Friday, October 31, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Party Hearty Stamp-A-Stack

For just $1 a card, I had neighbors and friends over for some card-making fun. Here are the cards we made, all with just one stamp set, Party Hearty. Come on, you know you want to, too!

Colors: Chocolate chip, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Accessories: 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, dazzling diamonds stampin' glitter (LOVE the glitter!), 2-way glue pen, dimensionals

Colors: Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon, glitter, stamp-a-ma-jig

I love the use of white space on this card! So clean and simple, and yet still fun and vibrant!

Colors: Bashful Blue, Basic Gray (the only non-alliterative color name in the catalog!), Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango textured cardstock, Whisper White craft ink
Accessories: Bella Rose Designer Series Paper, 1/16" handheld punch, metal brads, dimensionals, 3/4" circle punch (oops-the punched circle isn't pictured on this one)

All stamped images are (c) Stampin' Up! 1990-2008.

Wait--Did you say something about a sale?

Birthday and celebration sets are 20% off this month with a $20 purchase, part of Stampin' Up!'s 20th anniversary celebration! Join the fun! My upcoming card-making events are as follows:

2 for $2 Thursday, November 6
2pm or 7pm

We'll be making a thank-you card featuring the set "Simply said" as well as a birthday/celebration card featuring the Simply Sent card design "Rock Star." Experience the ease and affordability of Stampin' Up!'s card kits!

Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack Thursday, November 20
2pm and 7pm

Make as many cards as you need from 3 different designs--or make some of each! Cards are $1 each. Please bring your own adhesive. We'll be using the set "Wishing you Cheer" found on page 37 of the Idea Book & Catalog. Ask me what supplies you need to make these cards at home!

Email me today to RSVP! Also, don't forget to check out my demonstrator website! There is a secret code word located on one of my demonstrator website pages--mention the code word while placing an order and you'll receive a free Stampin' Write marker!

Can't come to my events but want to BUY the cards from me ready-made? Shoot me an email at jennyfosdickATgmailDOTcom and we'll decide on a price! I can even make custom cards for you!

Plus, right now I have 6 fancy little envelopes sitting on my table with BIG surprises inside. "Book 2 Look" inside and see what you will receive as a workshop hostess!'re still here? Shouldn't you be calling me right now in your excitement to make cards and hostess a workshop?!?!?!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Folly of Youth: Why Ignorance is NOT Bliss

Okay, here is just one example.

When we were newlyweds living in a BYU married student ward (with so few children that there was no Primary or Nursery), I had the opportunity to babysit a little boy. We'll call him Chip. He was younger than my Samuel is now, so about 8 months old, and if I remember correctly, he didn't have any teeth yet.

Well this is what I was given to feed Chip during my 2 hour babysitting stint: a banana and some rice cereal (no big deal).

And a tuna sandwich.

Did I mention that this little boy had no teeth?

Being a childless and ignorant 20 year old, I had no idea what to feed a baby, nor did I have a box of Cheerios stashed away at the back of the cabinet. But I could tell that a tuna sandwich was an unusual menu item. I could also tell that Chip was not happy. He tried and tried to eat that tuna sandwich, gumming it for 30 minutes until he had finally eaten half of it. Based on his determination and long suffering, I'm comfortable assuming that this was not the first time he had been given a tuna sandwich. But boy, was he grumpy about it.

Chris had been present when Chip was dropped off by his mom, and was witness to my sheer excitement at having a "trial run" at the baby business. He stopped back in briefly after an hour and found me, most likely in tears, rocking and bouncing and swooping the little guy to get him to stop crying and go to sleep (since he had already eaten his tuna sandwich). By the end of my 2-hours when Chip had gone home, Chris came home again only to find me fast asleep on the couch, completely exhausted. He decidedly announced that we weren't having any babies yet, and teased me for my naive longing for a baby of my own.

Ah, the advantage of hindsight. That day I was just as clueless as Chip's mom. Poor baby. Poor mom. At least I could tell that he was not happy with a tuna sandwich for lunch.

In case you are wondering, here is a website that gives some good guidelines about what to feed an 8 month old. I don't see any mention of tuna or sandwiches.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Random Question

My favorite regular breakfast of choice is Life cereal with skim milk and a banana sliced into it.

What is your favorite and/or most regular breakfast?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Spread thin

Well, the kids are both in bed and it's only a matter of time before one of them bounces, so I'll do this quick. (Man, I'm not looking forward to 1:00 church!)

Here's the lowdown from the past few weeks:
Leah is just about fully potty trained (but how do you really know when you are done?). She has only had one accident in the past two and a half months and usually wakes up with a dry pull-up as well. She has gone two weeks without a binky. Combine that with having a big girl bed, I'd say she's....well, a Big Girl! She recently made her first ever joke. After hearing a car horn from outside, she said, "Horn! On the cob!" Very original!

Samuel is crawling and standing and creeping along the furniture, recently got his third haircut, and has two teeth with two more on the way in (accompanied by a fever and crying and stuffy nose and not sleeping). He eats everything we put in front of him, and other things we try to keep away from him. He has recently learned how to crawl up stairs and consequently how to fall down them.

I've been busy with all my many projects, and for a stay-at-home mom/Relief Society president ironically none of them have been dishes or laundry or cooking or cleaning or president-ing(presiding?). On the contrary, I have been doing lots of stamping (you know you want to!), I finally started scrapbooking our wedding (I got an awesome new photo printer!), and I've been working on Halloween costumes. Yesterday I made a cape for Chris, who will go as The Phantom of the Opera, and I have all but the finishing touches to apply to Leah's "Toy Story" Jesse costume. (Oh, and there are two boys across the street who will be going as Woody and Buzz! I can't wait to get a picture of the whole crew!) I've left plenty of time to create and perfect Cruella DeVille's Dalmatian coat for myself. I think it will be fun. We also attended a very fun and nostalgic dinner this past week with good friends from our old alma-mater and the origin of "Chris&Jenny", SVU!
Chris is taking a break dancing class and getting really good, and he continues to work out one and half or two hours 6 days a week. Oh yeah, he's also working full-time, being a full-time graduate student, and a full-time dad simultaneously.

Snow-capped Timpanogos from our back door. It's only a matter of time until that snow creeps down into our valley! (Chris took this one!)

Saturday, October 04, 2008

After all these years, finally coming out of the closet

They have been hiding in the back of my closet for 3 1/2 years (in which I have moved twice). I just couldn't bring myself to part with them, hoping against hope that someday I could again wear them proudly. I have longingly gazed upon their well-worn seams and subtle wash, even trying them on ocassionally only to be disappointed. At times I feared I would never wear them again.

Today was the day. Yes, you heard me right. I am wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans. Pre-Leah-pregnancy jeans.

And they look dang good.