Sunday, November 25, 2007


I recently bought the movie Spiderman 3. I didn't get to see it in the theater, and I liked the first 2, so I figured "what the heck?" It was great! I'm a sci fi/fantasy nut, and superhero movies fit into those genres somewhere. It got me thinking about superhero movies in general~ there have been a lot made in the last few years, and they've been popular (with few exceptions). But why have they been so popular?

It seems like every time I read or watch the news that the world is in constant chaos and evil deeds abound. Sometimes it seems hopeless and that very little good happens. The world could use a few heroes like Spiderman or Superman to help save us regular mortals from ourselves.

And that's why I think superhero movies are popular these days. They give us someone to put our hope in, even if it's just for 2 hours and 13 minutes. We get to escape into a world where people are saved by those stronger than us, people who try to do the right things, people who put others before themselves.

While I do love watching superheros kicking butt and taking names later, I DO know real-life heroes. Like my mom, who raised 7 of us by herself. Or my DH who, in his Air Force job, does tasks not related to his training. Just because he loves our country. There are plenty of others I know who would bend over backward to help if you blow a tire on your car or lose your kid at Wal-Mart. I choose to believe that most people "out there" are basically good, hardworking people trying to do the right thing in this crazy world. I have seen too much to believe otherwise.

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Ever have one of those days where no matter what you do, you don't feel like doing it? Or anything? That's today. Oh well.

I did get some pretty things done yesterday, so I will show off those.

These are both from Michelle Pieters' Hope Brag Book. I love the colors~ they seem to match my photos of sunsets and sunrises. Sunrises in particular give me hope, because it's the symbol that the sun DOES rise even when everything else stinks.

Also, I have funny quiz results. Everyone can use a laugh, right? It's amazing how these silly little quizzes can be so darn accurate.

You Are More Yin


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The wonderful world of pie baking

It's that time of year again, pie baking for the holidays! Among my extended family and various friends, I am well-known for my pie baking. It's not something I've sought, but I enjoy it anyway.

See, I've been baking the pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas for about 20 years now, and I've gotten dang good at it (you'd think I would be, after that long). It all started when my mom asked me to help her in the kitchen. She was swamped with turkey preparation and the like. So began my fabulous holiday hobby!

Today was pie baking day, because tomorrow we'll be journeying south to enjoy Turkey Day with my in-laws and their in-laws (don't ask, they just consider us extended family~ hey, it's the South!). I've spent half the day with the oven on and me covered in flour. The results are a made-from-scratch apple pie, cherry-blueberry (I didn't find another cherry pie filling can until after the thing was cooling) pie, and 2 pumpkin pies. They look dang nice (and yummy) if I do say so myself.

My DH (who does 99% or more of the cooking in our home) said to me the other day (he'd been chatting with aforementioned in-laws) that it was requested that I make pies and bring them. Other family members also attending said feast asked what kind of pies I'd be making. OK! Guess I'm a celebrity, or at least a dessert kinda hero. It's so bizarre.

So what is it that makes others drool over the thought of my pies? Sure my crust is light and super flaky, but I've got no secret recipe. It's just Betty Crocker's. Is it the contents? Nothing special about the apples I've used or the cans of pie filling I dumped unceremoniously into the shells. Regular old Comstock brand! And I do different ones every year? Is it the *LOVE* I bake into them? Not consciously, lemme tell ya! Soooooo I think I will just pipe down and enjoy the 2 times a year I can serve others with delicious treats I make myself. :)





Sunday, November 18, 2007

HI Mom!

My mom said I should post some of my latest work! I bet she didn't expect me to change my template, LOL! OK Mom!

This page features Seebee's Harvest Hues kit. I also used a layout template by Shirley Schmitz, and frames by Manu70.

Michelle Pieters has been busy creating LOTS of bling for us! The next two feature overlays from her Bling Overlays 1 and 2. Princess Ane here also uses Michelle's Misty Rose kit.

For this I also used one of Michelle's Amazing Art Basics paper and a template by Nicole Sheppard.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Busy Me

Well I have been a busy little bee lately! I'm getting a lot done, but plenty is still fallling by the wayside. Like posting in my blog and visiting my favorite haunts. :D

I've been preparing for my latest Close to My Heart party. I'm always a bit afraid of walking into an unknown group of gals, wondering if I'll get along with them. No problem today! I had a great time! :D

I can't leave digiscrapping out! I don't think I could ever give up my paper completely, but I loooooove manipulating the digital realm! :D Here are a couple from Michelle Pieters' new kit, Love: Fruit of the Spirit. She's been even busier than me, and has lots of new things in her store at Gotta Pixel.

This one also uses a crumple action from Atomic Cupcake and a template whose creator I can't find. I love it, whoever you are! :D

I don't think I could ever get tired of scrapping my BFF's wedding pix. They are just too cute together! I used another action by Atomic Cupcake on the postcard (burned edges) and a template by Gerti.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Fabulous Art!

I've been busy again working with fabulous new paper created by Michelle. :) I wish she'd tell me how she does this to the paper . . . but I'll settle for playing with it! LOL!

She calls the paper Amazing Art- Floral. It's beautiful to look at by itself! She also made a companion Kit called Amazing Art- Basic that has solid colors from the Floral pack, but still artsy. :D Hop over to Gotta Pixel and grab them both!