Thursday, July 26, 2007

Car problems!!! Arghh!!!

Okay, so have you heard that saying "When it rains, it pours"? Well that was definitely true at the Speidel house yesterday! If you read my post from yesterday you know that our pc is "in the shop"! Well, now our car is too!

Yesterday afternoon my car started acting up. It actually died on me while I was waiting in a turning lane! Luckily, it started again and I was able to get back home with it. Whewww! I would of hated to be "that person" who's stalled in the turning lane! ;) Anyways, our car is in the shop and will be done later this afternoon. I guess the oxygen sensor was bad. Whatever that means... Thanks for checking in!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Computer problems!!!! Arghhh!

Well my post today is coming from my MIL's pc. Our computer started acting up last night, and now it's completely down for the count! I was typing an e-mail last night when our computer just shut off! The screen simply went black w/out any notice! We checked the cords and everything is plugged in. We were also able to run a virus scan without it shutting off, and found no viruses. So we are completely dumbfounded! We are sending it to a pc "doctor" so hopefully he will be able to help us. I'm just really glad that our pc didn't shut down while I was writing my test/paper for my Ethics & Values test. I'm also really thankful that Andy's parents live so close! I was able to come out here to their house and finish my test this morning and submit it for grading.(it had to be submitted by noon)

I'm going to be lost w/ out my pc! Not just because I'm going to miss checking your blogs, but it's also going to make my on-line class a little more challenging! I should be able to check my e-mail at least once a day, so feel free to e-mail me if you need to! Hopefully my pc will be up and running soon!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Look what Andy made for me!!!

I just wanted to show you what Andy (my DH) made for me yesteday! Isn't this the coolest ribbon holder?! I definitely needed new and improved ribbon storage, and this fits the order! Basically it is a wood frame with wooden dowels. He drilled holes through the frame so that the dowels could just slide in and out. Isn't it great?! Now I can see all of my ribbon and it's easy to access! I also love that it has lots of "growing" room! I can't wait to fill up all of that empty space!!! ;)

(previous storage)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Fun with new paper!

I had a total weak moment today and found myself at Hobby Lobby! I'm so bad!

Well, I ended up in the pp aisle (they just happened to have their pp 50% off)and spotted some new DCWV paper (well at least I haven't seen it until now). It's called "Nana's Kids" (with glitter & embossing). There are so many cute prints in this collection that are perfect for kids cards and scrap pages! I was already tempted to get this paper because I knew how many awesome cards I could make for my niece and nephews with it, but I was trying to tell myself "no"!

But then I spotted some pp in this pack that I knew that I NEEDED! I need to send a very special blog friend a very special thank you and knew that this certain pp would be just the thing I needed to make this card! That's when it happened... The pp jumped right off the shelf and landed right in my cart! Hey... if this pp wanted to go home with me that bad, who was I to leave it at the store? ;)

I made two cards with my new paper this afternoon. This birthday card I thought I would send to my nephew for his 2nd b-day on 8/2. This card is pretty straight forward. The only "tricky" thing that I did was punch out little holes in the scalloped oval and then layered it on another scalloped oval. Then I used my glitter pen to fill in the little circles.

The other card that I made is the one that I'm sending to one of my blog friends. I really wanted to post it, but decided not to ruin the surprise for her. Because if I posted the card it would be obvious who the recipient is! Guess you'll just have to take my word that it turned out cute! I'll post a pic of it after she gets it in the mail.

Thanks for looking and happy stamping!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Need a Monday laugh?

Okay, so I can't resist! I sent this pic to some family and friends today under the same title, "Need a Monday laugh?" I just think that this picture is so stinkin' funny I have to share it!

I took this pic last night while Andy and Ber were "rough housing". Ber is a pretty good sized dog, the last time he was at the vet he weighed in at 67lbs. So don't worry he can hold his own with Andy! ;)

I took this pic while Ber was waiting for Andy to make his next move before he "attacked" back! We always joke that when Ber really "gets goin'" he gets a look of "crazy" in his eyes! Well this picture captured that look for sure!!!

Hello Friends!

Hello friends! I hope that you are having a great Monday and are enjoying some stamp time!

I found inspiration for this card in Paper Crafts Magazine-Card Creations Volume 4, pg 54. I changed the card up a little, but it's basically still the same design. I ended up making the card a 5x7 so that the flower would fit on the cardstock. I usually stick to standard sized cards, but I really do like the 5x7 cards when I make one. I used a template that my MIL gave me for the flower, but I can't remember where it was from.

Well, that's all I have for you right now. I need to get busy working on a test/paper for my on-line Ethics & Values class. Thanks for looking!

Supplies: SU's Chocolate Chip cardstock, gel-pen, white embossing powder, and Love Without End stamp set, My Mind's Eye patterned paper, ribbon from Target's Dollar Spot, button from Paper Studio's Spare Parts, and embroidery thread.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

This is a quick little card that I whipped up this morning. It's a "thank you" to everyone who checks out my blog! I decided to keep it simple because I don't have much time to stamp this morning. Hopefully I'll be able to make some more cards this afternoon.

Well I need to go do some homework. Yep, that's right I said homework!!! Yuck! The July summer session started on Monday. There is an on-line class that is offered right now that I have been trying to get into, but it's been "closed". I've been checking the class quite often to see if any spots have opened, but no luck. I decided to check one last time Monday night and wouldn't you know there was a seat open!!! So yesterday I was busy traveling to campus (30 miles away) to pick up my book. I was so sad, my book cost $100!!! It wouldn't be so bad if it was a book that I was going to keep, but this is just a stupid Gen Ed class!!! Imagine how much stamp stuff I could of bought!

However, I am really excited because I would much rather take this class on-line! The class is Ethics & Values and I think that it would be a total snooze in the regular class setting! ;) Well, since I added the class late I'm already a little behind. (It's an accelerated course.) But, hopefully I'll be caught up in a few hours! Thanks for looking!

Supplies: Prima flowers, circle punches, SU's Apple Green ribbon, Green Galore and So Saffron cardstock, pp from DCWV The Glitter Stack, and thank you stamp from Studio G.

Monday, July 09, 2007

"Blacker" (blog slacker)

Have you ever wondered where all those little made-up words that are used in our blog world come from? Like, who thought up the word "blurffing" (blog surfing)?

Well, I have decided that they are probably just normal bloggers like myself. So I've created a new word to explain my latest "disappearing act" from my blog! ;) I've created the word "blacker" a combination of the words blog and slacker, because that is exactly what I've been lately. A blog slacker!!! (Well, at least I think I've created this word. Maybe someone else has already thought of it!)

A "blacker" is a person who temporally abandons their blog for various lengths of time through fault or no fault of their own!!!

You may have been wondering what I've been up to lately, since I haven't been blogging at all!!! Well, If you've read any of my previous posts you will know that we were remodeling one of our bathrooms. It was a mad rush to get it finished before our friends arrived, but we did get the job done in time!!! The plumber finished the toilet and other misc plumbing things the day before our friends got here. And, Andy actually hung the shower rod, towel hooks, shelves, etc. in the morning just hours before our friends arrived. Our friends would of totally understood if it wasn't quite finished, but I had it in my mind that the job MUST be done! This included all of the decorations! After all that's the most fun part of the remodel right?! Well, the bathroom looks great and I'll hopefully post pics of it tomorrow.

While our friends were here we were busy all the time! We went to the firework show that my friend Mandey's dad just happens to be the pyrotech for the organization that puts it on. So, we get to sit front row in the VIP section. The fireworks are at Skyview Lake here in town, and they estimate that around 30,000 people attend the show. When you look around the lake it is solid people!!! This is why VIP seats are so great!!!

The next night we went to our local country radio stations concert. This year they had Eric Church, Tracy Lawrence, and Phil Vassar. The concert is outside and the have sitting and standing sections. The guys opted to bring their lawn chairs and sit during the concert. But, Mandey, Gretchen, and I prefer to be in the "pit" up by the stage! It's really crowded and crazy, but so much fun!!!

The day after the concert we went camping, and wouldn't you know it stormed on us! Oh-well we still had fun. The following day we celebrated my birthday and then the day after that was the 4th of course! I thought after the 4th I would be able to do some stamping, but Andy ended up catching some sort of flu bug so I ended up cleaning bathrooms and washing sheets! Fun huh! :/

Well that pretty much catches us up to date! Here are a few pics for you enjoyment! Hope to be posting card pics soon! (If you actually read through this entire ramble you're a trooper!!!) HUGS!!!!

First pic is of the "fire balls" when these go off you can really feel the heat!

Here's Eric, Tracy, and Phil. The last pic is of Mandey, Gretchen, and I. I have no clue who the people are behind us! Guess they wanted to be in the pic too!!!