Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Count continues...

It's been a long time since I've updated my count. Mostly because once school starts I get a lot less done the first few months until we all get into the rhythm of school. Secondly, because I always sign up for some online class that whips my butt. Finally, because all those new germs get me sick. Right now, I am battling a chest cold that has me coughing up a lung for that last few days. Yuck! Fortunately I slept most of the day and I only have the cough left - but damn does it hurt to cough. But, on to better things.

Well, it's supposed to be time for that count, but I just looked back on my last count post and I left off on book 9. And guess where book 9 is - at the store. So, I won't be able to do it after all - but I will be at the store on Thursday and Friday. So, I will update the numbers then. But, I am listing the layouts as a tease. I am really close to my goal. So, I might need to bump that number up. I now that if I had not challenged myself this year I totally would not have gotten have of these layouts done. So, put it on your too do list for 2010 and be inspired.

Book 10
LO prettifuls
LO My girl is in middle school
LO Cherish
LO My girls
LO After
LO - 2 pager without photos
LO - 2 pager Pagelli's
LO - 2 pager without title
LO - 2 pager without photos
LO - 2 pager w/o photos
Lo - It just flew my
LO - Friends
LO - 1st Day
LO - turtle love
LO - 2 pager Cheer
LO - Earth love layout
LO - Sweet
LO - Another Earth love layout
LO - My man
LO - Tiger Arroyo
LO - the two of you
LO - Love
LO - I wonder how we became friends - scrappin
LO - remember it all
LO - Pool Fun
LO - Fresh
Lo - Right Now
LO - you are the reason
LO - Mommy in training

Well, I've got to go I am working on that dreadful class.
Write soon,

Thursday, October 22, 2009

What did I do...

that's what I think everytime Nik has one of his crazy moments. Yesterday was one of those days. (Now you get why I have to watch Glee.) He went awol because I found out that he has several assignments that he is missing and he had to get them done by tomorrow - Friday. So, he decided that he was going to act up so that he wouldn't have to do it. Unfortunately, he failed to realize that today was only Thursday and now that it's repent day he must do it. But, as always its almost 6 and he is lollagogging (i know that I spelled that wrong). Sadly for him that means Chuck e cheese is out for tomorrow. He has lost his psp 2 and the wii is the next hour. So, it's going to be a long night. But, he is going to get it done. After 9 years he still hasn't realized that I am the boss. Why is it that they feel the need to try it? Don't they realize that we pulled all these tricks before they were even born...oh no they don't. He will have to learn that lesson again today. Hopefully, it won't take him 40 years to realize I'm the boss. That's a non-negotiable.

I've gotta go,it's almost time for the wii to disappear. Oh - how sad - too bad.

Write soon,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I Love Wednesday

I know that sounds crazy - but once I explain you'll understand why or maybe not. It's my two favorite shows. I love So You Think You Can Dance and Glee. Okay most of you have heard of So You Think - but I am pretty sure some of you have never heard of GLEE. Let me tell you it's the sleeper hit of the year.

Really, I am hooked on this show. Anyone out there watching it?

This is a high school drama (okay maybe not age appropriate for me - but still) that is more like a weekly musical on life. The show is just awesome and I am hooked. It has everything from the mean nasty teacher and the pregnant cheerleader to the gay guy whose not so in the closet and the secret love of a teacher for another fellow teacher. The only bad thing about this show is that it ends in an hour. Really, I feel like I am magically transported back to high school cursing out the mean popular girl and laughing at them when the "good girl" gets her payback. Don't I sound like I am reliving it? Fortunately for me I had your average high school experience - I got good grades and was thin and cute and a bit of a flirt - so I had plenty of friends and I still got grades good enough to be a part of the honor society. So, I was a kid half nerd - half popular. Thank GOD!!!

But, the best part has to be the music. The songs range from hip hop to 60's, 70's, 80's - just name it. The music makes you want to "bust a move". Take a look at it and stay a while - the music is awesome - have a couple of laughs.

Well, I have to go it started and I don't want to miss a thing.

Write soon,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New glasses...

Yep, next month I turn 40 and that means my eye checkup was way past due. Okay, the fact that I couldn't see the parents who were waving at me from down the hall was the actual reason - but I'd rather keep that to myself - okay just between us. LOL.

That's not all of it. I took mini me with me and that girl is just like her mother. I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. But, I just can't believe how it happened. I was talking to a friend today and I was so happy in 11th grade when I was finally wearing a size 0. I was always the tiniest kid in my class - okay don't laugh for real - I was a size 0 at age 16. Yes, I was wearing glasses since I was in middle school. But, the rest of me took a really long time to grow up. But, it seems that my daughter has skipped all of that. She's 11 and wearing a Young Miss 13 - what does that translate to??? I don't even know. But, it gets worse, she's near sighted like me. She's already wearing a b cup - okay that's another secret just between us - she would kill me. But, still - how did that happen?

I am really feeling old. When, did that happen?

It's weird but I am actually looking forward to turning 40. I think it's going to be awesome. I told someone the other day - Jen P at the store on sat - that it only gets better and it's true. My life is so much richer now than 10 or 20 years ago. I have real friends that have stuck around through the craziness and newer friends like suze q who is a kindred spirit. She is just hilarious. I laugh so much when I am around her. To some of you she is known as my monday friend. She was one of my parents last year. She is just an amazing woman and it helps that she puts up with me. Which means that together we are like high schoolers. Age is just a number. SO, forget about acting your age and just act or perhaps scrap - life is too short.

Write soon,

Monday, October 19, 2009

I'm in looove...

Okay, I know you hear this a lot. But, really it's true - I am in love. No, I am not talking about a man. I'm talking about paper of course. I must admit that I work with a lot of the new paper that comes in and I am known for falling head over heels with it all. But, last night I was looking over all the layouts I did lately and besides the 5 double page layouts with Webster's - I also made 6 single layouts with the earth love collection from cosmo cricket. The subtle colors and the chipboard pieces are just awesome. I just can't help myself. Really, it's beautiful. I will have my book on Friday and you can see what I did with it and what I did with the webster's pages. I got lots of compliments on several of the layouts. Gotta love that.

I spent the entire weekend wrapping up the last few orders for the christmas crop and I must say - I want it all and more. It was really hard having to cap my spending but I must, must, must. I also have several of you who have not paid your deposits yet. Please do so - maybe I can squeeze another order out....

Remember, we still have some spots available - about 3 for sat and 3 for sunday. So, call up some friends and sign up. It's a guaranteed good time.

We are just waiting for it all to arrive - how fun....

Write soon,

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Community News...

Some Random Musing and Community News...

- I heard FEDEX Freight is hiring 67 people for the next few months and if you prove yourself it could become a permanant job. You can apply online and they start you off at $16-$17 an hour.

- Gateway Charter Middle is looking for a 7th grade Science Teacher

- I am sending out a shout out to Randi S who is a blog follower from Out of State. She will be joining us for the Birthday Crop - GO RANDI - See you next month - Woo Hoo!!!

- The birthday Crop is shaping up.

- The Jens have picked out their projects and as always - you will not be disappointed. They are just awesome.

- We are working on getting together to get our samples completed and posted on the blog and then sign ups will begin for classes. Remember if you want to add additional classes - spaces will be available but limited - so don't delay.

- Space is limited for the crop - with 2-3 spots available each day.

- The kit stuff has shipped already - you guys are going to love it.

- I really need to update my count - I have about 25 more layouts since I last posted.

- I am taking an online class and it's kicking my butt. But I just have 11 weeks to go - hahaha.

- We are having a halloween crop on the 31st for FREE.

- We will have candy for trick or treaters - so come shop and bring your little one for some candy.

- We have a FREEBIE Crop this Friday and next Friday too from 5- 11. So, we will be open late and we have a coupon just for friday so come shop and save - 40% off one item. Some exclusions do apply.

- I will post some samples I made witht the new websters pages ribbon I fell in love with - I made 5 double page layouts with it last week.

- I had my eyes checked today and my eyes still have not recovered from the dilation. I am getting new glasses and so is my daughter. Can you believe it? She's 11 - which is how old I was when I started wearing them. She is also near-sighted like I am. That poor child - she is so much like me - it's sad. She could not possibly be more like me - makes me want to kill her sometimes. I know how my mother felt now.

Well, I've got to go. My eyes are still wacky and it's really hard to focus for a long time. Pass on the news about the jobs. If I can help just one more person that would be awesome.

Write soon,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oops, change of plans...

Okay so this weekend was supposed to be our pajama crop but due to some unforseen problems we are changing it up. Remember our FREE Prima Crop last month well we have decided to repeat that crop but with other brand new product.

The FREE crop is from noon to 7 pm (really - 7 is all I can do).
Wear your pajamas.
I will provide samples with paper from the 7 new collections that have arrived. You can come in and crop, scraplift, be inspired, you name it. I have several samples already completed.
We will order food - we are going dutch.
You will be guaranteed a good time.
I have several ladies already signed up - let me know if you are interested. Call and sign up asap. Space is limited. I would like everyone to have a whole table to play.

See you then,

You must go here...

Okay, so everyone knows how I feel about the food in NYC. It's awesome and it's the only thing I miss about being up north (besides the family) but I have finally met my match.

This Sunday, was my 12th wedding anniversary and John took me out to dinner. We decided to do something different - we always go to Bonefish - it's kind of romantic and the food is okay. I convinced John to head out to Coconut Point - he had never been out there. Can you believe it?

Well, anyway, when we went I spotted this little italian place by TGIF and we got out to check it out. It was a cute little place but my eyes wondered over to this cave like entrance further down the strip. A little place called Pagellis. It didn't open till 5pm but what the heck we could kill a half an hour quick. But, they offered the bar upto us. I haven't had a drink in a really long time. The last few times I have become intoxicated after just one drink (I am a light weight). I become very hot and sweaty and have to lie down. But, what the hey we had 30 minutes to kill. I asked for a Midori and Orange Juice. Once I took a sip, I knew we had made a good choice. The drink was smooth and the service was smoother. She was a very nice lady named Mary - who later on comped me with a Sambuca (another choice drink). We were then escorted to the table. Where the candle was lit and the atmosphere was calm, relaxed, and romantic. The sweet waitress came over with hot bread and olive oil and herbs. Oh my. This was the beginning of my love affair with this restaurant. The JoJo Pollo was excellent - the sauces for the appetizer just complemented each other. The calamari was exquisite - you must try the lemon butter sauce. It was the best meal I have ever had and believe me I can eat and I have eaten all over the eastern seaboard including some amazing little bistros in NYC and mom and pop italian restaurants in pennsylvania, as well as some luxury restaurants on the edge of the water with romantic sunset views. But, this has beat them all. I was pleasantly surprised by the feeling of contentMENT, not full, or disgusting full but fulfilled. I highly reccomend this restaurant. So, if you are up for some delicious food and a great atmosphere head over to Pagelli's in Coconut Point it is around the corner from Scarro's - down the strip from the marble ice cream place. Check it out and let me know what you think. I hardly ever recommend a place - I don't think ever have recommended a restaurant here - but this place is worth it. Go out, have a Midori and orange juice or a sambuca either will impressive you.

Write soon,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wow, all the pretties...

Wow, we have got a whole bunch of stuff for you to play with this weekend.

The new Jillibean is here, Cosmo Cricket's 3 new collections are here and already very limited, the new Pink Paislee has also been a big hit, and finally the Plastino Collection from Bella Blvd is beautiful. Come check out our "Spinner" with new ideas. I couldn't make up my mind which was my favorite so I took paper from all the collections and have ideas in my head that will put your head in a spin - I will get something done tonight. Today, it's our 12th anniversary and we are going to dinner and then I get to scrap for the rest of the day. Oh yeah. Always my favorite thing to do when hubby takes over the house and just lets me relax.

But, that's not all - last week we got in a whole bunch of webster's pages new ribbon and I couldn't help myself - I made 4 double page layouts with their paper because I just had to use their brand new ribbon. Of course, I don't have photos yet - my husband just got me ink. I am hoping to finish the layouts tonight and have the hubby drop them off this Tuesday - so you can take a peak.

The garage sale was a huge success and several people brought in stuff on Saturday - so we are extending the sale for a few days - until Thursday - so come in and check it out - there are still plenty of goodies left.

The birthday crop is also going well - we are filling up slowly but surely. Don't forget that if you have signed up, I need the deposit asap. I have ordered most of the product for the kits and you will not be disappointed - it's all beautiful. I don't know if I can keep it all a secret. It's so exciting!!!

You guys are desperate to find out, too. I have had a lot of questions about classes and product - have I ever disappointed you - the kits are always incredible and this one is no exception. Oh, and all the classes - some of the ideas being thrown around are just amazing and the product and the techniques- I am sure their are plenty of stores envious of all the talent in this place - wait and see. If you love the different weekly kits - picked up some cheap dates and double dees - that's nothing compared to a limitless budget - imagine the possibilities. Well, I'd better go, I have some layouts I want to get ready for Tuesday.

Write soon,

Monday, October 05, 2009

The birthday Crop

I am so excited for the birthday crop. This weekend some of the girls came over for a mini get-together to fine-tune this event. I was so excited with the feedback and the ideas I heard floating around. These ladies are so super talented. You will not regret signing up for this event. Plus, the goodies got a big thumbs up from the girls. I actually sent a list of a whole bunch of paper collections that I was getting in so that they could choose from and I was told that each line they checked out was better than the last and that they were all gorgeous. Which of course I love. I tell everyone all the time - my goal is not to have ugly paper. My pretty paper radar is pretty good. I am known as the paper hoar and I can't do that if I'm picking crappy paper. SO, you will not be disappointed with the goodies. I am super excited about the whole thing. Yippee!!!

Don't forget deposits are due so that I can get all that pretty paper in.

Write soon,

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Time is flying by

I don't know how we got to Sunday so fast. I still have 200 things I need to get done before I go back to work. So, this is just a quick little post to show off the American Crafts goodie box that one of you could win:

This basket retails for $500 with thickers, cardstock, papers, rubons, ribbon, chipboard and more!!!

Don't forget this weekend is our garage sale - hundreds of items!!!
Great deals - paper as little as 10 cents and everything from printers to sizzix alphabets, storage and a whole bunch of other goddies.

Well, I still have 199 things left to do.

Write soon,