do you want a silhouette?

i do. but, with another child's orthodontia looming, school shopping for 3, swimming lessons, golf camps, bills to pay, food to buy, birthday's to celebrate, trust me the list goes on and on - i just can't justify the money. ever. there's always something else more pressing. i know, wah, wah, wah. the point, however, is this: every chance i get to possibly (no matter how remote) get one for free, i take. thought you might like to enter yourselves. so go check out Little Birdie Secrets for your chance to win one and while you're there, check out the blog it's chock full of great craftiness!



is it too late for me to become a marine biologist?


i've been busy

ha. not really. it's been a lazy weekend. i did do this tho :)

katie petite notebook edge mask no5, cc love two word art, digmandy paper


ooo, aaaah

nope, not fireworks....yet. i made another layout. i know, shocking, 2 in 2 days. apparently i a) have too much time on my hands or b) don't really care about all the chores i really should be doing. (hint: if you chose 'a' you're probably not right) i found another cute (free) template over here at digi scrap obsession. actually i found it at color with caryn's blog which sent me to dso. i thought what the heck, i like the template, i like the yummy kit for playing, it's all good! go check them out, i bet you'll be happy you did.


why do i agonize?

i'm crafty. let's rephrase, i like to craft, and that includes scrapbooking. i've found myself in a slump for quite a while now, not even wanting to do crafts; of any sort. sure i've still been reading my crafting blogs and oohing and aaahing in my head over all the creations, and within the past few days, the bug has hit again. today i sat down to do some digiscrapping. and then it hit me, why i've been avoiding anything in the crafty realm: i agonize. endlessly. i agonize over color scheme. over elements. over placement. over journaling. over everything.

case in point, this
it's ok. nothing spectacular, pretty basic, and it took like 3 hours. with a template. it should not have taken anywhere close to 3 hours, if only for the fact that i used a template. a great template (you can get yours from jennifer fox designs). i did alter it a bit: i only had 3 pictures i wanted to use and i just wasn't feeling the flowers today, but really those are minimal changes and it still took three hours. sigh. i'm not even a perfectionist. why do i sabotage myself by over thinking every little thing? i guess i'll keep plodding away with my little projects and maybe in time i'll whittle my creative process down.

credits: slurpeegirl13, songbirdavenue port auprince collection,  jennifer fox, templatesandmore, gina cabrera, amy hutchinson for after 5 designs

should i or shouldn't i

my go-go-gadget-girls, like most kids i imagine, love to bake. or maybe it's genetic. i love to bake. i loved to bake when i was a kid oh so many years ago. before bike helmets, seat belts, car seats, and the fear of licking the bowl or eating raw dough. i vividly remember that being one of the highlights of baking. sometimes i liked the raw state more than the cooked state - and believe me when i tell you, i loved (and still do) the cooked state! back to now. go-go-gadget-girl #1 and i made orange and cranberry muffins yesterday; go-go-gadget-girl #3 and i made blueberry muffins this morning. 
i let no one lick the bowl. 
except me. 
when they weren't looking. 
that got me thinking, i don't think i'm any worse for wear for doing so. i've never contracted salmonella or some other horrible disease and died and i've been bowl cleaning for nigh on 40 years. am i being over protective by denying them one of life's greatest little pleasures? do you?