This weekend has just flown by, hasn’t it?  I hope you all had a good one.  I sure did.  The highlight for me was Saturday when our little kit club, the Paper-Playground, held our second ScrapPink Crop for the Cure.  Hundreds of stores and groups across the nation participated in this annual event to help raise money for breast cancer awareness, and it was really an honor for us to be able to do our small part once again.  We had a larger turn out, even, than last year, and the day was filled with scrapping and fellowship.  There were make-n-takes and door prizes, giveaways and freebies, and food, food, and more food.  You can bet that I spent quite a bit of time up at the ‘ol buffet! 😉 I never seem to get a whole lot of scrapping done at crops, cause I’m usually running my mouth too much.  I did finish my projects for the week for Random Chaos and Sketch This that I will be able to share soon.  But for now, I have a few photos that I can share instead.

That’s me in the middle with two of my bestest Paper-Playground buds, Beth and Sherry.  I was trying to be queen of the crop, but think I’ll have to settle for princess because here is the real queen, for sure!

We bow to you, Oh Pink One! (Never mind that it was really all my stuff and Beth was just borrowing it).  You definitely deserve the crown!

And here’s a picture of Kathie, friend extraordinaire and business partner, and PP pal Sandi.

We had so much fun!  Hope if any of you are ever in the Raleigh area that you can join us at our next ScrapPink event or any of our monthly crops.  Just shoot me a message!

I also wanted to share these pictures I took of Nik last night.  She’s been going through a real rough spell, and my good friend, Queen Beth and her husband James bestowed upon her the most heartfelt gift that I am just so grateful for.  James is an art teacher and after looking on my blog recently and seeing Nik’s Halloween drawings done on cruddy tablet paper, they both wanted to see Nik get some decent tools to work with.  So, they got together a real sketch book and a set of genuine artist pencils and surprised me with them at the crop on Saturday.  Here are some of the photos I took of her opening this wonderful gift.

Look at her expressions!!  She was SO excited and happy!  But the absolute best photo of all is the one I snapped after telling her that Mr. James wants to come down one weekend soon and give her lessons on perspective.

That face just says it all.  Thank you, thank you, Beth and James, for everything you have done!!

Time for me to go wake the little peanut up and get her ready for school.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!


It’s Finally Done!

To those of you following the saga of our latest little craft project here at the Pettit house, I can actually say that it’s finished, it’s over, it’s finally done!  I was beginning to have some serious doubts about that….

It took so much longer than I was expecting.  And,  we had a big set-back on Thursday that kind of soured me to the whole experience.  Mom could see that my patience with the project was pretty well shot, but she’s one determined lady who pushed me to see that it got all the way done.  You all can probably appreciate the horror of our “crafting accident” story.  After spending hours picking beads off an old belt, and even more hours gluing them to some sticks, you can imagine our reaction when one of the sticks fell from it’s drying “rack” we rigged up in the garage…..  It was like a slow-motion scene in a scary movie where you just cannot move……we heard a noise, we looked up, we saw it start to slip, we saw it come crashing down, we saw it bounce against the garage floor, and bounce again, and again….beads flying off in all directions, tips to branches snapping off and hurling themselves into space…   sigh.

Then the worst part ever is that Mom insisted we pick up every single bead in that garage and put it back in the bowl…. and glue it back on.  Must have been at least 200 tiny seed beads.  At least.  I absolutely drew the line at trying to re-glue the broken off branches.  Didn’t care at that point if I ever saw those darn branches again in my life.  But, we persevered and the branches are now set up in the house like we had hoped.  Here are a few more photos.

Once we got the sticks propped into a hurricane jar and held in place with some rocks, we were finally able to bring out the ornaments I found at Pottery Barn that inspired the whole project in the first place.

Love, love, love these little black spiders hanging from their chain webs.  Can you believe we did all this work just so we could hang these spiders on some black sticks like they did at Pottery Barn??  We must be crazy people!  (Do not say a word, Uncle Paul)!

Here is our Halloween project in it’s final home.

I’m pretty relieved that it’s over.  I’m still glad we tackled this, as it gave Nik lots of joy to work on it with us.  And we certainly will have lots of memories from it all.  I’m getting to the point where I can almost laugh about the garage incident.  But I still might suggest to all of you out there that you just buy the sticks at Pottery Barn and be done with it.

In other news, I’m really looking forward to this afternoon.  Today, our little kit club, the Paper-Playground, is holding our second annual ScrapPink Crop for the Cure.   Why ScrapPink?
Every 12 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer. We are helping to raise money for breast cancer awareness by scrapbooking! Every penny of a $10 donation will support the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s mission to find a cure for breast cancer through research, education, screening and treatment.
For further information on this worthy cause, go to What better way to spend a beautiful Saturday?  If any of you are in the Raleigh, NC area and would like to join us, we would love to have you. Visit our website for more information and directions.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!