Wednesday, September 30, 2009

*A peacock and her flock* and other titles Julie has cooked! :):):):):):):):)

Hi all......

Well....another busy week here in our household....and have some LO's and happy mail to share with U! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

First....I made this for the latest challenge at CAFE MOJO!!! This time we wanna see some HAND STITCHING!!!! :):):):):):):):) yeah....yeah...sooooooooo I cheated a *little* did machine and hand stitching!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)  My title for this is: "A Peacock and her Flock"......This is my Mom's side of the fact its her Mom (my the middle), my Mom and my Mom's siblings (my Aunts and Uncles)....and the REASON for my Grandma's maiden name is Peacock!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):) I used mostly a kit on this LO.....and I added a feather (Peacock theme U!) and the vintage peacock tag from my wonderful friend Amy!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)







Next is the LO I made for Scrapping the Music this week!!!! :):):):):) The song this time is: "Friends Forever".....this is me and my BFF this past July hanging out at the river!!! :):):):):):):):) I used a Kenner Road kit on this LO!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)






Next....I have created another LO for's challenge of using her kits.......My title is: "A Fountain & A Witch" .... and my journaling (on the hidden ghost paper....) reads: "When Adam & I had an apartment - there was a water fontain around the corner from us.  Every time I walked by it - it would turn off - no one else - just for me.  So, I had Adam convinced I was a witch with magical powers! :) Hey - it worked when I wanted him to be good...just had to tell him the "witch mom" would cast a spell on him! It worked everytime!" :):):):):):):):):):):) Ohhhhhhh and my at least 5 NO PATTERN paper items are: the ghost journal tag, the "beware" rub on, the thickers, the chipboard hat & lightning bolt, the thicker heart I made, the Halloween stamp,. the glittered hat, the gate, the brads, the b&w bracket under the alphas...and the "haunted" tag! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)







And the last LO I want to for the latest These are a Few Of my Favorite Things!!!! This time our challenge is to tell us YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY!!!! :):):):):):):):):):) My title: "When we are together that's my FAVE time of the day!" :):):):):):):):):):):)  Ok, as some of U know…I live in ONE of the HOTTEST places on EARTH….EVER…..and well, I make it NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO secret, that I can’t STAND it in Arizona!!! LOL!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):)  Sooooooooooooooo for ME to come up with a FAVORITE time of the DAY…when IT IS OVER 100 DEGREES here 8 MONTHS out of the year (In FACT…today is GOING to be 108 degrees…..don‘t U all wish U were here…LOL!)…and U are surrounded by DIRT DIRT DIRT and more DIRT…and some Cactus too….LOL… HARD for me to do……………..soooooooooooooooo instead I made my LO about my family….and when we are TOGETHER….that is MY FAVE TIME of the DAY…..with me and hubby both working full-time….its sometimes hard for us to find quality time together…..soooooooooo when we have it…I LOVE IT!  :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)  I used another Kenner Road kit on this one! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)




And I also wanted to share some HAPPY MAIL we got this week!!!!!! First....from Jacque's AMAZINGLY TALENTED daughter....Katelyn......she sent me a drawing of hers!!!! Seriously...this girl is sooooooooooooooooo TALENTED!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! Thanks Katelyn!!!!!!! It is GORGEOUS!!! And BROOKIE loved that it was of her!!!!! :):):):):):):):):) U are SERIOUSLY the BESTEST!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)


And here is the photo that Katelyn got her inspo from.....WOW.....SHE has GOT the GIFT for this!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And I was ALSO the LUCKY gal to get a painting done by Chris....who is on my FAVE THINGS DT....WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! Talk about some talent....I seriously felt like I walked into an art gallery and bought this!!!! Thanks Chris! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)


And speaking of Brookie... :):):):) She is TURING THREE on SUNDAY!!!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! And and and and and and and.....she was supposed to have her NEXT surgery on the 8th....HOWEVER COMMA......Aetna has decided to "drop" Phoenix Children's Hospital as one of the places they cover..... :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:( We and many many many many other families are veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy upset by their decision.  I have found out that Aetna covers almost 900,000 people in Phoenix alone....and their decision was because of MONEY....(I know...I'm not shocked either....).....but what is the hardest Aetna is claiming that they are DROPPING the CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL....because the hospital's COSTS are toooooooooooooooooooooooo high......(Ok, I know some of you may work for insurance companies....sooooooooooooo PLEASE DO NOT take this as an attack on U....I am just upset at Aetna's (grrrrrr) decision) ...but the thing about ANY CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS....especially the one in just that....IT IS FOR CHILDREN...and as we all know....if there is something so seriously wrong with a child that they need to go to a hospital just for THEM.....then there is a reason.....specialists and speciality surgeons work for places just like this.....nothing against any doctors or nurses out there (as that is another profession I completely respect)....but when a child needs to go to a children's is because what is wrong is out of a doctors expertise....they treat children with cancer, head injuries....etc etc etc.....sooooooooooo I totally understand WHY a children's hospital would cost more than (for a lack of a better word) "normal" hospitals....sooooooooo that is the reason I'm upset......more and more companies.... (including a certain one where I know someone is employed....that's all I sayin'!) .... are looking at $$$$$$$$$$ and not the people.....not just insurance companies either.....I know we are all tightening our belts with $$$$$$$ but to shouldn't always be about the $$$$$$....people are behind that $$$$$$ added note (lol!)....Brookie's surgeon ONLY works out of that hospital....he is a Pediatric Dermatologist of the ONLY ones in the entire United States......sooooooooooo Brian and I are at a stand still on how to continue her surgeries without having Aetna covering the cost at the hospital...... soooooooooooooo sorry...I'm rambling again....this is just on my mind right now....and it is something that I need to share....

LOVE TO ALL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)


  1. I love the drawing, thats so cute and what a sweet gift.

    It sounds like everyone is going through tough times right now. I really hope things start to look better soon. Today my work decided they will reopen but had to narrow down to 25 employees to do so.

  2. Okay little missy.... Your layouts are just fabulous.... Send over some of your MOJO. I love that painting. WOW. I am so in love with Chris and her beautiful artwork. How special for you to own one!!! I will be praying for favor for your pretty little princess, Brookie... Try to stay positive....Hugs sweet friend!!! AMY

  3. Well, I'll just say the insurance companies are all about the money and not so much helping people! But don't get me started on that. Oh, tell Brookie happy bday!! She's close to Lucas' bday. He'll be four October 22!!! I can't even believe it! I love those layouts...can't wait to get started on my fave things one. I took some pics today that I want to use on it:) Love, jess

  4. Julie, beautiful LOs!!! I'm drooling.... Btw it's me "naja" from ScrapInStyle ;)

  5. Wowzers!!! that was alot of layouts to share girly!!! I loved them all!!!!especially the red and blue letters you used on the fave things LO! What are those??? i want them!!! hehe the drawing you got was amazing!!! What a talented little girl!!!!! and im so sorry to hear about your insurance company... I know you and Brian will figure this out together!!! Hoping and crossing fingers for the best!!! love you!!! :):):)

  6. sorry to hear the insurance horror story!!! :(:(:(:(:(:(
    When God closed one door he opens another. Have faith it will work out! :) Happy Birthday to little Ms. Brookie!!! :):):):):):)

    Those layouts are terrific Julie. You always blow me away. :)

  7. Wow Girl!! You are sooo busy!!! I love your Los! The feather in the first one is the perfect touch. I love the river. My parents have a place in Blythe CA. So fun. And you know I LOve Favorites LO. Happy Birthday to Brookie, They grow up so fast :( Hugs to you girl. Jamie :D

  8. You are really amzing, love all the work you showed us! Happy birthday to Brookie this Sunday!
    You are a wonderful person!

  9. Wow, coolest maiden name ever!!! I love your layouts and that stitching is awesome!

    I'm sorry about the insurance thing, I hate insurance stuff like this! I'll be praying for y'all and happy early birthday to Miss Brookie!

  10. My sweet did an awesome job on all of these...Cafe Mojo was so much fun...wasn't it!!!!! Love the pic that Brrokie awesome!!!! So sorry about the problems with Aetna....I am so with you on that one!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS BROOKIE!!!!! Wishing your family a wonderful weekend!!!! Love ya, girlie!!! :)

  11. I adore each and every one of your LO's! My favorite one is the peacock and her flock! Love it!!! Happy early birthday to Brookie!!! What a cutie pie!! Post those birthday pics!!!

  12. Oh Julie, that is just so awful about the insurance company. I can imagine how stressed you and Brian must be about this. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Happy birthday to Little Miss Brooke - I just love that drawing of her and the frog - so charming!
    And WOW have you been a busy and creative person - just love how your style has evolved since you started stitching - I always love your creative titles and paper mixes, and on these I love the funky buttons and the way you did the stitching - and oh yeah, the feather with the crossstitch - just perfect!
    Also thank you for your comments - they mean so very much to me.
    Hope your week gets better.
    Always, Chris

  13. Hey Witchy Woman!
    You must possess some magikal powers, how else could you get all these LO's done so quickly! Love the peacock one a lot- the feather is so cool, the layering rocks!Look at Katelyn, I wonder how many drawings that little girl did? wow!
    She is something! In process of listing our home, I am going crazy. SO much to do, so little time (and money to do it!) lol xOxO

  14. That's really awful about the hospital/insurance situation. I hope things work out for you all somehow. Sometimes they'll reduce the costs when they know there's no insurance involved??? Maybe???

    Well, Jule, the LO's are all just phenomenal. That feather is such a cool addition to your Cafe Mojo LO, too.

    LUCKY you to have a piece of Chris' art! Such a gorgeous paiting, too! :-)

    Hugs.... :-)

  15. Oh & HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Brookie this weekend! Can't wait to see the big 3-year old in 31 days! :-)

  16. Loooooove the LO's!!!!

    Give Brooke a BIG birthday HUG from us, I hope she will have a wonderful day!!

    Such a sad decision of the insurance compagny!!!
    I can't believe that those compagny's are being so heartless!!! (sorry, just my opinion)

  17. I love the vintage feel of the first layout! It is sooo beautiful! and amazing job on the others, as well.
    I love the new Pink Paislee chipboard alphas! Loving that green color!

  18. O mygosh I am drooling over your LO's, they are soooooo awesome, love the feather (great idea)!!! And that painting Chris made you, I already knew she was a great painter, but this is sooooo gorgeous looooove it!!!!! And wow it is almost Brookie's birthday, can't believe how big she already is, time goes fast!! I am soooo sorry to hear about you problems with the insurance, that realy sucks!!! Can't believe they are doing that, it's all about the money at the moment, same here!!!
    Hugs Hanneke

  19. Oh, Julie, that's sad about the hospital, hope things work out the best way for you!
    I am amazed by your pages one more time (I swear, I'd love to know how many pages/albuns done you have already, it's probably a huge number!!) and I'll say again: I love how you're able to make so many gorgeous things so fast. Love all of them, especially the 1st one!
    love you!!

  20. Oh my Julie...another big problem to deal with!I'm so sorry for you all!Makes you think are there any real people working over there....all the sadness for so many families from such decissions.

    LOve the painting from Chris...she is so talented.And so are your layouts!Love the title of your first one..and how you made that title is awesome!Love the peacock feather..and that hand stitching,as always I love your sewing!And those numbers are awesome...are those vintage bingo ones??LOve em..and that photo buttons,just gorgeous and then the that one!Love the paper also and that peacock tag...stunning!
    Love your STM LO,the gorgeous layering and the photo is beautiful!LOVE the embellies,especially the buttons and the ribbon and those tiny brads and your stitching (of course)!And I totally love your A fountain and a witch LO!I always knew you were one..LOL!You bring magic everywhere,with your smileys and sunshine...
    Love the story of the fountain..that is really magical!Love the colors and the tags and the haunted feeling of it!That gate is awesome!Fantastic LO!And I so love your TAAFOMFT LO...beautiful photo and I love (again) how you did the rock the titles!Beautiful the fairy frog and your layering!The stitching is awesome!
    Beautiful drawing Brookie got!
    Have a very wonderful birthday and party ahead for you and miss Brookie!Hope you all have a fantastic day!
    Hang in there sweetie!

  21. You are super-talented!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your layouts, they're just perfect!!!!! And I love the stories behind them!
    Sweet pictures of Brookie, she always makes me smile!
    ANd what a gorgeous painting Chris made for you!!!
    Julie, I wish you a lot of strength to deal with the insurance problems!!
    I hope everything will be alright!!!
    Big hug, Jenneke

  22. can you pleeeeease teach me how to do my titles the way you do?! ARGH. i LOVE your work! ...but you already knew that much.

    that painting chris made you is GORGEOUS. it's so pretty. :)

    AWWWW, so SORRY to hear the news about the hospital. that's such a bummer. hopefully things will work out. i've got my fingers crossed for you guys.

    sending you positive vibes!!


  23. Wow!!!! You are simply amazing! I really want to figure out how you do such cute titles... they always look layered so perfectly, yet, not in a grid type layout!!! I aspire to scrap like you! Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Love your peacock layout- you know I love the feather:) And, happy birthday to Brookie!!!

  25. WOWZERS GIRL!!! These layouts are amazing!!!! I know they were good therapy for those darn frustrations such as Insurance companies! Boo on them - buy yay that you can step away and get into your creative mode and go to town and put those trouble aside for a little bit!

    I am so glad you all liked Katelyn's picture of your sweet Brookie.

    Hang in there chick!!!!!

  26. Love the touch of the feather and the frog pictures are AMAZING!

  27. Dang Julie! Your layouts are SUPER!
    I really love the fountain! such a cute story!
    I love how you scrap all of the little details in life, so important ;)

    As far as Brookie goes, I am going to be praying for her and that everything insureance-wise works out. Hang in there, mama

  28. Wow oh Wow you have been busy girl! I am LOVING all your latest projects! Love your creative take on the "fave time" challenge, and that feather on your Peacock layout - just fab!

  29. Where do you get all this inspiration for all these amazing layouts?? I love them all!!
    Wow, Chris is really talented. It looks so gorgeous.
    Brooke is so cute and how adorable is that she gets happy mail? Very.
    As for the insurance, tell me about it. My brother had 3 craniotomies for brain tumors and we are going through so much because his insurance was canceled. Looong story but it's soo unfair and ridiculous.

  30. Oh, my friend YOU are AMAZING and wonderful!! Love your LOs and all the inspo you share :) :)
    Big hugs!

  31. I've had a wonderful time catching up on your blog busy girl!!!!

    Loving your work Julie!!! Tis so bright and refreshing!! Love your feather page and how you did it!!!

    sOOOOO cute pics of Brookie!!! AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR SUNDAY!!!!
    WOW - a BIG three!!!!
    (already! where did that time go!!)

  32. Julie! Those layouts are awesome! I love how the letters are all mixed up! The colors in the fountain one are very cool together....witchy! Brookie looks so cute and that drawing is soooo cool. The painting is just gorgous! What a generous gift! Sorry to hear about the insurance situation....that just stinks and I am pissed for you! Oh, btw...on the post...I accidentally pressed "post" on a draft I was working on...but it will be ready by tomorrow...he he...thanks for letting me know blogger was having some issues last night and I was ready to choke it through the computer screen! I can't wait to share that "alone" layout, though! Have a wondeful weekend!


  33. So sorry to hear about the hospital...

    Your LOs are amazing! So creative!
    Brookie is a doll, I love the frog's pic with her!

  34. Wow! Your post has left me stunned. First, your LOs are stunningly always! Love them all, but love, love, love "a fountain & a witch"...the details are so cool!

    Yay for all your happy mail...always a fun thing. Both are such wonderful works of art.

    Happy, happy birthday to Ms. Brookie. She is such a sweet, gorgeous, little lady. Hard to believe she is 3! Hope she has the grandest of birthdays!!!

    Now, I'm stunned in a completely different way...I can't believe they are dropping the Children's Hospital.?????? Being in the accounting field, I soooo get the concept behind the almighty dollar and the ultimate bottom line, but give me a break! I'll be praying for a solution to your delimma. I can't imagine the frustration you are feeling.

    Take care dear friend. xoxo L

  35. Hi Julie!

    Just letting you know that the new criteria has just gone up for my challenge sites for October.
    Would love you to join us this month :)

    ARTastic =
    Inspiration this month comes from Vincent van Gogh's 'Starry Night'


    From Screen 2 Scrap =
    Inspiration this month comes from the movie poster 'Night at the Museum'

    International scrappers welcome :)

    Don't forget to become a follower of my challenge blog sites, that way you get all the updates and info :)


  36. I'm so sorry to hear they will be shutting down a children's hospital. You'd think they'd find a way to save money elsewhere, wouldn't you. I hope you'll find a solution soon.

    Your LO's, as usual, are all beautiful. I love the Peacock LO, the title is so clever, and I love all the details you added, especially those smalle circular photos you added, such a creative idea! The story of the fountain had me laughing, I can just imagine Adam's face, thinking you have "the power" LOL.

    Have a wonderful weekend Julie, wishing you and your lovely family all the best!

    xxx Peggy

  37. what can I say... you're just so overflowing with talent!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the layouts... and the stories... wow!!! love the painting!!!
    I'll be praying for you all the insurance problems... God is bigger than the insurance companies... you're on my prayer list!!
    {{{BIG HUGS!!!!}}} Michelle

  38. Love that friends layout, the colors and patterns are awesome, love those buttons too. " )


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