Sunday, September 26, 2010

Remembering this Summer; and Excited About Halloween

Emma is two and so far, this is my favorite age.  She can communicate and is starting to say and do the craziest things...like telling me "no sing" when I'm singing to her!  Oh Well!  But she loves to hear her Aunt Lisa sing ;)

With Summer officially over now, I got the idea of creating an album not about an event, like I normally do, but of a season came to me after seeing it in a magazine.  Wanting to use things from my own stash without buying anything, I pulled out this beautiful tree album that my wonderful friend, Linda, gave me...like forever ago it seems now!  I had used a little bit of it, but so glad I still had a lot left.    So here are little snippets to remember Summer 2010 with little chickadee...
Lots of ice cream, of course ;)
Lots and lots of playtime at the park, and especially remembering the ones with her good friend, Merrin...
Remembering our quick little trips to the beach...
Remembering when she turned 2 and the celebration we had; her finally wanting to ride in the red wagon...
Celebrating our one year anniversary of becoming a family; and all of the times we've spent outside writing chalk on the concrete, dancing to the radio, riding bikes, blowing bubbles...
...and just hanging out by the pool
Ok...Halloween was never one of my favorite holidays...but like a lot of things since little chickadee has come along...I now am so excited about it.  So excited that we've started with just little things for this year to start decorating.  I bought small styrofoam wreaths and ribbon at Michael's (to wrap around the styrofoam), and then used mostly Hambly and one sheet of October Afternoon paper to make the spiderwebs and the fluffy flowers using the Silhouette.  I twisted wire to the back, around the black tulle; and used Webster's cameos in the center.  I happened to see the children's wooden hangers I had gotten awhile ago, and thought, that'd be different to hang from that and add a little uniqueness.  So painted them black and added some trim.  They are small, but they are oh so cool!!!


And using the Silhoutte again, everything was cut out from it to make this banner.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Brown Bear, Brown Bear; and Everything's Gonna Be Fine

Emma has never ceased to amaze us from day one when she was first placed in my arms.  Her love for learning and her curiosity makes me so proud of her.  And there's something about turning 2...instead of every week seeing something different, it's everyday!
I was only able to catch Emma doing the last page of Brown Bear, Brown Bear...then Archie, our cat, jumped up on the bed, and that was the end of that.  No longer is the purple cat, the purple cat, but now purple Archie...
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The next challenge is up at Scrapping the Music.  Alanis Morissette's "Hand in my Pocket" is next.  The song inspired me to take the lyrics "Everything's Gonna Be Fine," to scrap about my weight gain (once again ;)    I don't anything could have prepared us for the trip to China, and then getting our very active, Emma.  With the stress of it all, Dennis has lost 20 pounds, I've gained 20!!!  But I'm doing ALL that I possibly can while taking care of Emma...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Scrapfest Scrappin'

I went to Scrapfest last Thur, Fri, and Sat and scrapped like crazy.  I just love being able to have all of my supplies with me so I can be spontaneous and chatting with friends...

But first I need to make some corrections regarding my last post Roll Tide Roll.  Alabama DID win and Aunt Lisa was the one who taught Emma to say Roll Tide Roll ;)

So the first layout here is one where Dennis and Dean enjoyed the first Bama game together and ate at Rama Jama's.  Thanks, Dean, for the ticket.  I did use just one, but I cut it up...
So here are the layouts I did while at Scrapfest...

This one was part of the challenges at scrapfest going on all weekend.  We were given a plain piece of cardboard.  I gessoed some and stamped using the new Maya Road button stamps (love them) and then cut them out.  Some that I cut out, I turned over to use the plain cardboard side and used the new Marvy crimper I got while there to crimp them.  Then I painted one side, stamped, and embossed a flower, cut it out and used on top of the flower.  Then on the plain side of the cardboard, I stamped my title, cut it out, and crimped it.  I love it and thankfully I had a few that liked my layout there ;)  My style is VERY different from most scrappers there and looked over quite a bit...

This was another challenge.  We were given red felt.  Again, I kept it simple to keep my overall design of the layout strong.  I stamped the red stars, cut them out and popped dotted them...  Then I cut three pieces, braided them together, rolled them up and made the small rose in the corner...

Emma's first Mardi Gras...

This was actually the first challenge at scrapfest.  We were given a coffee filter.  The made the flower in the corner with one piece.  Then the other pieces I glimmer misted, stamped with the new Maya Road doily stamps (love those too), but them out (very carefully) and used one with the small clothes pin and the others I cut in half to use as a border.  Don't think anyone noticed it...again, this is my style and not the style of most there...

So I got a lot done while there.  These are some things I had done before I went!  Yes, I love to scrap!!!

Emma glued pieces of leftover paper to the heart, I cut off the excess and then she had so much fun using my rubons.  This would be momma owl and baby owl...

I'll have to post more about the challenge blog site I found for sketches.  I don't do well with sketches, but I really was inspired by this blog and did this...

I have been so inspired by the Maya Road blog site with making flowers with her ribbons, that I looked up on the web for how to make more flowers.  So then I went crazy with ribbon and instead of paper, I used the ribbon to cover the chipboard.  I was just creating and had no idea what I was going to do with this, when it hit me that it would make a good Easter album since I have so many pictures.  

I used my Silhouette to cut out the inside pages...

And I started another art journal...we'll see how this one goes...  And the little tree on the left is now finished...will post later...

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Daydream

The new challenge is up at Scrapping the Music. The song daydream inspired me to scrap this pic of Emma and one of her friends feeding the fish. It was also her birthday and a special day. Come join us.


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Roll Tide Roll!!!

The first weekend in September Dennis went out of town to Roll Tide Country and met his friend, Dean.  When Dennis got back, even though Bama didn't win, he was chanting Roll Tide Roll...well, didn't take long for little chickadee to repeat the cheer!
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Dennis and Dean have been friends since school.  I'm so glad they were able to meet up in Bama country to enjoy their favorite team!

Rama Jama's is right next to the stadium.  You can see the stadium to the right...

They got a picture with the owner...

And Dennis got a shirt from Dean for his birthday and a few other Bama goodies!!!   


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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Baking, Dada's Birthday Weekend! Momma Colored her Hair! And a New Music Video!

More baking going on around here.  Found these already cut out and ready for the oven.  More fun decorating then what they tasted ;)  I don't think Dada liked the mess me and Emma made either!
And one more picture to share from our Disney Store visit.  She was so giddy!
And hopefully a lot more photos to come, but this was her first pre-ballet class.  And we were so glad to see one of her friends there and another new friend that also goes to gymnastics.  So yep, we officially signed up!  She absolutely loved it!  They get little props like purses, bracelets, wands, and then they have to do a particular dance or exercise...she was already an expert walking across the room on her tippy toes while holding her wand!
Emma wanted to bake Dada a cake!  Ha!  So I did cupcakes, and while chickadee was in the kitchen with me, I gave her the mini cupcake pan and she pretended to bake too ;)
She was very happy with what she did ;)  Nope, she's not eating raw beans...chocolate fishies!
And then later, had fun decorating...
Dada loves to eat out and especially loves Outback, but we ALL love the Mellow Mushroom pizza place, so we could all enjoy it, even Emma will eat here!
And she loves the Blues Brothers and the mushroom guy...has to go see them every time...
Then Saturday we went to the special appearance of Spot the dog at Barnes and Nobles.  I think Emma was the only kid that went up to him...  She is not shy and not afraid AT all...cracks me up!
And then they got to color a picture of Spot and here one of his stories...she was very excited!  The girl loves to go to Barnes!

And the best part of the weekend, was I finally got my hair colored for the VERY first time EVER!  I had gotten some henna, but I just don't have the energy or the time.  The hairstylist put in a temporary dye, just enough to cover the grays!  I don't wear it straight anymore like this, but it helped her to make sure the cut was good.  So happy to see my hair color the way it used to be!
Okay, enough pictures and writing...here are some videos!

I did another video with snippets of video put together to the song Hey, Soul Sister.  Every time I heard the song on the radio, I'd think of Emma, so had to do it!  Videos from December when she was 17 mos. up to as recent as September 7th...you can really see how she has grown!


Hey, Soul Sister from Patricia Roebuck on Vimeo.

And this is a short video of when she first saw Spot at Barnes...this is also my first time trying out the video part on my Canon 7D...WOW...I have to say I love it once I got the hang of it!


Spot the Dog at Barnes and Nobles from Patricia Roebuck on Vimeo.

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