October 10, 2010

Weekend Getaway

Sometimes it's nice to get away.  That's what we did this weekend!  My boyfriend's family has property in Hermann, MO and unfortunately it's been neglected this summer due to busy schedules.  We made a point to go down this weekend to do some cleaning and mowing.  The kids got to explore.

Here are some of the pictures I took yesterday while we were there...

All 4 kids... the two in the blue shirts are mine & the other two are my boyfriend's kids.  They range from 11 to 5 and for the most part they all get along pretty good!

A view of the cabin...
 The kids are exploring...
 The outhouse (plumbing doesn't work right now)...
 View looking up the hill...
 View across the field...
 One of the kids...
 Looking up at a tree that is changing colors...
 Down the creek towards the old farmhouse...
 The cabin...
 Kids exploring again...

The kids had fun and 3 of the 4 fell asleep on the way home.  I wish we could have a weekend getaway more often!

Birthday Boy (posted late)

My young man just turned 5 in September and I'm late posting these pictures. 

Here he is with the presents he got from me and grandma/grandpa.  He was super excited about the tools!

Birthday boy blowing out his candles!!

He shares his birthday with his grandpa.  This is the card that I made for my dad.  I love the quote on here.  This was a quick and easy card!

I can't remember where I found the sentiment, sorry!  I have a hard time making masculine cards but I'm not sure why. 

Classes start again on the 18th.  I will be done with my degree in May and I can't wait!  Thanks for stopping by!!

August 19, 2010

My Big Girl...

My big girl is growing so fast!  She started 1st grade today and absolutely LOVED it!  Her teacher is a brand new teacher (just graduated in May) and recently married too. 

She just had a birthday a few weeks ago, turning 7.  My youngest turns 5 next month.  Where does the time go??

I am in my 2nd week of classes again.  Hopefully I will graduate next spring, at least that is the plan.  Plus I'm slowly recovering from my surgery on the 6th.  I'm gonna try to do some crafting over the weekend so be on the lookout for a new project or two soon.

July 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Karen

This is a quick and simple card I made for a birthday earlier this month. 

All I used was my punch and punched 4 flowers out of black cardstock.  Then adhered some white gems to the centers before attaching them to the card.  I also rounded the bottom corners.   I hope Karen liked the card!!

Challenge I entered with this card:
Stamp Something ~ something flowery

July 21, 2010

My New Webstore

Just want to let you know that I have created a new webstore!  I'm working on adding things so be sure to check back often!

Visit my Studio on eWillow.com

There is also a link on the left side of my blog!

July 5, 2010

4th of July video

I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July!  We went to Hermann on Saturday to celebrate my boyfriend's mom's 80th birthday.  We did some work as well as relaxing.  My boyfriend did most of the work mowing around the cabin and trying to repair an electric fence to keep the cattle out of the "campground" area.  His sisters came down and helped out too.

Then on Sunday evening we went to Centralia's celebration in the park.  I tried taking some pictures but they didn't turn out so good but did manage to get a video of the grand finale!  See video below...

For those of you who have been following my stories, I have a bit of an update... I start a 2nd part-time job tomorrow!!  The hours will be opposite of what I'm currently working with the CPA firm.  I will be working for an insurance agency as an assistant.  Eventually it will turn full-time if it is a fit for both me & my boss.  Keep your fingers crossed that all goes well!  :) 

June 29, 2010

A Birthday Present

Hi!  I actually got some crafting done ... woohoo!! 

I found this wonderful project online and thought it would be a great gift for someone.  My boyfriend's mom is having her 80th birthday next Tuesday and I wanted to make her something.  Her favorite color is peach and found some paper that I had on hand that was close to peachy.  Then I found a card that I case'd, here, although I didn't use a crimper to make the lines (I used my Scor-Pal).

The challenges:
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges ~ summertime (flowers & peachy color counts?)
Ooh-La-La Challenge Blog ~ simply summer (flowers & peachy color again)
Stampin' Sisters in Christ ~ stripes (embossed lines)
Allsorts Challenges ~ embossing (embossed lines)

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

I want to wish all the Dad's and Grandpa's a very Happy Father's Day!!

Dad ~ I love you and I miss you!!

June 19, 2010

Something New ... (and an update)

Sorry I've been away for awhile!! I've missed doing crafts and things on a regular basis. I made something I've been wanting to do for awhile and I think it turned out okay. Think I need to do more of these!

Here are two scrapbook pages that I made. I think they turned out really good! I've only made 3 other pages in my life. :) This first page has a 5x7 spot for a picture of the newlyweds.

This second page has a 4x6 spot for the wedding party and 3 spots that are 3x3 for any pictures they want to include from the reception.

These fit the following challenges (that I know of):

Stamp Something ~ Something Summer challenge (there are lots of summer weddings)
The Sweet Stop ~ sketch (page 1 sort of fits this sketch)

I'm also going to take a plunge and enter it for a Design Team call for "Lasting Memories", call found here. It never hurts to try and if I get selected, that means I'll have to make more scrapbook pages!

If you know of any others that I could enter, please let me know! I've been out of the loop for awhile. :)

Well, I'm still in school and currently working just part-time which sucks!! I start a second part-time job on July 6th that could turn full-time after I'm fully trained that I'm excited about! My classes are not too bad this session. I have 2 papers to write that have to each be at least 5 pages long. Plus I just got diagnosed with Hypothyroidism ... no wonder I've been tired lately! I had it once before but my doctor said it was probably pregnancy related. Well, looks like it's back and I'll be on meds the rest of my life now.

I'm going to try to start posting a little more often if I can.

May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Just want to wish all the mothers, grandmothers and step-mothers a very Happy Mother's Day!!


April 17, 2010

Sorry It's Been Awhile

Sorry it has been awhile since I've posted! The tax season was really busy plus this most recent session at school has been tough! But I took a break today...

Say cheese!! My boyfriend & I took his kids to the St. Louis Zoo today! My kids were with their dad this weekend so they didn't get to go. Below are some highlights of our trip.

This last picture is of me & my boyfriend...

Thanks for looking! We were exhausted when we got back home!! I'll try to post when I have time. I miss stamping & joining in the challenges!

February 4, 2010

I'm Back...

Hopefully I can get into a good routine and post more often!  I was surfing some blogs yesterday and stumbled across a great idea for using some old, empty CD cases.  Unfortunately, my computer froze up and I can't remember where I saw the original idea. 

Here is mine:

The image is from Squigglefly.  The sketch comes from Truly Scrumptious (although I used a bow, I didn't add any buttons).  For a bit of bling, I added a dew drop to the center of the flower and put Stickles on the butterfly and around the dew drop.  On the bottom I have a flower and 3 gemstone brads.  The hardest part was trying to figure out how to hang it up.  Where the top pivots, we drilled out and then it is all secured with the pink ribbon.

Thanks for looking!! 

Paper: from stash
Stamps: Friends are Flowers (Squigglefly)
Ink: printer ink
Accessories: pink ribbon, flower, gemstone brads, dew drop, Stickles

January 12, 2010

Another challenge card...

Here is another card that I made over the weekend...

This is an image from Whipper Snapper (I don't remember his name though).  I really love the color combination of Black, White and Red!  This fits the following challenges:
Friday Sketchers ~ sketch

Paper: from stash
Stamps: Whipper Snapper
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: red ribbon

January 11, 2010

Finally ... a card!!

Wow it has been ages since I've posted anything!! I made 3 cards over the weekend for some challenges. Here is the first one...

I used TAC's Hello Baby for this card. The layout is from Tuesday Morning Sketches (but I missed the deadline) and also fits the following challenge:
Papertake Weekly ~ New Beginnings

Classes have started again and I am looking forward to getting them underway! I have just read the syllabus for each class so far but I have a 5 page paper due in my International Business class as well as 2 cases (not sure about these yet), and 3 tests. In my Auditing class I have 2 tests, 2 papers and 4 problems (not quites sure what these are). I have a good support system behind me now and I know I will do just fine with both classes. These 2 classes start today and run through March 6th. In order for me to graduate in May, I will have to take 3 classes during the next 8 week session and then my last 2 classes in the 8 week session following graduation.

Be sure to check back later today or tomorrow for another card!

Paper: from stash
Stamps: Hello Baby (The Angel Company)
Ink: Memento black
Accessories: crochet flowers

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