Thursday, January 17, 2013

Happy Heart

Gettin' back in business baby!
I haven't scrapped much this winter and I've missed it big time.  I've had so many other things on my plate that it just got pushed to the back burner.  
Well, I rang in the new year by scrapping the day away.  It was bliss I tell ya!

I got my hands on the new Darling Dear collection from Studio Calico.  It's a  bit of a step away from my usual color schemes but I really like it and it's funkiness.

 Thanks to my friend Danielle for the cut arrow, she was sweet and sent me a 
bunch of fun cuts from her cameo.

I'm trying to use the photo's I have laying around on my desk or in a pile here and there.  
I love this little one of Jack.....showing his little piggy toes. I miss those chubby little baby parts!
 Here's me trying painting a little....I like how it looks but still trying to figure out how to keep my paper from warping.  Who the heck ever thought i'd paint on my pages.....duh!

I've actually managed to scrap a few more times since these.....how exciting!!!  I'm grateful that my life is slowing down a bit so I can relax and do what makes me happy.
I'm working on having a "Happy Heart".  Things have been so hard and stressful and I found that I was getting very cranky and whiny and bitter about stuff.  I want to be better at being happy despite everything going on around me.  So whenever I find myself getting cranky, I say to myself...."happy heart Carol, happy heart"  It's actually working  :). 
 It might seem silly to some, but being able to escape to my crafty place is such a stress reliever for me.  It totally keeps me in balance and happier.  We all need to have that thing that makes us happy.
What's yours???

Sunday, January 13, 2013

My Favorite!

We've got a new theme up at Paper Issues today!
and it's "My Favorite"  ;)
With the new year we've all had a fun little look back at some of our favorite layouts, so we are celebrating at Paper Issues and want to see your favorite. 

Do link up over at Paper Issues
Like us on Facebook

 And you'll have a shot at a $20.00 gift card to our Etsy Shop.....how sweet is that!!!!

And don't forget, if you've got to have something use my code CAROL for 20% off your purchase.

Here's my favorite:
I absolutely love the stitched lines.....like dainty little garland and the bits of heart hanging about.  
It was one of those pages that just "popped" into my head and it came together so easily.  
That picture of Samantha just melts my heart and the sentiment is a gift of motherhood.  I loved her first.  Before anyone else got the chance, I knew her and I loved her first, and always.

Here are all the designers participating in this hop so carry on ;)

Mandy Kay
Carol  <<

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A little Christmas

This year we did something we haven't done for 10 years!
We left the comforts of our cozy home and mild winter weather for grandmas house and 
a winter wonderland.

Traveling for Christmas is rough.
But it was fun and good for our kids to spend the holiday with LOTS of family.


Did I tell you I dislike the snow?
And the cold?
I'm such a baby ;)

she's so cute.....i can't hardly stand it!

Him too.
The cold didn't bug them one bit.......their other siblings, couldn't be bothered ;)

We made cookies.....among other treats ;)
I kinda felt like I was 12 again.  At home with my mom making treats at Christmas time.  
It was fun and kinda surreal all at the same time.

We did gingerbread houses too.

Santa found us at grandmas house....and our cousin too ;)

 Gifts are passed out and they are ready to roll!
They didn't seem to mind the crowding one little bit ;)
We played with lots of cousins the rest of the week, 
I did my best to keep warm and than we drove home in this:

 really Utah?

Palm trees and green grass never looked so good!!!!