November 18, 2014

Harajuku Love

Just my girl and her Harajuku bag by Gwen Stephani. We walked into this local store and Leleanna walked straight to the counter to scour over the jewels. She loves her jewelry! I spotted this messenger bag w/all the purses & totes too! I thought what a great Xmas gift this would make for Lele until... she saw, grabbed & would NOT stop telling me she HAD to have this bag! Okay, I guess it cannot wait for Christmas morning. End result, I have a happy ten year old! 

* I have checked online too & these bags seemed to be sold out everywhere! That & pretty pricey! Score for mommy! 

Here is THEE bag close up! =)

Hope you're having a great day!

October 28, 2014

Lunch Notes Mini

Do your little ones take lunch every day to school? Do you still write lunch/love notes? Mine do & yes to writing notes every morning! Our younger two are in 5th and 8th grade. I often look through my Becky Higgins Project Life kits to grab 3x4 cards! Do you? Add some stamps & washi and voila! Super cute notes!

 Here are the front/back covers and the two inside covers. I used a little bit of everything! Some of the alphas are from the Target Dollar Spot! A few items are from Paper Issues May 2014 swag bag!

What do you think? I just thought we still have 2 months left in this semester to fit in! Oops! Do you keep all the handwritten notes for your child? Now would be a good time to start working on my other daughter's Lunch Note mini!
Happy day!

October 26, 2014

Happy Dias de los Muertos

Do you celebrate the Day of the Dead? The festival is pretty close by and we were able to take the girls this year straight from Lele's soccer game! A few gifts were bought and jewelry of course! Also, a big thing to do is decorate sugar skulls. Had to wait on line for this too!

Can you tell which lovely sugar skull belongs to whom? lol
Have a good night.

Hello Fall

Happy Sunday to you! Today we're headed out to a soccer game and to the Dias de los Muertos festival. And no we won't be wearing sweaters & jeans! Today's high here in the desert will be 89 deg & feel much warmer in the sun. In the shade, it'll be bee-- autiful! So pack the sunscreen & water!

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I created this card for the October mood board over at Jot magazine & I must say, I am loving those clocks, feathers & those comfy pillows! 

I started off this card w/the brown chevron paper from Amy Tangerine. The doily was made with a Spellbinders die, added an Amy Tangerine Hello Thickers accent on top of the Amy Tangerine feather sticker. I added the slits to give texture. The flowers are are by Kaiser Craft & Prima. The buttons were in my stash. The xxx stitches are Amy Tangerine mini mark rubons. The enamel dots are by Teresa Collins. 

I love the colors in this card too! I kind of wish that AZ would catch up & cool off! Around here is still green, but we can drive up north to see the leaves change colors and eventually snow!

Happy day.

October 24, 2014

This girl

My gorgeous, funny, club soccer playing teen needs your prayers. I say many prayers each day & night and they can only get her so far. I'm hoping w/others praying for her too, they will be heard and help her heal and overcome all that is hindering her.

This is Graciella.

This photo is from this July, right after we spent almost 3 hours on the Salt River, tubing. Yes, my girl took her braid out & posed by our stack of tubes just as mom asked. This has to be one of my favorite shots of her to date! She is gorgeous with zero makeup & river hair and BOOM! Yes I'm proud to say, she is mine. =) I also wanted to post this on Instagram w/hopes the "right" people would see her & want to sign her to model for teen clothing, sports clothing/workout gear, hair products... the list goes on! I just couldn't do it but here she is on my blog. lol

Without going into her health history & present issues, she can use all the prayers she can get. Honestly. Her schooling had suffered and because of all the sickness, she may not return to normal high school this year & play Varsity HS soccer for the third year in a row. This alone will break her heart. It breaks mine everyday when she tells me how she feels or that she's feeling sick, etc. I don't want to add more meds to her regimen either. In the past, stress got the best of me and literally, I went through hell. Many prayers got me through it and granted me a miracle. No exaggeration. So with that said, I know in my heart, that prayers do work & change lives just like that.

** I kept putting off publishing this post since the summer. The main reason I guess was this photo. My beautiful girl. This is her every day. She's 16 and we can honestly say, she's a good girl. She deserves the best life has to offer her and we would love nothing more than her to feel 'normal' again. 

I'd like to thank you all in advance for adding my girl to your daily prayers. We do appreciate it & if I could give you each a big fat huge hug IRL, I would. Many thanks.

October 23, 2014

I Love Instagram

Hello happy mail! I won this kit on Instagram from Blinks of Life! The Sugar & Spice kit! Love it! You will see this included in my projects in the near future! =) Thanks so much again BoL! 

I also won this stamp set from Waffle Flower Crafts on Instagram! It's perfect for planners/filofax or Project Life! Love it! They have more sets that have made it onto my Wish List! With such busy days & so many details/appts to remember, I decided to go old school again and purchase a planner. Except I use the calendar on my iPhone constantly bcuz I can schedule months in advance w/out the bulk. I think I finally decided on a notebook I just recently bought. My plan is to use a page per day, use my stamps etc to help me keep organized, and of course, make it cute! *wink 

The set I won is called: Planner - Stay Focused

My IG friend @jcchris aka Jessy and I won two pillows each from the Online Fabric Store via Gina of @shabbycreek on Instagram! And we got to pick out our very own pillows! We had quite the selection and I choose these two because I love embroidery & those colors! 

What do you think?! They have a bunch on sale too! But once they're gone, they're gone! Thx again Gina & OFS! xo

Another IG prize I won was from Neat and Tangled. Yes, on Instagram. Gotta love IG!! I won a $50 gift certificate! whoohoo! Yes & I just placed my order too! You must visit their store & make a wish list for Santa! I will share my picks when they arrive!

And one last one! I won 100 Americana Acrylic Paint colors from Deco Art on their blog over a month ago, but because they were missing a few colors still... they held off putting in the mail. Then the box arrived!! Cue the paint angels! I kept 3 bottles out of the photo too! I wanted even lines! =)

Okay, so I didn't really win this beauty... however, we did make the switch to the ginormous iphones from our 4s'. Love it! And yes, we are a proud Apple family. She sure is pretty in gold! Love my 6plus!

October isn't over yet & it was an awesome one so far! Have a great weekend! 

October 13, 2014

Forever Love

It's been 4 weeks ago yesterday. Wow. Time does fly right past us all. We still cannot believe it's true & this man who is Gia's daddy & my niece Carrie's other half, is no longer with us. So sad & he is missed. His kitties are missing him too. 

I made this layout for my niece & her daughter to keep for the future. I want Giavanna to see her parents together, happy... the way Gia saw her daddy every day. She's only five now, I'm sure she'll remember moments when she's older but she may forget details or his smile, etc. I just want to be sure, for this little girl, this does not happen. There's plenty more photos to create layouts & minis, as well. I hope she appreciates it when she's older & looking through her albums. I'm positive she will & be grateful, we wrote down the details w/photos that she can treasure always. 

**To make the background & heart paper more subdued, I painted Gesso over both. I added stitching to about every corner & added ink splatters by just taking top off bottle & shaking top over cardstock. 

Have a good night.