Saturday, July 24, 2010

Upcoming Class in Tampa! :o)

So I won't bore you with more words.. I think the previous post is probably enough babbling from me for at least a month! hehe

Just wanted to share some upcoming classes I'll be teaching for Scrapendipity Retreats in Tampa next September. Anyone can take the classes... you do not have to be in the retreat to come in and fill your creative head with new ideas techniques. BUT! make be sure to check out their great deals. I believe there are only 10 spots left for 48 fun filled hours of cropping! Fun that I'm sure you don't wanna miss.. :o)

I said no more babbling... so here they are :o)

Love and Laughter 2pg. Layout
Saturday September 25th
1pm $22
This layout is great for any occasion! Its bright colors make it a perfect page for fun summer photos. Join us for a fun-filled class with great techniques to add movement to any layout.

Behind the Lens Mini Book
Saturday September 25th
10am $30
This is a great little book to showcase some of your favorite shots. You'll be using some very yummy BoBunny Mamarazzi paper and embellishments combined with great distressing techniques to make this adorable little book.

Make sure to check out their website for more info on these classes and/or to sign up and other class options from various very talented instructors as well as their crop package :o)

Hope to see ya there!

Stay sweet,


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Back home

Only for a couple of days.. Stacey, Julie and I head out to Chicago tomorrow morning and I can't wait! But I really do wish I had a little more time back home. I haven' really been able to spend much quality time with Dean and the dogs since I've been back. :(

For those of you wondering how my last trip went, embrace yourselves and read below. I will walk you through some of my high points and low points of this adventure!

I could write on and on about all I did for the four days I was away... but I wont bore you with the details. Instead I will share the knots and bolts! How's that? :o)

In the order of events:

Dean and I got to the airport fairly early. At least an hr and a half before my flight. We got my boarding pass, checked my luggage and had about an hr left before departure. We though we had enough time to grab some breakfast together, so we did.

With half an hr before departure we figured I should get going and get through security. We said goodbye and I was on my way.

Who knew going through security would take so long?! You're probably right.. any person in their right mind would know. It took me 25 minutes to get through security. That makes it only 5 minutes before the plane was scheduled to take off. Yeah, I was freaking out too...

I also didn't know I had to go to the terminal on this thing that was apparently broke. Oy. I'll spare you the suspense and just tell you that I made it right on time. Believe it or not, I wasn't the last person on the plane hehe

The flight from Orlando to Nashville was absolutely perfect. Two hours of pure bliss. I had all three seats to myself. Sat on the window seat and spread out throughout the rest. I read and wrote and listened to music. It seemed too short. Here I hoped the rest of my travels would be this nice.
I made it to Nashville with 2 hrs to spare before my next flight

I read some more and got me a yummy hot chocolate to pass the time

I was on time for this flight but was still one of the lasts to get on the plane.

I guess that's what A,B and C stand for on your boarding pass. It's not so great not having assigned seats in a full plane. I had to ask people to move to make room for me and that's when I discovered I'm not a very good judge of character.

All these two ladies could talk about were other people. I'm sorry but I don't really care if you don't like Mary, Britney or Joan. And you shouldn't either. There are other things to talk about in life besides crap about others.

I might be deaf for a while... Had to blast off my music in order to muffle their conversation.

The only good thing about this 5 hr flight was seating on the window seat. The sky was so clear you could see everything below. This was one of my favorite sights of the trip. As we approached Washington all you could see were mountains covered in snow. I fell in love.

Got to Washington around 1pm their time and took a shuttle to the fairgrounds. I'm sure the driver was amused about my "ooh's and ahh's" every time we went up or down a hill. :oP

Hung around for a while meeting everyone and getting familiar with the classroom and the classes that I was teaching.

Got back to the hotel, got some dinner and passed out till 4am their time the next morning.

Breakfast wasn't until 6

During breakfast I learned that you are not supposed to put hard boiled eggs in the microwave. They will explode.
First of 4 classes started at 9am but got to the fairgrounds around 7am.. Plenty of time to set up and get comfortable with the kits.

Got back to the hotel around 6pm, ate some left overs and watched a movie. BTW the hotel had free cookies and DVD rentals 24/7!!!!

Needless to say I went back for more cookies

The next day went pretty much the same, without the egg explosion thing.

Although I did discover you could see the peak Mt. Rainier from my window!

The shuttle picked us up at 6am Sunday morning

The Seattle airport was packed.

The had to call me on the PA system to board the plane as I was the only one missing.. To my defense, it was only 8:30 and they weren't scheduled to depart until 8:45. I was just trying to charge my phone :oP

The plane ride back was pretty much like the ride there. Except I had to sit in the middle, and i don't know about you, but I think that's the worst possible seat when you don't know the person on either side. I mean where do you lean?! All I could do was count down the hours till I saw my three loves again.

Nothing beats getting home to a set of open arms and 2 wagging tails.... and a tub of Nutella hehe

Yikes! That was probably much more you wanted to know.. hehe No details, my butt!!! :oP If you stuck around YOU ROCK!!! :oP

Hope you're having a great week!
Stay sweet,


Thursday, July 15, 2010

As promised...

"Here's my matching apron!!!!! I stayed waaaay passed my bed time to finish this before my trip... and I still haven't finished packing. Somebody do something! :oP Thanks babe for finishing this post for me... Love ya! *kiss* I miss you already"

This message was left on the screen for me. I promised her that I will post this and I will. I found this saying that matches perfectly the way I feel currently:

It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs. ~
Eric Hoffer

I miss my baby very much, so without further ado I present to you...The one..the only...THE Apron


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Busy with a pretty good chance of AWESOME...

Tomorrow at 6am I'll be leaving to Washington State to teach a class at the Scrapbook Expo! It was designed by one of Basic Grey's very talented designers and I could not be more psyched. It was super last minute and it definitely took me by surprise but I'm so thankful I'll be able to experience so many new things for me. I'll take all the positive energy you can send! I really wanna rock it :o)

I get back on Sunday (expect a full report) and then I leave again on Friday for CHA with Stacey and Julie. Now don't even get me started about how excited I am about *that*! We're gonna have a blast ordering all sorts of yummy product for the store... Stacey always does an awesome post with all the orders, so make sure you check Scrappy B's blog to see the great selection of goodies that will be coming to your LSS!

Here's a new tote bag for my July adventures! This one was about to fall apart hehe.. I made it with Basic Grey's Sultry fabric collection, Prima flowers, Webster Pages rose ribbon and ZVA creative bling :o)

p.s I'm making something to match it and I can't wait to share! I'm hoping to have it done tonight but I keep telling myself there's other bazillion things to do and I gotta get up at 3:30am! I'm having a hard time prioritizing here... :-X

Stay sweet,

Forever with you...

I wasn't too in love with this line but I must say I'm really happy with how this layout came out! It might even be one of my faves.. :-X This is proof though, of what I've said all along. Even if you're not head-over-heals in love with a Basic Grey line, buy it! At least a few sheets of paper.. I don't know what it is they do but anything done with their product just end up beautiful. Here is my Cappella layout of a nice picture of Dean and I from Amanda's wedding.

I love him.

Stay sweet,

Monday, July 12, 2010

Blue is Two!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLUE! Blue turned two on Saturday! We had balloons, presents and doggy cake. He had a blast, and no worries, Indy did too! :oP Here are a few pics from the not-yet-but-soon-to-be renounced doggy photographer Dean:

I can't believe it's been two years since we met this not-so-little-anymore guy. Since then he has filled our lives with laughter, play, the occasional worry but most importantly with unconditional love. God, I love him.

Hope you had a great weekend!
Stay sweet,


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

So very handsome

I absolutely love this picture of Blue.. Dean took it not long before Max and Whiskers came out and when it did I knew that it would be the perfect paper for it. I'm so happy with how this layout turned out, I mean it was after all with some very yummy Basic Grey and a truly beautiful shot... I'm so excited to share it with you!

Thanks for looking!
Stay sweet,

Monday, July 5, 2010

oh Basic Grey...

There is no doubt my favorite layouts consist of your products. I find I enjoy my time the most while playing with Basic Grey. From colors to patters to endless possibilities. I just love it. It simply makes me happy. I can't wait to see their new releases this CHA winter. EEP!

Here's another layout I made using their Oliver line:
Photography by Dean Milenkovic

Since this is a layout about Blue, how about a little update on how he's doing? We lowered the dose again in the beginning of the week to one a day. You can totally see the old Blue starting to shine through this "blue" Blue that has not been himself for the past month! We will continue to lower it until gone and hope that this is it for this phase and he will be his healthy, happy self soon! Hoping for the best..

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!
Stay sweet,



Thursday, July 1, 2010

Baby Haley

Babies (and kids) scare me... I'm an only child of what you would call a small family so I haven't been around them enough to know what to do or act or even know how to talk to them! I know it seems silly.. I guess I'm just intimidated or maybe just worried I will do or say something wrong.

I've known Amanda for years and knowing what a family girl she is I expected this day would come soon.... I'm soooo excited to be a little part of Haley's life. Sure I know nothing... but I'm willing to learn :o) And hopefully soon enough I can even babysit! One thing I've learned so far.. they are not as fragile as they look. Which is a good thing, it lowers my fear a significant amount :oP

I know some of you have already seen these.. and that's probably because I can't stop talking about how cute this little girl is... Meet Amanda's baby girl, Haley. She's jut a month old and the cutest thing you have ever seen.

American Idol

Mommy and Haley

Till we meet again, baby Haley. Which should have been this week but life gets in the way :o(
Stay sweet,