Saturday, April 24, 2010

winner winner chicken dinner! (and sneaky sneaky peeky)

Thanks for being patient with me! I know its taken a few days longer to get the winner up than I had hoped. Im in the midst of preparing to go out of town for a week and that is no picnic when I have to pack for the baby. I can pack for myself and my husband (yes I pack his stuff) in my sleep.... but the baby.... who knows what I might need. Ugh!!

anyways.... without further ado.... the winner of the Making Memories whimsy embellishment kit is......


Please send me an email to: (I dont want to get spammed on my personal email so use the challenge blog account :) )

Also here is a little sneaky peeky of what I have been working on! Ive been asked to design for a NEW kit club. I will be posting all of the details on May 1st.... but trust me when I say you do NOT want to miss this kit.... especially if you LOVE glitter, sparkles and BLING. Its gorrrrrrgeous!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Anniversary

Yesterday was my 4th wedding anniversary! In honor of that Ive posted one of my favorite wedding layouts. Yes I cut that die cut paper. Im a bit of a rebel sometimes like that... lol. Since I do mainly 8.5x11 I wanted it to fit into my page protectors with the rest of the wedding layouts. I sprayed the whole thing with glimmer mist. Its so pretty and shiny. This is making me want to pull more wedding photos out and scrap them.

My anniversary didnt go as expected. My poor husband is so overworked right now. He has a lot going on. He is leaving for a week on business on sunday for job #1 and is trying to get organized job #2 to be without him since his partner is out sick. That and there is a BIG event for job #2 on Saturday is has to get ready for. 

Flashback to monday (maybe tuesday) 
Me: hey since we dont have the money to go out to eat this about I make Carmela's (my mock macaroni grill recipe) for dinner on thursday ... ohh and we can open up that bottle of wine Ive been saving. I'll pump a bottle for Aubrey.
him: sure you dont want to save the wine for when we are in Columbus? We could drink it sunday?
Me: but you have seminars every morning... you dont wanna be hungover. Wouldnt it be perfect if we drank it thursday?
him: sure honey whatever you want :)

So he comes home for lunch without one mention of our anniversary. We talked for about a 1/2 hour trying to get details ironed out to try to take the baby out of town. (he wants us to go with him on his business trip)

Later he comes home from work and is wandering around ranting about this and that. Its already almost 6pm and he hasnt mentioned our anniversary once. At that point I knew he didnt remember.... but I didnt hold it against him. He never ever forgets anything like this (he always does good with birthdays/anniversaries and such... and we had discussed no presents) and I know his brain is mush from work at the moment. Im actually about to giggle at him ranting and not remembering.

So I looked at him mid rant..... and said HONEY.... he stopped and looked at me. "Happy Anniversary!" He looks at me dumbfounded and blurts out and I got a speeding ticket today in the government car. He went and got in the shower while I laughed my ass off.

When he got out of the shower he decided to whisk me off to one of our favorite steakhouses for dinner. We took the baby with us and had a grand time letting her have her first meal out (of course I had brought her applesauce with me)and the food was awesome. On our way there I did ask him about our convo on Monday about me making a special dinner and having the wine..... and how did he not know what I was talking about and we had a good laugh at his expense. He thought I was just excited to go out of town. LOL

**I will be doing the drawing for the MM prize later today. Sorry Im a day late!**

Saturday, April 17, 2010

We be blog hoppin!!

 Hey gang! Have you ever ventured to Scrapbook heaven? Its a cool lil scrap store with several nifty kit options to choose from. Shannon and crew put together both big and small kits every month for your scrapping enjoyment. I had the pleasure of serving on their design team for 6 months back in 2008. It was such a blast!
I hope you enjoy this lil BLOG hop! There will be lots of fun prizes. Some from Scrapbook Heaven and some from the other participants! Make sure you make your way to everyone and happy scrappin!!

Welcome to Scrapbook Heaven's "Spring in my Step" blog hop!! Thanks so much for joining us! We are excited to be hosting our FIRST ever blog hop!

If you just happened by my blog and didn't realize a blog hop was taking place, please go back to Scrapbook Heaven and start the Hop. Our members have some wonderful inspiration to share with you..... and also, some prizes :-)

Our theme is "Spring in my Step". We'll be sharing a variety of Spring-y projects with you. Check them out and win some prizes!!

Here are a few springy projects created by Sarah Rice  (that would be ME)

A springy layout featuring my baby girl Aubs

Welcome Spring Wall Hanging

 Bird's Nest cupcakes
These are super easy if you use a mix. You basically need chocolate cupcakes, white vanilla icing, shredded coconut, green food coloring and Robin's eggs (malted milk eggs) Make and ice cupcakes, toss coconut with a few drops of food coloring until you get the color you like and then top with a few eggs. They are so cute and mighty tasty!

and as a SPECIAL BONUS.... if you leave me a comment AND FOLLOW this blog you will be entered to win another prize from ME. I will do a random drawing on the 22nd (my wedding anniversary) from the gals who followed me and one LUCKY lady will win this making memories whimsy embellishment kit!!

oh and if you stop by Scrap that baby! and follow it on blogger or facebook i'll give you another entry! (and another still if you link a project for this weeks prompt) Just tell me what and where you followed in the comments here!
Our blog hop run from today, April 17th until April 20th. Invite your
friends to play along! We'll be drawing for prizes on Wednesday, the 21st.

Your next stop in our Hop is the Scrapbook Heaven blog!

Friday, April 16, 2010

I *heart* the library and STB!

 I posted the NEW Scrap that Baby prompt yesterday! You must stop by and check out what my awesome design team did with it! It's all about the baby's NAME! Here is my design team creation.....

Guttergirlz also posted its super special secret prompt today. I wasnt able to do this prompt but it is SUPER awesome! Stop by and check it out!

Today I stopped by the library. I used to love to go to the library. There was just something about the millions of books and all the things I could learn and discover. As a kid it was a cool place to explore and get new books. In middle school it was a place to go make out with your boyfriend. In high school I would sit with stacks of books for research papers. (that was before you could get unlimited research on the internet) ..... And of course in college I used to go hide among the stacks and study. (I went to Penn State and we had one of the largest depository libraries around)

Lately the only thing Ive done at the library is vote. I didnt even have a library card to the one closest to my house and Ive lived in this area for 5 years.  How sad is that?

So after Aubrey's Dr's appt today (6 month shots) I decided to take her downtown and explore the library. Our local library isnt very large but we still found lots of interesting books to check out. We came home with 8. A couple Amelia Bedelias and Curious Georges for Miss Aubrey, A Jamie Oliver cookbook, a book on organizing and Harry Potter for Mommy. I wanted the first Sookie Stackhouse book (since Im addicted to True Blood) but it was already checked out.

All in all it was a good trip despite the fact that Aubrey decided it was time to talk and babble delightfully at all the cool things to see in the middle of the reading room. A fact that nobody but her mommy found delightful, so we had to excuse ourselves and go hide out in reference (where nobody was studying)

I also got to scrap with my mom this week. Here is 1 of the layouts I managed to finish

Happy Friday all!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Good Eats

On Monday my baby girl turned 6 months old. To celebrate we had our first adventure with eating solid foods.

 Before you ask me why she didnt eat solid foods til now I will give you my reasonings, We delayed solids til 6 months because Aubrey is breastfed and from my research that is what the AAP and most other health organizations recommend. This research is NEW... so your pedi may still recommend 4 months. My nephew started at 3 months. To my girls from the mommy boards......Im not saying Im right and you're wrong...... just sayin how I chose to do it.

Here is some of my research...... kellymom, Dr Sears

We did rice first,,,, on Friday we are having bananas....and tuesday sweet potatoes! Im making my own baby food... for a good website on making food check out Wholesome baby food.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Birthday Treats for my sweet guy Wy

Today is my nephew Wyatt's birthday party. Since we are on a budget and he has WAY too many toys anyways I decided to make him a little kit to take on car rides or when he flys to FL to see his grandma. I added a personalized sketch book, homemade shaped crayons, goldfish crackers, fruit snacks and animal cookies.

Here is his gift bag. I cut a piece of cardstock to 4x5 and then drew and colored the scalloped border. The big number 2 is a sticker by making memories from the depths of my stash. I secured the label in place with double sided tape.

His altered sketch book came from the target dollar spot. Its basically a spiral board book with blank pages and a 3x3 window.... I drew and colored the stars the added alphabet tape and a strip of patterned paper. I put a card in the window with his name and a label inside telling him how much aunti sarah loves him and to enjoy coloring.

**A close up of his package of homemade swirly crayons**

**A picture of some of his snacks. I used a 2x4 inch piece of paper and drew the label to match the rest of the kit I taped the to the packages with clear magic tape**

Friday, April 09, 2010

Cute shaped crayons tutorial

I saw a tutorial a year or 2 ago (i couldnt tell you where) on making NEW shaped crayons from bits of broken crayons and silicone baking pans. Its completely genius and completely easy.

Here is a picture of my first batch. Batch 2 is in the oven

To make this cool shaped crayons you need...

*silicone baking molds. (I used the Wilton Petite Silicone 12 Cavity Heart Pan )
*a cookie sheet
*broken crayons (with NO paper on them)

1. Preheat oven to 200 F
2. Break crayons and peel off paper. If its a whole crayon break it in 4 pieces.
3. Toss broken crayons in the heart mold. (I used about the equivalent of 2 crayons per mold) I like swirly crayons so I used 4 different colors for each crayon.

4. Place silicone mold on a cookie sheet
5. Bake until wax is melted. It took about 15-20 minutes for mine to melt. Larger pieces of crayon will take longer to melt... as will larger crayons. Dont be afraid to fill the cups up further if you want really chunky crayons. Mine are for my 2 year old nephew so I wanted a crayon that would fit better in a smaller hand. (and yes he knows not to eat them... lol)

I plan on packaging them in a little bag with a topper that says Wyatt's crayons and buying him a few coloring books to go with them. Im making star crayons next!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The 6 month growth spurt

My child has been an eating machine for the last 2 days. After she eats she passes out cold... only to wake up ravenously looking for the boob. If I put her down when sleeping she cries for me so Ive pretty much been on the couch holding a baby since Easter evening. I think we are starting the 6 month growth spurt. She is currently trying to eat my left arm while I type with the right. On the bright side staying stationary is helping my back but the house really needs a quick tidy and that makes me cranky. Too bad tonight is the night Matt gets home late.... then all we do is eat dinner and watch LOST. The tidying up will have to wait til tomorrow.

On Easter Aubrey was such a good girl even though her teeth hurt. Teeth 2,3 and 4 are about to bust through at any minute so we lived on orajel and teething tablets all weekend. She did have fun on her egg hunt.....

....eggs are especially delicious when your gummies hurt. My mom got some great shots of her picking up the eggs. I cant wait to scrap them.

Im doing good on my promise to allow myself scrap time again. Ive managed to get an hour or 2 in every other day or so. I think I may be ready to start designing again. (I finished up my terms and then stopped applying when I got pregnant and my mojo tanked) Ive started looking at calls again. I love the challenge of designing with a certain set of supplies and trying to create different looks from one "kit". Ive even been getting out old kits and playing with those. Here are a few I finished up last Friday.....

The Christmas one is covered in lots of sparkly stickles. I used Heidi Swapp ghost shapes and covered them in sparkles.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Holy Peeps!

 Holy peeps Easter is almost here! I cant believe how quickly time is going. My baby girl with be 6 months old in about a week. It's hard to fathom that she has been here that long already. It's also hard to fathom my life without her.

I threw my back out this morning. Dont ask me how. I think it happened when I was sleeping. All I know if I cant stand up straight without dying. I havent had back problems like this in over a year.... and the pain pills Im actually allowed to take while breastfeeding just arent cutting it. Plus its hard to lug around a 19lb baby when you cant walk without looking like a caveman.

I spent most of the evening on my couch with the baby next to me playing. Since I was bored I started looking at Easter crafts and fun things I can create..... and then I found the PEEP crafts!! Check out these seriously COOL peepie sites!

 Peep Show contests----- seriously cool!
How to make Peepshi = sushi peeps
Kick ass Peep Dioramas
Peep science experiments
Peep pie recipe
Peep tours
Peep hut's peep recipes
Kid'scraft: peep neaklaces

I swear I found everything from peep crafts to peep surgery. It really made me want some peeps. I know I will probably get some Sunday. My mommy still makes me an Easter basket...... YES I said it Im 31 yrs old and I get an Easter basket!!

I only ever eat STALE peeps so it will be several days before I can dig in to the marshmellowy goodness.  mmmmmmmmm.

and now...... a few layouts

Thursday, April 01, 2010

April Fools!

Happy Birthday to my rambunctious nephew Wyatt! He turns 2 today.

Today is also my late grandmothers birthday. I find it hard to believe she died 20 years ago this year. I still miss her. I was 12 when she died and feel blessed I really got to know her. My younger siblings and cousins were not so lucky. She always celebrated the Fools part of her birthday.

In honor if April Fools.... here are Some fun family friendly pranks I found to excite both young and old. I cant wait til Aubrey is older and can appreciate the FUN... Im half tempted to play a few of these on daddy. :)
**15 funny april fools pranks by parenting magazine
**April fools jokes for dinner

Prompt 2 at Scrap that Baby went up today!! For this prompt we have a PRIZE for the winner! Here are my layouts both brand new and older for the prompt. I posted the 2nd older one of Wyatt so we could get another one from the Auntie perspective.

Happy Scrappin!