Friday, December 28, 2007

Mish Mash

We had a great Christmas day. Family came over and we had a nice time. Jeff and I waited until the last minute to get our bird for Christmas day. We went out the Friday before looking for a bird. Jeff had always wanted to try goose. So....we ended up getting a goose and turkey! The only problem that we encountered was how to bake both of them at once! I started to peruse *I LOVE that site!* and found a recipe for grilled turkey. We're always ones to try something new the goose ended up going on the grill. It turned out really good...nice and juicy. The turkey was also good...very juicy too.

On top of being busy with Christmas preparations, I've had a nasty cold the past 2 weeks. At least that's how long I've counted in my head. It started out with a sore throat, then moved to my nose and now I'm dealing with a stuffy nose and congested chest. I'm SO ready for this to be done. I'm sure I haven't helped my healing process by going so much the last couple weeks. We've had his family over, my family, been shopping....etc, etc. It's been busy! So today I had a sick day. Jeff has the week off and I took advantage...took a nice hot bath *which felt incredible* and tried to relax.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Payin' it Forward..

I'm spreading some papercrafting love! So I was blog hoppin' today and peeked in on Tracy over at Eat Sleep Stamp. I was the third person to comment on her post about paying it forward and I'm going to receive some neat stampin' goodies!!! How awesome is that?!?!? My only requirement is that I pass on the love through my blog...easy! So here's your chance for some neat-o stampin' and papercrafting goodness. What you receive will be a surprise! What do you need to do you ask?...all you need to do is be one of the first 3 people to leave a comment on this post and have a blog (you've gotta be able to spread the love, right? *wink*).

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


These are the ornaments we had made for the craft show I just did. I think we had about 80 of them finished and ready to sell. I have to give the majority of the credit to my mom for getting these done. She spent many an evening glittering and cutting and then glittering and cutting some more! I can only imagine how tired her hands were!

So here's the lowdown on how we made them...the ornaments themselves are either clear glass that we made glittery using the reinker technique or they are colored glass ornaments from the store. After Christmas last year I bought a TON of glass ornaments for this purpose. We still are floating in ornaments at both my house and hers. In total I think we have somewhere around 300 ornaments. Still a whole lot to decorate and hopefully sell!!!

The toppers for the ornaments are made using stamps from Outlines. I got the Poinsettia topper in both large and small, the Holly Leaves in large, the Cut Away topper, and the Ornate topper. I opted to purchase them in unmounted rubber as opposed to mounted. I had heard Outlines was offering the sale of unmounted rubber on there order them unmounted you had to either call or email to place your order instead of using their online shopping cart. I saved a ton by ordering them this least in my opinion! When the stamps reached me I spent a few days pondering how I wanted to mount them. I didn't have any wood blocks that were big enough. After playing with ideas I realized I wanted these to be unmounted and use clear blocks with them. The ease of being able to see through the block for placement with these ornaments was priceless! It helped us SO much! We wanted to use every inch of paper and not waste, so having using them with clear blocks was the best! I ended up buying a set of the Cuttlebug clear plates and using those to mount the stamps on (thanks Emily G. for the great idea!) The only problem I encountered was that the rubber came with permanent adhesive instead of cling mount. So...I first tried using Aleene's Tack it Over and Over with no luck. Then I decided to pull the foam off the backs and adhere EZMount. I'm so glad that I chose the EZMount method! Being able to stamp the ornament toppers onto paper and see where I'm stamping really makes a difference in using all of a piece of paper.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

So excited!!!

Arabella slept for 7 hours last night!!!! That's right 7 awesome is that? I'm super excited...can you tell? Hoping and praying that she keeps up with this kind of sleep pattern at night!

Aren't they just the cutest? I'm completely in love with both of them!!! I just couldn't post something about Bella without showing a pic of her too!
Hopefully I'll get some more pics up of things I've been working on!