Saturday, October 31, 2009

Another Treasury

Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning and find myself in another treasury. This one is curated by Salon D'Arte and features fellow Etsy Twitter Team members. My Rocket Man card is first on the second row.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Orange Treasury

This lovely treasury was curated by HuayruroPeru, a member of the Etsy Twitter Team. My card is the first one on the second row.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Anniversary Photos

My husband and I went to Asheville for our anniversary. Since I was gimpy from falling down the stairs a few days before, we didn't get to walk around as much. I especially wanted to walk the Biltmore grounds and gardens. We will try to go again closer to Christmas. We did make it to the farm on the grounds and I took some pictures there.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Honey!

Today is my seven year anniversary. I have been married to a wonderful man who loves me for just who I am, is a great father and just fun to be around.

We are spending the weekend in Asheville at our favorite B&B.

We are staying in their Turret Suite which has a sitting room with a fireplace. It is supposed to snow, so I'm sure we will use it.

This is the bedroom with these beautiful windows.

Seven year traditional gifts are copper or wool. Since we live in South Carolina, wool isn't all that practical. I found a beautiful Parker pen that is wrapped in a very thin layer of copper. Beautiful, isn't it?

This is the card I made for him. I actually made it a while ago at a Stampin' Up party that my friend, Molly, did. This is one of the demo cards we did. This is one of the benefits of having a stash of cards--I have a beautiful card to give since I can't sit at my desk for very long right now since I fell down the stairs on monday and sprained both my ankles.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Tim and Amanda!

Today is Tim and Amanda's anniversary and they have been married for six years. How do I know they have been married for six years? They were married exactly 364 days after Chris and I were. It was a wonderful wedding and Amanda was a stunning bride.

Now they have two beautiful kids, are set to take off on an amazing adventure courtesy of Tim's employer.

This is the card I made for them.

Have a wonderful anniversary and we love you guys!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fall For Greenville

Every year our city does a festival called Fall for Greenville. It's a festival of good food, music, rides and other things. The food is so very good.

This last weekend, Stasiu spent the night with his best buddy, Lucas. Lucas's mom was out of town so it was a boy's weekend with his dad. Originally, Lucas's grandma was supposed to go to help manage the chaos of three kids, but she wasn't feeling well, so I went instead. I had so much fun, too!

I couldn't resist this shot of the boys walking together after we parked the car.

The boys would yell "hi mommy, hi daddy" every time they went by. They got louder and louder with every pass. The people around us were laughing.

Lucas. He's a good looking kid, isn't he?

And he's down! Any surprise that Stas spent most of the time falling down in the bounce house?

Lucas's sister, Marialice. Isn't she pretty? She's also Bohdan's girlfriend, so hands off all you other toddlers.

James, Lucas's dad, took Marialice down the big slide. It's hard to tell who enjoyed it more.

Telling secrets in the backseat.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Halloween Stamp Blog Candy

Cute stamps, aren't they? Head on over to Paper Fashions and enter to win them. All you have to do is leave a comment, but do it in a hurry--she will draw when she hits 75 comments.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jingling...

It's Heeeerrreeee! Ok, so it doesn't exactly sound like the creepy girl from Poltergeist but you get the idea.

Christmas is just around the corner. A mere eight weeks away. I've started loading up my Christmas cards on etsy. I'm also going to have gift tags.


Dreaming in Purple

This beautiful purple treasury was curated by my fellow Etsy Twitter Teammate, Caelum. My card is first on the last row.

Check it out and give it some love.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

He Loves Soccer

This is Stasiu's third season playing soccer at our YMCA. We almost didn't sign him up for a second season because during his first he mostly stood around or bent over to pick up blades of grass. It also didn't help that he had a girlfriend, Amelia. You see, he and Amelia would stand on the field together and hold hands. They would giggle, chase each other and play--just not soccer. The coach caught on to those two and started separating them.

His second season he did better; except when it was too hot, or too close to lunchtime. He would get tired easily, not pay attention, or just not play. We did see some improvement and he played soccer instead of just playing so we gave it another chance at his insistence, to play again. He did like it, we just wanted to make sure he liked soccer and didn't see it as just a playdate.

This season has been amazing. Something clicked and he discovered he loves soccer. And he's getting good at it. The coach came over to me after the game on Saturday and said what an improvement Stas has made. He is understanding the rules, going after the ball and being overall agressive in his playing. He is no longer falling down because it is fun and when he does fall down, he gets right back up and keeps playing.

I told him that the coach thought he played well and he said, "yeah, I did! Did you see me mom?". We are so thrilled he is enjoying it and learning to play by rules, listen and all those other parenty things. But, he's also getting pretty good and the way his face lights up makes me so happy to see.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Birthday Card for Helen

My mom is going to Georgia this weekend to celebrate her friend, Helen's, birthday. I offered to make her a card and wanted to try something I saw on someone's blog. "Gasp!" I know, I cased a card. In the card making world, casing is perfectly acceptable as long as you give the original maker credit. And, of course, I would never sell a card I cased.

I did this because I need to get more comfortable with layering and her card provided a great template for me to try. Her card is here and her name is Carolyn and she is part of the House Mouse blogging designers.

I think it turned out great and gave me a tutorial to get more comfortable with layering. What do you thik?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Phoebe Update

Remember this sweet little face? She is nearly five months old now. At our first appointment, the vet told us she may be a pugle--a beagle/pug mix and would top out at around thirty pounds.

At five months she weighs twenty-five pounds. So, maybe not.

This was taken yesterday. When she saw me with the camera, she did her lurch pose.

The vet we saw a couple weeks ago laughed when I told her the other vet said Phoebe was a puggle. She thinks she's a boxer/shepard mix and will top out around fifty pounds. Here she is next to Puck, our boxer, who weighs around seventy-five pounds.

The entire time I was photographing the puppies, Bohdan was playing under the table asking me to photograph him. He's pretty cute.

Not that I'm biased.

Monday, October 5, 2009

He Caught It!

Saturday was Stas's soccer game. This is his third season and he loves it.

The day started at an obscenely early 8:30 for pictures. This is Stasiu with his team and coach.

This was the first time he's worn the goalie's shirt this season. Daddy is standing behind him coaching him along.
He's got his game face on.

The other team brought the ball down the field and he caught the goal attempt!

Just look at that grin!

I love the sun behind the kids.