It’s that time of year again…

…when I start wondering where the heck the year went to, and scrambling to get my gifts made for Christmas. I think I am even a little ahead of the game this year! Not by much, but at least I have an idea of what I want to do. I do know I am going to make a couple glass block lights like the one below for my nieces maybe. I made this one for an article in The Daily Scrapper. LOVED how it turned out. Here is a picture of the one I made which has been claimed already, lol. If you click on the image, it will take you to the issue of The Daily Scrapper it was in with the directions on how to create it. It’s really very easy.

Last year I also made a couple altered books (can’t find the pics of those for some reason), some candles and votive holders,

and of course some calendars. A few years ago, I made some photo blocks, a set of 5 for each of my sisters and my Mom. I also altered a kids board book into a mini album and although it wasn’t for Christmas, it was for a gift and something else to think about making. So I either start to repeat myself, or I have to come up with something totally new, which is why I am thinking of having some books made this year with some of the many pages I created. And maybe even a canvas made from a favorite layout. Now to just decide on what I want to do, lol.

So, while I am still deciding what to do for this year, I thought I would give you a few ideas!

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On a Roll…

I am just thrilled! I entered the best gift challenge at Log Your Memories and it won! Ok, so it won by random number generator, but still, I am excited! AND I am even more excited to see that I won admission into The Best Gift Online Workshop! (it’s linked so you can check it out yourself and see what it’s all about.) This will be such a big help to me since I was thinking about making something like this as a gift for Christmas this year. One more thing I will be able to check off my list of things to do. Here is the layout I entered. I made it last year, and this is actually a re-do of the first one I did and it has more journaling on it, which in my book is a good thing.

I have not done much of anything this past week, just been kinda lazy, but I did get one challenge done for the Every Life has a Story workshop at TDC. This one was for the Let’s Try That Again challenge, where we took a layout with little or no journaling and added that. Here is the original one.

I changed up a couple things and then added some journaling, and here is the re-do. I really like this better.

And now I am off to try the next challenge in the workshop. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Yes, child of mine, I am a Favre fan…

I am just bursting with excitement and can’t wait until Thanksgiving! But alas, I can’t say yet what exactly is happening to make me so happy! But, I can tell you about the other thing that has me grinning from ear to ear! I usually click on the notify me button when I post my layouts in galleries so I can see any comment made on them. I like to see that others like my pages, and to return the love, so this morning when I checked my mail I had a notice for one of my pages at a new site, which by the way, looks like it will be loads of fun and very helpful for getting the journaling down. And the comment was that my layout titled Beginning, was featured on their blog! How awesome is that? But the thing I liked the most about the blog post was the comments made about my page. The author made this comment, “it reminds us how much we’re all alike … and that we’re not alone in our struggles.” I have to say that alone made me feel so good, because truly, I forget that small fact sometimes when I am struggling day to day with myself to just get going. I am not alone, other people have some of the same struggles, and this helps me get through the day. And isn’t it funny how it took me putting that out there, for it to come back to me in this way? This really is an awesome thing we have in our lives, the internet, and being able to share with others and maybe even touch someone else to help them get through their day. And the digi-scrapping community especially, is an awesome group of people! Oh, and here is the site in case you want to check it out. Log Your Memories. This coming week I am going to be working on a layout for the grand opening kick-off challenge, which will be kind of hard since I usually cringe when I have to create a page about myself, lol. I hope to see some of you over there.

In other news, I have a challenge going on at Polkadot Plum, the One Word Challenge. You will have to go check it out to see exactly what it is, but here is the page I did for it. Before I print it I will probably make some tweaks to the journaling, but I really like how this turned out.

The Digichick has some wonderful challenges going on all month, one a day, and here is one I did which is a scraplift of Seattle Sheri’s Layout titled Heartbreaker. I really love the composition of it and loved how my page turned out.

Then I did a challenge at Oscraps, using a template and pictures of my daughter just being her usual fun self. And for this one, I decided to use my bamboo fun tablet and write out the word you. I need to do that more often I think! It turned out fantastic. Although it did take me quite a few times before I actually liked how it looked, and that was just one word, lol. So I am thinking practice will make it better.

I have a photo of my daughter today that she posted. I live in Wisconsin, and I am a Packer fan. But not only that, I am a Brett Favre fan. Now, while my daughter is just so irritated with Favre going to the Vikings, I on the other hand, love watching him play and while I wish he wasn’t with the Vikings, I am not upset. The man has a love of the game that makes him just fun to watch! SO, she found some t-shirts online and had to order them and here she is modeling it. This was a day when she was missing home and decided to dress in civvies and do her hair and show off how much weight she has lost in the last 7 months, and get her dig in, lol. I love her to bits, but this is something we are totally on opposite sides on.

And with that, I am off for today. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Thanks for your comments, I love reading them!

Oktoberfest

It isn’t Sunday, but I had to work this past one, and I am actually getting to a post in the same week! And truth be told, I was a little hung over this past Sunday and about the only thing I managed to do was go to work later in the day. I live in LaCrosse, and come this time of year they have a huge, huge week long Oktoberfest. It starts with the tapping of the golden keg and then a parade, and then a party. You can walk or drive down the streets and wherever you look, there is some sort of party going on somewhere. Now this is the first time I ever been here for this and I had originally decided to wait until next year when my daughter is home, to partake in any of the festivities going on around town, but my sister was asked and decided to work at our hangout carding people, so when I finished work Saturday, I headed down there to keep her company. Here she is getting the number of the guy who makes those Favre shirts.

I had no intention of really drinking, maybe a beer, but that was it. Best laid plans and all that…I had quite a few. Good thing she wasn’t drinking, because she was my ride home. But I have to admit, I had a wonderful time, and there are still things I will do next year with my daughter, like getting to see the parade. I am told you have to see it at least once. And the best bet for the whole party time is to find a nice place that you call home, and stay there to have fun, which is what I did. Knowing the people that are bartenders here, and friends of Niki’s and now mine, I knew they would not let anything happen to me. And I did one of the things I hadn’t done yet from my summer manifesto, which was to dance like no one was watching. I danced and didn’t care about anyone else, didn’t even have to dance by myself. It helped that the band was pretty darn good. I’m going to miss the Torchlight parade tonight as I work, but next year I really want to see it. All things decorated with lights, sounds awesome. Here are a few more pictures from that night.


Almost done working. Having polish…an acquired taste, but I am learning to kinda like it, lol. It’s blackberry brandy.


After the band, we headed inside.


Showing me the trick she leaned for doing jello shots…makes them go down much easier.


Yep, I was having fun!

Right this minute I am trying very hard not to laugh my behind off. As I sit here and write this, my cat is on the arm of the chair next to me, sleeping. She just rolled off, and you know, if you laugh at your cats they know you are laughing at them. And they try so hard to make it appear that whatever just happened, they meant to do, lol. So she walked it off, and is now purring at the other side of the chair. See, it pays when you don’t laugh, she came back and gave me some loving.

OK, and now I have some pages to show you. First off, a couple using some kits from Roben-Marie Designs. I LOVE her stuff! This first one is a mix of different kits, so click on the number to be taken to the credits. My daughter has 3 cats, and each one has their own unique and awesome personality, Fez being the most awesomest one. He is always doing something that makes me run for the camera and in turn, turning me into a cat lady…I have so many pictures of the cats I am sure that is what people think anyway, lol.


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This next one is using a brand new kit Art Nouveau a collab by Roben-Marie and Dawn Inskip. I love showing off my beautiful daughter.

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These last two are using kits by Kelley Mickus. Another one of my fave designers! I especially love her papers lately, I want to use every one in my layout, lol. First up is Beginnings which is new at The Digi Chick today. An about me page.

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This month, Kelley made the kit Happiness for DST Gold Members. And it is another fabulous one! You can find out how to become a gold member and get this kit here. The photo in this layout was from the last time my daughter returned from overseas with the National Guard. I am waiting a little impatiently for her return this time round.

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if you made it this far, thanks so much for stopping by! I almost forgot….her friends from the bar sent her one of the t-shirts they all wore during the weekend festivities and she got it yesterday and modeled it. She worked there a couple nights a week before she left.