Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy Weekend

Hope you have a fun weekend!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Let Them Eat Cake

For all you cake lovers.......Vanessa at V and Co. offers tutorials for these sweet projects and many more! She charges a small fee for most of her tutorials but a select few are free. The frosting on the cake is removable so if you were in the mood for chocolate or lemon you could just pop on another top! And the best part about this cake... NO CALORIES!

Monday, January 25, 2010

They Don't Have Blueberries In China?

Last night, Amanda and I were in the office just blogging away and husband pops in to check and see if we had blogged ourselves to death. I happened to be on a blog that had posted about Kindles and the possibility of actual books becoming obsolete so I mentioned to husband that I was appalled at the thought of not having books and being forced to use a Kindle. Who wants to curl up with a blanket and a good Kindle? Husband, always thinking ahead, says, "we should buy Kindle stock."

While I was thinking that there is no way I would ever spend one dime to support a book annihilator, husband says, "They are sending blueberries over to China." Because I have been married to said husband for 20 years I understood his train of thought....we should buy stock in blueberry farms! Sometimes my head goes one way and husbands goes another. I was thinking about the extinction of books as we know them and he was thinking of stocks. So I said, "We are exporting blueberries to China? They don't grow blueberries in China?"

It was at this moment that Amanda decided to clear things up for her not so technical parents and remarks, "I think he means Blackberries." For a brief moment I thought we were still talking about fruit until I realized that husband got his berries mixed up! Heaven only knows where these conversations will go when she moves out on her own.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I Heart You!

I've been visiting some of my favorite scrapbooking blogs lately and found this cute craft that would be perfect for Valentines Day. Kim Archer has a free tutorial that lookes very user friendly. I love the little details...polkadots, hand stitching and the stripes on the stems. You could give them as gifts individually or as whole bouquets!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

3 Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed

These are so darn cute I want one of each! Especially the monkeys! I stumbled upon this etsy shop and was seriously amused by all of Sarah's little creatures. What adorable faces and the fabric choices...sweet! You can purchase the finished product and/or PDF patterns of these cuties and so much more...owls, elephants, babies, kittens, bunnies and gnomes. I am definitely going to try out the monkey pattern!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Genetic Roots

Yesterday, while I sat paitiently in the waiting area of Inland Imaging for my annual mammogram appointment {so much fun!} I picked up an issue of National Geographic and started flipping through photos of erupting volcanoes, wild horses and smiling faces from around the world. A one page article entitled, Red Alert, caught my eye. The article, short but to the point, claimed that natural redheads would become extinct by the year 2100!  The article went on to say that only 2% of the world's population possesses natural red hair and it is only a matter of time before the gene responsible for "gingers", as they used to be called, just disappears. Being a natural redhead myself, I was quiet alarmed by this report. What would the world become without redheads? I did a little research and found that a mutation of the MC1R gene is responsible for red hair and the other traits that go with it; freckles, fair skin, being prone to skin cancer and light sensitivity. To become a redhead both parents need to pass on two copies of this MC1R gene to their offspring. Some people can be carriers of the gene, possessing one functioning and one mutant version {I think the word altered or perfected would be a better description for this gene}. Carrier's children have a one in four chance of becoming a redhead. This is where the random, out of nowhere redhead comes from causing much confusion for some families. I'm assuming that I posses this gene since both my parents have natural red hair but because I only had three children I didn't get to test the 1 in 4 theory. I'll always wonder if that fourth child would have been a redhead! I don't think we need to worry, really, about the decline of the redhead because in 2006 Americans spent $123 million on red hair dye. Long live the redhead!!!

Images brought to you by, The Art of Being a Redhead

Thursday, January 14, 2010

January...The Absence of Color Month

It's that time of year again. After the vibrant Fall oranges and pinks and the festive, holiday red and green, everything looks blah! When all the Christmas fun is packed away my house looks naked! I took a trip over to Sis Boom for a little inspiration and look what I found!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Easily Distracted

I've been distracted by scrapbooking for the last couple of weeks. I am a messy scrapbooker and the aftermath of creativity looks like a an embellishment bomb went off {notice I didn't share photos of that}. So, to start the year off right, I tidied up my space and organized my supplies. I'm determined to put scrapbooking high on my priority list in 2010. I've also been redecorating my many options, so little time. Hopefully I will make up my mind on a design soon! Hope your New Year is off to a blessed start.