Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Just a Note...

I'm sitting in a hotel room in downtown Mobile, AL.  We were going to stay with my step-sister for the night (she lives in "Mobile") as I have to be at the SS Ofc so early in the morning.  But once we checked out the situation, I definitely panicked.  How would I ever find my way here in the morning?   What time would I have to leave to get here on time?  What if I hit traffic?   It's such a long way!!! And going downtown where I've only been about 3 times in my entire life!!!  And on such an important day!!!  And what would my mom do while I was inside for Lord knows how long?!?  Certainly not sit in the car downtown!!!  Yes, my stress level is way up in the clouds already, I certainly couldn't ever get a minutes sleep thinking about trying to get from BFE to downtown Mobile on the most important day of my life!  I know that worrying isn't doing a bit of good.  I know that it's in God's hands and I must just have faith that he will lead the way.  But I am a firm believer that God will help but he trust each of us to do our part and not be totally stupid.  So here I am, sitting in a hotel room in downtown Mobile, AL, worrying about the most important day of my life.  So very glad that GiGi is here to sleep with - she has been a comfort to me since the day she was born and, thankfully, it's mutual.

Think wonderful thoughts, send them my way!


"Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything."  - Philippeans 4:6

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Still Holding My Breath...

So sorry to all for not getting to read your blogs... I seriously suck!! But I am still in the weeds, just a few more weeks I hope and maybe we can get settled in.  Looks like we will all be living here for a long while and this little house is pretty packed.  But as I always say, it is what it is and there's nothing to do but ride the wave.

I have brought a few things from the RV and my precious momma bought me a couple of things from Tuesday Morning the other day:  a pack of "Giggle" Thickers and a Cosmo Cricket "Social Club" paper pack.  (She was going to buy me a new bra and I pleaded to exchange that gift for the scrap supplies.  I think she only agreed because she was so dumbfounded at the request.  Can't believe she still doesn't understand the depths of this addiction!)  In celebration of my new goodies (as well as the fact that the last day of school was Thursday so I can actually stay up until 10:30 now), I have thrown together these pages:

Summer Showers bring dancing cartwheels - You hate rainy weather.  But today you decided you wanted to dance in the rain... after all school's out for summer.  And it was great fun - until that bright flash of lightening!
Supplies:  Cardstock - Cardstock Paper Warehouse, Inc; Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket, Martha Stewart; Stickers - Paper Studio (blue letters), American Crafts (thickers), K&Co (green letters), Cosmo Cricket (frame); Flowers - Basic Grey, Making Memories; Punches - Martha Stewart; Pen: Sharpie; Other - Button; Photos: Hipstamatic via iPhone.

rockin' the hair - The last day of school... A perfect time for a new rockin hair style.  It took hours and we were up late, but it was worth it.  You were so excited!
Supplies:  Cardstock - Cardstock Paper Warehouse, Cosmo Cricket; Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon; Stickers - American Crafts; Punch - EK Success; Stamp - 7 Gypsies; Pen - Sharpie; Photos - Hipstamatic via iPhone

mothers day makeup - Because we weren't together on Mother's Day to go to Crabs on Pensacola Beach as we had planned, we went after church the first chance we got!  It was fun - great scenery, great music and great food.  We even shared a Pina Colada during that famous song!   But most wonderful of all - we were all together to enjoy it.
Supplies:  Cardstock - Cardstock Paper Warehouse; Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket, Anna Griffin; Stickers - American Crafts (green thickers), Paper Studio (teal glitter letters), Punch - Martha Stewart; Pen -  Sharpie; Photos - Instagram via iPhone

One of the things I grabbed from the RV was the tray from my table where I threw all the scraps from the Shimelle weekend (nope, haven't really done anything constructive since then!!).  So these pages were definitely made up of the scraps and other items I'd pulled out at that time, as well as the Cosmo Cricket Social Club pack.  And my brown Sharpie of course.  Oh, and my bird & butterfly punches I adore (hello Cynthia!).

I don't know about you, but I love to read the journaling on layouts - even down to the simplest notes.  Am I nosy?  Probably... but if you're gonna put it out there, it's gonna be read!  So to that end, and especially because my photos are just slightly blurred, I went ahead and reprinted it for you.  If it were personal, as the letter I wrote GiGi on a previous layout, I would either hide it on my layout or just not reprint it.  But if it is private, I usually always hide it... I don't want anyone going through my books to read it just as much as the general public.  I'm one of those people who feels that private is very private.

I do want to say something relevant... I have been a whiner in the past about not being able to buy any new scrappy supplies.  But once I finished these and placed them in my album, I went back and looked at the layouts I have produced in the past year or so.  And you know what? I am so much prouder of each and every one for using those supplies I had stashed.  Moreover, when creating the "mothers day..." and "... dancing cartwheels" layouts, I was as pleased as punch that I still had the Cosmo Cricket packs from 4+ years ago.  I often think about just chucking all those saved papers and starting over because it's so exciting to use new lines.  But I really love those lines from years ago.  (I still haven't found a line I love as much as the Daisy D Winter & Christmas lines!  I've saved every scrap of those Daisy D lines!)  Don't get me wrong... I have definitely ditched some paper! Paper packs that I bought to use only a few of the papers I really like, you know what I mean.  But I read about people whose philosophy is to use it or give it away and never keep anything around for long - that's a great way to be and I've wished at times I were that way.  But over the past couple of years, I've been ever thankful that I'm a hoarder!  Just one of the little lessons of the hundreds I've learned lately.

Okay, this was really just a drop by so I'm going to say goodnite now.  I miss reading my blog-friends posts and seeing their awesome creativity; and, I know it will probably take a month of constant reading to get caught up.  But dear blog-friends, don't feel shunned... it will probably take two months to go through my email!

Now if I can squeeze these little ditties in, you can to - so create something awesome.  Use up some of your stash or create some new stash!!!


P.S.  Please remember me in your prayers, my Disability hearing is Wednesday.  I'm so nervous, my entire life will be decided on that day by a man who doesn't know me at all.  It's the scariest thing I've ever gone through.  Thank you.

"The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person." - Frank Barron