Thursday, May 26, 2011

Completed Little Book Swap

They're finally done, and with barely a minute to spare! I stayed up really late last night scanning in the pages I created for my Little Books for the swap hosted by Michelle. Then, with PhotoShop, I added a quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne, then printed them out. I spent today cutting them out and assembling them, and they're ready to go in the mail tomorrow. I didn't have enough time to add any extra bling to them, but I think if I ever do another swap like this, I'll be better prepared.
This is what I came up with:

Front and Back Cover

Pages 2 and 3

Pages 4 and 5

And Pages 6 and 7

I'm really happy with how they turned out, and I can't wait to see what everyone else did with theirs.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Drew's Wedding

After driving home from Pennsylvania today, I attended Drew's wedding to Carianne.

I know Drew from the band, and I thought it was all really sweet. It was the first actual Catholic wedding I had ever attended, so all of the "calling and answering" was unusual.
At the reception, I found out that Drew made the wedding cake himself. Who knew he was that talented?

And the rest of the reception was nice with the first dance,

the cutting of the cake,

the bouquet toss,

and the garter throw.

I'm very glad to have been invited to share their special day with them.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Trip to PA

Since Dad was in the area, we went to Pennsylvania to visit with Aunt Ethel and Uncle Lyle.

We had a pleasant drive, and after dinner, Dad took me to the mall to find a dress for the wedding tomorrow. Later, Duane, Theresa, Kristen and Ben (Kristen's fiancee) arrived, and we stayed up late talking and drinking wine.

It was really good to see the family.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Secret Garden Tag Swap

Today's mail brought tags from Wanda's Secret Garden Tag Swap.

Thanks to all of the ladies who participated - they're awesome!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Shadowbox Swap

I have, yet again, overcommited myself. I've just joined what looks to be an incredibly fun swap, the Birthday Treasury Shadowbox Swap. I've only got a month to pull something together, but since I'll only have one partner, it shouldn't be too bad. Here's one that Amy, the hostess made.

Wish me luck!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Botanical Charm Club

Well, I've gone and joined the Botanical Charm Club for a year.

It's a "club" from French General where you get bracelet kits to make. I've really enjoyed taking Kaari's classes at Silver Bella, and I love the kits that have already been put out, so I thought I'd treat myself.
And surprise, Wanda, I also got "Pom Pom de Paris" set of bracelets.

It's a little extravagent, but I'll enjoy putting the bracelets together - and wearing them!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Next Tag Swap

Since the Secret Garden tags have all been sent in, the next hostess to volunteer is Jonnelle. The theme is Summer Lovin. I made some ATC's years ago with that general theme, and I think I can incorporate the same idea into these tags. I can't wait to see how they turn out. If you'd like to join, email Jonnelle at scraps4alex at live dot com.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Secret Garden Tags

Well, I finally finished my tags for Wanda's Secret Garden Tag Swap.

They turned out how I thought they would - I'm happy with the dimensionality of it, and I love the quote. I hope they hold up okay, since I didn't use heavy paper.