Thursday, April 1, 2021

Blog Train: Scrap Twist April 2021 - Denim Party

This month's train is really cute, featuring denim flowers, lots of bits and bobs, and some really pretty papers.  I didn't get much done this month, but I did my standard glitters, and threw a couple flowers in for fun.  Click here, or on the image, to download, then scroll down to see the blog roll!

Marniejo's House of Scraps
Nellie Bell
The Brown Owl
Brandi White Designs
Songbird Scraps Designs
Lori Imel Designs

Blog Train: Pixel Scrapper - April 2021

 Pixel Scrapper has changed their blog trains to have no assigned theme, which has left me kind of befuddled lately.  I prefer having a theme so I know what to make.  These colors, to me, were extremely blah, so I had a really hard time coming up with anything.  However, I still managed a few flowers and some glitters.  Click the image to download, and enjoy!

Don't forget to visit the forum at at Pixel Scrapper to see the other contributions.

By the way, I have also uploaded the individual files to the Commons over there, in case you only want the confetti, or the yellow flower, etc.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

News: Older Freebies

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know real quick that my older freebies are being slowly moved to the Commons area at Pixel Scrapper. If you're not familiar with it, Pixel Scrapper is a wonderful digital scrapbooking community with literally thousands of free downloads, a busy forum, and a huge gallery for scrapping inspiration. They do have professional designers on the site, and there is also the Commons, where several designers of many different skills, styles, and levels of production (some are soooooo busy, but others barely post, and that's all ok!) can post their creations. My future blog trains and other freebies will be posted both here and at Pixel Scrapper, but my older ones are only going to be over there, and will be uploaded very slowly (because I'm lazy). :) Thanks for stopping by today! I've got blog train posts coming on April 1.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Blog Train: Scrap Designers - October 2020, Dark Nights

I expected this color scheme to be seriously blah, but after seeing what everyone put together, I'm loving it! My contribution isn't huge, but I hope you can make use of it. Click the image to download, and here's the list of other designers who participated:

WinksArt Graphics
Skinni’s Skraps
Joys Creations
Promethean Concepts
Annie C Digitals
Brandi’s Crafts
Lady DGScrap
Moore Blessings Digital Design

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Travel: Penguin Park - Kansas City, MO - December 24, 2018

Penguin Park is so called because of the huge fiberglass penguin that is featured prominently in the park.  Local Kansas City radio station KCUR has posted an article with a wonderful history of the penguin, elephant, kangaroo, and other animals at the park, as well as the area itself.

I grew up in Kansas City, MO.  I still have family there, so we took a trip over the Christmas weekend to visit.  While there, we paid a visit to Penguin Park, which is actually part of "Lakewood Greenway," but... you won't find anyone in the Kansas City North area who calls it that.

As far back as I can remember, Penguin Park has been decorated for the holiday season, and at certain scheduled times, you can even visit with Santa Claus at the park.  We didn't do any of that, and it was warm enough out that we could get by with hoodies and gloves, but it was still a Christmas treat for the family.

I even had my own adventure - they've totally revamped those spinny-go-round things - instead of metal death traps, they're amazingly awesome plastic things, and I had a go on one. I didn't even barf!  Nor did I wobble much when I got off the thing. 

Friday, December 21, 2018

Sightseeing: Central West End Christmas - St. Louis, MO - December 2018

My family is currently based in St. Louis - we are a family of 4 - me, Brandi is the mom, and I'm 43.  My husband, who we'll refer to as P, is 51.  We have a 15-year-old we'll refer to as J, and a 12-year-old who we'll call E.

On a recent weekend, E was at a boy scout campout, so P, J, and I decided to go wandering around in our own city, acting like tourists.  We went to the Central West End in St. Louis.

This Mexican restaurant (El Burro Loco) was nicely decorated.  

Another nearby business was providing free s'mores for visitors.  We could walk up and make our own!

There were street entertainers.

The World Chess Hall of Fame is located in this area.  It offers lots of photo ops!

 There were lots of other beautiful street decorations, and lots of cute little shops with beautiful items for sale.

It was a lot colder than we had expected, so we didn't stay as long as we had wanted to, but overall, it was a wonderful day.  Exploring your own city is fun, and we're going to try to do it more often!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Camping: October 24-25 at Johnson’s Shut-Ins

We took a short trip to Johnson’s Shut-Ins again, and camped one night.  We stayed at the same ADA-accessible walk-in site as we used before.  It was just too cold and rainy to stay two nights like we had planned, but the major complication was that the camp stores weren’t open, and we had forgotten something simple – tools for flipping our planned pancakes and hamburgers.  Plus, we seem to be terrible at starting campfires.
We did end up purchasing a propane stove, though.

I wasn’t impressed by it – the first time we used it, the grate got so hot it was glowing red, which may have been due to it being turned up too high, but it was disconcerting.
For our new camping adventures, we got a new tent!

This thing is awesome.  It’s an Ozark Trail 18×10 tent with integrated LED lights in the top support bars.  It takes 4 D batteries, and we were able to leave the light on for almost 14 hours without any problems. No way would we do that during the summer, though – the bugs would flock to our tent and we would be miserable.

The packaging says “2 minute setup” – not so much, it took us about 20 minutes with the husband and the 15-year-old working on it.  It took us a while to get the rain fly on, because the tent is tall – you can easily walk around inside without having to duck down, even in the corners.  We’re kind of dense, and set it up backwards, so that the D-shaped door was our entry and we couldn’t get to the part with the screen and awning due to the way the pad is aligned at the site we were at.
We also got new cots to sleep on, because we decided that the husband and I are too old for sleeping on the ground.

For each kid, we got these simple Coleman Trailhead cots.  They come with the attached organizer, which is great because both kids wear glasses and need a place to put them.
For me and the husband, we got these Teton Sports cots.  Mine is the XXL because I’m large, and for him, we got the next-smaller model.

This thing is huge – 40×85 inches (hubby’s is 32×85).  Bigger than a twin-sized bed!  It was a major pain in the butt to set up, but this is the truth for all of the cots we got.  Those end bars are horrible.
They don’t have attached organizers like the ones for the kids, so we grabbed these to help out:

They didn’t have an instructions for attaching them to the cots, so we had a little trouble getting them hooked on, but finally figured it out.  (It was cold, we were tired… we weren’t thinking as clearly as we would’ve been otherwise!)
Overall, the scenery at the Shut-Ins is gorgeous, but going in late October isn’t the best idea.  The campground is deserted and the camp store isn’t open the posted hours, so it’s not great if you’ve forgotten something!  We had to get fire wood at a gas station, and it wasn’t even really fire wood.  It looked like cut up 2x4s and there were nails in two of the boards.
BUT, we had fun.  Especially the boy.