Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Advent Stockings

I had planned on posting this earlier but haven't had much down time lately. This year I started a new fun tradition for Skyler. It is simple. I bought 10 Christmas socks and used numbered clothespins to attach each one to a piece of string. As we count down the last 10 days until Christmas - - Skyler gets to open a "stocking" each day. I just put a simple item in each sock but Skyler is really excited to receive them! It is something fun that seems to extend our Christmas celebration. Thanks Ali for your inspiration on this one!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

My latest venture

In addition to rabbit hunting today with Paul and Skyler (nope, we weren't successful - only got to see one rabbit who was too wiley for us) we got to spend a good port of a beatiful day enjoying the timber. We love being able to "see" where all of the critters have been - because of the snow.

While Paul went bow hunting for deer tonight I worked on my latest venture. The natural expansion of my photo art is that now I have been matting and framing people's pictures/artwork they would like to hang in their home. Here are some I have been working on and I have about ten more to do (sorry for the awful pic - I took this tonight with the flash and it made it look weird). I am learning as I go and certainly wish I had started out with the knowledge I have now, because now they are going much smoother, quicker and look better than my first tries.

Also worked on many Christmas presents. I made tutu's for each of my little nieces to open for Christmas in addition to other gifts.

Also, I cooked up our pheasant meat tonight and we all agreed it was delicious!! Gotta get some more of them critters before the season closes!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pheasant Hunting

Had such a fun time today! Skyler got out of school early today, but before she did, Paul and I had the morning off and we had a date morning - so we did what we always do - we went hunting. This time it was pheasant hunting. We had an awesome time hunting behind two great dogs (Jack and Ginger - a little confusing at times - as you might imagine - someone is yelling at a dog - I think they're yelling at me. . .). This isn't the first time I have hunted behind a dog named Ginger so I am starting to get over it. Wow, we got GREAT exercise. We were plowing through snow and grasses that were very THICK and as tall as me for about 3 hours straight. SOOO much fun! I have to thank Paul for including me when a lot of husbands would have enjoyed a day out with the guys to themselves. I finally connected on a wild pheasant after years of going along on hunts - I am usually the last to shoot - if I shoot - and the birds are usually too far when I do shoot. This time I was a quick draw! :)

Great news! I finally found my camera (yep, again - as some know this is the 2nd time I have lost my camera) - so am able to post some of the photoart frames I have been doing. I don't have pictures of all of them - and some were for Christmas presents and I have to be careful which ones get posted -but here are a few:




Monday, December 14, 2009

Red, White and Blue -- Gibson

I was so honored to get to do this photo art for the name Gibson. This is made for a couple who has faithfully served our country and, rightfully so, are very patriotic. Since I have a soft spot in my heart for those who have given so much so that we can all have the opportunities we have - - this one is special to me.
This was my first attempt at double matting. The undermatte is red so there is a trim of red around each letter and the main matte is blue. I also cut out the small box below the letters so the word Patriot shows through. Sorry for the bad picture, even under the best conditions it is hard to get good pics of these orders because of the glass on the front - - but also, I have lost my decent camera, which had pictures of a bunch of photo orders I wanted to post :-(. So this is my attempt to take pictures with Skyler's digital camera which has seen better days.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Week

My "flowers" from Paul :-)

Paul came home this morning after duck huntin' (2nd time in his life) with the guys (I TOTALLY wanted to go and am SO jealous. . .they got 2 Mallards - but I didn't beg very hard cuz I ALWAYS want to go hunting and figured poor Paul deserved a little time w/o me on a hunt). Anyway - he said most guys bring their wives flowers, but he brings me feathers from his kill. Thanks bud! They really are beautiful (pictured above)!

We have been pretty busy these past few days. Thurs a.m. (Thanksgiving) Paul went duck hunting for the first time in his life and I ran the Turkey Trot Race in downtown Davenport.
My friend Renee and I ran 5 miles at 9:00 a.m. (which for those of you who don't remember, Thurs morning had 20 mph wind gusts and the temps were in the 20's). Since the race started down at the Y by the river - the wind whipping off the river made it really cold waiting for the race to start - but once we started running - it didn't take long for us to warm up. I finished the race in 45 minutes (my goal was to finish between 45-50 minutes). It isn't the best time by any means - but since it is the first time in my life I have ran 5 miles (I didn't train for more than 3 miles) the fact that I ran w/o stopping is a win in my book.

Once I got home from the race, I ran to the grocery store, bought the very LAST thawed out turkey they had along with a ham and ran home to make our Thanksgiving meal. This is the first time we have been home as a family on Thanksgiving - and although we LOVE to go to Paul's aunt's for her wonderful cooking - it was also nice to be home and have a meal there. We had turkey, ham and all the fixin's - and everything was great! Skyler helped me make the pies as well as the ham and turkey before she had had enough.

When I was cleaning up after our Thanksgiving feast, I realized that our glass stove top was broken and needed replaced. A replacement cost as much as a new stove, so on Black Friday I ordered a new stove that had a HUGE rebate from Lowes. We went and picked it up on Friday night and Paul initiated it by boiling a skull on it right away.

We didn't brave the stores on Black Friday - craziness avoided! I did some purchasing online of the same items they had available on sale in the stores - with free shipping!! So the thought of getting out with all those germy people didn't seem too fantastic to either Skyler or I. Now all I have to do is wait for the UPS man to come to my door and I will have a good portion of my shopping done - - all from the comfort of my own home - ahhhh!!

Saturday we had our Thanksgiving celebration with Paul's family - so from noon 'till about 7:00 - we were in Millersburg.
Here is our family picture.

Today - since Paul went duck hunting again - Skyler and I spent the morning decorating the inside and outside of our house for Christmas. I LOVE Christmas and Skyler loves to help me set everything up.

The following note was written by Skyler:
I got 3 eggs from my chickens on Friday. Saturday, there were none but then today, when Skyler went to see if there were any more eggs, there was one more!!:-)Then,lucky me,Skyler asked me if she could go and see if there were any more eggs about an hour later. I said that there probably weren't any eggs this soon. After she came back, I was surprised to see that the chickens had laid one more egg! So we now have 5 eggs in 2 days!

Spent some time working on my Photo Art orders in between times and have several ready to deliver.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Deer Season Hunting Buddy

I try not to replicate what Paul has already posted on his blog, so I won't be putting up our hunting pictures - but I had to put up a picture of my hunting buddy for the weekend. Skyler and I got to sit in a blind for about 15 hours so far this weekend. Here is my little trooper fast asleep in her chair with her facemask on. The picture didn't turn out too well, but you get the idea. Having her along hunting makes hunting season even more special than it used to be - - and it has always been pretty special to me.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Order for Christmas!!

I now have NEW Antler Alphabet Photo Art pictures for you to choose from!!

I am taking photo art orders now for Christmas. I will only be taking a limited number of orders and have already started to fill up - so contact me soon if you are interested in ordering in time for Christmas! Check out my photo art blog HERE to see all of the photo art choices in the scrolling albums on the left-hand side.

Monday, November 9, 2009

A night spent shinin' coons

Since Skyler had a sleepover - Paul and I had a date night (two weekends in a row - - amazing)!! We don't often get a night where Skyler isn't home so those nights are pretty cherished around our house. This is the last date night that is in the near future - - possibly for a long time. . .so Paul let me choose whatever I wanted to do. He mentioned that we could go coon hunting and I jumped at the chance. I LOVE to coon hunt! I did learn a lesson this time though. Paul shot the first coon which was just steps from the truck - - so pretty easy to just grab the coon and throw it in the back of the truck. But for my coon, we of course were at the absolute farthest end of the property before I spotted this coon - which meant a LONG haul carrying this guy over my shoulder. I definitely got my exercise. I just about had to ride home in the bed of the truck cuz I was absolutely covered in blood from the middle of my back to the bottom of my boots - I think coons have the most blood of any animal created. We spotted one other coon and had to bust through about 150 yards of some of the thickest puckerbrush we had ever seen - - then we got to the tree and the coon had bailed! It was kinda funny - though I don't know if Paul would agree. We had another tree with three coons in it but they were all small so we decided to leave them for another time. What a great night!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

WooHoo!! Big Buck Down!

Finally - - I got a buck of a lifetime!! Since Skyler didn't have school today I had to take today off work. I decided it was a perfect opportunity for me to get a little huntin' in this am. I hunted out of my gun stand that I asked Paul to hang for me this year. In previous years, I always saw deer travelling this ridge - and I typically saw good bucks up there as well. I had also scouted and found it typically held several scrapes and rubs. So since Paul is always out to please - he was more than glad to hang my stand for me (thanks bud). I had only hunted this stand one other time this season - and when I did, I realized I hadn't cut enough shooting lanes. Paul, Skyler and I just went out this weekend to cut the last of my shooting lanes to make this stand perfect. When I heard they were calling for a W-SW wind for this morning, I knew I had to try this spot out - since that is the perfect wind for this stand.
I heard 2 bucks fighting early on, but they were quite a ways off and I only got to see movement of one of the deer as it made its way along the fence edge. I rattled a bit this morning and used my grunt tube a couple of times along with a doe bleat trying to get something to take notice - - apparently something did. . .at about 7:45 quite a ways behind me I could hear trees cracking but I wasn't sure why. Then I finally caught a glimpse of this guy making his way through the timber - tearing up trees the whole way. I got ready for a shot to my right as he was coming that way, but when he hit the bottom behind me, he turned to his left - meaning he would come out to my left. He went straight for his scrape (which I had doctored this morning with buck scent) and he started to tear that tree apart! He pulled with his antlers so hard on the hedge tree he was at, that when the branch snapped out of his antlers - it knocked him in the head. He didn't seem to mind. This scrape is only about 15 yards from my tree so I was nervous he would see me draw my bow back - but he was busy tearing the tree apart so I went for it. It took me 2 tries to draw back my bow cuz my muscles were doin a little shakin' and weren't workin' like they normally would. I got back to full draw and had time to do some more adjusting, I pushed my hat away from my ear/jaw so that I could get my anchor point at my jaw. Then I made sure my pin was set on his lungs and let her fly. He ran about 75 yards - and fell down at the last spot I saw him - - however, it was such thick brush that I didn't get to see him go down and I forced myself to sit in my tree for an hour to be sure he was dead. Once I got down and started to track - - the blood trail was awesome.
I had an interesting time gutting him out cuz my arrow with its broadhead broke off inside him when he went down and I had to work gently so I wouldn't slice my hand open.
I am so thankful that I have the opportunities to hunt like I do. I am also thankful that I have a wonderful husband who is willing to do just about anything for me that I cannot physically do - cuz he wants me to be successful. Without him I would not have gotten this buck.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Purple Fairy

Here is a picture of one of my tutu's I sold. My friend's daughter decided to be a "Purple Fairy" for Halloween as she is obsessed with the color purple. I think she is the cutest purple fairy I have ever seen!! :-)

Sale at my Etsy Shop - Recycled Hubcap Clock

Here is a pic of my Hubcap Clock that just sold on Etsy this weekend. These make great gifts for guys - - who are always especially tough to buy for - - plus I love makin' em.

How lucky as I? I won a TON of loot from The Story Matters' blog. I got a Xyron Cheetah, a cardboard ring book along with tons of papers and embellishments. Thanks so much Angela!! I will have to get my mojo goin and post some pics of what I create.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween and a Date Night

Skyler and I had another fun night of trick-or-treating this year with friends while Paul made his way to the deer stand (it was another great Halloween hunting night, as always).

Thanks Laura, Renee and Katherine for a great time of candy hoarding in Andalusia! Skyler got to spend the night with her friend Alex after trick-or-treating which meant Paul and I had a "date night." Woohoo!! Our "date night" consisted of hangin' out in our garage with the guys until about 11 p.m. after Joe killed his doe and brought it over. Then I woke at 4:00 this morning excited to get out in the deer stand. Paul and I went hunting together (at least on the same property) in the am. Right when we returned home from our am hunt, Paul's dad came over with his deer to hang next to Joe's -- Then Skyler returned home from her sleepover and our "date" was over. So Paul might sometimes get the shaft having to take turns so that we both get a chance to hunt, but I think in the long run he is lucky I'm not your typical girl. . .but some day I might want to at least leave the house for a meal :-)

Here is a pic of Skyler's Cruella DeVille costume I made for her. I used an old black fancy dress which I altered to fit her and then I made the coat kinda by the seat of my pants as I didn't have a pattern or anything to go by. I made one of Cruella's famous cigarette's for Skyler to carry - but then I had second thoughts and got rid of that. Even though it kinda "made" the costume - I didn't really want her running around "smoking" all night. All-in-all I think she looked great.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

False Alarm

Some of you know that I thought my chickens had miraculously began to lay eggs - 3 very clean eggs in fact - all strategically laid in the nesting box where my chickens are supposed to lay them. However, these were not laid by my infertile chickens as I had hoped, but by some person who shall remain nameless. Maybe he was trying to give my chickens a little more time before I decide to cook them up for supper, or maybe he wanted to let me know how wonderful I will feel when my chickens do in fact, if ever, lay eggs. To this nameless soul I have but a few words - what is that old saying????. . .hmmm????. . .paybacks are hell??? - yep that's it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Another Halloween Bash

One of the reasons I like Halloween is because during Halloween -- the deer hunting gets real fun, real quick. Halloween almost always brings big bucks in our garage. Fortunately for Skyler, my motherly duties take first place, so Sky and I will be trick-or-treating during that awesome hunting night - but I'll have my phone nearby to hear all the stories from the lucky hunters.

Sky and I had fun with our friends last night - - take a look at some of Skyler's friends' costumes in this group - - the Mad Scientist is my favorite! (Skyler is 2nd from the left - she is Cruella DeVille - however her costume doesn't show very well in this pic. I will get better costume pictures on Halloween night when she has the full costume on.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

October Challenge

Run on over to Christine's blog for a challenge with a chance to win a great prize pack!! Thanks Christine!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Congrats Megan Klauer

Megan would probably never tell anyone - but I will. :-) Megan easily took first place in the bow shoot competition that we were in this fall. She consistently whooped the rest of us! Great shootin' Megan!

Jason and Amanda Soseman of Aledo, Illinois, have their property dotted with 3-D targets which they move around every week to keep us on our toes. There are long shots, close shots, shots from treestands and every once in a while shots you don't even want to take because arrows cost too much and the target is strategically placed with only a very small opening in between trees where your arrow needs to go - but that is what makes it fun! Every week for 6 weeks in both the spring and fall a bunch of bow shooters from many different towns around Aledo and the Quad Cities invade their lives. We all have a great time! Thanks to Amanda and Jason for putting on such a fun competition. They give away awesome prizes to top individuals and top teams, both men and women. The spring competition will begin on April 21 - so if you are interested, give them a call or contact me and I will put you in contact with them.

For individual women the winners were: Megan K - 1st place. Kelli Weeks and I had a shoot off to decide 2nd place. Kelli, very pregnant with twins, shot great and got George Washington in the head before I could - I guess maybe if she gets pregnant with triplets, then maybe I'll have a chance :-). So, Kelli Weeks got 2nd place. I got 3rd place and my partner Lisa Acker got 4th place. (Great job to Lisa especially since this is her first year shooting sights on a compound bow!! For years she shot instinctive - but I think she is now a convert).

And for women's teams, the winners were: Megan K and Kelli Weeks - 1st place. Lisa Acker and myself - 2nd place. So we were all lucky enough to be teammates as well as the top shooters so we all won money and gift certificates to Griswold Archery in Galesburg, Illinois.

There were top men shooters - but I can't remember the order and don't want to leave anyone out - so I won't post them here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My first bow deer of the year - AND SKY'S TOO!!

What a weekend!! This was the youth deer season weekend - so Paul, Skyler and I all went hunting together today and yesterday for a total of 11 hours in the stand. Now, I don't know many 9 year olds who will sit up in a treestand for 11 hours, unprotected from the elements, and wait for hours for that one opportunity to pull the trigger. Skyler had great patience and is pretty tough - we all sat through some snow (it was into the 20's part of the weekend), rain and wind as well as some beautiful sun - - we got it all. Skyler and Paul sat in the buddy stand together (which, let me just say, you better be REAL good buddies to sit with someone in it - 'cuz it is close quarters). I settled for sitting in a stand nearby enough to hear a shot if she got to take one. However, shooting a deer wasn't in the cards for Skyler this weekend. :-( It is always fun to go into the timber as a family, but it is extra special when we are hunting. Each time when I would separate from them to go toward my stand, after we said our goodbyes, Skyler would start walking away and turn to blow kisses and give me a thumbs-up. Life doesn't get much better than that!

Skyler is the epidime of a true hunter. She has put the hours in that makes it so. Skyler has spent - not only the hours in the stand this weekend - but also hours shooting her muzzleloader, preparing for the possibility of a shot. Skyler also went out in the timber with Paul and I almost every time we worked on her food plot so has also had the opportunity to observe and learn about the deer where they live before going out to take one - - so to say the girl deserved a deer is an understatement. If all the people who DESERVED deer got one - and the others who hadn't spent hours ahead of time preparing didn't get one - well, let's just say things might be pretty different - but I'm not in charge on those things :-)

Last year I had put a lot of pressure on myself to wait it out for "the big one." This, ultimately, didn't make me a better hunter and only resulted in my feeling bitter at the end of the season. I shot deer with my flintlock last year, but didn't get the job done with my bow last year - I walked away empty handed and realizing I needed to change something. Letting all those deer walk by isn't as fulfilling as I thought it might be - not at this point in my life when I don't have a ton of bow deer under my belt and am, therefore, still building up confidence in my abilities as a bow hunter. Also, I limit myself to a 15-20 yard shot which, when deer are that close, you can hear them breathe - so it is quite difficult to get drawn back and in position under situations like that. So anyway, this year I went out with a new attitude. I wanted to shoot the first deer (or turkey or coyote), other than a fawn, that gave me a chance. I was honestly hoping it would be a doe, but this guy won the pot. This buck was the 9th deer I saw tonight and he came in slowly from my right giving me time to stand up and prepare for the shot each time his head went behind brush. Finally, he was passing the last bit of brush when I drew back. Then, he turned toward me rather than staying broadside as I'd hoped. So I held the bow at full draw and waited for a better shooting opportunity. It didn't take him long to turn to a quartering away position and I knew it doesn't get any better than this. I let the arrow fly and saw it hit its mark. I was blessed to have such a wonderful opportunity and so glad everything worked out like it did.

The odd thing is that Skyler and Paul had seen this deer earlier in the evening and Skyler wanted to shoot "her perfect buck" so bad. However she wasn't able to get a shot and it sauntered over my way. Had I known all this, I know I would have let him walk. However, I didn't know, and am glad I didn't. As it turns out, Skyler was literally thrilled when she saw I had shot "her buck." She told me it is still hers and asked if the antlers can hang on the wall in her bedroom - - of course they can. What a great daughter! Here I was worried she would be disappointed, or even mad - and she showed me what a great heart she has when I could see there nothing but pure joy in her heart. So here is a picture of my 126# 6 pointer. Skyler wanted to take a picture like this to show that she was saying "oh well, I tried." :-) We had a great time as a family taking pictures, gutting and dragging this guy out. Skyler helped me gut it and skin it. I will say she is a VERY good skinner! Hopefully Skyler can get a chance at a deer with her muzzleloader during the regular gun season!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Latest Etsy Sale

Here is a picture of my "Sound of Music" coasters that sold on Etsy today.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Halloween Costumes

I am making some Halloween costumes again this year and have them for sale in my Etsy shop. I LOVE to make Halloween costumes! Here is a picture of a Ladybug Fairy costume I just created - - the tutu's are so much fun!
Thank you to my little Ladybug model!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Quad Cities Marathon

I am so excited to report. . . I ran the 5k portion of the Quad Cities Marathon this morning with my friends Renee and Kathryn - - my first race EVER!! I have decided while training for this race that I LOVE to run (despite the fact that running on gravel means sucking road dust into my lungs and practically twisting my ankles on loose gravel). I have been faithfully running since spring. I finished the race today with a time of 25 minutes and 46 seconds (that is 4th place in my division - women aged 30-35, 3rd place of women aged 35) The fact that I am 35 and just started training this spring makes me INCREDIBLY happy with my time - - but I WANT TO WIN!! I am hoping to run the Turkey Trot this fall and the Bix next July so that I will have something else to keep me motivated and running this winter. :-)

Also - congrats to Angie Dieterich who ran the HALF MARATHON this morning and got 3rd place in women her age that ran it! Way to go Angie!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Photo Art Blog!!

I had 8 Eskay Art photo orders to fill this week. . .and decided it is time to create a blog for this little monster I have created, so it is HERE.
Please visit and become a follower to stay updated as to my latest Photo Art creations. (All followers to my new blog will receive a one dollar credit for their first order - - just let me know when your order is placed).

Monday, September 21, 2009

Beauty and Rituals

Paul wanted us to all watch the football game last night - - so I thought it would be a good time for me to work on some layouts.

For the first layout, beauty, I used some stencils I had and spray-painted each letter. I then outlined them with pen and chalk. Then I stitched part of each letter to make them stand out a little bit more. I used that same chalk around the whole layout and picture.

The second layout, rituals, uses lots of thickers, punches and a cutout.

P.S. - for you sports fans, the Giants ended up winning last night by kicking a field goal in the last seconds at about 11:15. :-)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Isabella Order

My latest order I received on Etsy is for a little girl's room. She happens to have the Isabella Lilac/Green bedding collection from Target (as shown on the basket above) - - and the Photo Art was made to match it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Good Day

I don't normally do just a general update sort of post. . .but today thought I should. First of all I am the lucky winner at the Mosh Posh blog - - and I will be getting a surprise of buttons in the mail soon - - I can't wait to see them!!

Second, Skyler asked if I would post a picture of her new invention. This is a kitty house with a built in feeder. Skyler says when they get done eating they can just pull their head in like a turtle and they are in their house. Notice how happy this kitten looks. :-) Skyler's kittens just hang around like ragdolls while she dresses, feeds and carries the little things - some pictures cannot be posted for fear of retaliation from PETA, but let's just say these kittens are VERY patient with this 9-year-old who loves them very much.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Birthday Cards Galore

We have had a tremendous amount of birthdays lately - - I haven't even posted some of the cards made. . .however, here are 3 more I made for this weekend.

This first card is my favorite just paper, rub-ons and ink.

This second card used a tag off a pair of Skyler's jeans that I kept for just this sort of thing and some playing cards that I roughed up a bit.

For this last card, I cut out the monkey images from the cardboard of a package of pencils I bought for Skyler's school supplies.

Monday, August 31, 2009

More Bday Cards

I haven't posted in a while and thought I would post these bday cards I created.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

My Birthday Present!!

I am so excited!! I got my chickens this morning (6 hens and a rooster) - and they are in the new coop Paul built for me for my birthday. Paul did an AWESOME job on the coop and it was so much fun helping as much as I could (which I know wasn't a lot - I'm definitely not a construction worker. . .and if it took everyone an hour to dig a 3 foot post hole - there wouldn't be much fence in the world)! I will try to have a good coop picture posted within the next few days - - Here is the best picture I could get of my Dominique Chickens. They are considered calm, good setters, good layers, hardy - - - pretty much everything I wanted!! I just sat and watched them for quite a while after getting them in the coop. The rooster is VERY excited to have his own batch of hens to himself!! He has been crowing like mad - which I think is AWESOME too!! My neighbors might not be as excited as me - but maybe I'll share some eggs to make 'em happier :-)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Sweetest Things & Friend Card

Here are some cards I made up recently. The top one I used some old flowers I had taken apart, some old buttons and Stampin' Up rub-ons. The bottom one also uses Stampin' Up rub-ons, some thread, Stampin' Up corner rounder, Maya Road Ribbon and scraps from some paper I recently bought - - but since their scraps I can't remember the manufacturer :-)

Friday, August 7, 2009

New Blog - The Grissoms' Garage

We decided to set up a separate blog mainly mainly to showcase our hunting along with some hunting stories of our friends. So go check out our new Grissoms Garage blog. We will be updating it pretty regularly when October 1st arrives.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Today - Tomorrow - Forever, My Friend

Today Paul and I are celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary. I decided to do a page about it. The design of this layout is inspired by some of Megan Klauer's recent layouts. I love how she has used so many different patterns of paper on one layout - - so I gave it a shot.

We celebrated our anniversary by doing what we do best, spending time as a family - - outside. We didn't do what most people do to celebrate an anniversary. We didn't go out to eat or to the movies or spend money on unneeded gifts. We went. . .froggin'. We took Skyler and two of her friends on a frog hunt and had the time of our lives!! We haven't laughed that hard in quite a while. A lot of mud and laughs later we walked home and hosed off. I have some pretty good pictures I will have to scrap some time later.

Supplies used: AC (American Crafts) Thickers (letters and numbers), AC cardstock, Maya Road ribbon, We R Memory Keepers and Basic Grey (papers), vintage buttons.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

We Won!!

Skyler and the rest of her team were SOOO excited when they won it all!! I tried to capture their excitement in the pics, but some of them were running around so fast I never did get a good picture :-)