Friday, July 30, 2010

Shop Hop results

My friend Erika suggested that I take pictures of my shop hop loot.  Here is a selection of what I got.  Because we went to a store that was going out of business and everything was 75% off, I wasn't as choosy as I normally would have been. So, I've left out some of those things and the things I got for the kids to do some scrapbooking with (since they love having their own supplies of stickers, papers, and do-dads).

Here goes:
This book was by Scrapbook trends and has the most AMAZING mini album ideas.  I've been DROOLING over it for days.  For some reason, I haven't done anything but drool but this book has some wonderful colors and ideas. 


Found a few ribbons in my favorite color scheme- red, yellow, turquois and the red and yellow ribbon are velvety soft.  Lovely.  And then I got a huge handful of flowers and green stems and the store that was going out of business.  You can never have too many prima flowers if you ask me.  And then they had glitter buttons along with a handful of the red ones and the over-sized black ones.  When you put it all together, you can see how I love the bright colors and gravitate towards red.  

Allison and I were particularly excited to find acrylic albums at the store for a steal.  Not to mention foodie rub-ons, Tim Holtz spinner arrows, felt lace ribbon, thickers (can never have too many if you ask me and love the turqouis green-ish), princess stamps for Phoebe, and a few sea horse die cuts for my beach album that I am going to make. 

I found this line from W R Memory Keepers (I think) called "72 and Sunny" which made me think of all those beach and water pictures I'll be scrapbooking soon. 

Doesn't this look beachy?  Of course, it has some red thrown in for me.  With the seahorses?  So cute!

Last but not least, Rosy and I were on a focus panel for the scrapbook company Momenta on Thursday. They are located in Northwood, NH and wanted input about their upcoming products.  We volunteered and received some free products as a result.  Well, here is the big pack of paper we got which is super pretty. 

This one paper, I just love.  It looks like arts and crafts wallpaper and I just keep going back to it.  I haven't a clue how I'll use it but I LOVE the red and green combination and the organic design. 

Pretty nice, huh? 
After my beach vacation, I'll just have to start scrapbooking in earnest and use all the great new things that I have currently piled next to my scrap desk.  I have about 200 pictures, organized by page ready to go.  I hope to get to it before school starts again and we get crazy busy. (Opposed to the crazy busy we are now going to the pool, beach, lake, etc...)

A single moment

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Too busy to blog

Really, we are just enjoying summer so much around here that I don't have time to blog about it. See:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Scrapbooking Shop Hop

Since my birthday was Friday, the scrapbook group and I decided that we would go on a scrapbooking shop hop of the stores in Southern New Hamphshire.  We went on Saturday and had a blast.

Stop #1:  This was a sad event.  We went to the very last day of Scrapbook Island in Derry, NH.  The bad part is that they were closing on that very day.  Although, we all ended up profiting with the 75% off.  With heavy hearts, we loaded our baskets with all sorts of goodies (inluding some acrylic albums that Alison and I have big plans for.)

Stop #2  We went to The Scrapbook Cabin in Amherst, NH.  I LOVED the selection of both papers and embellishments.  This was a really great store.  We picked up a copy of a mini-book idea book that I am really excited to try out.

We ate lunch at Me and Ollies and loved the homemade bread and fresh ingredients!  So delicious!  Here's us enjoying lunch:

Stop #3- Wholly Scrap in N. Hampton, NH.  This is a great store! As you can see, we all have bags with us.  They had TONS of beautiful paper to make any scrapbooker drool. 

Stop #4 The Frugral Scrapper in Sommersworth, NH was our last stop.  We were driving madly at 4:45 to get there before their 5:00 closing time.  We lucked out because not only did they let us in the door and shop for a few extra minutes but they also had a scrapbook yardsale going on so we got some deals.

Overall, this was a great day!  I would recommend doing a shop hop of your own.  We didn't go to Scrappin' Soul Sisters because it's our home store and we go there pretty often.  We focused on small, local stores even though a Michaels and AC Moore was on the route.  Every store owner chatted us up and had nice things to say.  You just don't get that a Michaels, if you know what I mean. 

And Phoebe has already put her princess stamps to good use:
Yes, that is ink all over her face and her hands.  She was covered but it washed off pretty easily.  

Monday, July 19, 2010

Water, Water, Every day water

Ok, I know I've said it before but I'll say it again, summer means water to me.  Any day that involves a swim is a good day to me.  So we've spent the last few days searching out water.  We'll also have AMAZING town pools with very affordable swim lessons.  Really, whoever made all the pools and parks in Concord, NH deserves a hug from me.   So, swim lessons started today for both kids.  So, we'll be at the pool for the next two weeks.  SO FUN!  Here is the weekend in pictures:

Auntie Sue with the kids. 

Our friend Rosy with El.

Mama- our unofficial lifeguard.

Swim lessons.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Beach Kids

I've decided that maybe we should just live at the beach.  It's one of the places where my kids don't argue and they actually play nicely with each other.   It was so nice and cool on the beach that we could actually sit and enjoy the outside under the beach umbrella. Thank goodness my parents live on the Maine shore because it's a great way to get to the beach easily.  However, in two weeks we'll take our family vacation to the Delaware shore with all of my cousins.  We'll basically live on the beach for a week.  It's been so hot, we are ready!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Flea Market Finds

I had forgotten how much I LOVE going to the flea market.  I love, love, love it!  We all packed in the car this morning and drove 20 minutes to the Sunday morning flea market even though it was looking like another scorcher.
What amazed me is that my kids were that they were old enough to really enjoy the experience.  Elliot is a methodical shopper.  He looks at everything and examines each book, case, and blanket.  We are very similar in this way.  We meandered from booth to booth slowly looking at all sorts of "treasures".  Phoebe and Jan glance quickly and moved on (good thing Jan was slowed down by her crutches) when they don't see something that interests them.  

We found this cutie for Phoebe in the first booth.  It was a steal at $3.00!  What little girl doesn't need a mouse/toadstool/bee night light?  Jan did the first of many eye rolls when it ended up in our bag.

A tempting item but NO ROOM, NO ROOM, NO ROOM.

Elliot ended up spending his birthday money on this lovely glittery green dragon.  This booth had quite a few and Elliot just could NOT resist the glittery goodness.  Oh, I just can't blame him.  What boy wouldn't want a sparkly dragon on his bookshelf by his bed?  (Another eye roll from Jan.)

I ended up with this fabulous opal ring which I picked right out and slipped on my finger and fell in love with.  As you can see I don't have hand model hands so it's amazing when I can fit into a ring.  Not to mention, I love opals.  
Phoebe's animals, El's helicopter, and some books for all of us

I got a few more things for my mom for her birthday which I cannot share because she actually reads my blog. But, boy do I LOVE going to the flea market!  What makes Davisville Flea Market great is that it is half flea market, half yard sale.  Most things are affordable, everyone is super nice, and I always find a treasure or two when I go!  (And they have horses to pat for the kids.)

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Dud Vacation

We tried to salvage our vacation, we really tried.  But the heat and lack of AC got to us along with a moldy dog-hairy rental house, and a place where we couldn't manage to find kid friendly stuff to do....  Jan tore her calf muscle and ended up in the emergency room for a whole day.  We bagged it and came home.  We are sitting in our cool living room and are much happier. The actual tip top of the cake is that after ariving home we had a flat tire.  We were trying to eek out a few more months on the tires we had, but we replaced them this am.  Oh well....  Maybe the family vacation to the Deleware shore will be better.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Phoebe Free Spirit

Phoebe went to her first concert last night.  It was James Taylor and Carole King.  Boy, that girl loves to dance.  Remember those days when you danced without any fear of someone laughing at you?  It was so fun to have Phoebe as a dancing partner.  She never got tired and never stopped.  She laughed and laughed and laughed.  Another little 3 year old girl wanted to dance with her but she just wasn't so sure about it.  She mostly wanted to dance with her moms so we traded back and forth.  Oh, it was so much fun watching her dance!

Elliot was a little harder to convince.  He wasn't so sure about the noise and the crowds.  But after awhile, he got into it too. 

Oh that amazing James Taylor!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Birthday Celebration

Here is El's lego cake which was probably the hardest cake I've ever made (and I have made one for every one of his birthdays).  The main reason was because I cut all the edges and the frosting just did not want to adhere.  I was going slightly crazy.  The round pieces were halved marshmellows.  Cute, right?  Well, the marshmellows didn't want to take the frosting either.  It wasn't pretty or even but it tasted good which is what really counts.  Next year I'm going back to making a cake and throwing candy on the top.  It is MUCH easier.    I also made the bunting about 5 years ago which I use for every birthday and will continue to do so until it falls apart.  

So my little guy is not so little any more.  He's a big six years old and ready for kindergarten next year.  Wow!  Growing up. 

Pinata action!

Chocolate ice-cream!