...may you stuff yourself with food amongst those you love best. :)
I'll admit it - Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. If you read my blog regularly, you're saying of course it is, Lisa. You're just slightly obsessed with food. But it's not only the wonderful fall dishes that make this holiday; it's the chance for me to be in full-on Martha mode for the week. Planning the menu and decorations, shopping for the meal, and even cleaning the house take on a whole new meaning when you're doing it Martha-style. Which to me, means you wear an adorable ruffle-trimmed apron to do all these activities. And you keep repeating the phrase "Be the Martha! Be the Martha!"
One thing I am cheating slightly on is the turkey. I know Ms. Stewart would be condescendingly frowning on my choice to purchase a pre-baked Cajun Turkey from the Honeybaked Ham store, but think of the time that will leave me for the centerpieces, Martha! And napkin folding! And luminarias for the front walk! And embossed gold placecards! AHHHHHHHH!
Sometimes the kids interfere with my planned schedule of housekeeping, crafting, and baking for the holiday. But if that happens, I just use an old Martha trick and tie them up! See, just like she did to Cookie Monster.
You just know she's FREAKING out about the crumbs. Welcome to my world, Martha! The part I find really funny is when Cookie offers to set her up with Bert, the most overtly gay character on Sesame Street. Or am I the only one who thinks the whole Bert and Ernie living arrangement is a bit suspicious?
OK, I've got to go don my apron and get to work. Here's hoping your week (and Thanksgiving preparation, if applicable) goes smoothly!
Just a quick post to say Happy Friday and share one more of my Studio Calico creations...
Oh, and one last thing:
With Thanksgiving upon us, I have felt a need to really step up my workouts in a calorie-burning quest that will ultimately end with me gorging on mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Some people work out to have toned muscles, tight physiques, or improved cardiovascular health....not me! For me, it's all about the epicurean indulgence. Topped with real whipped cream and everything.
So yeah, this week, I've been prioritizing my to-do list and putting intense workout sessions right up there on top. I work out mid-morning after Hayden's been dropped at school, after which I get Riely dressed, fed, and ready for her afternoon at preschool. Once she's at school, I have approximately three kid-free hours to work on graphic design projects, run errands, etc. So for the sake of efficiency, I've been postponing my daily showers until later in the evening, right before bedtime. Which means I'm wearing sweaty workout clothes and a ponytail for much of the day.
Last night as I was tucking her in, Riely asked me sweetly, "Mommy, tomorrow will you be pretty again?" which apparently is her way of voicing the opinion that wearing stinky yoga capris all day is NOT pretty. She elaborated and told me that she doesn't like ponytails and can I please wear my girl shoes tomorrow, not ugly running shoes? I'm fairly sure that if she had the vocabulary, she'd relate to me how mortified she is to be dropped off at school by a mama with sweat-stained clothing and generally looking like an (organic) earth muffin.
So today, for the sake of my little girl, I'm going to try to squeeze in a shower after the work out. And maybe I'll even wear my "girl" shoes. Which means I gotta get this post done and hit the treadmill. :)
I'll leave you with a page of the dear girly and me this past Labor Day. Have a good one friends!
Well, I made it almost 11 months of blogging without having title-block. But today, it happened. Can't for the life of me think of an engaging, interesting title for this post. Suggestions are welcome.
Ok, onto the important stuff: I have been scrapping like crazy with the new Studio Calico kit. I've already gotten SIX pages done (woo hoo!) and have two left that are still mid-design. That, my friends, is a new record for me. I think I know that with the big holiday wind-up starting next week, scrap time is gonna be at a premium, so I'm getting it in now while I can. Here's one of the finished ones:
Getting ready to mail out invites for our Thanksgiving dinner. Because deep down, I have this unexplainable desire to be Martha Stewart, and therefore must "set the theme" for all gatherings at my house with an appropriate invitation.
my first knitting project with cables. Requires much more
concentration and ability to count than I realized, but it has served
as a successful teaching tool for my kids to hear dammit! used in
Putting the final touches on some pages done with the Studio Calico November kit. LOVED this kit. And yes, I just might marry it. :)
Whipping up the second batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Spice muffins in as many weeks, because the first batch disappeared way too quickly. And I need a carb fix. And doesn't chocolate have antioxidants or something like that?!?
Wondering if I actually put these new pillows out on the patio to complete my decor, exactly how long it will take to start snowing.
Attempting to get all of these layouts in albums before sticky fingers get to them (or I spill coffee or pumpkin muffin crumbs on them!)
So what's in progress for your day?
Yesterday I had to make a quick run to the store for some essentials when the stomach bug has attacked your house: Saltines, Gatorade, bananas and applesauce. I also needed some coffee, something I've been consuming in large quantities lately. On a whim, I picked up a flavored coffee that just sounded yummy - probably because I was craving a cookie right then. (I say that like I'm not always craving a cookie).
This morning, I brewed up a batch, and holy butter cookies - it is delish! I'm not usually a flavored coffee kinda girl (I like my Italian Roast straight up & strong) but this brew really hit the spot on a chilly fall morning. Add a splash of milk, and really, it's like having dessert for breakfast! (But with fewer calories!)
I got mine at Safeway, but you can also buy online at Christopher Bean. And that my friends, is all I have for today. Have a good one, OK?
Do you ever have those weeks where the items on your to-do list seemingly breed overnight, and it just keeps getting longer every day? And no matter how much you accomplish, there's still a ton of crap to do? Yeah, that's me this week. Add in a little girl who's got a stomach bug (though, admittedly, she's a much better patient than the boys in our house) and I'm struggling to just keep up. But anyway, I wanted to get up a new header and share some layouts with you guys before I dive back into real life and the tasks for today. So here's two pages using up the September Studio Calico kit:
patterned paper (American Crafts, October Afternoon, Tinkering Ink)
scallop punch (Fiskars)
acrylic title (Heidi Swapp)
butterfly stamp (Studio Calico)
small letter stamps (Michael's)
label (Scenic Route)
misc. buttons and stitching
patterned paper (Tinkering Ink, vintage classified ads)
letters (American Crafts)
letter stamps (Stampabilities)
scallop punch (Fiskars)
photo corner (Daisy D's)
font (Triumph Tippa)
Hope your Tuesday is wonderful and your to-do list gets done!
P.S. If anyone knows how to increase the middle column in a Typepad blog to larger than 500 pixels, will you shoot me an email? :) Gracias!
A few nights ago, I overheard a conversation between Mike and Hayden. Hayden was consoling his daddy over John McCain's loss:
And yes, it was a totally unprompted statement. I don't think I could've said it better myself. Mike went on to tell him that part of being an American also means you support your elected president, even if you didn't vote for him. To which Hayden responded,
Exactly, buddy. Exactly.
Back in July, I received an assignment from Simple to create a wedding album for their newest special publication, Quick & Easy Photo Albums. The basic concept was to use a pre-made photo album with typical 4 x6 sleeves (available just about everywhere!) to complete an album in an evening. Now, I've managed to procrastinate scrapping my wedding photos for, oh, 10 years now. So I figured this was a good reason to finally get them out of the box and into an album to enjoy.
You'll be able to check out my album, and more than 50 other projects by some of your favorite designers when the issue hits stands on November 11. If you've got boxes of photos stashed somewhere in your closets (or stored on your computer!) this issue will give you tons of inspiration to do something creative with them!
I was so inspired by the idea of photo album scrapping that I made an additional album with photos from a family weekend. It ended up being a perfect birthday gift for my mother-in-law!
I used a spiral-bound 4x6 album from Target and decorated the cover with some mini photos, letters, and my favorite Studio Calico butterfly stamp. On the interior pages, I simply used the provided sleeves for photos, inserting a few quotes between the pages.
Super duper easy, I tell ya! If you are inspired to create your own photo album (and I totally encourage you to do so - it's amazing how therapeutic it is to complete an album in a matter of hours) then be sure and check out the challenge at the Simple Studio blog. Host Tina Cockburn has some great examples of albums and links to Simple group gallery where you can view tons of inspiring work.
And have a great Wednesday, ya hear?!?