Sunday, December 28, 2008

What is YOUR New Year's Resolution?

Here's my "top five":

1. Lose weight
2. Get out of debt
3. Be creative, all the time!
4. Stay organized
5. Take more pictures

Of course, at least three of the resolutions above have been on my "list" for a while...but I can just feel it -- this is going to be "the year"!

What are your resolutions?

Blog Slacker, but Christmas with M-i-c-k-e-y!

I have been a bad, bad blogger for the last two months...its been time filled with tons and tons of stuff for work, being sick, being in the Emergency Room, appointments and Christmas in Disney with Mickey Mouse!

All is much better now, 80 degree weather and lots of fun helps A LOT! On Christmas Eve, we were standing in the middle of the street, in a t-shirt and capris, with the Osbourne Family lights dancing to Christmas tunes, and snow traffic, cold temperatures or rat race!
I have been doing lots of rubber stamping, made all my Christmas cards this year ... an array of different styles, but I'm pleased I got to use up some supplies and got them in the mail.
We got most of our outside decorations up for Christmas, a few are "among the missing" and because we aren't dragging EVERYTHING out this year, we probably won't find them until next year....I did get the "Coffee tree" up in the kitchen, I think next year its time to invest in a bigger tree after adding some new ornaments this year....before you know it, it will be time to pack it all away again...I miss my snowman collection this year!
My sister and neices are coming for a visit, they arrived the day we got one more busy week, and then Friday and Saturday quiet, calm before I go back to work on January 5...ahhhhh!
Hope your holiday was happy and merry!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

What have you done?

Saw this on Sandi Keene and Roben-Marie's blog and thought it was very interesting. You copy the list and bold the ones that you have done. Let me know if you do this, I would like to see your lists.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I'm sitting here drinking my pumpkin spice latte...done with the decorating, just have to carve the pumpkin...20 bags of candy are ready to go...dinner is planned (General Tso's chicken and lo mein - homemade). I told you I would get it all done -- just before the lid of the box closes, I'm jumping in ... I won't be late to my own funeral, I'll get there just in time! LOL!

Tomorrow I'm going shopping with my mom and Caitie (my neice) to get a dress for my cousin's wedding on November 15...we'll have some lunch and a nice girl's day. I have Caitie overnight while her mom goes to yet another wedding...Sunday may be a Costco run.
I'm still checking things off my list, getting the house in order...and I found honey chrisp apples...want to try them after I heard so much about them from Kal Barteski. I think I'll go try one right now!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


This is great -- just about every star under the sun is in it...a great reminder:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Zombie Jar Swap

I finally found a little time to catch up and post my Zombie jar swap pictures! Here's the jar I got:

He's an adorably spooky hand made zombie in green swamp sand complete with fog, a dead looking tree, snakes and rats! Awesome job!
The jar I sent: I found the witch at a cute antiques center in Vermont -- I added some spider webs and little seed type things that look like mini-pumpkins. Then I had to find the jar! I ended up paying $2.58 for a huge jar of pickles at Walmart in Virginia (my Zombie jar is from all over the United States!)...and after fixing it up and realizing its better upside down -- my witch had a home!
Tonight was what I called my "what was in the house dinner" it actually ended up being really awesome! I had some frozen tilapia filets in the freezer, I defrosted...I see-sawed between beer battered and breaded, but ended up opting for a modified Bobby Flay recipe -- grilled with a little olive oil, salt and pepper...and I made a great sauce with leeks, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, white wine (all reduced down by half) then I added some was YUMMY! I also made orzo pasta with spinach in it...and then I used up some pie crust I had in the fridge and a handful of granny smith apples and made a rustic apple pie...Martin never had it soo good! All with "on hand" items!
My goal for this week is to get the house cleaned and organized...Halloween decorations up...the pumpkin carved...and then I can pull out some winter clothes (brrr!) and put away the summer between work and the rest of the laundry, dishes, etc.! Wonder woman cape on - check!
Have a great week!

Friday, October 24, 2008

SO happy its Friday...

The re-building begins! This week marked the start of the rebuilding of Martin's building after the fire last January...the official date was October 22...temporary heat is the first order of business...and then floor joists above him.
I finally joined Facebook -- it is AMAZING to me...all the people I have connected with over the last couple of days...people from high school, my jr. college, fraternity brothers, old work acquaintences and my neighbors!
Tonight I'm going out with two very old friends from high school...Andrea is here from Arkansas to help her father recover from a broken hip and Whitney who I ran into at Brighton and works in NYC, lives in Queens...I'm looking forward to a big margarita and some great catching up! Its funny how the best of friends just pick up from where we left off...its easy and all comes rushing back so quickly!

Saturday we are off to the property upstate to plan our our driveway and where we will put the house footings...with Martin's brother and sister -- hopefully the rain will stay away and we won't get soaked.

Sunday is Elmo's Green Thumb with Caitie! ...even though she tells me she would prefer seeing My Little Pony LOL!

Enjoy the weekend, whatever you are doing!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A pink firetruck?????

While watching the Bonnie Hunt show yesterday, she did a story on the Pink Ribbon Tour...a fireman who has been going cross country with a pink ribboned fire truck and a bunch of guys in pink turnout gear! There are so many wonderful breast cancer awareness activities going on this month...a lot of money is being raised to eradicate the horrible disease which has claimed many friends and loved ones...

Here's another event I ran as the captain of the Power of Pink for Brighton:

Danbury Hospital ran a Health Fair in the mall on October 17 & 18, and we participated in the window contest...we are in the running to win $500 for our charity, the New Milford Hospital Low-cost Mammogram fund. So far, we have approximately $1000 to donate.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Busy October...

Wow, its been a while since I have blogged...its been a really busy month! I drove to Virginia with my mom and neice Caitie a week ago... gasoline was only $2.76 a gallon!

We went to the Berry Farm pumpkin patch...Caitie didn't enjoy the hayride to the patch, but after a while, she warmed up to the animals and both Caitie and Jillian LOVED the corn took a strawberry slurpie to get them out of there!

We also went to the Richmond zoo, its a small zoo, but has an awesome giraffe cage where you can feed also had a great "petting zoo" and the girls enjoyed feeding the "nibblers".

Alexandra has a special attachment to the giraffes...she has loved them since she was a baby...and has a vast collection in her room. We had a near miss...Caitie and Jillian were right up against the fence when a giraffe decided to slurp his long, purple tongue out and just missed licking Caitie and he missed them, I'll never know...but Elizabeth and I laughed and laughed about it...

It was great being back in Central Virginia, I really miss it! I'll be back again some day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


My bestest friend and sister separated at birth Grace completed this "tag" on her site and she tagged me. Now I have to answer the questions and name eight (8) more friends/mates to complete it too.

A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question.

B) Tag eight (8) people to do this quiz

Here goes...

1. How many songs are on your iPod? About 150, I haven't been using it much lately.
2. What music would you want played at your funeral? Ave Maria, it always makes me cry -- and I want people crying at my funeral.
3.What magazines do you have subscriptions to? Creating Keepsakes, Everyday Food, Cuisine at Home (I have eliminated a LOT of my subscriptions lately).
4. What is your favorite scent? I used to love Beautiful, but now I mostly wear Philosophy's Falling in Love.
5. If you had a million dollars that you could only spend on yourself, what would you do with it? I would pay off my house, build my log cabin on our property upstate and help my sisters...I would pay for Creative Escape for next year and go to more scrapping events, with my friend Grace.
6. What is your theme song? Sara, Smile (by Hall & Oates)
7. Do you trust easily? Fairly easily
8. Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think? I try to think first, before acting, but sometimes that doesn't happen.
9. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days? My weight, being so busy
10. Do you have a good body-image? No, I'm the fattest I have ever been currently.
11. Is being tagged fun? Yes!
12. How do you spend your social networking (Facebook, etc.) time? IMing with Grace and my sister, reading blogs (I have an "everyday" list).
13. What have you been seriously addicted to lately? Greek food like salads, gyros and pizza
14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is? Very sweet, caring, and generally overall a good person...we have very similar family lives.
15. What’s the last song that got stuck in your head? You spin me right round (baby, like a record) by Dead or Alive (
16.What’s your favorite item of clothing? I love my houndstooth coat
17. Do you think Rice Crispies are yummy? Not as a cereal, I'm not a big cereal eater, but I like the rice crispie treats.
18. What would you do if you see saw $100 lying on the ground? Right now I'm so broke, I would probably pick it up and go buy groceries with it or buy gasoline with it...
19. What items could you not go without during the day? Bare Essentials makeup, if I'm going out -- otherwise I work at home, and live in my PJs.
20. What should you be doing right now? Working, but I'm blogging and listening to the presidential debate.

8 mates: Cindy Liebel, Monique McLean, Penny Maggio, Sally Lynn McDonald, Grace/Sandi have already been tagged, and the rest of my friends are not bloggers....

Monday, September 29, 2008

Twilight the movie preview and POP pictures

I found this picture of Robert Pattinson, the actor playing Edward in the Twilight movie (based on the amazing Stephenie Meyers series of books), on Perez Hilton tonight...I think he's got it nailed! Here's another great site for movie trailors, etc.

I am also including some pictures of the Power of Pink breakfast I threw at the Brighton Collectibles store in Danbury this past was a great success!



Thursday, September 25, 2008

The return of Survivor (Gabon) and awesome Bob!

I don't watch many reality shows...I'm more of a CSI, Entourage, 90210 (I know...don't judge, I'm re-living my youth) and Project Runway (ok, maybe this is a little reality-ish) type of gal. But I have watched Survivor since the first season -- when an alliance was something Richard Hatch dreamt up to stay in the game...the two-hour premiere was great! There is an awesome "cast of characters" this season. I can't really pick the front runner yet...but the older, nerdy Physics teacher (complete with bow tie) Bob is amazing! He knows how to make, do and figure out the best way to do everything so far! He's a real leader of his team... Go Bob!

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Sweet and Sinister Swap Received from my partner Debbie!

I just went to the front door to check to see if any packages have arrived (I'm always ordering stuff online) and I was surprised to see my Artsy Mama's Sweet and Sinister Swap package from my partner Debbie from Richmond, VA.

Note: You can click on the photo to see it larger.

It was an awesome package full of buttons, trims, decoupaged boxes, tags, some snowmen (I collect them), some coffee themed items (candle, soap, lip balm), a black crow, candy and tons of black and white (with a little orange thrown in).

I love everything! Debbie, I'm going to be visiting Richmond in the next month or two, I would love to meet for coffee or something!

Out for a Sunday drive...and stopping at all those places we always wanted to...

On Sunday we got in the Yaris, filled up with gas, and just drove up Route 22 North...stopping at all of the little antique and junk shops we said we always wanted to stop at...the first place was closest to my house in Patterson, NY -- Fanny Doolittles had AWESOME Halloween stuff, very cute:

Then we kept driving and passed the Big Moose Deli...I slept part of the way in the car and we happened to end up in Bennington, Vermont (about 2 hours from our house, Martin loves to drive) at this ADORABLE Camelot Village:
They had tons of collectible glass, dishes, old postcards, old buttons, books, telephones, phonographs, records, you name it! It reminded me of a big indoor flea market -- I had to call Grace right away! Telephone reception was terrible because we were in the mountains and around the ski areas -- but I finally got a text through to her! I got the bowl of buttons below for $3, there are some really awesome ones in the bag. I also got the stuff for my Zombie Jar Swap -- I can't picture it here until after the swap is sent/received -- I don't want to ruin it for my swap partner who I know has been on my blog!

We drove all the way there on Route 22 North and came home on Route 7 South, through Danbury, CT -- stopping at Panchos and Gringos on the way home for dinner, since it was 7:30pm and we were STARVING! It was a great, unplanned day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Starbucks Sleeve Mini Album

Here are pictures from my latest class project a Starbucks sleeve album (designed by Wilna Furstenberg for SIStv). I finished this in about an hour -- added an extra section so that I had some more pages. This was so much fun and easy to do! I had some Basic Grey Cupcake line paper, so I used the sprinkles from that on the inside covers. The stick pin and beads on the cover holding the rick rack in place is from Stampin' Up!

I can't wait to add photos and journaling and maybe even make another one! Enjoy today!

Cupcakes and Coffee - Starbucks Mini album

Here are pictures of my Starbucks cup mini-album I created today -- its such a cute little was fun to make. I can't wait to put some pictures and journaling in it!

I can't wait to see what the next project is in my "Cupcakes & Coffee" online class by SIStv!