Wednesday, November 29

a new stocking for the pooch

a new stocking for harley! made from the inspiration of these. so darn cute! if you can figure out how to get their great font on {{harley's bone}} please let me know!!

Tuesday, November 28

ethyn, the grinch, rowdy, and china...

my help at the end of all the festivities!


more scarfs for dwights pride & joy!
our stockings my mother made,
jamie has one too, but has {{misplaced it}}

my San Francisco Macy's Santa, and fitz and floyd reindeer,

ethyn and his "when i knew santa, when i was little" pictures,

and my disney cabinet.

almost done!

up early!!

we will finish the decorating today!!!

until ethyn arrives, his tree in the kitchen is lit, the house lights are on for another hour until the sun comes up, coffee is made, cats are fed... and i am on a mission to finsh the decorating!!! christmas gods be with me!!!

Monday, November 27

Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat!

how much do i love my John Denver and The Muppets Christmas CD?? love, love, super love it! every year, after the turkey, stuffing, and gravy are put away, and the pie gobbled up, its my tradition to start playing this happy music. visions of christmas trees, candy canes, and decorating fill my imagination. it's also on this long weekend that i {{spread christmas all thru the hosue}}.this year was no different. with one exception...

i don't remember it taking me more than a day to decorate. i started on saturday and i'm still not done! we pulled out the boxes, brought them in, dug thru them, and searched for our favorite things. i can't find half of them, although i'm not quiet sure what's missing. i just know i had more stuff than this last year! i hope to finish it all tomorrow when ethyn is back to help.

mental note: this year, pack things that go together, together!
another tradition... watching Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase. gotta love a little chevy with your holidays. so last night we laughed as i made the first of 3 scarfs for my husbands babies...
be forewarned, scariness ahead....

what do you think? i hope you're not offended. they take a little getting use to, but they have grown on me after 20 years. i can't tell you happy dwight is that i think of his likes douring the holidays, as well as mine. it will be a winter~lodge~ish christmas here, as opposed to the silver bella christmas i dream of. no blue and pink christmas for me, think pine cones, peppermint sticks and scarfs all around.

oh, and one last bit of exciting news. my dear friend rebecca is making her magazine debut this friday, Dec 1 in Stampingtons Gallery Magazine!!! so happy for her. she is so talented. i hope you'll get the magazine and take a look at the great work she does. she is amazing and even takes custom orders on her altered books. they are {{to die for}} yummy!!!

i hope you all have great week. enjoy!


Monday, November 20

a Thankful list

like so many it sometimes takes a holiday outlining the {{big picture}} to make me stop and think. Thanksgiving is like that for me. it reminds me to slow down and really give thanks for the life i live.

while i believe we "create our own reality", i also know that "time and unforeseen occurences befall us all". and so, this week i am thankful for a many things. writing has always been a way for me to work things out. by writing these things now, i hope they will stay with me, and help me to be truely, mindfully, be thankful far beyond thursday.

i am thankful for my MiL {{Mother in Love}} in recent years she has been the single biggest influence in my life. until her death last year she was my biggest supporter, my confidant, my best friend, and my hero!! so much of who i am today, i learned from knowing her... those words are from a song from Wicked, but so fitting! i miss her dearly. yet am so thankful for having had her in my life for 41 years. thanksgiving was her favorite holiday. i never understood it before. i do now.

i am thankful that my husband is who he is. he is big, and burley, rough around the edges and sometimes in the middle. he looks and frequently acts like grizzly adams. but he is such an old softy!! quiet, soft spoken, easy going style. he is perfect for me. he gives me my way when i insist on having it, and he pushes me ((figuratively)) when he knows it will help me. i have never doubted his love for me. ours is a passionate marriage, not a perfect one. i couldn't ask for anything more!!!

i am so thankful that my daughter has made such a huge turnaround in her life. 5 years ago, thanksgiving was disasterous. not for me, but for her. as parents when our children are following a path not well suited for anyone, we sometimes feel like they are {{doing}} it to us. they aren't. what she did, she did to herself. she was the only one who could change her couse. she has certainly done that! i can't begin to put into words how i feel about her, and for her. she is the best mother i know. she is a better mother than i was. i couldn't be happier for her, or with her. i am so thankful for her.

i am thankful for my 18 year old son who has never been any trouble to us. in times when drinking, smoking, and drugs {if even experimental} are common place, he has never to MY knowledge done any of these. trust me, i don't have stars in my eyes when i look at him... but he has been such a blessing. he spends time bonding with his father, that he could easily spend hanging with friends instead. i so wanted a son when i had him, and i thank my lucky stars everyday that i got to be his mom.

i am thankful everyday for ethyn. the first thing people think when they see the two of us together, is that he is mine. i don't want that. he is jamie's son. i am nanny. the first thing people say to me is "you look too young to be his grandmother". i am young. i'll do the math for you...{{this is the next thing people do...}} i had my daughter at 17. i was a grandmother at 38. i was young. but i wouldn't change a thing. when you change one thing, you change everything. ethyn is the light of my life. i am old enough now to do things with him, i didn't think or even know about doing when i was a young mother. i am old enough to know how lucky i am to have him to enjoy at this age in my life. i am old enough that regardless of what happens in the next 5 minutes, i have had one small boy who looks at me with stars in his eyes, the same way i look at him.

i am truely thankful, and absolutely blessed.

my life is far from perfect. i am loud. my house can be loud, and messy, and even dirty. i don't cook very often, or very well anymore. my husband has slept on the couch, as have i when he insisted on sleeping in bed when i would rather he didn't. my daughter has worried me to no end, for a few years on end, and my son has made me cry. but i am thankful. for all of it. and all of them. i am thankful they've stood by me when i wasn't at my best. i am thankful for my life, all of it. the better and the worst.

i hope i remember these things and more well beyond this thursday. i am thankful for the reminder it brings to think about how sweet life really is.

peace out, happy people!!

Monday, November 13

{{Super Bling}} takin your vote!!

k, this is for rebecca! this is the super bling photo i told her i'd take, before returning this little beauty to nordstroms. however... now that i see the photo, and look at it again, i remember why i bought it. so... i want your advice,
{{keep the bling}}
{{RUN! to Nordstroms and get my mooLa back}}
the polling booths are open. i'm asking for your votes.

Saturday, November 11

i was just thinking...

last night i swore myself off of shopping until December 1. it only lasted about 10 hours. i broke my shopping~free~vow with a christmas purchase this morning. i guess i should be thankful it wasn't for more paper, or jewelry i don't wear. not so bad, i guess.

i'll would revise my vow now, but first i have a few confessions...

i cannot tell a lie. i went to The Art Bar this evening. i had stopped by yesterday afternoon, ran in for 30 minutes, and picked up my monthly kit. oh yes, i subscribe to those as well. heaven forbid i should actually {{miss something}}. those marketing ploys get me every time. so this evening i went to use my 2 free hours of studio time, that come with the kit. i so love it there! i could move my bed in, and be as happy as a girl with a bed in an art studio!! i love, love, love this months kit as well. bobble fun!! see picture above

so... i was just thinking...

maybe if i can carve out a bit of home~alone~time this week, i can work on some of the great things i found, and keep my word about no more shopping this month {{at least for art supplies}}. one more thing.... i signed up for a class at The Art Bar tonight to learn how to soudier. in my defense, i have wanted to learn to do this for a very long time. but i hate to admit it was the third class i signed up for this week. no more of those either.

"hi. my name is dede. i am an art addict."

Friday, November 10

the votes are in...

and it's official!

i have lost my mind. it is no where to be found. it went missing sometime the around saturday.
i went into the scrapbook oasis, and came out minus my mind.

this is what i have purchased in the past 6 days.
and this only includes scrapbook related purchases.

this doesn't include the two kits i was lucky enough to order from teresa mcfayden.

{{ i so wanted to go to silver bella. but at that point i still had some assemblence of reasoning...
tickets to and from nebraska $300.00, two nights hotel $250.00, cab fare... ? food for the weekend... ?, money spent for goodies...??}}

no. i didn't go. i hated that i wasn't going. but i knew i shouldn't. a thinking mind i suspect, no? looking back it would probably have been cheaper to have gone to silver bella, than to have stayed here this week shopping like a mad woman.

this doesn't include the 5 hours spent {{yes, you heard me right}} at Nordstroms wednesday celebrating the Half Yearly Sale, with a girlfriend. thank god, its only twice a year!! thank you, thank you, thank you!

this doesn't include the private jewelry showing i went to this afternoon.

did i tell you i was crazy? i don't even wear jewelry, and i NEVER wear a necklace. i BOUGHT 5 this week!!! not one, not two, 5 necklaces!! wait... no... it was 6. i'm a crazy woman.

if i scrap everyday from now until christmas, i will hardly make a dent in my paper supply.

so once again...

no shopping for me until the end of the month. it worked wonders when i did this in october. it was the first time i'd ever cut myself off. but i guess if i am going to act like an addict, i must resort to addictive measures. cold turkey. thats it! no more stops to the shops i love...

no more art bar...
no more scrapbook oasis...
no more paper source...
no more norstroms sale...

and no more neklaces!!

in fact one is going back. if i showed it to you, you'd die. it is so not me. it fits my personality, as it is {{super bling}}, but it doesn't fit my fashion sense. i am a plain jane where it comes to fashion. i need no bling... besides i hear its hard to pull off successfully after 40 ;-)

well, me and my reeling head are off to bed. i will pray for my sense of reason to return to me. i will pray my husband not find out, that i apperently think he likes to work to pay for paper (and necklaces). i will pray for ugly papers to be created by the scrappin diva's in the coming months...

and i pray for a huge creative streak so that i can finally start using all this yummy goodness i find so hard to resist!!

Tuesday, November 7

Art Journal

I found a little {{someone}} doing what i do best... sitting at my computer. Ethyn came into my scraproom this morning after watching PBS, having breakfast, and said...
"i thought i could play a few games on the 'puter", then pinching his fingers closely together
said, "not too much, just a little."
does he know how much i hate to give up my special time spent following my blogs,
searching out new creations,
or looking at the latest trends over at "2 P's" ?
Apparently he does!
But step aside I did, for i want to teach him what it is that is so attractive here, as opposed to seeing the furrowed brow my husband often displays.

secondly, this little treasure comes to me thanks to reading about this new local shop, which reminded me i had a special stop to make. but this one would be different! a fun stop to... The Paper Source! oh, yummy goodness abounds! i was there for an hour, found many "must haves", adding a new {{hot stop}} to my list (Scrapbook Oasis and The Art Bar, being the first's), and finding this little book to decorate.

how lucky can a girl get? i ask!!

i bought two of these, in two different sizes, small and smaller. i am nothing if not a painter of *barbie sized* prints, as my mistro will attest! (water color tuesday, still)

i decorated it this morning to have a little something to share in class this evening, with all those who say,

"oh... let me see... oh, i can't see... what is that? it's so small.... is.. it... for a doll house??"

yes... well... no!!!

that is where this day finds me. also happy about getting this, christmas card stash~away and this, crown of the town. and hoping beyond hopes that this will come to me as well!

a girl can dream can't she?!

tomorrow is a big day...Nordstroms Half Yearly Sale starts, hair will be done by hunky hairdresser Noel, and then a girls get together with friends! so nice to have a girls day out, middle of the week! and... the guys will never know!

Be happy, scrappy girls!!

Sunday, November 5

$7.98 spent for 2 fabulous finds!!

I wish I took advantage of everything I have available to me living in southern California...

but I don't.

I recently clipped a memo from the paper. It anounced dates for Flea Markets all over So Cal. I love the idea of a good scavanger hunt. It's easy for me to vow that I will go to these treasure troves of goodness, comes Sunday a.m.

but I don't.

Today, although I didn't go anywhere special,
I did find a few treasures. At the local Goodwill no less.
I first found a simple, new with tags, dry erase board.
I passed it up on first sight, but fortunately went back before leaving, realizing what it could be. For a mere $2.99.

I backed it with cardstock, embellished with ribbon, german glass glitter, rub on's, a red feather stapled into place, an old key hung from ribbon, and a few flower punches. I hung it on the Frigidaire. Tomorrow I will pick up a dry erase marker, and embellish it to match.

My family now has a darling spot to write a
quick note before leaving for the day. I love the idea of this, and hope to find a little something special in the morning!

I also found this little beauty from Cavallini & Co for just
$4.99. It's a calander with rotating day, date, and month markers. I love it!!

My two new finds inspired me to hang the shelf I had to have {{3 months ago}}.

I guess it really is advantaes to live here where people donate things before they even use them. Then again, I guess that could happen even in a small town.

But I doubt it would have been 80* anywhere else but here!

Here's to another great weekend
in Sunny So Cal!!!

Thursday, November 2

my week in pictures

one hour spent stitching the binding on this, a small throw i started last winter.
one pumpkin carved on all hallow's eve!
one kitty playing happily with the ribbon on a baptism gift.
two super heros bonding before the {{big event}}
alas, i am doing my best to finish up the book that will house our summer memories of maui!
one big ol' flakey me...
has yet to get a prize package out to ms. sue lew!
my bad,
please forgive!!
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