Sunday, March 1, 2015

Getting' Giggy with Ziggy (aka December Daily)

I'm still slowly working on the December Daily album.  Between work and life I don't have a lot of time to work on this.  I sneak a page in here and there.  I'm getting there.

Products used:  Pink Paislee Merry & Bright (album, papers and embellishments)
                         American Crafts Thickers
                         Elle's Studio wood veneer
                         Flair buttons from A Flair for Buttons Etsy store

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHA #3

The final post about CHA.

My creative juices are flowing again so this was a good thing.  :)

Websters Pages - I'm really only a fan of Allison Kreft and what she's done with them.  I did get a chance to see the new planners and I do like them.  I don't like the fact that the guts of the planner are not interchangeable unless you buy two so you can switch them out.  I really like the aqua book but the guts of another color (A color I don't like).

 Some of Allison's new line.  Too much pink for me but there are enough other colors for me to purchase some of this line.

I saw these out of the corner of my eye.  I don't usually buy anything from Paper House but I thought these two things were super cool.

 Little 1x1 inch Instagram photo stickers.
 And cork embellishments.  A fun addition to the craft.  Scrapbook, Project Life etc.
 I'm sorry, but thats just cute!  I need these to finish off my Whale Watching mini album.
 The last booth we stopped at before leaving for the day was the Hero Arts booth.  I wanted to see Kelly Purkeys new stamps.  One of each please.

And that is CHA.  These blog posts used to go on for days.  I had so many photos from every booth that I had to do posts by manufacturer just to keep them all straight.  Not anymore.  Kind of sad but then again, it makes the hobby seem real again.  I think it go so inflated that there was just. so. much. stuff.  Your mind would explode after the first day and you couldn't remember which booth had what.

I've compiled my list on Pinterest and will resume shopping as these items are released.  If you have any questions about the products, let me know.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

10 Years

Its been 10 years since I went shopping for a new car.  A lot has changed.  I realized my taste in cars has also changed.

I purchased my Expedition in 2005 and the following year, they changed the body styles for the Ford SUV's.  Instead of the large box, they made them sleeker.

I never like the new style so I stayed away.  I paid off my Expedition and kept driving it.  It was the first car I've every driven that I never wanted to give up.  It never required any major repairs.  I changed the brakes a couple of times and the tires when needed.  Got the oil changed and basic services at required intervals.  The perfect car.

And then I got an itch.  I pulled up next to the new Explorer and I totally wanted it.  I think my Expedition knew what I was thinking.  Immediately, things went wrong.  The motor on the back passenger side window stopped working.  Someone hit the side view mirror while I was parked at work and cracked it.  Someone bummed into my front and dented the corner.  The defrost didn't really defrost anything.  The AC needed work.  We started adding up the cost to repair some of these things and realized I could put a down payment on another car.

So we did.  I test drove several cars including the Explorer XLT and the Nissan Xterra.  Both cars I really liked but the Ford won out in the end.  I wasn't impressed with the Nissan guys and they were trying to get me to buy a car in a color I didn't like.  I tried to explain to them that I wanted a specific color.  Nope, they kept trying to get me to take the silver Xterra.  In the end, I walked out and went to Ford.  They've been good to me for my last 2 cars and my husbands 2 Fords so we went back.

I sat on the decision for almost 2 weeks before I found my color at one of the dealerships.  It was hard to trade in Big Blue but I did.  I did cry because that was my car.  I bought that car when we started trying for a family.  We were looking for 2-3 kids and I knew I'd need a big car.  (We also bought the big house for the same reason.....)  Turns out, we had 1 kid.  I had a big car and no one to drive around in it.  

The Explorer is the perfect size.  Still has the third row and enough room to fit the hockey equipment.    

 Hello. Goodbye.

 I love the color.  Magnetic.  Not black and not silver.  A dark grey.  Perfect.