Sunday, March 30, 2008

Jersey Girl

Ahhh, yes! I am a Jersey girl at heart. Bruce Springsteen- what's not to like? HOWEVER- I absolutely LOVE Jon Bon Jovi ! I have to say that when my husband brought the idea up to me five years ago about getting season tickets to the Philadelphia Soul, I wasn't all that enthused. But Joe knows me VERY well, and knew just where my weak spot was- "Jon Bon Jovi- he's one of the co-owners of the team! He'll probably be at every game- he's very involoved.", he said to me. That was enough to convince me that this was a GREAT idea! And he was right- he is at almost every single game. He works his way around the perimeter of the field before the game starts, signing autographs and talking with the fans. The boys have met him a few times now and he knows Ryan by name (surprise, huh?). Yesterday was no exception! Here's the latest installation of my photos with Jon Bon Jovi..........

Ryan's not even looking at the right camera- he's looking at the PRESS camera ( I know- that's a shocker!) I have to say that, over the last five years, I have become quite a fan of the actual game of Arena Football. I look forward to all the games (not JUST to see Jon!). It's a great family environment and the people who sit around us are wonderful!
This picture was taken right after he signed my coveted baseball hat I paid a fortune for at his concert this month.............

Now onto some stamping! YES! I have been stamping- a ton! I've took on an after school class once a week for eight weeks, and it is finally winding down. I didn't anticipate how much time it would be taking away from everything else and it's just been crazy around here. I came across these adorable treat boxes on SCS the week before Easter and thought I'd give them a try! I modified the measurements a little, made a cardboard template for the window cutout, then mass-produced them for the teachers at the kids' school. Here's a pic of a few of the ones I made:

I still had a package of Stampin'Up! window sheets that have since retired, and used those to make the window. I stamped the greeting using the White Staz-On pad. Once I got through the first one and tweaked the measurements a bit, they came together rather quickly .
Well, I'm off to church, then I have to start cutting an preparing for the stamping classes I have this week and iron out my "real work" schedule (manicurist!)
Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 25, 2008

WOW- two posts in ONE day!

I had to tell you about my evening. Most of you know how I feel about the Ronald McDonald House charities- if you don't, here's an overview:
My brother Ted is only 18 months younger than me. He was born with a condition called short, it's a condition that affects his joints and muscles. Although many people are born with this condition, I've never met anyone that had it like my brother. It effects every joint in his body yet I don't even notice it. He's the most amazing person I've ever met in my life. He has never let it stop him from doing anything in his life. Growing up he had more determination than I could ever dream of having. He spent a lot of time in the hospital which, for me, meant that I got to spend a lot of time in the playroom at the hospital- I still remember the layout of the playroom at the DuPont Institute in Delaware. Every summer Teddy would have to have a few weeks of intensive physical therapy a few times a day and he and my mom would stay at the Ronald McDonald House near the hospital. My dad worked shiftwork at a refinery in Paulsboro and they only had one car so it really helped that they could stay there. I played with so many kids growing up that had all sorts of disabilities that sometimes I thought something was wrong with me! I was the one who was different.
When Stampin' Up! announced their partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities I was thrilled to say the least. It was the perfect outlet for me to show my appreciation for all they had done for my family over the last 30 years. For the last three months I've been stamping at the local house near me- it's been the most rewarding experience I've ever had. I've gotten to know so many wonderful families and met so many great kids who are dealing with some tremendous situations. Tonight was no different. Tonight only two people stamped at my table-that's it. Just two. BUT...............tonight I met a two year old little girl (Giovanna) that had a nuclear study today because she has cancer. Her and I sat and stamped ladybugs across a grid sheet- for 30 minutes. She tried to eat my glue stick. We walked around the House and looked at all the fish in the fish tanks. We walked around the playroom - she would grab my hand and say, "come here" and we would walk...............
Tonight I met a mother who had just given birth 24 hours ago to a baby girl that has to have lung surgery to remove a cyst on her lung. We sat and talked about all the things mothers talk about- how much the baby weighed, how she is eating, and so forth.
Over the last three months I have met people I will remember as long as I live. People who have made more of a difference in my life than I ever could in theirs.
Tonight I needed to write about the most wonderful thing that this hobby has given me.

Here's a picture of my brother paying basketball with Ryan a couple of weeks ago................

Just for me!

Please accept my apologies for not keeping up with this blog the way that I intended to. I took on an after school class one day a week and it's on my busy day (with nails) so Tuesdays are extra long for me! I find myself prepping for it every weekend instead of planning ahead and I just can't get caught up! It's Sale-a-Bration time and I've been busy planning for a Stamp-a-Stack the beginning of March along with regular Stamp Club. I spent all day Saturday cutting and prepping for the after school program and the Ronald McDonald House (which is tonight!). When I finally finished, I looked around at the scraps I had laying on my table and decided to make myself a card! Here it is:

I used some of the new products that will be available in the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog. I also used the Sale-a-Bration rub-ons for the center of the flower. They are really a lot of fun!
I spent all day yesterday in bed with a terrible migraine so now I am even further behind! It's better today.......just that "fuzzy" feeling in my head, but at least it's no pain! Gotta get back to work! Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

We're Off!

Tomorrow we head for our Disney vacation!The boys haven't been able to sleep for a week (neither have I!). No matter how many times we go, it doesn't get old. I'll leave you with a card I'll be doing at my mini stack the end of February (the rest of the details about dates and times will be announced when I return!). This is a great technique called faux-ripped paper. It looks as if the white layer is ripped and designer paper is showing through, doesn't it? I saw Dawn Griffith do this card and knew I had to give it a try! The best part is that you can put any greeting you'd like- they are so many that fit! The other card is a birthday card I made for my oldest nephew using one of the new Sale-a-Bration Sets!

See ya when I get back!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Can you hear me now?

Are you there? Are you still with me? I wouldn't blame you if you jumped ship! The holidays are finally over and we had a blast! It was filled with busy days and nights and lots of running around and now it's all over..........

Some highlights of our Christmas:

~ My brother-in-law, Nicholas was here from North Carolina- it was nice to visit!

~ The Wii- EVERY family should have this game system! I had no idea it would be as much fun as it has been! I can't believe how much I love it, personally. I throw a load of laundry in and play a gmae of tennis- LOL!

~ Our upcoming trip to Disney- we leave in 10 days and we're so excited!

I did a TON of stamping during the holidays. I vowed to use the things I bought and to use all the handmade tags I made instead of just looking at them!

Here's a few pics from our holidays:

Ryan with his "Baseball Guys"

Preston with one of his PSP movies........

I've been working on my Club projects for January and February since we'll be away. My pre-order of Sale-a- Bration stamp sets arrived today- WOOHOO!

I am headed to the Ronald McDonald House tomorrow night to stamp with the families there.....that's always a good time!
It was good to catch up- stay tuned for some great things in 2008!