Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's Almost Time!!

How cool is that?  
It's cool outside!  
It was only in the 70's yesterday and mid-80's today.  
The Weather Man is saying that it's supposed to be mid 80's all week!
(Insert enormous cheer here!)

And we all know what that means don't we?

Time to hang Halloween decorations!
I'm ready!

Ok, so I'm not really ready.  
I mean, I am, but all of the actual decorations are still in the attic. 
Which, of course, means that I need to recruit some help (hint, hint to Steve, if you're reading this!) to get them down.
Which means that I can't actually decorate until this weekend.

But in the meantime, I have some fun layouts from last Halloween.  

 LOVE!! these little 3-D ghosties from K & Co.  Probably used waaaaay too many of them, but they're so cute I don't care!

 Supplies:  All paper & embellishments: K & Co., Cardstock: Paper Studio, Cricut Cartridge: All Mixed Up

I hope to have the other 2 layouts from last Halloween done this week, but I can't make any promises.  

I did get the 1 Big Project done (photos to come this weekend!), but the Huge Project is still in progress and time is running short.  
I'll have to spend some time working on it if I'm going to get it done on time. (Photos to come if/when I get it finished)  
Not to mention the other 2 Big Projects that were requested.  
Why did I think that getting a job was a good thing?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Oh Happy Day!

So, this is it.  

The very last day.

My last day of spending-the-whole-day-in-my-jammies-crafting freedom.

Tomorrow, I have to go back to work. 

I know, it's horrible. 

Ok, so maybe not horrible.  
Maybe it's just not my ideal way to spend a day.  

Don't get me wrong.  
I've taken a nice little teaching job with decent pay and not a ton of responsibility.   
There are much MUCH worse things in the world.  

It's just that I so love being home.  
I love to spend the day crafting & baking bread & making dinner.  
I don't even mind cleaning the bathroom, if it means I get to be home all day. 

Ah, well.  It's not forever.  
It's a means to an end.  
It's a way to get us to a better place, the next step.
Which makes it totally worth it.  

On that happy note,  here is today's project:
Supplies: Paper: K& Co, Cardstock: DCWV, Flowers: Prima, Brads: Spare Parts, Ribbons & Ric Rac: Wrights, 
Bind It All, Paper Mache Purse: Unknown, Stickles

Hope you all have a wonderful, happy day.  

Monday, September 13, 2010

How To Bake A Cowboy Cake

Step By Step Instructions From a 
(Very In-)Expert Baker

1) Paint your toes Cowboy Blue
to ensure that you are in the proper state of mind.

2) Gather All Of Your Ingredients Together

3) Find a safe place for husbands/boyfriends, small people and Brown Dogs, 
where they will be able to watch you work, but not be able to lick the frosting.

4) Grease the pan

5) Mix the cake according to package directions & fill the pan.

6) Bang the pan flat on the counter until all air bubbles are gone 
or until someone threatens to strangle you. 

7) Bake according to package directions.

8) Place your drink order with your favorite bartender.

9) Clean the mixer & beaters.

10) Mix your frosting

11) Test the done-ness of the cake with a toothpick 
& remove the cake from the oven when done.

12) Enjoy a cocktail & some laughs while the cake cools.

13) Frost the cooled cake with a thin crumb-coat.

14) Cover for the night.

15) Have one last cocktail & head to bed.

16) When you get up in the morning, get dressed & take the VIP tour at 
Cowboy Stadium in search of inspiration for your cake.

17) Attempt to photograph the building from the outside.

18) Fail miserably because the place is just too flippin' big.   
Sigh deeply & take 3 photos that you can later glue side by side.

19) Have lunch and upon arrival home, promptly lay down for a nap.
Sleep at least one hour, two is better.

20) Mix the colors of your frosting

21) Try not to lick the toothpick with the color gel on it, 
so as not to turn your lips & teeth blue.

22) Decorate cake as desired.

23) Cheer when the decorating is done & your hand stops cramping up.

24) Admire your finished product.

25) Allow the cutest guy you know to cut the cake.

26) Eat enough cake & ice cream to drown your sorrows 
when your team loses the first game of the season.

Maybe they'll do better next week if we offer them some cake?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fairies Live Here

It's pouring buckets here in TX right now.  

Buckets and Buckets.

Since I have no current obligations and have long-since outgrown  the desire to go play in the puddles (well, mostly) I have spent my whole day inside creating.  

I found these fabulous Fairy Stamps (a Recollections brand) in the bottom of a box along with a handful of Studio G $1 stamps of fairies, and shockingly, realized that none of them had never been used.  They are just way too cute for that, so I had to do something to remedy that situation.

Here is the result:

Supplies:  Board Book: Mary Englebright, Paper: DCWV Once Upon A Time Stack, Flowers: Prima, Stamps: Recollections & Studio G, Brads: Making Memories, Cricut Cartridge: A Child's Year, Border Punch: Martha Stewart, Gelly Roll Glitter Pen: Sakura, Bling: Queen & Co, Embossing Powder: Copper Kate, Stickles

I so loved putting this together.  I have always been a huge lover of fairy tales & this little album gave me a great opportunity to indulge myself for a few hours.  

And as I sit here looking out the window, I see that the rain is still coming down.  
Guess I'll get started on the next project!