Bio & Headshot

Well Hello there! If you've stumbled your way to this blog WELCOME! I'm a widwestern gal who is darn crafty. I love taking all kinds of pictures,  but taking funny ones of myself are my favourite. I am a t.v. and movie addict who can remeber all kinds of movie history, actors names, dates and trivia, however, I cannot seem to remember where I put my purse, keys and sometimes my children! 

To learn more about me you can get a backstage tour by clicking on the different links and visiting the bio/headshot area.


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Baby it's cold outside!

We got our first snow this weekend...  4 inches, just enough to have to shovel. It's also FREEZING!

I spent the weekend inside sewing I am going to take the photos today and hope to have them up this week.

I do have one last project that I completed after the cleanup. As I look at this I know this for us means spring. Ella's birthday is in April... looking outside and then looking at this....those are going to be a long 4 months!


My house is a mess, I started decorating and then decided to do the trunk show so there are Christmas boxes everywhere and one of two trees is up. Hopefully I can complete something this week!

I really want to deck my halls like I did for Thanksgiving so that will be my weekend project.

How bout you?

Is your tree up? Halls decked?

 You may have noticed my side bar has some new buttons to visit. The Brave Girl button is a online camp that I am going to attend starting in January. There is also a daily blog as well that I am just loving and find very uplifting and motivational. You can check out the camp video here.



This Magic Moment

In the midst of the cleanup I came across a box of layouts that I had labeled works in progress.

What that means is I had pulled together the paper and the pictures to be scrapped and whenever the crafting bug hits I would pull one out and it would be ready to go.

Unfortunately I did this a lot because this was a rather large box.

Inside this box I found a little gem.

 This is Jeremy at the age of 5. I took this on our way to see the first Harry Potter movie.

He's so little he still has his baby teeth. He's holding up the movie ticket I bought in advance. I know that ticket is somewhere in this house and when I find it I'm going to add it to this...

The items I had originally pulled together for this were a birthday card with Harry on it, but when I took it out I realized grandma had given it to him and her signature was on it so I decided not to use and instead found this paper at the Archiver's.

 I also need to add the journaling. We went with my mom. He was so excited. You can't see it in the photo, but he does have the lightning bolt on his forehead, grandma drew it on him. He's wearing the only wizard kind of outfit we could find. The whole Harry Potter craze had not hit yet so the real costume was not available, but I did manage to find a t-shirt and he is wearing that.

He literally sat on the edge of his seat the entire movie. I also remember watching the first movie and was in love with the creativity of this woman. I had not read any of the books so the movie was for us  the first experience we had with the Harry Potter world.

I said to Brad last night as we were looking at this layout " Where did that little boy go?"

and Brad said " OhDi, he's still in there, but he's a teenager now."

And I couldn't help but think of Harry and his magical invisible cloak....

and that Jer, just like Harry had to grow up sometime...

 and instead of an invisible cloak he is wearing the cloak of teenage hood.

I've been working hard on the convertables I have a trunk show on Thursday. I am hoping to have one of each up on Etsy by Monday.....

It's snowing here.....

A great day to light the fire place and sew!



Have you ever watched this show?

I admit I am totally addicted to "train wreck" T.V.

Every time I watch it I just want to give everything in my house away and start all over.

You may remeber I talked about an excavation of my scrapbook room?

Well, I am happy to say it has happened.

I have purged and let go of alot of supplies I had out grown, but was just hoarding.

It's hard for me not to just collect the supplies. I have good intentions when I purchase them, but then don't always get around to actually doing the project.

So, that will have to be a goal for the new year ... buy for only one project at a time.

Some of you reading this I'm sure are cracking up at the thought of me really doing that...

A girl can try....

So after all that cleaning, I am happy to say my creative juices were flowing and without purchasing a thing was able to decorate our home for Thanksgiving!





But the best part of this years Thanksgiving.....

 This girl came to town!

and might be coming back again soon!


I got the music in me!

Music has always been my refuge.

Growing up I spent many hours alone in my room, singing to the mirror.

Nowadays, I sing alone...

but in my car!

As a teenager music and performing in musicals helped me to have an identity.

It gave me confidence.

Music can transport you.

Every song on the soundtrack of the blog has some sort of meaning for me.

Music can be the way someone expresses their feelings to someone.

Did you ever make a mixed tape for someone?

Or receive a mixed tape?

These days you can even use music in your greeting cards.

Do you have a certain songs that take you back in time?

Hearing  Donna Summer's Dim All the Lights and I am right back in my best friends bedroom,

sitting on her water bed watching her belt it out into a hairbrush.

Or Cheap Trick's I want you to Want Me and I see myself at the local pool

in a Loop t-shirt hanging with friends.

The Wanderer by Dell Shannon and  instantly  I see my mom dancing and singing to in the kitchen.

That is why I love Glee so much..

I love how they just burst into song, walking down the hallway.

Every song is matched so perfectly.

I don't know about you , but I think it would be kinda neat to see someone walking through the grocery store a pasta aisle singing That's Amore!

Very recently music helped me thrrough a really hard 6 months.

Every day on the way to the gym I listened to and sang music in my car.

I could fill my head with lyrics that helped to motivate and encourage me.

Which leads me to how I fell in love with spinning.

Once I got over the physical diffuculty of it,

I started to notice what an effect the music had on me as well.


The music sometimes made the difference between finishing a class or not.

Songs that when your legs are on fire you find the strength to keep on pushing.

Recently I have been asked to be a fill in instructor.


The best part?

I get to make and choreograph my own spin playlist.

Spinning has also changed how I listen to music.

Now when listening to music I'm always thinking ... Is this song is spinnable?

Driving in the car the kids keep saying to me "Your doing it again".

Apparantly I am moving to the music in the car like I would on the bike. 


As we head off into the weekend think about those days of mixed tapes.

What songs did you choose, which songs were chosen for you?

Grab your hairbrush

make a new playlist on your ipod

and turn up the volume

not on just the music

but life!

A little side note...

As I write this I can't help but think of the song lyrics...

How do you like me now?

Shawn my blog designer really hooked me up for Halloween,

I just love it!

Thanks Shawn!