Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bring on the Turkey!

This year we will be hosting Thanksgiving at our house. Chris's mom flew in for a few weeks and I'm inviting my parents as well. I absolutely love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I love all the prep that goes into it. Making lists, shopping, chopping, decorating. You name it. I've started loading up my Giving Thanks board over on Pinterest and noticed a lot of others are doing the same.

I really wish our kitchen table was big enough to do something like this. It's gonna be fun trying to cram 6 people at ours! Maybe I'll just end up decorating the kitchen island instead.

Ah, the red barn. If that doesn't scream New England in Fall! I don't know what does. (Can you tell I'm a little homesick?)

You can find more Thanksgiving inspiration here.

But seriously, do we really need anything other than this?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

30 Days of Thankful {Week One}

As part of the 30 Days of Thankful movement going around, I thought I'd take a moment to say thanks to all of my blog, Twitter and Instagram followers and friends. Each week this month I will be posting a giveaway. This week I've gathered some extra holiday goodies I had stashed away and I'm putting them up for grabs!

There's an assortment of holiday themed paper, tags, stickers, glitter tape and ribbons and more.

There's also chipboard, reindeer die cuts, rhinestones, a vellum envelope and a mini stocking.

Just follow the directions below and good luck!

The deets: Open to US residents only. You must share each week's giveaway on Instagram to be eligible. All additional entries are optional. One winner will be chosen at the end of each week (Sunday) and posted here on the blog. The winner will have 5 days to respond otherwise the prize will be added to the next week's giveaway. All prizes will ship at the end of the month.

101: Books

As part of the 101 Project, one goal is to read 101 new books. Here's my list so far.

1. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
2. A Touch of Dead
3. Grave Secret
4. An Ice Cold Grave
5. Grave Surprise
6. Grave Sight
7. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
8. Sharp Objects
9. Dead Ever After
10. And the Mountains Echoed
11. We Were the Mulvaneys
12. Gone Girl
13. Dark Rose
14. Sister
15. The Cutting Season
16. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
17. What Papa Told Me
18. The Highest Tide
19. The Litigators
20. The Rescue
21. City of Lost Souls
22. Souvenir
23. After Dead
24. Dark Places

You can also find out what I'm currently reading here.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

It's finally here!

After not so patiently waiting, it is here. Finally. And I couldn't be more excited.

I am in love with the nontraditional colors that Kelly chose for this kits. And hello? Deer, gold foil alphas, ELF inspired stamps. I'm practically giddy. There's items from Tim Holtz, Basic Grey, Allison Kreft and of course, Kelly Purkey. 

I was waiting to see if this kit would include an album like Ali had in her December Daily kit, but alas, it did not. No worries though! I found an 8 x 8 We R Memory Keepers album in... wait for it... aqua. Totally nontraditional, I know. But how sweet is that gonna look with the kit? It comes with 10 divided page protectors. Still trying to decide if I want to house everything in those or do a combo of page protectors and pages/tid bits just hole punched and added to the album. We'll see. Now the wait begins for the kit to arrive at my house. 

The full list includes:
  • 1 Jolly 4" x 6" stamp set designed by Kelly, which is exclusive to this year's kit.
  • 1 sheet each of red, teal and white Kelly Purkey alpha stickers
  • 1 sheet each of Kelly Purkey's Tis The Season and This is Magic stickers
  • 1 sheet of Tim Holtz Idea-ology number rub-ons
  • 4 flair badges designed by Kelly
  • 1 roll of Kelly Purkey diamonds washi tape
  • 1 roll Kelly Purkey gold glitter tape
  • 4 Simon Says Stamp foil cut out snowflakes
  • 1 Kelly Purkey foil cut out reindeer
  • 2 Allison Kreft star paperclips
  • 2 gold heart paperclips
  • 2 cork hearts and 2 cork stars by Fancy Pants
  • 24 sheets of 6.5" x 9.5" of "Capture" designer papers from BasicGrey
  • Assortment of Freckled Fawn wood veneers (approximately 12)
  • Alpha stickers in gold foil from Chic Tags
  • 1 Kelly Purkey "Stacked Deck" in 3" x 4" cards (25 Kelly Purkey designs, 2 Allison Kreft overlays, 2 Kelly Purkey overlays and 2 Kelly Purkey letterpress cards)
  • 3 holiday themed wax seals from BasicGrey
  • 1 sheet of gold and silver candy buttons by BasicGrey
  • 1 pack of Attach Me stickers from BasicGrey

You can find Kelly's here and the aqua album here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

December Daily

Are you gearing up for December Daily this year? Looking for some inspiration?
Check out my December Daily board over at Pinterest!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mid Week Round Up

I just couldn't help myself. I did it again. After canceling my PL subscription back in August, I signed back up a few days ago after getting an email from Studio Calico. What did it say, you ask? Um, a free add on + free shipping if I signed up again. Hello? Hell yes I'm gonna sign back up! Screw saving that extra money each month. This girl is gonna scrap.

Luckily for me, their distribution site is one UPS day away so I received my package today. I'll admit, this month's kit was kinda 'meh' for me but I love the gold alpha stickers from Dear Lizzy. And I'm crazy about the add on kit. So it all works out in the end. *photos snagged from Studio Calico*

I put my preorder in for Kelly Purkey's December Daily kit. This is just a sneak. The full reveal will be later this month, with the kits shipping mid November. I literally cannot wait to get my hands on this kit. I've got quite a few events planned for December and I'm looking forward to documenting them. The kits are still available for preorder over at Simon Says Stamp

I will also be having a moving sale soon. I've got a whole studio worth of stuff that needs to get whittled down to half of a spare bedroom. Depressing, I know. I'm working through it with Spiced Apple Pie Ciders and Masterpiece Theater. In all there will be 6 flat rate Priority mail boxes filled with cardstock, paper, embellishments, stamps, stickers, albums and a whole bunch of other stuff. I'll be posting photos of each box once I get everything sorted. You can find 7Gypsies, American Crafts, K & Company, Jolee's, PL cards and more. So keep your eyes out! They should be posted this weekend.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October Randoms

watching Grey's Anatomy, SOA, MASH reruns & patiently awaiting the return of The Walking Dead & American Horror Story

eating Halloween candy & BBQ chicken salads. I figure they balance each other out.

listening The Black Keys 'Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough'

planning a surprise birthday party for Chris this Saturday

surfing's Brooks River Falls Bear Cams 1 2 3 4

excited for the December Daily kit from Kelly Purkey/Simon Says Stamp to arrive

wanting this espresso/cappuccino machine from Target

loving the weather finally cooling off

studying medical terminology (5th week of the term)

drinking Pumpkin Pie Lattes with Caramel. Seriously good shit.

pinning Thanksgiving Ideas

dreaming of Alaska. Always Alaska.

reading The Casual Vacancy & What They Do In The Dark

enjoying lunch breaks at home with Chris

Sunday, July 21, 2013

2013 SCTP Nationals

Matthew killed it this weekend at the SCTP Nationals! So incredibly proud of this little man!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

H & M Fashion Studio

Loving the new summer items at H & M! Just wish we had one closer!

July Specials!

Celebrate the summer!

For the month of July, I will be offering two specials.

Purchase any Living Locket and any chain and get a free charm of your choice


Purchase any Living Locket along with any two charms and receive a silver or gold station ball chain for free!

If you'd like to take advantage of this offer, just drop me a line!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013



Just in time for the 4th of July!

This Just In

To be quite honest, I was less than thrilled with June's box. Sure, the shortbread cookies were demolished the first night. And the Pringles Stix weren't that bad either. But everything else was just kinda... meh. With chronic insomnia, I laughed at the Dream Water. I'm a big Pringles fan so the Lay's Stax didn't jive with me. They're a little bit thicker than Pringles and I wasn't keen on the flavor either. The Pastitas pasta chips weren't that bad, just different. I haven't tried the Roasted Seaweed Snacks yet.

On a good note, the Lady Walton's White Chocolate Amaretto cookies are back up on the site!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In The Works

I've had two SMASH journals sitting on my desk since they first came out. I had no idea what I wanted to put in them, except that it be one large project. I've still got a lot of the Alaska tidbits that I collected that summer and though it would be a good way to showcase them. Plane tickets, coffee sleeves, maps, tickets, correspondence, etc. The photo below is the inside cover. For the most part, all paper, embellishments and washi tape are from Studio Calico. 

I have a bad habit of keeping hotel room keys. I must have almost 100 of them. I used washi tape to seal the bottom of the coffee sleeve and then adhered it to the page with double-stick tape. A perfect little place for my cards.

I had a leftover map of Anchorage so I used that for the background and stuck some baggage claim stickers at the bottom. I'll probably add some small Instagram photos as well. 

A large view of the page, along with the TSA ticket.

This was our first schedule that Tony had made out of Stephanie and I. Washi tape, acrylic dots and some stickers complete the page.

This hung on our cabin door for the better part of the season. I ripped it off before we left. It pretty much sums up the summer there.

I love this empty Top 10 list. I'm using the mini alphabet stickers to add the top 10 quotes from the summer.

I've still got lots of stuff to add but I wanted to post what I've got so far.

Is anyone else using their SMASH journal for a large, single project?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We'll Miss You Jim

So incredibly saddened to hear of his passing. The world lost an amazing person today.
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For the past few weeks I've been researching, crunching numbers and dreaming of Alaska. For those of you who have been keeping up, I worked on the Katmai for the 2011 summer season. I have to go back. I need to go back. So, next year *fingers crossed* I'll be taking the Man and the Boy for a week long visit. On the agenda: Denali, Whittier, Seward and some fresh Pacific Cod from Humpy's.

Photo snagged from here. You can find the rest of my Alaska Wanderlust board on Pinterest here.
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