Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Changitos, Changitos and more Changitos!

More Changitos!  I made the pool guy card last night.  I think he is just simply adorable.

For the thank you card, I cased this card from SCS.  I went ahead and used the cuttlebug for the green piece and I added some stamped circles to the yellow card base.   I don't like the stamped circles and I feel the paper is too bright for my liking, so back to the drawing board with the thank you Changito!

I have also been working on a quilt for Faith.  For my summer job all three kids are working on making quilts.  They inspired me to get the sewing machine out and start getting some of my many projects finished (some of them need to be started!).  I won't post pictures of Faith's quilt until it is finished and sent to her for her birthday.  

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


On Sunday, Jane and I bought some Changitos!  I got one of the shipments today and I just had to play!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Card Making

Yesterday my stamping friend Jane came over for lunch and stamping.  I decided to make some stuffed shells from scratch and she completed the meal with salad and garlic bread, it was so yummy.  We were pretty full from eating that it was hard to get started stamping. 

I wanted to do Beate's Sketch Challenge and saw this card on SCS and decided I would do some casing.  So I went looking for my stamp set and realized I had put it in a box to give to Jane. When I moved I sorted through my stamps and decided to give them to Jane, that way I could still use them:)  So I grabbed it back out.   I swore I had the paper I needed to make the card but I spent 15 minutes looking through all my paper for it to find nothing.  So I improvised and this is my version of the card.  It's probably going to go to my brother for his birthday. 

Have a great day!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads!  I have been having fun at my summer job.  I am doing various activities with three kids to keep them from sitting in front of the TV, computer, video games, etc.  One of the first projects we did was learn how to make origami shirts to put on Father's Day cards.  Here are two of the kids' cards.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

School's Out For Summer!

School is finally over!  As usual, I got sick after the kids left on Thursday afternoon.  I am slowly getting better, just lots of congestion.

Since we had a few days of over 100 degree weather last week, I decided to experiment with leaving the dogs in the apartment with the dog door open so they can go potty.  Ruby can be quite the troublemaker so I made sure to move anything I thought she might tear up while I was gone.  Day one went very well, I came home to no messes and one rock that was brought in from outside.  So, we tried for a second day which happened to be the last day of school.  I came home and saw something torn up on the floor but didn't know what it was.  So I got closer to discover that they destroyed my brand new stamp set that had been delivered by UPS earlier that day.  UPS had the bright idea to throw a padded envelope to the ravenous beasts...who thought it looked much like a chew toy.  I called UPS and filed a claim and should be getting a new stamp set later this week or early next week.  I was furious and then realized it probably wasn't their fault and calmed down enough to listen to the messages on the answering machine. The last one was from the apartment complex office telling me that they had good news!  So I called right away and found out that that the wait for a downstairs one bedroom apartment was finally over.  I checked out the location and glady accepted.  My family will be coming down on June 7th to help me move, clean and dog proof the patio!  I am very excited, I will have to post pictures when the masterpiece is complete.  

On Monday, I had a great time at a friend's house for a Memorial Day BBQ.  After the BBQ my stamping friend, Jane, came over and we stamped away.  I made this one card!  It's a flap card.  I changed the size from the original directions because my circle with the monkey was so big.  I like how he turned out!

Ruby was spayed yesterday, we were lucky to skirt through without having her go into heat. Thank goodness!  An acquaintance at the feed store where I buy there food told me about this great promotion this place was having for FREE spays and neuters during the month of May. So I called the place and asked if my existing appointment would qualify for that and they said yes! So in we went yesterday.  I got her microchipped because if anyone is going to run away, it's Ruby and it was much cheaper than at the vet.  She also came home with a e-collar which they didn't think I would need but Ruby is such a licker it's better to be safe than sorry.  Here is a picture of my pathetic girl after her surgery, she was really out of it.  She is back to normal this morning and actually ate some food.  Good girl!

Brae and I are working on his food aggression.  He bit me yesterday with the method I attempted at breakfast, so I searched some things on-line and found a method that I think has some promise, so we are giving it a try.  It's pretty gross, but if he will stop being so aggressive about food, it will be worth it.  I have to feed him out of my hands for 2 weeks, food and slobber!  

Going to go work on some packing!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A little bit of everything....

Tomorrow is the last day of school with students.  Friday is a teacher workday and then summer, here I come.  I have to admit that having summers off is a really good perk to the teaching profession.  With all the recent stuff happening in education, it is often hard to see some of the perks that the profession has to offer. 

A couple years ago, a friend and I were talking about building community among students and their families and we brainstormed the idea of a potluck breakfast.  So I made up a movie of all the pictures I had taken throughout the year and made a movie.  It took me forever because I didn't have a clue what I was doing, I didnt' know which songs to use, and Windows Movie Maker (when I finally discovered it) wasn't that user friendly.  I burned the movie onto 30 DVDs and invited all the parents to come.  It was fabulous...very touching and I then realized that this was a tradition that had to be continued.   So this year for the third time, we are going to do our breakfast.  I used the new MacBook to make the movie and it was a snap.  I made the movie, burned it onto 21 DVDs in less than 5 hours.  The kids liked it when they watched it last week.  Each student gets a copy of the DVD (they don't know until they get it tomorrow that they each get a copy).   It is a great time:)

The weather here has been crazy!  103 for two days and today was about 100 with 30-50 mph winds.  I started to worry about the dogs being in their kennel with the high heat so I broke down and let them stay in the house today.  They have a dog door so they could go outside if they wanted.  I picked up and moved most things that I thought Ms. Ruby might decide to snack on, crossed my fingers and went to work.  When I got home the only thing out of place was a rock that had been brought inside.  It didn't even look like Ruby had gone on the couch.  I was so excited.  We will try it again tomorrow.  

More stamping to come soon, I have all next week off and some new stamps coming this week!  

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


After the Dell that my dad gave me kicked the bucket, Zach got a new Sony Vaio and gave me his HP notebook.  The HP was huge!  I took it to California with me and had a very hard time carrying it as a carry on because the thing was so heavy.  I was really wanting something light.  The HP had several problems: so hot that it actually burned my legs, the power cord had been pulled out by the dogs a few too many times making it not fit very well so it easily came out, both batteries were completely dead so when the power cord came out or if I moved it just so the computer shut down losing whatever I was working on.  The keys started sticking so typing any type of documents wasn't a pleasure.  

I decided it was time to get a new computer.  I searched and researched for about 2 weeks before deciding on the MacBook.  It was light, it was small, it was everything that I was looking for.  I was looking for a new challenge so learning a new operating system seemed like a good challenge.  

So far, I really like the MacBook.  I love how light and small it is.  I love how the battery works! I love that the power cord is so small.  I actually think the power cord for the HP weighs more than my new computer.  I love that it is white.  I am having no trouble learning how to use it.  I signed up for classes which will help me learn all the little things I didn't figure out for myself and it will help get me out of the house:)  I was able to transfer all files from my PC to my new mac in no time.  I played with iMovie for quite some time yesterday to get prepared for making my end of the year movie.  I don't like that the edge of the computer, where your wrists lay while typing is very rough, not rounded and comfortable. 

Off to work on my movie!  Have a great day!