Friday, November 30, 2007

COSI fun

We had a super fun time yesterday at Cosi. Such a shame they have to close it. So educational yet FUN!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Toledo Cosi

Off to Cosi for our field trip today. Sadly, they are closing their doors Dec. 1st. So we had to make sure our students could see this awesome place before they did!

Be back with pictures tonight!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our Tree 2007

Template by Shandy Vogt Designs.
All other elements/paper by Krystal Hartley.


Here's a NEW KIT by Krystal Hartley! COMING SOON! Watch for it on her blog.
The plaid circle is NOT part of the kit...I did that with photoshop. And the star paper is cut down as well. Everything else is her own work.
I didn't even use the best part of the kit yet...Gotta save some surprises for you all!

My Birthday Roses

Oh my gosh...Can you imagine my surprise when I get home from work and a huge tall GREEN box with the words ProFlowers written up the box. I was totally freaking out. I was shaking as I opened them. The first thing I did was look at the return address label...It was a store in San Diego, CA. hhmmm....I ripped that pull tab like my life depended on it. I let out a huge loud, "OH MY GOD" which is a swear word at our house. Sorry slipped..."They are yellow flowers, no wait, yellow ROSES! Oh my...there are1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12! a DOZEN ROSES??? FOR ME???"
So in my head I am thinking, Man...I have NEVER gotten a dozen roses that I can remember. I am not a flower girl...well, I thought I wasn't! sshhh....BUT...These flower might as well have been a million dollars. Then the tears flow. Of course my boys are around me at this point due to my shrieks and screams. They wanted to know what caused their mommy to use the OMG word. Then in walks my MIL. So I have all these people looking at me opening these flowers. I ran into the bathroom so no one would see me bawling.
I was so shocked to say the least. So from the bottom of my heart, I THANK YOU. You know who you are and you know what did. But I wanted others to share in my joy too. So if you want me to take this down, just tell me. A simple Thank You seems so inadequate...but it's all I can do. Just know that you have touched a small town girl deeply. Crying again...BLESS YOU...

Sunday, November 25, 2007


ok...I read this someplace and bought a few to try it...

The 8x8 photo albums that hold two 4x6 photos with a place to write a memo can be transformed into 8x8 albums for your digital layouts by removing the plastic protector.

I bought one and was able to take the plastic off and figured I would buy some 8x8 protectors for post bound albums and just cut off the part for the post albums. Well as my luck goes...they are just a tad too small. So I need to trim the top or bottom of the album page a sliver. But I wanted to try it. So now I just have to print off my layouts in 8x8 and stuff the album. I am going to put all my BIRTHDAY layouts and friend layouts in this pink friends forever album that I bought at kohls for 60% off. Once I get it done, I will post a picture for those who are more visual at descriptions like myself! LOL

Saturday, November 24, 2007

And the feast continues

Off to my Mom's in Battle Creek for yet another Thanksgiving Dinner/Birthday Party! We are taking the wii and having a tournament too! Can't wait!

Making lots of about you?!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends, family, & visitors. I wish you all a blessed day with lots of love and memories. I can't wait to head out the door at noon. I am not eating breakfast today to save room!

I have a special SALE to share...You guys have seen me post a few things that were not KRYSTAL HARTLEY and those have usually been by Shandy Vogt. Well, she is offering up a huge SALE... you can buy her WHOLE store for only $29.95!! NO JOKE!! I just did it! (Happy Birthday to me) You will have 30 days to download as much as you can from her store. And like I said, next to my HERO, she is about the only other one I stalk.

I don't know if you would mind me posting this one but I figure its a safe bet that she won't care. So until she tells me NO, here you go!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Betsey T.

You are such a stinker. I didn't know you had a birthday this month. I was reading some old emails and say something about you having a Nov. Bday. So I did a bunch of searching and found out it was the 11th. So I missed it. I am soooo sorry! Here's YOUR layout! Enjoy. Hope it was as special as you are. Thanks so much for the friendship and the laughs. Miss you...dimpled butter ball!

Turkey or Ham?

My boys. They are either Hams or Turkeys. Not sure which, especially this one. William is such a goof ball, er...butterball? Josh's cleaning people at his office left them these turkey cookies and Will was the first one to dig right in when Daddy brought them home. He made a huge mess all over my kitchen floor. But he enjoyed it. Notice he is eating one and then proceeds to "touch" another one. So you can bet that big brother will NOT be eating THAT one! Motive?! Greed. Will knows that once he 'touches' something it is no longer good enough for brother. So he is guaranteed TWO cookies for sure now of the 4 that came home. This is what I deal with on a daily basis. But I wouldn't want it any other way.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


My how she has grown. She just had her surgery. Spayed & Declawed (front only). She was just loving the heat from the register the other day. I caught her mid-yawn. She still isn't back to her spunky self yet from the whole ordeal. But getting better with each passing day. She is just so sweet.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thank you

I got this in the mail today! Thank you very much dear friend! How kind of you! William was all over those small clips! And they wanted to know if they could read my journal! LOL NOPE!

Atleast not until after Dec 26th. This will house some very confidential information that little eyes shouldn't see. I love it! THANK YOU AGAIN!

Fall in Michigan

Sonja posted some pictures of fall in Texas on her blog so I wanted to share what it looks like out my window. The big tree is actually in my neighbors yard and then a view of our back lot with the dogs running. It in the mid 30's here and I have no desire to go out to rake. So I guess a wind storm needs to happen so it blows away.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Frosti Free

See ya Frosti.... Should have been Courtney in my opinion. Sorry Shelley...No free lunch for you. I think you should take your person to lunch at Wendy's and make them eat a FROSTY!! LOL

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Amy

This one goes out to my best friend, Amy. We met in college and have been together ever since. She is heading to Cancun with me in January too!!! I love you AMY!!! Hope your day tomorrow is wonderful!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Here are all the turkeys I made last weekend at the crop. I think every single person there came up to see what on earth I was making. I think they turned out really cute! My hand was aching after cutting all those out though. I need to invent a die cut for that fry box template. Man....
I made these for my sons class. But I have come to realize that 3rd graders will not appreciate all the work I put into these so I am now going to give these to all the teachers at the school as I am passing out their fluoride to their classes. I had no clue it was going to be so time consuming. LOL So I can't let them go home in a backpack!! LOL

Monday, November 12, 2007

Long rough day

Today was long, rough day. Will is sick. Double ear infection and upper respiratory. So I was worried about him all day. I had a new patient today whos DH has Lou Gehrig's (ALS) disease and she was telling me about his condition and I just lost it. It made all the memories of my Grandfather dying come flooding back. I had to leave the room because I was crying so hard. I felt so bad that I did that. She was the one saying sorry to me at the end for making me cry. I felt even worse after that...Whats up with my emotions??

So that just set the tone for the rest of the day. Now I feel emotionally drained and want to go to bed and just forget about today.

Tomorrow I will photograph my TURKEYS! All 24 of them!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday Wendy

Since you decide to keep this from us, this is a little late. Happy Birthday Friend!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

MEN tags

Not that we have very men volunteering at the school during the day, but I made this just in case. At least there is some color to them. The other ones were soooo boring. This will be a nice change for the men too.

Friday, November 9, 2007


I needed to come up with a tag that must be worn at all times by persons entering our school. So this is what I did. Look ok or too much?

The ones they had just had the words Volunteer or Visitor with a tiger head clip art. So this is going to be WAAAYYY more fancy than they have ever had. So is it going to be a shock or a welcome relief? Be honest. I can always go back to the clip art tiger head! LOL

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Happy Birthday Jan

Wishing you nothing but the best! HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRIEND!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hedgie's Day Out

Posted on 2Peas
Credits: All stuff is Krystal Hartley. Mixture of all her available items.

Fonts: Hawaii Killer, Sybil Green, Century Gothic, Elise

Turkey Day 06

I found these pictures yesterday when I was backing up some stuff. I laughed out loud when I saw that photo of my mom! She can be so crazy at times. I just love Thanksgiving Day. I was actually born on Thanksgiving Day. My mom never lets me forget about the dinner she missed because of me. That's what sorta prompted this photo.
Credits: All Krystal Hartley stuff. Mixture of all of her papers and elements. That is what makes here stuff so cool. Even though this was not packaged as a can totally work together. Go check her out.
Font: Shell

Cast Shadows tutorial

I am always looking for tutorials on how to better my knowledge of digi. Well, I came across this one and wanted to share. It's called Creating realistic "Cast Shadows" by Danielle Catalano-Titus

Enjoy it. I just printed it off and plan on reading it while laying on the couch...home sick today. Sinus infection.


Wendy Myers, your blog gift has gone postal. I mailed it out yesterday. Hope you enjoy it! And I want you to think of me each time you use it! Cheers. Have a cold one for me! Diet Coke of course...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


I just backed up!!! Ahh...that feels so good. Now my Krystal Hartley goodies are all safe!!! And I can take them with me to my crop!! YIPPEE

Now, I need to go to the bank, post office, and pick up the kids. Slowly things are getting done. Just need to pick up the house a tad, dishes, laundry, bedding.


Gosh...I can't believe how busy I have been. I can't seem to come up for air. I am free this afternoon and I am going to watch my Soap...Days of our Lives...and just do some mild picking up. Then I want to get my scrapping stuff ready for this weekend. I also want to back up my computer. I have gotten some new downloads and I want to get them saved before....oh, let's not go there.

I have been trying to keep myself busy and keep my spirits up. This is a very difficult time of year for me personally and I just want to stay "healthy". Gloomy days lead to gloomier days for me. So I am smiling and thinking happy thoughts to keep the gloom away!! So far so good!

I got some really awesome news today at the school...Someone (unofficially) got all A's!!! But I can't share that info yet because it has not been officially posted. I can't stop smiling.'s a good thing!! More info to follow on that subject after the news is posted officially.

My little Sophie Girl is getting spayed and declawed today. Well, it's over with and she is staying overnight at the vets. I want to go see her but I know I shouldn't. I miss her loud purrs and rubbing on my legs when I come home.

We have parent/teacher confrences tomorrow night!!! I love them! Oh...more good news....William and I were reading together, as we do each night, and I can't believe all the words he can now sound out!! I am so proud of him. There are still so many students who are struggling with letter recognition, let alone reading!! But that's the benefit of a mommy who works part-time and cares! Gosh...I have got some great kids!!! MORE SMILES!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Credits: Template and all papers by Dahlia Co. over at Faith Sisters. Paper pack was called Harvest. It's a freebie as of this minute. Not sure how long it will be available. But I just loved it so I had to snag it up!

Halloween 2007

Credits: All papers KRYSTAL HARTLEY, (Happy Place, Family Thing)
Small flowers, brads, black ribbon Krystal Hartley as well.
Frame: KsharonKdesigns
Font: Warsaw

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Tree Topping

Wire with Sequins was a freebie-source unknown.

It's coming

Credits: Scents of the Seasons Paper pack by Krystal Hartley
All items shown here are by Krystal.

Pumpkins 07

Background paper, white flower, brads, tag cluster, journal tag, raffia tie-
mesh grid, frame, yellow flowers, staples, paper- natural freebies by ksharonkdesigns

Happy National DIGI Scrapbook DAY!!!

How totally cool is this!! A day for us digi gals!! YIPPEE!!!

Having shown my love for digi over the past few months, I will now tell you all that I am going to my first CROP as a cropper next saturday!! I am actually going to work on some paper crafts. I want to rid myself of my supplies so I am going to make up some stuff to sell at my open house. I want to push my paper supplies out the door. So if any of you paper gals are looking for something, I have it all marked at 50% retail or more!

I am taking today to proclaim my digi love!

Yes, I will be taking my laptop with me to the crop!! It only has LT on it but I plan on putting all my Krystal Hartley STUFF on a CD so I can have access to it there too!

I have a few photos to share from halloween. But later. It's lunch time now...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy 1st Birthday Zayden

My nephew is ONE TODAY!!!

Happy Birthday little one!