Friday, December 29, 2006
my adaptar arrived for my scanner so i thought i'd give it a test run....seems to work! so i'll share a few layouts i have done over the past few days....
so anyway....better get busy...i took the tree and most of the decorations down yesterday and have everything cleaned up for the most part.... kati is napping and lauren is outside playing with friends (it's like 60 degrees here again...) and terry is content sitting in his office listening to his satelite radio...which means i can do my own thing.....see ya!
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
we managed to make it through all of our parties and hoopla...and am ready to move on... ready to take the decorations down and get our house back in ship shape.... i thought i had a handle on the girls toys/clothes prior to the holidays but i didn't...so i spent the majority of the day after christmas reorganizing/throwing toys and clothes. the girls just get bombarded with new toys and clothes from their relatives... we shouldn't have to buy them anything new for quite some time! so for those relatives who peek at my blog but never leave me a comment (ya you!) thanks again for everything!!! the girls loved everything and have played with everything (and i have picked up everything many times!).
my dear hubby got me a new canon camera bag for x-mas which houses 4 lenses & my camera of course....hmmm? so does this mean he will buy me 3 more lenses? ha ha not sure i'd even know what to do with 3 different lenses. i'm still trying to figure out my camera! lets see....i also got a spa gift card for a pedicure and manicure (always a nice treat) oh, a dock for my i-pod, $50 for i-tunes and box of yummy chocolates that i DON'T need..... (thanks dear) so he did good for not having a list....
i got a nice little surprise the other day. the design team at creative xpress was having a holiday card contest amongst ourselves...the staff at creative xpress would ch0ose the winning card....which to my surprise was mine....i'm not a card maker or at least not compared to some of the girls on the team....so i scored myself a new making memories runway bag.....green of course. very fun!
i've actually been able to scrap a few pages....but my scanner died...well, i guess it's probably my adapter that died...so i have another one coming and hope that's all that it is.... other than that not much is new....just trying to get back into the swing of things. i guess that won't happen until winter break is over and lauren is back in school....
have a safe and happy new years!!!
Friday, December 22, 2006
still doesn't seem much like Christmas around here....not a lick of snow is on the ground and temps have been in the upper 50's & 60's. i was praying for some of that denver snow to come this way but no such luck. i know, sounds crazy to wish for snow but Christmas just isn't the same without a dusting of the white stuff. (or at least for me....)
Merry Christmas to all....and here's to a happy, healthy New Year!
be safe in your travels....hugs kori
Monday, December 11, 2006
good morning...just wanted to stop in here and say hi....it's going to be a busy week so i won't have much time to blog.... i'm hosting our Bunco group x-mas ornament exchange on tuesday. i'm really looking forward to it....then on Saturday Terry and I are hosting a holiday party with several neighbors. but in between all of that it's swimming lessons, gymnastics and a girls scouts meeting. oh ya, and an assignments i have to get done and a class to teach on sunday..... i kind of thrive on being crazy busy though. sounds strange huh!
well the photo is our x-mas card this year. taking a family photo just wansn't happening and time was running out. so i plopped the girls in front of the tree and after 10 attempts and threatening to take gifts away if they didn't smile nice (ha ha....no joke, i had to pull out all stops, lauren needed to get to school, so i wasn't playing around.... poor girls... needless to say this is the photo i got after the threat....so they get to keep all of their gifts. ha ha like i really would have taken them away.....) i made another covered candy bar....this one i made using the pink martini papers....i taught a class on saturday and for this class i used the PM papers so i thought it would be fun to do a give away using the papers as well....
so that's that....i had better pull myself together and start my week..... have a good one!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
i finally feel like i'm getting some things accomplished and crossed off my list...so i figured i could play a bit... i finished up a few projects i started....the big candy bar is a teachers gift...just wrapped with the pattern paper. so easy and cheap! (my friend michelle made these last year...got the idea from her...thanks michelle) i cut the pencils down with a hand saw and resharpened. i also finished my button ball.....it was cute before it got too many pins on it....now i'm not so sure i like it...but thought i'd share anyway...just another fun idea for an ornament. i really don't have much else to share...i had better get back at it before i get to cozy in this chair! take care.....
Friday, December 01, 2006
hi there...well, we dug ourselves out this morning. i think we only got a few inches of snow so to us that isn't much but when it rains before, during and after snowfall...it's a huge mess. it was so heavy and not to mention it was like chopping a block of ice...i'm pooped and i didn't even help that much. ha
i just wanted to share my ornament i made today. i used the Pink Martini rub ons and the letter rub ons are from doodlebug.....
did some x-mas baking yesterday and today. finished up our traditional sugar cookies w/ royal icing. lauren had fun and of course kati just ate the cookies.
i'm off to make some more ornaments...thought i'd do some cute button balls....
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
hey there....i stopped to check my e-mail and figured i should maybe throw in an entry to my blog...i have a zillion other things i should be doing....
well, i'm finally done decorating. seems like it took me forever this year. there is always something else a person would like to do or add but my budget only goes so far. being as i like blog entries w/ photos i thought i'd share a few from "around the house"....
and then the last two photos are of lauren's bedroom...the dollar store border :) the photos are dark but you get the idea....i'm just glad it's done. guess our bedroom will be next but not until after the holidays!
thanks for the appetizer recipes and web sites...i have found several that look yummy and i'll attempt to make.
so that's it for now. i had better get up and get some things done!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
it's been a crazy week...lots going on and lots to do. i finally finished painting lauren's room. turned out pretty cute. 1/2 green 1/2 pink walls with a border in between w/ pink/green circles. found this at the dollar store of all places. i was a bit hesitant thinking there is no way this will stay on the wall....but so far so good. watch it will all be on the floor by tomorrow morning. ha ha
then on tuesday i started putting up the trees! i just couldn't wait anymore....what a fiasco that was....i had 1000 white lights on my tree....plugged it in, all looked great....5 min. later they all went out....ooops, i forgot i couldn't plug all of them into eachother....so i thought i had burned all of them out. took them off, unconnected them, plugged each in individually and they worked. uhg!! ok, this is good cuz at least i don't have to buy 10 more boxes of lights! so, i put them all back on the tree again, one of the strands is out. GEEEZ! luckily it was only the 2nd from the bottom....it took me like 6 hours to get this tree up....i'm still not done decorating the house but at least that is done.....
anyone have any fun/easy appetizer recipes they'd like to share. we're hosting 2 parties this month and i'm in search of some yummy fun appetizers....
anyone going shopping tomorrow? i have never had any desire to shop the day after thanksgiving! i am just not a crowd shopper....so good luck to those brave soles!
(being as i like posts with pictures...here is a card i made....supposed to be santa....)
Saturday, November 18, 2006
morning....i just had this new entry almost done and i lost it. grrrrrrr..... well, at least you'll miss out on my ramblings....i won't go there again.
but here are a few things i thought i'd share with you....this 2 page layout i did for a class at Page Makers earlier this week. i was to use the theme thankful but i also wanted to use the scalloped paper and show them there are several ways to use the paper vs. just putting it in the center of your layout....
this next layout i used the Jenni Bowlin Nov. kit....i love this kit...the colors are so great. i really like how jenni customizes her kits. she creates something of her own and includes it in the kit. she's been making these journaling cards (not on this layout) that are so cute! i was getting 3 different kits a month but since being put on my budget i have cut back but just can't get rid of this one!
well, i hope everyone has a great weekend. maybe i'll get my tree put up...we have 2 b-day parties to attend and i'm coming down with a cold so not sure how motivated i'll be....
have you ever noticed (my brother has) how i don't type with capital letters and a lot of times i use 3... in between sentences....so very frustrating to do spell check! ha ha ha have a good one!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
good morning. i just have a few things to share today. the layout was just for fun. i had been busy doing layouts for assignments and wanted to play... the album is something i made to send to my sister. she has a group of friends who are scrapbookers....& every now and then i make up kits for them. in the box that i'm sending this week, i decided to make up some albums that they could give as gifts. (the word Joy is from Li'l Davis)
anyone else have the christmas bug already? i've been itchin' to put my tree up!
a few years ago i decided to go fake...we had always had a real tree but realized that each and every year i was taking it down by myself, hauling it out by myself and cleaning up a huge mess, by myself! it's a nice looking tree so i don't mind.
i'm forcing myself to wait until next week... it isn't even thanksgiving for pete sake! so i decided i could at least riffle through my decorations and test all of my white lights... i have a little 2" tree that lauren is putting in her room. she wanted it in there right "now"...so last night we put some lights on it and i told her we could make some ornaments for it... she was pretty excited. the martha stewart holiday issue has some pretty cute ideas.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
well for some reason i am unable to load my pictures of my holiday paper bag album i did...i put 3 small lunch bags together, folded in 1/2, punched holes in the fold and tied the 3 together to make an album. some of you may have seen 2 of the layouts i posted today. but i haven't put them on my blog yet...
i've been busy working on assignments and enjoying our nice weather. it's been 75 these past few days. the girls and i just got back from spending almost 2 hours at the park! so nice.
had a photo shoot from hell yesterday. geez! first, i have to admit it was my fault. kati didn't get a nap...so before we even get to the park where the photographer is going to take their pictures, she is freaking out in the parking lot. (she is so not like lauren!) she wouldn't move. she just stood there and had a fit. i was able to take a few cute pictures before the photographer started but by this time they had dirt all over them, their hair was a mess as it was windy....uhg! so i'll be lucky if we get 5 good photos out of that batch. and here i thought if i were to hire someone to take their pictures they would cooperate for them. lauren was good, but i would hope so, she's 5. kati was ok for a while but she had several melt downs during the shoot. she definitely still needs a nap! i'd post some of the pictures i took but blogger won't let me for some reason.
Monday, November 06, 2006
i'll post a project and some layouts a bit later....had to get this off my chest first :) have a great week!
Friday, November 03, 2006
boy, i can come up with some catchy titles, huh! ha ha
how was halloween? we had so much fun. the girls dressed up like little geisha girls. kati who is only 2 1/2 had a blast. although, she pooped out after about 12 houses. she would open up her bag half was up the driveway and say, "trick-or-treat"....while all of the other kids had made it to the door and were on their way back to the street. she kind of got lost in the shuffle. it was too cute! they got more candy then they'll ever know what to do with....but the good thing is they have hardly even asked for it....so you know what that means. handfuls will disappear from their already hidden bags. seems wasteful but they just don't get much candy nor do they need it. not too long ago lauren threw up unexpectedly after she had eaten a ton of candy at a friends house....ya, so that was fun. guess their little tummy's just aren't used to it! so anyway, here is a picture of them all dressed up with the 2 neighbor girls....they even had the chopstick in their hair....(thanks grandma, they worked great)
well, i'm going to start teaching classes again! i've really missed it. i'll be teaching at a store called Page Makers, it's in chesterfield MO. i have to admit i was a little skeptical. just like with anything you never really know what to expect until you actually see for yourself. i have to say i LOVED the store. the space was great! very well merchandised (and having been a merchandise mgr. in the past this makes a huge difference in sales and the overall appearance of your store.... anyway.) she had a nice variety of product, a nice work area and just an overall neat store (of course i loved the cement floors!). the store owner, debbie was so sweet and easy going....so i think this will definitely be a good thing.
oh, remember when i entered the Making Memories Idol contest....well, for being one of the top 20 chosen Making Memories sent out one of their paper trimmers to each person. WOW! it arrived the other day....i love this thing! i've been using a fiskars for years and just never wanted to venture away from that....it was easy to use, light weight and didn't take up much room. well, move over fiskars....i'm lovin' this cutter. we'll see how much i love it when i have to change the blade.... but regardless, it's a nice tool....and what a great gift!
ok, i've rambled on enough....have a great weekend!
Monday, October 30, 2006
Hi! hope the wk. end was good to everyone. It always seems to go by way too fast! Not much new here. Had a halloween party to attend and a soccer game that ended the season. Here is a pict. of the girls. Lauren is the second from the end. Such a cute group of girls...
and there is a story behind the layout....if i could slow down and read directions more carefully....i saw that maya road was having a design team call. i love their products! embellishments are my favorite! i love a good pattern paper too but fun embellishments just do the trick! so anyway....i crank out this layout, load it, send it etc.... THEN i go back and re-read their call w/ the details etc....turns out they wanted a "project" not a layout....so i frantically e-mailed them and thank goodness they didn't seem too annoyed with my lack of ability to follow directions....i created a project and sent that off....whew!
anyway...have a safe halloween!
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
hi....been a while since i've posted.... so i just thought i'd pop in here and show off my daughters kindergarten picture. i was pleasantly surprised! i was expecting the cheesy smirk, i don't wanna take this photo kind of look....but she actually smiled nice....and looks so cute....(ok, so that's a mothers opinion!) before i dropped her off i made sure to tell her not to let anyone do anything funny with her hair! ha ha (only a mother would give that advice!) i remember some of the frumpy helpers that would volunteer to help the students before getting their pictures taken....they'd comb your hair all funny, paste it down to your forehead or lick their fingers and wet down your hair. yuk! so needless to say this picture of lauren was a nice surprise! (the blue background was a bit brighter than i thought it would be though! yikes)
have a good week!
Sunday, October 15, 2006
well, i celebrated my birthday this past week and my dear hubby got me the most awesome gift!!!! yup, a canon eos digital rebel xti! he also bought me an additional lens but i can't recall it's size..... i'm still learning but have played a little bit and love it! it's so fast! now i just need a new photo printer and i'll be set! ha ha (x-mas is just around the corner, right!)
i haven't worked on many layouts this past week...i did get a nice little e-mail from CK wanting a layout from me! first time being published in CK!!! very excited. i'm sure you've all heard the sad news about Scrapbook Answers? if not, their closing up shop. the pub. co. decided to close them up.....but none-the-less it's sad! there will be one more issue coming out, the november issue. so look for that!
thought i'd share a few layouts....the green layout is for Creative Xpress DT this month...we had to create a layout using our favorite color (i don't have just one but chose green as it's one of my favorites) and the hog heaven layout was just for fun... have a great week!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Hi....i really don't have anything all that exciting to chat about...but i wanted to share a few Li'l Davis layouts i did for their booth at Memory Trends.... each layout has something new that their bringing out at the show...new glitter garden, printed flowers and the rockstar rounders....
to answer your question michelle...about the circles...for the bigger circles i used my coluzzle nested circles and for the smaller ones i have a sizzix die. i never thought i would use a coluzzle template for anything...until i had an assignment at CX....i LOVE it...i use it all of the time.
that's all for now....have to get back at it!
Friday, September 29, 2006
another week flew by! crazy...but it was a good week.
the design team for Creative Xpress loaded their layouts for Aug. into the design team gallery today...4 of the layouts i posted here are for aug. the "Learn 2 Skate" layout is for Pink Martini...this is the new Pink Squirrel line...so cute. the yellow paper has a faint turquoise grid on it....it's so cute. i didn't notice it until i started working with the papers...and the 2 strips of brown at the bottom that have the words on it....are also on one of the pieces of paper that came in that line....the words i cut out were so appropriate for this page...they say, " worn out and screaming, "woo hoo" & "preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways" too funny....
not much else going on...have some what of a busy wk. end planned. soccer, dinner and a b-day party and i'm sure other stuff will come up. i have some more assignments to get done but other than that...oh, and potty training...that's top priority. kati has used her potty 3x's now for me and i couldn't be more happy! i've been putting her on her potty for months now and she has never gone....so i'm hoping now we're at least on our way to "getting it".
have a great weekend! be safe....
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
hi there! thought i would share the two layouts i created for the new Pink Martini paper line coming out at Memory Trends in Vegas in just a few weeks!!! they were so much fun to work with...i think the Creamsicle line is my favorite but i haven't worked with the Pink Squirel line yet....so maybe i'll change my mind. the pool layout is the Flirtini line and the sisters layout is the Creamsicle line....the rub ons will be coming out at the show....
Saturday, September 23, 2006
here is there blog and website (hopefully the links work, i've been having trouble with adding links???) http://www.lildavisdesigns.typepad.com/
Friday, September 22, 2006
Happy Friday to ya! another week zoomed by! crazy how that happens!
did you watch grey's anatomy last night? man, i love that show! but of course i cried like a baby. ha ha
not much new going on....the usual running around...we have a birthday party to go to tonight for a neighbor girl who turned 5. tomorrow is a soccer game and out to dinner with a neighborhood couple.we're both celebrating our wedding anniversaries. we're going to this funky little restaurant in st. louis called Yai Yai's. can hardly wait!
i have a fun little design team secret...i posted it in an earlier entry without realizing it was still supposed to be a secret....so i earased it...i'll be able to share soon, i hope. it's killin' me not to share....this is one i've always wished i could be a part of....
a little Pink Martini plug....amy sent out their new paper lines yesterday along with some cool letter stickers (rubons are late) so the designers get to work on a couple of layouts for their booth at Memory Trends using the new papers, which is in just a few weeks. the papers are so fun! my favorite line in Creamsicle! wish i could show you.....but their still underwraps. their web site is also being updated so if you visit there are several areas that won't open (or at least they didn't for me).
i got the chance to work on a few layouts this week. the green/black layout is created using most of the Jenni Bowlin Sept. kit....i love that pict. of my daughter. and the 2nd layout i have actually scrapped those pictures before but i like them so much i wanted to do something else....i actually did a 3rd layout but i submitted that one so i'll wait and see if SBA picks it up....speaking of Scrapbook Answers....have you seen the holiday issue? lots of fun stuff in there!
have a great weekend! be safe...
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
finally getting around to updating my blog...it's been a busy 2 weeks. all is well on the home-front. the garage sale was a hit...i feel as though i made enough money to have made all of my efforts worth while. i still have a few boxes in the garage that the salvation army is picking up on friday...but i'm just so relieved it's over. not sure i'll do another one of those for a while!
my dentist appt. wasn't as successful. 1 root canal and 2 possible root canals. ya, not good. the tooth that bothered me was from a previous root canal that the dentist never put a crown on. the cavity cracked and i got an infection...or so they tell me. i'm going to focus on fixing one tooth at a time....i have my parents to thank for my crappy teeth....i guess my sweet tooth probably hasn't helped matters. but they look good. ha ha
here is a layout i finally finished up after 2 weeks of moving it from spot to spot. i just never had time to finish it and when i did get the chance i was in a funk...
so i cranked it out today....i can't get the title page to look straight. it isn't crooked in real life...i swear....
so in the midst of gymnastics, soccer, 4 design teams, weekends packed with going here and there....i signed up for a bible study class with my neighbor. i have never taken a bible study class before so i'm actully pretty excited about it. i am not a super religious person, but i do believe in god and i do say my prayers every night :) the study is called, "how to act right when your spouce acts wrong." ha ha should be a good one! (i'm not pointing the finger at only my husband here.....i often times act "wrong" over certain situations as well) there i said it....just don't tell him i said that....ha ha
this weekend i'm taking the girls to see Monsters Inc. on ice. we're going with our neighbor and her 2 girls as well. i'm praying kati can sit through the show. i'm not sure how long it will last but i think they'll enjoy it!
alright, well project runway is calling my name. love that show....design star was another good one...they'll bring that one back again for sure! or at least i hope so....good night all....
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
other news....just getting ready for our garage sale....i was all prepared until i decided to sell all of the girls old clothes....tubs and tubs of clothes....all of which are pretty nice. i can tell i wasn't on a budget back in those days...all of the clothes are from gymboree or the gap! and they all mix and match and have shoes and hats....
ok, well wish me luck....i'm sure it won't be as bad as i'm making it out to be....hopefully this dentist will let the novacain take affect before drilling....ya, i've had a dentist start rootin' around in there before i'm numb....he hit a nerve and i almost popped him one! i better stop writing about it...i'm getting all worked up again...ha have a good one!
Friday, September 01, 2006
hi! so it's still been a good week, just can't believe it's already friday! crazy how time flies so fast!
well, i didn't make the scenic route design team....it's all good. i wasn't holding my breath on that one....they chose a lot of good designers though!
lauren started gymnastics yesterday. she absolutely loves it! i knew she would...
she has taken tumbling classes and dance classes in the past but they were just done at the "Y" or it was when she was only 3 and doesn't really remember much. well, she's going to a huge facility that's just for gymnastics....so when we walked in yesterday there were tons of "bigger" girls flippin' around...she was in awe! she has always had great balance and is very coordinated so i'm hoping she sticks with it and enjoys it! i just wish it were a little cheaper! geez
i really can't think of anything else to chat about so i'll close up...have a great weekend!
oh....here are my creative xpress layout for the month of july....well, i guess one is a project...(2 mini band aid tins from provo craft...stuck together...one for each of the girls) and the layout is of my beautiful niece courtney.... (using products from We R Memory Keepers)