Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Whirlwind month I swear :)

I honestly dont think i have ever been this busy in my life. I have been going nonstop since last month. heres a quick rundown with bullets cus i like them!!!!
  • Packed my whole house( half of the boxes were from my studio)
  • Decided if i didnt have a garage sale all of our stuff wasnt going to fit in the house that is twice the size of our apartment????
  • Moved
  • Bought a dog----Genius idea when your in the middle of moving----unpack one thing take the dog out unpack two things clean up pee unpack one thing make the dog stop chewing purse.....get the idea? oh geez it was exciting. Hes doing super good though and is well on his way to potty training bliss!!!!
  • Unpacked---omg i swear i never want to move again
  • Met TIm Holtz :) I slept 2 hours that night but i made it and he was super sweet! He is the Don of Distressing i swear its amazing!!!
  • Cleaned frantically like a mad woman before my grandparents came up
  • My grandparents blew in for the night on their way up north
  • Finally got around to unpacking my studio----WOW i have way way way too much stuff.....thank God for garage sales!!!
  • Got a job---My friend is opening a second boutique store here and asked if i wanted to help out 25 hrs per week
  • Then she deceided i should work 40----hmmm thats full time and im a part time work full time scrap kinda gal, but i agreed
  • Went and looked at said store, told her some ideas i had
  • Same day got offered a manager position, so now im going to run said store
  • Hmmmm manager and running a store definatly not a part time gig ;)
  • Went to the State fair and ate some yummy yummys! (dont mind my bushy eyebrows and atrociously undyed hair i told you i have been super busy remember?)
  • Started setting up the store so we could open next week
  • Get a call this morning saying maybe we should open wed---um ya thats in 2 days and the slat wall isnt up yet buddy
  • Realized that my Friend who is opening the store is a total Gemini with ADD like me!
  • I really like bullets-----Can you tell??
  • So ya im super excited about this new venture in my life! Im in charge and she doesnt care how i do things as long as the store does well!!
  • Oh ya and shes gonna let me advertise my custom scrapbook business in the store!!!!
  • Im totally happy and still love bullets
Ok enough of that! I just tried to take some photos of some layouts i made last night but they dont look very good so ill try again tomorrow....anyone have some good photography tips on shooting at home at night? I have a cannon rebel xti.....i really think it should photograph my los better at night....Im just sayin' for the price it should walk over and take them its self lol. Have a wonderful day...... night......whatever Bloggin buddies!
Tip of the day: I have been using found items to stamp, mask, and stencil with alot lately. Some of my favs are: a film canister to stamp circles with acrylic paint(i know no one uses film anymore but i promise if you look in your junk drawer hard enough you will find some!), You can also used cans cookie cutters pizza cutters or credit cards(the ones they wont stop sending you in the mail that say your nane here) for this just dip said object in paint or just dab some on it with your finger......Masking with Sequin waste(ill post a lo with that tomorrow with a pic of what sequin waste is for those who dont know or cant google lol)...... Stamping dots with the ends of my paintbrushes( learned this one from my grandma when i was little and i still use it all the time)..... Using vintage buttons as stamps( the flowery looking ones or just ones with a raised design)......Using chip board negatives as masks( when i buy a package of chipboard shapes i punch them out and put them in a jar then i keep whats left and use a sponge to fill in the shape with ink!) Ok thats all i can think of at 1 am hope that inspires you to find different things to aid in your scrapbooking adventure!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Introducing Ghengis Stanley

Heres my new baby boy!!!! He is the most precious baby ever ever :) He has been good with the potty training, and last night he was fetching! Hes the smartest dog ever.......Im thinking tonight im gonna move my furniture into my studio......Maybe ill make something????

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Great food and maybe a dog?

Live Life Inspired. Dream With Possibility! Donna Downey

The quote above is from Donna Downey......Today has been pretty laid back. I put up some halloween decorations today!! I should be done soon and ill take some pictures. I totally lost my black bird and im super upset??? I hope it got stuck in a diff box or something! My mantle scape is lost without it. We were at target today getting some stuff for dinner(and a super awesome bedding set for our guest bedroom!) and i saw this super cute black flower arrangement for halloween. It was kinda pricey so i took a picture of it. I told jeff i could totally make it way cheaper. Just now when i was unpacking halloween stuff the black roses were right there on top lol. I guess i can definatly make it now!!! I also found a couple of other projects i didnt finish last year ;) I can add them to the list along with the banner i have yet to make. I swear as soon as my studio is dry ill be in there creating.......Its driving me nuts!

Hubs made Carne Asada on the grill tonight. No idea what that is in english but i think its skirt steak marinated with fajita sauce and grilled whole? I dont know i wasnt paying much attention. The piece of meat looks huge in the picture, but i didnt even eat half so dont freak out lol. If you guys have any healthy low fat reciepes to share feel free! I love to cook, and with the new grill Jeff and i have been cooking together every night!! We usally eat out every night ;( I like it much better this way! I made low fat spanish rice and Black beans for our sides. The spanish rice recipe was so quick and easy i thought i would share with you guys!!!

Low fat spanish rice


3 servings (serving size: 1 cup)


  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Mexican seasonings no salt added
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1 (5.5-ounce) can tomato juice( I used 2 cans v8 spicy and it turned out well one can wasnt enough!)


Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add rice, onion, and bell pepper; sauté 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Nutritional Information

188 (3% from fat)
0.6g (sat 0.1g,mono 0.1g,poly 0.2g)
705mg (you can cut this way down if you use no salt added tomatoes and seasoning)
This is my version of one i found on Cooking light!
Hope everyone has a wonderful evening.......Im off to go look at boxer puppies!!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

This is my life today

So my life consists of mess,boxes, and a mess of boxes. First pic is dining room, thats my wedding dress in the bottom corner lol.
This is my kitchen, believe it or not i have cooked around this mess all week :) The kitchen stuff is unpacked......I think? might be some more stray boxes in these Im lost under mounds and mounds of stuff ;( I have to finish unpacking tonight or i might die.

Sad as it may sound about half of the boxes are for my studio, which isnt totally painted yet. I have so much to do, hopefully tomorrows pictures will include a kitchen void of boxes..........pray for me guys im goin in!!!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

My life lately :)

I thought i would share some pics of what we have been doing! We got almost all the way moved yesterday....The house is a wreck.....moving isnt cool at all thank god we bought this house so maybe we will stay for a while. My studio is still in boxes so i prob wont be making any thing for a while :( Soon very soon my house will be in order then we'll be back to the regularly scheduled program!!!!

Jeffs new grill :)

Last night we used the grill for the first time! Yummy steaks and shrimp. BTW hes drinking root beer lol

Me painting our 3rd bedroom a yummy yellow!!!!

Last night i got Cooking Light to read while jeff was busy grillin!!!

Yummy shrimp served elegantly on the bottom of a paint bucket ;)