Sunday, May 15, 2011

In Which Nothing Important is Written

I haven't posted anything on here in a good long while, and so it stands to reason that the first thing I post would be something unrelated to the real world.  It's not like there's anything to talk about, after all.  We're certainly not days from having a baby or moving in a week.  I haven't just started a new business venture with my company that is taking off.  Of course not.  The most important development in my life is Champions Online.

For those of you who don't know what Champions Online is (no, of course I know YOU know what it is, I just don't want to make HIM/HER over there feel bad, so I address everyone), it is an online roleplaying game in the vein of World of Warcraft.  There are hundreds of players online at any given time, and you all populate the same world.  This time, instead of being an elf or gnome, you take on the role of superhero.  You patrol the streets of Millennium City, keeping the citizens safe from harm.  Your protection comes in the form of beating the stuffing out of bad guys.  Unlike most MMORPGs (Massively Multi-player Online Role-playing Games), Champions Online is free to play via the recent Free for All update to the game.  It operates on a "freemium" model.  Anyone can play the game without having to buy anything.  If you choose to subscribe at the price of $15/month, you get access to extra content for free.  If you don't pay monthly, you can purchase this content a la carte.

Tin Woodsman and Crimson Shadow
I played originally almost a year ago, before the change to free happened.  When Virginia and I found out it was going free, we decided to give it another try.  I play the two characters Tin Woodsman and Crimson Shadow, a Blades archetype and Inventor archetype respectively.  Virginia plays Yong Kia (Korean Dragon), who is a Behemoth archetype.

Champions is a game you really have to get used to, especially if you're transferring from WoW.  You don't get nearly as many abilities, and so you have to learn how to use the ones you do have to the greatest effect.  You have to learn which stats are most important for the way you play, and equip appropriate items for those stats.  I found myself dying a lot because I wasn't using my abilities efficiently.  Healing is pretty non-existent in this game, so managing your health is extremely important.  Regeneration of health is covered by the Recovery stat, and it affects how quickly you will regenerate health outside of combat.

So far, Virginia and I have both found it to be entertaining, and a good alternative to the expense of World of Warcraft.  We've joined up with a Super Group (IE guild), and we're looking forward to playing more.  This is definitely a game that is much more fun with people to play with, so a Super Group may turn out to be a must.  When playing by myself, I found I was overwhelmed by enemies quickly and dying, and just not having a lot of fun.  When Virginia and her dad were playing with me, it was much more enjoyable, even when the bad guys surrounded us out of nowhere.

Now that I have gotten the important stuff out of the way, I guess it's back to the normal, nothing-going-on life I lead.  If I decide to write anything else nobody wants to read, you'll find it right here.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

LDS Blog Train Blog

Hey, all! :) I'm sorry this post is so late going up today - Nathan and I have been dealing with craziness lately... But I do have your freebie for you! Just click on the preview below to download from Mediafire. :)

You should have come here from Becoming Peculiar. I am the last stop on the blog train. If you think you've gotten lost, feel free to check out the LDS Blog Train Blog for the full list of designer's blogs!

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Release by Robyn Pali Designs!

Isn't this adorable? "Lovebug" is the new release by Robyn Pali Designs that I was telling you about on Monday. It has 16 elements, 8 digital papers, 5 glitter sheets, and a full size alpha! (Isn't the little stitched alpha adorable? Think of all the different things you can use that for!)

It's also ON SALE until Monday at her ESS Store.- for only $1.75 for the kit! What a steal!

You should definitely go check it out!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The White Dress

A little while ago, my aunt did a photoshoot of my cousin in a pretty white dress. (I should mention that my aunt is a professional photographer, so... Yeah. There are lots of photoshoots.) This one caught my eye because of the softness of the photos. And, you know, because my cousin is pure adorable in a little stoppered bottle.

This month's Scraplift Challenge at ESS was to use a layer blend technique to make a photo seem like it was blended into our LO's background paper. :) I did that, and then played a bit more. Here's what I came up with:

I used Robyn's new kit, Springster, and a template from her Template Set 1. :) You can find them both in her ESS Store.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Desktop

ESS Challenges, Ahoy! It's a new month, which means I have a whole new run of challenges to complete over at ESS! :) I'm super excited about April's groupings. I can't wait to share all the wonderful things I'm going to make!

As a start, I thought I would tease you all with a preview of a new product that Robyn Pali will be putting in her store THIS FRIDAY! It's a kit called "Love Bug" - and it's super adorable!

Doesn't it look adorable? You'll be able to buy it in her ESS Store on Friday. :) I said that already, didn't I?

Well, since I had this adorable kit to play with, I thought I would use it to complete the April Desktop Challenge at ESS. :) I tweaked the template a little, and voila! This is what I got:

Happy Scrapping! I'll have more soon!

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Kit by Robyn Pali Designs! :)

Robyn has released a new kit, "Springster", in her store! It only just came out today, and it's full of bright, cheerful colors to help you scrap your spring layouts.

It's on sale in her shop at Enchanted Studio Scraps, but only until Monday!

She was also nice enough to release an awesome little sampler that coordinates with her kit on her Facebook Fan Page. If you aren't a fan - why not become one? It's free, plus you get access to news & updates from Robyn, and cool weekly freebies like this:

Well, what are you waiting for? Go check it out!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I am participating in a scrap-a-thon this spring called the Amazing Digital Scrapbooking Race. :) There are well over 130 teams competing, of two scrappers apiece, and we're all cranking out two layouts (apiece) a week, over the course of seven weeks. At the end, each participant should have 15 theme-coordinating scrapbook pages (this year's theme is 'Family') that they can put towards finishing an actual album!
Each team that successfully completes all 15 challenges will be entered in a drawing to win the Grand Prize (which hasn't been announced yet), and each team member gets rewarded with exclusive scrapbooking freebies as they complete challenges. :)

I have so far completed 3 of the 4 challenges that must be turned in by Midnight EST on Sunday (the 4th challenge is a team challenge, for which I provided the pictures/journaling and my partner Chris is going to determine the color scheme/design the actual layout, etc.) And I thought I'd give you a look at them.

I do intend to expand upon these themes/challenges, and create more pages that I do want to eventually print and put in an actual, hold-in-your-hands album, to chronicle my family as it is now. Because we all know in the near future it's going to go through a really big change. :)

Challenge 1: 6 Facts About Your Family

Credits: Kits: Genuine by Jennifer Reed, Festival and Happy Go Lucky by Shabby Princess, Alpha: Freewheeling by K. Aaragard, Papers: Distressed Solids by Crystal W., Template: Template 53 by MandaGirl
(I actually did 10 facts, instead of 6 - but that was allowed in the rules)

Challenge 2: Someone Who Inspires You

Credits: Kit: Genuine by Jennifer Reed, Alpha: Freewheeling by K. Aaragard, Font: Segoe Print (PSE7/Win7 Standard)

Challenge 3: What Your Family Does With Their Free Time

Credits: Alpha: Freewheeling by K. Aaragard
All other elements/papers present in this LO were designed by me using Photoshop custom shapes and photographic textures.

Keep your eyes open for more, as the competition progresses!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Keep your eyes peeled!

Robyn Pali Designs will be releasing a new kit in ONE WEEK!
Here is a sneak peek of what you will be getting when you buy it:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Scrapbooking Freebie! :)

So, I tried my hand at designing for the first time this month, with the ESS March Color Challenge. I'm pretty pleased with my end result, but I definitely know the areas I want to focus on improving in the future. Designing this mini-kit has been a lot of fun - if you like the way it looks, feel free to download and use it! And, you know, to come back here and tell me about what you've made! I would love to see your pages (even if you make them in combination with someone else's kits. I'm not picky!)

Also, I would like to say a big thanks to all the current digi designers out there - your stuff is gorgeous, and you inspire me every day. Thank you so much for doing what you do, and giving me the courage to dabble in it myself!

This kit is for personal use only, and the drop shadows are only in the preview. Click on the preview to be taken to the download page.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Slow going...

Well, this is a new one for me. As some of you know, Nathan got mea bamboo tablet for Christmas. Which is great, and it's an interesting toy. But wow is it difficult to work with. Talk about a steep learning curve! So I have decided that until I am more comfortable with it, I am going to force myself to use it constantly. Makes sense, right? If I use it all the time, then I will become familiar with it much more quickly. And once I'm familiar, using it won't be nearly so frustrating.

That's the thought, anyway.

All this writing so far has been from my tablet, with the pen, and I've only had 1 spelling error. I think that is pretty impressive.

Anyway, news: Nathan and I got a great tip from his sister about a sale running at Kroger, and some coupons we could print off the internet that would let us stock up on pasta for literally NOTHING! Between the store sale & the coupons we got 12 boxes of pasta (spaghetti, linguini, rotini, and penne) for free! We ended up saving about $31 off our grocery bill today, all told. I'm very proud of us.

Then, later we went to JCPennys, to get a new shirt for Nathan so he can impress the bigwigs in Arkansas next week. Oh, yeah, did I mention, Nathan's going BACK to Arkansas? TOMORROW AFTER CHURCH?


But, fortunately, this is going to be his last trip away from home for quite a while. Why is that, you ask? Because his boss' boss decided to green light Nathan's cell phone store! :D This is big news! We were not expecting it nearly so soon, with his only having been promoted asst. manager in November of last year, but apparently everyone all the way up to the company VP is super impressed with him, so off he goes for training.

I'll ask him to update the blog at least once while he's gone. It's the least he can do, leaving me here all by my lonesome for ANOTHER WHOLE WEEK. (S'not, you know, like I don't have 5 scrapbooking forums, a facebook, designing, new toys, my cats, opera rehearsal, and such to distract me.... Nah!)

Anyway... We went to JCPennys with a gift card he got for Christmas to buy a new shirt for him to take down, and they were having a really nice sale (spend $25, save $10). So we ended up with two shirts that were labeled as clearance ($37 total), they took $10 off, and then we used his $20 gift card - so we only spent $7 and change on two really nice shirts. As we finished, the cashier told us we had saved $65 (!!!) off the original price of the shirts. HOLY CRAP! I'm so excited about that.

Aaaanyway, it's late, and I need to play with the Singing Time schedule before I go to bed tonight. Have to get April together for the pianist and such. BUT, I do have more good news, before I sign off - I'll be giving my first Digi Scrapping lesson tomorrow after church, to one of my friends from High School. :)

I'm super excited about getting to show her my hobby, and I hope she finds it as fun as I do. I'll report back with news at some point next week about how it went!

Friday, March 25, 2011

New in Robyn Pali's Store TODAY 3/25!

Robyn has just released some really cute digital scrapbooking templates for you! :) Multi-photo/Multi-paper templates that look really clean and elegant when you scrap with them. I think they're just awesome - don't you?

You can head on over to Robyn's ESS Store to purchase these.

I made this layout using her Apples & Pears kit, and one of her new templates:

Doesn't look much like her kit, does it? I used the glitter fills that came with the kit, and then used Blend Modes like Overlay, Color Burn, Screen, etc. on the papers and elements, to create the gold/red/black color scheme. It's really easy to do that with any kit, and voila! It's almost like you have another complete kit - without the hassle of having to recolor each individual element. I've found that this is a GREAT way to stretch your digi scrap stash. :)

So what are you waiting for? I want to see what YOU create with Robyn's awesome new templates!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Laundry Folding Day

Yes, today shall go down in history as the day that I folded and put away laundry.

...No, seriously, folks. I've done a ton of laundry in the past few days, and, being my pregnant, tired, irritable self, have let it sit in laundry baskets for far too long. TODAY, my friends, my bedroom starts to look a little cleaner, because CLOTHING WILL BE PUT AWAY IN DRESSERS!

So I have decreed, so it shall be.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Some Cute Things

Just wanted to drop in and say that I made this with Scrapvine's "Jungle, Baby" kit. :)
I'm so excited about this kit (and my Scrapvine membership)! I requested a kit that matched Maggie's nursery theme, and she totally delivered! :)

I also made these two sig images for myself this week. The first is for Enchanted Studio Scraps and uses the Furry Friends collab kit by Robyn Pali Designs and My4Princesses Designs. The second is for Digi Shop Talk and uses the kit Moments by Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Friday, March 18, 2011

New Apples & Pears Kit by Robyn Pali Designs!

Hello readers and scrapbooking friends! :) I just wanted to let you know that Robyn of Robyn Pali Designs has released a new kit called "Apples & Pears"! It's full of gorgeous greens and pinks, has an amazingly detailed alpha, and is such a joy to work with!

Click on the picture above to buy it from her store! OR - if you're feeling lucky (well, are you, punk?) you can head on over to Enchanted Studio Scraps and enter to win it for FREE!
Here are two of the layouts I've made with this kit so far:

P.S. I also used the new template kit on sale in Robyn's store with the first layout - you should check it out. The set includes three VERY versatile scrapbooking templates!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Have I mentioned, like, ever, that I suck at updating this thing?

I need to get better at it - how am I going to document our lives if huge chunks keep getting left out???

Anyway, news:

1. I am officially 30 weeks pregnant. :D Holy cow, time flies! It's hard to imagine that Nathan and I only have 10 more weeks (if we're lucky) before someone very small changes our lives forever! We have ultrasound pictures of Maggie's face now (it looks a little more like normal than it did around Christmas), just post-thumb sucking. We got to see her do that on the ultrasound itself, though,which was pretty cool. And man is she kicking up a storm! I feel like all she ever does is wiggle - and conversely, squeeze my bladder/stomach to within an inch of incontinence either way. I'm constantly fighting the need to throw up now. This trimester? Starting out WAY worse than the first one.

2. I am a little guiltily excited to report that my best friend will NOT be moving away to California after she gets married this summer. Plans, like usual for everyone I know, have changed several times since they were first made, but it appears that she and Adam are going to be staying in Kentucky, at least for a little while. (Yay!)

3. I would like to take a moent and note how much I hate typing on my husband's computer. Ugh. The track-pad is so big that I literally have to hold my hands off the keyboard with only my fingers touching in order to type without accidentally clicking away from the part of the text I'm typing in. I find myself having to stop every few sentences and give my wrists a rest. Guess I'm going to have to clean off the desk in the bedroom now, since the only reason I'm using his computer is that it's actually on a desk, and I don't really have enough lap to support my laptop anymore. /sigh

4. Going back to my first point, I am stumped as to how I'm going to keep my house clean with a newborn in it. I can barely manage now, when she's not doing anything more than poking at my intestines/stomach. I have half a mind to go through the dirty laundry and throw most of it out. I can't keep up with it, and it's not like we don't have a FULL dresser, armoire, and closet already. With the winter coats/sweaters in storage AND the strictly summer clothes in storage too. Blargh.

5. Also, I think it is possible that Jack is allergic to seafood. We changed their food a couple months ago to the "Premium" brand of the wal-mart, generic, huge-bag-of cat food, that has flavors like tuna, salmon, and shrimp in it. Since then, he's had steadily increasing fits of vomiting up half-digested food. At first it was only once a week, if that, but in the last week it's been almost every day. After weighing out a couple of other options, Nathan and I have decided to switch back to the 'normal' catfood - turkey, ham, beef flavors - and see if that puts an end to the vomiting. If it doesn't, we're going to have to take him to the vet. :/ I would like to avoid that option if I could, since he is a very normal, healthy, playful, year-old cat other than the vomiting issue. And, you know, since the vet is freaking expensive.

6. Nathan is in Cincinnatti, OH, this week. The University of Cincinnatti runs on quarters, rather than semesters, and it's the end of the Winter term, so he's out doing a student textbook buyback. There are over 41,000 students at UofC, so this ought to be a pretty lucrative venture, once the kids have enough of their exams done that they want to sell their books. He's set up in a trailer near one of the main campus exits, and by some off-campus housing, and he says it hasn't been horrible, for a Monday/Tuesday when the weather has been bad. But he's advertised and everything, and people are coming to sell him books, so I have faith that the rest of this week will be good.

Anyway, that's all I feel like reporting on today. I'm going to go back and at least fill in pictures and short posts from the past month or so in the next day or two. I'll let you know when I get set up at my own desk, and can post things from there. (My laptop rules, and Nathan's laptop drools - get it straight, people.) :D

'Till next time!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 Goals

Well, I figure, since we're, oh, almost two full months into 2011, I ought to figure out what my "resolutions" are going to be this year. Yeah, I'm seriously not on the ball.
Anyway, I made a scrapbooking layout that lays the major ones out - thought I would share it with you all. I made this using the various mini kits provided in October 2010's LDS Blog Train Blog - the theme for which was Family Home Evening. And also one of my friendly neighborhood comes-with-your-pc fonts - I think it's called Minka. :)

Click on the thumbnail to be taken to the full-size image. :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sick and Lazy Day w/Cats

I am sick. Ew, gross, right. Blah. The picture is kind of washed out (I am not that pale) but I would look bad even if it wasn't - my nose is pink and chapped from days of blowing and blowing and blowing into kleenex. Also, my lips are chapped because I can't manage to keep tabs on a tube of lip balm and I've gone 24 hours without any twice in the past week. My eyes look so weird because my glasses need to be tightened and because my sinuses are so tender that it hurts a little to open my eyes all the way.

I haven't taken anything for the sinuses yet - this started getting annoying late Thursday night, and didn't get really bad until Friday evening, after my dr's office had closed. I'm calling first thing tomorrow morning, to find out what is okay to take and what is not.

I'm not going to show you a picture of this area to prove it (and you should be greatful) but I've also been experiencing spikes of excruciating frontal pelvic pain in the last 36 hours. After doing some looking up online, I'm pretty confused. Apparently, if it doesn't last a long time, it's a normal pregnancy pain, and nothing to worry about - though you should mention it to your practitioner. It looks like if the pain is frequent, and lasts longer than a few weeks, it could be something serious called symphysis pubis dysfunction, and you should definitely consult your doctor (though not all doctors actually accept this as a valid diagnosis, insisting that some pregnancies just hurt more than others)... Since I'm seeing my Dr. on Thusday, I will make sure to have this conversation with her - and get her opinions on the validity of SPD as an actual medical condition. I also plan to have a long discussion with her about the hospital's (and her personal) policies on birthing positions, epidurals, and breastfeeding. We might even sketch out some kind of 'birth plan' while we're there.

Nathan and I are planning on attending a birthing class at Central Baptist in April (they ask that you wait until Month 8 anyway), and I plan on waiting to pack my hospital bag until the beginning of March, as long as everything is progressing normally at this dr. visit - which will also be the one where they tell me whether or not I have Gestational Diabetes, I'm pretty sure. I'm not worried about that one, though, as I have none of the precipitating symptoms except being overweight.

So, in the mean time, I'm taking it easy (yesterday Nathan and I were out and about, I'll blog about that on Monday or Tuesday), and since I was too tender and stuffy to go to church this morning (or to the other service at 11:30 - which was almost exactly when I finally crawled out of bed to get under a hot shower) we've had a pretty lazy day at the house. Nathan finally got to see first-hand how our kittens like to spend the day - and even got to be involved with their activities a little!
Yup, you guessed it. Jack and Kaylee's favorite pastime is napping in the sunlight. Wasn't Daddy lucky that the sun just happened to fall in his lap today? He certainly looks pleased about it. :)

We'll keep you all updated as things happen - blog at 'ya later!

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Dream Bedroom

Okay, so begins my dream bedroom. Keep in mind here, that I'm dreaming. Price doesn't really figure into this, neither does general live-ability.
This is the bed I would like to have. Ignore the bedding, it is not important. What is important is the color (espresso) of the wood and the fact that there are sturdy storage drawers underneath. Hello, out of season clothing!
Again, I know that this bed would be trouble to get in/out of (bumped shins and whatnot) and that keeping it made just perfect would be a crazy hassle that I don't need.
And this... this will be what Nathan and I have instead of the nightstands that are pictured above. As cool as it looks, I just can't get behind open front storage - I want to use my nightstand to hold stuff, dude! And the holy grail of furniture buying, the Ultimate Truth that everyone eventually learns, is this: If it is not both beautiful and functional, it has no place in your house. /shrug
That is the end of that. And this is one beautiful nightstand. :)
This lamp does too serve two purposes! It is beautiful, and it gives me light to read by at night! See? I knew you would understand. All is forgiven.
And these, um, they serve a purpose as well... They, well, they... Oh! They will hold my glasses - and also possibly act as a candy dish to hold peppermints or tootsie rolls or something. Yeah! :D
Thought you had me there for a minute, didn't you?
This is the bedding I would love to have. Aren't teal and brown together just luscious? Let me tell you, looking at this bedding, and thinking about the bed frame I showed you earlier, I'm seriously considering making this bed, and then having Nathan and myself sleep under other covers, on top of it, so that it always looks pretty. That's so much better than having to make a bed every morning, right?

I'm still deciding on chairs/rugs/dressers/wall art, etc. And of course, Nathan has a say in everything too (mostly: "Yes dear, if you like it it's fine with me...") so none of this is final. But it's what I would love to have if I could just have nice things. /sigh

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Travel Week

With the departure of in-store rush comes my travelling season. This year, instead of starting small and working my way out further, I will be starting as far as I anticipate travelling with this job: Arkansas. I will be leaving early tomorrow morning, making a few stops, and arriving in Little Rock sometime in the late evening (if all goes according to plan).

I find myself nervous about this trip. I will be meeting the biggest of big cheeses in my company and working with him for at least a day, possibly two. A lot of people who were just voices on the end of the phone and text on the IM screen will become real people with faces. Plus, you know, a 10-hour drive. That should be fun.

On the plus side, Chris (my boss) has given me a pretty good list of places to eat for various locations in Arkansas. If you don't see me by next week, it's because I ate too much and got stuck. I'll also try to take some pictures while I'm down there. Keep an eye on my Facebook feed to see my poor attempt at photography. And speaking of, Virginia says she'll be adding pictures to this post later, so you can see me packing and leaving. That's something to look forward to.

He looks a little more optimistic this morning, doesn't he? You might not be able to tell, but I took the 3rd picture because he was waving at me from inside the car.

Have a great trip, Nathan! :) Can't wait to see the sights in Arkansas from your camera! Love!


Just a quick note to let all our *cough* many visitors know that Nathan and I have condensed our personal blogs - Coincidental Fishsticks and Just Keep Swimming - into this blog. You can click on the links at the top of the page to get to our personal blog posts.


Maggie 365

Hello, there! :) In case those viewing this don't already know, this is a take on "Project 365" - which has been adopted by the scrapbooking, blogging, and facebook communities and has become wildly popular all over the web. Basically, you take a picture (or pictures) every day of the year, and post them online - then, after 365 days, you have a photo archive of whatever you've been focusing on that year. With scrapbooking, you not only take the pictures, but at some point later, when you have time (ha, time, that's funny...) you incorporate those pictures into scrapbook pages, so that at the end of the year, you have a scrapbook commemorating whatever you were focusing on that year.

This can be done a variety of ways, and so below, I have answered some questions you may have for me regarding the project.

If this is a year-long project, then why not start on January 1st?

That's a silly question, little goose. The whole point of this project is to take pictures of Maggie, my baby. And she hasn't been born yet. So, instead of going January-January, I'm going birthday-birthday. :)

So what are you doing, exactly?

Well, I am going to post 1 picture of Maggie every day (excluding days when we are in the hospital, so you might get the first 2-5 in one lump post) to this blog. They will all be tagged "Maggie365" - and you can click on the link at the top of the blog to show you a filter page with only those posts (cool, right??)

Why is this going on the family blog?

Well, that is a good question. I suppose, for two reasons. One: Maggie is a part of my family, and so she deserves spotlight time here as much as the rest of us do; and Two: I'm just waaay too lazy to update more than one blog. /shrug.

So, keep an eye out for Maggie 365 - coming to a blog near you as soon as my baby girl is born!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Look!

I come before you today with a new blog layout.

Yes, yes, I've done this before. So what's so special about this one, you wonder?

I MADE IT MYSELF!! :D (well, with a little help from Blogger's Template Designer.

I made the graphics for it in PSE7.0, using a scrapbooking mega-kit provided by all the wonderful designers presenting in February 2011's Blog Train on the Blog Train Blog. I made the background, header image, cute little divider, thank you graphic, and email me button all from their amazing contributions! Then, I just tweaked the blog's css and the settings in the Template Designer until I was happy with how it looked. :)

Now that I know how to do this, I betcha this layout lasts until March. Who wants to bet me?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Prettified Notebook

Okay, so I'll be the first to admit that I love having a little notebook in my purse to jot things down when I'm in stores, from what I need to buy for this or that event, to ideas for props for EKU's Opera Workshop, to story ideas that I may one day want to write. And, until now, I could not make my cheap self buy pretty designer composition books. Are you kidding? They're WAAAAY too expensive! So, before, I was stuck with the un-stylish, boring notepad you see above.

But no longer!

How cute is that! I'm not finished with it yet, either. When I'm done, it will have a cute Journal-esque sticker on the front, maybe a monogram, and a pretty brad and elastic closure - just like the expensive ones, only cheaper because I made it myself! (Well, cheaper in the long run, because I already owned the papers and I needed the craft supplies for other things too... What do you take me for, a completely sane woman?? I know I spent more on this than I should have! Stop thinking that, right now! I won't have you ruining my craftiness!)

Can't wait to finish it, and to get some pictures of the other crafty project I have going at the moment up here. :D

A Mystery...

Oh, my! What could all this possibly mean for Virginia's crafty-bone???

Kitten Spa Day

Just who was it that said 'cats shed less in the winter', I wonder?

Did I mention that after thirty minutes of brushing my darling boy is still shedding? No? Okay. I just wanted to clarify.