Friday, May 28, 2010

Blog giveaway

I just got some good news yesterday concerning my son Chris, I have been looking into programs other than day programs to enroll him in. In the process I found out that your children aren't legally yours can you believe that. Yes you are the parent you are there guardian, but you are not their legal guardian unless it's down on paper. Example you are in a hospital situation child is 18 they ask are you the Legal Guardian your first response is yes, no you're wrong you are the parent guardian but not legal. Weird right? Well I am now in the process of filling out these papers for Chris which means I can make decisions for him and not the state. Onto good news Chris was accepted to go to a sleep away camp for 10 days he is so excited about this. I am praying everything goes well there in July I will keep you all updated. I am looking into respite programs but I do need to be his Legal Guardian first before I make further decisions.

On another note, because of my good news I decided to have a blog giveaway. I have extra of some of American Crafts Dear Lizzy line and thought I would share. Please post a comment here, and feel free to share my blog and become followers. It would be great to reach 75 followers, and I think that my friends will help me. Thanks you have until Memorial Day 5/31/2010 to post I will announce a winner on Tuesday.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sketch Inspirations/Timeless Daydreams

Check out what the designers did with the Sketch provided from Sketch Inspirations. Timeless Daydreams is sponsoring the May's Blissful Sunset kit this week on Sketch Inspirations. So if you want a chance to win this fabulous kit featuring 7gypsies Avignon, and Kaisercraft's Devonshire Pattern Papers, along with some Prima flowers go play over at Sketch Inspirations

Above is my take on the sketch

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Scrapbook Expo

My first time there, my reviews. Well it was small, of course in comparison to CHA but there were some great deals from local scrapbook stores, and maybe two manufacturers where there. Zutter was there, the funny thing is I almost left without seeing their booth. The location should have been in the middle but they were placed in a corner that I'd originally missed and only found it after I went to food court because oddly enough they were located not too far from the food court. I was able to play with the distresser and OMG I absolutely loved it!!!! I shopped at a store called Creek Bank Creations, they had the latest BoBunny lines, MME lines, and Girls Paperie I loved this line so pretty it's a must have. At another store I got 4 packs of American Crafts thickers for $10 and you all know I love my thickers got $20 dollars worth with American Crafts Cardstock for $12. Oh and I was able to play with Spellbinders, now I have heard of this but didn't know what it was. Well I was sold, I purchased some butterfly stamps and the Spellbinders Shapebilities Nested Butterfly Diecut, Beautiful. Can't wait to play with it!!!!

Overall I had a great time, saw some old scrapping friends and spent a little too much money, in the end it was so worth the trip. Looking forward to next year.

Friday I created a few more layouts with the May kit Blissful Sunset from Timeless Daydreams if you haven't gotten your hands on this kit now is the time! I just love the colors. Also just some other project created from Scraps of My little shoebox that I had! Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Blissful Sunset

That is the name of the new kit over at Timeless Daydreams, love the pattern papers of this kit. It's a mixture of 7Gypsies with Kaisercraft, and of course lets not forget we have to have Prima embellishments. Also want to mention that Timeless Daydreams is looking for a Contest Coordinator here is the info:

Create monthly scrapbooking contest. ex. layout contest, card contest, etc... The more creative the better!!!Post Contest on our forum, Scrapscene and Scrapbook Calls, Willowtraders and any other site that allows it.Send admin contest details for posting on Facebook Fan page and Bulk Forum email.See contest through from beginning to end, From promoting to reminders for contest cycle.Communicate with winner for address info - send address to admin.TD provides the prize.Coordinator must be socially active on our boards and other boards.Compensation - Nice Discount in the store.If you are interested - please send me an email telling me why you would be the perfect Contest Coordinator!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

just wanted to wish every Mother a very special Mother's Day. Today I sit back and think on how I have been blessed just to be a Mother. Has it been easy no motherhood never is, but God has given most of us this Gift. Today as I began to write this it dawned on me how God Blessed me with four beautiful children, is one different yes he is but only physically and mentally. He is still my son, a part of me. All of them as I think about it are different in their own ways their characters are all different. One daughter is so naturally loving, the other is a little cautious and maybe a bit standoffish and one has a very strong will character. One thing they all have in common is that they come from a woman who is just blessed to have them. I always think of Hannah from the Bible and how she waited yrs and yrs to have a child. How she prayed profusely at the altar for God to bless her with a son, and she had so much faith that it would be done and how God listened to her prayers and blessed her with Samuel. I tell you this because recently I have been going through so much turmoil with my son Chris, and well today I took a step of faith and went back to church after a few years and just sat in the service and asked God to just help me with my decisions, I sat and listened to the preaching and was reminded again today of Hannahs strength, her turmoil and her blessing. I then realized that I still have hope! So when all else fails I need to remember that there is still HOPE, if I have FAITH. Here's a layout I did two yrs ago of my blessings. All four of them!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

How do you measure love? You embrace Holland

Lately it seems I am reminded that I am living in Holland, and though there are many wonderful things about Holland, it's been a struggle lately. Of course I don't live in Holland, but when you read this poem by Emily Perl Kingsley titled "Welcome to Holland" you'll understand.

I am often asked to describe the experience of a raising a child with a disability to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it feels. It's like this, when you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michael Angelo David. The Gondolas in Venice. You many learn some handy phrases in Italian. it's all very exciting. After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. you pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. the stewardess comes in and says "Welcome to Holland" you say "what do you mean Holland?" I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All of my life I've dreamed of Italy" But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine, and disease. It's just a different place. It's slower paced than Italy, but after you've been there for awhile and you catch your breath, you look around and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills.. Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandt's. But everyone you know is busy coming and going from they're bragging about Italy... and what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you say "Yes that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I planned" and the pain of that will never, ever, ever go away because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss. But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you many never be free to enjoy the very Special the very lovely things about Holland.

Well lately Chris has been going through a few temperamental issues. I remember when I thought the terrible 2's was going to last forever and in my case it was about 5 yrs before he got over that stage. I'm at wits end right now, Stressed to say the least. How do I continue seeing the beautiful, wonderful things about Holland? I don't know, I do know that I have very difficult decisions to make. Probably for me the most difficult ones, it's not easy it never has been but I have always seen the beauty in Holland and now I feel as though I am wearing horse blinders and can only see straight ahead and nothing else. I do know that right now I have to rely on God, to help me see Holland once again in all it's glory!

Here is a layout I created inspired by the poem:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

You're such a doll

I love this photo of my daughter Elisa, she is such a ham when it comes to the camera! She just loves being the center of attention and really why shouldn't she be, she is the baby here! LOL this is Elisa at her best. I created this layout for a challenge at Timeless Daydreams during NSD weekend. Here are some other projects I was able to finish!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

So far

it was a very productive weekend. I taught a class on Friday, went to a crop and created some layouts!!! Get those creative juices going. I am trying to complete the Challenges over at Timeless Daydreams, great inspiration. I am so happy to see new scrappers joining in! Remember ladies you have until Midnight tonight to complete your projects so that you can be entered in the Prize Drawing!!! Some Prima, Ranger Inc, bling woo hoo! Also if you haven't yet become a follower of Timeless Daydreams Blog, we will also be doing a drawing for some prima flowers!!!