Bad Blogger!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Bad bad bad blogger! Well I've been updating our family site more often and keeping up with chores so this site took a bit of a downhill spiral! I will be back though. I did wonder at first if it was worth having another blog at all, but at least I can't get moaned at for posting on my own blog, and hackers are less likely when you don't host yourself! (long story).
Well things have been busy here in spotsville! I have been busy on Ebay selling paper bag book kits and premade books. It gives me some validity inbetween toots. And gets me outta those scrapping blocks, and uses my stash! And heck I just enjoy making things! I wish the sewing went quicker sometimes though!

Speaking of stash, I recieved my first kit from scrapologie in January and its awesome! I am loving the papers, and the MM velvet alpha's! OMG they are amazing! Have to get more of those! This is my contribution for the Jan contest at scrapologie:-

I have already paid for Febs kit and it should arrive soon! I had to add on a couple of extras as I noticed some dog stickers in there store and had to have those! All about the doggy layouts for me and the spotsters!

A strange thing also happened this week. I went into Joanns and came out without actually buying anything! Weird! Either I am ill or I have everything they sell!

Update: layout published by Diversity Designs May 2006 - featured scrapper


Card Frenzy

So I finished my "10 reasons why I *heart* U" album for ebay. Was gonna post pics but I'll save that for tomorrow! Or when I eventually get a link to my ebay items! *sigh* Anyways here is a bunch of cards I made for family for February.
The really weird thing was they were made with 'stuff' I had out on my table! Yes my table is a huge mess but still! Every paper was out on the table! Yikes! So now I'm thinking rather than tidy up ever... just make a few cards each time and I'll never have to clean OR worry about not having cards on hand! Might be worth considering huh?


Nadines Challenge!

Sunday, January 1, 2006

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
First thing that springs to mind is that I carved a pumpkin :)

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept a few yes, and I plan on making lots more. I go with Monthly goals rather than yearly.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friends Clare and Annette both gave birth within two weeks of each other. A boy and a girl :)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but I know a few people who lost pets.

5. What countries did you visit?
None, still in the USA.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
A sense of completion and belonging. I'd really love to hear about the greencards soon.

7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My birthday cos we found out that Zoe (sis-in-law) wouldn't be visiting for xmas :(

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting published! And then getting another thing picked up... proving to myself that it wasn't a one hit wonder!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Defeatism. Letting myself get depressed over the lack of toots after I got my first. Self-defeating attitude! Definately had a pity party.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got shingles in May, that lowered my immune system and I just got cold after cold thereafter. Have been cough free for 2 months now!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Christina cole paper! Love it!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My DH, who puts up with me despite my PMS. Getting a really decent camera from DH for no reason other than I wanted one :)

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
At times my own :(

14. Where did most of your money go?
Paper, adhesive and dog embellishments

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting that first published call. I was on cloud nine for weeks. And my DH getting me world of warcraft and us both playing it online with friends.

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
None really I don't pay much attention to current music, I like what I like.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier (though pms'ing currently!)
ii. thinner or fatter? (same, rather be thinner though)
iii. richer or poorer? (probably a tad richer)

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Getting pissed off and depressed, wish I'd admitted I had a pms problem earlier.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?

22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
Always falling in love more each day with my wonderful man!

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Medium, love that program!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, I try not to hate.

26. What was the best book you read?
Sadly I haven't read many books this year, none were really memorable. But non-fiction wise (and SBR) I read Ali, Cathy and Donna's books and loved them all. So inspiring! Loved Cathy and Donna's the most I think.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
My DH, he's playing guitar really well now.

28. What did you want and get?
Help with my pms, not the help neccessarily that the Dr gave, but helping myself.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
No memorable films that really made me want to go out and buy them. Plus I can't remember :) was "Team America" 2005? If so that one!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 34 years old on the 16th Dec. Went shopping in the morning, scrapped in the afternoon, then went out for a meal at night with my DH.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Getting published more, getting help sooner for my pms, and generally being happier

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Fashion? Ha! I don't follow fashion, I go for comfort. I need to buy more clothes and its something I hate doing but its a goal I really want to do this year.

34. What kept you sane?
Evening primrose oil, my DH, my dogs and scrapbooking

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
None really.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The whole thing about holiday vs Christmas. I had to learn to let it go. Some people just don't want the truth and I just end up frustrated.

37. Who did you miss?
My family, and Jen who was supposed to be my BFF.

38. Who was the best new person (people) you met?
I can't remember meeting anyone new in 2005 that left a really memorable impression. I think my memory is going!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
Not to keep quiet, to vent, to journal, keep records, keep sane, be happy, create.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Been with you such a longtime, you're my sunshine, and I want you to know that my feelings are true, I really love you, you're my best friend". (queen)


Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone!
For 2006 I intend to:

1. Pea less
2. Scrap more
3. use my stash
4. sumbit more and keep track
5. Hone my style
6. Do the challenges
7. Challenge myself more
8. get better at photography
9. get at least a guest DT gig


Monthly Money : Spend no more than $10 a month.
In addition to this for every project (layout/card) I will add $ to my budget. I'll keep track on my whiteboard in my office. Exclusions - I have a monthly kit. Doesn't include adhesives, or printer ink/paper.

card = 25c
layout = 50c page
project = $1
submissions = 25c for each submission

For every month that I complete all my monthly goals (SBR + NSBR) I will add $5 to the next months budget.