Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney Adventure 2009 - Day 5


Melissa and Danny swim with the fishes in the big tank.

Dinner at Garden Grill.


Hotel for sleepin'.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Disney Adventure 2009 - Day 4

Animal Kingdom.

Hotel for a little dip in the pool.

Downtown Disney for dinner at Planet Hollywood.


Hotel for a bit more rest.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Disney Adventure 2009 - Day 3

Hollywood Studios.

Dinner at the 50's Prime Time Cafe.

Hotel for rest and relaxation.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Disney Adventure 2009 - Day 2

Magic Kingdom.

Hotel in the PM for a bit in the pool.

Dinner at 1900 Park Fare.

16th Anniversary celebration.

Fireworks at Magic Kingdom.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Disney Adventure 2009 - Day 1

I know that my ticker says that we have 3 days
until we start our Disney Adventure,
but we had to re-schedule so,
Today we fly to Florida.

Magical Express to Port Orleans Riverside.

Downtown Disney for dinner at

Wolfgang Puck's restaurant.

EPCOT for fireworks.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pink Lemonade Pie - Stampin Up Style

I recently joined a Stamp Club. It's a group of ladies (Yes, I am taking the leap) that get together once a month to make cards and a few other projects. Well, the lady that is my Stampin' Up consultant, who I found through surfing blogs on the internet, Lisa, was just recognized as the 8th top seller in the USA. How cool is that!

Anyway, she is hosting a 6x6 recipe swap. Now being the #8 stamp seller in the country, she couldn't very well allow other products to be used is this swap. Yup, I used Stampin' Up products exclusively. Card stock is Rich Razzleberry (purple), Mambo Melon (pink), Dusty something or other (orangey) and Whisper White. Inks used to create the patterned look on the card stocks are the same names as the card stocks. Stamp set is something to do with Friendship. I used the little swirly stamp and the flower. Ribbon is something Curry (yellow). Patterned paper is the Razzberry Lemonade. I used a jumbo brad. I fell in love with them and had to have them after using them in a project at one of the Stamp meeting thingies. Oh, and the little white brad is from the white hardware kit. And you know me. I can't ever "follow" the "recipe", the staples are NOT Stampin' Up. But, I think it'll be okay.
(edited: Official color names are
Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Dusty Durango.
And the stamp set is Wings of Friendship.
Sorry if I threw you off.)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Robot Repo

Melissa gave me this cool robot for Mother's day.

I no longer have it.

These pictures are the only evidence of it's existance.

Why? You ask. Well she needed the parts to make another creation.

I haven't seen her new creation.

I don't feel bad or picked on though.

Danny lost his Father's Day gift too.
P.S. She took the container from me to wrap the gift in to start with.
I haven't seen that back either.

I want Candy...Notebooks

I saw these cute little notebooks on Etsy and thought,
"I can do that".

Famous last words.

I usually think that right before I make a huge mess.

And spend more money than I would have if I had just bought the item that started it all.

I can't help it.

It's a condition I have.

I made one with a box of candy we already had. My middle daughter loved it and wanted one for her friends. This was early June, before school got out. And I didn't have nearly enough to do, so I agreed. I let both of my younger daughters pick out some candy at the dollar store (I love that place) and then we stopped at WalMart to get some steno notebooks. (Office Max had them for WAY too much money)

I have to warn you that I am NO teacher. My "tutorial" is only intended to give you an idea of what I did. If you still have questions, please ask. I will do my best to answer them.

So, here's what I do:

I gather my tools:

(I am using several different candy boxes. Because that is how it turned out to be the easiest for me.

Just keep in mind that they are pretty much the same.)

I take the candy out of the boxes. Sample a few of them.

Keep others around for inspirational energy.

It's what I HAVE to do. Yum.

Peel the glued seams of the box apart.

Flatten the boxes and cut along the creases.

I trim the front and back panels to the same size. And set them aside.

(Save the pretty side panels for bookmarks. I do.)

I carefully bend the locking loop back on the steno pad,

and un-twist the wire out of the notebook.

I found I can get two notebooks out of one steno pad

if I bound the Candy Notebooks on the

short side of the candy box panels.

I cut the steno covers to the same dimensions as the candy box panels.

Then glue one of the steno covers to the candy box panel.

(Make sure to check the orientation with regard to the holes in the cover.

I made one notebook upside down because I wasn't so careful.)

While the glue is setting/drying, cut the paper by carefully

grabbing 10-ish sheets at a time and cut to size using a paper trimmer.

Once everything is cut, flip the covers over and

using my Crop-a-dile, I punch through the candy box

panels using the holes of the steno pad for guides..

Place the bottom cover, papers, and top cover together.

I use a couple of binder clips to hold the stack

together while I re-wind the wire back into the holes.

Once it is all the way in, I cut the wire with a wire cutter

and then use plyers to bend a locking loop back into the wire.

And whiz bang, you have a Candy Notebook.
(see first picture in post again. I forgot to add it here
and am feeling too lazy to delete all the pics and add them again. Sorry.)

With the leftover pieces I was able to make a bunch of smaller notebooks. I am currently using one in my purse for whatever. These little notebooks are a great way to use up those little left over binding wires from my bind-it-all. I usually have little sections of 4 just hanging out.

I was eyeballing a box of mac and cheese the other day.....
It wasn't because I was hungry,
it was because I have an extra steno pad
just burning a hole on my craft table.

Oh the possibilities!

Hope you have fun. Let me know if you make any. I would love to see them.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins #135

I know that I am behind on the Friday Fill-ins, but, better late than never. Right?

1. It's time for the follow-up treatment.

2. The kitchen; it's not a bad place for cooking. Who knew???

3. I must be cursed.

4. My family's love is the best thing I have ever known.

5. My life is simply complicated.

6. The last time I laughed really loudly was the other night sleeping. See post about dreams below.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing Ryan, tomorrow my plans include another treatment and Sunday, I want to cook a good Sunday Family Meal!