Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Already?

There's a tutorial just for procrastinators (like me) on the October Afternoon blog today.  I'll show you how to go from this...
to this...
There's just enough time left to put together some tags for treat bags, and have a little painterly fun while you're at it.

I'm off to go prep costumes for tomorrow. Here's a hint:
:)  Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


What with a hurricane heading toward friends and family on the mainland, and a tsunami warning last night, it's been a tense weekend.

Luckily, the tsunami's impact was limited to some unusual tidal movement in harbor areas. Still, people went crazy. Although people who were not living on the coasts were told to stay home, many rushed out to get gas, and some even headed for the shoreline, in contention for this year's Darwin Awards, no doubt.  The roads were clogged with traffic, there were at least four major accidents, and one of the news stations reported that a woman in labor had to pull over to give birth since she could not make it to the hospital. The scariest moment of the night was when the stone-faced mayor instructed people who were stuck on the roads to consider getting out of their cars and moving to higher ground.

As for my family, we did that thing called listening, and stayed put at home, since we don't live in an inundation zone. From the moment the sirens went off at about 8:30, we stayed glued to the TV, praying that everyone (except for those running toward the ocean to splash in the waves, or those who let out whoops and yells at 10:28 p.m., when the first wave was due to hit) would be safe.

However, Hurricane Sandy is still on the move, and I am praying that its impact will not be severe.

I've been trying to distract myself, so that this feeling of helplessness doesn't overwhelm me. Mostly that has taken the form of housecleaning, which, I have learned, also generates a feeling of helplessness. Ha. My house is the equivalent of Greek fire. The more I clean, the messier it seems to get.

So I've turned to glitter and glue and modeling paste.  I've found that I'm more productive with those in my hands, instead of dish liquid and toilet brushes and laundry detergent.

In the meantime, if you're looking for a way to distract yourself and you're up for a challenge, be sure to check out this week's journaling challenge at Two Peas in a Bucket:
The whole idea is to let your pet do the talking. If your cat could speak, what would he say? If your dog could communicate the feelings behind those puppy dog eyes, what would she tell you? I pretty much giggled the entire time I created this layout.
As an added perk, those who enter the challenge will have a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to Two Peas.  Plus, you'll keep me entertained. :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012


A legacy isn't just something that we leave behind. It is what we bequeath to the world before us, to the future ahead of us. What we do with our lives matters, and in making choices for ourselves, we also impact others. I believe that love itself is a legacy, and that is exactly what my students and I have been discussing lately, as we study Shakespeare's sonnets.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
      If this be error and upon me proved,
     I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

One of my students was especially moved by the line, "Love's not Time's fool," and the thought that even after we die, the love that we have put out into the world lives on, influencing generations to come.  

She asked, "Why don't people think this way any more?", which brought us to a comparison between Shakespeare's words and the Beatles' song "The End":
and in the end the love you take 
is equal to the love you make
Interestingly, McCartney has claimed that when he penned these lines, he was inspired by Shakespeare.  

The concept of "legacy" is also at the heart of the following layout that I created for this month's "Scrap Vintage" feature on the Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration blog
There is a watch in my husband's family that is passed down to the eldest male in each generation. Recently it came into my husband's possession, and holding it in his hands, he was overwhelmed.  This timepiece is more than an object, more than an heirloom; it is a legacy that connects him to the past as well as to the future of his family. 

The layouts that we create as scrapbookers fulfill a similar function. They bridge past, present, and future.  They matter

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

OA Warehouse Sale

Should you happen to

(a) love October Afternoon, 

(b) appreciate a good sale, 

(c) live near Apple Valley, MN,

(d) be in the mood for a road trip,

then you will definitely want to check out the October Afternoon Warehouse Sale! 

The sale, which will be held at OA's headquarters from Thursday, October 25 to Sunday, October 28, will feature items from OA lines through 2012, and will include select items from recent lines, including Cakewalk, Woodland Park, 9 to 5, and Witch Hazel.  

For more information, visit the October Afternoon Facebook page and click on the "Events" tab. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Gardeners' Digest: October Garden Girl Blog Hop

Welcome to the Gardeners' Digest, a monthly update from the Garden Girls, the design team at Two Peas in a Bucket. We'd love it if you'd visit each of our blogs today to see what's in bloom in the Garden this month. 
I've been working on a Thanksgiving layout featuring three of my very favorite things: turkey, gravy, and more gravy. I had some fun with the journaling, and adopted a checklist approach to highlight the contents of my "perfect plate." A free download of the checklist will be available when the layout appears in the Garden in early November. The layout itself features items from Crate Paper, Elle's Studio, and American Crafts.    
Lately I have been bookmarking and pinning projects galore from the gallery.  Here are some of the peas who have been making my jaw drop: 
Layouts by ADogsLife13Amy Coose, and Leetazzie 
Simple Stories Sn@p! 12 x 12 Flash Cards
Days of the Week Stamps by Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday
BasicGrey Lucille Alphabet Stickers
Amy Tangerine Vellum Envelopes
KI Memories Flashback Little Things
To thank you for stopping by today, I would love to offer you a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Two Peas in a Bucket. To be entered to win, just leave a comment by Sunday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time.  Don't forget to include your pea name, so that I can contact you via pea mail if you win.  

Onward!  The next stop on the blog hop is Garden Girl Becky Novacek.  You can also start from the beginning by going to the Two Peas in a Bucket blog.  Happy hopping! 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Jenni Bowlin Studio Blog Hop + Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Welcome to the Jenni Bowlin Studio blog hop!  Today's hop features nineteen (!) stops, and thus, nineteen different opportunities to be entered to win a giveaway. The giveaways vary from blog to blog, but I will admit to being partial to what I'm giving away here, since it's what I used to create these cards, and what I plan to use again, and again, and again, and... 

These cards feature the October kit cuts, from Jenni Bowlin Mercantile. They're designed by Lisa Dickinson, who knows the way to my Halloween-loving heart.
To be entered to win these die-cuts, just leave a comment at the end of this post, and I'll choose a random winner after 6:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, October 20. Please include your email address in your comment (or a link to a site where your email can be found). 

If you use die-cuts, then I don't have to tell you about the special love between a scrapper and her die-cutting machine. If you don't have a machine yet, but you do dream of die-cutting the night away, then you might be interested in a terrific offer that Silhouette has shared with us: 
The discount code for this deal at Silhouette is jbshalloweenbonanza.  The Cameo® alone usually retails at $299.99, and considering the extras, this is a great deal! The discount code is good through the end of October. 

If you're interested in a class to help you make the most of your die-cutting machine, you may want to check out Silhouette 101 , a class taught by JBS team member Amanda Jones and featuring guest Betsy Sammarco.  If you register by Friday, October 19 with the code 25OFF101, you can save 25% on the class fee. 

Your next stop on the blog hop is the ever-and-always-crazily-talented KL,  Kerry Lynn Yeary

If you haven't stopped by the JBS Inspiration blog just yet, be sure to make time to do that, since you'll find this monster giveaway there: 
Here's the full list of participating blogs, in case you'd like to check out the ones that you've missed: 
Amy Kingsford http://www.amykingsford.com/blog 
Ashley Calder http://ashleycalder.blogspot.com/ 
Betsy Sammarco http://justapharmgirl.blogspot.com/ 
Briana Johnson http://mypaperlust.blogspot.com/ 
Connie Mercer http://www.craftygoodies.com/ 
Corrie Jones http://corejones.blogspot.com/ 
Doris Sander http://www.dorissander.blogspot.com/ 
Jenni Bowlin http://jennibowlin.blogspot.com/ 
Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration http://www.jennibowlinstudioinspiration.blogspot.com/ 
Jenni Hufford http://www.jennihufford.com/
Jill Sprott http://wordplaywordwork.blogspot.com/<-- You are here. 
Kerry Lynn Yeary http://blog.kennerroad.com/ 
Leah Farquharson http://amusing-to-create.blogspot.com/ 
Lisa Dickinson http://lisadickinson.typepad.com/ 
Megan Klauer http://meganklauerdesign.blogspot.com/ 
Natalie Elphinstone http://onescrappydoctor.blogspot.com/ 
Shimelle Laine http://www.shimelle.com/ 
Tina Walker http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com/
 Happy hopping! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Silver Linings.

(1) It's Monday...
          but it won't always be Monday.  

(2) I read "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" out loud three times today and my throat hurts now...
          but the students really seemed to get into it.  Some even laughed -- at a medieval romance.  

(3) The traffic was horrible this afternoon...
          but it still brought me home to him. 
Layout created using the Jenni Bowlin Mercantile October kits.  Additional details may be found here. 
(4) The mornings are getting darker and colder...
           but Starbucks remains constant.

(5) I feel like I just got home, and it's almost time for bed...
           but Gossip Girl is on, and UES drama trumps reality.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


The new Simple Stories Sn@p! collection is now available at Two Peas in a Bucket!
"Polaroids" Patterned Paper
Snappy Days 3 x 4 Cards
Sn@p! Life 12 x 12 Fundamental Stickers

Don't you just love the vivid colors? These are going to be so much fun to work play with!

Friday, October 12, 2012

12 on the 12th

I haven't forgotten that today is a "12 on the 12th" day -- a chance for me to document a day in the life by snapping at least twelve photos.  So far, I have documented a trip into town with a very excited dog (just ask all of the people she barked at on the way), a bag of Raisinets (now empty), the pot roast that is filling the house with an incredible aroma that reminds me why I can only embrace the idea of vegetarianism, and the Halloween cards that I have been working on using the JBS Mercantile October digital cut-files (which are 25% off right now): 
That spider leg creeping up the side of the photo is kind of freaking me out.  Even touching it after I removed it from the die-cut mat had me feeling a little woozy. My tolerance for spiders begins and ends with Andrew Garfield

Off to snap more pics! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Today was the second day of my fall break, and it got off to a rousing start -- at 11:30 a.m.   That is to say, I fell asleep last night without setting the alarm clock, believing myself to be entitled to a day off the clock, and my body naturally surrendered to a sleep that lasted almost twelve hours.  Crrrrazy.  

It's been a restful day, for sure, and a good one.  Z and I drove out to Haleiwa for lunch.  There are repairs going on to the 80-year-old Karsten Thot bridge, which is the way most people head to the North Shore, so we had to take an alternate route through Kaukonahua Road, dubbed "Snake Road" for a reason.  Still, as tense as I can be driving on that windy road and passing monuments near dented safety rails every few minutes, the view is incredible -- wooded areas, open farmland, and the blue ocean ahead on the horizon.

Tonight I have big scrappy plans.  Of course, every time I sit down to scrap, I end up at Two Peas.  Shocker.

This evening I noticed a thread on Two Peas talking about the new KI Memories and BasicGrey in the store, and a moment later, my cart was full.  I think I'm most excited about these lovelies: 

KI Memories Washi Tapes
And you know, given how the theme of time recurs on my layouts, I had to snag these: 

KI Memories Tick Tock Flashback Clear Stamps
I'm loving the new BasicGrey, too.  
BasicGrey Lucille Vintage Buttons
BasicGrey Lucille "Pleat" Patterned Paper (B-side)
BasicGrey Serenade "Half Penny" Patterned Paper (B-side)
I am a fool for bright and colorful products. My restraint totally went out the window tonight! 

Today was also Thursday Sketch day on the October Afternoon blog.  Danni Reid provided a sketch that, at first, made me want to make a card, but I decided to "stretch the sketch" and create a 12 x 12 layout. I replaced the hexagons in the original sketch with stamped and embossed pumpkins:  
Witch Hazel is my go-to line this Halloween. I have a scrappy little crush on these chipboard buttons. 
I had the Eagles' "Witchy Woman" in my head the whole time I worked on this page. :) 

I'm off to scrap the night away! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

(P)noticed: 10 on the 10th

1. Pin: 
2. Passage: 

I once left a restaurant in the middle of dessert to get to Krispy Kreme before it closed. 
-- Tina Fey, Bossypants

I would so totally do that.  

3. Picture:
After we took this photo of the women in our family, my grandma said, "Thank you." I've always found it so adorable that she does that after every photo, as if it were an honor for someone to take her picture. 
4. Person: Margaret Atwood.

5. Problem: My daughter starts college in less than three years.  Every time I think about this, I hyperventilate just a little.  How soon does empty nest syndrome begin? 

6. Process:  I am so feeling Halloween right now, scrap-wise!  The following layout from this week's Garden at Two Peas in a Bucket features a customized misted background. 
For more details and a supply list, see the original layout at Two Peas in a Bucket.
I began by adding an orange base over white cardstock, followed by a reddish one, and then I added even more orange over that.   I cut small rectangles from the cardstock and used them behind the die-cut journaling, and I kept the remaining red-orange paper "frame" to use as one of the layers in the background.

7.  Product: I crazy love these sticky notes from Knock Knock.

8. Pleasure: Each night before bed, the dog sprawls on her back between Rob and me, and starts wiggling around. She gets really playful and then suddenly stops and puts her paws out on Rob's chest, and her eyelids get heavier and heavier. It's such a riot, and is easily one of the best parts of my day.

9. Post: The Captivating Teacher Manifesto, by Vicki Davis

10. Present: I just finished watching Modern Family.  That show is gold.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

Firstly, congratulations to the winner of the Elle's Studio digital download giveaway...

Secondly, congratulations to the winner of the October Afternoon Witch Hazel buttons giveaway...
Thanks, all, for leaving comments!  I always enjoy reading them.