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How is it October in my sweet life?

My mind is realing at the fact that is October 17th…apply all the cliche’s here about how quickly time goes by! Time really does fly.

In some ways that is frustrating when I have so many things to get done in the day. I want to clone myself and send each of me to take on different aspects of my life just so I can keep up & do all things well. Working, Creating, Wife, Mom, Friend, Auntie, Sister…finding the balance. The sweet spot where everything just jives is a hard persuit.

In some ways it’s exciting that time is going by so quickly. It means we are getting closer to the holidays (my favorite time of year) and also closer to vacation which is 33 days away! We have planned for a year for this family vacation. It is a treat we are so excited to give my parents & siblings – perhaps once in a lifetime trip although I hope it spurs a tradition! I am so looking forward to boarding the big cruise ship and checking out of life for a solid week. Just pure relaxation and family time. It’s so needed right now. I live a sweet life and I don’t spend enough time savoring that so I hope time sloooowss down for our vacation so we have loonnng days to enjoy.

I did take some time this week to do some creating which re-juvenates me so much. Here is a layout about one of the sweetest parts of my life, my amazing husband. It’s hard to remember my life before him, we met & started dating when I was 17 years old – just babies! Now he turns 30 this week which is just crazy in my mind…again time flies. I wish him a very happy 30th and look forward to making more sweet memories in years and years to come. XOXO

Back to my layout, which I couldn’t share without talking about the awesome product. 99% of the goodness I used for this page is Pink Pailee’s Sweetness line. It is a non-traditional mix of colors in a line about love & valentine’s day. There are amazing rub ons, papers, & stickers to coordinate. And guess what??? I WON ALL THE PRODUCT! I was the very lucky recipient of a HUGE Pink Paislee prize basket at fun scrappin’ event. Our LSS, Signed, Sealed & Delivered brought in Rebecca Cross who is the founder & owner of Pink Paislee to teach for a day. We all got tons of product for the great classes she taught and then to win was just the icing on the cake. Stick a fork in me I am done! She’s amazing… the entire day was amazing and getting to create with heaps of free scrappin’ product is amazing. Another sweet spot in my life this week.

 

CHA, Sassafrass

Wow, back from a crazy quick trip from CHA! We had so much fun getting to “experience” all the new stuff. Meeting the new products in the physical is a complete difference to catalog and virtual photos for us scrappers who are so textile driven. One of my favs I am jotting a quick post on is Sassafrass. They were a major hit for me and have great things in store for the months ahead too. Here is some pics from the booth to share. Their new lines Mix & Mend and Count Me in are fabulous!

Upcoming CHA

Greetings fellow scrappers! We are just a few weeks away from the semi annual CHA Show in Rosemont, IL. This is THE show for scrapbooking companies to release their newest products and I am very excited to be able to attend this year on behalf of 2 Katie Designs. Since my business partner is very much pregnant (popping any day now) I am dragging my husband along with me to the show. (Shhh…he will never admit this out loud but I think he is kind of excite to be there as he knows just about as much about scrapbooking as myself!)

Anyway, lots of companies are offering sneak peaks that get your mouth watering before the show here are a few we are just loving.

Bella Blvd. – http://bellablvd.typepad.com/bella_blvd/

Crate Paper – http://crate.typepad.com/cratepaper/

Cosmo Cricket – http://www.cosmocricket.typepad.com/

Sassafrass – http://sassafras.typepad.com/sassafras/

My Mind’s Eye – http://mymindseye.com/LF/021-LF-Line.asp#

Stay tuned for daily updates on 2Katie Designs Facebook page during CHA for updates live form the show floor!

Happy Scrappin’  – Tennis

Toilet Paper

So maybe this is taking the whole up-cycling / receycling thing too far but interesting nonetheless. Us crazy scrappers are making use of what normaly would be disposed in the weekly trash pick up – empty toilet paper rolls. I have seen these rolls transformed into gift card holders, mini albums, seasonal decor and more.

Well now the joke is on me, because it turns out there are very fun to make…photos of my own toilet paper projects coming soon!

I am entering it in toilet paper roll mini album contest on http://www.scrapbook-crazy.com/ so wish me luck!

Feels like summer

Arkansas weather feels like we are just on the edge of summer. The season I love the most!

I love no school, which equallys sleeping in!

I love a sweating kiddo

I love big sunglasses and sunscreen

I love afternoons splashing in the pool & the smell of chlorine

I love having time to read (currently enjoying Jodi Picoult’s “19 Minutes”)

I love Watermelon and BBQ’s

I love NO agendas, NO activities, NO sporting events

I love watching her jump in the sprinkler & eating popsicles

We are right there, so close! A few more weeks of school then we are home free. Awe

Of course we have to scrapbook all those amazing summer moments as well! I LOVE bright colors for summer and I have a few favorites I can’t wait to use, they are really just screaming to have photos on them of swimsuits, beaches, big sunglasses and kite flying.

The first is from a new company Echo Park Paper Company. Summertime is their first and only line released so far and they have my mouth watering as to just what they will put out next. It is very bright and great for boys or girls. It features a lot of banners which are the “it” thing right now too.

The second is from October Afternoon and it’s called “Fly a Kite”. It is more muted but still summer ready and very kitchy which is totally cute. Good for far more than kite flying pics.

As soon as I get my pics on this paper I will share! Happy Scrapping.

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Do over

Do you ever wish for a do over with your life?

Wonder how you go to the place you are today?

I suppose everyone’s life is different from how they invisioned it in some ways. I have just been wondering lately about the little descisions we make along the way that lead to massive impacts to our life path. Sometimes I wish I could go back to those moments and take a mullegan. A do over.

But then, what would I have missed?

Maybe it’s like trying to “have your cake and eat it too” or “the grass is always greener on the other side”.

I’m not saying I don’t love my life. I have so many blessings.

Today I feel like it is me I don’t like. That the events and choices along the way shaped me into something I don’t want to be.

Strange.

I am a perfectionist, a very driven people pleaser who doesn’t want to let anyone down. Doesn’t want to fall short of someone’s expectionations of me. Riggid. Hard. Wants to climb the ladder, achieve and conquer everything. Passionate. Smiling with a heavy spirit, because it is again what is expected. A care-taker. But that’s not the me I was always going to be.

Is this me? Or did the me I could have been get squeezed out, squashed by those little choices I have made. Little by little until me wasn’t me anymore. I don’t feel like I’m a fake person. I just feel like I am not me…the me I am supposed to be.

I think the real me was supposed to be free. Passionate. A creative spirit without limitations and bounds. Smiling from a deep and light place. A dreamer. Unaffected by the pressure of society & life. Someone who loved like crazy, like it was the only thing that mattered. Because it is.

Maybe I need little of both “me’s”. I need to become the me I want to be.

I want a tomorrow that doesn’t look like yesterday. So what are you going to do? When the rubber meets the road Katie, when you can’t have a do over and things are what they are?

Are you going to fight like hell for everything that matters? Give up everything that doesn’t? Do something drastic, or stay static?