Monday, March 31, 2008
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Friday, March 28, 2008
Here is one of the things we did for fun...loaded up on their big ATV and drove off into the snow. You can't tell by this picture, but there was actually a fair amount of snow once you got out of the yard. We saw lots of deer when we were out riding. I was so amazed that they weren't very scared of us. They just stood there and watched us . If I lived here, I would definately need one of these.
We went to see the Kootenai River. Just a short little hike in, and the kids loved it. Especially Noah. I think he could have sat there all day just watching the river. Beautiful.
This is Matt's mom with the grandkids, (L to R) Preston, Mary, Bryton, Hannah, and Noah. Hannah and Noah had lots of fun playing with their cousins. Now it's time to unpack and do laundry.
Friday, March 21, 2008
So, here are the rules for the “You Make My Day” award:
Re-present it to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blog land. Let them know through email or by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times, and if you do, consider yourself really, really loved.
Here are some ladies whose blogs I visit on a regular basis, they inspire me in many different ways. Some with their faith and life choices, some artistically, and by the way they share their lives through blogging. I couldn't figure out how to put the links in here the way that I wanted to, so what you see is what you get:
Missy (my sister-in-law) - www.johnmelissacoburn.blogspot.com/
Nicole (old friend) - www.kingfam04.blogspot.com/
Lauren (provides artistic encouragement, just an all around great person) - www.everythingaltered.com/lauren_ferguson/
now for some more that I am going to give you links for, here are some blogs that I visit all the time and I love, but I don't personally know these ladies, so I won't make them play this little game. These are wonderfully inspiring blogs:
Robin Beam - www.pearlesq.blogspot.com/
Wendi Vecchi - www.studio490art.blogspot.com/
Linda Cain - http://www.cain81art.blogspot.com/
Debbie Olson - www.debbiedesigns.typepad.com/
Anna Wight - http://www.sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com/
Caroline - http://www.mayaroad.typepad.com/
Deb - www.mayaroad.typepad.com/deb
So thanks to each of you ladies, whether you know it or not, you inspire me on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing your lives with the world through your blogs.
Spring break has officially started, so with all of our exciting plans, I may not be back to blog much this week, but I will be back to blogging before you know it. So to those of you who get a spring break...enjoy, and I will catch you up on my life later.
Have a wonderful Easter remembering Jesus' love for us!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I tried to photograph a card today, but it wasn't easy to capture the illusive sun. However, I will show you how I tried to do it. I have this little fabric box that used to be a collapsible storage box for Hannah's stuffed animals, but I decided it would make a perfect box to filter the sunlight. So I set my cards in this box with a piece of thin vellum behind it to soften the corner. Sometimes I set it on a little table, and sometimes (like today), when I need extra light I balance the box between the window and the tripod to get light coming in on all sides. Of course this is all trial and error and I usually have to take LOTS of pictures before I get one that I like. That is the beauty of digital photography. I could never have attempted this 15 years ago with my limited knowledge and experience. Having seen this, some of you photography experts may have tips for me to improve my process. Please feel free to give advice. Now, on to todays project. This is a fun housewarming card. The inside says, "Welcome to your new home." You can't really tell in the picture, but there is a looped cord coming out the top of the arch so you can hang this card on a doorknob, or attach to a gift. This card will be going to stay at Stampin' Cat Studio, so if you want to look at it more closely you can see it there. The beautiful chandelier is cut from glittery patterned paper by Best Creation Inc.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Now, on to other topics. Yesterday was my husbands 31st birthday. Some family and friends got together and surprised him with supper at the Olive Garden. These are Matt's parents and his youngest sister. We had a great time right up until it was time to leave. As we were grabbing our things to head out, my little two year old accidentally pulled over a chair on top of himself. It hit him right in the face, and his front teeth went into his lip. He did that thing kids do where they are screaming but no sound comes out...then all of a sudden, the sound came out...nice and loud. Pore thing, his lip was bleeding and already puffing up. It took awhile to calm him down, then he was just fine. This morning he woke up with a big, fat-lipped smile. Isn't he cute and pitiful looking.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Yesterday I got to spend most of the day teaching my Texture Tiles class right here in McMinnville. It is so fun to teach classes like this one. Tons of techniques, tons of products, and each person creates a project that is uniquely their own. I wanted to take pictures of all of their projects at the end, but I forgot my camera. One of the ladies suggested taking pictures on my phone, so I did take one, then realized that I don't know how to put them on my computer. I think my husband will have to help me figure out how to do that. I am learning a lot on the technology end of things, but I still have a long way to go.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
If you would like to see additional photos of projects for this class you will find them in the link to the left.
Monday, March 3, 2008
And of course I am always a sucker for beautiful glitter, and Barbara Trombley's Vintage Glass Glitter is beyond gorgeous. A friend and I bought the Fine Sea Sprite glitter and the Fine Ultramarine glitter to share...two for the price of one.