today when i came into work there was a little vase of black eyed susans and sage sitting on my desk. i instantly felt happy just looking at them, such a pleasant and cheerful surprise to find. hoping to carry that happiness with me all day and share it with others.
(thanks mom for the creative flower arrangement, love you)
today is joey’s 4th birthday. its even spirit week at daycare and she got to dress up like Cinderella today. what a doll she is, we are so lucky to have her. everyone says it but it’s so true, they grow up so fast. (for some reason there are no pictures from her 2nd birthday! i'm sure my lovely mother in law has them so if she reads this i hope she'll send me some of them! what kind of mom is missing an entire birthday of pictures?!)
today is joey’s 4th birthday. its even spirit week at daycare and she got to dress up like Cinderella today. what a doll she is, we are so lucky to have her. everyone says it but it’s so true, they grow up so fast.
(for some reason there are no pictures from her 2nd birthday! i'm sure my lovely mother in law has them so if she reads this i hope she'll send me some of them! what kind of mom is missing an entire birthday of pictures?!)
i’m so excited the shimelle asked me to join in her party fun. i would have come by anyways but to be asked to share my artsy adventures with her readers is huge! i’m going to be sitting here checking out everyone’s blogs today, so far the inspiration is overflowing.
i will also be watching a “Swayze-thon” today with my family as my hubby is on a manly outdoor adventure. girl time is so fun. i don't know where we came up with a patrick swayze theme but we just started with Dirty Dancing!
right now i am really inspired by music. we have been rocking out to a lot of older stuff, 70s rock, bluegrass, classic country; which for anyone that knows my husband and i, is really crazy! (yes, i used to have a 15 inch subwoofer in my pink hatchback escort i am not ashamed to admit it!)
one of our favorite movies is High Fidelity with John Cusack. we watch it over and over and always ask each other for different “top five” lists for days afterwards. i thought it would be fun to document a list for posterity in one of our scrapbooks.
the idea came to me while doodling in my sketchbook.
it really got me thinking about other projects i could make. i created a scrapbook page with NO pictures. yes, i said NO pictures, don’t be afraid.
its our top 5 songs to sing in the car with the windows down, as loud as we can. my daughter joey loves to sing with us, its fun to introduce her to different kinds of music.
And I made a music journal to keep by our computer for jotting down the next batch of songs we want to download. Usually my hubby writes them on backs of envelopes and scratch paper and they get lost. Now they will stay in their adorable new home.
products used: plain cardstock bazzill basics, patterned papers love, elsie, heidi swap foam stamps, k&company adhesive rinestones and rub on transfers, creative imaginiations felt sheet, apple barrel acrylic paint in carribean, ik success chipboard letters Madeline, ranger distressed stickles.
i love to doodle. i have my whole life. remember the 80s when we wore keds and those times before cool trapper keepers, when binders were plain? mine were detailed doodles. i’m a hearts and flowers girl, and still find things that say i heart matt on them (yes, matt is my hubby, and yes we have been together FOREVER!).
over the years i lost the instinct to really doodle. of course there was the occasional cube or daisy while talking to a customer on a sticky note but not the intense artwork of my younger years. i’m glad to say the best thing i did was buy a sketch book before i went on vacation this summer. i adore it. i sit on the couch at night with joey as close to me as she can. she watches and tells me she wants to be artist just like me. what is sweeter than that?
doodles get me started thinking creatively. one of my super crafty friends invited me to join in some inspirational fun this week and I pulled out my sketch book and got started right away. there is a whole crafty party this weekend at shim’s blog, that will feature me! (i’m so excited!).
my first page only too a half hour to make. for me scrapbooking should be easy, fun and fast. i work full time and have a 4 year old. while i do occassionally splurge on a new embellishment, i mostly use paper, markers, scissors and glue. for this layout i painted a border in cream acrylic paint, glued down my photo, doodled the title and border, glued on two embellishments and DONE. i don't ever want to feel pressured to make perfect pages. i want to make pages that capture this wonderful life i live.
products used: bazill basics paper, apple barrel acrylic paint in cream, sakura gelly roll pen white, martha stewart .07 pen black, colorbok chip board buttons.
it seems like it taking forever, but there are only 5 days until we pickup our new puppy. i think that i am the MOST excited out of anyone, because look at that face! i can’t wait to rub her big floppy ears!
i know that i already introduced her as Lily Marie, well Lily has become Lola (with much coaxing from mom and dad). joey had a hard time understanding at first that some of our best friends were going to name their baby Lily if she’s a girl, and we did not want to take her name. after talking it over, and reading through many ridiculous names in a baby name book, we agreed on Lola (L-O-L-A LOLA, sing it with me!) joey agreed that she wouldn’t want a dog named joey. although she still calls her Lily. um, guess we need to work on that.
matt has been reading to us out of the Basset Hound book, and we feel like we are preparing for a new baby. it seems that puppies and babies are very similar. i’m excited for this new adventure!
photo from netrancher
joey and spent lots of time in our little office making things this weekend. it was so fun to sit with her and play with paper. she also got her first real bike (an early 4th birthday present) friday night. she rode it out of the store. we also had TWO pool parties so i had a blast wrapping gifts with new tags i've been making!
1st Friends Page Products include: Sassafras Lass Hog Heaven patterned papers, Making Memories Chunky letter stickers and Cheeky jigsaw shapes, Apple Barrel acrylic paint, Martha Stewart .07 black pen, Sakura Gelly Roll pen white