Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Rainbow of Colors

Well, the snow and ice quickly disappeared. It happens when the temperatures soar to the high 50s. Crazy weather we are having here. But, I was home the other evening and looked out onto the desk and saw this beautiful sunset. Here are a few shots. Last night we picked up Wii Fit for our Wii. Jake and I actually had to convince Andy that we should get this. We had a lot of fun trying out some of the games. I really liked the balance games. And since I have no balance, hopefully this will help me. Ironically, Andy's Fitness age is higher than mine even though I have a worse BMI than he. Mine is only 5 higher than my age and his is 7 higher than his age. I had to convince him that it was because I work a lot on my core while doing my PT. Now I have to stick with it and hopefully I will lose a few pounds while having some fun. BTW, if you have this, tell me how you get a camera in the same room as your DH while he is doing the fitness games. I'll let you know how it goes and try to get a picture.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Snow in the OBX and a Little Whine

Wow, it snowed here on tuesday! So sad that poor Jake was out of town with Andy visiting Andy's parents. Anyway, as expected because it doesn't snow often here, noone here can drive in the snow and everything closed. Since the schools were already closed it didn't create a mad rush to pick up all the kids. I stayed at our store until around noon and then decided to head home. I did get some beautiful pictures of the snow at our house. Here they are:

Oh, and for my little whine...I found this not so nice frame that was the perfect size to go over one of the mantels in the store. Since it didn't quite look the way I'd like, I altered it to match the colors in the store. The wall it was to go on is painted Bali Turquoise by Ralph Lauren. See it here. Love it! Well, Andy doesn't love it and won't put it in the store. Needless to say, I'm not happy. What do you think? You can be honest. Oh, the first picture os what it looked like when I bought it. The rest are of it altered.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New LOs and Great News!

Great news!!!! I've been wanting to share this with you all...WOO HOO! The wonderful girls from USE YOUR STASH asked me to be on their DT! Here is the announcement. I can't say it enough how great Kimmie and Corey are. Each month they post a challenge for us scrapbookers, and the challenge encourages us to use what we have in our stash. Confess, gals...who doesn't have stash that we should be using before we buy new stuff. (Oh, and once you use it all and have all that newly found room you can go buy new stuff) So, check out the blog, do the challenge and you could win a gift certificate!

AMR had an anniversary crop this past weekend. I think there was something like 35 challenges or so. The crop lasted two days and was a huge success. I had a blast! And, I was able to create a bunch of new LOs. One cool thing is that one of the memner challenges was to use acrylic. OK, I've had an acrylic album for a while, but have been afraid (silly, I know) to use it. I think I wanted it to be perfect. KWIM? ANyway, I tried it and just loved how it turned out. ANd, I really want to do more. This one is for my dad. I had the cutest of photos of dad and my nephew, James from Christmas. Dad, don't look! Here are a few of the pages.

Since I did so many of the challenges, I will show you all just a few of them. I love this photo of Andy reading to Jake and Allison. It was taken by BIL, John, in Ocotber 2002. Jake was 16 months and Allison just turned 2. The title is so fitting as "Delight". This might be my favorite LO. I just love the colors and the simplicity of it.

This is a photo of me when I was young. We lived in Berlin at the time and mom and dad took us to the German/British Unity Day Air Show. We got to sit in a helicopter. How cool when you are so little. OK, I would still think it is cool, LOL. Anyway, I love how the LO turned out. The colors are great together and I like how they look with my mustard little outfit and the browns in the helicopter.
This photo is of my sisters and me. Debbie and I loved ballet. But Jacqui hated it. Anyway, I did this for a challenge that we had to use pink, lots of pink. Since the pink in the photo was so overbearing, I decided to mute the pink in the embellishments and paper. Noy sure that you can tell, but the cardstock is Bazzil Bling.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Woo Hoo!

Well, I am so excited! The wonderfully talented gals over at Use Your Stash invited me to be the guest designer for January. Some of you might remember my post recently about this. Anyway, they posted my LO today. Check out their blog! They have challenges each month (and sometimes even more often) that challenge us to use what we have, rather than buying new supplies and hoarding them. OK, we all know that we will keep buying supplies, but let's use what we have and make room for the new stuff.
So, here is a teaser of my LO for them. The challenge for the month was to use brads. I used a brad in the center of the flower here to add some color and dimension. I also used brads on the border of the LO as well.