Friday, November 30, 2012

Update: Project Life: November 11-17

This week is when I actually first decided to start this blog. I have thought about this for years and years. But on this particular day, it actually materialized ; ) I spent the entire day planning and creating. This blog, now only 2 weeks old has turned out to be one of my favorite creative outlets. So getting back to the week: the girls were in high gear on the creating train. I scanned some of their current masterpieces and put them into my favorite 4 x 6 templates by The Lilypad. On Thursday Roo & took a road trip to Bloomsburg to pick up Addison!! Yeah, I missed him sooooo much! Friday, feeling a bit under the weather : ( 
Most of the elements for this week were from the digital Clementine Collection found at Jessica Sprague's website.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Goodbye Sweet Autumn...

Ok, guess it's time to say farewell to my favorite season! Goodbye to all those beautiful colors bursting outdoors. Goodbye to those sweet smells of cinnamon & spice wafting through the air. Goodbye to the crisp unpredictable weather. And hello winter! Though you are my least favorite of seasons, you are still a lovely sight to photograph. Though I rarely, and I mean RARELY, ever go out for pleasure during the winter months, I do pop my head out with my camera wrapped safely and take a look at the winter white wonderland. As a child I always thought it looked like God had sprinkled confectioners sugar all over. Figures I would find a way to work sweets into that equation : )

Since the kids were young, Bryan has always been the one to take them out in the snow. Building snowmen, sledding and having snowball fights. He has invented new ways to entertain them. He even had chair races on the frozen pond outside our house! The girls are always anxious to see what the daddy will come up with next! I always stay warmly tucked in the house, awaiting them with hot chocolate loaded with plenty of marshmallows.

So here are a few of my fondest memories of autumn. Also a few pictures I took today, with my iPhone5...yes...while driving. But to my defense, we were stuck in a little traffic jam, so we were practically standing still...

Hello Jack Frost!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hmmm, this could be a problem...

This is our second year attempting to put up our tree without furry interferences! But the minute we have it up, sure enough we have a curious little fur ball awaiting to investigate. So for tonight we will have to keep the 3 kitties down the basement until we figure out a way to deter them from climbing. If anyone has any ideas, PLEASE leave a comment! I will welcome all suggestions! But I do have to admit, they make awful cute ornaments!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark!

Oh, yes! This is possibly the easiest recipe AND the most delicious snack ever! I found it here on Pinterest from Mary Ellen M. Hit the Pinterest link for the original recipe. The only thing I changed was the chocolate chips. Instead of a bag (about 2 cups) of chocolate chips, I used 5 different types of chips. It was merely coincidence that I had such a variety in the house, but a lucky one. I used: semi sweet, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate & butterscotch! Let me tell you...I could have eaten the entire batch! There is not one person that has tasted this and has not either, non-stop stuffed in their mouths, or asked for the recipe. So give it a try. It is 5 simple ingredients. You won't be sorry, but your waistline may : (

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Project Life:November 4-10th

This week was all about getting back to normal. We finally got our power back on Sunday! Seven days without power is NO picnic! The presidential election took place on November 6th. We got our first snow fall on Wednesday. Good thing I took this picture, because it melted in about an hour. Paulina had her "Open Mic Night" at Music Training Center, love that place! MTC is an excellent place for private voice lessons, instruments & theater. The girls have been in it for the past 4 years and love it. This week brought about much creativity also (as usual). The girls were fascinated by the book series The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda. They made origami Yoda's & Darth Papers all night with fluorescent post it notes. Oh, those crafty girls!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Camera happy...

Ok. I think I am officially obsessed with the sky...and clouds..and when the sun is setting! It just takes my breath away. Here are just a few i've taken in the past week. A few with my iPhone5, one with my Canon Rebel and one with my point and shoot Sony Cybershot. I edit in the app DeluxeFX & then in the app Diptic. I promise this is my last post on clouds...for a few weeks : )

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Project Life Update...

Once a week I will post the prior week for my Project Life. Anyone who knows me, knows this project is very near & dear to my heart. I've almost stopped scrapping in 12 x 12 style altogether. I feel the everyday is so much more interesting than the major milestones. If there is a major event, I'll just add an extra page to my PL or make a mini book. I've also encouraged many friends to join me (especially my partner in crime Wendy).
This was a horrific week for Project Life. The east coast got slammed with Hurricane Sandy! And we lost power for an entire week!! Thank God there was no damage to our home, except for some minor flooding. Now, I try to look at the bright side: there were people in NY that lost their entire homes, along with everything in them! So I guess losing power for a week wasn't so bad. But during that week, if you would have asked me, I would have given you a completely different answer! But reviewing the week, we did have trick or treating. The girls had an awesome time. And I got to spend a few days with my bestie Tracy in NJ. Also we got to spent time with my mom & dad. So all in all, I survived that blasted week!
So this week I used Becky Higgins page protectors in Design A. And an extra insert from WR Memory Keepers. Most elements are from the Clementine Collection.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Anybody ready for December Daily??

This is my first year attempting December Daily. I've been a Project Lifer for 2 years. But now that I have that under control & have a good rhythm, I thought I'd tackle December Daily. Now I hear a lot of other people asking what the difference between PL & DD. Either project can be approached anyway you feel comfortable with. For me: I use Project Life for our family's daily routine. For instance, what we like for breakfast, what we are currently reading or watching. Basically whatever we do on a daily basis for that exact moment. But December Daily will be created for our family's Christmas traditions. When we decorate the tree, making pizzelle's, The Feast of the Seven Fishes, or singing Christmas songs into hair brushes while dancing around the kitchen like crazy people. So some will be traditional and some not so traditional. I am going to make 25 pages. Each day will have the date: Saturday, December 1 2012. I downloaded Ali Edward's December Overlays. I also got an early Christmas present from a dear friend which was the Teresa Collins December Countdown Kit. That will be the main "guts" of the project along with left over Basic Grey elements. I am looking forward to creating this little mini scrapbook. I'm trying to get the basics done. So once December 1st rolls around, all I will need to do is add a picture & the story behind it. I'm sure it will be one my girls, Paulina & Natalya, will enjoy reading over and over again. Maybe even my college bound son, Addison!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Oh...those beautiful clouds.....

Today I was on the way to the vet, because my cat keeps peeing in & on random, odd spots...but that is a whole other blog post! Getting back to business. As usual, I am looking up at the clouds...seriously: I am going to get in an accident one of these days. I stop, and make sure no one is coming up behind . Then I whip out my lovely iPhone 5 and snap a few pictures. These pictures actually didn't have power lines in the frame (this is a huge accomplishment!). I just don't know what it is about the beauty of the clouds and the way the sunlight beams through them. Ahh, it simply takes my breath away every time! So here are a few of my favorites. Quite a few were taken "while" driving...yes, my left arm was hanging out the window & the right was steering. BUT my eyes NEVER left the road. Enjoy!