Saturday Again

Hi everyone!  Happy Saturday to you.  Think I have finally finished digging out all of my holiday decorations.  I’ve been going at that task much slower than in years past.  Usually I’ve got everything out the weekend right after Thanksgiving, but this year I seem to be dragging.  But, the last box came up from the basement last night, and except for a few more ornaments for Nik to hang, we’re now good to go.  Hmmm…….no wait a minute.  I still haven’t brought up the wreaths for the front doors.  Okay, so maybe we’re not good to go.  But we’re darn close!

I was able to sneak out last night to do some more Christmas shopping, too.  Was pleased that the crowds were not horrible, and I got quite a bit done. Such a great feeling.  The kids go back to school on Monday after our nice long break, and although that makes us all a bit sad, will make it easier to shop and prepare on my part.  How about you all?  Done with your shopping yet?

And on a scrappy note, I still have more projects to share that I made with my December Paper-Playground kit.  Today, I will share a page I created of my son opening his favorite present last year.  Just to further prove I really do have a son! 😉  Guess I’ve surprised some of you with that bit of news, judging from some of the latest comments I’ve received.


Ever since I can remember, Pete’s had this little ritual he goes through when he gets something he really, really wants.  This last year, it was an X-Box.  First, he does a break dance, spinning around on the floor for awhile.  He always ends that part with his classic victory sign, which looks like the peace sign.  lately he’s added a bit of a fake faint at the beginning.  After that, he may or may not be willing to pose for a picture.  This time, he was willing.  Looks like me in that middle picture, doesn’t he?

I’m also over-due in playing along again with the tagging game.  This time, I’ve been tagged by my scrappy friend, Danielle.  Danielle is on the design team at Create My Keepsake and at Paper Trunk and her stuff is just awesome.  Hope you all take a minute to pop in and say hi to her.  And I’m sorry this has taken me so long, Danielle.  Thanks for thinking of me!  Here goes.  The rules are to state 7 random things about yourself.

1.  I love sushi.  And Taco Bell.  But not necessarily together.
2.  I’ve just recently joined Facebook.  If you all are on there, look me up!
3.  Chocolate anything is definitely my favorite dessert.
4.  When I was little, the only ice cream flavor I would ever eat was strawberry.
5.  My nickname in High School was “Extra”…….cause my last name was Eckstrom.
6.  I love to read.  British mystery series are my current favorites.
7.  I got my first job when I was 14 years old, as a waitress at our local retirement home.

Now I’m supposed to tag 7 more people, so if any of you are reading this, consider yourself officially tagged!

Have a great day everyone!


Sketch This 67

Hi everyone!  Are you all ready for another sketch over at the Sketch This site?  Here is this week’s sketch.

I thought this was a fabulous sketch for a layout, and as a matter of fact, I think I’d like to go back and make a page from this soon.  For my card project, however, I simplified the design just a tad by eliminating a few elements.

I removed just a few strips from the bottom and left side of the design, and used the cut-out leaf branch in place of the vertical strip down the side.  A rub-on sentiment from K&Co. acts as my greeting on the journaling block, and another floral cut-out stands out as my focal point.  The cardstock, patterned paper, journaling block and brads are all from the August Paper-Playground kit.

And speaking of the August kit, I still have a couple of extra Bazzill mini stitching templates that I am giving away.

These little templates were by far my most favorite items from August’s kit.  If you would like to have your name entered into the drawing, just leave me a message in the comments.  I will do a random drawing tomorrow and announce the winner on my blog.  Good luck everyone!

Have a great day!