Sunday, January 18, 2009

Week #3 - Project 365

This week for my Project 354 photos I looked at my week in things I use everyday. You know the things that you just wouldn't take a picture of. So this leads me into my photo descriptions.

Day 12 - My car keys. We are always going somewhere, taking the kids to school, going to the grocery store, etc. What would we do out here in the "country" without a car.

Day 13 - Packing a Lunchbox. Everyday I'm up packing the boys their lunch.

Day 14 - My Favorite website. Well do we really need to discuss this one. My favorite website is Split Coast Stampers. You will find me on the website at the crack of dawn every morning. I usually have my morning "chat" with my cyber sisters every morning. Then they usually have work to go to or kids to drop off at school. I usually pop in from time to time during the day. I have made some great friends through SCS.

Day 15 - RECYCLE GROCERY BAGS. My boys have been insisting on recycling paper/cardboard/plastic. I bought a few of the store recycle bags and find them ugly and boring. So I have been making these to give away and to sell. They are the exact size of a regular plastic market bag.

Day 16 - Outside Temperature. Yes this day was the coldest we have seen in a long time. I know it isn't the best photo but it hasn't been that cold since the photo.

Day 17 - Family bowling. I had an itch to get out of the house and do something as a family. We went bowling. For the first time I won a game. WOOHOO!!!!

Day 18 - Ipod. I love listening to my music when I am cleaning or just trying to ignore the people in my house. Oops, did I really say that. Yes, I go into a zone and have to crank up the music. Usually I feel much better and get a lot done around the house.

I hope everyone has a great week. Stay safe.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Week #2 - Project 365

I am really liking this challenge. I keep thinking of different photos I can take during the days. But then remember I already took my "365" pic of the day.

Day 5 - What could be better on a cold New England day, but a bowl of chicken corn chowder. The recipe was a little more soupy than chowdery (if that is a word). It was still yummy.

Day 6 - Thank You Card. I received this beautiful card from my cyber sister Donna. I love the colors together. Thanks Donna...

Day 7 - Ladybug. I always thought of Ladybugs were summer bugs. That was until we moved here and noticed we got quite a few during the winter months. Apparently they come inside to stay warm. This is considered my Hmm... photo.

Day 8 - Firebellied Toad - I had a little help setting this picture up from Nicholas. We bought the boys these frogs, yes I said frogs (I did a little research and found they are a frog rather than the toad), for Christmas 2007. They are the coolest frogs I have ever seen. I love the bright orangy bellies. Why did I take this picture, well I do feed them a couple times a week and I think the way they stalk the food is pretty kewl. Yes, I'm weird.

Day 9 - Armillary (An old astronomical model with solid rings, all circles of a single sphere, used to display relationships among the principal celestial circles).. This is a cool decoration we have in our house. I'm pretty sure it is for the yard but I like it so much we have it inside.

Day 10- My boys sitting nicely together (for once). Nick is helping Kyle on a video game. Even though I was sick on the couch I had to get up and get the camera out. See I'm dedicated to this project.

Day 11 - Our Backyard. Overnight a snow storm came through and has lasted the majority of today. This is our lovely (well not during the winter months) backyard. Doesn't the pool look cold.

Hope you all enjoy my pictures for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Project 365 - Week #1

Let's start 2009 with a Challenge. Or a resolution if you look at it that way. Everyone knows I like to scrapbook. Project 365 was created by Becky Higgins of Creating Keepsakes. She is challenging people to take a picture a day everyday of 2009. This way you have something to look back on for the whole year and not just those special trips or parties.

I will be posting my day pictures but on a weekly basis generally on Sunday morning.

My first week pictures are:

Day 1 - New Year, New Day and what better way to start my day/year off with my morning coffee in my favorite mug.

Day 2- McCartney Gathering. My sister-in-law and family were visiting from FL and we all went out to dinner the night before they left. This picture is of my mother-in-law and three sister-in-laws.

Day 3 - My Favorite Ornament is the frosted glass ball ornament with a metallic deer.

Day 4 - Fresh Baked Coffee Cake. The house smells delicious from the Sour Cream Coffee cake that is baking as I type.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

From the Vineyard

Today I decided to do something crafty. Splitcoast Stampers has challenges everyday of the week and Saturday's is their Inspiration challenge. For today's challenge you had to create something from Cake Nouveau's website. I loved the Vineyard cake and decided that was my inspiration.

My card is a stand size 4.25 x 5.5 card (well 4.25 x 11 but folded in half). I used So Saffron cardstock for the base of the card. Then I stamped my Wine List stamp by Inkadinkadoo in So Saffron ink to make my background. I have enjoyed using my Storybook Cricut Cartridge to make my margue shapes. The larger one was cut out of Old Olive paper and the smaller one was cut from vanilla. I sponged the edges of the olive with matching ink. I sketched a viney looking border around the vanilla. My grapes are made from Eggplant paper which I used my CM circle punch. I sponged each of the circles to give the grapes some depth. Then I layered them on to the marque. My leaves were cut from the Storybook cartridge and layered together. I added the hemp as a last thought.

I'm pretty happy with the way it came out..

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Sheila!!!

My Mother-In-Law is a New Year's baby. So every year for atleast the past 10 years we have family and some close friends over for a New Year's Eve party. During the party we celebrate Sheila's birthday with a cake.

This year's party theme was Poker. I browsed the internet for some ideas on a cake and found a cake that looked like a dice. The original cake had regular frosting on but I wanted to challenge myself and use Fondant for the very first time. Boy was it a labor of love. I realized I was suppose to put a thin layer of regular icing on the cake before the fondant. So New Year's Eve morning I was in a panic looking for the ingredients to make the frosting. It looked like I would have to make the zillionth trip to the grocery store until I pulled everything out of the baking cabinet and found what I was looking for. AHHHHH what a relief. I eventually got the cakes baked, cooled, stacked and frosted. Then came time to put some elbow grease into rolling out the fondant. Oh boy.. What a labor of love that is. With that done I continued onto melting the backs of the Wilton Dark Cocoa Premium Candy Melts® chips for the numbers on the dice. I'm not Martha Stewart but I think it came out pretty nice looking.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas Ornament Money holder

As the nieces and nephews get older we have been giving them money for Christmas. While I was out Christmas shopping I picked up a package of money card holders. On the package it said 17 and figured that would be enough for the kids. As we were getting them ready I was like utoh. There were only 4 in the pack. now what do I do. Well we used a couple on Christmas Eve and in the back of my head I knew I was getting the Storybook Cartridge from Cricut. I had been browsing some blogs and came across this one. I scrolled down and saw the scalloped circle Christmas ornament money/gift card holder. Bingo the light bulb went off and that is what I made. Christmas afternoon I was down in my craftroom putting these together as fast as I could. My mother-in-law liked them so much she said she would like to make some for next Christmas.