Saturday, June 25, 2011

June Bug Blog Jump

Hello everyone! If you are here for the June Bug Blog Jump, you are in the right place. You should have arrived here from Janice's Blog. If you happened to arrive here by chance, here is a list of all the stops. You might want to start at the beginning and see what all the great bugs have created.

<a href=" ">My Little Corner</a>
<a href=" ">Heart2hand's Highlights </a>
<a href="">Planlady19</a>
<a href=" ">My Lazy Crafternoon</a>
<a href=" ">Scrap Occurs!</a>
<a href="">Crafting for Caitlyn </a>
<a href=" ">Doodle's Scraps </a>
<a href=" ">My Little Craftin' Corner</a>
<a href="">Skrappindiva's Musings</a>
<a href="">Cove of Creativity</a>
<a href="">DivineScrapper</a>
<a href=""> J-Bear's Home</a>
<a href=""> Heaven's Creations</a>
<a href="">Cuttin' Up</a>
<a href="">Simply My Crafts</a>

We were asked to create a summer project for this hop and I have a couple of 4th of July projects to share with you. Unfortunately, my pics are not cooperating. I will add pictures later today even if I have to retake the pictures. If you stop back by and leave a comment on the 4th of July projects I will enter your name in a drawing for a RAK. For now, scroll down a little further and you will see a summery layout featuring my lovely daughter. Please don't tell her this pic is up on the blog, because she hates it. Hope to see you back in a bit.

Unscripted Sketches #112

Well, it is Saturday again. Another week has flown by and it is time for an Unscripted Sketches reveal. If you haven't seen what we do at Unscripted Sketches, let me fill you in. Every Saturday a new sketch and the design teams' projects inspired by that sketch are revealed. We then ask that you play along and link up what you create. You can use the sketch as is or flip it. Here is the sketch we used this week

After you check out what I created, head on over to Unscripted Sketches to see what the other designers created and then show us what you create. Between summer remediation, All-Stars, the little theater, and the kitchen remodel I was really pressed for time. Using the sketch allowed me to whip out a layout in now time at all. I kept it simple. I just wanted to highlight this picture. Courtney hates this pic, but I love it. It isn't fancy and it isn't flattering at all, but this is her. She was laying in the grass at one of Nick's parks and recs football game. It was hotter than Hades and she was just trying to stay cool.
I hope you will come create with us and check back next week for a new sketch.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Unscripted Sketches #111

Another week has flown by, and I was worried that I might not get this week's sketch done. I struggled coming up with an idea for this one until we were at the baseball tournament last weekend. Nick kept leaning over and saying this that started with, "So this is how it feels to..." The idea for this layout poppped into my head and here is is! I made the mistake of starting before printing the pics from the tournament and I had to use a horizintal picture. I liked the vertical prints better, but I didn't have time to reprint. Anyway... here is the sketch for this week.
I flipped the sketch upside down and this is what I came up with for the week.

I needed a little extra room to journal all the quotes, so I used two columns instead of one. It was a simple quick layout which is why I love these sketches so much. They can really be dressed up if you want, but they can be done quickly and easily. It allows me to record things I don't want to forget. Sketches are a tool to recording my children's lives.

The quotes say, "to be voted on to the all-star team" "to win more than you loses" "to be the number one seed" "to get on base 8 out of 9 times" "to stand tall when you hit" "to play in the championship game" "to know I am baseball!"
I added a little baker's twine and a few squares of cardstock with baseball stickers. I can't wait to see what you come up with using the sketch. Head on over to and link up your tsake on this sketch.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Unscripted Sketches #110

Good Saturday Morning! It will be a busy weekend for me. I plan to get up early and go to the farmer's market, and then we have a baseball tournament in Minden. It was a busy week, but I did get a layout done with this week's sketch. That is what I love about Unscripted Sketches... it allows me to get things done even when I am short on time. The sketches work when done simply like this layout or when really embellished and pushed over the edge. Here is the sketch for the week....
Like I said, I was running behind and had to work quickly. I decided to go with a scrapbook page. I had this picture of my son and sister laying on the counter and thought they are so alike. What a role model?!?! I say that jokingly, but she is a great person for him to look up to. I wish we were closer, so they could spend more time together. I kept things simple, but I think the page captures the feelings between the two of them.

Be sure to check out the other designers' projects over at and give the sketch a try. We would love to see your project linked over on the website.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Operation Kitchen Renovation aka Trying Not to Cuss Out the Hubby

Well, the kitchen remodel is well underway. All of my upper cabinets are gone as well as some of my lower cabinets. Two of my four walls have no sheetrock and the other two are missing part of the sheetrock. We are living out of cardboard boxes which wouldn't have been hard a few months ago. We used to eat out so much that cooking wasn't an issue, but we have stopped eating out. I have been cooking everyday. That may not sound like a big deal to many of you, but I have been known not to use my stove for weeks at a time. It was the big joke that I had to ask my sister to define skillet. My idea of cooking was frozen pizza or hamburger helper. My kids are in awe. I keep hearing what would Aunt Margie say if she could see you. Or I hear, "Wow! You really can cook." I am enjoying all the veggies I am cooking, but I remember why I stopped cooking. When you cook, you have to clean the kitchen. The only thing I do less of than cooking is cleaning. I have washed more dishes and wiped the counter down more in the last two weeks than I had in the last two months. I guess this means you can teach an old dog new tricks.

I will try to post a few pictures of my torn apart kitchen soon. This is going to be a long summer since most of this can't be done until we get paid for summer remediation. That means many of the supplies can't even be purchased until July 15th. It will be wonderful once it is finished, but it will be a long road getting there. I hope my hubby survives.