Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Something for you...

I have never done a give-away or blog candy thing, but my friend Shelly posted it on her blog at Jaspere's Little Corner and I wanted to play along.
Here's how to play: The first 5 people to comment on this post will receive something made by me. But there is a catch... Here are the rules:

1. It's my choice what to make... and you won't know what it will be until you get it!
2. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make, but I hope you do!
3. What I create will be just for you - completely original (if you want, you can tell me your favorite color(s) and I'll make an effort to include them in whatever I make you.)
4. It will be done this year (that's what the rule says, but I'll work on getting it to you within the next month or so, depending on what I decide to make).
5. Now for the catch. The catch is that you must re-post this on your blog and offer the same giveaway to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog. It's all about sharing the love! When you leave me your comment, you must leave a link to your blog so I can check to be sure you re-posted before I can send you your prize!
Sound like fun? I thought so. Enjoy! Peace.

Friday, February 20, 2009

More Bella cards

I love Bella - I am hopelessly addicted and just love making cards with these images. Here is Hippiechickabella:

And this is Best Friends Forevah (Tiddly Inks):
Rumor Has It.... (It's Your Birthday stamped inside):
I'm making cards for a friend who is having surgery next week, these are some of them. Cancer sucks. But this girl rocks and kicks ass and will totally beat it. Her name is Mel, keep her in your prayers, please. Thanks. Peace.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I love a challenge....

Especially a BELLA challenge! The challenge was to use purple and red in a card with Bella images. This is what I came up with, hope you like it! I used SU! Real Red, Whisper White, and Orchid Opulence cardstock, some red mulberry paper that I had lying around, and some red fasteners. I colored her with a mix of Copics and SU! Stampin' Write Markers:

I actually really did miss a friend's birthday back in January, so she is the lucky recipient of this card. I hope SHE likes it, too. I don't usually forget birthdays, so I think this is perfect! More later - peace!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! We don't make a real big deal about this holiday around my house, it's just a low-key reason to do something a little special. I bought everyone some candy and made Jeremy a card, and tonight I'm making chicken piccata for dinner, which we all love, and then brownies with ice cream and hot fudge for dessert. I'm not the kind of girl who wants/needs a gift for every little occasion - I would much prefer that Jeremy buys us $50 extra worth of groceries rather than buying me $50 worth of roses or even jewelry. I would also prefer a $2 Hershey bar with almonds over a $20 fancy box of chocolates. My husband is such a lucky man. *sigh* ;o)

Last night, Jeremy and I went to the 40th anniversary party for our friends' parents. It was a lot of fun, we had a good time even though I'm still battling this flu/head cold thing. It makes you realize how rare it is for couples to last long enough to celebrate a 40th anniversary! We saw a few friends we had not seen in a long time, and one of them seemed surprised that Jeremy and I were still together - he asked how long it's been and when we answered "almost 17 years" he just kind of stared at us. LOL Wanna see Jeremy and I almost 17 years ago? This was the Summer of 1992. We had just started dating but we had been really good friends for a year before dating (yes, we were 21 and no, he doesn't smoke anymore! LOL):

And this is from this past Christmas, 2008:

Jeremy has slightly less hair (ha!) and I have slightly more body fat, but we still love each other very much, and we still like each other, too. I'm thankful for that.

I hope you get to spend today with the people you love! Peace.

Monday, February 2, 2009

I'm just a Raggedy Ann in a Barbie doll world...

Here's what I came up with this weekend - I belong to a Yahoo group where one of the members has in her signature line "I'm just a Raggedy Ann in a Barbie doll world." When I saw that, I just had to make her a card with that sentiment, since I happen to have it. I used Stamping Bella's NO FAIR girl and mini Sposabella, and I just LOVE the way it came out! I used Versafine Archival black ink, SU! Real Red, Basic Black, and Whisper White cardstock - SU! Stampin' Write markers, Dazzling Diamonds glitter for the wedding dress, and some spare ribbon I had lying around. It came out really cute, if I do say so myself! LOL

Stamping Bella's Rumor Has It girls... inside is stamped "It's Your Birthday!"

Valentine's Day card that I made for my hubby - thanks to my friends from the Bella group who sent me these Stamping Bella Kissieface images!!

That's all for now - happy Monday, have a great week! Peace.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Happy 18th Birthday, Eric!

Yesterday was my nephew's 18th birthday. "Milestone" birthdays like this one really bring back a lot of memories and make you think about things that you haven't had time to think of in years. Bear with me as I take a trip down memory lane.

We were in high school, my sister and I. We are one year and 3 days apart and I stayed back in 10th grade, so we ended up in the same classes and graduating together. Michelle's boyfriend was a boy we had known since kindergarten, and although we had been friends with him all along, he was not great boyfriend material. But we were young, so it was all about having fun. Until the day we had graduation rehearsal and Michelle took a pregnancy test. It came out positive. We were giddy with excitement, despite the fact that we were also scared to death. I say "we" as if we were siamese twins, which we may as well have been! LOL Seriously, though, the both of us had wanted to be mothers since we were little kids, we had 7 aunts who all had kids younger than us so we had a baby on our hip at any family function from the time we were probably 7 or 8 years old! This was going to be AWESOME - a real-life baby to take care of ALL THE TIME. We were teenagers, need I say more?

Michelle moved in with her boyfriend's family late in her pregnancy. They lived right up the street, but I was still heart-broken. I won't go into the details, but her boyfriend didn't "rise to the challenge" of impending fatherhood by any means. On January 31, 1991, I was in my bedroom early in the morning getting ready for my day. I remember it so clearly, my mom walking in my room and telling me that Michelle had a healthy baby boy a few hours ago. I couldn't believe it, I was an "auntie"!!!

Within a month, Michelle moved back home with her precious little boy, Eric John. This kid was the happiest baby ever - he smiled all the time, laughed all the time, and was just the center of our universe. Michelle was working and going to college, so we were all lucky enough to get to be able to spend time with him. I was still a teenager, and I can remember strapping the carseat into my 2-door Daytona and bringing Eric with me to hang out with my friends on Saturday afternoons at the local park. Eric called me simply "auntie" - and everytime he said it, my heart would swell with pride and joy and love. A couple of years later, I was 21 years old and I got my first apartment, and one of the first things I did was buy a little kids' play-tent and set up a little play area for Eric in my bedroom at my apartment. He was such a good kid, I just loved having him over. He wasn't just sweet and loveable, he was absolutely adorable - I mean, LOOK at him! Look at those big blue eyes and that gummy, toothless grin! LOL
These are pictures we had taken at Sears above, Eric was just about 1 year old, so that would mean I was probably 20 and Michelle was 19. When I tell you that this baby was the center of our universe, I am not exaggerating. He meant the world to us, he was the first baby - the first grandbaby for my parents, the first great-grandbaby for our grandparents, etc.

Some funny things I remember about Eric when he was little - when he fell off his bike or hurt himself, he would scream bloody murder. The first few times it happened, we all went running like our butts were on fire, certain that we would find him half-dead or with missing limbs. We soon learned that he was just a little dramatic.... hee hee

When he was really little, probably 3 or 4 years old, he told me that he was going to take me to his prom. I never let him forget that, and it became a running joke in our family. As Eric's Junior Prom approached last year, he would randomly say to me anytime I saw him, "auntie, you are NOT coming to my prom - I'm not going to tell you where it is!" and he'd smile... I knew I couldn't let the joke just die, especially since HE kept bringing it up! hee hee So anyone who knows me is probably laughing right now wondering what I did, if you don't already know. The day of the prom, I was at work. Eric stopped in to see me and once again said "auntie, you're not coming to the prom tonight." Well, I had to do SOMETHING! That's a full-on CHALLENGE in my book! I had my husband bring me a dress that I had from a political fundraising event that I had been to. After work, I drove over to my sister's house and snuck in the back door. Cassidy was with me, she helped me get this dress on quickly hiding downstairs in my sister's basement. Meanwhile, Michelle was upstairs videotaping Eric and his friend - who had no idea why they were being videotaped. Eric kept saying, "What? Do I have something on me?" and laughing - suddenly, I come running up the stairs singing "your prom date is here!" He took one look at me and burst out laughing. He even POSED with me for pictures, he is the most good-natured kid I have ever known. These were taken with a cell phone, so they aren't great quality, but you get the idea:

This is Eric and his REAL date, Noel - Noel is still Eric's girlfriend and we love her! They had just started dating when he took her to the prom - she was not yet at his house when I made my entry. By the time she arrived, I had changed back into my "normal" clothes. Later on, when Eric told her what I did, she very seriously asked, "Did she really want to go?" She has since gotten to know me and the rest of our family and now realizes that we're just plain crazy. LOL
When Eric was 2 1/2, I gave birth to my own son, Trevor. Trevor was followed by my daughter Cassidy 21 months later, and then Michelle's other son Joshua a couple years after that. Our brother's son Christopher was born on January 1, 2001 - almost exactly 10 years after Eric. So there are roughly 2 years between all 5 kids - Eric has always been a wonderful role model to all of these kids and I am so proud of the young man that he has become. This is my auntie Karen, Eric, and me on Christmas Eve this past year, he's a full foot taller than me now - I have HEELS on in this picture! LOL

How do you explain to an 18-year-old boy/man how very much you love him and what he means to you? I am hoping he reads this blog so that he knows. As much as I love words, I love to write, sometimes it's hard to express exactly what you are trying to say because there just aren't words that capture the intensity of your feelings. That's how I feel about you, Eric. You are such a special kid, growing into a wonderful man, and I am so thankful that you're my nephew. Happy Birthday, buddy.