Monday, September 30, 2013

Little Nut

There is a cat on my lap at the moment. I think she's attached to me by an invisible bungee cord, because every time I push her off, she bounces right back up.

This is the cat who sleeps next to me at night, like my very own electric blanket (that purrs). It's lovely in the winter months, but during these summer days, no, no, no. Lately she's taken to crawling under the covers and sleeping with her head out on a pillow, like a human.  This all sounds so silly and sweet, until her tail moves up my back, and I wake in terror, thinking it's a centipede.  

This is the cat who wakes me each morning before my alarm clock goes off, yowling for food. When I stumble through the darkened house half asleep and clumsily pour way more cat food into her bowl than I should, I assume that it will all be worth it -- she will stop screaming. Nope. She eats a few bites, grumpily meowing, and then hurls herself at the door, urgently wailing to be let outside. 

This is the cat who chases the dog, who swipes at toes if they wiggle (which toes often do, unfortunately), who refuses to drink water from a bowl, who is attracted to olives and rubs her face against them, who has entire conversations in "meows" with her humans, who turns her nose up at her litter box even when it's clean, who goes ballistic when she picks up the scent of my daughter's sugar-free gum, who can tolerate exactly three strokes before she'll attack a brush, who cleans herself for what seems like hours, just as she is right now, on my lap. 

For all of my ranting, though, I can't imagine life without this pain in the butt. 
Little Miss Koko was the subject of today's challenge post on the October Afternoon blog.  The challenge is to loosen up on a layout by including scribbles here and there. I like the playful feel that the scribbling adds. It definitely suits the subject, though, perhaps, claw marks might have been more appropriate. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Few Sneaks

Here's hoping you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was way too short, but then again, I don't think I've ever looked back at a weekend and thought, "Man, I couldn't wait for this weekend to end."

This week promises to be a busy one for me, but it will also be full of scrap-happy reveals. Here are a few peeks at what's ahead.

This week's Monday challenge on the October Afternoon blog is to scribble on a layout. I knew it would be a challenge to grab a pen and go (a little) wild, but it was actually kind of liberating. I will definitely be trying this again! 
Tomorrow night is the October kit reveal at JBS Mercantile. I'm so excited! The October kits are packed with loveliness, including new BasicGrey Persimmon and Crate Paper Close Knit. 
On Tuesday, the Two Peas in a Bucket gallery will be full of new layouts from the Garden Girls. Based on the sneak above, I think it's pretty easy to guess what the October theme will be! 

Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

If You Need a Laugh...

Watch this:

The funny

I so needed this today!

It totally reminds me of when I was in elementary school, and my best friend and I lip-synced "Strut" by Sheena Easton for the school talent show. We were just that awesome.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Gardener's Digest: September Garden Girl Blog Hop

*** APOLOGIES for the late update!  My blog was set to post at p.m., not a.m.  Whoops! ***
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 "hop" by each of our blogs today to see what's in bloom in the Garden this month.  If you've been following the hop so far, you were just visiting Lisa's blog. 
I have a wee bit of a peek to share of a project that I have been working on for this week's Scrap Your Stash video. Can you tell what my focus will be?  
Don't let the pink and red fool you (or the hearts, for that matter) -- it is indeed a Halloween layout! I've been yearning to scrap Halloween since the weather started cooling around here, reminding me that one of my favorite holidays is right around the corner.  On my project I used some of my favorite new products, mixing Halloween-themed items with some not-so-Halloweed-themed items. 
 Here are a few of my favorites, all of which I used on the project above: 
Theresa Collins Sticky Notes
Photo Overlays from Pebbles and Crate Paper

Studio Calico Thataway Plastic Die-Cut Stars
Alison Kreft/Webster's Pages "Right Now" Paper

Here are a few of my most recent bookmarks from the Two Peas gallery. All of these layouts made me see with fresh eyes. 
(Top: AlisonLeigh21 and Monika Glod; bottom: AWriter and VickiLFunk)

To thank you for visiting today, I'd love to offer you a chance to win a $10 Two Peas in a Bucket gift certificate. Just leave a comment on this post (including your Two Peas username) before 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time on Friday, September 27, and I will select one lucky winner. 

The next stop on the blog hop is the crafty genius known as Paigeor if you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, you can head to the Two Peas in a Bucket blog.  Thanks for hopping by today! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

My September JBS Layouts

In my last post, I shared a few peeks at my September JBS layouts, but now that the mid-month reveal has passed, I can share them in their entirety.

The first layout documents my "12 on the 12th" adventure -- an attempt to document a day in the life in twelve photos.
Today's post on the JBS Inspiration blog takes a closer look at how this layout came together, thanks in large part to the Papercrafting Kit
My second layout, also created with the Papercrafting Kit, had me teary-eyed. This may seem negative, but in truth, it is a reminder that in the process of creating the page, I tapped into something real, something powerful and sincere. 
For my third layout, I dipped into the mini-album kit on my way back to the 1970s. 
The kit includes one of my favorite scrappy products ever, Farmhouse Paper Company's index cards. 
There's also some pretty blue ribbon in the kit, and you know my philosophy -- have ribbon, will stitch! 

I can't wait to see what's in store for October!  

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Lately I've been...

watching Orange Is the New Black (brilliant show) and the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I'm almost on the musical episode, "Once More with Feeling" -- I can't wait!).  And yes, I do realize that I'm over ten years late in joining the Buffy train. Thank goodness for Netflix.

reading Sisterland, by Curtis Sittenfeld.  I've read all of Sittenfeld's other books, and have really enjoyed them. I'm also rereading The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri, one of my favorite books. I've been discussing it with my juniors, as part of our "Lost and Found" unit in American Literature.
listening to Bastille (it helps if it's really, really loud), Arctic Monkeys, NONONO, Grouplove, Cage the Elephant, Hunter Hunted, and The 1975...oh, and Don Henley. I jones for Henley in the late summer. 

eating more sushi than I ever have in my entire life, now that our family has discovered Kuru Kuru. 
We headed there for lunch today, and it was incredible. I had the dynamite, the spicy tuna, and shrimp shumai. My husband swears by the spicy tuna don, and my daughter is a huge fan of the spicy tuna won ton and the inari (above). Good schtuff. 

scrapbooking with the JBS September kits, including the Papercrafting Kit...

and the Mini-Album Kit...
(Check out the full DT gallery!)
pinning all the things...


wondering where the heck the weekend went!  I hope you had a great one. ;) 

Friday, September 13, 2013

One Afternoon

This week I joined fellow October Afternoon team member Alex for a sketch challenge post on the OA blog. My project came together in a single afternoon -- I snapped the photos, printed them out, and assembled the layout. Thanks to the sketch, the entire process was a breeze.
This was the first time Alex had created a sketch, and I think she did a knockout job.  Her intent was to design a sketch that would feature the journaling prominently. In fact, she titled the post "Tell a Story." Although my journaling isn't a story in the traditional sense, it does capture the moment for me, and thus, serves as part of my larger story, the one that I live.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Today I arrived home after work and sat myself down at the computer, going through the usual routine:

Check email. 
Respond to email.
Go to Two Peas. 
Check the Two Peas store. 

...and then...

I added "FREAK OUT" to that list, because the store is packed with new and lovely post-CHA products!  We're talking Crate Paper, American Crafts, Pebbles, and more!  Here are some of my favorites:

I am SUCH a goner. To say that I am about to splurge is putting it mildly. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Few OA Shares

There is so much happening lately at October Afternoon, what with the Webster's Pages partnership ("Great on their own, and great together!"), the reveal of new lines, and the forthcoming Daily Flash, Public Library, Treasure Map, and Silent Night collections. Exciting times!

I've so enjoyed working with the new OA lines. Over the past few weeks, a few of my projects have been featured on the OA blog, and I haven't yet shared them here, until now.

First, there is a card that I created with the Public Library collection (an English teacher's dream, by the way):
Second, I pulled together some Daily Flash papers and accents and had a go at the  "What's Your Number" challenge:
My number was one, which meant that my challenge was to incorporate a bold element on the page.  I added a streak of mist. I opened the bottle, held my layout at an angle, and poured just enough out of the bottle to create the effect you see here.

My final and most recent project was for this past week's Tuesday Tutorial post. I shared my approach to creating translucent pockets.
The stitched vellum pockets include heart confetti and other tidbits. 
 I so love the look of these translucent layers!
I'll have another OA project to share this week.  Thanks for stopping by today! 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

New Webster's Pages at Two Peas!

I've been waiting so long for the new Webster's Pages releases, and now they're finally here!
I'm off to go fill up my cart!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Guess What October Afternoon Just Revealed?

(The full Apple Cider collection may be viewed on the OA site.)

(The full Milk Money collection may be found on the OA site). 

Monday, September 2, 2013

September at JBS Mercantile

The best thing about being on the design team for JBS Mercantile is that on a monthly basis, I get to eat my words and not feel badly about doing so.  Each month, as I get my first peek at the kits, I declare, "Now this is my favorite kit ever!" and then a month later, I'm saying the same thing. 

Still...this month's kits are my favorite ever!  

My bout with a bad cold this weekend left me groaning, sniffling, and generally unproductive, so I don't have many layouts to share just yet, but before my immune system tanked, I did manage to break into the Historian kit
There are even more projects to be found in the September design team gallery! I'll share the rest of mine during the mid-month reveal on the 15th.

Thanks for stopping by today!