Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
Here are two layouts I created using the gorgeous 'Twilight' collection from Pink Paislee. I only have a few scraps left now after creating the banner and these layouts.

It's been a crazy week around here. Kenny was sick on Monday and Tuesday and come to fnd out that he has shingles! They are all over his neck as well as inside his mouth and throat. Crazy! He's feeling better now that he's on meds for it, but that sure wasn't what we thought he had.

I woke up with a huge, and I mean huge swollen face on Wednesday morning. It seriously looked like I had a baseball sticking out of my mouth. It came out of the blue and boy was it painful. It turned out to be an abcess, so I had minor oral surgery yesterday morning and now I feel human again. It only looks like I have an egg there now. lol When I looked in the mirror and saw the elephant man, I couldn't help but have a new empathy for anyone who has to live with something like that daily. I had to get a prescription filled and anyone who knew me literally gasped when they saw me, but I have to wonder about those who didn't know me. What were they thinking? Not that it matters because it is what it is, but I still wonder. All of us had a few good laughs thoughat my expense, but there was nothing I could do so we might as well make the most of it.
Anyway, I hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!
Take care,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween banner

I ordered some more fabulous rub ons from E.A.D. Designs and I made this Halloween banner using the 'Halloween' word from this set. I love the font... how it's a bit goth and spooky at the same time. I selected silver as the color because I wanted the lettering to be a bit subtle and shimmery. I am totally thrilled with the end result! The gorgeous Pink Paislee papers I used are also fabulous. It turned out better than I ever thought it would and that just makes my day! :)

spray paint
pp: Pink Paislee
rub ons: E.A.D Designs
bling: Kaiser Craft
stickers: Basic Grey
epoxy buttons: Making Memories
DMC floss
Ranger Stickles

I will be back soon with a few layouts to share. I haven't scrapped this much in a long time. :)
Take care,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Jolly" letters

These "jolly" letters are my first official assignment for Say It With Letters. I wanted to capture the fun and whimsical style of the letters so I used this really cute Colorful Christmas collection from My Minds Eye.
I (well actually my sweet hubby) spray painted the letters. I cut strips of paper to 1-1/2" and then glued them on the letters. I then cut around the paper, sanded the edges and finished off with some accents. They are fun and happy and I am eager to add them to my Christmas decor.

This has been a really great week with schooling. This week has been a huge reminder as to why I decided to do this. Ashlyn has been so tired and has been sleeping in until nearly 10AM each day this week. We've had to work twice as hard to make sure that we get our daily hours in, but she has been such a trooper and has worked diligently and with so much effort. We have managed to do more than I even thought we would and have even doubled up on some lessons. She has had a lot of writing assigments this week and she has dug right in and tried her best to get her thoughts down on paper. I have helped her out a bit which has helped, but mostly just as a scribe for her. We discuss a few options and then I let her express how she would like it to come across on paper and I write it. It's been much easier to do some of the bigger and tougher writing assignments using this method and it has left more time for her to tackle some of the smaller essays and other writings. Writing is a major daily event, usually a report-style paper in at least 2-3 of the subjects as well as with all the sentences and answers from other assignments, and it's time consuming. I love the program, but I have to maintain my sanity at the same time. :)
Thanks for stopping by! Take care,

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

SPCC #18

Here is my layout for this weeks color challenge on the SPCC blog.
The color combo this week is pretty, but I struggled a bit with the blue. I am just not into navy blue or blues similar to it, so I used it sparingly.

Here is the combo this week and my layout is shown above:

Things are slowly coming along with the K12 program. It's AWESOME! and I love the freedom to work at our own pace and really dig into the things Ashlyn is struggling with. She missed SO MUCH school last year and is struggling, but I do know that even though we are not making the progress I would have liked, she is learning and that is golden. Math and Literature are her area's of weakness so I have been spending extra time working with her. She understands what she is reading, yet finds it difficult to express in writing, so we are woking hard at that. Math has always been a struggle, but she's a trooper and is working hard to try to understand. We are getting ready to wrap up our first Math unit and I cannot tell you how excited I am about the next one because it should be fairly easy for her and I am hopeful that we can double up on most of the days and bust this unit out. Today we completed 2 math lessons and although it was time consuming, we both felt pretty good.
I will add that yesterday was one of those days where I seriously questioned what on earth I was thinking in doing this. lol I just put the books up and we did our own thing and that seemed to make things a whole lot better.... that and a good nights rest.
She is having some more issues with her colitis (well, I should say "non-specific" colitis at this point). She has missed a few of her pills with being sick and me working and it's affecting her. It really makes me wonder how things are going to go in December when there is a trial period for her to go off the meds for 3 weeks. Yikes. I will just have to hope and pray that everything goes well for her, but that's still about two months out so I am trying not to think about it. Not a good time of year to be sick and having a dr. 5 hours away.
Well I am off to bed. Take care,

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hectic lately

'many thanks' card
cs: Bazzill
pp and chipboard: Fancy Pants Designs
rubons: De Ja Views

It's been hectic around here lately. Ashlyn's school books and materials finally arrived a week ago today, so this week has been spent trying to get into a routine. We haven't done too bad; Monday she only made it through Math, Language, Spelling and Literature. Tuesday was a little better, but we still only managed to make it through the same classes. We never hit Art on Monday, nor Science on Tuesday. And History, well, we never had a chance to think about it either day. It's hard to spend all day working with her on schoolwork and then turn around and work from 4-10pm. I could really use a few extra hours each day. lol
Wednesday and Thursday we took off because we were both ill. Everyone of us here has this crud that is going around. Skye missed 5 days of school and I had to call in sick Wed. night. I hate that, but at least I can recover before tomorrow.

Today we made more progress, but we worked until 4PM. Thankfully I am off tonight. We will catch up this weekend sometime. I am really not stressed about it, we will make it up in time, so things will all be OK. I truly enjoy being able to work with her and spend the extra time with her on what she is struggling with. She missed so much school last year and she is behind, and even in just the few lessons we have worked on, I am already noticing improvement.

It's been weeks since I have scrapped and I managed to throw a card together today using fabulous Fancy Pants Designs products. I have been itching to create, but it's having to take a back burner to school with Ashlyn and work and my family.

Take care,