Wednesday, January 31, 2007

midnight tonight

i am so excited i can barely stand it.
right now is the premiere of the February kit at Zingboom and my first layouts as a design team member.
seriously, these kits are to die for!
every piece.
be here at Midnight est to see all the goodness and to be the first to sign up for some scrumptious add ons and March kits.
i think i need them both and some new Bam POP action too.
thanks for letting me share in my excitement.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

me. weird?

of course we all have some weird things about us.
i was tagged by happy girl to list some of my weirdness.
6 to be exact.
*1 so my first...the picture above.
yes it is Lionel Richie and i am a huge fan.
Like crying at his concert when he came out on stage kinda fan.

*you can stamp nerd on my head now without reading on any further.*

*2 after being introduced to press on french manicure toenails, I have been hooked.
these things are perfect for people like me with kiddies running around all the time.
not as much pamper time is in my schedule these days.

*3 i hide my phone when the kids are napping.
no loud ring= quiet mommy time= happy mommy.
the bad thing is i always forget to charge it back up and then miss when people are trying to reach me....oops.

*4 i still like to watch Real World
ok really. it was cool years ago when i was younger but now?
gulity pleasure i guess.

*5 i believe that most foods are better with cheese.
love it so.
hot dogs
almost everything.

*6 i pick my husband like a mother monkey.
a little gross yeah, but its affection none the less.

so ok, my name is Michelle and i am a bit weird...lets see some of your weirdness too.
taggin you nura , alex and jamie

Thursday, January 25, 2007

here to confess

oh yea...
feels so good to have finished this.
You can see the rest here.
Dug through some old photos and the confessions came a rollin in.
a little different that Shimelle's instructions,but so it goes.
i have been really wanting to use this coaster book from last months Poppy ink kit.
so i ran with that bad little thing and am happy with the outcome. This was something i never would have done, so i love that Shimelle came up with the idea!
i'd love to see what you came up with to, so link it here.

**oh, and have you seen this. gotta try it out soon.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


you will know what i mean when you watch this.
my husband and i love Jay Leno and ROss the intern is a riot.
"he's kinda like a Joan Rivers" Ross says about the croc.
this was too funny not to share.

Monday, January 22, 2007

stop and make you think.

so this weekend was filled with those kinda moments. My husband had one while hiking at Waimea Canyon and made it out to this sight. ahhh, what bliss and he said the pictures did the beauty no justice. I see rigged cliff, green beauty for sure.
and then this... Olivia is at the age of starting to fight naps and boo for that. When she was over resting/ playing in her room, she brought her life size Diego out. Hello? He's a boy and he has a dress on. She thought he needed it. and under the dress? oh not only a diaper but also a huge amount of Desitin. Yikes. that stuff is serious rash cream that does not come off even in the wash. Oh, so it goes and i laughed it off. How could i get upset? She was a proud mama.

and in a huge MIRACLE moment. seriously.
Anthony took the kids for the morning to the beach so I could have some down time alone. So sweet yes. But then i get a phone call.
"i left our ipod boom box and your wallet on the hitch of the car when i drove off."
(Mind you this is a 20 minute drive later)
you did what?!?
"yeah, but your wallet is still here!"
HOLY SH*$! how in the world my wallet stayed on that hitch is beyond me.
"me too."
so i thanked my lucky stars and my aunt who i believe is my angel for being able to have my wallet today.

Friday, January 19, 2007

kid and cookie love.

so i really felt the need to go back to my favorite picture backdrop lately. I had taken pictures of Olivia against it months ago and wanted to wait until Kyan was walking to get some of him.
he walks now.
so mommy took pictures.
love how they turned out even with the dirt.
and then i found a new great photo spot too.
behind this church, were 4 rusted out metal chairs and i had to pull the car over.
love this one of Olivia and her monkey.
today was a good day.

on another good note. Girl scout cookies are out in full force here. I love me some samoas and even found this recipe in the local paper. a must try.
big shout out for the GS of Hawaii. Thanks for making my trip to Walmart a good one this week.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

i was like....whoa!

oh yea...just like Joey.
i found this last night late.
i was tickled too.
its so weird that people really like my stuff.
it means a lot.
you know my husband always ooh and ahhs, but i think its just part of the being married deal.
thanks everyone for your sweet words and all.
it made my day.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

i think i have been bit

by the shopping bug that is. i definatly go through spurts of this and i am so in one now.
went thrift store shopping with my neighbor today and found some more felt, ultra suede in hot pink and some old school bingo pieces. can't wait to play with those.
some other things that are perking my interest are....
This shirt from mary ink . I can not get this mermaid off my mind.

and i am a super huge fan of sales...especially this one
a girl always needs new goodies right. After watching that Oprah special about how many women are wearing the wrong size bra...yikes, i need some new ones too. Not to mention the pj sets. after all if you spend a certain amount you get free shipping too. Gotta love that living here.
and these bad boy Scallop fabric sheers. i could really do some damage with these. and yet again, Joanns is big on free shipping is you spend 25 dollars. I think i could do that with my eyes closed. I think we have a problem Houston....
not to mention i could spend hours on Ebay. that place is full of everything a girl could ever want or need. or not need for that matter.

so is there anything you are itching to buy?
enable me.
what the heck.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

confession time everyone

whoa..i heard about this from happy girl , went to check it here and before even having the details i was sold.
mini confession....i signed up for a before and never finished the project.
it's ok to put a HUGE *F* by my name. time has just gotten away from me and hopefully this class will too prompt my way past due shimille project #1.

as far as a big confession for the theme of this book...i guess we hold out until we reveal our book huh?

can't wait to round up all my schtuffs and get ready.

i hope you all join in too.
this seems like a fun one and big bonus===its free.
thanks shimelle!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

H O T off the press...

oh wow did this challenge speak to me.
You can check out and sign up for Ali Edwards newsletter and challenges here
like it did to so many others too.
came up because i there are simply so many things i want to and have yet to learn.
i could go on and on.
i figured this would be a fun art journal to help keep track of those things for me. even the little things. more to follow with this baby, i'm sure.
tfl and to Michelle Guray for the fun buttons!

number of the day is ...34

so yes. 34 years ago today my anthony was brought into this world.
how happy am I???
such an amazing man.
the best dad.
the best husband.
my best friend too.
this list could go on and on.
Happy Birthday ANthony.
I love you honey and hope you whoop it up for your special day.
like i know you will....Vegas style. cha ching!

Friday, January 12, 2007

hoot hoot


the night owl in me is awake and raring to go.

Anthony left for Vegas last night for his buddies bachelor party.

enough said about that.

needless to say, i am submerging myself in some projects.

**Zingboom has there first challenge up and i was all over it.
to use an old record album cover?!?
of course i had to find reason to use the front and back of an album cover.
i had a bunch of these prom like Navy Ball pics.
this woman is full of super ideas!
watch out.
I am trying to use not hoard my new scrappy finds from our christmas adventure.
heart shaped bazzill...suckered in...must use.
**want to play more with stamps too.
bought some autumn leaves ones and need to bust them out.
what are you up to??

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


...i love seeing it in my little ones. What a sight this was today!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

flattered...for real

i seriously ADORE "the" Michelle Guray and am tickled that she tagged me.
not only does she have a super name, but she is equally as creative and sweet.
everything she touches turns to gold so maybe by knowing her my things will turn a brassy like color huh?

here goes nothin'
A - Available or single: available for what? taken by my husband though
B - Best Friend: hmmm, i'd have to say Bean. not her real name its just what we have called eachtother since we saw that stupid Bean movie years ago.
C - Cake or Pie: both please!
D - Drink of choice: used to be Dr. pepper but i have given it up so now....crystal light and on a fun night...a pina colada. umbrella too please because i am cheesy like that.
e- Essential item you use everyday: mascara and the eyelash curler
f- Favorite color: changes often...can't just pick one either. I love color combinations
G - Gummy Bears or worms: again, both please!
h- Hometown: I grew up for most of my years in Federal Way , Wa and now move around alot due to the Navy Hubby and love it.
i- Indulgence: any sweet thing after the kids are in bed=my destresser
.J - January or February: February for sure. My birthday &anniversary on the 28th and i am a sucker for V-day too.
k- Kids & Names: Olivia (2.5)and kyan 16 months. names derive from my maiden name Oliver and sadly got Kyan's name from a reality show!
L - Life is Incomplete Without? love from my family and friends
M - Marriage Date: February 28, 2004
N - Number of Siblings: i am the baby of 2 half sisters and 1 half brother
O - Oranges or Apples: granny smiths all the way
P - Phobias or Fears: being a Great mom
Q - Fave Quote: "weither you think you can or you can't; you are right."
R - Reason to Smile: my family's health
S - Season: spring or fall. spring. love the flowers and fresh feeling
T - Tag 3 or 4 people: hmmm...i choose...i think everyone i know has been tagged
U - Unknown Fact about Me: i am obsessive about plucking my eyebrows. If i didn't i would still have a unibrow.....eeks.
V- Vegetable You Don't Like: eggplant
W - Worst Habit: just one...impulse shopping
X - Xrays: most recently my stomach
Y - Your Fave Food: i do love me some mexican. HOmemade tortillas, beans and mm good.
Z - Zodiac Sign: pisces

Sunday, January 07, 2007

picture happy

from all of us to all of you...Happy new year (picture was taken hours before the nasty virus took over)
the kids and Tia enjoying a little Toys r us time. gotta love it.

Olivia giving us "this" face. It was a new one and boy did we see alot of it on our two week rendevous.

Kyan eatin up some good holiday food on a super vintage high it.

saying goodbye to Lito and Lita in Dallas before heading off to Seattle. so again, Now that i am home i have so much fun stuff i want to do.
** catch some sun, because i lost alot of color on this trip.
**enjoy the beach
**scrapbook scrapbook scrapbook. I have tons of new goodies heaping on my desk that need serous attention.
** I was tagged awhile back by MG, and no i have not forgotten, it was a fun one. I'll be sure to fill it up soon.
**post some goodies i made right before leaving.
Hope everyone had a good weekend and fun stuff is soon to follow here i promise.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

17 days away

and dang i can not even describe how good it feels to be home.

I do not want to see an airport and anything travel related for awhile.

WARNING: venting below

first i must say it was great to see so many family members and friends but damn, what were we thinking with two little kids?!? eeks. Colds, crying, food poisoning and so much more drama. we got in way over our heads on this one!

On a Positive note...a huge thanks to Jamie, Amber and MG for the awesome christmas goodies i came home I love them all. and can't wait to scrap again REALLY soon. Even if its in between being sick. THanks girls. and i promise as soon as i can i will be pumpin out those CJ's.

so thats just touching base for now and hopefully i'll be back to my old chipper self soon.

whewwwww...deep breath to be home.

Hope all of you had a GREAT new year....cheers to 2007!