Monday, January 28, 2008

Still on Hiatus but LOOK AT MY NEW MASTHEAD!

So I must give a HUGE thank you to Martha of mugsyboo@blogspot.com. She made my awesome new mast head and is it not the COOLEST?!! ME LOVES IT. Totally makes me smith.

THANK YOU MARTHA!!!
Gosh do I miss CRAFTING. *screams* I can not WAIT until this is done.

WIth that being said ... I need to go back to hiatus - thanks for all the goodlucks, prayers, appendages crossed - I SO NEED THEM and PLEASE keep em coming! This is only the first of four! WOOT!

HUGS ALL! Nan and Aine

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

on hiatus

Unfortunately, I must put myself on a crafty and net hiatus. THIS IS VERY HARD TO DO FOR ME, but I have to if I am going to pass this very important test.

I must BUCKLEDOWN (sorry it is my mantra now) so that I can pass my CPM exams which happens in a few weeks. That is module 1 - I have to take 3 more so the next two months or so will be crazy busy with studying. I am putting myself on a schedule and I have packed away all my crafty goodies until I pass this THANG.

So I will continue with all my stuff... 365 and atc - but it will be done post passing the test. I will basically take the 365 pics every day but not really post them until I am done if that makes sense? Seriously post exam will their be blizzards and craftyness! I might just have to put myself on a crafty vacation. lol.

So please send good karma my way so that I dont lose it while studying and that I pass the tests! HUGS ALL and please dont forget about me! *meep*

Nancy and Aine.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

*squee* LoOK WHAT I DID!

My new sewing machine*pets it*
My doggy and her new dress*pets them both* that I made under the tutelage (sp?) of UBER awesome woman Martha of http://mugseyboo@blogspot.com.
Side view of the princess butt! Isn't it adorable?!!!

Major props to Martha for putting up with my tired butt this morning. We had a great time shopping at Joann's... until THE RUDE WOMAN started giving her opinion on us. GERRRRR

Let me paint the picture. 17 women waiting in line to get our fabric cut. IT WAS TAKING FOREVER. Of course Martha has fabo taste in fabric so we have a huge cart filled to the prim with our fabric. Someone asked what we were making with it. We proudly said -dog coats and dresses. Everyone was like ohhh! Cool... but this lady right in front of us said something like "I don't like it when people dress their dogs up - I don't think they like it... " or SOMETHING like that. Of course we could have gone all postal on her butt but we didn't. Than while getting our fabric cut.. she asked what it would take to make a coat for her dog!?! WTF!?!

So I am off to send this to my friends and family and make sure they know yes SEWING IS EASY. lol.

Again -thank you MARTHA! Aine is zzzzzing right now and I think she just might wear this to bed! LOL. We can't wait to visit you again!!! *hugs* Nancy and Aine.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

goodies arrive in brown packages tied up with TAPE

Goodies
for
valentines!
and sewing(in stiches by amy butler), scraping (life artist by ali edwards) and puggin(moi and Marie Antoniette)!
getting ready for SEWING !

Life is good.... *squee*

Friday, January 4, 2008

365 and a la sound of music... MY FAVORITE THINGS!!

First off .... lets do 2 days of 365... of course I couldn't chose between the two...so I posted both.



Jan 3.


I WAS SO TIRED when I took this picture. I just came home from a LONG day and I had to help my mom with her computer. I look 1/2 awake. I can't believe the picture turned out this well ... nor can I believe i am posting it. lol











Okay I look horrid - but will you LOOK at the Puggy picy?! CUTENESS!

Jan 4
Had to post something that happens all the time when I work.... laptop on lap, puggy right next to me and OH what is this? PUGGY putting her face into something she shouldn't be. LOL





This last one is begging to be scrapped! So doing it...




Now onto something I like to call MY FAVORITE THINGS a la Sound of Music ... not Oprah. even though I will be stealing some of my favorite things from Oprah... but I am going with the THEME... here are the lyrics....

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with stringsThese are a few of my favorite thingsCream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels Door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodlesWild geese that fly with the moon on their wingsThese are a few of my favorite thingsGirls in white dresses with blue satin sashesSnowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver white winters that melt into SpringsThese are a few of my favorite thingsWhen the dog bitesWhen the bee stingsWhen I'm feeling sadI simply remember my favorite thingsAnd then I don't feel so bad.Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with stringsThese are a few of my favorite thingsCream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels Door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodlesWild geese that fly with the moon on their wingsThese are a few of my favorite thingsGirls in white dresses with blue satin sashesSnowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver white winters that melt into SpringsThese are a few of my favorite thingsWhen the dog bitesWhen the bee stings When I'm feeling sadI simply remember my favorite things And then I don't feel so bad.


SO WHAT ARE THEY?

1) I am not a greenie... but these were really cool.
Smart Power Strip, which retails for $32.95. when you turn off the power strip, all the items plugged into it will also power down - normal strips do NOT. Something I didn't know!
2) Hate junk mail? GreendimesA group that reduces junk mail and plants trees. For more information or to sign up, visit www.greendimes.com.
3) Amy Butler Designs - Midwest Modern Artist. I am totally getting her book. In Stitches http://www.amybutlerdesign.expressfulfillment.com/ProductSpec.asp?PRODUCTID=1403 She has been featured in my BluePrint magazine and Country Living( another magazine that I am NOW addicted to). The Sew IT Kit also looks pretty uber cool too. Also I adore her fabrics. Very Liberty of London /William Morris-ish in my opinion. Now if I could just FIND a place that sells them locally.
4) http://www.theneedleshop.net OMG I CAN'T WAIT TO GO TO THIS STORE! Omg they have some really cool sewing classes....also... they have Upholstery Basics—Beginner Classes!!! *does happy dance* Only thing is ... it doesn't seem like they have a PHONE NUMBER. gerr. Also it looks like the first time for a beginning sewing class won't be till February. Also all the upholstery glasses and other uber cool classes are during the week... hence that means me taking a day off.

Anyways... tomorrow I am going to 3 MOVIES. 1) Alvin and the chipmunks 2) The Water Horse and 3 Sweeney/Juno or National Treasure. lol.

Hugs all! Nan and Aine



Wednesday, January 2, 2008

yep. I sew and am doing 365









I forgot to post my first EVERRRR (as an adult that is) sewing conception/art/crafty thingy!

After being lampasted (not kidding!)by my sister and mom (only sew SHEETS they said!!) because they thought I would sew my hand shut on my new PRECIOUS sewing machine *SINGER!MARTHA APPROVED!177 stiches! ACK!* I made 9 of the above. All have different names - and I made it to hold a cd of pictures for the San Fran trip that I took with my 7 sisters and Mom. This had to happen because no one could understand Shutterfly!

I have since than have been bugging my friends who are extremely talented with sewing (cough ....http://iamsusie.blogspot.com/ and http://www.blogger.com/mugseyboo@blogspot.com ... cough) to help me with figuring out this very fun craft and bless em! They have been most patient with my numerous questions. Especially of the idiot kind... as in um .... what is THAT?! kind of questions. See when I was a kid - I sewed like CRAZY. I have to take a picture of my first doll... I will do that this weekend... anyways... EVERYONE seems to have forgotten that I sewed in my family. Also much to my anger - they really seem to POO POO it. And I am like SCREW THAT NOISE!Hence, I become more obsessed with sewing and I have even been looking at sites that feature only ribbon and am contemplating how the heck I can get Liberty of London fabric here on my very beer like budget. lol. But seriously though... I am still in a bit of a shock that I don't have to make my own bobbins by hand!






Okay enough of that... one scrappy item that I made at the Archivers 12 Hour crop that I went to the other day is a PUGGY XMAS CARD BOOK. OMG I had to do this year because these cards were just SO CUTE! I mean - seriously - someone drew their CARDS!

and won't put all the layouts in there but here is one many . If you want to see the entire item... please check out my flickr.






Also - I am now doing 365... you know that challenge to take a picy of yourself everyday? So far - I have gotten one of me and one of my life...ie work. ...






1/1/08 started the year off right... rearranged my office to be more productive. Did I get any cbt's done? UM NO. DAMNIT. But I was more focused....


1/2/08 my 2 loves... Aine and GOSSIP GIRL!!! ACK! *flails* omg lOVE THAT SHOW. I know it is a bad show but I STILL adore it! Blair is going to have a wee bun in the oven! WOOT!



And yes that is a new hair cut....

Yep if that is not the most pathetic WHY ME Puggy face I don't know what is - goodnight all! I am off to the downtown office tomorrow. *MOAN and says prayers* HUGS! Nan

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A Play Date for Mummy and Puggy....

Aine got to play yesterday with Mugsey Boo and Pixie Boo... owned by the lovely Martha at mugseyboo@blogspot.com . WE HAD SO MUCH FUN! While the puggies got to play and literally poop themselves out Martha and I scrapped. Very productive day all around.... first the puggies spamage....
I love this picture... even though Mugsey is bit out of focus... it looks kinda rock star-ish like....




Mugsey letting us know what he thought of the young girlies....


GASP! IS that Pixie and Mugsey together!!!??


Mugsey to Pixie...."YEA you know it Pixie... Moi is the favorite with the Mommy!!!" Pixie... "NOT HAPPY WITH THIS!"..... *Martha and Nancy laughing their asses off after taking this picture*

Yes Aine... modeling is hard.





Okay enough of the puggies.... let get to the human stuff... SCRAPIN!


I did my first ATC card... inspired by Martha.... it goes with the Love Elise 52 challenge book and the first challenge is to own the words... I had NO clue what quote to use... and Martha came up with a stupendous one! LOL


Ain't it the truth though?


but I also did a layout too... i adore this paper! Also the silver leaf pen? So thinking it might be in every layout I DO.




(mental note: Oh SHOOT! I forgot to add the layout from the crop I did with Diane! SHOOT. Okay that will be tomorrow's post! anywayyysss)

and with that creative spirit.... I rearranged my office... here is a picture looking in... the filing cabinet and Aine's crate is up against the window....
The new office area.... see it is where Aine's crate used to be...
Vs. the old office area....
I changed it because I am in this *de-clutter and be productive" mode. I am thinking if I am looking outside... that won't really be productive.....I am also going to start doing it to my pig stye of a bedroom in hopes of making it my semi crafty room.... *here is hopin!*
hugs all!

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