Wednesday, April 12, 2006

New layouts, Thanks Jen, MMM

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These are those girlie layouts I was talking about my last couple posts, My DT stuff for LRS's April kit. This by far was my favorite kit :) and YAY I finally got to scrap girlie. Look how beautiful Addie is in these pictures, Jen you are so Lucky ;) (I said it before and I will say it again, I WANT A GIRL lol) Jen also takes AMAZING pictures. I can't wait to scrap little Miss Addie again.

So I have decided that I am going to give MMM a try. A few people have told me that MM is more my style, it seems easy enough, only 5 layouts (not 12 lol where I am killing myself to be creative, but really wanting to jam my paper piercer through my eye... *blush* sorry ;) I LOVE this magazine too, so much inspiration. I also have myself an AWESOME MMM buddy, I can't wait to get started. I posted a thread in the pub about what everyones favorite Decor magazines are for inspiration, I got so many replies for awesome magazines. I Picked up one at walmart and sketched 12 layouts from it. I can't wait to work on them. I am also 4 days behind now on the layout a day challenge for the month of April so I need to get a move on it.

Alright well I have a page kit to finish for ebay so I better get back to that. TTYAL

Nikki

Sunday, April 9, 2006

Coffee, who has the coffee?

I DO lol, I am so not a coffee drinker but I was up really early into the morning working on layouts, I have one card left to make for my assignments for LRS and I am done YAY. I had the best time yesterday and last night scrapbooking, it's been a really long time since I have been able to just sit here all day (I did stop to clean the house twice lol, and help the boys with a couple things but other than that Dustin had it all taken care of) And can I just say that it has been a long time since I have been proud of the work I have done, but the layouts I got done last night, WOW! I love them all! (if you know me, you know this is so NOT me, I normally whine about hating them lol). I did ALL girly layouts and it felt so good! I wish I had a girl so bad lol. Little Addie will have to do for now :), she is so darn precious and so much fun to scrap! Jen I really hope you like the way these came out, I know my style is a bit BUSY lol.

Yawn, lol I have yawned four times since starting this post, I am sooooooooo tired but I just have to get this finished and turned in :) Okay well I am going to get back to finishing this card. As soon as everyones LRS stuff is uploaded to the gallery I will post my stuff here for you all to see :) This kit was by far my favorite so far. I LOVE working with chatterbox, it comes so easy for me to Create with it.

Okay TTYAS :) and have an awesome day today!

Nikki

Friday, April 7, 2006

Up late tonight scrapbooking :)

YAY, I finished my two kits for ebay so now I get to scrapbook. I am working on another layout for LRS DT using the amazing April kit. It is such a Gorgeous kit, it's CHATTERBOX baby :) I finally get to scrap girlie pages. I got a few amazing pictures from my friend Jen (Hi Jen) of her Daughter Addie, what is awesome is these pictures match so good with the colors in this kit. I had so much fun working on the journaling part with Jen too. I just hope I can do these amazing pictures Justice, with my scrapbooking and I can't wait to see how my "Girlie" layouts come out lol. I will be scrapbooking all weekend and I can't wait :), i have a couple assignments to work on and finish my LRS DT kit stuff.

Dustin has been good watching the boys while I work too, he has been playing video games with them, watching movies (Austin watched Ghostbusters for the first time this week and he loved it ) building towers and ships with the mega blocks, coloring, we ALL love coloring, it's so cute to, the four of us all spread out on the floor, a pile of crayons in front of us. I took some pictures of D and Aidan coloring.

I downloaded some new covers John Mayer did to my Itunes tonight, oooo and I also got his newest song (it's not out yet, he just played it for the first time at the Tempe concert in AZ this past weekend) "Waiting on the world", It's amazing!

Okay well I better get back to my scrapbooking :)

Lata :)

Nikki

Thursday, April 6, 2006

New layouts, John Mayer :)

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So did you notice (lol look I am talking like people actually read my blog LOL, Hi 2 people who read my BlOG) I added an MP3 player to my blog that plays only John Mayer :) And not only John Mayer but these are special songs...

* Man on the side- (This song is so beautiful and if you have the "Any given Thursday live" DVD or CD you will know it only this is not a live version

* Daughters- A version I bet you have not heard yet (If you know John he does a ton of different versions of each of his songs, you can find alot of them if you do a search)

* Sucker- This is a great love song, very cute and funny

* Your body is a wonderland- Another version I bet you have not heard.

* Old love- This is a Cover he did of Eric Claptons song.

* Untitled Demo (He wrote in 1999)- This song was a Christmas Gift from John to all us fans who chat on his blog. Thanks again John, I love it!

* Patience- Guns and Roses cover, John sings, I LOVE this one.

I hope you like them as much as I do, I know alot of people visit my myspace page daily just to listen to this so I thought I would share it hear to for all the John Mayer fans like me. Oh and Johns new CD "Continuum" will be out soon enough, He has been working hard on it :) I CAN NOT WAIT! LOVE me some John Mayer Music.

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Okay here are a couple layouts I made this past weekend for the Two Peas Pub layout a day challenge. I have not been able to post the rest because they are all DT assignments, I will post them when I can :) Here are the two I can post from this past weekend...

* Grrr that's what a dinosaur says

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* A boy and his Dad

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Okay well I am off to finish a layout and add a couple more blog links here on my blog, TTYAS

Nikki

Life lesson from Maya

Todays blog post is going to be a few quotes from my all time favorite Poet ever ~Maya Angelou~. I have been a HUGE fan since I was younger (we are talking 4th grade and me discovering this wonderfully talented woman! In my Highschool Drama class we were suppose to do solo sessions on the stage in front of the class, When It was my turn I taught the class a little something about a Woman ;) ...

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,They think I'm telling lies.
I say,It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.

I walk into a room Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees.
I say, It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman,That's me.

Men themselves have wondered What they see in me.
They try so much But they can't touch My inner mystery.
When I try to show them They say they still can't see.
I say,It's in the arch of my back,The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,The grace of my style.
I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.

Now you understand Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing It ought to make you proud.
I say,It's in the click of my heels,The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,The need of my care,

'Cause I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.
~Maya Angelou~

Now this is what Maya and her amazing words do to me, when you hear or read something so amazing, so intense, You get a feeling for it, Maya has always had an affect on me, what might that be? Well I can relate to it, so much so that everything she says (that I read or hear) gives me these chills, hair standing up on the back of my neck, tears in my eyes, I feel it, I get it! It's me! She speaks from the heart, she speaks what most feel. She is amazing! She is phenomenal.

(My mother sent these to me last year, knowing how much I love Maya, Thanks MOM)

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an Open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

These are words to live by ladies! Okay I have lots of work to do today so I have to go, I leave you with a few more Amzing Maya quotes, think of them as food for thought, if you have a favorite Maya quote please leave me a comment with it, I would love to read it :)

Have a great day :)

Nikki

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.”

"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

“this is my life. it is my one time to be me. i want to experience every good thing.”

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

"All great achievements require time.”

“Each of us has the right and the responsibility to asses the road which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the feature road looms ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting-inviting, then we need to gather our resolve and carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that one as well.”

"love life, engage in it, give it all you've got. love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it”

"You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise.... Maya Angelou"

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Pain, work and Ladder 49

I just finished watching the movie Ladder 49 with Dustin. WOW! This movie was so good! I cried like a baby! If you have not seen this movie, you need to rush out and rent it! It is on my "to buy" list! VERY GOOD!

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*Life*
I have had this very strong pain in my back (mid right side, close to my spine) for two days. It was so bad yesterday, I thought it could be a number of things (you know when something is wrong and your mind is racing with all the bad thoughts, this was me yesterday), D got so tired of hearing me whine about it that he went and got me some Bengay lol. It took the pain away and felt so good. I woke up this morning with less pain, but it was still hurting. I applied Bengay a few more times today and as I sit here tonight in this chair before I go to bed, It still feels a little sore but alot better! It now feels like a muscle that got streached to much. I am hoping that is all it is and that is fully gone soon.

*scrapbooking*
I have been working hard on page kits for ebay. With me being the only one working now, we really need this help. I enjoy it but honestly I wish I could be working on layouts lol. I did complete two layouts this weekend. I received my LRS Kit today for April and I have to say this kit is GORGEOUS! I will post pictures of the kit contents tomorrow. I am so excited to get started with this!You know my secret toot I posted about a few days ago, well that package should be here soon too, I can't wait to get started with that, I am soooooooo excited!

*Misc*
Well I had so many other things to talk about but I am so tired now lol, it is 2am and I should probably get to bed now. Oooooo I need to remember to post about Chloe and the kitten she had tonight, Sad story but we did get a precious little kitten out of it that we named "Oreo" , I'll post about it when I get up and post a picture of our newest family member :)

Night,

Nikki