Monday, October 29, 2018

The Best Things in Life are Old, Loved and Rescued! :)

Hi everyone! :)

I know you all have been waiting on the edge of your seats to see how I did with my denim/jean quilt and pillow I made for Adam, that I entered into the Arizona State Fair -- (well, I can DREAM that you have been waiting to find out! LOL!!) 

I haven't been able to share this news on social media, as Adam and I follow each other on Facebook and IG, but he doesn't pay attention to my blog, so this is my safe zone! HA!! :)

If you remember, these are his Christmas gifts, so I have to be careful where I share! :)

So without further ado, here is a layout I made about how I fared at the Fair! :)

I used some older Simple Stories, Pretty Little Studios and Bo Bunny :)

Not bad for a girl who taught herself how to sew!! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Thanks so much! -- featuring Simple Stories and Paper Smooches :)

Hi everyone! :)

Brookie's birthday party this year was held at Our Creative Escape, a painting studio owned by Kim and Tom Mraz (Kim also owns Paper Smooches). 

Brookie and I have gone to three of their paint classes, and in October they started doing kid classes - so I suggested doing her party there, and she thought it was a great idea! :)

I wanted each girl to have a little gift from the party - so I decorated these boxes with some papers from Simple Stories, and the owl and the "thanks so much" are from Paper Smooches. :)

(in case you were wondering each girl got a make-up bag, a necklace, a notepad, and the canvases I made for them inside the boxes) 

Also, since the painting they were doing was a Halloween pumpkin, I added a little pumpkin to their boxes, and the little ice cream cones were given to me from a co-worker, and I added the little rubies to act as a cherry. :)

Ohhhhhh and I have to share this story -- lol -- only me, I swear! :)  So, I have seen a gazillion photos of my friends over the year sharing photos of hot glue gun burns they have gotten over the years ---- 

Here is the thing - I DO NOT use hot glue guns --- ever! In case you didn't know this about me, I was born with a nerve tumor in my right wrist -- I have had surgeries over the years to try and remove it (unsuccessfully, I might add! lol!)  Due to these surgeries, I have NO FEELING in some of my fingers -- hence, the reason I DO NOT use hot glue guns, cause I could burn myself and not even know it! So, no glue guns for me! :) 

Which brings us to our MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION -- 

How the heck did Julie get this blister, if she doesn't use a hot glue gun?!?!?!?!

Because I do not use a hot glue gun, I am a die hard Beacon Zip Dry glue user.  The downside to this is -- lots and lots and lots and lots of "glue boogers" (technical term of course! HA!) that I NORMALLY can just rub my finger(s) across it and it rubs off any excess glue  -- welllllllll ... the "thanks so much" on these boxes is a diecut from Paper Smooches, so naturally because of its size, I had LOTS of glue boogers to rub off --- and I waited too long for it to dry, and I had to rub it pretty hard to get it all off -- and you guessed it, I rubbed SO HARD on the paper, I gave myself a blister!!! LOL!! :)

Seriously -- who does that?!?!!? Rubs glue so hard on a piece of paper, that they give themselves a BLISTER?!!?!??! That would be me! HA!!! And the bad news to this story is, this is on the hand that has the tumor, and this is on the ONE finger that I have feeling in, which translates into me having to DO EVERYTHING with this ONE finger on this hand .... you know ... like typing (which is what I do ALL day long in my real job)!! So, this was not my best day! 

But hey -- the boxes look amazing and there are no glue boogers! HA!!! :)

And I also wanted to share some photos from her actual party at Our Creative Escape :)

The girls painting their backgrounds while Kim comes around to check on them :)

Painting the jack-o-lantern faces on :)

Brookie with her painting all finished :)

The girls all had fun and loved that they got to take their paintings home with them :)

Of course the cake had a volleyball on it :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

You Miss 100% of the Shots You Never Take :)

Hi everyone! :)

I mentioned that Brookie's birthday party is later this month, and I made each of the girls that are attending her party a little canvas with an inspirational quote from Wayne Gretzky. Now, he was a famous (and the greatest IMO) ice hockey player, but I feel this quote can be used for any sport.

Brookie and all the girls that are attending the party play volleyball, so this fit them :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Partners in Crime! -- featuring Bella Blvd. :)

Hi everyone! :)

I wanted to share a layout I made with some Bella Blvd. goodies :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hey Friend :)

Hi everyone! :)

Normally I do not get to play along on World Card Making Day as it always falls on the Saturday after Brookie's birthday, and we normally do her birthday party that weekend.  But this year, she chose to do her party later in the month at "Our Creative Escape" (more on that later this month) -- and so I was able to make some cards on Saturday morning before I did some chores around the house :)

I made 4 cards on Saturday.  I used some Photo Play paper, Paper Smooches and My Favorite Things stamps, and some Adorn-It papers. 

And thank you all that left Brookie a comment for her birthday on her post this past Thursday!! She really appreciated them!! :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Hi everyone! It's me Brookie! Today, I am TWELVE!!! :)

Hi everyone!

It's me, Brookie, and today is my 12th BIRTHDAY!!!

Happy Birthday to me!! :)

This past Saturday, Mom asked me to answer the door, and MY BROTHER was there!!!!!! He came from Texas to surprise me for my birthday!! I LOVE HIM!! :)

Mom and Dad took us to Yogurt-Tini (our fave fro-yo place!) and of course Mom made us pose like THIS ....

And we REALLY wanted to pose like this! LOL!! :)

Sunday we celebrated my birthday along with my Nana Sue's birthday (her birthday was yesterday, we are birthday twins!!!) :)

Happy birthday Nana!!!! Love you!!! :)

We opened our presents!! :)

We ate the cakes that my Mom made!! And I promised I would show the photo of this one cake she made, before we decorated it!! Mom was joking that it looked like the cake was crying cause he was baked!! HAHAHAHA!!! 

And here they are decorated!! I did the one on the left, and Mom did the one on the right! :)

 Me and Nana singing Happy Birthday to each other!! :)

Trying to blow our candles out, and obviously one of mine was being stubborn!! Of course Mom would say that's because that candle is on my cake! HA! 

I love him!! :)

Happy birthday to ME!!!!!! :)