Monday, January 30, 2006
Check HER out!
Just found this pea's work. I am in love with all of her stuff, especially those altered coasters! Beautiful!
Sunday, January 29, 2006
A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek:
I want to drink God, deep draughts of God.
I'm thirsty for God-alive.
I wonder, "Will I ever make it - arrive and drink in God's presence?"
I'm on a diet of tears- tears for breakfast, tears for supper.
All day long people knock at my door, pestering, "Where is this God of yours?"
These are the things I go over and over, emptying out the pockets of my life.

I was always at the head of my worshiping crowd,
right out in front,
leading them all,
eager to arrive and worship, shouting praises, singing thanksgiving-
Celebrating, all of us- God's feast!

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes upon God - soon I'll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He's my God.

When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you,
from Jordan depths to Hermon heights, including Mount Mizar.

Chaos calls to chaos, to the tune of whitewater rapids.
Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers crash and crush me.

Then God promises to love me all day, sing songs all through the night!
My life is God's prayer.
Sometimes I ask God, my rock-solid God,
"Why did you let me down? Why am I walking around in tears,
harassed by enemies?"

They're out for the kill, these tormentors with their obscenities,
taunting day after day, "Where is this God of yours?"

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God - soon I'll be praising again.

He puts a smile on my face.
He's my God.

(Psalm 42, the Message)
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
this 'n that
a card i made

a bird i found (at the thrift store)

{it's a little bag- from bath & body works, i believe. perfect for holding little scrap goodies! i love seeing it sitting next to my desk. he's so silly!}
Monday, January 23, 2006
Kid in a box.
Nothing better for hours of entertainment on gloomy Monday morning.

Saw these online at 2peas, and thought- that has a lot of potential! I'd love to make one of these for a craft organizer (I'm thinking black toile and red accents... mmmm. Or maybe black and pink. So cute!).

Wouldn't they be great for gifts, too?

McCall's Pattern for Bucket Organizer
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Oh. My. Word.
Tonight has been amazing. Simply amazing.

It has been the desire of my heart for a while now to make scrapbooking a bigger part of my life. I have been slowly beginning to submit things to magazines in hopes of being published. I have resolved/intended (hee hee) to create every day- and for the most part, I have! (It has been so much fun too!)

I have been looking for a design team to apply to... but hadn't found somewhere that was looking for new members, that I felt I "fit" with.

Tonight at dinner, I was discussing this with Shaun, and telling him how I really felt like a design team would be so much fun to be on, but I hadn't really found the right thing yet. I had seen a few options, but didn't feel 100% about what to do, where to apply to.


I check my email.

And find out that my local scrapbook store, Scrap Etc., only the greatest coolest bestest store, wants me on their design team.

**** More on this when I get out of my excitement induced labor. Ok, not really, but I am freaking out excited over here!!!!!****
Sunday, January 15, 2006
a favorite song
this weekend, i ended up pouring over several old journals of mine. i used to journal all the time, something i wished i did now, but never seem to "find the time" to do (note to self- find the time).

anyways, it was a rather humbling experience. these journals spanned all the back to when i was 16... and man, my perspective was so limited. so focused on ME. so focused on which boy was "the one" that week.


but there was something else humbling, too. the earnestness, the naivete', the innocence before God. the reckless abandon at which i pursued Him.

things that adulthood has stifled... things that i've unconsciously let go to seem more "mature".

i am beginning to understand the truth behind "becoming like children before Him."

anyways, i came across some lyrics to a song i had nearly forgotten about. it was my anthem when i was 17. just thought i'd share.

(they are from a christian ska band called five iron frenzy.)

Every New Day

When I was young, the smallest trick of light,
Could catch my eye,
Then life was new and every new day,
I thought that I could fly.
I believed in what I hoped for,
And I hoped for things unseen,
I had wings and dreams could soar,
I just don't feel like flying anymore.
When the stars threw down their spears,
Watered Heaven with their tears,
Before words were spoken,
Before eternity.

Dear Father, I need you,
Your strength my heart to mend.
I want to fly higher,
Every new day again.

When I was small, the furthest I could reach,
Was not so high,
Then I thought the world was so much smaller,
Feeling that I could fly.
Through distant deeps and skies,
Behind infinity,
Below the face of Heaven,
He stoops to create me.

Dear Father, I need you,
Your strength my heart to mend.
I want to fly higher,
Every new day again.

Man versus himself.
Man versus machine.
Man versus the world.
Mankind versus me.
The struggles go on,
The wisdom I lack,
The burdens keep pilling
Up on my back.
So hard to breathe,
To take the next step.
The mountain is high,
I wait in the depths.
Yearning for grace,
And hoping for peace.
Dear God...
Healing hands of God have mercy on our unclean souls once again.
Jesus Christ, light of the world burning bright within our hearts forever.
Freedom means love without condition,
without a beginning or an end.
Here's my heart, let it be forever Your's,
Only You can make every new day seem so new.

Finally took some shots of my newly reorganized scrapping area. (Do any of y'all spend nearly as much time as I do reorganizing?! I think I end up organizing more than scrapping most of the time! It's an obsession! LOL)

Check out the cool "Create" sign &
organizing cubbies Shaun got me for Christmas! How cool are they?!

Also, I went to my most favorite scrapbooking store in the whole world, Scrap Etc., yesterday, and loaded up on some goodies. :) Lots of Heidi Swapp stuff in there, and some Rhonna Farrer "Scribbles" things. Can't wait to play with them! (I'm kind of nervous about using the HS rubons, b/c I 've heard they are a little difficult to use, but I just love the font.)
And finally, I can post something I've created, since it's not something I'm submitting! YAY! I made this little photo album & altered letter for my friend Rachel, whose baby Ava is due in a month. (Rachel, if you are reading this before you receive it, um... SURPRISE! LOL) The colors are a lot brighter on this in real life.

Ok, now that I am done with my millions of pictures... :) I'd better get off of here and do some Sunday afternoon relaxin' (read: napping!).

Oh, and I do realize that I've been tagged by Sarah & Adrienne- I promise I'll do them soon! :)
Thursday, January 12, 2006
My girl. Too cute.

Had to take these pics today of my girl & her new rock 'n roll shoes. What a little skater chic. ;)
And a couple of "artsy" ones... one actually of me! (Still didn't get any belly shots. Got to remember to do that soon!)

Yes, I'm in the car. A girl's gotta take advantage of whatever time she's got! ;)
Monday, January 09, 2006
Can I just be a snarky girl for a moment?
This is totally a "poor ol' me" post. :)

So, I'm going to this INCREDIBLE event here in April , to be taught by Heidi Swapp, Elsie Flannigan, Carrie Colbert, and Cathy Zielske. I am so freaking excited about it. (No, this isn't the "feel sorry for me" part.)

I will be 2 weeks away from my due date at that point. If I remember correctly, and considering it's not even been a year yet, I think my memory serves me pretty well at this point, I'm going to be FREAKING HUGE and SWOLLEN and having to pee every 2 seconds.

And here's the kicker:

cute lil' ol Heidi Swapp just announced that she is pregnant. Not that she isn't cute enough, but don't ya just know she is going to be one of those adorable pregnant chics that manage to still fix their hair and wear make-up and wear regular pants?!



(All said in jest, of course. I am for reals excited for her and can't wait to see how she inspires me with baby stuff!)
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Food for thought
In the midst of being bitten by the "gotta-be-published" bug, I read this thread over at two peas.

Some re-evaluating going on over here. :)

If a person is never published in a scrapbooking magazine does that mean that they are somehow less than those who are? Does it mean our memories are worth less? Of course not, but many people still feel like they won't be taken seriously unless they have been published. Feeling like they aren't good enough unless their layouts have been dog tagged in a well-loved magazine or idea book.

Let me share something with you: you are always good enough in scrapbooking. Your layout is always the best layout, even if nobody knows this but you and yours. You are being published in cherished albums. You have created tokens that represent what you love best in this world. (by Sabren
Thursday, January 05, 2006
New look for the new year
So I'm messing around with my header. I still don't have this thing down.

Anybody know how I can remove the blogger "title" from my header? I know it's possible, I just can't figure out how.

It's buggin' me b/c it's off-center. Grr.

Also, note the little weather pixie on the right, and the addition of yet more blogs that I stalk- er- read, daily. :)
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Ah (lightbulb moment)
The intentions article wasn't on Ali's blog- it was an article in the January issue of CK.


Check it out!