Monday, November 17, 2008

Custom Placecard Order, Leavenworth Trip, and still no Christmas Cards?!

Aaah yes... I have taken several days off again... which inadvertantly turned into another two weeks!? I am sorry... I don't even have a good excuse or a busy schedule to blame... I was fighting off a sinus deal - and that was wiping me out - but I am on the other side of it I think... so I will do my best to not only FINALLY update this Playlist to the left, but I will also try to be back at posting on a more regular basis... because, well - I know you all missed me! Even if you don't say it - or leave me Blog Smack... I know you love me! LOL! In fact, I know Christina and Denice love me tons because they BOTH gave me Blog Awards last week! Thank you girlies! So sweet!

I have been working on a Custom Thanksgiving Placecard order today and that has been super fun! It has also reminded me that I have, in fact, not yet done my OWN Thanksgiving Placecards and I need to get those done asap!? This is a sample of what I am working on...

Dave and I had a WONDERFUL weekend away with two other couples in Leavenworth! We normally go with the Gibsons and the Joneses to Leavenworth in October... that is when the colors are at their best... but even though the colors were fading and the weather was crisper - we still managed to have an incredible time with lots of laughter, games, fun, food, walking, shopping, praying, sharing... what's not to love, people?! Here are a few shots from our weekend!

I really do need to get back to my scrapbook area SOON... I have my Scrap Happy Crop night this week and that will help get me feeling creative again - which should translate into FINALLY getting some more Christmas Cards done and maybe a flip book or two to list?! I still have stacks of Coaster Chipboards that I need to make some Christmas Mini's out of too... not to mention some gifts to make and hopefully more custom orders to fill in the next few days!? Whew?! See... this is why I have not gone downstairs in awhile?! (Well - this long list of things that need to be done - and the fact that Michele keeps kicking my butt in our weekly SparkPeople challenges of Squats, Crunches, and Push Ups... I am not associating my Scrapbook area with pain - severe PAIN - and am apparently avoiding it now at all costs?! Gee - thanks Michele?! That's nice... LOL!

On to my Blog Awards and Sharing the Love...
First off - my first ever Blog Award was given to me by Christina - a fellow Scrapper, Stamper, and Sparker!!! She can be found here:

She gave me this Award:

So Sweet!

The rules for the Encouraged Blogger Award are as follows:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

My Nominees:

OK - so here goes... people/blogs who Encourage and Inspire me:
Kris Vallotton - I love this guy! He is awesome - and his books are powerful. We heard him speak over the summer and I LOVE his transparency and love for God and for truth! He definitely inspires and encourages me! ( )

Kim Hughes - She is AMAZINGLY talented and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE her Blog... not to mention her Stamps and all her Craftiness on Display!!! ( )

Max Lucado - Another powerful man of God who inspires me all the time! I love his writing style and his ability to paint a picture with words and stir your heart at the same time! What a Gift! Enjoy! ( )

Alicia Britt Chole - Alicia is amazing - and has the same gift that Max does! In fact, she has been referred to as the Female Max Lucado! (Nice! That's what I want to be called!!!) ( )

The Shack - this book is amazing and the forums are super fun... * Te forum is currently over loaded - so I will post Paul Youngs' blog for now! ( )

NEXT UP my friend Denice awarded me with this little beauty:
The Rules for this one:

List 6 things you value, six you don't, and six receivers.

Things I value:
1. Papa... well - The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost - you just can't beat those guys!
2. My family... my Husband ROCKS and my daughter is such a joy! (Oh yeah - and the rest of the extended families as well! I am blessed!)
3. My Friends... while I am not a phone person - I am all about talking and connecting over coffee or even online... I cherish my friendships and value them immensely!
4. My Freedom... so many little things we can take for granted - and yet I am so thankful for hte freedom to do even that!
5. Honesty/Transparency... I am a very discerning person - and I love and value honesty and the ability to be real - to be 'you' wherever you are!
6. The Written Word... the Bible of course, but just books in general... I LOVE to read and value a well structured sentence, or a paragraph that comes with it's own soundtrack in your mind! I love a book that I want to read over and over again!

Things I do not value:
1. Lying/Deception
2. Selfishness
3. Feral cats (good one Denice! Ill keep it - Kinda... how about SPRAYING cats?! Ugh?! LOL!)
4. Constant Negativity
5. Cutting people off in traffic in general (Specifically cutting people off in School Parking Lots?!)
6. People not RSVPing

My six receivers are:
1. Kim Niles - While she is not wordy on her Blog, her art is so whimsical and fun - you can't help but smile when looking at her artwork! ( )
2 Darcie - While she 'encourages' me all the time (and by encourage I mean Smack Talk), she always cracks me up and she is Oober Creative!) ( )
3 Natalie - Natalie is amazingly talented in all things period! She is a writer, a scrapper, a Mom, and Wife, she does lots of crafty things and is SUPER organized... she has a love for all things recorded and put in Notebooks! ( )
4 Corinna - Amazingly Creative... honest and fun... ( )
5 Kim Hughes - OMG... you will LOVE her!!! ( )
6 Pursuit of Craftyness Team - Seriously - you will want to make stuff!!! )
Have fun Blog Stalking...
Scrap Happy!


Michele said...

hehehehe, well obviously you are not putting your time away from your crafting to good use if you STILL can't kick my bootie!! ROFL! Did you see all the pages I got done this week INCLUDING 500+ wall pushups?! LOL Sorry girl, better luck this week. Hope you started! hehehe

Love the placecards! And thanks for reminding me that I did want to do those coaster postcard holders for my DS's teachers.

Christina said...

OHH so pretty the pics. And you're looking good!But you aren't wearing your nifty striped shorts!

Pam said...

Wow- can I just say what a talented photographer you are? I am just in awe of the beauty in those pictures you took! Thanks for sharing those pics! And congrats on the blog awards- you are extremely creative, encouraging, and inspiring- you SO deserve them!! WTG!

Denice aka Dedelicious said...

As beautiful as these photos are, I bet they don't do Levenworth as much justice as the eye can! Good to hear you had a wonderful weekend!

2 awards!!! They are both well deserved, you are both creative and them proudly :)

na said...

Your getaway looks amazing! So pretty!

Thank you so much for your kind words...