Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I scrapped til I dropped!

It's a RECORD- I made 19 layouts this weekend- YES 19!!!! Also one paper easter basket, one paper flower, and a paper flower bouquet. My sister in law will probably not believe me because when we go to REAL crops together I always sit there yawning and don't get much accomplished! so i took a pic to prove it:

(pic is missing the paper flower bouquet- don't worry you'll see that later!)
How did I get the mojo to do this? Well... I decided to go to my very first online crop! Yes- online! I have always snubbed them because I thought pfffft, if I'm at home doing this how am I going to get anything done while being on the computer? I was SO wrong! It was so encouraging to chat with all the other ladies, see all the different challenges, and join in on the games. The challenges really made me think of new ideas for some of my photos and I really liked that.

So, I'm not going to share all of my layouts all at once- I'm going to let you all savor the artwork over the next few weeks- starting NOW! And if you have time you should totally stop by Life Preserver's Club and check out the Spring Fling crop- a lot of the ladies are still chatting and working on the challenges this week.

I LOVED the colors of this layout once I got it done. I don't normally use this bright of a yellow and I just had a lot of fun breaking out these bright tropical flowers.

These pictures were just adorable too, I thought katelynne looked so pretty sitting in her exersaucer on the front porch! Everytime I look at these photos it just reminds of how I felt that day, it was just a beautiful day outside and Lucas was riding his tricycle in front of the house while I watered the flowers. Just this photo reminds me of all that!

I also love my daughter's hair- so I had to make a memorial of her very first piggie tails ;)

and again- I totally love this color combo. I have been so crazy about purple, green, and brown lately! I hope my local scrapbook store has more of this paper because I don't think I can get enough of it!

And my easter basket- I made this one for my mom and stuffed a mini avon lotion and lip gloss in it- luckily she doesn't read my blog so she'll still be surprised....

notice the paper I used to make this basket? That's right! It's from my GIVEAWAY! See the post below and leave a comment to get in on the drawing :) Only 10 more comments til I give it away!

I'm working on my first ever blog tutorial, can't wait to share it with all of you!

Spring Cleaning GIveaway!

I've been doing a LOT of cleaning and organizing around here (yeah yeah I know what you're thinking- "could she get more organized?") but really- I have WAY too much scrappy stuff! I cannot believe that these two paper kits did not sell at my LSS's garage sale last week- but you're going to be glad they didn't! I have decided it is high time to have my first blog candy giveaway!



How about some adorable SPRING paper?
I know it's hard to see in this photo- but there are two pieces of this paper that have cute little bunnies on them!! Visit the 3 Bugs in a Rug website to see more detailed pics and ideas of projects made with this paper. Plus- look at my designer purse post to see the album I made with this pack ;)

Want to win one? Guess what?! I have TWO of these caboodle kits to give away! Each pack includes:
9 sheets of 12x12 double sided paper
die cut monograms
die cut tags/journaling spots
1 sheet of stickers

Leave me a comment here to get your name entered in a random drawing- but I have to have at least 25 comments here for the drawing so SHARE the news of this giveaway with your friends! If you mention my giveaway on your blog you'll get a second entry into the drawing!

Menu Plan Monday March 30


One day late on posting my menus again! Guess what else happened AGAIN? We're sick!! Runny noses, congestion, headache, achy body- wonderful! I'm not giving up on my menu plan though! We have been saving a lot of money by not eating out and I'm not about to let a bad cold stop that grrrrr! Here's the battleplan this week lol:

Breakfasts:
Cereal
Mini breakfast pizza w/ ham
Oatmeal pancakes, strawberries
Peanut Butter Toast, banana

for lunches visit the daycare blog!

Dinners:
Monday

Turkey pot pie

Pizza Tuesday
I'm going with Digiorno this week!
salad

Wednesday
Beef lo mein
w/ lots of broccoli and veggies

Crock Pot Thursday
I'm roasting a whole chicken this week,
you'll see me using the meat for two other days in the coming week
Exploding chicken taquitos
homemade guacamole and sour cream dip
steamed broccoli

Friday
I am going SHOPPING today, so it's definitely leftovers for dinner tonight!

Saturday
didn't get this made last week- so it's back again!
HG's beach bum on a bun(made with turkey instead of Boca burger)
tossed salad

Sunday
pork chops
steamed broccoli and cauliflower
roasted red potatoes

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Designer Purses!!!!



Finally- FINALLY! I have two new purses to show you today! These are a special custom order I took from a wonderful lady I met just over a year ago. She contacted me and said she knew I was busy but wondered if I would make these for her- she said she was willing to wait but I don't think she had two months in mind :) I am so happy to finally have these done, and terribly disappointed in myself that it took so stinkin' long! But it's a new day and I have some neat little extras I'll be slipping into the box I'm mailing to Becky.
The valentine purse is complete with some ADORABLE cupcake polymer clay beads and flatbacks that I purchased from this Ebay shop, this girl makes some reallllly cute beads, I could spend a fortune in her Ebay store!! She made these cupcakes custom for me to match the paper which was totally awesome!

In the Easter album I also used a little butterfly flatback from Katie's Jelly Beads - it matched perfectly with the spring colors of the album. I really loved the metal butterfly charms I found for the beaded handles on this one too- I was surprised to find them at Wal-Mart but they were just PERFECT for this album!!
Here's the detail shots of both albums:



Menu Plan Monday March 23


Last week was a success- we only went out to eat once! I'm a day late posting my menu this week, but so far I'm on schedule. I did ditch my plan for Sunday though and made mexican style grilled ribs with a honey lime glaze and homemade mexican rice- so I'll give the stuffed chicken another chance to make it onto our plates this week! You'll also be seeing a lot more veggie laden recipes and healthy stuff- I have been feeling just weighed down by some of the things I've been eating the last few weeks- so I am lightening up a little and definitely going to to try to stay out of the kid's lunches too lol! Here's my gameplan this week:

Breakfasts:
Cereal
Breakfast burritos
Pancakes, oranges
Peanut Butter Toast, banana

for lunches visit the daycare blog!

Dinners:
Monday

leftover grilled ribs
mexican rice

Pizza Tuesday
good-for-you pizza with homemade crust

and chicken veggie topping
salad

Wednesday
Emerald Stir Fry
brown rice

Crock Pot Thursday
easy italian crock pot turkey breast
sweet potatoes
green beans

Friday
HG's beach bum on a bun(made with turkey instead of Boca burger)
tossed salad

Saturday
tex-mex cheese quesadillas with black bean and white corn salsa
mandarin oranges

Sunday
pepper and cheese stuffed chicken
rice
salad

Monday, March 16, 2009

Katelynne's Birthday Dress and the Kid's Party



This is the LAST dress you're going to see for a little while! Next on my list is an Easter dress for Harleigh and maybe Katelynne... but that girl sure does have a lot of dresses already if you hadn't noticed ;) I found some really fun looking patterns for tote bags and even an apron that you wear while giving the kids a bath- the bottom part of it is a bath towel so when you pull the kids out of the tub you can just give them a big hug! Oh and also I made her hairbows- my first ones and I really like how they turned out, plus they were quicker to make than I expected. Anyways- here's the birthday girl in her dress I made her! And of course I couldn't leave out some pics of the birthday boy either...

The cakes- I made them and it about killed me lol!! I worked on them for two days and was about ready to give up when I ran out of powdered sugar and needed more icing... but the morning of the party I was able to get up early and finish up everything. I really like how it all turned out! I had to leave the number 4 candle off of the cake until time to blow out candles because it was heavy enough it was trying to fall off the top.

and here is Katelynne's smash cake for her first birthday:
Meggy was at the party too- she's eating her lime sherbet ice cream - lucas' favorite! All the adults said "oh I haven't had this for a long time!"And yes I am a super freak and I had to buy multi-colored forks and spoons, then I created little napkin rings that said happy birthday with polka dots and rolled them around the silverware. I gave the little pink basket to the daycare girls to use as a baby carrier after the party was over, they've been fighting over it ever since!


Pics of their presents from us- I absolutely love curly bows so I had to indulge and get two big ones for each present, and it was so cute when Katelynne saw hers she bent over and played with it.

And yes- this is the best picture of lucas I could get all day long- and that includes my sister in laws pictures too! This boy simply cannot hold still- EVER! Maybe on his 5th birthday he'll pose for me? By then Katelynne will be the one I am chasing around for photos...

Menu Plan Monday


This week I am determined that we eat at home all week- Why? Well.... this weekend we had a project-anchoring our swingset, building a wooden border around it and filling it up with cedar chips- well.... the cedar chips turned into recycled rubber mulch and $250 later we have a great looking playspace! I'm hoping we can make the expense of the rubber mulch hurt a little less by eating at home all week! Just think of all the scrapbook supplies $250 could buy lol! Somehow I think that the kids will get more use out of the rubber mulch right now... haha. Here's my gameplan this week:

Breakfasts:
Cereal
Breakfast burritos
Pancakes, oranges
Peanut Butter Toast, banana

for lunches visit the daycare blog!

Dinners:
Monday

Hamburgers
pasta salad
baked beans

Pizza Tuesday
(it's st. partrick's day so pizza tuesday is going to be wednesday!)
Reuben subs
salad

Wednesday
pizza casserole
veggie dippers

Crock Pot Thursday
slow cooker sweet & sour turkey meatballs
rice
stir fry veggies

Friday
grilled chicken wrap
baked fries
mandarin oranges

Saturday
cheesey BBQ chicken sandwiches
homemade coleslaw

Sunday
pepper and cheese stuffed chicken
rice
salad

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A New Dress

So I'm making up for not posting in almost a week- here's a dress I made for Danica last week. It is a fusion between a pillowcase dress and the tanatutu's I've been making. I added a liner to the inside too. It turned out to be too big and I have no clue how it got that way but Danica can hopefully wear it before the end of summer. I added a new "peek" in the back where there's a split so that more of the tulle can be seen.

I made a little ribbon "tag" and attached the bow to a hair-clippie so that it can be removed from the dress what it is washed. If Danica had enough hair I would have made her a matching hairbow too ;)
And here's a close up of her name- I made it kind of blend in with the dress so it's a little bit hard to see in the photo.

I still can't believe that I am actually MAKING dresses... I bought a few new patterns now that I've learned the basics and I can't wait to try them out. I was also thinking about making a couple cute little tote bags... can I please have a vacation day for all that?! lol!

Bargain Meal of the Week March 12th


I'm still recovering from the kids' birthday party on Sunday- which is why artwork and recipes have been scarce around here!!! Add the time change to all that and I've just been walking around wishing for a nap all day. I have been cooking though! We have managed to eat a homecooked dinner every night this week so far. I'm cravin' some Tavern on the Plaza for this weekend though ;)

Now for the real reason why you're here- the Bargain Meal of the Week! Country Mart is having some special sales for the upcoming St. Patrick's day and I would LOVE to share our favorite meal using corned beef- Reuben Subs. My husband LOVES these. This is another one of those meals that is going to add up to close to $10 to make but it makes 8 large servings or even 12 smaller servings if you have a side dish with your sub or are feeding a crowd (Or if your husband is a gorilla and eats half of it at dinner like mine!). Whatever the case- you have GOT to try this recipe!!!

This is what will be on my menu for St. Patrick's day next week :)

Reuben Sub
1 corned beef brisket
(I usually get a large one so there is leftover meat but a 1.5-2lb piece is enough) $1.89/lb this week
1 loaf of french bread $1.50 everyday at CM
Thousand Island dressing (Kraft dressings on sale for $2.39 this week including low fat and fat free if you are looking for a lighter version)
1/4 lb sliced swiss cheese from deli (on sale for $5.99/lb this week)
1 can sauerkraut (not on sale this week surprisingly, but should cost $1 or less)
Olive Oil

1. Cook your corned beef brisket with the spice pack following the directions on the package. You have some choices here so just choose your desired method of cooking. I prefer to actually put mine in the crock pot all day long- simply cover it with water and add the spice packet, cook on low for 8 hours.
2. Slice the cooked meat and set aside. Cut your loaf of french bread open and lay the two pieces side by side on a jelly roll pan. Brush a small amount of olive oil over the bread and put it under the broiler just until it is lightly toasted.
3. Remove the top portion of your french bread from the pan. Top the bottom half of the bread with sliced swiss cheese, corned beef, and sauekraut. Place under the broiler for another 5-8 minutes or until toasty and hot. Drizzle with thousand island dressing and top with the top half of your toasted french bread.

Serve with extra thousand island dressing for dipping- and a fork- your'll need it ;)


And- I'll be back later with something wonderful and scrappy... *it's a new designer purse album!*

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Menu Plan Monday March 2-9 (on tuesday!)


So, after being sick and too busy to post or keep up with the plan- we're back on schedule! so here's whats on the menu for this week:

Breakfasts:
Cereal
Mini Blueberry Muffins
Pancakes, oranges
Peanut Butter Toast, banana

for lunches visit the daycare blog!

Dinners:
Monday

bruschetta chicken skillet
Steamed broccoli

Pizza Tuesday
pizza casserole
salad

Wednesday
(we're having guests over tonight to help put together the new swingset for the kids birthday so we're having something a little special to eat!)
sausage rigatoni
italian style tossed salad
garlic bread

Crock Pot Thursday
BBQ Chicken Legs
cheesy rice
green beans

Friday
taco puffs
corn
lettuce/tomato/sour cream

Saturday
Out- we'll be getting ready for the kids birthday party!

Sunday
BBQ Muffins
1 tube refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
3 T. brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 T. cider vinegar

Separate dough into 10 biscuits; flatten into 5 inch circles. Press each into the bottom and up the sides of a greased muffin cup; set aside. In skillet, brown beef; drain. Add additional ingredients to ground beef. Heat through. Place mixture in muffin cups. Top with cheese. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until cheese melts.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Featured in Scrapbooking.Com Magazine

That's right... I finally got something published!! You can view my articles and projects in the March issue at these links:

Berry Sweet Paper Gift Bag Album
Clean Baby Layout
Spring Beauty Layout


And... You'll be seeing more of me in the April issue ;)




Ok so enough bragging now, I've got to unload some of the million things on my mind! This weekend I had BIG plans that included shopping, sewing, scrapping, cleaning, gardening, and cooking. Surprise surprise, it didn't all get done- but then again it's not midnight yet right? HA! I feel like I did at Christmas, too many things to do and not enough time. I have already started my seeds for our garden and they are needing transplanted- this MUST get done or they will die or not grow right. The kid's birthday party is next sunday and I have to sew Katelynne's dress, make party hats, practice the design for their cakes- then make the REAL cakes and smash cake for katelynne since it's the big first bday for her... I have two custom ordered albums from a past Ebay customer of mine that I took the order for one month ago and still have not completed, and I have a mountain of laundry to do! I HATE being unorganized and feeling like I have a full plate of things to do- it really makes me just want to take a nap, which will of course make the problem worse. I go and try to put away laundry and all I can do is think about everything else that needs to get done! Do you ever feel like that?!
So, I am going to go take a chill pill and go work on transplanting my flowers and veggie plants since their lives hang in the balance ;) Hopefully tomorrow will not be a manic monday and I'll get lots of STUFF accomplished! (yes that includes posting my menus for the week!)