Friday, September 24, 2010

Being Brave




1. possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.

2. making a fine appearance.
I've noticed that this word is constantly popping up in my life right now.  I've heard sermons on bravery, some of them talking about how the bravest thing we can do is to simply accept our lives and live them to the fullest, others talking about how chasing our dreams is the bravest thing we can do.  The truth is that though those two things sound in contrast to one another they don't have to be.  I

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Veggies in Disguise... aka... Carrot Muffins

Happy Saturday! 
The recipe for these yummy muffins can be found here!

*** These muffins are a great way to get kids in the kitchen, older kids can peel and shred the carrots, measure ingredients, mix and scoop out the batter... plus they'll be eating veggies and that is always a bonus!***

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just Not A City Girl

The challenge at Studio Calico this week was to make a layout using neutrals, 'No problem' I thought... yeah um... not so easy to pick photos that work for that without changing them to black and white.  I have a drawer full of photos in my desk and I really want to branch out and use them for layouts that tell stories about me not about the place in the picture... know what I mean? 

Papers: Studio Calico, October Afternoon & Scenic Route
Black Letters and City Skyline: American Crafts
Mist: Granite Tattered Angels
Flowers: Prima

This is the layout I came up with.  It's pretty accurate about me...  I like to check out all the neat stuff that big cities have to offer, like the super yummy restaurants (I totally look for the dives because they have the best food) but I don't feel at home there... when I'm scared or sad or just confused about life it's the mountains that I run to.  I don't know if it's the feeling of isolation or safety that I like most but I know that whenever I need to calm my soul I hop in the car and drive to one of my favorite spots outside of town.

To stand on my soapbox for just a minute... I wanted to say that the more I look through my albums the more I realize that there isn't a whole lot about me in there, I've gotten better and better about making "me" layouts in the past few years but I want to do more.  I want my grandkiddos to know who I was and not just the things I took pictures of.  I want to present a whole pie of life and not just a slice.  What I'm trying to say is just make sure to include things about yourself in your albums... you family will thank you for it later!

So are you a city girl or something else? 
Where do you feel most at home?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Breathing and Scrapping

I'm alive... really I am... just wandering the web sometimes and staring at Tort Law books the rest of the time... although I have found time to scrap lately :)

Here are a few layouts I've done this past week... all of these are based on amazing sketches from Studio Calico!

Sweet Hansy smiling.
Mist: Apple Tattered Angels
Ribbon: American Crafts and Maya Road
Papers: Making Memories & Scenic Route
Stamps: Studio Calico

My sweet love.
Papers: Studio Calico, October Afternoon & Lily Bee
Journaling Tag: Little Yellow Bicycle
Tickets: Jenni Bowlin (Button as well) & Tim Holtz
Brads, sweet and love: American Crafts
Hearts and my: QuicKutz (Heart in Circle & zoe alpha)

He really is the best kid ever!
Papers: Cosmo Cricket & Studio Calico
Fabric Rip Strips: Studio Calico
Best: 7 Gypsies
Mist: Apple Tattered Angels
Paint: Making Memories
Ranger Distress Ink in Old Paper
Buttons by April Foster

I hope you're all having a wonderful and creative week!