Artwork by Kaitlin
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
After five years of sweetness - a ladybug, a duck (twice), Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz), and a purple Carebear - Kaitlin is finally going to be something 'traditionally' Halloweenish!! I am quite excited to be FINALLY able to do a Halloween layout in orange and black...and a little green!
It took two outings to get these pictures. We went out Sunday afternoon and Kaitlin was decidedly NOT in the mood. This was the only picture salvaged from the shoot:
But I've waited way too long for this to be satisfied with one measly little picture to document the event! No, we went out and tried again. Kaitlin was still not 'feeling it', but I was determined. So, out of about a hundred shots these are the ones that made the cut.
A sweet, if somewhat cheesy, witch.
What's a witch without a brew? Some leaves will do...and a little frog, too.
A definite favorite...love closeups! Yes...she's got mascara on. She insisted that the girl on the costume packaging had some on, so she had to have some too.
Hold your hat...she's cooking up something powerful!
Another favorite...love the composition of this shot. And her look is priceless, too!
Here...she's had enough...I'm lucky I didn't turn into a frog from that look.
Off to carve some pumpkins...
Monday, October 29, 2007
I had a lot of fun at my party and I hope my guests did, too. Sales were even better than I expected and one of my guests wants to host a party sometime next month...also unexpected, but wonderful!
Just waiting to finalize a few things and then will be submitting my first party order. I can't wait! I don't think my sister can either as she is benefiting from the hostess credits on this one and is looking at $35 - $40 worth of FREE product!! Can't beat that...boy, I wish the consultant could also be the hostess! :-)
Sunday we didn't do much of anything. Justin had been out playing lumberjack most of Saturday, so he wasn't feeling very ambitious either.
We did get Kaitlin into her Halloween costume and go out to take some pictures later in the afternoon, but between some nasty sun spots and an uncooperative little girl, I didn't get much...maybe one picture out of the bunch. We're going to go out today after I pick up Kaitlin and give it one more go and see if we can come of with something a little better.
Notice I didn't disclose what Kaitlin's costume is? That's because I'm hoping to let the pictures do the talking...wish us luck!
Friday, October 26, 2007
1: eat nothing but chocolate or go without chocolate for the rest of your life? go without
2: stub your toe or get a paper cut? stub my toe
3: write the news or make the news? make the news (but only in a good way)
4: lose 10 pounds or gain 10 IQ points? lose 10 pounds
5: wear a costume to work or wear normal clothes to a Halloween party? wear a costume to work (Five on Friday Meme Website)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Amazon Description:MY REVIEW:
This book's unique day-planner format, and light-hearted, quirky voice will set it apart from other scrapbooking titles.
With its fresh, humorous approach to the seemingly mundane, That's Life offers scrapbookers insightful ways to depict their everyday lives through their
art. Divided into chapters dedicated to each day of the week, this day-planner-inspired format offers up endearing anecdotes, unique prompts, and charming ideas as well as example pages that will inspire the reader to create scrapbooks that are more authentic, organic and genuine than ever before.
Nic Howard is a recognized name and personality in the industry, both domestically and internationally, and is prominently featured in a variety of scrapbook magazines on a regular basis.
Howard's book is creatively divided into seven chapters, one for each day of the week.
Monday - The Essence of the DayEach chapter contains three distinct 'lessons'. Even the books graphic design (which I LOVE, by the way) supports the idea of the 'everyday' with it's typed notes on notebook paper 'attached' with masking tape, angled accent photos and coffee splotches and coffee cup rings throughout.
Tuesday - The Essence of Me
Wednesday - Everyday Moments in the Past
Thursday - Everyday Moments in the Future
Friday - People Around Us
Saturday - My Environment
Sunday - Life's Little Lessons and Words of Wisdom
This book definitely focuses on 'what' to scrap rather than 'how' or 'with what products'. For a scrapper who unfortunately doesn't have the luxury of making her hobby her life's work, Howard gives examples of the layouts I really wish I had more time for instead of just getting the holidays and 'events' scrapped.
Five of my FAVORITE layout ideas from this book include:
*Daily FrustrationsEvery chapter and lesson comes with several beautiful layout examples from Howard herself as well as 11 other scrap artists from the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. There are a total of 80 inspirational layouts compiled within this book!
*I Can't Believe We Used to Do That!
*Anticipating the Future
*Who is in My Day?
*Those Little Things People Say
I am certainly more inspired to FIND the time to scrap the 'everyday' after reading and admiring the wonderful layouts in Howard's book!
That's Life by Nic Howard on Amazon!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Kaitlin had never been bowling before, so it was pretty fun to watch!
Here is her coach, Andy, giving her a hand to get started...a good ole granny roll is always a good bet for a rookie and I heard the chainsaw (the unique arm movement in the video) never hurts in an effort to encourage to the ball in the direction you want.
I apologize for the orientation...it's not too long so you shouldn't get a crook in your neck. I forgot that you should only take video horizontally and I couldn't figure out a way to flip it like you can with photos. If anyone knows of a way, please let me know.
I think we'll have to make this a family outing very soon...
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Adorama is one of the nation's largest photo retail and mail order suppliers. For over 25 years, they have been serving professionals as well as amateurs in the photographic, video, digital imaging and telescope fields. They offer the best combination of quality services, vast selection, knowledgeable staff, and competitive pricing. And, now, with the explosion of scrapbooking, they are also offering scrapbook friendly print sizes: 12x12, 10x10, 6x6 and 5x5.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
To try to brighten my mood, I'm working on some of the photos I took at the Minnesota Renaissance Fair last month...when it was sunny...and warm...and DRY!
Here's my little Renaissance princess.
Our knight was the green knight.
And he fought valiantly.
But he did not win...he was a loser...yup, that's him face down in the dirt.
This is Puke & Snot. You heard right...that's really their names (at least during the Renaissance Fair, that is). Evidently, they are the #1 act to see when at the fair. They were quite funny...a little off-color (come on...what did you expect from two guys named Puke & Snot?), but definitely funny.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Every time this Old Navy commercial comes on featuring Ingrid Michaelson's song, "The Way I Am," she always starts singing along...it's so cute!
Here's the full song off imeem:
She also has a 'thing' for "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's...she really only knows the chorus and kinda stumble-mumbles through the rest, but who cares...it's adorable!
Quite refined musical tastes for a 5-year-old...I'm impressed. But wait, she also loves everything Hanna Montana/Miley Cyrus. And her father does have her singing "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by Smashing Pumpkins which she calls "The Rat in a Cage Song"...hmmm...not so refined, maybe?
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Now I'm back in my room on the 17th floor of the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis and just had to find the song I heard on the radio driving up here yesterday..."Apologize" by OneRepublic. It is officially my new favorite song...enjoy:
Monday, October 8, 2007
Not much free time on this trip, but hope to get together with a cousin for dinner tonight and perhaps visit the Mall of America for a couple hours during a short break we have tomorrow.
Kaitlin has been taking my trips this fall pretty well...probably because she knows I usually come home 'bearing gifts'! :-) Regardless, glad that this will be my last one...hopefully.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
She got a few good kicks in.
Showed some team spirit...."GO BIG SHARKS!".
And good sportsmanship..."Good game, good game...".
All in all, it was a great season. She had a great time and learned a lot about being part of a team and having a positive attitude, even when your team's getting whooped! :-)
In the afternoon, Justin & I took Kaitlin out to Garrity's Prairie Gardens. It was feeling unusually summer like in South Dakota for October 6th. It was around 90 degrees and quite windy. Not quite as 'fallish' as I might have liked for the day, but figured we'd better go while we can because next weekend it could be too cold...that's SD for you!
Kaitlin and Justin got a kick out of the little goats.
Kaitlin even posed for me long enough to get a couple good pics of her with the pumpkins.
Then we explored the apple orchard...
before Kaitlin had some fun in the hay maze.
Then we took a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch to find the 'perfect' pumpkins:
Saturday, October 6, 2007
In the mix of it all, I've decided to take on another endeavor related to my beloved hobby of scrapping that I've been spending quite a bit of time prepping for. I am very excited about it and will be sharing more on in the coming weeks. (Nothing like a little tease...!) I am a little concerned, however, whether or not I'm ever going to have time to actually scrap again!!
Therefore, I have decided that I'm going to take a break from my "Sunday Spur for Scrapbookers" posts...in case you didn't notice, I haven't been keeping up with those lately. However, when I do run across any great source of scrapping inspiration, I will certainly share it here. It may just be in a less 'formal' format.