Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Member of our family....

Introducing the newest member of our family.... Sophie... She is a Blue Persian kitten.  Her daddy was a Russian Blue and her momma was a Persian.  She weighs a wopping 10 oz... yes thats right ounces.  She is the runt of the litter and a little feisty fur ball.  Lol... She and Lucky are still trying to get used to each other. 

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We got Sophie on November 21st for Paul's birthday.  Hopefully once she and Lucky get used to each other they will make great companions for each other. 

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She has the prettiest long gray fur.  Shes a feisty little thing. 

Paul was in seventh heaven with her.  She has made a great addition to our family.


Until Next Post.




Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ok Hold on to your hats....

LOL I plan to do some major updating.  I will probably do individual posts for each item as there is a lot of items to go over. 


First on the agenda:  My mom.  Mom is out of the hospital and doing much better.  She still gets tired and sore in her chest but over all she's doing pretty good with the exception of getting a staph infection from the hospital.  There was only one antibiotic that would make it go away and they gave it to her.  I am just very very very grateful that Mom is ok and we did not lose her.  I really appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.  It really helped.  She was in the hospital for 2 1/2 weeks and in intensive care for 1 of those.  Unfortunately Mom did not have insurance and her bills up to this point total over 125,000.00.  So keep your thoughts that they can get some financial help to pay for those bills.  She ended up having a 5 bypass and they found that she has a mild case of Emphysema.  But she is not on oxygen at all and is home and trying to get back to normal. 


On to another subject.  My Utes play in the Sugar Bowl on Friday (for those of you not familiar with them.... I attend the University of Utah and our football team is the Runnin Utes.)  They had a fabulous season and are 12-0 at this point.  I am so looking forward to the football game on Friday.  We play against Alabama - Crimson Tide. 

Christmas was very good to us this year.  We of course had the best present in Mom being better.  But Paul got a Wii from Santa.  He also got a bunch of games to go with it.  I got some stamping stuff from my friend Margot.  I got some clothes and perfume from Mom.  Mom also got me a new mattress pad for my bed.  I was excited.  I really needed a new one. 


School ended on the 15th of December... My grades were not as good as I would have liked but I got a C+ out of both classes.  I was so close to a B- but I hope to do better next semester.  I start up again on January 13th.  After Spring 2009 Semester is over.  I only have 2 semesters left.  I hope to have my BS in accounting by May 2010.  I can not believe that there is finally a light at the end of a very long tunnel.  I really look forward to graduating.  I will be over 40 by the time I graduate but at least better late than never.  I did it while working full time and being a single mother.  I am pretty proud of myself. 


Well until the next post.



Saturday, October 25, 2008

Update on my Mom

Mom will be having a 5 bypass in the morning.  (Sunday the 26th).  She has 5 almost completely blocked arteries.  I am sure she will feel so much better once its all over.  Almost good as new.  We just have to get through the next 8 weeks or so.  Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.




Thursday, October 23, 2008

If you have a minute

Please if you can think good thoughts right now.  My mom is in the ICU right now... They are looking at Congestive Heart Failure... it sounds worse I think than it is.  I mean its not great but I think she can function well for a while with meds and stuff but things are really scary right now.  My mom means the world to me.  She is also the person who teaches and takes care of my son while I work and go to school.  Paul is so very close to his grandma.  Thank you to all my friends and family.  We will get through this.




Saturday, October 18, 2008

A couple of new cards and my Utes.

Well The University of Utah played Colorado State today.  Colorado State took a sound beating from us.  It was a great game.  We play New Mexico next.  The U of U is now 8-0.  Wooohooo congrats to our players. 


Here are a couple of cards I made in the last little while. 



Not really sure how I like this one yet or not.  I used Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, & Pumpkin Pie card stock.  The stamps were by Hero Arts.  I used direct to paper inking on the images with Elegant Eggplant ink from Stampin up.  The witches hat is stamped in Elegant Eggplant, The cat and the bats are stamped with Black ink from Pallette Noir, and the pumpkin is stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink from Stampin Up.  The base is kraft CS from stampin up. 



This card I made a while back.  The card stock is pumpkin pie, always artichoke, and Elegant Eggplant.  The stamps are a set by Stampin up.  I am not sure of the name as I made this at a friends house.  I like how this one turned out and my try to duplicate it again. 

I got the nicest package from my secret sister (I am participating in a secret sister program on I got 2 sets of clear stamps from Studio G.  The first set has a scarecrow and 4 different sayings, and the second has 2 leaves, a pumpkin, an acorn and a saying (Fall is in the air).  I got a small bottle of aleene's tacky glue (love it), a 2009 planner, a set of bookmarks, some mini clothes pins, and a couple of tassels.  I also got a CB embossing folder, and a notebook.  It was the nicest package.  Really brightened my day.


Well I better get back to the books now. 






Saturday, October 11, 2008

Go Utes... & Body World 3

Today Paul and I ventured out to Salt Lake and attended Bodyworld 3.  The bodyworld was very very interesting.  Its amazing the human body.  They had each and every piece there for sure.  It took us about 1 1/2 hours to get through the whole thing.  They preserve the bodies through a process called plastication.  Its really very amazing.   Paul handled it very well and we really enjoyed our selves.


And how about those Utes.  Our running Utes scored 40 - 7 today against Wyoming.  We are now 7 and 0.  Woohooo keep it up Utes. 


Well I need to get back and watch tv with Paul.  I am off school this week and it feels wonderful.



Sunday, September 28, 2008

Card and Stitching Updates

I made this card at a friends house on Thursday.  We used the polished stone technique.  You can find a tutorial at splitcoaststampers on this technique.  You use reinkers and alcohol on glossy cardstock.  The base of the card is not quite navy by SU, the mat is Baja Breeze, and the reinkers used are Baja Breeze and Bashful blue for the sky behind the sailboat.  The stamp set is Winds of Grace by SU.  We used the polished stone technique on the background and then stamped the ship on it. 



I also over the last few weeks did a tiny bit more stitching on my memorial piece.  I need to redo some of the lettering and get it centered and straight.  The writing will read William Alan on the first line and Steinmeyer on the second then below that 06/07/67 to 06/02/2008.  I hope its not to girly or feminine for the recipient. 


Well I better get back to school and Laundry for the night.


New Card

Thought I would take a quick moment and post a card I made the other day.  I cased a card I saw on Cornish Heritage Farm's Website sort of.  I love the colors in this card. 


Tonight (Saturday September 27th) Paul and I got to attend the University of Utah football game.  We won 37 to 21.  It was a great game.  We enjoyed it together. 

School is in full force now and taking up so much time.  But I cant believe that its 1/3 over. 


I will post another card later today.




Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bad Pet Momma

  100_1346 I thought I would add a quick post and show you some pics of our puppy lucky.  I was a bad pet momma and let all his cute hair get tangled and a few weeks ago we had to have him shaved.  I will be so glad when his hair grows back.  He doesnt even look like the Shitzu/Corgi mix he is right now.  I will post more later.  I have an update to my stitching project and a couple of cards I have made.  But for now I will leave you with a quick post of our puppy Lucky.





Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Drive Home

So this isnt craft related at all.... LOL its a vent... I am sitting here trying to unwind.

ok I left work at 5:20 pm and walked in my door at 10:02 pm.... I am exhausted! How far do I have to drive? you might ask.... 22 miles.. Thats it... but when some bone head shipping company decides to take a 210,000 lb (yes you read that right) tank on a truck that is not big enough to haul it and try to haul it on our freeway just prior to rush hour... I would like to kill him.... It rolled off the truck and broke the freeway .. so more lovely construction some more.... You can read about it at or It was a very lovely (note the sarcasm) commute tonight.

ok vent over... whew that feels much better lol. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Hope you all had a wonderful day.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A little of this and a little of that....

Well for my stitching followers... I started a new project. I had a friend lose his son in June and I saw this memorial piece in the new Stoney Creek cross stitch magazine. I will post a pic of the piece as it is supposed to look and my piece so far. The words read "God has you in his arms, We have you in our hearts" and you are supposed to put a relation and then a name but I am taking the two lines for the name and then I will put the dates on it. Not sure I am happy with my fabric color choice but I am sort of committed to it now.


Not much new on the stampin front... I got my first paper pretties stamp and I love her. Darling girl in bunny slippers. Shes absolutely darling. I also got my EP swap from Gill from a card group I am on.
Summer is coming to a close way way way too fast.
Well hugs for now.


Monday, June 30, 2008

Mom's Birthday

I just thought I would post a short post and put a picture of the card that I made for my mom for her birthday tonight. It turned out rather well I think. I hope she likes it. I used very vanilla (stampin up cardstock) and used my cuttlebug on it and embossed the swirly part. The stripes are designer paper and the base of the card is always artichoke and the next map is mellow moss from stampin up. The ribbon is just my stash.

I really hope she likes it. She doesnt let us celebrate her birthday much.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

My New Stamp Storage

I have bought 2 CD racks from target (6.99) that hold 40 CD's a piece. Then I put all my stamp sets (I have unmounted everything) in the CD cases and put them on the CD racks. Its working out really well so far.

Here is a picture of them.

Thanks Much


Thursday, June 19, 2008

New Card

I made this card... or rather finished this card tonight. It started out like the first pic and ended up the second pic. I made this for a swap... I hope the recipient likes it.

I used cool caribbean, basic black, and Neenah Crest White, and designer paper. I used tempting turquoise ribbon, 3 butterfly brads, and prisma color pencils. I think it turned out ok.

Well the summer heat has finally reached us. Its been terrible and now my air conditioning isnt working.

Well thanks for looking.


Sunday, June 15, 2008

No I didnt dissapear

I have been busy. I created a card today. I needed a baby card. Here is the card. I used Bashful Blue cardstock from Stampin up and some designer paper. It didnt quite turn out how I pictured it but it turned out ok. I have been trying to clean up my craft room and such so I can create more. Its a slow process to figure out how you want to be organized. Very slow process.

Well I will leave you with pics of the card.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

New Signature and Happy Mothers Day

I just found a cool place to get a signature generated. Its really neat. Here is the website in case your interested.

Well Happy Mothers day to all out there. Not sure if anyone really reads this or not lol.

Enough for now... I am back to trying to put my craft room together.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Almost like my Birthday All Over again

I went to my friend Margot's house tonight and walked away with 2 Jumbo wheels, 2 stamp sets some stamp cleaner, a jar for ribbon and a card she made that she didnt like. (I personally love the card). It was way fun.

Well school is over. I am finally decompressing now. I am really looking forward to the summer months.

On Saturday Paul and I are going to go to the zoo. It is a mothers day thing a day early. I am looking forward to it.

I have finished a Model for Stoney creek and am working on one for Debbie Draper now. So things are getting to be nice and laid back for right now. Definately needed.

Will post pics of my yard soon. Getting things planted and trimmed up.

Night for now.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Its Just about over now....

Ok... I need to actually be in bed... But the stress is killing me. In about 6 hours and 45 minutes I will be sitting in my Accounting exam and at 6 pm tomorrow night in my finance exam. Please pray, cross whatever... rub buddah's belly.. whatever you do just pray that all that I have crammed into my brain will be accessible to me when I need it and how I need it. Theres not much more I can do...

I will say that I Absolutely HATE the TI BA II Plus financial Calculator. This thing has been the bain of my existence since I was required to purchase it in January. I have developed great loathing for this little machine pictured to the left. I have never had such problems learning to use a calculator except maybe the TI81.... hmmm sense a trend here?

Well I will sign off and try to pretend to sleep.

Keep me in your thoughts please.

Over and out.

Friday, April 25, 2008

72 Hours and Counting....

Well this time Monday night this semester will be all over and done with. I am so stressed about it. I have been a studying fool but still am very very nervous. I desperately need a B- or better in both classes and I am not sure my grade in my accounting class will measure up to that. Please keep all fingers, toes, and anything else you can think of crossed that I will get that ever elusive B- or better.

I have both tests on Monday. Accounting in the am and Finance in the pm. I have been one stressed unit for sure. Well I better get back to the books while I still can.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Mothers Day Ensemble

On Sunday My friend Margot and I got together and we made this ensemble for mothers day.

I stamped tissue paper,made a card, and a gift bag. I plan to use them for my mom for mothers day. I thought they turned out rather nice.

Well 7 days and counting till D day.. or should I say T day (T for test). I need all the good thoughts anyone can muster. I am panicked about my accounting test. Keep good thoughts.

Well I better get back to the homework for now.

Friday, April 18, 2008

School... School... and More School

Well it is now crunch time. I have both finals on the 28th of April... I am so stressed .... been up till 3 am most nights to try and study for them. I need a B- in both classes... Think Finance will be ok but very stressed about Accounting. If you can spare a minute.. please keep good thoughts, fingers crossed and whatever else that will bring me luck on the 28th. Counting down till summer for sure.. I need to take pictures tomorrow as my tulips are starting to bloom... I am really looking forward to them.

I am really excited.... I am a member of a stamping club (card making) and I am the hostess this month... I get so many fun things this month.. We had a large order so I get 6 stamp pads, a stamp caddy, stamp labels for my stamp pads, 3 stamp sets (Cause for Celebration, A little bit of Happiness, and Time well spent from stampin up), a stamp scrubber, and wheel guides for using the wheels.

It will be like christmas all over again... plus its my birthday this month so it will be really nice.. Can't wait till school is out and I get to play.

Well off to study more.


Sunday, April 13, 2008

April 13, 2008 This N That

Thought I better update. Its been a while. I plan to try and be better about it.

I got a few things accomplished today. (yes don't pass out that A. I did something besides homework and B. got something accomplished today.) I planted almost 40 tulips. Some were plants and some were from bulbs. I am really excited. I love Tulips. But it made me really sore... I need to do lots more yardwork when the semester is over.

I dont know how many of you know but we got a puppy in November. His name is Lucky. He is a Shitzu/Corgi Mix. Hes really a cutie. Well he was.... He had to get a major hair cut yesterday and he looks awful now. I cannot wait till his hair grows out again.

I also made a card today. I have a friend at work that I needed to make a sympathy card for. It turned out ok... not quite what I had planned but it is ok for not making a card in a while.

I have done a little stitching lately but can't say much more as its all been model stitching. When I can post more I will.

As for now I am trying to pull my Accounting grade out of the toilet. I have 2 weeks left and am praying for a B- in both classes... Please pray, keep things crossed, whatever you do that will bring about some luck for me. I really need it this semster.