Sunday, August 26, 2012


We took N to the local mountains last January to find a place that had a small snow area to play.  We found this inner tubing place that rented out big tubes and had a variety of hill sizes.  We started off on the smallest hill but quickly progressed to the medium hill.

My son has no fear and was quickly tired of the 'baby' hill.

He didn't even want dad's help getting up the stairs with his inner tube.  Or 'inter'tube as he called it.

 Veneer snowflakes misted with Mister Hueys.

 These Ormolu tags came in the kit.  I backed them with some of the washi tape that came in the kit and outlined them with a black gel pen.  I used Baker's Twine from the shop instead of the twine that came with them.  The twine in the shop is from the Twinery and is much thicker.
Supplies are from the Decmber 2011 Studio Calico kit.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back to School

Its right around the corner for us and I'm a little excited.  I got my butt in gear this year and I made one of those chalkboard signs.

I've seen them everywhere.

I got the frame at Michaels for $2.50 and threw the glass away.  I painted the wood filler and used a chalk pen to write.  I used Martha Stewart pumpkin colored acrylic paint.

Hopefully it matches the new Simple Stories fall line that I'm (im)patiently waiting to arrive in stores.  His back to school outfit and this frame were carefully matched.  ;)

I've been busy working on layouts too!  I finished 3 in one day - it might be a record for me.  I used up a good chunk of the December 2011 Studio Calico kit in the process.  I don't feel so guilty eyeing their Sept 2012 kit right now.  I've been going back and sorting pictures on my Mac.  I'm one of those sporadic photo printers.  I used to use until they closed this year and I'd have an open order going. I'd place one big order every couple of months.  Since they closed, I've been so bad about printing and honestly, I love my Selphy but the quality just isn't 'good'.  Its great for project life and projects like that but not everyday scrapping.

A trip to Costco was in order.  I picked up 369 prints and that was just from 2012.  I still need to go through past years and figure out what I still need printed.  The good news is that I've been in the mood to scrap that box of photos.  So expect an overload of layouts here in the next week.  It feels good to be sharing again.

ETA:  I have 3 boxes full of product for sale.  These are USPS Flat Rate boxes full of paper and embellishments.  Some items are exclusive Studio Calico items from kits that I will not use.  (ie butterflies, hexagons, papers, etc).  There is an assortment of items in each box.  Cost is $30 and that covers the shipping.  Value of contents is $100+.

If interested, please email me at

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Learning to drive

I thought it would be a few years before I had to worry.  The other night, I parked my car in front of our driveway behind another car parked on the curb.  Illegal, yes but its also our house.  No one complains.  When the visitors leave, we pull my car up.  No biggie.

N likes to sit in the front seat while I move the car up the 10 feet.  This particular night, he wanted to sit on my lap.  Since I can't really drive like that and we live in the middle of a quiet complex, we let him 'steer' while my husband worked the pedals.  We made sure we had control of the car at all times.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I wanna hold your hand.....

(Sadly, I'm not a Beatles fan, but I do know the song.)

Items from the December 2011 Studio Calico Kit.  Recorded stamp from an old Autumn Leaves set I found while cleaning out a box this week.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tanaka Farms

I snuck in a quick trip to Tanaka Farms again this month.  Its watermelon season and they have a great tour.  I always forget about the strawberry tour in the spring.....

We got every fall with N's school trip and do the pumpkin tour.  Its a lot of fun.  I'm too lazy to link back to past years.

 The best part of this tour is, they hand you fresh picked fruits and veggies.  Literally picked that morning.  And you aren't limited to just one, they hand each family a fistful of stuff.  So we each ate 3-4 carrots, almost a bushel of tomatoes......
 At the very end of the tour, they take you to a covered area and the driver cuts up even more.  Cucumbers, zucchini, saticoy, red and yellow watermelon, squash.....

 and get to wander the watermelon patch.

 At the end, you get a watermelon to take home!
 Someone is just too cool.

 Oh and they have a farmers market right there.  So you can buy anything they grow!

Looks good right?