Creating a monster

What do you do with a little girl at a football party that says over and over "I'm BORED."

Unleash her in your craft room!

Yesterday we had the crew over to watch football and munch on some grub. Gracie was instantly bored. So, to please her, I decided to give her and Kiley each a craft project. I let them pick out a Thingamabobs and Doodads kit and gave them a premade paperbag mini album (thank you Crystal for having some already made and bound in our stash!).

Grace chose a Halloween theme and Kiley choose a girly theme. They were entertained for hours. I let them use stamps, ink, paper punches, fun scissors, and access to lot's of paper. I think Grace's favorite part were the paper punches. I can't tell you how many circles, flowers, and butterflies that kid punched out. She was having a ball. I think I may have created a monster, because Katy said, "well, I know where to drop you off from now on." Eh, what? Nah, Gracie is welcome anytime to come craft with me.

We also (yes all of us gals) worked on Kiley's VIP project for school. I even got Katy to do some craftin. I kept joking how happy I was (which I REALLY REALLY WAS) and said "hmmm....if you build it, they will come." HA!!!

I love my craft room.



Just how far?

I have AAA so I figure, what the heck, why not push it....

hope I can make it to the gas station tomorrow!




Four hours, Three test products, and $39.95 later.....

That's what it took to recover a few hundred photos from an SD card I had cleared and deleted. UGH! I downloaded all my photo's from one of my 4GB cards this past weekend and when I loaded my editing software I discovered that I was missing the pictures I wanted to edit. I hadn't realized how many pictures I was missing until I was able to perform a recovery scan today. I will NEVER EVER EVER delete photos from an SD card again until I have verified they made it to my PC. What a nightmare! I was near tears this afternoon once I was able to see the pictures I had lost. Not only the ones I really wanted, which are of Gweny in her Sioux gear, but photos of before and after in the new house, carpet install, general everyday Gweny pics, canning pickles with Mom and Crystal, and a few rare photos of me, my brother, our kids and my mom. I am so happy I was able to recover them.

Here's an example of what was lost....

I know...awwww....see why I was so upset!

But all is restored in the Anderson Kingdom.



Gweny's Room

This week I'm trying to finish up Gweny's room and maybe, just maybe, put her crib together. (poor kid)

Here's a project I made for her room. I hope someday my little girl finds as much enjoyment in art as I do.




Blog Heaven!

Must do morning task...blogging! That includes writing for two blogs (this-a-one and T&D), catch up on my favorites, and hunting for new ones.

This morning brought me a fun little surprise. I bopped over to The Girl Creative and found a post about a blog parade. A WHAT??? How fun! I'm excited to see how this parade works. If it is as neat as I expect, I'm hoping I can find a way to get T&D involved in one someday. After all, everyone loves a PARADE!!!

Want to check it out?

Here ya go...

Creative Chick Parade



time to enjoy

Over Labor Day Weekend, we spent time in Buffalo City with my family at our cabin. When I walked into my Grandparents home, sitting on the counter was this huge machine. When I examined closer, I found it to be a cappuccino machine! "Cool Gram! You got a fancy coffee machine!" She laughed and said yep, and it comes with a lot of directions. I started examining the lengthy document explaining how to use the machine. My Gram said they were actually giving it to us as a housewarming gift. SCORE!!! I gladly accepted. My Grandpa was happy because he wanted the corner portion of his kitchen counter back.

So, home came the DeLonghi Magnifica machine. And it is very MAGNIFICA! I am enjoying a lovely cup of cappuccino as I type. Sipping my fancy coffee, writing, and watching my daughter take a nap...I love having time to enjoy life!




With my new "job" comes some rules I've set for myself.

1) No sleeping in. Up by 8:00
2) Make hubby breakfast whenever possible
3) Post to at least one of my blogs each day
4) Keep caught up on housework and laundry
5) Bathe (LOL!)
6) Out of jammies by 10:00
7) Gwen out of jammies by noon
8) One nap for Gweny in her crib around noon
9) Work on Zip Zap at least 1-2 hours per day
10) Work on T&D at least 1-2 hours per day

I'm sure I'll come up with more, but so far these seem pretty good to me. Ofcourse it's 12:31 and I'm still in jammies, but I blame the Comcast guy. I know the minute I jump in the shower..."ding dong".



The next chapter

Somebody pinch me! I can't believe I get to write these words....

my new occupation: Stay at Home Mom...say it with me folks...STAY AT HOME MOM!!!

We are so blessed that we are able to make this work (well, at least here's hoping).

I feel such a tremendous weight off my shoulders today. I was so scared to go back to work. I have loved every minute of being home on maternity leave and I was having a very hard time imagining being away from Gweny and Jeff (and Frankie too.) Now I get to do what I love; raise my amazing daughter, love up my puppy, and create a happy and warm home for my wonderful husband to come home to every day.

I'm also excited to devote more time to my hobbies. I've already worked on T&D's blog today. I hadn't realized how much I missed blog writing until today. I'm also going to spend time working on Terese's bridal shower and wedding design, along with getting Zip Zap's office up and running. (more on Zip Zap Remodeling and Restoration to come...) 

my new boss!