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Happy Blogoversary To Me!

Published by Tracy on July 4, 2008

WOW! I almost missed it! 40 minutes to spare! It’s been a busy Holiday for me and finally just turned my computer on about 10 minutes ago. It’s still quite loud in my neighborhood, and since I’ve been up since 5am, I’m really hoping things will slow down soon!

Anyway, I started my Blog one year ago today!!! :) WOOHOO!!! And for all you Americans - I hope you had a great 4th of July!!!

So, since I last posted, I also had a Birthday last weekend. I turned 33! To celebrate, I did this:

For those that know me, they know this means I cut a good 10-12 inches off my hair! Talk about crazy. I’m happy with the a-line cut I have now though, it’s just taking a bit of getting used to. I’m still having major shampoo issues - as in I’m trying to use way too much!!! LOL

I also bought myself a new car about 3 weeks ago - a new 2008 Ford Escape! I LOVE IT!

So, there’s all the catch up on me!

Here are the last 3 cards from the Thank You card kit I made at my Retreat a couple of weekends ago!

Stay tuned in the next couple of days - I’ll be throwing out some Blog Candy to celebrate a few things - my new car, my Birthday, my Blogoversary AND I see I’ve gone over 15,000 hits!!! Have a great weekend everyone!

WOW - It’s been awhile!

Published by Tracy on June 7, 2008

Well, I’ve been practicing this for awhile now (click on the picture for more info):

My friend Melissa posted about this a few entries ago on her Blog. It really struck a cord. I hate the feeling of HAVING to post. And lately, I just haven’t felt the Mojo.

I had a stamp party last weekend though so had to come up with something! These are the 2 cards I came up with:

The “Thanks” card is a complete and total CASE of Kelly Jo’s card here. I love it so much and just had to copy it.

The “Happy Everything” card is using the new Sarsparilla papers from CTMH, the Bitty Brads, Cocoa ribbon, and the June SOTM. I also used my new Oval Nestabilities! The sketch came from Michelle at Mish Mash.

While I’m in a sharing mood, I’ll show my new ribbon rack in all it’s glory that my Dad built me. I’ve had it for awhile, just never go around to taking a picture of it. It’s pretty much full already. Go figure!

Now, on to something a lot less craft related. It’s going to be a bit Political, so if you aren’t into that, please feel free to stop reading now. I just want to say that I’m completely happy that the Primary Season is finally over. Now hopefully we can get on with this election and elect a new President who can change the direction that our country is heading. I have to say, pulling into the gas station and seeing $4.10 a gallon for gas, $4.20 for a gallon of milk, not to mention the price of rice and other groceries these days is more than a little disheartening.

That all being said, this is who I choose to support:

I would encourage EVERY person who is eligible to vote this year, to be informed on the candidates, and make a choice this Fall. Most importantly, VOTE - it doesn’t matter who you vote for, just VOTE. It’s the only way our voices can be heard. I know there are people out there who don’t think that their votes matter - but that’s simply not true. Living in a state where the last Governor race came down to 133 votes out of 2.8 million+ cast - I guarantee you - every vote counts!

For anyone who wants a free Obama sticker (like the picture I posted above), Move On is giving away free ones here.

Ok, enough on that - that’s about the most Political I’ll get, promise!

I’ll also try to be better about posting a couple of times a week. I’m getting in gear to get some major scrapbooking done. I had a bunch of pictures printed at Costco last night in preparation of a Scrapbook Retreat I’m going to in less than 2 weeks! And the weekend of the 28th I’ll be going to a crop on Friday night till the wee hours of the night/morning. I’m really looking forward to both events and getting some mojo back! :)

Take care and have a great weekend everyone!

A bit of a break!

Published by Tracy on March 24, 2008

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m still alive!

After being sick most of last week, it looks like this week is going to be a busy one for me. I’m going to be working a lot of extra hours to get caught up before the end of the month. Plus I need to get back on track with my fitness program. That’s a tough one. And finally, I’m starting a Cross Stitch Stitch-a-Long that kicked off today. And on top of everything else, I need to start and finish and file my taxes! So, all this to say, I probably won’t be posting a card until this weekend.

I hope you all have a great week though - and check back this weekend!!! And keep your eye out for some Blog Candy - it looks like I hit 10,000 hits! WOW!!! :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lastly, I got a RAK from Nicole at Moments 2 Treasure.

Thanks so much!! Love it!

High Performance Twin?

Published by Tracy on February 15, 2008

So last weekend my Mom was very excited that my Dad had built her this!

All I have to say this weekend is … HA! :) Check this out! This is what my Dad calls the “High Performance Twin” model of the ATG Stand.

When he showed up with it tonight, and the appropriate amount of ooohhing and aahhing had taken place he asked me “Who’s Your Daddy?”

Well, here’s my Daddy!

Another New Blog to check out!

Published by Tracy on January 20, 2008

Well, another person has entered blog-land!

My Mom!!!!

Go check her out at:

Stampin’ in Seattle

June 2008 Scrapbook Retreat

Published by Tracy on January 19, 2008

Hi everyone!

I just want to let everyone know about a great Scrapbook Retreat coming up in June if anyone is interested in coming. It’s going to be in SE Washington in the Tri-Cities! The dates are June 19-21.

Deb and Jane have been putting this on for 5 years now. I’ve gone to their Fall Retreat every year, and have been to the summer event one time. They are SO much fun. We have a great time, have all made new friends, and (sometimes) get a lot of work done! :)

To find out more please visit Neighbor Jane Payne’s site! If you have questions, their contact information is on that page, or you can email me with questions and I’d be happy to help you!!!

A great time is really had by all, and any of us that have gone to one will tell you it’s totally worth every penny spent to go! Deb and Jane both work so hard to give us a great retreat each time, and we’re all very glad that they do!

New Look!

Published by Tracy on December 29, 2007

As you can tell, I’m going for a new look on the Blog. I’m still doing some tweaking, so bear with me a bit! :)

Also, it looks like I’ve hit 5000 Hits! WOOHOO!!! Over the next couple of days I’ll throw up a Blog Candy post and see what we can give away!!!! Stay Tuned for that!

It snowed!!!!!!!!

Published by Tracy on December 28, 2007

So, I took my Dogs out for the last time tonight, and the snow was UNREAL! It started snowing earlier this afternoon, and just got heavier and heavier as the night went on. It’s stopped for now, but supposed to pick back up tomorrow and Saturday!!!

Here are some pics to show how deep it is (5-6 inches).

Picnic Table (sorry for the poor quality, it was taken through blinds, through glass and with no flash!):

Jack Plowing Snow - Poor Jack, he’s been on steroids for 2+ months now and has gained a lot of weight so his tummy is dragging - he truly is plowing snow!

And finally here is a picture of all the snow clinging to him. He had huge chunks of snow. I had to get as much of by hand as possible, then wrap him in a towel to keep him warm and get him dry! I kept the flash off to see the snow better.

Happy Holidays!

Published by Tracy on December 27, 2007


I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas! For those of you lucky enough to still be on vacation … I’m jealous! For those of us who had to go back to work today, at least tomorrow is Thursday already! :P

I had a really good long weekend. We had a lot of company, and a lot of good times. We technically celebrated Christmas Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Funnily enough, we did nothing yesterday! But it worked out good.

It seems like I made out like a bandit. I got Sirius radio for my car, which I was thrilled about. I wasn’t really expecting to get it. When Mom kept asking over and over again what I wanted, and I finally came up with this, she didn’t seem so enthused. But, voila, there it was! My Dad and brother got it hooked up and it’s great.

I got a couple of DVD’s (the latest Harry Potter and the last Pirates), and a Cricut Cartridge (50 States), a Fitness Monitor, plus a whole pile of other scrapbooking supplies and other stuff. I have a few gift cards to use up, and some cash as well! I have quite a few very thoughtful people in my life, that’s for sure.

Now I have several Thank You cards to make and send out (for sure need to do this since I was really lazy and didn’t get my Christmas cards out!!! OOPS!).

I thought I would share a couple of the funniest gifts I received this Holiday Season. The first is from my co-worker Char. I believe the pictures speak for themselves!

First, I got this:

Then these came out of the box:

I wonder what she’s trying to say?!?!?! LMAO! The funny thing is, she gave our manager the same thing! We always joke that the 3 of us working together is like a little witches coven, so I suppose it’s appropriate!

This next gift came from my friend Jill and my mother. I’m not exactly sure what the point of it is, or the message they are trying to send (Yeah Right!!!!).

Anyway, overall … great Christmas! Got to spend time with a lot of my family and we had a lot of fun (and ate a lot of food, mostly sugar of course). And as much as I look forward to this time of year, I’m always glad it’s over, and I’m looking forward to 2008.

I was reading over at Marci’s Blog today and her post from today really made me think. She has for the last few years picked a word that defines the upcoming year for her basically. I love this idea. I’ve decided to pick a word for myself this year, and that word is persevere.

per·se·vere (Pronunciation Key: pur-suh-veer)

1. to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.
2. to persist in speech, interrogation, argument, etc.; insist.
3. to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.

When I look at this definition, the first one is the one I’m going for more than anything. I want to persevere in many areas of my life.

I have many goals for 2008, some craft related.

2008 Crafting Goals

1 - Post on my Blog a minimum of 3 new cards/layouts/projects a week.
2 - Create a minimum of 6 scrapbook layouts (completed!!!) a month
3 - Keep my crafting space clean and organized! (This is a big one!!!!)
4 - Reign in my spending. Use what I have. Stay within a defined budget for my crafting.

I’m sure there are more, but those are the basics.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of 2007! I’ll post again in a day or two (the next 2 days are going to be super busy at work and I’ll be glad when it’s over!!!!!).

It finally feels like Christmas!

Published by Tracy on December 16, 2007

Well, it took me the better part of 12 hours, yes, 12 hours, but I finally got the Christmas tree put up today!

How in the world could it take me so long you ask? Well … let me tell you!

I got a new fake tree this year. A 7.5 Donner Fir. Not pre-lit. The fake tree I got rid of a couple of years ago was 2 pieces, plus the stand. All the branches were attached, they just folded up onto itself for storage. I assumed this was the same way. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found this:

Those branches are in piles by the way - by their color coded branches. You can’t tell from that picture - but there are 8 layers to this tree, not including the top - which is one piece. As I’m looking around I’m wondering what I’ve gotton myself into.

Well I start in … it’s not that hard really. It’s hard on my hands and arms - my forearms have a ton of tiny scratches on them right now. So, I finally get all the branches in, and shaped close to how I want them. So I start stringing the lights. Since this tree is HUGE (I clearly didn’t have a good understanding of how big 7.5 feet tall would be), I decided that I’m going to wrap the branches with the light strands so that there is good coverage. Well … I get the 6th strand put on, and go looking for another one. Yep, you got it … I have no more lights. I can’t believe it. I have a good 3.5 foot of tree left, and no more lights.

It’s about 4pm at this point (I started this little project at Noon). So I contemplate. The nearest store is 35 miles. I go. I can’t leave it, and I can’t decorate until the lights are all on (well, I probably could, but it’s just not right).

So, I finally get back, finishing stringing lights. Take a break, and then hang ornaments for awhile.

This is the final product. I’m pretty happy with it. There are 800 lights on it, and thankfully I didn’t miss a blinker lightbulb (I was pulling them out cause the blinking drives me CRAZY). It’s a little blurry, but it’s the best pic I could get of it. My camera really wants to focus on the lights and I don’t have the patience to figure out what setting I need to change it to tonight! :P

Figgy Pudding anyone?

Published by Tracy on December 9, 2007

I’m so excited!! I finally got some Basicgrey Figgy Pudding. The store I was at was all out of the Paper Pack, so I just went ahead and bought 2 of each pattern. That was cheap (hahaha)! Now I need to figure out what I’m going to use it on … most likely I’ll just save to look at for awhile. I’m a true-blue paper horder it seems! :P

It’s snowing!

Published by Tracy on November 28, 2007

It started on my way home from work, and has just kept right on falling! It’s a little wet and heavy right now, but we’re supposed to get 3-5 inches tonight. It’s the first snow of the year!

The picture is a little fuzzy, but it’s really hard to get a good night time pic of snow!! :P

Matching Shelves!

Published by Tracy on November 27, 2007

First of all, please excuse the messy desk!!! I have some serious cleaning up to do in my craft area.

Well, My Dad has been at it again! This time he’s built shelves to go on top of my 6 foot table. It gives me more space in my already small room to work. He made them specifically so that my Cricut and Cuttlebug would slide under them for storage.

I haven’t totally decided if everything I have piled on top of them and under them is staying where it is now, but I’m trying to get an idea of what I always want to be closest to me when I’m making cards and scrapbooking!

Thanks Dad! You know I love them!

A Picture is worth 1000 words!

Published by Tracy on November 18, 2007

Four scans later, and I”m confident I have a clean machine! WOOHOO!!!

So, I’ve been sick the last few days. Yesterday was probably the worst of it. I didn’t do much of anything at all yesterday. I was sitting in my chair watching some TV yesterday afternoon when Jack, my dog, started acting odd. I assumed he needed to go outside. I wasn’t thrilled to get out of my chair, cause frankly I had no energy, but it was easier than cleaning up a potential mess if I avoided him.

I drag myself up, and come into the hallway to find this:

You see, those pillows HAD been sitting vertical all lined up next to the blankets on that table. Jack’s problem with that is that his little yellow ball went UNDER the table and he couldn’t get it. He figured if he could get all the pillows out of the way he’d be able to find it!!! When he saw that I was getting up, he ran out ahead of me and stood there! So proud of his work. How could I not laugh?!?! So of course, I had to snap a picture, and yes, I will scrapbook it!

Important Lessons!

Published by Tracy on November 17, 2007

So … let’s talk Internet Security shall we?

Last night I was google-ing along and came across a site that wanted to do an auto-download. Now, I know not to click Ok. Part of my job is IT afterall.

Well, since I wasn’t really paying much attention, instead of clicking CANCEL (like you all should if you’re not sure about an auto-download) I ended up clicking OK by accident. UGH! Let me just tell you - that shot my night.

I spent several hours last night fighting the dang Trojan virus. It hijacked my internet browser - not good.

Before you ask - YES, I have antivirus on my computers. I use McAfee on both of my computers. And yes, it did catch the virus - but not in time. It had already changed entries in my registery. Talk about a nightmare. So, while McAfee did clear the virus, the damage was done.

Now - let me tell you about the best program out there! It’ll save you a trip to a computer tech - and some money most likely.

Spyware Doctor from PC Tools is fantastic!!!!!!!! It costs $30! And within about 90 minutes of downloading it - everything was back to normal on my desktop!!!!!! I’m soooo happy about that. The $30 is actually a year long subscription and works in conjuntion with your current antivirus. It goes deeper though, and is able to clean out the registery as well. (NO, I’m not affliated with either site, just a happy customer!)

Anyway, so, friendly warning, just be careful about what you download and click on! But if you do have a problem, there is a great problem out there that’ll help!

Tonight I’m taking the time to run another McAfee full scan, another Spy Doctor scan, and a Spybot scan. Once all those run and clear my machine one more time, then I can start posting artwork again (and yes, I have several things to post)!!!!