Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Not a happy girl...

Well, due to some unforseen events around here yesterday, I was unable to get on the internet to post the full views of my projects for this month's Label Tulip goodies. So, here you go...


A 5x7 altered canvas. I'm going to be making one of these for each of our family members. So, stay tuned for next month's kit to show off the next featured family members mug turned home-decor.

We had a large piece of cork in the main kit. Rather than using it on a LO, I decided to make my own corkboard for the door to Luka's room. The tacks are made from the mini chipboard coasters from SEI. Using Diamond Glaze, I attached the flat-backed glass pebbles on top of the coasters. Then, with a hot glue gun, I attached a tack to the back. Voila! Cute thumb tacks, and a message board to boot!

Our challenge this month was to do a LO about spring. Spring, to me, means the planting of flowers. I love gardening, and it is second only to my love for this scrapbooking hobby. I find gardening incredibly relaxing, and rewarding. All of those pictures are of flowers from my yard.

This is my lift of our guest designer this month, Robyn Werlich. I loved her original LO, but my version wasn't what I had envisioned. Totally not my best work. The LO itself was a difficult style for me to duplicate. So, mine is a really loose interpretation. I picked up more on the colors, and small details from the original. Inside of the handmade file folder, are a list of Hazel's favorite things at her current age.

This was my fave LO that I did out of the bunch. Every month, I am really pleased with what I turned in. Then, I see what all of the other Tulip Girls have done, and am totally blown away. Boy, do I suck...my work is nothing in comparison. Anyway, I have another LO and a card that I will upload later today or tomorrow.

And now, on to the not-so-scrappy things in life...
I swear, this house is ruled by Murphy's Law...whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. We spent all day yesterday car shopping...don't ask. I hate car shopping. Hate with a capital "H!" I really want to get something smaller than our old Jeep due to the INSANELY high gas prices. And, of course, we can't afford a brand-new car. So, trying to find something used that still isn't ridiculously over-priced or doesn't have 50,000+ miles on it is next to impossible. I really can't believe how much money they sell cars for. You would think with the state of the current economy and the inflated gas prices, that you would be able to get a killer deal on a vehicle right now. Not so much. And, Bryan doesn't seem to get the whole gas prices/smaller car thing. He is hell-bent on getting a truck. He doesn't want to drive a car. Blah, blah, blah. Thus, a large argument ensues, and we went home car-less. Then, I spent the rest of the evening kicking myself for not saving more money during this deployment. Coulda', shoulda', woulda'...right? Money truly is the root of all evil.

Not to mention the fact that, now, we also have the added bonus of having to buy a new bed frame since ours collapsed yesterday. Get your minds out of the gutter! Bryan has a bad habit of hopping his happy butt onto the foot of the bed really hard when he sits to put his shoes on or take them off. I guess that butt of his just slammed down a little too hard, because when he went to put his shoes on yesterday...BAM! There went the bed. Lovely.

And, I have come to the conclusion that I have a house full of the most ungrateful people on earth. You would think that after spending the last 15 months eating frozen food, my kids would be a little more appreciative of a home-cooked meal. Or, my husband, that has spent the last 15 months eating unrecognizable slop from a tray, would be thankful for something cooked at home. Au contraire. I made my dad's recipe for homemade chili, and a jalapeno cornbread mix from Williams-Sonoma for dinner last night. That chili has never had anything but rave reviews...especially from Bryan. He was the one that asked for it, in fact. But, I spent the entire meal listening to Hazel complain that the chili was "too spicy." And, Bryan complain that the chili wasn't spicy enough, but the cornbread was way too spicy. I did tone down the "hotness" because the kids don't do spicy like that, but I thought the chili was really good. I didn't even enjoy my meal, though. I ended up trashing the rest of the huge pot of chili, and more than half a pan of cornbread. I hope that the 3 of them enjoy eating soup and sandwiches...that they make themselves...because that's all they're going to be eating for the next couple of weeks. I give up.

Not a happy girl, am I. The fact that I have a raging case of PMS probably isn't helping anything along. But, I just popped some Benadryl because my allergies are relentless this year. So, I'm going to enjoy some peaceful sleep that is, hopefully, free from dreams of dwindling bank accounts, car lots and whiners.

16 comments:

Michelle said...

Beautiful inspiration! I hope it makes your day better to know that you won over at the Hambly giveaway! Congrats girl! Hope everything goes more smoothly for you today.

jill s said...

your work is AMAZING!!!!!
sorry things are so crappy right now.

i hope things get easier soon!

xx
jill

Zoe said...

ok. for starters your work is AMAZING as always. i think it is the rest of us who feel inferior when we see what you can do! we are car shopping too. mark wants this subaru that is a freaking race car...with 4 kids. dumb ass. you have just explained EXACTLY why i do not cook.

tisha said...

your layouts are amazing, and i love the corkboard and tacks!
sorry for the ungratefulness at your house, chili and jalepeno cornbread sounds yummy!

kokopuffs said...

oh holly...things will look up, really they will.

but could I trouble you for an email containing that chili recipe? unless it's a sworn family secret then its okay. but I've been wanting to make some from scratch for a few days now...thanks!!

and I think you should've given a tip on those thumbtacks. its up in the tip section but I wanted to know how you did it.

Melanie Gonzaga said...

Good gravy woman!!! Your LO's and projects are pure eye candy... I just love seeing what you come up with!! So sorry for all the stress and craziness going on over there, once you get some sleep you'll feel much better. You still planning to take that vacation for yourself? Hang in there!!

Leena said...

I'm sorry to hear your day is not going so well for you. Don't worry girl, it'll get better alright. Take it easy. Hugs to you!

Just want to tell you your work are simply amazing!! I keep coming back here to look at them again and again! lol! Beautiful work Holly!!

Amber Risher said...

OMg Holly, you are amazingly talented! I adore every single one of yuor new creations and cannot wait to see what next months kit brings! I seriously need a padded room now cause all of your new stuff is crazy awesome! I hope I get to talk with you soon...I have been wondering where you have been! I hope you have a good week!
ttyl xx, Amber

Boriquaz said...

Fabulous work, love all the inspriation. That canvas is absolutely adorable, you make me want to get my canvas out and start working on it.

Tina said...

car shopping SUCKS. i feel ya. thought you were going to get a mini van? I do have a dirty mind....I don't believe it was all Bryan's fault *wink wink* I'm sure the chili was delish! don't be so hard on yourself.
hope your week goes better.

Melonie said...

Love all of the new stuff! Sorry you are not having the best day. I'm sure it has been a week full of adjustments to say the least. Things will get better. Promise.

Dani said...

rockin' layouts and projects, of course!!

My husband has been the same stupid way about vehicle shopping. He was obsessed with getting a truck even though I was trying to get it through to him that having a truck for his hunting and fishing hobby wasn't as important as getting something good on gas for driving to work!! Finally last night he confessed he was probably just going to get a car for right now because of the gas prices. THANK GOD! Boys and their toys......

If my husband EVER complains about what I cook... heh, then he knows he has an earful coming and he'll have to cook for himself for awhile, so he does not do that *too much*

Can you tell I'm pmsing too?? lol, your post could not have come at a better time!
Ok, I'm done b*tching....
I hope you have an awesome weekend and feel tons better!!!!! :)

RachelDenbow said...

Girl, I LOVE what you did with the kit. The cork board is lovely and such a resourceful way to use the product.
And I can't imagine the transition your family is going through with Brian finally home. Just know its okay to feel the weight of life right now and not have a smile on your face.

Mmm...I'm sure you could've mailed that chili dinner to my house. My Missouri boy loves nothing more than chili and cornbread. And I never make it. Shame on me.

KhrisW said...

I love your layouts and your corkboard, great idea!

Don't feel bad about being a little grumpy. PMS sucks, I have it as well but in my case it's PMDD. : ) I get quiet and my mojo doesn't work as well.

How's your Sake? She's beautiful! Tell her that Hugo sends his love and kisses, if he could! He's a lover, that one.... Frenchies rock.

Marie said...

Ohhh girl i hear ya! My kids are so ungrateful and having 4 of them its always 1 that complains. Hubby well he just never says boo either way. Love your layouts they are wonderful! I hope you get a beautiful new bed that u will treasure for a lifetime! You deserve it!

Jill Deiling said...

awww, i hope your pms gets better! we all know how that is! haha. im sorry that youre family is being ungrateful about you cooking, and car shopping, thats always the worst! I hope you guys find something! doesnt brian realize that getting a truck would be just as bad as having a jeep when it comes to gas?? lol!! we just got an envoy, and it is SUCH a gas sucker compared to my little honda!! talk to him into a honda, ive had mine for 5 years and I LOVE it, but i have to sell it this month! :( I would so give it to you if i hadnt promised it to someone already!
I hope you start feeling better, and LOVE your new layouts and projects, you are amazing! :)