Thursday, February 23, 2012
I should have ignored the allure of so many wonderful ideas all in one nice, neat, little, magical place.
I mean really...I have like 7 bazillion things pinned and even if I made one thing a day for the rest of my life I would never be able to do them all! Even if I did have time, who has the money to do all those fun crafts, buy all those fabulous clothes, decorate their home to look like a pottery barn catalog, and go to all those awesome vacation spots all over the world? Not this girl!
Ok ok, I've made some things that I've pinned and even put my own twist on them to make them easier or less expensive. My oldest daughter is totally in love with all things mustache, so when I saw this....
So, on one of my many shopping trips to Hobby Lobby before Christmas, I picked up some mustache stickers and some alphabet stickers.
Let's face it, she isn't going to love mustaches forever so it didn't have to be made with products that would last til the end of time. So, this is my version.....
This thing was super fast to put together! It seriously took me more time to pick out the font of alphabet stickers than it did to peel and stick those little suckers on the jar.
So, do you pinterest? If so, what do you do when you make something you have pinned? Do you just leave it on your board? Do you delete it? Do you move it to a special board that sports all the awesome things you've made so you can look like a crafting queen? I'm not sure what to do with mine.
Let me know what you do.....
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wow!!! It's been over 3 years since I posted anything here! My life has been so busy! That last post was a week or 2 before I started going back to school fulltime and that became all consuming in my life for the next 2 years!
I went to cosmetology school at a local college for a year...where I graduated suma cum laude I might add! I know, it's just hair right? Ummm not so much! You would be amazed at all the things that someone learns in cosmetology school. Let me just tell you that all the nail disorders people can possibly have would make your head spin!! Anyway, while I was in cosmetology school we went over skincare and I fell in love!!! So, what did I do?? I enrolled to go back to school for esthetics! I started about 2 weeks after I graduated from cosmetology and went for another 9 months part time and I worked part time in a salon! And I graduated again...suma cum laude! toot toot!! lol Then about 2 weeks later our world came crashing down around us.
But let me go back to before I started school so you can get the full picture here. My husband and I were blissfully going about life, me as a stay-at-home mom and he worked fulltime in the dental ceramics field.....fancy talk for he made crowns and bridges in a dental lab! We were doing alright, not rolling in the dough by any means, but we made it....sometimes by the skin of our teeth! We have 5 kids and our youngest kids were 4 and 2 years old at this time. So, 2 kids at home with me all day. Well, I got this idea that I should start looking into going to school, really just to see what it would take to go. I mean I've always wanted to do hair, since I can remember, and what would it hurt to just go get info for future reference right??? So, off I went to the local college that is about 45 minutes from my house and went in to talk with one of the couselors. Then wham bam, I was enrolled in college. Afterwards I thought...Wait, what just happened here??? We didn't qualify for a childcare grant, so I went home and cried. Mostly I cried because the thought of even putting my kids in daycare broke my heart. I had stayed home with all my other kids and felt like I would somehow be letting these 2 down by leaving them and I didn't know how we were going to afford daycare. I talked with my mother-in-law about my dilemma and she and my father-in-law decided they would keep the kids so I could go to school. Fast forward to May 2010. I graduated from esthetics and started working fulltime.
My husband told me a few days after graduation that he had been having trouble sleeping because he couldn't breathe when he was laying down. It progressively got worse and he was sleeping less than 30 minutes a night because he couldn't breathe and he got to the point that he started sleeping in a recliner because he said he felt like he had an elephant sitting on his chest. This went on for about 2 weeks until one day while he was at work he started having chest pains. He called me and told me how he was feeling and I told him he had to go to the ER. He agreed but said he was going to finish his day at work. I met him at the ER that evening and they took him straight back and did an EKG and immediately moved him to the cardiac unit of the ER. They hooked monitors to him and we could watch his heartbeat.....which was super sporadic. He got admitted into the hospital that night and a couple of days later they did a heart cath on him to see if he had a blockage and how his heart was functioning. He had no blockages but his left ventricle was so enlarged that it was barely pumping blood to his body! A normal heart pumps 50-70% of the blood out of it with each contraction. His was pumping out only 15%. The doctor said 10% can't sustain life! I nearly died right there!! He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.....at 37 years old!
A million things ran through my mind. I have 5 kids how can I do this alone?! I've only been working for 2 weeks fulltime and don't have much of a clientele! I don't want to be without my husband who I love more than words can express! My kids need their daddy! I don't want to be alone!
The doctor put him on a ton of medications and he stayed in the hospital for a total of 8 days. They wouldn't release him until he was approved for a lifevest....which was a portable defibrillator that he wore like a vest under his clothes 24/7 that monitored his heart and if at anytime his heart stopped it would automatically shock it! He wore that thing for 3 months and if his heart got a wonky rhythm it would sound an alarm then tell all bystanders to move away so it could shock him. It had a bypass button and he would bypass it but let me tell you the first time that alarm went off was around midnight one night not long after he got out of the hospital and it scared me so bad that I cried and shook for hours and couldn't sleep the rest of the night! I finally had to go to the doctor myself because I was so paranoid and needed something to help me stay calm and something to help me sleep.
He continued with doctors appointments and his heart function improved each time! Although he was ordered to not work....EVER again! He applied for and was declared medically disabled and has been a stay at home dad ever since!
I worked in the salon until this past summer and we decided it would be best if I opened my own little salon at my house. So we got to work and I have the cutest little salon right on my front porch!! It's actually a little room at the end of the front porch. It's called Chop Shop and I've been open since mid July! I love working from my house but most of all I love all the time I get to spend with my husband! I can come in the house between clients and spend time with him! I don't know that I would have appreciated that time as much if we hadn't gone through all we did last year! I'm so grateful I went to school on a whim.....I don't know how much of that was my own idea considering what happened. I'm sure I was being led to do what was best for my family because if I hadn't been working we wouldn't have been able to make it!
If you made it all the way through....wow you are a trooper!! Oh one more thing....I got rid of all my stamps! :::shocking::: I just didn't have time for it anymore with school and everything else. BUT, now that I'm working from home I have more time to craft so I thought that I could transition to more craft related posting. I'm sure at some point I will get back into stamping just not right now. I hope y'all enjoy the things I post.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Order #1 will receive a 1 pack of Designer Brads a $5.95 value
Order #2 will receive a $5.95 punch
Order #3 will dazzling diamonds glitter a $4.50 value
Order #4 will receive your choice of one embossing powder $4.75 value
Order #5 will receive an assorted pack of 8 1/2x11 in color cardstock a $7.95 value
Order #6 will receive your choice of a level one hostess set
Order #7 will receive a roll of 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon free a $4.95 value
Order #8 will receive your choice of a level 2 hostess set!
Order #9 will receive a pack of Designer Series Paper your choice free a $9.95 value
Order #10 will receive your choice of any Hostess Set!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Oh, and one more thing.......no one has taken my challenge yet! I was going to have a FABULOUS prize, but no one loves me enough to even give me the time of day! Well, I guess I'll just have to keep it for myself! LOL
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Paper: Kraft, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Chocolate chip
Ink: Real Red, Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 5/8 inch Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Styled Silver HPH, corner rounder punch (for scallops)
Stamps: Fun and Fast Notes, Polkadot background, Canvas BackgroundPaper: Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Blender Pen, White Signo Gel Pen, Styled Silver HPH, corner rounder punch
Monday, July 14, 2008
This last photo was my idea. We wanted something casual with just the kids in it. It is my absolute favorite!!!! I love it! I just realized I put my glasses back on in this one!
If you aren't religious, you may not want to continue reading. If you are, then you might!
One last thing, my oldest brother.......he's the bald one......ok, there are a couple that are bald looking! LOL He's the bald one on the right. Well, he has led a pretty rough life and has made some less than good choices in his life. He started smoking at age 12 and got into alcohol and drugs as a teenager. He is no longer a member of our church because of some of the choices he has made. Well, while we were together, he realized that family is so important and that he wants to be able to spend eternity with all of us! He quit smoking on the Sunday after the reunion was over and has been going to church! We are so amazed because we never thought we would see this day! He asked my dad to please not die anytime soon so that dad could re-baptize him!!! I just want to say that I'm so thankful for the atonement of Jesus Christ that makes this possible! I'm not one to be "preachy" and I hope this doesn't turn some of you off, but I'm so happy that I can't not say something. I don't EVER and I do mean E-V-E-R get up in church to bear my testimony because.........well just because I don't. I don't like to be up in front of everyone showing my emotions. Anyway, I did this past fast Sunday at church because I thought I would be the most ungrateful person if I didn't share this with my ward! So many people came up afterwards and told me how heartfelt it was and how touched they were by it! I didn't do it because I wanted people to say something to me......if fact I was kinda hoping they would forget it! LOL If you have someone in your life in a similar situation, never give up on them!! You never know if and when they might turn their life around and come back into the fold!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Going Gray; Designer Paper: Prints Pack (Level 1 hostess set); Other: Mat Pack, White Gel Pen (Michaels), Crystal Effects, Blender Pen, Silver Brads, Black Gingham Ribbon, Light Blue Double Stitched Ribbon (unknown source), Word Window Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Is that not gorgeous???? Now hurry up and order one........a girl can never have too many bags!!!
Get On Board with Chipboard!
Promotion Dates: May 1-31, 2008
Promotion Details: Spend $35 on Stampin' Up! products and get 25 percent off any On Board items from the Spring-Summer Collection.
All On Board products (pages 178-179) qualify for this promotion.
Item Number Description
25% off retail price
109181 On Board Blossoms & Basics $11.21
109179 On Board Ginormous Pieces $11.21
107925 On Board Bitty Book $7.46
108495 On Board 5" x 5" Art Journal $5.21
107065 On Board Art Journal (5-3/4" x 8-3/4") $7.13
107307 On Board Accents $9.71
109182 On Board Lots of Letters $9.71
109180 On Board Simon Upper $9.71
107306 On Board Simon Lower $9.71
109192 On Board Clipboard (13" x 7-1/2") $11.96
109190 On Board Clipboard (9" x 9") $5.96
109191 On Board Clipboard (4-1/2" x 9") $4.88
110713 On Board Book Basics Large $5.96
110712 On Board Book Basics Small $4.46
There is no limit to the number of discounted chipboard products a customer may purchase once the qualifying order of $35 has been reached.
This offer is being made in conjunction with a Cutting Mat/Hobby Blade combo pack special offer.
Customer order deadlines:
Phone orders deadline: Friday, May 30, 2008; 7:00 PM (MT)
OEX orders deadline: Saturday, May 31, 2008; 11:50 PM (MT)
Cutting Combo Pack Special Offer
Promotion Dates: May 1-31, 2008
During the month of May, buy a Cutting Mat and get a Hobby Blade for FREE!
Customers must use the Cutting Combo Pack item number (113421) in order to receive the free Hobby Blade. There is no limit to the number of times a customer may participate in this offer.
This offer is being made in conjunction with the On Board with Chipboard promotion. Customer order deadlines:
Phone orders deadline: Friday, May 30, 2008; 7:00 PM (MT)
OEX orders deadline: Saturday, May 31, 2008; 11:50 PM (MT)
Hodgepodge Recruiting Promotion
Dates: May 1-31, 2008
Promotion Details: For the month of May, Join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator and get 20 percent off the Starter Kit, PLUS a free tin of Hodgepodge Hardware (a $27.95 value).
Hodgepodge Hardware assortment choices include:
105532 Aged Copper
105531 Antique Brass
Things to Remember:
New demonstrators can also purchase the Stampin' Memories Add-On to their Starter Kit for an additional $50.
The default finish on Hodgepodge Hardware will be Antique Brass; new demonstrators must choose a finish or they will receive the Antique Brass.
Only Hodgepodge Hardware from the Spring-Summer Collection 2008 qualifies for this promotion; Hodgepodge Hardware from Occasions Mini Collection 2008 does not qualify.
The promotional Starter Kit price will be applied automatically; you will not need to do anything on your orders to qualify new recruits for the special price.
Potential recruits can also use the online IDA form on your DBWS; they will still receive the free Hodgepodge Hardware kit and 20 percent off the Starter Kit. They'll just have to enter the finish of their hardware under the accessories area.
Starter Kit order forms and IDAs must be received
In-house: Friday, May 30, 2008, 7:00 PM (MT)
DBWS Online IDA: Saturday, May 31, 2008, 11:50 PM (MT)
I would love for you to join my team and this is a great time to join The Stampin' Up! family!! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I feel a panic attack coming on! Where's my paperbag????????
UPDATE!! It's back! Oh thank goodness!! I was close to passing out!
Supplies: Kraft, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Whisper White Cardstock. Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Versamark Inks. Fun and Fast Notes, Canvas Background Stamps. Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Brass Brads.
Stay tuned for more fun cards!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I will post more details when I post the video........coming to a blog near you!!!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I am working on a new video tutorial for y'all! I should have it ready soon and will post it as soon as I can! I also have been putting together a site for blog banners, watermarks, and signatures!! If you are in need of any of those, go check it out at http://www.customwatermarks.blogspot.com/!!! Please remember that I've only just started it, so I don't have a ton listed yet!! I'm off for now! I need to go spend what little bit of the day is left with my family!