Friday, January 15, 2010

The Crafty Daddy...

Below is my newest addition to the domestic diva club... I have started to make my own laundry detergent. Hate to get all "Martha" on ya, but I LOVE how it looks in the glass jars. Almost hate to put it away in the cupboard where no one can see it ... almost.

I can only hope and pray that Delaney gets half the talent she is surrounded by. My mom is an excellent cook, seamstress, quilter, dad is great with woodworking and crafts... and my MIL is a wonderful quilt maker and decorator. I have a couple talents up my sleeve as well, but nothing like our parents. My dad made us the flag for Christmas. We currently have it hanging on our wall until the weather is nice enough to hang it outside. It's articulated so it can swing in the wind...very cool. The vase/candle holder to the right is also another of my dad's creations. He made this one for my birthday. I love that he used recycled glass containers to attach the stones to and then soldered copper wire around the rim. Cannot wait until it gets dark tonight so I can light it and see how it glows with the clear stones.

The random photo on the top left is an awesome milk glass vase I scored at a yard sale a few years ago for $0.25! And the lovely flowers you ask??? From my sweet hubby for my birthday...
Off to work on some more scrapbook pages while the sweet baby is in a full slumber... Dogs are snoozing on the couch, cat is recovering from his latest (daily) hairball and I'm being lulled in to a slight coma by the sound of our dryer working it's magic for the 3rd time on the same load of clothes... no joke.

More pages , Day 2

Here are a few more pages that I have recently completed. I am going to attempt to add the pages from now on to a link that takes you to Picasa. I believe I can then just add pages to the picasa page and you can click on it and see all the pages. My friends, Nichole and Darcy have that feature on their blogs, so I am going to attempt to do it as well. I really should try to embrace more of this free technology I am surrounded by.
In the same thinking... not sure how to pull this off, but I am also going to try and upload some videos of Delaney on here as well. I can upload photos and text on to her Caring Bridge page, but I am unable to add videos.
Below are a couple pages I did for Carter's book
This was a page I did before Carter was born. The right two are from Charity's shower.
Below is the page on Carter's room. Charity designed this room and the pictures really do not do it justice. It is gorgeous. Since these photos were taken, not only did they add a baby, but they also added some funky cool curtains and some chinese lanterns above the crib. Her 7 month pictures
Her 4 week photos
I haven't done too many pages that don't involve Delaney in some way, but this page was on our World Pulse Festival concert we attended in South Bend last August. So fun! Raining, then smokin' hot, but still tons of fun.
My first Christmas page. I have tons more ideas for our other Christmas photos, but thought this first one turned out acceptable.
One of my favorite photos... my little brother Alec and Delaney. Plus, I have been itchin' to use this fabulous paper. Love, love, love it!
I got an amazing Scrapbooking accessory rolling tote for my birthday from my Mom and Brianne. I find myself fantasizing about buying all kinds of little trinkets to fill it up with. I didn't buy many of those things before, mainly because I really had no good way of storing it and then also finding it when I needed it. Honestly, the other reason was I'm not sure what to do with the accessories. They all look so fun, but not sure how to use them. Guess I should do some more scrap classes to learn about all the money I could be spending on stuff that I really don't need! But, again... fun! I guess I look at this scrapbook as something Delaney will have to look at as she grows and I really want to make it interesting to look at so she can tell her own story about the photos as she gets older.
That's all for now, thanks for checking on us again!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Where Have I Been?.... Scrappin' perhaps....

My oh time does fly...
I cannot believe I haven't updated this silly blog for over 6 months! I should have a ton of excuses as to how busy I/we are and how I have a 2 1/2 year old (yep, 2 1/2 already) that takes up all my time, but honestly... I busied myself with other tasks, some important - like enjoying the summer, lots and lots of horse related stuff, outdoor concerts for the hub and me, then holidays... some not so important, like...hmmm, don't really remember the "not important" things, as it should be! You get the idea. So, got the opportunity to get caught up on some scrapbooking that I have also been neglecting and thought this was the perfect venue to show it off or to share photos with all of you that may have not seen yet.

We did have an addition to the family since I last wrote. Carter Richardson Middleton was born on August 28th of last year. He is absolute perfection! Delaney's first cousin and the first grandson. Part of his "thanks for being born" presents, I presented Charity and Seth with a scrapbook and paper (incompleted). I told her I would work on his scrapbook since I like doing it and she... not so much at this time. So, I was able to get about 10 pages done for him/her before Christmas. I have tons more to do - he's 4 months old already! He is so sweet and he's HUGE...seriously. When you stand him up next to Delaney, he comes to her shoulders. Poor D, she is probably always going to be the little one amongst friends and family. Guess that isn't such a bad thing.

I have tons more to add, but the computer decided it didn't want to cooperate this morning and it took over an hour to get these few pages uploaded. Awesome... anyway, enjoy, feel free to browse around and I will upload more soon (as in tonight if the mood strikes me!).