Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Getting better finally

Well, I am finally off the antibiatics (my spelling is really bad). I still feeling really tired, but feeling more like myself. Just now trying to catch up on work. I am missing my crafting, but while I was in the hospital and was in bed at home, everything that my DH and children didn't know what to do with got thrown into my craft room. Well my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. It is going to take me a full weekend to clean up the mess. The good thing is they did keep the rest of the house looking half way clean. I am really proud of them and can accept the mess in my craft room. LOL

Well I need to get the little one bathed and ready for bed, so good night and pray to be on soon in the future.


Friday, March 26, 2010

So long out sick

Well I have been fighting what I thought was a cold and ended up being a whole worse. I ended up getting Pneumonia! I have not been able to control the coughing at all, so I am on meds and lots of sleep. I tried to go back to work today, but ended up feeling sick 1/2 way through my day. I did finish work, but now I am just relaxing for a bit so I can go and lay down to sleep. I feel as if I have been hit by a steam roller. Now if I can just get through tonight without coughing for hours on end. I have this other medicine that the Doc gave me for coughing, but I end up seeing things that aren't there, so I haven't taken it again. DH laughs at me saying that I must be going crazy. He is very worried and is very upset at me because I went to work today, but the bills must be paid, so I needed to go.

Well as soon as I am not feeling like garbage, I will get back to scrappin and posting. I hope you all are well and that the weather is treating you like Spring.

God bless and take care.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My article about my Dachshund got published

Dachshunds have a bad rep that I was kinda praying that this article would help eliminate.

So I am so very happy that it got published and people will be able to see my Longhair Miniature Dachshund.

Pretty Boy Von Newgate AKA Pico

Reader Stories: Living with a Dachshund

From Kathryn Martinez, About.com Guest
Pumkin, Piper (Pico's sisters) & Pico at a dog show
Pico first dog show

Dog's Name & Age: 

Pretty Boy Von Newgate (Pico for short). He will be 3 on November 21st 2010

In a Word, My Dachshund Is… 

A Longhair Mini Male Dachshund who loves children.

Best Characteristics of the Breed 

Loyal, loving, fun and protective.

Most Challenging Characteristics of the Breed 

His dislike of hats on anyone or anything.

When, Where and How I Got My Dachshund 

Received him from a breeder who are also now my friends. They live in the Roseville, CA area. Pico was the 2nd runt in the litter. I fell in love with him from the 1st minute I laid eyes on him. He was a loner and didn't sleep with the rest of the puppies most of the time. I first saw him when he was 2 weeks old and brought him home when he was 7 weeks old. He was purchased for a low fee, but well worth every penny.

I'd Describe My Dog As… 

He is a loving and funny dog. He loves to play with children and is great with them. He is very protective of the house and our cars when he is inside them. He is also extremely protective of my 9 year old and has been from the being.
He was very easy to train, it is just being on top of him all the time for the first 3 months he was with our family.
I have no medical problems with Pico. If you go to a breeder who has a great reputation these medical issues are usually very slim.
Longhaired Dachshunds (whether Standard or Minis) are very easy to groom. Pico is given a bath every 2 to 4 weeks in the winter and every week in the summer. In the summer Pico goes swimming with the family in our pool, so bathing and grooming is more frequent to make sure the chlorine in the pool doesn't damage his coat.
Pico is brushed once a week except when showing. Then he is groomed 2 to 4 times a week to keep his coat looking shinning and smooth.
Pico is the best dog that I have ever owned or lived with. I have had many different types of dogs in my life time: Labs, Golden Retrievers, Shepherds, Pit Bulls, 2 types of Terriers, Spaniel, and a couple of Mutts. But Pico is the one dog who will give his whole heart and do whatever is asked of him without any hassles. He is happy with the simplest things. As long as he is with us he is totally content. He is a lap dog 100%, but is just as content to be on his bed next to me at my computer desk. I think him just knowing that I am right there is enough for him.
He cuddles every night in my 9 year old's bed. Best part is no matter if I am gone 5 minutes or a week. He is just so very happy to see me that the feeling I get is so wonderful that you just can't help but love him.


  • Weight is an issue that must be watched. This breed is prone to being overweight. Just watch how much and what you give your Dachshund. Treats should be limited.
  • Exercise is a must! But exercise with a Dachshund is a good walk around a long block or playing fetch in the back yard for a 1/2 hour. The have energy, but do wear out fast.
  • BIGGEST ADVICE I CAN OFFER!!!! SOCIALIZE YOUR DACHSHUND from the very beginning. This breed has what I call a 'short man's complex' and needs to be out and among all ages of people, other dogs and cats.
  • Give this breed lots of love and it will be returned 100 times over.

STICK AWAY by CC international


I wanted to leave a tip to all who clean their Cricut Mats with the Stick Away by CC International. There is a much cheaper and just as good and easy way.

GOO GONE by Magic American Products. It is a product you can purchase at any Dollar Tree or .99 cent store. All you have to do is get a small spray bottle and it is exactly the same as the STICK AWAY. Plus it is a product made in the good old USA!!!!!

The spray bottle I purchased was also from the Dollar Tree and came with a extra lotion bottle. I found these in the health and beauty aide area of the store. So for $2.00 I have a product that does the exact same thing as STICK AWAY and for $1.00 more will clean just as many mats. Well compare: STICK AWAY $7.99 to $9.99 or GOO GONE and a spray bottle $3.00. That is a $5.00 to $7.00 difference in price. For me that is a big deal.

Well I hope this was informative to some of you. I also hope that it might help some of you as well. With the economy in the mess that it is, saving money is the way to go.

Thank you and hope you were informed.

I got published on About.com Scrappbooking by Rebbeca Ludens

So excited!!! This is one of the 3 articles I placed for review with About.com:Scrapbooking:

 Organizing Scrapbook Paper Scraps

Reader Stories: Scrapbook Paper Organization Ideas

From Kathryn Martinez, About.com Guest
Scrap paper organization shelf

How I Organize My Scrapbook Paper 

Scraps are one of the biggest challenges I had. The drawer system took up way to much room if I wanted to sort by colors. Folders in a filing cart was not working due to them sliding out the sides of the folders, and when I taped the edges, it made it very difficult to see what was in the folder without taking every thing out.
I went to using zipper baggies which was great for sorting, but again, putting them in draws or in a folder cart kept them out of sight. So I found these Magazine holders and stacked the baggies inside them and placed them next to my crafting table. They are seen all the time and organized.

How I Did It 

First was the sorting of the colors one baggie for cardstock and another baggie for pattern paper. Then organizing the cardstock baggies in color order and then the pattern paper. The most time consuming part is the sorting into color groups. As a long time quilter I went back to my old "Color Wheel" and sorted according to this wheel. Everything is in a color group and easily available.

Lessons Learned 

  • That I use my scraps more often.
  • I waste a whole lot less paper.
  • Being organized has made me more creative and productive in my craft.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wow great blog candy

The link is in the tile to get to the Blog Candy.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Okay everyone, here's as promised... BLOG CANDY in celebration of my making the Design Team for Above Rubies Studio and my upcoming birthday! Read below for the rules and a BONUS ENTRY!
Blog Candy contents:
Martha Stewart Crepe Paper Red Rose Kit
American Crafts Mini Marks Rub-On Transfers (Celebration book one)
Making Memories Well Worn Tags (surf & skate)
Martha Stewart Alpha Transfers (Brown)
Martha Stewart Blue Dots stickers
Sakura Gelly Roll White Opaque Pen (MY FAVE TO USE LATELY!)
Martha Stewart 8 Green Tiny Envelopes
2 packages of Recollections Dimensional stickers (flowers and dragonflies)
Martha Stewart Decorative Tape 4 rolls- Evening Terrace
Recollections Rhinestone Sticker (flourishes)
Martha Stewart Reversible Satin Ribbon- Winding Leaves
Here are the RULES to enter for the blog candy:
1. You must become a follower.
2. You must post a link to my blog from your blog.
3. Comment and leave the link to your blog.
Drawing will be held on Friday, March 12th at 10:00 AM CST!!!
BONUS ENTRY: For those of you unable to post on the previous post, I will give until midnight PST tonight to post on both comments for a double entry!
Thanks for looking, and have a HAPPY HAPPY TUESDAY!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Look at this Blog Candy from Obsessed with Scrapbooking.com

The link to this blog candy is in the title.

Project and Giveaway from SEI Paper!

This card is made from a new paper line called Claire from SEI, a company that sponsors Everyday Cricut! WOW! If you thought the SEI line Juliette was gorgeous, Claire is even more beautiful! Each paper has tons of shimmer and shine!
Today, Wednesday and Friday will feature projects made from SEI's paper lines called Claire, Happy Day and Jocelyn!

card is a 5 1/2" square card made using Core'dinations cardstock as a
base. On top of that, I layered a 5 1/4" square of Claire paper called
Vivacious. Then, I created a brown tag using the Winsome paper and tied
some Claire ribbon around it. Layered on top of that is a scalloped
square combo cut from the Cricut Mini Monograms cartridge at 4" with
matching white interior square.

top of that, I made a three layer flower from the Chiplet packet from
the Claire line. I pop dotted the top flower to give it a bit of

I mounted a button from Papertrey Ink that had a sentiment tied to it,
also from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages stamp set.

The inside was dressed up modestly with a strip from the Vivacious paper.
So, who wants to win a 12x12 paper pad of Claire paper? With some matching embellishments?
Here's how you can win: 1) Leave a comment under this post with some identifying name so we know who you are.
2) Follow or subscribe to this blog.
That's it.
Winner will be drawn on Sunday, March 7. Winners have 2 weeks to claim their prize!
To get even more chances to win:
Put a post on your blog about this giveaway (including a link to this
post) and leave a comment back here with a link to your blog post for
an additional 5 chances to win!
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and leave a comment with a link for an additional 5 chances to win!
3) Do both and get 10 extra chances to win!