Tuesday, December 3, 2013

*sigh* ... today I am 21 x 2 ....

Hi everyone ... :)

Seriously ... doesn't 21 x 2 sound soooo much better than 42??????

I totally think so *wink* 

Yes ... today is my birthday ... *sigh* I have never really liked celebrating my birthday ... but it is what it is :) 

I wanted to share some photos from this past Sunday ... Brookie and I went to see The Nutcracker ... believe it or not... it was the FIRST time either of us have seen it :)

This theater in downtown Phoenix is absolutely GORGEOUS!! :)

Before the show (no photos during) :)

And then while we were waiting for Brian to come pick us up after the show ... my daughter just HAD to point out this parking meter sign .... anyone know WHY!?!?!?!?!?!? ;)

"Because Mama," she says ..... "Today you are 41 .... and on Tuesday you will be 42"

*sigh* can't fight that logic :) 

And on Saturday ...  the family and I went antiquing!! :) We went out to support Small Business Saturday as we always try and support local business's when we can :)

I bought this big huge glass ashtray for my desk to hold little bits of this and that :)  And can anyone GUESS why I bought it???!!!????

Because my birth year is on it :)

Also found this fun hat box :)

And the BESTEST thing I found was this HUGE Coffee Table!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it ... and it was only $60.00!!!! And if you have gone antiquing ... you know that is a bargain!!! I can't wait to stain it up!!! :)

Photo: Eeeeekkkkkkkk!!!! I found my "new to me" coffee table!!! Can't wait to stain her up ♥♥♥ #shopsmall #smallbusinesssaturday #shoplocal

And I also wanted to share my layout that is live on the Artful Delight blog today!!!

I made this with our December sketch!! :)

Here is my take on it :)

Our December Artful Delight kit is AMAZING!!!  I have made 5 layouts, 14 cute little Christmas gifts and 9 Christmas gift tags!!! And I still have stuff left over!!!! :) 

this kit will include 
Carta Bella So this is Christmas collection 12x12 sheet (1 each) 
Christmas Dots
 Authentique Joyous collection 12x12 sheet (1 each)
Echo Park ‘tis the Season collection 12x12 sheet (1 each) 
Snowflake Flurry
 Snowflake Falling
 Echo Park Reflections collection 12x12 sheet (1 each)
 Christmas Floral
 Fancy Pants merry little Christmas collection 12x12 sheet (1 each)
 Santa’s Workshop
 October Afternoon Silent Night collection 12x12 sheet (1 each)
 Sleigh Ride
 The First Noel 
My Mind’s Eye Vintage Christmas collection 12x12 sheet (1 each)
Coordinating Cardstock Bazzill 12x12 sheet (1 each)
 Red Devil
 Quick Sand
 Embellishments – size and color may vary per kit 
1 package October Afternoon Silent Night collection Sew Fun Banners 
1 sheet Fancy Pants Large Red Alphas 
1 package Petaloo Red Faux Dried Flor 
6 Queen & Co Gumdrops Red buttons 
6 Queen & Co Gumdrops Green buttons 
1 package Queen &Co Red Twinkle Goosebumps
1 package Queen &Co Clear Twinkle Goosebumps 
3 – Prima Gillian White flowers 
1 package Crate Paper Bundle Up collection Badges 
10 yards Maya Road Twine Sparkle Silver 
1 yard American Crafts Caramel Ribbon 

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


  1. Happy birthday!! Looks like you & Brookie had a lovely time together at the show, and the antique shopping sounds like fun!! Love your gorgeous Christmas layout!!

  2. Well, Happy Birthday, girlie! You are still young in my book! Hope it's a fab year!

  3. Happy birthday, my friend! We share the same birth year. I am older than you by around five months :)

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Julie!
    LOve DD's logic ;) how adorable!
    Great layout and finds at the antique store!


  5. Happy birthdsy my twin! I wish I was 41 going on 42! LOL! But life is what it is and I had a great surprise party with the kids and hubby this weekend so I am happy! I wish both of us a wonderful year of good health and happiness and many more birthdays to come! Hugs and Blessings, Anne

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! I hope it's a wonderful one even if you don't like celebrating them! It's better than the alternative! :-)))

    Can you ask Brookie if I can borrow her shoes? Cause I think I have to have some and would love to try them out first! Adorbs! Looks like you had a great time, and what a smarty on the parking meter! Out of the mouth of babes!

    Your layouts are totally fab AS ALWAYS!!!

  7. Happy birthday Julie! You are still a pup. I just had my 52nd birthday. I hope you have a wonderful day.

  8. Happy, Happy Birthday Julie, photos are totally gorgeous!! I've never seen The Nutcracker, I bet it was special. Love the layout and that coffee table is turning me green, I'm soooooooo envious!! What a bargain :)

  9. happy happy birthday Julie!!! how exciting about your bday, be glad to celebrate!!! LOVE that table, that is amazing!! wonderful page too!!!

  10. Happy Happy birthday!! Hope you day was wonderful. Turning 21 x 2 is quite special!

  11. Happy birthday to you!!! I hope you had a wonderful day!!! and i do love this layout ... i always love the way you scrapbook ... your heart just seems to shine through.

  12. You both look so pretty. What a wonderful memory. Thanks for sharingHave a great day
    DIANA L.

  13. Happy Happy Birthday! You are very brave to let your kids know your actual age. My 3 year thinks I'm 21 and I like it that way...lol. My 7 year old is still on the fence guessing. Crossing my fingers for a few more years of my kids thinking I'm still in my 20s!!!
    Gorgeous layout as well...as always!

  14. Happy Birthday lovely friend!!
    I hope you get spoilt today : )

    You two looked so sweet going to the theatre together, yes it's gorgeous that building and LOL at Brookie : )

    Great LO. I'm loving all your stitching lately and that table is amazing Julie. What a bargain.
    Enjoy your day xxxx

  15. I am thankful you were born and I celebrate birthdays for that reason. Just imagine all the people that are thankful you were born on this day to be able to come into their lives and change them. So Happy Birthday! Love those photos. Looks like you two had fun:)

  16. Happy, happy birthday! I would never have guessed your age - you look so much younger! How wonderful to go to the theatre for your birthday - hope you really enjoyed it. And how funny about the parking sign - love Brookie's logic! Hope you have a great year ahead!
    Lovely layout, too!

  17. Happy birthday! Love your layout---the gray as the background is awesome!

  18. Happy birthday!!! 21 x 2 is the new 15 x 2 :)

  19. Happy birthday, Julie! Really 42 isn't bad at all. Wait until you hit 50. :) Looks like you had a great time. Love the fun and festive layout with the layered circle border and stitching!

  20. Girl, you are still a spring chicken!

    Looks like you had such a fun weekend!

    Awesome layout, I love all the red!

  21. Happy Birthday to you!! May all your wishes come true!! xoxoxox

  22. aww Julie it's just a number - you look great!

    I really can't wait to see what you do with the table.

  23. Happy Birthday! Looks like you have already done some celebrating. Great pics! Hope you have a wonderful Day.

  24. Happy birthday! Great pics and lovely layout!

  25. Happy, Happy Birthday Julie. Awesome pics. I just love Brookie's dress. Fabulous layout too!

  26. First off HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I have missed you and your fun posts, Brookie is getting so big!! Who gave her permission to grow up??????? And thst table...OMG!!!!! I love it just as it is.....lol. I have boys so you know that any abuse the table might endure (ok....definitely would endure) would be well covered....lol. its gorgeous, cant wait to see what you do with it!!!

  27. Happy Birthday Julie! You own that 42 girl! ;) I'll be 43 at the end of this month and I figured the alternative is 6 feet under and pushin daisies, so I'm gonna enjoy each and every year!! (I say that now..HA!) It looks like you and Brook had a fabulous day and I love all the fun finds during your shopping trip! That desk is amazing!

  28. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you guys have had a wonderful weekend celebrating and hope today will be just as wonderful! Love that Brookie found that parking sign!

  29. First, happy birthday! I wish you were the one in the photo pointing to the 41-42 sign. That would make an awesome LO. Great pics and I love the Santa LO. The red really pops off the grey.

  30. Happy Happy Birthday my friend! Wow, looks like you had a wonderful weekend! So happy for you!
    Now stop rubbing in your weather, hehe! I wish I could wear a t-shirt about now especially when I know the type of weather we are up for....O'well, I guess that is part of living in MN!
    Hugs my friend!
    Happy Birthday!!!
    Sherrie K

  31. Happppppppy birthday, Julie!!! I totally understand not celebrating or announcing it's your birthday (I never had a birthday party growing up.... so it's just like another day to me).... but we should def. celebrate you! You are very special and talented! SO go out and celebrate:) Psalm 118:24

    LOOOOOOVE that you are like wonder woman-- you go to a play, create a layout, have time to go antiquing! WOW! LOVE that LO! FAB papers! LOOOOOOVE it all <3

  32. I said it yesterday, and I'll say it today: Happy Birthday!!!

    Love your cute layout; great take on the sketch! I have it on my schedule as well!

    And super job on your antique bargains!

  33. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a blast AND you know you are a great scrapper when your kids point out pictures for you to take! I have an idea for a page you can do-will send you a PM...:)

  34. Happy birthday Julie!!! Love the pictures and your layout!!

  35. Happy, happy birthday pretty lady. Here's wishing you so many more.

    Love you,

    BTW, love that Santa layout.....great colors!

  36. what a fun post! my dd and I go to see the nutcracker every year, always fun! love your layout too :)

  37. Ahh Happy Birthday! My birthday was yesterday the 2nd. There is nothing you can do to 61 to make it sound better. LOL
    What a lovely way to spend your birthday. You are making so many wonderful memories for Brookie. Love your finds and the lay out.
    Happy year ahead!

  38. A very happy birthday to you! Sounds like you've got a smart and sweet daughter there! I love the parking sign story! Priceless!
    Thanks for sharing your LO! I love the stitching - always makes me smile!
    Hope you found a way to enjoy your day and celebrate everyone who's thinking of you today!

  39. Fun, fun, fun! I love the photos of you and Brookie! Her shoes, dress & hair was so adorable! Love your antiquing finds! And your layout is so awesome! Happy Birthday!

  40. Dude, us Dec. babies got to stick together! Congrats on a fun time at the Nutcracker, and I love your coffee table! FUN TIMES!

  41. Happy Birthday Julie!!!! I can remember when I was younger going to see the Nutcracker with my dad! Brookie looks so sweet and you, 21 x 2 looks fabulous!

  42. Looks like a great celebration for your birthday, Julie! And the sign is too funny...leave it to kids to point out that kind of stuff! :) Love your cute layout and the fun circle border under your photo!

  43. Looks like you and Brookie had fun, I watched Nutcracker in NYC and always think about during this time of the year, guess it is the holiday thing.
    Happy Birthday!!!!! and love your project too!

  44. OKAY...sooooo ....HAPPY BIRTHDAY...& just wait 'til you're 52....sooo enjoy your youth, my friend!!!
    Annnnd....glad you went to the ballet....it's LOVELY...not so glad Brooke had to point out those meters to you....LOOOVE the LO, especially the sewn circle banner at the bottom AND love the hat box & also ADORE the table. You can send it to me, once you've fixed it up!!!!!!!!! LOL:):):)

  45. My oldest sister always reversed her age so she could always be younger than me. So when she was 64 she said she was 46. I like your idea better.
    Love the photos of Brookie and your layout is great.

  46. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, my friend! I know what you mean...I'm never that big a fan of my own, as I sure hate to get older. But what can you do, right? It's better than the alternative! ;)
    So glad you got to do something really special, like the Nutcracker. Such an amazing show, and what a beautiful place to see it in. You and Brookie looked SO beautiful! Love all your new antiques, too. That coffee table is a score!

  47. Happy belated birthday! Hope it was wonderful! :)

  48. Girl you are so pretty! And Brookie is simply darling! Love these fabulous and lovely photos.. hugs...x

  49. Sounds like you had a great time shopping! Love the ashtray!

    Hope you had a fantabulous birthday!

  50. Happy Birthday!! You are such a young chick!! I am right behind you!! Great family pics! I love your coffee table! Carri~Abusybee

  51. Happy Belated Birthday Julie! Looks like you sure had a fab weekend & what great finds you got too - can't wait to see the coffee table transformation!!!

  52. Happy, happy, happy birthday my friend!!!!!!!!!! Great pics and that lo is fantastic!!!!! <3!
    Great find too!

  53. Happy Birthday!!! I'm odd man out here but I LOVE the hat box!!!

  54. Belated Happy Birthday! Love that photo of you and Brook. She is really sharp to catch that 41-42 sign and see the relevance... seriously!?!?! Awesome. And what a crazy score on that table - enjoy!!

  55. Happy belated birthday wishes to you Julie! I love your theater photos!


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