Sunday, August 14, 2011

All good things must come to an end....

I have one week left of being unemployed.  I was offered a short-term assignment for a company who needs someone to fill in while their regular person is on a medical leave.  I am glad to be going back to work since I really like to spend money!!!  Although, I really like staying home, too.  But, since I need to feed my habit of buying crafty items, I guess having a paycheck will help to feed my habit.

I am very excited to start this new chapter.  The hiring manager is letting me work flex hours.  I have worked a 6-3 shift for 20 years and I don't think I could adjust to working a regular 8-5 job.  I tried a few years ago and was miserable.

I have pretty much figured out what items I want to make for my church's craft fair in October.  Now I need to start making my items to sell.  The hard part for this little venture is determining how many of each item to make.  I have no idea what will and won't sell.  So, I think I will stick to about 6 of each item, since I have so many different things and then take orders if I run out.  My last small dilemma is trying to figure out the best way to show my items.  I'm seriously thinking about buying a Clip It Up unit to use as a display, that way customers can see my cards and then if they would like to purchase one, I can pull from stock.  I'm still mulling all of this over.  I want people to be able to see what I'm selling, but want it to be organized as well.  Most of my stuff will be cards, but I have a few home dec items as well.  Last year's craft show was very successful, they have moved it to a larger room and are expecting more people.  This is the first time I have ever done anything like this, so hopefully the day will be a success.

Well, I'm off to start working on my cards.  I have lots to make and not a lot of time now that I will be working full-time again.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Getting Organized

My room makeover is nearly finished.  I got my pink chandelier hung and working.  This is probably my favorite thing in my room (next to my pink chairs).

I am almost finished converting my wood-mounted stamps to cling.  I had over 80 sets to convert.  I have 35 sets left to convert.  It will still take me a little while to get it all done, but The stacks are getting shorter.  Once I have everything converted and placed where I want them, I will post pictures.

Being home full time allows me to spend just a little more time working on these things.  I'm still looking for employment and I'm trying to learn a new programming language as well as a new application.  So, I spend most of my time working on these 3 things in the morning and part of the afternoon.  Then I allow myself to play from about 1pm on.  Last time I was unemployed, I spent all of my time volunteering at a local hospital and was also on the volunteer board there.  But my health got in the way of volunteering, so I had to step down.  I could go back, but I have a lot on my plate right now, so I'm going to concentrate on my current activities first.

Hope everyone has a nice Sunday.  


Monday, August 1, 2011

I love the World Wide Web

You can find so many awesome things on the world wide web.  I find so many talented designers and crafters by searching blogs.  I learned about a really kewl new tool called the Envelobox Creator.  You can find it on the Crafter's Companion blog.  There are times when I make a bigger card and the cricut just can't cut the size of envelope I need.  I don't think I would have that problem with this handy tool.  You should go check it out.

In the meantime, I am no longer employed, so while I search for a new job, I will be able to spend more time in my craftroom getting more organization done.  I have also decided to work on some of my cards and home dec items to sell at my church's 2nd annual craft show this fall.  I have had too many people tell me I need to sell my stuff, so this is my opportunity to see what kind of response I get.

I can't believe this is the first day of August.  My son starts 2nd grade in 22 days.  I'm trying to figure out where the time keeps going.  I keep trying to slow down and the world keeps getting faster and faster.  Hopefully this school year will be better than last year.  The "boy" had his teacher's number and knew how to push all of her buttons, which he did on a regular basis.  The last half of the year was a little trying since she just didn't know how to handle him (nothing like getting a brand new teacher who is still wet behind the ears).  I can only hope for a more seasoned teacher who won't allow him to push buttons.  We shall see.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Final Card for Card Camp

Well, this is the last card I'll be submitting for the online card camp.  We are in the final week.  I have had fun with this class and learned a few new tricks along the way.  I also found several new blogs to follow.  So many uber-talented ladies taking this class.  What an inspiration.  Here is my 2nd card:

I beleive the stamp is from Hero Arts, but I can't remember.  The cardstock is Bazzill Bling- I LOVE the Bling cardstock.  Thanks for looking.

Week 4 Card Camp

Can this week really be the final week of the online Card Camp?  Where has the time gone?  I must say, I'm proud of myself for actually submitting at least one card each week.  I've taken a few online classes in the past and never submitted anything, just worked on my lessons on my own.  I created 2 cards this week.  I had to dust off some of my stamps.  When I saw the colors, I new immediately one card I wanted to make and the stamp is one of the very first stamps I ever bought.  Here are this week's colors:
These are some of my all time favorite colors.  Having just returned from Hawaii, I thought of the ocean and array of these colors in the water and sky. 

I really dug into my stash and used SU cardstock as well as the stamps.  I had issues stamping the large background stamp.  My hands just weren't working too well this week, but I'm still happy with the result.  Thanks for looking.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Week 3: Online Card Camp - 2nd Card Entry

Here is the 2nd card I created for Week 3's Online Card Camp:

Cardstock: SU Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Crumb Cake, Creamy Vanilla
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: SU eyelets in burgandy, water  color pencils, then blended with a blender pen
Stamp Sets: SU Fun Filled and Background Basics

Week 3: Online Card Camp - 1st Card Entry

I am half way through the online card camp.  This camp has been a lot of fun for me.  I was able to complete 2 cards this week.  I actually sketched out 5 ideas from existing cards I have made, but decided to save the others to see if they would work for next week.  Here are this week's colors:

Taupe, Brown, Chocolate, Red and a neutral like White or Cream.  Here is my first card.

Cardstock: SU Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Real Red and Sahara Sand
Stamps are by Deadbeat Designs and Texana Designs
Ink is from SU: Chocolate Chip and Real Red
Ribbon is from my stash.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Flying Unicorn Blog Hop Grand Prize Winner Announced

I participated in a blog hop last weekend with the Flying Unicorn.  The grand prize was a Silhouette SD.  The winner was drawn today.  Congratulations go to Amanda!  She is one lucky gal!  All of the participants and creative team had such a good time throughout the week and seeing everyone's projects.  If you get a chance, go check out the Flying Unicorn.  Ms. Alda's store is amazing and she has really great monthly kits.

In the meantime... I am still waiting to hear back on the status of the job I interviewed for.  Hopefully I will know something this week.  God willing, this will be good news.  I could really use it.  I also keep praying for peace in my head as the waiting is really testing me.

I have been busy overhauling my craft room.  I don't want to post pictures yet as I am waiting for a big item to arrive.  It won't get here until August.  By then, I should have almost everything done.  I love the way it is turning out and love being in here.  Since it is the breakfast nook, it is basically in my kitchen which keeps me near my family.

I have Week 3 of my online card camp getting ready to start.  Hopefully I will be able to come up with something creative.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer Card Camp - Week 2

I guess there is something to be said for having insomnia... I was on my laptop when the new colors came in for the Card Camp I am taking.

I love this color combo, too.  Even more so because I had made a card yesterday using these colors.  I was missing the dark green, so I added another strip of ribbon to finish it off.  Its a very simple card, but these days with everything that I have going on, simple gets the job done.  Here is my card:

All of the paper and stamps are Stampin' Up (as well as the light green ribbon).  The dark green ribbon is from DCWV that I have had in my stash for years and years.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Busy, busy weekend

I have had a really awesome weekend (so far).  I participated in the "Shimmer, Stripes & Shine - CT & Members Unite Blog Hop" at the Flying Unicorn.  The design team is wicked talented.  I was blown away by their entries.  The grand prize for this hop is a SILHOUETTE SD.  I love to read through blog hops, but many of them have so many hops and I run out of time to really participate.  This hop was the perfect size and there was eye candy galore.  My entry for this hop is so simple compared to the other entries, but it is "all me" and I am happy with the results.

To be qualified to win the Silhouette, we were asked to create something that inspired us (could be anything). It has to have some shimmer, strips and shine.  I re-purposed some chipboard letter canisters and made them holders for my Viva Pearl Pens since I now have quite a few of them.  Here is what they looked like before I got my hands on them.

I decided to make my "stripes" by added 3 different pieces of cardstock to the cans.  I took a sheet of white cardstock, flood filled it with hot pink ink on my Imagine, then I went back and used 2 different images from the Teresa Collins Black and White Imagine Cartridge.  I repeated this again on white cardstock (no color).  Then I modge podged my layers onto the can.  I did find out that printed paper from the Imagine and Modge Podge don't play real well in the same sandbox (my color started bleeding a little bit), but I was able to work around it.  I should have used vinyl, but I didn't have enough and didn't really want to drive all over town to find some.  Here is my finished product:

The cans are a little taller than the pens, so I took some empty SU containers and put them in the bottom so the pens show just a bit.  I also put a dot of color on top of the lid so I know what color I'm grabbing.  I am slowly converting my craft room to pink and black with flourishes, crowns and chadeliers, so I felt that these holders fit in with the decor very well.

I need to work on some b-day cards tomorrow (so glad it a long weekend) and get ready for Week 2 of my Summer Card Camp.  So many projects to do and not enough time to do them!  Happy 4th.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Amazing Talent

WOWZERS!!! I have been looking at a lot of the entries in the Week 1 Student Gallery for the online card class I'm taking.  There are some extremely talented crafters.  I can only hope to be as creative as these ladies (not sure if there are any gentlemen students).  Seeing all these awesome entries makes me long to be in my craftroom playing, but such is life, I have to be at my J-O-B.  One good thing about this class... I'm hoping to make a small dent in all the "stuff" I have accumulated.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm Back from Hawaii and Off To Camp...

...Card Camp that is.  I'm doing another first, I am taking the Online Summer Card Camp 2011 taught by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner.  These ladies as well as all of the students are extremely talented.  I can't wait to spend some time and peruse all of the entries in the Student Gallery.  Here are this week's colors:

We had to use purple, pink, orange, sky blue and white.  Don't these colors just remind you of summer?  My two favorite colors are in this color pallette (purple and pink).

Here is my entry.  It always takes me a while to figure out what I want to do, so it is fairly simple.  The image is a little grainy and I can't figure out why (I think it is the person behind the camera <grin>!).  Thanks for looking.

The card is 5 1/4 x 4 1/2 card.
Cardstock: StampinUp - Bliss Blue, Pixie Pink, White
Printed Paper: left over orange scraps that I have had for several years
Ink: StampinUp - same colors as cardstock and added Lovely Lilac
Stamps: StampinUp Friendly Flowers
Embellishments: Ribbon from my stash and Stickles for a touch of bling

Job Interview

I have been writing about my search for a new job for a few weeks now.  I had 2 interviews with one very small company to be their Executive Admin/Office Manager.  All of the guys in this company were really awesome, but I just didn't think I would be a good fit.  This worked out for the best as they selected someone else for the role.  I know they will be much happier with their new person.  I am so used to working for Fortune 500 companies.  I tried working for a small company after being at Dell and it just wasn't for me.

The Wednesday before I left for Hawaii, I was called by someone at HP for a Portfolio Manager position.  Turns out, this was the position my friend's husband recommended me for and the hiring manager was impressed by my resume.  The person I spoke to was impressed with our conversation and passed on his comments to the hiring manager.  I ended up having a phone interview with her yet that evening in between getting my parents settled and packing to leave the next morning before the birds were even up.  The interview went very well and the hiring manager wanted me to come on-site to meet the executives I would be working with.  While I was on vacation, they scheduled my interview.  I had my interview yesterday (Monday) and it was over 5 hours long.  Throughout my career, I have never really had to interview for the positions I held, so this was a first for me.  It was grueling.  My brain was total mush the last hour and my last interview was with the hiring manager.  She asked some really hard questions and I struggled to answer them.  So I left feeling really unsure about this really awesome opportunity.  She is interviewing a few more people this week and will make her decision and let us know by next week. The wait is causing me to second guess myself, but I know things happen for a reason and God will provide for me.  I'm trying not to get my hopes up, just in case.  The good thing is the all of my other interviews went really well and I felt good about those.  I knew 3 of the 4 interviewers from my past life at Dell.

Now I wait and hope that this is the opportunity for me.  I know I can make a difference on this team and I am so excited about how close this whole organization is.  I picked up on that immediately.  The VP's admin later confirmed how close this organization is.  That is rare.

So, as I wait and pray this is the job for me, I get to spend my next few weeks training the person who will be taking over my job at AMD.  They hired another contractor instead of keeping me.  I don't have very nice thoughts about all of this, so I will need to keep those to myself!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Our 3rd day in Hawaii

African Tulip Tree on the Dole Plantation

We are staying on the North Shore and are about 10 minutes from Haleiwa.  This little town is a very trendy surf and swim town.  I can't wait to really scope it all out and check out the shops.  We tried a pizza place last night and today we went to a tiny hole-in-the-wall bakery that is known for their turkey sandwich.  The pizza was just okay, but those sandwiches and baked goods were really good.  We have all decided to eat out one meal a day and cook at the house the remaining meals to cut down on cost.  So far, our meal really haven't been all that expensive.

Today we went to the Dole Plantation.  It was really interesting to learn how long it takes to actually grow a pineable.  They also grow mangos, sugar cane and various plants.  It was really pretty.  Of course we had to try the pineapple ice cream.  It was good, but I don't think I would want to have it everyday.  I love my Blue Bell Milk Chocolate ice cream.  The rest of the day was spent hanging out at the house.  We are all still trying to acclimated to the time change.  It is really doing a number on me an my son.  Here are some pictures of some from our visit to Dole
FAQs on raising pineapples

Baby red pineapples

Mountain views from train on Dole Plantation

Friday, June 17, 2011

Jet Lagged and Sick Make for the Start of a Great Vacation

Whew, what a week this has been.  Somehow, I ended up working 44 hours in 3 days.  It was crazy and stressful, but I am thankful I was able to get a little OT since I won't get any type of pay for next week at all (as a contractor, I don't get paid if I don't work).  So... long hours for work, then getting up in the middle of the night (2:45am) to leave for Hawaii.  This has now put my body into a total tailspin.  It is 1am Hawaii time and 6am Texas time.  I can't sleep and I feel like I need to stand out in that busy street outside of our rental house and let them run me down.  Let me tell you, this is not a good way to start a vacation. :-(

Thoughts on Hawaii... It is BEAUTIFUL (at least what I have seen), but the traffic is HORRENDOUS.  I honestly think the traffic here is worse than Austin (I didn't think that could ever be possible)!  We are staying in the Honu Hall II house.  I would love to have a beach house like this.  It is a gorgeous house.  If you are interested in staying somewhere in the North Shore, check out this house.  My only complaint about the house is the amenities say there is AC in the house... well, there is and it is nice and cold, but it is only in main part of the house, the bedrooms and bathrooms do not have AC and it is a bit muggy and warm.  This causes one to be just a bit uncomfortable at night when one suffers from really bad night sweats (and feels "icky" all at the same time).

Update on my job hunt... I have had a flurry of activity this week with job opportunities (I am giving all my thanks, glory and praise to my most Awesome Heavenly Father for taking care of me).  I had a second interview with the small software company and met all of the employees (10 total).  WOW! These guys are just fabulous.  They made me laugh, I made them laugh... I felt that it was a successful interview, but just not quite sure that is where I'm supposed to be.

On Wednesday morning a I received a phone call from a manager at HP wanting to pre-screen me for a position for a new team that is really needing help managing their portfolio (all of their projects and the stuff that goes with it).  The gentleman that I spoke to was very impressed and passed this on to the hiring manager and I ended up having a last minute phone interview (that lasted an hour) with the hiring manager.  She wants to bring me on-site to do final interviews with their executive partners.

Later that night I get an email from a good friend who has blasted my resume out to all of her contacts (whom she has thousands), and she told me that her husband's team at HP is also re-visiting my resume and want to bring me in.  She said I should hear from them in the next few days.  This is the one that surprises me most.  The hiring manager for this team saw my resume and wanted to hire me immediately without even talking with me (that never happens to me).  My friend told me that this team brought my resume up again (with a hiring freeze recently put in place) and I should be hearing from someone on this team in the next few days.  This is the position that interests me most.  I'm also wondering if this position and the one I had the phone interview with on Wednesday evening are one in the same, but don't know that for certain.  God is definitely bringing me good, strong leads and giving me the words to be successful when talking to the managers.  I'm also thankful that I'm a computer geek and have a gazillion computers, one of them being a netbook that I was able to easily bring with me so I can stay in touch with everything that is going on with my job search.  I never use this little computer and I think I may just start carting it around since it is so small and light weight.  I have an iPad, but still struggle with how things show up on the screen.

I am now going to go have my morning quiet time since sleep is nowhere to be found.  My brain is having problems shutting down and when this happens, I know I'm up for the long haul.  So I will use this time to read my Bible and give my blessings to the Lord for all that He has given to me.

Thankfully, we have a semi quiet day today as my dad and hubby are going on an all-day deep sea fishing excursion.  I'm glad for this since I am currently awake in the middle of the night and know I will probably need a nap sometime during the day so I can get my body on Hawaii time and hopefully get rid of this cold.  I am hoping to post some pictures while I'm here in this beautiful state.  We have 2 concrete things planned for all of us that should be fun and hopefully picture worthy.  I get so caught up in what I'm seeing, I forget to take pictures until its too late (and I call myself a scrapbooker!). Until next time, Aloha.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

I've Still Got It (I think)

I did it!!! I'm in my small scrap room doing the happy dances of joy!!  I figured out how to add my own blog template.  This took me several trials in photoshop and playing with the code, but it is now done.  I will still probably play with the fonts just a tad, but the hard part is complete and I got everything I wanted except for one small image that I can live without.

This past week has been full of job activity. 
  • I had one interview for a very small company to be their office manager/executive admin/benefits admin/payroll/and everything else.  They have called me back for a second interview which happens on Monday and I get to meet the entire team.  If I were to get offered the job, I would be the only female in the company, which is not a problem.  The few people I met on my first interview were awesome.  It is obvious these guys love their job and enjoy working for this company which is very encouraging.  I do have some concerns, but will wait to see what happens after tomorrow's interview.
  • I was given the name of a person at Dell and she gave me all of their open positions and told me to let her know which ones I was interested in.  I found 4 that matched my skill set and posted for them.  She in turn recommended me for all 4 positions and told me I should be hearing from the hiring managers to come in for interviews.  I would love to go back to Dell.  I worked there for over 12 years and loved it.  Unfortunately, I've been gone too long to be able to go back and get my seniority back, but that's okay.  I'm still waiting to hear back from Dell for interviews.
  • I was told by a friend that her husband gave my resume to his manager for review.  He is on a brand new team at HP and they are still hiring to build up the team.  Apparently his manager was very impressed with my credentials that she wanted it sent to HR for processing to bring me on board.  I have been told that a lot of departments at HP do this (find a good resource, bring them in to talk to them and then hire them on the spot).  I have yet to hear from HP regarding this position and just can't get excited about it because I don't want to be let down if nothing happens.
I'm leaving all of my job hunting in God's hand.  He has a plan for me and He will guide me on what I need to do.  I really want to go back to Dell or go to HP, but this small company may be where I'm supposed to be.  I'm also hoping I don't miss anything regarding job opportunities during the next 2 weeks.  I am leaving for Hawaii this week and will be gone for 10 days.  I have a small netbook that I am seriously considering bringing with me since my phone and iPad don't always get all of my emails.  I really didn't want to bring a computer, but I also don't want to take the chance of missing something important while I'm gone.  I'm even going to forward my home phone to my cell phone just to be on the safe side.  Normally when I'm on vacation, I leave all that behind me, but with the job market the way it is, I can't afford to miss an opportunity, so the netbook is getting lugged with me!

So with all the potential job activity and getting my blog template to work, I haven't really had a chance to work on any tangible crafts.  I have been very busy in my craft room, though.  I have been slowly converting all of my wood stamps (I have hundreds of them), to vinyl cling so I can use them on acrylic blocks.  This will give me quite a bit of extra space in my shelving unit.  I'm working on re-organizing everything and hopefully all of this work will give me just a bit more space.  Not too sure that's a good idea because then I'll just buy more "stuff" and fill it all up.  I tell you, I need to be part of a 12-step program!!!!

It is now time for me to go work on some more "wood stamp converting".  I also need to dig out my suitcase that is completely buried in one of my closets.  I need to measure it to make sure it isn't too big according to the airline luggage guidelines.  I don't want to have to pay extra for large, heavy luggage.  It's bad enough I have to pay $25 just to check luggage.  I'm going to see if I can cram everything in a carry-on, but I'm the ultimate girly-girl and don't think I can do it, but I'm going to try.

I am going to try and keep up with my blog while I'm in Hawaii and hopefully post some of my pictures while I'm there.

You know your getting old when...

...You struggle to decipher blog code so one can make their own template!  I have now spent the better part of two weekends looking at various free blog templates and looking at the code.  I tried creating my own template so I could have everything I liked and wanted.  Did it work?  Well... not yet!  I think I'm starting to figure it all out, but for now, I'm sticking with yet a new free template until I can get mine to work.  In the meantime, I have been able to get a little bit of crafting done, but not as much as I would like.  Thank you to all of these awesome coders providing free templates for those of us who like kewl pages.

I want to thank those of you who are now following me and every one's comments on my banners and pennants entry.  I am now following each of you as well.  I absolutely love the crafting community.  Everyone has such huge hearts, are very complimentary and have such a wealth of knowledge they love to share.

Can we say Yippee-skippee... I got the new pink frames for my imagine yesterday!  They look so much better than those gray ones.  I was playing with my imagine the other day still trying to figure it out and was looking at the sides and thought they looked like they could easily be removed, then not a few hours later, an email came out on the cricut blog saying pink frames were now available, so I jumped on that one before they sold out (woo hoo)!  Now I need to work on cutting out some vinyl bling to make my cricut just a little more personal.  Now if only the new "Black and White" cart would come back in stock, I would be one happy little camper.

I have way too many projects I want to do and just not enough time to do it.  I won't be doing too much this week, as my church is doing VBS and I'm helping out.  It will be interesting to see how they are doing the music this year as we are in 4 different locations in our town and it is all outside (can we say, wowzer, that's going to be hot! Central TX has already reached the high 90's and its still hot at 6pm).  This is a first for our church. We have had VBS at the church with only 30 minutes of outside time.  But we want more of the community kids to come out and participate, so we are going to locations that are convenient for the community.

Well, off to work on one of my many projects and hopefully get a couple of errands ran before it gets too late.  Blessings to all.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My First Project to be Posted!!!

Well, here it goes... I am uploading my very first project which is going to be entered in K Andrew Designs "Simply Sunday Challenge: Banners and Pennants Awesome Giveaways!!!".  This is a week for firsts for me - creating a blog and entering a paper crafting challenge.  I have always been a "lurker" and have decided to step out and participate more.  Check out K's blog here.  She is awesome.  She is such an awesome Woman of God.  She has made a few posts in the past few weeks that really hit home for me and what I was (and still am) dealing with.  So, with that being said, here is my entry for the Banner/Pennant Challenge.
My Title Page with Banners for my next Scrapbook
Up Close view of the Banner
  • I used the new Cricut Imagine Baby Boutique for the Banners and the center frame. The frame is cut in all one piece, I did not break it into layers, but the Monogram is separate.  I just Luhve this cart.
  • The letters were cut with Lyrical Letters
  • My paper is Bazzill cardstock.
I'm still contemplating playing with my blog template some more when I get some extra time.  I'm just not 100% satisfied with it and think I can create something that goes with what I'm wanting.  Right now, I am hot and heavy on a job search.  I was told the company I am working for is going to end my contract at the end of July instead of the end of the year.  I saw it coming, and have been looking for a while, but now I really need to find something before my contract ends, so I don't have to file for unemployment.  The Austin job market still isn't all that great and there are still more people unemployed than employed.  I'm putting all of my trust and faith in God for this one.  He knows where I need to be and will provide for me and my family.  The uncertainty of not knowing "will I or won't I find a job before July" is somewhat stressful.  I have lived through 2 layoffs in the past 4 years, so I can get through this as well.

Thanks for looking. :-)

Monday, May 30, 2011

This blog "stuff" is somewhat challenging!

Whew! I just spent almost all day trying to figure out the code behind my original template.  Being an old web designer, my skills are somewhat rusty and the original template I picked was not being user friendly!  My blog title just would not fit into the area designated for the title and it was all "skewed".  After several hours of "tweaking code", I finally gave up.  I had found another template from a google search that I liked and was able to manipulate that code much easier.  I didn't want to make a whole lot of changes, just some very minor ones.  So, with that being said, I now have a new template for now, (I may change it yet again so I can have everything that I want!).  This template will get me through a project I am working on, which will be posted in a few days.  I see how this can consume one's time!

Newbie to Blogging!

Well, I finally did it.  I broke down and created my own blog (please bear with me as the site layout is still a work in progress).  I am an avid blog reader for crafters and have learned so much from this immensly talented group of people.

I still haven't quite figured out how I'm going to utilize this blog.  I know there will be some scrapbooking and card making layouts posted as well as links to other fabulous creations that I find.

Thank you to Leelou Blogs for providing awesome free templates.  You can see all her free creations here.

Well, that's about all for my first entry.  I will be posting another entry in a day or so as I work on a project.