Tuesday, December 30, 2008


we interupt this usually crafty blog with breaking news from the sports desk...from the Broncos website

Shanahan, Broncos Part Ways

Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen today relieved Mike Shanahan from his position as Executive Vice President of Football Operations/Head Coach of the National Football League team, effective immediately.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen issued the following statement: "After giving this careful consideration, I have concluded that a change in our football operations is in the best interests of the Denver Broncos. This is certainly a difficult decision, but one that I feel must be made and which will ultimately be in the best interests of all concerned.”

Bowlen added, “I appreciate the 21 years that Mike Shanahan has given to the organization as an assistant and head coach, and the two Super Bowl wins in that time. His contributions hold a special place in Broncos history.”

Hallalujah! Not that a new coach can work miracles, but hopefully someone can draft a linebacker or two and put together a defense that can um I don't know...tackle someone.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

to you and yours...

thanks for sticking with me and this silly blog throughout the year, hope your holidays are everything you dream.

ps. thanks to Becky for the great gift wrap inspiration.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Another great quiz from Ducky

You are straightforward and real, down-to-earth, and have a healthy respect for order and stability. These attributes, complemented by your desire to be surrounded by things of beauty, make you a CURATOR.

Your inward focus, trusting nature, and sharp sense of right and wrong make you INDEPENDENT.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


...why is there popcorn in the fridge?

ok...so if you read this blog, I'm assuming you know me and know I don't have kiddos. (don't tell Tanner, he might be offended) What you may not know is that I do have imaginary children(by in large are more obedient and slightly cleaner than actual children) that I sometimes have conversations with (yes, I know there's medication for this).

One of these conversations popped into my head as I was setting the final baking project 'white chocolate popcorn' into the fridge to set. What would you do if you opened the door and found two sheets full of popcorn?

Now that's done the holiday baking session is complete...and since Lisa was so kind to ask here's what I made. Email for any of the recipes...

  • White Chocolate Toffee Popcorn
  • Chex Mix
  • Reindeer Chow (an alternate chex mix recipe w/PB and choc. YUM!)
  • Blizzard Brittle
  • Sugar Cookie Surprises (sugar cookie w/a thin mint tucked in)
  • Chocolate Cowboy cookies
  • Mega-chocolate chocolate chip cookies
  • Oatmeal Raisin cookies
  • Ooey-Gooey Brownies(you would never believe the recipe came from Cooking Light)
  • 7 layer bars
  • Kris Kringle cookies (yummy white choc and cherry cookie)
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms
  • Ritzies (chocolate covered ritz crackers w. PB)
and yes this was me cutting back...obsessed much, not me :) The first boxes have been delivered and now it's time to pack up the rest and get a few crafty projects done.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Mostly Cloudy
Feels Like: -13°F
Wind: 7mph

What a change from last week...60 and sunny, I was so warm at the Bronco game I had to take my sweater off.

I know I'm not the weather geenie, but having just come in from walking the dog (same dog who tricked me into extra food AND insisted on going out at 4:30 am) I thought these temps needed extra emphasis. Good thing my oven will be working over time today.

Never trust a dog...

Do you ever have those moments when you walk by the food bowl and you wonder did I feed you this morning, kind of scary if you can't remember really... and the dog is no help.

He just looks at me with sad face as if to say 'no stupid, you forgot...just got in the shower and left me here to waste away.'

So with guilt, I fill up the bowl...with a half scoop mind you becuase I want to believe I did feed him, I'm not really a bad mother.

Then I know he's lying...I did feed him (thank god!) How do I know? He's starting to second guess himself...he pauses, doesn't jump right for the food(as he usually does quite vocally when he really is hungry)...I can't believe you fell for the sad eyes trick...then he turns to look at me and I think a little panic hits his little doggie brain...is this a trick? are you going to do something to me?

I should have trusted myself, I know better than to trust a dog. I must have holiday cookies on the brain

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Time to face facts...

The clock is ticking down to the big day and it's time to face the fact that time has just about run out for me to go on a major baking run and turn out boxes like these. Time for plan B, picking out just a few, but which ones? and do I really have the energy to face Costco today or wait until tomorrow when it's supposed to be cold and snowy...decisions, decisions...these are the things that take the fun out of the season.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Repeat PSA...Make a Difference in 30 seconds

I'm reposting since the deadline is close and some of you may have missed this the first time around...

Allstate Insurance Company ("Allstate") will make a $15,000 donation to one local charity organization-The winning organization will be determined by online voting. Simply vote by going to www.allstate.com/yourchoicecharity. You can vote once each day between now and December 10, 2008.There are 3 charities to choose from: Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Junior Acheivement, and Facing History and Ourselves. All totally worthy so I won't preach to you on which one, you can email me if you want my humble opinion.Make sure to go down to the bottom of the screen and choose Denver and then your charity.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

[Dial2Do from Christyn Holmes] Heading to the Bronco game. Jacket check.

Heading to the Bronco game.
Bronco attire...check.
Eggnog latte...check.
Light rail money...check.
Sun glasses? Oh crap!

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Saturday, Saturday

(I'm not responsible if Elton John's Saturday Night jumps in your head and stays there all day after reading the title, just know I'll probably be in the same pain)

I swear that the weeks leading up to Christmas go faster than any others, and the weekend is sure to fly by too. It's the annual gift frenzy at the store, I am bringing back the bazzil ribbon mini-album. I'm always surprised how many people haven't seen it before, it's one of my favorite mini style. I'll try to post a few pics in the next couple of days, for now you'll just have to trust me that it is super cute or better yet, come to the store today and make one!

I did manage to get a few more cards done last night, these two are in the running for mass production if I decide to go that route or maybe I'll just make tags out of them.

I have always loved this Holly stamp from Magenta, it's one of the few I kept when I moved from Alaska. I think it's one of those that's gorgeous in its simplicity and really lends itself to coloring well.

Stamps: Magenta(Holly) and Papertrey Ink(Merry Christmas)
Ink: Versafine and Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy(hooray my search for the perfect red ink is over)
Color: Prismacolors
Paper: Pure Poppy and Vintage Cream Papertrey Ink (can you tell what arrived at my door this week?)

Surprised it wasn't a bella, have no fear no stamping session would be complete without inking up on of the girls.

I was looking through the galleries of some the other 'bella-rific friday' ladies and say Snowbunny bella done up so cute I had to copy a couple of components. So sorry I forgot to bookmark where to give full credit. I particularly liked the technique of using the white pen for detail, perfect for a wintery card.
Stamps: Snowbunny Bella and Papertrey Ink Merry Christmas
Ink: Memento and Pure Poppy
Colors: Copics
Paper: Bazzil and Papertrey Ink
Accents: Ribbon(Papertrey Ink), Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Heidi Swapp snowflake, bling.

Tomorrow is a big day too...I'm celebrating birthday love at the Broncos Game with Heather. THANKS MK! Can't wait, hopefully the boys will have a good home game lord knows we need it. Bonus it's going to be in the 60s so no super bundling up as I thought we might have to do midweek.

What's on your agenda this weekend?

Monday, December 01, 2008

Monday Blues...

Anyone else have trouble getting back into the weekday grind today? Luckily I didn't have a lot on the agenda so I could ease into the routine slowly.

Did you make time to get crafty this weekend? I did :)

I don't know what it is, but the Bellas have driven me into a stamping craze. I think I've stamped more in the past month than I have in years. I decided that I needed to pace myself and buy one bella on Saturday. They need friends after all...(I wonder if that's what Hef said when he started to add bunnies to the mansion). I think I'm also going to make a rule that I have to ink the most recent bella, before I can buy a new one.

Here are a couple of my recent creations...Stamps:Flowabella
Ink: Versafine
Color Tools: Prismacolor pencils, AC Metallic Pen
Paper: Pink Paislee, Bazzil
Accents: May Arts Ribbon, Nestabilities Rectangles, Bling (note to self, Revolution and Bling are not a good combo)

Stamps: Bookwormabella(isn't she cute) Library Card from October Afternoon
Ink: Versacolor
Colors: Copics and Distress Inks
Paper: Crate Paper, Bazzil
Accents: AC Brads, Making Memories sticker, glossy accents are on her hair, glasses and the worm

This new obsession has had me blopping more and in the process I found this great blog dedicated to my new friends. I made this for this weeks challenge, not sure if I'm confident enough yet to send in...
Stamps: Prezzibella
Ink: Memento(yay! it finally made it's way to the store)
Colors: Copics
Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Bazzil
Accents: Bling and glossy accents on the present