Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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

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*....lol.....I did machine and hand stitching!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)  My title for this is: "A Peacock and her Flock"......This is my Mom's side of the family.....in fact its her Mom (my grandma...in the middle), my Mom and my Mom's siblings (my Aunts and Uncles)....and the REASON for my title....my Grandma's maiden name is Peacock!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):) I used mostly a NoelMignon.com kit on this LO.....and I added a feather (Peacock theme U know....lol!) 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 NoelMignon.com'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 share....is 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…..is 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 part....is 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 Phoenix.....is 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 hospital...it 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'...lol!) .... are looking at $$$$$$$$$$ and not the people.....not just insurance companies either.....I know we are all tightening our belts with $$$$$$$ but to me.....it shouldn't always be about the $$$$$$....people are behind that $$$$$$ too.....Plus....an added note (lol!)....Brookie's surgeon ONLY works out of that hospital....he is a Pediatric Dermatologist Surgeon....one 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! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

*Open for Discussion and some Wide Open Spaces* :):):):):):):):)

Hi all.....

I wanted to share the LO's I made for One Little Word (OLW).  This time the word is OPEN....and JUST like before ... I couldn't decide on one LO to make....soooooooooo I made two for this word!! LOL! :):):):):):):):):) 

"Open For Discussion" is the title for my first LO.  And here is my journaling:

  • Hollywood's definition of beauty needs to be re-defined.  Everyone is beautiful - it needs to be said more often. 
  • Cut Obama some slack - if you had 8 years of problems to fix - could you do it in one day?
  • Take photos with your kids - you may not like what you see - but I can promise you - your kids just see "Mom" - you'll be glad you did. 
  • Call centers need to eliminate Auto Voice Response systems - I don't care how much $ it saves - they SUCK!
  • I believe in innocent until proven guilty - but the guilty should be given the full punishment. 
  • Mean people suck. Period.
  • Health care should be affordable and available to everyone.
  • I would love to see Hollywood and sports figures to give teachers their salaries for one year - teachers deserve more money!
  • When we are kids, we are taught to respect the police - when we are older - we lose that respect - Why?
  • People may not like his approach - but Michael Moore is a genius - and should be heard.
  • Respect your elders - you are going to be one someday.

*phew* yep.....and that's NOT even HALF of what's on my mind!!!! LOL!!!! I used a Kenner Road kit on this one! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)





 


 


 


 


 


 


 



And the next one I made is titled, "Wide Open Spaces" ... I used the lyrics from the song by the Dixie Chicks....loveeeeeeeeeeee that song! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Here are the lyrics:

Who doesn't know what I'm talking about
Who's never left home who's never struck out
To find a dream and a life of their own
A place in the clouds a foundation of stone
Many precede and many will follow
A young girl's dream no longer hollow
It takes the shape of a place out West
But what it holds for her she hasn't yet guessed
She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the high stakes
She traveled this road as a child
Wide-eyed and grinning she never tired
But now she won't be coming back with the rest
If these are life's lessons, she'll take the test
She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the high stakes
As her folks drive away her dad yells, "Check the oil!"
Mom stares out the window and says
"I'm leaving my girl."
She says, "It didn't seem like that long ago
When she stood there and let her own folks know."
She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the high stakes






 


 


 


Thanks for stopping by and LOVE TO ALL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)








Friday, September 25, 2009

For the love of all things Noel-y! :):):):):):):):):)

Hi all......

First, I wanted to take a moment and thank all of your from the bottom of my heart for all of your supportive and kind words on my last post....I can not tell all of you that my decision was not easy for me to make..... thank you all! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Now....I wanna share that my beloved NoelMignon.com's challenge blog is having the Mothe-of-all CHALLENGES!!!!! U have to use her kits....(any of them....) and in each LO U create, U have to have at least 5 of the good-i-ness that comes in her kits....Pattern Paper not INCLUDED!!! Sooooooooooo...I have been busy all week creating and creating LO's for this challenge!!! :):):):):):):):):) When this challenge came out...I seriously sent Noel an email...and told her she was KILLING me....lol...for the reason I have sooooooooooooo much good-i-ness from her kits still available to me...is ... ummmmmm duh, I'm hoarding them!!! LOL!! And this is forcing me to USE THEM!!! LOL! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Ok, first up....we have, "Perfect Pose With A Side Of Goofball" :):):):):):) I used is a mix of her "Lovely Day" and "Homeroom" and the alphas are from the "Day by Day" kits! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

The "not" pattern paper items are..... 2 yellow butterflies, the alphas, the yellow thickers, the paper clip with the star on it, the "admit one" tickets, the blue graph papers, the spinner card, the hambly, the pink butterfly and the yellow brads! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)





 



 


Next, we have "First Day of Fall"...and the photos are from a Fall Festival we attended last year in Sedona, Arizona! :):):):):):):):):):):):):) I used a mix of the "Cornucopia" and "Blue Skies" kits! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

My "not" pattern paper items are: the alphas, the Norman Rockwell playing card, the leaves, the flowers, the scenic route stickers, the chipboard leaves (the negative one in the title work and I used on for the masking too, and the ribbon. :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)















 


 


Next....we have, "Why, Yes, I am a camera ham, thanks for asking" :) My Brookie being a goof!!! LOL! :):):):):):):):):) I used the "Eyes of Blue Kit" and the cork alphas are from the "Day by Day" kit! :):):):):):):):):)

And again...my "not" pattern paper items are: Alphas x2 :) , the brown/red roll ticket, the red ribbon, the brads, the chipboard pieces (5 in all), the stick pins and stickles! :):):):):):):):):):):):)






 


 


 


Next, (yes, I know....lord Julie...is it ever gonna stop??? hehehehee.....last one, I promise.....hehehehe for now at least!!! LOL!) :):):):):):):):):):):) We have, "My Favorite Guy" :):):) This is me and my Grandpa back in 1973! :):):):):):):) I used the "Penny Arcade" kit on this one! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

My "not" pattern paper items on here are: thickers, vintage newspaper ad, stick pins, the oval journal tag, the brads, 2 different ribbons, 7gypsies stickers, the frame around our photo and I used the stamp that came with the kit to stamp the frame around the edges! :):):):):):):):):):):):) Ohhhhhhhhhh and I added one "non-Noel" item.....the "eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y." paper is from a 1950's ad in a National Geographic magazine that my friend Norma sent me, as she knows my familys history with Kodak! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)






 


 


 


 


And I wanted to share some photos from yesterday....as I have told U before.....I am a strong believer (*now...because of the amazing Aleida Franklin*) to take photos with my kids every month....well, I blinked, September is ALMOST over...soooooooooooo I made sure I got one in! :):):):):):):):)



 


And then I got to be the LUCKIEST Mom...as the kids decided ot Ham it Up For ME! :):):):):):) These are my NEW FAVE PHOTOS of them! :):):):):):):):):):)







 


 


 


 


And we had the pleasure of going to my parents last night as my Uncle Teddy and his wife Jenelle were in town for just last night! :):):):):):) I haven't seen Uncle Teddy since I was a child....soooooooooo it was just AMAZING to see him and meet his WONDERFUL wife!!! (Loveeeeeeeeeeee her....and him too!!! hehehehehehehe!) :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)


 


 



And here is my Papa (Daddy!) taking a pic of me as I taking one of him! LOL! :):):):):):):):)







Thanks for stopping by....and LOVE TO ALL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)