Saturday, August 28, 2010

Happy Frank

So yesterday's post included this Frankenstein from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge (I SOOOO love that cart!) except he was wearing a frown. You can check out the post HERE. Well, late last night I decided to play around with the 'hide contour' feature on my Gypsy and created.... Happy Frank!
He is exactly the same as the Frankenstein featured in yesterday's post... well except that I didn't cut his legs off... hahahahaha! Anyway, he measures 6" x 3" and I'd like to find him a good home. Anyone interested in getting a little goodie in the mail from FitterTwit? If you are, leave a comment on this post with how you will care for him (i.e. what project you will be using him on.... cuz I'm just curious... LOL). Oh, and be sure to include an email address where you can be contacted.
And for the heck of it... I'm gonna throw in Happy Skully too! ;) It will be nice to keep them together!
*** I've never given away cuts before, so if there is a ton of response, I will probably have to pick THE BEST home. Stay tuned and I'll keep everyone posted on the "adoption" next week. ;)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cricut Inspiration

HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!! Yep... I'm full-on crazed with the upcoming holiday!!! I will be pulling out my decorations next week and to get myself pumped, I started browsing the message board for inspiration.... and it delivered!
Now typically I like to create original work, but after looking at the AWESOME inspiration on the message board.... well, I couldn't help but scrap-jack these amazing creations! I absolutely ADORE the new Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge and while browsing through the Happy Hauntings cartridge thread, I came across this AMAZING card that used the "Friend. Good. - Frankenstein" stamp from Stampin Up (I believe that the set is called Smarty Pants and is discontinued... sorry!), but I happened to have it, WHAT LUCK! Off I went to create this amazing friendship card that I will probably send out long after Halloween is over and done! Thank you rhondah for this wonderful inspiration!!!

And then THIS picture of gruesome perfection is actually the culmination of one of The Pink Stamper's creations and a Cricut Swarm place card made by DianneJenkins. Thanks you guys! I think this is the PERFECT place card for the upcoming Halloween Cricut Swarm!!! And using my Gypsy made this project lightning fast!!! How did I ever live without my Gyspy???

All you crafters out there.... when you just can't figure out what to create, there is a WHOLE slew of incredible creations found on the message board to get the creative juices flowing. A great place to start is the "Cricut Cartridge" forum. Designs are posted by cartridge... makes it easy to find the perfect projects for the Cricut cartridges you already own. Be careful though.... if you wander into threads for cartridges you DON'T own, you may find yourself in the middle of a shopping spree. BE WARNED! :) And have fun!~

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Green Smoothie Update


Welp, since reading The Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko, I've now incorporated a green smoothie into my morning ritual. Strike that... the green smoothie IS my morning ritual! I SO look forward to that morning green bliss, well, after I get back from the gym that is. For anyone who wants to try, here is my favorite concoction.
  • 2-3 heaping cups of spinach, kale or any other green leafy vegetable
  • 1 cup of organic coconut water **(see the bottom of this post for more on THAT)
  • 1 whole organic mango peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 medium organic pineapple peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 large banana peeled
  • 2 cups of ice cubes (optional... I like mine REALLY cold)
Add all ingredients above in Vitamix or high speed blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the mixture is blended REALLY well. You can also add ground raw flax seed for an added nutritional punch. If the smoothie is too thick add some spring water or more coconut water to thin it out. This recipe makes 2-3 LARGE glasses of smoothie and the smoothie keeps for about 3 days. If not serving immediately, be sure to re-blend before serving.

Ok... on to the coconut saga. I LOVE fresh coconut! I DO NOT LOVE prepping fresh coconut. I remember the fun of cracking open my first coconut and proceeding to drain the OH-SO-YUMMY water, prying the shell the rest of the way open to then commence to mutilating my hands trying and get all the meat out. OUCH, OUCH and OUCH!!! The same holds true for just about every coconut I've ever bought although I will say that the Young Tai coconut is a little easier to work with but had a much blander taste; not my favorite coconut even though it is supposed to be so good for you. I finally came to the conclusion that buying my coconut meat and the coconut water already prepared and packaged is the way to go! It's worth any added expense of NOT having to mess with it.... TRUST ME! My new slogan for any of you coconut packagers out there: "All the exotic taste without the pain." HA!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I Miss My Nails!!!

A little while ago I had some heartbreak, as we sometimes go through in life, and reverted back to NAIL BITING.... DANG IT!
I honestly thought I was past that horrible habit that turned my hands from pretty and feminine to tacky and gnarled! I grew up biting my nails only stopping when I had acrylic nails applied as an adult. Then, after the economy took a turn and I couldn't afford professional nail services, I had the gel nails removed (I switched from acrylic to gel because gel ROCKS) and began caring for my own nails. WHAT FUN!!! I grew my natural nails very easily and LOVED nail art.... I REALLY loves me the nail art. So what happened? Why can't I stop biting now?!?

I did probably the hardest mani yesterday on the tiniest nubs I've seen in a LONG time!!! I know that darker colors on shorter nails looks awesome, but dark colors on nubs does not simply because the application is IMPOSSIBLE. Hopefully my Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth will actually stay on my nails to allow a little growth instead of being chewed off this time. Hopefully I will have my nails back in time for my beloved Halloween Konadicures! I'm counting on you guys to keep me honest! LOL! I'll keep you all posted. I'm hoping the application of my favorite polish will keep me from biting this time. Cuz while I love nail art, I ALSO love China Glaze's AWESOME holo called TTYL from their OMG collection! Look at how beautiful my nails used to look with both of them together:
I WANT MY NAILS BACK!!! Revisit this wonderful Konadicure HERE!

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Letter To The City of Chandler

Dear City of Chandler Officials,

I watched your council meeting last night on the cable access channel and I have some things I want to say as one of your residents regarding the contract impass that you failed to rectify for the City of Chandler law enforcement personnel and what that says to me.

I want to believe that I am safe. I want to believe that I live in a city that IS ahead of the rest. But I'm convinced that I don't and honestly believe that I should move out of this city as soon as I can. I drive down Arizona Avenue on, pretty much, a daily basis and see MILLIONS of my tax dollars "working" (see the NEW city offices being constructed above) while hearing last night that the city cannot afford to pay the city's emergency service personnel. I watched as the council berated a speaker for pointing out the selfishness and greed that is being shown in the improper use of funds during a struggling economy while you officials saw RAISES! The Chandler officers JUST LOST one of their own!!! YES, THEY DESERVE TO BE EMOTIONAL when their city who claims "where values make the difference" does not value them enough to take care of them. The city wants to "deal with it later". I think you all agreed to "look at it again in January". REALLY?!? HOW are our officers supposed to take care of this community while trying to figure out how they will take care of their own families? And if I'm not mistaken, last night's request by the Chandler officers did not involve an increase of pay.... it involved the city honoring what they TOLD the new officers they would get when they were hired. Why this is going before the city council and not a judge is BEYOND me!

City of Chandler... I implore you, STOP the WRONG spending!!! The stonework on this monstrosity (pictured above) ALONE would have paid for what you are denying these officers... with money left over. As a citizen of this city, I want strong emergency services more than I want you to have a comfy cozy new million dollar office with brand new furniture. I CANNOT believe the gall of each and every one of you on that panel to tell the citizens of Chandler that there isn't money and that you are waiting for the economy to get better when the city is spending money on NON-NECESSITIES! There IS money! You are just mis-spending it! STOP wasting our money... emergency services ARE A NECESSITY!!! If you are going to make cuts to continue to mis-spend, DO NOT cut our emergency services. We will need them when you spend this city into financial ruin.


Note To Readers: Any other City of Chandler residents reading this post? I STRONGLY recommend finding a city that wants to take care of you. If they aren't taking care of your law enforcement and fire, they are putting YOU at risk. That shiney new building will do nothing to protect you when you need help. If anyone has a copy of that portion of last night's meeting and can upload it to share with the rest of the world, please share the link with me and will be happy to post it on this blog as well. Our government is NOT being held accountable.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

KISS - Keep It Simple Sweetheart

A few years back I decided to make a change in my diet to incorporate raw fruit and veggies. As with many who attempt the raw food lifestyle (I do still eat meat, just much less and I try never to cook my veggies), I over-complicated things. But I've discovered two key tips that EASILY incorporate raw food into my diet... mix of flavors and marinate, marinate, marinate!

1.) Green smoothies ROCK! Mixing 60% tropical fruits and 40% dark green leafy vegetables together makes for an AWESOME drink!!! What an exotic and fancy way to get 5 servings of fruit and vegetables into your diet without a lot of work! Today I mixed 2 cups of spinach with 1 mango, 1 orange, 1 banana and 1/2 of a large pineapple with a splash of water into my Vitamix blender (you REALLY need a high speed blender for these smoothies) and got a wonderful drink that started out my morning quite nicely. Tomorrow I'm mixing coconut water, 1/2 cup coconut meat, 1 mango, 1/2 of a large pineapple with 1 - 1.5 cups of dandelion greens for another amazing and exotic elixir!
Once I got past the green color and really TASTED these smoothies, I discovered that the flavor is like nothing I've tasted before and I love it! WHY haven't I tasted anything like this before? Well.... American diets are lacking in their consumption of the all-important green leafy veggies. But if you like the clean (and surprisingly appetizing) smell of freshly mown grass with a topnote of tropical bliss, then you will LOVE green smoothies as much as I do. The added bonus, I get my live fruit and veggies in a crisp cold drink without slaving in a hot kitchen to prepare a meal. A little bit of rinsing, peeling and chopping and I'm minutes away from a delicious health-building drink that is filling and LOADED with vitamins, minerals, protein..... power!
2) Bathing my food with flavor: when I first decided to shift to raw foods, I bought tons of books on the raw lifestyle and preparing gourmet raw dishes. Most of the recipe books that I gravitated towards included interesting substitutes for my favorite dishes (i.e. raw lasagna, raw tacos with mock beans and meat, raw 'rice' and 'pastas'). What I've discovered is that all of those "substitutions" were substituting the very thing that I was trying to get away from.... high fat and calories. The reality was, I was making a change! Substituting tacos for mock tacos was still giving me tacos with still a lot of work. Now don't get me wrong, raw mock tacos are a MILLION times better than the tacos I was replacing... what I'm talking about here is the mindset. I put in a ton of time and energy creating a whole slew of substitutions so I could keep eating what I was eating. But once I changed my mindset that I was changing how I eat, I discovered that simplicity is again key.

Even when I cook meat the simplest of techniques, marinading, usually makes my dishes SING! So I put away all my "gourmet" raw food recipe books and started looking for raw sauce and marinade recipes. I now marinate my meat and veggies in the same sauce (different containers of course). My sauces and marinades are raw and healthy and add a huge punch of flavor that makes the entire meal awesome.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dying To See You!

Ok, its on... Halloween is "on the brain"!!! I just got my Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge and I ADORE THIS NEW CARTRIDGE!!!!
I used the argyle background from the Wild Card cartridge in the most perfect Halloween colors and then added the tombstone from Happy Hauntings and finally added my own sentiment. I'm VERY happy with how this turned out!
I'll be playing with the October 31st cartridge tomorrow.... OOOOOO! Is anyone else as super excited about Halloween as I am?

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Little Change and High Five

Ok.... Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko... High Five Victoria, High Five!!!

I was SUPER excited to start this cleanse after reading the book and even convinced my husband to do this cleanse with me. I think he agreed to it since there isn't a "salt water flush" to do every morning and I can change up the smoothies every day. Not to mention that the smoothies are blended (more bulk) instead of juiced (more liquid), so I'm thinking that "full" feeling will help the cause. He agreed to 7 days with no meat, dairy or wheat, drinking only the green smoothies from this book for all his meals during the day. I told him that he can drink as much and as many smoothies as he wants.

Today was the first day for both of us and I mixed a WONDERFUL concoction using fresh, organic, pineapple, peaches, dandelion greens and celery mixed with water. The pineapple and peaches made it REALLY sweet.... so I would have to say that the first day is a SUCCESS. Tomorrow I will be blending watermelon and water for breakfast and then doing a "tomato soup" in the Vitamix for lunch/dinner using celery, spinach, garlic, tomato and onion. YUMMY!!!
I can already tell that I will be VERY successful with this little change.... I'm LOVING the variety! I wonder how long my husband will make it???? He lasted one day on The Master Cleanse the first time he ever tried it and never attempted again. This might just be what he needed too! hahahahahahaha! The next seven days are going to be fun!

I also found a great solution to "bulk up" the smoothies for those who need even more (I'm reserving this for if my husband complains of hunger): Teresa Wu's Green Smoothie Blog Post

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The New Halloween Cricut Cartridges

Wow! Have I been having fun with the new Cricut Halloween Cartridges!!! THEY ARE AMAZING! While I ADORE the October 31st Seasonal cart and just about collapsed when my Happy Hauntings cart came in, this Pumpkin Carving Seasonal cart has turned out to be not only cute but functional as well for my upcoming Halloween decorating. At my house, Halloween EXCEEDS all other holiday decorating... yah, I'm kind of THAT MUCH of a freak for Halloween. This Pumpkin Carving cartridge looks like it was MADE for Halloween decorating (well, beyond pumpkin carving) with the square and circle images; check out the fun I had...

The round images are the ones I worked with first. I cut them to use as orange ornaments using the ornament from the Christmas Cheer cartridge and then just glued the round Halloween images to that. These beauties will adorn a black tree lit with orange lights..... oooooo spooky! Didn't the kitty cat turn out PERFECT!?!

The round images also work great for light covers to cast spooky images on the wall! I just taped the skull image on the end of a flashlight, or it can be cut larger and attached to the top of a lamp shade.... FUN, FUN!!!
Have fun with this cartridge gang, I know I am!
Ok.... I'm officially psyched.... HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!!

Green Smoothie Revolution

Well... this last Master Cleanse only lasted me 5 days.... UGH! I was so hoping to finish a 40 day cleanse this time! DANG IT!!!! Oh well, I guess I'll just switch some cleansing gears.

I just read Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko and now I'm SUPER motivated to give this "experiment" a shot! A special shout out to my sister for recommending the book! What a great (and tasty, judging by the recipes) way to continue cleansing at a slower pace while still filling up on fruit and veggies! You just blend it all down to liquid form with a high speed blender and "viola" super green super food perfect for on-the-go! I gotta admit, a smoothie seems like the perfect vehicle to get the cleansing job done without "emptying" (you devout lemon heads KNOW what I'm talking about here) and time prepping. Plus... did I mention some of these recipes rock? Even though I'm drinking my meals, which I'm totally used to with The Master Cleanse, there are so many smoothie recipes in this book that it CAN be like I'm enjoying a different meal at each sitting. Yah, I'm convinced this is definitely worth a try! Check out this AWESOME testimony for green smoothie "cleansing". Click HERE for video.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Quick Post Today:

There is something so special about what happens when you find an image that inspires! These two images from Stampotique are just those images. These two really speak to
the macabre in me! The girl that tingles with delight at the very idea of the approaching Halloween season.... I do believe these cards have kicked that "tingle" into full blown excitement!
I'm going to have to file these cards under "Spooky Cute". High five Stampotique!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Insomnia Fun

I entered All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge (at the last minute I might add) last Tuesday and decided to check in on it this morning as it's going on 1 a.m. and I just can't sleep.... AGAIN! Not really expecting that I won yesterday, I kind of put the whole thing out of my mind taking care of yesterday's to-do list until this morning after hours of tossing and turning. "Huh, I wonder who won yesterday's contest?"

Frustration due to no sleep.... GONE! I'm now on cloud 9 and couldn't sleep if I wanted to cuz I just found out that I WON!!! I WON, I WON, I WON!!! It's funny how, given a good reason such as excitement for not being able to sleep, makes not being able to sleep a little more fun.... don't you agree? Thanks again to the ladies at The Paper Vineyard.... you guys sort of made this happen! LOL!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lemon Head!

Alright... by now you all know that I'm a Lemon Head! Every year I complete (or attempt to complete) The Master Cleanse also known as the Lemonade Diet. So when Pam over at TheBugBytes invited me to be a guest on her blog to feature a project from one of the new Cricut Cartridges... OF COURSE the lemon-themed images on the Just Because Cards cartridge JUMPED out at me (JBC is the featured cartridge of the month)!!!
Now, for the record, I haven't officially completed 40 days yet. The longest I've survived The Master Cleanse was 25 days. I'm hoping that by completing this scrapbook page, I'll be inspired to finish the cleanse with ACTUAL before and after pics. Pray for me people... hahahahahhahaha! I completed this whole project on my Gypsy. You can get the free cut file HERE.
I shared a couple of tips over at TheBugBytes, that I wanted to share with all my readers here. First, for all of you who may not know what a cleanse is, here is a GREAT link... suffice it to say that it's SOOOO good for you to cleanse (in my opinion). Second, the background on the glass of lemonade was originally white, but because the polka dots are also white, it didn't work. So instead of cutting a whole new background, I simply colored the white in with a black marker. And finally, my Gypsy tip.

EVERY project I design on my Cricut Gypsy is done by placing ALL the components for the design on my virtual mat GROUPED TOGETHER. I then size everything BEFORE ungrouping so that all my pieces stay proportionate to one another and I don't have to go back in and resize any of the pieces individually... they all just fit. This saves A TON of time!!! Example is the lemon from the Just Because Cards cartridge (layer 1 + layer 2 + layer 3). Ungrouping is where I usually get into trouble. So I typically don't "ungroup" anything until right before I'm ready to cut. The pieces and layers of an image will fit one another perfectly if sized together. You Gypsy owners will see what I mean when you upload the Gyspy cut file and see the 5 layers of virtual mats attached to the file.
Welp, that's all for today. I'd like to send out a special thanx to my Cricut friend Pam for letting me guest post on her blog... as always Pam, it's loads of fun! Be sure to send a little love to Pam over at TheBugBytes. Have a great one gang... I hope you all have fun with this one. You can find all of my Gypsy cut files in the top of the right margin of my blog marked "New Gypsy Cut Files"; this cut file is called "Lemon Head".
**** Again, here is my all time favorite Master Cleanse resource:
You can also check out The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs: HERE or you can purchase the book through Whole Foods Supermarket or

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


So... here is my entry for the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge, Aqua/Chocolate/Kraft. This was a labor of love. I began working on it the other day while hanging out with the ladies at The Paper Vineyard, using it to show some Copic marker techniques. The hair changed at least two times that day... but then, that's the beauty of Copic markers! For this card I used Copic markers BG000, BG0000, BG01, C2, C5, E21, E35, E47, E49, E50, E51, R14, R22, R27, R59, W5, Y21, and the image used is Coffee Kiki La Rue from CC Designs. The same stamp featured HERE. Didn't I say this one was going to be getting a lot of use??? HAHAHAHAHAHA! But I think I like this one best of all.... "Best Friend Joe!" That's just funny!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Fabric Flower Tutorial

Ok.... as promised (and a little pic heavy).... here is the tutorial for the fabric flowers! If you can sew a button, you can make these adorable flowers. What you will need is lightweight cotton fabric, a button, needle and thread, die cutter with circle die. If you have any questions, be sure to post them in the comments and I will be sure to check in and answer them. Here we go! Have fun with this one!

Step One: Cut enough fabric to die cut 5 circles. I am using my Spellbinders 3" Nestability die with my Cuttlebug die cutter. Be sure to trim your fabric down so that it fits through your die cutter. The bigger the circles used, the bigger the flower.

I cut three circles that needed to be trimmed with scissors until I discovered using a thin chipboard shim (pictured below) made the final two cuts CLEAN! Be sure that you try it without the shim first if you are using the same die cutting materials as I'm using. Because every Cuttlebug is different, yours might work WITHOUT the shim. The cuttlebug sandwich I used was (from bottom to top) A plate + C plate + fabric + Nestie + B plate + Shim.

Step Two: Once you've got your 5 circles, fold them in half (taco style).

Step Three: Using a double threaded needle, begin crimping and stitching the two free edges. Be sure to not get too close to the edge or it will cause the fabric to frey.

See the first petal forming???

Once you've finished crimping and stitching the first petal, push the needle the rest of the way through, pushing the petal to the end of the thread and all the way to the knot; repeat on the remaining petals.

Petals get finished in seconds! Push all petals tightly against the knot in the thread.

Step Four: Form the flower by keeping the petals pushed against the knot in the thread and match up the side of the first petal with the side of the last petal. Loosen the petals on the thread as needed to form the flower and stitch the base of the first and last petals together twice.
Step Five: Hot glue or stitch a button to the center and you have your fabric flower. I did both. The first flower (click HERE for previous post) I did, I added thread to the button to make it look like it was sewn and then hot glued the button onto the flower. The button pictured here, the button was sewn with the remaining thread.... it works great either way.

I hope you all enjoyed today's tutorial. Have a great evening and I hope to see you all here again tomorrow! :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

To The Ladies At The Paper Vineyard

So, yesterday was the day I demonstrated Copic markers at The Paper Vineyard. They held a "Build A Book" event yesterday which featured multiple techniques and I got the pleasure of joining them. WHOA! Did I have a BLAST!!! Years ago when my favorite local scrapbook store (or lss) Recollections closed its doors, one of the lovely ladies who worked there opened her own scrapbook store and hired many of her fellow staffers from that Recollections store..... The Paper Vineyard was born. And now 4-5 years later, they are still going strong. I do frequent the store quite a bit, but I gotta say, it was WONDERFUL seeing everyone together again at yesterday's event! Jean, Tina, Vanessa, Sue, Adrianna.... THANK YOU for making yesterday SO much fun!
And I certainly can't forget all of The Paper Vineyard's awesome customers! This is not coming from ANY sort of bias because I happen to be one of them.... The Paper Vineyard's customers are THE BEST! Ladies... I had so much fun showing you Copic techniques... thank you for making yesterday super special! And aren't we thrilled that they are bringing Copics into The Paper Vineyard? Things are definitely going to start getting wild and crazy (well, MORE wild and crazy) now that Copics are added to the mix! So, of course, I HAD to be in the middle of that! hahahahahahaha!

Again, yesterday ROCKED! I hope I get to do something like that again. Yesterday gets some major high fives! And before I go, check out the pic (click on the pic above to enlarge) of the AWESOME flower I learned how to make yesterday at one of the technique stations. It required minimal hand sewing and looks GORGEOUS! Stay tuned for a tutorial... they are so super easy!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Looks Like a Great Weekend

Well... all is well! It has been a tough two weeks, but as always, when you make it through, things get significantly brighter. As is the case today. I'm on the Master Cleanse again (it's that time again folks... I'm twice a year now) and I'm doing very well. I'm going to cleanse for 40 days this time, so I'm in it for the long haul. I'm reaching for homeostasis, and only TIME cleansing can give you that. I will then be following that up with a much slower cleanse with raw food so hopefully by the end of the year I will look 10 years younger! HA! Don't judge! God uses vanity to motivate too! LOL! Seriously though, my goal is ALWAYS divine health!!!

So if things weren't already wonderful today with the cleanse, I was also just asked to be a Copic Marker demonstrator for a scrapping event this weekend!!! What an amazing honor! And this will work out perfectly with this cleanse because it will occupy my hands and my mind and keep me from eating!!! LOVE IT!

And speaking of occupying the mind, I started reading Raw Food For Busy People by Jordan Maerin today and IT IS AMAZING!!! It's full of wonderful raw recipes, but more than that, it's filled with even better information. For example, did you know that carnivores have short intestines and their bodies operate naturally in an acid state? Humans have very long intestines and operate naturally in an alkaline state. YUCK, but how interestingly weird is that? Being that animal protein is acidic, it stands to reason that too much animal protein will disrupt the chemistry of the human body. Also, the healthiest people on earth are said to be the Hunza culture. Their diet consists mainly of 80% raw, organic veggies and 20% lean meats/diary/grains... also organic. I gotta tell you, this book is INTERESTING!!! And I'm even more convinced that my initial notion that our teeth really should be dictating our diet is true to form. Carnivores mouths are full of canine teeth while humans have only 4. I really do believe (even more now than ever) that God intended us to eat minimal meat with a majority of plant foods. And the presence of canines convinces me we SHOULD have meat in our diet, but the minority of them compared to the plant tearing incisors and plant grinding molars tells me that the American diet is dreadfully skewed in our consumption ratios of meat to veggies. This is something the mainstream is leaning towards and starting to understand, but the studies of the Hunza culture is just the information that could knock this one out of the ball park turning around America's epidemics. We can only hope. In the meantime, I will work on my own, choosing to fill up on knowledge today while my stomach stays empty. MMMMM... I'm full! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Welp...that's about it for my upcoming weekend. I hope all of your weekends go as well as mine promises to be! I'll be back to fill you guys in! :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Make It Crafty DT Call

Hi everyone!!! Just a little FYI that my friend Zoe over at Make It Crafty is having a DT call. Here's the dirt directly from her site:

The time has come for Make it Crafty to call out to all the fabulous crafters like YOU to come play!

I am looking for a special design team from all different backgrounds who want to help others with different techniques and ideas. I want to create a challenge site where crafters can come and learn or practice a technique and receive ‘real’ feedback on their submission.

Make it Crafty will host challenges on a fortnightly basis consisting of two types of challenges.

1.A ‘monthly’ technique challenge where one designer from the design team will host the challenge based on a technique they feel they can help and offer feedback on.
2.The other challenge will be a fun challenge which may incorporate Make it Crafty digi stamps, 3D projects or products sold in store.
As you know, Make it Crafty digi stamps are designed to be used with other stamps so you will have the freedom to play with your other favourite stamps too and are encouraged to do so!

Who am I looking for?
There will be six positions available for a six month term starting in September.

I am looking for crafters from all areas of papercrafting, whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker or altered art artist. I think we can all learn from one another and many of the techniques and ideas can be used across each hobby.

I am NOT looking for people who are amazing in all areas. I am looking for crafters who feel confident about ‘one‘ technique and wish to share that experience with others.

The positions are open to anyone around the world with an active blog and any language as long as you also offer an english translation of your posts.

For more info, you can check out her site HERE. Good luck to everyone!

Going Verical AGAIN!

OOOOO... feelin the Feng Shui? I know I am while trying to REorganize all my stuff in the new place! You'd think expanding a craft space from a closet to an entire room would be easy... HAHAHAHAHAHA! But then again, I've always been a little horizontally challenged, so of course I went vertical.... AGAIN!!!

A while back I posted an amazing storage solution for my Copic markers in a carrying case that allowed them to be visible AND mobile. Since that post I've talked to a couple of fellow Copic lovers like myself who were also looking for storage that allowed them to see the tips of their markers at a glance, but would still be mobile, organized and not take up precious work space.

I'VE GOT IT!!! I found THE CUTEST little metal silverware/drink caddy (even monogrammed with my initial and just so happened to match my Cricut green... HELLLLOOOO!) with nifty carrying handles on the side. I used some large "S" hooks that I got from IKEA and hung it on my magnetic pegboard (also from IKEA) that I have attached to my wall. I currently have 120 markers and there's room in this caddy for about 30+/- more. I also have only Sketch Copics, so if there is someone out there looking to store the complete set of Ciao Copics, this should fit the bill nicely.
With this storage solution, the marker tips are visible, they are mobile (the caddy slips right off the "S" hooks easily), they are off your work surface, on the wall and finally they are organized since the metal caddy has a 6-compartment metal divider.... nice!!! You can click on the pic to enlarge and see the metal dividers more easily.

I hope this tip helps someone out. Now I have to put all my Copics BACK into their Creative cases. See what I do for you guys!?! LOL! To check out my original Copic storage idea (and the storage that I use), click HERE.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Officer Down

I am the wife of a police officer. This is not an easy position in life but it's one that I am honored to have. In fact, it's what I believe I was made for. But at times like this, I can't help but reflect on my own sacrifices.

Tomorrow we bury one of our finest who made the ultimate sacrifice. A brother in arms, my husband will be attending Officer Ledesma's funeral and he will come home.... broken. I have been through this before. It's at times like these that I'm reminded how difficult my position is. He may be the officer, but I'm the officer's wife, his support. The spouse of an officer doesn't really understand what compels the officer they are married to to go after what everyone else is running away from and to sacrifice their very lives to protect.... even the criminal, but we accept it. We accept that our bad days won't ever compare to THE BEST work day of an officer that, by the way, was far worse. We accept that a life and death decision our spouse can make may very well affect the rest of our lives, and we have no say in it. We accept that emotionally, psychologically and even physiologically at times, the officer we are married to won't always be available to us. And we accept that there are times they will be broken. But accepting that every bit of it can be taken away from us BECAUSE of what they do.... well, that's just one I haven't quite accepted yet (even after 16 years). But in less than 24 hours, I will, again be the lifeline for an officer coming home thinking, "it could have been me." He won't say it, but we will BOTH be thinking it and again I will file that reality away choosing not to accept it, focusing on being a ray of sunshine for him to cling to. We all say, "it won't be my spouse", but when one of ours is lost, we all know that someone will be wrong. And then we will all ask, "Is it all worth it? What are we sacrificing for?"
Police husbands and wives: I send out my sincerest condolences to all whose "Officer is Down". I can not (and pray I never do) understand what you lost. But I do understand what you sacrificed right beside them. And while I do not understand what it is that makes them so willing to sacrifice their very lives, I want to share with you that I believe it is all ordained and an appointment that is instilled in them by God. You have not sacrificed in vain. The bible says that they are "God's ministers". It doesn't say that they do good work for God.... it says they are "God's ministers". They belong to God. The following are some scriptures that God gave to me years ago shortly after marrying my police officer husband and they are scriptures that I have clung to for many years.
Romans 13:1-4 (NKJV) - Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For the rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
Here is a link if anyone is interested in donating to the 100 Club: Proceeds go to support families of fallen police and firemen/women. I truly hope this post touched you to give.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Cutest Little Kiki

Welp, I've been in the new place two weeks and I've JUST NOW got my craft space put back together.... I actually have a whole room this time... WOO HOO!!! Although I'm not going to lie, I LOVED my craft closet. In fact, I loved it so much, I set up all of my shelving on one wall exactly as it was set up in my closet previously. NICE! And just in the nick of time too! I was achin to "get my craft on". HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

So the gem pictured here is a CC Designs stamp called Coffee Kiki La Rue. I have loved this stamp since it was released and FINALLY got one and I can already tell that it will be getting used A LOT! I also bumped into a great deal at Big Lots and picked up a set of clear flourish stamps... the whole set was $2 and look how beautifully they turned out (top pic; click to enlarge). I also picked up the papers featured here at Big Lots too. The paper ended up being WAY thicker than I expected for the price. The paper is a 24-sheet pack of Pressed Petals 12 x 12 glitter paper (Baby Girl Set) that I picked up for $5. I just can't believe the quality of all the things I picked up for less than $10. I'm definitely going to be going back to Big Lots in the future.... I wonder how often they get scrapping supplies in? Back to the little Coffee Kiki...

I was waiting for it to arrive from The Town Scrapper, but unfortunately it didn't arrive, so I ended up buying it from All That Scraps. I received it two days later... thanx for the rush guys!!! If the one I ordered from The Town Scrapper arrives, I will be sure to give it away here on my blog. Lets all hope it gets here! LOL!
Ok gang, that's about it for me today. I'll end this with another card the I made using all my awesome new stuff. If you'll excuse me, I've gotta run now and pick up more of that paper!!!

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