Thursday, May 28, 2009

How much I do in a day

is not something I realize till there's a day when I'm stuck in bed... all day!
Yesterday was a sick day and I didn't get out of bed. Once I could get up later in the evening, I went downstairs and cleared up the kitchen counters and then hopped back in bed.
It has rained a lot over the last few days, which is great for the drought situation. Our lawns aren't as thirsty as before. Moreover, the softer ground helps in digging to put new plants in. We have Gladiolus in bloom as well as magnolias, zinnias and marigolds. The Petunias are yet to come in.

Here's what's in my room right now.
Hope your garden is blooming today too :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Participating in the Memorial Day bloghop was a wonderful experience.
I got in in the very last second. Hopping from blog to blog was very inspiring and fun... wish I could comment on every blog, but that I couldn't manage!
I appreciate all of you who participated in the blog hop and everyone who took the time to leave a comment. Thank you for being part of CFH :)

And now for the book giveaway, Artemis Jamaica aka The Lonely Scrapbooker emailed me her addy yesterday. I'm going to forward it to the CK editor in charge and hopefully very soon she'll have her very own copy of Easier Than Ever Scrapbooking 2. Enjoy :)

Today, I won't do a thing and just rest... well, I hope to. A big time Migraine hit yesterday and I'm taking it easy, as easy as I can with a 4-year old sick with viral!!! But, that's life sometimes.

Have a good one :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

To be part of

an AWESOME cause, I emailed Fabre Sanders Friday evening wondering nervously if I was too late to join in the Memorial Day Blog Hop... very graciously, she included me in the venture. If you are not sure as to what I am talking about, click here or copy & paste the following link:

This is a network of volunteer crafters who make cards for the armed forces and can use donations to ship those cards to the US troups all around the globe to keep in touch with their loved ones back home. So far, they have been able to send 140,875 cards. And this is the impact of this effort-"Please pass our gratitude to all of your volunteers . . . the cards make us want to reach out to people that we haven’t made contact with in years—simply because the cards force you to want to share a smile. I can’t say enough to express our gratefulness."—CPT L.C., Iraq, Army.

There are over 100 stops on the hop. Lots of great prizes and RAKS on individual blogs, and some special incentives on the homesite(

If you have made it this far in the bloghop then, Hi, I'm Mou in Tampa, Florida, USA and here's what I created

to say THANK YOU for your sacrifices to keep us safe at home :)

And now, to continue your hop, your next stop is Charmaine of Pittsburg, PA, USA at

She is a cardmaker and I bet you'll have some eyecandy waiting there for you!

Have a lovely weekend :)

To make up for

lost time, this is my 2nd post of the day...
Remember the album I made while we were out of power? Well, here it is.

Made it from scratch only with stuff from my stash... remember, I cleaned the rooms first!

Well, Lonely Scrapbooker aka. Artemis, I read your comment to my last post. I know what it feels like to REALLY want something :)
However, to be fair to Deana, let's wait till this Sunday... maybe she checks blogs only on weekends. If I don't hear from her by then, I'll ask you to email me your addy. I would have generated a second random number, but since you already asked... there's no point in letting a perfectly good prize slip by without a winner.


...yeah! That's what we were this week. Monday morning, a storm hit the area and it rained cats and dogs and then come evening, power went out just after I had put the meat to cook on the stove. We waited with flickering candles and scared children with no drinking water and no phone... Eventually, I went outside and fired up the gas grill and finished cooking out in the dark, windy, cold and wet patio. After a while, the power came back but FIOS was down which means still no phone, no cable and no internet. That did not come back up without professional intervention which took many many many hours. When things seemed to have returned to normal, power went out again. This time things were not as slow as the first... still!!!
The best part in all this, I cleaned up three organized! Took the time to read a magazine. Watched several movies. Finished an album. Makes me think if I really need to check my e-mails that often!!!

Deana, I still haven't heard from you, so please email me with your addy :)

For those who didn't win the book, here's a chance to win some brand new releases from Piggy Tales. here are the details.

"Last call to leave a comment on our blog and you'll be entered in a contest to win our entire Spring 09 release! A random drawing will take place on Friday, May 22nd, so make sure you leave your comment before Friday, 12pm PST!

AND...Grand prize winner will also receive a free year magazine subscription to Scrapbook & Cards Today.

To check out all of Piggy Tales products visit our website at!"

Hurry and remember that you need to leave a comment on their blog for a chance to win

Monday, May 18, 2009

And the winner is...

and it picked # 10 when I first hit 'generate'.
Deana said...
I'm feeling inspired by the spring weather and all the lovely flowers!

9:37 AM

Well, Deana, CONGRATS :)
Please email me your addy at Please write Blog Winner on the subject line. I'll forward your address to Creating Keepsakes and they will mail you your very own copy of Easier than Ever Scrapbooking 2.

Ladies, thank you all for participating. Sorry, I couldn't pick all of you...
But keep an eye on the CK blog and there might be more chances to win!

For those who wanted to know if I have projects in this book... yes, I have 4 projects-2 layouts and 2 cards...on pages 40-41 and 52-53. And on page 54, there's a little bit of me as well... Kelly used my stamp 'gleeful' which I had designed a while back for Hero Arts :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy Friday and a book giveaway

Check this out

and this

and if you would like to win a copy of this

leave a comment here to this post between now and Sunday about what is inspiring you lately. I'll pick one random winner and Creating Keepsakes will mail you a copy of their newest SIP Easier Than Ever Scrapbooking 2.
Have a creative Friday :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Easier-than-Ever Scrapbooking 2

The wait's over. The sequel to Easier-than-Ever Scrapbooking is finally here :)

This recipe-style SIP by Creating Keepsakes
1. includes “Ingredient” lists and step-by-step instructions to make it easy to replicate amazing effects
2. features mostly double-page spreads
3. highlights many layouts that use 4” x 6” photos
4. has wonderful, attainable layout inspiration from fellow scrapbookers.

So, if you are looking for fast, easy, budget-friendly doable techniques or just awesome eye candy, the Easier-than-Ever Scrapbooking 2 might be it.
Retail price $14.99
Number of pages 164
Available May 2009

And just for my blog buddies, here's a special coupon code to use between now and May 31 for 15% off your purchase of this special issue: QEYB-5778-ULYB. I'm told that it’s not valid if combined with any other discount offer but you are free to share this coupon code with your friends.

Wishing you inspiration :)

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Some more shares

These are my Rusty Pickle layouts for May. I'm working on a couple of teacher's gifts right now.

Ikea has opened in Tampa. Yay!!! Will try to stop by some time this weekend to see how everything looks. Around that area is a farmer's market that sells strawberry pizza and it is YUM! So the kids are hoping that we do drive by that place to Ikea.

It has been forever since I copied my photos on disc, so that's another thing on my to-do list this weekend. So, I'll get back to organizing my papers that my kids are literally stepping on to get to my work table. Boy, it takes only a few hours for my clean table to get messy! Does this happen to you?

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Happy NSD

and some shares.

All the projects are using the May Cocoa Daisy Kit "Strawberry Lemonade".
I hope to scrap this weekend. Hope your schedule is free enough to enjoy some scrap time. Have a swell weekend :)