Halloween, Take 2

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It’s our second Halloween here in the UK and the whole trick-or-treating event was better than last year! We had more kids stopping by for candies and Emma came home with a good stash of candies. Now, it’s not that we eat a lot of sweets but, the amount that the kids brought in gave me a good indication of how many families participated in this fun event this year. We had quite a bit of fun the last few days that we’re somewhat thinking of hosting a party and really decorating our house next year. Emma was quite inspired by our friend’s highly decorated home and really wants to make our house spookier. I’ve asked hubby and her for a list of things and tomorrow I will find whatever’s on sale for next year’s event.

I hope your Halloween has been as wonderful too!

Today I just want to share two digital pages. For both pages I used kits from Jessica Sprague, Carina Gardner for the above and Samantha Walker for the below. While I’m not too keen on the below page, I do love how the above turned out. The vintage paper’s very pretty and the template (Queen of Quirk) is just awesome. Really LIKE! The below… I love the elements but I don’t think I used them that well. They could be better. I did finish but just not happy with it.

School

Have a great one all and until next time!

On a Diet

Sweet Jovie

The last few… hmm… week… days… uhm… something, I’ve been on a diet. Reason: I wore these pair of pants trousers a little bit ago and they were a bit snug.

The other day we went for pizza. This place has these really good pizza dough. They’re so much better if dipped into their garlic-butter dip. And I had nine of them, all dipped. This was on top of my veggie pizza. The only reason I knew I consumed nine pieces was because hubby pointed it out (grrr!!). You see, he’s a skeptic. He believes that diet and I don’t get a long. Paying attention and pointing out what I eat just proofs to him that he’s right and I might as well remove the word “diet” from my life.

But hey, a girl has got to try, right?

I have another digital page to share with you. More goodies from Jessica Sprague with Jovie as my little model. Ok, I know I am bias but isn’t she just too cute?!?!

Halloween Prep

Emma in France

Me: M, why don’t you help find Jovie a Halloween costume.
M: Ok.

M took over the computer and five minutes later:

M: Mommy, how about this one?
Me: Emmaaaa!! NO! Jovie is NOT going to be a peanut for Halloween!!

Peanut Halloween Costume

M: But she’ll be a cute little peanut.
Me: No! Jovie, what do you want to be for Halloween?
Jovie: Princess.
Me: There, go find Jovie a princess outfit!
M: Ok, mommy… (pout pout)

Kids!

We’ve been looking at Halloween costumes today just in case M wants something that is either cheaper (than buying here) or can only be purchased from the US (takes a week usually but I’ve had packages come six weeks after it was mailed out — per tracking number). In the past all of M’s outfits have been creatively designed by me but this year M wants something more like the character and not a spin off. In the past, since M’s was still easily influenced, I could wiggle myself out of buying an outfit. Last year she was a pirate. I suggested this because she already have everything for it (well, they all had to be gathered but they were all in the house), the year before that she was a ghost. Remember that ghost outfit I did? Yes, it was just a sheet and yes, no sewing was involved. It was just the sheet and my scissors.

Halloween Ghost

The year before the ghost my mom made a kimono and M was a Japanese girl. The other years before kimono I can’t remember although she was a lady bug the first year and one of the year I forgot M’s face was painted all cattywampus — oh yes, her second Halloween. Her babysitter did it! One year I was at a conference and hubby took her… what was she that year? Hmm… I remember hubby said it was really cold and they ended up at a restaurant after just five minutes. M doesn’t like candies so it never bothered her that she never got a full bag of goods. <-- If this paragraph doesn't make sense, it's ok, it's not you, it's me. I was thinking out loud...

Although you might say I was creative with my approach I have to admit that it was mostly tightwadness and unmotivatedness to be a part of the tradition as the reason for M's 'simple' costumes. I've probably dressed up three times for Halloween my whole entire life. So this year I want M to have fun with it and get whatever she wants (and I'll try not to persuade her to be the paper bag doll or Punky Brewster <-- easily done by rummaging through M's wardrobe).

As for Jovie... we'll find something decent. This will be her first time dressing up. The first Halloween Jovie dressed as a baby and the second time she was a 1-yrs-old. I know, lame mommy, huh?

That's that. I hope you like the page I did using Daisy Jane Paper by Carina Gardner and many bits and pieces from Kitschy Digital. Yellow’s one of my favorite color (red is the other) and the background of this layout makes me so happy! You all take care and laters!

Gymnast #2

Jovie and Daddy

How’s your Monday? It was lazy day for us. I had all these cleaning plans but my cleaning inspiration never came (actually I am not even sure if such a thing exist, cleaning inspiration, really?!?!). I did a bit but not like what I had in mind (I had an elaborate Cinderella kind of plan). Oh well. There’s still tomorrow (maybe).

It’s gymnastics day again Tuesday and while we’re at the gym I am going to sign Jovie up too for a mommy and tot class. I was going to wait until she’s three, when she can go on her own, but she’s been doing forward rolls on the bed, pulling herself up on any bar, and just bouncy in general that taking her might just be the thing she needs. Plus, it’ll be good for her to know the gym and instructors before she goes on her own next year — remember, Jovie is super clingy. If there’s space she’ll start next week. If not… guess I’ll just have to get a bigger bed…

I made another page last night. Another digi using a few pieces from Echo Park Be Mine. Such a romantic French/Paris set. Perfect for this photo because of one, Jovie’s coat color, and two, it was taken in France.

Let me share the journaling with you:

Ten years ago if somebody told me that a girl would put a girly hat on me in France I would have laughed and said, “You’re out of your mind.” But look at me now, standing helplessly while you made me wear your little hat.

Daddy has been working in France for a few weeks when you came to visit. Daddy missed you, your sister Emma and your mommy very much. Daddy was so happy that you, sis and mom came to visit for a few days. The days went by quick and daddy couldn’t wait to come home again.

I love you very much little girl and you can put your little hat on me any day.

~ Daddy

I think I need to consult with the hubby on the journaling before I print the page (I send it off to WHCC). While the verbiage was more less what hubby said to me one day I struggled a bit trying to work the grammar out. Even now it doesn’t seem right. I blame it on my English as a Second Language {::SMILES}. I do love the page though. It has a lot of white spaces and the pieces are really fun and elegant.
Hope your day was great! Until tomorrow!

Why I Craft

Reading

Why do you craft?

I was introduced to paper crafting when my friend took me to a Creative Memories workshop in 1999. First impression: NOT for me. Although I did warm up to it more over the years, I didn’t get into it until M was born. There was a reason to scrapbook after she was born and so I became a scrapbooker then card maker (I had to do something with my scraps of paper).

I’ve always blogged. I’ve had a website since 1999. They’ve all been mostly about me/us since I/we live far from our family and in 2007 I decided to add my paper craft work into the mix (and moving to this domain name). This decision changed the way I crafted. While I alway make sure my scrapbook pages were personal and meaningful my cards, or other projects, were mostly created for this blog. Don’t get me wrong. I loved creating each piece but I have no personal attachment to most of them. After getting into the paper crafting blog world I started learning about publications, DT gig, kits, manufacturers, current trends and products, folks active in the industry, etc. I also discovered different challenges and by participating I got comments. Who doesn’t like comments, right? So I actively participated in different challenges and actively commented on other’s work. There were pros and cons. The biggest con was time. The greatest pro was that the blog friends I do have now I met through those challenges (and the prizes were really nice too).

Creating for my blog wasn’t enough. Everybody was getting published it seemed and so I had to try it out. Coincidently I got published on my first try and since I was ambitious (sarcasm there) I quit trying. My goal was to get published. I got published, I could check it off my list of things I want to do, and the novelty wore off. I did get published a few more times after but they were by invitation (I think back then not too many people submit their work for publication).

Then I created to get DT gigs. Everybody I knew was in a DT and so I felt like I had to be in one… or two or three… too. Quite smug on my part in this department I think.

Time as a paper craft blogger got me wiser and while I have off days I got to the point where I have some sort of style. I then knew which company I could work with (before knowing I used to buy every stamp I liked… I didn’t realize that the blue ribbon I got in 3rd grade for a coloring contest wasn’t going to do it) and while I like looking now and then I avoid purchasing and using things that I know I cannot use (or use well).

Moving to the UK has also given me a new meaning in life. I realized that there are great things outside of this blog. There are places to see, friends to make and most importantly my family, the girls first and foremost. I now have this opportunity to be with them 100%, to be their supporter, teacher, cook, mom and my latest big gig: Chauffeur. My move has also made me a bad blogger. I quit commenting regularly on my friends’ blogs and replying to comments left on my blog.

While I still love the teams I am in and I still love to spend nights crafting, blogging has taken a back seat. Of course I can just post my project, list the materials and be done with it but I never meant for my blog to be just that. My blog is suppose to be my daily (non private) life journal that I can look back and read while sharing the crafty things I do (and to see how I progress there too). Most people don’t read anyways (if you’re one who got this far I congratulate you!) and that’s why I always put the photo of my craft project first so that photo viewers can just flip, look and move on to the next post.

So why all the rambling? A few weeks, could have been a month ago now, I came upon a site where there was a question on my ability to inspire and quality of my work. The question itself, or the person questioning, didn’t bother me any but it did make me think. Why do I craft? Why do I blog? Do I need to change? While before my lack of posting were due to having a busy life the last few weeks have been because of me questioning the purpose of my work and blog posts.

After much pondering I’ve decided to craft the same way I have been crafting and posting the same way I’ve been posting. While I know that I have a few companies I represent, I don’t want to have to feel like I have to share only my best on my blog. I figured that it’s only paper, glue, stamps, and embellishments. It’s not fixing the US deficit or saving the starving kids in Somalia. I can only hope that whatever I post makes my readers’ eyes happy. BUT if not, hey, I created, experimented and it turned out ugly. My bad. Often time I wrote on the post how I felt about the work I did. If you read you’d know I hated the color for example. If I didn’t post the card I wouldn’t be reminded (12 months from now) that using those colors was a bad idea.

I know people expect DT members to inspire and to show only their best work but every DT has off days and we’re all humans after all. I know I like trying new things and as you and I know, not all new things are for us or as cool as they seemed to be.

I craft because I love it. I blog because it’s great to click on February 2010 and see what I did that month. This is my tiny space in this very big world.

Materials:

Paper, tag, embellishments and more embellishments from Jessica Sprague