found these two totes at Joann's last night in the clearance section for $7.97 each, they also had them in a green/brown combo.











And I found these at Michael's in the bins outside the store for $1 each, they are about 4 inches tall. I saw an article in a scrapbook magazine that had a way to organize with them, and have been looking for these for awhile! Now I just need to find the article...