Tuesday, August 28, 2007

This is a Public Service Announcement (with guitars!)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Today is the first day that the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks!!!!!!!

Oh, and as to the "weird" title of this entry (the with guitars) part....special award will go to the person who can explain the significance of the title of this post.

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled tired night after work, too tired to do a blog entry mode.............

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Making Cards with My Mom

Last Saturday my Mom came over and we made cards! We had a great time just hanging out all day together. Above is a totally cute card my Mom made with this adorable Inky Antics stamp.
I made the above card with a new stamp from Hampton Arts (I think). I found some text in an old book which talked about serving tea and I put that on the inside of the card.
My Mom made this gorgeous number with different papers. Quite lovely!

I won't be back to blogland until after next weekend. My Dad is coming into town for a family reunion weekend, so I will be running around with him.....See you back here next week!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dina's Alphabetica Journal

Here are the entries into Dina's Alphabetica Journal from Jane. Dina's theme was poetry. Jane found this dear little rhyming verse in a children's book and did the pages you see above and below. Genius as usual!

Here are Trish's pages for Dina's journal. I love the little illustrations she included above. The poem she selected is very odd and the lines from grammar textbooks just go perfectly, as does the picture of the boys below!

I found a poem on line about music. It expresses my exact feelings on the subject!!!
Hope Dina likes our pages! Beth of Seaside Dreamer is working on this journal now.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Nice Matters Award

I was given this very cool and lovely award by the very cool and lovely Nan at Letters from a Hill Farm.

As I understand it, The nice matters award
is awarded to those that are just nice people, good blog friends and those that inspire good feelings and inspiration! Those that care about others that are there to lend support or those that are just a positive influence in our blogging world!"

Wow! I am so honored!!!! That is just about the nicest thing anyone could say about me. I am so happy to have this blog. It has brought me so many new friendships, connections, ideas, and happiness!!!

I am now going to nominate some people who have always been so giving to me of their time, talent, friendship and niceness!!!! These are the newest members of the Nice Matters Award crowd. Please welcome:

Kim at Art Dog's Life

Beth at Seaside Dreamer

Karen at One Excited Stamper

Cris at Enchanted Hearts Studio

Lelainia at Tattered Edge

All five of these gals have touched my heart in a very special way, and I thank all of you for being such wonderful people!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Spur of the Moment

At the last minute (after a nice Thai food dinner with Mike), Jane and I rushed off to Cherish, a scrapbook store in Naperville. We had such a fun time, especially because the owner, Diane, took time with us to show us lots of new products and catalogs from the recent CHA show held in Chicago. It was so nice of her to take so much time with us. If you go to the store, and you really should if you can!, ask to see the book she made about her shoes! It is totally great! She also asked our opinions on a couple of stamps lines, and you know I love to give my opinion on stamps!!! One of stamp lines was my all-time fave, B-Line designs! I said to bring all their stamps to the store! ( I could really get into some trouble then!)
CHA stands for Craft and Hobby Association. Twice yearly they have a show and introduce all kinds of new products. It is the time of year when there are new lines of scrapbook paper and stamps, which is so exciting for "new stuff" junkies!
Above is a picture of the products I purchased at Cherish last night. All of the paper you see here is from Anna Griffin! I love her stuff! Check out those rub-ons from her!!! I could not resist the beautiful Christmas stamp from Inkadinkadoo. Just gorgeous!
Love this paper which was found in the "baby/child"section of the store!
This paper will just be so much fun to use with everything! Cut out each individual flower square and add them willy-nilly to projects.

Check out Cherish! You might want to make it a road trip for a day. There are tons of great places to eat and shop all around the store. We will be back too because Diane is going to call us when all the new products start rolling in.......we are anxiously awaiting the Tim Holtz crackle paint among other things!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Weekend in Scorching Hot St. Louis

Mike and I took Friday off from work. We finally got on the road about 11:00 a.m. We had to get money, gas, and get the car washed.
We went through all of our CDs and filled a case full of good stuff to listen to on the way down to St. Louis.
I had about 100 pages to go in Harry Potter so I made Mike drive after our lunch at Cracker Barrel. If you know me, then you know what I ordered there (Eggs in a Basket!!!!)
On Friday night we went to a bar near the new stadium where the Cardinals play. We saw The Blasters. There were only about 50 people in the place, so it was real up close and personal. Great music!
The next morning we were off to Red Lead. Mike came in and met Chris and Sharon and then left me there for an hour. I had a great time talking with the gals and shopping! Looking at their samples is so inspiring. Right after Red Lead Mike and I went to this grocery store to get some Fitz's root beer to take home. Who did we run into there??? Chris from Red Lead!! She was getting supplies for the store. I wonder if she thought we were total dweebs being in a grocery store on our weekend getaway??? Actually, I hate going to the grocery store at home, but I love going to out of town grocery stores.
I got a new camera for this weekend! A small digital camera that fits in my purse. I see I have a few things to learn about picture composition and blurriness. Doesn't all that Fitz's root beer look divine though? It is a locally brewed root beer. We had to go to the grocery store to get some to bring home.
I love this t-shirt of Mike's. I got it for him from the Natalie Dee website. See the link on my sidebar for her site.

Here is Mike in the car with our gas station pop. It was so hot in St. Louis!!! We went to the zoo on Saturday, but I could only stand an hour of that. I suggested we take refuge in a book store. I asked Mike to find a cool independent book store and he navigated us to Left Bank Books. He is the King of Navigation!
MMmmmmmmm! A wall of new books!!!
Cool Harry Potter window at the bookstore!
Here is Mike with the books we bought. We each got one book in an attempt to be reasonable.
However, we then faced the option of running around some more before our concert on Saturday night or going to the hotel to relax. I opted for running around and we found a Borders....oops! We got about 6 books all told while in there! So much for reason....it was a TOOOTTTTT!
I don't have any pictures from the concert Saturday night, but let me tell you it was one of the top 3 concerts I have ever seen. We saw The Polyphonic Spree. It was breathtaking and amazing. I want to see them again STAT!!!!!! If you get the chance, see them. They are so great!!!!
Our last stop on Sunday morning was the science museum. They had a special Marvel comics exhibit which was very interesting and my comic book geek husband wanted to check it out.

We had a superfantastic weekend of fun!!! Lots of great memories! Now, I am home, sipping on my Fitz's root beer and trying to get back in the swing of things!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Laura and Mike's Excellent Weekend Adventure

Aren't I a lucky gal? Mike and I are going to St. Louis for the weekend!!! We leave tomorrow morning. Mike made reservations at a very cool looking hotel. The Chesire Lodge which is right in the heart of Forest Park. We can walk to the zoo and the art museum. The reason we are going is because two of our favorite bands are playing in St. Louis this weekend! On Friday night we will go see The Blasters. On Saturday we will see The Polyphonic Spree. Raise your hands if you have heard of these bands! If you have not, please try to check them out as they are both totally top notch!!! We will be lunching at Fitz's Root Beer factory one day. Yum! Also...........guess what???? I will be squeezing in a trip to my dream store, Red Lead!!!!!!!! I guess that is when Mike will be waiting in the car with the air conditioning on and reading a book. I am looking forward to hanging out with my sweetheart this weekend. I have been running all over creation with my gal pals and have neglected my guy. So, I will see you back in this space on Monday night!