Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Guest CT!

[First off, thanks for the well wishes for the guys. They're both doing much better.]

I am on Lie Fhung's Guest CT this month. What this means is that I get to promote her by creating layouts with her stuff for this month! I just adore her stuff. She is on my 'Top Four Designers to Work For' list (because I couldn't limit myself to 3 and couldn't come up with a 5th). You want to know my list?? ScrapArtist, Ztampf (Lie Fhung), Designer Digitals, and Meredith Fenwick! Yes, I'm ambitious. LOL!

I created this LO for Ztampf! My first on this CT, telling everyone All About Me.

Everything from Ztampf.
Background: Branchessa Paper Pack
Frame: Evening Falls kit

Font: Scriptina and Retro Rock Poster (I can't stop using this font. LOL!)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Both my guys are sick :( M brought the germs home and DH gladly accepted them. M started coughing last Thursday and it sounded like it was coming from deep inside him, not the regular cough. He also had slight fever two nights in a row. He and DH stayed home Friday and we took him to the Pediatrician that evening. He was already wheezing a little. DH was just starting to get the same on Friday, and it's full blown now. Yesterday was the worst day for him.

M didn't sleep well last night and neither did we. I'm so tired. The guys become so needy when they're sick. I'm over it. Please get well soon, the two of you. I feel my throat is starting to itch too. Please No!!

When is DH going to develop his immunity? I rarely get sick but he is completely the opposite. Even Mehul is getting better about selecting the germs now. Some are just not worthy of bringing home to the parents. LOL!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Oscars Fashion

This time there weren't as many badly dressed elements as I had hoped! I missed the beginning of the red carpet segment on E! so forgive me if I don't include someone.
Here are some of the best dressed - in my humble opinion ofcourse.

I just loved the shimmer in her gown and the sparkly bit at the top. I'd have done earrings instead of the pendant but still, she was Stunning!

I love her hair, the dress was just perfect.

Love the way the gown cascades.

And here are some not so nicely dressed.

Is this the belt of the Baby Bjorn Ellen was offering to hand out? Did the seat fall off? What's that awfully ugly thing in her hand?

Did she look in the mirror after trying that dress?

I don't hate the dress but the hair? OMG! Shall we say 'Kool Aid!'

What's up with all the flowers? And the back? I can feel the cockroaches. Ewwwww!!!

And lastly, he was holding her the entire time he was talking and posing. Like she was going to run away!

To keep the tradition going, I again fell asleep right before the best awards were about to be given away. Always happens, no biggie {Rolleyes}

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Do I have a life?

You be the judge. I have watched 56 of these movies. This meme has been circulating the blogs for a few days now. I wanted to post it earlier but kept having other things to post. This is ideal for a Sunday Meme on Oscar night!

It's been said that allegedly if you've seen over 85 movies you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own blog, paste it in and put x's by the ones that you have seen. Add them up, change the header adding your number, and post it.

( ) Rocky Horror Picture Show
( ) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
( ) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane
( ) The Princess Bride
( ) AnchorMan
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
( ) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
(X) Anger Management
( ) 50 First Dates
(X) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Total so far: 5 out of 22.

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(X) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
( ) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(X) Lilo & Stitch

Total so far: 12 out of 43.

(X) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
(X) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
( ) Robots
( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(X) Never Been Kissed
(X) Meet The Parents
(X) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
(X) King Kong

Total so far: 17 out of 66.

( ) A Cinderella Story
(X) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(X) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
(X) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
( ) Flubber
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
(X) The Whole Nine Yards
(X) The Whole Ten Yards

Total so far: 22 out of 90.

(X) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
( ) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
( ) Ocean's Eleven
( ) Ocean's Twelve
(X) Bourne Identity
(X) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(X) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(X) Ice Age
(X) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George

Total so far: 29 out of 121.

(X) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(X) E.T.
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
( ) War of the Worlds
(X) Rush Hour
(X) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
( ) Ever After
( ) Wizard of Oz
( ) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(X) The Terminator
(X) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3

Total so far: 35 out of 147.

( ) X-Men
( ) X-2
( ) X3
(X) Spider-Man
(X) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(X) Catch Me If You Can
( ) The Little Mermaid
( ) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2

Total so far: 40 out of 165.

( ) Swimfan
(X) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
(X) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(X) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Total so far: 47, out of 181.

( ) Base-ketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(x) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
(X) Titanic
( ) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard

Total so far: 50 out of 200.

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
( ) Hook
(X) Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
(X) Kill Bill Vol. 1
( ) Kill Bill Vol. 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness

Total so far: 52 out of 220.

( ) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
( ) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
( ) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks: Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks: The Battle For Endor
(X) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix: Reloaded
( ) The Matrix: Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(X) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

56 out of 239

I thought I'd score much less than this because I don't watch movies that much. Same case with Hindi movies as well. I'd much rather do something else. 95% of the hindi movies are just too stereotypical. While watching the movie, you start having dejavu. In the recent years, there have been *some* movies worth watching but they can be counted on your fingers. Shrug.

I'm not proud of watching all the 56 movies mentioned above. Kill Bill? Predator! Elf. Scary Movie! Yuck. I have probably 'watched' (and what I mean is listened while stitching) more Star Wars but I can't tell them apart. LOL! Oh, and I thought I had seen '28 Days Later' because the name sounded really familiar. It's a FONT I own!! Tells you what I'm doing when I'm not watching TV! LOL!

DH has watched more than 100 of these movies. Often he brings home movies and watches after M and I go to bed. Poor guy. I wish I could watch with him but I lose interest about 10 minutes into the movie. Unless it's LOTR or Harry Potter or something.

Happy Oscar Watching!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Just a Layout or two..

My newest font discovery. Check this out! Isn't it the Coolest Font Ever! Best thing, it's FREE. LOL!

Download here

Used it in both these layouts.

123 Play

Background: Meredith Fenwick
Slide: Marcie Reckinger Rustic Autumn
Leaf: Marcie Reckinger Rustic Autumn
Buttons: Marcie Reckinger Rustic Autumn
Clock Element: Marcie Reckinger Rustic Autumn
Binder Clip: Marcie Reckinger Rustic Autumn
Florish: Michelle Coleman
Flower: Michelle Coleman
Ribbon: Diamante Designs
Frames: Anna Aspens Work hard play hard
Spiral Brush: Diamante Designs
Flower Overlay: Diamante Designs
Paint Circle: Ash Scraps
Play Alpha: Meredith Fenwick Grungy Alpha
123 and Inspire Font: Retro Rock Poster

Rock The House

Background: (Slightly Recolored) Miki Ferkul's Vagabond at SBE
Envelope and Coin purse: Miki Ferkul's Stuff It at SBE
Swirl: Miki Ferkul's Spirits Enlightened at SBE
Grungy Frame: Anna Aspens Work Hard Play Hard
Butterfly: Amber Clegg's Charmed Freebie
Fonts: Retro Rock Poster

We've got a potluck this evening. I'm taking Paneer Capsicum Jalfrazie. Yummer.

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Jenni: What crafts did you do (besides make ball point pens ;)) before coming to the US and how did that change after your move here?

My sister (A) and I were very into crafts. We didn't have any particular hobby per se, but we were always doing something. Making Rangoli and Henna patterns comes to mind. Every year, we'd make this colorful Rangoli on Diwali. It is made on the floor with colored powders, flowers, rice, etc. and then accented with Earthen Lamps. The design is first chalked on the floor and then filled with these. Loved that. I still try to do it here and she tries to do it in her home now. We made a lot of wall hangings using various materials. Using ribbons, beads and thick rubber rings, using cardboard cut and shaped into something and decorated with velvet papers, mirrors, beads and golden threads, many different ways. I don't have a single picture of the wall hangings :( I do have Rangoli pics back home though.

Cross-stitching only started after coming to the US. A had bought me a long stitch kit when I was visiting India, and I finished it in like 2 days after coming back here and went to Michaels to look for more things like that. That's how I discovered needlepoint and cross-stitching. :) Back in 2002!

I think the major difference in doing crafts has been that here I do it as a hobby, as something that relaxes me. There it was more about decorating our home with beautiful, handmade things. And the projects were quick! We gave away more wall hangings than we kept.

Karin: What got you started scrapbooking? What is your favorite project thus far?

Always wanted to do it. I just loved browsing the scrapbooking aisles at Michaels et al. It looked very detail oriented, very interesting hobby. Not to mention, I had all these photos of M that needed scrapping. When I heard about digital scrapbooking, my initial reaction was that it would not be as enjoyable as traditional. But once I tried it, I found it fit like a glove. I was comfortable with Photoshop already and this was just what I needed. No mess, no fuss. I don't have to obsess about my writing being messy, or ink running, or glue and glitter getting into my hair! Ctrl + Z is my best friend ;)

My favorite project! That's tough. I have a few Layouts I *Adore*.
Besides the design, I love it because I took this picture on his second day, he was sleeping in my lap. Just brings back memories.
This was my first Creative Team layout. This photo is my favorite EVER! Any LO with this is a hit.
I just love this LO. This was the first layout done by me that I loved. Mind you, this was after doing about 30 or so!

Thanks for the questions. I really enjoyed going down the memory lane on the first one, and talking about my new passion in the next.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Anniversary Gift

This is what I gave him this morning. He LOVES it. It's going in the MBR. I had made the layout 11x14 size but this frame only had 10x13 opening. I *love* the way it turned out.

This isn't the first poster I've done though. I did this one ages ago. Love that photo :)

We had decided to go to Flat Top Grill for lunch. It is located near my previous office in Arlington. They have this buffet with rice, noodles, etc, and uncooked veggies, meats, and sauces. You load your bowl with everything you want and they'll cook it for you the way you want. They even have a special area to cook vegetarian stuff (a luxary for me!). I had been there multiple times when I was working there and I just LOVE it. Girish hasn't been so I wanted to take him there. Well, we started late from home because we weren't particularly hungry at lunchtime. We had a late leisurely breakfast and then I soaked in the tub for about 1 hour. Ahhh. Anyhow, we got there and found out that they closed down 2 weeks ago!! I was very dissappointed. It's place has been taken by some Ali Baba Restaurant. The new owner tried to convince me to eat there! LOL! I got out without looking too disappointed I think. I'm sure he's having a hard time getting customers.

So we drove around the entire town trying to get to the next priority - P F Changs. The food was really good but I'm still bummed about Flat Top. There is no other location in this area.

And then it was time to get Mehul from the daycare so no movie today. Maybe this weekend if there is any good one. Maybe not. We have the monthly GTG on Saturday.

I'll answer the questions in the previous entry tomorrow! Thanks for participating :)

Monday, February 19, 2007

Meme Time

As seen on Sparkly Things Blog

Five Questions, and Five Things

5 Questions - Anyone reading this can ask me questions (Do I have any readers? Hello! It's lonely out here. LOL) I'll post the answers here soon :)

Five Things - Things about me I haven't talked about on the blog.

1. I have made ball point pens. Seriously! My aunt had a dye cast pen making machine that converted plastic palettes to pen parts. I has so much fun on that vacation. My cousins and I came up with different combinations of colors to produce varying patterns. I've always loved patterns, you see :)

2. My acne has greatly improved since starting to use Proactiv 4 years ago! Love it. Can't live without it!

3. Have I told you about my love for food? Probably! I have tried so many different cuisines after coming to the US. But the kind I still love the most are South Indian and Indo Chinese (Chinese made Indian style).

4. I used to have a parrot. Two, actually. Those little twits never stayed in their cages. Just used to fly around the house. They flew away when someone opened the door for the milkman. Damn!

5. And finally, our fifth anniversary is tomorrow! Have taken the day off to do some fun things together.

Tomorrow, there might be a real post here, along with something special I've made for tomorrow :)

Another "Out of the mouth of Mehul"


"Watch It, Mama!"

"Fuffob" Mom's Translation: SpongeBob

Early morning. Looking out the window in Sitting Room onto a Snow covered backyard and beyond, mom spots a man wearing black clothes walking his dog. Shows son.

Son: "Oh, look! Penguin".

Saturday, February 17, 2007

It's official, I'm addicted

Addicted to my laptop, that is! Hubby has been saying it for a long time, but now I'm starting to believe him. I almost never do anything without having the laptop within hand's reach. When I cook, it's on the kitchen island. When I clean, I try to finish it fast so that I can get back to scrapping or surfing. I hardly watch an entire episode without doing something on the computer while commercials are on. I logon as soon as I come down in the morning (only weekends, though). Toothbrush, washing face, brushing hair is all done upstairs. If it was done downstairs, I'd do it *after* checking email ;) One rule I do have is that laptop doesn't go upstairs. Or I'll sleep very late.

Today, we had some friends over. While they were here, I thought (more than a couple of times) I have to check my email. Believe me, I was having fun conversations, but I still wanted to just check the email and pop into the gallery at DST once. I had posted a LO today (as I do just about every other day) and it's always nice to read the comments :)) See, while writing this entry, I opened the gallery to see the comments. Sigh.

Scary thing is I was doing the same on dialup. Speed does not deter me! Oh, and I'm not always on the net either. I scrap.

Yes, I have a problem. And that's the first step to making it right, correct? LOL! I will try to limit my computer time at home because I can't limit it at work. It's just...wrong.

Now I'm going to switch it off. It's 11PM.

Friday, February 16, 2007

I'm besides myself

OMG! My Layout All That Glitters is featured at ScrapArtist Blog! OMG! I am just besides myself! Must have had some good karma stashed somewhere ;) The fun thing is that I totally scrapped this layout in the spirit. I was feeling like we'd never get snow and now we're covered in it. LOL! I totally just went with it.

As if just being feautred wasn't enough, I get to pick another goodie from ScrapArtist. Today is the last day of their Valentine's sale so I better hurry up and snag what I want (like, the entire shop LOL)

Everything from ScrapArtist.
Papers: NRJ Gold and Silver Paperset
Decorative Edge: MCO Decorative Edges
Frame: NRJ Frosty Flourishes Frames
Tags: NRJ Painted Tags Freebie
Buckle: MCO Written In The Stars
String of Beads: MCO Chelsey's Dream

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Gosh, that pink was bright!!

It looked fine on my laptop at home, not looking so good here at work monitor. Sorry about that! Tried to be festive :D

I've concluded that my sharing of a couple of recipes isn't going to make anyone come after me! It's not like I'm re-publishing books or anything, they're just a few recipes from various books. Hope the copyright police doesn't hang me! I just want to share these.

The original recipes are mostly from Tarla Dalal (only exception is the Samosa Recipe which is Ripal's family recipe). I have made a few modifications. I have NOT tried all the recipes but they're on my To Try list :) Hence making the cards so I'll have easy access to them. The current situation is that I have so many books that it takes me forever to find THE recipe I wanted to try and have the ingredients for.
The cards are sized 5x7 and they'll be printed and laminated back-to-back. So there'll be 2 recipes on each card.

Credits: Everything from Miki Ferkul

Credits: Everything from Marcie Reckinger

Credits: Everything from Marcie Reckinger

Credits: Everything from Michelle Coleman

Credits: Everything from Miki Ferkul

Credits: Everything from Sophia Sarducci

Credits: Everything except the flower from Miki Ferkul

Credits: Everything from Miki Ferkul

Credits: Everything from Miki Ferkul

Credits: Everything from Sophia Sarducci

Credits: Everything except the flower from Miki Ferkul

Credits: Everything from Miki Ferkul

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Snowed/Iced in

Daycare was closed today, DH and I worked from home. Mehul and I went outside for a little bit to have fun. The snow was hard as there was a layer of ice over it. M was able to walk on it and I kept breaking it LOL! He wanted to play ball, I took the ball outside but it was a bit windy so the wind blew it away. I wasn't able to catch it walking ever so slowly :( We still had fun trekking, slipping and sliding.

I made carrot cake. Yumm.

We don't have much planned for tonight. We usually go out for V. Day dinner but tonight we might just stay inside, warm and safe.

I might do some shopping tonight. There are a lot of sales in the Digi world. I have already bought some goodies from Scrapbook Graphics. ScrapArtist has a 25% sale too. Speaking of which, I asked Michelle if she'd scrapped the card herself, and she said she did! It's so cool to get this beauty from her! I see a layout coming..

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Reached home safely

The roads were starting to get slippery. We got out in time! As far as tomorrow, they'll put an alert out if they're closed. My office will also put out an alert. We're getting pounded by snow and freezing rain. It's so cold rightnow. The Federal offices were shut down this afternoon!

I got my purse today! And along with that I got a hand signed card by Michelle Coleman!! OMG I was so psyched! More about the card than about the purse, which is very nice! She had scrapped the card (ofcourse! Is there any other way?) The card is *so* pretty. DH says she didn't scrap it, it was pre-bought. Ha! He thinks this because it's printed on a differnt type of paper (cardstock?) I get my LOs printed on matte photo paper so that's what he's used to seeing.

I've been bad about exercise this week. After my run on saturday, my legs started aching and it was so bad that night. Happened again sunday night even though I didn't run or even walk. Don't know what's going on so I'm taking it slow. I don't want to cause an injury or something. I have increased my time to 1 hour. Can only go 4 miles. Blech.

School's out..

Daycare is closing early due to the weather. It has been snowing a little bit since last night and rightnow we're getting rain mixed with snow. Not good because it will turn to Ice. DH dropped me off today so he's coming to get me and we'll pick up Mehul earlier. They didn't say what time they're closing because they want to give parents time to pick up their kids ASAP without pressuring them to come get them NOW.

BTW, these reminders are pretty cool. I registered with to receive alerts in case the daycare puts one out. Good to know they work ;)

I'm pretty sure they'll either be closed tomorrow or delayed because of ice. That means Valentine Party will be postponed to day after? I'm not sure. Will ask while picking him up. I don't have to prepare anything for the party, just have to pick up a fruit tray from the grocery store..

I have a few layouts to show. One of those is this Valentine's layout I did for Lori's newsletter. Pretty cool to see *my* layout in a newsletter. She also featured a couple of layouts her CT (including me) did for her new Life's Little Moments collection.

Greatest Treasures

Based on the template by Lori Wiley in February Newsletter from
All Papers, Stitched Heart, Ribbon, Rose and petals from Diamante Designs February Sampler available at TheDigiShoppe
Butterfly (recolored in 2 colors by me!!) from Diamante designs Let Yourself Shine kit availabe at Scraptastics and TDS
The background journaling is sweet little things about family :)
I created the wordart from a quote found on the net.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

There is a Valentines Party at Mehul's Daycare. I only came to know about it yesterday when his teacher 'reminded' me about signing up for an item for the party. Umm..I didn't even know about it. Apparantly, DH forgot to tell me about this and the fact that we're supposed to give all the kids Valentines Cards. I signed up for bringing fruit platter (easiest, LOL!) Their entire menu is high on sugar - Cupcakes, fruits, fruit juice, cookies and chips (ok, salty, but not any better!) Ms. Jessy said it's good that they have a gym class after the party where they can burn all the energy. Yeah, good luck controlling a bunch of sugar-high toddlers LOL!

So, cards are done. Ofcourse I scrapped them. I made a version last night but it seemed too girly (but it was cute!) with pinks and reds. This version is more attractive and little boyish I think.

My sister reminded me that I never posted about the speech issues the teacher had brought up at the last Parent Teacher Meeting. I know I had said that it'll be posted later but I don't really think there is anything much to post about it. The teacher basically expressed concern about him not talking much in the class and not having a 'conversation' with the teachers. For example, instead of saying, "Ms. SoandSo, I need more applesauce", or whatever, he'd just say "More". She said he doesn't respond to questions. Our experience has been different. He responds to us most of the time and sometimes he doesn't (isn't that normal for a 2 year old?) I think the main reason he doesn't respond to either of his teachers is that their accent is kindof hard to understand. They are Hispanic and *we* have a hard time understanding Ms. S in particular. Other kids have probably adapted since most of them have been in the class longer than 6 months. We're not overly worried (read- we're not worried) She did say that the daycare has a Speech Therapist on staff who can work with kids as needed. That I think is wonderful to have. She has since told us that M is showing a lot of improvement, talks a lot, responds, etc. I just think he's getting to understand her more now.

Anyhow, I *know* it is hard to understand what he's saying a lot of times. Specially if it's a new word. We were sitting at Chipotle's last night and he came up behind me (no more high chairs) and held my face in his hands and said "da ya ddestane" That's what I heard the first time. After like 30 seconds I decoded it LOL. Do You Understand? Yep. That's what he said. No wonder teachers are having a hard time.

Scrapping is going on as usual. I have resigned from one CT. Their requirements increased suddenly when they added more members. Instead of just doing a layout with their new kits and posting in pre-specified # of galleries, they put additional demands on all of us. I just don't have that kind of time. I'm very happy with the original 2 designers. But I do have a guest CT spot for March with an *Awesome* designer. I can't wait for Feb to be over!

I have a lot more to say but gotta go. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Snow Day was here..

And it's almost over :( I took the day off today because of the snow last night. It was drivable but I just wanted it ;) If I had my work laptop with me, I'd have worked from home but I didn't.

I downloaded a bunch of quick pages from ScrapArtist. The fun with QPs is that they're QUICK! Here are a bunch that'll adorn my purse soon :)






Credits to each one are in ScrapArtist Gallery

Monday, February 05, 2007

Messy, Recipe, Sleepy

1. Messy layouts. I'm loving this new style. It fits like a glove. And yet it challenges.
2. I've created a whole bunch of recipe cards. I'm afraid posting might be copyright infringement for some recipes. I'm not sure if I can share them because most of the recipes are from published books. I've made modifications but the main recipes are from books. Guess I'll keep most of them just for me. I'll either put them in a 5x7 photo album or get them laminated, punch holed and threaded.
3. Sleepy I am. Didn't even watch much TV last night because it was super bowl but still slept after midnight. Don't remember what I was doing. LOL. Is it time to go yet?

Unique Perspective

Papers, paint, flower, stitching: Diamante Designs Forever in Love kit
Knotted Ribbon: Diamante Designs Fashion Ribbons
Swirly stamp: Diamante Designs Scribble Swirls
U = Diamante Felt Alpha
N = Diamante Rubbed Alpha
I = Diamante Furry Alpha in Valentine Mega Kit at TDS
Q = Michelle Coleman Button
U = Michelle Coleman Chipboard square, Shaggy Characters alpha from
E = Michelle Coleman Summer kit (forgetting the name...)

Sweet Cheeks

Background Paper: LindaGB Star Bazaar
Bird Overlay: Michelle Coleman Flowers For Mom
Frames: Anna Aspens Work Hard Play Hard, Jen Wilson Messy Edges
Star: LindaGB Star Bazaar
Flower: Michelle Coleman Flowers For Mom
Buttons: Michelle Coleman Flowers For Mom
Twisty Tie: LindaGB Star Bazaar
Splash of Paint: Anna Aspens Work Hard Play Hard,
Checklist brush: Gina Cabrera To Do Stamps Freebie
Line Dot Brush: SBB Toolbox CT Kit ~ Misty Cato
Tape: LindaGB Star Bazaar
Fonts: Carpenter, Trashed, Times

Learning my ABC

Background Paper: Meredith Fenwick Everyday Inspiration ~ Perfect Time of Day
Text Overlay: Anna Aspens Work Hard Play Hard
Big Star Brush: Michelle Coleman Written In The Stars
Red Star Brush: Anna Aspens Work Hard Play Hard
Strings: Meredith Fenwick Stung Out
Eyelet Ribbon: Michelle Coleman Savoir Faire
Staple: Diamante Designs
FilmStrip: Jen Wilson Messy Frames
Grungy Frame: Anna Aspens Work Hard Play Hard
Star: Digi Supply Closet
Stitched Circles: Michelle Coleman Christmas Magic
ABC ALpha: Anna Aspens Work Hard Play Hard

Thanks for the comments on my win. I was surprised on getting picked because there were so many beautiful entries. It's an honor to receive *any* recognition from ScrapArtist specifically. It's my most favorite place to shop ;) They're top of the line.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Bounce Bounce!

My work finished sooner than I had expected. I was able to get back to the snapshot I took yesterday afternoon, and then re-did the rest of the work. It's done. Wasn't too bad, actually. Worst part was the waiting for disk check to come back. It took 3 hours!

But the BIG NEWS!! I had participated in a quick page making contest at ScrapArtist. I received this email from Michelle Coleman yesterday. I am one of the 4 lucky winners to receive the purse!!! Plus a free kit from the shop. Woohoooo! This is the first time I've won anything in a contest. I don't participate much (I think I've done one before)

And my page will be available for download (among the 20 total winners) Princess Purse Quick Page. I think there were about 80 entries. I am going to download some of the other pages and make a few more for my purse. This is fun!

Here is what I had submitted -

This is what the purse looks like -


Not a good ending

to the week. All the work I'd done yesterday on my Virtual Machine is gone. I use VM software for work. It's basically a whole machine with it's own operating system, disk allocation, memory allocation in a file. It appears that the file has gone corrupt. Though it's possible that the external hard disk it was on might have bad sectors. I'm hoping that's the case because that means I'll be able to save some of it. I'm checking the disk for errors rightnow. It has been running for over an hour. If this doesn't fix the problem, I'll have to redo all the work from yesterday. Argh!!!

BTW, I wanted to post that I don't want to seem like I was being too judgmental about the other mom's child rearing methods. We all think we know what's right for *our* kids. I feel that way and I'm sure others do too!

Scrapping - There have been a few layouts done that'll show up here over the weekend (because I don't feel like posting rightnow). Scrappers, I hope you know that The Digi Shoppe is having a 50% off sale until Sunday! I already snagged some goodies this morning.