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Happy Saturday…

Today is the first day my husband and 4 children have been home together all day in a long time. We always make sure we eat dinner together but with work, school and other activities we only have about 4 hours at the end of the day to spend together….How are we spending this day…..at home doing nothing….It is hot the boys are running around in their underwear, Alex and I are still in our jammies and My Hubby is also just chillin’. It feels so good to not have any plans and just spend the day hanging out together.

So  I have  a few things to share…..

First…The layouts Jocelyn made for me arrived today. Goodness they are so beautiful. The pictures I posted did them no justice. I am loving looking at them. She also shared some sweet words in a card and sent me some flowers and ribbon. Thank you so much this was so much fun….

Thank You so much sweet friend. I will cherish these.

Thank You so much sweet friend. I will cherish these.

Who is next? Anyone want to exchange a photo or 2?

E-mail me. a_muffoletto@hotmail.com

Second…Here are 2 pictures I took sitting in my back yard….

Jasin, My Hubby has had a crazy couple of weeks at work and decided not to shave….I hated it. So pokey….He did not get many kisses. But hey I have no room to talk cause I have a bunch of grays but do you see the grays coming out in that scruff….LOL….Well today he shaved it off so before he did I took a picture. Can’t wait to scrap it.

This is 2 1/2 weeks of growing whiskers. It is funny I have never seen this side of him...

This is 2 1/2 weeks of growing whiskers. It is funny I have never seen this side of him...

We purchased a couple more chickens and because there is so much seed in our back yard we have a ton of little birdies coming to have a bite to eat. I love it cause I love the birds. Here is a pic I took of one of them on my back fence. I love how my camera blurred out the leaves in the background.

One of my little backyard friends!!!

One of my little backyard friends!!!

Third… Have you seen the new line by Jenni Bowlin. It has birds on it. OMG. can you believe it. I love the colors in this line. I received my kit for May and did a layout with Jaxon on the slide that I absolutely loved. It is a few posts back. Well I have had this unfinished wood bird house for a few months. I purchased it for $1.00.

Unfinished wood bird house!

Unfinished wood bird house!

I decided to embellish it using pieces from the kit to enter into the May monthly contest at JBS Inspiration. The little bird in the front is a bird Jenneke sent me in my birthday surprise. I really love how this came out.

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Have a wonderful weekend. Thank You to all my friends here at home and around the world for encouraging me and leaving sweet comments on my blog. You all mean so much to me. Hugs to all.

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One day I opened up my email and was so excited to find a comment from a woman named Jenneke from Holland. Holy WOW…I was so surprised…She commented on my blog for a giveaway I had around last Christmas. I found out she was up late with the can’t sleeps and just ended up on my blog. Little ol’ me. Well I have to say I am so happy she visited me that day, because my scrapbooking life has forever changed…. I was in a creative rut…trying to figure out where to go next. Had lots of ideas no place to really share them and get positive or any feedback. I really scrapbooked what everyone else want me to scrapbook I had no true style, I knew I loved scrapbooking and loved to teach and show people where they could be creative. Don’t get me wrong I was working at a scrapbook store and had inspiration all around me… Jenneke opened a whole new world for me. When I went to Sicily and could not find one scrapbooking store I guess I just figured it was mostly in the states….I was so wrong. Just visiting Jenneke’s blog was so new and refreshing to me. Then I slowly figured out you could click on links from her blog and from there I now have many blog friends. Special women who are the most gifted, kind and Super hero style creative women I know…I am so Thankful to know you all, but most of all Thankful to Jenneke….You may not know it but you in a way made me realize why I love to be creative….why I started scrapbooking in the first place. FOR FUN….Because there are no rules….Because I can create whatever I want and it is great just because I love it. Thank you all for encouraging me. It would be so awesome to spend time with you in this house. Just the girls. WOW…Like a dream!!!

Why am I saying all of this….Jenneke just posted her 100th blog post. She is giving away an amazing prize….All we had to do was post on her blog and put something on our blog about her giveaway. I do not go into details above because I want to win….I tell this story because I talk of Jenneke and My blog friends often…This gives a little more of my heart on the subject….All I have said is straight from my heart and this giveaway just shows you how kind, absolutely amazing and wonderful Jenneke is. I love you my sweet friend!!! You must check out her blog here. She has some wonderful pages. I promise you will love her as much as I do!!!

She is giving away a stay at this beautiful house in Holland and you can bring friends. I would love to see all the ladies who Jenneke has introduced me to thru her blog….Win so we could have the best time ever…Together in person… Here is a photo of the house. Oh my goodness. Beautiful.

Beautiful House....Perfect to make lifelong friendships and memories.

Beautiful House....Perfect to make lifelong friendships and memories.

So If you can’t get away to Holland… {I am gonna make the great escape}She has this wonderful Package. I have received some wonderfully unique yummies from Jenneke. You will love this prize.

I received a special birthday gift and this Apron was in with all my goodies. I love it!!!

I received a special birthday gift and this Apron was in with all my goodies. I love it!!!

Who can say they have scrapbooking stuff from Holland....This is so cool.

Who can say they have scrapbooking stuff from Holland....This is so cool.

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My first canvas…..

I am getting a few projects together for my little event…Faith 365 Summer Scrap. I wanted to share this Canvas I just made for my registration table. I am also having an orientation to promote our small groups at church and that is this weekend. So I will use it this weekend as well.

Faith 365 Canvas...

Faith 365 Canvas...

Ric-Rac Flowers

Ric-Rac Flowers

Flowers up close...

Flowers up close...

A few weeks ago I had to visit the sewing store to get a new embroidery foot for my machine and on a table were these little ric-rac flowers. Oh my, I thought they were sooooo cute….You know I had to try them out. It made a perfect addition to my canvas. I thought I would make a tutorial but I found one on-line.  Here is a link to a tutorial I found on how to make these beauties. They were on a blog called      http://www.funisinstyle.blogspot.com. If you search Ric-Rac flowers on google there are several different styles. These are easy to make. I know you will love them. Oh…..if some of you reading this have already seen these flowers… please leave me a comment, I would love to see what they or you have done with them.

Just a little peak into my Scrappy space. I have posted pics before but it has not been clean in awhile….

My scrappy space....Yes, it is in my bedroom....Actually on 3 walls of my bedroom. I am trying to figure out how to get the bed out of there...Guess we could sleep on the roof.

My scrappy space....Yes, it is in my bedroom....Actually on 3 walls of my bedroom. I am trying to figure out how to get the bed out of there...Guess we could sleep on the roof.

I just spent this last week, while the kids were at my mother-in-laws, cleaning it all up. Well let’s just say it was a happy re-organize. You all have heard me speak very highly of my friends Matt and Stacy Landry. They are amazing friends, super talented and amazing Photographers…Check them out here. Well Business is booming for them and they have not been able to do any scrapbooking…. Supplies just need to be used. I went to their home last week to prepare some page kits for the Summer Scrap event and ended up leaving their home with my vehicle filled to the rooftop with scrapbook supplies. They have passed their wonderful supplies on to me….What a blessing this is. Words cannot express my gratitude. Matt just asked me to scrap their baby girl….Oh what!!!! Of course I will…They have a beautiful little girl whom I just simply adore and I am so excited to be able to scrap the amazing pictures they take of their precious daughter. Somebody has to keep up with scrappin’ Emerson. I will gladly scrap Little Miss Princess!!!

Matt, Stacy and I have been working together for a little while. Brain-storming I guess you could call it. We have some great plans for the near future. I am creating scrapbooks for people, organizing events and have some great party plans in the making. We are all working diligently on perfecting these plans. Stay tuned the full details will be posted soon.

Thank You Matt and Stacy for blessing me with the “MOTHER LOAD”!!! You guys rock. It will all come in handy for all the albums we will be creating. Emmy will have the best scrapbook in town…..I know it is nothing close to what her daddy creates…. But matt has been a huge inspiration to me and what my style has become.  Big THANKS….. Love you guys.

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Look what I received all the way from Australia.

A little "Sussie" From Mandy in Australia.

A little "Sussie" From Mandy in Australia.

One of my bloggee friends Mandy sent it to me. What a sweetheart she is. I want you all to go and take a look at her blog. You will be so so so inspired by her talent and her as the wonderfully fabulous person that she is.

I think I just figured out how to set a direct link. Click on the green word “Mandy” above and it will send you straight to her blog. Yayyyyy….me!!!

Wow…..Thank You so much Mandy. I love my wonderful surprise. I have so many neat little things to scrapbook with I need to really find some quiet moments and get to playin’.

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Jocelyn, My dear friend you have made my day….I am so thankful to know you. Your work is beautiful. You making these for me means so much more to me…More than any words can express.

I was so excited today when I went to visit all my bloggee friends,  I see Jocelyn, my wonderful friend I just made 2 layouts for, finished 2 fabulous layouts for me. It is a great way to get a little closer to your on-line scrappy friends. Exchange photos through e-mail and scrap each others photos. I had a blast doing this. Below are the layouts she made. Please go check out her blog… Jocelyn {Simply Me} is right there in my blog roll…

Jocelyn made this layout...Too cute. I really do love my boys.

Jocelyn made this layout...Too cute. I really do love my boys.

Here is the second one Jocelyn made... Remember Today...Mothers Day 09

Here is the second one Jocelyn made... Remember Today...Mothers Day 09

Thank you so much Jocelyn. I can’t wait to touch and feel the layouts in person. I had so much fun doing this with you. I hope one day we will be able to scrap with each other in person. I think we would have a blast!!!

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Well, school has come to an end and Summer has begun. Jacob and Jesse had their last days Monday and Tuesday. There was a little graduation for Jesse who is in Pre-K. Jesse went the whole year and did not get one conduct mark….Funny I remember saying in the beginning of the year that I was not sure how Jesse was going to be in school and I was very worried about his behavior because he is very strong willed. He surprised me. What a great couple of kids we have. Jacob had an awards ceremony and did a great job this year. He is a star reader and excellent in Math. Yeah for my little first grader. Here is a funny picture I found…Well I got a chuckle out of it….The kids have fun taking pictures when I am not around and since we have been attending some pretty important events my camera has been in my car….Here is a picture Jesse took….It is ME…well the back of my head…. driving….It may not be so funny to you…..Guess you had to be there.I guess I was surprised when I downloaded 60 pictures and I knew I only took a couple.

Me Driving...a picture taken by my 5 year old, Jesse!

Me Driving...a picture taken by my 5 year old, Jesse!

Tonight is Thursday and I had Faith 365 tonight. The boys are visiting with my Mother in law for the weekend and Alex decided she wanted to come with me and make some cards for her friends since her last day of school is tomorrow. Then WOW she will be in high school. I am not ready for this, but I guess ready or not we are going to high school. Holy Moly!!! Here is a photo of the cards Alexandria, my 14 year old, made. She knows where my good stash is too. She made them using some old music sheets, playing cards and some short stories out of an old childrens digest.

Alex is a very creative little chickie....

Alex is a very creative little chickie....

Here is a layout I made. I used some new paper I just got by My Little Shoebox. I took this picture of Jasin and I giving each other a little kissy on our Mothers Day outing. I had a little fun with some handmade fiber paper by Prima, some hand sewing and Thanks Jenneke for the flower inspiration. Oh yeah….I have this cool tape with holes in it that I inked over to get the brown little polka dots in the background. Just messin’ around with some stuff I have had for awhile. I like it.

Little Kissy.....I love my honey! He is so good to me.

Little Kissy.....I love my honey! He is so good to me.

Up close....

Up close....

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For the last 5 years I have hosted and taught a scrap booking group at my Church. We have something called small groups, which basically are different interest groups that meet and fellowship.

Since I love to get together with friends and love to pull all night scrap booking sessions, I started… along with our weekly meetings… holding all night crops at different times during the year. We always have a blast and I love to make it unique and FUN. So I am here to officially announce my 1st ever WEEKEND Summer scrap.

I want to invite you all….You do not have to be a member of our church to be a part of this group…I just require that you are FAITH DRIVEN and love to be creative. Yeah, all of you who started in my group years ago telling me you are not creative…look at you now. God places special gifts in the hearts of all his children. Creativity is one of them. I love to share the gifts God has given me. So….

Below is just  glimpse of what God has in store for us…There will be a cost of $25.00 for the event which includes Dinner Friday night, Lunch Saturday and a T-Shirt.

Join us….

Friday, June 12th at 10am til Saturday, June 13th at 10pm. Yes, we are scrapping 36 full hours. Don’t worry you can come and go as you please. I will have a schedule for the whole event so you won’t miss a thing. Below is a list of what I have going on so far…

Summer Scrap Garage Sale

Get all your scrapping supplies that you no longer need or want….price them and put your name on the price tag. Bring it with you when you come to the event and make a little spare change while you scrapbook.

2 Guest Speakers

We will have 2 beautiful woman joining us to share their faith. Rachel Capello and Lynnete Norris have been inspirational in my life I know they will bring us an amazing experience. Just fabulous women of God. I know you will be blessed by their words.

FOOD

I will have snacks and drinks out for the entire 36 hours…

During Dinner Friday which is provided is when our first guest speaker will be visiting with us and During Lunch Saturday is when the second speaker will be with us. Perfect for all those die hard scrappers that want to get some work done. You have to eat…

Raffles, Prizes and Giveaways

Stacy Landry Photography has donated a Family Photo Shoot when you  pre- register for this event by June 10th. This is a $400.00 value.

Arbor Oaks Retreat house has donated 2 personal weekend stays at the retreat house in Lake Charles. That means that when you go with your friends to this wonderful retreat you will stay for free. This is a $125.oo value. Arbor Oaks Retreat will also be giving everyone who attends the Summer Scrap a 10% off coupon code for your weekend stay. That is a $125.00 value.

I have gift cards, scrapbook page kits, scrapbooking supplies and much more. You all know I love to give. At my events I unleash the mother load. LOL.

Tools

We will have the Cricut Expression, Sizzix, Bind-it-all, Sewing machine with every color thread, Computer and printer, Photo printer and misc embellishments and paper on hand for you to use at your leisure…..

Wait until you see the awesome Embellishment Bar we are going to set up…Ever need that extra special something for your page and don’t have it. Well we are setting up jars and bowls and buckets of buttons, flowers, brads, beads, fabric, ribbon and whatever else I find that would be great on a page. Oh I can’t wait to see that myself.

Photo Shoot

Matt and Stacy will be there Friday with a backdrop set up to take your pictures. Packages will be available for a minimal cost. You will also be able to take pictures with your friends with your own camera. It will be set up the whole weekend.

Technique Tables

I will have several stations set up with all the supplies for you to learn different techniques…

Distressed Frames

Fabulous Fabric Flowers

Heat embossing, Alcohol inking, Distressing paper and Stamping

I guess you will have to join us to see more.

I hope to see all of you there. Space is limited so please email me at a_muffoletto@hotmail.com if you would like more info. Look under my Faith 365 page for a little more info. Oh….believe me this is alot but it is not all we will be doing. You know how I love Surprises.

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