Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pixel Scrapper August 2018 Blog Train - Kids Ahead

Wow!  I hadn't realized it's been so long since I have posted anything.  Time flew right on by me.  Here is my contribution to Pixel Scrapper's August blog train "Kids Ahead".  As usual, I ran out of time and this post is 16 days late.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Pixel Scrapper February 2018 Blog Train - Enjoy Each Moment

Hi All!  I am typing this up in a bit of a hurry so I hope I don't forget anything important...😊

I have to admit this was not my favorite blog train and I had a very difficult time with the elements.  I knew what I was going for but it just didn't play out that way.  Anyway, I hope you can use something from my kit along with all of the other fabulous contributions...check them out at Pixel Scrapper. 

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Pixel Scrapper January 2018 Blog Train - Treasured

Happy New Year!!  I have had such a rough ending to 2017, I'm actually looking forward to a new beginning.  I debated on whether I was going to mention this on the blog but since it has been "my life" since December 12th...I really don't have much else to chat about.  

Anyway, we have 2 dogs, a chocolate lab named Guinness and a Beagle named Bella.  We took Guinness to the vet on the 12th for a scheduled tumor removal from his hip.  Well...little Miss Bella doesn't like her big bro leaving her home alone.  She managed to squeeze herself  out of the gate in the backyard to go look for her brother.  I get a call around 1:00 in the afternoon from the microchip company letting me know Bella has been picked up and taken to animal services ("dog pound").  So I call animal services and find out that she is in fact in their "custody".  The lady put me on hold for a few minutes and came back to inform me that Bella may have been hit by a car!  My heart sunk.  I had no idea what her condition was until I got there....and it was bad....real bad.  I cried as I drove her to the vet's office knowing I was going to have to put her down.  She was in so much pain.  

After multiple x-rays and a thorough exam from the was amazing she had no broken bones, her lungs were clear and they could not detect any internal bleeding.  They kept her for the next 3 days/nights to keep her on a heavy dose of pain/anti-inflammatory IV drip to ease the swelling that was causing her so much pain.  Seeing her in so much pain, I know the vet could see that I was struggling with this and wanted me to give her a chance.  If this doesn't help her, then we would discuss the option of euthanasia.  She is 14 years old and I didn't want her to be in so much pain but I agreed.  She had no reflex in her left leg at all so the likelihood that she would ever be able to walk on it was slim.

The first few nights home were pretty rough.  We didn't get much sleep because she would cry and yelp.  After the days went by she got better and better.  She is now using both of her back legs to get around.  She is still very unsteady but she is doing it.  She goes in and out of the doggy door by herself and has managed to find that one position to stand in so she can do her business outside and not fall over.  She is one tough pup!  I am also happy to report that the tumor removed from Guinness was not cancerous.  

I hope I didn't put anyone to sleep...I tend to be long winded because I have to tell the whole story.  Here is my contribution to this months blog train...Treasured.  Enjoy.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Pixel Scrapper December 2017 Blog Train - Home For The Holidays

I guess everyone has their own sense of what "Home for the Holidays" means.  I haven't had that feeling in such a long time.  Things changed once we moved to Florida.  I don't know if it is the warm weather or the fact that most of the family that made it feel like "Home" are now gone.  I remember growing up, we would decorate the house from top to bottom and it was a 3 story house (4 if you include a full basement).  We always had the biggest tree we could find. We don't have that down here.  I did my best when my boys were growing up but it just didn't feel the same....for me.  We would spend days baking cookies and go to parties that our parents would drag us to...we grumbled about it but always ended up having a great time and never ready to go home.  I would love to be able to turn back time.

I bake now but for the most part, I do it by myself.  I think I touched on this subject in my previous the cookies never last a day and I have to bake more.  I don't mind since it's a once a year thing.  It's just too hot down here to do any type of baking any other time of the year.  We really won't see much cold weather until mid to late January and February.  It's great but at Christmas, the cold weather makes it feel more like home.  My sisters and I would put on our snowsuits and grab our sleds and go down the "mountains" (really it was just a hill at the park, lol).  We loved it so much, we would have icicles in our hair and we would be so cold but never wanted to stop.

Needless to say...for some reason, all of that fun was so complicated to put into design so this is what I came up with.  I hope you like it.  Enjoy.

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Here are a few journal cards I made, they are 3.5 x 5 inches. 
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Pixel Scrapper November 2017 Blog Train - Elegant Autumn

Happy Fall Y'all!!  Here is my contribution for the Pixel Scrapper November blog train.  I had a hard time with the colors for this theme but I think it turned out pretty good.  It seems like I needed a brown but I made it work.  Hope you can use this kit for some adorable pages.  Happy Scrappin'.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pixel Scrapper October 2017 Blog Train - Pumpkin Spice

Mmmm...PUMPKIN!  I get crazy for pumpkin around this time of year.  Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies....pretty much any baked goods with pumpkin. I'm not a pumpkin latte kind of girl but many people go crazy for them when our local coffee shops like Starbucks and Dunkin start serving them. 

Pumpkin cookies are a staple in my Christmas cookie baking every year.  They normally do not last long enough to get frosted.  Last year, I made 3 dozen on the first night of my baking binge and put them in an air tight container with plans on frosting them later after work.  My youngest son had devoured most of them before I got home.  I believe I made another 2 dozen and frosted what was left from the initial batch and warned my son to keep his hands off the cookies.  I come home the next day to frost the other 2 dozen I had made and there was only a dozen left!!  I looked at my son with that stern motherly look and he smiled and said "it wasn't me mom, I swear" as he raises one hand and places the other over his heart (you gotta believe him right?).  So I find out later that his dad had eaten the he got an earful.  He says "I only had a couple"....ummm....yeah he grabbed "a couple" each time he walked by the container.  I eventually did get them baked and frosted (and many other baked goodies) so I could get my cookie baskets ready for neighbors, family and friends.  

So here is my portion of the "Pumpkin Spice" blog train.  Don't forget to stop by Pixel Scrapper and check out the rest of the train.  Enjoy!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Pixel Scrapper September 2017 Blog Train - At The Zoo

Here we are in September and I am still cranking out the "summer" kits.  I went with birds for my "At The Zoo" critter.  I recently went to Busch Gardens and they have a ton of birds so this was the first thing that popped in my head when the theme was chosen.  I have done a lot of tropical kits this summer so I am looking forward to fall!  It won't feel like fall here for another two months but at least I can pretend right.  

Last month I mentioned I was starting a new job....well....I have already left that job and moved onto another.  I hope this one is it.  It really stinks starting over.  I had the perfect job which I loved and had put 12 years of my life into.  I really thought that would be the one to take me to retirement.  That didn't work out as planned.  The one thing that stinks about starting over is the vacation time I had accrued in the 12 years I had been there.  Now I have to start fresh....with one week off after a year.  I don't know how I will go an entire year without any time off for myself but we shall see. are the birds for my portion of the blog train "At The Zoo".  Have fun!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pixel Scrapper August 2017 Blog Train - Good Vibes

Well Hello!  Welcome to August!  Can you believe it's getting close to the end of summer...well for some of us anyway.  We probably won't see cooler weather here in Florida until around mid-October (bummer).  I guess I can't complain too much since the tropics have been pretty quiet so far this summer (knocking on wood).  

I have been working on this kit for most of June and the entire month of July simply because I had zero ideas flowing through my head.  I've had plenty of time to ponder ideas but I've been enjoying time outdoors since I lost my job at the beginning of June.  The company that I worked for (for 12 years) decided to close our billing office and redistributed the work among two of the other billing offices in Texas and Kansas.  It was kind of a bummer since I really enjoyed working there and I really miss all of my co-workers.  The good thing is the type of work we do is abundant so the possibility that some of us may work together again some day are pretty great.  I had already planned a vacation for the week of July 4th so to have this happen before my vacation made it difficult for me to job hunt.  Not too many companies want to hire someone who will be taking a vacation within the first month of being I waited.  

I started a new job on July 24th....that was the longest I have been out of work in over 20 years and it felt great.  I needed that time off.  I feel refreshed and my batteries are recharged 😊

This is what I have for you for the August blog train.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Pixel Scrapper July 2017 Blog Train - Summer Lovin'

I am on a roll with the summer kits.  I hope you haven't had too many that you can't find some use for this one.  My favorite part of this kit is the string of lights.  I love those Edison style lights that are popping up everywhere.  If I had a deck in my back yard, I would definitely have these.  I was running out of ideas for summer so the elements are a little random.  I also opted to not create any solids since most kits on the train have solids.  One could only need so many solids in the same color right?  Anyway, I hope you find room in your scrapbooking arsenal for this great stash of summer kits.  

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pixel Scrapper June 2017 Blog Train - Nature Escape

Hello everyone!  Here we are...6 months into 2017!  If it wasn't so hot here in Florida, I wouldn't believe it was already June.  I have been so busy at work since my promotion, sometimes I don't even turn on the computer once I get home.  I liked how these colors worked together, they seemed to have that "calming" affect on me so I was able to work a little here and there to get this done.  I brainstormed but couldn't really come up with anything more creative.  But...thankfully I was on the right path with my idea so the items in this kit should blend well with some of the other kits in the train.  There are some fantastic contributions this month.  I hope you all enjoy.

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