Monday, November 26, 2007

Oh My Sweet Potato Pie!

Well, for those of you who actually know me, I'm sorry to say I've been very, very distant for this past year. We've been having some issues in our lives and things may be (prayers please) settling down which is very good. So, since I've had a little time to "play" on my lovely lil' computer friend, I thought I'd make something for my digi friends out there, old and new. I know Thanksgiving has flown by and Christmas is right around the bend but this popped into my head and demanded to be created. I thought I'd share it with you all and see if it was worth creating. Hope you like it! And I hope all you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a very happy and healthy one too! Click on the image to be taken to the download page.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I found my Dream Bathroom on the street in NYC

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Yup, these photos were taken about five years ago while I was walking home from work to go back to my apartment in Brooklyn. I think it was on Fifth Avenue right by the Flatiron building. It was a window display at one of those fancy upscale stores that I never felt confident enough to go into. Thankfully I didn't have any problem taking this photo for future inspiration. Here I am five years later and (hopefully) soon we'll be selling our first home and moving to North Carolina. I hope to find myself in a new house with the ability to make my dream bathroom become my reality. Until then, these photos remind me of what it will look like... minus the reflection of New York City's buildings, lol.

Credits: Nancy Comelab's wonderful photo frames and Bethany Mott's heart and background paper :D

OH... I'm editing this as an afterthought. I realized that I still had chosen one more photo to feature here. I love this photo and although there is a very good story behind it, it is also very personal so I will just leave you with only the picture. After all, they do say they are worth a thousand words, lol. :D

Saturday, February 24, 2007

You Glow Girl!

I did a LO the other day which I feel is a little simple but still pretty. (Please click on it to view credits at my DST gallery.) I made it simple because I honestly was so excited by the effect I created that I wanted to use it right away and didn't have time to do anything more than this.

So then I realized that this might make a pretty cool action... the photo effect, not the LO, lol. :D Click on the action example to view it bigger.

So here is the action for you to download. You'll want to read the Tips for more ideas on how to utilize this action to its utmost.

And remember to give credit and leave a little love below in my comments area. Thanks! :D

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Have a Seat... this is gonna be long....

I had some fun and wonderful news yesterday morning. I won Doris Castle's Lost Mojo contest!!!! Yipeee! The prize is a $25 GC to her store too!!!! Super Yippeee! I love her style and although I had tons of fun with her 70's style kit doing the LO, I love her soft and flowing style of most of her other kits and can't wait to acquire more! :D

Here's the LO that I created with her cool kit called "Lost Mojo" which you can pick up at ScrapbookGraphics

If you would like to read the journaling or make a comment, you can go to my gallery at DST here.

Now, what is written below was actual written yesterday. It was originally an email to my sweet friend Barb (aka Mrs Miles) and she asked that I post it on my blog because she thought it might amuse you all. So please excuse the fact that it is one long run on paragraph (nevermind the fact that is probably one big run on sentence) that was kinda the way it happened... a long run on moment... here goes... pull up a chair if you haven't already... although how you're at your computer and you're not on a chair... well, nevermind... here goes...

I was writing you this letter when I heard Amelia upstairs doing something that didn't sound good... so, I go upstairs as the phone rings and answer it... its the realestate agent calling to see how the house is coming along and if its ready to sell... I walk into Amelia's room and although its torn apart (which is to be expected with a small room crammed with lots of toys AND a two year old) nothing seems out of the ordinary.... until the realtor is in the middle of a sentence and Amelia walks by and I see a large white clump of "something" in her hair at the back... at first it didn't click but then... oh no!.... yup, sure enough, I go in and the large canister of Balmex diaper rash cream is covered with it ... on the outside!!! And then I notice, the changing table, the changing cover, a stuffed animal toy, a really nice Hawaiian quilt... her pants and then horror of horrors, her face... near her mouth!!! This all happens while I'm still on the phone with the realtor! Thankfully she's understanding and gets off the phone quick after saying she'll be coming over later with her husband to check on something we had talked about earlier. So first I try to get Amelia in order and except for the face and hair and a some whitishness to her pants, she seems fine. So I take the canister down, wipe it off with a cloth and read, "Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, call poison control immediately." OK, ok, don't panic, don't panic I say to myself... I go downstairs call 911 and they connect me to poison control... and as poison controls connects... Amelia falls and hits her chin! And she's unconsolable... screaming crying to the point I can barely hear poison control person who no doubt thinks the crying is poison related.... sheeshhhhh! So, miraculously through the crying, I answer her questions and she tells me that it should be ok because they normally don't eat so much because its thick and hard to swallow... but does she know my DD I ask myself? Hmmmmm.... so give her water she says... which I do.... and then I go upstairs to survey any more damage and to contain that which has already been contaminated by the white smearing mess that doesn't want to go away easily... all the while asking Amelia if she ate a lot... she's babbling and saying yes and no because to her they're all the same... when I key in on the fact that she keeps mentioning our dog Hoku... and then it slowly and horrifyingly dawns on me... the DOG! She fed it to the dog... and we have a lab mix who eats anything and everything!!!! So I start calling her ... and calling her ... and calling her... now we don't have a big house by any means so for her to not only not hear me but to not come (I'm using my sweet "I love you doggie" voice) is getting me a little scared... my creative imagination which is good for scrapbooking isn't so good when put to the task of envisioning a dog that just ate loads and loads of something that says, call poison control immediately on it! I will admit that there are definitely days that I wish I didn't have a dog but when it comes down to it, I would never really want her to go... and especially not THAT way! Egahds!!! So I go running downstairs and turn the corner all the time calling for the dog, only to realize that while trying to get things straightened away, I had locked her in the basement!!! Whew!!! Still, our usually all black (well super dark brown really) dog has big splotchy toddler sized handprints in white all along her side! Does the fun ever end?!??! So, I try to clean her up best I can and looking at my wreck of a house (remember I said we are moving and I'm cleaning out closets that have been closed for two years, gulp) I decide its best to get Amelia in the tub instead of try to straighten up. So about five minutes after I get the shampoo in her hair, the doorbell rings!!! Right! Of course, I knew something else was gonna happen... so as much as I hate to do it, I tell Amelia to stay in the tub I'll be right back... and I run down to the door... and its the realtor and her husband. They wanted to check on something (that's necessary) in the back and they can't get through the gates as they would normally do because the snow is blocking them closed. Sighhhhh. So, as much as I abhor the thought, I open my door to let them in... into my super, super messy house with tons of stuff scattered everywhere, laundry flung down the stairs which was going to be put into a basket to go downstairs... dishes in the sink, stuff, stuff, stuff EVERYWHERE! Ughhhhhhhhh! So, they say no problem and they go through the house (more mess in other rooms) and outside... then I rush, rush, rush Amelia out of the tub and desperately try to assemble some order in my home... at least enough to make me feel like I'm not a complete wreck of a housekeeper... and they come back in and thankfully leave quick enough so I make lunch for Amelia and set her up then fix myself a bowl of the same pasta, pull the chair out to sit down.... and the dog throws up!!! OH MAN! Can I tell you that I am the absolute last person you want to clean up throw up? Give me the stinkiest most disgusting diaper and I'm fine but a little throw up and my stomach revolts against me, against gravity, against everything and then some! So, with my yummy dish of pasta sitting there almost saying "na na na na na na na," I go to clean up the mess...

OK, that's my day so far... how about you?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

A Record!

Two posts in one day! Wow, this is totally a record for me! Lol. I wanted to share some of our yummy chocolates with you all. And since I can't afford to give you the real thing, I thought I would share it digitally. Someday when our site gets up, I'll put the link to our store on my blog... until then, enjoy these! (And the best of it all, no calories!!!)

Click on the photo to eat them up! :D

Oh yes! Please tell me if you like them or not. :D

Has this Ever Happened to You?

Hey all!

I am just kinda well, arghhhhh would be the best way to put it I guess. I just left a chat at a site that I thought I would check out for the first time. I have bought a few small things there (it will remain nameless) and I totally respect their talents so I thought, let me check out a chat. Well, I tried and tried to get "in" on the discussions but there was more of the little chitty-chatty stuff and when I would try to say something, it was lost so quickly. I said hi a couple of times and no one answered. I asked a very pointed question about something they kept talking about that I didn't understand and waited for an anwer... but no one did. I felt totally invisible and unwelcomed.

I know, I know, chats move fast and people can easily get lost in the shuffle but I made a point of saying it was my first chat there. When I was on a moderator team and a creative team on a couple of different sites, I always saw it as part of my job to make sure everyone felt welcomed and that you at the very least said hi to people when they entered the chat. I still do that as a matter of fact, at least in the sites where I'm well known.

I'm not really running the site down... especially because you all don't know which site I'm talking about. I guess I'm more or less just getting this off my chest because I felt totally let down and kinda depressed like a new kid in school who couldn't even be noticed by the popular girls let alone talk to them. I do have more important things in my life of course and this is so small but it bothered me enough that I just wanted to vent a little to the only people who could understand. Its kinda pathetic really and writing about it is helping me get it... ok, I'm feeling kinda silly now. Its just a darned chat afterall right? Lol... ok, never mind! Let's go back to being happy little scrappers now. :D

Monday, February 05, 2007

How Do They Do It?!?!?!

I really wanted to play around and create some different Valentines papers for you all but somehow I got stuck creating the same paper, over and over and over and over! I am hoping you all don't mind. I'll make this post brief and get right to the point... :D If you would like to download these papers....

then click here! :D Have a great day and please leave a comment if you download. :D

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I just had to...

I really don't like forwarding things... unless I totally love what it says or I know the person who I'm forwarding it to will totally love what it says... that said, I got something from my sister and I wanted to share it with someone... so I thought of you all and said... ah ha! I don't have to forward it... I just have to post it! So here goes....



1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.

Go on, forward this to your friends. You know you want to!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Pinata Time

LinkWell, I have been away from giving lately and thought I'd make up for it... sooooo, this is kinda like a pinata bursting open with goodies... somethings were in my harddrive and just needed a little tweaking, like that Christmas alpha I promised sometime back... sorry. What started me off though was the idea for the thermometer. Once I did that, I thought I'd just dust off a few more things and throw them out to you all and see how you like them. I made one with and one without the words since I thought you might want to put something else there. My thought is that you could have arrows pointing to the temperature markers (left off the numbers too for you Celcius people wink, wink) and instead of numbers, you could put fun things like "too warm but no sun" or "Frosty is melting" ... well, I'm sure some of you can come up with some better stuff than that, lol. So, here they are in no particular order. Just click on the image to go to the download. And please, leave me some loving not only because its the right thing to do but because it makes me feel good too! :D

PS The blue background on the snowman and the drop shadow / blue background on the thermometer is there only for viewing purposes. . :D

Thursday, January 25, 2007


Well, I am terrible... I haven't gotten back to this sad, sad, saaaaad blog in quite some time. I appreciate all the wonderful emails and comments from all of you, my friends. There was a very dear person who wrote an email to me and I honestly "lost" it... I am soooo, soooo sorry! If you read this, please email me again. You were so sweet and understanding and wrote such a lovely long letter telling me to keep my chin up and giving me a wonderful (and much needed) pat on the back. I don't know what I did to lose it. I am a bit of a scatter brain most of the time and I must have opened another window then got distracted, then distracted again and so on and so forth... which isn't as hard to do as you think when you know that I have a two year old that's quite rambunctious. But, I ramble... I just wanted to tell whoever that was that I really meant to reply and thank you in depth but I can't seem to figure out where that email went to! Ughhhhh.

Now, to update those of you who wonder what is going on in my life. Well, hopefully something good! I haven't even told my family this or any of our friends, although my DH has told his (which I guess are mine too) friends but until it comes from my lips, I've not told anyone this yet! (Hmmm, technically then this is coming from my fingers not my lips so am I telling you?!?!? Lol.) OK, really this rambling is getting out of hand! Now onto my dish....

We might be moving! YEAH!!!! I have some mixed emotions about this but for the most part I am thrilled! I am trying to not get too excited because this is going to be very hard for my DH to do and he may back out at the last minute but given the circumstances, this would be the absolute best thing we could do. If anyone reading this is from Long Island, you will think yeah, so what but for the majority of the rest of the country, this will be shocking. Housing on Long Island is nuts... I mean really, really nuts! We have been thinking of downsizing our house and our lifestyle but when a normal little house on less than an eighth of an acre of land goes for half a million dollars (yup, $500,000) and up, what downsize are we talking about?!??! Seriously, we looked at a run down house on a postage stamped size of property in a nice neighborhood (the only reason we looked) and it was $469,000! The taxes were a little over nine thousand a year! Now our house is nice and it has appreciated some in the three years we've lived here but not enough to afford a house half the size on one eighth the property!

Soooo, moving would be swell! Awesome in fact! Where would we move to? North Carolina is where our mental compass is pointed and it seems to be the destination of most leaving Long Island. Keep us in your prayers that this is the move we need to make and that all goes smoothly.

Peace, Love and Hugs my friends!