Thursday, March 17, 2011

11 Days and Counting

I still have the Respiratory infection, but I am finally breathing a little easier. I went and saw a different Doctor this week and he didn't say the other Doctor was wrong in her diagnosis, but this Doctor has Asthma, as well, and knew exactly how I was felling. He said I would not get better until I got on steriods. So I have been taken pills like every 2 hours but can honestly say I am starting to feel a difference.

The worst part about breathing problems is even though I am home I am useless. I can't do ANYTHING without aggravating my breathing, so I sit and read or watch movies.

That gets really boring by day 11!

Last night I was feeling up to a little project. My daughter's history class is discussing ancient architecture, specifically old Cathedrals. For a project she has to make a poster board with questions and answers. I cut out this Stain Glass Window for her board. It was tedious as I had to figure out how to cut out the transparencies for the colored glass but I am happy with the finished results. I cut it using Make The Cut software. She still has to do the whole rest of her poster board but this little extra should help.

I think my son was a little upset that I was helping her with her project. I tried to explain the difference. My daughter gets a project with a three week window to complete. She tells me about it right away, She is excited to have a project to do, she jumps right into doing the research on it, she like to get it finished early, maybe score some extra credit, and be done with it.

My son can have the same window of time, he will never mention the project to myself or his father, then wait three weeks and start it at 10 pm the night before it is due and wonders why I can't help him at that point?

This makes me think, I should find out if he does have any projects coming up. I'll have to ask him.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

So Much For The Flu

I gave in to my hubby's request and went to the Doctor's. It's not the flu, I have a respitory infection along with a bladder infection. I am on temperature watch. If it hits 101 call the doctor but otherwise stay home, take antibiotics, excelerate my asthma medicine dosages and drink lots of fluids. So to read between the lines is, I feel too crappy to lay in bed, laying flat makes my breathing worse. But I don't have the energy to scrap either and my workshop feels too cold anyway.

So I am bumbling around the house feeling awful. I have been sick for 4 days now and it shows. The house looks like the seven dwarfs have been staying here. Hubby and the kids tend to leave things were they fall. I tried to straighten up a little, then I can't breath. So I watch movies. I just watched Namesake. This was very good. A grown man learned about his Indian background and culture. I know I watched others but its a blur now. I don't even remember what I watched. I did see an old Alfred Hitchcock movie this morning about a woman that kept moving around and robbing from big corporations but I fell asleep and missed the ending.

Well, that is about it for my boring day.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

recent layouts

These are the layouts I done since Saturday. As you can see I jump around to different years, themes, whatever Ifeel like working on.

This was a monthly kit from Basic Gray. My daughter and I went to see Mary Poppins in Boston over February vacation. The play was incredible!!!

This layout was put together using older supplies from my scrap room. This and the next layout were of photos from a cruise back in 2009 my hubby and I took without the kids. It was great and we are so overdue for another one of these.

While on the cruise we were picked to be on a game show. Love and Marriage, think The Newlyweds, It was very embarrassing with the questions we asked but we won!

This layout was a kit by Out On A Limb Scrapbooking. I order from them all the time. The best quality page kits and the lowest prices.

This layout was of snorkling photos of my daughter on a Disney Cruise. At the time my daughter wasn't 4 or 5, she was nine years old and already almost as tall as I am. She did great all the way out until we saw a large submarine submerged at the bottom. She was so done with snorkeling. She was afraid a shark or something would swim out of it. She climbed up onto my back and had me swim her all the way back to shore.

Another Out On A Limb Scrapbooking kit. This was a scrapping retreat from January of this year. The most pages I ever completed in one weekend - 49 pages. I think that is a record for me.

Home sick with the Flu

Well, Kevin had it to start with and was nice enough to share. Now I am home sick with the flu. Can only lay in bed for so long when my asthma kicks up and have to sit up again for a while.

This makes for guilt free scrapping time, though. I finished 4 pages in between fits of coughing.

Now it's time to head to the Doctor's office to see if there is anything else I can take to help my breathing.

I am so tired of being sick this year. Enough Already!! I am healthy and happy, I am healthy and happy. I love my life. Now to repeat that about 100 times.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

3 weeks to complete but I'm happy

Well, I finally finished the whole re-organizing of my scrap room. These are the photos I took just a few minutes ago. I am so happy to be able to scrap now and get at everything I need - when I need it. Before I was always getting up and walking around the room to find what I needed. The only thing I have to get up for now is the Cricut. I did have this right next to my scrapping corner, but it just took up too much space so I moved it to the opposite corner. Let me know how you like it.

This is the desk I sit at when doing non-scrapping stuff, paying bills, reading emails,etc. And as you can see, it is the only place in the room that is still messy but I will get to it.

My darling husband built me these recessed shelves on this wall here when he first built this room for me. They used to be strictly for wooden stamps sets but now I have so many acrylic sets that these have found new use for my paint, pens, punches and so on, along with some wooden stamp sets.

This is my main Scrapping space. Everything I go to is within arms reach. I am loving it and wish I had set this up this way years ago. If you are wondering why there is a window...
This room was built for me when my kids were 5 and 6. The other side of the window was a part of the basement that wasn't finished. It was a playroom for the kids and their friends so I could scrap and keep an eye on them at the same time. My son is now 16 and this has become the Man Cave/ Bedroom and if I am scrapping late at night or early in the morning I hang my black "Stampin Up!" banner over the window so my lights don't bother him.

This corner is for my current Stampin Up! cardstock on the racks. Underneath I store my Clip-It spinners for all my stickers. The drawers are from IKEA and I store tools in them (heat gun, acrylic blocks, etc)

This in my work bench. Sometimes I get tired of sitting and like to stand while I work. This is also where I tend to do any stamping, embossing, etc. The cabinets above and racks below all hold cardstock and background paper. One of the reasons I can't even think of getting into digital scrapping. I have way to much paper!!

This last photo is another piece from IKEA. It fit in this corner perfect and is now holding my cricut along with the many cartridges, booklets, mats, vinyl and what ever. I also store my acrylic stamps and photo printer here.

I didn't take any photos of the hallway. I didn't really do any re-organizing out there. My die cut center, Mini Store, and lots of storage shelves are out in the hallway.

Two more layout completed

Its after midnight and way past my bedtime, but I just wanted to post the pages I completed tonight.

This layout is about a Weekend Scrapping Retreat I attended with my sister in January.

These photos are older. This is a layout about my daughter snorkling while we were on a Disney Cruise a few years ago.

I would have been in bed hours ago, but darling hubby has what I am guessing is the flu. He is all aches and pains and is running a fever. At 10:30 he asked if I would be willing to run out and get him some orange juice. So he got his juice and some flu medicine and I decided to try to finish the pages I started earlier today.

We had plans for the day tomorrow, but I am thinking we will be housebound tomorrow. If that is the case I hope to get more scrapping done. I am up to 81 pages for my Page A Day Challenge for 2011.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Monthly Scrapping Group Is Official

I have confirmed space to start running monthly scrapbooking groups. Here is the info if you would like to join us.

A Page in Time
Monthly Scrapping

DATE: 1st Saturday of each Month (Starting April 2nd)

TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (lunch on your own, you may bring a bagged lunch
or there are places nearby for pick up and/or delivery)

LOCATION: Christ Church Quincy
12 Quincy Ave

Phone: 617 438-8550 Email:
Contact: Sharon McDonald to hold your space

$10.00 per person

7 hours of uninterrupted Scrapping Time
3 ft of Scrapping Space
Goodie Bag consisting of a Make & Take Project
Light refreshments – Coffee, water, soda, Chocolate, etc
On-site Parking

Tools Available for your use:

Cricut Expression – with over 70 cartridges (please supply your own mat)

Big Shot Manual die cutter – with hundreds of dies

Various Wood and Acrylic Stamp sets (please bring you own ink pads)

Circle cutter and misc other tools available

Swap Box

You can trade your unwanted items for an item in the box. This is a great way to trade your half used sticker sheets for other stickers you may be looking for.


Cardstock, adhesives, other misc items available for purchase should you forget something.