Archive for January, 2010

Mini Vacation

Having a little mini-vacation this weekend. First weekend all to ourselves in what, five years? Really wishing I wasn’t sick with bronchitis and laryngitis, but still having a very fun time.

These pretty delicate ribbons and trims got me in a very “vintage-y” mood. 🙂

Love Tags

I used bits of paper scraps and doilies to make these sweet little tags. Random little flowers from my stash, crinkled seam binding, ruffled up crepe paper, and 7Gypsies stickers all go together with the lovely ribbons and trims from the SNS Jan kit. 🙂

Framed Nest

Vintage sheet music, October Afternoon papers, cream and white paint, nest, eggs, and a little glass-glittered bird decorate this dollar store frame. The tiny pompom trim is from the Jan SNS kit.

My Girl

Made a super simple page using the dotted grosgrain from the Jan SNS kit and a hand-sewn felt flower.

Valentine’s Assemblage Canvas

I started out with a small canvas and covered it with vintage pink striped linen. Added vintage sheet music, cut up a vintage postcard, tied on a strip of frayed burlap and a couple tiny porcelain blooms (leftover ones from my flower girl basket from my wedding 5 years ago). The crepe paper is ruffled and then glued on with a piece of pompom trim from the Jan SNS kit.

Monochromatic Altered Canvas

Simple altered cream-colored canvas using dotted grosgrain from the SNS kit.

Having so much fun gathering little bits and pieces for this vintage and vintage-inspired swap.

Week Two Wrap Up

Spending for week two $5.65! We bought quite a few freebie groceries, but only had to pay for half and half and soyoy bars. So we’re now $25.16 under budget for the challenge. On to week three.

Freebie Shopping

So, I am doing the pantry challenge to clean out our excess supply of food, but couldn’t resist picking up FREE stuff at the store. Believe it or not, we have just about used up the yogurt and we only got it three days ago. It’s AWESOME! So I will be getting quite a bit more of it this month. 🙂 It’s great because the Greek yogurt is so thick and tangy, you can use it in place of sour cream as well. Actually, I think it tastes better!

So, we have a lot of leftovers and we’ll be eating a lot of those for lunches. Also getting a bunch of delicious Greek yogurt free after coupons, so we’ll be eating that for breakfasts. I LOVE Greek yogurt. And I made homemade granola yesterday to top it with. YUM!

Breakfasts: fruit, greek yogurt, homemade granola, waffles

Lunches: leftovers, tuna, PB&J, out on Wed

Sunday: “Leftover Buffet”
Monday: Shrimp Pasta (ended up getting a free pizza instead)
Tuesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu, Collard Greens, Homemade Pear Sauce
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Thursday: Asian Pork Tenderloin, Steamed Veggies, Rice
Friday: Fried Rice
Saturday: Leftovers or Baked Potato Soup

WOW!  It’s been a really really long time since I’ve done a regular scrapbooking layout!  I’ve been altering and making tags, but no layouts.  So here’s my first for the new year.  This was inspired by the Method Playground blog challenge to get messy.  I started with a sheet of white cardstock, soaked it in coffee, rinsed it, rubbed more coffee grounds in in places to make it splotchy, rinsed again, squeezed it out, tore it up, and baked it.  Then I sewed it on to a piece of patterned cardstock (no adhesive).  Added photos and embellies and lots more stitching and then slid some hidden journaling up behind the coffee-stained piece.


Autumn working on her math activity book today. I’m trying to figure out what we’re going to be doing for school next year, but I have a feeling the decision is going to take me a couple months to make. There are a lot of things I DON’T want to do, but still not sure what I DO want to do. If you have any curriculum suggestions, especially for math, I would love to hear them!

A Pic For Tonight

Autumn and Miriam the night before Tristan’s wedding

Week one of the pantry challenge was a success! We spent a total of $9.19 this week on groceries.
What did we buy? Dairy: milk, half and half, organic greek yogurt. Produce: pears, apples, shredded cabbage, big tub of baby spinach, and a tomato.

I can see that the pantry stockpile is dwindling, but the freezer is actually filling up more! Not what I expected. But as we’ve been trying to make the most of what we have, we’ve been ending up with lots of leftovers. We now have baked potato soup, vegetable soup, lots of collards, and pizza sauce all added to the freezer this week.

I’m going to be cutting the budget to $20 a week for the rest of the month and rolling over the extra from this week into next week, since there are some extra things we will need to buy next week like dog food.

While we had been planning on not doing the pantry challenge at all while we go on vacation later this month, I think we will try to take enough food with us that we only go out once a day. Hopefully will have a free breakfast at the hotel and I will plan either lunch or dinner from our pantry, with the other meal being out.