2. I first spied these cuties over at Pamela Jane's blog and knew I had to have them. Rubber Soul has taken the British World War II poster and made a rubber stamp (actually, two!) out of it. I love this! For the history of the poster, click here. If you want to see Jenny & Aaron's cupcake spin, click here (mine is in black & white!).
3. Pink Persimmon's adorable acrylic stamps. Have you heard of this company? I had not seen their line until this week and OH MY GOOD GRAVY. Must have them. All.
4. Felt storyboard sets from Etsy seller Cocolocosfeltdesign. My daughter loves, loves, loves Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Now I can buy her the pre-made felt pieces to put on our felt board and we can tell the story without the book. Love it! Interactive learning at its best! Now, I know you're saying that I could make this myself, but seriously? Who has the time? I'd rather support the handmade community and focus on my own hobbies. She has felt designs for other stories as well. Go check them out!
5. Recognize the pattern on this super-cute bag? Yep. Basic Grey. BASIC GREY FABRIC. I loved the "Sultry" papers and now I can carry them around in bag form. Etsy seller Quiltville sells thismulti-purpose bag for a mere $49.00. That's chump change when you think of how much work went into this handmade item. Thanks for sending me the link Jennie! You're killing my budget!!
Take a look at five of the things that are thrilling my soul this week:
1. The new releases from Basic Grey: June Bug and Lemonade. Yummy! If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I'm an absolute whore for Basic Grey. I can't wait to get my hands on these goodies.
3. The sketch website "52 Sketches". This clever group of gals releases a new sketch every week. Just imagine... if you created a layout each week based on their sketches, you'd have 52 layouts at the end of the year! I think I might give it a try.
4. Embroidery samplers are all the rage. Amy Powers of Inspire Company (above), Teresa McFayden, Rebecca Sower and Pam Garrison are all cranking out adorable samplers. I'm struggling for creative time right now, so I'm thinking that these ten minute projects are right up my alley. Click on the names of each of these great artists to see their samplers. I love how incredibly different each artist's work is.
5. Did you know that you can easily have your own designs printed on fabric? Check out Spoonflower.com! There's no minimum order and the fabric runs $18 - $32/yard. Pricey, but imagine the possibilities!
I'm off to a crop with 15 of my favorite scrapbooking friends this weekend. I'm taking the baby with me, so we'll see how much I'll get done. Of course, she'll have a ton of faux-aunties and faux-grandmas willing to hold her!
I leave you with five of my favorite things this week:
1. Katie Bee Creative's amazingly adorable Maya Road cupcake album. I am sooooo going to make one of these for G's 4th birthday. Click here to see more pics of the album.
2. Catslife Press' new French stamps. LOVE these. Check them out here and here.
3. Lollychops.com's super cute and FREE printables and downloads. Go to her sidebar on the right and pull up some of her older stuff. I am all about her embroidery patterns -- particularly the "Sew Tweet" pattern. She also has a ton of amazing tutorials (I am totally going to copy her felt flower topiary).
5. Domed Pastry Plates from Country Door. I bought these for my mom for Mother's Day and she loved them. What a great way to serve cupcakes after dinner. Now I just need to get a couple sets for myself....
I love the concept of scrapbooking one snippet of your life. Where you are today. Every once in a while, I grab my journal and write down some of the things I love on that particular day. Then I grab my camera & try to document some of those things. When I have time, I can find pictures to go along with the other "favorites" and create a layout.
Here's one I worked on this weekend:
Google images is a great place to find additional images to "plus up" your layout. I needed the logos for my favorite Mexican restaurant & NPR podcast, as well as a photo to go with NBC's "Heroes". Google images allows you to sort by how large the file is, so I was able to find pictures with higher resolutions to print at home. Perfect!
Creating this layout inspired me to start journaling for this month -- May 2009. I think it will be fun to go through these layouts years from now and laugh about what I was loving at the time. I'm sure ten years from now, I'll point this layout out to my husband and say something like, "Remember blogs?".
To see a similar layout I created for March 2008, click here.
I can't believe how fast three months has flown by.
I know I promised a number of you the story of the events leading up to Baby A's birth. Here ya go:
My parents arrived on Saturday and my in-laws arrived on Sunday in anticipation of my scheduled Monday morning C-section. Soon after my in-laws arrived, we all headed out to Bob Evans for a quick dinner (not my choice of "last supper" before surgery, but it was easy and I knew that our family of 7 could be seated easily).
I drove the minivan with my family, while hubby rode with his parents. We pulled up into the Bob Evans parking lot and I turned the car off. I opened the door and turned in my seat and...
peed my pants.
See, here's the deal. My good friend Andrea once told me a story of how she and ALL OF HER FAMILY rushed to the hospital because her water broke. Imagine her humiliation when the nurses checked her and discovered that her water never broke. Nope. She peed her pants. SHE PEED HER PANTS! I had never heard of such a thing and I lived through both pregnancies terrified that this would happen to me as well.
This is all I could think as I sat in the parking lot of Bob Evans. Then I started to think how I was going to handle this. I'm an analytical person by nature, so the thought process went something like this:
1. How much pee is there? 1a. Can I just tie a sweater around my waist and pretend this didn't happen? I'm really hungry. 1b. Can I just handle this in the bathroom? I really wanted that "Wildfire Chicken Salad". 1c. I'm wearing dark pants. Maybe nobody will notice. I'm huuuuuuunnnnngry.
2. Oh crap. What excuse am I going to come up with so I can go home? 2a. "I'm really tired." 2b. "I heard they were going to shut this place down for health code violations." 2c. "I forgot to wear my bigger pants and I plan to eat a lot". (This would also explain the change in pants).
Hubby came up to the car & noticed the look on my face. He asked if everything was all right. Do I tell him? He'll laugh really hard and then tell everyone. Including the waitress. Ass.
"No. No. Everything is just fine."
Then I got out of the car. Yeah. It was my water. A huge wave of relief washed over me. I didn't pee my pants. HA HA HA Andrea!!
One quick phone call to my girlfriend Jenny to double check if I really needed to go to the hospital, or can I just go inside and eat. I'm really huuuuuuuunnnnngry. Sound minded Jenny said the salad was a no-go. Damn her.
And then we were off to the hospital. A couple of hours and one emergency C-section later and our beautiful Baby A. was screaming her lungs out and we were a family of four.
3. The concept of "unplugging" for a week (or the summer!). After discussing it with hubby, the B family is going "unplugged" for the week of May 31 - June 6th. Pre-school will be out for the summer, American Idol will be over (go Adam!) and the days will be longer. This is the perfect time to declare a no TV/no computer/no iTouch (gasp!)/no blogging/no websurfing week.
What a wonderful way to kick off summer and teach some valuable lessons to my daughter! Out of the entire family, I think I will be affected the most. I live by my iTouch. It gives me the freedom to surf the net, check my E-Bay auctions, check my e-mail and so much more. That device is in my hand 24/7. My hubby has taken to calling it my boyfriend. It's true. I love him.
I wonder how much of my constantly feeling overwhelmed can be attributed to being plugged in to everything? There is a continuous stream of information flowing by me every minute of the day. Stop by my house on any given morning and you'll find the news on in the background while I'm reading a crafting blog and my daughter is playing a game on my iTouch.
I've been trying to come up with old-fashioned ways to pass the time (like this wonderful blog), since we won't be sucked in to the computer or the boob tube. I'll keep you posted.
4. Mary Beerman'sinsane collection of crafting goodies (would you just look at all that ribbon?) in her YouTube video. I thought I had serious issues until Suni sent me this video. I made my hubby watch part of it and then patted myself on the back for not being quite so over-the-top. Of course, I immediately wanted to head out to the Offray Ribbon Outlet because I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH.