Monthly Archives: June 2009

Summertime fun … 2001


Not sure just HOW so many years have flown by! Today I needed a creative break, so went through my stash of old photos and ‘bumped into’ my folder with photos from a FABULOUSLY FUN garden party we had on our acreage back in June 2001.

The summer of 2000 Katy and I started converting the outbuilding we’d been using for garden supplies and doggie camp/kitty refuge since 1996. We didn’t have a working budget, so spent much time at the local recycling plant. WOW do they have some great supplies there! Most folks in our area call that my favorite shopping center! LOL!

We tore out the interior beams and gates, built trusses to replace them (didn’t want the roof to fall in on us!), power-washed the inside, ran wiring, hung insulation and wallboard, helped install windows (recylced from the house…sure glad we saved them), installed light fixtures and doors. We even managed to build a pergola along the south side of the building where there was a concrete slab.

My sisters, Sandy and Wanda, came and helped us paint, sew curtains, and decorate … what fun we had! Sister Sara came up with a beautiful idea to cover the ugly (freebie) air conditioner – she painted a window screen which we hung directly in front of the conditioner … perfect solution!

“Grama’s Little House” (as its now known) has two small rooms just inside the front door … the room to the left was all set up as a playhouse for children. A frig, stove, sink, table and four chairs, ironing board, folding clothes dryer, doll crib, dolls, doll cloths, hats, gloves, doll-closet, books, and games. Even a comfy foam floor!

My mother came for a visit in the early months of spring and helped sew outfits for all the dollies we could round up. We wanted the little girls to have lots of fun at the garden party.

The gardens at the acreage are numerous and large! We had chairs and tables arranged throughout. My sweet hubby helped managed all the cars … he played valay and drove them to our “kite field” (yep…we even have a large, manicured area just for flying kites!)

All in all … it was certainly a Day to Remember!  This is my first page … finally … of a memory book for this event.

Summertime Fun 2001

Font: BoyzrGros
Lazy Summer Days by Shanmomto4 Designs
Template from Strippy Templates v1 by Genia Beana Scraps










Freebies for our Fall Retreat!


So … I’ll admit it! I’m a DigiScrapAholic!  I love everything about digital scrapbooking!!! And one of my many favorite sites lately is (thanks to Judy!) On a recent shopping trip there, I somehow managed to re-purchased three kits! OOPS!  Thought about asking the store if I could trade them for something else, but then thought,

“Hum…they could be FUN as prizes at camp! Maybe ramp up our challenges this fall and see who rises to the occassion?”

So … what do you think? Would YOU like to win one of these kits? You’ll want to get your registration in early for the Fall 2009 DigiChick Retreat … we already have all but 3 spots filled!

The first kit is a beautiful kit The Blue Side Of My Soul by Bellisae Designs.

This set includes
– 26 papers AND
– 123 elements:
staples,angel wings, brads, brushes, frames(paper,epoxy,metal), stitches, template, doodles(metal,epoxy,paper), leaves(natural,paper,metal), flowers(natural,paper,metal), stars,moons, glitter, music notes, clouds, butterflies, pearls, ribbons, strings, meshes, bubbles, photo masks, bows, sparkles.

Stay tuned! I’ll be posting the information on the other two kits soon!  Don’t forget to sign up for camp!

I love her smile!


This little girl has a gorgeous and easy to find smile! Just one look at her happy face and all my troubles melt away like snow in July!


Strippy Templates v1 by Genia Beana Scraps
Stitches from Pretty Funky by Genia Beana Scraps
Papers and some of the elements from Some Beach Somewhere kit by Snowflake Beach Scraps
Extra elements (flourish, stitches, border, glitter border on note, flower button, …) are all from Pink Punk’in Cabana Girl Collab – June

I hope I haven’t missed any! I used lots of different kits this time … my first time doing that!

The sun will come out tomorrow


Last January, on our way to the Santa Barbara Zoo, we stopped for lunch and let the little ones play in the rain while we waited for our order. Savannah loves the rain! She loves the umbrella and of course wearing (and using) the puddle-stomping boots!


Font – Cursed Moustache
Gotta LOVE this template Strippy Templates v1 by Genia Beana Scraps
The GREAT Kit is Some Beach Somewhere kit by Snowflake Beach Scraps

It’s Not a Cameo!


My sister has two of the coolest-cats around! I love to take photos of them when I’m out there visiting and have quite a stash of photos I’d like to get scrapbooked sometime. Between Sara and I, we could write quite a book!

Missy Kitty

(CREDITS: Souveniers  by Lindsay at Spinky Dink Scraps and Torn Paper and cool flower from Wild Child by Snowflake Beach Designs)

This kitty girl is such a HOOT! I was out taking photos of Sara’s beautiful flowers last March and along comes Missy! She WANTS her picture taken! If you DON’T take her picture you will invariably find her making a cameo somewhere in the photo! We get such a laugh out of her antics!