Sunday, September 4, 2011


It has become apparent that it is time for me to clear out my stamps. I am rapidly running out of room ( my husband would say I have already taken up every available flat surface in the house ). So, before I was asked to be on an episode of "Hoarders" I cleaned out a bunch of my stamps. Stamps that I love but have only used once or twice in 3 years. Stamps that I love but have NEVER used. There is some staining ( on some of the stamps ). Please keep in mind that the staining will not effect how well the stamp works.
                                                           Never been used- $8

                                                          Used once or twice- $6
                                                             Used once or twice $6
                                                             Used once or twice - $6
                                                          Used once or twice ( missing plastic pkging) $5
                                            Close to my Heart. Wild Thing. Used once or twice $6

                                                 CTMH -Fun Times- $6

                                                          CTMH-In the Wild   $6    Pending

                                                        CTMH- Young at Heart - Never been used- $ 8

                                                    SU- In The spotlight. Used one stamp. no staining- $8

                                             SU -Provencal- Never been used $8
                                             SU -Around the Block- Never used- $6

                                            SU - Alphabet Soup. Used once. No staining $4
                                           SU ( definitley decorative) Gladsome Garden- Never Used $8
                                              SU- A little bit of everything Never Used-$8

SU- Fishy Friends -used. No staining on rubber. Some red ink on  one of the stamps.-$6

SU- Alphabits. Used no staining-$4
                                                     SU-Watercolor Garden- Unused - $8

                                                         SU-Cool Cat-unused -$8
                                                         SU- Polka Dots & Paisley -unused-$8
                                                        SU-Time For Fun. Unused- $8
                                                         SU- Journaling Fun. slightly used. No staining -$6                     
                                                         SU- Friendship Blooms-unused. $8
                                            SU-Blooming with Happiness- unused. $8
                                            SU- Polka Dot Punches. unused.- $8
miscellaneous stamps. $8 for all- or $3.50 each

                                                       SU-(Definitely Decorative)- Tea Time-used once. Slight staining on one stamp. -$8
                                                      SU- Phrase Starters II- unused-$5
                                          SU- Two-step Stampin' Shapes & Shadows ( set of 12)-Slightly used.-$8
                                             SU- Looks Like Spring. Unused.-$8                                
                                                       Clearly wordsworth ( wedding ) - Unused- $8
                                                        Clearly Wordsworth. Alphabet. Unused.-$8
                                                       Autumn Leaves. Slightly used. no staining- $6
                                          Hanna Stamps- Dog Walking Hanna- & Dogs. Both $11 Or $6.00 each
                                                       Hanna Stamps. Easter/Spring Used some staining-$5
                                             Hanna stamps- Harley Hanna-used. some staining. $5

                                           Acrylic Stamps(no pkging) -$5
                                             Acrylic Stamps Fiskars. Birthday- $5
                                            SU- Little Somethings & wheel. Set $6

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sunshine, Funnel Cake & A Fried Twinky

Today we spent some time at the Blackberry Festival. Now, because I am not stupid- I only brought a little money with, I didn't get to buy any of the cute Blackberry items ( i.e. clothing, hats, bags ). I also didn't buy any yummy syrups and jellies ( how I now wish I had ). Instead we enjoyed the sunshine, funnel cake and  a fried twinky. Now, I have to tell you- I thought a fried twinky was an urban legend. But it's REAL. I bought one for Duncan ( I swear he moaned when he took a bite ). He offered me a taste...I was hesitant because I'm not a big twinky fan- and the thought of a fried twinky sounded a bit repulsive. Imagine my shock when my mouth screamed hallelujah! :)
Emma and I enjoyed some funnel cake. Which is a family favorite. It was quite yummy.
Here's the fried twinky. Seriously people, you have got to try one of these. It's not something that I would want to eat all the time- but as a special treat, it can't be beat. When you bite into it- you get the crunchy from the batter, the cake ( which in my opinion is usually quite dry ) is moist, and the cream filling is warm and gooey.

And here's my princess enjoying her funnel cake. I would have been in big trouble if there was no funnel cake at the festival. There would have been a mutiny. No funnel cake is a bad, bad thing. Especially when it's the one thing you look forward to eating.

It was a good day. The weather cooperated ( we won't get much more of that ) with sunshine and temperatures of around 75 degrees ( so it wasn't too hot ).  I really need to make sure we do more of this kind of thing. After all, we are loosing time as the kids grow older. We definitely need to take advantage of the time they do want to spend with us. Pretty soon, we'll be empty Nester's and our kids will be out living their lives...

Friday, September 2, 2011

This Soccer Mom Has Had It {A Rant}.

I've been a soccer mom for ten years. Ten long years of standing in the cold rain watching my girls play the sport they love.  Did I stand in the rain because it was fun ( and I'm just weird that way) ? No. I stood out in the rain because I love my kids and love watching them participate in something they're excited about. This year is a little bit different. My oldest opted out. I think we ( the entire family) were burned out. Having her at practice every day on time and come the weekend games not seeing her play more than 15 minutes the entire game. But, that's another drama all together. 

 This year has been a challenge for us financially. I know a lot of families out there are struggling too. So, you know where I'm coming from. Because it's been tough, I didn't sign Emma up before the deadline. We were late. Totally my fault and I accept responsibility.The day before I was going to register her I got a phone call from Emma's coach stating that the team was filled ( which in my ten years as a soccer mom has NEVER happened). Turns out that the registrar has "registered" two girls without taking payment. So technically they're not on the team. He told me to contact her and tell her I had the money to pay in the hope that she would place Emma on the  team. I emailed her and waited. And Waited. And WAITED. For some sort of response. I got NOTHING. For two weeks. She couldn't be bothered to answer my email for two weeks. When she finally did she said that she would have to place Emma on the waiting list. She was waiting for the two families to pay. Because it's difficult to come up with $130. Well, DUH. HELLO??? This was the entire reason I hadn't registered my daughter. TCC has always had a policy of collecting money at the time of registration. The whole "you have to pay to play " thing. Which is fine. I'm totally okay with it. When it applies to EVERYONE, and not just a select few.
Fast forward to August 22ND ( ish). Emma's coach finds out that one of the spaces is still opened. Turns out the parents of the other girl still haven't paid. At this time the team has been practicing for three weeks.  Anyhow, the coach is supposed to hear at the end of the week if they have paid.  Saturday comes around and he still hasn't heard from her. Fast forward another week ( again ). I get a text from the coaches wife last night. I need to get in touch with the registrar and pay. Emma is on the team. I read the email forwarded from the coach this morning. The registrar said to get in contact with her ASAP if Emma still wants to play because there is another girl behind her on the waiting list. So. I email her because I don't have her number. I give her my contact info. Then I talk to her coach and get the phone number for the registrar. I call at 10:30 AM and her voicemail picks up. Again I leave my name and contact info. It's now 9:10 PM and she hasn't tried to contact me at all. So much for ASAP. The thing is- she probably won't contact me at all this weekend. I'll be lucky to her from her before Tuesday. Monday is a holiday. Now, I have to pay the late fee ( which brings the total to $150, buy cleats ( another $25-$30) and put a $25 deposit on the uniform ( which will be returned at the end of the season when I have returned the uniform). All this has to be done within the next four days (  uniform pick up is Tuesday). That's a total of at least $200 this week. I would have been fine with it...if I could have paid for the registration a month ago, or heck even two weeks ago. And still, no contact from this woman. I know this is a volunteer position, and it can be difficult. But, if you can't handle it YOU SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT!! It isn't fair to my child that we have been dorked around for the past six weeks. Hanging on to that kind of money when you have bills to pay is well, ridiculous. REALLY. What is really sad is that my little girl who loves to play soccer is no longer excited about the prospect of playing this year. So, if the stupid woman contacts me ( and that's a BIG if ) not only am I going to give her a piece of my mind ( I'm usually very polite ) and tell her what she can do with her spot on the team. I'm going to contact TCC and file a complaint. Perhaps stating that after playing for TCC for ten years...well, it might just be time to take my business elsewhere. It's not like I don't have options. There are at least four other soccer clubs within 15 miles of where I live. I'm done. This soccer mom has had it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fresh Fish

Yesterday while I was reading my Facebook page- I came across a really cute sketch from Sketchy Thursdays. I was inspired. Here is my take on the sketch:
Here is where you can find the sketch:
I use my Unity Stamps on this layout as well. Stamps from the "This is the Time" set.

I tried to get a close up of my bullet journaling. I tried to give good hint for catching the "big fish". Photos were taken @ Universal Studios- This past June.  Paper is from my stash. Cardstock is Stampin Up! I used Thickers for the title.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Some Get Well Soon {LOVE}

My daughter Emma wanted to make something special for her piano teacher ( who was recently hospitalized). We decided on a bouquet of flowers.  I do like to make my own flowers- because they last a lot longer ("Real" flowers while lovely, eventually do die ).
We chose to make the flowers in blues and browns, which seem to be her favorite colors. The flowers were made using a paper pack from DCWV ( their linen closet collection ). I cut them out using my Cricut Expression and the Walk in My Garden cartridge. I used a mason jar for the "vase". I got the idea for the mason jar from the Tip Junkie blog. I used hot glue to make the heart and the "Love". Then I spray painted it white. The ribbon is from Stampin' Up ( Marina Mist ).
Here is a close up of the flowers. The buttons are from my stash. I was pretty happy with the end result. Especially since I waited until the last minute to put them together! It seems like I am always doing that- waiting until the last minute to complete a project. :| 

Emma had her lessons this morning and Marcia seemed to really enjoy her flowers. We are glad that she is out of the hospital and in better health.