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James and I were able to sit down before the New Year and jot down our resolutions. It feels nice – I feel like I’ve got a hold on 2010. It will be way better than 2009, that’s for sure.

We divided up our goals into Work, Art, and Health

There are a lot of resolutions in here! Wish us luck!


It’s amazing to me that you can take a huge rectangle of fabric, and turn it into a skirt or blouse. Or, you can turn it into two smaller rectangles.

It took all day, hence the night shot, but I made myself some new curtains. The end result?

Joy, happiness, beauty. I’m so pleased with them. And these are fully lined, pieces of art!

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for purchasing this beautiful fabric for me. Else I would be stuck with these for the next year.

And that’s no way to start 2010, is it?

(Yes, I really had these hanging in the window- they didn’t always look like this though)

Speaking of starts, have you made your new year resolutions yet? I made a resolutions mini, which I will share tomorrow!

I have been wanting to participate in Scrapmojo‘s challenges for a long time. I love the group’s artistry in scrapbooking. This challenge really hit home for me. It was about the economy and how it’s affected you. Well, this summer has been really bad. Both James and I work in the performing arts, and you can imagine how badly that area has tanked. We’ve barely been able to find work. My journaling is about how I need to keep faith in us and know that there’s got to be a light at the end of the tunnel. My squares are in the photos and papers, and my recycled item is the bubble wrap I used.




And I’ve decided to enter this DT call. I do love me a mini album. These are the three I’m submitting:

This is  sort of a look book. I just played with colors and techniques and I like to go back to it to get some inspiration.





And the other two are older, but they are my favorites. This one and this one. Wish me luck!

I’m going to have to stop now, considering this took about two hours to do  – my laptop is dying a slow and painful death!

Peace out!

So I’m working on a scrapbook for James. Just a fun little book with pictures of cool audio gear that he will like. He’s been feeling a little down lately, so I thought this would cheer him up. There aren’t a lot of cool photos of preamps and monitors and the like, but this is what I have so far.


1. JBL in detail., 2. Fender amp, 3. Fender Amp, 4. XLR, 5. Control Room Monitor EQ’s, 6. Homage 2 Analog, 7. Audio Console, 8. Console, 9. #136 Mic check, 10. Sennheiser headphone!

In my quest to be as productive as possible while watching the Olympics, I made this mini the other day. It’s of all the animals we have up for adoption. I left little tags on each page to mark “adopted” when they get new homes.

I used one of the kits from SIS. I went over there when they were having their big sale. I got this kit for $15 bucks!

These guys were so precious. Two white, 2 week old kittens that we rescued from the HSUS. They would have died overnight if we hadn’t taken them. That ‘s me trying to bottle feed Bonnie (the other one was Clyde)

And this poor guy. He was rescued from the street, being used as bait in dog fighting. He still has scars all over his face, but he has such a great temperament. It’s just so hard to adopt him out, because pits have such a bad rep!

Here’s a few things I made the other day while watching the Tony’s (Yay Patti LuPone – I worship you!!!)

This was a fun little pic James took of me. It has this really cool lens flare in the corner (you can barely see it  here)

My sister sent me some goodies and some pictures of the  kids.  Look at Sean trying to pull a funny face 🙂

I made this mini too. I had so much fun making it. It’s Words I Love. I’m going to fill it with fun words that I find.

Been knitting some socks. This is the third (and last) pair I’ve made. Since it’s now 90 degrees again. I’ve finally figured out how to keep the seams from creating that huge ladder when you knit on db pointed needles. They are really easy to make – from the Knit Scene Fall 07 issue.  My knitting group helped me to understand short rows and wrapping stiches.

It’s so hot here again. I guess I should get used to it. It’s going to be 90 degrees in the Philippines too. And rainy. I’d forgotten how much I loved warm showers. We are leaving on Thursday and get to the PI on Saturday. That’s one long flight, huh? 🙂 I don’t know if I’ll be able to blog much before then. And hopefully there are some accessible internet cafes there. TTFN!

I have been having a hard time coming up with titles lately. Even for my layout titles, I usually have to do massive brainstorming in order to come up with them.

Can you believe it, Anna? I finished your swap! Here’s a sneak and it’s going in the mail today! I had so much fun making these. I hope you like!

This is a picture of James’s cousin, Greg. This was when we last saw him, at our Wedding. He got a little tipsy on Champagne and jumped up to play us some “All Along the Watch Tower”. He’s an excellent guitarist. Not so much on the vocals, though. It was pretty funny.

And here are two albums I made a while ago but never posted. They’re not finished – I don’t know what to do with them yet.

I’ve had this castle for the longest time. Finally covered it.

This was from my Concroption kit I won at Unpubbed. I LOVE these daisy d’s papers.

Did I tell you all that I got a second part time job? I’m working at a box office for a certain theatre. So I can keep an eye on James, hahah. It’s fun. I’m learning a lot and it’s super easy and laid back. Tonight we had the big Filipino movie premiere of the Caregiver, starring Sharon Cuneta. It was crazy. The Flips were in full force tonight. I was starting to get a cold and now I’ve completely lost my voice. That hasn’t happened since 2006. Sigh. So no more talking for me.

peace out

Some stuff I’ve made recently.

The nephews

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Finally got around to covering my ATC book. Seriously, I’ve had this book for maybe a year now, and it’s already filled.



I am THE WORST at sending cards for people. But I got around to sending my friend, Irene, a card for birthday. Hugs to you, Irene!


And this layout here… my goal was to make a fast layout before ANTM started.

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I made two, this is the only one I’ll show, because the other one is HIDEOUS.

Note to self, never “try to make a layout real fast”. (Obviously I don’t pay attention to myself, because

I think I’ve told myself that before)

And here’s one of a couple of tags I made for a charity donation.

charity-tag-1.jpgI signed up super fast, then realized that I had to send them to SINGAPORE. Which brings me to my next

Note to self, read carefully before signing up for stuff.

So, we’ve been watching a lot of movies lately. Been catching up on all our Netflix. We’ve watched two vonTrier movies: Dogville and Dear Wendy. And I….

I guess I want to seem like I understand and  appreciate his movies. But they are too depressing. Too messed up. The lives of these people get so f*cked up. They all start out with good intentions and then it falls apart so badly. If Dogville wasn’t so brutal and harsh, I would have enjoyed it. I loved the concept and the visualization – it was like watching live theatre, but I can’t take that much real life. I mean, I already live “real life” so give me a feel good movie or book any day.

Then we watched American Psycho and The Machinist. What is with our Netflix list?? I told James that the next movies have to be lighthearted comedies. American Psycho was good. But James and I disagreed with the ending.Was he really a serial killer or was he imagining it? You decide. The Machinist…. oh my god! I could hardly watch it because Christian Bale’s weight! Yuck! But a very good movie too. So disturbing. If you haven’t seen it – Christian Bale weighed 125 lbs for this movie! And to see him go from The Hottest Man Ever (seriously, he’s so HOT!!) in American Psycho to Disturbingly Sick Man in The Machinist was hard to take.

Well, here’s my Holiday album. It was fun to do and I really enjoy my kits from Studio Calico.


The cover


James and I at the Getty Villa. I haven’t done the journaling yet


Sean.. he’s so cute


My favorite page of Jaedyn, being a superstar in my sunglasses.

Has anyone seen this new show Cashmere Mafia? It stars the greatest women: Frances O’conner (love her), Miranda Otto and Lucy Liu. I have this thing about foreign actors being able to do accents. I just think it’s the coolest thing ever!! I LOVE when brittish actors can do excellent American accents.  And these two ladies kick ass! Not to say Lucy Liu isn’t awesome either – she does the “power woman” thing so well. Remember her in Kill Bill? I thought she was the best part of the whole movie.

Phew! I have more to talk about, but I’ll save that for tomorrow. I am (finally) meeting up with my personal trainer tomorrow. I’m scared! Wish me luck

One year ago today I was just about to walk down the aisle and pledge my life and love to this wonderful man. We went to the park and had ourselves a little picnic to celebrate. Doesn’t James look like a rockstar?

One year ago today I was so stressed out – I didn’t think we were going to get it all together. But it went smoothly and (apparently) beautifully; I don’t really remember. I was a complete mess that day. It has taken a while, but I can now look back on the wedding without trepidation. I don’t like looking back on times when I’ve been really nervous and/or stressed; it just makes me nervous again. But it really was a lovely wedding.

James and I have been together almost 11 years, so being married didn’t change much. But I remember those first few days when James would call me and say, “I just wanted to talk to my wife.” It was such a thrill. I can’t believe how the time flies.

I made a little giftie for him. It’s an altered book that will hold a picture of us each year on our anniversary. I got the tutorial from (the amazingly talented) Kerry Lynn. It’s not quite finished. I need to get a crop a dile or a Japanese screw punch to get the holes thru the book covers. But we love the way it turned out!




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2010 crafty:

  • curtains
  • 9 layouts
  • 1 knitted hat
  • 2 potholders
  • 2 mini collages
  • 2 cards
  • 2 knitted cowls
  • 2 knitted scarves
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