Thursday, October 30, 2008


Tonight was Beggar's Night for our town. We hit a few houses and ran into a few ghosts and Jack-O-Lanterns!

This is our Jack.

Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Two for Tuesday

Well OK, three. How could I pick just one of Zoe. These were from my photos for the 25th project. See the whole day here.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Design Your Life

This LO is from week 2, some of the same pictures as from the earlier post. The Lost Photos. Some of these are my most favorite, not sure why, the lighting I think, and plus, he's the cutest kid ever!

Old paper from stash, matched the colors in my photos. this is an example of asymmetry.
Journaling says:
Are Happy Happy Happy!
Love Peanut Butter and crackers
Amaze me every day
Drink from a cup at the table
Help feed Harry and Zoe
Love balls of all kinds and colors
Love to play trains with Thomas, Percy and Emily.
January 2008, 24 months.

Catching up, this was from week 3. Cathy provide this basic template and you just plopped in your photos, text and embellishments. I just went ahead and made this an all digital LO and have actually already printed it! Patterned paper by Tracy King, Home kit.

Layouts and concepts provided by Cathy Zielske, Design Your Life workshop at

Friday, October 24, 2008


7 Facts

I was tagged by my friend Janet


* Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
* Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
* Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
* Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

My facts:

1) I can't stand hand lotion on my hands, at least the finger tips. I squirt it on the back of one hand and rub them back to back. My family thinks I'm weird for this, but who wants lotiony fingerprints everywhere. I'm an artist who wears contact lenses, so there!

2) I have no idea how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors.

3) I don't get the humor from shows like Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, that Christine show- lady from Seinfeld, etc. I just don't get it. Now I do like Friends, Cheers and Frazier. Oh the good ole days! I can't say I like any shows on TV today, not that I watch enough to know. Randy watches 2 1/2 men and most of that humor I get and it's OK.

4) I hate a sink full of dirty dishes. The clean ones in the dish drainer don't bother me so much.

5) I rarely wear fingernail polish. I actually did wear it on my toes this summer, I had a nice pair of sandals!

6) We have a personal supplier of hand knitted slipper socks. We all wear them so much we wear holes in the bottom! Thanks Oma (Grandma Brunhilde). Pictured above are two brand new pair we just got a few weeks ago. LAD actually got two pair and I also got a new scarf too!

7) I have an uncanny knack for finding things on the ground, mostly like nails, nuts and bolts.

I'm tagging Ma, Jan, Cassie and whoever else might be reading this and hasn't already done it!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tempting your taste buds!

Are you in need of Christmas gift ideas? Know someone who cooks, or at least likes to collect fun kitchen gadgets? Check out The Pampered Chef. LAD's daycare is doing their annual fundraiser and this year they are offering items from Pampered Chef. As Randy would say "want to see the catalog, open the cabinets" in our kitchen. Yeah, well, I do use the stuff! Anyway, they have some great items and if you are in need of making a purchase, I can set you up! You can view all their products online and orders are due by Oct 31.

And to temp your tastebuds even more, they are also selling Butter Braids Pastry Rolls. They have sold the Butter Braids in the past and are doing the Rolls this year. They come frozen, then you thaw and bake. They are YUMMMMMY.

If your interested in either, just let me know! All the funds raised go towards playground equipment and cots and chairs, etc for the class rooms. This place does a great job with all the kids and LAD just loves it there!

Monday, October 20, 2008

We went for pumpkins but got apples instead!

Weekend before last we went to the Berry Patch Farm where we had gone last year to pick pumpkins. We hopped on the hay wagon and rode out to the field, but turns out, they didn't plant pumpkins this year, to wet! So, we picked apples instead. LAD had a large time and put on a few miles, so it was all the same to him! He had to have a little help reaching the "good ones"! The ones we picked were Honeycrisp variety. They were delicious!








Then a couple days later we made Apple Crisp and I had lots of good help!




And a few days later, we peeled all the apples and put them into the freezer and LAD was right there, peeling every one!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Design Your Life

Cathy Zielske is teaching a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking called Design Your Life. It's all about design principles and putting them into practice in scrapbooking. I have both of Cathy's books, they are great. So when I saw that she was offering a class, I couldn't pass it up. I feel like I have a pretty good handle on Design all ready, but so far it's been a nice refresher and I'm picking up new things as we go. We are just now starting on our third week of class and it runs thru December. Here are a few catch up LOs that I've worked on so far. She provides the sketch. I really like doing these, they are simple and go together quickly, once photos are chosen and sized and printed!

PreClass assignment:

Week 1, Balance (symmetry):


Week 1, Color Challenge. Inspired by this color combination of these baskets at the Dollar Store to create this.
DYL-Color challenge inspiration


Week 2, Balance (asymmetry)
The Lost Photographs. These photos were taken in January, 2008. Just a normal day, probably a Saturday or Sunday. Just snippets of our day. Sometime after this I was reformatting my computer and managed somehow to lose these original photos. However, thankfully, I had posted these to the blog, to share with family. I’m so glad I did that, otherwise they would be lost forever. I often think about these photos, frustrated with myself for losing them and they are the only ones (knock-on-wood) that I have ever lost. Digital is great, but there certainly is room for errors!!! Since then I have been even more diligent about backing up to an external hard drive!! I especially love the photos of LAD in the kitchen playing in the floor. The light was so great coming thru the south window. And the portrait of both of us in the bathroom mirror, priceless!




My friend Janet, along with 1698 other people are also taking the class! Check out Cathy's blog, she's a hoot!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

8 years? Oh My!

Has it really been 8 years?! Yikes, I think it has! 8 years ago today found us here, in the City of Silver Dollar. We had a small gathering of family and friends and filled the church as full as it could be. Here's a little history about the church.
We looked so young!




A Week In The Life

This is a class Ali Edwards has taught in the past and this year, being at home, with a baby due in a few months, she invited everyone to play along with her as she completed this project again this year. It certainly sounded like a worthwhile thing to do and I can't help but always think of those boxes and boxes of heritage photos downstairs with no stories to go with that was part of my driving force behind the project for me.

The concept is pick a week and document each day as you go with photos and words. You can see Ali's posts and etc here. Then at the end of the week, assemble everything into an album of some sort.

We started the Monday of Sept 29 thru Sunday Oct 5. I took about 700 photos that week and sorted them to down to printing about 220 or so photos. For my journaling, I used envelopes (the return ones you never use that come with the bills in the mail) and extra pages from my work desk planner calendar. I tore them all down to about 4x6 and had the thought that I would keep everything 4x6--journaling and photos--to keep assembly easy at the end...I only wanted to journal once, I didn't think I would be able to complete the project if I had to re-write my journaling, etc, so went with this format. Some people typed theirs daily, which seems like a good idea too. I had the thought of maybe binding all the 4x6s with the bind-it-all or a big metal ring or something, but decided on a 2 up 2 ring binder from Wal-Mart, the kind where the photos just slip into the pages. I think it holds 240 pictures or so (which will turn out to be JUST enough!).

I also collected ephemera from the week-receipts, notes, lists, LAD's daycare notes and artwork, etc and included that in the album. After a couple of weeks of working on it, it is basically finished. The album pages have a center strip that is about an inch or so tall and I have intentions of adding strips of patterned paper there, but have left that to the end and may or may not get it done!

I made a divider page for each day using a favorite photo from that day. Then I added words-day of week and date-before printing out, then punched and inserted. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and cannot imagine trying to do this as 12x12 scrapbook LOs, etc. If so, I would have to control my shutter finger better!!! Or my delete finger, but that's even harder!!

Anyway, here are some shots of my mostly complete book. I'm very excited to get it this complete!!! The book is totally stuffed and I doubled up some of the photos on the last day, Sunday.

Here's a synopsis of our week: Randy gone to Alaska for the month of Sept so it's just LAD and I. Monday - Wed normal schedule, up in the AM, breakfast, off to school, work. Home from school, work, supper, maybe a bath, play, read, bed. Wed PM we went to Minneapolis and stayed the night, ate out, swam at the hotel pool. Randy got to Minn on Thursday 6 am on the red-eye from Seattle. Left Minn and drove home on Thursday. Back to work/school on Friday. Sat I got to have most of the day to myself-boys went Airport bumming, i went scrapbook store and shopping. The car was a little quiet after 24/7 with LAD most of the summer! Sunday we bummed around the house and relaxed!












Week In The Life-collage


I love this last picture from Sunday. LAD was playing play-doh and somehow we ended up making little balls from all the colors and he was calling them his meatballs and was cooking, etc. Then he put them all back into their little containers and was toting them around in his wagon. So colorful!!

If you got this far, Thanks for Looking! :)