canvas paper + acrylic paint + stamps = FUN.
evidence will be in my 2Peas gallery in the morning. gotta let it dry before i can scan it.
*new tunes. my faves include the counting crows and melissa etheridge. any recommendations in that vein?
*a new scrapping desk. something pretty. right now i have functional, and that's kind of boring. but it's hard to find something that will work, since i'm a stanp up scrapper.
*a new tote bag / purse. i need something bigger than my current purse, and smaller than my current diaper / tote bag. something that can hold a sippy, a snack, a diaper and all my purse stuff. it should also be spring-y and cute.
I was at Pottery Barn* yesterday and noticed their decorating books were on sale, so I picked up the living room one. Our living room is in desperate need of a good paint color, rug, and finishing details. Which is why I was at PB in the first place, to look at a rug I noticed in the catalog, but I digress...
So, I flip through the book and it didn't speak to me so I put it down and started to walk away - when the work spaces book caught me. Long story short, it came home with me.
I love seeing where people work. Where things happen. Where art is created. When I'm feeling underinspired, I have a tendency to browse scrap rooms in the 2Peas galleries. There's something about seeing all the bits and pieces that go into an object in their raw state. Tucked away, full of possibilities.
This book is full of gorgeous spaces. Cool ways to store things. Ways to make my space more inspiring. And tons of eye candy to jump start my uncreative days.
My desk, as it is right now.
*my complete and utter love for Pottery Barn will get a post of it's own another day.
My PKPT (PaperKuts Power Team) entry just left the house with Matthew. He's sending it Fed-Ex on his way to work.
I did what I could. I put together a strong collection of 12 layouts. Now.. all I can do is hope that my style is what they're looking for. And if it isn't, I can hope that they at least pick a couple of them up for publication and remember my name. ;)
I'm really glad I decided to enter (thanks, in part, to the amount of people who told me that I really ought to), because going through the process did wonders for my scrapbooking. I found my style, I found my voice. I have more confidence in my ability. My pages are 100% ME now.
And, now, for some thank yous...
... to Doris and Angi. I couldn't have pulled it off without their many many emails offering support and encouragement. And by "many" emails, I mean I'm lucky their ISPs didn't flag me as sending spam.
So, thank you all, and let's hope the next 4-6 weeks go by quickly! Maybe I'll even have time to update this thing now...
Four years ago (and a month ahead of schedule), Alexander was born. And at least once a day for the last four years, I'm overwhlemed by just how much I love that kid (yep, even on the days when he's a holy terror).
He got a bike for his birthday. How did my tiny little man get old enough for a bike? We took him outside - Matthew had parked it in the garage with his bike helmet on the handle. Before the garage was even half open, Alex had dashed in and was putting his helmet on. "A BIKE! Just what I needed!"
He doesn't have the speed / maneuverability that he had on his trike, but he's getting there quickly.
Sometimes I make a layout and it falls together perfectly. Sometimes I make them and they're a dismal failure.
The problem is when I make a layout that's *just* off. It's good, but not great. I try to just put in in my album and get on with my life, but everytime I see it, it bugs me. And so I start tweaking. A new background color. Shifting elements. Changing orientations. Basically anything to get it to the point where it's either good enough not to bother me, or bad enough to trash.
I'm currently working on a page that's about to have it's 3rd life.. I hope it's a good one.
from monday: we were coming home from my grandparents, and he was quizzing me on thomas trains and their colors. when we got home, he dug up his thomas catalog, handed it to me, and said, "i think you need to look at this and learn more trains, mom."
from yesterday: after i buckled alex into his carseat before preschool, i got distracted and shut his door without giving him a kiss like i usually do. but as soon as i started to get into my seat, he reminded me. "mom, you gotta kiss me before we go anywhere!"