The word QUIET usually is never associated with my personality but I guess it's how I would describe how things have been the last four weeks. Not only has it been busy but I've been in a little funk. I guess the crazy chaotic life I'm leading has caught up with me. I see light at the end of the tunnel so this is good news and maybe the funky feeling will leave quickly.
There is no doubt we have been busier than we've ever been. The kids are keeping us running and it's all exciting things they are doing. Here is a quick run down of the last few weeks:
*School ended. What a relief. I must learn to say NO when it comes to volunteering. I really had myself in a mess when I over volunteered for too many activities. Go figure.
*We took a trip to Iowa. It was a fast trip but a lot of fun seeing family we had not seen in awhile. I was able to see a friend who moved from Colorado to Iowa and we hadn't seen each other in two years. I ended up taking Brandon to the Dr. while we were there for a Sinus Infection. A vacation would never be complete without a trip to the Dr.
*Once back from vacation we started the rat race again. The kids are on the Summer Swim team and the early morning practices have me groggy. I'm 100% NOT a morning girl. Getting the kids to the pool at 730am has rocked my world. Then bring on the 615am Saturday morning meets and WHOA! Completely insane. With that being said it's changed my working schedule dramatically. Late night stamping just doesn't happen. When my normal stamping time rolls up I'm typically on the couch in a coma type state just dreaming about what stamping would be like. Ahhhhh! Just NOT right.
Lastly, this past weekend we had a tragedy in our family. My sister in law lost her brother (only 31) to a tragic car accident last Saturday in Florida. He died on July 3rd. It was a head on collision and he just couldn't recover from his injuries. I wish I was able to be with my family in Florida. It sucks to be so far away. Please pray for her and her family in the days to come. What gives me peace of mind is their faith in God.
The big question would be… Have I been crafty at all? Yes and No. I've created a little bit in the last 4 weeks. In the midst of all this chaos I had one more thing that kept me busy for over a week. I upgraded my computer two weeks ago. In the process of migrating my old computer to the new I somehow lost all my components in my MDS file. The file wouldn't transfer and I spent time with the amazing people at Stampin' Up! desperately trying to help me. Needless to say I had to re-download approx 650 files myself. Oh WOW was that a mess. The good that came out of it was seeing downloads I had forgotten about. There is something positive in all situations, right? Another MAJOR problem with the computer migration was my photo program. This was a bigger mess when I realized 26,000 photos were MISSING!! They were no where. Panic, crying (actually I believe it was the ugly sob) cannot begin to describe the emotions I was going through. I'm happy to report the wonderful people of Apple saved the day over a three day period. I am grateful, GRATEFUL for their expertise and how they helped me recover everything. SO, once this BIG ole mess was fixed I did go down to my stamp room and create a few cards. I'll be starting to share again and get my groove on once again.
I used the stamp set Bootiful Occasions. You can find this on Page 50 of the New Idea Book & Catalog. I just love this stamp set. It was my MUST have set when the catalog came out. I made this for a group of my stampers to make last week. I had my club come over for a free night of stamping. I just wanted them to know how much I loved them and putting up with ME. We had a great time and it's always fun to just sit and create with friends. See below for a list of products I used.
Stamps: Bootiful Occasions
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink: Midnight Muse
Accessories: Summer Smooches DSP (125409), Birds of a Feather DSP (126899), Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (126847), Linen Thread, Brights Buttons
I've also been SUPER busy with MDS now that I'm back up and running. There are so many new downloads and fun MDS things in the new catalog. I just love it all. I'm working on about 5 projects with MDS. Does this surprise you? LOL! I am putting together a few travel books that are LONG over due. I'm using pre-designed pages and really concentrating more on the journaling. Here is a single page I made recently.
You can find the downloads I used for this page below.
Storytime DVD Collection #127214
Laurens Letters Alphabet & Numbers #130075
Life Celebrated Designer Kit #130864
Fan Fair Designer Kit #127212
In Color Digi Tape #130870
Spice Cake Designer Button
You can find all these great products in my Online Store by clicking HERE.
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You can also check out this new promotion we currently have going on. Super cute stamp set, Reason to Smile.
Hope you are able to stay cool and stamp something pretty today. This will be my schedule for the day.